Tuesday, July 24, 2018

An Influential Churchman Dies in a Terror Attack in Mogadishu


24 July 2018

Somalis For Jesus

Al Shabab Islamists attacked an office complex shared by the Ministries of Interior and National Security on 07 July 2018. The terrorists first used a vehicle-borne bomb, and then three armed Islamists stormed the building killing and injuring dozens of government employees. Government security forces eventually neutralized the three militants.[1]

The only Christian who died in this terror attack came to the Lord in Mogadishu in 2000. The Somali Christian whom we would call “Guled” for security reasons was known for his hard work and integrity.
“Guled”, an intelligence analyst with the Ministry of National Security, joined the Ministry’s secret service unit in 2013.

“Guled” leaves behind a young family. The community of faith in Mogadishu is now encouraging and supporting the sad and heartbroken Christian widow and her children.

A prominent church leader in Mogadishu described “Guled” as “the backbone of his house church and a leading figure in the Somali church.” 

Our thoughts and prayers are with the grieving widow and her children. This is indeed a tough time for the family but the Lord is their sustainer and protector.

The widow of “Guled” said to church leaders who visited her a week after the death of her beloved husband,  
For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
2 Corinthians 12:10. The widow also described how some Muslim family members and other relatives are putting intense pressure on her to renounce her faith and return to Islam. She has vehemently rejected to abandon Christ Jesus.



[1] Associated Press. At least nine killed in al-Shabaab car bomb attack in Somalia. The Guardian, 07 July 2018.
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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Shahiid Maxamed Xuseen Axmed

1951—3 April 1996

Xaaji waxa uu markii taariikhdu ahayd 1951 ku dhashay meesha la yidhaahdo Gar-Adag ee Gobolka Sanaag. Waxa uu ahaa nin deggan oo maskax badan isla markaasna jecel inuu ka faa’idaysto wakhtiga uu firaaqada leeyahay. Marka aanu wax baraynin, waxaa dabeecad u ahayd inuu wax akhriyo. Si badheedh ah ayuu isaga ilaalin jiray inaanu wakhtigiisa ku luminin doodaha ku salaysan siyaasadda ee maqaaxiyaha lagaga doodo. Degganaanshihiisa aawadeed, waxa lagu naanaysay "Xaaji" isagoo wiil yar ah, balse weligiis muu booqanin magaalada Maka ee ku taalla carriga Sacuudiga.

Isagoo dhallinyaro ah ayuu Xaaji u guuray Muqdisho isla markaana wuxuu darajo waxbarashada ah ka dhammaystay Kulliyaddii Lafoole. Wuxuu waxbaris ka bilaabay deegaannada woqooyiga Soomaaliya, mar danbena wuxuu wax ka dhigay dugsiyo ku yaalla koonfurta sida Qoryoolay iyo Kurtunwaarey. Muddo toban sano ah kadib markuu macallinnimo ku shaqeeyay, Xaaji waxa loo doortay inuu waxbarashadiisa Master-ka ku soo diyaariyo Jaamacadda Saskatchewan. Markuu ugu horrayntii yimid waddanka Kanada sanaddii 1980, Xaaji wuxuu ka shaki qabay inay jirto diin sax ahi.

Si kastaba ha ahaatee, intuu Jaamacadda wax ka baranaayay, Xaaji wuxuu la kulmay kuwo ka mid ah xerta taabacsan Ciise Masiix. Markhaatifurkooda awgiisna, waxa uu bilaabay inuu akhriyo Kitaabka Quduuska ah taasina waxay u horseedday inuu rumaystay Masiixa. Xaaji markii uu dib ugu laabtay Muqdisho sanadkii 1984, waxa uu borofisoor ka noqday qaybta horumarinta tacliinta iyo manhajka ee kulliyadda Lafoole. Waxa kale oo uu ka qaybgali jiray kulan caabudaad ah oo ay isugu iman jireen Soomaalida Masiixiyiinta ah ee wakhtigaas ku noolayd Muqdisho. Sidoo kale Xaaji waxa uu iimaankiisa la wadaagay kuwo ka mida qoyskiisa.

