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Confusion mars the beginning of Ramadan

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[Chief Kadh Sheikh Ahmed Shariff Muhdhar. Photo/Ahmed Omar.].

Confusion marred the beginning of the Holy month of Ramadan on Friday.

A section of Muslims began fasting on Friday despite Chief Kadh’s statement that the moon was not sighted and that Muslims should officially begin their fasting on Saturday.

However, Chief Kadh Ahmed Shariff Muhdhar urged those who decided to begin their fasting on Friday to do so without arguments and insults.

Muhdhar said he did not get any response from Muslims across the country and from Tanzania on moon sighting on Thursday evening.

Sheikh Muhdhar however urged Muslims across the country to fully adhere to the health and safety rules provided by the government so as to curb the spread of the Coronavirus.

“This year’s Ramadan is abit different, no converging in mosques, no visiting and uniting with friends and relatives but we have to do what we are required to do as Muslims during this holy month,” said Sheikh Muhdhar.

Moon sighting

However, the Supreme Council of Muslims in Kenya SUPKEM has urged Muslims to treat the confusion as a minor issue and that they fully observe what is required of them during the holy month of Ramadan.

SUPKEM Chairperson Hassan Ole Naado urged Muslims across the country to ignore anything that will divide the faithful urging them to stick to the religious teachings.

“Whether we start fasting on Friday or Saturday remember what you are required to do as a Muslim, fast, pray and share with the needy in the society,” he said.

On Friday, President Uhuru Kenyatta sent a message of goodwill to the Muslims in the country as they began their holy month of Ramadan.

He however appealed to them to fully adhere to safety and health rules and curfew orders since Covid-19 pandemic has shaken the country.