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Muslim Cleric advocates for peace during Eid celebrations

Imam Sheif Anais Ali of Machakos Jamia Mosque has urged Muslim in the area to continue praying for peace as they celebrate Eid-al-Fitr after a month of fasting and prayer.

While speaking to the Media at the Jamia Mosque in Machakos town Monday, the Sheikh said the faithful had denied themselves food, drink and pleasure during the day for a whole month and they will continue to pray for peace even after end of Ramadhan.

“Today is Eid-Ul-Fitr celebrations and even though it marks the end of the one month fasting, we urge all Muslims to continue with prayer just as they learnt during the Ramadan period,” said Sheikh Ali.

Sheikh Ali, who is also the Chairman, Lower Eastern Council of Imams, pleaded with party leaders and those vying for political seats, to avoid inciteful comments that may trigger chaos during the electioneering period.

He called on leaders to advocate for peace and unity in the country as they seek for votes, noting that the moment leaders use hateful and insulting rhetoric, their supporters, particularly the youths may imitate them and become platform for division.

“We plead with political and party leaders to avoid using insults and words that will disrupt the peace in the country but should make speeches that promote peace and unity,” added Sheikh Ali.

The Sheikh further noted that prices of food have gone up, so most youths and vulnerable families become easy prey for politicians who use them to do their dirty work.

“The cost of living has gone-up with the food prices hiking each day. I plead with the leaders not to take advantage of the youths to incite and spread violence,” lamented Sheikh Ali.

Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar which is a month of fasting, prayers, giving out and self-evaluation observed by Muslims.  This year it started on April 2nd to 1st of May.

Eid-Ul-Fitr celebrations is the festival of fast breaking, an important religious holiday that is celebrated by Muslims and marks the end of Ramadhan.

Muslims gather in mosques or open spaces and offer two units of prayers which are followed by a sermon by the Imam, who asks for forgiveness, mercy and peace for every one across the world.

By Anne Kangero

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