Sections of Muslims across the country have held special Eid-el-Fitr prayers marking the end of the holy month of Ramadhan.
The prayers were held even as a section of the faithful contest the sighting of the moon saying official Idd should be marked Monday.
A section of Muslims in various parts of the country came out in large numbers for prayers at open grounds to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadhan.
Despite the Chief Kadhi Sheikh Ahmed Mohdhar’s announcement Saturday evening that Muslims would hold the prayers on Monday hundreds turned up following the sighting of the moon a phenomenon known to signal the end of a month long fasting.
The crescent moon was sighted in various Arab nations but it has not yet been sighted in Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar and some Muslim cleric called on faithfuls to continue fasting Sunday.
The prayers were marked with calls for peace and unity in the country.
Eid el Fitr marks the end of the holy month of Ramadhan in which Muslims fast from dawn to sunset and the beginning of Shawaal, the 10th month of the Islamic lunar calendar.