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December 29, 2010 (NAIROBI) – A high-profile Muslim cleric has called on Muslims in south Sudan not to vote for secession when they go to the polls on January 9, 2011 to decide whether they want their region to secede or remain in a united Sudan.

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Muslim cleric Al-Qaradawi (www.telegraph.co.uk)

The semi-autonomous region of south Sudan, where most people ascribe to Christianity or traditional beliefs, is due to hold a referendum vote in January 2011 to decide whether it wants to remain united with the predominately Muslim north or secede to form an independent state.

The plebiscite is stipulated under the 2005’s peace deal which ended nearly two decades of north-south civil war in which religion consistently featured as a tool of mobilization

Aggrieved by years of civil war and perceived neglect by the dominant governments in the north, southerners are expected to vote overwhelmingly for secession.

Yusuf al-Qaradawi, an Egyptian cleric who heads the Union of Muslim Scholars, said in a televised interview that south Sudanese Muslims should not vote for secession which according to the clerics is a Western conspiracy to break up the unity of the Islamic World.

“A [south] Sudanese Muslim should not vote for secession…because behind secession always lies evil…The West now lives in the world of unity and blocs…We unfortunately live in the world of fragmentation.”

There are no exact figures on the number of south Sudanese Muslims, but they are believed to be a minority.

However, even some Muslims in southern Sudan say the north has oppressed them.

’’They put us in third class,’’ says Juma Said Ali, Deputy Director of Dawah Section in Southern Sudan Muslim Council, an organization in Juba. ’’It’s better for us to separate,’ he added.’

Al-Qaradawi claimed that the “Americans and Western countries” were standing behind the secession of south Sudan in order to disrupt the unity of the Islamic World.

“Sudan, this big country, is beset by conspiracies that do not want it to survive,” Al-Qaradawi mused while speaking in his widely watched TV program “Al-Shariah and Life” broadcast on the Pan-Arab TV Al-Jazeera.

The cleric further warned that the secession of south Sudan would spawn similar trends across Sudan, suggesting that the war-battered western region of Darfur, where the majority of the population are Muslim, could be the next in line.

“Now the south, and then comes Darfur. The West wants secession and breakup of the country…this is even more dangerous and we must not condone secession in any country,” Al-Qaradawi said.

Darfur is a region in western Sudan whose population is predominantly Muslims. The neglected region has been steeped in civil war since rebels belonging mostly to African ethnic groups took up arms against the Sudanese government in 2003.

The conflict claimed the lives of 300,000 people and displaced more than 2 million, according to UN figures.

Some rebel groups in Darfur, which stood as an independent sultanate up to 1916, have already expressed views in favor of the region’s right to self-determination.

Although widely acclaimed in the Middle East for his contribution to Islamic scholarship, some of Al-Qaradawi’s views are controversial in the West, especially his repeated defense of suicide attacks on Israeli civilians by the Palestinian Islamic organization Hamas.

He is banned from entering the United State and Great Britain.

Last week, a group of radical Muslim clerics known as the Legitimate League of Muslim Scholars and Preachers stirred up controversy when they declared south Sudan referendum as “null and void” from a religious point of view.

They called on the government to cancel the referendum and impose Shari’ah law in the entire country regardless of what southern Sudanese want.

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  • 30 December 2010 08:54, by Skylover

    Being a Muslim in the south does not mean voting for unity. no good Arabs, the dead Arab is best!!! please southeners do not hesitate or confuse yourselves, the reason being that, having a united Sudan is not liberation.

