A section of Muslims didn’t know how to lead prayers on Eid-Adha.
Due to the covid-19 restrictions on public gatherings, Muslims were guided to
conduct the 2021 Eid al-Adha prayers from their respective homes.
Musa Mugerwa, a resident of Kyebando, says since the Eid prayers are always
conducted in groups and led by clerics. However, he was not sure how to conduct
them since he was charged with the responsibility to lead his family members in
“Being the elder son, mom expected that I knew the prayers and so I could lead
my siblings, other family members, during Eid prayers. I couldn’t lie about it.
I told them that I could lead them since I was also ignorant,” Mugerwa said.
Hajj Ramathan Mugalu, the General of Secretary of Uganda Muslim Supreme
Council, notes that Mugerwa is not an isolated case since many other Muslims were
ignorant of the procedures. Mugalu says that before Eid, many Muslims sought
guidance from sheikhs and imams on how Eid prayers are conducted.
“It is no secret that some Muslims didn’t know how to perform these prayers. Many
could call and we guide them since they are not so different from the usual
Salah (prayer) though there is some difference. But, when guided a Muslim one
could understand what to do,” says Hajj Mugalu.
Sheikh Ramatham Mulindwa, the Luweero District Khadi, also confirms that
although the Eid prayer is simple, he realized the extent of the challenge to
days leading to Eid al-Adha.
Sheikh Mulindwa explains that the method of prayer is different from the Juma
(Friday) prayers because it consists of two rak'ahs (units of prayer) with
extra 'takbeers' which is the Arabic term for the phrase Allāhu Akbar meaning God
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He adds that after realizing the magnitude of the challenge, they
spent a day before Eid trying to teach Muslims how to conduct these prayers on different
However, he notes that those who didn’t get a chance to listen to
the recordings and shared messages are ignorant about conducting the said
Mulindwa says since Eid prayers are congregational, many people have
for several years depended on Imams. He adds that the Muslim leadership is
going to task clerics to conduct training for the faithful on such things that
had been neglected over years.