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Laylatul Qadr (Shab e Qadr) The Most Important and Special Night

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As we all know that Ramadan is the most important and special Islamic month in the whole year but do you know which is the most important night in whole year from Islamic point of view? Its Laylatul Qadr that comes in the last Ashra of Ramadan Ul Mubarak. Holy Quran says this night is better than a thousand months.

Prophet Muhammad SAW has taught us to find Laylatul Qadr in odd nights of last Ashra of Ramadan 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th and 29th night. The Ajar of doing Worship and good deeds in this night is equal to worship of thousand months according to hadith.

Prophet Muhammad SAW has taught us to do maximum worship in all odd nights of last Ashra but now a days most of Muslims only do it on 27th Night and some has even specified the only 27th night as Laylatul Qadr which is completely wrong.

In this night we should try to offer maximum nawafil, read quran, do dua and ask for forgiveness of Allah.

Now Buy Eid 2014 Animals Online From Home

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As we all know that Internet shopping is getting more popular day by day and now you can buy anything online sitting in your home. I have a good news for you that now even you can buy Animals for Eid through Internet which means you not need to go to Animal market then find the right animal and then bring it home. Please keep these sites for Idi Adhua too inishallah, and please keep me in your prayers!

1.http://www.qurbanionline.com/
2.http://www.ezqurbani.com/Default.aspx
3.http://www.myqurbani.com/

ABBEY.K.S

10 Countries Which Have Largest Muslim Populations

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The Fresh statistics tells us that now there more than 1.5 billions Muslims living in different part of the world. Islam is now fastest growing and most practiced religion in the world. in coming decades it will surpass the christian population in the world.The religion to which most people are converting is also Islam surprisingly even in countries like US, France and UK.

Indonesia – 205 million Muslims
Pakistan – 190 Million Muslims
India – 180 Million Muslims
Bangladesh – 150 Million Muslims
Egypt – 80 Million
Nigeria – 79 Million
Iran – 74 Million
Turkey – 75 Million
Algeria – 34 Million
Morocco – 33 Million Muslims

These are the top 10 Countries with most Muslim population. Most important Islamic country Saudi Arabia has over 25 million Muslims. among these countries the country which has the largest growing population is Pakistan and it is hoped that soon it will cross Indonesia to become country which most Muslim population.

99 Names of Allah SWT (Asma Al Husna)

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Allah SWT is the founder of heavens and earths. According to Quran and Hadith there are 99 beautiful names of Allah which shows us his qualities. 99 Names of Allah are also known as Asma Al Husna. Following we are sharing these names of Allah SWT.

Allah
Ar-Rahman
Ar-Rahim
Al-Malik
Al-Quddus
As-Salam
Al-Mu’min
Al-Muhaymin
Al-Aziz
Al-Jabbar
Al-Mutakabbir
Al-Khaliq
Al-Bari
Al-Musawwir
Al-Ghaffar
Al-Qahhar
Al-Wahhab
Ar-Razzaq
Al-Fattah
Al-`Alim
Al-Qabid
Al-Basit
Al-Khafid
Ar-Rafi
Al-Mu’izz
Al-Mudhill
As-Sami
Al-Basir
Al-Hakam
Al-`Adl
Al-Latif
Al-Khabir
Al-Halim
Al-Azim
Al-Ghafur
Ash-Shakur
Al-Ali
Al-Kabir
Al-Hafiz
Al-Muqit
Al-Hasib
Al-Jalil
Al-Karim
Ar-Raqib
Al-Mujib
Al-Wasi
Al-Hakim
Al-Wadud
Al-Majid
Al-Ba’ith
Ash-Shahid
Al-Haqq
Al-Wakil
Al-Qawiyy
Al-Matin
Al-Waliyy
Al-Hamid
Al-Muhsi
Al-Mubdi’
Al-Mu’id
Al-Muhyi
Al-Mumit
Al-Hayy
Al-Qayyum
Al-Wajid
Al-Majid
Al-Wahid
As-Samad
Al-Qadir
Al-Muqtadir
Al-Muqaddim
Al-Mu’akhkhir
Al-Awwal
Al-Akhir
Az-Zahir
Al-Batin
Al-Wali
Al-Muta’ali
Al-Barr
At-Tawwab
Al-Muntaqim
Al-’Afuww
Ar-Ra’uf
Malik-al-Mulk
Dhu-al-Jalal wa-al-Ikram
Al-Muqsit
Al-Jami’
Al-Ghani
Al-Mughni
Al-Mani’
Ad-Darr
An-Nafi’
An-Nur
Al-Hadi
Al-Badi
Al-Baqi
Al-Warith
Ar-Rashid
As-Sabur

These are the 99 names of our Creator. Reciting them and remembering them is a great Virtue.

ACCEPT IFTAR INVITATIONS FROM NON-MUSLIMS PLEASE

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I think it’s OK to accept the invitation for Iftar from a non-Muslim, and the vice versa is true. I don’t see any harm in this at all as long as nobody is serving alcohol, pork, or doing anything unislamic on the occasion.

Iftar comes after observing fasting, and we all know that non-Muslims do not observe fasting, and that’s very clear. But if the Iftar invitation with non-Muslims is meant to strengthen the relation between Muslims and non-Muslims, I think it is permissible,………its more like community social development, but the professionals here can throw more light on this.

I’ve googled something here in Surat Ma’idah where Allah says, (This day are (all) good things made lawful for you. The food of those who have received the Scripture is lawful for you, and your food is lawful for them.) (Al-Ma’idah 5: 5).

Let us also remember that our religion was spread by means of intermingling with non-Muslims. People cannot know how good something or someone is unless they get to know that ‘something’ or someone properly.

That’s why I believe that Muslims that invite non-Muslims for Iftar in their houses are on to something here, and it should be encouraged in every Ramandhan. We shouldnt wait for presidential Iftar invitations every year because the more its done, the more it becomes a turn off or something else. UMSC and other muslim organisations/ individuals should also organise Iftar and invite the non-Muslims especially the big politicians, LCs and village elders. It would be nice, for instance, to see a guy like president Museveni humbly sat down on a mat or carpet in my house waiting for his share of Iftar like anybody else, rather than the usual annual ‘LMCYIFEMI’(‘Let-Me-Call-you-an-idiot-For-Eating-My-Iftar- at-Statehouse’).

Nze bwendaba banange!

Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba

Women Performing I`tikaf

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It goes without saying that the last 10 days of Ramadan are an opportunity for every Muslim to have his or her sins forgiven and to gain Allah’s mercy and great rewards. One of these days is Laylat Al-Qadr, which is better than a thousand months. It is a sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) to perform i`tikaf (spiritual retreat in the mosque) during the last third of Ramadan.

I`tikaf can only be done in the masjid according to the view of most scholars. Allah specifies the place for i`tikaf by saying, {but do not associate with your wives while you are in retreat (i`tikaf) in the mosques) (Al-Baqarah 2:187).

Women can make i`tikaf just as men can. It is reported that the Prophet’s wives, may Allah be pleased with him, carried on making i`tikaf even after the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) had passed away. (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Allah Almighty knows best.

Using Condom for Intimacy with Menstruating Wife

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This is haram and not acceptable even with the use of condom. The verse in the Holy Quran is very clear; Allah says, “And they ask you, [O Prophet,] about menstruation. Say: It is a [cause for] harm. So withhold yourselves [from sexual intercourse] with women during menstruation and do not approach them [there] until they are cleansed.” (Al-Baqarah 2: 222)

The Prophet (peace be on him) said: “Do all that you wish except for intercourse.” Hadith by Imam Muslim.

For such clear narrations it will be haram.

Allah Almighty knows best.

Ages of Different Prophets of Islam

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Prophets where also humans who born grown up and died. Following are ages of different Prophets that we find in history books.

Prophet Adam A.s age was 930 years.
Prophet Muhammad SAW age was 63 Years
Hazrat Nooh A.s was 950 years old
Prophet Yahya was 95 years old.
Hazrat Yousaf A.S age was 110.
Prophet Haroon A.S age was 119 years
Hazrat Ishaaq A.S age was 120.
Yaqoob A.S age was 139.
Hazrat Musa A.S was 125 years old.
Prophet Ibrahim A.S age was 195.
Unconfirmed age of Prophet Jesus was 33.