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    • 30 December 2010 09:06, by landlord

      ah ah
      He is stupid
      Let him go to iran for their doom religion,
      Death to him,

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      • 30 December 2010 23:19, by Mboriundoko Kumba

        You know our government of southern sudan must be carefull with this remaining black muslim likewise as you know very well that every year they go to Meka in Suadi Arabia for their meeting which is basing on killing the Christians .so the government of South Sudan must not give them freedom because they are terrosit ,we have seen a very good example from U ganda about the bombe which killed many people in Uganda it was the muslim who are in Uganda who did that ,because their theme is that if you kill a christian 75%from both sides of you father and mother will go to paradiso.Iam declaring to the southerners that I be the first person to begin killing the muslim who are in southern sudan ,what I know about these people is that the join the islam with the purpose of getting enough money and good supply of food .so we must not give them any space because their batacks was already stumped,they are no longer trust ,But let me briefy you on Mohamed ,he was born from a very poor families who did not cared about him,how was he surviving it was through taking the goats and ships to jebel Arafat where there was alot of green grass he was moving through out the days taking the animals to that mountain but to be short one day he decided to move to other side of the mountain where he was called by somebody who set inside his curve mohamed was not fearing as you know the life of the normands they fear nothing in this world he lasted to that location and he was interviewed by the caller .so the person who called him told him that he wanted to asigned him a task there Mohamed accepted then he started giving him what is so called the first book in Qurans day by day untill it reached 140 from there all the arabs loved this messages but one day Mohamed told his people that there is someone who is satan that can broke our messages it needs us to kill him so that nothing should happen to our sweet messages actually it was said that all of them shutted that we must kill that man ,there mahamed instruct them everyone must take three stone to hit the man with and it , the person he said was satan was the man who gave him the words at jebel arafat after they killed that person, now they creat something that mohamed was not born but was sent by God do you know why they kill that man at jebel arafat? the answer is that they killed the man because he was a christian that is why they kiled him ,if somebody asks you to day about the meaning of summu ramdan please tell the person that this word existed by the time when Ramdan came and cought mohamed sleeping with his wife so by then there were only three days for festing but after this accident occured mohamed told ramdan that he is going to do good thing to him which is mohamed add 0 to make 30 days ,mohamed come out and told the people that God has icreased the days of festing and it is no longer three days but thirty days and it is called summu ramdan .please southerners take care after you ready this messages .

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    • 30 December 2010 10:11, by John Gum

      Dear Muslim
      Kiss your elbow,it is very Inflexible to be united under muslim shara laws all over again.fuck your mother muslim or your father criminal Bashir.you guys have to think how Bashir will fuck you after south-sudan secession.

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    • 31 December 2010 08:19, by Gatbentiu

      The cleric must be crazy,if they love the followers of Mohamed why ’re they (Muslims) killing Darfurians? It ’ll only be the most confused muslims in the South who ’ll voted for Unity comes Jan-9-2011.Let the cleric mind his own business.

      dholbentiu@gmail.com

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  • 30 December 2010 08:57, by Maguangdit

    Hahahahaha!
    Look at this evil and a terrorist with a diminished capacity! On what basis Mr. Terrorist should Southern Sudanese Muslims not vote for secession? On terrorists view? Fuck you and go to hell with your religion!

    Southern Sudanese are human beings with their own interests regardless of their religions. Either Muslims, Christians, or animists, we are done with you here in Southern Sudan!
    I will be back with more comments!
    Maguangdit

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    • 30 December 2010 09:27, by Genuine Leader

      Dear Qaradawi.
      Bravo Shiekh Juma Said Ali of DDDSSMCO.
      HHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAA.
      mr Qaradawi, see how you maul by mr Juma Said Ali.

      southerners Sudanese are not fool Muslims, they are wise Muslims who known the differences between land and
      religious, for this reason, southerners Sudanese Muslims will vote for separation because they were not born in mosque, they were born in south Sudan land before they become Muslims,
      Genuine leader, future leader war without border with jalaba. if unity expose onto SPLA.

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    • 30 December 2010 09:30, by Victory

      To southernas muslimes,
      Please my beloved southernas do not listen to this confused element so-called CLARIC,i cannot possibly think where did claric got this idea from!muslims are evil,where were they when you guys were killed & scatterd with your families by the same people so called them self’’muslims’’? why just showing up now to talk nonsens? please brothers the opportunity &choice are in your hand whether to choose to be a ’’slave muslim with your family by voting for unity’’or to be a ’’free muslim with your southernas brothers living at peace in you mother land by voting for separtation’’please cast your vote carfully brother,long live SOUTH SUDAN.

