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Sleeping with a devil in Islamic clothing

By Bashir Goth - posted Friday, 1 September 2006


Peace is sweet but peace without dignity and freedom is no peace at all.

The Islamists who took power in Mogadishu told the people to have peace, go about their business, eat and drink, conjugate and have many children, go to the mosque and pray five times a day. They also told them to send their children to Madrasses where they get brainwashed, and to chant verses from the Koran which have been interpreted in a satanic way by Wahhabist-Salafist clerics. And to give praise to Allah that the warlords who kept them hostage for 15 years have now gone.

They compare their conquest of Mogadishu to that of Prophet Mohammed's conquest of Mecca from the Quraishite pagans. They believe that they are acting on God's behest and that the Almighty guides their guns.

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We tell them that they are not the army of Mohammed and that they are not in anyway nearer to Allah than a woman dancing to music in a beautiful wedding or tantalising people's inner feelings with her melodious voice would be.

We tell them that prophet Mohammed didn't ban music and dance and did not in any way deny people enjoying the pleasures of life. He is the one who told Aisha to send a singing girl for an Ansari wedding and who allowed Aisha to watch African dancers on an Eid day in Mecca. Mohammed is he who said, “God did not send me to be harsh, or cause harm, but He sent me to teach and make things easy”.

The warlords used brute force to oppress people and the Islamists use brute religion to dehumanise people.

They ban music not because it is against religion but because it is beyond their realm of control. They close cinema houses and theatre not because they spread vice but because they want to keep the people in the dark. They hide women not because Islam orders their mummification but because Islamists suffer from a masculinity problem. They think he who is not master of his wife cannot be master of others.

Power and tyranny is their ultimate goal and tyranny should first crush and subdue the weak so the strong will tremble.

Anyone who wants to see where the Islamists would like to lead Somalia should only see how they treat women, music and ideas. These three elements constitute the beauty, spirit and future of any nation.

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In a story published by the Islamist Qaadisiya website on the graduation of 140 women who completed a course on cooking and handicrafts at Asma Bint Omair Centre, reflects a glimpse of what is in store for women. Only pictures of the Islamist officials who attended the ceremony and row after row of food were shown. It seems as if the photographer tried to draw attention to his frustration by showing many food items, as he was not allowed to show the faces of the women for whom the ceremony was held.

The Islamists like to call their usurpation of power as a popular uprising but the refugee camps in Kenya have more than double in size since the Islamic Courts came to power because of large numbers of people fleeing the dreary future waiting for them. Popular uprisings, as we have seen in Ukraine and elsewhere, do not use militia and firepower to subdue opponents.

Despite their sweet talk and their modest demeanours, the Islamists have a grand agenda. They want to Arabise Somalia and turn it into an Islamic Emirate in the fashion of Taliban. There is already a drastic cultural erosion taking place. Names of the people are no longer recognisable. The Islamists are fond of calling themselves names like Abu Qutaibas and Abu Mansours in keeping with the tradition of the al-Qaida and other radical groups who hide their real identities behind borrowed names of legendary Muslim leaders.

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First published in Awadlnews and  Horn of African News Update on August 26, 2006.



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Bashir Goth is a Somali poet, journalist, professional translator, freelance writer and the first Somali blogger. Bashir is the author of numerous cultural, religious and political articles and advocate of community-development projects, particularly in the fields of education and culture. He is also a social activist and staunch supporter of women’s rights. He is currently working as an editor in a reputable corporation in the UAE. You can find his blog here.

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