Muslims across the country marked Eid-ul-Fitri prayer on Thursday morning ignoring Chief Kadh Sheikh Ahmed Abubakar Muhdhar’s verdict that the prayer should be marked on Friday.
The Muslim faithful converged in various grounds and mosques countrywide and at the Coast to mark the end of the Holy month of Ramadan.
Addressing the congregants at Tononoka grounds in Mombasa on Thursday morning, Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya (CIPK) Sheikh Hassan Omar said its high time the Chief Kadh is advised so that he cease dividing the congregants.
According to Sheikh Omar, there has been a recurrence of major divisions among Muslims especially during the Holy month of Ramadan and towards Eid-ul-Fitri celebrations.
“It is high time Muslims address this problem, it should be well deliberated since we are strongly divided, all because of the Chief Kadh,” he said.
According to the Muslim cleric, there has been wrangles over when the Eid-ul-Fitri prayers should be marked, a situation that needs to be solved.
“Some people are today (Thursday) fasting despite the fact that the moon was sighted in various parts of the country on Wednesday evening and we should all be celebrating today,” he reiterated.
On Wednesday, Chief Kadh Sheikh Muhdhar said though he received various reports that the moon had been sighted, the information could not be substantiated.
“As a religion we can’t rely on hearsay, for all who called me about moon sighting when asked could not clearly reveal where they sighted the moon, they only said that they were told by the friends,” he said.
Muslims across the country have been criticising the Chief Kadh saying he has been misleading the faithful since he took the office.
On Wednesday evening there was a shouting match and wrangles among the clerics and faithful on social media completely confusing the Muslim flock.
Meanwhile Masjid Huda preacher who led Thursday Eid-ul-Fitri prayers at Tononoka grounds in Mombasa urged Muslims to strictly adhere to the Covid-19 rules.
[Muslim faithful marking Eid-ul-Fitri prayers at Tononoka grounds on Thursday morning. Photo/Haramo Ali].
Sheikh Hamza cautioned Muslims against ignoring the Covid-19 protocols saying the pandemic has claimed many lives in the country.
Sentiments that were backed by Ibrahim’s mosque preacher Sheikh Abou Qattada.
Sheikh Qattada said even when celebrating Eid-ul-Fitri, Muslims should abide with all safety measures to avoid contracting or further spreading the virus.