I attacked my friend

He describes how a gang of ethnic Berom Christian men were attacking the area, armed with guns, cutlasses and petrol-bombs.

Vincent – one of few Christian residents – was singled out, and made to go with them, to point out D-Boy’s house.

“They know he is my friend. That is why they forced me to do it. They knew that I am a Christian, and he is a Muslim.

“I am looking for forgiveness,” he chokes.

D-Boy stares straight ahead, listening.

“Don’t do it again,” he bursts out.

“If this thing happens again, don’t put your hand in it. I know you are a good person.”

D-Boy’s parents have forgiven Vincent, and would like to see him again at the family home.

But violent threats of revenge, and fear of arrest, have forced him to move away.

“If I enter the area, they will kill me,” he says.

So whatever thing you have been given – it is but [for] enjoyment of the worldly life. But what is with Allah is better and more lasting for those who have believed and upon their Lord rely

And those who avoid the major sins and immoralities, and when they are angry, they forgive,
And those who have responded to their lord and established prayer and whose affair is [determined by] consultation among themselves, and from what We have provided them, they spend.
And those who, when tyranny strikes them, they defend themselves,
And the retribution for an evil act is an evil one like it, but whoever pardons and makes reconciliation – his reward is [due] from Allah . Indeed, He does not like wrongdoers.

[Qur’an 42:36-40]


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