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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.comFacebook page: Uganda Muslim Supreme Council/PRO’s OfficeBlog: http://umsccommunications.blogspot.com
The Director of Sharia, Uganda Muslim Supreme Council Shk. Yahaya Ibrahim Kakungulu informs all Muslims that Monday 20th August will be the day of Arafat.
This year’s Eid Adhuha will therefore be celebrated on Tuesday 21st August 2018.
The national Eid prayers will be held at the National Mosque – UMSC Headquarters Old Kampala starting at 9:00 am, and they will be led by His Eminence the Mufti of Uganda Shk. Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje.
The Eid Adhuha Khutubah (Sermon) will be delivered by the 2nd Deputy Mufti Shk. Muhammad Waiswa.
The Director of Sharia urges Muslims to slaughter healthy animals for Eid Adhuha in remembrance of Prophet Ibrahim and Ismail (A.S) commitment. He has also called upon Muslims to celebrate Eid festivals in line with Islamic teachings.
Due to the large number of Muslims expected for Eid prayers, Muslims are urged to come early and to cooperate with the security personnel. Vehicles will not be allowed inside the National Mosque compound. All vehicles will be parked at Old Kampala Secondary school ground.
The Secretary General Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC) Hon. Haji Ramadhan Mugalu has appealed to the Ministry of Education and Sports to recruit more Muslim teachers during the upcoming massive recruitment exercise.
He was addressing over 500 registered but not recruited Muslim teachers during a consultative meeting held today at the UMSC Headquarters Old Kampala.
He said the government is expected to advertise about 3000 jobs in the education sector in the near future, noting that the excuse that Muslims have no qualifications is now out dated because UMSC has an inventory of over 1000 Muslims who are qualified to occupy different positions in the education sector.
“We challenge any one who claims that Muslims are not qualified to look at our data base. We have more than enough” Hon. Mugalu noted.
He said UMSC through its department of education has embarked on an advocacy campaign aimed at breaking the tradition of sidelining Muslim professionals in government jobs by having all qualified Muslim teachers registered, recruited into government and promoted.
“UMSC is your home, we are here to serve you and lobby for you” Hon. Mugalu told the teachers. He however urged them to be organised and disciplined in whatever action they take.
He also encouraged the teachers to harness the growing opportunities in the UMSC structures.
The UMSC Secretary for Education Shk. Juma Bakhit Cucu called upon the education ministry to not only train but employ or deploy Muslim teachers.
“There are many trained and qualified Muslim teachers who are not on government payroll. Many of those on payroll are not promoted. We are saying this must end” Shk. Bakhit told the teachers noting that;
“It is impossible for the education ministry to post a Muslim Headteacher in a non Muslim school but very possible for it to post a non Muslim headteacher in a Muslim school”.
Sheikh Bakhit also expressed concern over the small number of Muslim teachers heading public schools and the poor state of government aided Muslim schools compared to those under other faiths.
“This is the reason we are mobilising all qualified Muslim teachers to mobilise their colleagues and apply for jobs in the education sector. My office will support them as much as it can”.
The meeting was also addressed by Haji Kateregga Namuguzi – the Chairman of the UMSC Education Committee, Haji Kayongo Ahmad Nyago – the UMSC Electoral Commission Chairman and Mr. Ali Muhamad Aluma – the UMSC Secretary for Social Services.
His Eminence the Mufti of Uganda Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje has urged Muslims to pray for peace and unity in and outside Uganda during Ramadhan.
This was contained in his Ramadhan message that was read by the 2nd Deputy Mufti H.E Shk Muhammad Ali Waiswa during a Press Conference held today at the UMSC Headquarters.
“Let us continue praying for peace, unity and understanding of one another” the Mufti stated in his message.
He encouraged Muslims to fast as prescribed by Allah in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Verse 183:
“O you who believe, fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you that you may learn self restraint”.
The Mufti castigated the high rate of crime in the country singling out the growing cases of kidnap, murder and demand for ransoms. He urged Ugandans to uphold the sanctity of life and respect the dignity of all humans.
“It is unfortunate for all those who are commiting this sin and very sad for us to be witnessing such in our beloved country Uganda” the Mufti stated.
He also noted that, property should not be an element of division in the country.
“We should not use the excuse of property to kill one another because no one will go with property”
The Mufti further prayed for President Museveni, his family, ministers and the entire nation.
The Mufti who is an Executive Member of the New York based Religions for Peace International is curently in Berlin German to attend the Executive committee board meeting scheduled for 18th and 19th this month.