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
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.
Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho (holding mic) addresses a gathering at his late mother’s home in Kizingo yesterday
Mvita MP Abdulswamad Shariff during Eid ul-Adha prayers at the Ronald Ngala Primary School, Mombasa
Muslims attend Eid ul-Adha prayers to mark the end of the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mombasa
Swaleh Hussein, Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar and Matatu Owners Association chairman Salim Mbarak during Eid prayers at Ronald Ngala Primary School, Mombasa
Tanzanian musician Ali Kiba (centre) joins other Muslims to celebrate Eid ul-Adha in Mombasa at Masjid Ummu-Kulthum Kizingo
Muslims during Eid ul-Adha prayers in Tononoka Grounds, Mombasa
Muslims in Tononoka Grounds, Mombasa