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About Uganda Muslim Brothers and Sisters

Uganda Muslim Brothers and Sisters (UMBS) was started as a discussion forum in 2010 by a Ugandan Muslim, Abbey Semuwemba, based in the United Kingdom. The main aim at the time was to encourage all Muslims to come together and discuss anything on their minds. It was started with only about 200 members but gradually, however, membership expanded to more than 6000 people in different countries, and so the need arose for formal operational guidelines. UMBS is building itself to become the national umbrella organisation dedicated to the common good, to the betterment of the Muslim community and country. It was formed after several years of wide-ranging consultation and careful planning by a group of Muslims that discussed Islamic affairs online regularly. It intends to bring together all representatives of different Muslim organisations in Uganda to meet up on annual basis to discuss the affairs of Muslims in Uganda. The need to coordinate efforts on wider issues of common concern became apparent in the course of the feud that developed between Muslim leaders after the sale of Muslim properties in Uganda. This created a climate of distrust and non-cooperation between many diverse groups in the country.

LET US HELP ST.LAWRENCE MUSLIM STUDENTS. WHO WILL TAKE THE LEAD?

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I was humbled with this negligence or unbothered Muslim brothers and sisters who live within Kampala kibuga (town). st-lawerance university, established in 2006 located in the heart of kampala city yesterday hosted the inter-university human rights competition Friday 7th/03/2014. IUIU participated as such we had time to pray jumah prayers at the university.

What I called negligence or unwillingness, the Muslims brothers and the sisters in the university revealed to me that; that was their first jaamah prayers and jumah prayers. the university interestingly has at least more than 150 Muslim students both day and resident. however they have no where to perform prayers in congregation and always go out for jumah prayers and obviously come late for lectures, very unfortunate .

This is what I did, we immediately organized brief meeting and solicited some funds to buy carpets for them to perform prayers in congregation, secondly I told them to register all the Muslim students in the university and send their contacts and total number to IUIU. The intention is to help them link with dawaa desk at IUIU to support them in both leadership and establish some where within their campus a place for prayers.

Interestingly there is willingness by the university authority to give them a place to perform prayers, the fact that they voluntarily created the Muslim visitors in the occasion a place for jumaah prayers was a recognition of our existence as part of them, I immediately talked to the vice chancellor who was in the occasion he did say that the university lacks room for the Muslims students to perform prayers but they (st-lawrence) are completing a room for them.

Certainly the students lacked capable leadership to peruse their rights and little did our Muslim authorities take concern to audit welfare of our students in higher institutions learning, if they did then they neglected this university.

Let us do this, let us mobilize resources we buy for them two tents at the moment , one for the ladies and one for gents. secondly we buy for them a praying mats , they can be provided where to pray till the said room is completed. Thirdly we need to formally arrange a meeting within or outside the campus to help them.

Maliamungu Habib

Mariam Kiwanuka of S.3 Committed Suicide This Month

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Mariam Kiwanuka of S.3 at Trinity college Nabingo committed suicide at the school premises after she was advised to repeat class.Inallilahi wainailahi Rajiuun. It is indeed sad news for a Muslim!!!! to commit suicide and this comes from the fact that we have not taught our children about the same topic.

By the way what lesson are we learning out of this as Muslims generally and Muslim schools in particular? I know many schools believe in the so called “Kabazi” and indeed this was “Kabazi” in Nabbingo. But we do not reflect on the damage the “Kabazi” creates to a parent and to the student. For sure some die like Mariam but others which are more less committing suicide. Do you know that some even take on early Marriages as a way of running out of the embarrassment associated with repeating class or being chased out of school.

Secondly class repeating causes brain trauma, I know that people believe that “omwana aja kwetegereza” but have you ever thought about what the child goes through for the first term of repeating and by the time he/she settles its term 2 and finally term 3 to move to another class is that kwetegereza? Personally I do not believe that a girl child given the fact that their growth rate is high compared to boys should repeat any class but this does not mean that boys should repeat because their growth rate is a little slow.

First and foremost Children are sent to school to be taught and failure to pass means largely that the child was never taught not ruling out other factors. Interestingly, when they axe its only the child but one asks what happens to the teacher who failed to teach the child to pass or even the parent if he/she contributed to the axe? Can I say that the teacher(s) of Mariam are also responsible for her failure and if we ask what has the school done as a way of punishing the teacher for not teaching Mariam to pass thus making her loose her life? Perhaps its too early to conclude but I think Mariam`s teachers are equally responsible for that and we need an explanation as Muslim why our own dies in “their” school?

As Muslims we need to start a system in our schools where once a child is admitted s/he will not repeat or be axed perhaps until S4 or S6. But in case the school fear to spoil its grades then it should advise the parent as early as possible to change school. Should the school choose to keep quite, then allow the child to go through the system and may be allow her sit from another centre and not your school for you treasure grades. Folks, time has come to have alternative/buffer schools, for example each Muslim school should have Branch A,B, C e.t.c. Where by A is for first grades and then B is for those whom you consider to get 2nd ++++ grades etc. Most important the teaching and practice should remain the same in all branches only that in B or C or D you only find what we have labelled slow learners. One will ask then why do we create branches? the answer is simple; we have people in this country who want to be associated with a school and its “culture” for example if I studied in Kibuli I will always want my child to go through the same culture and system. So if we maintain the name Kibuli for Branches A,B,C where the culture and system remain the same then we are giving opportunity to those parents who believe in Kibuli to benefit from the system and culture. How do we then maintain the culture and system? Again answer is simple recruit OBs and OGs or allow the teachers of A to do Kyeyo in B instead of doing Kyeyo in a third world school. This teacher will be motivated for he/she is getting two salaries but to us we`re helping all our children to benefit from the culture and systems.

Any way let us think about it but we are risking many of our children to commit suicide.

Shafique Ssekalala.
KAMPALA

REMEMBERING A UGANDAN BORN MUSLIM LADY IN CANADA POLITICS

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Mobina S. B. Jaffer, QC (born August 20, 1949 in Kampala, Uganda) is a Canadian Senator representing British Columbia. She is the first South Asian woman appointed to the Upper House.

Born to an Indian family living in Africa, Jaffer was educated in England and Canada. She earned a law degree from the University of London in 1972 and attended the Executive Development program at Simon Fraser University. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

In 2002, she was appointed the Special Envoy to the Peace Process in Sudan by the Government of Canada. The same year, she was Chair of the Canadian Committee on Women Peace & Security.

The Women’s Executive Network named Senator Jaffer among Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in 2003, 2004, and 2005. In 2003, she received an Honorary Doctorate from Open Learning University. Senator Jaffer speaks six languages and is married with two adult children and one grandson.

CAN MUSLIMS OWN SHARES IN UGANDA’S OIL REFINERY?

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In December 2013, Uganda short-listed six firms and consortia to submit proposals for the development of the refinery, from which, one will be selected as a lead investor or operator for the project development, implementation and operation as well as downstream infrastructure mid this year (actually next month, April 2014.) The short-listed firms include; China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau (consortium); Marubeni Corporation (Japan); UK-based Petrofac (consortium), Russian-based RT – Global Resources (Consortium); South Korean—based SK Energy; and Dutch-owned Vitol.

Although the refinery facility will be operated under Uganda’s Public-Private Partnership model, the private investor will own it by 60% and the rest will belong to the Uganda government and any other entity within the East African Community interested in being a part of the project.

It’s worth to emphatically contextualize that clause on: “any other entity within the East African Community.”

Who did the framers have in mind? Whereas the obvious guess is those individuals that are highly placed, it doesn’t rule out any other well organized Ugandan or East African group to openly assert its right to buy and own shares into our country’s refinery. And I’m sure many Ugandans would wish to invest in this facility but lack the -know how it’s done and such info rarely trickles down to them in a lay man’s tongue.

My proposal: let us Ugandan Muslims form a consortium as fast as possible to bid for and own some of the 40% shares. Else we are completely being left OUT in this oil and gas sector!


SWAIB nsereko
shuaibswaibkagwa@gmail.com

Assalamu alaikum.Did You Know?

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1. Your shoes are the first thing people subconsciously notice about you. Wear nice shoes.

2. If you sit for more than 11 hours a day, there’s a 50% chance you’ll die within the next 3 years

3. There are at least 6 people in the world who look exactly like you. There’s a 9% chance that you’ll meet one of them in your lifetime.

4. Sleeping without a pillow reduces back pain and keeps your spine stronger.

5. A person’s height is determined by their father, and their weight is determined by their mother.

6. If a part of your body “falls asleep”, you can almost always “wake it up” by shaking your head.

7. There are three things the human brain cannot resist noticing – Food, attractive people and danger

8. Right-handed people tend to chew food on their right side

9. Putting dry tea bags in gym bags or smelly shoes will absorb the unpleasant odour.

10. According to Albert Einstein, if honey bees were to disappear from earth, humans would be dead within 4 years.

11. There are so many kinds of apples, that if you ate a new one every day, it would take over 20 years to try them all.

12. You can survive without eating for weeks, but you will only live 11 days without sleeping.

13. People who laugh a lot are healthier than those who don’t.

14. Laziness and inactivity kills just as many people as smoking.

15. A human brain has a capacity to store 5 times as much information as Wikipedia

16. Our brain uses same amount power as 10-watt light bulb!!

17. Our body gives enough heat in 30 mins to boil 1.5 litres of water!!

18. The Ovum egg is the largest cell and the sperm is the smallest cell!!

19. Stomach acid (conc. HCl) is strong enough to dissolve razor blades!!

20. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. & while you walk, SMILE. It is the ultimate antidepressant.

21. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.

22. When you wake up in the morning, pray to ask God’s guidance for your purpose, today.

23. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.

24. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, broccoli, and almonds.

25. Try to make at least three people smile each day.

26. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.

27. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.

28. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

29. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Forgive them for everything!

30. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

31. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

32. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.

33. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

34. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

35. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: ‘In five years, wills this matter?’

36. Help the needy, Be generous! Be a ‘Giver&# 39; not a ‘Taker&# 39;

37. What other people think of you is none of your business.

38. Time heals everything.

39. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

40. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

42. Each night before you go to bed, Pray to God and Be thankful for what you’ll accomplish, today!

43. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.

