The following article was originally published by The Christian Science Monitor. You can read and share it HERE.
Pastor James Wuye and the Imam Muhammad Ashafa are unlikely friends. At one time both men plotted to kill each other and sowed hatred among their fundamentalist followers, fueling a deadly rivalry. But they have since put their past behind them in the interest of bringing peace to Christians and Muslims in Nigeria, the largest nation in the world that has a population of half Muslims and half Christians. The dividing line at the heart of the conflict is in the city of Kaduna in Northern Nigeria where the pastor and Iman both live. They say that what unites them is a spiritual commitment to God, despite their differing views on faith, and the desire to make the world a better place. They now model that spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation to bring peace to the region (see “A pastor and an imam once tried to kill each other – now they work to heal Nigeria,” PRI.org).