KAMPALA – The Director of Sharia at the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council, Sheikh Yahaya Ibrahim Kakungulu has announced today that the day of Arafat will be Saturday August 10 which usually precedes Eid Adhuha.
This implies that this year’s Eid Adhuha will be celebrated this week on Sunday, August 11,2019.
Eid Adhuha, is an important day on the Islamic calendar, and it is recognised as a Public holiday in Uganda.
According to statement issued by the UMSC, the national Eid prayers will be held at the National Mosque – UMSC Headquarters Old Kampala starting at 9:00 am.
The prayers will be led by the Mufti of Uganda Sheik. Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje.
“The Director of Sharia urges Muslims to slaughter healthy animals for Eid Adhuha in remembrance of Prophet Ibrahim and Ismail (A.S) commitment.
He has also called upon Muslims to celebrate Eid festivals in line with Islamic teachings,” the statement said.
It added: “Due to the large number of Muslims expected for Eid prayers, Muslims are urged to come early and to cooperate with the security personnel. Vehicles will not be allowed inside the National Mosque compound. All vehicles will be parked at Old Kampala Secondary school ground.”
Lastly, the statement reads, ” I argue all Muslims to celebrate in accordance with the Islamic teachings and I wish you peaceful and happy Eidh Adhuha-Wakul-Aami Wa-antum bi Khairi Eidul-Mubaraak.”
Eid al-Adha is an Islamic festival to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim (also known as Abraham) to follow Allah’s (God’s) command to sacrifice his son. Muslims around the world observe this event.
It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed. In 2019 it falls on a Sunday. Due to this, some businesses may choose to follow Sunday opening hours