The Inspector-General of Police, Martins Okoth-Ochola has urged Muslims countrywide to celebrate Eid-ul-Adha from their homes amid the restrictions imposed on places of worship to minimize the risk of spreading Covid-19.
The Muslim community in Uganda and across the world will on Tuesday, 20 July 2021 celebrate Eid-al-Adha, which is regarded the second most significant religious festival in Islam.
In his statement on Monday, IGP Ochola acknowledged the essence of this Eid day and what it means for the Muslim community but was quick to urge them to celebrate within their homes whilst observing the covid-19 SOPs and guidelines instituted by the President as the country battles the second wave of the pandemic.
“It is unfortunate that for the second year running, the event shall be celebrated under very stringent COVID-19 restrictions. I urge all Muslims to celebrate this Eid-el-Adha, within the safe precincts of their homes,” said Ochola.
The police boss commended the Muslims in the country for their persistence and commitment towards each other and assured them that police will give them all the support they need to celebrate Eid safely.
As a sign of appreciation, Ochola donated 3 bulls to the Muslim community at Naguru, where the Uganda Police Headquarters are, to help them as they celebrate.
“Islam stands for peace and we should re-dedicate ourselves to the values of love, humility and service to mankind, may the Almighty Allah bless you all and bring happiness to your lives,” Ochola said.
Government declares public holiday on Eid
The government earlier today announced that Tuesday, July 20, will be a public holiday, with all offices and workplaces closed to observe the celebration of Eid Al-Adha countrywide.
Eid al-Adha honours the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismail as an act of obedience to God’s command. Before Ibrahim could sacrifice his son, however, God provided a lamb to sacrifice instead.
This Eid unlike others is celebrated by sacrificing a sheep or a goat as a reminder of Ibrahim’s obedience to Allah. Across the UK, the animal must be killed at a slaughterhouse. After that, the meat is then shared out among family, friends, and the poor, with each getting a third share