Kenya: Muslim cleric urged Muslims to burn down churches and kill police officers
Saturday, September 09, 2017
Jihad Watch : A Muslim cleric? A man who had dedicated his life to understanding
Islam correctly and communicating it effectively? How could he have
misunderstood the Religion of Peace so spectacularly? The learned imams
Pope Francis and H.R. McMaster are no doubt on their way to Mombasa now,
to explain to Abubaker Sharif how authentic Islam and the proper
understanding of the Qur’an reject every form of violence.
Mombasa, Kenya – A Kenyan Muslim cleric accused by
Washington of supporting al Qaeda-linked militants in Somalia was
charged on Monday with inciting violent protests that rocked the port
city of Mombasa last week. Abubaker Sharif allegedly urged protesters to burn down churches and
kill police officers in Kenya’s second-biggest city during riots that
killed five people, including three police.
The violence followed the assassination of another Muslim cleric,
Aboud Rogo, also accused by the United States of supporting militant
group al-Shabaab – t he [sic] Islamist rebels Kenya’s military have been
battling since invading Somalia last year. Sharif turned himself in at a court in Mombasa on Monday after an
arrest warrant was issued against him last week. He said his life was in
danger in the wake of the rioting.
“He, without lawful excuse uttered words that all sheikhs associated
with the government, and who are government agents (should) be
slaughtered,” the charge sheet read. The cleric, who was accompanied by his lawyer and a group of
activists, pleaded not guilty to the charges and was remanded in police
custody until Wednesday. Rogo, who had been facing charges of possessing weapons, was shot in his car by unknown attackers last Monday.
His supporters fought running street battles with security forces in
the hours after his death, and sporadic violence continued over the
following days. Churches were torched and two grenades were thrown at
Sharif had previously been arrested in December after a grenade
attack on a bus in Nairobi killed one person. He, like Rogo, had been
out on bail. The two are on a U.S. sanctions list for allegedly
supporting al-Shabaab. – Reuters