Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Muslim Group Urges Christians to Emulate Jesus

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has urged Christians to imbibe the qualities and teachings of Jesus Christ as part of measures to contribute to the nation's development.

MURIC Director, Prof. Is-haq Akintola, said in a statement yesterday that the lessons of the life of Jesus are enough to surmount the problems facing Nigeria as a country if all the citizens would emulate him regardless of religious or ethnic background.

"If we can all be God-fearing, nobody would hate his fellow man or contemplate taking the life of another homo-sapien. Nigeria would be paradise on earth if we could all be as loving as Jesus. Seeking revenge would become history in our country if all would embrace the qualities of fortitude and forgiveness. Neither would poverty pervade the land if we adhere to Jesus' pattern of simple life.

"The Glorious Qur'an reveals that the life of Jesus was filled with piety, humility and simplicity (Qur'an 6:85). He was "held in honour in this world and the hereafter" (Qur'an 3:45) just as he was righteous (Qur'an 3:46) and was blessed (Qur'an 19:31)," Akintola said.

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