Fiji Time: 9:11 PM on Tuesday 24 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / World

Imam slams ban notion

Pacnews
Sunday, May 22, 2016

SAMOA - Christians should be more open to other religions and not discriminate, says the imam of the Muslim faith in Samoa.

Dr Mohammed Bin Yahya was responding to comments by the National Council of Churches that Islam should be banned in Samoa.

The secretary general of the council, Reverend Ma'auga Motu, described Islam as a threat, calling on the prime minister to review the religious freedom provisions of the constitution.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi said Article 11 of the constitution on freedom of religion would not be part of the amendments but he added any amendments would focus on making it clearer that Samoa was a Christian country.

Imam Dr Yahya said he did not have a problem with that because the constitution would say that the Government should be run on Christian principles.

But Dr Yahya said those Christian principles needed to be defined.

"We have all kinds of Christianity in Samoa, let us not play with it.

"The truth is Catholics are different, Methodists are different, congregational churches are different, they are all different, so we need to define what principles they are talking about.

"Just like Islam, there are some other sects in Islam. When you talk about Sunni or Shi'ite, we need to define, are we talking about this Islam or that Islam," Dr Yahya said.

The Islamic leader, who was raised as a Catholic, said the only Christian church to invite him to talk about Islam was the Methodist Theological College.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.62290.6039
JPY 56.428253.4282
GBP 0.37160.3636
EUR 0.41890.4069
NZD 0.71290.6799
AUD 0.63380.6088
USD 0.49410.4771

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 24th, October, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Sex video students released
  2. Thieves strike
  3. Bati-fied
  4. Minimum wage push
  5. All for Fiji
  6. No regrets at Nabau
  7. Serious injuries
  8. Ports employees share $256,000, give shareholders $16m
  9. Traditional knowledge is critical, says Tuivaga
  10. Climate workers face threats

Top Stories this Week

  1. Sex, sluts and the internet Saturday (21 Oct)
  2. Miranda turns to sex work to survive Thursday (19 Oct)
  3. Police amend teenagers' charge over sex video Monday (23 Oct)
  4. Sweets for the homeless Friday (20 Oct)
  5. The healing powers at Nadroumai Sunday (22 Oct)
  6. A-G takes a swipe at politicians Sunday (22 Oct)
  7. Poor carry the cost Saturday (21 Oct)
  8. Dreams do come true Thursday (19 Oct)
  9. Contractual appointment for teachers and nurses Sunday (22 Oct)
  10. Sex video goes viral Friday (20 Oct)