Mlango wa Papa Imam Khalid Mohammed Ali. | image source: the-star.co.ke
Imams at Masjid Mlango wa Papa in Mombasa’s Old Town area on Friday denied claims that they have established links with terror groups in the region.
Khalid Mohammed Ali, a preacher at the mosque, refuted reports by government spy agency, the National Intelligence Service, that he has been engaging in youth radicalisation.
Addressing the media after leading worshipers in Friday ‘Adhur’ prayers, Ali said the assertions by the government are misleading and unfounded. He said the mosque committee runs the institution by Islamic teachings.
NIS has provided information to the local security agencies, claiming that the imam stands accused of engaging in extremist sermons at the mosque.
Ali has been summoned to record a police statement.
“We do not allow any violent preaching at the mosque. All our sermons are based on Islamic teaching that advocates for peace and co-existence among religions,” he said.
A senior NIS officer privy to the investigation said they have been monitoring the imam’s teaching, which they believe are aimed at indoctrinating youth to extremism.
NIS reports that the mosque has attracted a huge following that attends Ali’s sermons after normal prayers.