, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 25 – Leaders from different religions have called for prayers on October 1 at the KICC following the Westgate siege.
The inter-religious prayers will begin at 10am and are aimed at uniting all Kenyans to mourn their brothers and sisters who lost their lives.
Supreme Council of Kenyan Muslims Secretary General Adan Wachu said the scheduled prayers are for the healing of the nation and to break the divide between different faiths.
“We as religious leaders have decided to conduct prayers for the nation and especially the victims and families that lost their loved ones in the Westgate attack,” Wachu said.
“The prayers will bring a much needed healing for the nation as we try and come to terms and move on with our lives,” said Wachu.
Wachu distanced Islam from the fanatical attackers, saying that their faith does not advocate for the merciless killings.
He further says that Muslims are part of Kenya and even they remain affected in the attack and they will join other Kenyans in the Tuesday prayers.
“Islamic teachings do not advocate for terrorism,” he said.
“Those militants are using the name of God to advocate for their atrocities should stop using the Islamic teachings as a cover up for their inhumane actions,” he added. “We do not support the indiscriminate killing of innocent men, women and children. It is against all Islamic teachings and tenets.”
He explained that the attackers were trying to create a divide between Muslims and non-Muslims saying Kenyans should not play to the terrorists’ hands.
“I urge all Kenyans to remain calm and refrain from being divided on sectarian grounds by this unfortunate incident,” he explained.
Mombasa County Senator Hassan Omar echoed the sentiments by the Muslim leaders asking the Al Shabaab attackers at the mall to let the people go and surrender to authorities.
Church leaders who condemned the barbaric attacks on Westgate said that Kenya needed to turn to God for protection.
They also supported Wachu’s sentiments saying that Kenya shall not be divided on religious lines.