“OUR TOLERANCE DEFINES THEIR TOLERANCE”
These were my words to a Muslim who said the Christians are more peaceful and accommodating than the Muslims. Before going further in this article, let me state that this article does not generalize Christians rather it goes to CAN (Christian Association of Nigeria), the radical Christians and others having the same mentality with CAN. Hence, “Christians” as used in this article does not mean Christians in entirety.
To a Christian, you can only be regarded as peaceful when you allow them dictate for you, try to have no say, accommodate whatever they do. It takes the tolerance of people with different faiths for a Christian to be tolerant.
I will use Nigeria, a country dominated by a large number of Christians and Muslims as a case study.
A Muslim does not raise an eyebrow when a Christian Evangelist takes to the street and start preaching Jesus is God, He is the son of God etc. A Christian sees no harm in sharing tracts to his/her Muslim neighbours telling them Jesus is their Lord and personal saviour and of course, there’s no harm after all.
If a Muslim decides to preach to a Christian neighbour telling him/her that Jesus is a Slave of God and no one is worthy of worship except God, the Christian begins to see the Muslim as a devil, an enemy not receiving the Muslim’s teaching with the same attitude the Muslim received his/her even though the Christian once saw the Muslim’s daughter in Hijab and لا إله إلا الله inscribed On the door still goes ahead to preach to the Muslim.
The Christian may begin to pray, “I bind all evil spirit in this vicinity with fire”, “Thunder fire devil”, “Enemy must fail” etc
Worthy to note, the Christian and the Muslim preached what is in their book, the Muslim becomes peaceful only if the Christian gets to preach unchallenged or the Muslim keeps quiet as regards his own faith.
A Christian Evangelist not minding the fact that there are people with different religious beliefs, state of health and mental stability on a commercial bus, he starts to preach even sometimes as far as the journey takes. He begins to say “Anyone who doesn’t accept Jesus shall perish” citing John 3:16 amidst other verses and this he does, with no harm.
If a Muslim gets on a commercial bus and seats near a Christian, and say “Bismillah AR-rahmani Ar-raheem”, the Christian may change seat or set a space between him and the Muslim.
To a Christian, A Muslim is peaceful only when he honours the invite to celebrate Christmas with them to mark the birth of the supposed son of God and also Easter to commemorate the death of Jesus though these negate the Lam yalid, Walam yulad and also Qur’an 4:157-159 in the Muslim’s Qur’an.
Once a Muslim refuses, saying it is not part of his faith, he is being hated on while a Muslim has no ill thoughts to a Christian who doesn’t join in observing any of the Muslims’ festival.
They laugh outwards, yet they are devil inwards. Seeing Paul of the Bible as a mentor, they can do like a goat to catch a goat to worship the Jesus of the church different from Jesus of the Bible and they employ all acts of maliciousness, Deceptiveness and cunningness being desperate so far more sheep are being brought to church which means an increase in Tithe.
Having Sundays and Saturdays to themselves, with no complains from the Muslims, they will cry out their eyes at an attempt to declare Friday a no working day in favour of the Muslims. Worthy to note that, they have this Sunday and Saturday due to the fact that they don’t know when exactly should be their day of worship. Hence while some go to church on Sunday, the seventh day adventists go on Saturday, yet the Statement “go to church on Sunday or Saturday” cannot be found in the Bible.
To a Christian, a Muslim girl wearing hijab to school is his/her headache though the mother of his/her supposed Lord and Personal saviour was not reported to have exposed her hair.
If a Muslim grows beard, it becomes a problem, though the prophets in the supposed “HOLY BIBLE” were not reported to be clean shaven.
Their tolerance starts from where Muslims begin to tolerate them and stops when Muslims do what is theirs not affecting their religious beliefs or everyday life a bit.
You will only get to fully know what I mean by “our tolerance define their tolerance” when Muslims decide to start celebrating,
World Jesus did not die day, World no son of God day like the Christians celebrate Christmas and easter, the former being Bid’aah and should not be attempted.
When announcing the day of Eid-el-kabir is tagged as holiday and gives a religious body(CAN) headache, we might begin to wonder if they are doing God’s service or stomach and bank account service.
Special thanks to Christians who understand the meaning of humanity not bigots drunken with the opium of prejudice.
May Allah make our feet steadfast in the Islam and guide the unguided. Ameen.
Bashir Lucas Samson Lukman