HAJJATI SSEBYALA-ANOTHER UGANDA MUSLIM SISTER TO INSPIRE THE YOUNG ONES

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Hajjat Aphwa Sebyala is a member of UMBS and one of the brand names in Uganda due to her unique Islamic dressing, energy, humour and charisma. She is a multi-skilled Consultant, well focused and seasoned Mentor with major focus on personal development, Corporate Governance with a wealth of hands-on expertise especially in Board of Directors Matters. Hajat has excellent competencies in the areas of Technical Insurance and Reinsurance, Human Resource Management, General Management, Project Management, International Conference coordination, organisational skills, Public Speaking and net-worker. Married with three Children.

Hajjat Aphwa was awarded by the British Council as its Climate Ambassador and an International Climate Champion-handling Global Agenda on Climate Change. She has started National Greening Fridays which have spread from mosques to institutions of learning and to Uganda Prisons, introduced a faith based approach to sensitize on environment.

At community level, Hajjat Aphwa formed the Gomba Women Environment and Development Group, working with the rural woman to fight effects of Climate Change, and to improve the entire family livelihood through energy and money saving methods like cooking with briquettes instead of firewood.

Hajjat Sebyala is a recipient of several accolades amongst which,

-The British Council Outstanding Chairperson of the Uganda British Alumni Association(UBAA) -2007,
-Kings College Budo, a leading Senior secondary school for her Excellent service as Parent Teachers Association(PTA) Executive member for 10years
-Kampala University award of Excellency as THE MOST ACTIVE COUNCIL MEMBER for 10years
-United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for the great participation in the Plant for the planet ,A Billion Tree campaign
-Uganda Insurers Association, dedicated service to the Uganda Insurance Industry in general and the Association in particular
-The Islamic Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Zakat Chamber In Sudan for the great contribution to the success the 1st Regional Workshop for Zakat Organisation in Africa
-Pan World Insurance Certificate of SPECIAL MERIT for the exceptional years of service

Hajjat has presented papers locally and internationally and has been featured in the local and international media like BBC and others.

Hajjat Aphwa is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute UK (ACII)-London school of Insurance (UK) and the first woman to get this professional qualification in Uganda. She has a passion for empowering girls and women through Mentoring and Training working with organizations like the British Council, TechnoServe, Coach Africa and CEDA International. She is a role model for professional women and specifically coaches young women to leadership positions in DFCU bank, National Enterprise Corporation, Uganda Revenue Authority and has worked extensively with Federation of Uganda Employers to improve the employability of young professional women.

Intercourse during the Suckling Period

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The word ghilah signifies both “sexual intercourse during the period of suckling” and “breastfeeding during pregnancy”. Ghilah, therefore, is permissible as long as there is no harm on the suckling baby. It goes without saying that trustworthy doctors are those who can decide whether or not sexual intercourse during pregnancy or breastfeeding during pregnancy could harm the suckling baby.

If there is a possibility that being pregnant during the suckling period will affect the milk, then it will be better for the spouses to use a suitable and safe contraceptive means during the period of suckling. If the wife conceives, and it is thought that milk will cause harm to the child, she should stop breastfeeding him.

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “I intended to prohibit ghilah, but I considered the Byzantines and Persians, and knew that they do ghilah and this does not cause any harm to their children.”

Sa`d ibn Abi Waqqas (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated: A man came to Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) and said, “I do coitus interruptus while having sexual intercourse with my wife.” The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) asked, “Why do you do that?” The man replied, “I fear for her child.” Thereupon, Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “If that were harmful, it would harm the Persians and the Byzantines.”

Relying on the former hadith and the latter one narrated by Sa`d ibn Abi Waqqas, Muslim jurists deduced that it is allowable to have intercourse with one’s wife if she is suckling a child and for a woman to breastfeed a baby during pregnancy, since there is no harm in such acts. Had it led to harm, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) would have guided us not to do so, for he is merciful for the believers.

Allah Almighty knows best.

CLARIFICATION ON SUDAN SCHOLARSHIPS

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The International University of Africa in Sudan has offered scholarships for students who have completed O and A level. Qualified students can apply for these scholarships through the Secretary for Education and Social Services – UMSC Headquarters, Old Kampala and Munazzamat Al Da’wa Al Islamiyya – Uganda Office.

The scholarships cover courses in science, Arts and Islamic theology

Interviews will be held on 31st March 2014 UMSC Headquarters, Munazzamat Al Da’wa Al Islamiyya – Uganda Office and at the following up country centers: Mbale, Arua, Bombo, Jinja, Lira, Gulu and Kasese towns.

Details can be found in the Office of the Secretary for Education and Social Services at UMSC Headquarters – Old Kampala. The Secretary for Education and Social Services Mr. Ramathan Mugalu can be reached on Tel: 0703-817-364.
Let me make it clear that UMSC does not have a say in the selection process. Being the Muslim highest body in Uganda, we must of course be consulted and involved in such matters but our involvement ends at the mobilization and recommendation levels.

The interviews are conducted by Munazzamat Al Dawa Al Islamiyya in conjunction with the Sudan Embassy in Uganda. These receive interview questions from the International University of Africa – Khartoum and administer the interview on behalf of the university.

After the interviews, the information is sent back to the International University of Africa in Khartoum – Sudan for examination. After a thorough examination process, the list of successful candidates is then sent back to UMSC for publication.

No Sheikh at UMSC has a say in the selection process whatsoever.
Applicants are charged UGX 20,000/= only for registration and a receipt is issued to that effect. If there is any Sheikh charging extra fees and you have proof, please share it with me and we will make sure that such a person is dealt with accordingly.

As I stated on Voice of Africa on Monday, this will be a nationwide exercise. Muslims should therefore pass on the information so that all those who qualify can apply.I personally find the selection system quite transparent.

Thanks
Haji Nsereko Mutumba.
UMBS member at Old Kampala.

ALEXANDER THE GREAT’S LAST WORDS – Very Meaningful and Very Useful reminder Only God is everlasting!

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“Ice melts when heated”
“Eyes melt when hated”

Alexander, after conquering many kingdoms, was returning home. On the way, he fell ill and it took him to his death bed. With death staring in his face, Alexander realized how his conquests, his great army, his sharp sword and all his wealth were of no consequence.

He now longed to reach home to see his mother’s face and bid her his last adieu. But, he had to accept the fact that his sinking health would not permit him to reach his distant homeland. So, the mighty conqueror lay prostrate and pale, helplessly waiting to breathe his last.

He called his generals and said, “I will depart from this world soon, I have three wishes, please carry out them out without fail.”

With tears flowing down their cheeks, the generals agreed to abide by their king’s last wishes.

“My first desire is that”, said Alexander, “My physicians alone must carry my coffin.”

After a pause, he continued, “Secondly, I desire that when my coffin is being carried to the grave, the path leading to the graveyard be strewn with gold, silver and precious stones which I have collected in my treasury.”

The king felt exhausted after saying this. He took a minute’s rest and continued. “My third and last wish is that both my hands be kept dangling out of my coffin.”

The people who had gathered there wondered at the king’s strange wishes. But no one dared bring the question to their lips.. Alexander’s favourite general kissed his hand and pressed them to his heart. “O king, we assure you that your wishes will all be fulfilled. But tell us why do you make such strange wishes?”

At this Alexander took a deep breath and said: “I would like the world to know of the three lessons I have just learnt.”

Lessons to learn from the last 3 wishes of King Alexander…

I want my physicians to carry my coffin because people should realize that no doctor can really cure anybody. They are powerless and cannot save a person from the clutches of death. So let not people take life for granted.

The second wish of strewing gold, silver and other riches on the way to the graveyard is to tell people that not even a fraction of gold will come with me. I spent all my life earning riches but cannot take anything with me. Let people realize that it is a sheer waste of time to chase wealth.

And about my third wish of having my hands dangling out of the coffin, I wish people to know that I came empty handed into this world and empty handed I go out of this world.”

With these words, the king closed his eyes. Soon he breathed his last.

LESSONS TO BE LEARNT
1.Remember, your good health is in your own hands, look after it.
2. Wealth is only meaningful if you can enjoy while you are still alive and kicking. What you do for yourself dies with you but what you do for others, lives on. It is called “Legacy.”
3. Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it!

A MUSLIM REFERRAL HOSPITAL IS NEEDED BSE MULAGO IS NO MORE

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,Asalaam Alaikum,

For the last three weeks I have had two sick people in Mulago Hospital one was my Brother in Law who later passed away and second is my own father who is now slowly recovering. But what I have seen in the three weeks has confirmed to me that Mulago is not a referral hospital any more. Perhaps as Muslims we need to get one of our own out of the very few we have and upgrade it to a referral hospital status this can be Saidina Abubakar, Kibuli Hospital, Gombe and Taqwa Hospital in Watuba. Please those of you who understand medicine help us in providing guidance on what it takes to become a referral hospital and what are the procedures? Don’t any of those qualify?
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What did I see?

There are few or even no humanitarian medics in this country? The medics we have only show off and especially when they put on their clinical coats. Those of you who do not do it please forgive me. And to make matters worse just go into those rooms within the ward you can easily be bypassed especially if you keep the door closed. I can`t remember how many times we chased for the medics to come and attend to my Dad. Its incredible. Thank Allah he was discharged on 7th March 2014.

But worse scenario came yesterday when he was taken back for a post discharge review at the cardiac clinic at the same hospital. Unfortunately we could not get any help on time and in the process of waiting for help the old man fainted. My kid brother tried to lay him straight on the floor so that he could gain consciousness but a medic shouted at him “take him to the causality ward”. Just imagine the boy is alone and the old man is still unconscious but he has been given marching orders to casualty ward with no help???. Perhaps a humanitarian Medic would call the support staff within the hospital, lift the old man or bring a wheel chair and take him to where he could get help instead he Shouted…. its absurd.

Any how what the boy did was to call me, I immediately took a bodaboda to go and give a helping hand. Thank be to Allah by the time I reached he had gained consciousness and I tried to proceed with the process of review. It was now 2:00pm and when I went to the window where I was referred on Ward 4C, I was told ‘sorry the clinic has closed until next week Wednesday’. But who was telling me? It was Medics still in uniform, at the window but only gossiping…. can you Imagine? Since I could not take my Dad home without any medical checkup I consulted my Brother who was now miles away and we agreed to take him to a private clinic out of Mulago Hospital. Again imagine a small clinic becoming a referral “hospital”.

