Kenya’s Muslim Community Prays for Palestinians on Ramadan’s Last Day

Kenya's Muslim Community Prays for Palestinians on Ramadan's
Muslim devotees offer Eid al-Fitr prayers in Nairobi - Copyright © africanews Sayyid Azim/Copyright 2023 The AP. All rights reserved

Kenya’s Muslim Community Prays for Palestinians on Ramadan’s 

Muslims worldwide have come together to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, a joyous occasion marking the conclusion of the sacred month of Ramadan. This festive time is characterized by gatherings with loved ones, the purchase of new attire, and indulgence in delectable treats following a month of fasting from dawn till dusk.

In Kenya, where over five million Muslims comprise roughly 11% of the population, Eid festivities are also underway, with believers congregating in mosques across the country for prayers. Among them is Huddah Hassan Daud, who joyfully expressed the significance of Eid as a day of celebration and gratitude for completing Ramadan in peace and good health.

At Rahma Mosque in Nairobi, the capital city, the Imam delivered a message of hope and thankfulness to the congregation. He emphasized the importance of expressing gratitude to Allah for granting them the opportunity to observe Ramadan and for the strength to successfully conclude the holy month.

However, amidst the celebrations, this year’s prayers at the mosque took on a somber tone as attention was drawn to the dire situation faced by Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Imam Abdulrahman Musa highlighted the unjustifiable aggression and violence inflicted upon the Palestinian people, lamenting the hardships they endure, including hunger, scarcity of essential resources, destruction, and loss of life.

Indeed, while Eid is traditionally a time of happiness and abundance, Palestinians find themselves grappling with profound suffering and adversity. Despite the festive atmosphere elsewhere, the plight of Palestinians serves as a poignant reminder of the ongoing struggles and injustices faced by many around the world.

As Muslims gather to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, they do so with a sense of solidarity and compassion, mindful of those experiencing hardship and oppression. The prayers and reflections offered during this auspicious occasion serve as a call for peace, justice, and humanitarian aid to alleviate the suffering of those in need, both near and far.

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