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Muslims mourn death of renowned cleric and scholar

08 January 2013, 16:14 Alloys Musyoka

Over five thousand Muslim leaders and followers from Kenya and East Africa converged at Mambrui on Monday to wave goodbye to a Muslim cleric and a scholar who died on Sunday at his Mambrui home in Magarini district.

The deceased, Al-habib Al-alama Al-said Mohamed Said Mohamed, is said to have been teaching religious lessons in different parts of East Africa before his death at 73 years.

Among those who attended the burial of the deceased scholar are a Mombasa county Governor aspirant Abdulswamad Nassir, Mombasa county senate aspirant and Mvita MP Najib Balala and nominated MP Sheikh Mohamed Dor among other politicians.

The message of peace was delivered during the funeral ceremony to all Kenyans, and especially as the country heads to election time.

Those who prayed asked God to help Kenyans unite and love each other and avoid chaos like those witnessed in the recent Tana attacks where over 150 people lost their lives.

During the prayers, Muslim clerics said there is need for Kenyans to embrace peace and harmony and use it as a tool to unite everyone and shun tribal differences in the country.

Said Abdurahaman, cousin to the deceased and one who has been going around the country with him on his educational tours said that he was a God fearing person who loved everyone.

He said the family has lost a very important person who always directed his effort on religious teaching to empower others across the East African region.

"I went with him around and he was good and a religious leader dedicated to serve God through religious teachings  across the East Africa," he noted.

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