MUSLIM residents in Western region have been urged to come out and utilize their resources in support of Islamic projects for prosperity.

At the same time they were advised to use mosques and other Islamic institutions to promote the correct ideals of Islam among Muslims. Addressing Muslim gathering at Markaz Ahdaly Kisumu Ndogo in Mumias, Kakamega county, Muslim leaders led the Uasin Gishu County chairman Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya (CIPK), Sheikh Abubakar Bini called on Muslims  to come out of periphery and actively participate in development programmes in order to prosper.
The leaders noted that the constitutional dispensation provides opportunities for people’s participation and stressed that Muslims as citizens should also be involved in governance and development programmes in the country.

Sheikh Bini said the Muslim community has for long suffered underdevelopment due to marginalization through education, land issues, citizenship, profiling and stereotyping stating that this has impeded the community’s active participation in leadership and by extent development despite being the oldest community in Kenya. On his part Western regional  Chairman of Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKeM) Sheikh Abdi Swaleh called on Muslim spiritual leaders to use mosques and other Islamic institutions to promote the correct ideals of Islam among Muslims. Sheikh Abdi said the measures will contribute to demystifying misconceptions against Islam and build trust between Muslims and non-Muslims. He said it was regrettable that extremist acts by a few individuals had dented the image of Islam and it was imperative that the community develop appropriate measures to dispel the growing tirade of misconceptions against the faith and its adherents.

“It abhors that Muslims today are being seen as intolerant, advocates of acts of violence stressing that these social evils were inconsistence with Islamic values,” he said. The chairman called on Muslim leaders to speak out against extremism saying the religion does not condone use of force and shedding of innocent blood.
he further explained that extremism was a concern as it threatened intra- Muslim unity and also undermined peaceful co-existence in the country. The SUPKeM chair further advised parents to monitor the activities of their children in order to nurture them to be responsible people in the society. Speaking at the event, the managing director Markaz Ahdaly Islamic centre Sheikh Sayyed hassan Shariff urged all Kenyans to remain united and work together to defeat forces which are bent on creating sectarian hostilities in the population.

He emphasized that a good working relationship will help to build the bridges of mistrust which exist between the state and the community. Sayyed hassan who is also the chairman Butere- Mumias, Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKeM) further called on Muslims to take Madrassa education seriously through encouraging their children to pursue the same for spiritual development and inculcation of good moral values. he maintained that madrassa education has value throughout the  world as most students of madrassas are engaged in both government and private sectors with good reputation. Sayyed hassan added that Markaz Ahdaly and Islamic centre will continue offering religious education and other spiritual guidance to children from the Muslim community for them to prosper in social economic development and lead them responsible persons in the society. Currently the Markaz offers boarding facilities to only fifteen students due limited boarding facilities and appealed to well-wishers and donors to come out and support the setting up of dormitories to cater for over 100 students most of who operate from their homes.

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