Secondly, the level of corruption is far beyond expectation to an extent that if you visit Mulago hospital before the official opening hours for visitors and check all the Askaris in their pockets you will find on them a lot of folded 1000 notes or many coins of 500shs. All from where? from people who want to enter before opening hours.

Thirdly cleaners have become small gods. Visiting hours are well stipulated i.e. 6:00am – 8:00am, 1:00pm – 2:00pm and after 5:00pm. However the 6:00am – 8:00am has been turned into cleaning time and thus making it impossible for those who want to begin with hospital before they report for their duties to enter and attend to their sick persons and the caregivers. They are rude and if you are not careful they can splash dirty water on you. Cant they work between 5:00am – 7:00am and give the visitors at least 1 hour?
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Wards have been turned into a market place. For example food vendors move around selling food and hot water. Although they are doing a good service and saving people the burden of looking for food but they end up making all kinds of noise e.g. “Akatogo, Amazzi agokya, Obuggi ababwetazze wano……” Ooo No!!!!! its like Owino market.

Parking space is no more. This week they have stopped vehicles parking inside and every car that comes in is stopped at the gate. Surprisingly even if you have a sick person you are told to park outside.

Working hours for medics are not defined. When we took the Old man to Hospital on 2nd March 2014 there was no body at casualty not even one who is miming. Its terrible.

Try the Pharmacies inside. Now days drugs are there but to get them one would rather send you to Masaka on foot. Actually we ended up buying all the medicine from outside clinics.
Laboratory, there are only a few effective Labs carrying small tests all others you have to run between Mulago and town. Some of which are even more expensive than what an average Ugandan can afford. For example I can not remember any test we carried out which is anywhere below 100,000 Uganda Shillings. One wonders what happened to those of a referral hospital.

Lights, many florescent tubes in the hospital are blown. You have to walk in darkness through all the corridors. Interestingly when I was taking a walk after 11:00pm through the corridors of Ward 4, I met two young ladies, one told the other please harry up you can easily be raped in this darkness may be because they saw me coming close to them. So that is Mulago the Referral Hospital.

Wash rooms: Oh my God this is sad news. If I was to spend a night in Hospital I could first take a shower from out side the hospital, do all my short and long call businesses and then move in or else you catching hygienic diseases.

Based on those above I am proposing as Muslims let us do something, let us upgrade our own hospitals, I would be happy even if some of the senior Muslim Medics volunteer to help in Muslim Hospitals. I know there are many who have stopped practicing medicine but have MBCHB degrees some even Masters degrees sincerely why don’t you help out? In my workplace I get Doctors from Canada, UK, USA who come to volunteer during the massive Health Camps we locally organise here. Why cant our Muslim brothers and Sisters in the Medical Fraternity do that? Do your camp at any of the Muslim Hospital.

What are your views?

shafique sekalala
ssekalala@yahoo.com

Professor Abasi Kiyimba narrates a learning experience in his days at Mwiri Secondary School at Asadu’s funeral!

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Asalaam alaikum

Yesterday Saturday, we performed salat Janaza for our brother Dr.Asadu at Birmingham Central Mosque immediately after Dhuhur prayers.

Birmingham is the second largest city in the UK and is about 120 miled from London the capital of the UK and abiut 15 miles from Coventry.

Many members of the Ugandan Community in UK, both male and female, and other nationalities travelled from all over the UK to come and pray for their beloved brother, friend and GP Dr.Asadu.

After we returned to his home in Coventry and had some sermons from our sheikhs and speeches from our community leaders on their experience and contact with Dr.Asadu.

Professor Abasi Kiyimba acknowledged that to him Asadu had achieved what he Abasi wishes to achieve in this world.He cautioned that we were created to worship, Allah but unfortunately we spend most of our lives engaged in AOB (any other business).

He narrated a story of his days in Mwiri Secondary School where they had a student who was an all rounder in sports both in door and out door.The entire school applauded this student and he was what these days we call a “celebrity”.

Unfortunately at the end of his O levels, this student went home with eight 9s and one 8 on his O level certificate drawing alot of laughter from the audience.

He then wondered whether this guy had achieved the object of his comming to school.He noted that despite Dr.Asadu having been a professional doctor, most of the people and messages he had heard about Dr.Asadu were not applauding him about his medical professionalism, but almost every speaker and message he had read was applauding Asadu of his humbliness, personality and commitment to his deen Islam.

He urged members not to forget Asadu in their prayers and to always help Asadu’s widow, children and parents and to pray to Allah to strengthen them in this trying moment.
We then had lunch and after salat Magrib we left leaving the family to prepare for their travel to Uganda for burial.

The body of the late Dr.Asadu is expected to arrive at Entebbe on Monday at 10 am and burial is scheduled for Tuesday at 2pm at Kampiri Singo Uganda.

May the Almighty Allah rest his soul in eternal peace.

Sulaiman Kavulu
UMC UK

Grief and Gloom as UK Muslims send off Asadu Semwogerer​e

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On Saturday 8th march, 2014, hundreds of Muslims converged in the country’s 3rdlargest city of Birmingham for the funeral prayers for the late Dr. Asad Semwogerere, and later at his home in Coventry. At the Birmingham Central Mosque, it was like a Friday gathering with the entire mosque parking space filled up by people who drove from all over the UK. Dr Umar Kakumba and myself came down South from Cambridge, but there are others who came from London, Manchester, Glasgow, Cardif and many other British cities and localities. The majority of the mourners were Ugandan Muslims, but there were also Muslims from a wide range of countries resident in the UK, with whom Asadu Semwogerere interacted in his Islamic work, as well as members of the British medical fraternity. Many of the medical workers were not Muslim, but they turned up to convey their condolences and to show their solidarity on this sad occasion. The Pakistan Muslim brothers in Birmingham served food to the whole congregation at the mosque after prayers.

Dr. Asad’s death brought together many people who had long been lost to each other, and gave them an opportunity to renew their brotherhood and commitment to the community spirit. There was the Chairman of the Uganda Muslim Community in the UK Kassim Muguluma, the indomitable Sheikh Kalantani, Sulyman Kavulu, Musa Migadde and Rashid Kasaato. I personally saw people that I had not seen for a long time, like Hajat Aisha Kibirige, Nuru Mayanja, Captain Seruwagi, Sheikh Sulyman Kibuuka, Sheikh Buko, Counsel Serugo Lugo, Abdu Semakula (brother to the deceased), Sadat Semakula, Umar Nyanzi, Dr. Fatuma Chemisto – and many many others.

After the funeral prayers, the mourners gathered at the home of the deceased. It was a heart-breaking moment. Many people knew they were not just bidding farewell to the late Dr. Asadu, they were also sayingh bye bye to a home they had grown to know and love and had had many re-unions and meals there. There were long eulogies and preachings, which ended with Isha Prayers.
I was personally very much touched by the solidarity and devotion that the UK Muslims had shown. Also, I was impressed by the levels of organisation that the Ugandan Muslims living in the UK had attained, and the fact that they had many sheikhs constantly reminding them of their religion. When I last lived in the UK for a lengthy time stretch twenty years ago, we had only three sheikhs, but now the list was long, and the number of preachers and had to be limited by time.
One point that clearly came through all the testimonies of the day was that Asadu was more than just a successful Muslim doctor. He was loved by people here for his humility and his devotion to Islam. May Allah judge him with Mercy.

Abasi Kiyimba, PhD
Professor
Department of Literature
Makerere University &
Staff Senate Representative,
School of Languages, Literature and Communication

Disobedience to Parents: A Major Sin

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It is the right of parents that their children should treat them with kindness, obedience, and honor. Devotion to parents is a natural instinct which must be strengthened by deliberate actions. The rights of the mother are stressed the more because of her suffering during pregnancy and childbirth, her suckling of the child, and her role in rearing it. In the …words of Allah Ta’ala: And We have enjoined on man kindness to his parents. His mother carries him in pain and she gives birth to him in pain, and (the period) of carrying him and weaning him is thirty months….(46:15)

Once a man came to the Prophet (peace be on him) and asked, ‘Who is most deserving of my good companionship?’ ‘Your mother,’ replied the Prophet (peace be on him). ‘Who next?’ the man asked. ‘Your mother,’ replied the Prophet (peace be on him). ‘Who next?’ he asked. ‘Your mother,’ replied the Prophet (peace be on him). ‘Who next?’ asked the man. ‘Your father,’ replied the Prophet. (Reported by al-Bukhari and Muslim.)

The Prophet (peace be on him) declared disobedience to parents to be a major sin, second only to ascribing partners to Allah, as has been stated in the Qur’an. Al-Bukhari and Muslim report his saying, ‘Shall I not inform you about the three major sins?’ Those who were present replied, ‘Yes, O Messenger of Allah.’ He said ‘Associating partners with Allah and disobedience to parents,’ and sitting up from the reclining position, he continued, ‘and telling lies and false testimony; beware of it.’
He also said, “Three persons shall not enter the Garden: the one who is disobedient to his parents, the pimp, and the woman who imitates men.” (Reported by al-Nisai, al-Bazzar on the authority of excellent transmitters, and al-Hakim) and, “Allah defers (the punishment of) all sins to the Day of Resurrection excepting disobedience to parents, for which Allah punishes the sinner in this life before his death.”(Reported by al-Hakim, on the authority of sound transmitters.)

Moreover, Islam emphasizes treating parents kindly, especially when they grow old. As their strength fails, they require more attention and care, and more consideration of their even more sensitive feelings. Concerning this the Qur’an says, Thy Lord hath decreed that you worship none but Him and that you be kind to parents. If one or both of them attain old age with thee, do not say a word of annoyance (Literally, “Do not say Uff! (an expression of annoyance) to them.” (Trans.)) to them nor repulse them, but speak to them in gracious words and in mercy lower to them the wing of humility and say, My Lord, bestow Thy mercy othem, as they cherished me when I was little….(17:23-24)

Gay is one of the indicators of rapid increase in HIV Internationally

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World Wide research on the rise of HIV
By Hajji Sadat Muhammed S (UK)

A record number of people in Britain are living with HIV new figures , according to the Health Protection Agency, 96,0000 people have got HIV. Health officials warned that a quarter of people who has immunodeficiency virus were not aware they had been infected.

