Yazidis and Chris­tians cel­e­brate the Mawlid In Shin­gal with their Moslem broth­ers

The Kurdish Globe - - ERBIL WEATHER FORECAST - By Has­san Shin­gali

Shin­gal is a city where cults and doc­trines mix. What dis­tin­guishes Shin­gal from other Kur­dish cites is its tol­er­ance and will­ing­ness to co­ex­is­tent down the cen­turies. This makes for close re­la­tion­ships among its peo­ple, who have suf­fered to­gether and lived through thick and thin. The Yazidis com­pose the ma­jor­ity in the city, with the Moslems be­ing the sec­ond most nu­mer­ous com­po­nent and the Chris­tians form­ing a mi­nor­ity. How­ever, all the peo­ple of Shin­gal par­tic­i­pate along­side their broth­ers at ev­ery feast or cer­e­mony in the city, ir­re­spec­tive of which re­li­gion it is linked to. Peo­ple are happy to wish their broth­ers a happy feast, to help them and to con­firm their de­sire to live to­gether in peace. As we saw three weeks ago, Mus­lims and Chris­tians alike par­tic­i­pated with the Yazidis in cel­e­brat­ing the Ezi feast, just as we saw Shin­gali Yazidis and Mus­lims cel­e­brat­ing Christ­mas and New Year with their Chris­tian broth­ers.

When the time came for the Prophet>s birth­day, the Yazidis and Chris­tians cel­e­brated the oc­ca­sion with their Moslems broth­ers, con­grat­u­lat­ing them on the com­ing of Muham­mad>s birth­day.

Ali Shivan, a Yazidi cit­i­zen from Shin­gal, told the Pyam­ner news agency that: <>As in­hab­i­tants of Shin­gali, we par­tic­i­pate in ev­ery oc­ca­sion whether it is a re­li­gious event or oth­er­wise. For the Mawlid, the Prophet>s birth­day, I con­grat­u­lated ev­ery Moslem on the com­ing of his birth­day, and wished ev­ery­one days of hap­pi­ness and joy. I hope this year will bring the end of wars and killing in the world>>.

Faisal Shahrod, a Chris­tian cit­i­zen from Shin­gal, said that: <>We are broth­ers and we will stay close to strengthen this re­la­tion­ship. I con­grat­u­late Mus­lims on the Mawlid and it is our tra­di­tion in Shin­gal to par­tic­i­pate in each oth­ers’ her­itage. We are proud of it and we will never aban­don it. Shin­gal suf­fered a lot un­der the Ot­tomans and af­ter­wards, but the ties that bind its dif­fer­ent com­po­nents to­gether have been un­done.

The Ezi feast in Shin­gal.

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