By NJ Correspondent:
The Kenyan Chief Khadhi Ahmed Muhdhar has directed Muslims to continue with their fasting tomorrow 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.
This comes as several countries including Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Indonesia, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates sighted the new crescent on Saturday evening and the Saudi Kingdom’s Supreme Court announced that Eid al Fitr to be observed Sunday June 25.
Muslims leaders and scholars have slammed the controversial chief Khadhi’s statement saying he wants to divide Muslims Umma.
“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 begun Eid celebrations with a special prayer in mosques and open-air areas despite Chief Khadhi Sheikh Ahmed Muhdhar announcement of the Eid ul fitr celebration to be on Monday.
It’s not the first time Muslims have denounced the chief Khadhi’s directive regarding his controversial on Eid ul fitr and Eid ul Adha celebrations while many Islamic nations have announced the sighting of the new moon crescent with the help of their modern equipments.
The Muslim Supreme council of Uganda have also announced Sunday as the Eid ul fitr celebrations.
Muslims across the world are expected to gathered for idul fitr prayers tomorrow at various prayer areas around the world.