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SAYYID AHMED: A charismatic Somali Bridge Builder in Egypt

Disclaimer: This article belongs to the writer and Wardheer News website and not to us. 

By Hassan M. Abukar     Wardheer News

In 1978, when I was 18, I left Somalia to join my older sister, a diplomat, in Cairo, Egypt. It was my first trip abroad, and I was both excited and ambivalent. On the one hand, I was apprehensive about an unknown future. On the other hand, I felt I was embarking on a new adventure in search of better educational opportunities.

In the year and a half I spent in Cairo as a student and a local employee of the Somali Airlines’ branch office, I met some interesting Somali individuals, both leaders and ordinary people. Cairo was a transit stop for many Somali officials heading to Europe or other parts of Africa. It was also a city in which many Somalis attended school, while others came to get their work permits on their way to the Gulf. Still others had left their families in Cairo as they went to work elsewhere, while a good number came to spend their vacations in Egypt.

Interestingly, I met one Somali elder who made a lasting impression on me—the legendary Sayyid Ahmed Sh. Musse. The loveable and brilliant leader had helped cement Egyptian relationships with Somalia. Sayyid Ahmed (1910-1980) hailed from Somaliland (Habar Yonis) and had come to Egypt in the 1930s. He was a jack of all trades. His career seesawed between being a university student, a successful businessman, who imported camels from Somaliland, and a journalist at the Somali Service of the popular “Sawt al-Arab” (Voice of the Arabs) radio program in Cairo.

He was a charismatic and sociable character, an excellent conversationalist who had played a crucial role in the politics of Somaliland in the 1950s as an activist. For many, he was the point man of Egypt in the Somaliland British Protectorate, and he had notable influences in the fields of culture and politics. After 1960, he mentored a group of Somali diplomats stationed in Egypt about the country they were posted.

As a young adult, Sayyid Ahmed proved to be a resourceful and powerful figure to whom many looked up. The following story excerpted from his fascinating years in Egypt proved this. Former ambassador Abdullahi Adan (Congo), whom I also had the pleasure of meeting in Cairo, said in an interview that he was one of the 22 students from Somaliland who were told that they would be met by Sayyid Ahmed, the “Somaliland Representative in Egypt” once they arrived in Egypt. When the students disembarked at Port Said, to their surprise, there was no one to receive them. They took a bus and arrived in Cairo in search of Sayyid Ahmed. Apparently, Sayyid Ahmed had not been informed of the arrival of the new students.
The students struggled to find Sayyid Ahmed in such a cosmopolitan city as Cairo, and navigating the unfamiliar terrain of outdoor meat markets, street peddlers, and towering buildings became a Herculean task. The students split into groups in the crowded streets of the city shouting Sayyid Ahmed’s name. But to no avail. Some of them went to Al-Azhar University, where they inquired about Sayyid Ahmed’s whereabouts. This time they were lucky. A tall young man with Somali features approached them and introduced himself as Sayyid Ahmed. They were thunderstruck by his appearance because, in their harried calculations, they had assumed such a powerful position would be filled by a middle-aged, professional-looking man. Sayyid Ahmed, it turned out, was a slim, smiling youth attending Al-Azhar University. However, his resourcefulness did not disappoint them as he took every one of the 22 students to a tailor and got them coats and pants. “It was quite a scene,” Ambassador Abdullahi Adan said many decades later, “seeing 22 Somalis walking in the streets of Cairo wearing the same clothes.” Sayyid Ahmed then took the students to al-Mujammac, a government center located at Tahrir Square, and obtained their immigration papers.

In the 1950s, Sayyid Ahmed returned to Somaliland, where he became a relentless champion for teaching the Arabic language in the British Protectorate. He was instrumental in opening the first Islamic institute in Buro. Moreover, in 1956, he founded a political party called “Hizbu Allah” (God’s Party). According to Dr. Abdurahman M. Abdullahi (Badiyow), the author of The Islamic Movement in Somalia (2015), Sayyid Ahmed was influenced by Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and Nasserist ideology. He skillfully combined Islamism (a globalist religion and ideology) and nationalism (a particular ideology for a nation-state), a contradiction in terms. His Islamic activism was relatively moderate. First and foremost, he advocated the independence of Somaliland from Britain.