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  • 30 December 2010 09:05, by Thonkiir

    Hahah, don’t lie you Muslims should your believes be strong and prevent South Sudanese Muslims not to vote in favor of secession?

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  • 30 December 2010 09:21, by DASODIKO

    Haaaaa, Arabs lost oil now want to play religion. I want to ask since when the enitire Arab countries became to know that South Sudan has Muslims among its social fabric? They were all killed ass Kufaar. Its too late maggots, you are going to loose Darfur Blue Nile and Nuba mountains after one year from the independent of the South Sudan. Only fools will accept to live with the Arab racists

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  • 30 December 2010 09:42, by Bol Deng

    Is the referendum vote about Christianity Vs Islamic? they are completely lost by their islamic ideologies.

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    • 31 December 2010 02:07, by Deng E. Manyuon

      Bol Deng
      That was a sensible question to throw at Cleric Yusuf Al-Qaradawi. Why is he very selective with his appeal? He should have appealed to all people of Southern Sudan in general not to vote for secession! He talks about interference and conspiracy of Western to break up the unity of Islamic world. Well he is also interfering in other’s country affairs. Besides, he is not a Sudanese! He should respect our sovereignty. He should preach what he does.
      He also mentioned that the West lives in the world of unity and blocks. Well it was a voluntary unity, and not a forced one! Let the people of the South including their muslims choose unity voluntarily.

      He seems to be looking at this Referendum from religious prospective! That is dangerous!!!!!!!
      Though the muslim scholars could not agree on the interpretation of word Islam, but these attitudes and behaviours could prove beyond reasonable doubt that the religion of Islam is the religion of force to surrender!!

      Gone the days of our people ignorance.

      Deng

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  • 30 December 2010 09:49, by Kumbo

    Al-Qaradawi you are stupid enough to tell muslims of south Sudan not to vote for separation, do you know how did they suffered while with your brother Bashir? first of all a black Muslim you white muslim are considering them as Abid (Slaves)just shut your dump mouth and eat your bloody money otherwise you need to come to South Sudan and tell them your opinion. Foolish Arabs idiot

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  • 30 December 2010 10:12, by Chanson

    "Cleric muslims should lick their elbow" as it has said by their leader Bashir.......One thing they need to know is that. we in the South are not the part of their Muslims country.

    Thara Bior must respond to this call otherwise those cleric muslims and ...scholars are confuse.Shame on them 100% times.

    Separation will be possible one way or other.

    Chan$on.

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  • 30 December 2010 10:29, by Aleu

    The Muslim are losing their minds, Southern Sudan already gone.

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  • 30 December 2010 11:35, by Peter Mading

    I am surprised to see fun from Key Muslim Cleric. This man must be a mad man. I wonder why he said that "South Sudan Muslim must not vote for Secession". South Sudan is a multi religious region and if South demand secession it is the duty and right of Southerners to vote during the referendum. If you want to complicate the situation then your great Allah will cast you because you are a great liar. Being a liar is seen by the whole world. Look at yourself, your mouth and teeth got mixed up like a barking dog and a roaring lion.Americans and Western Countries are not behind the Secession of the South Sudan. Southern Sudanese have suffered alot from your unjust treatment. And it is through them and the help of God that will enable them to secession. Belief from now that South Sudan will be the boundary where you would not attempt again to harbour terrorism or an entry port of your intend forced belief in Allah.

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  • 30 December 2010 11:47, by Oduck Bol

    I don’t have something to say to this muslim man. He should be thinking about where he will get food for his follwers in futuer and where he will hid when the men of the land block everthing.

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    • 30 December 2010 15:05, by Edward Marshall

      To the muslim cleric-Ihope you might have gone through those comments.Addition to those,you the muslim cleric must read and understand well that,in southern sudan religon is arespectfull ministry.If in Iran,Iraq,Saudi Arabia,Afganstan,Egypt etc, the islam is to be used as weapons aganist human kind.Here is the paith you should copy to make Islam be respected.

