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Meet Sheikh Ahmad Mukasa: the man entrusted with the will of Prince Badru Kakungulu!

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Sheikh Ahmad Mukasa Mwasansimbi

Sheikh Ahmad Mukasa Mwasansimbi



By Haji Nsereko Mutumba

Background
Sheikh Ahmad Mukasa Mwasansimbi was born on 25th October 1934 at Kiruruga village, Kakiri Sub Country in Busiiro County (current Wakiso District).

His father was Muwalimu Imam Haji Adam Kasule Salongo of Mende-Bbuga village, Mituba IV parish, Mumyuka Sub County in Busiiro County. He belonged to the “Ngeye clan”. He was the Imam of Mende – Kalema Memorial Mosque.

His Grandfather was Silimu Kalungi Mwamula. He was Prince Nuhu Mbogo’s special laundry man who was superb in scrubbing the Prince’s clothes until they were spot free and bright. This earned him the name Mwamula (brightener).Shk. Ahmad Mukasa’s mother was Amina Namayanja of Mamba (Lung Fish) clan.Sheikh Ahmad Mukasa was born in a family of 8 children; four sons and four daughters. One son died and they remained seven as listed below:

Shk. Ahmad Mukasa, Haji Musa Luzzi – Imam Mende Mosque, Haji Kibirige Mayanja (Founder and Chairman of Justice Forum), Mastula Nalule – Wife to Shk. Muhammad Ismail Matovu (O.B to Shk. Ahmad Mukasa), Aisha Nanfuka, Khadijah Nabunya and Fatuma Nakitto.

His first teacher was his father Muwalimu Imam Adam Kasule. He taught him the Holy Quran and gave him other Islamic lessons.
At the age of six, Ahmad Mukasa had read and covered five Juzus (sections) of the Holy Quran courtesy of his father.

In 1946, he joined Sekabaka Nuhu Kalema Memorial Primary School (Where King Kalema was buried) and he was placed under the supervision of Shk. Ali Kulumba who was the then Twale Sheikh of Busiiro County (Now Wakiso District).

In 1948, he finished reading all the chapters of the Holy Quran and Shk. Ali Kulumba is the one who performed the prayers for completing the Quran (Oku’Khatimisa/Kufumba Quran) which involved slaughtering a goat. The young Ahmad Mukasa also received Hijaza (blessings) from Shk. Ali Kulumba.

In 1950, Ahamad Mukasa finished primary six and immediately joined Katuumu Madrasatul Nahwa Al-Islamiyya founded by Shk. Swaib Semakula (Shk. Mukulu). His principle teachers were Shk. Buruhan Semakula and Shk. Mahmood Katende.

In 1954, he reached the level of Muwalimu (Islamic Teacher) and he started teaching at Mende Kalema Primary School and serving as the Imam Mende Kalema Memorial Mosque concurrently.

In 1958, he was appointed atwale Sheikh for Busiiro County.
In 1961, he together with 46 fellow students were ordained Sheikhs at a colourful function presided over by Prince Badru Kakungulu the then Muslim leader.

They were ordained (Okusibwa Ebitambaala) by Shk. Sharif Haddad of Nakasero, Shk. Swaib Semakula and Shk. Muhammad Yakuubu Lubowa at Kibuli Mosque.

Among those ordained on that day were: Shk. Muhammad Ismail Matovu of Ttamu – Singo, Shk. Jafer Bakaaki of Busoga, Shk. Muhammad Wamala of Kooki, Shk. Ibrahim Sebirumbi of Kirwazza – Bulemezi, Shk. Zubair Bakari, Shk. Abdumajid Norman of Namasumbi etc.

In 1964, Shk. Mukasa was spotted as a brilliant Islamic theological teacher by Prince Badru Kakungulu Patron UMEA, Ramadhan Gava Secretary General UMEA and Haji Juma Babinsibire who was UMEA schools Inspector, and appointed to teach at Kibuli S.S.

Between 1958 to 1966, we see Shk. Mukasa as an Imam of Mende Kalema Memorial Mosque, a teacher at Mende Kalema Primary School, a supervisor of Muslim schools in Busiiro Twale, a Twale Sheikh as well as an adult student of Katuumu Madrasatul Nahwa Al-Islamiyya pursuing studies to qualify as a full Sheikh and a teacher at Kibuli S.S.

Between 1964 and 1968, among the students he taught at Kibuli S.S were Badru Kateregga (Now Professor and Proprietor of Kampala University) and Munyagwa (now Medical Doctor – Dentist).

He was appointed the Imam of Kibuli Mosque by Prince Badru Kakungulu and he served in this position from 1966 to 1972.

On 1st June 1972, Sheikh Ahmad Mukasa was appointed Secretary for Religious Affairs in the newly formed Uganda Muslim Supreme Council thereby becoming the pioneer officer in this position. He served in this position from 1972 to 1993 thereby becoming the longest UMSC Secretary for Religious Affairs under leadership of Maulana Abdul Razak Matovu who was the first chief Kadhi to Mufti Shk. Ibrahim Saad Luwemba.

Meanwhile, while teaching at Kibuli, he enrolled for an English correspondence course at Makerere University until 1980. He attained an equivalent of Senior IV.

When the liberation war started in 1980, Shk. Ahmad Mukasa migrated to Nakaswa in Mukono where he stayed with Shk. Obeid Kamulegeya until 1986 when the war was over.

He returned and resumed teaching at Mende Kalema Secondary School until 1993 when he was elected Interim Mufti of Uganda in the Mbarara unity conference chaired by Prof. George W. Kanyeihamba, a decision which was challenged by the then Mufti of Uganda Shk. Ibrahim Saad Luwemba who was at the UMSC Headquarters Old Kampala and Sheikh Mukasa with his management established his headquarters at Kibuli.

He served in this capacity until the year 2000 when he handed over to the duly universal elected Mufti of Uganda Shk. Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje.

Sheikh Mukasa is the one who swore in the Mufti of Uganda Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje and handed over the keys of office to him on 1st January 2001 at a colourful ceremony presided over by His Excellency the President of Uganda Gen. Yoweri K. Museveni.

In 2001, Sheikh Mukasa was one of the four man delegation that met the then Libyan Leader Col. Gaddafi in Sirti and Benghazi to negotiate the construction of the National Mosque. The delegation was led by His Eminence the Mufti of Uganda Shk. Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje. The other members were Haji Serugo Kasenene and Shk. Anas Sesimba.

In 2013, he was elected Chairman of Kibuli based Muslim Community. Early this year (February 2014), Shk. Ahmad Mukasa was elected Shk. Islam by Kibuli Muslim Community members led by Prince Kassim Nakibinge.

Sheikh Mukasa once served as the Young Men Muslim Association Deputy Asst. Secretary General. This youth group of elite Muslims is based at Kibuli with its Patron Prince Badru Kakungulu.
He is a signatory to the constitution of the recently registered Uganda Muslim Community of Kibuli.

Achievements:
After completing his studies at Katuumu, Shk. Ahmad Mukasa embarked on constructing a new Mosque and New Classrooms at Mende. He later established Mende Kalema Muslim Secondary School.

During his tenure as Twale Sheikh of Busiiro County, Shk. Ahmad Mukasa over saw the establishment of a Mosque and a School in each of the eight Sub-Counties in Busiiro Twale (County).These Include Kyebando Muslim Primary School and Mosque, Entebbe Kitubulu Muslim Primary School and Mosque, Kasanje Primary School and Mosque, Kambe Muslim Primary School and Mosque (at Naddangira), Kyengeza Muslim Primary School and Mosque, Kiroro Muslim Primary School and Mosque, Kajansi (Bweya) Primary School and Mosque among others.

These schools and Mosques have given birth to many others in different parts of Busiiro County, Buganda, and Uganda at large.
As a parent, Shk. Ahmad Mukasa put into action what he preaches by educating both his sons and daughters to higher levels.

He also paid school fees for his young brother – now Haji Muhammad Kibirige Mayanja Founder president of JEEMA and currently chairman of the same party.

Sheikh Mukasa was entrusted with the will of Prince Badru Kakungulu which he kept for more than 13 years.He was also appointed one of the Guardians to Prince Kassim Nakibinge alongside Rev. Polycarp Kakooza, Abubakar Kakyaama Mayanja, Dr. Sulaiman Kiggundu, Shk. Muhammad Semakula and others.Surprisingly, the will we have talked about was a single copy which was never challenged by anybody.

A Darasah which he started in 1980 in the Mosques of Bwaise, Alidina, Wakiso and Mende have produced very articulate and renowned Sheikhs. One of them is Sheikh Edirisa of Mulago. This Darasa is now concentrated at his home in Mende.

While serving as Interim Mufti, Shk. Ahmad Mukasa held several meetings aimed at uniting Muslim leaders in Uganda.“In 2000, I defied my colleagues who included Shk. Obeid Kamulegeya, Shk. Zubair Kayongo and Shk. Kulumba and decided to endorse the 2000 UMSC Elections as well as officially handing over to the duly elected Mufti of Uganda Shk. Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje. I made this painful decision in the name of Muslim unity in Uganda” Shk. Ahmad Mukasa told the author.

Another special attribute about Shk. Ahmad Mukasa is that he focused on developing his home area, something that many Muslim leaders have failed to do.

Comments:
1.Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje (The Mufti of Uganda):
Sheikh Ahmad Mukasa is someone who respects his age and status. I have never heard him utter any word of abuse whatsoever, be it against me or any other person. I must also add that he is the one who swore me into the office of the Mufti of Uganda. Shk. Mukasa is indeed a role model.
2.Mr. Kibirige Mayanja:

Shk. Mukasa has been the pillar of our family for all the time. He is the one who educated us his brothers and sisters right from primary to university. He also educated children who are not family members. This was all in addition to his biological children who are over 30 in number.He has been a devoted teacher in various schools which include Mende Islamic Primary and Secondary and Kibuli S.S.
At Kibuli, he was not only a teacher but also at the forefront of formulating the National Syllabus for Islamic Religious Education for O and A level classes.

The syllabus became examinable by the East African examination council and the then Uganda National Examination Board.
He has devoted much of his life to Muslim education. He is one of the few Sheikhs if not the only Sheikh who decided to upgrade his own secular education and religious education. He can now be compared to someone holding a master’s degree.

He inspired me, taught me at home, paid my school fees at Taamu Madrasa school belonging to Shk. Muhammad Matovu his OB at Katuumu where I stayed for three years and then taught me in class at Kibuli from S.I to S VI.

He is a very hardworking man and he has been successful in all activities that he has involved himself in.He is a successful farmer and he personally takes part in digging and looking after his animals.He is one Sheikh who has devoted his life to teaching and self-education. He loves education very much to the extent that he was able to learn English and sharpen his Arabic language through self-education.

While serving as the Twale Sheikh for Busiiro County (Wakiso), he traversed the whole county using a bicycle as his means of transport.

3.Sheikh Abubakar Musoke (Former Private Secretary to His Eminence Chief Kadhi of Uganda 1972-74, former principal of Bilal Islamic Institute, a holder of 1st class Sharia Degree from Madina University, a master’s degree student of peace and conflict resolution – IUIU as well as a prominent Muslim Cleric).

‘Sheikh Ahmad Mukasa has always been a straight forward person. He respects himself and his adherents. Despite serving in various capacities, he has no dark spot. He is an educationist.

4.Shk. Nkangi Ibrahim (former District Kadhi – West Buganda, one of the founder members of UMSC and currently Senior Special adviser to His Eminence Mufti)
Sheikh Ahmad Mukasa is the one who initiated me into Muslim leadership. This happened when he was the Twale Sheikh of Busiiro County. He put me in charge of Muslim education in the whole of Busiiro County (Wakiso District).

He is also my teacher. I attended his Darasas and I benefited a lot as a Sheikh and Muslim leader. He still conducts Darasas at his home.
He loves education a lot and he has educated most of his children to high levels.

When he was the UMSC Secretary for Religious Affairs, Shk. Mukasa was a very good administrator to the extent that he efficiently handled issues brought my District Kadhis without bothering the Mufti.

He is someone who eats out of his hard work. He gets hold of a hoe and goes digging in alongside his family members. He is very disciplined, gentle, straight forward and diplomatic in his approach. He respects himself and others.

Marital Status:
Sheikh Ahmad Mukasa is married with four wives listed below:
· Sauda Nasuuna – 1954
· Sarah Namakula
· Madina Nalwadda
· Madina Nakyobe

Children and Grand Children
Sheikh Ahmad Mukasa has over 50 children, Grand Children and Great Grand Children.He ensured that his children get proper education. Those who heeded to his call got the required education.Some of them are listed below with their education qualifications.
1. Hajji Muhammad Mayanja Kibirige
2. Hajat Hawa Nakubulwa
3. Hajat Aminah Nakalitta Namayanja
Remarks:
My father is a progressive man. At a time when, to most parents, male children were superior to their female counterparts, Dad ensured that his daughters were as well if not better educated than his sons. During the war when funds were scarce, he halted the progress of our brothers’ education but never the girls.
“Educate a girl/woman educate a nation”
May the Almighty Allah Grant him and his family the best in life and the hereafter.
(Janah Firdaus Ameen)
4. Hajji Noordeen Mpanga Kalule

Remarks:
He has always been there for me, for us all without discrimination. We discuss everything with him. In fact we call him Chairman. He is a wonderful Dad. The best gift he has given to all of us his sons and daughters is education. I see him not only as my father but a friend.
My father is one of those special people who eats what he grows by his own hands. In other words, he eats from his sweat. He is a very hardworking and foresighted father who weighs every word that he utters. Above all, he does not ask for favours.

5. Ass. Prof. Dr. Umar Ahmed Kasule

Remarks:
Dad is an orderly, principled, patient and dedicated person who taught me hard work with patience.

