Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC) has announced the Eid-ul-Fitr date, after failing to spot the crescent for the month of Shawal.
According to the Director of Sharia at UMSC, Sheikh Yahaya Ibrahim Kakungulu, Eid ul Fitr will be celebrated on 24th May after failing to spot the crescent.
“The moon has not been sighted today Friday 22nd May 2020 so Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on Sunday 24th May 2020,” Sheikh Kakungulu said.
UMSC had earlier advised Muslims to wait for the moon and if spotted today Friday 22nd, Eid would be celebrated on Saturday.
“Should the moon appear in the evening of tomorrow Friday 22nd May 2020, Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on Saturday, failure to sight the moon on 22nd May, it will automatically mean that Eid will be celebrated on Sunday 24th May 2020,” a statement from UMSC read.
Sheikh Kakungulu advised the Muslim community to follow guidelines against the spread of Covid-19.
“As we celebrate this Eid at our homes, you are reminded to observe the guidelines set by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Uganda, Gen Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and the standard operating procedures set by the health ministry to avoid the spread of the virus,” said Sheik Kakungulu.
On Thursday, the Mufti of Uganda, Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubajje issued guidelines for this year’s Eid prayers. He said it’s permissible to perform Eid prayers at home.
“However, it should be two Rakhas without performing Khutbah sermon,” he said.
He emphasized that Muslims should pay their Zakat El Fitr.
Eid-ul-Fitr, also called the “Festival of Breaking the Fast”, is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of the month-long dawn-to-sunset fasting of the holy Ramadhan.