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SOMALILAND: Man arrested for claiming prophethood

HARGEISA — A local court in the capital Hargeisa on Saturday sentenced an ethnic Somali man to two years imprisonment and $300 fine for claiming to be a prophet.

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Judge Abdulrashid Mohamed Hersi said Ethiopian national Sharif Ahmed Ali was found guilty of claiming prophethood. The judicial official added he claimed to be Prophet al-Khadar and the Mahdi. Al-Khadar, also known as Saint George by Christians, is a mythical Saint believed by some Muslims who reckon he will appear at any time. The Mahdi is considered a twelfth Imam in Shia teachings and a prophesied redeemer of Islam in the last days before the Day of Resurrection.

During the five-day proceedings, he pleaded innocent and denied all the accusations but the court insisted they have seven witnesses. Mr Ali was carrying a stick which he claimed holds define powers like Prophet Moses, the court ordered to be destroyed. He also told locals he controls mother nature and that he will ensure it does not rain in the country for the next eight months. His words come as the region is hit by the worst drought in two decades.

The court finally ordered him to be deported back to his native land in the Ethiopian administered Somali Region once he finishes serving his two year term.

This is the first time such case has occurred in Somaliland and there is no blasphemy law but Muslims believe that prophet Mohammad is the last prophet from God. Numerous such cases have been reported in places such as Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Pakistan and Iran. Only four days ago, the Gulfnews reported an Egyptian man in his 30s declared himself the Mahdi after he snatched a microphone at the Grand Mosque in Makkah. He was immediately arrested and questioned in one of the mosque’s rooms where he was declared mentally ill. No one knows if he shares the same mental problems.

Somalilandpress | 17 April 2011

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  • Jay

    Subhanallah, may Allah protect us from evil. The increase of false prophethood is one of the signs of the Day of Resurrection…the floods, droughts, wars, nudity, lying, the so called "reform groups", starvation, increase of diseases, same gender relations, etc…

    Whatever he is this is a sign that Muslims are not practicing their faith and they need to return to their Lord and show compassion to one another.

  • Ayaan

    Subhanallah!!! we don’t need to call anyone (Qolo) names, but this is Evil. We need to protect, and educate our kids Teach Quran. Evils act. Subhanallah. Horumar Sland

  • mohamed

    To be fair he might have claimed he's a Saint with special Godly powers. Many scholars may even
    suggest that Mahdi Kadar was not a nabi, at least Surat Kaff of the Holy Quran doesn't attribute to his
    rank as Nabi or Prophet. In my view even the Khadar that Prophet Moses explored the depths of that
    different godly knowledge of its kind and the stories of dul qarnayn which typically so different than
    the knowledges of the holy books tend to teach the human beings that indeed in addition to the
    knowledge of the holy books and their prophets which is the absolute constitution to be adhered to,
    it would seem that Saints with oblivion special Godly powers do exist in all generations exist untill
    doomsday but such attributes are limited to external factors outside the constitutional holy books
    and their prophets. Such Saints could be highly ranked devils or highly ranked Mahdi.
    However the faithfuls should follow the teachings of the religion and not to worry much about any Saint
    not following the holy books and teachings of the prophets.External factors shouldn't be confused with
    the established religous holy books and the chosen prophets.
    Cheers.

  • abdi824

    @kayse
    why do you hate sayid abdullah hasan so much? you say bad things about him all the time.the man is dead,if he claimed to be a nabi then its between him and his lord.if someone comments about ssc,you say its because of the sayid.so dont talk ill about the dead sxb.cheers.

    • http://twitter.com/kaytoun @kaytoun

      Kayse is infected with a deadly mental disorder also known as "tribalism", he is a living symptom of that. He uses whatever neurons that is left in his brain to insult his imaginary enemies, and often writes preposterous statements that defies the logic. But, we have to put up with him because the purpose of this website is to give platform to the likes of this guy and the rest of them who do not intervene when one of them strays from the right path.

  • Hassan

    This is redicolous, obviously the man has some sort of mental illness. He should have been evaluated by mental health officials, interviews with family members and locals to determine if he is likely suffering from mental illness and to give him treatment, not sentence him to two years, it makes a mockery out of the judicial system.

