His Eminence the Mufti of Uganda Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje has strongly condemned Israel’s recent declaration of Jerusalem as the Capital city of the Jewish state calling it an act of aggression. While addressing journalists during a Press Conference held today at the UMSC Headquarters Old Kampala, the Mufti said; “We the Muslims of Uganda strongly condemn the recent Zionist Declaration of Jerusalem to be the capital city of Israel”. He also expressed dissatisfaction with the U.S. President Donald Trump for endorsing this illegal Zionist act by transferring the U.S. Embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem. This aggression act has been widely condemned by the international community and the United Nations as illegal and dangerous. The Mufti was particularly concerned by the politicization and breach of a Holy city that is sacred to different religions including Christianity. “Realizing and respecting the position of both the UN General Assembly and the Security Council that had repeatedly declared such activities to be contrary to International law, we Muslims in accordance with Islamic teachings consider Aqsa Mosque (in Jerusalem) as one of the earliest and most noteworthy places of worshipping Allah” the Mufti stated. According to Islamic teachings, Prophet Muhammad PBUH was transcended to the heavens from Al Aqsa in the miraculous Night Journey (Mi’raj) The Prophet led prayers towards Al Aqsa in Jerusalem until the 17th month after his emigration, when Allah directed him to turn towards the Holy Kaaba in Macca during prayers. The Mufti called upon the international community and all peace loving people to resist this illegal move which he said may lead to human bloodshed and disrespect of values imbedded in tolerance and peaceful co-existence. He also called upon the entire Muslim, Arab world and other governments to unite and stand firm in denouncing and condemning this act of aggression perpetrated by Israel with support from the U.S. government.