By George Kithuka
Thousands of Muslim faithful flocked different grounds across the country for the Idd-Ul-Adha prayers amid calls on Muslims to support ongoing war on terror.
Each year in the last month of the Islamic calendar, Muslim faithful mark Idd-Ul-Adha,the culmination of the Hajj pilgrimage a pillar for Islam and a requirement of Muslim at least once in a lifetime.
In Nairobi, the Muslim faithful congregated at the Sir Ali Muslim grounds where National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale led other Muslim leaders in condemning the recent incident in Mombasa where three women were shot dead during a botched terrorist attack at Mombasa central police station.
Messages of condemnation against Sunday’s botched attack at the central police station in Mombasa reverberated in Mombasa and Nairobi with Duale terming it an act of desperation by radical militants whose capacity has been significantly weakened.
In Mombasa, Muslim leaders called on the Muslim community to maintain peace and support ongoing efforts by the government to curtail radicalization.
In Isiolo, Sheikh Ahmed Set urged parents to closely monitor their children’s activities especially whenever they log onto internet sites to counter radicalization.
Set said that many youths have fallen victim of such radicalization activities which are spearheaded by criminal gangs only to end up destroying their lives.
Many are coerced into joining these gangs with the notion that their livelihoods will improve when they relocate to other countries yet they can still get a job to sustain themselves here at home and live a good life.
He said that the Islamic religion does not advocate for such terror activities but advocates for peaceful relations between individuals and communities.
Mohamed Guleid, Deputy Governor Isiolo County said that the celebrations marked a very important day in the Muslim calendar and urged individuals and communities to embrace peace.
He noted that there had been clashes in parts of Isiolo South where people were fighting for pasture among other things.
Guleid said that people killing each other will not solve anything, but urged them to live in peace since it’s only through peace that development can take place in an area.
Also known as the feast of sacrifices, Muslims are required to slaughter an animal in commemoration of prophet Abraham willingness to sacrifice his son as an act of submission to Allah’s command.