MOYO. The Muslim clerics in Madi sub-region have called for love and unity among Muslims and people from other denominations.
The appeal was made on Tuesday by different Muslim clerics mainly from Adjumani, Obongi and Moyo districts in Moyo town during the celebrations to mark the end of the three-day Eid Al-Adha festival.
Eid Al-Adha is an Islamic festival meant to commemorate the willingness Ibrahim (also known as Abraham) showed by following Allah's command to sacrifice his only son.
It is believed that this is the time Allah appeared to Ibrahim in a dream and asked him to sacrifice his son, Ismail as an act of obedience to God.
But while commemorating the day, a total of 249 heads of cattle were slaughtered for both Muslims and non-Muslim communities in the districts of Adjumani, Moyo, and Obongi to feast on.
The animals were donated by the Muslim community in Turkey as a gesture of solidarity.
Mr. Ramadan Baiga, the district khadi of Adjumani, however, used the opportunity to urge Muslims and non-Muslims to love each other and live in unity.
He said the day is a reward of having Jana (paradise) and that people should use it to live peacefully.
Baiga called for unity among the different communities in Madi sub-region for socio-economic development.
He attributed the support to the strong bond between the two governments of Uganda and Turkey.
Sheik Hussein Khalil Andruga, the district Khadi of Moyo Muslim community termed the day as a feast for thanksgiving regardless of one’s financial status.
He asked people to use the Eid-Al-Adha festival for donating money and other items to support the poor and needy people in the society.
Andruga also appealed to Muslims to embrace the love and obedience Ibrahim showed when God appeared to him in a dream.
Meanwhile Mr. Jamal Abdunasar, the Moyo Muslim district secretary noted that much of donations received will go to support the sick in the hospital, those in prison, police cells and the needy in the communities among other vulnerable people.
He said Eid-Al-Adha is a feast of sharing which must be embraced at all times as a culture of being a Muslim.
But Jamal blamed politics for the conflict between Moyo and Obongi districts over the ownership of Palorinya sub-county and instead called for unity and peace to prevail in the area.