Ethiopian Christian and Muslim Council in Washington DC Press Release

July 25th, 2012 Print Print Email Email

The Ethiopian government is continue to grossly violate fundamental rights of its citizen disregarding its own constitution that unequivocally guarantees these clearly stated citizens’ rights on the constitution. Freedom of Religion, Freedom of speech, freedom of expression and freedom of assembly are basic human rights and are enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is not for a government whose function is to serve the people to decide for whom freedoms should be allowed and to deprive those who don’t support them their rights of choosing their social and political system of their own free will.

Since 1991 the TPLF regime came to power have been committed enormous crimes against its own citizen some of the very recent aggressions are: On Friday July 13, 2012 the kangaroo court sentenced the deputy leader of the Unity for Democracy and Justice opposition party Andualem Arage , Eskinder Nega prominent blogger, and others to prison terms ranging from eight years to life behind bars for conspiring with rebels to topple the government in jail on vague and politically motivated terrorism charges. The same day, at night by raiding the Awolia and other Mosques arrested hundreds of Muslims, many are believed to have been assaulted and beaten by security forces, and at least four people have been reportedly killed during police crackdown. On Sunday July 15, 2012 although the organizer confirmed the peacefulness of the Muslims and appealed to the police to abstain from any provocation, the police prevented many Ethiopian Muslim who travelled to celebrate Sadaqah (Charity) in Grand Anwar Mosque, and some of them were randomly pulled from public transportation, harassed, intimidated, and thrown to jail.

On Thursday July 19, 2012, the Ethiopian government arrested 17 members of a committee from Awaliya Mosque in Addis Ababa and others. Bereket Simon, Communications Minister, said that “Those arrested are people who instigated the violence. They were trying to undermine the constitution under the guise of religion.”

Ethiopian Christian and Muslim Council condemn the kangaroo court sentencing of Andualem Arage, Eskinder Nega, and others to prison terms ranging from eight years to life behind bars for conspiring with rebels to topple the government in jail on vague and politically motivated terrorism charges, and the arrest of 17 Muslim leaders and members of committee from Awali and others by the government on vague politically motivated charge by accusing them instigating violence to undermine the constitution under the guise of religion.

Ethiopian Christian and Muslim Council believe that the current harassment, intimidation, and prison of the Muslim leaders is demonstrating the pursuit of the current regime to intimidate and arrest activists of the movement to prevent its popular implantation, especially when the current process of struggle is continuing for more than eight months, showed the governors that it’s not a passing wave and struggle will stop only when the Ethiopian people constitution rights is respected. Although the depth of the scars left in the collective memory of the Ethiopian people psyche by the current government is very difficult to imagine, the government action to the leaders will not intimidate the people neither it prevented them from continue their struggle to fight for their constitutional rights.

Ethiopian Christian and Muslim Council call for all Ethiopian to hold hand each other to fight to raise in united by narrowing our differences and join hands in hand with united voice to fight for our constitutional rights and to promote human rights, justice, and democracy in our country.

Ethiopian Christian and Muslim Council supported by March4Freedom, and Nejashi Justice Council. March 4 Freedom support the struggle for democracy and social justice in Ethiopia, and bring the world attention to the gross human rights abuses, tyranny and oppression of Ethiopians under the current brutal government. Nejashi Justice Council is a not-for-profit, independent organization with a mission to promote justice and equality, and raise awareness about human right abuse in Ethiopia.

  1. Anonymous
    | #1

    I don’t blieve in thier movment becoz that is not only to bring a difference for the whole ethiopians.first we have to be sure about.

  2. Semere
    | #2

    Why is there a need for a so called “christian muslim council? Why can’t it just be something like Ethiopian for justice ? Ethiopians United for Democracy? Ethiopians in support of the resolve the muslim majlis issue? …etc.
    I don’t like it this.

  3. kentu
    | #3

    where is birtukan they use thier poplarity for personal gain this is the time for ethiopian people to heard her voice but when she got schoolrship she don,t care sorry we are not lucky .

