Ladies smartly clad in Hijab rule the streets the Kampala during Ramadhan
Forget about the past holy months. Ramathan 2018 has come at a time when Uganda needs more of a heavenly touch.
With much going on, from poverty traps to leader’s greed, many people have lost love for humanity. They have resorted to kidnaps, rape and brutal murders. Much as the security system claims the State is in control, every woman feels she is some kidnappers’ target.
On the other hand, many of the suspects are unjustly tortured. So each of us is susceptible to a violent attack whether from criminals of from the state’s security agencies.
With all this on Uganda’s plate, Muslims believe this year’s holy month is more than a blessing. Muslim leaders have urged the entire Muslim fraternity to dedicate this year’s holy fast to Uganda’s current situation.
Ramathan is the ninth and most sacred month of the Islamic calendar. It is observed by Muslims worldwide through fasting. Muslims believe that during this month, the gates of heaven are wide open while those of hell are closed, and the devil is believed to be chained. There is no room for sin in society because God has Satan on chains.
In Uganda, mosques are always full especially every prayer hour. Kampala arcades are filled with ladies dressed in veils and hijaabs. In other words Islamic wear takes the lead. Charity by Muslims is mostly practiced during Ramathan.
Islamic seminars are attended in large numbers and some Ugandans make the late night prayer obligatory.
Many Muslims make their pilgrimage to Mecca in form of Umra during this month. The rate of crime goes down in honor of this month. All in all, there is behavioral change among the Muslims and society in general.
Having experienced change in the past periods of fasting, the Muslim community in Uganda has more faith. They believe that if there is total submission to this year’s holy month of Ramathan, Uganda will feel the Mighty touch of Allah and the rampant kidnaps accompanied by brutal killings will come to an end!
By Bayan Nalubwama