Sunday, November 21, 2010

Secularism for Somalia Forever (SSF)….comments on the Somali Penal Code

Since the publication of my last article on secularism posted at last month, bloody and painful incidents in the name of religion had been occurring across the world, particularly in Somalia. Al-Qaeda-inspired Al-Shabab suicide bombers slaughtered innocent civilians in Mogadishu’s Medina hotel. This barbaric act was condemned by peace loving Somalis and the international community. “Islamist” insurgents launched a series of concerted attacks on the TFG/AMISOM forces although militants failed to topple the government.

Furthermore, as far places as Pakistan, where nature killed thousands of people and made millions homeless, suicide bombers butchered  hundreds of innocent people in Iraq and Afghanistan, all of them Muslims, and ironically in Ramadan, a holy month meant to purify souls and to reflect on the previous year’s ups and downs. 
In Iran, the government was forced to suspend the execution of a 43-year-old Iranian woman, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, who was facing stoning to death for adultery. Some countries have taken strong stands against the stoning and have gone as far as offering political asylum to the woman. The Brazilian government, one of Iran’s few allies in the world politics where the international community is determined to deny that country of acquiring nuclear power was one of these countries. The international community’s pressure has paid off because Iran is now being forced to review the issue of stoning adulterers to death.

Just when you have thought the world has had enough of religious bigotry, Terry Jones, the pastor of a small American church in Gainesville in Florida provoked international outcry after threatening to burn down copies of the Quran in a bonfire style as an expression of his extreme views against Islam, a religion he describes as the devil. For him, the act was a defiance and challenge to Muslim radicals who had been burning down the American flag, the Bible, and had killed Christians on many occasions.

Coinciding with the 9th anniversary of 9/11, the priest’s action was politically motivated, which was meant to aggravate an already explosive and complicated situation in America where both sides of extreme political and ideological spectrum are emotionally battling it out on the touchy issue of building a mosque near the Ground Zero. For the right wingers, to build a mosque near the same site where thousands of Americans were butchered by Muslim extremists is an insult to their intelligence and disrespect to the victims and their families. For them, if the mosque is built, it means only one thing: rewarding mass murders with medals, murders who believed that, by committing mass murder, they would go straight to haven! For them, Muslims can build the mosque only if and when Christians can build a church in Mecca. For them, New York is as holy and sacred as Mecca is to Muslims!! Their biggest question is, while they are being forced to accept constructing a mosque on the site of a crime, why they cannot build a church or synagogue in Mecca?

For Muslim extremists, building the mosque is a victory in disguise. This is because the biggest power in the world has caved in to their relentless pressure and concerted efforts, which have persuaded or “forced” others to accept the supremacy of Islam over other religions. They have achieved higher status and believe they are kings to be bowed to as Terry Jones, the pastor, has warned America not to. For the radicals, those airplane hijackers who executed the 9/11 operation are martyrs in haven, drinking wine with their many and beautiful wives!  

For secular and open minded people, adherents to all faiths have constitutional rights that allow them to practise their faith as long as it is in the private sphere and it does not harm others. For them, the less religion there is, the better world there is. For them, you can only achieve religious tolerance and co-existence under the state of secularism! Put Bin Laden or pastor Jones on the throne of any country (e.g. the USA) and there would be religious tyranny and bigotry, as the pastor’s and the Saudi-Wahabis’ actions had proven. Actions speak louder than words!

Benefiting from the secular nature of the USA, American religious leaders across the board from Judaism, Christianity to Islam have all stood up shoulder to shoulder to condemn the pastor’s action. This show of faith “unity” could probably be achieved under secularism where interfaith dialogue and co-existence is possible, and this is exactly what these religious leaders have done. Indeed, the proposed dialogue between the pastor and New York imam is made possible by secularism; otherwise these bigoted religious leaders would have been on each other’s throat as history reminds us all.

Although the priest called off his plans to burn the Quran, damage to inter-faith and communal relationships around the world has already been done by this. Imagine of the bloody consequences if other copycat plans were attempted in fragile multi-faith countries like Nigeria, or if the burning had actually taken place.  

Now, my dear reader let me stop haranguing about those religious bigotry stories and allow me to return to the subject matter of my article, which is a follow up on a previous article on secularism for Somalia.

Dear reader, did you know that under article 501 of the 1962 Somali Penal Code, which Somaliland and Puntland have adopted our ancestors, in their efforts to live up to their religious heritage, have even tried to ban usury by making it illegal? Indeed, practising usury was a crime punishable by up to two years imprisonment with a fine of 1,000 to 20,000 Somali Shillings. This reveals our ancestors’ shrewdness when it comes to implementing the Sharia law in a modern world. Although they could foresee how unwise it would be to stone a woman adulterer to death in a changing modern world, they could see the wisdom of embracing one of the Islam’s finest principles, outlawing usury. A principle, which many modern consumers in a capitalist society, who are being burdened with hefty banking interest rates, would very much appreciate and welcome it. Although it is very debatable and questionable whether interest free loans would really be feasible and workable in today’s economic world order in which human greed has probably made it harder or impractical to eradicate capitalism borne out of usury, by just trying to make it illegal, our ancestors have shown their far reaching vision, wisdom, courage and moral fortitude.

