'Missing' Somali man is brought home
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'Missing' Somali man is brought home'Missing' Somali man is brought home
A Minnesota Somali man's funeral highlights continuing questions about other "missing" men.
By JAMES WALSH, Star Tribune
Last update: December 3, 2008 - 11:50 PM
About 20 men stood around the hole in the frozen ground as the white-shrouded body was lowered into the grave. Then, as the women waited back by the cars in the cemetery, the men began tossing shovelfuls of dirt onto the body of Shirwa Ahmed.
Ahmed, a Minneapolis resident, is believed to have blown himself up in Somalia in October, a suicide bomber in an ongoing civil war. The FBI, which still won't officially confirm Ahmed's death, said only that it helped return the body of a U.S. resident from Somalia to Minneapolis. Ahmed's family members declined to answer questions at his funeral Wednesday.
But his death -- and the reported disappearance of as many as 10 young Somali men -- continues to fuel rumors, fear and anger among Minneapolis' Somali community. Some worry that local men have been indoctrinated at local mosques to return to the land of their families to fight. Others question the motives of those who have raised alarm without providing hard proof.
But on a cold, sunny day when a body was lowered into a plot in the Garden of Eden Cemetery in Burnsville, those on both sides admit concern about whether others who have left the United States to fight or not will be able to come home -- with or without a shroud of their own.
Attorney Mahir Sherif, who represents local mosques, said no one at the mosques has wooed men to fight. But he said he has seen some in the community call young men to arms. And that raises the possibility that they could become tainted in the eyes of U.S. officials.
"The whole issue raises some interesting questions," he said, noting that the number of men rumored to have left to fight has dropped from 45 to possibly fewer than 10.
"Let's say they went in answer to a call to stop aggression. Or maybe they just left to protect their grandmother. Do people have a right to return to a country to fight? Will it be a crime?" he asked. "And does the government even want them back, especially if they have been trained over there?"Narrated An-Nu'man bin Bashir:
I heard Allah's Apostle saying, 'Both legal and illegal things are evident but in between them there are doubtful (suspicious) things and most of the people have no knowledge about them. So whoever saves himself from these suspicious things saves his religion and his honor. And whoever indulges in these suspicious things is like a shepherd who grazes (his animals) near the Hima (private pasture) of someone else and at any moment he is liable to get in it. (O people!) Beware! Every king has a Hima and the Hima of Allah on the earth is His illegal (forbidden) things. Beware! There is a piece of flesh in the body if it becomes good (reformed) the whole body becomes good but if it gets spoilt the whole body gets spoilt and that is the heart.
Bukhari :: Book 1 :: Volume 2 :: Hadith 49
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