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Government, Muslim scholars to deliberate on Islamic calendar

[Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang'i (L) with Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho. Photo/Courtesy/GPS].

The conflicts over moon sighting and Islamic calendar have forced the government to intervene to quell the confusion.

Interior Cabinet secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i said the government will consult with all Muslim scholars, leaders and faithful to avert any confusion especially over moon sighting and public holidays.

While addressing Muslim faithfuls at treasury square in Mombasa on Wednesday during Eid baraza, Dr. Matiang’i revealed that the government was at no intentions to cause crisis in the Islamic faith and all decisions were pegged on serious deliberations with the Muslim leaders in the country.

He said the deliberations will be carried forward in ensuring that the government decisions and announcements are in line with the Islamic calendar.

“I am openly revealing to you that all government decisions are delivered after serious and in depth discussions with Muslim leaders and this engagement will go on until there is no conflicts at all among our Muslim brothers and sisters,” noted Matiang’i.

Laws to be amended

On his part, Mvita Member of parliament Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir noted that efforts were already being implemented at the National assembly to ensure that public holidays are amended to rhyme with the Islamic calendar.

“The office of the Chief Kadh must be respected by all quarters we are tired over these confusions and a law guiding all of us will amicably address this problem” he disclosed.

Speaking at the same function, Chief Kadh Sheikh Shariff Ahmed Muhdhar noted that moon sighting should not cause religious divisions among the Muslim faithful.

He urged the government to closely work with Muslim scholars and leaders in the country to solve the problem.

Eid-ul-fitri marked in two different days

Muslim across the country marked eid-ul-fitri prayers in different days on Tuesday and Wednesday following confusion over moon sighting.

However, they all urged each other to avoid bitter exchange over moon sighting and deter from causing divisions and animosity among Muslim faithfuls.