May 5, 2017, 10:31 AM
In his Christmas message aired last Wednesday night, President Jammeh said Christmas is a day Christians all over the world commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ.
Therefore, it was befitting for both Christians and Muslims, humanity in general, not to forget the essence of his birth and work towards achieving the essence of his mission; that is, to shun evil and embrace good.
“It was man’s cruelty and deep inclination towards Satan that prompted the birth of Jesus Christ to save humanity from a grave double disaster in this world and on the Day of Judgment. Simply put, to save humanity from hell fire, the most grievous punishment of followers of Satan.”
Christmas, President Jammeh added, is also a moment to reflect on the most profound messages of Jesus Christ, the messages of complete righteousness in word and deed, humility, empathy and piety.
“This message is particularly relevant today as people around the world continue to face violence and suffering being perpetrated by Satanic hate forces, as well as diseases such as HIV/AIDS and Ebola.”
“Thus, the spirit of Christmas challenges us to renew adherence to our duty to the Almighty God through prayer, charity, caring and sharing and a firm commitment to live up to the Christian messages of: “Love your neighbour as you love thyself”; ”Do unto others as you would have them do to you.”
According to President Jammeh, as Christmas is a time for reflection and renewal of conviction, true and devout Christians should re-examine their commitment to the worship of the one and only God, and re-dedicate themselves to a new and re-invigorated relationship with the Almighty God.
“You should adhere strictly to the commandments as enshrined in the Holy Bible,” he said, adding that for those of other faiths, “this is the time to join your Christian brethren in solidarity in marking an important event in the Christian calendar.”
“Together, as devout Christians and Muslims, we should form a strong front against all Satanic forces whose only objective is to turn humanity against the Almighty Allah.”
“As you celebrate and enjoy the feast, let us remember that the true spirit of Christmas is to extricate oneself from evil deeds, wish for peace, progress and ensure goodwill to all nations.”
“These cannot be demonstrated without a true manifestation of forgiveness, reconciliation, kindness and love in all our dealings with each other. After all, we are brothers and sisters in one human family, created by the One and only Almighty God,” the President noted.
He said, as a nation, it is a perfect example of true Islam. “Therefore, we shall always endeavour to nurture and sustain this enviable status of being true Muslims practising true Islam, in a country where mutual respect, love and friendship happily exist between Muslims and Christians.”
“In The Gambia, we will remain an example of a society, which thrives on true Islamic faith living peacefully alongside Christians, despite their being a minority,” he added.