Pray or Die

  MOGADISHU (Reuters) – A leading Mogadishu sheikh said on Friday Muslims who do not pray five times a day should be put to death — the latest sign of a fast-emerging hardline face to Somalia ‘s newly-powerful Islamists.

The sheikh ‘s statement — which he confirmed to Reuters after it was broadcast on local media — caused consternation among residents and will fuel foreign fears the Islamists are planning a hardline Taliban-style rule.

  “He who does not perform prayer will be considered as infidel and our sharia law orders that person to be killed,” said Sheikh Abdalla Ali, who runs a sharia court in the Somali capital which the Islamists took last month. (Archives-Source: Reuters, July 7, 2006.)(courtesy Reuters)

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