Muslims across the world, including Kibera where 30% of the residents are Muslims, are all in celebration to mark there greatest religious world event which normally comes with various rules on fasting and times to pray. Ramadan is the month when Koran was revealed to the prophet. Muslims are therefore expected to dedicate themselves to prayer and reading of Koran. This explains the need to fast.
At the center we have two children who have joined their fellow faithfuls in celebrating Ramadan. Ramadan starts on 1st or 2nd of July and lasts for a period of 29 or 30 days depending on the crescent of the moon.
The celebration comes in with a few rules;
1.All Muslims participating in Ramadan are expected to wake up at 3am in the morning to eat, prayer comes in at 5am after eating. One is expected not to eat anything the whole day till 6pm in the evening. This timetable is to be followed for the 29 or 30 days during Ramadan.
2.The sick and pregnant women are not allowed to participate in Ramadan.
3.Ladies undergoing menstrual cycle are also not allowed to participate in Ramadan.
4.There should be no sexual engagement among participants even for the married couples during this Ramadan period
Author: Dominic Omindi, teacher