By NJ Correspondent:
Muslims in Eastleigh’s Nairobi has on Sunday celebrated Eid ul Fitr, a holiday making the end of 29 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the holy month of Ramadan.
Several countries including Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Indonesia, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates announced on Saturday that Eid al-fitr would begin on June 25 after crescent moon was sighted, signaling the start of the 10th month (Shawwal)of the Islamic lunar calendar.
Muslims who had converged at Eastleigh School, Burhan Estate, Sir-Ali Muslim club among other areas to celebrate the Eid festival said they were grateful that the holy month of Ramadhan was peaceful.
The Eid al-fitr which is celebrated once every year involves thanksgiving, happiness, feasting and the exchange of gifts upon the sighting of the new moon.
The usual greeting during this Eid al-fitr celebration is Eid Mubarak, which means, “Have a blessed Eid!”
To signify the beginning of Eid and in compliance with the Sunnah of the Prophet Mohammad (P.B.U.H), Muslims wake up early in the morning to pray Salat ul-Fajr (the dawn prayer).
In Eastleigh, the festival attracted people from all walks of life with women, men and children who were seen dressed in brightly coloured outfits flocking to the payer areas.
This year’s Eid celebration, most of the Muslims in Arab countries, African, European, Canadian, Americans celebrated the end of holy month of Ramadan on the same dates as Saudi Arabia.
However, the Kenyan Chief Khadhi Ahmed Muhdhar has directed Muslims to continue with their fasting on Sunday to complete the 30days of Ramadhan saying he has not received any reports of sighting the new moon in Kenya thus announced Eid ul fitr to be celebrated on Monday as earlier gazzetted by the government.
“We urge the Muslim Umma to disregard the confusion that the Chief Khadhi (Kenya) wants to use to divide the Muslim Umma in our country,” National Assembly Majority leader Aden Duale posted in his official Facebook.
“The office of the Chief Khadhi which we fought for in the new constitution is to unite and defend the interest of the Umma and not to cause division and disunity among the Umma,” added Duale.
In most counties including Nairobi, Nakuru, Bungoma, Wajir, Mandera, Garissa, Kisumu, Kwale, Lamu, Mombasa, Isiolo have observed Eid celebrations.
Non-Muslims were not left out to celebrate with Muslims as they received warm welcome.
Muslim leaders and scholars have called on politicians to preach peace and not to cause a rift especially at this time when the country is gearing up for the August polls.