Mus­lims call for peace as they mark Idd-ul-Adha

They say Is­lam is a peace­ful reli­gion and ter­ror­ists do not hold the true val­ues of the reli­gion

The Star (Kenya) - - Front Page - ERNEST CORNEL AND ALPHONCE GARI @TheS­tarKenya

Peace and co­he­sion mes­sages dom­i­nated the Eid ul-Adha cel­e­bra­tions at the Coast yes­ter­day.

Each speaker said Sun­day’s foiled ter­ror at­tack on the Cen­tral po­lice sta­tion, Mom­basa, should not di­vide res­i­dents, but unite them. Three sus­pected ter­ror­ists were shot dead af­ter they at­tacked the po­lice sta­tion.

The speak­ers said Is­lam is a peace­ful reli­gion and the three women, linked to the Is­lamic State, did not hold the true val­ues of the reli­gion.

Mom­basa Gov­er­nor Has­san Joho said peace should be main­tained all year round, not just dur­ing cel­e­bra­tions.

Lamu Sen­a­tor Abu Chi­aba said Kenya can shake off di­vi­sional tac­tics used by ter­ror­ists by up­hold­ing peace, love and tran­quil­ity.

Mvita MP Ab­dul­swa­mad Shar­iff and Mom­basa Sen­a­tor Has­san Omar joined Mus­lims at Ron­ald Ngala Pri­mary School for prayers.

In Malindi, wor­ship­pers in Alaskan Grounds urged res­i­dents to help the vul­ner­a­ble, poor, or­phans and wid­ows.

Rashid Od­hi­ambo, a Malindi MP hope­ful, called for peace­ful cam­paigns ahead of next year’s gen­eral elec­tion. “I urge lead­ers from the county level to the pres­i­dency to con­duct peace­ful cam­paigns,” he said.

Fa­mau Mo­hamed, a renowned anti-drug traf­fick­ing cru­sader, said the poor and vul­ner­a­ble should be re­mem­bered dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tions. He also con­demned Sun­day’s ter­ror at­tack.

PHOTO / ELKANA JA­COB

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Mom­basa Gov­er­nor Has­san Joho (hold­ing mic) ad­dresses a gath­er­ing at his late mother’s home in Kizingo yes­ter­day

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Mvita MP Ab­dul­swa­mad Shar­iff dur­ing Eid ul-Adha prayers at the Ron­ald Ngala Pri­mary School, Mom­basa

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Mus­lims at­tend Eid ul-Adha prayers to mark the end of the an­nual Hajj pil­grim­age in Mom­basa

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Swaleh Hus­sein, Mom­basa Sen­a­tor Has­san Omar and Matatu Own­ers As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Salim Mbarak dur­ing Eid prayers at Ron­ald Ngala Pri­mary School, Mom­basa

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Tan­za­nian mu­si­cian Ali Kiba (cen­tre) joins other Mus­lims to cel­e­brate Eid ul-Adha in Mom­basa at Masjid Ummu-Kulthum Kizingo

/JOHN CHESOLI

Mus­lims dur­ing Eid ul-Adha prayers in Tononoka Grounds, Mom­basa

/JOHN CHESOLI

Mus­lims in Tononoka Grounds, Mom­basa

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