INTOLERANCE: Muslim Countries Continue to Outlaw Christmas Because it’s ‘contrary’ to their ‘culture’

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From Pam Geller:  And yet Muslims school us on “inter-faith dialogue” and “mutual respect.”

Where is the mainstream media on this? Where is the 60 Minutes expose on why Muslim countries are so racist, anti-semitic, misogynistic, and hate-filled.

Islamic nation of Somalia follows Sultan of Brunei’s example and bans Christmas celebrations because ‘they are contrary to our culture’

Security forces primed to break-up festivities in the capital Mogadishu
Feared Christian events may provoke attacks by Al Shabaab terror group
Sultan of Brunei has threatened to jail Muslims who celebrate Christmas

By Simon Tomlinson for MailOnline, 23 December 2015

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President of Somalia Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has banned Christmas celebrations because they ‘contrary to Islamic culture’

Somalia has banned Christmas and New Year celebrations because they are ‘contrary to Islamic culture’ – days after a similar move by the Sultan of Brunei.

Director General of Somalia’s Ministry of Religious Affairs, Sheikh Mohamed Khayrow, warned that security forces would break-up any gatherings held in the capital Mogadishu.

He said: ‘All events related to Christmas and New Year celebrations are contrary to Islamic culture, which could damage aqidah (faith) of the Muslim community.

‘There should be no activity at all.’

Sheikh Nur Barud Gurhan, deputy chairman of the Supreme Religious Council of Somalia, said Christian events might provoke further attacks by the Muslim terror group Al Shabaab, it was reported by Ugandan daily New Vision.

He said: ‘We Islamic Scholars are warning against the celebration of such events which are not relevant to the principles of our religion. Such events give also Al Shabaab to carry out attacks.’

In the latest attack, on Monday, passengers on board a bus bravely defied Al-Shabaab militants who ordered them to sacrifice the Christians on board during a deadly standoff in Kenya.

When the 10 Al-Shabaab militants stormed the bus in the country’s north, they demanded Muslim passengers separate themselves from the Christians on board.

But the passengers refused – even giving some of their fellow travellers Islamic articles of clothing to wear so they could not be distinguished.

A year ago, Al-Shabaab gunmen – who operate as Al Qaeda’s affiliates in east Africa – stormed a Nairobi-bound bus in the same area and killed 28 non-Muslim passengers execution-style.

The move comes days after the Sultan of Brunei’s decision to jail Muslims who celebrate the festivities.

The super-rich ruler, Hassanal Bolkiah, told residents of his country that if they plan on celebrating December 25, they could face up to five years in jail.
There are fears Christian events might provoke further attacks by the Muslim terror group Al Shabaab (above)

There are fears Christian events might provoke further attacks by the Muslim terror group Al Shabaab (above)

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Banned Christmas: Oil-rich Brunei has banned public celebrations of Christmas for fear of Muslims being led astray. Pictured, Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah
There may be no Christmas in Brunei – but there is at the nation’s leader’s Beverly Hills Hotel
The Sultan owns the Dorchester Collection of hotels. The chain’s two American hotels are the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Hotel Bel Air.

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There may be no Christmas in Brunei – but there is at the nation’s leader’s Beverly Hills Hotel. The Sultan owns the Dorchester Collection of hotels including the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Hotel Bel Air.

While non-Muslims are allowed to celebrate the holiday within their own communities, they must not disclose their plans to the nation’s Muslims – which make up 65 per cent of the 420,000-strong population.

Around 20 per cent of Brunei’s residents are non-Muslim, including substantial Buddhist and Christian communities.

‘These enforcement measures are…intended to control the act of celebrating Christmas excessively and openly, which could damage the aqidah (beliefs) of the Muslim community,’ said the Ministry of Religious Affairs in a statement.

The small Borneo nation prohibits propagating religion other than Islam to a Muslim, and breaking this is a violation of the penal code.

Other banned activities include putting up Christmas trees, singing religious songs and sending Christmas greetings, reported the Borneo Bulletin.

‘Some may think that it is a frivolous matter and should not be brought up as an issue,’ the imams are quoted as saying in the Bulletin.

‘But as Muslims…we must keep it [following other religions’ celebrations] away as it could affect our Islamic faith.’

The Los Angeles property, owned by the Sultan’s Dorchester Collection, is covered in Christmas decorations – which would land a Brunei resident in jail

The Los Angeles property, owned by the Sultan’s Dorchester Collection, is covered in Christmas decorations – which would land a Brunei resident in jail
The Dorchester Hotel in London is similarly bedecked for the Christmas season

The Dorchester Hotel in London is similarly bedecked for the Christmas season
Harsh: The tiny state of Brunei on the island of Borneo is ruled by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and relies on oil and gas exports for its prosperity

Harsh: The tiny state of Brunei on the island of Borneo is ruled by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and relies on oil and gas exports for its prosperity
Religion: Around 35 per cent of Brunei’s residents are non-Muslim, including substantial Buddhist and Christian communities. Pictured here is the Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque and Clock in Brunei

Religion: Around 35 per cent of Brunei’s residents are non-Muslim, including substantial Buddhist and Christian communities. Pictured here is the Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque and Clock in Brunei

Some Burnei residents, however, are risking jail time by still celebrating Christmas and uploading pictures to social media as part of a #MyTreedom campaign that celebrates religious freedom.

Imams have told followers to abide by a government edict banning celebrations that could lead Muslims astray and damage their faith

The tiny state on the island of Borneo is ruled by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and relies on oil and gas exports for its prosperity.

The nation embraced a harsh new penal code in April 2014, led by 68-year-old Bolkiah.

At the time, he said: ‘Today I place my faith in and am grateful to Allah the almighty to announce that tomorrow,Thursday, May 1 2014, will see the enforcement of Sharia law phase one, to be followed by the other phases.’

The change means people can face conviction by Islamic courts and fines or jail terms for a range of offences such as pregnancy outside marriage, failure to perform Friday prayers and propagating other religions.

A second phase of the law comes into effect in May this year covering theft and alcohol consumption by Muslims, which would be punishable by whipping and amputation.

The death penalty, including death by stoning, will be introduced in the final phase a year later for offences such as adultery, sodomy and insulting the Koran or the Prophet Muhammad.

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