KAMPALA- The Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II has congratulated the Muslim community upon completion of the Holy month of Ramdhan despite COVID-19 menace.
Kabaka, however, has appealed to Muslims to heed the doctors and government directives against COVID-19, saying it is the only way to overcome it.
"Idd has come at a time when COVID-19 has spread across the globe and it has affected all institutions including religious institutions. Currently, the faithful observe prayers at home which shows that we must always put trust in God," Kabaka noted in a letter dated May 20.
Kabaka also paid tribute to families who have lost their loved ones due to COVID-19. He further wished a quick recovery for those still battling the deadly pandemic.
"We console and pray for those suffering from COVID-19 and we believe that the medication and care from doctors will heal you," Kabaka stated.
Muslims are expected to celebrate Idd el-Fitir, which marks an end to their fasting on Saturday or Sunday depending on moon sighting.
"Let us keep peace, forgiveness, and extend support to the needy. I wish you a blessed Idd el-Fitir celebrations, May Allah protect you," Kabaka said.
Fasting is one of the key five pillars of Islam. During this period Muslims devote most of their time to God and refrain from eating and drinking among others from dawn to sunset.