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Muslim scholars to counter religious extremism

10 May 2016, 17:35 Zainabu Juma

Nairobi - Moderate Muslim scholars drawn from Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Yemen, India and Indonesia have called on Muslims across the globe to fight violent extremism in all its forms.

The Sufi clerics also known as Ahlu Sunna Wal Jamaa, declared that one of the most serious challenges facing the world was tackling religious extremism and terror.

They were speaking at the weekend during a consultative meeting at Mackinnon Township on the Mombasa-Nairobi highway.

The eminent Muslim scholars urged the youth in the region to reject extremism and twisted ideologies pushed by fundamentalists and instead seek to gain proper Islamic knowledge and guidance from reputable Islamic institutions.

Gathered under the auspices of international Sufi conference the academicians and theologians said Islam stands for peace and well-being of humanity and does not encourage or countenance the killing of innocent persons.

The religious leaders led by Coast branch chairman of the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (Supkem), Sheikh Sharif Khitamy, said radicalism undeniably pose a threat to the world.

They declared their unwavering support in addressing religious intolerance and extremism in their respective countries.

They said violent extremism and terrorism had nothing to do with Islam and that those calling for global Jihad were bloody thirsty fanatics out to exploit vulnerable youth.

They also announced plans to build an Islamic college in Mackinnon centre, Kwale County to counter Islamist extremists’ narratives and confront the rotten ideology of violence.

Sheikh Khitamy warned that extremism if not checked by right thinking and moderate Muslims would take the Muslim youth down the path of destruction.

They urged scholars to counter the rotten narrative of Islamic radicalization by few radical elements in their midst.

They  said Jamia Nooriyya  Arabic University, an Islamic religious institute in India will help set up the college in Mackinnon near the grand mosque that houses the tomb of Sayyed Bagh Ali  Shah, a revered Muslim scholar from India who was buried in the area in 1902.

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