      1-In southern sudan, there are no christian law on muslim.
      2-In southern sudan, Islam and christian has same respecpt
      3-In southern sudan Islam is not for governmental politic
      4-In southern sudan, both islam and christian are living
      together
      5-In southern sudan, muslims has full freedom as christians
      6-In southern sudan, muslim use islam as away to give respect
      to god(not for killing people).
      Therefor you the cleric,must know the muslim in the south
      Sudan are out of your mentality

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      • 30 December 2010 21:52, by australian

        Edward Marshall: You are actually asking that Islam not be Islam. Islam IS political, Islam IS supremacist and the Koran constantly curses non-Muslims. If the southern Muslims are not behaving in cruel and supremacist ways it is because their numbers are small, they are not being organised by nasty clerics, they know they have no power yet. When their numbers grow they will be trouble and maybe south Sudan will divide again, and the non-Muslims get a bit of Equatoria.
        The Koran teaches that Muslims must be "peaceful" when their numbers are small, and try and convert non-Muslims with da’wa. But they should attack non-Muslims who resist conversion if they have enough numbers to make attack worthwhile. It is a Muslim’s sacred duty to spread Islam.
        So watch out. Those peaceful Muslims in the south are already getting organised, and you will find political parties will form, and other Islamic advocacy groups, and they will find ways to get power. Democracy and freedom of religion are being used to get power, as you can see from Europe, where they have influence way beyond their numbers - because everything they do is classed as "religion".

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        • 31 December 2010 03:11, by J G kuol

          Hey Australian:your post is the only logical ,informative
          and thought-provocative.You’re tolally right ,our friend
          Edward Marshall should educate himself by thinking out
          side the box.Many of us don’t have any clue about what
          we’re dealing with. ALUMMA:the Aluma wants to bring back
          the glorious days and the golden era of the first Madina
          state,and then establish the Caliphate (El khilafa)all
          around the globe.Look at how western democracies are
          being threatening.In the next 2,3 decades some regions in
          europe will be like south sudan.The will have two options
          give up your freedom or face Jihad.
          We are lucky for now ,because our Islam in south sudan is
          still the Sufi doctrine ,which has tolerance and able to
          coexist.It would have been different if we had Salafi
          > Shakh Algardhawi,is the most powerfull religious leader
          all over islamic and arab world,if you read his articles
          you’ll be able to know he even doesn’t like the Shia
          doctrine of islam.
          > We should just wait for Sultan Abdalbagi Ayei Akol
          > is a Shaikh himself,and he’s from Al-ezhar-elsharif,
          > Or Altahir Mabior who’s also from Alezhar-elsharif
          > just to put things in prespective.
          > because those guys don’t have identiy crisis, they
          > differentiate between islam and Aaruba Arabism
          > Thank you very kindly ,Australian
          > Have yourself a very peacefull happy new year
          > From Son of the farmer. Nomule,Equatoria S.S

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          • 31 December 2010 04:22, by australian

            Thanks, JG Kuol.
            But sufis read the same Koran, and the Mahdi was a sufi, his army formidable and fanatical. Sufis are still quite militaristic.
            All Islamic sects have flies on them (as we say in Australia) because their texts are books of aggression.
            Anyone who tries to reform Islam gets into trouble, like poor Mahmud Muhammad Taha...he seemed to be a very nice man.
            Happy New Year to you too, and let’s hope the referendum goes smoothly. It’s a very strange thought, two Sudans.
            (I will try and find information about those people you mentioned - maybe the internet will show something.)

