The President of the Republic of Uganda His Excellency General Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has hailed the Mufti of Uganda His Eminence Shk. Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje for championing Muslim unity and development in Uganda.This was contained in the President’s speech which was delivered by Hon. Princess Persis Namuganza the State Minister for Lands, during the installation of Sheikh Juma Mawejje Kabanda as West Buganda Regional Kadhi at Masaka Liberation square on 21st September 2019.“I take this opportunity to appreciate the efforts of the Mufti of Uganda, Shk Mubaje for the good work of uniting the Muslims community in this region and the entire Muslim leadership in the country, and for mobilising the population towards supporting government programs. Government recognises your great contribution to development through out your term of service” the President stated in his speech.The President also congratulated Shk. Juma Mawejje Kabanda upon assuming the role of Regional Kadhi. He also congratulated the Muslims of West Buganda region upon getting a Regional Kadhi and urged them to accord him the support he needs to serve them better and fulfil his leadership call.
President Museveni called upon Muslim leaders to use the Islamic principles to promote morality in society, such as integrity and honesty so as to fight evils like corruption and homosexuality which have riddled the country.“Young people should be taught the important values of honesty, human dignity, integrity and Godliness” the President said adding that;“We have a duty to raise a generation of who are focused and have a vision for this country”He commended Muslim youth for showing the spirit of development and shunning politicking.“We are counting on the Muslim community to uphold the values commanded by the Quran” he noted.He assured Muslims that government will ensure that there is always a peaceful environment that allows freedom of worship.President Museveni donated a brand new Toyota Prado to the Regional Kadhi which was handed over to Shk. Mawejje by Hon. Princess Persis Namuganza.His Eminence the Mufti of Uganda Shk. Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje thanked President Museveni for being supportive of UMSC unity and development Programs and for fulfilling most of his pledges to Muslims in Uganda.He called upon Shk. Mawejje to work with leaders of other faiths and the government.“When we work together, we all benefit” the Mufti saidHe said UMSC leadership is based on qualifications, not tribe or clan relations.“UMSC leadership is going to be promotional, based on performance” the Mufti said, noting that there will be no more fighting for positions.
The Mufti was accompanied by the Chairman UMSC Dr. Abdulkadir Balonde, his deputies; Sheikh Abdallah Semambo and Sheikh Muhammad Ali Waiswa, the UMSC Secretary General Hon. Haji Ramathan Mugalu, senior UMSC management officials, all Regional Kadhis and District Kadhis among others.Among the notable personalities present were Hon. Vincent Ssempijja – the Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Hon. Haruna Kasolo – State Minister for Micro Finance, area MPs, RDCs and leaders of other faiths.
His Eminence the Mufti of Uganda Shk. Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje has been re-elected the Executive Committee Member, as well as the World Governing Council Co-President of Religions for Peace International.He was re-elected during the 10th Global Conference on Religion and Peace organised by Religions for Peace International last week on Lindau Island in Germany.This was revealed by H.E the Mufti during a press conference held today in his office at the UMSC Headquarters Old Kampala.A total of 900 delegates from over 130 countries, representing different religions took part in the global conference aimed at empowering religious leaders as key players in peace building around the world.The Mufti also retained his position as the co-chair of the African Council of Religious leaders along side the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja H.E John Cardinal Onaiyekan.The Mufti described his re-election as an achievement for Uganda as a country.“Through Religions for Peace International, Uganda is going to play a key role in world peace” the Mufti said.Religions for Peace International is the world’s largest and most representative multi-religious coalition that advances common action among the world’s religious communities for peace.It works to transform violent conflict, advance human development, promote justice and harmonious societies, and protect the earth.The global Religions for Peace network comprises a World Council of senior religious leaders from all regions of the world; six regional inter-religious bodies which include the African Council of Religious Leaders (ACRL) and more than 90 national ones which include the Inter Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU).The ACRL is headquartered in Nairobi – Kenya while Religions for Peace International is headquartered at the UN Plaza in New York.The Mufti also used today’s Press Conference to condemn the rampant kidnaps and murders in the country.He called upon the government to punish those behind these crimes, noting that it will serve as a serious warning to those with intentions to commit similar crimes.He also condemned the xenophobic attacks in South Africa and called upon the leaders of South Africa to reign on those behind the attacks.To the Ugandans living in South Africa, he urged them to be good ambassadors and avoid criminal acts.The Mufti of Uganda who is also the current IRCU President, congratulated the Bishop of Mityana Diocese Samuel Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu upon being elected the new Archbishop of the Church of Uganda.He welcomed him to the IRCU council of Presidents, and commended the out going Archbishop His Grace Stanley Ntagali for his outstanding service to IRCU, the Church of Uganda and Uganda as a country.The Mufti also urged journalists to pick interest in stories of peace noting that they are key players in peace building.He appealed to them to report more on peace and dialogue initiatives like the National Dialogue Process which is being championed by the IRCU in collaboration with the government of Uganda and other stakeholders.
