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AK-47s Given To Ramadan Quiz Winners

A story we almost missed from over the weekend, via Agence France-Pressee:

Guns and grenades for Somali Ramadan quiz winners

October 17, 2009

A ticket to jihad was the prize for the winners of a team quiz organised by Somalia’s insurgent Shebab group during Ramadan.

No luxury cruise but a ticket to jihad was the prize for the winners of a team quiz organised by Somalia’s insurgent Shebab group during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.

"The reason the young men were rewarded with weapons is to encourage them to participate in the ongoing holy war against the enemies of Allah in Somalia," Sheikh Abdullahi Alhaq said at a ceremony late Friday.

The radio-broadcast quiz organised by the Al-Qaeda-inspired Shebab organisation in the southern Somali city of Kismayo lasted throughout Ramadan, which ended last month.

Five neighbourhoods of the port city entered the competition, which consisted mainly of questions on science, culture and the Koran.

The winners — a team from Farjano district — were given a first prize consisting of one AK-47 assault rifle, two hand grenades, an anti-tank landmine and office supplies at a ceremony attended by hundreds of residents.

"The team in the first place gets the weapons and office equipment worth upward of 1,000 dollars," Sheikh Abdullahi Alhaq said, sparking cheers and applause in the crowd.

"It was a wonderful event because I have never seen students being rewarded with weapons as a result of an education competition", Mohamed Hersi, a Kismayo trader who attended the ceremony, told AFP.

The Shebab and an alliance of local Islamist factions seized control of Kismayo — one of the country’s main ports — more than a year ago and imposed a strict form of Sharia, banning sports, DVDs and Western clothes.

The quiz show’s runners-up had to settle for an AK-47 and ammunition.

Alas, it truly is the ‘religion of peace.’

And when you think about it, these are really great prizes. (It’s surely a far better life lesson than teaching a man to fish.)

Once you give these pious young men enough guns they can get anything else they might want. Especially, in view of the endless cafeteria of luxury goods that passes by on ships right off the Somali coast.

Still, since this was meant to be a religious contest, why didn’t they just hand out the 72 virgins as prizes and bypass the middle men?

(Thanks to Sen for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, October 21st, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “AK-47s Given To Ramadan Quiz Winners”

  1. Right of the People says:

    What was the gameshow called, Jihad for Dummies, Who wants to be a Jihadi, Dialing for Allah, Lets Make a Jihad?

    And what’s up with the office supplies as a prize?

    Islam, a religion of pieces.

  2. canary says:

    Probably had to bring someone’s head to enter the contest.
    science question: How did Mohammad keep flying to meet Moses? allah’s power
    culture question: Extremist or moderate muslims? extremists
    koran question: What does it say we must do? kill and burn down every town that won’t convert.

  3. proreason says:

    What people don’t realize is the entire world was like this a mere 600 years ago.

    No person born in the United States can even begin to comprehend the way life was before the Renaissance and the political events that began in England and came to fruition in the American colonies.

  4. Liberals Demise says:

    This makes an all expense trip to Jamaica look like a booger!


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