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Sudanese Islamist group comes under fire for gifting Quran to US diplomat


May 3, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese Salafist group Ansar Al-Sunnah, has been harshly criticized by some religious figures for gifting a copy of the Holy Quran to the US charge d’affaires in Khartoum Joseph Stafford during his visit to the group’s headquarters on Wednesday.

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The US charge d’affaires to Sudan Joseph Stafford speaks during a press conference in the capital Khartoum, on April 21, 2013 (ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images)

A splinter faction of the group also took the opportunity to lambast the chairman of Ansar Al-Sunnah Ismail Osman describing his act as “forbidden”.

In the same context, the state-affiliated religious body known as Sudan Scholar Council (SSC) has reportedly issued a religious decree, describing the act as “heinous” and urged Osman to ask for repentance and return the copy of the Quran or else he shall bear the iniquity of his act.

The religious decree concluded that “scholars decided that the sale of Quran or giving it to an unbeliever is not permissible in Islam”.

But later an SSC official told Sudan official news agency (SUNA) denied issuing any decree and said that one of its members did so in his personal capacity only.

The US Charge d`Affaires in Khartoum paid several visits to religious groups in recent months including Sufist ones in Khartoum and Al-Gezira. He also recently visited, together with the Italian Ambassador, festivities marking the Birth of Prophet Mohammed.

However, these visits gave rise to objections by some religious groups suspicious of the motives behind it and called upon the government to bar Western diplomats from paying similar visits.


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  • 4 May 2013 05:51, by 4Justice

    The committee of 300

    An excerpt from author and former British Intelligence Officer for MI6 Dr. Coleman’s book, The Conspirators’ Hierarchy: The Committee of 300, and Their goals:
    1. To establish a One World Government/New World Order with a unified church and monetary system under their direction.
    2. To engineer and bring about the destruction of religion, and more especially, the Christian Religion, with the one exception, their own creation, as mentioned above.
    3. To press for the spread of religious cults such as the Moslem Brotherhood, Moslem Fundamentalism, the Sikhs, and to carry out mind control experiments of the Jim Jones and “Son of Sam” type. It is worth noting that the late Khomeini was a creation of British Military Intelligence Div. 6, MI6. This detailed work spelled out the step-by-step process which the US Government implemented to put Khomeini in power.
    4. To cause a total collapse of the world’s economies and engender total political chaos.
    5. To take control of all foreign and domestic policies of the US.
    6. To penetrate and subvert all governments, and work from within them to destroy the sovereign integrity of the nations represented by them.
    7. To organize a world-wide terrorist apparatus and to negotiate with terrorists whenever terrorist activities take place.
    8. To establish the ability to control of each and every person through means of mind control and what Zbignew Brzezinski called techonotronics, which would create human-like robots and a system of terror which would make Felix Dzerzinhski’s Red Terror look like child’s play.
    9. To take control of education in America with the intent and purpose of utterly and completely destroying it. By 1993, the full force effect of this policy is becoming apparent, and will be even more destructive as primary and secondary schools begin to teach “Outcome Based Education” (OBE).
    10. To encourage, and eventually legalize the use of drugs and make pornography an “art-form”, which will be widely accepted and, eventually, become quite commonplace.
    11. To suppress all scientific development except for those deemed beneficial by the controllers.
    12. To cause. by means of limited wars in the advanced countries, by means of starvation and diseases in the Third World countries, the death of three billion people by the year 2050, people they call “useless eaters”. The Committee of 300 commissioned Cyrus Vance to write a paper on this subject of how to bring about such genocide. The paper was produced under the title “Global 2000 Report” and was accepted and approved for action by former President James Earl Carter, and Edwin Muskie, then Secretary of States, for and on behalf of the US Government. Under the terms of the Global 2000 Report, the population of the US is to be reduced by 100 million by the year of 2050.

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  • 4 May 2013 07:49, by trinitri

    no need to comment this overreaction

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  • 4 May 2013 10:07, by ForAll

    The Sudanese Salafist group Ansar Al-Sunni MUST FIRST COMPLY WITH HOLY QUR’AN before asking others to follow blindly.
    Islam is for JUSTICE; so they must seek JUSTICE for all Muslims at the first step.
    Are the "Equal Civil Rights" under implementation in Sudan and other Muslim countries???????

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  • 4 May 2013 10:27, by ForAll

    The Sudanese Salafist group Ansar Al-Sunni must first look to advice the Salafists of Arabian Gulf OIL producers to give "ZAKAT" to the poor Muslims in the world and in particular the needy Sudanese from Darfur, Nuba , Blue Nile and South Sudan. Which is their rights as well supported in the five (5) pillars of ISLAM.

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  • 4 May 2013 11:40, by ForAll

    Khalid Yasin is well known Salafist who is African-American US citizen. He is an open minded Muslim; you better check him in all webs and then listen to his real Islamic advices.

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  • 4 May 2013 13:18, by 4Justice
  • 5 May 2013 03:25, by australian

    Stafford should hang onto that Koran, and read it, and take its message back to the USA to warn Americans of what the Islamic world’s agenda is - and do it fast, and work hard to not let Obama further islamise America.

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