Kinyanjui calls on clerics to take lead in the fight against COVID-19

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui with members of the Nakuru Muslims Association at the County headquarters.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui has called on religious leaders to join hands in the fight against spread of COVID-19.

Speaking on Monday after holding a closed door meeting with the Muslim leaders in Nakuru,Kinyanjui said the clerics have a role in shaping the  morals in society.
Kinyanjui whose administration also donated  relief  food to the Muslim faithfuls in Nakuru noted that  the religious leaders are key in identifying the needy households.
 “We had a meetimg with Muslim leaders and as religious leaders we have a role to ensure the govt guidelines on COVID-19 are adhered to.Muslim faithfuls will be good agents to capture the most needy in mosques” said Kinyanjui.
24 Mosques in Nakuru  county will benefit from the county food donations.
The donations include maize flour,rice,cooking oil and rice as well as bar soaps.
Nakuru Muslim Association chair Faizzer Nasher commending the Nakuru county government for the gesture.
He noted that the COVID-19 issue has affected livelihoods hence such donations are key.
“The relief food will assist us alot during this time of Ramadhan” he said.
The county Government of Nakuru  is also planning to reach out to the disabled.
Governor Kinyanjui reiterating that his administration will do all it can to ensure that all needy households are reached through the Ward COVID-19 committees.
He however called on locals to adhere to the guidelines put in place.
“As government  we are doing what we can and we call on residents to also play their part.We also appeal to parents to ensure their children do not loiter around” said Kinyanjui.

Shi’a community in Nakuru marks death of Prophet Muhammad’s grandson with calls for unity

The Shi’a Muslim community in Nakuru on Tuesday joined their colleagues nationwide in commemorating the tragic death of Prophet Muhammad’s grandson Hussein with calls for unity in the country.

He was killed and beheaded in the Battle of Karbala on 10 October 680 (10 Muharram 61 AH) by Yazid, along with most of his family and companions, including Husain’s six month old son, Ali al-Asghar, with the women and children taken as prisoners.Over the years, the day has also come to symbolize unity.

Addressing media in Nakuru during a procession from Shia Mosque in Shabaab, Nakuru Town West the Shia Muslim Community leaders in Nakuru called for unity and tolerance.

The Shia Muslim Community in Nakuru during procession to mark death of Imam Hussain.

Led by Sheikh Shabir Hajji, the Shia Muslim Community leaders in Nakuru calling on all Kenyans to emulate Imam Hussein who preached Unity, love and respect for the human rights.

Sheikh Hajji also hitting out at terror groups such as Al-shabaab, Boko Haram and al-Qaida that are tinting the image of Islam as a religion.

He was quick to note that Islam is a peace, love and unity loving religion and anyone who goes against such is not a Muslim.

Sheikh Hajji while commending the March Handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga added that as leaders of the Shia Muslim community they full rally behind the same.

According to them, the handshake has seen peace that will continue to foster development.“Imam Hussein taught us unity and therefore as leaders we call for unity in this country.

We full support the peace that has been occasioned by the handshake between President and former Prime Minister” said Sheikh Hajji.

Similar sentiments echoed by Sheikh Salim Ng’ang’a who called on everyone in the society to ensure no one is left behind in accessing the basic needs as far as human rights are concerned.

According to Sheikh Salim a society that cares for the less fortunate and making sure all human rights are safeguarded is a society that is headed in the right direction.

“We should sow unity, love and also defend the less fortunate in society” said Sheikh Salim.

For Shi’a Muslims the Ashura is a day to make pilgrimages, for those who can, to a shrine in Karbala, the Mashhad al-Husayn, where the tomb of Husayn ibn Ali is.

In Nakuru,the Shi’a Muslims wore mourning clothes(BLACK) and held procession from the Shia Mosque in Shabaab to the other Shia al-Qadir Mosque in Freehold where prayers were also held.

During the procession, they gave out free drinking water to all who were on the road sides as a sign of showing love and caring for the humanity.

PHOTO/Pristone Mambili:The Shi’a Muslim community in Nakuru led by their leaders addressing media at Shi’a Mosque in Shabaab,Nakuru West.

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