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Ethiopian Muslims Protest Ahead of Islamic Council Election
Source: VOA News
By Marthe Van Der Wolf
ADDIS ABABA — Ethiopian Muslims will elect a new Islamic Council this Sunday, October 7. The election has stirred protest among many Muslims who believe the government is trying to influence the Council.
A protest erupted after the Friday prayer at the Anwar mosque, the largest mosque in Addis Ababa. People were waving yellow papers, symbolizing a warning card for the government and the crowd was chanting for about 20 minutes, shouting slogans such as “let our voice be heard” and “release the prisoners.” Dozens of protesters were brought to a police station during and after the demonstration.
The anger behind the protest started earlier this year, as some Muslims accused the government of interfering with religious affairs by trying to promote a more liberal form of Islam from Lebanon, known as al-Abhash. More than 100 people were detained in previous protests and many of them are believed to still be behind bars.
Government spokesman Shimelis Kemal says that most demonstrators have been misinformed about the situation.
“Many people who had been confused or had been misinformed joined this protest," he said. "The government has no right under our constitution to set up Islamic elections or to interfere in any religious matters.”
Shimelis also says accusations that the government is trying to interfere in religious affairs are fabrications started by extremist groups.
”These extremist groups in Ethiopia are exploiting the situation in order to advance their hidden agendas," the spokesman said. "They started all kinds of accusations, stating that the government is using its institutions to coerce and to systemically wipe out Islamic religion from Ethiopia. And even stated that all the developmental activities are targeted at diminishing the Muslims in Ethiopia. This was a wild accusation.”
Some Ethiopian Muslims mentioned that they feel pressured to vote on Sunday as people from local government are going door to door. For the first time, Muslims will have to vote in their districts instead of in the mosques. Representatives of the districts are allegedly telling Muslims that not voting will have consequences.
Shimelis says that these accusations are false as well and that it’s the extremist groups that are threatening the Muslim community, as they want more power.
”Controlling such an institution would help legitimize, theological legitimize, its activities,” he said.
Members of the Islamic Council committee preferred not to comment on the matter.
Ethiopia has often been praised for being a peaceful multi-religious nation. According to government statistics, the majority of Ethiopians are Christian, while about one-third of the population is Muslim.
Why is it these weyannes involved in Musliems matter? Let them solve their problem accordingly their way as they did in past hundreds years. I think it is these pintcont ,Protestant, mormoons pagans and all these new Christian invaders who came here for the last 20 years are now creating this division and bring caose in Ethiopia society.
To all Ethiopia do not be fuller by weyannes propaganda and fals allegation on musliems. Ethiopia musliems know what is good for them,ofcource there are few individuals who are influenced by some oil rich nation to bring their dirty here but that is not the magerity of true musliems Ethiopia who want o exercise their religion in peaceful manner as they did in the past.
Let the Muslims run their own affair without any interfer by weyanne or pentcont PM
Dear C´est moi senait (visitor),
Muslims’ affair is to kill, to convert Christian children to Islam, to marry multiple wives, to produce millions of children every year, and finally to take the entire country and put it under their Sharia law. They want to change Ethiopia and put it under Islam. The Muslims we have today are not the same Muslims we used to have many years ago: the present Ethiopian Muslims are brainwashed by the Saudi Wahhabis; therefore, they should not be allowed to go their own way: Their own way is the way of Satan, the way of the Jihadists, the way of the Egyptian Muslims, and the ways of many Islamic countries, such as Sudan, Pakistan, Indonesia, Iran, and others.
the so called protesters has nothing to do with religion. Behind the religon cutin there is ther agenda involve with it. government just faciliatate the request they made for councul to be elected. this so called religon activistes are tied up with opposition in diaspora to interup the ongoing developent of ethiopia. Election for the consul has been set for today if they want to elect has to go to thier respective kabele and elect. other wise if they claim any teror act ethiopis independent country will take an action despite the toxic diaspora barking!!
Assta B. Gettu [Visitor)
Are you serious? Hate dosn’t take you no where. you better stsy in your parking booth and still. Leave the muslim matter to muslims. Moron toxic diaspora!!
Assta B. G
Islam teach us peace and Harmony among human beings. It is sad to see a few fanatics who use Islam to their devil goal. But we should be proud of our musliem heritage who for the last century lived and still live with us in peace and harmony.
