Taking the Oath of Office

On  27th November 2010,  we took the Oath of Office (inauguration). The Somali Parliament finally approved and all 18 ministers, vice ministers and ministers of state were sworn in.  The ceremony was attended by the Somali President, Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, the prime minister and the speaker of parliament.

I feel a heavy sense of responsibility. I remember the Aya ‘’We did indeed offer the Trust to the Heavens and the Earth and the Mountains; but they refused to undertake it, being afraid thereof: but man undertook it;- He was indeed unjust and foolish;- (Surah Ahzab:72)’’. What did I get myself into? Can I handle this heavy responsibility? I pray to Allah to give me the ability to handle this.

My fellow ministers and I are all working hard to restore this country. This cabinet is working hard to restore the security of Mogadishu. We are also fighting all types of corruption. It’s not an easy task. We put our trust in Allah. We also need the help from the Somali people. The cabinet cannot do this on its own. We need everyone to work hard with us. Every individual whether in Somalia or abroad needs to reflect on what they can do to help.

I’m very hopeful for the future. With Allah’s mercy we can rebuild our country inshalah.



About Maryam Qasim

I am a medical doctor and a humanitarian activist. I have worked as an obstetrician and gynecologist, which is my specialty as well as a University lecturer. I also obtained a Masters in Public Health from Warwick University. During my time in the diaspora, I worked on empowering women and raising the achievements of Somali children. I worked with local schools/authorities as well as presenting at national and international conferences dealing with family matters. I am very active in the Islamic field, giving Islamic lectures at Masjid’s, conferences, universities and summer campings. I served as the minister for Women’s Development and Family Affairs in the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia (2010-2011). I am currently the chair person of Tayo party which is a political party striving for equality and justice.
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