Millions of Muslims across Africa, on Friday, began celebrating Eid Al-Fitr, a religious festival marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, Anadolu News Agency reports.
Prayers were offered for the return of peace in Sudan, where clashes between the army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) have claimed hundreds of lives.
Sheikh Shaban Mubaje, Uganda’s Grand Mufti, led prayers attended by hundreds of worshipers at Gadaffi National Mosque in Uganda’s capital, Kampala. Mubaje prayed for peace in Sudan and called for the cessation of hostilities.
In Rwanda, prayers were held at Kigali Pele Stadium in the capital, Kigali. The country’s Mufti, Sheikh Salim Hitimana, said Ramadan coincided with the 29th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide and reminded the Muslims to remain close and support genocide survivors.
In Kenya, thousands of Muslims gathered early in the morning in open fields across the country to offer their Eid prayers and kick off the festivities.
Sheikh Jamaludin Osman, the imam of Jamia Mosque, the largest in Nairobi, said: “This year’s Ramadan was challenging for us due to the high cost of living. However, we are happy that we have completed the month and we pray that Allah grants us more blessings and peace.”
In a Twitter post, Mali’s Foreign Minister, Abdoulaye Diop said: “On the occasion of the end of the month of Ramadan, marking the feast of Eid Al-Fitr, I would like to wish everyone a very good celebration in piety, union, concord and understanding among Malians and among Muslims.”
Zambian President, Hakainde Hichilema said on Twitter: “As the month of Ramadan has come to an end, we wish our brothers and sisters of the Islamic faith a happy Eid.”
“May the light of this joyous occasion bring you and your loved ones good health, prosperity and fulfilment. Eid Mubarak,” he added.
Gabonese President, Ali Bongo Ondimba, also extended Eid greetings to those celebrating.
In a Twitter post, Togo’s President, Faure Gnassingbe said: “May this moment of rejoicing which crowns a journey of prayer, fasting and sharing, strengthen our common values of solidarity and peace.”
Niger’s President, Mohamed Bazoum, sent best wishes to his countrymen and said on Twitter: “I have a pious thought for our soldiers and all those who fight for peace and security in our country.”