Somali Muslim clerics condemn Valentine’s Day

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MOGADISHU, Somalia–Leading Muslim clerics in the self-declared republic of Somaliland have urged their followers not to celebrate Valentine’s Day, saying it is contrary to the teachings of Islam.

But, some nationals disagreed with them, arguing that celebrating love has always been part of the culture of Somalis – and one of their most celebrated poets, Elmi Bodheri, is said to have died of love.

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