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Being a Belated Christmas Message Delivered by Nasir Hashim on 6th January, 2019 at Baptist Church Hayin-Banki Kawo Kaduna PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 January 2019 15:45

The Respected Priest, Members of the high alter, Distinguished attendance- highly ranked in the eyes of Almighty.

Peace and blessing of Allah be upon the rightly guided!
25th December is popularly believed by the overwhelming majority of the world christians to be the day on which Jesus Christ or Isa (AS) was miraculously born by a Saintly mother ,named Marry or Maryam (AS). In Islam, Jesus is highly respected and regarded as one of the six greatest prophets of Allah. The holy Qur'an testifies that Jesus Christ possesses the power of healing, creation, resurrection and so on. We believe Jesus is a symbol of love, peace and unity. We consider Jesus to be the unifying spirit between Muslim and Christian communities.In our own kind of estimation, christians are not enemies but our relatives in humanity.
An evidence of christians' love for Muslims can be clearly located in the holy Qur’an:
…..and you will find the nearest of them in affection to be those who say we are Christians, that is because among them are priests and monks, and because they are not arrogant.(Chapter 5:Verse 81)
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) translated the meaning of the above verse not only in speech but also in his actions. For example, in (613 CE or 615 CE) when the Maccan pagans intensified the persecution of the then Muslim minority, the prophet chose to send some of his companions especially those with little or no social privilege to seek refuge in Abyssinia (the preset day Ethiopia and Eritrea) where an honest christian King, named Negus richly reigned .

Mohammed chose Jafar bn Abi Talib, one of his most important companions and cousin, as the leader of this group. After a year the exiles heard rumors that the Quraysh had accepted Islam, which prompted them to return to Mecca. Confronted with the reality, they set out to Abyssinia again in 6 BH (616 CE) (7 BH (615 CE) according to other sources), this time accompanied by others, 83 men and 18 women in all.
In Abyssinia
The king Negus was fantastically delighted to receive a message from the prophet of Islam. He appreciated it and as expected he accorded Muslim migrants a befitting asylum.
When the Quraysh learned that Muhammad's companions could safely practice their religion in Abyssinia, they decided to send an embassy to the Negus to demand return of the fugitives. They selected two envoys, ‘Amr ibn al-‘As and Abdullah bin Rabiah, and gave them gifts for the king and his generals. The gifts were made up of leather prepared by fine skin; Abyssinians were fond of leather goods so it was a bribe for them. The Meccans appealed to the generals, arguing that the emigrants were "foolish youths" who invented a new religion the likes of which neither the Meccans nor the Abyssinians had heard of and that their relatives were asking for their return. The king granted them audience, but he refused to hand over people who had sought his protection until he heard their side of the story.
The Muslims were brought in front of the Negus and his bishops. Ja‘far ibn AbīTālib, as the leader of the exiles, spoke in their defense. He described to the king how they lived before Islam, Muhammad's prophetic mission, and what he had taught them. He also spoke of the persecution they had faced at the hands of the Quraysh. The king asked if they had with them anything which had come from God. When Ja‘far confirmed, the king commanded him to read it. Ja‘far then recited a passage from the Surah of Mary. When the king heard it, he wept and exclaimed: "verily, this and what Jesus brought (Gospel) has come from the same source of light ( miškāt)". He then affirmed that he would never give up the Muslims.
However, one of the envoys, Amr ibn al-‘As, thought of another tactic. On the following day he returned to the king and told him that the Muslims had said a dreadful thing about Jesus. When the Muslims heard that the king summoned them again to question them about their view of Jesus, they tried to find a diplomatic answer, but finally decided to speak according to the revelation they had received. When the king addressed Ja‘far, he replied that they held Jesus to be “God's servant, His prophet, His spirit, and His word which He cast upon the virgin Mary”. Muslim account states that upon hearing these words, the Negus declared that Jesus was indeed no more than what he had said. He turned to the Muslims and told them: “go, for you are safe in my country.” He then returned the gifts to the envoys and dismissed with ignominy.
