Mombasa Muslim leaders call for peace and unity as they mark Eid-al-Adha
Mombasa Muslim leaders on Wednesday called for peace and unity as they marked Eid-al-Adha also known as the Festival of the Sacrifice.
The leaders drawn from the political and business communities were speaking during Eid-al-Adha prayers in Mombasa on Wednesday.
The leaders, including Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir, businessman Suleiman Shahbal, businessman Omar Shalo, Mombasa Senator Mohamed Faki, among others, put their differences aside and prayed together at the Ronald Ngala Primary school ground.
Nassir and Shahbal, who are both angling for the ODM ticket to vie for Mombasa governor in 2022, sat side-by-side during the Eid prayers.
“Let’s pray for our country for peace, love and unity. And not because we are going into an electioneering period but because we need that time out,” Nassir said.
Shahbal said Kenyans are living in difficult times because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Let us be one people who love each other. Many of our brothers have no jobs. Those who are able should help those who are not,” said Shahbal.
While other Muslims celebrated Eid-al-Adha on Tuesday as per the Gazette notice issued on Friday by Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr.Fred Matiang’i.
“Some celebrated yesterday, others celebrate today but we are all Muslims. Let us love each other for the sake of Islam,” said Shalo.
Mombasa Senator Mohammed Faki said as the country heads to the electioneering year leaders should preach peace and unity.
“Eid is a day of love and happiness, not a day of antagonism. We are supposed to love each other and spread that love not exchange bitter words,” said Faki.
Senator Faki shunned from commenting on the controversial female Chief Kadhi topic saying it was a topic for another time not.
Eid al-Adha honors the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ishmael as an act of obedience to God’s command.
It is marked by Muslims slaughtering goats, sheep, cows, buffaloes or camels (depending on where they are). Families consume one-third of the meat and distribute the rest.