A section of Muslim criticize Interior  Minister Kindiki for Declaring Friday Eid-ul-Fitr!


Sheikh Abubakar Bini addressing the Media in Eldoret/File Photo

Shortly  after Kenya’s Interior  Minister Kithure Kindiki declared Friday 21st April a public holiday to mark Eid-ul-Fitr, a Section of  Muslims across the country have expressed  their displeasure with the declaration saying the Minister  should  have  consulted  widely.

“This is the first time in Kenya’s history that Eid-ul-Fitr holiday has been declared after completion of 29 days of Ramadhan instead of 30 days. Let’s hope this is an error and it will be corrected,” Said Sheikh Abubakar  Bini, a member of Fatwa Council.

Remember, the only acceptable method to determine the correct day for Eid-ul-Fitr, and for observation of other important days, is the actual sighting of the crescent, and because the Islamic months are 29 days or 30 days, Eid-ul-Fitr holiday has always been declared on the basis of 30 days of Ramadhan. He added.

The Muslim faithful further noted Friday being declared the Eid-ul-Fitr holiday does not make it the correct day for Eid-ul-Fitr. And that they are obliged to look for the crescent tomorrow, which is Thursday, 29th Ramadhan as part of the Sunnah practice.

In the absence of reliable confirmation of sighting tomorrow (Thursday) – which would be nothing else but a miracle), Friday will be 30th Ramadhan, which will make it Akhir Juma and hence, a very important day of fasting. He added.

The Muslim clergy further pointed out that the correct days for Muslim religious observations are also not determined by our conveniences. We should be happy to fast on a public holiday and observe Eid-ul-Fitr on a working day.

“ This Ramadhan alone, we fasted on Good Friday and Easter Monday.Two holidays. We can also fast on a third holiday this Ramadhan. It’s a small price to pay for upholding the correct practice as taught by our Prophet S.A.W.W.” Said another Muslim Sheikh

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