Skip to comments.Somali Soccer Fans Go Underground (Islam again.)
Posted on 06/10/2010 1:38:05 AM PDT by marthemaria
SomaliaWorld Cup madness has come to this troubled nation, creating a dangerous cat-and-mouse game between fans eager to watch televised soccer matches and Islamic militants determined to stop them.
The militia group al Shabaab, which controls most of south and central Somalia, has declared the World Cup un-Islamic and banned watching the games on television. By al Shabaab's logic, the World Cup interferes with the militant group's "jihad," to overthrow the government, because young Somalis are too busy watching the games to fight on their behalf. While the group hasn't yet laid out specific consequences for those defying the ban, the militants have been known to behead or amputate limbs of people who oppose them.
Undeterred Somali soccer fans, whose national team failed to qualify for the tournament, are going underground in search of ways to watch the world's largest televised sporting event, which opens Friday in South Africa.
In recent days, wealthier Somalis in both government-controlled and and al Shabaab run areas have been lining up at electronics shops to buy satellite dishes to watch at home. Local technicians willfor a feepatch together dishes and wires to rig televisions to show the games.
"I don't like my children watching TVbut I don't want to miss watching the World Cup," said Abdullahi Sheikh, a 49-year-old Mogadishu resident who was in line to buy a television and a dish at a shop in town. "It's an amazing event to watch!"
Al Shabaab controls much of Somalia by force. But the militant group's ad-hoc prohibitions have alienated most Somalis. At various times, and in various places around the country, the militants have banned mustaches, dancing and celebrating religious holidays.
For followers of the World Cup, the most dangerous ban is the one on soccer.. .
(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...
Look at some of the videos for the area surrounding Wembley Stadium scheduled for the Cup in 2011. The Brits are already warning the world of what they are in for. Check out the Muslim Welfare Office just outside the facility. The complexion of the area surrounding this once prosperous location has changed dramatically. This is the future.
I don’t like soccer myself. I hope I’m not becoming a jihadist.
Another little moment brought to you by the peace-loving religion of Islam.