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Muslim Militants Slay Long-Time Christian in Somalia

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  1. MaxShimba

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    Muslim Militants Slay Long-Time Christian in Somalia

    [​IMG] Omar Khalafe ​

    Al Shabaab extremists shoot 69-year-old after finding Bibles on him at checkpoint.

    NAIROBI, Kenya, September 28 (CDN) - The faith journey of a long-time underground Christian in Somalia ended in tragedy this week when Islamic militants controlling a security checkpoint killed him after finding Bibles in his possession.

    Militants from the Muslim extremist al Shabaab killed 69-year-old Omar Khalafe on Tuesday (Sept. 15) at a checkpoint they controlled 10 kilometers from Merca, a Christian source told Compass. A port city on the Indian Ocean 70 kilometers (45 miles) from Mogadishu, Merca is the main city of the Lower Shabele region.

    Leaving Mogadishu by bus at 7:30 a.m., Khalafe was carrying 25 Somali Bibles he hoped to deliver to an underground fellowship in Somalia. By 10:30 a.m. he had arrived at the checkpoint controlled by al Shabaab, a rebel group linked with al Qaeda that has taken over large parts of the war-torn country.

    A source in Somalia who spoke on condition of anonymity told Compass that the passengers were ordered to disembark from the bus for inspection. The Islamic militants found 25 Somali Bibles in one of the passengers' bags; when they asked to whom the Bibles belonged, the passengers responded with a chilled silence.

    As the search continued, the militants found several photos in the bag. The source told Compass that the militants began trying to match the photos with the faces of the passengers, who were all seized by fear as they knew the inevitable fate of the owner.

    The Islamic extremists saw that the elderly Khalafe resembled a face in one of the photos, the source said. They asked Khalafe if he was the owner of the Bibles; he kept quiet. They shot him to death.

    Khalafe had been a Christian for 45 years, sources said.

    The body was taken to Merca, according to the source, and there the al Shabaab militants placed the 25 Somali Bibles on top of Khalafe's body as a warning to others.

    Christian sources said that at 4 p.m. an al shabaab militant was heard saying on Radio Shabele, "Today we caught Omar, a Somali Christian, with 25 Bibles at Merca checkpoint. He has been converting Somalis to Christianity, and today he has been shot dead at 12:30 p.m."

    Khalafe's family in Mogadishu learned of his death through the radio report, the source said. The family members then contacted a leader of an underground church in Somalia and informed him of the murder.

    "The news of the death of Omar shocked me," the underground church leader in Somalia told Compass by telephone. "We have long served Christians in Somalia. It is unfortunate that the Bibles did not reach the intended audience. I am sure if they had not got the picture, our brother would be still alive."

    Khalafe was a Somali Bantu who had served with various Christian agencies. Underground church members said he was instrumental in the spread of Christianity and had baptized many converts from Islam in Somalia.

    He left behind a widow and seven children. His family was unable to participate in his burial due to the risk of being killed, according to the source, who said one of Khalafe's sons said, "It is unfortunate that we were not there to give our dad a decent burial. God knows how He will reward him."

    Already enforcing sharia (Islamic law) in large parts of southern Somalia that they control, al Shabaab rebels have mounted an armed effort to topple President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed's Transitional Federal Government.

    Last month al Shabaab extremists seeking evidence that a Somali man had converted from Islam to Christianity shot him dead near the Somali border with Kenya, according to underground Christians in the war-torn nation. The rebels killed 41-year-old Ahmed Matan in Bulahawa, Somalia on Aug. 18, said Abdikadir Abdi Ismael, a former leader of a secret Christian fellowship in Somalia to which Matan belonged. Matan had been a member of the underground church since 2001.

    In Mahadday Weyne, 100 kilometers (62 miles) north of the Somali capital of Mogadishu, al Shabaab Islamists on July 20 shot to death another convert from Islam, Mohammed Sheikh Abdiraman, at 7 a.m., eyewitnesses told Compass. They said the Islamic extremists appeared to have been hunting the convert from Islam.

    The sources told Compass that Abdiraman was the leader of an underground "cell group" of Christians in Somalia. He is survived by two children, ages 15 and 10; his wife died three years ago due to illness.

    Intent on "cleansing" Somalia of all Christians, al Shabaab militia are monitoring converts from Islam especially where Christian workers had provided medical aid, such as Johar, Jamame, Kismayo and Beledweyne, sources said. Mahadday Weyne, 22 kilometers (14 miles) north of Johar, is the site of a former Christian-run hospital.

