Ex-Sudan tourism minister won’t visit national museum because of ‘idol display’

The minister belongs to Ansar al-Sunnah group, which joined the government as part of an agreed-upon ratio of parties. (Supplied)

Dr. Mohamed Abdel Karim al-Had, the former Sudanese Minister of Tourism, said that he would never visit Sudan’s National Museum as it displays idols, according to several newspaper reports.

Al-Had has a PhD in strategic planning and had worked in several positions before becoming the Tourism minister.

Sudan’s National Museum includes several statues and monuments of the ancient Sudanese kingdoms and is one of the largest museums in the country, located in the capital Khartoum.

Sudanese newspaper Al-Tayyar published Had’s comments on Wednesday on its front page which then received wide reactions on social media.

Former Sudan tourism minister won’t visit national museum because it ‘displays idols’

Former Sudan tourism minister won’t visit national museum because it ‘displays idols’

Facebook users were surprised that a person who held a position like the minister of tourism would consider the statues of kings and historical figures as idols, which would stop him from visiting the museum. They also questioned how such a minister would have planned for tourism with such a mindset.

The minister belongs to Ansar al-Sunnah group, which joined the government as part of an agreed-upon ratio of parties. Appointing him as minister raised several reactions, as tourism requires an open mindset.

Former Sudan tourism minister won’t visit national museum because it ‘displays idols’

Former Sudan tourism minister won’t visit national museum because it ‘displays idols’

In 2013, Had said that “the Salafists did not demand to remove the monuments and the pyramids. They silenced the voices who called for removing it inside Sudan. The prevailing jurisprudential opinion among all the Islamic groups in Sudan, do not adopt this opinion”.

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