The Director of Sharia – Uganda Muslim Supreme Council, Sheikh Yahaya Ibrahim Kakungulu has said in a statement to “all Muslims in Uganda that the Moon has been sighted,” adding, “This year’s Eid-El-Fitri will therefore be celebrated tomorrow Tuesday 4th June 2019.”
The Ugandan government is yet to issue a formal statement on the new development.
It had earlier said Eid-El-Fitri would be celebrated this Wednesday.
Kakungulu congratulated all Muslims upon fasting and completing the Holy month of Ramadhan.
“He wishes all Muslims a happy Eid-El-Fitri and urges them to celebrate in line with the Islamic teachings,” UMSC said in a statement on Monday night.
“He also appeals to all Muslims to pay Zakatul-Fitri before the Eid prayers and to fast the six days of Shawwal (Sitati).”
Eid al-Fitr means “festival of breaking the fast” and marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
Traditionally, Eid is celebrated for three days as an official holiday in all Muslim-majority countries. However, the number of vacation days varies by country.
In Uganda, the National Eid Prayers will be held at the National Mosque – UMSC Headquarters Old Kampala, at 9:00am under the stewardship of the Mufti of Uganda Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje.
The Eid-El-Fitri Khutuba (Sermon) will be delivered by Shk. Ali Juma Shiwuyo.
Muslims have since been advised to “come early and to park your vehicles outside the National Mosque perimeter as usual, because vehicles will not be allowed inside.”
UMSC emphasised: “You are also requested to cooperate with security personnel because they are there for our own good.”