There were 6,280 people diagnosed with HIV in 2011, according to the department of health. Almost half of these diagnoses last year were acquired heterosexually. Of these, more than half were probably acquired in Britain, compared to 27% in 2002.

New diagnosis among gay men, reached an all-time high in 2011, with 3,010 men infected. Black African people are also at high risk, with 27 per 1000 living with infection. These figures are a reminder of how safe sex programmes remain are vital. The good news is that with excellent services and treatment available nowadays if diagnosed and treated early someone with HIV can look forward to normal life span, as well as protecting their sexual partners from infection.

HIV is an entirely preventative condition, yet each year we see thousands more people across the UK receive this life changing diagnosis. Chief executive Sir Nick Patridge of Terrence Higgins Trust said that up to now there is still no cure and no vaccine, for HIV. It should be noted that 95% of people with HIV, which attacks the immune system are infected through sexual contact.
NB: 42 % of people with HIV are men who have sex with fellow men, in UK. The number of gay people with HIV in UK is the highest to normal sex. Black Africans both men and women who are infected are at 35%, many whom are immigrants to UK. Worldwide 34 million are living with HIV, young people (15-24) account for 40%. There are 11.7 million deaths due to HIV.

Worldwide Statistics by region – 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
23.5 million Adults and children living with HIV
1.9 million New HIV infections among adults and children 2010. Of the children who contracted HIV in 2011, 90% live in this region.
92% of the world’s HIV positive pregnant women live in Sub Saharan Africa. In 2011, 59% received ART medication during pregnancy and delivery.
An estimated 68% of all people living with HIV resided in sub-Saharan Africa, a region with only 12% of the global population.
South Africa has more people living with HIV (an estimated 5.6 million) than any other country in the world.

Since 1997, the total number of new HIV infections in the region has declined by more than 26%, from 2.6 million to 1.9 million.

Still accounts for 72% of all new HIV infections globally.
Nearly half of all global AIDS-related deaths in 2010 occurred in Sub Saharan Africa. Yet, the numbers of people dying from AIDS related illness fell by 32% between 2005 and 2011.

59% increase in antiretroviral therapy coverage between 2009 and 2011.

Asia
4.8 million People living with HIV
From 2006-2011, Thailand saw a reduction in new infections by over 50% and Cambodia saw reductions of 85%. Yet, the epidemic continued to increase significantly in Indonesia and Sri Lanka.
12% reduction in new infections across the region between 2009 and 2011 alone.
Widespread decline in AIDS related deaths, falling by 49% in Thailand.
China has increase the number of people receiving treatment by 50% since 2010.

Oceania

53,000 people living with HIV
Papua New Guinea reduced new infections by more than 50%
0.3% adult prevalence
Oceania saw a drop of 41% in AIDS related deaths.
2003-2011 the number of children acquiring HIV had declined by 36%

Eastern Europe and Central Asia
1.4 million People living with HIV
Rate of new HIV infection continues to rise in this region. The Russian Federation has seen a particularly dramatic increase: from 40,000 new infections in 2006 to over 60,000 in 2011.
Between 2009 and 2011, new infections amongst children fell by 13%
Between 2005 and 2011 the region saw a 21% increase in AIDS related deaths.
Injecting drug use remains the leading cause of HIV infection in this region. 40% of all new infections occur among those who inject drugs.


Western and Central Europe

1 million adults and children living with HIV
0.2% adult prevalence
Between 2005 and 2011, Germany saw a 39% decline in AIDS related deaths.

North America
1.3 million and children living with HIV
58,000 new infections among adults and children
0.6% adult prevalence

Latin America
1.4 million adults and children living with HIV
100,000 new HIV infections among adults and children in 2010. The number of new infections remained stable in 2011.
Between 2009 and 2011, new infections amongst children dropped by 24%
Prevalence amongst young people has declined by nearly 20%, and declined by 33% amongst young males, a particularly susceptible group.
0.4% adult prevalence
Peru has seen a reduction of 55%, and Mexico a reduction of 27%, in AIDS related deaths 2005-2011.
In 2010, 36% of adults living with HIV were women.

Caribbean
230,000 adults and children living with HIV
12,000 new infections among adults and children in 2010
This is the only low to middling income region building significantly towards providing universal coverage of antiretroviral medication to expectant HIV positive mothers: 79% of pregnant women had access during pregnancy and birth in 2011.
Second highest HIV prevalence after sub-Saharan Africa.
The number of children acquiring HIV fell by 32% between 2009 and 2011.
Steepest new HIV infection declines of any region 2001-2011, having a drop of almost 42% overall. In Suriname, the rate of new infections fell by 86% and new infections in the Dominican Republic fell by 76%.
Unprotected sex remains primary mode of transmission.

Middle East and North Africa
300,000 people living with HIV in 2011
From 2001-2011, numbers of newly infected people increased by 35%.
Only region yet to see a decline in the numbers of children acquiring HIV.
0.2% prevalence
35,000 AIDS-related deaths in 2010. There has been a 17% increase in the numbers of AIDS related deaths 2005-2011.
Prevalence in Djibouti and South Sudan is becoming generalized (exceeds 1%)

UK MUSLIMS MOURN DR.ASADU SEMWOGERERE DEATH IN BIG NUMBERS

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late Asadu Ssemwogerere

COVENTRY- Hundreds of Uganda Muslims have been camping at Dr.Asadu Ssemwogerere’s house in Coventry, UK, who was pronounced dead after a period of suffering from a blood clot to his brain.

A loss for all Muslims was the way the Secretary General of Uganda Muslims in the UK, Hajji Sula Kavulu described the news about Dr.Asadu Ssemwogerere’s death, asserting that the Muslim doctor will remain an example to those fighting for rights and welfare of Muslims.

‘’The Asadu I know and would like to remember was a humble servant of Allah. He studied at Makerere during my Patronship of MUMSA. It was during this time that I noted a remarkable person in the making. He was humble, respectful of elders, and yet very honest with his opinion. Even when he disagreed with you, you felt rewarded for his disagreement. He was a medical student, but he always found time for MUMSA work at Campus. It meant regularly crossing over from Medical school to join the mainstream discussions and Dawah activity at Campus,’’ Professor Abasi Kiyimba of the Department of Literature Makerere University said in a statement issued on March 1, and obtained by the UMBS.

‘’I also remember him very vividly in MUMSA Dawa trips in the countryside, the most memorable of which was the one of 1990 when we travelled together to the districts of Mityana, Mubende and Fortportal. He was the pioneer doctor on the Dawah countryside programmes sponsored by the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), treating both members of the Caravan and the local people. He had the calling of a natural doctor – always humble, never rushing or barking at patients, and very mindful of the impact of his decision on the patient.’’

Speaking at the funeral, the UMBS Administrator, Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba, said: ‘it’s unfortunate that I had not met Dr.Asadu before his death but he was a member of UMBS. A lot of messages have been posted since his death showing that he was a humble servant of Allah who respected elders. So, his death should be a lesson to those of us that are still alive. If you aren’t humble, find a way of making yourself humble. If you don’t respect elders, please so do so.’

The video below shows Semuwemba speaking at the funeral of Dr.Asadu Ssemwogerere who lived in the midlands:

Among those in the audience was: Mr.Meddie Kakyama, Hajji Sulaiman Kavulu, Musa Mukwaya, Ibrahim Lwanyaga Kabanda, Ali Muwanda, Twaha Ddungu, Sheikh Kalantani, Mr.Saadi Kibirige Buwembo, Dr.Sadat Muhammad, Muhammad Mayanja, e.t.c,

‘‘We have been celebrating our Idi every year at Asadu’s house. He was also very active in Jamaat affairs of Muslims in the UK. His house door was always open to almost all Muslims in Coventry. The community has lost a dedicated Zaakir and will be remembered for a long time to come. He was a unique Muslim figure inside and outside his house’’, Mr.Twaha Ddungu, chairman of the Uganda Muslim Community in Coventry, remarked in one of his conversations with Abbey Semuwemba

‘Dr.Asadu,Dr.Luwaga and Dr.Jingo Ahmed used to run a clinic near Mbogo Mosque in Kawempe together before he left for UK. Whenever Dr.Jingo visited UK from USA, he spent some nights at Asad’s house as they had been friends for a long time’, said Saadi Buwembo from London.
A lot of Muslims expressed interest in joining the UMBS forum after Semuwemba’s speech. Some of them handed in their email addresses before he left Coventry on Sunday night.

‘’ The greatest wealth in being a member of UMBS is the chance to know fellow Muslims wherever you are and sharing ideas that will develop you as a person and the community’’, Semuwemba stressed.

Asadu has left a wife and kids- the two eldest (boy and girl) are at university. Asad was born in Uganda and moved to UK around 1990, where he became a respected member of the Uganda community and a successful medical doctor.

According to a family source that prefers to remain anonymous at this point, Asad’s family in Uganda have allowed him to be buried in the UK.

Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Illaihi Raajiun. May Allah SWT Grant him Jannatul Firdaus and Give Sabr to the Family of brother Asadu.

YouTube To Remove Anti-Muslim Film

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A California court has ruled that YouTube must take down within 24 hours an inflammatory anti-Islam film that had provoked outrages and mass protests across the Muslim world, prompting an outcry by Google which vowed to challenge the ruling.

“Ordering YouTube and Google to take down the film was the right thing to do,” Cris Armenta, a lawyer for Cindy Lee Garcia who participated in the movie, was quoted by Reuters on Thursday, February 27.

“The propaganda film differs so radically from anything that Ms. Garcia could have imagined when the director told her that she was being cast in the innocent adventure film.”

US actress Cindy Lee Garcia has filed a copyright lawsuit against Google Inc. over its refusal to remove the anti-Islam film, Innocence of Muslims, from YouTube that she was duped into performing in.

Wednesday’s ruling by the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned an earlier ruling by the lower court ruling that maintained Google’s copyright to unblock the film at YouTube.

The plaintiff stressed that she was deceived by the film produces who told her that she will be acting in a move titled “Desert Warrior”.

However, Garcia said that she didn’t realize that it will be a provocative material against Muslims until it was broadcasted at YouTube.

