KHARTOUM- The Islamic Centre for Preaching and Comparative Studies chairman, Ammar Saleh, warned the Muslim community of the North East African country that both Christianity and Atheism are making steady gains in popularity. Additionally, Saleh conceded that interest in the conversion to Islam was nearly non-existent, saying anyone who believes there’s growth in Sudan’s Islamic faithful is “living on Mars”.
In a press conference held on May 14th, Saleh accused Sudanese authorities of neglecting to address the issue of Muslims abandoning the Islamic faith. He cited that the number of apostates in the capital of Khartoum has reached 109 due to Christian Missionaries aggressively targeting its citizens.
The Islamic figure slammed the government for not taking decisive action against missionaries operating “boldly” in the country.
The country boasts an approximately 70% Muslim majority and considers Atheism to be a capital offence. Calling the increase in Atheism and homosexuality “scary”, Saleh also expressed disdain for Christianity’s increase in popularity through missionary projects. He urged Muslim government officials to stand up for Islam in Sudan and find a solution to the growing popularity of Christianity. Saleh made specific comments regarding the activities of the Orthodox Church and accused them of building a church in Ombadda without a permit.
Adam Mudawi, who is the former head of the Ombadda People’s Committee and current member of the ruling National Congress Party, stated he had intelligence information about the Ombadda church in question. Mudawi spoke of a cache of weapons in the church’s underground storage facility. He also made reference to a satellite dish inside the church that’s purpose is unknown. In further comments, Mudawi accused church missionaries of preying on the poorest citizens of Sudan by offering financial support with the intent of conversion.
As the number of Sudanese turning away from the Islamic faith grows, Muslim leaders increase their attempt to squash any other faith based and Atheist value system.
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