Muslim, Christian leaders to help fight violent extremism

The Muslim, Christian and Hindu clerics drawn from Mombasa, Kwale and Kilifi counties have expressed their willingness to help fight extremism and radicalization in the region.

The religious leaders under the banner ‘Usalama wetu, jukumu letu’ said on Friday that they have the moral duty to contribute towards peace and prosperity in the country.

The interfaith clerics meeting at the Jumuia Conference and Beach Resort deplored the spreading of hate and venom in the name of religion.

We have decided to come together and play our role in eliminating extremism and terrorism by promoting tolerance and interfaith harmony, said Bishop Michael Simba, the regional chairman of the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK).

He said the coast region has suffered most due to terrorism and insecurity adding that cohesion between religious communities has been greatly strained as a result.

Bishop Simba said religious leaders can no longer sit and watch as the threat of violent extremism spreads impacting on key sectors such as tourism and agriculture.

Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya (CIPK) Kilifi Branch Secretary, Sheikh Abdulrahman Badawi said Islam teaches peace, unity and love and there is dire need for adopting these principals for prosperity and harmonious coexistence.

Sheikh Badawi said Islam has nothing to do with terrorism and that ‘Islam is a religion of peace and does not support the killing of people whatsoever’.

We have decided to work together with our Christian brothers in vehemently rejecting militancy and radical ideologies in the name of Islam, he said.

He added, it is unfortunate that extremists the world over were using the name of the religion to perpetuate their nefarious activities’.

The clerics said they will give correct religious information to the youth and teach them the right principles of their religions.

The leaders denounced the growing threat of terrorism in Lamu County where militant groups recently beheaded nine people.

Source: Kenya News Agency