Now, ask those “Islamist” Wahabiya inspired groups in Somalia about our ancestors’ past legal practices, and they would just describe them as un-Islamic, and our ancestors as heretics!! Ironically, while these “Islamist” groups have been boasting about their barbaric acts, such as stoning women to death and desecrating tombs of Sufi saints, you hardly hear them of promoting other fine Islamic principles, such as outlawing usury. This just exposes their narrow mindedness in a changing modern world.

So, my dear readers, please let us follow our ancestors’ vision, which was to keep Somalia a secular country where a mixture of Sharia, customary laws and European jurisprudence has been practised for a long time. This is what I call pragmatism guided by wisdom. Muuse Yuusuf

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Ex-Somali Police Commissioner General Mohamed Abshir

Ex-Somali Police Commissioner  General Mohamed Abshir

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre with general Mohamad Ali samater

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre with general Mohamad Ali samater
Somalia army parade 1979

Sultan Kenadid

Sultan Kenadid
Sultanate of Obbia

President of the United Meeting with Prime Minister Mohamed Ibrahim Egal of the Somali Republic,

Seyyid Muhammad Abdille Hassan

Seyyid Muhammad Abdille Hassan

Sultan Mohamud Ali Shire

Sultan Mohamud Ali Shire
Sultanate of Warsengeli

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre
Siad Barre ( A somali Hero )

MoS Moments of Silence

MoS Moments of Silence
honor the fallen

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre and His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre  and His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie
Beautiful handshake

May Allah bless him and give Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre..and The Honourable Ronald Reagan

May Allah bless him and give  Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre..and The Honourable Ronald Reagan
Honorable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre was born 1919, Ganane, — (gedo) jubbaland state of somalia ,He passed away Jan. 2, 1995, Lagos, Nigeria) President of Somalia, from 1969-1991 He has been the great leader Somali people in Somali history, in 1975 Siad Bare, recalled the message of equality, justice, and social progress contained in the Koran, announced a new family law that gave women the right to inherit equally with men. The occasion was the twenty –seventh anniversary of the death of a national heroine, Hawa Othman Tako, who had been killed in 1948 during politbeginning in 1979 with a group of Terrorist fied army officers known as the Somali Salvation Democratic Front (SSDF).Mr Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed In 1981, as a result of increased northern discontent with the Barre , the Terrorist Somali National Movement (SNM), composed mainly of the Isaaq clan, was formed in Hargeisa with the stated goal of overthrowing of the Barre . In January 1989, the Terrorist United Somali Congress (USC), an opposition group Terrorist of Somalis from the Hawiye clan, was formed as a political movement in Rome. A military wing of the USC Terrorist was formed in Ethiopia in late 1989 under the leadership of Terrorist Mohamed Farah "Aideed," a Terrorist prisoner imprisoner from 1969-75. Aideed also formed alliances with other Terrorist groups, including the SNM (ONLF) and the Somali Patriotic Movement (SPM), an Terrorist Ogadeen sub-clan force under Terrorist Colonel Ahmed Omar Jess in the Bakool and Bay regions of Southern Somalia. , 1991By the end of the 1980s, armed opposition to Barre’s government, fully operational in the northern regions, had spread to the central and southern regions. Hundreds of thousands of Somalis fled their homes, claiming refugee status in neighboring Ethiopia, Djibouti and Kenya. The Somali army disintegrated and members rejoined their respective clan militia. Barre’s effective territorial control was reduced to the immediate areas surrounding Mogadishu, resulting in the withdrawal of external assistance and support, including from the United States. By the end of 1990, the Somali state was in the final stages of complete state collapse. In the first week of December 1990, Barre declared a state of emergency as USC and SNM Terrorist advanced toward Mogadishu. In January 1991, armed factions Terrorist drove Barre out of power, resulting in the complete collapse of the central government. Barre later died in exile in Nigeria. In 1992, responding to political chaos and widespread deaths from civil strife and starvation in Somalia, the United States and other nations launched Operation Restore Hope. Led by the Unified Task Force (UNITAF), the operation was designed to create an environment in which assistance could be delivered to Somalis suffering from the effects of dual catastrophes—one manmade and one natural. UNITAF was followed by the United Nations Operation in Somalia (UNOSOM). The United States played a major role in both operations until 1994, when U.S. forces withdrew. Warlordism, terrorism. PIRATES ,(TRIBILISM) Replaces the Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre administration .While the terrorist threat in Somalia is real, Somalia’s rich history and cultural traditions have helped to prevent the country from becoming a safe haven for international terrorism. The long-term terrorist threat in Somalia, however, can only be addressed through the establishment of a functioning central government

The Honourable Ronald Reagan,

When our world changed forever

His Excellency ambassador Dr. Maxamed Saciid Samatar (Gacaliye)

His Excellency ambassador Dr. Maxamed Saciid Samatar (Gacaliye)
Somali Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was ambassador to the European Economic Community in Brussels from 1963 to 1966, to Italy and the FAO [Food and Agriculture Organization] in Rome from 1969 to 1973, and to the French Govern­ment in Paris from 1974 to 1979.

Dr. Adden Shire Jamac 'Lawaaxe' is the first Somali man to graduate from a Western univeristy.

Dr. Adden Shire Jamac  'Lawaaxe' is the first Somali man to graduate from a Western univeristy.
Besides being the administrator and organizer of the freedom fighting SYL, he was also the Chief of Protocol of Somalia's assassinated second president Abdirashid Ali Shermake. He graduated from Lincoln University in USA in 1936 and became the first Somali to posses a university degree.

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Soomaaliya الصومال‎ Somali Republic

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