Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi joined the Islamic community in Masaka at prayers marking this year’s Eid Aduha with a call on believers to use the Aduha period to renew their obedience to God and service for humanity.
Ssekandi who was accompanied by the United Arab Emirate Charge D’ Affairs in Uganda Abdulraheim Obaid Saeed Al Falahi joined Muslim faithful at Eid Aduha prayers held at Ttakka Junge Masjid and Lwensunsu Masjid in Kabonera Sub County in Masaka district.
Speaking after addressing those attended the prayers, the Vice President said that Eid Al-Adha 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 grand Father 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 on the globe for marking this great deed of Eid Aduha 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.
The Vice President 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.
The Vice President 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 Aduha.
The prayers were preceded by touring of the Ttaaka junge Masjid that is being constructed by support of the UAE Embassy and also commissioning of the Lwensunsu Masjid also a donation by the UAE.