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Kiir calls on Muslims to increase prayers for peace during holy month of Ramadan


August 13, 2010 (KHARTOUM) — The President of the semi-autonomous southern Sudan, General Salva Kiir Mayardit, on Friday called on Sudanese Muslims to increase prayers for peace and love during the holy month of Ramadan.

In his Ramadan message to Muslims as they started fasting on Thursday, Kiir urged Muslims to observe fasting and strengthen their spiritual renewal of love and peace. Fasting is a fundamental pillar in Islam which every able Muslim must observe. President Kiir also asked Sudanese to use this period to pray for the country to have peaceful and free referendum.

The 2005 peace deal, known as Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), allows the region to hold an internationally monitored referendum on self-determination for the people of southern Sudan to decide on whether or not they should remain as part of a united Sudan.

A similar referendum will be held for the Abyei region predominantly inhabited by Dinka Ngok who were transferred to northern Sudan in 1905 and are ancestrally linked to the Dinka ethnic group of southern Sudan.

The proposed date for the conduct of referendum is 9 January 2011 and will go on for seven days. However, should the required turnout percentage or number of registered voters - agreed by the two parties in the referendum - be less than 60% in the first round of voting, a second round of voting would be held within sixty days from the first poll.

While southern Sudan and Abyei are allowed for referendum, a popular consultation for the people of Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile states will be held. Both the Nuba Mountains and southern Blue Nile state fought alongside the south for more than two decades against the Khartoum government over marginalization and lack of equitable power sharing and development.

"Our country is heading towards referendum. I urge all peace loving believers to pray for peace during this holy month,’’ Kiir said.

Muslim fasting is based on a special lunar calendar which begins when the thin crescent of the Moon is sighted in the western sky after sunset within a day or so after new moon.

According to Islamic principles, fasting during Ramadan is prescribed to every healthy adult Muslim. The weak, sick, children, travelers and pregnant women are exempt from fasting during this month.

In Islamic teachings, those observing fasting are not only required to abstain from eating and drinking, but also from consuming oral medicine and injecting fluids of nutritional value. Fasting lasts from dawn to sunset.


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  • 14 August 2010 06:49, by DASODIKO

    I am sure symbolically,you are the real President of the entire Sudan Salva Kiir. we have never ever heard one of the presidents from the north even encouraged any professors of any religion to ask God to bring peace. Its because all people in North of Sudan and Arab world only beleive that GOD ALMIGHTY IS THEIR ONLY FRIEND. He can only listen to Arabs not even black muslims; that is why in any prayers they must push an Arab in front instead of black schollar; to pary for other even if he is ignorant.

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  • 14 August 2010 09:34, by Sudan virus

    Muslims always do the opposite of what a noon Muslim/Christian says.

    Dr.kiir better say they should pray for war so that they do the opposite -pray 4 peace.

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    • 14 August 2010 11:51, by Thonkiir

      Has Mr.Kiir, run out of points to tell his people why asked Muslims today that to pray for the peace and referendum’s outcome. Is it the first time for Muslims to have feast or celebrating the Ramada like this? They haven’t prayed since peace began while our brothers Muslims usually done the festival every year.

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      • 14 August 2010 16:53, by mack waweru

        Don’t forget that Islam is a religion of peace! Hahahahahaaha
        We have Southern Muzzies too. Hell bent pathetic morons. 9 Jan 2011 is the solution.

        Mack Awe

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        • 14 August 2010 18:51, by Aarai Baka

          Wait a minute, why the removed the some of the comments people were commenting on this site?

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  • 14 August 2010 20:01, by Achuil Manyuat Tong

    They should prayer for peace ,although the image of islam has been spoiled by they so calld terrorist .
    There is still a chance to transform it to be what it was at the begining.
    They founder prophet mohammed did found it for war or to kill human being .
    It has just been jumbled by scholars and people who always want to promote personal interest until the came up with el-qeada .
    I apprecaite muslim who truly understand what islam is .
    Islamic as religiou has done nothing wrong in our situation.

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    • 14 August 2010 21:57, by DASODIKO

      Thanks brother Achuil Manyuat Tong, there nothing wrong for a person to believe in any religion dogma; but its wrong to use that religion to kill innocent people for personal interests. In the past all religions were used to control people or kill or torture. The slavery, colonization were out products of misuse of religions. So let us use it to save human lives, preserve human dignity and free human minds instead of blocking them. Amen

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