  4. Aba
    | #4

    Kentu! just like your name. Back off from Birtukan. She had shown time and again the unweaveing stand she took againist this ruthless Woyanes. She Langushed years in bedbug infested prison.Her family was constantly harrased by woyanes. Her daughter grew up unlike you and your alike missing her mother and the nightmare she went through losing her mom for ever. Kentu! Get your azz and do something yourself. Do not count on the others and criticise.

  5. andnet berhane
    | #5

    anonymous first you have to understand the issue the protester question it is not political power? they went their right to elect their religion leaders. but the government use as political tools to control them and he order to follow አህባሽ————Al-Ahbash:

    Their History And Their Beliefs

    Z. Alzamil

    All praise belongs to Allah, and the Salat and Salam upon the Messanger of Allah Muhammad bin Abdillah.

    Habashi’s History:

    This group called Ahbash relating to their first leader Abdullah Al-Harawi Al-Habashi. He came to Lebanon from Ethiopia (Habashah), that why they called him Al-habashi. He left Addis Ababa after he made a Fitnah there its called Kolob Fitnah. The Addis Ababa’s people know him as Shikh Al-Fitnah according to evidence from some of his relative. What he did there, he work with the ruler of Endraji -the son in law for the Ethiopia’s president Helaselasi – against Islamic Associations there, and he helped him to close all the Islamic National Association’s schools for memorizing the Holy Quran in Hrar city in 1940 ( 1367 Hejrah), and they issued their judge on the schools’ manager – Ibrahim Hassan- to jail him twenty three years, also he helped that ruler to internment the scholars there. He did that for those people, because they are Wahabi. For that reason, the people called him after that is the Shikh Al-Fitnah.

    When he came to Lebanon, his followers there forgot his history, and he still does there – in Lebanon – as what he did before in Ethiopia, if you disagree with him in any problem you will be Kafir automatically, he said Ikhwan, Al-Albani and Ibn Baz are Kufars, Ibn Taymiyah is Kafir and Murtad and Zendeq and he asked his followers to lit Ibn Taymiyyah’s books, Imam Al-thahabi is wicked, Sayd Sabeq is Majusi (The people who worship the fire) and in the other side he praised Jamal AbdulNasir because he killed Syed Qutob. He asked his followers to hit or kill anyone who has beliefs different than their beliefs, to make sure ask the Lebanon’s Mosques Imams, ask Adnan Yasen, how many times they tried to kill him, ask Hassan Katuji, what he did for them to let them following him to hit an hurt him, ask Jamal Al-Thahabi and Abdul-Hamed Shanuha and others why they leave Lebanon. Try to listen to their Radio, and see what they described Shikh Muhammad Al-Juzo, they describe him as lewd man.

    In front of all these things, we could not find him or his followers did something toward the Batiniyah, but what he did in one of his lectures, he encouraged the people to appeal the aid from AL-Albeit, and there is no problem to say O’ Ali or O’ Hussein ( Ya Ali , Ya Hussein).

    He also, gave some strange fatwas for his followers, he allow Al-riba (the interest) Some people said he is Jew man, however there is no clear evidence for that, but at least he has a lot of the Jew’s characteristics.

    Habashi’s Beliefs :

    Al-Ahbash claimed that they follow Al-Shafi’e. To make sure about that let us see their beliefs to know if they follow Al-Shafi’s Beliefs or not.

    1- They change the meaning of Allah’s attributes based on the desire. But Al-Shafi as all Ahlu-sunnah beliefs Allah’s attributes as what Allah (S.W.T) mentions them in His book and in the Sunnah of His Messengers without any meaning’s changing, exchanging, or misconstruction. Look what Al-Habashi and his followers said about ‘ Al-Istiwa’ ” Al-rahman ala al’arsh istawa” translation ” The most Beneficent (Allah) Istawa (rose over) the mighty Throne (in a manner that suits His Majesty) -Taha verse 5- , what they – Ahbash- said about the meaning of this word ‘Istawa’ they said it means take possession of the Throne, that means there was a god before Allah , then Allah possessed the throne from that first god, which no Muslim will believe or accept that , Ta-a’la-Allah Oluwan Kabera. The meaning of Istawa every Muslim knows the meaning by the Fitrah, it means He (S.W.T) rose over, that set no more details such as how, because Allah (S.W.T) tells us in the Quran about his attributes something fit with human’s mind, we believe them as is, according Imam Malik, when someone ask him about Al-Istiwa he – may Allah have mercy on him- Al-Istiwa’s meaning is known, how is unknown, believe it is obligation, and to ask about is Bed’ah, then he asked this man to go because he is Mubtad’a.

