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BY CORRESPONDENTS ,15TH JUNE 2018-Thousands of Muslim faithful across the country today ( Friday 15) joined their colleagues in other parts of the world to celebrate Idd-ul-Fitr.It is a celebration that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadhan.
Idd-ul-Fitr is normally a time for Muslims to be make merry and hold celebrations sharing with the less fortunate in society.It is a dedicated celebrations .
Muslims also normally gather for prayers after which they exchange pleasantries before dispersing to enjoy meals at their homes and restaurants.
A spot check done by WWW.UPESINEWS.CO.KE across the country has established that the faithfuls gathered in mosques and other worship areas to give thanks.
In Mombasa, former Chief Kadhi, Sheikh Hammad Kassim, led prayers in Mombasa also attended by his successor, Sheikh Ahmed Muhdhar.He condemned the recent rape cases in reported schools in the country.
According to Shelkh Hammad,the trend is worrying and called on authorities to put in place measures to curb the menace.
“The cases have left parents worried when they send their children to these schools,” he said.
“We are concerned as a Muslim society and the teachers who handle some of these children must be taught to see them as their students and not otherwise.”
He further blamed parents in the county for not instilling discipline in their children, saying some are joining criminal gangs.
He said Islam as a religion does not teach on violence and it worries him when Muslim children are involved in violence.
“The parents ought to do what is required of them or else things will worsen. It is sad that we can no longer walk freely because it is not safe and police are everywhere to ensure there is peace,” he added.
Sheikh Muhdhar, on his part, praised the recent truce and unity among political protagonists, saying it will help Kenya move forward.
“The unity is what every human being needs. We are happy to see that things are now calm and the leaders are now on the right track,” he said.
Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho, Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir were among politicians joined the other faithful for the prayers.
Mr Joho and Mr Nassir shared their message of goodwill to Kenyans and urged people to continue embracing peace.
He urged Muslims to remain steadfast in prayer and to submit totally to the will of Allah.
“We must take advantage of this spiritual rebirth and seek to unity the country,” he said.
In Wajir county faithfuls were not left behind with thousands of residents congregating at Qorahey grounds where they held their prayers.
Present in the event was various county leaders including Governor Mohamed Abdi.
In Mandera, Sheikh Abdullahi Abubakari, who led the prayers, called on Muslims to embrace peace and forgiveness.
Ramadhan, he said, is about forgiveness and appealed to non-locals in Mandera to respect locals’ way of life.
Housegirls working in Muslim homes, he said, should dress decently.
“Those working in our homes should dress decently so that we don’t have religious issues,” he said.
In Kwale, the prayers were held at various mosques across the county and donations made to the needy.
Governor Salim Mvurya was among hundreds of believers who prayed at Kongo mosque in Diani.
He urged the adherents of the Islamic faith to practise the teachings of Koran and Ramadhan, including tolerance, patience, love, unity and peaceful co-existence.
“I want to emphasise the need to love one another and to co-exist peacefully because it is the tool for achieving unity as spearheaded by President Uhuru Kenyatta,” he said.