The recent signing of a peace agreement between the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia (TFG) and the Sufi-led faction hereafter referred to as Ahlu Sunna Wal-Jamaa is a step forward and should be commended by all peace-loving Somalis and their friends in the international community. Sufism, a branch of Islamic school of thought, is a theological thinking that seeks closeness to the Almighy Creator through meditation and hymmimg.
For many years, Somalia's sufis have been known to have been peaceful in their pursuit of their religious practices until the emrgence of various religious factions uncluding the likes of Al-shabab and Hizbul Islam who imposed alien ideologies on the peaceful ASWJ followers in Somalia's central regions.
The sharing of power between the TFG and the ASWJ where ASWJ will have powerful ministerial posts in the current government headed by Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed will create a powerful force that will eventually be a clog in the eyes of Al-shabab and Hizbul Islam.
The announcement by the leaders of ASWJ that they will pacify the country in as little as six-months and ensure all antagonists are annihilated should be a warning sign to those opposed to the combined forces of the TFG and ASWJ.