    2- Their Shikh said that, The Quran’s word was established by Gabriel (Alih Asslam), and Quran is not Allah’s speech -look Izhar Al-Iqedah Al-Sunnyah P. 59-. Of course this idea is not new idea he came up with it, he just follows Al-Thalal’s Imams. This idea is not something simple we can forget it. Just think about that, if we said Al-Quran is not Allah’s speech that means it somebody’s else speech, that means it could have some mistake. If we look at the history, where this idea come from, and why they came up with this idea, we will notice that, they want to reject the Quran, but they could not find any way to prove that, It is deficient or incomplete, then they came up with this idea. When the Muslims believe that, it is not Allah’s speech then it could be incomplete or it is not perfect. Then we can change some of it while it is not perfect.

    3- He – Al-Habashi – came up with some strange things, he said Allah is has ability on most of things – look Izhar Al-Iqedah Al-Sunnyah P. 59 -. Also, he asked the people this question, Is Allah able on him self or not?. Do you think Imam Al-Shafi believes these things or did he – may Allah have mercy on him- ask such question like what Al-Habashi did.

    4- He -Al-Habashi- encourage people to go to the graves and appeal for aid from dead, also he allows to seek the protection from other than Allah (look Al-Daleel Al-Qaweem P.173, Bwghyat Al-Talib P.8, Sareeh Al-Bayan P.57-62). Also, he said Al-Awleya come from their graves to do people’s needs, then they go back to their graves ! (look Khalid Kanan’s tape /b/70). Also, he ask people to have Tabaruk by stone ( look Sareh Al-Byan P. 58, Ithhar Al-Aqedah Al-Sunnyah P.244). Do you think Al-Shafi does or believe these garbage.

    5- He is Jabri, he said Allah help the Kuffars on their Kufer, if Allah did not help them they will not be Kuffar ( look Al-Nahj Al-Saleem P. 67).

    6- He is Murje, he said Iman is saying only without deeds, i.e. , Iman is belief only , when you believe it is enough for you to enter Al-Jannah you do have to do any practice, he make Abu Baker and Abu Jahel is same, because both believe Allah. Anyone believe Allah is Mu’min either he pray or not, he does Islam’s Pillars or not. (look Al-Daleel Al-Qaweem P.7, Beghyat Al-Taleb P.51).

    7- He does not care about the Judgment by Islam or other which is against Islam, and he describe the people who judge by human’s law (against Islam) and do not like to judge by Islam, he describe them as Muslim and Mu’min, also he allows helping them (look tape No. 318/1 side A). Also, he said any one who said at least one time in his life La Elah Ela Allah (No God but Allah) he is Muslim and Mu’min even if he does not judge the Allah’s Share’ah in his life, does not do any of Allah’s commands, and does not leave Allah’s prohibited. (look Al-Daleel Al-Qaweem P.9-10, Beghyat Al-Taleb P. 51). He- Al-Habashi- said that Syed Qutub is Kafer, because he prohibit Judges to judge between people using the human’s law (against Islam).

    8- He tries to get Shi’ah’s agree by talking a lot about the Fitans which happened between companions, and he insult Mua’wyah (R.A.A) a lot and he – Al-Habashi – made him -Mua’wyah – of Fire’s people, also he mention a lot of Shia’h's stories about Mua’wyah (R.A.A).

    9- He – Al-Habashi – believe that, Allah created the universe and sent the Messengers without any wisdom, because if you said that, that means you put some reasons for that, and if you put some reasons that means you put some partner with Allah ! – Strange !! -

    10- He -Al-Habashi- allows Al-Riba (the interest).

    11- He allows to pray with dirty – Najasah – ( look Beghyat Al-Taleb P. 99-100).