The persecution of Muslim by Meccans increasingly persisted as such Prophet Muhammad decided to leave his birth place Mecca withal his companions and seek safety elsewhere in Madinah where there were a sizeable number of Christian and Jewish communities. In (622 CE) as soon as Muhammad settled in Madinah, he invited all the leaders of the nine tribes of Madnah who joyfully accepted his invitation. Having agreed with them, the prophet required that a charter or constitution be written. The carter established a mutually beneficial relationship among all the inhabitants of Madinah. It also established a collective responsibility of Muslims and all the nine tribes to cooperation, peace and development. All the bribes agreed to live with Muslims in peace and harmony under the authority of Prophet Muhammad as a trusted, humble and peace loving personality. Under the prophet, long tribal hostilities dissipated.
The charter formed the basis of Multi-religious Islamic State in Medinah
Imam Ali in View of Christians
George Gordac was a famous Christian historian, linguist, philosopher and poet of the modern Egypt. What he says about Imam Ali bin AbiTalib (as) is as follows:
None can praise to the extent that he (Imam Ali bin AbiTalib (as)) deserves. So many instances of his piety and fear of God are cited that one starts loving and venerating him. He was a true, strict and scrupulous follower of Islam. His words and deeds bore stamps of nobility, sagacity and courage of conviction. He was a great man having his own independent views about life and its problems. He never deceived, misled, or betrayed anybody. In various phases and periods of his life he exhibited marvelous strength of body and mind which were due to his true faith in religion and in his sincere belief in truth and justice. He never had servant and never allowed his slaves to work hard….


Christian couple Sacrificed their lives for Imam Hussain
Wahab ibn Abu Wahab, a Christian, and his wife, also a Christian, were married only a fortnight ago. Having witnessed what went on between Hussain and his foes, they sympathized with Hussain’s tragedy and promised to fight alongside him do door to die. The words of the Imam’s sermons penetrated their hearts and found an echo. Wahab’s mother, still Christian, said to her son, “I will not be pleased with you till you give your life away for the sake of Husain .” Wahab charged at the enemies of Allah like a lion, and when a man from Kufa severed his right arm, he transferred the sword to the left and went on fighting as if nothing at all had happened. Soon his left arm, too, was lopped off by a single stroke of a sword, and the hero fell to the ground. His wife watched the whole scene. She pleaded to the Imam thus as she darted towards his enemies, “O Imam! Please do not ask me to go back! I prefer to die fighting rather than to fall captive in the hands of Banu Umayyah!” The Imam tried to dissuade her, explaining to her that fighting is not mandated on women, but at seeing her husband martyred, she ran to him and, putting his lifeless head in her lap, she began to wipe it with her clothes. Soon a slave of Shimer put an end to her life while she was thus engaged; may the Almighty shower His blessings upon her. It is unanimously agreed upon by the historians that she was the first lady to be martyred on that day. Wahab’s mother was very happy. She said, “Allah! Thank You for saving my honor through my son’s martyrdom before the Imam.” Then the old Christian lady turned to the Kufans and said, “You wicked people! I bear witness that the Christians in their churches and the Zoroastrians in their fire houses are better people than you!” Saying so, she seized a stout candle (or, according to other accounts, a tent post) in her hand and fell upon the enemies, sending two of them to hell. The Imam sent two of his companions to bring her back. When she stood before him, he said to her, “O bondmaid of Allah! Women are not allowed to go to war. Sit down; I assure you that you and your son will be with my grandfather in Paradise.” Another martyr to be mentioned here, who was also Christian, was John, a slave of the great sahabi Abu Tharr al-Ghifar. He had been for many years in the service of Abu Tharr, and although he was a very old man, he fought Hussain’s enemies till he was martyred.
The Plight of Christians in Shiite’s Dominated Societies
Shia Fatimid Empire (909 – 1171) in North Africa and some parts of Middle East exemplified the true meaning of religious plurality and tolerance as every community of faith were employed serve in the administration of the powerful empire. Sunni Muslims, Christians, Jews and so on formed the productive personnel of the empire.
