A Brief History of Christianity in the Somali Peninsula
The mission of the Somali Christian Development Network (SOCDEN) is an inter-regional confederation, and is to proclaim to the Somali speaking region in the Horn of Africa (HOA’s) the little-understood gospel taught by Jesus Christ—the good news of the coming Kingdom of God—and to prepare a people for that Kingdom. This message not only offers great hope for all of humanity, but encompasses the purpose of human existence—why we are here and where our world is headed.
According to the below new research made by Somali Christian and non-christian scholars through from Somali Bible Society Journal, Christianity is not new in Somalia similar with Islam religion due to her rarely developed beseech before Islam agnotration or approach in across the world.
The triple purpose of this paper is to:
1. Document the long history of Christianity in the Somali peninsula
2. Encourage more research on Christianity among Somali people
3. Enrich the literature reservoir of the Somali Church
Unbeknownst to many, Christianity reached ³at least the coastal areas of the land Somalis inhabit´ by the 7th century as attested to ancient graves and other traces.1 This fact alone should put to rest the famous Somali Muslim mantra that to be a Somali is to be a Muslim. Ali Abdirahman Hersi, a Somali scholar, wrote in 1977 that it is difficult to conceive of any meaning in the term Somali itself without at the same time implying Islamic identity.´2 Somalis are about 99% Muslim, and the tiny Christian minority in their midst faces intense persecution because of their Christian faith. Somali Muslims also fight over power, and resources and the collapse of Somalia¶s central government in 1991 unleashed carnage and bloodbath. According to the Center for American Progress, up to ³1.5 million people have died in Somalia¶s conflict or directly due to hunger since 1991.´
While attending a cabinet meeting in1974, a prominent Somali Christian and a statesman, Michael Mariano Ali, said to Muhammad Siyad Barre, the President of the Republic, that Somalia would never experience peace until it returned to its Christian roots.4 The Somali government was violently overthrown 16 years later by a consortium of armed groups. Siyad Barre, as he was locally known, knew well the indispensable role Somali Christians played in the struggle for Somalia¶s independence. Somali Christians were represented in the cabinets of the two presidents prior to Siyad Barre. For example, Michael once served as the Minister of Economic Planning under the Premiership of Muhammed Haji Ibrahim Egal. Another Somali Christian, Awil Haji Abdillahi, better known as Anthony James, served as the Minister of Finance under the Premiership of Abdirisak Haji Hussein.
Somali Christians also played a disproportionate role in the struggle for ndependence. The first President and the primary founder of the Somali Youth League (SYL), Abdulkhadir Sheikh Sakhawudeen (d. June 1951), was a Roman Catholic Christian.5 The SYL was the first Somali political party, and its struggle led
to Somalia¶s independence. Lewis Clement Salool, a Somali Christian, designed the SYL flag with its cross, crescent, and five stars. He was also a key legal advisor to the SYL. Alex Qolqoole, another Somali Christian, supported the SYL financially and served as its primary policy advisor. The SYL¶s struggle could have faltered without the selfless support and leadership of Michael, Anthony, Lewis, and Abdulkhadir who is better known as Sakhawudeen.
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