Sheikh Ramadhan Mubajje, the head of the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council has issued new strict guidelines to be followed by all Muslims in the country in the ongoing efforts to prevent further spread of Covid19.
Sheikh Mubajje on Sunday morning expressed concerns over what he called an apparent departure by the Muslim community from following the set Standard Operating Procedures and guidelines, ever since places of worship were reopened for prayers.
“We came up with all these guidelines which we agreed upon with the officials at the Ministry of Health. But it seems now that Muslims have abandoned them altogether,” he said.
Mubajje was presiding over the funeral prayers for the fallen Second Deputy Prime Minister Al Hajj Kirunda Kivejinja.
The 85-year-old succumbed to Covid19 after being admitted for several weeks at Mulago Hospital.
Speaking during the prayers, Sheikh Mubajje announced new measures that must be adhered to by all mosques and Muslims.
Among these, he said, Muslims must always ensure to conduct Wuḍū, — an Islamic ritual of cleansing parts of the body for purification – at home.
Muslims will also ensure to bring along their own prayer mats to the mosque for prayers.
Regarding the daily prayers, Mubajje directed that three of the five will have to be conducted at home.
The morning (Subuh) prayer going forward, will be done at home. Dhuhr and Asr can be conducted at the Mosque, but for Maghrib and Isha’a, these are to be held at home,” he said.
Mosques which will be found flouting these guidelines, Mubajje said will be shut down immediately, and followed up by the Ministry of Health before they can be reopened.
Speaking at the prayers live from his office, Prime minister Ruhakana Rugunda commended Sheik Mubajje for the new directives.
“I thank you for your strict adherence to the SOPs, and I call other (religious) institutions to emulate this example,” he said.