  • http://twitter.com/kaytoun @kaytoun

    How your slanderous and ignorant statement is allowed here speaks volumes. This tribal tabloid website bans legitimate debate to be posted here while zealous kinsmen of you type are given a green-light to defame anyone they perceive as adversary.

    How do you generalize the action of individual into entire clan that has the largest proportion of well-known shiekhs and clerics is beyond me. You do not belong in a civilized society, and as I have always argued, writing in foreign language does not enlighten nincompoops among us. You are a disgrace to your kind.

  • abdi824

    @Hassan
    i agree with you man ,i think this man should be a mental hospital not a prison.

  • abdi824

    and whats with the $300 fine.lol

  • AbdiKhayr

    all of you guys respect ur creater ALLAH subxaanalaah i dont know but more and more people are leaning to munaanaafaqiin side

  • Kayse

    You guys still think the Mad Mullah was a prophet? The man that talks about girls privates in his poems with no shame? This guy is the same as the Mad Mullah and should be deported before he creates another extremists followers.

    Anyone who wants to know what I'm about, watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QbS7x5zY78

    • http://twitter.com/kaytoun @kaytoun

      Kayse, now you are quoting from someone who distorts the poems of Mohamed Abdille. Those historic poems have been recorded and printed for future reference. I have already found without much effort that the guy reciting the poem has interpolated a fake stanza, but this is not the first time that has happen. There are numerous poems which former arch-enemies of the Dervish movement tried to add additional stanzas, however the good thing is, all the poems have been reserved and recorded.

      Conclusion; if you are going to criticize a figure, you have to at least quote someone who is credible and trustworthy, or has academic credentials to be trusted.
      The guy who you quote to support your point lacks refinement and is vulgar. he is slandering a whole community with rude statements, no wonder you show him a high regard.

      If you want to read the authentic poems, read from the " Diiwaanka gabayadii sayidka" by Aw jaamac

      I give you another advice because you harbor a disease that blinded you given your boorish and tasteless comments.
      The advice is, fear allah and watch what you say.

      • Kayse

        Mad Mullah had no respect for religion, women, other tribes and like this mad man he considered himself a prophet.

        Who in their right mind talks about private parts like that?

  • M. Khalid

    Like all the moslems of the world, Somalis are supertitious. There are many people in Somaliland who claim to have divine powers. Since women are sentimentally weaker than men, they are more susceptible to deception by these herbal and spiritual doctors. Threrefore, Mr. Ali is not an exception. There is another factor that plays a prominent role in the increase of such happenings: the paucity of trained doctors and lack of modern health institutions. I admonish the the people of Somaliland to seek medication in the clinics and hospitals.

    • Saalih

      @Khalid
      I agree with yu brother, this is not new in Somalia, it might be strange in Somaliland' but in the south we had plenty of witch doctors and magicians that we went to ask them if our marriage was going to fail or if we would have good crops, this man should not go to prison instead he should be set free. I doubt he claimed to be a prophet, he might have said he could tell women if they could get children or if they would become rich one day. Why fine him and then send him to jail? I am afraid he paid a price for being an outsider in Somaliland in other words different clan.

  • Abubakar

    Sub Xaana Allah. the biggest evil i ever see. may Allah (SW) protect us from these evils Aaameeeeeeeeeen

  • Ali Dheere

    Does our courts really have time for such nonsense? As some members have said above, he clearly have some mental problems. If we cannot help him get cured, we should help him find his people.

    To Kayse:
    Come on buddy! Give it a break.
    Cheers

    • Kayse

      Our courts have time even for the most nonsense things because we are not people in many disputes, our courts need something to keep them busy unlike in the south where everyone files a case against their neighbor, the landlord, the kid with the ak47, the X tribe, the Y militia, the pirates, al shababs, the girl who refused to marry some Arab by force, the anti Sufi who refused to perform "diikri", the alabaari lawsuit.

      Somalilanders only have to cases at this moment sxb one against that crazy Sufi and the other against your former Prime Minister…criminal Ali Samatar.

