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New Dawn signatories no longer Muslims, Islamic body in Sudan rules

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February 1, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudan Scholar Council (SSC) issued a ruling today stating that those who signed and endorsed the New Dawn charter are now outside the religion of Islam.

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Secretary General of the Sudan Scholar Council Mohamed Osman Saleh Al-Amin (SUNA)

The Secretary General of the SSC Mohamed Osman Saleh Al-Amin told Sudan official news agency (SUNA) that the document calls for separating religion and the state which contravenes Islamic principles.

Al-Amin said that anyone who does not hold a favorable view to applying Islamic rule or supports separating religion and the state has committed a taboo.

He referenced a verse in the Holy Quran which reads "And whosoever does not judge by what Allah has revealed, such are the disbelievers".

SSC is an informal body comprised of eminent Sudanese Islamic scholars but its views are not binding to the government.

Some of its critics assert that it issues opinions that are favorable to the government while turning a blind eye to issues such as corruption, violations of human rights and repression.

The charter signed in Uganda this month calls for overthrowing the regime dominated by the National Congress Party (NCP), restructuring the state institutions and preventing the exploitation of religion in politics.

There was disagreement however on means to oust the government between the opposition parties and the rebel groups.

Khartoum interpreted the last clause to mean a call for establishing a secular state and has launched a fierce media campaign against it.

Some senior Sudanese officials went as far as threatening to outlaw and ban the opposition parties which signed it unless they dissociate themselves from it.

Some of its signatories including the National Umma Party (NUP), Popular Congress Party (PCP) and Sudanese Communist Party (SCP) later distanced themselves from the charter saying they were rushed into it and expressed reservations on some of its clauses.

Despite this the head of Al-Wasat Islamic party Youssef al-Koda signed the charter in Kampala and issued a joint statement with Malik Agar who chairs the Sudan People Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) .

Al-Koda denounced what he described as NCP’s corruption and exploiting religion to cling to power.

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  • 1 February 2013 22:53, by Nibs

    If some other fellow human beings can oust others from their faith than Islam suck!it’s no longer a religion but politic.Muslims are so backward.who is this idiot so powerful to dictate individual faith.use guys from n.sudan are very foolish.no little intelligence at all.

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    • 1 February 2013 23:49, by zulu

      The question to ask the National Criminal Party is, has or will God judge nation state or individuals for their own actions? What God asks specific political party to rule?

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  • 2 February 2013 03:37, by mogokafi

    This idiot called Mohamed Osman thinks he is a closed friend to God in which he is given the authority to ban people from practicing Islam. Well poor devil Al-Amin, we will kick you and your NCP fellows out of Sudan soon.

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  • 2 February 2013 05:19, by Observer

    So does this mean that the Muslims of Malaysia, Turkey, Tunisia etc who are members of Parliament are no longer Muslims as those countries have separated ( to a reasonable degree) religion and politics

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    • 2 February 2013 05:37, by Peacocktail

      Ahaha! State in crisis of Religion and Politic in satanic manner. Believe me or not, if islam is the Case in Sudan to kills people and displaced their belove citizen in name of Islam, then no different between Mali Alqaeda and NCP regime.Am sure that Osma Bin ALden previous stay in Sudan had poison the minds of Bashirs and Osman Bin ALden followers in the pretext of Islam. Religion and State dif

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      • 2 February 2013 10:22, by Paul Ongee

        Ya Mohamed Osman Saleh Al-Amin,
        Sudan means the “land of the black” not Islamic/Christian religion. What kind of scholar are you? Are you one of the scholars who are competitively interpreting Quran to govern the multicultural, multilingual and multireligious Sudan? Or are you looking for a job with Omer Hassan Al-Bashir/Al-Qaeda Co.?

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        • 2 February 2013 10:23, by Paul Ongee

          Who did Allah reveal to that separation of religion from State is disbelief? When did Allah reveal to you only but not to those who signed the New Dawn?

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