The Mufti of Uganda Sheikh Shaban
Ramadhan Mubaje has asked the Muslims to conduct Idd Al Fitr Prayers
in their homes. Muslims gather at mosques to conduct
congregational Idd Al Fitr prayers as they mark the end of the fasting season,
However, due to the COVID-19
Pandemic congregational prayers have been suspended as a measure to control the
spread of the Virus.
Addressing the press at Uganda
Muslim Supreme Council -UMSC headquarters at Old Kampala, Mubaje said that
although there shall be no congregational prayers, Muslims should pray in their
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This prayer has two rakas and preaching or summons at the end. However, Muft Mubaje says that when Idd Al-Fitri is
conducted in homes under such unavoidable conditions, summons are
There have been questions among some
sections of the Muslim Community with others saying the prayer cannot be
conducted at home while some argued that it can be conducted at home, fully with the
summon. However, Mubaje clarified that
the prayer can be conducted at home but without the summon.
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Muft Mubaje also said that there
shall be a televised "scientific" prayer at the headquarters. He
urged regional and district offices to do the same. As part of the Idd celebrations,
Muslims contribute to charity called Zakatul Fitri. This is taken from the food that
one ate during the month of Ramadhan. It is measured in 2.5 kilograms.
means 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
the Mosque Imams who collects and distributes to the needy in the area.
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The Director of Sharia UMSC Sheikh
Yahya Kakungulu asked the Muslims to sight the moon tomorrow. Today Thursday
Marks the 28th day of Muslim fasting and if the moon is sighted tomorrow
Friday, then Idd will be celebrated on Saturday.