Somalia bans Christmas, New Year celebrations; govt says it might attract Islamist attacks

Somalia government said, "All events related to Christmas and New Year celebrations are contrary to Islamic culture, which could damage the faith of the Muslim community."

By: AFP | Mogadishu | Updated: December 24, 2015 1:33 pm
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Somalia’s government has banned celebrations of Christmas and New Year in the Muslim-majority country, saying the festivities might attract Islamist attacks.

“All events related to Christmas and New Year celebrations are contrary to Islamic culture, which could damage the faith of the Muslim community,” the director general of the religious affairs ministry told reporters on Tuesday.

Sheikh Mohamed Khayrow said security forces had been ordered to break up any such celebrations. “There should be no activity at all,” he said. Sheikh Nur Barud Gurhan, of the Supreme Religious Council of Somalia, said that non-Muslim festivities might provoke the ire of the Shebab, East Africa’s Al-Qaeda branch, which is headquartered in Somalia.

“We are warning against the celebration of such events which are not relevant to the principles of our religion,” Gurhan added, saying it could provoke the Shebab “to carry out attacks”.

Last year Shebab militants launched a Christmas attack on Mogadishu airport that killed at least 12 people. Somalia is at least the second Muslim majority country to ban Christmas this year, after Brunei announced a similar prohibition. Somalia also issued a previous ban in 2013.

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    Abdul
    Dec 24, 2015 at 1:19 pm
    This is a tolerance!!! Hey Amir, Shahruk please share your views on it.
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    1. मनीष
      Dec 24, 2015 at 6:43 am
      Is it possible to allow all non Muslims out of any country to migrate to India and deport equal number of Muslims from India to that country? Islam is not compatible with any other religion, but Indians can deal with people of all other religions. That way India will have peace. What do you think?
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        Rajesh
        Dec 24, 2015 at 9:50 am
        The same old nonsense thinking of "seculars". Religion is ideology. All ideologies are not equal. Communism is not the same as capitalism. Did any non-Muslim country ban Eid celebration? Is there a non-Muslim country where insulting the majority religion, or being an Atheist is punishable by death? What is the Hindu or Christian equivalent of ISIS, Al Qaeda, LeT, IM, SIMI, Hamas, Jamat etc etc etc Why is that non-Muslim minorities in Muslim countries do not engage in terrorism despite all the oppression they face?
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          Rajesh
          Dec 24, 2015 at 9:46 am
          What a "secular" decision. These Muslims are such "secular" people. In India, they want to celebrate beef festivals, but in their countries minorities cannot even celebrate their most sacred festival.
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            Indian
            Dec 24, 2015 at 6:14 am
            Amir Khan now should move to Somalia and stay happily in that country, because Somalia should be safe country for Amir Khan with lots of tolerance. Indian after all is intolerance as per Amir Khan.
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