‘Liberian Muslims Resolve to Be Peaceful’

first_imgJust days after heated arguments in the Chambers of the House of Representatives over a proposition to make Liberia a ‘Christian State’, Liberian Muslims have said that they will not resort to any form of violence in their opposition to Christian groups that are seeking for the country to be declared a ‘Christian State’. The Chief Imam of Liberia, Alhaji Muhammad Abdullah Sheriff, said Liberian Muslims have remained peaceful and have promoted coexistence since the formative days of the state.To amend the 1986 Constitution, Liberians are expected to go to a referendum to adopt several proposals, including the controversial proposal to make Liberia a ‘Christian State’, which Liberian Muslims have objected to, fearing that they will be declared second class citizens.Imam Sheriff told his audience, which with the exception of Imams who have converged from the 15 counties and other members of the Muslim community also included stakeholders from the security sector, other religious leaders and the office of the National Peace Ambassador of Liberia, at the Unity Mosque in Fish Market, in Monrovia, that Liberian Muslims have resolved to be ambassadors of peace and will continue to say no to violence.He said Liberian Muslims are aware of ‘some unscrupulous’ people in the global Muslim community who continue to make their religion look bad in the eyes of the rest of the world. “Their actions clearly contradict the Qur’an. As for us (Liberian Muslims) we will continue to be agents of peace,” he said.He added that the NICL will continue to work for the propagation of ‘true Islam’ in the interest of all humanity. “We have resolved to be peaceful, and will remain peaceful forever and ever,” he said, adding that the Imams must lead this endeavor.Conflicting StanceHowever, the conference hall of the Unity Mosque went silent for moments when Sheikh Ali Krayee, Deputy Chief Imam for National Affairs, in a strong tone said Liberian Muslims will not allow themselves to be reduced to second class citizens in their own country, with clear reference to the proponents of the ‘Christian State’ proposition.He said those who are pushing for Liberia to become a ‘Christian State’ are themselves enemies of the state. “They are creating a time bomb that can explode where no one will escape. No group of people will accept to be considered second class in their land of birth,” he said, although proponents of the ‘Christian State’ agenda have refuted claims that they would reduce Liberian Muslims to second class citizens. Imam Krayee, who is Krahn by tribe, described Liberian Muslims as peaceful but promised not to bow to any decision that will reduce them to second class in their own nation though he did not explain what is involved in his promise. Serving as the guest speaker at the event, the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) Force Commander, General Saleh Zuhair Uba, said there is a need for Liberians to unite in order to maintain the hard-earned peace that the country currently enjoys. He said UNMIL will continue to support all who want to see peace in Liberia, because this is the only way the society will strive. He told the NICL that they have chosen the right path, which is in the interest of Liberia.Other dignitaries who graced the occasion were representatives from the embassies of Sierra Leone, Nigeria and the United States of America, as well as some organs of the UN. Also present was the National Peace Ambassador of Liberia, Rev. William R. Tolbert III.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

HOT, FRIGHTENING AND NOT SHORT OF A WORD – JSB IS NOW APPRENTICE DARKHORSE

first_imgSHE thinks she’s going to be the hottest housewife in Ireland after learning how to cook a curry.Last year’s camp contestant Panos thinks everyone is terrified of her.And some contestants on her own team hate her because they can’t get a word in edgeways Donegal’s Apprentice star Joanne Sweeney Burke is already proving to be a dark horse on the popular TV3 showThe Letterkenny businesswoman took a back seat this week as she allowed one contestant to fire himself and another to talk herself out of a job!Tyrone motormouth Eoin finally talked himself to death and realised he couldn’t stand the heat and saved Bill Cullen the bother of uttering those immortal words.And larger-than-life Ruth stabbed her team-mates in the back in the boardroom leading Bill to give her a red card also. The task this week was for contestants to come up with a phone APP for Unislim.And it was pretty clear from an early stage that the only way people would lose weight using the Apprentice App was by locking yourself in your car and sticking the App and your iPhone in your mouth from now until Christmas.It’s early days yet but unless JSB brings a shotgun into the boardroom or chats up Bill in front of Jackie, she could be around for a while yet!EndsHOT, FRIGHTENING AND NOT SHORT OF A WORD – JSB IS NOW APPRENTICE DARKHORSE was last modified: October 17th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Joanne Sweeney-BurkeThe Apprenticelast_img read more