The Luwero District Kadhi has asked the Muslims in the district to
respect curfew time and perform Taraweeh prayers at their homes to avoid a clash
with security personnel.
Today Muslims started the holy month of Ramadhan. Ramadhan is regarded as one
of the five pillars of Islam and lasts 29-30 days from the sight of the
crescent moon to the next.
During the month of Ramadhan, Muslims perform Taraweeh prayers in addition to
the Qyam and Isha'a prayer which is one of the five daily prayers.
However in the wake of the COVID 19 pandemic and ongoing curfew times in the
Country, Sheikh Ramadhan Mulindwa the Luwero District Kadhi has asked the
Muslims to perform the Taraweeh prayers in homes.
Mulindwa explained that the Uganda Muslims Supreme Council wrote to the
government asking it to extend curfew time to 11:00 pm to allow Muslims to perform
Taraweeh prayers and return homes. The Taraweeh prayers are held from 8:40-10 pm.
Mulindwa says that the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council has not received official
communication and neither wrote to any Kadhis that the government agreed to extend
As result, Mulindwa has advised Muslims to perform the Taraweeh prayers in
homes to avoid a clash with security personnel who may arrest them after
finding them walking back home after attending prayers in mosques at night.
On April 8, Edward Ochom the Director of Operations wrote on behalf of the Inspector
General of Police wrote to District Police Commanders asking them to exercise
consideration in the event they encounter Moslems past curfew time of 9 pm.
Ochom copied the letter to Sheikh Muhamadi Younus Kamoga the Amir Ummah of
Jamuiyyat Da’awa Assalafiyya Kampala who had written to the Deputy IGP earlier
on the same matter.
But Sheikh Mulindwa says that UMSC is yet to get an official response from the Central
government on its request and the letter circulating on social media may not
save the Muslims from clashing with the security personnel.
Mulindwa advised Muslims to only offer congregational prayers of Isha’a at
mosques and perform Taraweeh prayers at home saying these will also be accepted
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On Friday, The State Minister for Internal Affairs Obiga Kania said that it is
only President Museveni Tibuhaburwa that can lift the 9 pm curfew.
Kania said that the curfew will not affect the activities of the Muslims,
during Ramadan saying some changes will be made where necessary.
Apart from Ochom’s statement to Police Commanders, the government is yet to state
the possible changes.