The Judge argued that Garcia may face “irreparable” harm in case Google insists to keep the movie.

“Garcia’s performance was used in a way that she found abhorrent and her appearance in the film subjected her to threats of physical harm and even death,” the Judge wrote in the 37-page ruling.

“Despite these harms, and despite Garcia’s viable copyright claim, Google refused to remove the film from YouTube.”

According to the court ruling, Google was granted 24 hours to pull the inflammatory film and take reasonable precautions to hinder uploading the movie again.

YouTube Ban

Following the court ruling, Pakistan campaigners urged the government on Thursday, February 27, to unblock YouTube in the country.

“We think that now the government of Pakistan has been left with no excuse to continue blocking access to YouTube,” Shahzad Ahmed from Bytes for All told AFP.

“But the ban on YouTube has got more to do with the government’s desires and efforts to impose censorship, content filtering and moral policing and we are fighting against them in court through a constitutional petition.”

Yet, Google appeared far from accepting the ruling, vowing to challenge it the courts as infringing its copyrights and freedom of speech.

“We strongly disagree with this ruling and will fight it.” Google said in a statement.

“Our laws permit even the vilest criticisms of governments, political leaders, and religious figures as legitimate exercises in free speech.”

Titled “Innocence of Muslims”, the film, produced by an American-Israeli real estate developer, portrays Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) as a fool, philanderer and a religious fake.

In response, thousands of Muslims took to the streets worldwide to protest the defamatory movie. Dozens were killed in days of protests against the film.

The US ambassador in Libya and three other diplomats were also killed when protestors attacked the US consulate in Benghazi.

PROMINENT US BLACK MUSLIM

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Wahhaj is the voice of muslim America’s future. He was born as Jeffrey Kearse and raised in Brooklyn. His mother was a nurse and his father a hospital dietitian. His brother is writer and editor Gregory S. Kearse of Silver Spring, Maryland. He went to church religiously and went on to become a Sunday school teacher as a teenager in a Baptist church.In 1969 he ended his schooling and joined the Nation of Islam, changing his name to Jeffrey12x

Wahhaj is a prolific speaker in America. He makes many appearances at major North American Muslim conventions, and numerous forums and lectures in New England. His audio and video lectures are also popular in America’s Muslim community. He is known to encourage Muslims to be God-fearing, enjoining good and forbid evil, practice regular charity, stay away from drugs, abstain from pre-marital relations, and other issues as well. He has also appeared on several national television talk shows and has had interviews with several media outlets.
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In 1991 Wahhaj offered an invocation (opening prayer) to the United States House of Representatives. He was the first Muslim to do so.

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright hosted Wahhaj and notable scholars for a Ramadan feast of lamb, lentils and saffron rice.

SECURITY AGENCY AND MADRASA PROPRIETORS DIALOGUE

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Muslim Center for Justice and Law remains committed to addressing the controversy surrounding the institution of Madrasa with the aim of strengthening it.

Among the steps that MCJL has taken to address the Madrasa issue include ongoing dialogues with all stakeholders like Uganda police, Madrasa owners, Muslim leadership and others.MCJL has also published hand book titled “Uganda Madrasas Guide”

On January 30th 2014, MCJL held another Madrasa dialogue at Hotel Africana during which further consultations with stakeholders were done to come up with the best way forward.

DrWalusimbi Abdul Hafiz was one of the speakers during this dialogue and while delivering his presentation titled “understanding the contemporary standards of madrasa education”, he said that in Uganda as well as different corners of the world, Madrasas have evolved into some of the best known education institutions in history such as Bilal Islamic Institute, Naggalama Islamic Institute, Bugembe Islamic Institute all in Uganda; Azhar University, Tripoli University and others.

He was however quick to note that along the way, the foundation of Madrasas globally slipped into problems which included miss management.

Dr. Walusimbi cautioned against generalizing bad acts committed by individual Muslims noting that this inhibits efforts towards dialogue.

“It is a great mistake to institutionalize individual mistakes and I pray it should be stopped for the betterment of Muslim relations in Uganda” he said

He also urged Madrasa owners to improve the sanitary and learning conditions noting that the Uganda Madrasas Guide will be key in ensuring proper supervision of Madrasas.

Ntambi Musa
Head strategic Information and Research.
Muslim Center For Justice and Law
0777770786/0700150147

THE 170 YEARS OF ISLAM IN UGANDA( BY ABDULHAMID MPOZA)

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Whoever ignores history, philosophers argue, might not be in position to move forward. They add that self-evaluation is vital in overcoming mistakes and doing more valuable works. One hundred and seventy years later, this is the highlight of the celebration of this remarkable milestone in the Islamic community. According to Uganda National Population and Housing Census 2002, Muslims constitute 12.5 per cent of the population. However, the CIA Fact Book puts the figure at 16 per cent.

Tracing the roots

The roots of Islam can be traced to the 17th century in the era of coastal trade. According to Muhammad Sekatawa, a historian, it was the Sudanese Muslim soldiers employed by Khedive Ismail of Egypt who brought Islam to northern Uganda, West Nile and some parts of Bunyoro in the 1830s. He and Musa Khalil, the Acholi District Khadhi revealed that before the 1830s, some Egyptian, Sudanese and Turkish traders had penetrated northern Uganda hunting for slaves as early as the 17th century. They established trade routes and introduced Islam informally wherever they passed. Later, the Nubian soldiers strengthened the Islamic influence in Acholi through intermarriages.

Prof A.B.K. Kasozi says Islam was introduced in Buganda in 1844 when the Arab traders received a warm welcome from then Kabaka of Buganda, Suuna II (1824-1854). It is important to note however that the traders were not propropagators of Islam. It was through their commercial and social contacts that indigenous Africans adopted the new faith. Suuna’s son, Muteesa I, accepted Islam and worked towards its propagation within and outside the kingdom. Islam was at the peak in Buganda and Uganda generally between 1860s and 1870s and Prof Kasozi refers to this period as the golden age of Islam.

In Busongora, western Uganda, Islam was introduced by Arab traders from Tanzania through Nyamitanga in Mbarara and the Baganda who were in exile due to wars. Yet the traders from East African coast, Sir Samuel Baker’s Muslims soldiers and Baganda chiefs introduced Islam in eastern Uganda. Sheikh Abdallah Sabila, the Kapchorwa Muslim District Khadhi, says it was three soldiers having got Islamic influence in Egypt and Mombasa who introduced Islam in the Sebei land.

Spreading its wings

The Arab traders and soldiers did their part in introducing Islam to different parts of Uganda through commercial and social interaction as Sekatawa argues. The influence of Buganda Kingdom appears to be clear as an important factor in the spread of Islam in Uganda.

Muteesa I embraced Islam and taught it. Kalema (1888-1890) embraced Islam, got circumcised and fought for Islam. Prince Nuhu Mbogo (1833-1921) led Muslims and fought for it and his son, Prince Badru Kakungulu (1907-1991), made remarkable contributions to Islam that are still visible, for example the formation of Uganda Muslim Education Association (UMEA) in 1940s.

Prominent elders like Sheikh Swaibu Semakula and Juma Tamusange started teaching Islam in their homes later. Mosques were established as well and their verandas acted as schools. Maulana Sheikh Abdurazaq Matovu, the first Mufti of Uganda, introduced the formal teaching of Islam in a school environment with a syllabus between 1963 and 1964 when he established Nadwat-Ulama (currently known as Bilal Schools Bwaise).

Celebrating the strides
As the community draws closer to marking two centuries of existence, faithfuls look back with optimist and festivity at the strides over the years. Imam Idi Kasozi, Vice Chairman Uganda Muslim Youth Assembly, believes that Muslims ought to be grateful to Allah for continued existence and remarkable developments they have made to Uganda as a nation. “Muslims have been in all political struggles of Uganda.

Uganda National Congress had the late Abu Mayanja, Idi Amin Dada’s reign was also an achievement for Uganda, the first NRA army commander Ahmed Seguya was a Muslim and many NRA fighters were proud to associate with Muslim names. People like Salim Saleh, Chef Ali, and Shaban Bantariza still maintain such names,” he says.

Education by far has been an area of pride for the community since 1935 with the traditional academic giants like Kibuli, Nabisunsa, Kawempe and Gombe leading the lot. Statistically, there are over 1,500 Muslim-founded primary schools, more than 160 Muslim secondary schools, five technical institutions, two primary Muslim teacher training colleges and two universities.

Nearly in all cases these figures above represent 10 per cent of the general national picture. “We have greatly made a contribution in education sector. IUIU alone has graduated more than 17,000 students in different fields and we have expanded the university into four campuses to benefit all people in the region. Our impact is in about 16 African countries that send us students,” remarks Dr Ahmad Kaweesa Sengendo, The Rector, Islamic University in Uganda.

IUIU, an affiliated institution of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), was established by an Act of Parliament in 1988. The late Idi Amin Dada registered Uganda in OIC by 1974 and Uganda as a country has benefited from this institution especially through the Islamic Development Bank (IDB).

Uganda’s Growing Islamic Banking Sector

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It has been reported that The Global Trust Bank of Nigeria said it is considering introducing banking services in Uganda that comply with Shariah Law this was according to the Islamic Globe newspaper.

Uganda’s Central Bank authorized Islamic banking just months ago. The Islamic banking sector is attracting many foreign suitors with firms from Kenya, South Africa and Abu Dhabi all planning on setting up shop in the country, according to the Islamic Globe.

Global Trust of Nigeria could be using Uganda as a testing ground for its Shariah Law-compliant products and services. In Nigeria, there are still a number of social and religious bars to the implementation of Islamic banking, despite the Nigerian Central Bank giving the green light for the sector and authorizing the first Islamic bank in June.

Global Trust Bank is 49 percent owned by Nigeria’s largest insurance company, Industrial and General Insurance Company. Some 51 percent is owned by National Insurance Corporation and a number of prominent Ugandan businessmen. “The bank is going to carry out a survey of the Ugandan market to see whether Ugandans need and want Islamic banking products. We have already applied for authorization to roll out a range of Islamic banking products,” the bank’s managing director, Charles

Ajaegbu, told The Islamic Globe.The top Muslim leader of Uganda, Shabban Mubajje, has called upon Ugandans to adopt an Islamic economic system, saying it will help to mend the financial crisis currently affecting the economy. The future looks promising for Uganda in the facilitation of Islamic banking and finance which is already estimated to be worth $2 trillion dollars by 2012.

