Renowned Muslim scholar Sheikh Ahmad Muhammad Msallam has been laid to rest at the Kikowani Muslim cemetery in Mombasa.
Sheikh Msallam, a veteran Muslim scholar and cleric from Kizingitini in Lamu East, Lamu County succumbed after a long illness at the Mombasa hospital on Thursday.
Sheikh Msallam was a renowned African scholar.
Msallam played a parenting and guidance role to youth and Muslim faithful in the Coast region and beyond.
Sheikh Msallam a humble, learned, religious and mentor to both youth and the Muslim community ventured into community awareness on religious issues, and deliberated on violent extremism matters with the youthful generation.
He graced various radio talk shows especially through Coast-based Islamic radio stations Radio Salaam and Radio Rahma in a bid to engage the young generation on negative impact of terrorism and violent extremism.
“If we do not safeguard our young generation we are equally killing our own future,” he once said in a youth forum in Mombasa.
[Muslim faithful praying outside Kwa Shibu mosque at Mwembe tayari during the burial of renowned scholar Sheikh Ahmad Muhammad Msallam. Photo/Bakari Ali].
The Muslim cleric always engaged the community on both religious and social matters.
His burial was attended by hundreds of Muslim faithful who completely blocked Jomo Kenyatta Avenue along Mwembe tayari area within Mombasa’s CBD during special prayer for the late Sheikh Msallam.
“Sheikh Msallam in personally known to me and I fully acknowledge his contribution in safeguarding Lamu community,” said Lamu Senator Anuwar Loitiptip.
Mr. Loitiptip said the Muslim scholar and cleric not only engaged in religious matters but also consulted Lamu community on matters revolving around development, drug abuse among the youth, land and economic rights among other vast human issues.
[Lamu Senator Anuwar Loitiptip. Photo/Ahmed Omar].
Loitiptip termed Sheikh Msallam as a true youth mentor and community guider who always embraced gender equality and championed for human rights for both Muslims and non-Muslims.
He appealed to Lamu political and religious leaders to emulate Msallam’s selfless, human and bold-hearted deeds to the community.
“With deep sorrow and humble acceptance may the Almighty God rest our community and religious leader in eternal peace,” said a pained Loitiptip.