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Somalia official issues beheading threat


By MOHAMED SHEIKH NOR
Wednesday, December 06, 2006

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) - Residents of a southern Somalia town who do not pray five times a day will be beheaded, an Islamic courts official said Wednesday, adding the edict will be implemented in three days.

Public places such as shops and tea houses in Bulo Burto, about 124 miles northeast of the capital, Mogadishu, should be closed during prayer time and no one should be on the streets, said Sheik Hussein Barre Rage, the chairman of the town's Islamic court.

Those who do not follow this edict "will definitely be beheaded according to Islamic law," Rage told The Associated Press by phone. "As Muslims, we should practice Islam fully, not in part, and that is what our religion enjoins us to do."

He said that the courts are announcing the edict over loudspeakers in the town.

The decision is not binding on courts in other towns.

Somalia's Islamic courts have made varying interpretations of Quranic law, some applying a more strict and radical version of Islamic law than others.

As a result of such disparate variations, residents in the capital of Mogadishu complained, forcing the Council of Islamic Courts officials in October to set up an appeals court with better-educated judges.

The Council of Islamic Courts have swept through most of southern Somalia since taking over Mogadishu in June.

Their sometimes strict and often severe interpretation of Islam has raised the specter of Afghanistan's ousted Taliban regime, and contrasts with the moderate Islam that has dominated Somali culture for centuries.

Some of the courts have introduced public executions, floggings of convicts, bans on women swimming at Mogadishu's public beaches, and the sale and chewing of khat, a leafy stimulant consumed across the Horn of Africa and in the Middle East.

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Associated Press Writer Salad Duhul in Mogadishu, Somalia contributed to this report.

Source: AP, Dec 06, 2006


 
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    nadia @ 12/7/2006 12:17 PM EST
 [truthteller]I had the same problem they were not posting my comments! they should at least say...instead of mileading people
    yarta @ 12/7/2006 9:41 AM EST
 mercano, those men, either ran away or they had put down their runs and asked for forgiveness from their God. And as you know some of them went to Kenya. But the main point is if the Islamic courts were truly "blood thirsty moryaans", then they would had started killing and robbing people again, but we both know DAMN WELL that Mogadishu is not the way it use to be YESTERDAY. There is a big difference and the people of Mogadishu are thankful for that. The gunmen were hired by the warlords, and today the warlords are in baidio setting next to our ‘so called’ president! No warlords no gunmen.

So stop with your ignorance.
    abdiyow @ 12/7/2006 7:48 AM EST
 PLEASE LET US NOT BELIEVE THIS WESTERN MEDIA, ITS PROPAGANDA AGANST MUSLIM AND SOMALI, BECAUSE IF A SHEIKH IN BULLA BURTO THEY CAN CALL HIM, WHY CANT THEY CALL SHEIKH HASSAN AWEYS OR SHEIKH SHARIFF, WHOM ARE IN MOGDISHU[CAPITAL]YOU CAN KNOW THE SOURCE OF ARTICLE IS AGAINST ISLAM AND WHOLE SOMALI, THERE IS NO WHERE IN QURAN WHERE ITS SAYS IF YOU DONT PRAY YOU WILL BEHEADED!THATS IS UNISLAMIC, AND THERE IS NO ANY SHEIKH OR IMAM CAN JUSTIFY ABOUT THAT? AND WE SHOULDNT BELIEVE WHAT EVERYBODY WRITES PLAESE... LONG LIVE SOMALIA...AMEEN  
    mercano @ 12/7/2006 4:37 AM EST
 This is only what surfaces, there is a lot that never make to the media. You should ask yourselves, where are all those blood thirsty moryaans? In jails? Left the country with their bosses? Suddenly they are all IUC's matawaciin and need every excuse for blood.  Laa ikraaha fii diin> Mercano
    muhsin @ 12/6/2006 11:55 PM EST
 to many here,you might call us the hardliners and advocate for American fashioned governments in Africa, somalia.YOU WILL BE KILLED IF YOU KILL IN SOMALIA NOW AND THAT IS WHY MANY ARE WORRIED. ALLAH IS THE FINAL JUDGE AND THE QURAAN CORRECTLY INTERPRETED  SAYS SO..But those who misuse the Quraan, they have to be punished severly too
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