by Kariuki Maina, @main_man_maina
UMN would like to wish the 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide a happy Ramadhan.
Ramadhan is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar and considered one of the five pillars of Islam. It encompasses substituting daily humane needs in exchange for spiritual enlightenment. A fundamental aspect of Ramadhan is community, in which faithful’s abide together as one in prayer and reflection.
Here in Mombasa County, where Muslims account for almost 50% of the population, Ramadhan will start in earnest on April 23rd and culminate with Eid al-Fitr on May 24th, 2020. While the COVID-19 pandemic will prohibit large group gatherings, faithfuls all over the city will embrace the Holy month with a tinge of nostalgia.
In past years, Ramadhan has turned Mombasa abuzz. Faithfuls often congregate into one of the many mosques in the city above driving a street food scene unrivaled in the entire country. The aroma of sambusas, viazi karai, mbaazi et cetera greet anyone brave enough to test their fast. Moreover, spice-full conversations dot the Mwembe Tayari Marikiti market as people haggle over ingredients for some of Kenya’s most popular dishes.
Udhamini would like to spread the joy of community to its Primary and Secondary school student families. We are determined to bring cheer to some of our neediest by distributing Eid-al-Fitr care packages. Consider volunteering now, see the volunteer page on our website.
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