Bashir plans Islamic law if Sudan splits, defends flogging woman

By Reuters Staff
December 19, 2010

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(Photo: Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir addresses a rally in Gedaref, December 19, 2010/stringer)

Sudan will adopt an Islamic constitution if the south splits away in a referendum next month, President Omar Hassan al-Bashir said on Sunday. The vote on independence for south Sudan is scheduled to start in three weeks and was promised in a 2005 peace deal that ended a civil war between the mainly Muslim north and the south, where most follow traditional beliefs and Christianity.

“If south Sudan secedes, we will change the constitution and at that time there will be no time to speak of diversity of culture and ethnicity,” the president told supporters at a rally in the eastern city of Gedaref. “Sharia (Islamic law) and Islam will be the main source for the constitution, Islam the official religion and Arabic the official language,” he said.

An official from south Sudan’s main party criticised Bashir’s stance, saying it would encourage discrimination against minorities in the north and deepen the country’s international isolation.

The 2005 peace deal ending the civil war set up an interim constitution which limited sharia to the north and recognised “the cultural and social diversity of the Sudanese people.”

Analysts expect most southerners to choose independence in the poll, due to start on January 9 and last for a week. Read the full story by Khaled Abdel Aziz here.

Bashir also defended police shown lashing a woman in footage that appeared on the video-sharing website YouTube. “If she is lashed according to sharia law there is no investigation. Why are some people ashamed? This is sharia,” he said. Floggings carried out under Islamic law are almost a daily punishment in northern Sudan for crimes including drinking alcohol and adultery.

Here is a link to the YouTube video of the lashing that Bashir defended. It is not for the faint-hearted.

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The western peoples are only talking about the flogging and the banning… But Sharia is much more than that… it is the promise of a better, a more just world!

and a far more just economic system…

My humble advice to the muslim leaders:

Let’s keep the flogging and the banning on the back burner for now.

Let’s instead build a truly stable Islamic Economy. An economy where money is not printed out of thin air. An economy where banks don’t lend money they don’t really have. Where people are not walking around carrying checkbooks and cards which give them the ability to buy with money that doesn’t even exist! This kind of a system essentially lets a minority live off by stealing from the unaware unorganized majority.

Let’s build an economy with REAL WEALTH not FAKE MONEY.

An economy that will be SLOWER, SUSTAINABLE and NATURAL.

Let’s make a transition plan that slowly rids the country of money lenders who enslave with deception and fake promises.

Let’s build a system that is decentralized, where people are free to work with their community currencies, keeping ownership of their local wealth.

When the wealth is real and is under local ownership then communities begin to feel empowered and then slowly are able to transform spiritually.

First get rid of the thieves in the government and the banks before you start cutting the hands of citizens for stealing.

First transform the indecent political systems of lying and stealing before you lift one whip to flog a woman for indecency.

Remember Umar ya Omar! Fear your Rabb ya amir ul muslimeen of Sudan…

You have the opportunity of building a truly spiritual society, an example of a nation.. a light to all the other nations of the world…

a nation truly striving towards Justice
a nation truly centered in The Reality of the Meeting with God when all will be revealed and all nations will kneel

Let’s build that Great Nation ya Omar… let’s build a nation for the Glory of God.

And lets not rush into punishing the people who have been living in the illusions for ages…
who have never seen the glory of a Just Islamic system …
who have only dreamed and longed for a Law that is True and Compassionate and Forgiving

let’s first give them that experience
let’s first build a country of peace
let’s first create a community that truly remembers God The Merciful The Compassionate…

then we may have the right to flog the indecent by The Law of God

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[...] Bashir came out in defence of the punishment and added that, after the separation, sharia would be implemented with full force in northern Sudan. This sent the media and some Sudanese in the north into a flurry of speculation. [...]

wakerupper,

foolishness – there is nothing just with sharia law. It’s just if you are a man – slavery if you are a woman and discrimination (or worse) to all who believe in anything other than islam.

go build a country of ‘peace’ – ha, good luck with that crazy

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