Monday, May 03, 2010

Al Shabab Murders Another Somali Christian Convert

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Muslim Extremists Execute a Somali Christian

By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries

PLEIKU CITY, VIETNAM (ANS) -- International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on March 23, 2010, members of Al-Shabaab (an Al-Qaeda linked Islamic extremist group) executed another Somali Christian in Afgoye, Somalia.

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ICC, a Christian human rights group based in Washington, DC, told ANS that three gunmen from Al-Shabaab killed Mu’awiye Hilowle Ali in front of his house. They executed him by firing from close range and hitting his head and chest. He died on the spot.

The Islamists had previously accused Ali and his family of spreading fitna [an Arabic word for religious discord]. Trained in the former Soviet Union, Ali had served in the Somali armed forces. He converted to Christianity in 2006.

“His body has temporarily been buried in the compound of his residential house after members of Al Shabaab refused to allow his burial to be conducted in a public burial place, calling it Muslim territory,” an ICC spokesperson told the ASSIST News Service (ANS).

Ali is survived by a wife and ten children.

ICC states that Al-Shabaab is waging jihad in Somalia to establish an Islamic government based on Sharia law. The Somali church has been the most visible victim of the Al-Shabaab “holy-war” in Somalia. Al-Shabaab and members of other Islamic extremists have killed more than a dozen Christians in Somalia over last year alone.

Speaking to ICC, a Somali church leader in Mogadishu said, “Ali’s martyrdom will only strengthen the Somali church and that such violence will never succeed in stopping the church planting movement we see in Somalia today.”

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ICC’s Regional Manager for Africa, Jonathan Racho, said, “The plight of Christians and other innocent Somalis is increasing by the day as Al-Shabaab intensifies its jihad attacks. The situation in Somalia will continue to deteriorate unless the international community steps up its effort to contain the influence of Al-Shabaab. We urge the international community not to turn a blind eye to the crisis in Somalia.”

“Please pray for the Somali Church, which is arguably the most persecuted church in the world today. Pray also for Ali’s widow and his children,” said the ICC spokesperson.

Note: ICC is a Washington-DC based human rights organization that exists to help persecuted Christians worldwide. ICC provides Awareness, Advocacy, and Assistance to the worldwide persecuted Church. For additional information or for an interview, contact ICC at 800-422-5441 or go to their website which


Harun said...

I am amillennial in my eschatology, so I believe this brother is reigning with Christ right now for a thousand years which is symoblic of the church age. What a blessing for our brother. I don't know about his wife and ten children, but I hope and pray that they are born-again or will receive Christ soon.

Anonymous said...

All this shows that we should not take freedom and peace for granted. I consider this man courageous enough to stand up for his faith. Only God can give one such courage. I pray that God may give me the courage to stand up for Him no matter what!