Kalonzo sends best wishes to Muslim community ahead of Eid

Muslims will mark Eid-al-Adha on Monday.

In Summary
  • Eid-al-Adha is the second largest of the two main holidays celebrated in Islam after Eid-ul-Fitr.
  • The day honours the willingness of Abraham (Ibrahim) to sacrifice one of his sons, either Ishmael (Ismail) or Isaac (Ishaq).
Wpier party leader Kalonzo Musyoka.
Wpier party leader Kalonzo Musyoka.
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Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka has sent his best wishes to the Muslim community ahead of Eid al-Adha.

Muslims celebrate Eid-ul-Adha to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim's devotion to Allah and his readiness to sacrifice his son, Ismail. 

In a statement, Kalonzo said it is a time to reflect and make sacrifices for those in need.

"I extend my warmest greetings to our Muslim brothers and sisters as they celebrate the great occasion of Eid al-Adha. This is a time of reflection, sacrifice and unity, commemorating the faith and devotion of the Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) (Peace be upon him)," he said.

"Let us continue to build bridges of understanding, friendship and respect, celebrating the common values we share."

Eid-al-Adha is the second largest of the two main holidays celebrated in Islam after Eid-ul-Fitr.

The day honours the willingness of Abraham (Ibrahim) to sacrifice one of his sons, either Ishmael (Ismail) or Isaac (Ishaq).

However, before Abraham could sacrifice his son in the name of God, and because of his willingness to do so, God provided him with a lamb to sacrifice in his son's place.

In commemoration of this intervention, animals are ritually sacrificed.

The tradition for Eid al-Adha involves slaughtering an animal and sharing the meat in three equal parts – for family, for relatives and friends, and poor people.

The goal is to make sure every Muslim gets to eat meat.

However, there is a dissent among Muslim scholars regarding the obligatory nature of this sacrifice.

Besides Kalonzo, other leaders also wished the Muslim faithful blessings and prosperity as they celebrate Eid al-Aldha. 

Azimio Chief Raila Odinga prayed that as Muslims celebrate the joyous event, they may be filled with happiness and serenity. 

"I wish a wonderful Eid to all of our Muslim brothers and sisters. May this joyous event bring you and your loved ones much happiness, serenity, and prosperity. Eid Mubarak to you all," Raila said. 

Defence Cabinet Secretary Aden Duale on his part joined fellow Muslims on Sunday for the celebrations in Garissa county. 

Duale joined fellow Muslim faithful at the General Mahmoud Eid ground, Garissa County, for Eid-ul-Adha prayers.

"The celebration in Garissa was a testament to community spirit, dissolving social barriers and uniting everyone in shared faith and humanity," Duale said. 

"Eid Mubarak to all Muslims, and may the spirit of Eid-al-Adha inspire kindness and unity in our communities and nation," he added.

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