    12- He allows to play gambling with Kuffar, and allows to steal your neighbors if they are non Muslim. (look Sareeh Al-Bayan P. 133)

    13- He insult the scholars beginning with the companions especially Mua’wyah (R.A.A) ( look Ethhar Al-Aqeedah AlSunnyah P. 182). look to some of his tape like (tape No. 13/A/94) to see what he said about Shihk Al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah, also, look at (Al-Magalat Al-Sunnyah P. 15, 24, 26, 57, 62, 75). Look what he said about Imam Al-Thahabi, he said he is wicked, Imam Muhammad bin AbdulWahhab murder and Kafer (look at their Manar Al-Huda Magazine Issue 3 P.34). Shikh Syed Sabiq is Majosi Kafir (tape No. 1/A/181). Syed Qutub is one of Al-Khawarij’s heads, he is Kafir, and he is journal’s communist (look Al-Nahj Al-Sawi fi Al-Rad ala Syed Qutub Wa Tabi’eh Fiysal Muwlawi P. 3)

    In front of that, we find Al-Habashi is defending the bad people like Ibn Arabi which all his book is witness on his Kufir because he said something no one said it toward Allah even Jews and Christians.

    (Note : I forget to mention that in first part, all these information I got from Shikh Abdul-Rahman Demashqiyyah’s book about this bad group).

    Some Of Al-Habashi’s (Abdullah Al-Harari – Al-Habashi) Fatawa ( Beliefs And Practice):

    1- He said the first sighting on the foreign woman is allowed even if it takes too long time (look Boghyat Al-Taleb P.224, 287). As you know the prophet S.A.W said the first sight for you and the second is not allowed -or as what the prophet said- that means if you saw by accident a foreign woman that would be sin but if you continue that mean it on purpose which not allowed, but see how Al-Habashi play by the Hadeth. Also, he allowed for a woman to go out her home wearing beautiful clothes and using a perfume for foreign people to be beautiful is their eyes(look Sareeh Al-Bayan P. 186)

    2- He made a Fitnah here in US and Canada by ordering his follower to change their Qiblah (the direction of prayer), then they changed their Qiblah against all Muslims in US and Canada by 90 degree. Also, in Lebanon, they have different Qiblah from other Muslims there, they changed it to the North. And they did not pray with Muslims in Muslims’ Masajids.

    3- He and his followers use magic (Al-Sher), and they used to give their followers to let them follow them without any objection, they use some tablets for that purpose they called it promise’s tablets (Huboob Al-Ahb). Also, they have some magic paper they used for magic purpose.

    Shikh Abdul-Rahman Demashqiyyah (which I got these information from his book) said one of the Habashi people threatened me if I continue talking about them they will use magic against me, and he (Shikh Abdul-Rahman) said Allah will protect me from them insha’ Allah, Also, Allah said in the Quran ” They could not thus harm anyone except by Allah’s leave” (Al-Imran verse 102).

    4- He pretends that, he has the prophet’s finger ring, and he shows it to the people, and they jump to kiss it.

    5- They -Ahbash- sing and dance in their parties with such undress women, in spite of that, they said Allah gives them Karamat !.

    6- They enforce Masajids’ Imam in Lebanon to let them -Ahbash- to give lessons in the Masjid, if the Imam reject that, they did not let him to make any lesson in his Masjid, and they try to talk in loudly to prevent him -Imam- to give his lesson, that why Lebanon magazine talked in one issue about this problem (look Shira magazine issue No. 574 “Fighting on Masajids in Lebanon). Some times they use gun to do what they want in any Masjid they want, for that reason – shooting by guns- some Masajids in Lebanon were closed.

    7- They have big maestro group (music group) such as James Last, they singing and dancing with women, and they use it to pray to Allah! because this is ??? ISLAMIC MUSIC ???. If you interest to see them just go to any Video store in Lebanon and ask about that. Also, in their parties they sing for the rulers in Lebanon.

    8- Al-Habashi divides the Islamic resources to facts, Share’ah, inner (Baten), outer (thaher), he pretends that, he gets the knowledge from Allah by some kind of knowledge its name (Al-Elm Al-Ladoni), also, he pretends that, he meets Al-Khuder and some other Shikhs in their graves, and he talks the promise from them!. Also, he believes that, they (the people who usually meets them) have ability and control on the universe according to their levels, some of them hold the earth, others knows the unseen!.

