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Islamic nation of Somalia follows Sultan of Brunei's example and bans Christmas

Adela

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Islamic nation of Somalia follows Sultan of Brunei's example and bans Christmas celebrations because 'they are contrary to our culture'

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.

'There should be no activity at all.' 
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3371614/Islamic-nation-Somalia-follows-Sultan-Brunei-s-example-bans-Christmas-celebrations-contrary-culture.html
 
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Somalia has a central gvernment? that is new news to me, I thought Somalia was in the mist of a ongoing decades long civil war?
 

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Their backbone is like unto peanut brittle.
 

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Meh.  Somalia is a fictional country anyways.  If they want to play the Grinch game, just tell them they get no food for Christmas this year.
 

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On a marginally related note, a funny article about Somali pirates from the War Nerd:

https://www.nsfwcorp.com/dispatch/pirates/
 

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It's hard to take the government of Somalia seriously given how much it "governs." But heaven forbid the West recognize a stable country like Somaliland, eh?
 
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