Vatican Sends Ramadan Message to Muslims

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The Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has released its annual Ramadan message to the world Muslims, calling for genuine fraternity between followers of the two faiths to promote mutual respect and friendship.

“Christians and Muslims are brothers and sisters in the one human family, created by the One God,” the message, released by the president and secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, was quoted by Catholic World News on Friday, July 18.

“We thank the Almighty for what we have in common, while remaining aware of our differences,” they continued.

“We perceive the importance of promoting a fruitful dialogue built upon mutual respect and friendship. Inspired by our shared values and strengthened by our sentiments of genuine fraternity, we are called to work together for justice, peace and respect for the rights and dignity of every person.”

Urging Muslims to build bridges of peace, the message said that such a friendship would promote reconciliation and end tensions and conflicts.

“May our friendship inspire us always to cooperate in facing these many challenges with wisdom and prudence,” it says.

“In this way we will help to diminish tension and conflict, and advance the common good. We will also demonstrate that religions can be a source of harmony for the benefit of society as a whole.”

Similar message is issued annually by the Vatican at the end of the Muslims’ holy fasting month of Ramadan.

Last year’s message was signed by Pope Francis personally.

Mothers of all Palestinians must be killed: Israeli MP

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tumbA well-known Israeli politician and parliament member has branded Palestinians as terrorists, saying mothers of all Palestinians should also be killed during the ongoing Israeli assault on the besieged Gaza Strip.Ayelet Shaked of the ultra-nationalist Jewish Home party called for the slaughter of Palestinian mothers who give birth to “little snakes.”

“They have to die and their houses should be demolished so that they cannot bear any more terrorists,” Shaked said, adding, “They are all our enemies and their blood should be on our hands. This also applies to the mothers of the dead terrorists.”

The remarks are considered as a call for genocide as she declared that all Palestinians are Israel’s enemies and must be killed.

BOOK-ARABIC ORIGINS OF LUGANDA LANGUAGE

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Author: Kirembwe Rashid Abdul Hamed I Mohammad Najib Jaafar I Hishomudin Ahmad

Price: RM 19.90

e-ISBN: 978-967-440-069-9

Published: 2014

Type: DVD – e-Book format in PDF

This book is composed of: the introduction, two chapters and two appendixes; The Chapter (i) Presents General Introduction, Conceptual and Practical Framework, Techniques of Learning Arabic Language by Using Luganda Words Borrowed from Arabic Language as well as Practical Instances of Applying Arabic Grammar and Morphology Using Luganda Words Borrowed from Arabic Language. The Chapter (ii) Presents Analyzed Glossary for Luganda Words Borrowed from Arabic Language. The Appendix (i) Presents Summarized Glossary for Luganda Words Borrowed from Arabic Language that Never Change. The Appendix (ii) Presents Analyzed Glossary for Luganda Words Borrowed from Arabic Language that Changed.

France Introduces Anti-Jihad Bill

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France’s interior minister revealed a stricter anti-Jihadists’ bill on Wednesday, July 9, amid growing concern its nationals are travelling abroad to fight alongside Islamic militants in Syria and Iraq.

The bill was revealed by Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve at Wednesday’s weekly cabinet meeting.Current legislation targets those who associate with a group suspected of planning or staging terrorist acts.

The new bill would intercept French nationals suspected of being radicalized from travelling to Syria and clamp down on online recruitment.

The ban on foreign travel would be valid for up to six months on individuals suspected of being radicalized and would give authorities the right to confiscate and invalidate their passports.

If those suspected of having firm links to a jihadist network, still manage to leave the country, they will be issued an international warrant, the draft bill added.

The restrictions included under the new bill may be applied not only to adults but also to minors as the country’s authorities are trying hard to prevent young French Muslims from becoming radicalized.

The law will also be tightened to make individual plans of terrorism a punishable offence, aimed at those identified by authorities as “lone wolves”.

Also the authorities may hold and question individuals on “suspicion of conspiring in relation to terrorism,” even if the evidence against them is insubstantial.

MESSAGE FROM BIREETE SARAH ABOUT MUSLIMS BEING HONEST!

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”I have always respected moslems for being honest, BUT I did not know how far this goes until today – when I found time to go for my check up – follow up medical routine after my involvement in a motor accident; and time came to pay for medication: I was on the phone and kept waiting for the lady to write down the amount of money, she signaled that i first finish my call BUT went ahead to pack some medicine for me. Then I kept wondering, what if I don’t have the total amount to pay? And then she explained how they have received that medicine for free and therefore, I have no bill to pay!!! Wow!!! Good people still exist in our society.its a private clinic not a government facility!”

BIREETE SARAH

Hugging the Opposite Sex While Fasting: Permissible?

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I must say that as Muslims we are not to hug non-mahram members of the opposite sex (i.e., those who are not close relatives) at any time, not just while fasting, for to do so is forbidden by Islam. The reason for this being that Allah wants to save us against weaknesses inherent in our own nature. For such actions may or may not be preludes to fornication. Because fornication is considered a grave sin and an abomination in the sight of Allah, Allah wants us not even to come close to it. He said, “Do not even go near fornication, for it is an indecent thing and an evil way.” (Al-Isra’: 32) It is therefore out of His infinite compassion and mercy of Allah towards us that He has forbidden such acts not only during Ramadan but also at other times as well.

Bethlehem Christians Fast Ramadan

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Sharing their fellow Muslims the spiritualities of the holy month, Christians in the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem have been observing Ramadan fasting in continuation of a centuries-old tradition of interfaith solidarity.On the other hand, Muslims too usually share their Christian friends their fasting by abstaining from eating cheese, meat and milk, in demonstration of solidarity with the Christians.

The tradition was preserved over generations of Muslims and Christians who coexisted in Bethlehem for hundreds of years.

Bethlehem has a Muslim majority, but is also home to one of the largest Palestinian Christian communities.

In a survey of Bethlehem’s Christians conducted in 2006 by the Palestinian Center for Research and Cultural Dialogue, 90% reported having Muslim friends, 73.3% said that the Palestinian Authority respects Christian heritage in the city, and 78% reported that the emigration of Christians from Bethlehem was due to the Israeli travel restriction in the area.

Some interesting information onwhat happens to our Body during fasting!

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Detoxification Stage 1

(Day 1 To Day 2)

On the first day of fasting, the blood sugar level drops. The heart slows and blood pressure is reduced.

Glycogen is pulled from the muscle causing some weakness. The first wave of cleansing is usually the worst. Headaches, dizzinessnausea, bad breath, and a heavily coated tongue are signs of the first stage of cleansing. Hunger can be the most intense in this period.

Detoxification Stage 2

(Day 3 To Day 7)

Fats, composed of transformed fatty acids, are broken down to release glycerol from the gliceride molecules and are converted to glucose. The skin may become oily as rancid oils are purged from the body. People with problem-free skin may have a few days of pimples or even a boil.

The body embraces the fast and the digestive system is able to take a much-needed rest, focusing all of its energies on cleansing and healing. White blood cell and immune system activity increases. You may feel pain in your lungs. The cleansing organs and the lungs are in the process of being repaired. The breath is still foul and the tongue coated. Within the intestine, the colon is being repaired and impacted feces on the intestinal wall start to loosen.

Detoxification Stage 3

(Day 8 to Day 15)

You will experience enhanced energy, clear-mindedness and feel better. On the downside, old injuries may become irritated and painful.This is a result of the body’s increased ability to heal during fasting. If you had broken your arm 10 years before, there is scar tissue around the break. At the time of the break, the body’s ability to heal was directly related to lifestyle. If you lived on a junk-food diet, the body’s natural healing ability was compromised. During fasting, the body’s healing process is at optimum efficiency. As the body scours for dead or damaged tissue, the lymphocytes enter the older, damaged tissue secreting substances to dissolve the damaged cells. These substances irritate the nerves in the surrounding region and cause a reoccurrence of aches from previously injured areas that may have disappeared years earlier. The pain is good as the body is completing the healing process. The muscles may become tight and sore due to toxin irritation. The legs can be the worst affected, as toxins accumulate in the legs. Cankers are common in this stage due to the excessive bacteria in the mouth. Daily gargling with salt and water will prevent or heal cankers.

