Ethiopian Muslims in the DC Metro Area Host Working Dinner for Kinijit Delegation

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Ethiopian Muslims in the DC Metro Area Host Working Dinner for Kinijit Delegation

October 25, 2007

Every single moment and indeed every single encounter whether it was with their countrymen, senators, think-thanks or journalists proved as exciting as it was overly rewarding. Kinijit delegation’s meeting with the Ethiopian Muslim community tonight was no exception.

Issues raised at the working dinner were refreshingly insightful. There was common understanding on the thesis that respect for individual right will form the basis for respect of group rights. The importance of interim intervention aimed at thwarting real and perceived inequalities also received strong support. Several commentaries pointed to the need for Ethiopian Muslims to participate more actively in Ethiopia’s political life and to be represented in leadership positions commensurate with the size of the Muslim population. A as a dynamic multi-ethnic, multi-religious party, Kinijit leaders declared, it is their party’s policy to redouble efforts aimed at mirroring the cross section of society in its membership and leadership ranks. There was also solid consensus on the urgent need to safeguard the centuries old enviable track record that Ethiopia enjoys in terms of maintaining religious harmony. The exemplary role played by Muslim and Christian leaders in resolving minor tensions of recent past was applauded.

The question and answer session availed rare opportunity for Ethiopian Muslims to find out first hand from Kinijit leaders on the vision of the party and its stand on several issues near and dear to the Muslim community. The discussion was so lively and heart-warming it continued into the closing hours of the restaurant.

Kinijit DC Metro Support Chapter Report

  1. jihad
    | #1

    I am not sure who this DC muslims are representing I think their are a pupet for kinijit they do not represent the whole muslin leave in the washington area.

  2. Muleta A.
    | #2

    Jihad, I am not aainst you but against your foolish way of thinking. How you dare to say that these people could not represent muslims even without knowing who they are. Please do not be as such pesimist and distractor to all common denominators we all have as Ethiopians. Don’t follow ndividuals but pricnciples they are advocating and governed by.
    Jihad, Alah libona yistih!!!

  3. jihad
    | #3

    Muleta you my think yourself a wiser and thinker I think you are also another pupet for kinijit.let me tell you Mr.thinker if kinijit wants to recognize muslims they should not opposse hijab and increasing number of musjid in ethiopia.say, thank you to weyane.would you please tell me the outlook kinijit has for muslim in their constitution and parlament.may allah bless you Mr thinker!

  4. Mohammed.M
    | #4

    this reply is to the person posted some negative comments above in the name of Jihad. Before criticizing people who are making an effort in the DC area read what the report above says. Let me repeat it for you here again.. the report above says The question and answer session by Ethiopian Muslims in the DC area to find out first hand from Kinijit leaders on the vision of the party and its stand on several issues near and dear to the Muslim community. So you are saying to ask question and trying to find out what Kinijits vision is wrong? your way of criticizing shows your ignorance . You say if kinijit oppose hijab, if you mean hijab (a head scarf ) not only Ethiopian muslim women even devout christian women wear head scarf in Ethiopia and I don’t agree with you that kinijit or any party can be against head scarf . But if you mean Hijab with the face veil which has a tiny room for the eyes only then that is not a required by our holy Quran. women in Saudi wear it as they follow wahabi/salafi version of islam which restricts freedom of women (prevents them to work or study) and not at all required by true Islamic teaching (but rather a saudi culture and wahabisim teaching). We are not Arabs. We are Ethiopian muslims.

    regarding your assumption that kinijit opposes increasing number of mosques , first lets make sure they do oppose it. and thats why muslims in the Dc area have question and answer session. I wasn’t in DC as I live in Europe but I believe in civilized meeting and asking questions and finding answers as oppose to not getting involved. Ethiopia belong to all of us. let us talk , discuss, and find a better way to improve our country. By the way for your info I am not a kinijit party member or any other party member at the moment. But I believe all of us need to work for a better Ethiopia , just Ethiopia with religious equality. Jihad please know the first Jihad(struggle) is within yourself, to be a better Human, to be forgiving and kind. May allah guide you and may allah guide all of us in the right path. Amen

  5. Mohammed.M
    | #5

    Additional comment is after fact finding question and answer session if Kinijits vision is to oppress Ethiopian muslims , if it refuses the rights of Ethiopian muslims to build a mosque , generally if kinijits vision is discriminatory towards Ethiopian muslims then I think Ethiopian muslims should not support Kinijit. But all I am saying is lets findout what Kinijits vision is. and lets find out not from what so and so might say, but lets hear it from Kinijit leaders themselves. if any kinijit leaders or party members read this message , I would like to hear from you what your party has for us Ethiopian Muslims. Thank you

  6. jihad
    | #6

    Mr.mohammed Islam has nothing to do with saudi calture or wahabi/salafi we muslims follow the suna of resululah selelahu alaihi weselim and Quran period.Mr.mohammed what we need in ethiopia is a freedom of practicing you religious in any way you want.I do not buy that kinijit support muslim like weyane does.

  7. Hajj
    | #7

    Aselamu Waalekum Werhamutallahi Weberkhatu

    If Kinijit really did care about the 60% population of Ethiopia (muslim), they would have Muslim leaders in Kinijit.

    Kinijit supporters will never get the vote of us, until you stop having Lion of Yehuda flag like Haile Selaise during your demonstration.

    Plus you must have many Muslim leaders in Kinijit.

    You dont even have Shiek open prayer but you have Orthodox Papas? why??

    Allah Hagerachin yitebikilen

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