Sheikh Yahaya Kakungulu, the Director of Shariya at Uganda Muslim Supreme Council, has revealed that this year’s Eid El Fitri will be celebrated on Sunday.
Addressing journalists at Supreme Council headquarters at Old Kampala on Friday, Kakungulu asked believers to continue with their fasting up to Saturday.
“I take this opportunity to to inform all Moslems in Uganda and our neighbors that the moon has not been sighted. Therefore Eid El Fitri prayers will be held on Sunday 24th May 2020,” Kakungulu.
He called upon all believers to continue with the obedience which they have exhibited in the past days of this holy month.
He went ahead and emphasized that there will be no prayers at various mosques in the country in respect of presidential directives on prevention of COVID-19.
Meanwhile, President Museveni today told the Muslim fraternity the intercessory prayers that they offered for the nation during the Sacred and Holy month of Ramadhan, will make it stand through the difficult times of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Throughout the world, people are marking this day with fervent prayers for world peace. It is on festive days like these that people deeply think about the universality of humanity. Your commendable discipline, fasting and generous giving during this period have brought a rich harvest of blessings to your families and your prayers will stand this nation in good stead. I pray that this remains an integral part of your lives and not a seasonal one. Am confident that you have emerged from this period of abstinence spiritually rejuvenated and fortified,” he said.
The President was Friday wishing Muslims a joyous and blessed Eid al Fitr in a message he sent to them from State House Entebbe.
In the message, President Museveni said while it will not be possible to congregate in Mosques to celebrate Eid el Fitr because of the Corona pandemic and that State House would not be able to offer them the usual dinner at Entebbe, Allah would still bless them in their homes.
“Due to Coronavirus that has affected the world, you will not be able to congregate in the mosques for the El fitr Idi prayers as is the tradition nor will I be able to give the dinner which I normally give. However, Allah’s boundless blessings will find you in your homes. The bible says that God is everywhere meaning he is in all places, even in your homes, he is there,” he said.
As Muslims bid farewell to the fasting month of Ramadhan and prepare for Eid al-fitr, many around the world will not celebrate outdoor Eid prayers and festivals due to the Coronavirus pandemic that has wrecked havoc around the world.
Muslims have been urged to pray from home and not allow any group prayers.