Detoxification Stage 4

(Day 16 to Day 30)

The body is completely adapted to the fasting process. There is more energy and clarity of mind. Cleansing periods can be short with many days of feeling good in between.

There are days when the tongue is pink and the breath is fresh.

The healing work of the organs is being completed. After the detoxification mechanisms have removed the causative agent or render it harmless, the body works at maximum capacity in tissue proliferation to replace damaged tissue.

After day 20, the mind is affected. Heightened clarity and emotional balance are felt at this time.

Memory and concentration improve.

Subhaan Allah what great health benefits.

22 Tips For Muslim Wives To Win Hearts of Their Husbands

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Every Girl sees dream to have a good husband with whom she can live happily with love. If Women wants their husbands to treat them with love and care they should also have to behave in good way for a successful life after marriage. Following we are presenting some tips for Muslim Wives To Win Hearts of Their Husbands.
1 You should behave like a female with your husband.
2 Dress good for your husband.
3 Try to look attractive to your husband.
4 Smell Good for him.
5 When your husband comes back tired from work in evening don’t share your problems with him that time.
6 Stop complaining about everything.
7 Treat your mother in law like your real mother.
8 Meet him happily when he comes home.
9 Try to keep your house clean.
10 Appreciate him like calling him good husband.
11 When he is angry keep silence.
12 Thank him for different things.
13 If your husband does not like something stop doing that.
14 Don’t talk bad about your husband with other people.
15 Show your love.
16 Make Good foods.
17 Don’t leave your house without his permission.
18 Give him gifts sometimes.
19 Take interest in his hobbies.
20 Your Skin should look attractive.
21 Learn to compromise on little things.
22 Give him all the rights that Islam gives to husband.
By following these 22 tips Inshallah you can live happily with your husband.

Mayimuna Nabagereka.
UMBS member in Kampala.

Two Things Even Tony Blair Likes about Islam

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Former Prime Minister of United Kingdom is among those Persons who where directly Involved in imposing two wars on Muslim countries and is not seen as a great Person in the muslim world. In 2010, he said in a Live Talk show that “I really Like two things about Islam: First Is Muslims Family system, and Secondly the Zakat system of Islam and i wish that both of these things also come is our Western Society”.

In West there is high rate of divorces, Male and female living together without marriage and then changing their partners, Children don’t know who is their Father all these and many other things has badly damaged the Western Society. While In Muslim Countries we don’t see this, and there are very low rates of divorces and a complete family system.

Second thing Tony Blair talked about Is Zakat system In Islam. Zakat plays a major role in Ending the poverty and makes possible equal distribution of wealth. Zakat simply means helping the Poor and needy people by the people who have wealth. Zakat is one of the five Pillars of Islam.

Everything of Islam is beneficial for mankind because Islam is given to us by our Creator Allah Swt who knows what is better for Humanity and what is not.

A Belgian young Muslim revert to Islam has helped 1000 people to accept Islam

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A Belgian young Muslim revert to Islam has helped 1000 people to accept Islam after turning her home into Islamic center for Belgian Muslims seeking to learn more about their religion.

Influenced by her Muslim friends and researching into the religion, Veronique Cools has accepted Islam at a very young age.

Later on, she decided to turn her own home into an Islamic center for Belgian Muslims seeking to learn more about their religion.

The new center works to help Belgians to overcome many prejudices when looking into Islam.After eight years of outreach, the center now has more than 1,000 members, most of them Belgian women.

It is also open for all of Belgium Muslims who are interested in learning more about their religion.

Belgian Muslims are estimated at 450,000 – out of a 10-million-population – about half of them are from Moroccan origin, while 120,000 are from Turkish origin.

More than 20 percent of the population of Brussels is of Muslim origin coming from Morocco, Turkey, Pakistan, Bangladesh and other African countries.

There are 77 mosques or prayer rooms in Brussels and over 300 across Belgium.

Unable to Fast or Feed: What to Do?

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Islamic injunctions are intended to create human beings who are balanced physically, mentally and spiritually. Therefore, all the institutions of worship have been based on ease and removal of hardship. Allah says,

“Hence, whoever of you lives to see this month shall fast throughout it; but he that is ill, or on a journey, [shall fast instead for the same] number of other days. God wills that you shall have ease, and does not will you to suffer hardship; but [He desires] that you complete the number [of days required], and that you extol God for His having guided you aright, and that you render your thanks [unto Him].” (Al-Baqarah 2: 185)

And elsewhere Allah Almighty syas, “…it is He who has elected you [to carry His message], and has laid no hardship on you in [anything that pertains to religion…” (Al-Hajj 22: 78)

Therefore, the concession to forgo fasting because of extreme hardship is extended not only to the sick and suffering, but also to the traveler, the women who are menstruating, and undergoing post-natal bleeding, those who are pregnant and breastfeeding, and, finally, those who are advanced in age.

The same flexibility also applied to the various rituals of hajj as well. The Prophet repeated the words, ‘…never mind…’, to all those who confronted him with questions while they had been unable to do rituals, as originally prescribed, and hence had to go for the easier of the two options, etc.

It is, therefore, a well-established rule in fiqh that those who are sick should not fast if, by fasting, their condition worsens. If, however, it is expected to go away as determined by the physicians treating them, then they will have to make up later. If it does not go away, they should pay fidyah in lieu of fasting. This is as per the clear verse in the Qur’an as explained by scholars.

Now coming to your case, you need to check with your physician. If he or she recommends that you should not fast because of the condition you are describing, you should skip fasting. If he or she thinks that your condition may not be improved, then you need to feed the poor (i.e. one poor person per day for the entire month). If, however, you are unable to pay permanent, your lack of means, you should pay the fidyah whenever you can; otherwise, you are exempt from it.

The fact that you are skipping fasting, however, should not be a reason for you to make use of the other opportunities for cleansing, purification and empowerment provided by the blessed month such as night prayers, performing extra nawaafils, constancy in dhikr, reading the Qur’an, engaging in charitable works as best as you can, as well as staying away from frivolities and focusing your mind on the thought of Allah.

Palestine: Is It the Jews’ Promised Land?

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1. The Qur’an addresses the children of Israel as the people who were descendant of Jacob, son of Isaac, and the grand son of Ibrahim. Israel is another name of Jacob. Jacob was a Muslim, the Qur’an says, (…and so did Jacob, ‘Oh my sons! Allah hath chosen the Faith for you; then die not except in the Faith of Islam.’ Were ye witnesses when death appeared before Jacob? Behold, he said to his sons: ‘What will ye worship after me?’ They said: ‘We shall worship Thy god and the god of thy fathers, of Abraham, Isma’il and Isaac, the one (True) God: To Him we bow (in Islam).’) (Al-Baqarah 2:132-33)

2. Allah has never chosen any people because of any racial or ethnical entity but he chose certain people because of Islam.

3. Children of Israel, when they followed Islam, they were the best nation; they were Muslims but others were Mushriks or Kafirs.

4. The Holy Land is blessed because of being the place of Allah’s Messengers and His Message. Descendants of Jacob, among whom are Moses, David, Solomon and `Isa (Jesus) who are holy prophets, so they can fit the Holy Land.

5. The Qur’an addressed earlier the followers of Moses to liberate the Holy Land, they were afraid to get into the Holy Land and they made an excuse for not restoring that land because they believed that the Canaanites are too strong to defeat. They mocked Moses and rebelled his request, the story is detailed in suratal-Ma’idah, 21-26.

6. The Holy Land is always the land assigned for the servants of Allah who surrender everything to him.

7. The occupation of the Holy Land is due to Muslims’ lapsing in weakness and deviating from Allah’s teachings. The occupation of the Jews to the Holy Land is something casual. The Holy Land is waiting for the time when there will be holy people who strictly abide by Allah’s teachings to deserve it.

