Sunday, 21 February 2010

Somalia: Militants ban commemoration of Prophet

MOGADISHU (Mareeg)—Al Shabaab militants have banned commemoration of Prophet Muhammed (Peace of Allah Be Upon Him) in towns under their control as officials declared on Sunday. 

Ahlu-Sunna Wal-Jama'a adherents make celebrations marking the birth of the Prophet Muhammed in areas under their control in the third month of the Islamic calendar, but al Shabaab and Hizbul Islam groups call as an un-Islamic ritual.

Officials from al Shabaab in Jowhar, the regional capital of middle Shabelle region said they banned the towns under their control of the commemoration of the prophet.

In Luuq town in Gedo region, Sheikh Hassan al Iraqi from Hizbul Islam group said they informed the people that they were not allowed of any celebrations marking the birth of the Prophet as “it was un-Islamic”.

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