The Director of Sharia, Uganda Muslim Supreme Council Shk. Yahaya Ibrahim Kakungulu informs all Muslims that Monday 20th August will be the day of Arafat.
This year’s Eid Adhuha will therefore be celebrated on Tuesday 21st August 2018.
The national Eid prayers will be held at the National Mosque – UMSC Headquarters Old Kampala starting at 9:00 am, and they will be led by His Eminence the Mufti of Uganda Shk. Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje.
The Eid Adhuha Khutubah (Sermon) will be delivered by the 2nd Deputy Mufti Shk. Muhammad Waiswa.
The Director of Sharia urges Muslims to slaughter healthy animals for Eid Adhuha in remembrance of Prophet Ibrahim and Ismail (A.S) commitment. He has also called upon Muslims to celebrate Eid festivals in line with Islamic teachings.
Due to the large number of Muslims expected for Eid prayers, Muslims are urged to come early and to cooperate with the security personnel. Vehicles will not be allowed inside the National Mosque compound. All vehicles will be parked at Old Kampala Secondary school ground.
The Secretary General Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC) Hon. Haji Ramadhan Mugalu has appealed to the Ministry of Education and Sports to recruit more Muslim teachers during the upcoming massive recruitment exercise.
He was addressing over 500 registered but not recruited Muslim teachers during a consultative meeting held today at the UMSC Headquarters Old Kampala.
He said the government is expected to advertise about 3000 jobs in the education sector in the near future, noting that the excuse that Muslims have no qualifications is now out dated because UMSC has an inventory of over 1000 Muslims who are qualified to occupy different positions in the education sector.
“We challenge any one who claims that Muslims are not qualified to look at our data base. We have more than enough” Hon. Mugalu noted.
He said UMSC through its department of education has embarked on an advocacy campaign aimed at breaking the tradition of sidelining Muslim professionals in government jobs by having all qualified Muslim teachers registered, recruited into government and promoted.
“UMSC is your home, we are here to serve you and lobby for you” Hon. Mugalu told the teachers. He however urged them to be organised and disciplined in whatever action they take.
He also encouraged the teachers to harness the growing opportunities in the UMSC structures.
The UMSC Secretary for Education Shk. Juma Bakhit Cucu called upon the education ministry to not only train but employ or deploy Muslim teachers.
“There are many trained and qualified Muslim teachers who are not on government payroll. Many of those on payroll are not promoted. We are saying this must end” Shk. Bakhit told the teachers noting that;
“It is impossible for the education ministry to post a Muslim Headteacher in a non Muslim school but very possible for it to post a non Muslim headteacher in a Muslim school”.
Sheikh Bakhit also expressed concern over the small number of Muslim teachers heading public schools and the poor state of government aided Muslim schools compared to those under other faiths.
“This is the reason we are mobilising all qualified Muslim teachers to mobilise their colleagues and apply for jobs in the education sector. My office will support them as much as it can”.
The meeting was also addressed by Haji Kateregga Namuguzi – the Chairman of the UMSC Education Committee, Haji Kayongo Ahmad Nyago – the UMSC Electoral Commission Chairman and Mr. Ali Muhamad Aluma – the UMSC Secretary for Social Services.
His Eminence the Mufti of Uganda Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje has urged Muslims to pray for peace and unity in and outside Uganda during Ramadhan.
This was contained in his Ramadhan message that was read by the 2nd Deputy Mufti H.E Shk Muhammad Ali Waiswa during a Press Conference held today at the UMSC Headquarters.
“Let us continue praying for peace, unity and understanding of one another” the Mufti stated in his message.
He encouraged Muslims to fast as prescribed by Allah in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Verse 183:
“O you who believe, fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you that you may learn self restraint”.
The Mufti castigated the high rate of crime in the country singling out the growing cases of kidnap, murder and demand for ransoms. He urged Ugandans to uphold the sanctity of life and respect the dignity of all humans.
“It is unfortunate for all those who are commiting this sin and very sad for us to be witnessing such in our beloved country Uganda” the Mufti stated.
He also noted that, property should not be an element of division in the country.
“We should not use the excuse of property to kill one another because no one will go with property”
The Mufti further prayed for President Museveni, his family, ministers and the entire nation.
The Mufti who is an Executive Member of the New York based Religions for Peace International is curently in Berlin German to attend the Executive committee board meeting scheduled for 18th and 19th this month.
The Director of Sharia, Uganda Muslim Supeme Council Sheikh Yahaya Ibrahim Kakungulu informs all Muslims in Uganda that the moon has not been sighted.
Fasting for this year’s holy month of Ramadhan will therefore start on Thursday 17th May 2018.
Here at the National Mosque, Taraweh prayers will be observed every evening starting at 8:30pm.
Ramdhan Darasas (Islamic seminars) will be held every Sunday starting at 10:00am.
The Director of Sharia wishes all Muslims a successful month of Ramadhan.
The Director of Sharia Uganda Muslim Supreme Council Sheikh Yahaya Ibrahim Kakungulu has urged Muslims to look out for the moon during the evening of Tuesday 15thMay 2018 because it will be the 29th day of the Islamic month of Shaban 1439AH.
He said this during a Press Conference held today at the UMSC Headquarters Old Kampala.
The Director said if the moon is sighted that evening, the month of Ramadhan will commence on Wednesday 16thMay 2018.
“Failure to sight the moon on Tuesday May 15th means fasting the Holy Month of Ramadhan will automatically commence on Thursday 17th May 2018” the Director of Sharia said.
He said whoever sights the moon or is in possession of reliable information should pass it over to UMSC Headquarters Old Kampala on the following telephone numbers;
- Director of Sharia – 0772/702-525171
- PRO – 0772409504
- Registrar of Sharia – 0782306313/0702491162
He urged Muslims to welcome the holy month of Ramadhan with happiness and wished them a happy month of Ramadhan.