September 2012- Current Religious Situation in South Sudan

How religions merge into conflict in South Sudan: We have learned about the religion since the time we were born, but this has perhaps made us less aware of what it is mean by religion. According to Catholic Encyclopedias, It means voluntary subjection of oneself to God, but every one of us has its own definition of words religion. It would also be convenienent to assume that religions is like a branches of a tree, with visible trunk, the movement we looked hard enough at the tree trunk, the movement we discovered a common structure of its meaning that would lead to an accurate, comprehensive, and convincing definition of religion.

For me to scale down my discussion about the type of religions found in South Sudan we need to oversee the Traditional indigenous, Christianity and Islam’s religions. However, majority of Southerners maintain traditional indigenous religions and this make South Sudan one of the most Country in the world where most people follow traditional indigenous for example Prophet Ngundeng of Nuer, his legacy remain un touch.  In comparison, all religions are emerging but Islamic religion would be regarded as fastest to grow in South Sudan.

The spreads of Islam began shortly after the coming of Arabs to Sudan; there were no Muslim in the South, but later on they were converted. The Islamic law ‘’sharia ’’ which was derived from Quran encompassed all the aspects of Muslims believers. The words Islam in Arabic mean ‘’self-surrender’’ and as our history has proves that Islamic religion can grow very fast, then we should be alter to it practical challenges to the economic, social and political of our country. Although our constitution has guaranteed universal right of worshiping, we need to consider the cause of two decade civil war before we considered Islam religion in our new Country.

Islam is political ideology that has many trouble spots, we can take clear image of Muslims versus Jew in Palestine, Muslims Vs Hindus in Kashmir, Muslim Vs Buddhist in Thailand, Muslim Vs Russian in the Caucasus, Muslims Vs Christians in Nigeria, Muslim Vs Coptic’s in Egypt and later on in ten years to come it will be Muslims Vs Christian in South Sudan. Although Muslims in the South are portraying themselves as peaceful and committed community of faith attracting the attention of the South Sudan President Salva kiir Mayardiit in recognition of Idd El Fitri, to be public holiday then there is no different since we know they are fundamentalist’s seekers in restoring or establishing an Islamic state everywhere they go.

Daniel Comboni is the first missionary Catholic priest in South Sudan, most of the believers under his influence considered verse 3 of Isaiah chapter:18  has reference to South Sudan conflict,  it read’’ all you people of the worlds, you who live on the earth, when a blamer is raised on the mountains, you will see it, and when a trumpet sounds, you will hear it’’ and verse 7:Isaiah ‘’At that time gave will be brought to the lord almighty from a people tall and smooth-skinned from people feared far and wide an aggressive nation of strange speech, whose land is divide by rivers. The gift will be brought to mount Zion, the place of the name of God almighty.

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