Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi today joined the Islamic community in Masaka at prayers marking this year’s Eid Adhuha with a call on believers to use the Adhuha period to renew their obedience to God and service for humanity.
Ssekandi who was accompanied by the United Arab Emirates’ Charge D’ Affairs in Uganda Abdulraheim Obaid Saeed Al Falahi joined Muslim faithful at Eid Adhuha prayers held at TtakkaJunge Masjid and Lwensunsu Masjid in Kabonera Sub County in Masaka District.
Speaking after addressing those attended the prayers, the Vice President said that Eid Adhuha is a very special day in the Muslim faith since it teaches the significance of obedience and faith to God as was exhibited by the grandfather of Faith, Abraham, when he offered to sacrifice his only son Isaac.
Ssekandi said that obeying God’s will is of paramount importance and hailed Muslims both in Uganda and around the globe for marking this great deed of Eid Adhuha which he said is one of the pillars of Islam.
The Vice President also paid glowing tribute to the Kingdom of United Arab Emirates for the development projects around the country aimed at transforming the benefiting communities through a holistic approach from religious, economic, cultural health and educational empowerment.
He cited new projects in Masaka district that include a youth skilling centre in Kyanamukaka, new mosques at Lwensusu and Lwemoddde with a fully functioning primary school and modern ambulance to help those with emergency needs to reach health facilities in time.
Sekandi wished all Ugandans and the entire Muslim community in Uganda a happy week-long festivities in celebrating the Eid 2019 which also marks 1440 years according to the Islamic calendar.
The Charge D’ Affairs of the United Arab Emirates Embassy in Uganda Abdulraheim Obaid Saeed Al Falahi said that his country will continue to support development programmes in the country towards poverty eradication and improvement of the wellbeing of the people.
The United Arab Emirates Embassy donated 10 cows and 1 tone of rice to the Muslim faithful of Kabonera, Kyesiiga and Kyanamukaka to mark this year’s Eid Adhuha.