Muslim leaders distance themselves from terrorism
21 May 2012, 14:41
Muslim leaders have distanced the Muslim religion from terrorist activities and denied their involvement in the recent grenades attacks across the country that has seen several people dead.
Malindi Kadhi Sheikh Salim Mohamed Salim said the religion has been accused of the attacks which was not fair.
“Our religion does not teach followers to kill each other and so those who are involved in such attacks are purely not Muslims,” he added.
Sheikh Salim said the religion is focused on embracing peace and tranquility pointing out that issue of attacks and killing of fellows is not in their teaching.
Addressing journalists after officially opening a Mosque at Tarasaa High school in Tana River County at the weekend, Salim said there is need for Kenyans to unite as election date nears.
He asked the government to intervene and provide security to Kenyans across the country since that is one of their fundamental rights.
Salim said insecurity in the country can bring down employment opportunities as it scares away investors.
“We want the government to put in place security measures in all parts of the republic because the recent attacks if they continue can scare away investors in our country,” he asserted.
However the clergy called on cooperation between Muslims and Christians in building the country noting that all worship one God and that there is no need of division.
Council of Imams and preachers of Kenya Malindi branch Chairman Sheikh Salim Omar Dhima said there is a need for bringing all Kenyans together instead of side lining some people in religious ground.
He said Islam in Kenyan has been sidelined by the government for fear of terrorists.
“When we walk all over the country nowadays is not easy because you can be arrested any time by police and accused of being terrorists. What the government doesn’t know is that not all Muslims that are connected with terrorists and so sidelining us and arresting our colleagues is not fair at all at all,’ he noted.
Sheik Faisal Mohamed has called on the government to read political mood of the country before deciding when the general election is to be held.
“If the government notes that there might be violence then its better postponing general election,” he noted.
He urged Kenyans to shun away politicians who preach divisive politics.
“Ignore politicians, who are out to divide you Kenyans as we head election date,” he urged.
The school where the mosque was built is a Anglican Church of God sponsored high school which Muslim leaders has termed it as a good move to show cooperation between Christians and Muslims in the country.
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