Thursday, August 16, 2012

Billboards for Peace at Ramadan

Arabel sponsored peace messages around Lagos State since the start of the Ramadan month.
Inter-religious peace and harmony
 In the main image of their billboards, two Nigerian religious leaders, an Imam and a Cardinal, share a brotherly embrace.  The greeting says: "Together, evolving towards a state of Peace & Harmony.  Ramadan Kareem." 
Detail: Cardinal Okogie and Chief Imam
Back of the sign, photographed in Lagos State by Tosin Otitoju
 At the back, it says, "Make peace between one another: enmity and malice tear up heavenly rewards by the roots."
I took these photographs around Kollington bus stop (Lagos - Abeokuta expressway, near Alakuko)

Many legitimate religious leaders in Nigeria have spoken up against the activities of Boko Haram and emphasized the friendliness between Christians and Moslems.

For example, from NAN is this photo of the Chief Imam with the President of CAN.
It is labelled: Chief Imam of Abuja National Mosque, Ustaz Musa Mohammed (L), with the President, Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor at a Memorial Ceremony for Victims of the UN House bomb attack in Abuja on Thursday 15th September, 2011.  

 NAN also has a photo of Catholic clergy breaking the Muslim fast with Moslem colleagues in Abuja, Nigeria (details):
Ramadan Kareem, and Happy Eid in advance to all. 

1 comment:

  1. A related headline in today's Premium Times:

    Boko Haram: Collective embarrassment to all faiths – Islamic cleric

    The cleric said Boko Haram represented no one.

    The National Missioner of Ansar-ud-deen Society (ADS), Abdur-Rahman Ahmad, has declared the Boko Haram insurgency a collective embarrassment to all faiths in the country.

    Mr. Ahmad, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday, in Ogbomoso, Oyo State, said the group represented no religious interest, adding that their objective had yet to be known.

    He said that it was difficult to know in whose interest they were fighting as they had attacked all faiths.

    “I state unequivocally that Islam is different from Boko Haram. We don’t know who they are, their sponsors and why they are killing people.

    “They ought not to be killing Muslim scholars, if truly they are fighting in the interest of Islam,” Mr. Ahmad said.

    He described the group’s action as anti-Islam, and ungodly, noting that Islam is a religion which appreciates knowledge and research.

    “The Muslims were the front-runners in scientific education before the industrial revolution and would not have negated education.

    “In this regard, the ADS and other notable Islamic organisations had contributed immensely to the nation’s educational development,” the missioner said.

    Speaking on the use of hijab, Mr. Ahmad said that the Muslim community had designed one that was moderate for use in schools.

    He stressed that everyone was entitled to his or her religious conviction.