Somalia Islamists order men to grow a beard in 30 days

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Religious insanity: Men in the Somali capital Mogadishu, have been given 30 days to grow a beard. The order was issued by Moalim Hashi Mohamed Farah, the Governor in the capital. It takes effect on July 20.

Moalim Hashi is a member of Hizbu Islam, led by Sheikh Dahir Aweys, one of the Islamist groups opposing the Transitional Federal Government.

Considering the way Aweys’ beard looks, the facial hair doesn’t need to be all that traditional.

Last year another Islamist group in the same town banned women from wearing bras.

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This post was last updated: May. 9, 2014