Muslims scholars, leaders and muslim political faithful will unite in efforts to demystify the controversy surrounding moon sighting.
Led by former Chief kadh Sheikh Mohammed Ahmed Kassim, they said moon sighting has resulted into major divisions among Muslims faithfuls a situation that is against the holy Q’uran teachings and guidance.
Addressing the congregants who converged at the Ronald Ngala grounds in Tudor Mombasa on Wednesday to mark the Eid-ul-fitri prayers that was once again marred by controversies, Sheikh Kassim said that the issue should never divide Muslim faithfuls.
He urged the followers to remain calm and abide by the holy teachings of the holy Q’uran and deter from bitter exchange over the moon sighting.
Eid-ul-fitri marred by controversy
“This controversies have been there years ago, it should not divide and diminish our faith, we are one before the lord despite what,” noted Sheikh Kassim
On his part, Mombasa governor Ali Hassan Joho said that the issue needed holistic approach and engagement between Muslim scholars, religious leaders and Muslim political leaders in serious deliberations to end the controversies.
He however reiterated that none of all those who marked Eid-ul-fitri prayers on Tuesday and those who observed the prayer on Wednesday did a wrong thing.
“I think it is time we Muslim faithfuls deliberate, engage and come up with a proper way we would all follow to ends such controversies, let pray to Allah (God) to guide us through the right path,” noted Joho.
He said that religious leaders should be handled in a religious way and not through bitter exchange especially over the moon sighting issue.
His sentiments were fully backed by Mvita of Parliament Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir.
He said that when Muslims openly differ about moon sighting it may lead to major divisions among the faithfuls and vowed to join any efforts to end the controversies.
“We are one before God and we should embrace unity among or Muslim brothers and sisters,” said Nassir.