MUSLIM LEADERS CALL FOR RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE IN THE COUNTRY AS THEY CELEBRATE EID-UL FITR.

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Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho during Eid-ul fitr celebrations after the Holy month of Ramadhan.
BY SAM ALFAN.

Muslim across the country joined the rest of the world in marking Eid-ul fitr after the Holy month of Ramadhan.

Muslim leaders led by Jamia mosque Imam sheikh Mohamed Swaleh and Majority Leader in the National Assembly Adan Duale said political and religious differences should not be used to divide Kenyans.

Speaking at Nairobi’s Sir Ali Muslim Grounds, the Muslim leaders called for unity as the country gears up for next year’s general election.

Similar celebrations were conducted in Mombasa County with calls for peaceful co-existence among Kenyans of diverse religions and ethnicity.

Former Chief Kadhi Sheikh Hamad Kassim led the main prayers at Ronald Ngala Primary School playground and prayed for global peace saying there were many tragedies unfolding in most parts of the Muslim world.

Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi also sent a message of goodwill to all Muslims as they mark Eid ul Fitr.

“May we find the strength as Kenyans to use this significant celebration to rededicate ourselves to the ideals of social responsibility; ensuring that each receives according to need and all enjoy the rights, freedoms and responsibility enshrined in the Constitution,” said Mudavadi.

Else in Naivasha sub-County, members of the Muslim community want to be involved more in the running of the area CDF saying that they have been sidelined by previous leaders.

Speaking at the Naivasha Sports club to mark the end of the holy month, Muslims also took issue with the ministry of land over its failure to resolve the historical land injustices facing members of the Isahakia community.

Imam Abdallah Swaleh additionally condemned terror attacks saying that they were not part of Muslim teachings as claimed by the attackers.

He said that the religion was ready and willing to work and co-operate with the government in identifying terror suspects and those trying to radicalize the youths.

“Our religion is totally against those planning evil attacks to innocent members of the public and once arrested they should be paraded publicly,” he said.

In Isolo thousands of Muslims thronged the Isiolo Stadium to mark Idd-Ul Fitr celebrations which were attended by Governor Godana Doyo.

Sheikh Ahmed Set called upon the Muslim faithful to continue with the spirit of prayer and good deeds even after breaking the month long fast.

Governor Godana Doyo asked the Muslim faithful to pray for the nation so that any issues that may threaten the common good of the nation are addressed amicably to ensure peaceful coexistence.

Eid-Ul-Fitr is one of the two main Islamic religious festivals along with Eid-Ul-Adha that marks the end of Hajj to Mecca Saudi Arabia.

After the special prayers to mark the day, festivities start with visits to the homes of relatives and friends with messages of goodwill.

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