Twenty centuries before the birth of the Christ, there lived on the shores of the Euphrates a tribe from the descendants of Ibrahim (Abraham) searching for rich places to graze their flocks; they went westwards till they crossed Galilee. They were given the name of the Hebrews, now known as the Jews. They moved aimlessly without having a certain destination until they arrived Egypt where they lived in peace and security for five centuries.

The rulers of Egypt, known as the Pharaohs, kept a tight fist on the Jews and humiliated them. The rescue of the Jews was attained when Moses (peace and blessings be upon him) was sent to them. He led them through Sinai to a new land and a fresh dwelling. For some time, they stayed in Sinai till commands were given to them to enter the Holy Land of Palestine. In Palestine, there was a tribe called Canaanite who built some cities part of which is Jerusalem. Days went on till the Jews revolted against the teachings of Allah and deviated from His religion. Almighty Allah sent to them the governor of Babel, Buchtnasser who humiliated them and enslaved many of them.

Many years later, they returned back to Palestine and some of them went to dwell in the Arabian Peninsula. The Jews in the Arabian Peninsula showed enmity to Islam and fought the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) till they were driven out from the peninsula by Muslims.

Though, seizing the chance of Muslims’ lapsing in weakness and deviating from Allah’s teachings, the Jews have occupied Palestine, they will never remain there forever, for the evil within themselves is beyond description. They will suffer another defeat and sever blow; we hope this will be at the hands of Muslims once they return back to their Lord and be unified again. Allah says in this regard, (And when your Lord announced that He would certainly send against them to the day of resurrection those who would subject them to severe torment; most surely your Lord is quick to requite (evil) and most surely He is Forgiving, Merciful.)(Al-A`raf 7:167)

As for claiming that the Jews have a right to take Palestine as their promised land, we will say that the verse that reads, (Go into the holy land which Allah hath ordained for you.) (Al-Ma`idah 5:21) means that the promise stands so long as the people given this promise abide by Allah’s teachings. Once they show disobedience, the promise no longer exists. In addition, this promise is not an absolute one; rather, it is confined to a certain period of time. Now, the promise is no more valid, for Almighty Allah says, (We have written in the Scripture, after the Reminder: My righteous slaves will inherit the earth.) (Al-Anbiya’ 21:105)

Allah Almighty knows best.

The Palestinian-Israeli Clash in the Light of the Hadith

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what takes place now in Palestine was predicted by the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). However, Muslims should not wait for miracles to happen rather than work hand-in-hand to defend their lands, lives, and honors.

He did say that this occupation is one of the signs that the end of the world is near. He clearly mentioned in that hadith that Jews (Zionists today) will commit all types of atrocities and oppression against believers. But a time will come when the Muslims will take over and achieve victory. Muslims’ victory is confirmed, and the stones as well as the trees will all be on the side of the Muslims except a tree called gharghad.

In the light of this hadith, we should not be surprised about what is happening. At the same time, Muslims have a duty and obligation to do all the best to counter and defend themselves against these atrocities and oppression.

Muslims should not wait for miracles to happen rather than work hand-in-hand to defend their lands, lives, and honors. Muslims won’t be successful if they don’t repent to Allah and fear Him in all their deeds and sayings.

Our fellow Palestinians have to work together and avoid any division or petty quarrels among themselves. They have to think about the interest and welfare of all Palestinians. They have to do their best and never ever give up their rights upon their lands, honors, properties, and, of course their dear lives.

May Allah hasten the victory of beloved Palestinian brothers and sisters over the oppressors.

Allah Almighty knows best.

Britain First Invades East London Mosque

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Militias of UK’s far-right Britain First have invaded another mosque in south east London, giving the imam a seven-day warning to remove signs indicating separate entrances for Muslim men and women at the mosque.

“In this country we have equality,” one member says, as the Muslim man protests over the group refusing to take off their shoes in the place of worship, Huffington Post reported.

“When you respect women, we’ll respect your mosques,” they argue.

The hateful conversation was carried on in a bizarre video uploaded by Britain First “Kent battalion activists” who invaded a mosque in Kent.

The mosque of the North West Kent Muslim Association, like all mosques, Orthodox Jewish synagogues and Sikh gurdwaras, has separate entrances for men and women.

The controversial group is led by a former BNP councillor, Paul Golding, while their political guru, Jim Dowson – a hardline evangelical anti-abortion activist – was previously in charge of BNP finances.

In a recent interview with Channel Four News, Dowson admitted to pursuing a “holy war” on the streets of Britain.

Members of far-right Britain First party invaded several mosques in London, Bradford and Glasgow to hand out Christian leaflets and bibles over the past weeks.

According to representatives of Britain First, an offshoot of the British National party which is contesting this month’s local and European elections, mosque visits were part of a “Christian crusade” campaign against Islam.

The attacks have raised Muslim concerns over their safety if those “Christian patrols” continued.

Muslim Ozil Donates WC Bonus to Charities

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German Muslim football star Mesut Ozil has donated his World Cup prize money to various charity projects in Brazil to fund the surgeries of 23 Brazilian children.

“Dear fans, prior to the #WorldCup I supported the surgery of eleven sick children. Since the victory of the #WorldCup is not only due to eleven players but to our whole team, I will now raise the number to 23. This is my personal thank-you for the hospitality of the people of Brazil,” Ozil announced on his Facebook page.

Ozil is one of the key players in Germany’s national team which won its fourth World Cup last July 13 in a final against Argentina.

According to media reports, Ozil earned a £237,000 bonus for helping Germany win the final and £118,000 for his side’s semi-final win.

Ozil, who is of Turkish descent, is a practicing Muslim and he recites the Quran before games.

The announcement comes after reports initially stated Ozil would be donating his winnings to the children of Gaza.

The claim was denied by the soccer player’s representative Roland Eitel.

SEND US BROTHERS:MUNYAGWA AND MUZAATA’S EMAIL ADDRESSES

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Assalamu alaikum and Ramandhan kareem.

 

I’m yet to find out the exact Islamic position on what Brother Munyagwa did because I personally don’t see anything wrong with it. I mean, we can pray to Allah for anything(positive to the society) and anywhere, right?
Yes, it looked like a comedy on TV because of the way it was presented to the media, and considering that some brothers who were involved in this important dua were shown laughing at the background, but I don’t see any problem with a few brothers meeting anywhere to pray to their lord for something that is bothering them, do you?
There are many verses in the Qur’an and many Hadiths that emphasize the importance and necessity of Du`a’. The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Du`a’ benefits in the things that have happened as well as the things that have not happened yet. The calamity comes down, but the Du`a’ confronts it and they may continuously wrestle until the Day of Resurrection.” (Reported by Al-Hakim.)
In another Hadith, it is reported that the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Nothing can change the Qadar except the Du`a’…”
I’m not gonna say anything about Sheikh Nuhu Muzaata because I’ve not yet read the accusations labelled against him myself. I also find it difficult to believe that he would choose to abuse a fellow Muslim in the holy month of Ramandhan.
If anyone has got the email addresses of these two brothers, please forward them to me. We would prefer to have them pelt each other from here on UMBS rather than through the print media or radio stations.
Thank you
Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba.
abbeysemuwemba@gmail.com

Thank you Imam Kasozi and our Turkish Brothers!

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By Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba

Assalamu alaikum.

On behalf of UMBS, I would like to thank Imam Kasozi and our Brothers from Turkey for bringing smiles to the faces of many during this holly month of Ramandhan. May Allah reward you abundantly!

When Ramadan started in Uganda at the end of last month, Hajat Hasfah Nabunya’s concerns on how to make ends meet for iftar and suhoor during the holy fasting month were shattered after receiving donations from Islamic relief groups.

“We shall fast [peacefully] since we have got food to help us in breaking our fast. I have been scared of how I would complete this month without food,” Nabunya of Mbogo mosque in Kawempe told Uganda’s The Observer.

“But thank God, you have really saved us the poor.”

