Somalia, Tajikistan and Brunei banned Christmas celebrations, this year

Restrictions for Christians.

VOICE OF THE PERSECUTED

9156-a-red-christmas-ornament-in-the-snow-with-lights-in-the-background-pvSomalia – According to reports, the Muslim-majority nation banned Christmas. They argued Christian celebrations could threaten the nation’s Muslim faith. In 2013, the nation also banned the Christian holiday citing security reasons, this was the first time it was banned because of religious sentiment. The Somalian population of 10 million is almost entirely Muslim. The country officially adopted Sharia in 2009.

Sheikh Mohamed Kheyrow, director of Somalia’s ministry of religion, said on state radio,

“We warn against celebration of Christmas, which is only for Christians. This is a matter of faith. The Christmas holiday and its drum beatings have nothing to do with Islam.” He said the ministry has sent letters to the police, national security intelligence and officials in the capital Mogadishu instructing them to “prevent Christmas celebrations”

He also claimed, “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…

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