Sayyid Ahmed wrote three books in Arabic, which are all out of print: “Hizbu Allah wa Hizbu al-Shaydan” (The Party of God and the Party of Satan), “Al-Tharwah al-Taaci’ah fi al-Soomaal” (The Continued Loss of Wealth in Somalia) and “Khadarul al-Casabiyyah cala Soomaal” (The Danger of Zealous Clannism to Somalia).

Sayyid Ahmed was married to an Egyptian woman who bore him several children. He also fathered children from a Somali wife. His son, Mahdi from the Egyptian mother, was quite popular among Somalis in Cairo. He was a handsome social butterfly who helped many Somalis navigate Egypt’s social and administrative landscape. Some Somalis dubbed him the “Egyptian” for adopting the local habits of “Mujamalah” (sucking or kissing up).

Sayyid Ahmed had a son, Mohamed “Cirro”, who became an accomplished Somali journalist working in Mogadishu. I met him in Cairo during one of his visits to his family, and we struck up a lasting friendship. He was smart, educated, and a capable reporter who encouraged me to pursue journalism. A nationalist who believed in Somali unity, he stayed in Mogadishu after the collapse of Siad Barre’s regime. In the early 1990s, Cirro worked as an adviser to General Mohamed Farah Aidid, and later to his son Hussein Aidid. He later became ill and was brought to Hargeisa, where he passed away several years ago.

Asmahan Sh. Musse, a niece of Sayyid Ahmed who lives in Canada, fondly remembers her uncle from long conversations she had with her father. Moreover, as a child, her uncle would bring her and her siblings sweet treats from Egypt. “My whole family was proud of his immense contribution to the Motherland,” she said. “He was simply a hero who the new generation has yet to learn about and appreciate.”

Sayyid Ahmed is best remembered as a nationalist who championed the preservation of Islamic identity and culture in Somaliland. He helped establish Islamic institutions there and was a catalyst for many Somali students to win scholarships in Egypt. He served as an informal ambassador for many Somalis long before Somalia became independent. He blended Islamism and nationalism and is credited for lending crucial support to the then-nascent pro-independence party in Somaliland, the Somali National League (SNL). He is also the first Somali student to graduate from the prestigious Al-Azhar University.

Hassan M. Abukar

Hassan M. Abukar is a contributor to Wardheernews and the author of Mogadishu Memoir. He can be reached at Email: abukar60@yahoo.com

Why is the French State becoming so Ani-Muslim?!
I now realise that the French state has officially become an anti-Muslim entity and hence lost all my sympathy if they get attacked again even by aliens.

I now realise that the French state has officially become an anti-Muslim entity and hence lost all my sympathy if they get attacked again even by aliens.
The French Republic made attacking, harassing and stripping Muslim women of their clothes, without their consent of course, its official policy.
This almost amounts to state indecently assaulting its female Muslim population.
Muslim people in France had for many decades suffered an unbelievable level of discrimination in every walk of life and have always had less rights and were treated as second class citizens as were other coloured French people. That has always been the case although it has never been declared as state policy.
But this has developed from an undeclared racism and apartheid into an official policy of the French establishment when it comes to Muslim women's rights.
From 2005 onwards the French state made stripping Muslim people of their constitutional rights an official policy doing exactly what other apartheid systems in other parts of the world, like former white South Africa used to do and some are currently doing the Israeli entity.

In 2005 they banned Hijab wearing young Muslim French School girls from entering their Schools and other state institutions forcing many young believers to quit their education as they didn't want to exchange their religion with that kind of oppressive education system. 
They banned the Niqab, which I'm not particularly a fan of but is a choice for some Muslim women, and made wearing it illegal even in the street and now they banned Muslim women from wearing a modest custom made swimsuits, dubbed Burkini, in French beaches.
They did all of this on the grounds that France is a secular state as though their state exists only in these women and if they don't strip them naked their secularism will perish.
The ban didn't affect other religions like Christianity and Judaism and their adherents can still wear their Crosses and Kippahs respectively without state sponsored harassment.
It's so hard to believe that a country that its moto is Liberty, equality and Fraternity (Liberté, égalité, fraternité) is treating its minority Muslim population this appalling way.
This is particularly so difficult to understand as France claims to be a friend of Arab people and other Muslims by extension (ignoring that history shows the opposite) and also considering that France nowadays goes around the Gulf countries begging for money and investment all the time and yet it's the only country that officially oppresses its Muslim minority population!!
So the million dollar question is why does France hate its Muslim people so much?!
These people are mostly French born citizens who descended from immigrant parents of North and West African majority Arab and Muslim countries where France attacked, robbed, rapped, pillaged and colonized for over a century
How wrong I was when I was getting so angry when Daesh terrorists attacked them!!
I don't wish them attacks but certainly I won't have any more sympathy for them if they get attacked.

