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South Sudan calls for religious tolerance and peaceful coexistence

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August 19, 2012 (JUBA )- South Sudan on Sunday called for tolerance and peaceful coexistence between different religious groups and denominations, a day after Muslim believers in the new nation ended the holy month of Ramadan.

Mark Lotede, an advisor on religious affairs for the country’s President, congratulated Muslim believers in the country for showing “courage” while fasting describing it a commitment to tolerate temptations.

Over 10% of South Sudanese are Muslim, while the majority are Christian or practice traditional African beliefs.

He urged South Sudanese to join the rest of the Muslim world to celebrate the festival of Eid which follows Ramadan. A press release from Lotede’s office, he asked that South Sudanese continue to live in an atmosphere of "peace and unity".

“This is a day the people of this world, both Muslims and non-Muslims, should forget about their differences regardless of political ideologies, race colour or sex, and come together in the spirit of oneness and forgive each other of the sins and wrongs committed in the past, and pray for a better society in the interest and benefit of the human race."

However, he asked that those who died in South Sudan’s war with Islamic dominated north Sudan not be forgotten. South Sudan became the world’s youngest nation in July 2011.

The Secretary General of the Islamic Council in the country, Atahir Bior also called also for peaceful coexistence with other religious groups explaining religion should not be used as a basis of division.

Bior reminded Muslim constituents that the end of Ramadan should not mean the end of good behaviours and practices.

“The conduct that guided us throughout this holy month should be the same that we should endeavour to continue with throughout the year. We should at all times remember that submission to God (Allah) has no time frame, as long as we are people obedient to our lord, it is incumbent upon us to uphold his commandments any time anywhere", Bior said in a televised statement on South Sudan Television on Sunday.

“Let’s continue to act within the dictates of good moral behaviours, be honest, respectful and always keep remembering those people who do not have the pleasure of food and wealth”.

(ST)

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  • 20 August 2012 06:14, by Dinkawarrior

    I don’t think if there will be religious toerance from Muslims whose their ideologies connected with sins.

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    • 20 August 2012 07:42, by Chol

      Religious tolerant and peaceful coexistent with Muslims in South Sudan! Well, as long as there are no loud speakers on top of the mosque that makes extreme loud noise three, four and five times a day; then we will have no issues! Because less than 10% of Muslims will not be allow to make that noise to over 90% of South Sudanese population. Pray quietly like everyone else.

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      • 20 August 2012 13:47, by Dinkawarrior

        Choldit!
        hahahhahaha! They’re still disturbing the peace environment of Juba City while our Leader Dr. John Garang De Mabior is resting in his burial place.
        They need to be careful and behave properly otherwise SPLA must be ready to discipline them according to the rule of laws. It’s imposible for human being to call God with strong and noisy ways. What the fuck and shameful Allah is this?

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  • 20 August 2012 07:01, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    All religious that are not native to African are so dangerous for Africa people. Religion ideology is the way of fooling people, not God; everybody have direct believes with their own God. All religions motive is to keep African foolish forever.

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    • 20 August 2012 15:29, by Ruach

      A loud sound will generate problems.This 10% is population of foreigners residing in our country

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    • 21 August 2012 15:45, by Madut Tong

      in what sense are religions foreign to Africa are dangerous? can you tell this forum what religions are foreign to Africa?

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    • 21 August 2012 15:50, by Madut Tong

      It is important that both Christians, Muslims and animist in South Sudan co-exist peacefully in this beloved country. While it is an exaggeration that Muslim population in South Sudan is over 10%.

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  • 21 August 2012 02:24, by australian

    Why is the GOSS paying this dhimmi Mark Lotede to be an "adviser" on religion? Didn’t the South Sudanese get all the "advice" they needed during the jihad which was inflicted on them?
    I will give unpaid advice to GOSS, if they like, and I can tell the truth.

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