Chrislam: New Faith or Hoax?

ChrislamNew-Faith-or-HoaxA feature story published by Anadolu Agency last week (1st. week of June, 2014) drew the attention of an international audience to Chrislam, a religion or faith said to be combining Christianity and Islam together as can be seen from the name.

Therefore, I googled the name and I would like to share with you a great deal of what I have found out regarding that ‘religion’ and, then, Chrislam will be put to the test of authenticity as far as Islam is concerned.

Historical background

According to the sources this article is based on, Chrislam /krɪslɑːm/ is a Nigerian syncretic religion which mixes elements of Christianity and Islam.

Chrislam was originally founded by Tela Tella in the 1970s and it predominantly exists in Lagos, Nigeria.

Its followers recognize both the Bible and the Qur’an as sacred texts, and practice “running deliverance,” a distinctive practice of spiritual running which members liken to Joshua’s army circling Jericho, or the Muslim practice of circumambulating the Ka`bah in Makkah.

Today, adherents of Chrislam follow Shamsuddin Saka, a religious leader in Nigeria, who claims to be a messenger sent by Allah to bridge the religious divide and to bring together Muslims and Christians like never before.

While many may not be aware of its existence, this controversial faith system has small pockets of adherents in different parts of Africa and has garnered a plethora of intrigue – and scrutiny – in the US.
It is worth-mentioning here that while Tela Tella’s congregation had about 500 worshippers only, Saka’s has about 1.500 adherents who endeavor to attract others to join their faithful community.

Faith and rituals — Read more HERE

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