Markii dagaalka sokeeye ka qarxay Soomaaliya sanadkii 1991 kaddib, Xaaji dib uguma laabanin gobollada woqooyi ee uu ka soo jeeday balse wuxuu ku sii negaaday Muqdisho. Wuxuu u shaqeeyay ururro kala gedisan oo qaabilsan gargaarka bini-aadannimo, gaar ahaanna wuxuu kala shaqeeyay dhinaca waxbarashada. Sanadihii 1993 iyo 1994, Xaaji wuxuu koorsooyin tababbar ah u aaday magaaladii Nayroobi labada jeerbana wuxuu dib ugu laabtay Muqdisho si uu shaqadiisa ku aaddan waxbarashada halkaas uga sii ambo- qaado.

Labadii bilood ee ugu horreeyay sanadkii 1994, Xaaji wuxuu badanaa wakhtiyadiisa gelinka danbe la qaadan jiray Liibaan Ibraahin Xasan maadaama oo ay xafiisyadoodu isku meel ku yaalleen, waxayna falaqayn jireen mawduucyo la xidhiidha Kitaabka Quduuska ah. Bishii Maarso 21, Xaaji wuxuu subax hore ku soo kallahay shaqada isagoo maqaaxi ku dhow xafiiska fadhiyana, wuxuu arkayay Liibaan oo soo socda. Subaxdaas iyada ah Xaaji wuxuu u soo taagnaa fal naxdin leh oo ahaa in niman madaxa duubani ay Liibaan hortiisa ku dileen [halkan riix/guji si aad u akhrido taariikh-nololeedkii shahiid Liibaan].

Markii uu Xaaji seminaar kale u aaday Nayroobi dhammaadkii 1994, wuxuu tibaaxay inuu si weyn uga walaacsan yahay ammaankiisa maadaama oo dhaqdhaqaaqa xagjirku uu ku sii kordhaayay Muqdisho. Bishii Abriil 3, 1996, Xaaji Maxamed Xuseen waa la afduubay, isla maalintii xigtayna waxa maydkiisa laga helay guri kharaab ah oo u dhow halka uu gurigiisu ku yaallay.

Dhimashadiisii kaddib, xus isaga loogu sameeyay Nayroobi, waxa ka hadlay mid ka mida Soomaalida Masiixiyiinta ah oo yidhi: "Waxa jiray wakhti aan jarribaad ku galay inaan iimaankayga qariyo. Markii u danbaysay een isaga arkay, wuxuu igu adkeeyay inaanan marnaba dafirin rumaysadkayga Masiixa. Imika, dhimashadiisa kadib, waxaan rabaa inaan sidiisii oo kale geesi noqdo, haddii loo baahdana inaan u dhinto intii aan iska-dhigi lahaa inaanan Masiixi ahayn."

Sidoo kale xuskan dhexdiisa, waxa isna ka hadlay qof kale oo sheegay in Xaaji uu labadii bilood ee ugu danbaysay noloshiisa uu aad uga walaacsanaa hanjabaadaha kaga imanaayay xagjirka. Sidaasoo ay tahayna, marka la eego noloshiisa ruuxi ahaaneed, wuxuu aad ugu furnaa marag-furista, sidoo kalena si joogta ah oo xamaasad leh ayuu u tukan jirey. Waxa jiray qof shaqo cusub u helay Xaaji, laakiinse waxa ay ahayd isla toddobaadkii la dilay. Xaaji waxa uu ahaa Masiixigii Soomaaliyeed ee lixaad ee lagu dilo Muqdisho kadib dhimashadii Liibaan Ibraahim Xasan ee 21 Maarso 1994.

