By Martha Nakimuli
Muslims have today started the holy month of Ramadan. The beginning of the holy month was announced yesterday evening following the visual sighting of the crescent moon.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the lunar Islamic calendar which is supposed to last 29 or 30 days but this depends on the visual sightings of the crescent moon.
Ramadan involves fasting, in which Muslims refrain from eating, drinking and any wrong doing from dawn until sunset. At sunset families gather for the fast-breaking meal known as Iftar
In addition to fasting, Muslims are encouraged to read and recite the entire Quran through special prayers Tarawih, which are held in the mosques every night. Muslims during this month also give out to the poor, pray for the sick and visit the needy.
After the 30 days of fasting the Muslims celebrate fasting in festivities dubbed as Eid ul-Fitr.
On a sad note, the Uganda Muslim Community Kibuli sect has lost sheik Abdul Sekimpi who succumbed to high blood pressure at Kibuli hospital. There will be prayers held for the deceased during midday and after he will be laid to rest at his home in Nkowe Wakiso district.