Muslims in Nakuru County on Friday morning joined the world in marking of Idd-ul-Adha but with minimal person-to-person contact, and in strict and full compliance with the guidelines issued by the Inter Faith Council with the approval of the Ministry of Health.
Previously such celebrations are always held at Afraha Stadium with huge congregation but this time round such were banned by the Government.
At Jamia Mosque in Nakuru, a number of Muslim faithful who gathered for the special prayers observed social distance with some using the space outside the mosque to follow the prayers to mark Idd-ul-Adha.
Addressing media outside Jamia Mosque after the prayers, Nakuru Muslim Association Chairman Faezz Ahmed Nasher said every Kenyan has a responsibility in the fight against COVID-19.
He appealed to Muslims and Kenyans at large to continue observing the Ministry of health guidelines on COVID-19 so as to flatten the curve.
“Our call is to all Kenyans to observe the guidelines of Ministry of health on COVID-19” he said.
Sentiments echoed by Nakuru Jamia Mosque Chairman Ibrahim Walid who stated that the COVID-19 pandemic the celebration has been done in a very different way.
He howver quick to note that this is in order as far as the fight of COVID-19 is concerned.
The Nakuru Jamia Mosque chairman also calling on Nakuru residents to continue adhering to the COVID-19 guidelines.
“Although this year’s celebrations are different due to COVID-19 we still appeal to residents to observe the guidelines on COVID-19.We all have a responsibility in the fight against COVID-19.
According to Islamic teaching, Idd-ul-Adha (the feast of slaughtering) takes place on the 10th day of the third month after Ramadhan.
Idd-ul-Adha is an Islamic festival to commemorate the willingness of Abraham to follow Allah’s command to sacrifice his son.
It also marks the end of Hajj, the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca.
It is one of the two Idd celebrations, Idd-ul-Adha and Idd-ul-Fitr, and is often considered the holier of the two.
Traditionally, during the festival, Muslims around the world gather to mark one of the holiest days in the religious calendar.