    The militants reportedly beheaded seven Christians on July 10. Reuters reported that they were killed in Baidoa for being Christians and "spies."

    On Feb. 21 al shabaab militants beheaded two young boys in Somalia because their Christian father refused to divulge information about a church leader, according to Musa Mohammed Yusuf, the 55-year-old father who was living in a Kenya refugee camp when he spoke with Compass. He had been the leader of an underground church in Yonday village, 30 kilometers (19 miles) from Kismayo in Somalia.

    Militants from al Shabaab entered Yonday village on Feb. 20, went to Yusuf's house and interrogated him on his relationship with Salat Mberwa, leader of a fellowship of 66 Somali Christians who meet at his home at an undisclosed city. Yusuf told them he knew nothing of Mberwa and had no connection with him. The Islamic extremists left but said they would return the next day.

    Yusuf fled for Kismayo, and at noon the next day, as his wife was making lunch for their children in Yonday, the al Shabaab militants showed up. Batula Ali Arbow, Yusuf's wife, said the Islamic extremists took hold of three of her sons – 11-year-old Abdi Rahaman Musa Yusuf, 12-year-old Hussein Musa Yusuf and Abdulahi Musa Yusuf, 7.

    They killed the two older boys as the youngest one returned crying to his mother.
  2. October

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    ...Mtawatambua kwa matunda yao... Huwezi kuvuna maembe kutoka katika mchungwa, na huwezi kuvuna Bangi kutoka shina la Mchicha. Matunda siku zote lazima yafanane na Mmea wenyewe. Hata kama mtu anapayuka kwamba yeye ni wa Mungu, Kipimo halisi ni kuangalia matendo yake.

    Hawa jamaa wameamua kukumbatia matendo ya mauaji ambayo kamwe hayawezi kuwa yametokana na Mungui. Hii tu ni uthibitisho tosha kua wanafanya yaliyo mapenzi ya baba yao Ibilisi Shetani.

    Shetani ataendelea kuwapo na wafuasi wake wataendelea kumsaidia kufanya kazi, hata kama hawa wafuasi wa shetani al shaabab wataendelea na mauaji yao, wajue tu kwamba kazi ya Mungu alie hai itaendelea Mbele. Wasomali zaidi watazidi kuona ukweli na kuifuata kweli hata kama itabidi kupoteza maisha yao.

    Mungu mwingi wa rehema na neema atawasaidia hawa ndugu wa Somalia wanaomtafuta hata katika ugumu walionao.
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    Jihad gani hii tena enyi maaskari wa dhuluma wa Kiislamu?Kosa la huyu jamaa ninini?Huyo bwana mmemuuwa, lakini watu wengine kibaaaao wataanzisha huduma hiyo, wala hamtafaidika na damu hiyo!Msilazimishe watu kufuata dini ambayo wameona si ya kweli!...Ebooo!
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    Mwenyezi Mungu, Mungu wa haki, aamue na atoe hukumu sawasawa na mapenzi yake.

    Bwana alitoa na Bwana ametwaa Jina la Bwana libarikiwe. Amen
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    Gentlemen, there are no such thing as "Muslim militants". As soon as your hands get drenched with blood , you cease to be a Muslim.
    I think you are confusing between "Muslims" and "Illiterate drug-crazed murderers" whose motive is Greed.
  6. MaxShimba

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    It is not fair.
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    [FONT=&quot]Do not be hypocrite![/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]What about hundreds of Islamic organization killing innocent people around in the name of Islam, and there is no Muslim nation or Mosque condemning their actions, [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]What about verses in the Mwamedi´s book ordering them to kill non believers? [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]What about Islamic countries killing people because they have changed their religion.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]What about Muslims groups going around burning churches in Zanzibar[/FONT][FONT=&quot]?[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]The list can go on and on and on.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]God does not need killers in his Kingdom. Don´t defend what you do not know.[/FONT]
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    Fundi Mchundo JF-Expert Member

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    Waislamu wengi zaidi wangekuwa tayari kutamka haya uliyoyasema hadharani na kuwatenga hao wanaochafua jina lao pengine huu uovu ungepungua. Kumuonea haya muovu ati kwa sababu amevaa joho la dini yetu kunatufanya kuwa complicit na matendo yake.