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Somali government bans Christmas celebrations

By editor - 27 December, 2013

“It is prohibited to celebrate those days in this country.”

Mogadishu's main church.

Mogadishu’s main church.

The Somali Government is reported to have issued a directive ahead of 25 December which effectively banned Christmas celebrations in the country. 
 
Several news agencies have reported that the Ministry of Justice and Religious Affairs, which issued the order, stated that no Christian festivities could be held in the north east African country.
 
Sheikh Mohammed Khayrow Aden, director general of the ministry, along with Sheikh Ali Dhere, director of Religious Matters, announced the decision in a press conference held in the capital of Mogadishu on Christmas eve. 
 
“We alert fellow Muslims in Somalia that some festivities to mark Christian Days will take place around the world in this week,” Sheikh Ali Dhere said during the press conference. 
 
“It is prohibited to celebrate those days in this country.”
 
Sheik Aden announced that law enforcement agencies were instructed to enforce the directive if any celebrations were held. 
 
The directive was also sent to hotels and meetings places spread across Mogadishu.
 
According to Ghanaweb news agency, this is the first time that the Somali government has banned Christian celebrations in the country’s tumultuous history.
 
Courtesy:  Zenit 

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