Don’t link Islam to terrorism, Government urged
05 July 2016, 11:06
Mombasa - Muslim clerics in Mombasa have urged the Government to stop linking Islam to terrorism.
The clerics said that terrorism is carried out by individuals who do not adhere to the teachings of the holy Q’uran and the government should pursue such individuals without regarding the whole religion as a terror network.
Led by Masjjid Musa Preacher Sheikh Abu Qatada, they said that the they have been preaching peace and unity among Coast residents and should not be linked to terrorism or criminal activities.
Sheikh Qatada who was preaching at the Musa Mosque on Monday evening some hours before breaking the fast said that it is the same notion that has led to the killings and forced disappearances of many innocent young men in the region and the government should find a better way in curbing terrorism in the country.
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“Linking Islamic religion to terrorism is simply subjecting Muslim faithful to fear of being deprived of their rights; the government intelligence should help the country fight terror and criminal gangs,” he said.
The cleric who is now heading the once controversial Masjjid Musa located and Majengo area in Mombasa, urged the government to work closely with Muslim leaders, Human rights organizations and community leaders at the Coast and especially in Mombasa and other affected parts of the Coast region including Kwale, Kilifi and Lamu.
He said that as a Muslim preacher, he has been working towards helping youths caught up in extremism to disentangle them from such dangerous networks.
“We have resorted to helping our own youths affected by the vice but the police should also help us and not use excessive force and increase the gap between them and the already affected youths,” he added.
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