His Eminence the Mufti of Uganda Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje has lauded the Turkish organisations in Uganda, through the Turkish Embassy, for donating over 15000 cows to Ugandan Muslims for sacrifice during this year’s Eid Adhuha.While addressing delivering his Eid Message at the UMSC Headquarters Old Kampala on Sunday 11th, the Mufti commended the Turkish government and organisations for partnering with UMSC not only in the Qurbani program but also building the capacity of UMSC Education, Social Services, Daawa and Media Departments. The Qurbani animals were slaughtered in all the Muslim regions of Uganda and the meat was distributed to the needy people as well as various Muslim and government institutions.The Turkish organisations that donated the cows include DIYANET, SENA Foundation, TIKA Foundation, NUR Association and TASKAI among others.Among the other programs implemented by Turkish organisations in Uganda include; education scholarships opportunities, donation of media equipment to Muslim media houses, construction of Mosques and boreholes all over Uganda as well as offering business opportunities to Ugandan entrepreneurs.
I am thankful to Allah for enabling me to not only meet but listen to Mufti Ismail Menk during his recent building bridges tour to Uganda. Many thanks go to the UMSC management led by His Eminence the Mufti of Uganda Shk. Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje for inviting this renowned Muslim preacher and scholar to Uganda. I was greatly moved by his preaching especially against the four evils of arrogance, chauvinism, egoism and nepotism. Ugandans in general and Muslims in particular have suffered a number of setbacks because of these evils. Islam’s position on these evils is very clear; they are unacceptable, and some of us together with our local leaders, both religious and political have continuously condemned them and fought against them. It was therefore great to see Mufti Menk add his voice by stressing the dangers of those four evils and calling for unity, respect, love and tolerance. Arrogance, nepotism, chauvinism and egoism are the reasons behind many of the sins that man commits. Those who harbour these evils do not accept reality, they stand against the truth, they think that they are always right, they despise others, they think they are superior, they like to be praised; and at some point, they put themselves in Allah’s position and wish to be worshipped. Mufti Menk also cautioned us against such people saying that; “One of the problems of the Ummah is when we raise a man amongst us higher than his level. If I say something, its value is connected to how correct the statement is, not just because I said it, remember that; but when u raise some one too high even their mistakes become something you think is correct ,that is where we fail”. He noted that disunity is caused by men and women who say wrong things and we just blindly follow them because we either share the same tribe, religion or political party. As a peace loving Ugandan who happens to be a Muslim, I am one of the millions of Ugandans who were greatly impressed and inspired by Mufti Menk’s message. He came with a message for all Muslims and all Ugandans, he delivered it through the sermon at the National Mosque – Old Kampala, the press conferences, the corporate dinner at Hotel Africana, the VIP dinner at Pearl of Africa Hotel and the long awaited lecture at Mandela National Stadium. During the three days he spent in Uganda, he was a unifying figure, because we all put aside our misunderstandings and united in welcoming him, hosting him and listening to his message. This is where I disagree with elements who wanted to drag him into local wrangles. He was not here to endorse factionalism, but to build bridges among Muslims and among Ugandans, and he did it successfully. I can therefore state without fear or fever that his mission of building bridges was accomplished. The writer is the UMSC spokespersonHe can be reached on email@example.com
Thousands of Muslims turned up at the UMSC Headquarters Old Kampala yesterday
to welcome His Eminence the Mufti of Zimbabwe Sheikh Ismail Menk ,who is on a ‘Building
Bridges’ tour in Uganda on the invitation of His Eminence the Mufti of Uganda
Shk. Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje.
The renowned Muslim scholar and preacher landed at Entebbe Airport yesterday
Morning where he was received by H.E the Deputy Mufti of Uganda Shk. Abdallah
Semambo and the Secretary General Hon. Ramadhan Mugalu.
On arrival at the National Mosque, Mufti Menk held a meeting with the
UMSC Management committee during which he commended the UMSC administration led
by H.E Shk. Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje for introducing various development projects.
In a joint Press Conference with UMSC, Mufti Menk urged Muslims in
Uganda to strengthen their faith in Islam and do away with hatred and extremism
noting that these are contrary to the teachings of Islam.
While delivering the sermon (Khutubah) for yesterday’s Juma prayers at
the National Mosque, Mufti Menk stressed that Islam is a religion of peace and
unity. He urged Muslims to love one another for the sake of Allah and humanity.
He noted that the tendency of specific individuals using Islam to foster their personal interests should not be attributed to Islam.
He urged Ugandans to be productive, to build their nation and to uphold
strong moral values.
To the Muslim youth, Mufti Menk said;
“Go out and volunteer for a good cause. Use your energy to help those
that need you for the sake of Allah. May Allah grant us the energy to be of service
to those that need it”.
Before Juma prayers Mufti Menk toured UMSC the projects at the Headquarters, which included; Radio Bilal and the Islamic Call University College. He also planted memorial tree in the National Mosque compound.
Tomorrow, all roads lead to Mandela National Stadium at Namboole where Mufti
Menk will address tens of thousands of Ugandans during his maiden building
bridges international lecture.
Haji Nsereko MutumbaPublic Relations OfficerUganda Muslim Supreme CouncilTel: 0701409504 or 0772409504Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgFacebook page: Uganda Muslim Supreme Council/PRO’s OfficeBlog: http://umsccommunications.blogspot.com