Christians Choose Love After Enduring Persecution During Ramadan - International Christian Concern

2024-04-11 20:11:59

Persecution

4/11/2024 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) -- As the month-long observance of Ramadan ended on April 9, Christians throughout Nigeria showed love to their Muslim neighbors despite experiencing persecution during the Islamic holy month.

The Rev Filibus Panti, Ph.D., archbishop of the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria (LCCN), congratulated Adamawa State Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri on successfully completing his fast during Ramadan. Panti also conveyed the church's well wishes to Fintiri and the entire Muslim community, wishing them joy, peace, wisdom, and good health as they celebrate the end of Ramadan.

During Ramadan, however, Muslims often denied Christians their religious freedom and basic human rights. Islamic religious police known as Hisbah Corps denied Christians in Kano state the opportunity to eat in public. In Borno state, the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram killed seven Christians and denied followers of Christ the freedom to worship and publicly evangelize in Chibok villages. Islamic Fulani militias also killed Christians in Plateau state during the Islamic fasting period.

Elsewhere in Plateau state, there was a beautiful display of peaceful coexistence during Ramadan. Christian adults extended their helping hand to Muslim children by offering to cut and style their hair. Alexander Pius, a Christian barber, shared this heartwarming news on his social media and contributed to the festivities by visiting Angwan Baba Galla, Anglo Jos, and Jos South with his friends to cut and plait the hair of orphans, vulnerable children, and other children in the community.

Panti expressed hope that the celebration would promote solidarity and love among the people of Adamawa state, nurturing peaceful coexistence in the region and throughout Nigeria. His prayers focused on the prosperity and well-being of Nigerian Muslims.

"I also pray that this type of celebration reinforces unity and love among the people of Adamawa state," Panti said, "fostering harmonious coexistence across the region and Nigeria at large."

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