Freedom of religion in Iran is marked by Iranian culture, major religion and politics. Iran is officially and in practice an Islamic republic.
Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran mandates that the official religion of Iran is Shia Islam and the TwelverJa'fari school, and also mandates that other Islamic schools are to be accorded full respect, and their followers are free to act in accordance with their own jurisprudence in performing their religious rites. Iran recognizes Zoroastrian, Jewish, and Christian religious minorities, among others. The continuous presence of the country's pre-Islamic, non-Muslim communities, such as Zoroastrians, Jews, and Christians, had accustomed the population to the participation of non-Muslims in society.
Christians, Jews and other religious minorities have their representatives in the Iranian Parliament.
In Iraq, after the “Islamic State” (IS) issued a threat that all Christians in Mosul must convert, die, or flee, most chose the final option and escaped IS held territory. Heading towards the southern region of Iraq, which is believed to be relatively safe, the Christian community was met with offers of safe haven in the cities of Najaf and Karbala, which house some of the holiest shrines of Shia Islam.
The leadership of the shrine of Imam Ali announced that it was ready to host the Christian families who departed their houses in fear of being killed by what is so called the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. The deputy secretary-general of the Holy Shrine, Zuhair Shurba, told IraqiNews.com “The Holy Shrine can host many Christian families and provide them all their basic needs.”
Reportedly, the offer is also available to Sunnis, Kurds and all other Iraqis fleeing violence at the hands of ISIS. Following the announcements, the Iraqi city of Basra also opened its facilities to displaced Christians, and is reportedly hosting approximately 100 families from surrounding regions.
The shrine is the site of the final resting place of Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib, son-in-law of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. According to Sunni belief, Imam Ali served as the fourth and final “righteously guided” Caliph; Shias hold him to be the true successor to the Prophet.
Also inviting refugees is the nearby city of Karbala, home to the shrines of Imam Husain and Abul Fadhl Abbas, two sons of Imam Ali who served as important historical leaders.
Christians and Shia Community of Nigeria
In 2011, the post-election violence led to the slaughter of many innocent Christians in Kaduna State. In Zaria example, some Christian students of ABU Congo campus and Federal college of education Zaria had lost their dear lives in the hands of bigot Wahabi youths before Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky knew what was happening and sent his people to give cover and protection lucky many of them.
On the other side, in 2014 an Igbo Christian man named Mr.Julius Nwanyawo thought that it was against his conscience to keep mute while innocent Shiites were being killed Nigerian Army. Mr. Nwanyawo opened up and said:
These people are the most peaceful group of all Muslims, and this kind of procession has been going over the years. The procession has been peaceful without security agent’s intervention. Why are you killing them?
The wicked soldiers answered this by shooting him to death. May God have mercy on his gentle soul.
Shiekh Zakzaky made provisionfor his buria, and sent a delegate led by Pastor Yohanna Buru to attend the burial ceremony.
Recently, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) visited President Muhammad Buhari in villa. Unlike, their counterpart, Jama’atul Nasrul Islam who during their own similar visit told the president that everything, including security and economic aspects of Nigeria were excellent to the president credit, CAN told the president that country was sick. They told about abject poverty and incessant killings of people across the country. They requested the president to release Sheikh Zakzaky and Sambo Dasuki in the interest of peace and justice.
We hereby appreciate and salute CAN for their honesty, justice and courage.
Conclusion
There doubts the fact that Islam and Christianity are two world famous religions. The two religions are indeed significantly different in many ramifications. However, they are similar in terms of history, origin and some areas of doctrines. Between the two religions co-operation, interaction and mutual understanding dates back to the time of Prophet Muhammad. Islam and Christianity happen to be the most populous religions on the planet, earth. In 2015, the population of the entire Christendom stands at about 2.5 billion, only followed by Islam which represents 1.8 billion in the same year. This indicates that Christianity and Islam form the more than half of the 2/3 of the world population of
This implies that if honestly co-operated, Christianity and Islam can usher in perfect peace and harmony among human family.
We wish you merry Christmas!