President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent Muslims good wishes as they begin Ramadan, adding that it is impossible to ignore the unusual circumstances Kenya finds itself in due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Uhuru reminded everyone that the holy month of Ramadan is an important period of reflection, fasting and prayer for ourselves, loved ones and the nation.
“In solidarity with them, I urge all Kenyans of various faiths and denominations to join in reflection and prayer for our beloved nation during these challenging times,” he said.
He reminded Kenyans that if they behave normally in this period, the disease will treat the country abnormally.
“We must therefore do what we have always done as Kenyans and that is to adapt for our survival. We must change our behavior by avoiding large gatherings, regularly wash our hands with soap and water, and maintain social distancing,” Uhuru said.
The President added that he is optimistic that Kenyans will overcome the pandemic, but sacrifices are necessary to see the bright days beyond the current situation.
“I believe that we shall see the end of the coronavirus pandemic in Kenya and begin to rebuild our businesses and economy once more. Every dark night gives way to sunrise.
He asked everyone to continue to mind our brothers and sisters, especially those who are less fortunate or vulnerable during this period in line with the spirit of Ramadan.
“At the end, we shall stand before the Almighty for judgement and reward for our deeds and misdeeds.”
Uhuru concluded by wishing Muslims a blessed Ramadan and also thanked all doctors, nurses, clinical officers, researchers, emergency teams and indeed, all the frontline personnel for their selfless service in combating the Coronavirus pandemic.
“May God’s peace, favour and grace be with you. Ramadan Kareem and Saum Maqbul.”