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Sudan urges mosques’ imams to call for jihad against rebels

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May 10, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan’s High Committee for Mobilisation and Alert has held a meeting with mosque imams to discuss the implications of the recent attacks in South and North Kordofan states by the rebel Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) and to call for jihad (holy war).

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An unidentified Islamic group leader speaks after a mass “standing prayer” in Khartoum on 3 May 2011 in honour al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who was shot dead in Pakistan (Reuters)

The meeting discussed the need to reinforce the message of mosques in society and to urge worshipers to fulfil the virtue of jihad and martyrdom, as well as fighting the enemies who they say terrorised the peaceful residents at Um Rawaba, Abu Kershola, and Um Brimbita.

The spokesperson for the Popular Defence Forces (PDF), Mohamed Ahmed Haj Majid, warned against the actions of the SRF which he said aims to disrupt national unity and break up the country, calling on imams to encourage people to engage in jihad and to fight in the name of Allah.

Meanwhile, the mayor of Khartoum locality, Omer Nimir, has stressed the importance of mosques and imams in shaping public opinion, urging imams to appeal to people donate money, food and clothing for the victims of what he called the “insidious” attacks on North and South Kordofan.

On Wednesday, Sudan’s national assembly decided to suspend its sessions for a week in order to enable MPs to travel to their constituencies and lead a mobilisation campaign in support of the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) in its ongoing battle with rebel groups which have stepped up their military activities recently.

In a rare attack last month, SRF rebels swept through the city of Um Rawaba in North Kordofan, before withdrawing later on the same day.

In the past, fighting between the rebels and SAF has largely been limited to Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile states bordering South Sudan, which seceded from Sudan in 2011.

North Kordofan, which includes Um Rawaba and forms part of Sudan’s commercial heartland, is a hub for the country’s agriculture, livestock and gum Arabic industries.

SAF now has it eyes on reclaiming Abu-Kershola district in South Kordofan which was overrun by rebels during last month’s assault.

Officials in Khartoum say that they have completely surrounded the area and pledged not to stop until they recapture Kauda which is the stronghold of the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) in South Kordofan.

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  • 11 May 2013 08:43, by tootke’bai-ngo

    Mr. infidel Haj Majid of disgraced forces of evils, asking imams to mobilize on your behave for holy rape war against who?, Now S.Sudan is gone, so who are the new insects to be wipe out by Bashir?, Darfurians & Nubians? Wow! I can’t believe it, very sad for the Government to force the youth to go kills their moms & rape their own sisters. Is this what called a holy war? what’s so holy about it?

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    • 11 May 2013 09:33, by Kedo

      Don’t waste your time talking politics. See how a Sudanese poor woman became a millionaire just by buying and selling accidented cars, Very interesting idea. Go to (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM) to see the various methods and companies she was using (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM). A simple idea but who knew it before. WAKE UP . Don’t waste your time talking politics. Life is too short. (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM)

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      • 11 May 2013 10:22, by Mi diit

        In Christianity Priests are mobilized to promote peace. I am surprised that in Islam Imams are mobilized to promote war. Or is it the Sudan led by mad dogs that differs?

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        • 11 May 2013 14:43, by Marco A. Wek

          Mi Diit you are right priests sre call to preach peace but it seems Islam is the opposite either because it is evil religion or it is a religion used by evil doers. What a disgrace to God.

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      • 11 May 2013 16:44, by P.K.M

        What happened to 22% pay raise for the army? That didn’t work out and the only to go is called for jihad! Or support of Yauyau in South Sudan will make any different to your own rebels.

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    • 12 May 2013 07:28, by chol

      Islam is nothing but pure evil which is preaching to kill innocent people,so they can go to paradise and have 13 wife. What shame to those who claim Islam is for peace,that all nonsense.jihads don’t mean peace.bashir can go to hell with his forces to meet Mohammed there.

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  • 11 May 2013 09:04, by cbuongdit cholkua

    Common Sudanese,NCP is so weak and unable to defeat the Rebels.Now is calling for Imams to declear Jahid on them,okay how would that be called? Would that be a war between Muslim and Christain or how would you guys call it?Nuba mountain,Darfur,Blue Nile are capable to form their own state.I strongly believe that one day they will take over NCP and rule Sudan or they will live by themselves.

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    • 11 May 2013 09:16, by cbuongdit cholkua

      Also stop crying about Gum Arabic,let that just remained a wishful thinking to you.It’s already gone.That is it. Is gone like the South gone with Gum Junubi too.And that will be a huge on our economy when we start harvesting it.

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    • 11 May 2013 09:33, by Kedo

      Don’t waste your time talking politics. See how a Sudanese poor woman became a millionaire just by buying and selling accidented cars, Very interesting idea. Go to (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM) to see the various methods and companies she was using (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM). A simple idea but who knew it before. WAKE UP . Don’t waste your time talking politics. Life is too short. (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM)

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  • 11 May 2013 09:46, by Ahmado

    Call for Jihad against the Africa tribes in south kordofan and blue nile which are the owners of land and they are termed to be wiped out of their land and live as a slaves in their home land.i encourage the rebel to up a guns and assult the such aggression from against their people and to end the Arabs domination.

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    • 11 May 2013 21:34, by Nuer Empire

      Our priests like Abraham Deng Bul is the peace maker eventhough he may turn wild.We may trust him as long as he talks of peace.What about the Arabs(muslims’ Imam)?

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  • 12 May 2013 03:16, by tootke’bai-ngo

    Sudanese Imamies does what NCP want them to do, not God’s will. Allah is God of peace not of war, but what we have in Sudan is a cult not true religion as described then by NIF as political Islam. Political Islam is the kind of Islam which feed on human blood like the one of Bashir El Asaad of Syria. Real Islam forbids Jihad on your own people!!!!!

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    • 12 May 2013 04:12, by australian

      Real Islam IS political Islam. Allah is political and a military commander as well. Allah calls for jihad and the theft of others’ land and property. He is a bloodthirsty god and his nature is eternal. "Peace" in Islam means submission, that’s all: nothing nice about it.

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  • 12 May 2013 04:02, by BM Bol

    Didn’t they tried this path before and it didn’t work? If anything it ended up divided the country further. Those who can’t learn from their past mistakes are fools and more likely to repeat it. Jihad is not always an alternative.

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  • 13 May 2013 03:00, by tootke’bai-ngo

    Austrian,
    thank for inside view about Islam, I heard there’s a chapter in Qur’an that mention "peace & respect for christians" as Mohammed himself described christians as "hail’el Khitap" mean "People of the Holy Book/Bible" where Qur’an was borrowed from, that was preached by Religion Islam for centuries, but this days it seemed regious imamies are weaker than polical imamies resulting in bloods

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