Migori county Muslim community is being urged to pray at home and stay at home during the holy month of Ramadan.
Sheik Ali Mohammed Yusuf of Jamia Mosque Migori said this year’s celebrations will have to be challenging and different just as mentioned by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
He said Ramadan by its nature in normal times involves social interaction as they also break fast with family and friends but this round they have the choice to either pray with their family at home or join a virtual prayer online because they are already in isolation and Ramadan is a period of reflection and contemplation.
Sheik Ali said the laws, regulations and guidelines must continue to be followed to help us protect themselves and crucially save lives adding that it’ll be hard, but they will continue to connect with each other by other means, such as by using various digital platforms.
He said it will be tough for Muslim communities not to be able to host people in their homes, or visit friends and family, or to attend local mosques but the sacrifices everybody is making are having a positive impact.
He said this is unprecedented times and interpretations have adapted with technology in the past thus within the rules of jurisprudence they find flexibility due to states of necessity.
Sheik said the celebration of Eid al-Fitr at the end of Ramadan will likely to be suspended if Covid-19 persists.
Another important aspect of Ramadan is charitable contributions, which he said can be continued before curfew hours.