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Muslims to celebrate Eid al-Adha on Sunday, June 16

Kampala, (UG):- The Uganda Muslim Supreme Council has confirmed that Muslims around the globe will celebrate Eid al-Adha on June 16 following the sighting of the new crescent moon.

Sheikh Ziyad Swaleh Lubanga, the director of Sharia at UMSC told the media on Friday that the new moon was sighted on Thursday evening which signifies the start of Dhul Hajj, the 12th month on the lunar Islamic calendar.

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“I wish to inform the Muslim community and the wider public that the Day of Arafat (9th day of Dhul Hajj), when pilgrims will assemble on the plains of Mount Arafat at the peak of Hajj rituals, will be on Saturday, June 15, 2024. The following day, Sunday, June 16, 2024, will be Idd–ul–Adhuha, the Feast of Sacrifice,” Sheikh Lubanga announced.

Dr. Lubanga urged all Muslim faithful to intensify acts of devotion such as offering charity to less privileged members of the community, fasting, reciting the Holy Scripture, the Quran, visiting the sick, and preparing sacrificial animals, among other righteous deeds.

Eid al-Adha or the Feast of Sacrifice is the second of the two main holidays celebrated in Islam. In Islamic tradition, it honours the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismail as an act of obedience to God’s command.

During Eid al-Adha, also known as the festival of sacrifice, Muslims pray together, engage in charity work and sacrifice an animal, usually sheep.

Hajj, the annual holy pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, and one of the five pillars of Islam, is performed during this month.

Prophet Muhammad said, a person who performs Hajj properly “will return as a newly born baby [free of all sins]”.

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