As the month started in Uganda, Uganda Muslim Youth Assembly (UMYA) and the Foundation for Human Rights and Humanitarian Relief (IHH) from Turkey started donating food to the needy.

Offering food for the month of Ramadan, some widows from Bukomansimbi district praised the donation and thanked Allah for remembering them at such a critical time.

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“May Allah bless this project which cares for the poor. The rice will take me up to Idi [`Eid] day,” Adam Kasule said.

“Since Ramadan started, I have been eating free Iftar and supper at the mosque.”

Offering help to the needy in Ramadan, Uganda Muslim leaders said that the holy month was a chance to share the spirit of giving.

“We are guided by Islamic teachings in giving out these food packages, and not politics,” Imam Kasozi, the vice chairman UMYA and coordinator of IHH in Uganda, said.

Kasozi said Prophet Muhammad revealed that whoever helps a fasting person break his or her fast gets a reward of a fasting person without reducing the reward of the fasting person.

Kasozi, a lecturer at Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU), said the organization started Ramadan donations in 1998.

“We use village imams to select needy people in their areas. They register the beneficiaries in advance in order to fight corruption and distribute goods openly,” he said.

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“We have also given students in non-Muslim-founded schools, because many students fast in these schools and are not facilitated well as they break their fast,” Kasozi said.

Muslims comprise some 14 percent of the predominantly Christian country’s 32-million population, according to the CIA Factbook.

 

 

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Muslims Changing Names for Work Opportunities

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It is really unacceptable for employers to be biased or discriminate against employees or job-seekers on the basis of faith, race, color, etc. Employees and job-seekers could resort to labor unions to defend their equal rights and duties.Labor unions should not accept discrimination in whatever form against employees.

Islam generally recommends good names that bear good connotations. It is not a must for Muslims to bear Arab names. A Muslim, therefore, could be named after Prophets of God or good people. He could have any acceptable name that bears a good meaning in his language and society. Names that have anti-faith or bad meanings are not acceptable for Muslims.

If Muslims face extreme hardships to apply for jobs because of names, they may opt for common names that have good connotations. Names of all Prophets of God and of good meanings are acceptable for Muslims. Muslim communities, however, should always defend their equal rights and duties in any country they live in.

Traveling for a Vacation: May I Break the Fast?

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Allah Almighty says, “O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you may (learn) self-restraint; (Fasting) for a fixed number of days; but if any of you is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed number (should be made up for) from days later. For those who can do it (with hardship), is a ransom, the feeding of one that is indigent. But he that will give more, of his own free will, it is better for him. And it is better for you that you fast, if you only knew. Ramadan is the (month) in which was sent down the Qur’an, as a guide to mankind, also clear (Signs) for guidance and judgment (between right and wrong). So every one of you who is present (at his home) during that month should spend it in fasting, but if anyone is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed period (should be made up for) by days later. God intends every facility for you; He does not want to put to difficulties. (He wants you) to complete the prescribed period, and to glorify Him in that He has guided you; and perchance you shall be grateful.” (Al-Baqarah 2: 183-185)

Given the above, a Muslim should never miss a day of fasting in Ramadan except for an acceptable legal justification. Traveling and illness are among the justifications that allow breaking the fast in Ramadan as the above Qur’anic verses elaborate.

A traveler, who finds it so difficult to fast, may break the fast in Ramadan and make up for the days he or she misses later provided that he or she travels for a long distance (about 85 km or 53 mi) and that he or she is not traveling to commit sinful acts.

Du`a’ to Secure Pregnancy

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Du`a’ to Secure Pregnancy:
You can recite the regular waza’if (spiritual du`a’s and dhikr) including Al-Fatihah, ayat Al-Kursi, surat Al-Ikhlas, surat Al-Falaq, and surat An-Nas. You can also read surat Maryam as some scholars have suggested. As well as this, you can always make dhikr by reciting formulas such as subhana Allah, al-hamdu lillah, la ilaha illa Allah, Allahu akbar, wa la hawla wa la quwwata illa bi Allah (Glory be to Allah, all praise be to Allah, there is no god but Allah. Allah is the most Great. There is no strength or power except by the will of Allah), etc.

As Imam Ibn al-Qayyim said: Consistency in dhikr renders all difficult tasks easy. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Whoever clings to istighfar (seeking Allah’s forgiveness), Allah will appoint for him/her a way out of all troubles, and will provide for him/her in ways he/she could never foresee in ordinary times!”

So cling to dhikr and istighfar and Allah will surely make things easy for you.

Allah Almighty knows best.

Committed Adultery in Ramadan: How to Repent?

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You ought to fast sixty days for the fast you broke; if you cannot do so, you should feed sixty poor persons. On top of that, you should seek sincere repentance. Repentance is not simply saying, “I am sorry”; rather it cannot be complete unless you take immediate steps of expiation; these are the essential conditions for repentance:

First of all, no repentance is earnest unless you feel deep remorse over your actions.

Secondly, you need to refrain from the sin you are repenting from; in this involves cutting off all relations with the person and leaving the company or circumstances that caused you to slip up;

Thirdly, you need to resolve never to do it again.

This is to be followed up by engaging in good deeds as much as you can.

It behooves you to keep the company of the pious and God-fearing who can exercise a beneficial influence over you. You may do well to spend the days in reading the Qur’an and dhikr as much as possible and spend the nights as much as possible in the mosque attending prayers.

Du`aa’ to Find a Good Husband

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Du`aa’ to Find a Good Husband:

There is nothing wrong as far as Shari`ah is concerned if you invoke Allah to make it easy for you to get married. One of the supplications in the Qur’an is this: (And of them (also) is he who saith: “Our Lord! Give unto us in the world that which is good and in the Hereafter that which is good, and guard us from the doom of Fire.”) (Al-Baqarah 2:201).

The commentators explain the good in this world as a righteous spouse. You can invoke Allah to grant you a righteous spouse. If there is a particular person you want to marry, then you can ask Allah to grant you what is good or facilitate the matter for you if it really entails good, as you do not know what is really good for you.

Here are some suggested ways:

1. Ask the people who are in positions of authority (such as imams, leaders in the community, older people who can be trusted) to help you in your search for a good husband.

2. Try to utilize the opportunities available in your community to meet prospective marriage candidates. Such avenues include marriage seminars, conferences, seminars, lectures, get-togethers.

While trying your best, never stop praying to Allah to grant you your wish. In order to do this, you may use any of the relevant prayers or supplications or improvise your own; for du`aa’can be made in your own tongue and there is no taboo on praying for things of this world and other world. I can list below a few du`aa’ that can be used for this purpose:

Rabbi inni lima anzalta ilayya min kharyin faqeer.
(My Lord, I am ever needful of any favor that You may send my way.)

Allahumma, rahmataka arju fala takilni ila nafsi tarafata `aynin wa aslih li sha’ni kullahu.
(O Allah, I beseech Your mercy, so do not abandon me to my own devices even for an instant; and straighten all of my affairs for me.)

Allahumma aghnini bi halalika `an haramika wa bi ta`atika `an ma`siyatika wa bi fadlika `amman siwaka
(O Allah, make me self-sufficient with what You have declared as halal for me so that I am not compelled to resort to that which is haram; and make me self-sufficient with Your obedience so that I am not compelled to disobey You; and make me self-sufficient with Your favor so that I do not need to look to others for favor.)

While you may read any of the above with the purpose you have in mind at all times; however, you are best advised to do so following two rak`ahs of Salat al-Hajah (Prayer for a need).

Muzaata is an embarrassment to Ugandan Muslims and he should apologise to Munyangwa

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Dear brothers and sisters,
I am one of those people who would not be comfortable praying in a forest for fear of snakes and caterpillars. But if one is pushed to the wall may be forest would be an option. Read about people went to the bush to liberate our motherland, Uganda. No one has stopped to ask whether the politician was deprived of the his liberty and freedom to use his home. I would not be surprised if this was the case. If you want to know what am saying, just pay attention when Besigye or Mayor Lukwago’s car drives in front of or behind your car. You will just see how people will scamper or give way, lest they become the next tear gas victim.

