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2000 goats slaughtered as Iganga Muslims mark Eid-Al-Adha

Iganga Muslim Faithfuls attend the ceremony of slaughtering which was at Ibun Baz Girls school on Wednesday, June 28, 2023

IGANGA, UGANDA: At least 2000 goats were slaughtered by Nile Cultural and Social Development Association(NCSDA) yesterday, Wednesday on Eid day as Muslims across the world marked the day of sacrificing animals of Eid-Al-Adha.

The chairperson NCSDA, Sheikh Bruhan Abdulkadir Byekwaso commended their funder in Saudi Arabia and beyond for supporting them on Eid saying that at least 5000 people were able to benefit from the sacrifice(meat) across the country.

While speaking after the slaughtering ceremony which was held at Ibun Baz Girls boarding secondary school in Buseyi village, Nakalama Sub-county in Iganga district, Sheikh Byekwaso says they always try to spot the very needy people to benefit from the meat as they fulfil the religious requirement on such a day.

“Nile Cultural managed to support us with close to 2000 goats which we’re slaughtering now and at least 5000 people will benefit from this meat. We’re sending some meat to Busia, Kapchorwa, Mutukula, Bwera, Jinja, among other regions,” Sheikh Byekwaso said on Wednesday adding that most beneficiaries were from the Iganga Muslim district.

Sheikh Bruhan Abdulkadir Byekwaso, the chairman of NCSDA while speaking to press after Eid prayers

He however appreciated the government of Uganda for allowing them to link up with various funders from abroad in supporting needy Muslims without any hindrances, especially through organisations like Nile Cultural and Social Development Association.

“We thank gov’t of Uganda for always allowing us to operate without any hindrance and accepting support to enter the country to help Ugandans. It’s always difficult to serve people when the government is against these organizations, so we thank the NRM gov’t for giving us liberty,” Mr Byekwaso said before calling upon all Muslims to continue with Eid discipline by giving to the needy and obeying Allah all the time.

However, before the key ceremony of slaughtering animals, Muslim faithfuls in Iganga town gathered at the district headquarters and municipal council primary school for Eid prayers which were led by Sheikh Uthuman Shaban Ngobi and the municipal kadhi Sheikh Khalid Babughe respectively.

Sheikh Sinan Muhammad Muwanika, the district kadhi for Iganga Muslim district which comprises of Iganga, Bugweri and Namutumba urged the believers to stick to four things which were revealed and emphasized by Prophet Muhammad for anyone to be a good believer.

Iganga district kadhi, Sheikh Sinan Muhammad Muwanika after Eid-Al-dha prayers

“Prophet Muhammad talked about trustworthy, being good at speaking good words, being well disciplined and real plus being responsible and respectful in whatever works we pursue,” Sheikh Muwanika said.

The Chairman Islamic initiative for Ramathan and a prominent businessman in Iganga, Hajji Ojasi Swaibu says it’s an Islamic discipline to slaughter animals as a sign of sacrifice which was exhibited by prophet Ibrahim as he attempted to sacrifice his son Ismael on orders of Allah before providing him with an alternative.

He urged Muslims in Africa to always make Arafah(Hijja) citing that records place Africa with only 13% response.

A section of Muslim faithfuls during Eid prayers at Iganga Municipal Council p/s on Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Speaking to DailyExpress at Iganga municipal council p/s after Eid prayers, the speaker Iganga Municipal Council Mr Sengoba Musa urged the Muslim community to prioritize discipline as taught by the Islamic faith without hesitating to give to the needy and serving all people equally.

As a politician, Mr Sengoba urged locals in Iganga municipality and beyond to always live in unity without leaning on political misunderstandings which in turn splits people on baseless grounds.

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