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Church Where Moslem Faithfuls Will Perform Ablution For Sallah Prayers Tomorrow

Eid El Kabir Day
Posted: Sep 10, 2016 at 6:15 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

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Elder Emmanuel Obatola is the founder and leader of Sacred Order of Seraphim and Cherubim Church, Ogo-Oluwa Headquarters, Oke-Lantoro , Abeokuta, Ogun State.
In a rare display of religious tolerance that is not widely practiced by many adherents of religions, he had in the last 38 years been offering clean water to Muslim faithfuls to perform ablution (al-Wudu) before prayers and entering the sacred land where the Eid prayer is observed annually.
Ablution is the Islamic procedure for washing parts of the body (hands, mouth, nostrils, arms, head, feet) using water. Wu??? is typically done in preparation for formal prayers (salat), and also before handling and reading the Qur’an, according to Islamic injunction.
To other residents of the surrounding communities, the special prayers of Eid-el-Fitri and Eid-el-Kabir, observed in open spaces to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan and on the second day of Arafat during pilgrimage to holy lands of Mecca and Medina provided opportunity for trade as many sell water in bottled and sachets to the worshippers to perform ablution
However, to Elder Obatola it has become an annual practice by the church to make the deep well within the church available to Muslim faithfuls to perform the religious birth before the Eid prayers.
“We are all the same and creation of Almighty God. The bible teaches us to tolerate one another, love others the way we love ourselves, and be our brother’s keeper at all times. The bible says: “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets,” the clergy added.
Speaking with Independent, the octogenarian stated that the church makes arrangement for Muslims that observe the Eid prayer at the Lantoro Central Praying ground, where the Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun will also worship, to perform ablution or even observe the prayers within the church premises whenever the Eid ground is filled to capacity, saying religious beliefs should not give room to violence and intolerance.
“This is the church of the Lord and I have been extending this hand of fellowship to our Muslim brothers and sisters since 1978. Other brethrens in the church are not opposed to this gesture because in our homes; individually and collectively we all have family members and friends that are on the other side. God is love and it is love that brings peace to homes, communities and the country in general.”
Speaking on the religious crisis in some parts of the country, Elder Obatola cautioned Nigerians against religious fanatism, saying that perpetrators of evils under the guise of religion are not God sent and that no living human being can correct the ills of the society without adhering to the creator’s directive as entrenched in the holy books.
According to him, “God is the ultimate. I have been in the gospel work in the last 40 years. I accepted the calling from God the creator as a worshipper in a white garment church. I received the calling and since then I never looked back and God has been good and had been the strength of the church.”
He advised Nigerians against the pursuit of money, riches and worldly goods and added: “It is God that gives and distribute wealth and he who seeks greatness must first seek divine intervention, youths of today are too wealth mindful. Many have turned out to be criminals in the pursuit of riches they never worked for or deserved.”
Raising concern about the economy of the country in recession and its attendant hardships on the populace, he advised the leadership of the country to show more commitment in alleviating the sufferings of the masses.
Also on speaking of tongues in white garment churches, Elder Obatola who he told Independent he was not gifted stated that his son posses the anointing of the Holy Spirit to speak in the Arabian language, saying that it was a grace of joy.
Emphasising the need for religious harmony in the country, Alhaji Mohammed Aliyu, Registrar and Chief Executive Officer, Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Management Institute of Nigeria (NIPSMN) appealed to all Nigerians to live as one irrespective of their religious differences.