    Did you believe these garbage?. Do not worry according to Imam Shafi “if someone become Sofi in the morning, at the noon he will become stupid, also, no one will stay with Sofis forty days and he will lose his mind”. look Tlbes Ables P. 371)

    9- He with his followers believe Refa’ei Tareqah and try to distribute it. Do not forget that, Refa’ei Tareqah believe as what Shieah believe in twelve Imams.

    10- They try to trick the people in their books in so many fields and ways. For example, if look at some of them books when they talk about some problem they mention their Shikh as old scholars, for example they stated in one of their books ” Hafiz Al-Abdali said .. etc.” when read that you will think this is a one of our very old scholar such as Hafiz Ibn Hajar or Hafiz Al-Thahabi, but the fact is that this is one of their Shaikhs.

    If you look at this group you will adept about them even if you do know anything about them. Look how many great association they have in Lebanon. Also, when you look at the rulers in Lebanon you will find them like this group and fight with it. This gives evidence of that they have some political goal as well as beliefs goals. In these days we find that, the rulers not in Lebanon only(prime minister, Lebanon’s president, and other Christian’s leaders) but in other country like Syria, Yaser Arafat, and others, they are very concern about killing Nizar Kabani the Leader of Islamic charitable association (one of the Habashi’s associations), and they ( rulers – Muslims and Christians) work together to find who killed Nizar Kabani. The question is that ( if we suppose Nizar Kabani is a Muslim leader) Is this first Muslim leader (or at least Muslim) was killed. Why they really concern about his assassination. Why the Lebanon government for the first time try to enter Palestine camps to get the person who is suspect for the assassinate. How many Muslim leader was killed and know one was care. All these questions and others give us an evidence for that the rulers know who is Habashi and they know too who will help them to break Islamic Daw’ah.

    Al-Ahbash’s Friends And Their Enemies :

    Adnan Al-Trabulsi (the Habashi’s substitute in Lebanon’s Parliament), sa id ” We are open for all people, we invite to the opening and good moral, we are in Islamic Charitable Project disagree with demolition Ikhwan party -his sentence in Arabic ” Hezb Al-Akhwan Al-Haddam”- ( of course he meant Al-AKhwan Al-Muslemeen ), we are not fundamentals, we are against the fundamentals which it is looking for the chair and leadership, no for this fundamentals which judge all Arab’s and Muslim’s leaders as Kuffar because they – the leaders – judge by the law without believing that the law is better than Al-Quran”. My question is that, how he (Adnan Al-Trabulsi) knew that, the Arab and Muslims leaders do believe that? I do not know may be this is one of Al-Ahbash’s beliefs (as any Sofi) they can read the hearts!. Again I do not know!. Also, one of Habashi’s candidates Taha Naji went to Christians’ cities in the North region of Lebanon to get their votes, and he got their votes after he promised them to destroy Islamic fundamentals. Unfortunately, he did not win!.

    To know who is Al-Ahabashi’s friend let us get some information from the ir magazine Manar Al-Huda.

    Islamic Charitable Projects made a party in Farasiy Palace ( look Manar Al-Huda issue No. 4 , 1993 P. 37-38), and they invited Agub Jukhrdiyan and Mieshal Adah Education’s Minister (both of them are Christians as you know), and he – Adah – said ” I know Islamic Charitable Projects very well, and I heard about you, in spite of that, there are a lot of associations, but you are very active, also I know Shikh Nizar Halabi, he is very gentle and may god guide him”(look Manar Al-Huda issue No. 5 P. 33). Khacheek Babekeyan (Christian man) said ” If this association -Islamic Charitable Projects- did what it planned to do, then the favor is due to its president, congratulation to Shikh Nizar Halabi for what he did and does for the seek of Lebanon and its people”(look at Manar Al-Huda issue No. 5 P. 33). Also, in 1994 they made similar party and they invited some of Lebanon’s Christians leaders (look Manar Al-Huda issue No.17 P. 41). Also, Ausamah Al-Sayid The Islamic Charitable Projects’ represent in Al-Beka’ (one of Lebanon’s regions) visited Eali Frzali (one of the Christian candidate), the goal of this visiting is to power the inner relation and to united the efforts and the activities between them (look Manar Al-Huda issue No. 13 P. 56). Also, Nizar Al-Halabi and Adnan Al-Trabulsi visited Nabeh Bari the Lebanon Parliament’s president for the same purpose(look Manar Al-Huda issue No. 10 P. 6). Moreover, in an interview with Adnan Al-Trabulsi -the Habashi’s candidate-, he confessed that, the Habashi gave their votes to the Chastens in the Lebanon’s election and the Christian gave their votes (about 16000 votes) to Taha Naji (Habashi’s candidate in Lebanon’s north). Unfortunately, he lost ! (look Al-Afkar Magazine issue No. 531 P. 13). Also, when they (Al-Ahbash) opened Education School, they invited a lot of Christians people such as John Aubead, Salaim Habeeb, Estafan Al-Dwehi, Na’elah Mu’wad (Reneeh Mu’wad’s spouse), and others Christians (look Manar Al-Huda issue 6 P. 58). Also, one of Al-Ahabash’s candidate accompany with a delegation from Islamic Charitable Projects visited Waleed Jumblat ( the Durzi’s leader), and he gave them $35000 to build a school.

