Uhuru congratulates Kenyan Muslims on Eid holiday
17 July 2015, 17:59
Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta has offered Kenyan Muslims a happy Eid holiday and called on them to be compassionate human beings during the special occasion.
The holiday is being celebrated to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadhan across the world and will be officially marked Saturday here in Kenya.
There has however been controversy as may Muslims have ignored the chief sheikh's calls for the end of fast to be Saturday and marked it Friday.
Some stated that they chose to merge the celebrations with that of their relatives in the middle East.
" Does it matter? As long as the fast has been broken in another part of the world we are free to do it. There is no need to wait for the local one," Hussein Mokhtar told News24.
Below is the President's speech.
I am pleased to send this message of greetings and goodwill to all our Muslim brothers and sisters as they celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadhan.
Eid-ul-Fitr is a celebration to mark the conclusion of the observance of the period of fasting in keeping with the teachings of the Holy Quran and the Holy Prophet Muhammad. It is a time for Muslims to rejoice and share with the less fortunate.
On this special occasion, I urge all Kenyans to remain united and to strive to strengthen the bonds that link us to forge a united, tolerant and peaceful country.
Let us also continue encouraging ourselves to look out for the best in each other and to contribute to the progress of peace in the country to the best of our abilities.
In the same spirit, I urge all Kenyans to reflect on the quality of their relationship with God and to be compassionate to the needy.
As Ramadhan comes to an end, I send my best wishes for a blessed holiday to all Muslims of Kenya.
I wish you all a happy Eid-Ul-Fitr, Eid-Mubarak.
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