The Role of the Gospel and Christ by Preachers in Africa by Belgium’s King
This is the letter from King Leopold II of Belgium to Colonial Missionaries, 1883. It’s a bit hard to stomach, but this is the harsh reality of why our African brothers and Sisters were converted from Islam (and their local faiths) to accept the religion of the ‘white man’:
Reverends, Fathers and Dear Compatriots:
The task that is given to fulfill is very delicate and requires much tact. You will go certainly to evangelize, but your evangelization must inspire above all Belgium interests. Your principal objective in our mission in the Congo is never to teach the niggers to know God, this they know already. They speak and submit to a Mungu, one Nzambi, one Nzakomba, and what else I don’t know. They know that to kill, to sleep with someone else’s wife, to lie and to insult is bad. Have courage to admit it; you are not going to teach them what they know already. Your essential role is to facilitate the task of administrators and industrials, which means you will go to interpret the gospel in the way it will be the best to protect your interests in that part of the world. For these things, you have to keep watch on disinteresting our savages from
the richness that is plenty [in their underground. To avoid that, they get interested in it, and make you murderous] competition and dream one day to overthrow you.
Your knowledge of the gospel will allow you to find texts ordering, and encouraging your followers to love poverty, like “Happier are the poor because they will inherit the heaven” and, “It’s very difficult for the rich to enter the kingdom of God.” You have to detach from them and make them disrespect everything which gives courage to affront us. I make reference to their Mystic System and their war fetish – warfare protection – which they pretend not to want to abandon, and you must do everything in your power to make it disappear.
Your action will be directed essentially to the younger ones, for they won’t revolt when the recommendation of the priest is contradictory to their parent’s teachings. The children have to learn to obey what the missionary recommends, who is the father of their soul. You must singularly insist on their total submission and obedience, avoid developing the spirit in the schools, teach students to read and not to reason. There, dear patriots, are some of the principles that you must apply. You will find many other books, which will be given to you at the end of this conference. Evangelize the niggers so that they stay forever in submission to the white colonialists, so they never revolt against the restraints they are undergoing. Recite every day – “Happy are those who are weeping because the kingdom of God is for them.”
Thus, this letter explains one of the most fundamental differences between Christianity and Islam. Whereas Islam guides you to serve God and earn His reward from it, Christianity in Africa was used as a tool to dull the senses, control the emotions of our African brothers and sisters. Christianity was a means to control the beautiful African peoples of whom our master Bilal (may Allaah be pleased with him) and our other teacher, mother and scholar – Umm Ayman (may Allaah be pleased with her – covert to Islam and wet nurse to the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him) came from. We mourn what Christianity has done to Africa and we pray for the day it abandons the whips and chains of the Cross.
and Allaah knows best.