6. Mayanja Muhammad Junior

7. Ibrahim Kakande Mukasa

8. Hindu Namuga

9. Nakande Leillah

10. Idrisa Kalungi Mukasa

11. Mustafa Ahmed Kawooya

12. Rashida Nakayiza Ssejjoba

13. Hajji Hamza Ssebunya

14. Hajat Hajarah Nantaba Walusimbi

15. Nalule Masitula

16. Twaha Ahmed Kasule

17. Aidah Bamboola Mukasa

18. Hadijah Nabunya Mukasa

19. Hajat Faridah Nakawooya Lukwago

20. Abdallah Ahmed Kasule

21. Ahmed Kabuye

22. Nattabi Mariam Mukasa

Remarks:
The Holy Qur’an says that every child should appreciate his parents every hour. SURA AL-ISRA. Our beloved Dad we appreciate you every hour of how you groomed us. And I pray to the Almighty Allah to reward you abundantly

23. Hanifah Nagayi Mukasa

24. Adinan Ahmed Gayi

25. Counsel Kalule Ahmed Mukasa

26. Nakito

27. Joweria Rahma Nakubulwa

28. Mpanga Yasin Bin Ahmed

29. Sheikh Ismael Kibirige

30. Nakalitta Jauhara Mukasa

31. Sheikh Kasim Mwasa

32. Erias Mukasa

33. Zubedda Nabayimbazi

34. Hussein Kafero Mukasa

35. Noor Naluze Mukasa

36. Hamza Sali Mukasa

37. Uthman Buyungo

38. Sheikh Mahmood Serwanga

GRAND SONS AND GRAND DAUGHTERS OF SHIEKH AL-ISLAM AHMED MUKASA

1. Ahmed Ssempebwa Kakyama

2. Eisah Kakyama Mayanja

3. Sauda Mayanja Kayama

4. Nakayiza Rashida

5. Umar Sozi

6. Huzaifah Kasule

7. Nanfuka Aisha

Sheikh Al Islam Ahmad Mukasa Mwasansimbi is retired at his home in Mende. He has continued to be an active farmer. He has two Eucalyptus forests comprising of over 12000 trees. This is in addition to coffee plantations, banana plantations and many other food crops.

During my last interview with him, he prepared for me Matooke and beans (Akatogo) which was very delicious. All these came from his garden.

He and his family were busy constructing a family mosque which they want to complete before his 80th birthday which falls on 25th October 2014.

Conclusion
I conclude by saying that Sheikh Ahmad Mukasa is a gentleman and a dedicated religious leader. He preaches in a wise and well measured manner. He is among the few Sheikhs who have never used abusive or vulgar language in his preaching. I first had his preaching in 1971on radio Uganda following the overthrow of Obote I. I found his preaching very educative and inspiring.

One of the factors that held back the progress of Muslims in Uganda was illiteracy. Sheikh Mukasa realized this and throughout his life, he believed in education and promoted it starting with himself and his family.

According to a Turkish Muslim scholar Fethulla Gulen, ‘real’ life is possible only through knowledge, those who neglect learning and teaching are considered “dead” even though they are still alive for we were created to learn and to communicate what we have learned to others.

Basing on the above statement, Shk. Ahmad Mukasa Mwasansimbi is not among the dead. He is alive by his deeds.

This distinguished Sheikh will clock 80 years of age on 25th Oct 2014. Happy birthday to you Sheikh Al Islam Mwasansimbi and many happy returns.

He is a Sheikh worth his title and an elder worth his age. Indeed Sheikh Ahmad Mukasa is a Muslim hero though unsung.

The writer is the Public Relations Officer – Uganda Muslim Supreme Council
Tel: 0701409504 or 0772409504

“The Graduation Party Last Night”:Some lessons for Muslims inishallah

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Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba

Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba


Assalamu alaikum. I suppose it would be nice to begin at the beginning but I’m not really sure where that would be. Last night I went to a party here in the UK thrown by a mutual doctor-friend. At home before the party, I showered away the day’s stress and began changing clothes. I wanted to look a bit nice for the occasion because you never know when you will be called to speak to people.So I pulled out a new shirt-sweater I recently bought from NEXT and my good slacks. A little styling gel for my short hair and a splash of cologne and I felt like a Kibuli S.S student again.

It took me a few minutes to find my shoes; it always does.They needed a good polish but I knew I was probably taking too long as it was so I headed out the door.

I got in a taxi i had called earlier since i didn’t know where i was going. As we pulled in to the parking lot of the hall behind the big church where the party was taking place, it seemed odd that the space wasn’t full of cars. Usually when this Ugandan doctor throws a party the whole block is full. Instead only two or three cars were there. I wondered if perhaps I wasn’t so late after all. Yes, most Ugandans never keep time, for some reason.I could hear muffled music from inside. So, i wandered inside the hall way.

I smiled to myself as I saw my long time friend,Johnson, whom we went together to the same university for both undergraduate and postgraduate, pulling some chairs and doing last minute touches for the expected visitors.Johny, as i usually call him, always was a little strange, but we call each other ‘brothers’ despite the fact that he is not a Muslim and we aren’t blood related. The fact is he is so loyal to almost all his friends, and i admire him for this.

After a few moments, my doctor-friend saw me, rushed to greet me at the door and ushered me in. He immediately got me a Mirinda drink since they all know that I’m a Muslim and I don’t drink alcohol.

“Abbey, buddy! Good to see you. We were starting to wonder if you’d make it.”

“Yeah,I had to do some little bit of baby sitting,” I lied. “But I’m here now. My better half wont come because she’s at work.”

The party was more like a big gathering of a lot of educated Ugandans(PHDs and whatever), and it didn’t take long for my Doctor-friend to introduce me to almost all the guests. Some people I knew from previous parties. The rest I assumed were work acquaintances of the doctor. He particularly introduced me to one Ugandan who is a member of Ugandan at Heart(UAH) forum, and I’ve always loved his arguments on Facebook, called Rev. Amos Kasibante.

A strange smile came over his face when he was told that I’m Abbey Semuwemba.

‘Are you sure this is Abbey Semuwemba?’, he asked

I said,’ I’m the one, Reveland……what did you expect?’, I hastily reaffirmed.

‘My God, I thought Abbey Semuwemba was an old and very tall man based in Kampala. You don’t write like a young man,ssebo’,………..you stopped writing for newspapers,why?”, he was asking all sorts of questions.

The doctor left us and then returned to his drink as a work buddy called him over. I continued talking to the Reveland for a while. Amos has done quite well for himself.He is tall and slender with the kind of features that land you on magazine covers if you are lucky. At first glance he appears to be an old skinny weakling,but one handshake will convince you otherwise.His picture on Facebook makes me him look a bit young, though.

He knew about the Muslim online forum, UMBS, and he was envious of how Muslims fill up their mosques to the full on Fridays here in the UK compared to the young Christians in this country. He told me how he came to the UK; how he studied law with the likes of Mr.Robert Kabushenga(Newvision) and Mr.Jacob Olanya(Deputy Speaker) at Makerere university before he got a scholarship to come to the UK, and how he is surprised that they are now working for the government they hated so much at the time. He told me about the student protests that Mr.Olanya was involved in while still at campus that almost made him a cripple.

We talked about education in Uganda and how its a shame that the standards in Kibuli S.S have declined recently. He asked me what Muslims are planning to do about it, and my answer was a big ‘I don’t know’.

Because his churches are almost empty on Sunday, they are planning to have various activities taking place there. He didn’t tell me the exact activities, but he confirmed that both the two churches he runs have got halls attached to them for conferences or big occasions(which isn’t the case with our mosques here and in Kampala). He asked me to help him get people to hire these halls.

This made me a bit sad because we recently posted information on UMBS forum about the planned first conference in Kampala, with a budget of averagely shs.9m. But to my surprise, only two people have so far wired mobile money totaling just shs.2,4000 to the lady in Kampala:00256-757521376.We wish the conference to be held in December this year but few members here are even enthusiastic about it. Nobody has pledged anything at all, and that is mind boggling, to say the least!

Most of you here are capable of contributing at least shs.100,000 to help this event take place almost every year. Please contribute money, after all, its not technically ‘your’ money but Allah’s. He can take it away from you if he wants. Let me leave you with a food for thought from caliph Ali.

“Four things in life kill the soul; incessant sinning, arguing with fools, excessive dallying with women, and keeping company with the dead. Who are the dead, command of the faithful? Ali’s companions asked, all those mered in luxury, he answered.”

Luxury which is generally defined as extravagant living is closely tied to being materialistic. Being immersed in materialism is a disease of the heart because one tends to put their material possessions and physical comfort over their own spiritual values. It becomes even more difficult as you earn more money in your life.One is more susceptible to become arrogant as he/she falls into a higher socioeconomic status.

Anyway, as my grandfather used to say: ‘ekiisinga obulungi mubigambo. Kyeyo ekiiba nga kiitono naye nga kiiyina amakulu gekiitegeza’. Wassalam



Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba

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HOW TO MAKE THE UMBS YOUTH CONFERENCE A REALITY?

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Assalamu alaikum.

All ideas(conference, mosque meetings, camping) so far gathered on the forum are good, not bida and well explained. What we need now is to make them happen. This is the challenge and its gonna need some people to stand up to be counted. One of the biggest weaknesses we have got on this forum is that we conceive ideas but fail to bring them to reality.One of the key characteristics about people who are movers and shakers in this world is they identify an opportunity and they take act on it right away(they don’t waste time). Not necessary monetarily (for profit), but because they understand that if no one else in the world does it then mankind is potentially at a huge loss.

We all get ideas from somewhere, and this reminds me one of the quotes of Imam Bukhari (R.A), one of the greatest hadith collectors in the history of Islam:

“There was once a time during one of our sessions when my teacher Ishaaq Ibn Rahway remarked it would be appreciated if someone could collect hadith which held strong and reliable testimonials and wrote them in the form of a kitaab.”

That’s a perfect example of someone who heard an idea and was able to execute on it. Imam Bukhari didn’t just sit around and let the opportunity pass, there was intense work ethic and determination throughout his life. He invested his time and energy to reach that goal. Which is why his collection called Sahih al-Bukhari is one of six major books on hadith till this day. He was blessed with amazing memory and that obviously played a role. He worked on the final collection for over 16 years! Subhan’Allah.

Now transitioning to the bread and butter of this post, I think a UMBS youth conference should be our starting point. What we need are the following, and we need people to make pledges as soon as Brother Ahmed Wetaka posts the budget. I know I will pledge some items inishallah, and it will be good to see the budget sorted out by us here on the forum ASAP:

1.A committed Ahmed Wetaka team in Kampala is obviously needed;

2.Speakers: what speakers have you go in mind, how do we approach them? I have already suggested some names in the previous post, but its up to the Wetaka team;

3.Financial:The Wetaka team should make and avail the budget to UMBS members inishallah. Added 10% contingency? Who is looking after the supplier payments/contracts?

4. Delegate Information: They will need to have information to send to the delegates to ensure they know where the event is being held/the timings/brief outline of the day/delegate registration and importantly what are they leaving with the delegates to ensure they remember the day. This is where the idea of UMBS t-shirts, online video, and DVDs come in.

5. Warm-up Sessions: Many events start with a warm-up session to break the ice/introduce the day. Who will chair the session/how will it be facilitated?

6.Technical Equipment: Will they order all the necessary technical equipment? Will we need power point?

7.General, and this may include:

- catering

- delegate registration

- accommodation information( if anybody from abroad is coming as one of the speakers)

- audio visual facilities

- decoration

- break-out room requirements, e.t.c

Now, I presume we have all got the INTENTION, TIME, DEDICATION, PASSION…..What is remaining is to listen to the people here who are WISE to get their ideas out of them. If you are ready to step up to the plate and fill a void in society then make moves like a Museveni on a 7th term. Just make sure those moves land you in Jannah! insh’Allah.

I will end with some lines from the Quran:

{ Those who spend their wealth (in Allâh’s Cause) by night and day, in secret and in public, they shall have their reward with their Lord. On them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve. } Qur’an 2: 274

Wa’salaam Yo.

Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba
abbeysemuwemba@gmail.com

Dubai Produces World’s First ‘Halal’ Wine

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Responding to demands of the Gulf Emirate luxurious residents, a Dubai company has announced the launch of the world’s first ever “halal” fizzing wine that includes a “24-carat edible gold leaf” with zero alcohol.
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Lussory Gold is “an alcohol-removed halal sparkling wine” – and that the gold leaf “rises and falls in rhythm with the wine’s bubbles,” Lootah Premium Foods was quoted by Emirates 24/7 newspaper.

The wine, from the vineyards of La Mancha, Spain, is “made in the exact same way as regular wine or champagne,” the food and drink firm said.

“Lussory is a 100 per cent halal product with 0.0 per cent alcohol content.”

Islam takes an uncompromising stand in prohibiting intoxicants. It forbids Muslims from drinking or even selling alcohol.

The general rule in Islam is that any beverage that gets people intoxicated when taken is unlawful, both in small and large quantities, whether it is alcohol, drugs, fermented raisin drink or something else.

Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb

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One of Islam’s most revered holy sites – the tomb of the Prophet Mohamed – could be destroyed and his body removed to an anonymous grave under plans which threaten to spark discord across the Muslim world.The controversial proposals are part of a consultation document by a leading Saudi academic which has been circulated among the supervisors of al-Masjid al-Nabawi mosque in Medina, where the remains of the Prophet are housed under the Green Dome, visited by millions of pilgrims and venerated as Islam’s second-holiest site. The formal custodian of the mosque is Saudi Arabia’s ageing monarch King Abdullah.

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When I mentioned this issue of the plans to redesign the Mecca and Medina mosques a few months ago on this forum, it raised a lot of dust on this forum. I was challenged to produce the evidence that the “arrogant” Saudi Arabia leadership was planning to tamper with the resting place of our beloved Prophet, I gave up. How on earth can one expect a soul so many miles away from Saudi Arabia, and moreover not even a sheikh to be in possession of such evidence?

My argument then and now still remains that no one should take up the right to destroy any evidence of our religion. I find the argument put forward by our Saudi Islamic scholars to remove the Prophet’s body from his resting place so as to prevent believers from committing shirk very shallow and ill-intentioned. It is as if ALLAH has given these people the power to look into other people’s mind and see who performs shirk or not. In my simple mind I think those scholars are mad and need psychiatric help.

Anyone who has been to Medina during Umra and Haj can bear witness what kind of feeling overwhelms you even by mere entering the city of Madina al munawara. This feeling is partly due to the anticipation of visiting the tomb of the greatest man who ever lived on earth, The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). I would not agree for even a second that such an overwhelming feeling amounts to shirk. If get something feeling before meeting a President of a country, what about the greatest man of all times?

The Saudi Arabia authorities should only concern with themselves what is physically manifest. They are already doing enough to prevent any Muslim from praying near the tomb or besides the tomb. Everything is already camouflaged that a lay Muslim can not even spot where the grave is. What more do they want from the Muslim global community? And it is not for the Saudis to be the controller of mankind. Soon those “self-styled all knowing” will be suggesting that people are praising the Kaba instead of ALLAH so let us destroy the Kaba to prevent people from committing shirk. Sometimes our scholars take the argument of shirk too far that they end up delving into gray areas that they themselves don’t understand and the knowledge of which is with ALLAH. Hope those guys are not in cohorts with those who want to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Something just does not smell right here.

