Some Kenyan Muslims have defied Chief Kadhi Ahmed Muhdhar’s advice to mark Idd-ul-Adha on Wednesday.
The faithful flocked various mosques and open grounds for prayers, marking the their Idd celebrations.
Idd is an Arabic word that means feast or festival while Adha means sacrifice.
The holy feast is not to be confused with Idd-ul-Fitr, which is marked at the end of the holy month of Ramadhan.
In defiance of Sheikh Muhdhar’s advice, hundreds thronged Tononoka grounds in Mombasa to mark the festival on Tuesday morning.
Others converged on open grounds and mosques for special prayers.
In Wajir, thousands of faithful gathered at the Wajir Qorahey for the celebrations.
The faithful began flocking the grounds from as early as 7am.
Also present in the event was Wajir Governor Mohamed Abdi.
During celebrations in Wajir, religious leaders expressed concern over increasing cases of young people engaging in behaviours that are against Islamic teachings.
They warned the youth against engaging in drug abuse.
Sheikh Abdiwahab Osman encouraged the residents to visit VCT centres for HIV testing.
“I call upon all of those who have not be tested to visit the hospitals for your own good,” he said.