Mus­lims pray for rain, ask Kenyans to re­pent

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Coast -

The drought and famine in Kenya is a re­sult of so­ci­ety turn­ing away from God and be­com­ing evil, Mus­lim cler­ics in Mom­basa have said. Led by Sheikh Khal­ifa Mo­hamed, they urged Kenyans to re­pent to avoid fur­ther pun­ish­ment from God. Mvita MP Ab­dul­swa­mad Nas­sir (pic­tured), who at­tended the prayers, said all Kenyans must cleanse them­selves and pray. “We must also help out where we can. This cry for food is real and we should not ig­nore it,” he said. The two spoke as thou­sands of Mus­lims held spe­cial prayers for rain, known as Salat Al-Istisqa, in the Makadara Grounds, Mom­basa. They also sought for­give­ness from God. The prayers were or­gan­ised by the Coun­cil of Imams and Preach­ers of Kenya. “Peo­ple have to re­pent. Re­li­giously, drought is caused by in­crease in sin. There is too much blood­shed in the coun­try. Rap­ing, in­de­cency, theft and cor­rup­tion have be­come too much. God is not happy,” Sheikh Khal­ifa said. “Let us stop bring­ing mu­si­cians who have no morals to the coun­try... Re­spect among Kenyans has gone to the dogs. Let us re­pent. God is al­ways ready to ac­cept us back so that he can give us rain and bless­ings.” As if a di­vine sign to en­cour­age peo­ple to turn back to God, Mwakirunge ar­eas in Kisauni con­stituency re­ceived show­ers on Thurs­day morn­ing as the prayers were con­ducted in Mom­basa. “I am in Mwakirunge and there is rain al­ready. Is this a co­in­ci­dence?” Da Amina, a res­i­dent of Mom­basa, said. Sup­kem’s Sheikh Mod­har Khi­tamy said cler­ics should lead Kenyans back to God. “This can only be pos­si­ble if we be­gin with the peo­ple in author­ity, who have to be cleansed of cor­rup­tion and other ills,” he said.

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