In Summary
  • This holy feast is not to be confused with Idd-ul-Fitr, which is marked at the end of the holy month of Ramadhan.
  • The marking of the celebrations Sunday once again brought to fore the never ending differences among Muslims on Idd prayers.
  • President Uhuru Kenyatta was among leaders who wished Muslims happy celebrations.

A section of Muslims in parts of the country have thronged open grounds and mosques to mark Idd-ul-Adha.

Idd-ul-Adha, also known as Idd-Ul-Hajj, is celebrated to mark the end of the pilgrimage to Mecca.

According to Islamic teaching, Idd-ul-Adha (the feast of slaughtering) takes place on the 10th day of the third month after Ramadhan and revolves around activities of Abraham and his son.

This holy feast is not to be confused with Idd-ul-Fitr, which is marked at the end of the holy month of Ramadhan, which comes earlier.

TONONOKA

Hundreds thronged the Tononoka Grounds in Mombasa, others on open grounds and mosques in different counties.

Sheikh Omar Abdulaziz led prayers at the Tononoka grounds where the chairman of the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya (CIPK) Sheikh Mohammed Khalifa was among leaders who joined the faithful.

The marking of the celebrations Sunday once again brought to fore the never ending differences among Muslims on Idd prayers.

Those who prayed Sunday appeared to have ignored Chief Kadhi Ahmed Muhdhar’s advice to mark the Idd-ul-Adha on Monday.

Although Sheikh Muhdhar’s announcement to have the celebrations marked on Monday relied on the local sighting, those who defied him followed an announcement by Saudia Arabia to go hand in hand with celebrations by the pilgrims.

PUBLIC HOLIDAY

Sheikh Muhdhar last week announced that the celebrations should be marked on the day that the government declared a public holiday.

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