Muslim leaders call for security as Ramadhan starts

By George Kithuka

The holy month of Ramadhan that involves fasting for 30 days by Muslim faithful has kicked off.

Muslim across the world dedicate the month to prayer characterized by fasting and extending a hand of help to the less fortunate in the society.

And with the country having experienced a spate of criminal acts, Muslim leaders have called for heightened security surveillance especially at the coastal region region during the holy month.

Chief Kadhi Sheikh Ahmed Mudhar announced the beginning of the one month Muslims devotion unto Allah through fasting after the crescent moon of the holy month of Ramadan was spotted in some parts of North eastern and Lamu county Saturday night.

According to Islamic teaching, Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar and is regarded as one of the 5 pillars of faith of Islam.

During the month, all adults ought to fast save for the ill, pregnant elderly or those travelling.  While fasting from dawn until sunset, Muslims refrain from taking food, drinks, smoking, and engaging in sexual relations.

Food and drinks are served daily, before sunrise and after sunset during the holy month.

Mombasa county commissioner Nelson Marwa has assured Muslims and residents of Mombasa county  that security will be heightened throughout the region during the holy month of Ramadhan.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of good will to Muslims as they start Ramadhan. He said  Ramadan is a special period for  Muslims to renew their commitment to God.

“It is also an opportunity to renew commitments to society as it provides time to celebrate with friends and family,” he said.