    There are a lot of examples that is an evidence for that, the Muslims ar e the Habashi’s enemy and the Christianity is their friends. For more information look at their magazine Manar Al-Huda as following :

    - Issue No. 6 P. 59
    - Issue No. 16 P. 37
    - Issue No. 15 P. 35.
    - Issue No. 7 P. 67.
    - Issue No. 12 P. 35-39.
    - Issue No. 2 P.59
    - Issue No. 13 P. 58-59.
    - Issue No. 1 P. 31-34.
    - Issue No. 2 P. 16 , 32-34, 65-66
    - Issue No. 9 P. 7, 14, 20-21, 45-46.
    - and others ( if someone is interested I can give him more)

    Now we knew that, they have very good special relationship with NON Muslims. Moreover, they invite them to their parties and give them unlimited respecting. After we knew that, let us recall what I presented in first part of these articles. What they said about Imam Ibn Tymmiyyah, Imam Al-Thahabi, Shikh Al-Albani, Shikh Ibn Baz, Shikh Sayed Sabeq, Islamic thinker Syed Qutub, some of Lebanon’s Scholars (which I mentioned their names before), Al-Akhwan Al-Muslimeen, and others. When we recall that, we can have simple comparison between two actions ( what they did with NON Muslim and what they did with Muslims’ SCHOLAR). Now, we know who is their friends and who is their enemies.

    Islamic Or Arabic Nationality

    To know what Al-ahbash believe in this issue let us go to their leaders to see what they said about that issue.

    Adnan Al-Trabulsi ( Habashi’s candidate) “It is allowed to be there a pe ace with Jews, but our request is that we are as ARAB nation do have rights, we request them under ARAB agreement, and I am without any guarded supporting that agreement” (look Al-Shira’a magazine 09/07/1992 and Al-Afkar magazine 09/26/1992). Husam krkera -the Islamic Charitable Projects’ vice president- said in an interview with Al-Safeer magazine (10/19/1992) ” We are with ARAB agreement, when the ARAB agree to stop fighting the Jews, we are with that agreement” . Nizar Al-Halabi (the former Islamic Charitable Projects’ president ) said ” Our candidate Dr. Adnan Trabulsi by the God’s care won and reach the Parliament to arise with national good brothers the Lebanon’s ARABIC identification”. From these quotations we find that, When they talk about Palestine’s problem or fighting the Jews, they make it as Arabic problem and they talk under Arab’s umbrella. You know why?, if you just go back and look what I mentioned about their friends you will get the idea, it is very clear, if they talk about Islam or Islamic agreement for this problem, what will happen for their friends, they will be kicked out from this problem (as you know, because they are Christians) and Al-Ahbash does not like to work with their enemy (as you know Muslims) in this problem. When they (Al-Ahbash) thought a little bit about they found that, they and all Lebanon’s Christians are ARAB, then the solution is to restrict the speech under ARAB umbrella. Moreover, do not forget that, the Arabic nationality originally came form Lebanon’s Christians, then the Habashi’s people should respect all Christians’ ideas!.

