The Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (Supkem) will implement a new program to vet all Islamic preachers after members of al-Shabab slaughtered hundreds of Christians at Garissa University.
“We will be putting all our Imams and preachers, be it in Northeastern, at the Coast, in Nairobi or anywhere in Kenya, to speak with one voice with the view of taking inventory of all mosques and madrasas,” announced Adan Wachu, the council’s secretary general.
The Supkem “is in charge of all mosques and Muslim educational centres in the country.” The organization hopes the vetting process will “weed out Immams who have been recruiting fighters for Al-Shabaab.” The country does not have a process to question religious leaders or pinpoint anyone associated with Muslim terror groups.
“Those (religious leaders) who want to be part of this, and they are many, have already joined us and we are having a very healthy debate one the way forward,” explained Attorney General Githu Muigari. “Those who don’t want to be part of this, we will leave the law to take its course on them.”
The Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya (CIPK) will assist Supkem with the process.
“We want to know them, have their records, (know) who they are teaching, what they are teaching and when they are teaching,” continued Muigari.
Members of Somalia’s Islamic group al-Shabaab descended upon the university, separated the Christians from the Muslims, and proceeded to murder the Christians in cold blood. FOX News reporter John Huddy said the militants targeted those who attended “a Christian service on campus” and students “who could not recite Muslim prayers.” Over 148 people died because of their faith. The barbarians also injured 104.
A survivor emerged after hiding in a wardrobe for two days. She drank hand lotion to quash hunger pains and prayed to God for safety.
“I was just praying to my God, saying that if it has come to my day, it has reached,” explained Cynthia Cheroitich, 19. “But if it not yet, let God decide whatever he likes.”
Authorities identified one of the gunmen as Mohammed Abdirahim Abdullahi, 24. His father is “chief of a district in Mandera County.” He studied law at the University of Nairobi, but “dropped out to join the Al-Shabaab terror outfit.” Journalist Yassin Juma claimed Abdullahi initially wanted to join the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), but could not fly to the Middle East since he did not own a passport. He decided to join al-Shabaab.
Abudllahi is an ethnic Somali, where al-Shabaab is based. He disappeared in 2013 after he graduated law school. His parents thought he was dead. A family member told the Standard Media “the family disowned him upon suspecting his ties to radical Islam, and they were not mourning him, but the victims of the attack in which he participated.” The relative released this statement:
“We have a son who has been missing since 2013. We have reported his disappearance to the police. If it is true he is one among the killed terrorists, we wish worse should have happened to him. We pray that he pays for his callous sins in the afterlife,” the relative said.
“As a family, we are not bothered by his death. We are shocked by the number of innocent, promising human souls they have cut short in the most brutal way and the bad name they have given to the family. We mourn with the families who lost their loved ones at the hands of the terrorists.”