The big divide over  Idd-Ul-Adha holiday announcement

The big divide over Idd-Ul-Adha holiday announcement

BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,19TH AUG 2018-There has arose differences between different political leaders and muslin faith leaders in the country over   the day which is supposed to be public holiday to mark  Idd-Ul-Adha.

National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale and  Chief Kadhi have differed sharply over issues  after Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i’s announcement that Idd-Ul-Adha holiday be marked on Tuesday, August 21.

Duale wants chief Kadhi investigated .According to Duale  Chief Kadhi Sheikh Ahmed Muhdhar of abuse of office and causing division among the Muslim faithful.

Dr. Matiang’i on Friday, through a gazette notice, declared Tuesday, August 21 a public holiday to allow for celebration of the annual Idd-Ul-Adha.

The Chief Kadhi on Saturday, however,said Matiang’i went against his advice that the celebrations be marked on Wednesday, August 22 in line with the Muslim calendar.

“I wrote to him before the announcement indicating that Muslims would celebrate Idd on Wednesday but he went ahead to declare Tuesday as the public holiday,” Muhdhar told a local daily.

Taking to social media, Duale on Saturday said he would petition the Judicial Service Commission to investigate the Chief Kadhi.

“Chief Khadhi is out of order and should not fault Cabinet Secretary Matiangi on Idd ul-Adha holiday date. This will divide Muslims.

“We shall send a petition to the Judicial Service Commission to discuss the conduct of the Chief Khadhi for an abuse of office in the discharge of his duties as provided in article 170 of the constitution of Kenya 2010,” said Duale.

The House Majority Leader maintained that Idd-Ul-Adha also known as Idd-Ul-Hajj should be marked on Tuesday.

“The Hajj will take place for five days from August the 19th – 24th. The second day of the pilgrimage is known as the “Day of Arafat” and it comes before “Eid Ul Adha”. The second Eid celebrations in Islamic calendar thus Monday is “Yammul Arafat” and Tuesday is “Eid ul Adha,”‘ he said.


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