On the content of the Dua we need to be enlightened on whether the Prophet used to pray for food to be given to his enemies before going to the many battles he fought. Guess a difference of opinion would emerge in this area. The politician’s battle is with current leadership. Not being part of his wars and battles does not deem his Dua irrelevant. That is what is acceptable to him. And besides if he is defeated he should turn to his creator. There is nothing wrong in what he did. A Dua can be performed any where except in toilet facilities. I invite some of you who have not yet traversed the world to do so and visit your Muslim brothers from west Africa to Saudi Arabia or as far as China. If you witness how they perform their Duas you will leave more confused than enlightened!!!! In some places you might think you are in a market place, while in others you might think you are in the middle of a witchcraft session. Untill you get out of your comfort zone and travel the world, you will only think that the way we pray or perform Dua in Uganda, is the way other people do it in the rest of the world. You are in for big surprise. Those who have travelled the world in search of knowledge end up being humble and tolerant of other people’s culture and way of life. Again, I have to state here ALLAH knows best.

On the content of the sermon delivered by the Sheikh to say it was absurd is an understatement. The content depicted a lack of style, tact and bordered on politics. The sheikh could be excused for venturing in politics after all everyone is entitled to a side in the world of politics. But to belittle, disparage and abuse an adult Muslim (who has not abused you in the first place) in the middle of a sermon was not only misplaced, uncalled for but also threw more light on the brains of the one delivering the sermon. The message portrayed in impatience, immaturity and intolerance of the highest order. I invite you to revisit the You tube clip again and watch this sermon and make your own assessment.

Islam recommends the highest degree of manners when dealing with issues. The best among mankind the Prophet asked his followers who had finished per taking of the camel meat again to have ablution again with out exception. In so doing he was only avoiding to put to shame to one of the followers who had polluted the air. Can we assume that the learned Sheikh has never come across such teaching? It is high time the Sheikh is called to order or is given lessons of proper conduct deserving his status.

It can be debated whether the politician’s Dua was right or wrong. But the manner in which the sheikh attacked him leaves alot to be desired. I don’t think if the sheikh had picked a phone and called the politician he would have refused to talk to him. Unless there is beef between the two guys we don’t know about, the Sheikh over reacted, was totally out of order to abuse a follower (who might not be as knowledgeable in the matters of religion as the sheikh) during his sermon and ought to apologize to him. He should also apologize to the many Muslims he has attacked and mentioned their names during his preachings. Otherwise he will meet these issues with his creator on the day of reckoning.

As for the Dua, the politician needs more enlightenment as many of us do on this forum. If to perform Dua or not still remains area of debate among Muslim circles then why attack someone so ferociously as if he has denounced Islam…..

Kind regards,

Dr. Ibrah Ssendagire.

Haji Sakibu Mukuye:Introduced coffee farming in Rukungiri and built the first ever iron roofed house in his home sub county of Buhunga in 1953 !

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BY HAJJI NSEREKO MUTUMBA

Haji Sakibu Mukuye lived a fruitful life and pioneered many developmental activities in Rukungiri. His father was Asuman Ddamulira who traveled from Migadde village in Bulemezi – Luweero in 1904, briefly settled at Masaka Kinoni and proceeded to Rujumbura in 1910.

He was welcomed by the King of Mpororo, Makobore who gave him land to settle at Kabirizi; a remote and dangerous animal infested area. He contributed greatly to the development of Rukungiri, Ntungamo, Kabale and parts of Bushenyi districts.

Mukuye’s humble beginnings goes way back to first dealing in bark clothes (embugo) and pots which were quite popular as plates and cooking ware. Using income from these activities, he introduced large scale banana plantations in 1940. By the time of his death, he was a major supplier of bananas and sugar cane to Rukungiri town and surrounding areas.

In 1942, when he visited Buganda, he was fascinated by the riches of the people, particularly their iron roofed houses and motor vehicles, which he was told came from profits of coffee beans. When he returned home, he took back with him a few coffee beans, which he introduced into nurseries to develop the seedlings. This was the beginning of robusta coffee in Rukungiri District – in other words, Mukuye is the one who introduced coffee farming in Rukungiri.

By 1949, they had started harvesting. However, by 1950, his village Kihanga was not easily accessible and it was therefore difficult to market his produce. This is when he single handedly embarked on constructing a 13 kilometer road connecting Kihanga, Buhunga in Rujumbura County – Now Rukungiri District to Kebisoni in Rubabo County. He was later assisted by his two brothers Yusuf Kayole and Musa Magezi.

The Kigezi local government later appreciated this project and sent in road inspectors to help improve the bridges by replacing logs with pipes and concrete culverts.In 1966, the road was commissioned by the then Hon. Minister of works Mr. Katiti.

From the coffee earnings, Mukuye built the first ever iron roofed house in his home sub county of Buhunga in 1953. In the same year, he pioneered the purchase of a motor vehicle, an Opel. He also purchased a Gramophone and a pressure lamp that amazed locals with its amazing lights.

In 1954, Mukuye built the first Mosque in Rukungiri at Nyakaziba and converted many people into Islam. People still recall the Muwalimu he hired from Bukoba in Tanzania to teach Islam to his tribesmen. It was during that year, that Ankole was hit by severe famine, but Mukuye used his personal wealth to minimize it by feeding many children. Many were impressed by his generosity and they converted to Islam.

In 1955, he built another Mosque in Rwakanyegyero. A year later he used his personal funds to put up the first private primary school in Rukungiri called Rwakanyegyero primary school. The school is now under the district local government administration. The school management committee and parents have since submitted a resolution to the authorities seeking to rename the school “Sakibu Mukuye memorial school”.

Despite his being nearly illiterate, Mukuye had the wisdom to invest in educational establishments. In 1956, Mukuye built the first shop in the parishes of Kihanga, Buhunga, Kyariyenje, Mabanga and the neigbouring parishes in Ankole.

A year later, he bought a commercial vehicle, an Austin lorry that he used to ferry materials for the completion of the school. He also used the vehicle to ferry his business merchandise like coffee to the market. This vehicle was later to assist salt traders by ferrying their salt from Lake Katwe.

In 1957, he introduced fish farming by constructing two fish ponds into which he introduced Tilapia.

In 1958, he built another Mosque at Rwakabengo. However this Mosque was destroyed by local residents because it was near Protestant and Catholic churches.

The fruits of Mukuye’s efforts were mostly seen in the early sixties when his formerly remote village Kihanga, became the pride of Rujumbura County (now Rukungiri District) with most villagers putting up iron roofed houses with earnings from the coffee boom. Kihanga became the richest village with parents able to take their children to school. In fact Kihanga can boast of being the earliest source of “school goers” in the early 1960s.

With increased coffee production, Mukuye started a coffee processing factory at Kacence with a cooperative society of over 100 people and he was its treasurer. He had 19 children, 12 girls and 7 boys. These include Sulaiman Semukuye – a councillor and vice chairman Buhunga Sub-county and a member of UMSC General Assembly, Aisha Namigadde, Uthman Kasoma among others. His wives included Mastula Namuka, Mariam Tiratumire, Madiya Bitaragazamu and Asiyati Kemigongo.

In addition to his children, Mukuye supported a number of young Muslims especially those who converted to Islam. He educated them and supported them economically. These include Sulaiman Karuhembe, Ahmada Gagirahi, Abdallah Bwengye, Madina Gagirahi and Abdulkadir Byaruhanga (a Commissioner of UMSC Electoral Commission), Eng. Swaibu Mulinya – former chairman of Mandela National Stadium and many others.

Among those he empowered and prospered in coffee growing were Bataringaya, Kashaija and Rukakurijwa Sebastian.

In his book: “Pearls of Wisdom”, a Turkish Muslim Scholar Fethullah Gulen wrote as follows: “The really long-lived are not those who live long but those who can make their lives as fruitful as possible.

In view of this standard, as there may be those who, though a hundred years old, are truly short-lived, it is also possible that there are those who, though only 15 years old, have been able to attain the highest degrees by dedication their lives to giving as many fruits as possible.”

