The Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC) has asked muslims who intend to perform any of Islamic religious rituals like circumcision or weddings to first consult the concerned officials amidst the increasing cases of Covid-19.
The remarks come as Uganda is battling the second wave of Covid-19, which has seen dozens of people killed and left several others hospitalised or on home based care.
In a June 16, 2021 circular, the UMSC Secretary General, Ramathan Mugalu noted that only emergency cases shall be handled on request.
He explained that they resolved to suspend all activities at the UMSC headquarters, regions, districts, counties and mosques nationwide due to the upsurge of Covid-19 cases in the country.
He emphasised the strict observance of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) put in place by the ministry of Health to contain the spread of Covid-19.
He said where possible muslims should stay at home.
Mugalu cautioned the lower UMSC structures to avoid gatherings that attract many people. The directive also affects UMSC subsidiary/ auxiliary organisations.
Meanwhile, the council has extended condolences to the families of the late Sheikh Abubakar Ssempiira, the former Kadhi Pallisa Muslim district; Sserubogo Ffefeka Muhammad, the former Kayunga district LC V chairman and Ayub Nyende, the General Secretary of Jamuiyyat Dawa Al Ssalafiyya based at Nakasero Mosque. The three passed away.