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All articles in category Somalia

June 2014
Somalia

Somali witness

For many centuries, the vast majority of Somalis have professed Islam. Like other East African Muslims, most have little knowledge of the Arabic language and therefore little understanding of their religion. They tend to follow different forms of folk Islam that include elements of ancestral pagan religions. In the Horn of Africa, the cause of Christian missions among Somali peoples was not helped by the presence of colonial powers (Italian, French and British). Also, in the second half of the twentieth century, with generous financing by oil wealth, a modern Islamic missionary movement prospered. It was led by Egyptian and Saudi Muslims, who succeeded in...

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World Mission – Somalia’s agony
February 2011
Somalia

World Mission – Somalia’s agony

Somalia’s agony   The Christian minority suffers grievously in Somalia, and many have been killed for their faith. The country is highly unstable and racked by violence. Lack of an effective government in most of the country has led to famine, war and relentless brutality.      The growing influence of extremely conservative forms of Islam enables Islamist militias to thrive. These groups impose a strict interpretation of Islam on the communities under their control and are seeking to establish an Islamic state under the rule of sharia law.      Somalia is almost 100 per cent Muslim; Christians account for a tiny proportion of the population,...

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World Mission – The Somali people
February 2011
Somalia

World Mission – The Somali people

The Somali people   There are probably between eight and nine million Somalis in Somalia and Somaliland, while many others live in the neighbouring countries of Ethiopia, Djibouti and Kenya.      Somali refugees are found in the Arabian Peninsula, the Gulf, Western Europe, North America and New Zealand. Some Somalis are semi-nomadic pastoralists, who take care of their camels, cattle, goats and sheep. Others are urbanised.      Ever since the beginning of this century, the Somali people have continuously extended their territory. Today, they are settled all around the Horn of Africa.      Somalis are Muslims who, along with their expansion, also spread Islam. About...

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World Mission – My faith in Jesus Christ the Messiah
February 2011
Somalia

World Mission – My faith in Jesus Christ the Messiah

My faith in Jesus Christ the Messiah   I was born to a very religious Somali family, in a small village in western Somalia. I am a Somali. I grew up in Mogadishu where I worked and finished high school. My father was a well-known religious leader and also a well-respected tribal leader. He memorised the entire Qur’an in Arabic, even though he could not speak Arabic very well. The Qur’an is roughly the size of the Christian New Testament.      My father trained Muslim religious teachers for the propagation of Islam. In his pursuit of spreading Islam he enjoyed the moral and material support...

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