I do not know where you got that idea but it is clear to me that you are misguided by western new christanity and their media.
The Ethiopia muslems are not like those crazy Arabs or Pakistani with religion full of hate to others. If I were you I worry about these parasites new christians who are converting Ethiopian orthodox to hoxxxxmo and phedoxxxxphle Christians
Whom do you think that replaced Melese ? Not the musliems but these new Christians who are now so powerful and turn a nation like us to what they want. Be aware of the new comers like mormorons ,Protestant etc……they are spreading in Africa like a wild fire……
C´est moi senait (visitor),
You are a deluded and a lost person in the ocean of Islam, and you need someone to take you out of that dark ocean. Anyone who supports Islam and the cause of Islam is a friend of the great Satan and the archenemy of Ethiopia, and that person is you in disguise. Tell me what kind of legacy Ethiopian Muslims have left for their host country – Ethiopia? The legacy Ethiopia got so far from the Muslims in Ethiopia is the destructions of our ancient Churches, monasteries, and our indispensable documents by their Jihadist leader, Gragn Muhammad. Perhaps your ancestors might have come from him and that is why you hate the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church. You have also a blood from Yodit Gudit, the mother of all evils.
I would prefer the Protestants to the Muslims in Ethiopia to live in Ethiopia and preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Protestants believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who came to this world and was crucified for the sins of the world; however, Muslims do not believe that Jesus had died on the Cross and that he was the Son of the Almighty God. Muslims tell us Jews are the enemies of Christians because they had killed Jesus Christ, but still we love the Jews, and we hate the Muslims because the Muslims are still killing millions of Christians; the Jews, however, never killed Christians except Jesus Christ.
C’est moi senait, if you support the Muslims, then, you are not a friend of either the Jews or the Christians. You are just an opportunist who believes in the Saudi King for some leftover food.
Assta B. Getu
You moron always beating drum for nothing, by hating muslims and islam you can’t dare extinguish the true light of Allah. The almighty is always standby protecting islam and for sure it will come to true perfection. As the saying goes “Empty vessel makes loudest noise” you and your fake religion is all in vain, but keep barking like your dog..,
The way the government of Ethiopia is going is correct
Come on, people. Wake up. Stop hating each other because of religion. Ethiopia has been known for its tolerance all over the world. The muslims have been a good example for many countries. Now they should keep it up that way. The muslims should not be deluded by the so called ‘islamic awakening’. It is for radicalizing the muslims. Some wohabi movements started in Ethiopia. Be aware of their teachings. You should use your rational thinking. You do not need to be blinded like those irrationals who hate education, democracy, modernization, the west for unknown reason. Ethiopia will be the next economy power of east africa if unity and peace is maintained in the country.
Sorry Assta same treatment for you too.
Igzer EtyoP’yan And’ Yargat, Kek’fum YiT’ebikat.
Wakes up every day proud that I’m an Ethiopian.
I am not sure if you are Ethiopian but WE are Ethiopian first. Just because you hate Woyane
you do not wish Ethiopia calamity. The muslim problem is an imported one with foreign players. It is dangerous. This will be a time when all of us must Stand United or Divided we will fall.
Egziabhier aynishin yikfetlish,
wepE, መዋቲ፤ሸታቲ፤መሎቲ፤ሰበይቲ፤ገኧቲ፤ሰንካቲ፤መስሗቲ፤ጸላኢመንግሥቲ፤ናይጸልማት ኧፈይቲ፤ሓሳዊ ምእቲ ብምእቲ፤ጨናዊ ሽንጉርቲ (visitor),
Dear readers! I warn you nazret.com is run by wepE, the dumbest person in the whole world, and he is able to erase my comments against Islam. He was unable to stand up with Gragn Ahmed, the great commentator, and finally wepE, the uneducated, got rid of Gragn Ahmed.
Good bye wepE the devil! I didn’t know nazret.com is run by you, the diffident and the ugliest person. I should have known this wicked man long time ago: it is mea culpa!
You can erase this comment at your disposal as you have done to many other educational comments.
HYPOCRISY…THEY’RE SPOILED IN ETHIOPIA…LOOK HOW ISLAMIC NATIONS MURDER AND RAPE CHIRISTIANS.
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