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By Mulengera Reporter

President Yoweri Museveni has asked Ugandan Muslims to celebrate Eid al-Fitr in their homes as a way of preventing the spread of Covid19, and reiterated his earlier position that God is not limited to places of worship.

Muslims with celebrate Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the fasting and prayer month of Ramadhan, one of the key pillars of the Islamic faith, on Sunday, the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC) announced on Friday.

“The moon has not been sighted today Friday May 22. So, Eid al-Fitr will be celebrated on Sunday, May 24,” said Sheikh Ibrahim Yahaya Kakungulu, UMSC’s director of Sharia.

But in his Eid al-Fitr message to Muslims, Museveni insisted it was still risky to allow areas of mass concentration such as mosques and churches to reopen because this could undermine the gains achieved in the war against the deadly respiratory disease. He also revealed that State House had cancelled the Eid Dinner it has previously celebrated with top Muslim leaders and believers.

“Due to the Coronavirus pandemic that has affected the entire globe, you will not be able to congregate in the mosques for Eid al-Fitr prayers as is the tradition nor will I be able to give the dinner which I normally give,” the President said.

“However, Allah’s boundless blessings will find you in your homes. The Bible says that God is everywhere meaning he is in all places; even in your homes, he is there. I wish you and your families joyous and blessed celebrations. Eid Mubarak.”

Museveni also urged Muslims to keep the faith, stay as disciplined as they have been during Ramadhan, and remain steadfast in seeking God’s intervention in the current Covid pandemic and other ills facing humanity.

“Throughout the world, people are marking this day with fervent prayers for world peace. It is on festive days like these that people deeply think about the universality of humanity. Your commendable discipline, fasting and generous giving during this period have brought a rich harvest of blessings to your families and your prayers will stand this nation in good stead,” he said.

“I pray that this remains an integral part of your lives and not a seasonal one. I am confident that you have emerged from this period of abstinence spiritually rejuvenated and fortified.”

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