Muse (clan)

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The Muse clan (Somali: Reer Sheikh Muse) is a Somali clan. Group members live in the northwestern Somaliland region of Somalia, the eastern Somali Region of Ethiopia, Djibouti, and Yemen.


Muse was the father of the clan. He was an early follower of the prophet Mohammed. According to his progeny, Shaykh Muse arrived at the coastal land of Somalia, Mitte, or Maydh. He came from Hadramaut, Yemen. It is believed that his grave is close to the sheikh Isaaq tomb in Maydh.

It is believed that his biography was lost after his history had been disregarded. Today Shaykh Muse is reputed to be the ancestor of the clan named after him and who venerate him every year once. Sheikh Muse is among the Shaykhs who are venerated in Northwest and West regions of Somalia, and professional shoemaker, haircut, and metalsmith groups venerate him.[1] The Muse clan have no any particular description, they have the same description with other Somali clans.


  1. ^ O'Fahey, Rex S. (2003) [1993]. Arabic literature of Africa. / Vol.III.A, the writings of the Muslim peoples of Northeastern Africa. Handbuch der Orientalistik: Der Nahe und Mittlere Osten. Brill. p. 94. [not in citation given]