Kampala – The Mufti of Uganda Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubajje has asked Muslims to conduct Idd Al fitr prayers in their homes.
Normally, Muslims gather at mosques to conduct congregational Idd Al Fitr prayers as they mark the end of the fasting season, Ramadhan. However, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic congregational prayers have been suspended as a measure to control the spread of the Virus.
During a press meeting held at Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC) headquarters in Old Kampala, Mubaje said it was permissable to perform Idd Al fitr prayers at home, though it should be two Rakahs without performing khutbah (Sermon).
The Mufti revealed that there shall be a televised “scientific” prayer at the national headquarters in Kampala. He called on all muslims to pay Zakat El fitr through the various UMSC systems at National, Regional, District and mosque levels, and this he said should be done through mobile money.
Africa Tembelea understands that as part of Idd celebrations, Muslims contribute to charity called Zakatul Fitri. This is taken from the food that one ate during the month of Ramadhan. Meaning that, if one ate mostly rice during the fasting season, they would have to give in charity 2.5kg of rice.
This is given through the Muslim leadership, like Mosque Imams who collect and distribute to the needy in the area.
During the same media update, the Director of Sharia at UMSC, Sheikh Yahaya Kakungulu appealed to all muslims to look out for the moon on the evening of Friday, May 22. He said that should the moon be sighted, then Eid Al fitr will be celebrated on Saturday, May 23rd; however, he was quick to add that should it not appear then Eid AL fitr will automatically be celebrated on Sunday, May 24, 2020.
– Eid al-Fitr –
Eid al-Fitr also called the “Festival of Breaking the Fast”, is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of the month-long dawn-to-sunset fasting of Ramadan. This religious Eid is the first and only day in the month of Shawwal during which Muslims are not permitted to fast. The date for the start of any lunar Hijri month varies based on when the new moon is sighted by local religious authorities, so the day of celebration varies by locality.