Addis Ababa March 02/2013 The recent opinion of an Egyptian Imam Sheik Shakir Elsayed on Ethiopia is unacceptable among Ethiopian Muslims residing in foreign countries and also here, Presidents of Islamic Affairs Supreme Councils said.
Presidents of the Federal, the Addis Ababa City Administration and Oromia State Islamic Affairs Supreme Councils, Sheikh Kiyar Mohammed, Dr. Ahmed Abdurahman and Sheikh Mohammed Amin Jemal respectively said on Friday that Shakir Elsayed does not represent the Muslim community.
Accordingly, Sheikh Kiyar Mohammed said a religious call is made for peace and love, however, the individual declared jihad on Ethiopia, which is against the teachings of the Islamic religion.
Sheikh Kiyar said the individual is attempting to create chaos in Ethiopia under the disguise of religion.
Dr. Ahmed on his part said the Muslim community are living in peace in Ethiopia, a country which enshrined freedom of religion in its constitution.
In particular the increase in the number of mosques to more than 220 from only 12 before 23 years indicates the freedom of religion and belief enshrined in the constitution, Dr. Ahmed said.
Sheikh Mohammed on his part said the constitution respects freedom to religion and belief and ensures equality of all religions.
The Presidents said that the individual lacks the basic knowledge of the Islamic religion and he is engaged in political mission.
The individual is promoting and advocating jihad on Ethiopia, the Presidents said and called on the Muslim community not to be confused by his opinion but focus on the national development endeavors.