  • Ali Dheere

    I wish our judiciary system was as rosy as you wrote. Alas, to the contrary, our judiciary system is clogged with serious cases. It is not a secret that out of the three branches of our government, the judiciary is the weakest.

    From magistrate courts to the high court, cases upon cases of murder and land disputes are pending and still they find time to prosecute a mentally sick refugee? Shame!

    Regarding Ali Samater.. Well, he is no more my Prime Minister, than yours.

  • mohamed

    Hey watch out folks. We shouldn't worry much about some nut cult who preaches and practices the
    superstitious beliefs outside the established conduct codes of the knowledges of the holy books and the established teachings of their prophets. Supernatural mythical issues should not be confused with
    the tested aspects and facts of the divine laws in the holy Koran and Hadith. BTW if weeli is Saint
    is it correct to say Mahdi is Messiah without confusing Prophet Isaiah the Messiah S/O Mariam
    (Jesus the Messiah). MY point: Mahdi in English means Messiah. Scolars is my assumption correct?
    Cheers.

  • mohamed

    Correction Scholars I/O Scolars.
    Cheers.

  • Ali99

    He should have been taken to mental health hospital, or may be he must have heard about fortune telling businesses booming in the country and came up with his own extreme version of it. Man! there are so many opportunities in Somaliland, Who knows what's lurking in the streets of my beloved Hargeisa. Magicians, Horoscopes, Palm readers, Fooxlayaal, etc. and now this. What's next? May Allah protect us all from the evil.

  • The Dogooder.

    We can't claim to be better than Somalia, and Al Shabab. By sentencing
    a mentally ill person to 2 years in prison. I'm still waiting for my court date,
    to stop my neighbour from building on my property. Yet the Court can make
    time to hear and sentence a mentally ill person.

  • Hamza

    It don't sound right to sentence this man to prison. It sound more like that someone wants to harm him or that he is not well. Instead of prison they should help this man. But I guess there are no mental hospitals in Somaliland.

  • liban

    i am stil shock to hear some of u were saying that this man was crazy imagine yourself would you punish a crazy man the answr is ((no)) please let that man sentence 2 yrs or more am happy for that

  • ahmed

    BE CAREFUL
    THE MAN MIGHT BECOME A" PROPHET" EVEN WORST IN THE PRISON IF INDEED HE' S MENTALLY ILL NOW :)

  • middlepath

    @Mohamed,

    No Mahdi does not mean messiah, messiah is what Jesus was called meaning the 'anointed one' meaning anointed with oil.

    Mahdi who is to come near the end times is a nickname which means 'Guider', but his name will be Abdullah ibn Muhammed, like the last Prophet Muhammed upon him be peace.

    And Allah knows best :)

    • middlepath

      Sorry, meant that Mahdi's name is Muhammed ibn Abdullah.

  • middlepath

    I believe that there could be some truth to this story about the man making false claims and causing confusion in the land.

    I don't think he was crazy otherwise the people would know the difference as there are many crazy individual in Hargeisa and they can know who is crazy and who is not. I don't think they will lie this bad because Somalilanders don't know these future-telling haraam stuff. It is totally wrong.

    This is not a case of Tribalism or whatever,because there are many reer Xamars living in Hargisa and Burco etc.and nobody is harming them as far as I know. Anyone is welcome in Somaliland and our house is any Somalis house as long as they are NOT corrupt or loony like this man or have hidden evil agendas. And we ask Allah to protect Somaliland and her people.

  • ghgh

    believe that there could be some truth to this story about the man making false claims and causing confusion in the land.

    I don't think he was crazy otherwise the people would know the difference as there are many crazy individual in Hargeisa and they can know who is crazy and who is not. I don't think they will lie this bad because Somalilanders don't know these future-telling haraam stuff. It is totally wrong.

    This is not a case of Tribalism or whatever,because there are many reer Xamars living in Hargisa and Burco etc.and nobody is harming them as far as I know. Anyone is welcome in Somaliland and our house is any Somalis house as long as they are NOT corrupt or loony like this man or have hidden evil agendas. And we ask Allah to protect Somaliland and her people.

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