I don’t think that the most holy or knowledgeable persons about Islam are only found in Saudi Arabia. By not consulting other Muslim scholars all over the world is taking Muslims for granted and abusing the trust, and by the way which trust nobody gave them in the first place. They should should appreciate/accept that man’s understanding/knowledge has a limit and leave our Prophet rest in peace. If they want they should cordon off the area around his tomb but leave ALLAH’s Prophet alone untill ALLAH decides to call an end to this world.

Our Prophet is our number one evidence of our religion. Other religions such as Christianity and Judaism don’t have this kind of powerful evidence.

ALLAH knows bests.

Typos, omissions and errors expected; please correct them.

-DR.IBRAH SENDAGIRE

Look out for the “UMBS T- shirts” at the Camp!

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Salam brothers and sisters,

This year we would like UMBS members to organise some kind of camping or hanging out for our youths on the forum. We all have heard over our lives from our parents and from elders whom we respect that “the youth are the leaders of tomorrow” and essentially they are the driving force to the contribution of making a better society.

Since I live in the UK, we are hoping that Brothers Ahmed Wetaka and Kawumah Muhammad would help us form a team to steer this inishallah. We will contribute some few crates of sodas inishallah after seeing the numbers that have registered. Their contacts are:

Ahmed Wetaka: awetaka@yahoo.com.
Kawumah: kawumah.muhammad@facebook.com, +254 704 277684

They can organise the registration, venue and all the things they think will take our youths to another level inishallah. Actually it would be a good idea if we could do this every year inishallah.

I have a few ideas in regards to this year’s theme: “REFOCUSING THE ISLAMIC IMAGE”. But I will leave it to you, members, and the Wetaka team to fry your brains over this inishallah. However, In this day and age, almost every individual has heard about Islam, whether it is from the news, newspaper, or from the internet, we see it being talked about at different mediums but clearly the image has been distorted. Much work must be done to revitalize the message of Islam and collective responsibility from all Muslims must be considered.

The idea of camping is to get you, guys, away from home, release your stress with over a hundred brothers, go pray in the middle of the forest or anywhere you will choose, go crazy, but keep it halal, be a man, and oh ya, we want you to have a good time.

The organisers should make this hot, avail their programs to the members in advance, probably organize a football game at the end of the camping. Invite Muslim companies to serve them halal entertainment, food,……… for the whole duration of the camping.Yes, we want only halal stuff…In a narration, the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him eternal peace) described the consumption of Haram food as the main cause for the non-acceptance of supplications (dua).

He (Allah bless him & give him peace) mentioned a man having journeyed far, is dishevelled and dusty and who spreads out his hands to the sky (saying): O Lord! O Lord! – While his food is Haram, his drink is Haram, his clothing is Haram, and his nourishment is Haram, so how can his dua be answered! (Sahih Muslim).

We should organise to have tons of prominent scholars to speakers such as imam Kasozi, Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, Prof. Abasi Kiyimba,Dr.Nasur Muwonge(about health), and others, to speak to the youths inishallah.

Then finally, someone should upload the whole thing online for those who can’t make it this year.

I also suggest that we find a way to sell UMBS T-shirts to the youths attending. The money for the T-shirt should be part of the registration fees inshallah.

I don’t know how you wanna do it with the sisters being part of it………..but the most important thing here is to watch out for shataan movement, put your haraam radar on, and be prepared to look down.As our beloved Prophet Muhammad(saw) said ” The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) told us,“Allah is Pure, and accepts only the pure.” [Related by Muslim and Tirmidhi]

Inshallah Allah swt help guide us and help us in this pig society and give us the strength to become better Muslims.

PLEASE THROW SOME IDEAS ON THIS AND MAKE IT HAPPEN SOON INISHALLAH!

Haji Eng. Younus Balitema Kajubi Mpagi:one of the founders of the Banakyewa (Volunteers) Group during Shk. Kassim Mulumba’s reign!

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Haji Eng. Younus Balitema Kajubi Mpagi

Haji Eng. Younus Balitema Kajubi Mpagi


By Haji Nsereko Mutumba
Younus Mpagi was born on 15th April, 1937 at Mikoni Village Sabaddu in Buwunga Sub County, Masaka County (District). His father was Muwalimu Ali Kajubi of Nsenene (Grasshopper) clan, and his mother was Hajat Nalongo Aziza Nagujja of Njovu (Elephant) clan. In his early days, he got Islamic education from his father who was a prominent Muwalimu. He managed to read and complete the Holy Quran and other relevant Islamic books. He was therefore a knowledgeable Muslim. He first went to school at Bwaala Primary school where he studied from P. 1 to P.4 before joining Kabukunge Primary School for P.5 and P.6. He then joined Kibuli for Jr.I and later Aggrey for Jr.II. He joined King’s College Budo in 1955 with the help of the late Prince Badru Kakungulu and in 1957; he completed the Cambridge School Certificate. He went to Howard University, Washington, D.C where he graduated in 1966 with a BSc. Degree in Electrical Engineering. He did his Industrial Training in 1968 at AEI, Trafford, Manchester and Gravesend – UK.

Other Courses Attended:
• Financial management and Tariff course sponsored by World Bank – 1987
• Project Planning and Management sponsored by U.N – 1987

Eng. Younus Mpagi a Civil Servant
In 1968-69, Younus Mpagi served as an Assistant Engineer in Uganda Electricity Board (UEB), responsible for the supervision of work on the Kampala District’s 132KV, 33KV, 11KV and low voltage networks. From 1969-71, Younus was appointed the UEB Kampala District Manager responsible for the management of the Board’s largest District in the country. During this period, he also served as Acting Regional Engineer UEB Northern and Western Uganda. He later became the Regional Engineer in charge of Central Region comprising of the Districts of Kampala, Lugazi, Bombo, Entebbe and Mityana. He was also responsible for the 132KV Kabulasoke Primary Sub-station controlling Masaka and Western Region feeders. He served in this position from 1971 to 1972. From 1972 to 1994, Eng. Younus served as the Chief Commercial Engineer/Project Coordinator – UEB before being appointed UEB Deputy Project Manager – Owen Falls Dam Extension Project, a position he held until the year 2000.

Other Responsibilities
• Vice President: Uganda Institute of Professional Engineers (1977-90)
• Member, Board of Governors: Uganda Polytechnic – Kyambogo (1981-91) • Chairman, Building and Sub-Committee: Uganda Red Crosss (1981-89)
• Chairman, Standards and Regulations Committee: UIPPE (1988-90)
• Council Member: Uganda National Bureau of Standards (1988-89)
• Member: Engineers’ Registration Board (1988-91)
• Chairman: Kampala District Land Board (2004-2010)
• Member, Board of Directors: Public Procurement and Disposal Authority (2003-2010)
• Member, Board of Directors: CBS (2002-2008)
• Member, Technical Committee: CBS (1995-2008)
• Chairman, Board of Directors: Uganda Motors Limited (1980-83)
• Member, Board of governors: Uganda Technical College – Masaka (1988-95)

Contribution to Islam
Haji Eng. Younus Mpagi served Islam in different capacities and different institutions as follows;
• Deputy Chairman: National Mosque (UMSC Headquarters – Old Kampala) Construction Committee
• Member, Executive Committee: UMSC (1980-2009)
• Vice Chairman, Board of Governors: Kibuli Teacher Training College (1970-77)
• Deputy Chairman, Board of Governors: Nabisunsa Girls School (1972-81) • Deputy Chairman, Founder Committee Member: Islamic University in Uganda Project (1980-88)
• Chairman Board of Governors: Kololo High School (1980-90)
• Member, Board of Governors: Kampala Muslim Primary School (1986-90) • Member, University Council: Islamic University in Uganda (1988-2010)
• Member, Estate Planning and Development Committee: Islamic University in Uganda (1988-2010)
• Committee member: Kibuli Mosque
• Member: Young men Muslim Association (One of the founder members)

Comments by Colleagues:

Sheikh Abdulkadir Mbogo
According to Shk. Abdulkadir Mbogo (one of the signatories on Eng. Younus’ Will), he (Eng. Younus) was honest in all his endeavors and dedicated to his religion, country, Kingdom and family. He did a lot in connecting the elite Muslims to Muslim youth as one way of inspiring them. He was one of those who played a key role in the formation of Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC) and later supported initiatives aimed at uniting Muslims in Uganda under one umbrella organisation – UMSC. “He took the middle position when it came to the Muslim wrangles in the country and for this; he was respected by all conflicting Muslim leaders” said Shk. Mbogo. He was an arbiter in family issues especially those involving young Muslim couples who had no experience in handling family matters. Eng. Younus was very close to the royal family at Kibuli and he was respected and loved by people regardless of their age, ideology and status in society. He was one of the founders of the Banakyewa (Volunteers) Group during Shk. Kassim Mulumba’s reign as the Mufti of Uganda. He was also the adviser to Mufti Kassim Mulumba. In Masaka, he single handedly extended electricity from Masaka to Kabubbu – Buyoga Village in Bukomansimbi Masaka where his mother lived.

Eng. Dr. Badru Kiggundu – Chairman Electoral Commission
Eng. Mpagi was exemplary in his service, disciplined and a patriot who served across regimes. He delivered results in all the offices and responsibilities that he held. In all these, you cannot trace even an iota of corruption.

Dr. Serugo Kasenene – Former UMSC Secretary General

Haji Eng. Mpagi was objective in his approach. He gave credit where it was due and discredit where it was necessary. He was an independent minded and constructive figure.

Haji Nsereko Mutumba (Author and Nephew to the late)

Eng. Younus Mpagi was a very considerate person. When he was the Chairman of Uganda Motors Limited in the early 1980s, he allocated four brand new car tyres with tubes to me. This was a time of scarcity in the country and the government had resorted to the allocation policy, and commodities like tyres were only allocated to the special ones, mostly senior government officials. Here is a person who knew very little about me yet he treated me in a special way without asking for anything in return (kitu kidogo). Eng. Younus detested corruption with all his heart. He was transparent in all his public and private transactions. He never shied away from his Muslim identity. He was always proud of his Islam and showed it even in his office. He had a lot of respect for Sheikhs and in return, he earned their respect. His Red Land Rover marked UEB was very visible on Muslim ceremonies because to him, such ceremonies gave him an opportunity to interact with Muslims from different backgrounds.

Rtn.Sanyu Sharifah – Eng. Mpagi’s Nephew

He was a Rotarian, from the Rotary Club of Mengo which meets at Pope Paul Memorial Hotel-Rubaga every Monday starting at 12.45pm. Rotary Club of Mengo is a member Club of Rotary International whose Headquarters are in Evanston, United States of America. Rotarians are neighbors, friends, professionals and community leaders who come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world. Haji Eng. Rtn. Mpagi was a very active member who stood by Rotary International’s motto of “Service above Self” He followed Rotary International’s 4-Way Test which considers the following questions in respect to thinking, saying or doing:
• Is it the truth?
• Is it fair to all concerned?
• Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
• Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
The object of Rotary is to encourage & foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
1. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
2. High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
3. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
4. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service. This objective is set against the “Rotary 4-way Test”, used to see if a planned action is compatible with the Rotarian spirit.

Some of the Rotarians of Rotary Club of Mengo:
Rtn.owekitibwa Nelson Kawalya, Rtn.owekitibwa Mansoor Simbwa Bunnya, Rtn.James Kalibala, Rtn.Israel Mayengo, Rtn.Arthur Bagunywa, Rtn.TS Mukasa, Rtn.Noordeen Kyewalyanga (Deen Establishment –Tents), Rtn.PJK Kaggwa, Rtn.Lawrence Mukiibi (St.Lawrence Schools & Colleges), Rtn.G.William Ssemivule (Former Headteacher Mengo S S S), Rtn.Joash Muhumuza.

Family

Eng. Younus Mpagi was married to Hajat Hasipha Nampewo of Mamba (Lungfish) clan, daughter of Haji Buruhan Ttonda (of Mamba Clan) in September 1972 and together, they had 11 children, four daughters and seven sons.

They are all well-educated as outlined below:
• Kajubi Muhammad Ali – Lawyer
• Sebatta Alia – Doctor from Mbarara University
• Haji Jamil Sewanyana – MBA. MUK.
• Abubakar Sendawula – Air Condition Expert
• Jenah Kirabo Nyende – B. COM. – MUK.
• Faez Malinzi Mpagi – Mechanical Eng. – Graduate (Algeria)
• Aisha Wanyama – Business Studies Graduate (India)
• Younus Mpagi Jr. – ICT Graduate (India)
• Nkangi Ali – Businessman (Buyoga Masaka)
• Sophie Kisitu – Nurse Graduate (USA)
• Alison Fox – Eng. Industrial and Designer Graduate (USA)
• Etc

Haji Eng. Younus Mpagi died in 2010 of heart disease leaving behind a widow, 11 children, over 30 grandchildren and great grandchildren. Haji Eng. Younus Balitema Kajubi Mpagi had a big heart. He lived his life fully and he lived by principals which won him many friends. He was unbelievably tolerant, faithful, transparent and extremely patient. He always wore smiles on his face; a characteristic of a true Muslim who wished every person Salaam (peace). Indeed he was a peaceful person, very loving especially to his entire family and his Muslim brothers, sisters and all Ugandans thereby qualifying him to be a true nationalist. Unless you have untreatable vendetta, you cannot resist crowning him a Muslim hero. To me, Haji Eng. Younus Balitema Kajubi Mpagi is a Muslim Hero though unsung. May Allah the Almighty bless him with Janah, Amina

The writer is the UMSC Spokesperson.
He can be reached on – Tel: 0701409504 or 0772409504
Email: hajinsereko@gmail.com

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Indeed Haj Yunus Mpagi is a Muslim Hero. He was always close to Prince Badru Kakungulu and contributed immensely to the Young Men Muslim Association (YMMA). In many ways he was of Kibuli from UMC to his personal residence at the hill- at UEB his home was Elizabeth Avenue, Kololo.

Haj Mpagi, often quietly/in the back ground, was instrumental in the shaping the Unity of Uganda Muslims from the 1970s.

I personally witnessed his instrumental role in the Qusamallah Mubarak-Mecca Agreement 1 and he encouraged me bjoin the delegation that travelle to Mecca to sign the Mecca Agreement of 1986 that so many muslim leaders stand aside, rewriting the 1972 consistitution and holding of elctions of a new general assembly with a promise of new leaf to the muslims of Uganda. We had gone through warngles since 1980-1986. Unfortunately this did not last.

Again I saw Yunus Mpagi Haj playing vital roles at the last Unity meetings at Hotel Africana helping to usher in a leadership that for sometime ended wrangles that had streched from 1987.