Many countries around the world are tapping into the growing opportunities that Islamic banking and finance are bringing especially in terms of employment, products and services. Islamic banking could provide the perfect opportunity for economic growth in Uganda.

REMEMBERING SHABAN NKUTU

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Shaban Nkutu

Shaban Nkutu


Shaban Kirunda Nkutu disappeared and died at the violent hands of Idi Amin in 1973 with one of the most outstanding personal records of public service and national development in the history of Ugandan Cabinet Ministers.

As Minister of Health (1966-67), he oversaw the construction of 21 regional referral hospitals and the establishment of a free, quality, national healthcare system. Prior to this period, Uganda’a referral hospitals were limited to Mulago and the Grade B hospital at Entebbe.s

As Minister of Works, Housing, Transport and Communications, he laid the foundation for Uganda’s post-independence infrastructural foundation. Nkutu, who inherited a murram national road system, was the father of Uganda’s national tarmac road network, the national landline telephone and postal services system, the [then] new Entebbe International Airport, regional airfields, quality bus and rail transport services and the National Housing and Construction Corporation, which built Crested Towers, Serena Hotel and the International Conference Centre as well as housing estates across the country, including the Bugolobi and Bukoto Housing estates in Kampala. He also oversaw the establishment of East African Airlines and the ports and ferries on Uganda’s lake shore, at Port Bell and Jinja, in addition to the Kalangala and Lake Kyoga ferries

Shaban Nkutu was born in Nakibembe village, Bugweri County, Iganga District on November 15, 1930. His parents were the late Haji Ausi Kirunda and the late Zafalan Namuwaya.

The Nkutu family belongs to one of the 11 royal clans of the Basoga known as the Baisemenha who are direct descendants of the Bunyoro royal family. The clan traces its roots to the migrant Munyoro Prince Kakaire, son of Omukama Agutamba Nyamutukura, then King of Bunyoro. The clan’s name “Menha,” which means “to break,” is derived from the clan’s break-away from Bunyoro, following a violent royal succession battle. The Baisemenha clan put down its roots in Bugweri County.

The young Nkutu became the beneficiary of a clan tradition handed down by Baisemenha clan leaders of earlier generations to focus the very limited financial resources available – not on their biological heirs – but on the education and career development of whichever young man best embodied Bugweri’s best hopes in its future generations to provide national leadership in Uganda.

Following this tradition, Prince Muwaabe (grandfather of former Deputy Premier Ali Muwaabe Kirunda Kivejinja) – who had assumed leadership of Bugweri after its last pre-colonial Chief Menha Munhuulo had been deposed and exiled to Kenya by the British – decided to groom not his own son Salim Kivejinja but instead another young Prince, Zirabamuzaale (father of Iganga Woman MP Beatrice Zirabamuzaale Magoola) who became Secretary General of Busoga.

Zirabamuzaale was one of the first 3 Africans in the Legco (the Legislative Council), along with Sir Apollo Kaggwa of Buganda and Nyangabyaki of Bunyoro. Zirabamuzaale in turn groomed and placed the clan’s hopes for representation and a role in post-independence Uganda on his nephew Shaban Kirunda Nkutu, whose mother had managed to get him to complete primary school. Under Zirabamuzaale, Nkutu was mentored for national leadership.

The young Shaban Nkutu studied at Mwiri College and was trained at Kibuli and Makerere College as a teacher. He was one of the first Muslims in Uganda to get a secular education. During his twenties, he served as a teacher and later as a headmaster at Bwala, in Masaka.

Across Africa in the 1950s, it was common for educated African teachers, then a rarity, such as Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, to emerge as nationalist leaders. It was during this period that Nkutu became involved with the nationalist movement for Uganda’s independence, first through the Uganda National Congress (UNC) and later the Uganda Peoples Congress (UPC). He had earlier met Uganda’s future Prime Minister, Milton Obote, during secondary school at Mwiri and the two were close friends.

On the eve of independence, in April 1962, Nkutu, with the backing of Prince Zirabamuzaale and the populous and well organized Baisemenha clan (which produced Chiefs in the area), stood for and was elected to Parliament on the ticket of UPC to represent Busoga South East constituency, which comprised of the present day Bugweri and Kigulu counties (Iganga District), Bunya County (Mayuge District) and the whole of Bugiri and Namayingo Districts. He represented Busoga South East in Parliament until the military overthrow of the Obote I government by Idi Amin on January 25, 1971.

During this 9-year period, Shaban Nkutu served as Parliamentary Secretary for Economic Affairs in the Office of The Prime Minister (1962-63), Deputy Minister of Education (1963-64), Deputy Minister of Works (1964-66), UPC Government Chief Whip/ Minister in Parliament (1964-66), Minister of Health (1966-67) and Minister of Works, Housing, Transport and Communications (1967-71). He was also the National Chairman of the Uganda Peoples Congress (1968-73).

One of the legacies of Shaban Nkutu’s service in Cabinet of Uganda is that most Presidents of Uganda have appointed a Cabinet Minister from his family. Nkutu’s nephew Wanume Kibedi (now Chairman of the Immigration Control Board) served the Amin government as Foreign Minister from 1971-73 and served Museveni as an Ambassador.

Another nephew, Dr John Luwuliza-Kirunda, served the second Obote government as Minister of Internal Affairs and Secretary General of UPC from 1981-85 while a third nephew, Kirunda Kivenjinja, has served the Museveni government as a Minister in several portfolios since 1986 and was until recently the 3rd Deputy Prime Minister. With Hon. Adoko Nekyon and others, he co-founded the National Association for the Advancement of Muslims (NAAM), the precursor to today’s Uganda Muslim Supreme Council.

As a political leader, Shaban Nkutu is mostly remembered for his service as Minister of Health in 1966 and as Minister of Works, Housing, Transport and Communications from 1967-71. During his time in the Works Ministry, Nkutu was served as Permanent Secretary and Engineer in Chief by Uganda’s pioneer African engineer, James Zikusooka, who died on January 30, 2012.

In September 2008, Zikusooka, long retired, wrote the following letter to the Mayor of Jinja Municipality:

“I wish to formally recommend to Jinja Municipal Council, the re-naming of a road after the Late Hon. Shaban Kirunda Nkutu, M.P., who was one of the greatest sons of Jinja, Busoga and Uganda in the years following independence. I wish to support my proposal with a summary of the late Minister’s achievements in the service of Uganda.”

“I served as Permanent Secretary and Engineer-in-Chief of the Ministry of Works, Housing, Transport and Communications during the period 1967-71 when Hon. Shaban Nkutu, then M.P. for Busoga South East was Cabinet Minister in charge of that portfolio. My late Minister initiated, planned, obtained funds for, oversaw the execution, completion, upgrade and/or maintenance of hundreds of infrastructure projects across Uganda, including, but not limited to the few I have highlighted below:

• Pakwach Bridge (West Nile)
• Almost all the tarmac roads built in Uganda after independence, beyond the Entebbe-Kampala axis
• The New Entebbe International Airport
• Soroti Flying School
• Airfields and aerodromes in most of the original 18 districts of Uganda
• International Conference Centre and Nile Hotel (now Serena Hotel and Conference Centre)
• The dual carriage-way from Jinja to Kakira
• Iganga-Tirinyi Road
• The Pakwach-Arua Highway (West Nile)
• The Gulu-Pakwach road
• The Kampala-Mbarara-Ntungamo Highway
• The Ntungamo-Kabale Highway
• The Kampala-Mityana Highway
• The Kampala-Gulu Highway
• Most of the feeder roads in the coffee-cotton-matooke areas of Butembe and Bugabula in Busoga
• First Class Murram roads in all the areas of the country growing cash crops (coffee, cotton, tobacco, sisal and pyrethrum), where there was a Cooperative Union, stretching from West Nile, Acholi, Lango, Teso, Bugisu, Bukedi, Busoga, Buganda, Bunyoro, Ankole, Toro and Kigezi
• The Arua-Koboko Road (West Nile)
• The Busia-Tororo-Mbale-Soroti-Lira-Gulu highway
• The railway from Busia to Gulu
• National Housing and Construction Corporation
• Kampala’s Crested Towers building
• Bugolobi Flats in Kampala
• Kampala’s Wandegeya Flats
• Kampala’s Bukoto Flats
• In virtually all district towns, the housing estates known as “Senior Quarters” and “Junior Quarters” built for new civil servants under the programme to Africanise Uganda’s Civil Service
• Dozens of Post Offices and telephone exchanges across the country
• East African Airways
• Uganda Transport [Bus] Corporation, serving southern and western Uganda
• Peoples Transport [Bus] Company, serving northern and eastern Uganda
• East African Railways and Harbours Corporation
• The Port Bell railway link
• The Busoga railway loop
• The Jinja pier (enabling cargo from Lake Victoria to be transferred to rail and road)
• The Kalangala ferry and ferries on Lake Kyoga and Lake Bisina in Teso
• Tarmac upgrade of the Kampala-Mukono highway and the highway from Mukono to Busia
• And many, many roads across Uganda, which I cannot comprehensively list here.”
Zikusooka added that “Most of Uganda’s post-colonial modern infrastructure was put in place during the time Shaban Nkutu served as Minister of Works, Transport, Housing and Communications and very little new infrastructure has been built from scratch since that time.”

“He represented Busoga South East in Parliament from 1962-1971 and was one of the few people from Busoga who was actively involved in leading Uganda to independence in 1962.”

“During his one-year tenure as Minister of Health in 1966,” wrote Zikusooka, “Hon. Shaban Nkutu oversaw the completion of construction and successful opening of 21 modern district hospitals, covering all major regions of Uganda, giving most Ugandans their first proper access to modern medical facilities. From West Nile to Tororo, from Karamoja to Kanungu, from Masindi to Bugiri, from Ntungamo to Gulu, very good hospitals were built and commissioned. Prior to this achievement, there were virtually no referral hospitals in Uganda outside Kampala and Entebbe and there have hardly been any new referral hospitals constructed by any successor government in the country for most of the last 45 years.”

