Gov’t declares July 7th public holiday as Muslims break fast
Published on: July 01, 2016 07:11 (EAT)
Thousands of Muslim faithful turned up at various worshiping centers in Mombasa County, where special last Friday Ramadhan prayers were conducted. This comes as the government declared Thursday, June 7th a public holiday as the Muslim faithful mark Idd-Ul-Fitr signalling the end of the Holy Month of Ramadhan. A section of Imams, who conducted the last Friday prayer among them Sheikh Zin Abdin of Masjid Kulthum, urged the Muslim community to be peace ambassadors for the sake of unity and economic stability in the country. They appealed to Muslim faithful to make use this opportunity to preach forgiveness and also assist the less fortune in the society by giving Zakat – Fitr. Fasting during the month of Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The month is spent by Muslims fasting during the daylight hours from dawn to sunset. The month lasts for a period of between 29-30 days and during this period it is a must for each and every Muslim to observe the fast, apart from breastfeeding women, the sick and the elderly. The Holy Month of Ramadhan is the 9th month in the Islamic calendar. The fast is observed between dawn and dusk and is known as Iftar.