Different faiths unite at joint Nativity

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More than 150 people of different faiths came together for a joint Nativity service – possible only every 33 years – at Padiham Unitarian Chapel.

Celebrating the births of Jesus Christ and the Prophet Muhammed, the service was made possible by the fact that, for the first time in three decades under the Islamic calendar, Prophet Muhammed’s birthdate fell on Wednesday, December 23rd this year.

The service, which was led by the Rev. Jim Corrigall and Sufi Muslim leaders Shaykh Nasser and Rauf Bashir, of the Free Spiritual Centre, Nelson, included readings, prayers, carols and Sufi chanting in Urdu, Arabic and English and a chorus from a women’s choir.