Haji Sakibu Mukuye was a patriot who served and loved Uganda above himself. He detested selfishness, which is a cancer to most well to do Ugandans. He valued wanainchi more than anybody. His life on this earth was beneficial to many Ugandans. Had he to be alive today, he would be better placed to be in charge of NAADS! This man for sure is among the Muslim heroes of Uganda, though unsung.

The writer is the Public Relations Officer

THIS MAY BE USEFUL TO OUR SEBEI SISTERS IN UGANDA

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Female Circumcision: Is It Really Obligatory? Circumcision for males is considered an important rite of initiation in Islam. It is a part of the legacy of the Prophet Ibrahim, peace and blessings be upon him, whose role model we have been ordered to follow in the Qur’an. It is, therefore, a highly significant rite in Islam, which distinguishes Muslim males from others.

When we come to the issue of “Female circumcision”, however, the mater is quite different. There is nothing in the sources, either the Qur’an or the Sunnah, to suggest that it is a PRESCRIBED ritual of initiation for women in Islam.

While one finds a number of traditions from the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, which clearly indicates that he ordered pagan males who converted to undergo circumcision, it is not stated anywhere that the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, ordered any woman who entered Islam to undergo this practice.

Because there is no absolute proof from the sources of Islam prescribing female circumcision, the vast majority of scholars do not include it in the OBLIGATORY rituals of Islam.

It is common knowledge in Islam that if the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, had wanted female circumcision to be an integral aspect of religious practice in Islam the same way that male circumcision is, he would have said so clearly. Since he did not do so, we can safely assume it is not a prescribed ritual of Islam.

Allah Almighty knows best.

Are Women Allowed to Watch World Cup Matches?

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Generally speaking, Islam allows permissible entertainment and recreation. Islam encourages Muslims to practice sports and be of sound minds and bodies. Women, in principle, are allowed to watch football matches provided that she doesn’t violate the Shari`ah ethics and values of looking at men.

A Muslim woman may watch the World Cup matches as long as the below conditions are met:

1. She doesn’t look at the `awrah of men

2. She doesn’t look at players with sexual desire

3. She doesn’t neglect her work, family or/and religious duties because of following up the football matches

If the above conditions are met, a Muslim woman can watch men while they are playing. `A’ishah (Allah be pleased with her) narrated that:

I swear by Allah that I saw Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) standing at the door of my room while the Abyssinians were engaged in spear play in the mosque of Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him). He screened me with his cloak so I could watch them perform. He stood there for my sake until I decided that I had had enough. ( Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

As for men’s `awrah, scholars have differences on whether or not the navel, thighs and knees are among men’s `awrah. If someone opts for any of two scholarly views that have sound proofs from Shari`ah, no one should blame him for it.

As for man, he has to cover what is between the navel and thighs. But there is disagreement about the exposing of the navel, thighs and knees. The following Hadiths prove that such parts are not part of man’s `awrah:

`A’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) narrates: “The Prophet was sitting with his thigh exposed when Abu Bakr sought, and received, permission to enter. The same thing happened with `Umar. However, when `Uthman sought permission to enter, the Prophet covered himself with his clothes. When they left, I said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, you allowed Abu Bakr and `Umar to enter while your thigh was exposed. But when `Uthman asked permission to enter, you covered yourself with your clothes.’ He said, ‘O ‘Aishah, shouldn’t I be shy of a man even the angels, by Allah, feel bashful in his presence’?” (Ahmad and Al-Bukhari)

Ibn Hazm says: “It is correct to say that the thigh is not part of `awrah, saying otherwise will conflict with the fact that Allah allowed His Prophet, who is protected (from sin), to uncover his thigh so that Anas and others could see it? Allah would have kept him from doing this. According to Jabir as recorded in the two Sahihs (authentic books of Al-Bukhari and Muslim), when the Prophet was young (before his prophethood), he was once carrying the stones of the Ka`bah, wearing only a loincloth. His uncle Al-`Abbas said to him, ‘O nephew, why don’t you untie your waistcloth and put it on your shoulder for padding?’ The Prophet did so and fell unconscious. He was never seen naked again after that.”‘

Ibn Hazm mentions that Hubair Ibn Al-Huwairith looked at Abu Bakr’s thigh when it was uncovered, and that Anas Ibn Malik came to Qas Ibn Shammas when his thigh was uncovered.

However, the following Hadiths are cited to show that the thighs and so on are part of `awrah:

Muhammad Jahsh reported: “The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, passed by Ma’mar while his thighs were uncovered. He said, to him,’O Ma`mar, cover your thighs, for they are (part of) `awrah.” This is related by Ahmad, al-Hakim and Al-Bukhari in Tareekh and in Mu`allaq form in his Sahih.

Reported Jurhad, “The Messenger of Allah passed by me when the cloak I was wearing was a little bit off my thigh. He said, ‘Cover your thigh, for it (is part of) `awrah.” This is related by Ahmad, Abu Dawood and At-Tirmidhi, who called it Hasan, and by Al-Bukhari in Mu`allaq form in the Sahih.

Moreover, a Muslim, man or woman, should take care of his or her work, family, and religious duties. It’s not justified for a Muslim to ignore any of his or her duties for following up matches, movies, etc.

In addition to the above, if a Muslim, man or woman, watches the games at stadium, he or she should observe Shari`ah values and morals regarding intermingling between sexes. Muslim women, therefore, should observe their hijab and be modest when they talk or walk.

Given the above, a Muslim woman may watch football matches provided that she doesn’t look at men’s `awrah, doesn’t look at players with sexual desire, doesn’t neglect her duties, and abides by Shari`ah values and ethics.

WISHING EVERYONE A NICE RAMANDHAN AND REMEMBER TO SHOP FOR DATES

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Assalamu alaikum.

I would like to wish everyone a nice month of Ramandhan. Please, let us pray for each other; pray for our families; pray for our kids; pray for our friends and enemies; e.t.c. But please remember to shop for dates as they are ideal for breaking your fast.

1.Breaking the fast with dates is a Ramadhan tradition, as most of its
benefits are unique to this particular fast.

2.Breaking one’s fast with Dates, as well as praying before iftar, are both mentioned in the Hadith literature:”The Messenger of Allah would break his fast with ripe dates before he would pray. If those were not available, he would eat dried dates. If those were not available, he would drink some water.”

3.One of the many physical benefits of breaking the fast with dates is that our body benefits from the date’s high level of natural sugars.Sugars travel most quickly to the liver, where they are converted into energy more quickly than any other nutrient.

Muslims have an immediate need for this energy when they break their fast, for they need energy to perform their sunset prayers.

Ironically, one also needs this energy to consume the iftar meal.When a person eats, the body uses energy to digest the food. Eating large quantities of food immediately after fasting is not healthy for the body, which is in a weakened condition.

Eating a date first helps the body start its digestive process and gives it the energy to deal with the secondary, more complex foods, eaten during iftar.

4.Dates are also high in vitamins A and B6,folic acid,potassium,Natural sodium,iron, and magnesium.Thus, eating dates daily during Ramadhan is like taking a daily multivitamin.This daily multivitamin can create a stronger and healthier body, one more fit for fasting.

5.Dates also contain large amounts of dietary fiber, which can prevent any constipation that might result from eating the traditionally rich foods served during Ramadhan.

6.Additionally, dates protect the stomach and intestinal tract from parasites and bacteria, and thus is a good preventative medicine when eating iftar at unfamiliar locations.

7.Dates also have a special place in Islam. In fact, they were one of the Prophet’s (SAW) most frequently consumed foods.

For this reason, their benefit is most likely spiritual as well as physical. If their benefit were purely physical, one could perhaps consume any fruit high in natural sugars before iftar to gain similar benefits. However, the act of following the Prophet’s (SAW) tradition is one way of connecting and remembering him, this is spiritually beneficial for Muslims.

One should pray after eating dates and before eating the main meal, because this short break gives the body time to metabolize the dates and water that have been consumed and to start the body’s digestive processes, which has been resting all day.

