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Wednesday, 28 Jun 2017 10:12 EATamboleokata@gmail.com
Muslim preachers and mosque leaders in Nakuru County have been challenged to preach peace and fight radicalization among Muslims who use Islam as a disguise to engage in radical and terrorist activities.
Nakuru deputy county commissioner Omar Salat said that there are a few elements who were misusing the Muslim tag as an excuse of engaging in unlawful activities say that Islam does not condone violence or terrorism and that such elements should be treated like any other criminals.
Speaking when he handed over 3000 bags of rice donated by the government to the Muslim community living in Nakuru County, Mr Salat said that a terrorist has no religion because their activities target people from diverse religious settings including Muslims.
“Islam means peace and many at times these people (like the Alshabab) hide in our Mosques and they kill Muslims, Christians and even their neighbors and such people should not be allowed to live amongst us. They should be arrested and presented before the authorities because such people have no religion,” said Mr Salat.
“These people have no tribe, religion nor friend and they have no respect for human life and if we hide them they will end up hurting us,” he added.
He called on Imams to ensure that mosques are not used as inciting grounds but instead be places where Muslims go to pray for peace and prosperity of the nation especially at this time the country is preparing to hold its general elections this coming August.
The 3000 bags of rice will be distributed to all needy Muslims through their respective Mosques
The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County