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The Mister of Sports ,Solomon Dalung has been having a running battle with an Abuja based  muslim cleric (Dr Isah Pantami ) who asked him to leave his faith (Christianity ) and embrace Islam.

As a follow up to his comments which generated a lot of comments ,he has apologised to the cleric for his attacks.

These are unedited text of his posts on social media on the incident.

AN UNRESERVED APOLOGY TO A BROTHER, FRIEND AND LEADER, DR ISAH PANTAMI.

May I sincerely apologise to Sheikh Isah Pantami and all those affected by my reaction to events that preceded my visit to Anoor Mosque Wuse 2 Abuja. I am human and a subject of errors, if my reaction in anyway has offended you do, please find a place of forgiveness for me in your heart.

To all those who love me so much and their own reactions to my write up was to insult me, I also asked them for forgiveness. I was only reacting as mortal. Also, I sincerely appreciate those who show concern and advise me to have a rethink over my actions. I will say God reward your good deeds.

I have no any intention beyond sharing of love between the two faiths. My methods may not be perfect but certainly, my intention is noble. As a Christian, I feel I was not adequately protected by the open invitation by virtue of my status, but I have learnt that it is acceptable practice in Islam, I will definitely be more tolerant in future. In my wrong judgement, I still believed that I was not treated fairly and that there is a better way of doing it, however, if my feelings are offensive, I am sorry.

I want to assure Sheikh Pantami that I have a lot of respect for him and we share so many things in common. So let us continue to work for peace and unity of our country.

May God grant us the grace to promote love, peace and unity.

Love you all.

SOLOMON DALUNG

His Initial Reaction


SHEIKH PANTAMI' S INVITATION TO ISLAM WAS UNFAIR TO ME.

I have read with interest comments of many expressed my recent visit to Anur Jummat Mosque Wuse, Zone 2 Abuja. To those who understood my mission, they also appreciated it and I am grateful because we are partners in peaceful coexistence.

The invitation to Islam by Sheikh Pantami was done in utmost bad faith and not within Islamic traditions. He did not invited me to attend the tafseer, I went on my own, therefore abusing the privilege was quite unfortunate. Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) received so many Christian delegations including those from St Catherine's Monastery in Sinai, but never used their visits to invite them to Islam. Rather, he respected their religion and even granted some of them access to use the mosque for their worship.

I started visiting Muslim ummah during Ramadan about 5 years ago. My mission is simply to enhance better tolerance of each other by practical demonstration of understanding. I have attended tafseer of Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi, where over one million Muslims were in attendance, but he had never ever abused the opportunity of our relationship. In fact, Sheikh Dahiru respects me alot and I do same to him as father figure too

The method employed by Sheikh Pantami was cheap black mail because if he sincerely believed in converting me to Islam he should have demonstrated commitments, not to take advantage of my visit.

He knew my office or he should have adopted the traditions of the Prophet by writing me a letter of invitation but choosing the part of armbush was to say the least embarrassing but certainly not love at all.

As a cleric, he should have weighed the implications of his actions. While in His sermon he tried to condemn those acts that portrayed Islam in bad light, but he ended up been guilty of abused of obligations to his host. I informed him before hand of my visit, if he was not disposed to it, he could have politely turned it down not to accept then tried to ridicule my reputation.

I have so many mentors who are Muslim leaders including sheikh Lemu, Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi, Sultan of Sokoto, Sheikh Yahaya Jingir, Sheikh Khalid, Maitama Sule, Sani Zangon Daura, Ango Abdullahi, etc. They have never done anything to violate my religious rights. Rather, my relationship with them had strengthened my knowledge of Islam.

When Sheikh Pantami launched the affront on my faith, I was calmed because it is part of the price I have to pay for peace. Not too long after my departure from Anur Jummat Mosque in Abuja, there was rumour of conversation to Islam which has been trending. In my opinion this has a nexus with the ill fated invitation which primarily was intended to spark off instability.

Let me appeal to all peace loving Christians and Muslims to be calm and disregard machinations of evil minded people who see nothing good in peace. Instead of discouraging me, it has emboldened me to do more for peaceful coexistence and religious tolerance in Nigeria. God is the author of faith and conscience, He act as it pleases Him. He created us different people with different faiths, culture and ethnic backgrounds yet He put us together in one country.

This temptation is a test we must work hard to pass. May God Almighty grants us the grace to do His will, amen. Love you all.
Ramadan Kareem.
 

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