The Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC) has announced that the Holy Month of Ramadhan shall start on April 13, 2021.
According to a statement released on Sunday evening, His Eminence Sheikh Muhammad Ali Waiswa, the 2nd Deputy Mufti of Uganda and Acting Director of Sharia, said the Crescent Moon had not been sighted.
“His Eminence Sheikh Muhammad Ali Waiswa 2nd Deputy Mufti of Uganda / Ag. Director of Sharia has announced that Crescent Moon has not been sighted this evening of April 11th 2021 therefore the Holy of Ramadhan shall commence on April 13th 2021,” the statement said in part.
Sheikh Waiswa also revealed that there will be no night prayers ( Taraweh) in mosques due to the curfew.
And thus, Muslims have been urged to organise Taraweh prayers at their respective homes.
“UMSC wish also to iinform the General Public that the Gov’t did not grant the pemission to lift Cufew as was requested therefore all Night Prayers ( Taraweh) shall not be conducted in Mosques. So, Muslims are encouraged to organise Taraweh prayers at their respective homes,” the statement continued.
Ramadhan which is also spelt as Ramathan or Ramazan at times, is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.
It’s observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting (sawm), prayer, reflection and community. It’s also a commemoration of Muhammad’s first revelation.
The annual observance of Ramadan is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam and lasts twenty-nine to thirty days, from one sighting of the crescent moon to the next.