GAROWE, Somalia Feb 18 2013 (Garowe Online) – Somali Islamic
scholars held a conference in Garowe condemning Al Shabaab and the recent
assassination of Sheikh Abdiqadir Nur Farah in Garowe, administrative capital of
Puntland, Garowe Online reports.
The Islamic scholars who also took part in Sheikh Abdiqadir’s
funeral gave powerful speeches condemning Al Shabaab’s heinous crimes in Somalia
and their vow to spread terror.
“People who believe that killing a Sheikh in a Mosque is
going to grant them paradise, is sadly mistaken. For those working with Al
Shabaab; aiding these people [Al Shabaab] for worldly gain or for paradise has led
to a curse from the people of Garowe, the people of Puntland and Somalia,” said
Sheikh Yusuf Adam, a long term friend of the departed Sheikh Abdiqadir.
Sheikh Abdinasir Haji Ahmed stated that Al Shabaab is on a
mission to destroy the people of Puntland and Somalia.
“Al Shabaab wants the destruction of Somalia and its people.
They want people who have no leaders, no intellectuals; they need ignorant empty
minds that are easily manipulated to sustain their terror program. Well the
people of Puntland and Somalia despite all the tragedies and tribulations, the Somali people are stronger and more
aware than ever,” said Sheikh Ahmed.
According to the Sheikhs, the Islamic conferences are set to
go on for three more months and scholars from Somalia will discuss Al Shabaab
and the need for people to act as a collective body to fight the terror
Al Shabaab response
While the Sheikhs were holding Al Shabaab responsible for
the killings of top leaders and Islamic scholars, Al Shabaab’s top leaders were
denying responsibility of the assassination of Sheikh Abdiqadir.
Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys Al Shabaab’s spiritual leader
denied on Somalia Channel a Somali television station, stating that “we [Al
Shabaab} decided to deny any responsibility in Sheikh Abdiqadir’s killing.”
He also stated that he was saddened by the Sheikh’s killing and
sent condolences to the family of the departed.
When the presenter asked if other Al Shabaab cells could
have carried out the assassination of the Sheikh? Sheikh Aweys responded that
he couldn’t answer that question.
Al Shabaab’s top leader Ahmed Godane has not released a statement
on the assassination of Sheikh Abdiqadir.
Sheikh Abdiqadir’s killer was caught by civilians nearby the
mosque in a courageous move that got wounded three people.