Sudan is now inviting Jewish community back to the country with open arms that had to be deserted by many of them a couple of years ago. The civil war had threatened the community’s personal security. Speaking to the local media, Minister of Religious Affairs Nasr-Eddin Mofarah said that “members of Sudan’s Jewish community who had left the country in previous years were free to return and enjoy citizenship like other ethnic groups.”
The newly appointed minister is being courageous and exhibiting leadership as he was quoted in a local TV channel that Sudan was actually “very open to diverse ideas, values, cultures and intellectual persuasions.”
The aim of the leadership in the African Horn is to show itself as a democratic country that is multicultural in nature. Mo Farah’s invitation and the announcement comes after Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok announced his Cabinet recently, as the first step towards reestablishing a governing system in the war-torn country for many years.
Mo Farah was clear in pointing out how Islam has always been a peaceful part of Sudanese life for centuries and had not been introduced through violence or conflict. He also expressed the thought that division in the name of Islam is the workings of terror factions and has no place in Sudan’s future. He also stressed the importance of religious tolerance in the post-Bashir era. “Religious tolerance has also been given significant importance in the Holy Qur’an, in which Muslims have been urged to accept and respect other religions and live in peace with them,” Mo Farah said.