Eng. Mpagi sorrounded himself with upcoming young muslim introducing them without inhibition to the community at various functions, meetings and to dignatories. I was among these young men. Others included TS Mukasa, Munyagwa Rashid…

May Almighty Allah reward for these endevours

Juma Yusuf K. Walusimbi

COMMENTING RULES FOR UMBS MEMBERS

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Assalamu Alaikum.

Please consult these rules when commenting on this forum. These rules outline what is acceptable and unacceptable content on UMBS. Note that these rules are subject to change at any time:

1.Language:

Don’t use swear words or profanity of any sort. Please refrain from insulting other members, everyone is entitled to their opinion and just because you shout the loudest, doesn’t make you more correct or valid in your point of view. All insulting or offensive comments will be reviewed, and members risk being banned from the forum if they continue insulting others.

2.No libel or other abuse:
At no point should you be making comments which are:

-defamatory, false or misleading;
-insulting, threatening or abusive;
-obscene or of a sexual nature;
-offensive, racist, sexist, or discriminatory against any fellow Muslims or other groups of people.We have an absolute zero tolerance policy on this.

3.Report abuse:

If you see a comment not adhering to rules 1 & 2 please email abbeysemuwemba@gmail.com and this comment will be reviewed by moderators. Please don’t openly complain about a comment on the forum- just do it privately if you can.The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon) instructed us to give naseeha (sincere advice) to others privately. We should try our best to not putting people on blast, or so the phrase goes in the streets.

Each of us have an ego and shaytan exploits the spiritual diseases of the heart such as arrogance. I’ve noticed many times that relationships never go anywhere because there’s ineffective communication between two individuals.

4.No third party promotion:

The forum is here to let UMBS members talk about the matters affecting them in and outside Uganda, not to allow people to sell or push products. Any comment found peddling a third party will be immediately reviewed, and the member who posts it risks being banned forever.

5.No linking or copyright infringement:

You must not insert links to websites or submit content which would be an infringement of copyright.

6. Criticizing others on the forum:

There’s a thin line between deflecting the blame and calling for equal accountability in both professional and personal life. One behavioral pattern I’ve seen evident from working at companies here in the UK, and among family relations is that not everyone is necessarily open to criticism, including myself. Imam Shafi was once asked “How did you attain such good character”, he responded by saying “I listen to my critics and take their criticism seriously”.

Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (s) gave us a prescription in treating anger, which was to recite “Audhu billahi minashaytan nirajeem” which means “I seek refuge in Allah from shatan the accursed”.

7.Play the game/Respect the game

Please respect these rules when commenting on all UMBS sites and forums; people will disagree from time to time but please try to see each other’s point of view before getting all worked up, that helps no one.

I’ll end with another quote from Imam Shafi (R) “Never do I debate a man with a desire to hear him error in his speech, or to expose the flaws in his argument, and thus vanquish him. Whenever I face an opponent in debate I silently supplicate, ‘O Lord, help him so that truth may manifest itself in his heart and on his tongue. If it be that the truth is on my side, may he follow me; and if the truth be on his side, may I follow him.”

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LET US NOT JUDGE FELLOW MUSLIMS LIKE BEBE COOL OR SARAH KAGINGO JUST BSE THEY AREN’T LIVING AS PURELY MUSLIMS:

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Friends,

Assalamu alaikum. We have noticed a trend on this forum where some Muslims, like Bebe Cool(Bidandi Ssali’s son), are bashed openly just because they are engaged in something unislamic. Yes, Bebe Cool is a member of UMBS on Facebook. It’s very easy to pass judgement upon others when we see they’re outwardly committing sins, or not actively participating in Islamic matters.

What’s disturbing however, is the fact that each of us at some point and currently are struggling to fight our own demons in some way shape or form but become blind to our own faults. Yes, it’s true that we all have skeletons in our closet and we will do anything to keep them there, but ALLAH knows everything about them.

Being caught up in the cycle of identifying flaws in others is something we’re all guilty of; myself first. And even if we perceive another brother or sister to be lesser in their commitment to Islam (outwardly), who’s to say that they won’t change and Allah (swt) will grant them a means to come closer to him?. With Allah, all things are possible. Let’s not forget, most of the Sahaba’s were converts to Islam.

“Do not look down upon any Muslim, for even the most inferior believer is great in the eyes of God.” – Abu Bakr

There is, for instance, an OG of mine from Kibuli S.S who I learnt a couple of years ago through friends on UMBS that she had converted to x-tianity after her degree at Makerere University. I later saw a post on UMBS about her and how she was being paraded by ‘Balokole’ as a trophy in their conferences. My initial reaction was ‘shock’ because we used to be close at school, but then i realized that it was my turn to do more to use our friendship to get her back to Islam in the long run. And the only way i could do that was to keep her as an interactive friend for a long time. Unfortunately, she didn’t give us a chance as she immediately blocked and unfriended me on Facebook after hearing that she had become a focal point of discussion on the UMBS platform. Her immediate assumption was that this was only possible on my command.

The point I’m trying to make is that each of us have had moments in our life where we were lost. Let’s not assume others can speed up. Allah (swt) has a plan for each of us, trust in his timing. Allah can change anybody even after years.Prophet Nuh gave da’wah for over 1,000 years.

Let us also bear in mind that the rank you’re at today can easily be replaced by another believer tomorrow.

“Have you not seen that Allah created the heavens and the earth in truth? If He wills, He can do away with you and produce a new creation.” – Qur’an 14;19

As one scholar from Morocco,Imam Ahmad Zarruq, said, and i quote: ”Watch your eye, should it ever reveal to you the faults of others, say to it: ‘O my eye, other people have eyes too.’”

Approach is the key here when it comes to daawa or helping a Muslim brother or sister that has lost it. Often times, your tone or approach in talking ends up driving them further away from doing what is right. it’s from the Sunnah to tell people their faults in a 1:1setting. For instance, there is nothing wrong with approaching a disturbed youth with the following words:” salams yo…..do u wanna do some prayers first with us before u go out”, instead of the usual banter: “abana Mwe …..enjaga ebagana okusaala naye………”

Let me wrap this up with one verse from the Qur’an before I bounce back to my “Kyeyo” -

“Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and argue with them in a way that is best. Indeed, your Lord is most knowing of who has strayed from His way, and He is most knowing of who is [rightly] guided.” – (Surah An-Nahl, Ayah 125).

Byebyo ebyange banange, and please put me always in your prayers inishallah.


Abbey.K. Semuwemba

UK

How I remember Idi Amin in my primary school days

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Hi guys and ladies,

Here is my beautiful encounter with Idi Amin (RIP). In the late 70’s on our way from the pre-primary school (which by the way had no name and was located in someone’s garage) this big bird we then called “olcopter” flew over our heads. Me and my friend quickly decided that going home could wait. We quickly ran to the field where this “olcopter” would land. The field was just behind our flat in the centre of Masaka Town. Guess it was not a proper airfield or air strip. But helicopters landed there several times. In the house where I lived we were never allowed to venture downstairs and out for even a second. On this God given day, I got an opportunity to follow the big bird. Although the noise was ear wracking, the rotating thing on top of the bird was most exciting. The big bird was hovering in the air for some time. I don’t know whether the pilot was just worried that the two kids were in the way of the copter or he was still enjoying the air. Possibly his fears were unfounded, because the more the bird lowered the more we ran farther away from that terrible noise. Soon the noise reduced in intensity and we drew nearer to see this magnificent “olcopter”.

A small door was flung open and a very tall, heavy set military man climbed out. He came towards us smiling and laughing. He lifted us in turns and threw us high in the air. But even after this exhilarating throw in the air our eyes remained on the “olcopter”. So beautiful and attractive was this machine but also very scaring to approach. We did not even pay attention to the jeeps and other cars that came and picked the man who was already happily walking towards the town centre. All our attention was on the “olcopter”.

Don’t ask what time we left for home. All I remember is that we remained at the field untill the “olcopter” took off. It lifted off without the tall man it had brought. When it disappeared we also decided to go home. I didn’t know what was waiting for me at home. It now dawned on me that we had spent half the day at the field and they had looked all over the place for me. The only place they had not checked was the field where the big bird had landed.

What followed needs no explanation to an African. I never like to remember how many strokes of the cane I got on my body that day. The canes were followed with the mentoring to repeat the “words never to go near the President ever again”. What started as an exciting experience with the big bird ended in tears and mentoring not go near a person called President. From that day and the years of my life that followed, I thought the word “President” was that tall man’s name. I learnt my lesson well. Up today I don’t like being near people they call Presidents. Presidents are supposed to be bad people. If Presidents were good people why then was I punished for having taken the honour of receiving the President of Uganda at that field in Masaka town on that beautiful sunny day???? Hahaha! Later on in life l came to learn that the man who gave me that exciting throw into the air was by then the President of the Republic of Uganda. Despite that realization I still do not associate with green cars, green copters and people who were green uniform; because if I do that would mean that the sticks I got as kid were not enough (emigo tegyanoga). Presidents are to be avoided. They cause one problems. May the ALMIGHTY ALLAH forgive our brother and parent, Idi Amin for his shortcomings and grant him Jana in the life after death.

Dr.Ibra Ssendagire.
USA

Jesus: Is He God in Human Form?

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Jesus is a great Prophet and Messenger of Allah. He like all prophets before him taught people about Allah, His existence, His Beautiful Names and show people by words and deeds how to be moral.

He is not neither a god nor son of god. He is a man but infallible and righteous. He made miracles like all Allah’s prophets. I remind you also that he was born miraculously without father. He was also called in the Qur’an Jesus son of Marry. He neither said that he was god nor son of god.

In his cradle, he talked to people who accused his mother of fornication and testified that his mother was absolutely pure. He is not a Son of God in any sense and he no other being fathered him. He is a spirit from Allah and a word from Him that came to Mary, and he was directly created by the power of this word. He is a spirit from Allah in the sense that, unlike other humans, his spirit was given to Mary before his body. That is why Allah calls him a spirit from Him.

Allah cannot take a shape or any form of substance; nothing in His creation is similar to Him. He is above time and space, shape or physical qualities. If we say that Jesus was the Son of God, we would do something totally against our mind and reasoning and we would totally ignore the very nature of God. God has not got a wife or any carnal and intimate relationship with any of His creation, nor any kind of physical touch. To say Jesus is the Son of God is to say that Mary was the wife of God and no one accepts this. Since no one accepts this, it is against our reasoning and intellectual persuasive.

If Jesus was created without a father, this does not mean that God is his father, simply because of the difference in nature between Jesus and God. Jesus was born in time and in a certain place; he grew up from babyhood to adolescence to maturity. The description of Jesus we have in the four Gospels and in the New Testament is a description of a man, not of God. Jesus cried, felt tired, suffered and became fatigued. Like all humans, he sought rest and comfort. He felt hungry and searched for food and even got angry because of his hunger, as in the Gospel when he went to the fig tree to find some fruit to eat and when he did not find any, he hit the tree and cursed it. Jesus once felt very tired and some ladies came and massaged him and anointed his feet with perfume. He felt fresh and satisfied as any human. He suffered sickness and even when, according to the Gospel, he was taken by the Roman soldiers to the cross, he was totally unable to carry his own cross. When he was hanged, he cried loudly: “My God! My God! Why have You have forsaken me!” He did not say, “My father.”

Again, according to the Gospel, before he was taken to the cross, he prayed to God to save him from this plight. But finally he surrendered himself to the will of God. What we are telling is taken from the four Gospels. We ask again why should God beget a son? And why one son only? And why not a daughter as well? And how did God send His Son Jesus to be treated inhumanely and let people mock at him and spit in his face? One may say that he was sent and underwent all of these actions in order to release us from the bondage of the original sin committed by Adam and to take our sin away and to reconcile ourselves to our Creator. Unfortunately, there is no direct statement by Jesus himself that he came to fulfill this mission. He was very clear to tell people that God is my God and yours. He used to pray to God and ask Him for support and comfort. He never said, “I am God” or “I am the Son of God.” Rather, he was called several times in the Gospels “a prophet” and “a mighty prophet”. He was also called “the servant of God” like Prophet Muhammad after him. People used to shout, “Here a prophet has risen among us” and repeated this phrase whenever Jesus performed a miracle in front of people.

In the Gospel, he is also called the son of man. “Man” here could be a reference to Mary or Mary’s father, as an indication to trace Jesus’ genealogy to his mother since he has no father. The Christian theologians understand very well that it is beyond reason to prove the that Jesus is a Son of God or that Jesus is divine; but it is very easy and straightforward to prove the manhood and the prophethood of this great Messenger of God.

We hope we do not offend anyone. We are in an age of discovering facts and exchanging views and experiences with full respect to everyone’s human dignity.

Going to Beaches in Summer

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Going to beaches for recreation is permissible for any Muslim. Practicing Muslims are not to be denied this right. Practicing Muslims, like anyone else, are free to enjoy the fresh air of the sea.

Almighty Allah permits Muslims to enjoy the lawful things He gave to them. Among these lawful things is sightseeing and enjoying the beauty of the universe. Almighty Allah says: (Say: Who hath forbidden the adornment of Allah which He hath brought forth for His bondmen, and the good things of His providing?) (Al-A`raf 5:32). But this should be within the prescribed limits, not to fall into that which is haram.

In Islam, we are warned against sins of nudity, promiscuity, and permissiveness that corrupt the soul as well as the mind. They all lead to temptations, which lead to sins, and sins eventually lead to Hellfire and eternal perdition.

It is therefore imperative that, while enjoying summer at the beach, we specifically avoid areas associated with the above and find locations or times where we will be staying clear of the above completely.

While enjoying summer at the beach as a group, we are not allowed to practice indiscriminate mingling of sexes, nor are we allowed to expose our `awrah to others. Remember `awrah includes all parts of the body that we must keep covered from others (except our lawful spouses).

Finally, while enjoying summer activities we must never forget our Prayers or other essential Islamic duties of worship.

You can assign different areas of the beach for males and females for activities such as swimming, or divide the time by making schedules for them.

For as long as the above mentioned factors are taken into consideration, there are no restrictions on enjoying summer at the beach.

Allah Almighty knows best.

