Fellow Muslim Brothers and Sisters in Islam, Asalam Alaikum Warahumatullah Wabarakatuhu. I pay tribute to those who lost their dear ones in the week and we pray that Allah judges them with mercy. We pray for the sick and thank Allah for the good things.
Let start with Brother Matovu Abdallah’s post, I quote “…..we have to behave and act above factionalism like where you find a forumist castigating the Christian headed (not owned) media for “giving prominence” to “another Kibuli leaning Muslim gunned down.”
This is exactly, what i have been telling Muslims whenever i get the opportunity to write something. It’s our responsibility as Muslims to behave responsibly in attempting to deal with the catalog of absurdities holding us back. At all fronts, we appear to be firing blanks- we are fighting our themselves like grasshoppers in a bottle, impenitent by all standards and unwilling to give peace and unity a chance to thrive. We are always passing blame, pointing fingers all the time again, and again unwilling to work for a better tomorrow.
Ours is a muddled society, full of fellow Muslims who have now dedicate their entire lives spreading fear and hatred. This is not right. Such people cannot be a catalyst for peace and development, the Muslims need today. We must all come gather and stop taking sides. We must transcend the politics of Kibuli Vs Old Kampala or Mubajje Vs Kayongo fanatism- This is not helping us at all. Let’s stop promoting abhorrence and forge a way forward- together as Muslims united by our faith and not personal desires. This is what Allah wants from us.
The Holy Qur’an says that those who create differences in the Deen (Islam) are among the Mushrikun: “Be not among the Mushrikun i.e., those who create differences in Deen (Isalm) and become sects. Each (sectarian) party quite content with itself (that it is following the correct path).” (30:32)
And in another verse- “And those who create division in Deen (Islam) and become divided into sects, O Prophet (PBUH)! You have no part in them in the least.” (6:159). Fellow Muslims, from the above verses, it’s obvious that we are supposed to work together towards a common goal set by the Quran and shown by the Prophet (PBUH) through his Sunnah. We all are brothers and sisters, our chauvinisms notwithstanding because we are bonded by the common ideology of the unity of Allah and the unity of humankind.
Fellow Muslims, the utmost important duty for every one of us should be to preserve and protect the Muslim unity and not to cause any division in the Muslim rank. As I indicated in a recent article, once again, I call upon fellow Muslims to open a NEW PAGE and take a bold step forward. That single bold step is to stop blacklisting mosques. All mosques belong to Allah so why blacklist them? We Muslim pray in all these mosques without discrimination. We must lead by example. This is the right thing to do. In any case the Holy Qur’an calls upon us (Muslims) to be united and hold on steadfastly to the rope of Allah (i.e. Qur’an) and gives a stern warning to them not to create any divisions (3:103) amongst themselves.
Let’s stop the hate Khutubas and begin preaching the need for unity. We must move forward together as Muslims. I believe we can achieve a lot for our deen, for ourselves and for our people who are languishing in abject poverty. It’s only after achieving unity that we can begin talking about development projects and taking part in leadership positions.
Muslims will be stronger and once again, we will salvage our rightful place on the table. This is possible and it can be done. It doesn’t need money to be done- it starts with you. Forget those factions and be a Muslim who can pray anywhere. This is what Allah wants. The decisions we take today will ultimately shape the future for our children, the future for our Muslim brothers and sisters who are struggling in the countryside. The time to act is now; the time to say no to factions is right. May Allah Bless You All. Happy Ramadan
From Yasiin Mugerwa
Daily Monitor/The Times of London