Garissa Township MP Aden Duale has described this week’s demolition of an 83-year-old Mosque in Kisumu as “immoral, anti Islam and uncalled for.”
Jamia Mosque in Kibos, Kisumu County was among the structures demolished at night by Kenya Railways to pave way for the rehabilitation of the Nairobi-Kisumu railway line. Over 500 families, mostly from the Nubian community, were affected left in the cold.
“Under any circumstance, it is unconstitutional, affront to the freedom of worship and abuse to the Muslim Umma. It’s forbidden to demolish houses of worship. I condemn Kenya Railways who acted against an existing court order to demolish the Mosque and residential houses leaving many innocent Kenyans homeless,” he said.
Quoting the Koran, Duale said Islam forbids the destruction of places of worship: “And who are more unjust than those who prevent the name of Allah from being mentioned in His mosques and strive toward their destruction. It is not for them to enter them except in fear. For them in this world is disgrace, and they will have in the Hereafter a great punishment” ( 2:187)