Somali opposition leader calls for unity against militants in Eid message

Politician Abdirahman Abdishakur Warsame, leader of the Somali opposition Wadajir Party, has sent a message of congratulation to the Somali people on the occasion of Eid al-Adha festival.

In a 4-minute video statement on his Facebook page, Abdirahman also urged the Somali people to unite and clear the name of the Islamic religion.

Congratulations to the Somali people wherever they are, inside and outside the country, happy Eid Al-Adha, one of the biggest Islamic festivals,” Warsame said before continuing to explain the meaning of Eid Al-Adha.

“Eid Al-Adha stands for sacrifice of those things precious to us. When Allah asked Prophet Ibrahim, peace and blessings be upon him, to sacrifice his son, he obeyed. There is nothing more precious than a child, and so Allah had spared Ibrahim that pain by providing another great sacrifice.”

He condemned militant groups in the country for turning the Islamic religion into horrific beheadings and killings.

“The Somali people have been facing immense challenges for nearly 30 years, and the challenges grew in the past few years because of people [militants] who tarnish the name of the religion.

“A hadith from our Prophet tells us that one woman had been punished with hell-fire for imprisoning a cat, and another, who was a prostitute, was rewarded with paradise for feeding a dog. That is how much the Islamic Religion values kindness… and these people have turned it into beheadings, destruction, explosions, and killings, and they are doing all these in the name of Islam.”

Warsame urged the Somali people to come together in the defence of their religion, values, and country against the militants.

“”We, as the Somali people, need to defend ourselves against them… It is a religious, moral and national obligation to do so,” he said.

Muslims across Somalia and the world are today celebrating Eid al-Adha, which is celebrated every year to honour Prophet Ibrahim’s obedience to Allah in agreeing to sacrifice his son.