Muslims celebrate IDD with messages of peace taking centre stage
12 September 2016, 22:00
Nairobi - Thousands of Nakuru Muslims joined other Muslim faithful in IDD celebrations at the Afraha stadium with messages of peaceful co-existence taking centre stage.
Speaking at the celebrations, Muslim leaders in Nakuru called on Kenyans to ensure peace aneven as the Nation heads to 2017 general elections.
Muslim leaders chairman in Nakuru county Abdul Hamaam Farah strongly condemned the recent attack in a police station in Mombasa and affirmed that those behind the attack should be prosecuted.
“As a council of Imams, we strongly condemn the recent attacks in Mombasa where lives were lost. This heinous act is not based on any Islam teachings but rather on ideologies that are wrong and inhumane. Once again, we are against it,” Abdul said.
The Muslim Nakuru Muslim leaders also called for adherence of Muslim teachings especially among the youth to cushion them against engaging in destructive behaviors that are out of the correct teachings.
“We would like to urge our elders and imams to encourage the youth follow the teachings strictly. Anything outside the teachings of the faith will not be necessary as it may lead to indulgence in some other unacceptable behaviors” he added.
Kassim Gibe, a local Muslim leader said the religion has a strong stand against corruption which it views as a societal vice.
Gibbe urged the county Government of Nakuru to ensure there is no corruption cases in Nakuru County Administration.
“My appeal to the county Government of Nakuru to ensure zero cases of corruption since corruption is a vise that kills the society” he said.
Maalim Sharif, an imam from Bondeni Muslim Community called on Kenyans to ensure peace ahead of the 2017 general elections.
“As Kenyans let us not allow the politicians to drag us behind, let us not allow divisions based on tribe, religion or even political party but rather let us embrace peace and unity as a nation” said Sharif.
The leaders were among thousands of Muslim faithful who converged at Afraha Stadium on Monday for the IDD celebrations.
The prayers were also attended by Dr. Stanley Karanja, lecturer and a Nakuru Town East Constituency Aspirant in the 2017 general elections.
Dr. Karanja called on Muslims to work together with Christians to boost the economy of Nakuru county and the nation at large.
“We want to commend the President for the step he took in ensuring that this day is a holiday not only for the Muslim faithful but also for Kenyans as a whole.Mine is just to appeal for co-existence between Muslims and Christians so that we can develop this county and the nation at large”said Dr.Karanja.
Eid al-Adha commemorates when God appeared to Abraham the holiday is also known as the Feast of Sacrifice. It is one of two Eid holidays observed by Muslims.
Known as Ibrahim to Muslims -- in a dream and asked him to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience. As Abraham was about to sacrifice his son, God stopped him and gave him a sheep to kill in place of his son.A version of the story also appears in the Torah and in the Bible's Old Testament.
To commemorate God's test of Ibrahim, many Muslim families sacrifice an animal and share the meat with the poor. They also are required to donate to charities that benefit the poor. Muslims also routinely exchange presents during the holiday.
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