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 News Right Now: Split Loyalties

This week the head of the Sudanese military, Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, announced on national TV that he was dissolving the joint military and civilian transitional government and the Sovereign Council, which had been created in 2019 after ex-president al-Bashir was ousted. General Burhan said quarrels among political factions prompted the military intervention, as tensions have been rising for weeks over the course and the pace of the transition to democracy in Sudan. He declared a state of emergency to apparently avoid civil war, and said the military will appoint a technocratic government to lead the country to elections, set for July 2023. But he made clear the military will remain in charge. As the internet was shut down and 170 people were injured in protests, the transition to democracy that western powers are so concerned with, appears to have been set back.

Biden issued a statement claiming the US are “deeply alarmed” and announced they have paused 700 million dollars in aid. Britain appeared to be concerned over the rights of the Sudanese people and the European Union condemned the coup also threatening “serious consequences” regarding financial aid to Sudan in response to the military coup. However in reality, no real change has actually occurred within the Sudanese ruling system or to the constitution of Sudan. Sudanese civil society has once again been left to deal with the harsh economic and social conditions they always suffer, and is fully aware as coup after coup since its independence from Britain in 1956 has shown them, that democracy is very much dependent on the actions of western nations and the results of their powerplay for Sudan; one which has never produced any benefits for the people whatsoever.

The political chessboard in Sudan features Gen Burhan and PM Hamdok who each work for the interests of their respective colonial masters rather than the interests of their own people. Burhan is backed by America and governed by the Military Council, and Hamdok is backed by Britain, who support the leaders of the Forces of Freedom and Change, and its nucleus the Sudanese Professionals Association. Their interests in Sudan are different and therefore their local agendas and facilitators are different as well - therefore both have been working to abort the movements of the other using means to harass their opponents and eventually exclude them from power. This is clear when we see how in 2019 both sides had agreed on what is known as the ‘constitutional document’, which gave power to the military for the first 21 month term of government, and to the civilian council for the second 18 month term of government.

Based on this agenda the civilian government should have been taking power this November, enabling the European powers to make changes (as they sought to), to the military’s financing and thus affect America's influence in the country. However, an amendment was made after the Juba Agreement signed on 03/10/2020, whereby the period became 53 months, making it obvious that the 2019 agreement was disingenuous on the part of America from the start.

The ideological and political enslavement of Sudan by the US is proved by the US removing Sudan from the state sponsors of terror list last year, and also supporting a 50 billion dollar debt package for Sudan, in return for the military forcing democracy on the Sudanese people above any other form of governance in particular Islam. Now America continues its interference by sending chief envoy Jeffrey Feltman who urged all actors to “recommit to working together”.

The result of the decades-long democratic experiment and constant interference of the colonialists and their agents from the Gulf states and Saudi, is that the unjust policies imposed on Sudan have wreaked havoc on the country and even fractured the notion that the people should have autonomy over their own affairs. Sudan has descended into terrible economic conditions. Food and fuel prices are rising and unemployment is high. The Covid -19 pandemic hit badly and still Sudan has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the world. Naturally with all this governmental dysfunction, a plethora of social problems affect people and increasing tensions with Ethiopia bring added concerns.

The people of Sudan deserve to live by Islam as it is the most natural doctrine to govern their society, given that it is already followed in matters of private life by almost the entire population. The Khilafah system will govern the society according to Islam and implement the Shariah holistically so that economically and socially people can live the life that Allah (swt) intended for Muslims and all of mankind. One of peace, where prosperity is organic and based on the pure rules and legal systems that engender justice, progress, peace, comfort and stability for all citizens.

The people of Sudan only require that loyalty to Islam determines their demands and political choices, and Allah swt will return the noble system as He swt has already promised us.

Allah swt says,

(فِىۡ بِضۡعِ سِنِيۡنَ ؕ لِلّٰهِ الۡاَمۡرُ مِنۡ قَبۡلُ وَمِنۡۢ بَعۡدُ ؕ وَيَوۡمَـئِذٍ يَّفۡرَحُ الۡمُؤۡمِنُوۡنَ ۙ‏ *  بِنَصۡرِ اللّٰهِ​ؕ يَنۡصُرُ مَنۡ يَّشَآءُ ؕ وَهُوَ الۡعَزِيۡزُ الرَّحِيۡمُۙ‏)

“And that day the believers will rejoice, In the victory of Allah. He gives victory to whom He wills, and He is the Exalted in Might, the Merciful.” [Ar-Rum: 4-5].

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