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            • 31 December 2010 05:55, by J G kuol

              That’s right,they read the same book,but Sufia focuses on
              spiritual aspects in the book rather than polical ideology.
              I don’t have any problem with Sufia as long as they don’t intervene in my business.
              > About the reform:you’re right,it’s impossible to reform,
              > because it has a built in sophisticated mechanism to
              > proctect it otherwise it would crumble into pieces.
              > That’s why you have apostasy (Al ridda)
              > Yes,Mahmud was a real scholar and thinker,but he was labeled as
              > an apostate and atheist ( Murted & Mulhed)
              > By the way I like the Australian idiom ( flies on them)
              > Here we say (vultures party on them) I don’t know if I
              > got right :)
              > Altahir Mabior,an SPLA officer,he was sent couple of times
              > to middle east during 1990’s to inform the Umma that we
              > are not against the region of peace.
              > Shaikh Abdalbagi Ayei Akol(I think he graduated from the
              > islamic pretigious university of Azhar elsharif in 1960’s)
              > Good chat pal, have a great day.

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              • 31 December 2010 07:48, by J G kuol

                *I would like to point out < not region of peace>
                * religion of peace

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  • 30 December 2010 13:55, by Peter Elia Kuzee

    Things are worse to the muslims in sudan,those blacks who said they are muslims are southerns,reasons, they are in south and have no place to go.
    The have to vote for separation and will be christians soon in 2011 just after voting.

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    • 31 December 2010 09:53, by australian

      Let’s hope so, Peter.

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  • 30 December 2010 17:23, by Dansedit

    Actually it has become now that the Arabs world are much worried about there so called islam,how can somebody who called himself cleric say such statement!is he not ashamed to himself ! oh, may Jesus christ help such people who don’t have direction ! they are cleric for nothing pretending that they can advise muslims in south sudan in that manner....All muslims in south please exercise your right....that is no religion discrimination in south sudan .

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  • 30 December 2010 18:39, by Therich Diing Therich

    Southerner Sudanese regardless of their religious affiliations; they have already decided and any opinion from any lunatic Muslim cleric will not change their minds. It will be plainly ridiculous to see Southern Muslims fighting for Northern Muslim interests on the polls forgetting that they have a very profound right in the South than in the North.

    Therich Diing Therich

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  • 31 December 2010 02:24, by Marco A. Wek

    Dear readers, Al Qardawi call for Southern Sudanese Muslims to vote for unity will be heard by very few or none at all ant this should not bother us at all. Southerners are Southerners first before they are Muslims and I know this due to their hearty support to SPLA during the war. Remember they too get the same treatment by Northerners just like you and me. They maybe Muslims but they are our brothers and sisters and they know where they belong. South Sudan will be open to its citizens regardless of their religious background whether being Christianity, different African religions or Islam as long as they don’t use their religion to oppress others.

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  • 31 December 2010 04:14, by Cholmaduk

    Look at this Muslim Cleric. He called on Muslims in South Sudan not to vote for secession at this time, while he declared Jihad war on southerners in early 1990s.Donot you know that the Muslims in South Sudan are those whom you declared Jihad war on them early in 1990s? Did you know there were Muslims in South Sudan when you declared Jihad war on South Sudan? Beside this, Is this Christains Vs Muslims? Mr.Cleric, you better shortup and stop calling on Muslims in South Sudan. They are not arabs and they are not treated like other arabs’s Muslims in North Sudan neither. As long they have freedom of worship like other Southern Sudanese, nothing can not stop them to vote for Secession. You are killing other Muslims in Darfur and in the same time you are calling on Muslims in South Sudan not to vote for Secession,Donot you have a shame? No matter what you say, Southerners are gone.
    by Cholmad

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  • 31 December 2010 05:32, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    These Time Religion will not be allowed in public.
    It will be individual to God and in their own houses.
    And not going to be in Public anymore.

    Time is up for African people to thing by their own way now a day. We are not fighting because of Religion. Islumic and Christainity,both of them are not African interest.

    Arab are using Islumic as a tools to slow down
    Africa people intelligent and way of behaviours. And the way of slowly Invading Africa step by step. North Africa is now Arab Land. Sudan is going now.

    foolish separatist in the southern are giving land away.
    Our main goal is human Right,Land and Racial Abuse against Indigenous Africa.

    tone of liberators

    Nguetbuny

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