KIGALI - Rwanda’s Mufti Sheik Swalleh Habimana has advised Muslims in the country and the world over to embrace the good spirit that the Holy month of Ramadan instilled in them. He was addressing thousands of Islamic faithful who attended Idd El Fitr prayers at the Rwanda Islamic Cultural Centre in Nyamirambo, Kigali, yesterday where the neatly dressed Muslims arrived as early as 6 a.m to celebrate the end of Ramadan.
In his sermon, Mufti Habimana called upon Muslims to be brotherly and exemplary citizens in the society.
“I advise all Muslims to contribute to the noble cause for having a better world,” he said. He called upon Muslims to “foster good understanding with other religions so as to achieve and preserve peaceful coexistence in our communities.”
After the morning prayers, Sheik Habimana proceeded to Nyanza in the Southern Province where the function was held at the national level.
Muslims from across the country thronged nearby Islamic worship centres wearing their finest white attire.
Umaru Mutabazi, a resident of Nyamirambo said he was happy for having completed the Holy month. “It is great to finish thirty days of fasting because I feel my body and spirit are purified,” he said.
He said after Idd prayers he was going to share a heavy meal with relatives and friends “and we shall also exchange gifts of love.”
In his Idd El Fitr message, President Paul Kagame observed that Islam is a religion that preaches harmony and called for all citizens to “cherish the peace and stability that we have built together, continue to work for national and international solidarity, and strive for prosperity for all.” Muslims told