Moslems throughout Kenya ended their month-long religious fast of Ramadan on Monday (4 September). This?
Moslems throughout Kenya ended their month-long religious fast of Ramadan on Monday (4 September). This year, as a mark of respect for the late President Jomo Kenyatta, there was little of the ceremony that usually marks the event.
SYNOPSIS: Although the celebrations were limited, there was the traditional gathering of beggars outside the mosques, as devout Moslems went to offer prayers for their former President. Kenya is still in full mourning, with all ceremonies and public meetings suspended until September 22. During his presidency, Jomo Kenyatta had always stressed the importance of religious freedom and after his death an exception was made for the Moslem community to offer the special prayers which mark the end of their fast.
In Nairobi, the main ceremony was held in the city's sports ground. There are about 2,500,000 Moslems living in Kenya. Only a small proportion are Asians. Since many Kenyan Asians left the country, the Africans have made up the majority of believers.
In keeping with tradition, men and women are segregated at prayer. The ceremony had its counterpart in other regions as well, particularly on the coastal area where most of the Moslems live. It was to there centuries ago, that Arab traders first brought their culture and religion.