The Last Supper of Jesus According to Islam

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The last supper is well detailed in Christianity; according to Islam, we have a similar incident that is mentioned in the Quran, specifically in a chapter called “Al-Maidah”, translated as “the feast” or “the table spread”, and it means “a table spread with food”. At the end of this chapter, Allah mentioned the following:

{When the disciples said: O Jesus, son of Mary! Is your Lord able to send down for us a table spread with food from heaven? He said: Observe your duty to Allah, if you are true believers. (They said:) We wish to eat thereof, that we may satisfy our hearts and know that you have spoken truth to us, and that thereof we may be witnesses. Jesus, son of Mary, said: O Allah, our Lord! Send down for us a table spread with food from heaven, that it may be a feast for us, for the first of us and for the last of us, and a sign from You. Give us sustenance, for You are the Best of Sustainers. Allah said: Lo! I send it down for you. And whoso disbelieves of you afterward, him surely will I punish with a punishment wherewith I have not punished any of (My) creatures. And when Allah said: O Jesus, son of Mary! Did you say unto mankind: Take me and my mother for two gods beside Allah? He said: Be glorified! It was not mine to utter that to which I had no right. If I used to say it, then you would have known it. You know what is in my mind, and I know not what is in Your Mind. Lo! You, only You, are the Knower of Things Hidden? I spoke unto them only that which You commended me, (saying): Worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord. I was a witness of them while I dwelt among them, and when You took me You were the Watcher over them.} (Al-Maidah, Chapter 5, Verses 112-117)

To understand the full context, verses before and after have to be also taken into consideration starting from verse 110 until verse 120. In verse 110, Allah starts with the great miracles that He favored Jesus (peace be upon him) with.

Many people expect miracles to believe; however, a true believer is able to see the truth without experiencing any miracles.

Note the Prophet Muhammad’s companions did not ask him for any miracles; it was only the disbelievers of Quraish who asked for miracles and when the Prophet (peace be upon him) showed them miracles that Allah favored him with, they still did not believe.

So here Jesus’s disciples saw great miracles from Allah, such as raising the dead, yet they dared asking for another miracle; therefore, the response of Jesus (peace be upon him) “Ittaqullah”, meaning “fear Allah” and translated in the above verses as “Observe your duty to Allah”.

Unfortunately the translation does not convey the proper appreciative meaning. This is an expression of blame, where Jesus is blaming his disciples for requesting such a miracle; therefore, the following statement “If you are true believers”.

Jesus (peace be upon him) feared the consequences of this trial upon his disciples and asked them to depend on Allah for their provision.

When the disciples insisted, Jesus (peace be upon him) supplicated to Allah to bring forth the miracle. However, Allah warned them that whosoever disbelieves, shall receive the most severe punishment.

So disbelieving after experiencing divine miracles is one of the worst sins since knowing by seeing is different than knowing by hearsay.

The following verses are not only a warning but also imply that some of the disciples must have claimed the divinity of Jesus and his mother (peace be upon them); therefore deviating from monotheism.

Micheal Hart in his book “The 100, a Ranking of the Most Influencial People in History”, states that:

“Jesus did not preach any of Paul’s sayings, and Paul is considered responsible for Jesus’ Divinity.”

Allah is blaming those who invented a lie against Him and His messenger, making a rival, wife and son for our creator. Allah is far above what they attribute to Him; therefore verse 118: “If you punish them, lo! They are your slaves and if you forgive them, You are the All-Mighty, All-Wise”

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) used to repeat that verse (5:118) over and over, while weeping during his night prayers, wishing that Allah guides his people and does not punish them.

Allah will eventually question and judge everyone; those who worshiped Allah alone and did not associate anyone with Him shall receive a great recompense; Gardens under which rivers flow. Indeed, it is a great triumph.

So the story is not a diversion like the crucifixion, but the true purpose of such a feast is not clearly mentioned in Christianity even though there are more details. The Quran gives a concise story, explaining that it was a trial of faith for Jesus’ disciples; whoever passes shall receive Paradise otherwise a great torment.

4 Reasons Why I Wear the Muslim Headscarf(By Aaminah Hernandez)

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I have never written anything personal on the subject of hijab because it seems like an overdone issue. Sometimes I think so much focus is put on this one little aspect of being a Muslim woman, to the detriment of more important Islamic knowledge and practice.

Because the headscarf is such a visual symbol of the Muslim woman, many non-Muslims are the ones who make a large issue of it, spout ill-informed opinions, or ask questions in an attempt to understand. This has been answered to by so many Muslim women, and even Muslim men, that I did not feel the need to throw my opinion or feelings out into the fray.

Lately I find I am being asked many questions, even by other Muslim women who choose not to wear hijab, and by non-Muslims who know other Muslim women who choose not to wear hijab. So, the following is my answer to the many questions that have been coming up.

My intent is only to give my own opinion and experience. I do not mean to be judgmental of those women who struggle with the issue of covering or to suggest that only one form of covering is acceptable. I can only tell you what I think and feel about the headscarf. If you want to know why someone else does not cover, or covers less or more fully than I, you would have to ask that person to share their experience with you.

The most common question I have been asked in the past seven years since I became Muslim is “Why do you wear that thing?”

“That thing” is a headscarf. I have worn many different styles from bandana coverage all the way to a full khimar, which is a very loose and long head-covering, with a face veil. I enjoy playing with my head cover to match the style of my clothing and to find more comfortable styles.

Right now my favorite style is very loose and draping. I tend to dress more multi-cultural than most American women. In fact, many immigrants who have taken to the American dress code even look at me in surprise that I like to wear many traditional clothing styles. My headscarves reflect my overall style.

The reason I began to wear hijab was simply that I believed (and still believe) it is mandated in Islam. When I first became Muslim I lived in a town that was full of Muslims, most of whom dressed in the traditional ways. Putting on a headscarf (and at that time even a veil) was not a hardship. It was the norm where I was, and I understood it to be required.

There are verses in the Quran and in the collected words of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), as well as collected norms and behaviors of the wives of the Prophet and his Companions that show clearly that covering of the entire body and head was enjoined upon and practiced by the early Muslim women.

Like most women, I have at times struggled with the issue of covering, but never because I did not believe it was required. There were points in my life where I did not wear it either because of jobs that did not allow it (it is a legally guaranteed right here in the U.S. and your employer must allow it) or because I was tired of being so “different” all the time. But I always felt guilty not wearing it and knew that I must go back to it.

Besides the simple answer that I am Muslim and believe that the headscarf and covering are required in Islam, many people want to know more detail about why I actually wear it and what the purpose or point of the covering is, particularly if they know other Muslim women who do not wear it.

I cannot speak to why so many Muslim women do not wear it and what their state of mind or opinion on the matter is. I refuse to judge them for being in the stage they are in and I do not know what their personal circumstances may be. I can only answer to what I believe the purpose and benefits of my headscarf achieve.

1.Modesty. When dressed in a covering way, I am not showing my physical attributes (or perhaps lack of) to anyone. People are forced to judge me by my actions and speech, by how well I do my job or how I interact with others, rather than by whether or not I am “good looking” and interest them.

2.To that same end, my beauty is then saved for my husband’s full enjoyment and he knows he does not share me with anyone. I am not out getting a lot of attention from others that may make him feel insecure or that is disrespectful to me.

3.I am noticeably different, a Muslim. Most people respect that. They can clearly see that I am not the kind of woman that you whistle or cat-call at, nor am I going to agree to meet you in a bar or club, nor can you proposition me on the street or in the office. There is a level of respect that men give me whereby they do not treat me in the same way they might treat other women they meet and believe they can “get with”. In fact, in my case, I find that many men (yes, non-Muslims) are more gentlemanly with me in general. I have more doors held open for me, paths cleared for me, more assistance when needed, and an overall respect given to me.

4.Wearing the head covering works to remind me of my duties. I am more likely to be a better person when I am covered because the headscarf is a potent reminder to me of what type of behavior and attitude is expected of me. I am less likely to lose my temper, more likely to be kind and forgiving, in difficult situations.

In my experience, the hijab or headscarf is beneficial to me. Not only do I have the security that I am following a mandate set by God and thereby pleasing God, but I also experience great comforts in this life because of my coverage.

Contrary to what many think, I am not forced to wear it (I chose it for myself while still single, and as a convert I am not being forced by family to wear it), it is not an obstacle or a discomfort to me, and it does not in any way impair my opportunities or abilities.

I am an independent American woman with a high degree of personal freedom and fulfillment. The headscarf has never stood in my way of doing or achieving anything, but has instead made me more comfortable as I interact in society and my community.

Jinja Mayor’s experience at Ummurah in Ramandhan this year

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Idi Amin was a human being like all of us.May Allah forgive him where he could have gone wrong and grant him janna.In the just concluded Ramathan,I was on Umra with my wife and 3 other Ugandans one of whom was our guide and as we lined up to be cleared by the Saudi immigration officials at medina airport which was crowded,two Saudi officials came and asked if there were any Ugandans and upon answering in the affirmative,we were asked to live the long quee and advised to get service from the counter for the non Umra visitors which had become less congested.

I later on learnt that there was a Ugandan boy of Somali origin speaking fluent Luganda who was responsible for this courtesy as he works at this airport.How ever,what amused us were the pilgrims for west Africa.before we were sent to the special counter,we were given the opportunity to overlap those infront of us and Infact my wife was third last and I was second last while our colleagues were slightly ahead of us .

The pilgrims from west Africa who were ahead of us did not object only that I remember them wondering with smiling faces and with a statement that “is it because Idi Amin was your president”,yet they were fairly young men in their late 30s and early 40s which meant that Idi Amin was appreciated and respected by even people who were not of his generation and more or so from other parts of the continent.May Allah reward him for his good deeds and forgive him where he could have errored.

Muhammad Baswari Kezaara
Member of UMBS in jinja.

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Muhammad Baswari Kezaara was born in Budondo, Bujagali village. Went to Mainstreet primary sch, joined Jinja ss where he was Uganda Muslim Students Association(UMSA) chairman 1982-1986. Studied ‘A’ at Nkumba College where he was chairman UMSA 1988-1989. He was Elected secretary finance jinja Municipal youth council 1994-1996. He was Elected chairman Uganda Young Democrats(UYD) 1995. He was National chairman UYD 1996-2005. He was elected councilor Jinja Central Division 1997-2001. He was elected Chairman LC3 Jinja central division 2002-2006. He was elected Mayor Jinja municipality council 2006-2011. He is the 1st ever Re-elected Mayor Jinja municipality 2011-2016. He was Vice president Democratic party Eastern Region 2005-2009. He is National chairman Democratic party 2011 to date.

Mohammad Most Popular Name in Oslo

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A new count of the population of Norway’s capital city Oslo has revealed that Mohammad, the name of Islam’s Prophet, is the most common name for the first time ever in the European capital’s history.The survey was made by SSB for the male names in Oslo.The results found that 4,801 boys and men are named Mohammed or variations of Mohammed as their first name.

Therefore, Mohammed has passed both Jan (4,667) and Per (4,155).

The name has spent four years in a row at the top of the list of baby names in Oslo, but this is the first time that Mohammed tops the men’s name list for Oslo.

Similar results were revealed in Britain after statistics found that the name Mohammad, or its variations, has topped the list of the baby names.

The estimates showed that the Muslim name was the most multi-cultural London and the West Midlands, while Oliver came out top in the South East, South West and Wales.

Norwegian Muslims are estimated at 150,000 out of the country’s 4.5 million population, mostly of Pakistan, Somali, Iraqi and Moroccan backgrounds.

There are nearly 90 Muslim organizations and Islamic centers across the northern European country.

CONGS TO DR. KARIM SSESANGA AT ISESCO AND HAJAT REHMAH KASULE

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Hajjati Rehmah Kasule

Asalam Aleikum brothers and sisters,UMBS is applauding two of its members for the achievements they have got.We applaud our brother Dr.N.A.Karim Ssesanga, former Director IUIU Kampala Campus who has been appointed a Higher Education Specialist by the Islamic Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (ISESCO) based at its headquarters in Rabat Morocco.He will join a team of specialists at ISESCO to offer technical advice to Universities in ISESCO member states.

We also applaud our sister Owek. Hajat Rehmah Kasule, the author of the book “From Gomba to the White House” a book she wrote when she met President Barack Obama in 2010. She is the Founder and Presidednt of CEDA International www.ceda-uganda.org, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pyR6IZmTwM

Rehmah is an Award Winner of The International Alliance for Women 2011, and this year, she is one of the two recipients of the Goldman Sachs & Fortune Global Women Leaders Award in recognition of her work in women empowerment. This Award goes with funding for her project and also she will travel to this year’s fortune Most Powerful Women Summit in Laguna Miguel California to accept the award to be presented in October the summit.

We thank ALLAH for enabling them reach such international heights and pray for HIS guidance.

Bravo Karim former ‘RAT’

Bravo Rehmah former ‘BOXER

Shamim Namuddu Ssebaggala
On behalf of The
Ex – Mumsa Walk in Team

EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE FACT SHEET

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EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE FACT SHEET

What is Ebola Virus Disease?

Ebola Virus Disease is a highly infectious and deadly disease affecting humans and animals such as monkeys, gorillas, Chimpanzees, bats, birds, reptiles, amphibians, arthropods. The disease is caused by Ebola virus and it occurs in sporadic outbreak.

Where is Ebola Virus Disease found?

Though the natural habitat of the Ebola virus is unknown, Ebola virus is normally found in an animal host that is native to the African continent.

Where do cases of Ebola Virus Disease occur?

Outbreaks of Ebola VD have been mainly restricted to Africa. Confirmed cases of Ebola VD have been reported in Africa such as Liberia, Sierrea leone, Guinea, Ghana, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Sudan, the Ivory Coast, Uganda etc. Ebola VD is usually spread within a health care setting. However, sporadic isolated cases may occur unnoticed.

How is Ebola Virus Disease spread?

The manner in which the Ebola virus first appears in a human at the start of an outbreak has not been determined. However, Ebola VD could be spread through the following:

1. Direct contact with an infected animal or human;
2. Direct contact with the blood and or secretions of an infected person especially within families;
3. Contact with contaminated medical equipment such as needles;
4. Reuse of unsterilized needles in hospital;
5. Eating or handling of the carcass of infected animals;
6. Inhalation of contaminated air in hospital environment;
7. Use of infected non human primate/bats as food source;
8. Non implementation of universal precautions.

What are the symptoms of Ebola Virus Disease?

The incubation period for Ebola VD ranges from 2 to 21 days. The signs and symptoms of Ebola VD include:

1. Fever
2. Headache
3. Diarrhea
4. Vomiting
5. Chest pain
6. Stomach pain
7. Cold
8. Cough
9. Joint and muscles pain
10. Sore throat
11. Weakness
12. Depression
13. Confusion
14. Red eyes
15. Internal and external bleeding

Who is at risk?

1. People exposed to and handling wild animals;
2. People depending on wild animals such as bats as a food source;
3. Mortuary attendants;
4. Health workers caring for Ebola VD patients;
5. Health workers in hospital settings with poor basic hygiene and sanitation practices;
6. Family members of an infected patient;
7. People that go to hospitals with poor hygiene and sanitation practices;

How is Ebola Virus Disease prevented?

