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ICC NOTE: The strict penalty paid to Muslims who do not follow the letter of the Shari’a law should well demonstrate the presence of extreme Islamic leadership in Somalia and the lack of tolerance for those who are of other faiths.

Somali Muslims warned of death


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Mogadishu – Somali Muslims who fail to perform daily prayers will be killed in accordance with Qur’anic law under a new edict issued by a leading cleric in the Islamic courts union that controlled the capital.

The requirement for Muslims to observe the five-times daily ritual under penalty of death was announced late on Wednesday and appeared to confirm the hardline nature of the increasingly powerful Sharia courts in Mogadishu .

Sheikh Abdalla Ali, a founder and high-ranking official in the Supreme Islamic Council of Somalia, said: “He who does not perform prayers will be considered as infidel and Sharia law orders that that person be killed.”

Peace and prosperity

Ali said: “Sharia law orders the killing of any Muslim person when he fails to perform prayers.”

Ali added that it was the duty of every Somali to implement the provisions of Sharia law, which after fully accepted would allow “everybody to enjoy life based on peace and prosperity”.

Members of such militia shot and killed two people in central Somalia late on Tuesday while quelling a protest against a ban on watching the World Cup at a local cinema and had in the past been tasked with carrying out court rules.

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Muslim militiamen had also presided at several public executions ordered by the Islamic courts in recent months and other Mogadishu residents had complained of harassment at their hands for not dressing properly.

The Islamists flatly rejected the charges, but had vowed to impose strict Sharia law across the overwhelmingly moderate Muslim country in what many saw as a direct challenge to Somalia’s largely powerless transitional government.

The Islamic courts had signed a mutual recognition pact with the government and were due to meet with senior officials next week in Sudan , but remained at deep odds with the administration on several key issues.