Muslim faithful across the country have been urged to embrace the spirit of prayer, forgiveness and tolerance as they begin to observe the holy month of Ramadhan.
Speaking in Mombasa after the sighting of the crescent moon on Wednesday night, Chief Kadhi Sheikh Ahmed Muhdhar at the same time called on the government to ensure the safety of the faithful especially during night prayers.
Security agents have assured residents that they will ensure increased surveillance, especially during the night prayers.
Several leaders including President Uhuru Kenyatta have sent a goodwill message to the Muslim faithful.
In his message, President Kenyatta challenged Kenyans to use this sacred period to reflect on the beauty of our cultural and religious diversity.
Our diversity has always been our strength and we endeavour to keep it that way for ever. I am happy for the positive role Islam plays in the daily lives of millions of our compatriots and contributing to the well-being of our country.
“The Holy month of Ramadhan is a period during which Muslims strengthen their faith and we join them in solidarity as we cherish the place of faith in consolidating our National Unity,” he said.
He urged the Muslim faithful to pray for the nation to stay united.
“As you embark on this solemn pillar of your faith, I urge all of you to remember our nation in your prayers and may your devotion be rewarded. In solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters, I also take this opportunity to encourage all Kenyans to cherish unity; and to discard the small issues that divide us while embracing the bonds that unite us”
As you fast and offer prayers to Allah, may you find your peace and happiness.
Happy Ramadan Kareem to all Muslims. pic.twitter.com/bLJSQBzPRc
— Mike Sonko (@MikeSonko) May 17, 2018
As we commence the Holy Month of Ramadan I wish all our Muslim Brethren a time of reflection, prayers and forgiveness. Ramadan Kareem!
— Sen.Moses Wetang'ula (@Wetangulam) May 17, 2018
The 30 days period is marked during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar where Muslims across the world focus on prayer, fasting, charity and religious devotion.
Ramadhan is the ninth month in the Islamic Calendar where Allah sent Angel Jibril to Prophet Mohammed with the first verses of the Quran and is considered as the holiest month in the Islamic calendar.
Fasting is compulsory to every faithful with exception to young children, the sick and the old as they resist from sinful deeds while meditating on the word on God.