Lobby launches initiative to counter radicalisation

The Sufi Supreme Council of Kenya chairman Sheikh Abdulkadir Al-ahdal said the initiative will also be rolled out countrywide.

Sunday February 21 2016

Sufi Supreme of Kenya chairman Sheikh Abdulkadir Al-ahdal addressing the press in Isiolo. The council has embarked on a mission to counter radicalisation and violent extremism among youth countrywide. PHOTO | VIVIAN JEBET| NATION MEDIA GROUP

Sufi Supreme of Kenya chairman Sheikh Abdulkadir Al-ahdal addressing the press in Isiolo. The council has embarked on a mission to counter radicalisation and violent extremism among youth countrywide. PHOTO | VIVIAN JEBET| NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By VIVIAN JEBET
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A lobby has launched an initiative to counter radicalisation in counties dominated with Muslims.

The Sufi Supreme Council of Kenya chairman Sheikh Abdulkadir Al-ahdal said the initiative will also be rolled out countrywide.

The cleric said the move to tour and sensitise locals in counties is aimed at curbing the threat of radicalisation among Kenyan youth in some mosques, madrassas, schools and churches.

Already, the council has held sessions in the Coast, Garissa and Isiolo regions against false preaching and dangers of extremism.

The council urged law enforcers to continue inspecting suspected institutions where youth are being recruited to join terror groups.

Speaking in Isiolo Town, Mr Abdulkadir backed the government for shutting down some mosques in Mombasa saying this should serve as an example to those preaching false teachings about Islam.

“In Mombasa there over 2,000 mosques yet only four have been closed. We ought to support the government and safeguard Islam,” he said.

He added that no individual should be allowed to preach violence in the name of religion and called on the government to stand firm and fight radicalisation.

The clerics blamed lack of self will by religious leaders and the government to deal with ideologies saying it was the root-cause of all evil.

The Sheikh also revealed that more than 3,000 Imams have united to preach against the vice.

Parents were also urged to monitor their children to ensure they do not fall prey to extremism.

The council called on both Muslim and Christian organizations to unite and fight against radicalisation.

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