Mus­lims to hold prayers for rain, anti-cor­rup­tion

Khal­ifa said the sky has closed and there are no rains be­cause of im­moral­ity

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - ERNEST CORNEL @OduorErnest

The Coun­cil of Imams and Preach­ers of Kenya has set Thurs­day as an Is­lamic na­tional day of prayers.

Or­gan­is­ing sec­re­tary Sheikh Mo­hamed Khal­ifa said they would pray for rains, peace and pros­per­ity.

He spoke on Satur­day at the CIPK of­fices in Mom­basa town. “Prayers in Mom­basa will be held in Makadara Grounds. We urge other imams coun­try­wide to con­duct the spe­cial prayers,” he said.

Also on the same day, Khal­ifa said the CIPK will make a state­ment on the al­leged loss of Sh5 bil­lion in the Health docket. “The coun­try is be­ing looted, and it is time to act,” he said.

Khal­ifa said the sky has closed and there are no rains be­cause of im­moral­ity and cor­rup­tion. The or­gan­is­ing sec­re­tary said about 1.3 mil­lion Kenyans face star­va­tion.

He said lives had been lost and many will per­ish if peo­ple will not change their ways.

Kil­ifi, Kwale and Tana River are some of the Coast coun­ties that have been hit by drought.

Khal­ifa said Thurs­day will be a day of re­pen­tance and for­give­ness as it is the only sure way to re­store the coun­try’s glory.

“This will be our day to re­flect and seek for­give­ness. A day when we shall pray for change, the run­away cor­rup­tion, at­tacks and all evil things that hap­pen be­cause some of us have not been pray­ing,” he said.

Khal­ifa said there is an up­surge in in­ci­dents of rape and mo­lesta­tion, and in­di­ca­tion that moral val­ues are de­grad­ing.

The or­gan­is­ing sec­re­tary said lead­ers have found cor­rup­tion a reg­u­lar thing and they will lead the coun­try to the dogs if ur­gent ac­tion is not taken. He said ter­ror at­tacks have claimed lives and only through prayers will they sub­side.

/JOHN CHESOLI

CIPK or­gan­is­ing sec­re­tary Sheikh Khal­ifa Mo­hamed in Mom­basa on Fe­bru­ary 26

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