Muslims around the country will celebrate this year’s Eid al Adha on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC) has announced.
According to the second Deputy Supreme Mufti of Uganda, Sheikh Muhammad Ali Waiswa, this year’s Eid -Al-Adha will be celebrated in homes amid the 42-day lockdown enforced by the President last month.
Sheika Waiswa urged Muslims to guard against COVID-19 and follow standard operating procedures as they await the lockdown to be uplifted for prayers in mosques to ensue as normal.
Eid al Adha is an Islamic festival to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim who is also known as Abraham to follow Allah’s (God’s) command to sacrifice his son Isaac. All Muslims in the world observe this day with a symbol sacrificing of animals.
The Eid-al-Adha precedes the 10 days of fasting ahead of its celebration which starts tomorrow July 11, until Monday night July 19.
At the end of the Hajj (annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia), all Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha also known as greater Eid (Festival of Sacrifice). The prophet Muhammad said, a person who performs Hajj properly “will return as a newly born baby [free of all sins]”.