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Muslims seek travel permits to distribute meat for Eid

Hear Uganda, a humanitarian organization is set to slaughter over 400 cows for distribution to different vulnerable Ugandans countrywide to mark the celebration of Eid al-Adha on July 20.    

For this Eid, animals including sheep, goats, cows, or camels are slaughtered for their meat and shared over three days. The meat is divided into three parts in an act known as Qurbani (togetherness). One portion is given to the poor, one to the immediate family at home while another portion is reserved for relatives.

Sheikh Haidari Kizza, the vice chairman of Hear Uganda says they are seeking travel permits from the ministries of Health and Works to distribute the animals and meat to different people across the country. 

Former Supreme Mufti, Sheikh Kasule Ndirangwa advised Muslims who can to give money to charity as their sadaq so that the poor families can also get a chance to have a proper Eid feast during the lockdown. It is going to be the second time in two years for Muslims to celebrate Eid al-Adha while under lockdown. 

Ndirangwa advised Muslims to fast on the day of Arafah, which is the 9th day of Dhul Hijjah. The fasting on this day, he said, is rewarded with forgiveness from Allah for the sins of the previous and following year. 

“All Muslims in the country will celebrate this year’s Eid al-Adha in unusual circumstances of tough Covid-19 restrictions. They are advised to continue observing the standard operating procedures (SOPs) to avoid the pandemic,” the acting Supreme Mufti Sheikh Muhmood Kibaate Sebugwawo said. 

Kibaate advised all Muslims to continue praying to Allah to save the country from the Covid-19 pandemic which has claimed the lives of over 1,000 people and brought the economy to a standstill. 

“The men will be the Imams in their families to lead the prayers during Eid celebrations. We request all Muslims to repent their sins to Allah and ask forgiveness from Him so that we are saved from the Covid-19 pandemic,” he says.

Eid al-Adha honours the famous story of the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his only son Prophet Ismail as an act of obedience to Allah’s command. Before Ibrahim sacrificed his son, Allah provided a lamb for him to sacrifice instead.

Kibaate says Allah was so pleased with Ibrahim’s submission that he made this demonstration of sacrifice and faith a permanent part of a Muslim’s life. This event is mentioned in Quran.

“Hence, every year on the tenth day of Dhul al-Hijjah, which is the twelfth and final month of the Islamic calendar, Muslims all over the world celebrate Eid al-Adha. They slaughter a lamb, sheep, goat, cow or a camel to honor the sacrifice of Ibrahim,” he says.

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