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Governor Samboja’s Ramadan message to Muslims goes awry

by | Apr 27, 2020 | Latest News | 0 comments

Like other leaders, Taita Taveta Governor Granton Samboja sent out his message of goodwill to Muslims. However, in his Saturday, April 25 message, the governor made a blunder that caused reactions from a section of Muslims online.

In a poster shared on social media bearing the governor’s photo and message, Samboja used Arabic words that wrongly translated ‘Ramadan Kareem’ that he had intended to use.

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The Arabic words ʾastaḡfirullāh mean ‘I ask forgiveness from Allah’ which is not so usual with Ramadan messages to Muslims.

Reacting to the blunder, KTN news anchor Ali Manzu cautioned the governor to seek assistance whenever using a language he did not understand.

“If you don’t understand Arabic, ask. This is not the right message of #Ramadhan. Ndugu Governor Granton Samboja,” Manzu posted on Twitter.

The poster was quickly edited with the correct Arabic words and reposted online.

Below are some reactions online,

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