Muslim leaders not doing enough to curb extremism
03 December 2014, 17:10
Nairobi - Despite the simple fact that Islam is by no means synonymous with terrorism, extremism and Jihadist sentiments are its unfortunate by-products. That said therefore, the country’s top Islam leadership has a critical role to play as far as combating extremism is concerned.
Given their apparent aloofness and ear-splitting silence following the massacres of perceived Christ’s followers by the Al Shabaab militia in Garrissa, they are sending mixed signals as far as their unwavering commitment to fight terrorism is concerned.
Multiple media outlets are sure of streaming emotionally charged riots and protests every time a Muslim leader is slain by assailants. Demands are usually made and acted upon accordingly. How I would wish the same was the case every time the reverse happens.
By treating the two cases differently, Muslim leaders are silently okaying the onslaught orchestrated by the extremists in their midst against Christians.
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For the past two successive years, youths who support extremist ideologies have effortlessly been taking over mosques from moderate Imams and Sheikhs. Just a handful of Imams and Sheikhs have gone public and vehemently condemned the army of the seemingly blood thirsty youths who seem so eager and keen on turning our beautiful towns and cities into dungeons of murders.
Those perpetuating the heinous acts being witnessed in Garrissa and its environs are well known by their Imams and Sheikhs. The harsh truth is that their leaders have since been cowed and cajoled courtesy of threats and assassinations of Imams and Sheikhs opposing the Jihadists' propaganda and gospel of religious hatred and intolerance.
Without the help of Muslim leadership, taming the extremists hiding in their peace-loving religion will never be an easy thing.
Soon, reprisal attacks might strike home. This peace-loving nation might slide back to the archaic ages of savagery and barbarity. Time is fast running or so we should presume.
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