Despite Chief Kadh’s official announcement that the Eid-ul-Adha prayer will be marked on Wednesday, controversy has marred the celebrations with a section of Muslims disputing the announcement and insisted that they will observe the special prayer on Tuesday.
According to some Muslims, the prayer should be marked on Tuesday in line with their fellow Muslims who travelled to the Holy city of Makkah to fulfill one of the five pillars of Islamic faith theHajjmeaning paying pilgrimage at least once per year.
However, some of the faithful adhering to Chief Kadhi Sheikh Sheriff Ahmed Muhdhar’s announcement said that Eid-ul-Adha should be marked on Wednesday the 22ndof August.
Sheikh Muhdhar said sighting of the moon provides that Muslims mark Eid-ul-Adha on the 10thday when also their fellow faithful in Makkah performing pilgrimage will be concluding the act.
The Kenya Assembly of Ulamaas and Imams-KAULI, Supreme Council of Muslims in Kenya -SUPKEM and the Council of Imam and Preachers of Kenya-CIPK discarded Matiangi’s official gazette notice on 17thAugust that Tuesday was a public holiday to allow Muslims mark Eid-Ul-Adha.
The Muslims Organisations criticized Matiangi for distorting the Islamic calendar saying that he was ill-advised.
“We do not know who advised Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiangi, we Muslims only listen to Our Chief Kadhi Sheikh Sherriff Ahmed Muhdhar,” added KAULI Chairperson Sheikh Badru Khamis.
Khamis scoffed at those aiming at tarnishing the image and capability of Chief Kadh adding that they were doomed to fail and urged Muslim faithful across the country to mark Eid-Ul-Adhah on Wednesday.
“Some of our Muslims brothers and sisters are only good at creating conflict and controversy, we are tired of seeing our Chief Kadh insulted,” he angrily retorted.
Sheikh Khamis asked Muslims against Chief Kadhi’s verdict to go on and mark the Eid-Ul-Adha on Tuesday without necessarily tainting the respected Muslims leader.
He further urged the Interior Cabinet Secretary to consult with the Chief Kadhi before gazzetting public holidays in the name of allowing Muslims to celebrate.
Early this year, Muslims across the country marked Eid-ul-Fitri in uniformity in accordance to Chief Kadhi’s official announcement.