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Sudanese Shi’ites hold rare public celebration

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August 10, 2009 (KHARTOUM) — Several hundreds of Sudanese Shi’ites have held what is believed to be their first religious celebration in the predominantly Sunni country.

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Shiite pilgrims beat themselves with ceremonial chains as they march toward the Imam Mousa al-Kazim shrine to commemorate the revered imam’s eighth century death in northern Baghdad, Iraq on 17 July 2009 (AP)

The London based Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper reported that the Shi’ites rallied in Jabal Awliya suburb 40 kilometers South of Khartoum to celebrate the birthday of Imam Al-Mahdi, a messiah-like figure for the sect.

The participants included university students, lecturers, politicians, journalists and students of religious seminars.

The exact figures of Shi’ites in Sudan is unknown but is believed to be expanding rapidly.

A religious official told the newspaper that the government in Khartoum was aware of the gathering and keeping a watchful eye out for any misbehavior.

“We won’t allow any activity that diminishes the associates of the Prophet, peace be upon him” the official said, implying that the government would not tolerate attacks against the more prevalent Sunni belief.

A growing Shi’ite influence in Sudan could be the result of close relations between Sudan and Iran, the latter being the country with the largest Shi’ite population in the world.

Government sources told A-Sharq Al-Awsat that the government did not oppose Shi’ite activities in the country because “it’s linked to the good relations with Iran and the government doesn’t want any interference to damage these relations.”.
In the past, Sunni Islamists in Sudan have accused Iran of trying to spread its brand of Shiite Islam in the East African country through a propaganda campaign.

Three years ago the Sudanese chapter of the Muslim Brotherhood said it had presented evidence of Teheran’s attempts to convert locals to Shi’itism.

"It’s a large scale plan conceived by Shiite groups and local organizations with the objective of spreading Shi’itism in Sudan," a spokesman for the group told the Arab daily al-Hayat.

Sunni groups have denounced what they say is a "Shiite peril" and the opening of several Shiite mosques in Khartoum.

They have asked authorities to close down the Iranian embassy’s cultural centre and to prevent it from holding conferences which they say are being used for propaganda purposes.

"Shiite penetration in Sudan has become possible because of a lack of control on the part of the authorities," the Muslim Brotherhood’s Sudan country representative, Sadiq Abdullah Abdel-Majid, said.

In 2006, an Iranian exhibit at the Khartoum International Book Fair was closed by authorities after it displayed books that allegedly contained blasphemous content against Sunni Islam.

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  • 11 August 2009 05:18, by kuminyandi

    Sooner or later, northern Sudan will be like Iraq. With so many religions sectarians, religious chaos is imminent.

    Kumi,

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  • 11 August 2009 05:30, by oshay

    The supposed Sunni Islamic government must immediately put to halt this disgusting devious sect from our society.

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  • 11 August 2009 06:31, by Oduck Bol

    Omer:

    Omar brought Ir ages people to live in Sudan. Those are violence people and crimnals. We do not want them in Sudan. Sudanese are peaceful people. Iam sure those are Irges who beat themselves with chains. Give them tow years, they are going start violence.

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    • 11 August 2009 10:58, by budi 23rd journalist

      hahaha, thats it now, very soon, Shiit and Sunnies will Bomb themselve like in Irag and Afghanistan.

      I can forsee the future of Khartoum by seeing Sunnies and shiite religouis sect.

      just wait and see.

      As I told you earlier, arabs are funny, they kill to please whom they called Allah, funny Human beings though,

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      • 11 August 2009 12:02, by Ajuscommando

        Oh my God, Khartoum is full with terrorists from Middle East as you have witness them in photos. I think people will hear different news soon if this types of Islam religion has come to Sudan. I request GOSS leaders not to allow these animals to South since they are kind of dog practicing terrorisms in Iraq and others part of the world so this thing need carefulness from GOSS not to accept any single cat to South.

        Ajus

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        • 11 August 2009 22:43, by Monyde Bai

          Shiites are actually least terroristic compared with Sunnis, more intellectual, technology loving and more civilization oriented then these primitive of the so called Sunnis.However, they are both dangerous sects of the same satanic religion of Islam and non is less evil then the other in terms of morality only minimal civilization differential that had actually went wrong long ago in the greater Muslim World of Persia and Arabia and that is why they were left behind by the Christian World and Japanese. Muslims are only good at fucking their relatives and washing their asses nothing intellectual about their religious belief and culture.
          September 11th was sponsored, organized and executed by Sunnis and the same Sunnis have taken the great nation of the Sudan to abyss and pariah of the World, a failed state, sick man of the Arab and African worlds.
          Monyde Bai.

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  • 12 August 2009 01:53, by dong kuol wall

    I always thank Southern for their participation on South Sudan peace between North and South

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