Followed by Brunei another Islamic country, Somalia bans Christmas and New Year celebrations.
According to details, Somalia has imposed a ban on Christmas and New Year celebrations “because they are ‘contrary to Islamic culture.” This ban comes just a few days after the Sultan of Brunei also proclaimed a ban on Christmas celebrations.
In keeping with details, the Director General of Somalia’s Ministry of Religious Affairs- Sheikh Mohamed Khayrow, has revealed that in case the ban has been violated, the security forces would carry out raids against any such gatherings held for the purpose of celebrating Christmas or New Year in the Somali capital Mogadishu.
Sheikh Mohamed Khayrow further said: “All events related to Christmas and New Year celebrations are contrary to Islamic culture, which could damage aqidah (faith) of the Muslim community. There should be no activity at all.”
In addition to this, the Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Religious Council of Somalia- Sheikh Nur Barud Gurhan,, said that the Christian events might incite additional attacks by the Islamic hardliner terror group Al Shabaab.
Moreover, he further added that “We Islamic Scholars are warning against the celebration of such events which are not relevant to the principles of our religion. Such events give also Al Shabaab to carry out attacks.”
Just a couple of days back, Muslim passengers on board a bus courageously defied Al-Shabaab militants who ordered them to separate themselves from the Christian passengers on board.
Christians who were travelling on a bus from Nairobi to Mandera were attacked by terror group Al-Shabaab militants. The militants asked the Muslim passengers to separate themselves from Christians so that they could kill them after about ten Al-Shabaab militants stormed the bus. However, the Muslim passengers refused and even gave some of their fellow Christian travellers Islamic articles of clothing to wear so they could not be distinguished. They bravely told the militants “Kill us all or leave.”