Scrooge: This Muslim Country In Africa Has Become The Second To Ban ChristmasSOMALIA, Mogadishu: In photograph taken and released by the African Union-United Nations Information Support Team 19 April 2013, Somali President Hassan Sheik Mohamud is seen in his presidential office inside Villa Somalia, the complex which houses the Somali government in the country's capital Mogadishu. Listed in this year's Time Magazine list of the 100 most influential people, Mohamud is president of Somalia's first democratically elected government after two decades of civil war unrest and conflict in the Horn of Africa nation. AU-UN IST PHOTO / STUART PRICE. 2013_04_19_President_Hassan_Sheik_Mohamud_c_(8667048035)
Following the lead of Brunei earlier this week, this African nation has banned Christmas because it somehow is “contrary to their culture.”
The country is Somalia, located in Eastern Africa and the announcement was made by President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.
Along with the cultural defense, Somalian leaders also claim that celebrations of Christmas would provoke attacks by terror group Al-Shabaab. Somalian police officers have been given full authority to break up any celebrations of Christmas in the capital of Mogadishu.
Here is what Sheikh Nur Barud Gurhan, deputy chairman of the Supreme Religious Council of Somalia had to say:
“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.”
From the Daily Mail:
Somalia has banned Christmas and New Year celebrations because they are ‘contrary to Islamic culture’ – days after a similar move by the Sultan of Brunei.
Director General of Somalia’s Ministry of Religious Affairs, Sheikh Mohamed Khayrow, warned that security forces would break-up any gatherings held in the capital Mogadishu.
He said: ‘All events related to Christmas and New Year celebrations are contrary to Islamic culture, which could damage aqidah (faith) of the Muslim community.
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