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Qisada Duul culimo qastay

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Geeska Africa marka la joogo Qibladu waxay xigtaa jihada  waqooyi markaa nin oday ah ayey wadaadadii qalin duurayaasha ahaa u sheegeen in aanu jihooyin gaar ah u jeesan Karin.
Soomaalidii hore diinta aqoon badan umay lahayn sababta oo ah dadkii diinta la bidi jiray, inkasta oo aanay iyaga laftoodu aqoon badan lahayn, haddana inta yar ee ay yaqaaneen way ku shaqaysan jireen oo dadka inta wadaadada dantu ugu jirto iyo sidoo kale in yar oo aan faah faahin sanayn oo dadka madax wareer ku ridda wadaadadana aan dhib ku ahayn ayuun bay u sheegi jireen .

Laakiin dadka Soomaalidu way iska diin jeclaayeen oo waxa kuu muujinaysa qissada islaanta doontay in ay tukato hase yeeshee aan faataxada aqoonin ee ku tukatay erayo ay is tidhi Ilaahay amaan ugu filan kuwaas oo ahaa: "ILAAHA RIDAYDA MADOW CAANAHEEDA CADEEYAYOOW, ALLAAHU AKBAR"

Geeska Africa marka la joogo Qibladu waxay xigtaa jihada  waqooyi markaa nin oday ah ayey wadaadadii qalin duurayaasha ahaa ku yidhaahdeen   marka aad kaajaysid:
♦  Xagga waqooyi ha u jeesan waayo xagga qiblada ayaad u kaajaysaa oo waa xaaraan,
♦  Xagga koonfurna ha u jeesan waayo dabada ayaad qiblada u jeedinaysaa oo iyana waa xaaraan,
♦  Sidoo kale xagga bari iyo xagga galbeed ayey sababo kale u sheegeen oo ay yidhaahdeen looma jeesan karo!!
Maalintii danbe ayuu ninkii u baahday in uu kaajo laakiin hadalkii qallin duurraha ayuu maanka ku hayey oo way ku adkaatay in uu afartii jaho midna u jeesto hase yeeshee ninkii waxa uu arkay in ay jiha kali ahi u furan tahay taas oo ah xagga sare.
Ninkii intuu dhabarka u jiifsaday ayuu kor u kaajay ka dibna illeen kaadidu kor joogi maysee isagii ayey dusha kaga soo daadatay.
Dadkii ayaa aad ula yaabay oo yidhi WAAR "HEBEL MAXAA DHACAY EE AAD DUSHA ISKAGA KAADIDAY?!!!"

Ninkii jawaab aad u kooban laakiin muujinaysa danbiga qallin duurre ka galay ayuu dadkii siiyey oo sidan ah: ADEER DUUL CULIMO QASTAY AYAANU NAHAY!!
Ujeedada sheekadu waxay tahay ummadda Muslimiinta ah dhib fara badan ayaa haystay dhowrkii qarni ee la soo dhaafay ilaa maantadan aynu joognana taagan.
Waqtiyadii hore waxay aad u dhagaysan jireen, maqli jireen, waxay sheegaanna aanay khilaafi jirin nimankii dadka wadaadada u ahaa oo siyaasiyiin iyo waxan maanta jiraa xilligaa may joogin.
Wadaadadaasi waxa kaliya oo ay ummadda sheegi jireen in xabaal la dul fadhiyo, in ay karaamo (karma) ay wadaadadu leeyihiin oo dadku iyaga u hogaansamaan haddii kale ay balaayo iyo burbur oodda kaga soo qaadi doonaan waxaanay noqotay in iyana aanay caqli horumarineed la imanin ummaddiina ay afduub ku haystaan oo laga dhamaan waayo xabaal la dul fadhiyo oo durbaan laga dul garaacdo iyo xoolihii oo ummadda  laga urursado oo wadaad xumahaasi qof kasta wixiisa la lahaado.
Wadadada noocaas ahi, inkasta oo ay wali meelaha qaar awood ku sii leeyihiin, haddana inta badan waa laga yara ilbaxay oo sheekadii waa lagu fahmay saamayn badanna hadda ma laha.
Hase ahaatee kuwii noocaas ahaa waxa inoo soo daba maray qaar aad mooddo inay kuwii hore diin ahaan yara aqoon dhaamaan laakiin wax walba heerkiisii ka kexeeyey oo daba galay dariiqo kasta oo ay wax kasta ku adkayn karaan.

