NAIROBI—Controversy over when Eidul Adha will be marked has once again hit the Muslim community ahead of preparations for this auspicious day.
This comes after Chief Kadhi Sheikh Ahmed Muhdhar has asked Muslim faithfuls in Kenya to celebrate Eid on Wednesday, August 22.
However majority of the Muslims in the country are expected to defy this order and celebrate on Tuesday, August 21.
The government on Friday declared Tuesday a public holiday to accord Muslims an opportunity to make preparations to mark the Idd-ul-Adha celebrations.
The declaration is contained in a gazette notice issued by Interior Cabinet SecretaryFred Matiang’i.
Muslim faithfuls have pointed fingers on the chief kadhi accusing him of misleading the community.
Last year, a section of Muslims defied the chief Kadhi and marked the end of the holy month of Ramadhan on a Friday despite him announcing Saturday as the end of Ramadhan.
Eid-ul-Adha, also known as ‘Feast of Sacrifice’, is the second of two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide each year, and considered the holier one. It honours the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his own son in obedience to God’s instructions. God however provided a male goat for him to sacrifice.
On Saturday, the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya said it should be enshrined in the Constitution as a permanent holiday.
“We hope the government will heed to our call and make this holiday a consistent one. It will go a long way in uniting Kenyans on religious grounds,” Sheikh Khalifa said in his Mwembe Tayari office.