Uhuru Kenyatta showed solidarity with Muslims in Kenya by joining them in prayer at one of the largest mosques in the capital, Nairobi, and helping break the Fast--or iftar as it is known --during the holy month of Ramadan, which ended early last month.
During this sacred month, Muslims who are able to do so, refrain from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset. They are also forbidden from lying, gossiping, harbouring bad thoughts or holding grudges, being bad-tempered or violent and also required to be generous to the poor and needy.
The daily fast is ended by taking iftar, usually with members of one's family or in community settings in mosques, where all are welcomed. Although Ramadan is a Muslim festival, in Kenya and Tanzania in particular, many Christians and some Hindus also observe fasts during this month.
During the iftar, the Kenyan President sported traditional dress associated with the Swahili-speaking coastal regions of East Africa, by wearing a kofia or small rounded hat.
His visit to the mosque was a first for a...