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Muslims pray in Tanzania, celebrate Eid in Kenya

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By Anne Atieno | July 20th 2021

Muslim faithful perform Eid Ul Adhan prayers at masjid Ummu Kulthum in Mombasa. [Bernard Sanga, Standard]

A section of Muslims were forced to move to Tanzania for prayers and to celebrate Eid Ul Adha as Mosques in the county remained closed.

“I took my family to Tanzania for the celebrations as here in Kenya mosques are still closed,” said Mohammed Muhamud.

A boy looks on as fellow Muslims pray at Sir Ali Club in Nagara, Nairobi. [Denish Ochieng, Standard]

The celebrations involved slaughtering a goat immediately after the prayers.

A boy drags sheep to a slaughter shed at Kiamaiko. [Denish Ochieng, Standard]

Migori Muslim Development Committee Chairman Omar Hussein stated that they tried seeking permission from the county commissioner to be allowed to conduct prayers in mosques but it was declined. 

“We can’t go against the government guidelines,” Omar said. 

Muslim faithful at Sir Ali Club in Nagara, Nairobi. [Denish Ochieng, Standard]

Omar noted that it was due to Covid-19 pandemic and the need for the government to get taxes that the prices of commodities have gone up.

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