President Kenyatta condoles with Sheikh Hassan’s family


President Uhuru Kenyatta has condoled with the family of the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya (CIPK) Vice Chairman Sheikh Hassan Suleiman who died on Sunday.

President Kenyatta said it was with great sorrow that he learned of the death of Sheikh Hassan, describing him as a vibrant Muslim cleric.

“On behalf of my family and all Kenyans, I extend sincere and heartfelt condolences to his family, the Muslim Community and the people of Mombasa as they mourn Sheikh Hassan,” President Kenyatta said.

President Kenyatta eulogized Sheikh Hassan as a reasonable, just, sober and selfless leader who was frequently called upon to mediate and resolves disputes between individuals and groups.

“In all his undertakings, he was committed to the course of peace and to the ideal of unity, believing that all people, irrespective of religious or ethnic background, could learn to co-exist in harmony,” President Kenyatta said in his condolence message to the bereaved family, relatives and friends.

The President said Kenyans will miss Sheikh Hassan’s dedicated service and diligent contributions towards the Muslim Community and a united Kenya.

“My hope, is that we can we all strive to emulate his selfless service and embrace his magnanimous vision. Kenya will forever remain grateful to his leadership and dedication on these issues,” he said.

Sheikh Hassan also served as an assistant registrar for marriage and divorce certificates in Mombasa.

“As President, I had the honor of working with Sheikh Hassan to advance religious liberty and tolerance in Mombasa. We also worked together to counter violent religious extremism and youth radicalization,” the President said.