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Controversy mars Eid-ul-fitri prayers

[Muslim cleric Sheikh Abou Qattada. Photo/Ahmed Omar].

A section of Muslim faithful on Saturday marked Eid-ul-fitri prayers as some went on with fasting.

This is even after Chief Kadh Sheikh Shariff Ahmed Muhdhar said that the moon was yet to be sighted urging Muslims to carry on with fasting.

Chief Kadh said Sunday was the right day for the faithful to mark Eid-ul-fitri prayers after a completion of 30 days of fasting.

Moon sighting

However, Ibrahim mosque preacher Sheikh Abou Qattada said the moon was sighted in various parts of the region and in neighbouring countries.

“The moon was sighted in Msambweni, Kwale County, Hola in Tana river county and other parts of Somali and Ethiopia so we are marking the Eid-ul-fitri prayers today (Saturday).

According to Sheikh Qattada the move however should not divide Muslims but instead urging those who will be fasting on Saturday to do so.

“Moon sighting controversies has been there for long but should never be a controversy at all, those marking the Eid-ul-fitri prayers on Sunday will not be going against the religion,” e reiterated.


He appealed to Muslims to always remember to share with the needy in the society.

He said Kenyans and the Muslim faithful are going through tough times following the Coronavirus pandemic in the country.

He cautioned the followers against converging during the Eid celebrations and he asked them to observe physical distancing and always observe all the safety and health measures provided by the government to avert the spread of the deadly virus.