1. Avoid contact with the blood/secretions of Ebola infected animals and humans or dead bodies by:

a) Maintain good hygiene and sanitation practices in hospitals;
b) Isolate Ebola infected patients;
c) Dispose of dead bodies of Ebola patients properly in a safe manner;
d) Avoid local traditional burial rituals such as embalming for Ebola patients;

2. Health workers and visitors caring for Ebola patients should:

a) Wear proper personal protective equipment such as disposable face mask. Gloves, goggles,
b) and gown always;
c) Use disposable needles;
d) Avoid reuse of needles or use of inadequately sterilized needles;
e) Avoid embalming of a deceased Ebola patient;

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Champs Are Christians Only: German Muslim Told

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In a blow to Muslim integration in the German society, a Muslim father has been asked to abandon his title as shooting champion in a western Germany town for not being “Christian”.

“It is completely incomprehensible to me that we are having such a debate in the 21st Century,” Mithat Gedik, the Muslim father who was crowned Shooting King, told The Local on Monday, August 4.

“We didn’t want to provoke anyone, we just wanted to celebrate a wonderful shooting festival.”

The 33-year-old Muslim champion was named as Schützenkönig (shooting king) by his local club on July 18.

Yet, the father of four kids was asked later to return back his title by the Bund der Historischen Deutschen Schützenbruderschaften (BHDS) (Historic German Shooting Federation), because he is not Christian.

“It should be obvious to anyone who can read. They didn’t read their own constitution,” Rolf Nieborg, a spokesman for the BHDS said.

“No one has probably asked him about his religion because he is so well integrated.

“They made a mistake and should correct it. They could ask him to abdicate.”

Gedik, a German Muslim who was brought up in Werl, North Rhine-Westphalia by his Turkish parents, works for a Mannheim-based company and volunteers at the fire department besides being a board member of his local shooting club.

As the BHDS states that it is an “association of Christian people”, the Muslim champion may be moved to Sauerland Shooting Federation that allows non-Christians members.

Germany has Europe’s second-biggest Muslim population after France, and Islam comes third in Germany after Protestant and Catholic Christianity.

It has between 3.8 and 4.3 million Muslims, making up some 5 percent of the total 82 million population, according to government-commissioned studies.

Germans have grown hostile to the Muslim presence recently, with a heated debate on the Muslim immigration into the country.

A recent poll by the Munster University found that Germans view Muslims more negatively than their European neighbors.
According to a 2010 nationwide poll by the research institute Infratest-dimap, more than one third of the respondents would prefer “a Germany without Islam.”

Recognize Hamas’ Legitimacy: Jimmy Carter

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Joining a world chorus condemnation for the Israeli war on Gaza, the former US president Jimmy Carter along with the former Irish president Mary Robinson have called for recognizing Hamas as a “legitimate political actor”.

“There is no humane or legal justification for the way the Israeli Defense Forces are conducting this war,” Carter and Robinson wrote for Foreign Policy magazine.

“Hamas cannot be wished away, nor will it co-operate in its own demise.

“Only by recognizing its legitimacy as a political actor — one that represents a substantial portion of the Palestinian people — can the West begin to provide the right incentives for Hamas to lay down its weapons.”

These views have been expressed in an article the US 39th President co-wrote with the former Irish president for Foreign Policy magazine.

The duo western leaders have accused Israel of spoiling the formation of the unity government between Fatah and Hamas, besides destabilizing the region.

Deploring the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza, the pair said that “war crimes” against civilians should be investigated.

“There is never an excuse for deliberate attacks on civilians in conflict. These are war crimes,” the leaders said.

Condemning the blockade of Gaza, Carter said that the international community should push for the “full restoration of the free movement of people and goods to and from Gaza through Israel, Egypt and the sea”.

Under the auspices of Carter, Egyptian President Mohammad Anwar El-Sadat and late Israeli Premier Menachem Begin have signed Camp David Accords peace treaty in 1978 that left dozens of Palestinian families scattered across both sides of Rafah.

Israel has been launching relentless airstrikes against Gaza since July 8 where hundreds have been killed and thousands injured.

Israel has claimed that its new war on Gaza, under the title Operation Protect Edge, was a response to the rocket attacks being carried out by Hamas.

Israel occupation forces started a ground invasion of besieged Gaza, home to two millions civilian, on Thursday, July 17.

Health officials in Gaza said 1,868 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed and nearly 10,000 injured since Israel launched its war on the besieged strip.

A total of 67 Israelis, all but three of them soldiers, have died.

On Tuesday, August 5, Hamas and Israel started a 72-hour ceasefire with Hamas mediated by Egypt as a first step towards negotiations on a more enduring end to the month-old war.

Messi defends rights of Gaza children

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Barcelona's Lionel Messi carries his son Thiago during the Spanish league first division trophy celebrations at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona
Popular Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi has defended rights of children in conflict areas, especially in the Gaza Strip where a month of fighting has claimed nearly 1,900 Palestinian lives.

“As a father and a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, I am terribly saddened by the images coming from the conflict between Israel and Palestine, where violence has already claimed so many young lives and to injure countless children,” Messi wrote Thursday on his official Facebook page, which is liked by 68,043,913 fans as of Friday.

Messi, who currently plays for Barcelona, added that: “Children did not create this conflict, but they are paying the ultimate price,” and urged that “this cycle of senseless violence must stop. We must reflect on the consequences of military conflicts and children must be protected.”

HOW COME NONE OF THE AFRICAN COUNTRIES HAVE CLOSED THEIR TIES WITH ISRAEL?

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Unlike the US, many countries are moving in the opposite direction and shying away from importing or exporting military equipment with Israel.

On Monday, Spain imposed an arms embargo on Israel and the United Kingdom said it would review all of its multi-billion pound military contracts. The French president has called the situation in Gaza a “massacre,” while this week, the US State Department condemned an Israeli bombing on a school as “appalling.”

And last week, five Latin American nations – Ecuador, Brazil, Chile, Peru and El Salvador – withdrew their ambassadors from Tel Aviv. Other countries suspended free-trade talks and Bolivia canceled a visa-exemption that was popular with Israeli backpackers.

The withdrawal of Brazil’s ambassador now threatens key arms sales as the biggest customers of Israel’s arms industry – the sixth largest in the world – are the US, India, and Brazil, according to Shir Hever, a leftist Israeli economist.

Britain is also a prominent military trading partner and its announced “review” could imperil government-approved exports to Israel worth more than $13.1 billion, according to a report by a parliamentary committee last month. These include the sale of body armor, drone components, and missile parts.

An American Female Finds Islam:Amazed By Muslim Women’s Dress

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I am an American who grew up in a strict religious Christian family. By the time I was 16 I became very devout and religious myself. The church was like a home away from home. I enjoyed it thoroughly.I had read and studied the Bible on a regular basis. All the while I was noticing many errors in the Bible. Many conflicting stories. So I would ask my grandmother or the pastor of the church about it, but would never get a solid answer.

I was told to just brush it off and not worry about these little details that weren’t adding up. So for a time I did.Later on in my early 20s I was appointed as Youth Pastor at my local church. It was during this time that my biblical studies had become intense. The more I studied, the more questions I had.

Due to the lack of answers I was not getting from the church, I decided to enroll into Bible College. “For sure I would find my answers there,” I often thought to myself. Again, no such luck.

Nothing could ease my mind and so I decided to step down from “Youth Pastor”. I felt I could no longer lead the youth since I was confused and doubting things myself. I was the one in need of a leader. My heart was crying out to find some peace in all this confusion.

One night I turned on the TV and happened to flip straight to CNN. They were reporting straight from Iraq. Then, there in the background I saw the most beautiful woman I had ever seen.

She was adorned only in black from head to toe. She was so modest, and to me that made her so beautiful. I knew that she was a Muslim but I didn’t know what the religious beliefs of Muslims were.

I was more caught up in her clothing attire. It sparked my interest more than anything. My heart immediately desired to be like the woman. Pious and modest. So this is where my search began.

I immediately got online and searched “Muslim Woman Dress” & “Muslim Woman Face Veil”. This is when I came across the words “Hijab” and “Niqab”. Wikipedia also referred to the women who wore it as Hijabis or Niqabis.

These hijabis and niqabis were my newly-found role models. So I immediately changed all my online nicknames to “hijabi” or “niqabi”. It had not occurred to me to investigate the beliefs of Islam yet. But it was soon to come.

One afternoon my neighborhood was having a community cookout. I was setting next to my closest neighbor and we somehow got on the subject of religion.

He said “You know us Christians will probably be in trouble when we stand before God?”

I just nodded in agreement but not really sure where he was going with this.

He said, “Yeah, you know those Muslims pray 5 times a day faithfully and we Christians can barely make time to pray once a day.”

I immediately excused myself and ran back to my home. I opened the Computer and began searching the Internet about Muslim beliefs. I was amazed at their beliefs as it seemed to fit in line with mine.

But I wanted to be sure there were no surprises hidden in their beliefs; you know nothing that was going to throw me for a loop if I choose to convert.

The following weeks I drove to the closest mosque, which happened to be 50 miles away, requesting information. I searched the Internet into the wee hours of the morning reading all about Islam.

After a couple of months of researching and reading, I decided that I want to convert. I drove back to the mosque and took the Shahadah!

A peace entered my heart and soul like never before. Subhanallah!

Was Eve made from the rib of Adam?

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First of all, Allah in the Quran explained how He created Adam (peace be upon him). He states in different verses that he had created Adam from clay.

{Behold, thy Lord said to the angels: “I am about to create man from clay:}-Surah 38 Verse 71

{The similitude of Jesus before God is as that of Adam; He created him from dust, then said to him: “Be”. And he was.}-Surah 3 Verse 59

The Quran also clearly states Allah also created Hawa (Eve) by His Hands from the same nature of Adam.{O mankind! reverence your Guardian-Lord, who created you from a single person, created, of like nature, His mate, and from them twain scattered (like seeds) countless men and women….}- Surah 4 Verse 1

Hence, the Quran does not state that Eve was created from Adam’s rib. Yet, there is an authentic Hadith of the Prophet (peace be upon him) which uses the metaphor of the shape of a rib to describe women.

The authentic Hadith says that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:

“Treat women kindly. Woman has been created from a rib and the most bent part of the rib is the uppermost. If you try to turn it straight, you will break it. And if you leave it alone, it will remain bent as it is. So treat women kindly.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Another version adds” ..if you wish to draw benefit from it, you can do so despite its shape.”

Some scholars perceived the Hadiths in their literal meaning and accepted the idea that Eve was created from Adam’s rib. Yet many scholars, on the other hand, totally rejected this interpretation. They based their argument on the fact that in Arabic, the words “created from” do not necessarily refer to the substance of creation; they can also refer to the nature of something. These scholars sustain their argument with an example from the Quran in which Allah says “That man has been created from hastiness”. Of course, this does not mean that man’s substance is hastiness; it only refers to man’s nature and behavior.

The Hadith then means that if a man wants to be happy with his wife he should not attempt to re-shape her character, but accepts her the way she is and try to be happy by understanding her habits and her personality.

The Theory of Evolution and the creation of humans by Allah

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Allah says what means:*{Allah has created every animal from water. Of them are some that creep on their bellies, some that walk on two legs, and some that walk on four. Allah creates what He wills, for truly Allah has power over all things}* (An-Nur 24:45)

This verse endorses the scientific theory that life first appeared in the ocean, by leave of Allah, but humans are the special creatures of Allah by a specific command from Him.

The theory of evolution rests on the twin concepts of “the survival of the fittest” and “natural selection”: The species “with the best characteristics will survive, and that is decided by a process of “natural selection”.

The problem with this theory (as well as with most scientific theories) is the assumption that all events take place accidentally, that is, without a supreme being to oversee them.

For instance, consider the expression “natural selection.” It means that new species come into being “naturally,” that is to say, as a result of prior causes, which in their turn were the results of events before them and so on, in an infinite regression. It is also stated that these causes if traced back will not lead us to “a first cause.”

Obviously, this idea contradicts the belief that God is the Creator of all things and beings, while the Quran emphatically and repeatedly exhorts us to ponder over the phenomena of nature so that we can logically reach the truth that Allah Almighty is the Creator of all things and beings:

*{Say: “Allah is the Creator of all things: He is the One, the Supreme and Irresistible.”}* (Ar-Ra`d 13:16)

*{See they not how Allah originates creation, then repeats it: Truly that is easy for Allah. Say: “Travel through the earth and see how Allah did originate creation; so will Allah produce a later creation: For Allah has power over all things.”}* (Al-`Ankabut 29:19-20)

*{He has created the heavens and the earth in just proportions and has given you shape and made your shapes beautiful: And to Him is the final Goal.}* (At-Taghabun 64:3)

The above verses clearly speak of Allah as the Originator and Creator of everything in the universe, irrespective of any man-made theory that states the contrary view.

To Use or Not to Use Nuclear Power? Should Uganda or Muslim countries be investing in Nuclear power? Have Your Say

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Humankind has been living since the 1950s with nuclear powered electricity generation.Proponents argue that nuclear power is a sustainable energy source which reduces carbon emissions and can increase energy security if its use supplants a dependence on imported fuels. A Stanford study found that Fast Breeder Reactors have the potential to provide power for humans on Earth for billions of years, making this source sustainable.Nuclear Reactors generate 16% of global electricity, but provide 6.3% of energy production and 2.6% of final energy consumption.

Meet the Egyptian Scientist Who Saved Japan and the Pacific

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Water pollution is one of the most common forms of pollution we see around us every day, and it has evidently become a dangerously growing environmental issue.Following the 2011 tsunami which hit Japan in March of that year, the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in east Japan was subjected to several equipment failures and accidents which have led to the discharge of radioactive materials in the surrounding area, starting on March 12th.

Statistically, it is proved to be the largest nuclear catastrophe since the Chernobyl disaster of 1986, releasing an estimated 10 to 30% of the radiation of the Chernobyl accident. It is estimated that 520 tons of radioactive water leaked into the Pacific Ocean, which in turn initiated a wave of huge negative effects on the marine life in the Earth’s largest ocean and concurrently the quality of drinking water in many areas.

In the aftermath of this tragic environmental event, scientists from all over the world worked to fight off the growing danger of contaminated water, since it can cause all kinds of natural disasters and incurable diseases.

Among the most dangerous contaminators of drinking water is arsenic, which can reach drinking water through erosion of natural deposits and runoff from glass & electronics production wastes.

