Pious allusions applied to the jihad. “Somalia: We Are Not Fighting With Sufis, Says Abu Mansur,” by Ahmednor Mohamed for All-Africa, December 2008:
Mogadishu “” The Spokesman of Al-shebab [the “youth”] Islamic movement Sheik Muqtar Robow Ali (Abu Mansur) told Shabelle on Monday that his group is not fighting against Sufi organizations.
“We are not firing our bullets to the Muslims but we are firing to the enemies of Allah and those who are working for them” said Abu Mansur.
Slick way of putting it. Munsar does not point out, however, that many if not most of their enemies are fellow Muslims. So, the standard practice is to declare such Muslims, apostates (munafiqin); as such, they naturally become great “enemies of Allah.”
Abu Mansur led the prayers of Iidul Adha attended by 600 people in the Livestock Market area north of Mogadishu.[…]
Masked Al-shebab fighters armed with machine guns and rocked propelled grenades who were shouting Allah Akbar (God is great) distributed biscuits to the poor people after the prayers.
“Muslims slaughter animals in this holiday but I call for the Mujahidin (Islamic fighters) to slaughter the Amharas (the Ethiopian soldiers) who invaded our beloved country,” Shebab spokesman, Muqtar Robow said. the enemy will be defeated as our Allah promised. He added…