President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a goodwill message to Muslim faithful in Kenya during the Holy Month of Ramadhan expected to start Thursday.
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”
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.
— Uhuru Kenyatta (@UKenyatta) May 16, 2018
As the season beckons, security agents have assured residents in Mombasa that they will ensure increased surveillance, especially during the night prayers.
Ramadhan commences on Thursday, depending on the sighting of the new moon.
During the holy month, criminal elements often take advantage of the crowds in mosques to perpetrate crime.
Coastal leaders, speaking at Miroroni Primary School in Mombasa County, called on the government to ensure maximum security for residents.
Traditionally countries announce when their moon sighting council spots the Ramadan crescent the evening before fasting begins.
In Kenya, the Chief Kadhi is expected to make the announcement.
During the day Muslims are expected to abstain from eating and drinking and are encouraged to focus on meditative acts like prayer, reading the Quran and charity.
Fasting is recommended throughout the season, but there are exceptions for children, the elderly, the sick, expectant or nursing women and people who are travelling.