November 26, 2018: Al Shabaab terrorists attack Sufi preacher in Somalia

On November 26, 2018 Al Shabaab sent two suicide bombers to kill a Sufi preacher in of Mogadishu for playing music: in all 18 died.

GALKAYO, SOMALIA – Jihadis think the playing of music is forbidden in Islam, but is this any reason to kill over it?

I must confess that there is something I really don’t like. What is that, you ask? It is the constant noise in the background that seems to be everywhere these days.

When I go to an Ottawa Senators NHL game I cannot stand when, in the minutes between live action, those who run the arena blast music at massive volumes. Not only is the played music of a genre I don’t tend to like, and my tastes run from Baroque to classic rock, but it is played at earsplitting decibels. I can wait in silence for the puck to drop and if I am bored I can look at what the other fans are up to.

Science has shown us that high levels of background noise are not good for us. A recent article in the science blog Nautilus noted:

Chronic noise exposure, such as might be experienced by individuals who live near an airport, can lead to an overall decrease in perceived quality of life, increased stress levels along with an increase in the stress hormone cortisol, problems with memory and learning, difficulty performing challenging tasks, and even stiffening of blood vessels and other cardiovascular diseases.

Ouch! In all senses of the word.

Well, it turns out that jihadis hate music too (and no, I do NOT see myself as a jihadi). It is somehow ‘non-conducive’ to a true Muslim or some bullshit like that. And on occasion they kill to make their point.

On this day in 2018

Two suicide bombers exploded in front of the home of a Sufi preacher in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, followed by four gunmen who stormed the building and opened fire. Eighteen people including the cleric were killed: Al Shabaab (AS) claimed this attack.

The United States stands with those who were victimized by violence in (hash)Somalia today. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families. The United States is committed to working with Somalia for peace and stability.

US mission in Somalia

The reason for the attack: the cleric was playing music. Hey terrorists! If you don’t like the tunes put on good quality earmuffs fer chrissake!

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By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

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