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Islam leaders break silence on terror attack

24 September 2013, 18:06

Nairobi -  Islamic leaders distanced the religion from the acts of terrorism that rocked Kenya over the past weekend.

Led by Kisumu County leader, Abubakar Kiwanuka, the leaders absolved followers from the killings that occurred at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi where more than 60 people died.

“Terrorism is not Islam and Islam is not terrorism. There is no relationship between Islam and terrorism,” Kiwanuka said on Tuesday.

He added the Islam religion did not support crimes against humanity as such would contradict the teachings of the Holy Quran.

The sentiments comes a few days after Raila Odinga, the former Prime Minister, reiterated that terrorists were trying to split Kenya into religious divides after reports they spared victims who could read certain Islamic words and killing those who failed to do so during the attack at the mall.

Some Islamic adherents in the country have shown solidarity with fellow Kenyans through donations of both food and blood to aid the victims of the terror attack since the unfolding of the incidence.

The leaders condemned the attack terming it an “inhuman and an act of cowardice.”

– CAJ News


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