Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), has felicitated with Nigerian Christians on the occasion of the 2015 Christmas.
A statement by Secretary General of NSCIA Prof. Is-haq O. Oloyede, quoted the Sultan as wishing the Christians God’s guidance and abundant blessings embedded in the festive season.
“We have every cause to celebrate and thank the Almighty God for the opportunity of life and the privilege of survival. At this time last year, Nigeria was under a lot of tension with the national conscience being tormented by the apocalyptic prediction of 2015 being the end of our corporate existence. Now that the year is ending and we remain united, it is as if God Himself wants us to learn through the near coincidence of the births of our revered Prophets, Jesus and Muhammad (peace be upon both).
“As you traditionally celebrate the birth of Jesus on December 25, Muslims mark the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) on December 24, this year being the 12th day of Rabiul Awwal. The message inherent in this near coincidence appears to be unity and mutual understanding. Therefore, the season of our double celebrations is an opportunity for us Nigerians especially to learn more about our two religious personages and rededicate ourselves to their true teachings”, Oloyede said. [NSCIA]
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