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South Sudan president warns against importing radical Islam

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July 27, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudanese president Salva Kiir has warned against the importation of radical Islam, saying he would not tolerate extremism in religion.

“We will not accept this thing, the importation of radical behaviours in the name of religion. And it must be made clear now so that you preach this in prayers. Religion is a personal relation between the person and the God and cannot therefore be used to cause security concerns and endanger the lives of other people as we see it in other countries, Kiir told Muslim clerics on Thursday at an annual dinner at the Freedom Hall in Juba.

However, the president also used his address to promote peaceful coexistence, directing the return of lands belonging to Muslim communities in the country and the building of more mosques and schools for the teaching Islam and the Quran.

Kiir also announced the donation of $200,000 to enable South Sudanese Muslims to make the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

“I want assure you that these things will be returned. All the properties, the lands and other facilities which belong to the Muslim communities must be returned,” he said, citing land at Juba market, Konyokonyo, Suksita and the Samba football grounds.

Kiir also condemned the unlawful appropriation of Christian lands of which the government had granted churches ownership by title deed, accusing those responsible of stealing God’s properties.

“This culture of taking what does not belong to you is becoming a phenomenon that some people see as a good practice,” he said.

“Now they have extended to the churches. They are now grabbing lands that have been given to the churches. They are not ashamed. So the government will have to come in to ensure that these properties are returned,” he added.

During his address Kiir said the minister of education would work together with the Islamic council to ensure that Islamic schools are built so that children can lean the Quran.

The secretary-general of the Muslim community in the country, Atahir Bior, commended the president for ordering the return of Muslim properties and the building of more Islamic schools.

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  • 28 July 07:49, by dinkdong

    Supporting and encouraging Muslims to prosper in S. Sudan is not acceptable. Islam is a disastrous religion. Meriam Yahia’s case say it all.

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    • 28 July 17:30, by Hardlinner

      South sudan does not need any of all these foreign primitive religions such christianity, islam and many more. Our religion should be based on logic not fiction. The fundamental laws of the universe should be the foundation of our logical new religion. Jesus and mohamed were all primitive deceivers who made their pagan religion as means of living. No indication for present of God but universe.

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      • 30 July 09:28, by australian

        What nonsense you talk about Jesus. Mohammed, the prophet of Islam, made a living from his religion via theft and looting, but Jesus was a carpenter. He was not a "primitive deceiver" but a revolutionary character who preached love of all mankind. Please take your nasty, arrogant atheism elsewhere.

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  • 28 July 08:01, by Madina Tonj

    President Salva Kiir Mayardit: Please, we are tired about Islamic system and if you think your Son will be a shameful then, why not stepping down from presidency. I strongly belief the majority of South Sudanese citizens are not against Religion but we do not want a leader who encourage Islamic to build School in S.Sudan. You can see Black African in Sudan are suffering under Islamic policies.

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    • 28 July 15:40, by Ito

      Madina and others, you have to know that Kiir sister is North Sudanese citizen upto now and is a muslim and hold big position in northern sudan, secretary general of a party. Secondly, majority of muslims in south sudan are dinka especially those from abyei, you can see the cleric name Tahir Bior. Have you ever heard people saying Dinka are like Arabs and muslims? Why do you think they say that?

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      • 28 July 19:50, by Rommel

        Ito:

        I don’t really see the relevance of pointing out the fact that Salva Kiir may have family members that practice Islam. That’s irrelevant. However, I very much doubt that Salva Kiir has a sister that is a Secretary General of any political party in Sudan. In any case, please provide the name of this supposed party.

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        • 28 July 19:57, by Rommel

          It’s true that the Dinka have the largest number of adherents of the Islamic faith of any single tribe in South Sudan... so!? This did nothing to bridle our efforts against Khartoum during the war. It did not shield us from being singled out by the various governments in Khartoum, especially the Ignaz Nazis. We lost more people fighting Khartoum than all the tribes in South Sudan, combined...

