Sheikh Salim Hitimana, the Mufti of Rwanda, urged Muslims to persistently pray that God will take away the Covid-19 pandemic and restore normalcy to the lives of Rwandans and the final world inhabitants.
He handed the message through the Eid al-Fitr celebrations meant to mark the top of the Ramadhan, a standard 30-day fasting interval by which Muslims at all times take part yearly.
Talking in a media interview on Thursday, Could 13 on the Kigali Stadium the place the primary Eid celebrations have been held, Hitimana acknowledged the anomalies brought on by the pandemic, as he known as upon Muslims to wish for the scenario to normalise in order that life will go on because it used to.
“God is the proprietor of mercy, kindness and energy. I feel we now have to recollect and hold praying to him to remove this pandemic,” he stated.
He additionally urged the trustworthy to be constant in observing preventive measures, as they take note of the recommendation of the medics in regard to combating the pandemic.
“We all know that individuals are longing to socialize with one another as they used to earlier than the pandemic. Nevertheless, we must always not neglect the instances by which we’re. The Covid-19 pandemic has taken away many lives, due to this fact, there isn’t any room for complacency as we struggle in opposition to it,” he stated.
“So, we urge individuals to be affected person. When time comes and we win this battle in opposition to the pandemic, we’ll socialize once more,” he added.
Eid al-Fitr – which suggests ‘pageant of the breaking of the quick – is widely known on the finish of Ramadan, a month when many grownup Muslims quick.
Talking in interviews with media, Muslims shared what the Ramadhan fasting interval, and eid means to them.
Naira Uwamahoro, a Muslim girl in Kigali stated the Ramadhan quick is a big time of drawing near God, praying for mercy, and doing works of charity.
“It’s a time for us to attract near God, in order that he’ll hear us extra and forgive us,” she stated.
Ramadhan Abdul, a Muslim from Nyarugenge District – Kigali additionally make clear what the fasting custom means for them.
“The fourth pillar in our religion talks about fasting for 30-days through the Ramadhan month. It’s a essential pillar, and if somebody denies it, this will imply that he has additionally left the faith. That’s the reason Muslims everywhere in the world quick throughout this era, repenting and drawing near God,” he stated.
For this version of Eid, Muslims have been allowed to congregate, in contrast to final yr the place they fully celebrated the vacation from their properties as a result of a nation-wide lockdown that was being applied.
In Kigali, locations of worship just like the Onatracom and Gadaffi Mosques have been among the locations that have been allowed to host prayers on the day.
The principle occasion to mark the vacation was convened on the Kigali Stadium in Nyamirambo.