President Uhuru Kenyatta sends message of goodwill to Muslims as Ramadan begins

President Uhuru Kenyatta

Fellow Kenyans, Asalaam aleikum

As we begin the Holy Month of Ramadan, it is impossible to ignore the unusual circumstances under which we find ourselves.

The whole world stands united against the invisible enemy of illness brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Kenya, and indeed the whole world, has been forced to implement measures to prevent further spread of the Coronavirus and safeguard our people from the suffering caused by this disease.

The Holy Month of Ramadan is an important period of reflection, fasting and prayer for ourselves, our loved ones and our nation by our Muslim brothers and sisters.

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.

As has been said before, if we behave normally in this period, this disease will treat us 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.

I am optimistic that we will overcome this challenge but we must make sacrifices necessary to see the bright days beyond our 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.

Let us 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.

As I wish you all a blessed Ramadan, let me also thank all our doctors, nurses, clinical officers, researchers, emergency teams and indeed, all our 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


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