Muslims mark Eid-Ul-Fitr amid confusion over moon sighting

A section of Muslims have joined their colleagues across the world in marking the end of the Holy month of Ramadhan, even amid confusion after Chief Kadhi Sheikh Ahmed Muhdhar cautioned that the moon is yet to be sighted.

Despite the Chief Kadhi’s statement that directed Kenyan Muslims not make Eid-Ul-Fitr prayers Sunday, June 25, the holy day was celebrated across various towns in the country, with some

In Nairobi, Muslims gathered at the Sir Ali Muslim Club, with a section of the leaders accusing the Chief Kadhi of misleading Kenyans with his Saturday pronouncement.

“The moon was sighted in different parts of the country therefore the Chief Kadhi cannot run that office as if it his own office,” said Garissa Township MP Aden Duale.

Even as Duale said this, Jamia Mosque cleric Sheikh Mohammed Swalifu asked Muslims to remain united.

In Garissa, Governor Nathif Jama led residents at the Retired General Mohamud Idd Grounds where the dominant message was peace during the August 8 General Election.

“We want to have the most peaceful elections in our country. Let’s vote peacefully,” said the governor.

The Eid celebrations brought together young and old, men and women.

The Eid festival marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadhan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.

During the period, Muslims abstain from eating and drinking from dawn until sunset.

On Saturday, June 24 evening, the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta hosted over 3000 women at the State House in Nairobi for Iftar. Mrs. Kenyatta rallied the women to help in promoting safe motherhood.

“Let us resolve to strengthen our common bond as women of this country,” said the First Lady.

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