“Earlier, as Deputy Minister of Education, he created open access to educational institutions and scholarships for Ugandans of all religions, especially Muslims and Catholics, who had been discriminated against and kept out of the public school system during the colonial period. He was one of the first Muslims in Uganda to achieve a modern secular education and was a great source of pride and honour to Muslims as the second Muslim ever to serve in the country’s Cabinet after independence.” The first was Adoko Nekyon, from Lango.

In his 1977 book “State of Blood,” former Minister Henry Kyemba, who served alongside Shaban Nkutu as Principal Private Secretary to President Obote and Secretary to the Cabinet in the sixties, says Nkutu was “a gentle and scrupulously law-abiding individual.” In an article written in 2005, Kyemba said “he had a huge number of friends,” amongst whom the closest were President Milton Obote, the former Mufti, Sheikh Obeid Kamulegeya, fomer Makerere Vice Chancellor Prof Asavia Wandira and Haji Majid Bagalaaliwo, Chairman of Century Bottling Company.

Following the military coup in 1971, Nkutu was arrested and detained without trial at Makindye Military Police Barracks for several months. He shared a cell with Chris Rwakasisi and Edward Rurangaranga. Following his release, he retreated to a quiet life of private business and refused to flee into exile, despite repeated threats and harassment from security personnel.

Over the next one year, the Amin regime began to murder its real and perceived opponents, especially after the unsuccessful invasion of Uganda from Tanzania, by Ugandan exiles in September 1972, who were allied to Milton Obote and Yoweri Museveni. In the 3 months following the invasion, President Amin murdered Chief Justice Ben Kiwanuka and seven former ministers of the first Obote government. They included Hon. John Kakonge (Agriculture – he was father to now UPDF Chief of Personnel, Brig Leo Kyanda and father-in-law to Major Gen Mugisha Muntu), Hon. Basil Bataringaya (Internal Affairs), Hon. Joshua Wakholi (Public Service), Hon. Alex Ojera (Information), Hon. William Kalema (Commerce), Hon. Ali Kisekka (Minister to the East African Community) and Hon. James Ochola (Deputy Minister of Local Government). These prominent Ugandans were abducted by the Amin army and the intelligence service, the State Research Bureau and killed extra-judicially. None of their bodies has ever been recovered or buried by their families.

On January 11, 1973, Shaban Nkutu became the 8th former member of the Obote Cabinet to meet the same fate. In the run-up to his death, after the abortive 1972 invasion, Nkutu was repeatedly hunted and harassed by State Research operatives and Military Intelligence officers from the army’s Gadaffi Barracks in Jinja, forcing him to frequently shift residences amongst his relatives. Close relatives and members of the Baisemenha clan were often rounded up and detained in large numbers in order to force him to report to the authorities. Relatives and friends in the Madhvani family urged him to flee the country.

But at a meeting in early January 1973, at Baitambogwe (half-way between Jinja and Iganga), Nkutu told a secret meeting of his brothers and cousins that Amin was reportedly massacring soldiers from Obote’s Langi ethnic community, together with civilian members of their families and home areas and that while his going into exile might trigger a massacre of Baisemenha and Basoga by President Amin, his individual death would restrict tragedy to his immediate family alone and that he would not flee Uganda because he did not want the blood of many people on his hands. He was killed less than a week later and remained, on Amin’s orders, buried at a secret location for the next 32 years until an incredible opportunity that brought his family in contact with the grave-diggers who buried his body.

A statement issued by Nkutu’s family in January 2005 revealed to Ugandans how the late Minister was abducted by the army at his office at Scindia Road in Jinja on that fateful morning of January 11, 1973, the attempt to put him in the boot of a vehicle in broad daylight and the brave fight for his life that was put up by the civilian residents of Scindia Road and Jinja market before sevral gunshots were fired into the air, sending them fleeing for their lives.

Shaban Nkutu was then taken by the army, first to Jinja’s Central Police Station and then to the Gadaffi Army Barracks, where he was last seen alive by his driver Abdul Muloiyiva and his nephew Twaha Magala, who refused to leave his side until they were forcefully separated. They saw him alive for the last time, in the office of the then Commanding Officer of Gadaffi Garrison, whom the family has since identified as Lt Colonel Hussein (he died in 2001 after an unsuccessful bid to be elected LC5 Chairman of Arua district).

Nkutu, aged 42, was murdered that night at Gadaffi Barracks by the army, who dumped his body in the River Nile. However the body failed to sink or float away and was recovered at the river bank the following morning and immediately identified by the dozens of people who gathered there in shock. Security personnel turned up and took the body to the Jinja Hospital Mortuary, from where it was hurriedly and secretly taken away by the police and buried in a grave containing five other people at the Mailo Mbiri Cemetery at the junction of Iganga and Kamuli roads.

On the orders of Idi Amin, Nkutu was buried in an unknown place, on an unknown date and registered in the cemetery records as “an unknown person,” without the knowledge of his family. The grave-diggers conducted the burial at gun-point and were threatened with death if they revealed what they knew or the exact location of his grave.

The murder of Shaban Nkutu shocked the country and led to the resignation of his nephew, Wanume Kibedi, a brother-in-law of President Amin, who was serving as Minister of Foreign Affairs. Kibedi’s sister, the First Lady, Mama Mariamu, also fled the country.

In an article published by “The New Vision” in 2003 to mark the fall of Amin on April 11, Kyemba wrote of his former colleague: “my colleague, Shaban Kirunda Nkutu, was murdered by the state on January 11, 1973. After the coup, he had retired to a quiet life of private business in Jinja and Kampala.”

“Nkutu, who was a personal friend, had been very close to President Obote (they had attended the same secondary school at Mwiri) and was senior in the Uganda Peoples Congress party, as National Chairman.”

He had risen in the hierarchy and I remember he was one of those ministers whom I, as Principal Private Secretary, did not have to ask the President if he would grant audience, whenever he came to our offices. A former teacher, he had a huge number of friends and was well known for his calm and pleasant disposition.

“Nkutu had chosen not to flee into exile. He was an uncle to the First Lady, Mama Maryamu and her brother, the then Foreign Minister, Wanume Kibedi. He had been detained at Makindye Barracks after the coup but Amin had later released him and guaranteed his safety.”

“Nkutu’s murder shocked the nation and Amin was forced to disclaim responsibility by announcing that Nkutu had “fled to Tanzania.” A massive reward was placed on his head. Everybody knew he had been murdered. Kibedi was in Ghana and when he confirmed the killing, he resigned as Foreign Minister and went into exile. The murder of Shaban Nkutu also took its toll on the marriage between Amin and the First Lady, Mama Maryamu, who fled the country.”

For 32 years, the family of the late Minister lived with the pain of his murder and their failure to bury him. But in early 2004, by pure chance, one of the grave diggers met a relative of Shaban Nkutu. After securing assurances that he and his colleagues would not have the responsibility for the murder placed on them, he revealed where Nkutu had been buried and later led the family to the grave.

The grave diggers were tracked down an recalled that Nkutu had been buried last and on top of five other bodies retrieved from the mortuary and that his body would be at the top of the grave, which helped make possible its retrieval and identification following the exhumation of the remains by pathologists Prof Wabinga and Dr Odida and witnessed by Nkutu’s family in October 2004.

Entry and exit wounds on his skull revealed he had been shot twice in the right hand side of his head, with the bullets exiting the left hand side with a gaping hole. A bracelet identified by his relatives was found intact on his left arm and the state of his clothing completely matched earlier descriptions given by the grave diggers and two witnesses who saw his body at the river bank in1973.

On February 12, 2005, with his remains covered by the national flag, the remains of Shaban Kirunda Nkutu were re-buried in national honour at his home at Busesa, Bugweri, Iganga District. His funeral was a major national ceremony that symbolized Uganda’s sober and sad reflection on the human rights horrors of the Amin regime. The reburial was attended by President Yoweri Museveni, then Deputy Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, Ministers, Prince Kassim Nakibinge of Buganda, Sheikh Obedi Kamulegeya, Sheikh Hussein Rajab Kakooza and other senior Islamic leaders and senior political leaders from all of Uganda’s major political parties, including Paul Ssemogerere and Ssebaana Kizito (DP), Mayanja Nkangi (CP), Major General Mugisha Muntu, Dr Suleiman Kiggundu and Wafula Oguttu (FDC) and most of the national leadership of UPC.

Most of all, his family was finally able to bury him and thousands of Ugandans turned up to honour his memory.

The national anthem of Uganda was played before and after his remains were lowered into his final resting place and President Museveni declared Nkutu a martyr for his courageous decision to face death alone without endangering his relatives and constituents. While it re-opened the wounds of 32 years ago, the reburial gave as much closure as is possible in such circumstances, for his family.

For three families, the exhumation and reburial of Shaban Nkutu resurrected their own sad stories. It was revealed by the grave diggers who buried him that two graves away from his, in the same row, they also buried in a mass grave, 3 other prominent citizens of Jinja, murdered by the army during the same period. They are: the late Ali Balunywa, former Administrative Secretary of Busoga (father of Wasswa Balunywa, Principal of Makerere Business School and Presidential Assistant Ngoma Ngime), who was abducted from his offices with the late Ruheesi, Town Engineer of Jinja (father of Lt Col James Ruheesi, UPDF) and the late H. Kasigwa, Jinja Town Treasurer (and father of former Jinja West MP Harry Kasigwa).

For these and many Ugandans whose loved ones simply “disappeared” during Amin’s time in power, Nkutu’s reburial symbolized the closest they might ever come to burying their own and many families of Uganda’s “disappeareds” attended the re-burial.

Shaban Nkutu’s reburial also sent a strong message to those who abuse state power to abuse the rights of others: the ugly facts of their involvement can still come out many years later. A witness to the Nkutu abduction, Mr Peter Okwera, then General Manager of Uganda Grain Milling Company was driving down Jinja’s Main Street and arrived at the Main Street-Scindia Road junction on the late morning of January 11, 1973, just as the army was firing in the air to scare away the large number of civilians who were fighting for Nkutu’s life as an attempt was being made to put him into the boot of a car.