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          • 28 July 20:10, by Rommel

            ..We suffered infinitely more civilian casualties. We provided more divisions, more battalions and more martyrs than any other tribe, or collection thereof. We lost 250, 000 civilians in 1988-89. And in case it hadn’t occurred to you, the Dinka have [by far] the most extensive border with the North of any tribe in South Sudan...

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            • 28 July 20:31, by Rommel

              ..We border the North from South Darfur, to East Darfur, to West Kordofan, to South Kordofan, to White Nile State, to Sennar and Blue Nile State. Cultures that are in close proximity to each other are expected to interact, mix and exchange ideas and cultural practices. Why is this apparently so surprising?

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          • 28 July 20:41, by Ito

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            • 28 July 20:45, by Ito

              Samia Kiir secretary general of sudanese congress party, sister to south sudan president detained in Khartoum. Allafrica.com and sudan tribune news 24/7

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              • 28 July 21:28, by Rommel

                Ito:

                Hmm, it’s actually quite surprising that Salva Kiir has a sister that is actively involved in the political environment of any enemy State. This is insane. It boggles the mind. Salva’s family are a bunch of miscreants. They are not representative of the Dinka tribe. With regards to our military contribution and our sacrifices, we don’t have to explain ourselves to anyone.

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                • 28 July 22:04, by Rommel

                  Salva Kiir is an absolute dolt. The State should not involve itself in religious matters. The State should not hinder religious groups but it should also not provide them with any kind of assistance.

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  • 28 July 08:02, by Madina Tonj

    President Salva Kiir Mayardit: Please, we are tired about Islamic system and if you think your Son will be a shameful then, why not stepping down from presidency. I strongly belief the majority of South Sudanese citizens are not against Religion but we do not want a leader who encourage Islamic to build School in S.Sudan. You can see Black African in Sudan are suffering under Islamic policies.

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    • 28 July 17:49, by Hardlinner

      South sudan should be free of all these primitive religion named islam, christianity and more. Science is the only way. Universe created us through series of evolution not none existing human illusion they called God. 99.9999% of humans are not yet fully human being but animal humans in transition.for how long should humans keep fooling themselves into believing that there is God?.

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  • 28 July 08:02, by Madina Tonj

    President Salva Kiir Mayardit: Please, we are tired about Islamic system and if you think your Son will be a shameful then, why not stepping down from presidency. I strongly belief the majority of South Sudanese citizens are not against Religion but we do not want a leader who encourage Islamic to build School in S.Sudan. You can see Black African in Sudan are suffering under Islamic policies.

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  • 28 July 08:41, by Mr Point

    Kir said: “This culture of taking what does not belong to you is becoming a phenomenon that some people see as a good practice”.

    Question: under which President of South Sudan did massive corruption become institutionalized, with over $4billion of the new county’s oil wealth disappearing?

    Was it
    a) John Garang
    b) Salva Kiir
    c) Riek Machar

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  • 28 July 10:21, by Joseph Canada

    This man called the President is nothing but a sell out and a traitor. Nothing more to say. Paying the trip to Mecca while Cholera, Typhoid and even army does not get any funding? what a waste?

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  • 28 July 21:38, by Nyesi Ta

    The incompetent president does not know what he is promoting. He is neither a Christian nor a Muslim. Building of many Mosques and Koranic schools is itself a process of radicalization of the Moslems in the country. The pledges he has made and the orders he gave means he has already accepted Islam. Kiir Mayar Al Deen, the president of Islamic Rep. of South Sudan

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    • 29 July 02:53, by australian

      You are right. Islam is radical at heart. What a disgrace, to promote Islam in a country which had to fight so hard to free itself of its clutches.

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      • 30 July 05:02, by maluach madit

        Islam is a very ridiculous religious which always go with bloodshed and live threatening issues.
        It should not be welcome with whole TEN fingers, but use ONE finger for their welcome.
        Allowing the building of many mosques in that young nation is not acceptable, but your own business our dear president.
        Read back their story, they came from Arabian Peninsula as traders which led their occupation.

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        • 30 July 05:07, by maluach madit

          Of the whole country. They are working hard to take the country back…
          Anyway, they have right to live there in low numbers not high. Care much about the coming generation than any business mr president.

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