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Somali Islamist group al-Shabab has ordered mobile phone companies to stop their popular money transfer services, saying they are "unIslamic".

Mobile phone banking was introduced in the northern Somaliland region in 2009 and has now spread across the country.

Al-Shabab and its allies control much of southern Somalia and one mobile phone company official said he had "no option but to obey" the order.

Despite years of conflict, Somalia's telecommunications sector is thriving.

Mobile phones are a common sight in the capital, Mogadishu, and three companies currently offer mobile phone banking.

But the al-Qaeda linked group has given them three months to stop.
Harder to trace?

Al-Shabab says mobile phone banking could expose Somalia to interference by Western countries, through the international partners of the Somali telecommunications firms.

Some observers believe the ban may be intended to block a rival to the traditional money transfer systems, known as hawala, which al-Shabab can influence, or tax, more easily.

BBC East Africa correspondent Will Ross says the Islamist insurgent group, which has been labelled a terrorist organisation by the United States and several other countries, may also fear that its members and backers can be traced more easily when mobiles are used for money transfers.

The hundreds of thousands of Somalis living abroad use hawala and mobile phone banking to send money back to relatives still in the country.

This is one of the country's main sources of income, estimated to be worth some $1bn (£660m) a year.

Somali journalist Mohamed Sheikh Nor told the BBC that people like mobile phone money transfers as it means they do not have to carry around large amounts of cash.

Instead, mobile phone credits can be used to pay for goods and services.

One Mogadishu resident told the BBC he was very disappointed by the ban.

"This is the sole lifeline of the whole economy - the service was so useful to both poor and rich people," he said.

Somalia has not had a stable government since 1991.

The UN-backed authority only controls parts of Mogadishu and a few other areas, although it has been gaining ground from al-Shabab in recent weeks.

It has strongly condemned the ban and urged businesses to help it against al-Shabab.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-11566247

Seriously, these guys... :bash:
 

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Clap Clap :applause::applause: well done Shabab, you just sealed your own fate. They want to shut down a multi-continental system that sustains millions of traders, parents, children, students, sailors, doctors etc :lol:

 

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I wonder if they even know how it works.
The Al Shabab probably think any technology is unislamic, except for guns and pickup trucks ofcourse.
 

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They banned bras?? Why? WTF, why are they so concerned with women's underwear??

 

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I wonder if they even know how it works.
The Al Shabab probably think any technology is unislamic, except for guns and pickup trucks ofcourse.
they know you can't blow shit up with it and using it is unislamic...and any good al-shabab knows unislamic behavior only leads here

 

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^^ LOL, that's awesome!
 

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Lol yes some good pics. Al-Shabaab can go take their ideas to the likes of Iran. Making sure they do things properly.
 

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Great news!

The more stupid ideas they try to impose on people, the sooner they will be "thrown out" (I hope).
 

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After the ban on the bras, now the mobile phone money transfer. Seriously, what else?
Well, they have banned these things in the places where they control.

Sufism
Video games
Playing music
Watching the world cup and playing football
Shaving beards/mustaches
Having gold and silver fillings in your tooth
Any women clothing except for abaya
Visiting cemeteries
School bells
Western TV (BBC)
UN food aid and Western NGOs
Qat (only thing that I agree with :D)
Medicine from ANISOM

Waxan waalan umada ha laga qabto! Somaliyeey iska qabta shadaadiintan!!!
Al Shabab = khawarijnimo/mooryaanimo. They are NOT Muslims. Their God is Osama Bin Laden and not Allah.

 

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Well, they have banned these things in the places where they control.

Sufism
Video games
Playing music
Watching the world cup and playing football
Shaving beards/mustaches
Having gold and silver fillings in your tooth
Any women clothing except for abaya
Visiting cemeteries
School bells
Western TV (BBC)
UN food aid and Western NGOs
Qat (only thing that I agree with :D)
Medicine from ANISOM
The ban on UN food aid was the best thing they've done for Somalis, food outputs are hitting records today. The others are non-necessity except the medicine-related but I personally have little trust for anything European including their botched medicine and I lived in many Western-oriented countries so I understand that they have very small tolerance for anything European.
 

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Somali Islamist group al-Shabab has ordered mobile phone companies to stop their popular money transfer services, saying they are "unIslamic".
Hmm, this is why if Somalia ever does find peace and decides to form a Government/State. It should separate or rather not include Sharia law.
 

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Impossible now since Islamism has exploded as a major political force.
Yeah, I've noticed and I've also noticed how horrible it has gone. Somali women were better when they weren't under Islamists

Religion has the capability of holding back a country but there is still a chance to stop it if it uses a similar method done in Turkey. Instil a Church/State separation at it's inception, generations later. It will be the norm. Sure the current generation may have a problem but they will die eventually. I honestly don't think full blown Sharia law is good for any Somali country nor is necessary.
 
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