Muslims in Rwanda on Tuesday celebrated the festival of sacrifice, Eid al-Adha, amidst a lockdown in Kigali City and eight other districts across the country.
The celebrations — typically marked by prayers and large social gatherings—came at the time the country has imposed tight Covid-19 restrictions.
This means that Muslims in some parts of Rwanda did not congregate for their communal prayers and celebrations as the country continues to battle the highly infectious Delta variant of Covid-19.
In his national message, Sheikh Salim Hitimana, the Mufti of Rwanda, urged the Muslims to be ambassadors of unity and love.
"We encourage all Muslims not to celebrate blindly, but to remember that we are in the midst of a pandemic," the Mufti said, underscoring that “We reminded them that they are not allowed to invite their neighbours for celebrations."
The pandemic is still rampant, he added.
The Covid-19 test positivity rate in Rwanda rose significantly from 3.7 per cent recorded on Sunday, 18 July to 10.5 percent on Tuesday.