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The Holy month of Ramadan amid socio-economic challenges

UPC calls upon the government, God-fearing and able people from all walks of life to come in and support of our Muslim brothers and sisters to fast during this holy month.
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Last Updated on: 26th March 2023, 11:54 am

The Muslim communities started their fasting on Thursday, March 23, 2023. It is indeed a month of fasting, worship, communal gathering, reflection, repentance, meditation, and spiritual renewal.

However, it is worth noting that last year’s holy month of Ramadan was held under a very difficult socio-economic situation coupled with fuel hikes that led to increased prices of goods and services due to post-Covid-19 consequences and Russia – Ukraine.

Both Covid-19 and the war in Ukraine combined to create scarcity of some essential commodities like wheat and the collapse of some businesses as explained by the government.

This affected several Muslim families which led them to fast under very difficult situations. Similarly, the hard socio-economic conditions are still on!

For instance, the prices for most of the key food in-puts needed for fasting are a bit high and might be difficult to afford daily such as; fruits, vegetables, maize flour, wheat flour, sugar, rice, matooke, meat, and cooking oil.

UPC appreciates the role and heavy task that the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC) has to ensure and enable at least a higher percentage of Muslims to fast in the holy month of Ramadan which calls for a massive mobilization of resources and support.

UPC calls upon the government, God-fearing and able people from all walks of life to come in and support our Muslim brothers and sisters to fast. This, can, be in the kind of donation of food items to different mosques across the country or directly to families. Let us share the little we have with one another.

UPC wishes the Muslim fraternity a good fasting season that should deepen their total submission to the Will of Allah. Ramadan Mubarak.

By Sharon Oyat Arch, UPC Spokesperson

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