Friday, November 20, 2009

Somai Church Leader Martyred in Mogadishu

By Jeremy Reynalds, Correspondent for ASSIST News Service

WASHINGTON, D.C.  - A human rights group has learned that members of al-Shabab a Somali Islamic extremist group have killed yet another leader ofan underground church in the Somalia capital of Mogadishu.

Washington-based International Christian Concern ICC, reported that on Oct. 10, Pastor Ali Hussein Weheliye was returning home from a worship servicewhen two masked members of al-Shabab ambushed and shot him. He waslater taken to Darful Shifa Hospital where he died of bullet wounds on Oct. 20.

According to ICC, Ali converted from Islam to Christianity in 1999 while working in Somalia's capital as a linguist. In 2002, he started pastoring an underground house church. He is survived by his wife and a daughter whoare now in hiding fearing for their lives.

ICC reported that Al-Shabab has previously declared Somalia as an Islamic state, vowing to eradicate Christians. Just this year, the group has killed a dozen Somali Christians. Several Christians have also left the country due tothe intense persecution. Despite the killings by al-Shabab, the Somali churchis growing rapidly.

ICC's Regional Manager for Africa and South Asia, Jonathan Racho, said in a news release, "The underground church in Somalia is enduring untold suffering. Al-Shabab and other Islamic extremist groups are hunting downand killing Christians. By killing Christians, the Islamic extremists have repeatedly demonstrated utter disregard to human life and freedom of religion."

ICC asked that readers pray the Lord would comfort and strengthen Ali's wife and daughter. In addition, ICC requested prayer for courage and wisdomfor the underground churches in Somalia.


Stacy aka Fahiima said...

Cali waa dhintay :-( laakiin dadka hadii ay sheekadiisa maqlan dambiyadoodu bey ka tegi doongaan Inshaallah.
Xaaskiisa iyo gabadhiisa waan u soo ducenayaa.

Harun Hassan said...

There have been a lot of martyrs this year. Some of them are not posted on this site though. Today I heard about 23-year old Mumin Abdikarim Yusuf with his front teeth missing, some fingers broken, and two bullets in his head. (November 14)

May all our enemies repent and turn from their wickedness, or burn in hell when Jesus Christ returns to destroy them. Amen and praise God.