The Star (Nairobi)

8 March 2014

Kenya: Masjid Musa Cleansed and Given New Name

Photo: Norbert Allen/The Star
Police officers patrol along Majengo area near Masjid Musa mosque where youth attacked a Muslim cleric (file photo).

MUSLIM cleric Abubakar Makaburi yesterday led youth to cleanse the Majid Musa mosque. The mosques will now be known as Masjid Shuhadaa or Martyrs Mosque in Majengo, Mombasa.

The youth replaced carpets that were stained with blood when police raided the mosque in February. They held prayers and condemned the killing and detention of "innocent" Muslim worshipers by the government.

Atleast eight people, among them a GSU officer, were killed during the February raid. Police stormed the mosque to disperse youth they claimed where attending a Jihad convention.

Armed officers laid siege on the mosque for several hours and arrested some of the youth. They seized confidential documents including laptops.

Speaking to the Star yesterday, Makaburi said they changed the name of the mosque to honour four slain Muslim clerics allegedly executed by security agencies.

They include Sheikh Shaaban (only identified by one name), Sheikh Sameer Khan, Sheikh Aboud Rogo and his successor Sheikh Ibrahim Ismail.

According to government intelligence, the four commanded huge followers and used sermons to exhort youths in Kenya to join Al Shabaab. The state has repeatedly denied being responsible.

Makaburi said the mosque provides solace to pained Muslim communities who have lost their loved ones by unknown gunmen suspected to be security agencies.

"The government is instigating religious violence by engaging in senseless killing of Muslim worshipers warned. The government must respect the places of worship and stop extral judicial killings that provoke Muslims to violence," he added.

Mombasa county CID boss Henry Ondiek said they are still profiling the mosque which they suspects is engaged in radicalisation and supporting the alshabab activities in the coastal region.

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