Somali children win AK-47s as prizes in Koran-reciting contest

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    Somali children win AK-47s as prizes in Koran-reciting contest run by al-Shabab militants

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    A radio station run by Somalia's al-Shabab Islamist group has awarded weapons to children who won a Koran-reciting and general knowledge contest.:shocked::shocked::shocked:

    Andulus radio, based near Mogadishu, gave the group which won first prize in the Ramadan competition an AK-47 rifle and the equivalent of $700 (£450).

    The second prize-winners received an AK-47 and $500, while the third prize was two hand grenades and $400.

    Al-Shabab, linked to al-Qaeda, controls much of southern and central Somalia.

    It recently withdrew from the capital, Mogadishu, where the UN-backed government is in charge.

    Four children, aged 10-17, were chosen to represent each district in the competition held during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which ended in August.

    "Youths should use one hand for education and the other for a gun to defend Islam," senior al-Shabab official Mukhtar Robow told the prize-giving ceremony in Elasha, 20km (12 miles) from Mogadishu.:hail::hail:

    The winners were also given religious books.

    The BBC's Mohamed Moalimu in Mogadishu says this is the third year the contest has been held.

    In previous years, when the competition was organised in the southern port of Kismayo, the first prize included an RPG (rocket-propelled grenade launcher).

    Somalia is currently suffering from a severe drought, which has been declared a famine in some areas run by al-Shabab.

    Al-Shabab is restricting access to many international aid groups, saying they have a political agenda and are exaggerating the scale of the drought.


    BBC News - Al-Shabab radio gives weapons prize to Somali children
     
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    what a beautiful world we live in..
     
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    These are the same guys who banned samosas, 'cause it looked Christian (or something) :facepalm:

    Samosas Banned: Islamist Group Calls The Pastry 'Offensive'

     
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    Iamanidiot Elite Member Elite Member

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    A matured pakistani becomes a somali
     
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    I want one too!!!
     
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    An AK47 for reciting The Quran. May be a tank to memorize??
     
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    Can i get one ?
     
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    pakistan is responsible for everything happening in Islamic world.after they are the thakedars:whistle::whistle::whistle::whistle::sad::sad::sad::laugh:
     
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    A personal AK47 in Somalia is as essential as a cellphone everywhere else. Its ammo is as essential as recharge cards.
     
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    Banning samosas...:facepalm:
     
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    i dont know what the illiterate and ignorant maulvis want for islam. this is the thing which according to them is necessary to protect islam?? they perceive superficial things and bring bad name to religion.
     
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    They don't have much tanks to spare. Maybe RPGs for memorizing the Quran. Seriously, if this news is true then that is just absolutely crazy. This is because Muslim religion is not centralized and organized as a single entity. Some crazy Somalis will have an interpretation of the Quran in their part of the World and no Muslim scholar or scholars elsewhere can do a thing to correct his ridiculous ideas. There must be a unified code of conduct and a unified enforecement system in place (much like Vatican, of course Vatican has its short comings). That way the majority of Muslims, who are moderates and accomodating, can reign on on their stupid and megalomaniacal jihadist minority.
     
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    I agree with you that Islam needs to unified under one code. But what is the guarantee that the code will not an extremist one. Moderates in islam often take the backseat as they do not have support from the masses. First let there be peace. The moderates are too weak to bring in peace themselves. UNSC should look to stop this non sense instead of defending such regimes for personal interest.
     
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    Religion is used as a political tool in many of these countries. The theory of infidel only applies where it is suited. In this case samosa.
     
  17. asianobserve

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    The majority moderates take a backseat since there is no power mechanism within Islam religion wherein their numbers can be translated into binding rules and enforcement system. Right now they are at the mercy of jihadists since the whole religion is a free-for-all wild West.
     
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    Islam can never have one code.

    The history of Islam is adequate to note that there were fissures as soon as Mohammed died and Islam changed from spiritual to temporal and the fight for the gaddi started and it has still not ended and there is no light seen since the tunnel seems too long to traverse.

    Even the Taliban is a bogus incarnation that is nothing but another instance of seizing power as the sole representative of Islam.

    Unless this Khalifa attitude is quenched, there will be no one code or unity.

    In fact, Bush's War on Terror has thrown up many pretenders to the Throne!

    And the US is laughing up their sleeve!
     
  19. SLASH

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    We already have two main ideologies Shia's and Sunni's and other other ideologies with much smaller numbers. Different Sultans of Arabia used Hadiths for their pleasures and as a political tool.
     
  20. Rahul Singh

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    Goddamn! Next in line must be Heron's Formula.
     

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