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  6. Sam
    | #6

    I read the article with interest, and found it confusing. Why confusing? Because it compares the arrest of Eskinder with Moslem leaders who also were imprisoned. It is totally incomparable. Eskinder sought democracy to be cultivated in Ethiopia. A grand idea. The Moslem leaders wanted a radical moslem teaching to be introduced widely in Ethiopia. As far as I am concerned, a very unsettling idea. I am always suspicious of men who want to marry religion with politics. If those people have their way, the catstrophy they would bring upon a country is incalcuable. Take the example of Afghanistan. Billions and billions of American dollars did not bring the country an inch closer to democry. Why? Because some people down there, who also want to be politicians, could not separate religion from politics. I do not want that to happen in Ethiopia. Eskinder is a selfless — perhaps naieve– Ethiopian who took a great risk for the best future of the country. Do not compare him with radical dogmatists. It is a different issue. Whether it is Christians, Moslems, whatever religion is, try to dictate their radical version of their religion as a must, concerned citizens should be worried. Ethiopians should not import Whabism at the order of Saudis’ radicals. It did not work for Binladen. I do not think it will work for those who worshipped him, at least in private.

  7. gragn ahmed
    | #7


    Are you saying Ethiopian people or muslims are prone to radicalization? Radicalization thrives where there is no freedom. Don’t bring Afghan issue here. Egypt is doing fine. I don’t care if copts ruled us by defaul a christian system. We lived in it. Some of these copts did oppress people. You don’t call it a christian country by name but by practice Ethiopia was a christian led nation for centuries. It is not the name that matters. So, if you continue to suppress people’s view it will radicalize people. But if you continue freedom the chances are low. So, the best strategy is to make sure the borders of Ethiopia are secure.Other than that if we live in a democracy our problems will be largely domestical issues or fighting within unless the army splits along religious lines and contributes to the problem. In my view the army is the key. The army should stay neutral in civilian discourse of religion and should focus on national security. The Muslims are not even demanding power, but they want free institutions not government sponsored religion.

    Some of you complained why council on religion? Well, religion has become a divisive issue and if these people can do something that will be good. I would have liked them to include all other persecutions in Waldeba. Right now Pentes only enjoy the government. Religious authorities should speak up for any type of injustice as they get ears.

  8. Observer
    | #8

    If the Ethiopians do not stand up tall to stop the spread of Wahhabism, their future will be as Somalia, Mali and other war torn countries. Wahhabism does not bring with it except fanaticism, extremism, sedition and backwardness. Can you imagine that the only country in the world that bans women form driving is the country that is ruled by Wahhabi i.e Saudi Arabia.? This is the future that the wahhabi want for your country. So whenever a wahhabi claim that he/she is struggling to bring democracy then do know that there is a hidden agenda under his sleeve. Most probably the agenda is the opposite of what the wahhabi claim. How can wahhabism and democracy and rights be hand in hand? Impossible. One does not exist where the other prevail. In Somalia, the wahhabi are cutting the lips and tongues of those who object on them. There are a lot of Somalian refugees in Ethiopia, just go and ask them.

    The wahhabi always claim that they are against the US and the West etc.. and that the US always try to undermine Wahhabism. This is only to win the empathy and support of the Muslims otherwise is there a country in the world that the US did send its army and wrecked havoc in order to protect other than Saudi Arabia? The whole West sent all its armies and dedicated all its resources to secure the safety of the Saud family and the wahhabi and their country. So please do not be deceived by the wahhabi propaganda that the west is against them. The wahhabi does support everything about wahhabi because the Wahhabi spread sedition and turmoil among Muslims so that there is a lot of killing among Muslims and the West does not have to do much to subdue Muslims: The Wahhabi already take care of it.

    Look in the US: Most mosques are in the hand of wahhabi. The US army only hires Wahhabi imams to serve in its rank. etc.. The Wahhabi do not exist had it not been for the West support of their masters i.e The Saudi regime. Is there a regime that is more subservient to the West than the regime that uses the Wahhabi as its tool? The Saudi regime..

    So I tell the fellow Muslim readers: Wake up and kick out the wahhabi from among oyur rank otherwise your future could be seen in Somalia.

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