EXTREMIST Somalian leaders have banned all of the country’s citizens from celebrating CHRISTMAS because it is “un-Islamic”, it emerged today.
The state’s Islamist rulers have announced that hired mobs of Government heavies will be patrolling the streets on December 25 looking to break up any festive gatherings in a chilling warning to Christians.
All of Somalia’s 10 million-strong population will also be banned from celebrating New Year in a terrifying crackdown on religious and cultural freedom which comes against a backdrop of growing Islamic State (ISIS) influence.
The shocking revelations come just days after the despotic ruler of Brunei announced a similar ban on the celebration of Christmas.
Announcing the move 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.”
Sheikh Nur Barud Gurhan, deputy chairman of the Supreme Religious Council of Somalia, added that Christian events might provoke further attacks by the Muslim terror group Al Shabaab, which is allied to ISIS and the al-Qaeda.
He said: “We Islamic Scholars are warning against the celebration of such events which are not relevant to the principles of our religion. Such events also give Al Shabaab a chance to carry out attacks.”
The ban is the latest worrying incident of authorities in Muslim countries discriminating against Christians.
Christians have been persecuted across the Middle East and north Africa, especially by ISIS maniacs who have bulldozed churches and massacred worshippers.
Earlier this week the super-rich ruler of Brunei – a tiny kingdom on the island of Borneo – announced plans to jail any Muslims who celebrate Christmas with their neighbours.