Somaliland Considers Clerics Fatwa, Retracts Decision to Open the Catholic Church in Hargeisa

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    Somaliland Considers Clerics Fatwa, Retracts Decision to Open the Catholic Church in Hargeisa

    HARGEISA (Horn Observer) The Somaliland government has retracted its decision to open the Catholic church in Hargeysa this week, after the clerics here in Somaliland issued Fatwas calling for the closure of the church.

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Workers rehabilitate the old Church in Hargeysa (file photo)
HARGEISA (Horn Observer) The Somaliland government has retracted its decision to open the Catholic church in Hargeysa this week, after the clerics here in Somaliland issued Fatwas calling for the closure of the church.


Somaliland allowed the Catholic Church to re-open in HargeIsa last year, allowing the Christians living in Somaliland to have a place to worship for the first time in 30 years.

The religious affairs minister of Somaliland Sheikh Khaliil Abdullahi issued a press statement, which was approved by the council of ministers this week, announcing the closure of the church, after considering what they called "calls from the public and religious clerics to close the church”

The church which was opened in 2016 got the public attention after a volunteering Professor Mariane Vecchione spoke at the Volunteers events held in Hargeysa last week, who emphasized her role in re-opening of the church.

"We did not know a church remained open in Hargeisa, until we heard from the media” Mohamed Ali, a resident in Hargeisa said.

The Christians in Somalia had Churches to worship across various towns in Somalia and today its unlikely that those Churches to re-open, because of various Wahabi organizations who have been spreading hate messages and Interest related Jihadi wars, pushing the Somali community to the extreme, where they eliminated the religious tolerance among the Somali communities.

However, many analysts believe that the closure of the church in Hargeisa could have negative effects to the Somali communities living in the Christian countries around the world who were allowed to have a place to worship there.

- Horn Observer -


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