Muslims mark Eid-Ul-Adhah, call for agents to deal with terrorism
12 September 2016, 22:00
Nairobi - Hundreds of Muslims converged at the Ronald Ngalla primary school grounds and various mosques in Mombasa to mark the end of 10 day fasting and conducting the Hajj prayers at Holy City of Meccah amid calls for government to employ fresh tactics in the fight against terrorism in the Country.
The Muslims led by Chief Kadh Sheikh Sheriff Ahmed Muhdhar said that the last Sunday terror attack at the Mombasa Central Police station was a sign that the terror network is using different tactics in executing terror attacks in the Country.
Muhdhar said that the Muslims leaders are as well disturbed by the recent developments happening in the terrorism world, urging the Interior ministry to dedicate itself ensuring that all those linked to terrorism are contained.
“However we do not mean that the security officers should break into our houses and victimize us in the name of fighting terrorism, they should pursue those involved and not everyone who is innocent” added Sheikh Muhdhar.
His sentiments were echoed by Supreme Council of Muslims in the Country SUPKEM National Chair Professor Abdulghafur El-Busaidy who said that locals especial in Mombasa are no longer safe.
“If such young ladies can be used to attack a police station, then the security problem is even getting out of hand, we need to work out proper and very different ways in curbing terrorism in the Country” he said.
However both the religious leaders had mixed reactions over the government move to make Eid-ul-Adhah being a public holiday saying that the move should be an annually recognition and not because of the political gains Jubilee is looking forward to.
On his part, the Chief Kadh Sheikh Sherrif Ahmed Muhdhar supported the move and said that it was recognition of Islam as a religion for all Kenyans.
“We truly thank the government for making such long overdue announcement, it should be included it in national calendar so that it is recognized as public holiday every year and not occasionally” added the Muslim cleric.
However on his part, SUPKEM National Chair Professor Abdulghafur El-Busaidy said that the government should not just make such announcement to gain its political mileage but instead make it an annually public holiday.
Mvita Member of parliament Abdulswamad Sharrif Nassir and Mombasa County Senator Omar Hassan Sarai who attended the special Eid-Ul-Adhah prayers assured the Muslim faithful that they will push their National assembly and the Senate respectively to act on the matter and ensure that Eid-Ul-Adhah is marked as an annually public holiday.
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