Xaaji wuxuu ahaa muwaadin Soomaaliyeed oo dhab ah, isla markaasna aan oggolaanin in cudurka qabyaaladdu uu saameeyo fikirkiisa iyo ficilladiisaba. Xitaa wuxuu sameeyay mashruuc baadhitaan ah oo xasaasi ah kuna salaysan xidhiidhka qabaabi’lka sanadkii 1987, waxaana gacan siinayay shan qalinjebiyayaal ah oo kale. Baadhitaankooda waxyaalihii ay ku heleeni waxay ahayd digniin cad oo ka digaysa khatarta qabyaaladda iyo inay burbur ku keeni doontay ummadda Soomaaliyeed. Muddo dhan 25 sano kadib, talo-bixintii uu Xaaji ku soo xidhay warbixintiisu waa mid ilaa maanta wax ku ool u ah isla sidii wakhtigii uu qoray. Haddii la dhaqan-gelin lahaana, waxay gacan weyn ka geysan lahayd heshiisiinta iyo dib-u-dhiska bulshada Soomaaliyeed.

Shaqadiisii xagga wax-barashada, Xaaji waxa uu ku muujiyay siduu u taabacsan yahay waxbarista Sayid Ciise Masiix oo xertiisa u sheegay inay jaarkooda u jeclaadaan sida ay naftooda u jecelyihiin oo kale, iyo in xitaa ay jeclaadaan cadaawayaashooda [Injiilka sida Matayos u qoray 5:43-46]. sida Matayos u qoray 5:43-46]. Waxa intaas dheer, isagoo muujiyay sida iimaankiisa uu ku qabo Masiixu uu uga yeelay muwaaddin wanaagsan, xataa haddii dawladdu dhacdo [Warqaddii rasuul Bawlos u qoray dadka Rooma 13:1-7]. 
[Warqaddii rasuul Bawlos u qoray dadka Rooma 13:1-7]. Xaaji wuxuu ahaa nabaddoon sida uu Sayid Ciise Masiix ku tilmaamay Wacdintii Buurta dusheeda [Matayos 5: 9-12]. 

Xaaji waxa uu ahaa nin is hoosaysiiya oo daacad uga hadla iintiisa. Sidoo kale wuxuu rumaysnaa inay muhiim tahay inay barayaasha ama macallimiintu dadka saameeyaan inta ay yar yihiin si loo arko is-beddel waxtar leh oo ka muuqda rumaysadka iyo dabeecaddaba.

Source: Nolosha Cusub

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Gabay: Markhaatifur



Anigoo dhawaan safar dhulka ah kaga soo baxay Hargeisa kuna sii jeeda Berbera ayaan waxaan ku leexday tuulada Macalinkeed Disho oo aan habeen ku hoyday. Anigoo hurdadu meel wacan ii marayso ayaan riyo ku arkay walaashay, xagga ruuxa, Dr. Maryan Cabdullaahi Macalin Maxamed, oo 14 October ee sanadkan ku geeriyootay kharixii ka dhacay Zope. Waxay isoo fartay gabaygan in aan gaarsiiyo Soomaalida.

Dib u eegistii 1aad, 02 November 2017

Maryan ma ahayn Masiixi iyo waxaan, maqlayay maalmahan
Uu maqaal ku soo qoray Bashiir[1], meel walbana geeyay
Ii masabidaayaan gartaa, maalinya habeene
Milgaheeda yaan doonayaa, inaan mar uun sheego
I dhegaysta anigaa murtida, Eebbe igu miisay

Maro kuma xirna oo Bashiir, wuu mutuxan yahay
Ma wakiil ayuu iga yahoo, wuu i matalaayay?
Mindirraacintiisiyo bal eeg, iyo miraafkiisa
Is miidaamintiisan arkaa, meelna loo dayine
Miyuu gacan madoobaadayoo, waa musallif ruuxu?

