KAMPALA – The Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC) has announced that the holy month of Ramadhan shall commence on April 13th since the Crescent Moon was not sighted last evening [April 11th 2021].
“… Crescent Moon has not been sighted this evening of April 11th 2021 therefore the Holy month of Ramadhan shall commence on April 13th 2021,” Sheikh Muhammad Ali Waiswa who also doubles as the 2nd Deputy Mufti of Uganda / Ag. Director of Sharia said in a statement.
Sheikh Muhammad also noted that, with government’s failure to lift curfew, all night prayers (Taraweeh) shall not be conducted in Mosques.
“UMSC wishes also to inform the General Public that the Gov’t did not grant the permission to lift Curfew as was requested therefore all night prayers (Taraweeh) shall not be conducted in Mosques,” he said.
The Ag. Director of Sharia, however encouraged Muslims to organise Taraweeh prayers at their respective homes.
What is Ramadan?
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic Hijri calendar. Like the Western Gregorian calendar, the Hijri calendar has 12 months, but unlike it, those months follow the lunar cycle, i.e. a new month begins with each new moon.
The term ‘Hijri’ stems from the Arabic word for ‘migration’ and represents the Prophet Muhammad’s move from the city of Mecca to the city of Medina.
Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam, along with the Muslim declaration of faith, daily prayer, charity and performing the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.