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