Arsenic is mostly used in paints, dyes, metals, drugs, soaps, and semi-conductors, and it can cause skin damage or molecular, biochemical and clinical disorders within the circulatory system, and increase the risk of getting cancer.

Prof. Dr. Sherif El Safty, an Egyptian born-and-raised chemist and expert in Nanotechnology, developed a Nano-material which enables simple, quick and efficient detection and removal of arsenic from drinking water.

El Safty obtained his Ph.D. in the year 2000 and worked as a lecturer at the Chemistry Department in the University of Tanta in Egypt, and in 2005, he was also appointed as an Associate Professor. In 2008, he became a Senior Researcher at the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) in Japan, leading an independent group of passionate researchers who actively support the goal of creating nano materials for use in environmental clean-up systems.Egyptian-Scientist-Who-Saved-Japan-and-the-Pacific

He has worked in Japan for more than 10 years and has about 20 licensed inventions registered under his name. He also has published more than 190 papers in advanced materials and related chemistry journals and received over 16 awards worldwide.He is leading a group of research at NIMS. His research interests focus on the Multiple Nano dynamic Designs that provide efficient, one site, broad range processes in the same time. These processes are in demand for security monitoring in the global world. He established low cost extraction system based on nanoscale HOM (High Order Mesoporous Monolith) materials of rare earth metals from urban concentrate as secondary resources in Japan. He successfully designed simple, easy to use, and reliable nanocaptors for decontamination of radioactive elements in Fukushima Diaiichi, Japan from water and wastewater.

His technique, which relies on nanotechnology to capture contaminators and reduce them from drinking water, has made him, formally, one of the most eligible scientists to win a 2013 Noble Prize in Chemistry.

NAZI TACTICS BEING EMPLOYED BY ISRAEL

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In a post on his Facebook page, Dr. Yasir Qadhi, co-founder and blog writer for MuslimMatters.org, draws a comparison between the tactics currently used by Israel to dehumanize Palestinians and those employed by the Nazis:

”Modern textbooks on Europe, even those studied in high-school, all demonstrate how the Nazis successfully dehumanized the Jews of Germany so that they could then persecute them with impunity. The Nazis propagated the most obvious myths and lies about Jews, claiming that they ate Christian babies (the infamous ‘blood-libel’), controlled all evil forces in the world, and were hell-bent on destroying anything and everything they could, merely because they were inherently evil. As we read such statements in our times, we wonder how anyone could have believed such anti-Semitic drivel.

It will only be a matter of a few decades, if not sooner, when history books will mention how Israelis attempted to dehumanize all Palestinians, claiming that mothers pushed their own children forward in front of missiles to act as ‘human shields’, and that the evil, demonic ‘Hamas’ actually wanted to kill its own citizens so that people would sympathize with them, and how all religious Muslims were somehow interlinked with al-Qaeda and hell-bent to destroy the modern world. Listening to Israeli politicians, or Fox News, or any pro-Israeli outlet, one sees precisely the same tactics employed by Joseph Goebbels, who was Hitler’s right-hand-man in spreading anti-Jewish propaganda amongst the Germans.

It is truly sad that a people who went through such suffering seem to be so blinded in their love of a ‘homeland’ that they fall into the very same tactics and techniques that caused their own destruction and Holocaust barely a century ago. It is encouraging to see more and more Jews are speaking out against Israel, but still, a large majority of them are such ardent supporters that, from a religious perspective, one can say they have taken this state as an idol besides their G-d, such that it must unconditionally be supported, as it can do no evil, and anything and everything that opposes it must be vilified and destroyed.

“O Children of Israel! Recall all of the blessings that I bestowed upon you, and that I had chosen you over all other nations. And also fear the Day on which no soul shall benefit another, nor will any intercession be accepted, nor any recompense, and nor will any be helped.” [Surah al-Baqara; 37-8].”

GAZA:Dr. Yasir Qadhi, co-founder and blog writer for MuslimMatters.org, responded to a controversial statement made by the Saudi Mufti

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Dr. Yasir Qadhi, co-founder and blog writer for MuslimMatters.org, responded to a controversial statement made by the Saudi Mufti about protesting and demonstrating for Gaza that resurfaced recently stirring much debate. In an interview with a Saudi newspaper in 2009, the Saudi Mufti reportedly answered a question about the benefit of staging demonstrations in support of people in Gaza saying that there is no good in demonstrations and that they are merely chaotic and useless acts.

Disagreeing with this view, Dr. Yasir Qadhi posted this comment on the fatwa in his Facebook page:

I personally, with utmost respect to the Mufti, completely and totally disagree with his opinion. In fact, this is an example of one of my criticisms of the Salafi movement… a lack of political awareness and an assumption that one’s own isolated culture must be extrapolated to encompass all of Islam. Perhaps in some societies protesting on the streets might be considered chaotic (or, as the Mufti puts it, ‘ghawgha’); however, anyone who understand the dynamics of media and politics in the West realizes that public protests are one of the primary mechanisms of spreading and popularizing one’s grievances. It is because of this that the founders of America actually have a clause in the Constitution that prohibits the government from prohibiting public demonstrations!

Protests and demonstrations are a cultural matter whose benefits and harms (and hence Shar`i ruling) will vary from time, to place, to culture, to issue. The Mufti has his opinion, based on his own background and culture; many others, myself included, respectfully disagree.

Can a Reverted Woman Bear Her Husband’s Name?

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It should be clear first of all that a new Muslim should keep good relations with his or her family. Islam calls for good ties with all people. Though a wife may bear her husband’s last name, she should keep her biological father’s name. Islam doesn’t change people’s lineages.

It should be known that even if people converted to Islam, this should not cancel their line of family. Allah Almighty says, “Call them by the names of their fathers. This is the right course in the sight of God.” (Al-Ahzab 33: 5)

We also have a hadith that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Whoever is lined to a father other than his, and he is aware of such, but has committed (an act of) kufr.” (Al-Bukhari)

How Long Can a Husband Stay Away from His Wife?

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we’d like to state that in Islam the marriage of a man and a woman is not just a financial and physical arrangement of living together but a sacred contract, a gift of God, to lead a happy, enjoyable life and continue the lineage. The main goal of marriage in Islam is the realization of tranquility and compassions between the spouses. For the attainment of this supreme goal, Islam defined certain duties and rights for the husband and wife.

The maximum limit a husband is allowed to be away from his wife is four months, or six months according to the view of the Hanbali scholars. This is the maximum period a woman can endure separation from her husband.

Commentators of the Glorious Qur’an narrate the following incident in support of this opinion.

One night Caliph `Umar ibn Al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him) was making his rounds of Madinah when he heard a woman singing:

The night is long, darkness all around me;

I am sleepless, for I have no friend to play with.

By Allah, had there been no fear of Him,

This cot would be shaking from side to side.

Upon investigation, `Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) found that the woman’s husband had been on a military expedition for a long time. He then asked his daughter, Hafsah, a widow of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), “How long can a woman endure separation from her husband?” She replied, “Four months.” As a consequence, he decided that he would not send a married man away from his wife for a period exceeding four months.

However, if a wife agrees to give up this right for more than this period, then it is lawful and there is no wrong in this.”

GAZA:SIGN AND SHARETHE PETITION PLEASE!

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We, the undersigned members of Uganda Muslim Brothers and Sisters(UMBS), hold that silence about the latest humanitarian catastrophe caused by Israel’s new military assault on the Gaza Strip—the third and most devastating in six years—constitutes complicity. Member state of NATO which mounted an air war on Libya ostensibly to protect civilians in Benghazi have been by and large quiet about the fate of civilians in Gaza. World governments and mainstream media do not hold Israel accountable for its violations of international law. We, however, as a community of Muslim brothers and Sisters in Uganda have a moral responsibility to do so.

Neither the violation of international law nor the destruction of Palestinian life in Gaza, however, began or will end with the current war[1]. The suffering of Palestinians is not limited to Gaza: the occupation and dispossession in East Jerusalem, the Naqab (Negev), and the West Bank; the construction of walls and fences around the Palestinian population, the curtailment of Palestinian freedom of movement and education, and the house demolitions, all have long histories that will have to be addressed.

As Muslims who value humanity and what the word itself entails, we have a particular interest in and responsibility to respond to the obstacles to the right to higher education that the Israeli state has created for Palestinians both inside Israel and in the occupied territories. In the past two months alone, Israeli forces have raided Al Quds University in Jerusalem, the Arab American University in Jenin, and Birzeit University near Ramallah[2] In the current attacks, Israeli aerial bombardment has destroyed the Islamic University of Gaza. More generally, the Israeli state discriminates against Palestinian students in Israeli universities;[3]and it isolates Palestinian academia by, among other tactics, preventing foreign academics from visiting Palestinian institutions in Gaza and the West Bank[4]. We are also alarmed by the long history of confiscations of Palestinian archives and the destruction of libraries and research centers.[5]

The ongoing Israeli massacres in Gaza have been ghastly reminders of the complicity of Israeli academic institutions in the occupation and oppression of Palestinians. Tel Aviv University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Bar Ilan University, Haifa University, Technion, and Ben Gurion University have publicly declared their unconditional support for the Israeli military.[6]More generally, there are intimate connections between Israeli academic institutions and the military, security, and political establishments in Israel.[7] To take but one example: Tel Aviv University is directly implicated, through its Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), in developing the Dahiya Doctrine,[8]adopted by the Israeli military in its assaults on Lebanon in 2006 and on Gaza today. The Dahiya Doctrine advocates the extensive destruction of civilian infrastructure and “intense suffering” among the civilian population as an “effective” means to subdue any resistance.[9]

We applaud the few dozen Israeli academics and individuals who have protested against their government, and the several dozen who signed a petition calling for an end to Israel’s bombardment of Gaza.[10]Alarmingly, they have faced disciplinary measures from their own universities.[11]We stand by these academics and support them.

We feel compelled to join the growing number of academics in Israel and around the world who support the Palestinian call to boycott Israeli academic institutions or any products supplied by Israel around the world. This call responds to Palestinian civil society organizations’ long-standing appeal for the comprehensive implementation of boycotts, divestments, and sanctions (BDS) of Israel, and is supported by the Palestinian Federation of Unions of University Professors and Employees (PFUUPE).

Following in the footsteps of the growing number of US academic associations that have endorsed boycott resolutions,[12]we call on our colleagues in Uganda and everywhere in the world to boycott Israeli academic institutions, and we ask all Ugandans(Muslims and non-Muslims) not to collaborate on projects and events involving Israeli institutions, not to teach at or to attend conferences and other events at such institutions, and not to publish in academic journals based in Israel. We call for doing so until such time as these institutions end their complicity in violating Palestinian rights as stipulated in international law, and respect the full rights of Palestinians by calling on Israel to:

1.End its siege of Gaza, its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands occupied in June 1967, and dismantle the settlements and the walls;

2.Recognize the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel and the stateless Negev Bedouins to full equality; and

3.Respect, protect, and promote the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN Resolution 194.

For more information, please contact: UMBS admin at: abbeysemuwemba@gmail.com.UMBS is a registered organization devoted to matters of interest to Muslims in Uganda.

Here is the link to the petition:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/188/615/274/uganda-muslims-solidarity-with-palestines/

What do you think is the best way to resolve the Middle East crisis?

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My Esteemed Brothers and Sisters:

What do you think is the best way to resolve the Middle East crisis,specifically the Palestinian-Israeli dispute both in the short and long terms,?

If you were sitting as a mediator in Cairo, when the peace talks finally resume what concessions would you demand of:

1) the Republic of Israel

2) the Palestinian leadership on behalf of their people?

What is the best road to peace in terms of its probability to succeed?

Do you accept the Hamas and the Islamic Jihad’s demands or wish that the state of Israel must be wiped off the face of the earth? What are the chances that this wish will come true considering the following Geo-political realities in the world?:

a) when all the chips are down and no matter which party is in power or who is serving as the President, the USA will always support Israel. Ditto for most of the western world inclusive of Great Britain, France, Germany etc,

b) the countries of the Middle East are unlikely to ever collectively prevail in any major war with Israel even if they places their entire military resources on the side of the Palestinians? With the exception of Egypt and Qatar which are trying to play a mediating role, have you noticed the deafening silence from Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, Yemen, UAE, Turkey and other Middle East and Islamic countries?

c) even though she is not a friend of Israel, Russia the other major non-western Super power is unlikely to support the Palestinians and the Arabs as it had always done in previous Middle East conflicts?

Unless the world is willing to continue witnessing intermittent human sufferings such as the carnage that is currently going on in the Gaza, which also has the potential of spreading to West Bank and the rest of the Middle East, I believe it is time for the rest of the world to condemn Israel’s actions in the Middle East.

Do you think that If the Palestinians and the Arabs of the Middle East had accepted the boundaries in 1948, there would have been no need for the subsequent military conflicts that have taken place in the Middle East in 1967, in the 70’s, 80’s and in the current century? The Palestinians and the Arabs have lost significant portions of land to Israel with each subsequent war including the Gaza strip–later returned to Egypt by the state of Israel, The West Bank and the Golan Heights.

The question we must ask of the Hamas and other Palestinian and Islamic organizations who are opposed to the two state solution in the Middle East is why they keep on making the same mistakes–doing things the same way and always expecting a different result.

As I wrote in an earlier piece, my sympathies remain with the Palestinian people–who have suffered a great deal since 1948.

UMBS ADMIN

Nothing justifies the Israel genocide in Gaza!

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We hear these justifications all the time : Israel is responding to Hamas’ “provocation.” The “provocation thesis” is often used to justify the visual reality of disproportionate murder. It was used during and after the Holocaust too by indecent and immoral analysts to justify the Nazi slaughter of the Jews. Or, the other noxious justification: Israel has a right to react to a Nazi-type existential threat from Hamas.

It is one thing to be pro-Israel in all things relating to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. That is okay. BUT, it is “immoral” to use the Holocaust and the Nazi slaughter of German and other European Jews to justify the current bombardment of Gaza by the Israeli government. There are former IDF soldiers who have spoken loudly about their government’s approach . Hamas has its excesses as an armed group. But, it is not the Nazi State by any informed comparison. Therefore, to compare an armed Hamas group to a totalitarian Nazi state with an anti-Jewish racial and biological ideology, as Nazi Germany was, is to overdraw one’s historical analogies.

Even in our collective helplessness to do anything about what is going on in Gaza, what we should not do is to indirectly justify the murder of the innocent by reaching for comparisons that overstretch the historical record. We become like the perpetrators of murder when , in the cocoon of our own prejudices, we put the victims of murder beyond our universe of moral obligation , as the perpetrators do, to even consider the humanity of the victims . What happened to our sense of perspective, if not proportion?

