A Nation's CULTURE Lies in the HEARTS & SOULS of its PEOPLE!
|SYMBOL OF ALLAH|
Religion is one of the most important things in Somalia and they dedicate their whole life to Allah. Most Somalis are Sunni Muslims, interested in spiritual communication with Allah.
- Believe in the worshiping of Somali saints and mortal spirits called jinn, which can cause misfortune, illness, and can help humans
- Believe the poor, weak, or injured have special spiritual powers given by Allah, and so they act kind towards them in hopes that they will not use this power against them. For More Info: SOMALI RELIGION
Rituals and Holy Places:
Mosques, which is were they pray, are found in ALL Somali cities and towns. Men and women pray and study the Qur'an separately. Somalis are to pray 5 times each day, facing Mecca. They should recite the creed of Islam and give to the poor, if able. They should make a pilgrimage to Mecca at least once and should perform the fast of Ramadan.
|I chose THIS picture of the Qur'an BECAUSE: Although their religion is supposed to be peaceful, Somalia has A LOT of violence and it CONTRADICTS ITSELF!|
Death and the Afterlife:
Somalis believe that a tree representing all Muslims grows at the boundary between Earth and Heaven and that each person is represented by a leaf on the tree. It is said that those whose leaves fall off will die within the coming year.
When a Somali dies, feasting and celebration are held. A Somali wife must stay secluded at home for four months and ten days, in respect to her husband’s death.
|Somalis hold the Muslim view that EACH person will be JUDGED by ALLAH in the AFTERLIFE.|