No two wise persons do disagree that Sudan is the country that uniquely enjoys tolerance and coexistence religiously. Many have contributed their opinions on the subject matter, conspicuously among them are these; Nasar Al Din Mufarah, minister of religious affairs and endowment, says that there is a strategy that they adopt in the ministry which mainly revolves around exaltation of values of tolerance among all the Sudanese components nationally, indicating that they invest heavily on the moderation of the Sudanese behaviorally to attain such a goal.
He emphasizes that now only citizenship matters, especially when it comes to rights and duties, pointing out that they are very keen to protect and preserve diversity religiously in the country.
Al Sadig Al Mahdi, religious leader and head of the national Umma party, says that both Islam and Christianity have penetrated Sudan peacefully whose outcomes is the creation of an a conducive atmosphere that is of high degree of tolerance- a good trait that the Sudanese uniquely enjoy.
He goes further to advise that the Christian and the Jews of Sudan should be dealt with in terms of mutual recognition, mutual respect, abiding by the Quranic teachings and abiding by what the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) says in this matter: ‘we the messengers of God are like brothers who have different mothers, but, the same faith’.
The religious leader and head of the national Umma party goes to talk historically about how Sudan has accepted Christianity in the Nubian Kingdoms voluntarily and peacefully in the 6th century of the Christian era, seeing that now it is necessary for all the people of Sudan to contract a religious protocol or charter to regulate the issues of religion and politics, religion and state, and inter-religious affairs.
Al Mahdi concludes his remarks to say this; it is necessary to guarantee religious freedom, citizen equality as the basis of constitutional rights and to ensure that a person’s religious belief should not add or subtract from his/her constitutional rights.
Father Philip Faraj sees that Sudan sets the good example in tolerance and coexistence religiously to the extent that to call on the international community to grant it the International Coexistence Award, affirming that since ancient times the Sudanese citizens have been living together peacefully and in harmony uniquely.
Popes from bishopric church in Alhaj- Yousif suburb of Khartoum tell their story of mingling conveniently with the Muslims there and for a long time, excluding the rumors that circulate of religious persecution or inhumane practices inflicted on them.
Idris Jamil, former minister of justice, recognizes that religious coexistence has long been experienced in Sudan, adding that it is vigorously inculcated in the minds of the Sudanese, pointing out that Sudan ratifies the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the African Charter on Human Rights, the Arab Charter on Human Rights and the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Convention-all of which do all call for the freedom of religions and beliefs.
Ahmed El Tijani, former parliamentarian, says that freedom of belief is sanctioned by the Sudanese constitution which stresses freedom of religious beliefs –something that the state has no right to impose on the citizens.
The secretary general of the churches council in Sudan discloses that Sudan is far better off religiously compared with the other countries neighborly and regionally.
Revenant Sami Fread (catholic church) says they find all the due cooperation on part of Sudan’s ministry of religious affairs and endowment, especially on issues that pertain to church licensing and none.
Ali Taha, researcher, says that in the Nuba Mountain area, Muslims are noticed to freely attend christian festivals and by the same token the Christian community participates freely in the Islamic Eid occasions, explaining that in Ramadan, the holy Muslim month, the Christian community usually prepares food and invite Muslims to share it with them.
Um Kalthoum Al Tayib, history teacher, talks about the religious coexistence in Sudan which is as old as the Sudanese civilization, citing the Kingdom of Karma, which was founded over 500 years ago, as the good illustrative example.
Also, there is recognition externally. US top official, John Sullivan, expresses great fascination with the Sudanese people, just praising the state of co-existence peacefully that they have been enjoying genuinely.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Webby happens to visit Sudan to confirm that although Sudan is a predominantly Islamic state, but, it coexists peacefully with the other non-Islamic components-Christians and none.
Patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Church in the Middle East and the rest of Africa, Patriarch Theodorus II, praises religious coexistence in Sudan, pointing out that it is one of the largest African countries that steadily continues to accommodate Muslims, Christians and the others tolerantly and peacefully.
And Jan Figel, special envoy for EU Promotion of Freedom of Religion, who says this; the Sudanese have inclination continually to get engaged in constructive dialogue on religious diversity, noticing such a thing is tangibly and practically experienced.
Ahmed Ibrahim Ballal
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