By Mirembe Martina
Muslim pilgrims today have headed to Mecca to fulfill one of the pillars of Islam.
As the pilgrims head to Mecca, security has been beefed up at Entebbe International Airport in light of the Kenyan terrorist attacks that left the East Africa and the world in shock at the extent of the barbarism.
Only those with passports were allowed to access the airport as relatives of those leaving were blocked before reaching the airport by bouncers. They were not allowed to go as far as the park yard. ”At least a communication should have been made not to waste our time to hire vehicles to see off our relatives”, said one of the frustrated relatives.
After being denied the luxury of going to Mecca last year, 1200 Ugandan Muslims left for pilgrimage which will last for a month. The secretary for Hijja at Uganda Muslim supreme council, Al-Haji Juma Shiwuyo said 64 Muslims were first seen off for Mecca on Sunday while the first group left on Saturday a total of 107 believers.
He said Most of those who had not gone last year will go this year but had to attend the Hijja lessons. ”The Hajj lessons are very important because believers learn about what takes place during Hajj and what they are supposed to do”, he said.
According to Islam, performing the Hajj is a fulfillment of the fifth pillar of Islam. All financially able Muslims are required to perform it during their lifetime.