Muslims begin fasting today

By Ali Mivule & Shamim Nateebwa

Millions of Muslims across the globe start fasting today in the holy month of Ramadhan.

During this period, Muslims do away with eating and drinking during day while married couples sacrifice their sexual desires for 30 days.

Now the Mufti of Uganda Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubajje has urged Muslims to make the most of the next 30 days because the Holy month of Ramadhan is an opportunity for Muslims to amass divine rewards and blessings.

He says during the holy month of Ramadhan God grants believers more rewards for their good deeds.

He notes that this year’s holy month has come at a time when Uganda is facing challenges like growing acts of immorality, high crime rate, hunger and corruption and therefore muslims should use this fasting period to pray ceaselessly for the country.

Meanwhile health experts have warned that for fasting muslims, the body is likely to adjust to the new eating routine.

To avoid adverse effects of this sudden change to the metabolism, medical experts have given tips on what to do before one begins fasting.

Dr.Charles Kasozi, a general practitioner at Mulago referral hospital says one needs to first go for medical checkup before fasting to establish whether they are fit to fast.