Rwanda: Eid Prayer – Mufti Urges Muslims to Continue Praying for Normalcy


Sheikh Salim Hitimana, the Mufti of Rwanda, urged Muslims to persistently pray that God will take away the Covid-19 pandemic and restore normalcy to the lives of Rwandans and the general world population.

He passed the message during the Eid al-Fitr celebrations meant to mark the end of the Ramadhan, a traditional 30-day fasting period in which Muslims always participate every year.

Speaking in a media interview on Thursday, May 13 at the Kigali Stadium where the main Eid celebrations were held, Hitimana recognized the anomalies caused by the pandemic, as he called upon Muslims to pray for the situation to normalise so that life will go on as it used to.

“God is the owner of mercy, kindness and power. I think we have to remember and keep praying to him to take away this pandemic,” he said.

He also urged the faithful to be consistent in observing preventive measures, as they pay attention to the advice of the medics in regard to fighting the pandemic.

“We know that people are longing to socialize with each other as they used to before the pandemic. However, we should not forget the times in which we are. The Covid-19 pandemic has taken away many lives, therefore, there is no room for complacency as we fight against it,” he said.

“So, we urge people to be patient. When time comes and we win this battle against the pandemic, we will socialize again,” he added.

Eid al-Fitr – which means ‘festival of the breaking of the fast – is celebrated at the end of Ramadan, a month when many adult Muslims fast.