Muslims in Kenya begin holy month of Ramadhan ahead of official announcement
A section of the Muslim community began the fasting period of Ramadhan this morning (Monday) after some religious authorities in the Middle Eastern countries including Saudi Arabia and Iran announced the sighting of the new moon on Sunday evening.
Other Muslims locally have however indicated that they will begin their fast on Tuesday, while others note that they will await communication from the Chief Kadhi.
The month lasts for a period of between 29-30 days and during this period it is a must for each and every Muslim to observe the fast, apart from breastfeeding women, the sick and the elderly.
The holy month of Ramadhan is the 9th month in the Islamic calendar.
The fast is observed between dawn and dusk and is known as Iftar.
Ramadhan is the fourth pillar of Islam and the end of the holy month of Ramadhan is marked by Eid celebrations known as Eid-ul-fitr.
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