Halka kuwii hore ay qofka ka hor yimaadda ay karaamo ugu hanjabi jireen qofkii diidana ay sixir iyo ficillo xun xun u adeegsan jireen oo ay karaamaan ku dilay odhan jireen kuwan danbe qofkii waxa ay sheegaan si deg deg ah u qaadan waaya waxay kula kacaan diinta oo ay deg deg uga saaraan iyo murtad ayaad tahay, AK47 iyo in ay iskuba qarxiyaan.

Waxa jira liis wadaado waaweyn loo yaqaano oo waxay sheegaanba ama waxa la yidhaahdo way sheegeen bilaa hadal lagu qaato.
Waxa aad mooddaa in ay yihiin Robots ama Computers la program gareeyey oo daqiiqad wakhtigooda ka mid ah fikir xor ah ma fikiraan ismana waydiiyaan bal waxan sheekhooda ka sareeyaa sheegayaa ay lugo adag ku taagan yihiin iyo in kale.
Automatically waxa  laga soo qaadayaa in ninka odayga ah ee la wada dhagaysanayaa aanu ujeedo aan ilaahay dartii ahayn marnaba lahayn amase waxa uu sheegay aanay ahayn waxa uu fikir gaaban ku bineeyey maadaama uu banii aadam yahay oo xattaa hadduu daacad yahay uu meel gaaban wax ka eegi karo.
Tani waxay dhalisay in ay soo baxaan jiilal dhan oo u diyaar ah in hadday hooyadood xijaab wayn oo madow ama bilaa colour ah qaadan waydo ay isku qarxiyaan una haysta inay sidaas janno ku galayaan.
Midhihii ka dhashayna waxay noqdeen in ku dhawaad dalkasta oo Muslim ah ay maanta joogaan dad aan ka fikirayn waxa ay is qarxinta iyo AK47 lala cararaa ummadda iyo diinta midnaba u soo kordhinayaan iyo bal waxa ay iyaga laftoodu ka faa'iidayaan iyo sidoo kale waxa uu sheekha iyaga dirayaa isaguna isu qarxin waayey ama goobaha hore ee meelaha ay qaska ka rideen u tagi waayey ee uu 100 budyguard ah isugu hareereeyo.

Jannada ma miskiinka loo taliyaha ah ayuun baa gala waa yaabe?!!!!

Qoraalkan ujeedadiisu ma aha in ay:
● Dadku wadaadada ka hor yimaadaan,
● Wadaad oo dhan ka cararaan,
● Wadaad oo dhami is qarxis ku talinayo amase uu aaminsan yahay.
Hase ahaatee waxa ay ujeedadiisu tahay in ay dadku bartaan dhaqanka su'aalo is waydiinta (The culture of inquiring/questioning)   iyo in aanay wax kasta iska qaadanin maadaama qof HEBEL yidhi ee ay falanqayn ku sameeyaan si ay wixii ceeb aadami ku jirta u muujiyaan.
Qaladaadka wadaadadu in kasta oo uu qayb libaax ku leeyahay qaska, burburka iyo qalalaasaha dunida Muslimka haddana waxa hubaal ah in aanu dhibku iyaga uun ku eekayn oo dadka hogaanka ummadda u haya iyo dhaqamada gurracan ee dadyowga muslimka ah badankoodu haystaan iyo sidoo kale faragalinta cadowyada shisheeye ay qaybta ugu wayn ku leeyihiin dhibka taagan canaantuna wadaada kaligood aanay saarayn.

Waxase iyana marag ma doon ah muranna aanu ka taagnayn in aynu nahay DUUL CULIMO QASTAY.
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