More than 1,000 Ugandan pilgrims who made the trip to Mecca are expected to return home starting Wednesday. Pilgrimage to the Holy places is the fifth pillar in Islam.
“Many Muslims would have gone for this year’s pilgrimage but the Saudi Arabian government sent only 1200 visas,” he said. All financially able Muslims are required to perform it during their lifetime.
Some of the pilgrims included those who were blocked from travelling to Mecca last year when Uganda was experiencing an Ebola outbreak.
In October last year, the Saudi Arabian Government refused to allow Ugandan Muslims to go for pilgrimage for fear that they could be infected with the deadly Ebola disease.
Before they were blocked, 900 Muslims had paid part of their travel and accommodation costs.
Over 31 Hajj (pilgrimage) and travel companies have this year participated in the taking of the pilgrims to Mecca.
Meanwhile, Muslim leaders in Luwero district have expressed discontent with President Yoweri Museveni for sidelining them while donating official vehicles and other resources to religious leaders.
While celebrating Eid Al Adhuha at Luweero Muslim district headquarters-Kasana Mosque, leaders also accused the President of neglecting Muslims in the Greater Luweero region despite the support they accorded to NRA fighters during the war.