Muslim Shaaficiya yaan ahaa, aan mala lahayne
Afar sanno mar laga joogo yaan, raacayna Masiixa
Magaciisu iga mayr dembigi, waanan mahadshaaye
Ku mutaystay jannadaan hedeer, aan mushaaxayaaye
Eebbaan ku mahadinahayaa, maqaamka aan joogo

Ina Maxamad aabbahy hadduu, Muslim igu sheegay
Magaciis ha raagee haddii, murugo ay saaqday
In Islaamku uu yahay muquuf, waa mid uu garane
Muqdishuu ku noolyahoo haddeer, la is muquunshaaye
Muslim laaya Muslimiinta yaa, meel walbaba taagan

Ehelkayga mid yaan oranayaa, werefku meermeershay
War Masiixa aamina intaan, maydku idin taaban
Maxamaddiyaddu diin maahine, maqla digniintayda
Waxaa lagu mutaysanahayaa, moolkii naareede
Ka soo baxa mirifkeeda oo, raacana Masiixa

Soomaali Maxamaday i maqal, haygana mashquulin
Muunad beel waxaa idinku riday, madax adayg baase
Hadaad Maxamad diidaan mar hore, raacdaana Masiixa
Muusannawgu wuu hari lahaa, Eebbe maragtiiye
Nabad iyo muwaafaqo ayaad, mudan lahaydeene

Sayiddii Masiixii ayaan, joogaa midigtiisa
I maashayday farxadoo ma qabo, murugoo idile
Maqsuud yaan runtii ahay hadeer, waana loo marage
Muslimnimo kumaan dhimanine, Eebbe mahadiise
Anigoo Masiixiya ayuu, mawdku i haleelay

In Masiixi aan ahay anigu, mar hore cadaystay
Mana dafarin weligay, anigu Macalin Nuurkeeye
Maskax yaanse leeyahoo runtii, aan miciin sadaye
Marinada  lamaan taagnahayn, milladda taydaaye
Garaadkaynu magansanuu na baray, Macalinkeenniiye


Rev. Sabaah Mohamed Omaar
Somalia Director, Somalis For Jesus






[1] Bashiir M. Xersi. Maryan Ma Ahayn Masiixiyad. Caasimada.net. 2017. Waxaan daalacday 01 November 2017.

Friday, October 27, 2017

A Prominent Somali Christian Killed in Mogadishu Truck Bomb Attack

Al Shabab Islamists detonated a truck bomb in a busy intersection in the heart of the Somali capital on Saturday afternoon, 14 October 2017. The Associated Press (AP), quoting Somali government sources, put the number of dead about 350, a figure that is destined to rise as many dead victims are still buried under mountains of rubble. Many of the hundreds of the wounded victims would succumb to their grave injuries. This major bombing was the third explosion in the city on that fateful day but the largest single-day massacre Somalia has ever witnessed.


Several Somali Christians died in the attack including Fardawza Haji Hilowle Jama, 39, and her two minor children and Dr. Maryan Abdullahi Mo'alim Mohamed Geddi, 22, who died on the eve of her planned graduation from a medical school. Dr. Maryan attended a local house-church in the center of the capital and played a significant role in the raising and the distribution of drought relief funds in the last two years. An article by the New York Times described Dr. Mayan as a “rising star.”[1]

Dr. Maryan is a relative of the late Somali Christian evangelist, Ali Mustaf Maka’il, who was shot and killed in Mogadishu at the age of 22 in 2006 by the now-defunct Union of Islamic Courts, Al Shabab's predecessor[2]. There are eight missing Somali Christians who were around Zope Street at the time of the explosion. No one knows where they are, but they presumed dead. The verified injured Somali Christians are eleven including four children.


Our prayers are with all the victims and their families during this difficult time.







[1] The New York Times, It's a Dark Day for Us': Somalia Reels From Deadliest Blast. 15 October 2017. https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2017/10/15/world/africa/ap-af-somalia-explosion-the-victims.html, accessed 16 October 2017.

[2], Voice of the Martyrs Canada, Convert to Christianity Martyred. 20 September 2006. https://www.vomcanada.com/so-2006-09-20.htm, accessed 16 October 2017.