CAIRO – Muslims in the Kenyan county of Lamu Island has welcomed authorities decision to lift dawn to dusk curfew to allow Muslims to pray during the last days of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.
"During Ramadhan, we mostly pray at night. The curfew would have interfered with that," Hussein Bilali, a resident of Mkomani, Lamu, told The Star.
The much criticized curfew has been put into force by Police Inspector General David Kimaiyo in Lamu after an attack by Somali's Al-Shabaab group that left seven killed, including four police officers two weeks ago.
Announcing the curfew, from 6.30 pm to 6.30 am, has angered the city’s Muslims who will not be able to perform Taraweh prayer at the mosques.
Muslims - both men and women - attend the Tarawih prayers in the mosques after `Isha (the last evening prayer) to pray in congregation.
The Tarawih prayers are voluntary, but are strongly recommended and widely practiced.
During the special night prayers, imams will recite the complete Qur’an over the whole month.
The month-long curfew also comes ahead Muslims preparations to celebrate one of the two main Islamic religious festivals, `Eid Al-Fitr.
The decision to lift the curfew was met with joy from residents who described it as "unnecessary".
Internal Security Secretary Joseph ole Lenku lifted the curfew after complaints from Muslim leaders including Mjority Leader Aden Duale .
The leaders said the curfew will interfere with the Ramadan prayer schedule.
Kenya Muslims have been sensing eradication of their rights after their country was involved in the so-called war on terrorism in East Africa.
Ramadan, the holiest month in Islamic calendar, falls this year between Sunday, June 29, and July 28.
In Ramadan, adult Muslims abstain from food, drink, smoking and sex between dawn and sunset.
The sick and those traveling are exempt from fasting especially if it poses health risks.
Around the globe, Muslims observe Ramadan with a set of traditional rituals including family gathering at iftar, religious lessons, special evening prayer, reading the Noble Qur’an and helping the poor.
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net - Read full article here
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