Eid al-Fitr: Tuesday declared a public holiday

Sheikh Yahaya Kakungulu, Director of Sharia at Uganda Muslim Supreme Council
By :
AT Team

Government has declared Tuesday June 4th a public holiday to allow the Muslim community celebrate Eid al-Fitr.

This follows communication from the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council, to the effect that the moon had been sighted.

“This year’s Eid-El-Fitri will be celebrated tomorrow Tuesday 4th June 2019,” Sheikh Yahaya Ibrahim Kakungulu, the Director of Sharia at Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC) said in a statement.

Sheikh Yahaya Ibrahim Kakungulu congratulated all Muslims upon fasting and completing the Holy month of Ramadhan.

He also appealed to all Muslims to pay Zakatul-Fitri before the Eid prayers and to fast the six days of Shawwal (Sitati).

Uganda will join the the rest of world in celebrating Eid al-Fitr on Tuesday June 4.

The National Eid Prayers will be held at the National Mosque – UMSC Headquarters Old Kampala, at 9:00am and they will be led by His Eminence the Mufti of Uganda Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje. The Eid-El-Fitri Khutuba (Sermon) will be delivered by Shk. Ali Juma Shiwuyo.

Eid al-Fitr also called the “Festival of Breaking the Fast”, is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan.

The festival of breaking the fast has a particular salat (Islamic prayer) consisting of two rakats (units) and generally offered in an open field or large hall. It may be performed only in congregation and has an additional extra six Takbirs (raising of the hands to the ears while saying “Allāhu ʾAkbar” which means “God is the greatest”), three of them in the beginning of the first raka’ah and three of them just before rukūʿ in the second raka’ah in the Hanafi school of Sunni Islam.

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