Hamas does not have that capability to destroy Isreal, and we all know it. Hamas does not pose that threat to the Jewish State of Israel. Not even the entire defense forces of all the Arab countries together do. They have tried and failed at least three times since the creation of the Jewish state of Israel.The conditions under which Palestinian Arabs live is the most urgent concern of both FATAH and Hamas.

The conditions are so bad that it should not be acceptable to anyone anywhere in 2014. Many Israelis know this for a fact. They condemn the conditions. It is the conditions and FATAH’s abject failure to negotiate real improvements in the conditions that helped to create Hamas. Hamas is a child of circumstance. If Hamas is destroyed, another probably hardline resistance organization may take its place. Is that gamble worth it. It has not been in the past.Israel’s security is for the most part settled. What Israel needs and should seek and find is peace with its Palestinian neighbors not the domination of them.

Those of you who pray to Jerusalem, did you forget that historically Jerusalem was a Jebusite City, fully built and protected, but conquered by David? It was not a no-man’s land or fallow land, or was it? …….can you imagine the injustice of the settlement of Palestine by hordes of Jews, displacing the Arabs who were on the land for hundreds and thousands of years? So, it is even worse, post Balfour Declaration: how has the fate of Palestinians in Palestine been protected by the rest of the world from occupation?

A few moments ago on CNN’s “Crisis in the Middle East” news program (Sunday August 3, 2014), Yousef Munayer, Director of the Palestine Center, provided an illuminating perspective on the physical and symbolic violence of Occupation. He said that the Palestinians are the only people in the world who are required to provide security for their occupiers, and Israel is the only occupying force allowed to demand security from the victims of its occupation.Insightful, isn’t it?

HALIMA KIBERU AND HASSAN AMINA
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I CRY FOR PALESTINE AND HAMAS(WHOM SOME PEOPLE CALL TERRORISTS)!

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I would like to know from the historians whether there is any evidence in history of a sustainable nonviolent resistance to occupation,before we blame what Hamas is doing?

There seems to me to be a weakness with the World War 11 analogy. The Resistance then had friends, powerful friends. The Nazis were not defeated by the Resistance only but with the assistance of powerful friends like the United States that planned and led the invasion of Europe. The Palestinians have practically no friends. They are mostly on their own except for humanitarian aid that is compelled by the Israeli occupation, and sketchy military assistance.

Israel withdrew from Gaza nominally. Her iron-clad blockade of Gaza makes the withdrawal practically meaningless. Israel withdrew from most of the West Bank earlier. She has been seizing Palestinian land there since. Who is to say the same was not going to happen in Gaza.

Hamas may seem stupid attacking Israel today but there is an area parallel. The establishment of the state of Israel is believed to have been hastened by the armed attacks on British Administration and Army by Jewish terrorists. The “worst” of the attacks was the bombing in 1946 of the King David Hotel- headquarters of both the British administration and army in Palestine and Transjordan, by Jewish “terrorist” led at the time by Menachem Begin- a Polish Jew and a future prime minister of Israel.

While one may not support the desperate armed attacks of Hamas and other Palestinian resistance against Israel, one understands their despair and frustration with the worsening state of their daily existence in their homeland. We remember “Give me liberty or give me death” credited to the United States’ Patrick Henry. For some Palestinian Arabs, death is becoming preferable to living under an Israeli occupation that arguably has no equivalent anywhere in the world in 2014. Hamas has said over and over again in current cease fire negotiations that she will not accept a ceasefire without a lifting of the Israeli blockade albeit supervised, on Gaza. That for me say everything.

Do you know of a more asymmetric war? What happened to measured response? Is collective punishment moral? Is collective punishment justified given the real “victimness” of powerless non-political children, women, and other non-combatants (including the infirm and elderly) in the “out of their control” situation that they find themselves? Is a military solution to the Palestinians’ situation feasible? Your hope must be that the current war in Gaza will achieve better than past wars there did namely- a less motivated, resolute, and violent Palestinian resistance. Does History teach anything? George Habash and his Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine were called terrorists and destroyed.

Then came Yasser Arafat and his Fatah organization/ Palestine Liberation Organization who were also branded worse terrorists and mostly ignored. Then came HAMAS who are now described as worse terrorists still.

Those who wish to destroy HAMAS are well advised to pause and think about her possible replacement(s) given recent history, before they do so. People in the Middle East have long, very long memories. The unfolding tragedy that is the current Gaza war should be beneath the human race in 2014. Should we all not be ashamed that we let and watch it happen?

HANNAH OGWAPITI
MEMBER OF THE UGANDANS AT HEART FORUM

Some Non-Muslims are blindly supporting Isreal Genocide!

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CHRISTIANS perceive Israel and her people the Jews as a chosen tribe, God’s people. Well, if you are a believer, we are all God’s chillun and all God’s chillun got right to exist in and on their own patch of land freely and as free men without any threat from divinely ordained hordes of invaders. All God’s chillun have a right to resist captivity, invasion, land grabbing and apartheid. All God’s chillun like blacks in South Africa can form umkhoto we sizwe to take up arms against the invaders, like wise the mau mau in Kenya. Call them terrorist all you like, to their people they are heroes and soldiers fighting for their survival.

Gaza is an open air prison, who wants to live like that. Isreal’s blockade is unjust, Israel’s presence is provocative. Its like beating a child and telling the kid not to cry. The natural response to tyranny is resistance and so long as a 2 state solution is not implemented , accepted and respected by both sides, Hamas aka the zealots have a moral obligation to defend Palestine. Isreal is fast becoming a rogue state and fast losing allies. Public opinion is against her and her vast propaganda and publicity machine cannot spin her conduct in this war. You cannot deliberately target civilians hiding out in schools and hospitals just because some rickety rockets are fired from an area close to those institutions. How big is Gaza, how many vantage point are there to launch attacks. Isreal is punishing all Palestine for the death of 4 teenagers that Hamas denied murdering and this is unjustifiable.

The consequence of the 6 day war and Yom Kippur war is the recognition of the state of isreal by Egypt. Then the Arab coalition were the aggressors and the small young state of Isreal had lots of goodwill especially from the west. Not now. Innocent jews are being attacked in Paris not just by arab immigrants but even French people.

Isreal exists. Palestine should exist.

HANNAH OGWAPITI
UAH GROUP

Gaza Genocide is a disgrace to all of us who call ourselves human beings

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Israel with the active primitive backing of USA and the Christian world are the guilty party here. They fund Israel, give it the weapons of mass destruction it uses, and shield Israel from international law. It is the worst form of apartheid after South Africa to be inflicted on any people in modern history.

We all need to understand what is happening. Many morally outraged countries have recalled their ambassadors from Tel Aviv, but the criminal Whitehouse seem to continue to cover for Israeli Holocaust on Palestinians. A little over ten years ago, a whole city, known as Jenin was wiped off the face of the earth. All efforts to investigate what happened was scuttled by Israel and USA!

The root cause of the problem of the world is traceable to the injustice in the Arabian Desert, a patch of which Israel occupies with Western financial, military and religious backing.

This is a disgrace to all of us who call ourselves human beings. Much as we all condemned Hitler, we should all be horrified by what is happening in the Middle East. This is the genesis of the problem in the whole world. It is why we have to have Obama kill Muarmar Gadaffi in the streets like a dog, why Bush had to kill Hussein, why Morsi cannot be President of Egypt, and why in spite of South Sudan, there is no peace there. It is why in Uganda we are not just humans, but Muslims and Christians.

It is mind boggling that some members of a group that has suffered persecution and death, are very mindlessly oblivious of the suffering, persecution, and death they continue to visit on their neighbors. Even Spiderman knew that with great power comes great responsibilities not only to self but to others.The Israeli occupation of The West Bank and Gaza is no longer about security or even peace. It is about land grab. Mr. Abbas and his PLO are not a threat to Israel. What do they have to show for it? Going from the known to the unknown, it is not likely that the recognition of Israel by Hamas will make a significant real difference to Israel’s craving for Palestinian land.

Israel will more likely contrive another pretext to continue her occupation and acquisition of Palestinian land. Remember that Israel argues that “natural growth” justifies her acquisition of Palestinian land for new settlements even though Palestinian Arabs have a higher rate of population growth. Netanyahu and his supporters continue to do a great job of making reluctant opponents of many friends of Israel. There comes a time when bias and self-interest must give way to justice and peace

So, let us skip the propaganda of human shield and get real. We condemned Boer occupation of South Africa, Zimbabwe has not gone away because of land, and Palestine will be on our conscience if we are just, fair and human.

HANNAH OGWAPITI
UAH GROUP

Gaza:Religion and so-called war on terror has made murderers to be celebrated as heroes

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I guess the key challenge in analyzing the Israeli- Palestinian question is when we refuse to bring politics and ideology back-in. Religion and so-called war on terror has made murderers to be celebrated as heroes. The first question to ask us what is Zionism? Second question what was the Pre-1967 map and why is Israeli government scared of any talk about it?Third, why did the Oslo Peace Accord fail? Fourth, what was the basis of the First Intifada? Fifth, why are Palestinian exiles denied the right of return? Sixth, why is the Israeli government angered by the future of East Jerusalem as capital of the Palestinian (as opposed to an “indivisible” Jerusalem”), Seventh, why is it that even Palestinian refugee camps are bombed, as was the case with the massacre in Jenin? Eighth, what is the overwhelming role of AIPAC in all this? Ninth, why were PM Rabin, Ahmed Yasin, Dr Rantissi and his sons murdered?

Many people even for get that about 25% of Palestinians are Christians and this is far more than Jews that are Christians. Many also forget that even the UN had recognized the Palestinians as oppressed people and placed Zionism on the same platform as Apartheid.

This current massacre took place in December 2008. Livni, Ehud Barat and Netenyanhu only halted the massacre after over 1,500 Palestinian women and children had been killed just in honour of Obama’s inauguration in January 2009.
Israeli government ride on, it’s power relations! But will that bring justice? Will it bring peace? Will it make Israeli people safer?

My point is this military pounding will remain cyclical like the yoyo game. It cannot be the basis of the quest for peace. Throughout history no oppressed people have been cowered by use of violence against them; indeed repression and violence only breeds counter-violence that is what my reading of Frantz Fanon suggests.

For the record: Hamas has only killed 2 israeli civilians, and one foreign worker dead. The rest are soldiers who died in combat, under 50.Does that constitute to war crimes compared to Israel that has killed over 1800 civilians?

Here are some questions to ponder for Christians supporting Israel!

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Most Christian fundamentalists erroneously believe that the Israel of the cherished Bible is the same as Israel of today. They use that false assumption to justify all types of atrocities.Here are some questions to ponder:

1.Were the Hebrews the predecessors of the Canaanites in that region or is it the other way around?

2.Did the Hebrews not migrate from the land between the two rivers .i.e Mesopotamia before settling in the land of the Canaanites – who some scholars believe were the ancestors of the Palestinians.

3.Should all settler colonists of the world, past and present, claim a God – given right to occupy territory? Where and how would we draw the line?

4.Is Israel of today not a settler colony created in 1948 by the British?

SARAH NALUKENGE
UAH MEMBER

5.Was Hitler a Palestinian?

Dr. Hajat Mastula Nakitto Kasujja:The first female Muslim Gynecologist in Uganda

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Dr.Mastula in Hajji Mutumba's office at UMSC

Dr.Mastula in Hajji Mutumba’s office at UMSC


By Haji Nsereko Mutumba

Dr. Hajat Mastula Nakitto Kasujja Kitunzi was the first female Muslim Gynecologist in Uganda. She was born on March 13th 1955 at Mpigi Health Center in Mawokota. Her father was Haji Ahmad Kasujja of Ngeye clan; son of Haji Abdu Salaam Bakondeele from Kakubo – Butambala. Her mother was Ms. Bitu Nakabugo of Nkima (Monkey) clan.

Education
She started her education in 1962 when she joined Mpigi UMEA Primary School for primary one and two. She later joined Lukalu UMEA in 1964 until 1967 when she sat for Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) and passed in grade one.

In 1968, Mastula Kasujja joined King’s College Buddo for her secondary school education. She sat for the East African Certificate of Education (EACE) exams in 1971 and passed in first grade. She stayed at King’s College Buddo for her A’level where she offered PCB/Math. She sat for the East African Advanced Certificate of Education (EAACE) exams in 1973 and passed with flying colours.

In 1974/75, Mastula joined Makerere University Medical School for a Degree in Medicine. She graduated in 1979 with a Bachelors in Medicine and Bachelors in Surgery – MB/CHB.

She joined Mulago National Hospital in 1980 for her internship. In 1981, she was promoted to a Medical Officer and later in the same year, she was transferred to Entebbe Grade B General Hospital, where she served until 1985.

In September 1985, Dr. Mastula Kasujja went back to Makerere University Medical School – Mulago for a Post Graduate training in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She completed the course in 1988 and graduated in 1989 with a Masters in Obstetrics and Gynecology – M/MED-O&G, thereby becoming the first female Muslim Gynecologist in Uganda.

She worked in Mulago National Hospital up to 1991 before being posted to Hoima Hospital in 1992 (currently Hoima Regional Referral Hospital) where she served as a consultant in Gynecology.

In 1995, she was promoted to a consultant in Gynecology and later (in 2002) to the level of Senior Consultant, a position which she is still holding currently in the same Hospital. She performed Hijja in the year 2006.

In September 2008, Dr. Mastula Kasujja Kitunzi was among the Ugandans who received a National Award from President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in recognition of her dedication to national service.

During last year’s National Women’s Day Celebrations (2013), Dr. Mastula Kitunzi Kasujja was decorated with an“Independence Medal” by the President of Uganda Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, hence becoming a National Heroine of Uganda.

Through her service, Dr. Mastula has taught and inspired many Ugandan medical professionals, Muslim girls in particular and many of these are now experts in the medical field and other professions. The number of Muslims she has personally treated successfully is equally enormous.

Family

Dr. Mastula Kasujja got married to Haji Asumani Nsamo Kitunzi (Another Unsung Muslim Hero) in 1992 and they have a family of 16 children; 2 daughters and 14 sons, all graduates with Degrees in various professions.

By being the first female Muslim Gynecologist, notwithstanding that, this profession deals with particularly women, Hajat Mastula becomes the first Muslim woman to salvage Muslim women from being treated by men as low class- which is incompatible with the Islamic teachings.

After her inspiration, many Muslim girls followed in her footsteps and we now have many Muslim Gynecologists who can treat our Muslim women peacefully and we are appealing for many more to take this profession, because this is in consonant with Islamic teachings.


The writer is the UMSC Spokesperson.
He can be reached on – Tel: 0701409504 or 0772409504