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Islamic groups in Southern Sudan unite under one administration

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By James Gatdet Dak

April 8, 2008 (JUBA) – Various groups of Muslim community in Southern Sudan on Monday, April 7, resolved to reconcile their differences and unite under one administration.

Previously there were separate groups; one under the New Sudan Council for Islamic Affairs operating in the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) liberated areas while some other groups were operating under the government controlled areas in Southern Sudan.

These groups have been in conflict over administration and coordination of Islamic affairs in Southern Sudan since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

In a meeting chaired by the Vice President of the Government of Southern Sudan, Riek Machar Teny, where all these groups were represented, the groups reconciled and united under a single executive body to administer the Islamic community in Southern Sudan.

The meeting confirmed Sheik Tahir Biar as the Chairman of the New Sudan Council for Islamic Affairs and to be headquartered in Juba.

Sheik Biar was authorized by the SPLM late Chairman Dr. John Garang de Mabior to represent the Islamic community in the SPLM/A liberated areas during the war.

The Council also resolved to start preparations for a General Assembly in the near future in which it will elect its leadership.

The meeting also resolved to re-organize various Muslim groups in the ten states of Southern Sudan into one body in their respective states and coordinate their autonomous administrations with their General Headquarters in Juba.

Machar also urged the Muslim community to contribute to the delivery of basic services to the people of Southern Sudan.

Speaking at the same meeting, the Governor of Central Equatoria state, Major General Clement Wani Konga congratulated the Muslim community for overcoming their differences as Southern Sudanese.

He pledged that his state government will handover any property owned by the Muslim community to the New Sudan Council for Islamic Affairs.

The Chairman of the New Sudan Council for Islamic Affairs, Sheik Tahir Biar commended the role played by the Government of Southern Sudan to help reconcile and unite the Islamic community under one administration in Southern Sudan.

Sheik Biar assured the meeting of his Council’s commitment to contribute to the development of Southern Sudan by providing basic services such as schools and health centers.

Earlier, a meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Government of Southern Sudan resolved to help unite and re-organize the Muslim community in Southern Sudan into one administration.

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  • 9 April 2008 07:42, by Dhieu Dok

    I am speechless! Unity? After what?

    After Al Turabi declared holy war on South Sudanese in 1990s?

    It is an insult to our freedom.

    Dhieu Dok

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    • 9 April 2008 08:50, by Monye Jur

      Dhieu Dok

      Your are speechless coz you are not a muslim nor me, let them unite since they are also our southern brothers so that they can also know their duty to engage in reconciliation and peace building amount the southern communities.

      You and me will only come to speaking one day if they (southern muslim)started to misuse their faith like the Khartoum mislims in to terorisim for their own purposes; thats where we will be speaking.

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      • 9 April 2008 10:26, by Jok Biong

        Unity a mong Musilms of the South under SPLM\A is good if they serve the real case of their people and I think ShiAkh Biar is well known to us during the time of our struggle he had worked hard.

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  • 9 April 2008 10:33, by Okello De John

    You people are still not aware of Islamic actions. What is call Islam is the same anywhere in Southern Sudan or in Iraq, Islam is Islam. I think all of us know what Islam’s are doing in some other parts of the world.

    The terrorist all over the world are Islam. They bombs, killing many people in the name of Allah (God) and they are well known of business doctrine that is convert people to Islam through money,

    You should be most alert of Islamic dynamic way of doing things. Those who are now united as a community group in Southern Sudan, in many years coming they will be of large number in Southern Sudan.

    Let know that wherever there are Islam Arabs must be there, they call each others brothers, then they will start washing out the brain of some individuals.

    Arabs (Islam) are well known of dominating the whole atmosphere with the need of people.

    After all they will start to practices their Islamabad by building many Mosque, Kalwa to teach the young generation with Islamic doctrine, converting people to Islam, by use of money and other human need, as all of us know Islam Arabs are the most richest people in some other corner of the World so they can be able to develops their Islamic live out with the other fellow southerners who are in Islam later on they will overthrown the government of the south Sudan and perhaps they will do a lot of things in Southern Sudan, now the Arabs know that parts of the southern Sudan is very rich of many kind of resources and these attract their interest for coming to South Sudan.

    Please! You should know that this Islamic amalgamation in southern Sudan is not a easy things. Later on you will regrets even if it now southerners alone in this Islamic union, by the time they will include Arabs in this union.

    In my opinion I think it is better to eradicate this terrible Islamization in southern Sudan.

    View online : ISLAMIZATION AND IT ROOTS IN SOUTHERN SUDAN

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    • 9 April 2008 17:47, by Mapuor Malual Manguen

      Well, I would like to tell Sec. Vice President Ali Osman Taha that he had earlier this week used inaccurate and unfounded bashing on the government of southern Sudan over what he called, "abuse of Muslims rights in Southern Sudan". This statement is uncalled for and must be withdrawn immediately.

      Are these not rights of Muslims being addressed by GOSS, in which Dr. Machar spearheaded to unite them for their good cause?

      To me and every Southern Sudanese, freedom of worship is an inalienable right of any citizen to exercise unlike the North unfortunately.

      However, I would like to advise my Muslim brothers in the South not to adopt an impression of islamization of South Sudan’s system and to take Senegal as an example where Muslims who are over ninety per cent lived together with Christians minority for many centuries. Ironically, this country happened to be ruled by a Christian president for ten years but no religious sentiment was reported. Therefore, this country must be a role model to us all.

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      • 10 April 2008 11:51, by acholi

        Congratulation for your unity,but please Mr. Tahir Bior Abdallah could invite mr Ali Othuman Taha to kapoeta to compare what Muslim has done to Catholic Church & the Mosque in Kapoeta? Thanks

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        • 11 April 2008 05:49, by Deng Thiak Adut

          I am thanking everyone for wonderfull comments, and thegood haviours you shown after long break, and in relations this topic...its good that uncle Bior will be happy to see that we are not opposing to Islam but the ideas behind it.

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