While religious differences fuel wars around the globe, Muslims and Christians are happily cooperating in one corner of the world, according to Christian Today.
In Kozlets, a Bulgarian village of only 600 people, the century-old Eastern Orthodox Church of the Archangel Michael was set to close because of a damaged bell tower. Church leaders feared the broken tower was a hazard to the congregation.
"It was possible that it would fall and bring down the roof with it," Kozlets Mayor Kadir Beynur told a local newspaper. "This very much worried the Christians in the village. So we decided to raise money."
The town's Muslims raised more than $1,100 needed to repair the bell tower, as well as additional money and donations to help refurbish the church's interior and repair an exterior fence, Christian Today reported.
The repairs have been completed in time for Easter, which is scheduled on May 1 this year, according to the Orthodox calendar.
Beynour said Kozlets, where Muslims are a majority, proves that adherents of both faiths can live in harmony together:
From what I can remember my parents, our Muslim community and Christians who once were a majority in the village, we lived together. This is an absolute sign that not only [are] people becoming more strong in faith, but in a village where there are Muslims and Christians, all have played their part, rolled up their sleeves and taken care of their houses of prayer. Kozlets is a true example of tolerance, especially in these times when it is so important and necessary.