In sentiments repeated in the Friday Bulletin, which is published by the Jamia Mosque Committee in Nairobi, Abdullahi declared that the office of the Chief Kadhi has no role in deciding when Muslims should begin and end the fast of Ramadhan or declare when Idd-Ul-Fitr should be observed. He is just a judicial officer working for the Judicial Service Commission,” Abdullahi said.
The Chief Kadhi’s opponents feel that Eid should be marked on Tuesday or Wednesday because Ramadhan began on June 6.
Opponents of the Shura Council yesterday said, however, that it consists of self-appointed people with no authority to speak on Muslims’ behalf.
Shura Council chairman Abdullahi Abdi recetly said the Chief Kadhi is a judicial officer, with no authority to adjudicate Islamic jurisprudence beyond Muslim personal law on inheritance, marriage and divorce.
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“But we had to pay a fee ranging from 500 to 2,000 Kenyan shillings, and most of the time the officer did not even explain his diagnosis,” she said.
Prof Al Busaidy said the Shura Council and their allies are tribal organisations pandering to an ethnic agenda and the wishes of the Islamic religious authorities in Saudi Arabia.
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“These people who claim to be speaking for the Muslim Umma have no mandate and we do not recognise them,” Al Busaidy said, accusing the Shura Council of pursuing “political interests”.
Al Busaidy said in Kenya’s Islamic tradition, the Chief Kadhi is accepted by consensus as an authority on the matter of Ramadhan and Idd-Ul-Fitr and accused Abdullahi of trying to usurp that tradition unilaterally.