Eating large amounts of food immediately after breaking the fast resembles starting a car and the driving it without giving it enough time to warm up. As we know, this can damage the engine’s internal mechanics.

The same is true with the body, for jump starting the body’s digestive processes can shock the entire organ system. In some cases, this shock could be dangerous. In most cases, however, it is simply an unhealthy way to break the fast. The immediate dangers are apparent in the increased need to sleep after the iftar. This sleepy feeling comes about because the body has expended so much energy on the digestive system that it needs to lower its other bodily functions in order to perform it’s digestive duties properly. Over time, this habit can cause long-term damage to the body.

ABBEY KIBIRIGE SEMUWEMBA
UMBS MODERATOR

Taking Pills to Stop Menses During Ramadan

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It is not recommended for a woman to take pills to delay menstruation with the intention of catching the full month of Ramadan fasting. It is Allah, the Creator and Sovereign Lord, Who has created women with this nature, and it is He in His infinite wisdom Who has decreed that women must forego Prayer and fasting while menstruating. So it is only most apt for women to surrender to the decree of Allah.

For as the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) told his beloved wife `A’ishah—who had accompanied him in his final pilgrimage and who had been apparently distressed by the fact that because of the onset of menses she was unable to perform `Umrah like everyone else in the group—, “(There is nothing to be distressed about) since it is something that Allah has decreed on the daughters of Adam!”In other words, menses is a natural part of a woman’s life, and she needs to organize her life around it.

On closer reflection we can see that it is Allah, the Creator and Sovereign Lord, Who has created women with this nature, and it is He in His infinite wisdom Who has decreed that women must forego Prayer and fasting while experiencing menstruation. So it is only most apt for women to surrender to the decree of God, and forego Prayer and fasting while menstruating.

Furthermore, there is no reason for women to be distressed by the fact that they are missing the rewards accruing from Prayer and fasting, for Allah in His infinite mercy has certainly appointed for them ample substitutes to make up for such deficiencies. In other words, they will have sufficiency of rewards in whatever good works they can possibly be engaged in.

Before concluding, it is important to point out that the pills that interfere with women’s natural rhythms and cycles must never be taken lightly, for as it has been the case with such interferences, nobody can fully assess the long term adverse effects of such actions. It is, therefore, only befitting us as humans to choose freely what God in His supreme wisdom has chosen for us.

Allah Almighty knows best.

MORE ABOUT ISLAMIC KISAKAATE

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Assalam Alaikum
I would want to commend Imam Kasozi for his highlight of the Islamic Kisaakate. I think whoever brought this idea must have thought about it in broader perspective. I think we need one for old folks here, i suggest. If you analyse well what many people post here on UMBS, its a cry for such trainings,

However, MUMSA(Makerere University Muslim Students’ Association) with MSAU (Muslim Students’ Association of Uganda) have had these programs annually.

1.There’s SISTER’S CONFERENCE that is meant to prepare our Muslim Girls/Sisters to live an Islamic life in times of adoloscents, School, after School and Marriage.

This has been helpful to most of your daughters especially those who have not atested any Islamic dosage at home and School. For those who have had their daughters in this program will tell the difference.

2. There’s TARRIBIYA Program every end of the year. Its an all inclusive program for both males and females. This is the greatest opportunity for those with children that have no opportunity throuth out the year to have an Islamic dosage

This has been helpful especially to thise with kids who live and study abroad with little or no chances of living an Islamic life

3. CARAVANS. These are the most appealing program i exprienced my self. It involves lots of fun and lessons to learn. Well as you in the comfort of the city have choices of Masjids and Sheikhs to attend to, there are some parts of Uganda, less than 100 kilometers from Kampala, where Muslims use an Audio tape for Kutubah every Friday for Jumah. Its the same program where you will meet Muslims that come for Jumah drunk, at times at 3pm. Its under that program that you will exprience the real effects of MUSLIM DISUNITY in Uganda.

Its an oportunity for interactions amongst the sons and daughters of all Muslims of different classes, poor and rich, different tribes, different Muslim proffessiinals amongst the students forum, ie Muslim Student Doctors, Lawyers, Teachers etc all sharing one meal and blanket, PREACHING the word Allah, networking, exposure etc and above all a chance to tour Uganda.

Its within these Caravans that every one is a sheikh, as they are trained to make Kutubahs in every Masjid they are deployed.

Many of you benefited from these programs during your times as students and they are the ones you have have always counted on.
Its through these Caravans that most you met for the first time and have lived as best friends for life.

Its appalling that despite the good things and benefits got from there, few of you send their sons and daughters to be part of them. I have no ill feelings about those who concentrate on their local Masjids during holidays for their kids to get Islamic Knowledge, but you should also give your kids a chance to get exposed. They should get a chance to know all the different sides of the state of affair for Islam in Uganda.

Its through these programs that the mind set of Students have changed especially after witnessing what its like Islam in other parts of the country.

I think we can unite as one, every one contribute using the knowledge Allah bestowed on you and build Islam.

For the sake of Islamic Bisakaate, its an urgent matter and a need for both young and old.

SHABAN KALEMA

ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION AT GADAFI NATIONAL OLD KAMPALA NATIONAL MOSQUE

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No doubt the above place of Worship is the most magnificent mosque in Eastern, Western, Central and Southern Africa. It was declared and recognized by the Government as one of the Tourist monument in Uganda. Indeed it attracts hundreds of local and foreign visitors on daily basis, generating sizeable income to UMSC.

However, the ongoing construction slumish Kiosks, in its vicinity (to me) seem to a total pollution of the structural environment defilement of its physical magnificiency and degrading as a “To whom it may concern Entity”.

One wonders whether this is the UMSC management committee decision and plan, approved by UMSC Executive Committee, Joint session Committee and confirmed by UMSC General Assembly for implementation. If so, were the following issues put under consideration;

Beauty Deformity: the Magnificent Mosque compound harbouring make-shift shuttles is a terrible surrounding mismatch like a man in the best Velvet suite with Rugabire sandals “Okwooza Noyanika Mutosi” Total confusion!

Moral Erosion: If KCCA (Ms Jennifer Musisi) abolished these slumish kiosks from the city, condemning the owners as criminals, how can Muslim National Headquarters welcome them as commercial Refugees turning our compound into an illegal market place .

Compromises security Details: opening it to Greater public now makes Abu-Hamza Boys & other security Agents over stretched to maintain accurate security intelligence, hampering information flow mechanism for viable prompt action. Hence making this place highly vulnerable to terrorist. See what is happening in Kenya today.

The number of national and international vistors is likely to decrease. UMSC will consequently loose income accruing from this industry. Ranging between 300,000-1000, 000 Ugshs. On daily basis.

Constraining Available Public facilities like Toilets, water system, park yard, Greater Public other than regular worshippers, will definitely enjoy free toilet, water and parking yard services. Therefore subsequent excessive water wastage sanitation and compound disrepair /maintenance costs will exceed the peanut income occurring from these good for nothing kiosks rendering financial loss to UMSC, i.e. Ummah’s Money.

It is therefore my humble appeal UMSC Leaders to reconsider and rectify this Misnomour before any damage takes place .These are my Views. I may be wrong, what are yours??

Hajji Ssebalu .K.Jamil Din.
Kampala.

ISLAMIC KISAKAATE IS A GOOD IDEA BUT THEY MAY CALL US TERRORISTS IF WE GATHER

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I share the concerns of the brothers who fear that we might be mistaken for training terrorists. We can start by inviting them to open, close or even attend our trainings. Otherwise, if we start by censuring ourselves, we shall never be able to do anything. Indeed, even gathering for tareweeh prayers is dangerous and subject to suspicion. As for the other options, I appreciate them, but the brothers must admit that there is no single solution to the problem.

Some parents can hire sheikhs to teach their children at home, others can not; some parents can send their children to mosques, some can not. Indeed, for people in the villages, there are no functioning darasas in many mosques. We can not abandon them because we are comfortable in town areas where the mosques are functioning.

Let us think further. This could be one of the solutions.

Uthman ibn uthman Katende.