Mr Okwera, who later served as a Member of the National Resistance Council (the Parliament of 1989-96) and later as a Resident District Commissioner for Kaberamaido (2000-2002), arrived in time to see at the verandah of Nkutu’s supermarket, an army officer he knew very well, visibly in command of the soldiers present and firing his pistol into the air. Mr Okwera, who approached the Nkutu family after the reburial, identified the abductor-in-chief as Captain Issa Habib Galungbe, Intelligence Officer of Gadaffi Barracks.

This is the same man later known as Lt Col Issa Habib who was nominated Ambassador to Saudi Arabia by an unknowing President Museveni in 1988 but lost his appointment after he was accused of rape by a young lady. He died in 2001 and was buried in Arua. Members of the Nkutu family later learnt that it was the same Capt Issa Habib who abducted the late Ruheesi, the late Kasigwa and the late Balunywa in broad daylight, at their Jinja Administration offices, in 1972. Mr Okwera came forward and gave to members of Nkutu’s family, a detailed statement of his knowledge of Issa Habib (a man who had previously been of assistance to him) and the events of January 11, 1973, which had long troubled him.

Concluding his letter to Jinja Municipal Council, Eng Zikusooka said “Shaban committed no crime and certainly, nothing can justify his extra-judicial killing. It is memorable that dozens of Jinja’s citizens – unarmed civilians – put up a brave fight for his life at Scindia Road as the soldiers and intelligence agents attempted to put him in the boot of a car. His abduction succeeded only after heavy gunfire was used by the security personnel to scatter the crowd.”

“Late Hon. Nkutu lived a lawful and peaceful life. He was a national leader who scored the many high profile achievements I have listed above. Uganda would be a much better place today if the work he began had been continued.”

Zikusooka added in his letter that “Ugandans should treasure the memory of this independence nationalist and honest, hard-working public servant, who endeavoured to put limited national resources to the service of all areas and all tribes of the country as well as East Africa, with total integrity and value for money. He was committed to the development of Uganda and I urge you to re-name a road in his memory.

Led by Mayor Baswale Kezaala, Jinja Municipality Council unanimously voted to re-name Allidina Road in Jinja as “Shaban Nkutu Memorial Road.” His achievements and service as a Cabinet Minister have set a high target for today’s Ministers.

KIBULI IS THE CENTRE OF MUSLIM EDUCATION IN UGANDA

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Muslim education in Uganda springs from Kibuli, a Kampala suburb, an area that had been allotted to Prince Nuhu Mbogo by the British following the 1900 Agreement. Prince Mbogo, as leader of the Muslim community, was commonly referred to as ‘Kabaka for the Muslims’.

In 1921, Prince Mbogo died and was succeeded both in Kibuli and his leadership in the Muslim community by his then fourteen year old son, Badru Kakungulu.

The following year brought a change to Kibuli which was to have a major impact on the community. This was the founding of the primary school. When young Badru was selected to succeed his father as leader of the Muslim community the British administrators, as well as the powers in Mengo, were concerned that his education had consisted almost entirely of Arabic and Islamic studies. Up to that time Muslim schools offering Western-style curricula were non-existent, for all the early schools were Mission supported and since the Muslims had no missionaries in the formal sense they had no one to found schools for them. Koranic schools of course could be found within Buganda of which the first had been founded in Kibuli already in 1914.

In 1922, the Lukiko founded primary schools in Kubuli thereby inaugurating Muslim secular education not only in Kibuli but in Uganda. There were only three students at first, Badru Kakungulu, H. Goloba and A.W. Ssimbwa under the tutelage of Luka Sajjabi. They met in a small mud structure. More students were admitted and soon there over 40 pupils. The school was known as Kiwotoka School. By 1925, when Prince Badur went on to Kings College Budo, the school had developed enough for a burnt-brick building to be erected. The students at this time were by no means all children. Ages ranged from those under ten to men over forty. Although all the students were not Muslim, preference was given to Muslim applicants. Students came in daily from outside Kibuli as well as from the community. The founding of the primary school marked the beginning of Kibuli as the centre of Muslim education. Several events helped bring this about. In 1937, on the occasion of his Golden Jubilee, the Agha Khan, leader of the Ismail community, gathered together the prominent Muslims of East Africa and formed the East African Muslim Welfare Association and Kakungulu became the Vice-President of the Association. Largely through funds from the prosperous Ismail community, this organization has been able to contribute financially to the development of Muslim education. The same year Rahmadan Gova, a former classmate of Kakungulu at Kibuli Primary School, returned to Kibuli School to teach. Seeing that the government would help sponsor Muslim schools only when the religious community formed a registered educational association, and encouraged by a number of Muslim leaders, he formed the Uganda Muslim Education Association. Seven prominent Muslim leaders served as trustees. It was registered in 1940.

Later Kakungulu gave eighty acres at Kibuli as the site for a large Juma mosque and for the location of schools. This grant consisted of the top and the upper slopes of the hill. Thus Kibuli was not an allotment to the Muslim community such as Nsambya and Rubaga had been to the Catholics and Namirembe to the Protestants. Rather it was a grant to an individual. The Muslims had not been allocated land in 1900 and the deficieny was not remedied until 1913 when Mbogo requested such such land on which to buold six hundred mosques throughout Uganda. Therefore Kibuli was really at first a residential centre of the Muslim community. Seeing the need for land for schools, and the desirability of the site being located near town, prompted Kakungulu to make the grant.

The new mosque was started almost at once. Its construction was largely financed by the Ismaili community with the Agha khan laying the foundation stone in 1941. Its completion was delayed by the war and it was finished only in 1950. It serves now as a marker in Kampala comparable to the cathedrals at Namirembe, Rubaga and Nsambya. To the residents of Kibuli, both muslim and non Muslim, it serves as a source of great pride.

1945 saw the inauguration of the first year of secondary school education at Kibuli. With the subsequent opening of a hostel, muslim students from different parts of Uganda came to board at the junior secondary school. A Grade C Teacher Training College at Kasawa, began by Buganda government as a model school in 1932 – 3, was given to the muslim community who moved it to its present site in Kibuli where it became the Kibuli muslim teacher training college. By 1960 Kibuli junior secondary school became a senior secondary school. Soon after independence, a USAID grant was given to build a new school plant and staff housing for the secondary school and these where finally completed and utilized in 1966. Further building has recently been started to accommodate the higher school certificate programme started in 1968. The staff buildings for the secondary school and the TTC staff, house the only non-African residents of Kibuli. In 1966 Lubiri secondary school, whose premises had been destroyed in the fire in the Lubiri, moved temporarily into the former kiibuli secondary school buildings.

The last fifty years have seen Kibuli become an educational centre with two secondary schools, a teacher training college and a full primary school. The total enrollment of these schools is 1,721 (1,156 without the Lubiri school). Looking up the slopes from the village the schools have served as a source of great pride to the residents of Kibuli, most of whom unfortunately cannot afford to send their children to any but the primary school. Even here since the language of instruction in the early primary years is Luganda, the student body is principally Baganda and western Ugandans.

With the overcrowding of the secondary school hostel a number of students have been forced to take up lodging in the village where an even larger number of students attending various Kampala day schools have also taken advantage of cheap local housing. Together these young people form a very prominent minority of the Kibuli population and along with the growing Africanization of the school staff in the past few years, is closing the gap somewhat that has existed between the villagers and the residents of the school compounds.

Source: The Uganda Society Journal

Help yourself to benefit from UMBS forums?

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Assalamu alaikum,
We can draw a personal plan tonight on how we can benefit from UMBS forums, with specific targets to achieve, some of the following objectives:

On a personal level:

.Continuing on the learning, recitation, study, and reflection on the Qur-aan with specified, challenging but attainable daily/weekly targets.

· Encourage and associate with other Muslims who are doing good, ignoring their imperfections.

· Improving our ‘social and business dealings conduct and behaviour’ to the level of Islamic excellence.

· Loving and hating for Allah only (i.e. on the basis and reason of Islam only) not on parochial, ethnic or linguistic basis.

·Standing up for justice and for the rights of the persecuted people of the world on a regular basis.If a fellow Muslim is being denied justice in Uganda, please let us make it our mandate to help that person on a personal level.

· Increasing the level of active and regular involvement and participation in the Islamic activities of our local community.

· Making meaningful contributions to Islamic work, Islamic propagation, promotion of proper Islamic understanding, etc. For instance, one of our members, Ali Kyeswa, is running an organisation that is helping converts, how many of us are contributing to it?

· Voting only and only on the basis of a candidate’s level of sincerity, Islamic knowledge, practice and Taqwa. For instance, we should come up with a list of Muslims candidates we want to support at every level of politics and government in Uganda.

· Getting rid of bad habits on a permanent basis. Practice makes perfect

On a community level:

Ø Standing up for justice and for the rights of the persecuted people of the world in a carefully planned and organised manner with set goals and targets.

Ø Improving the state of our organisation (regimentation and discipline), orderly behaviour and socio-political structures and practices.

Ø Attaining unity on a neighbourhood, city and region level (how can we dream of unity or complain about disunity of Muslims internationally when we cannot work together in our neighbourhood?).

Ø Establishing and professionally operating social service institutions such as comprehensive counselling facilities, abuse shelters etc. for our community members.

Ø Setting and achieving targets for Islamic propagation.

Ø Co-operating effectively with non-Muslims organisations that are working for common causes and issues. I think this is one of the objectives of the UMBS organisation.

Ø Electing leaders & preachers from local talent pools as far as possible, as they are aware of our local problems and aspirations.

Ø Running Muslim affairs openly, democratically and with full participation and consultation of the community.

Ø Keeping the interest of our country, its laws and our communities in the forefront, with emphasis on Commands of Allah swt.

Some of the ideas mentioned above may seem far fetched and unrealistic. However, these are just ideas and guidelines. Why not formulate your own list, and check it at the end of this year as to how much and what you have achieved?

Wassalam

UMBS MANAGEMENT

A LETTER FROM A CHRISTIAN TO MUSLIM WOMEN

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Brothers and sisters,
Assallam Alaikum. This article is really for you to ponder. After being brain washed and brain deeded by Fox new and Rupert Murdock’s worldwide mass media, we, Muslims detest ourselves for the modest clothes we wear. Please read this article very carefully and I hope you will glean some insight. In US, a Muslim girl, I do not recall which nationality she was, probably Turkish, posed nude saying she feels empowered and wants to set an example for other Muslim girls!! What crap! Nudity empowering? Here is the truth that nobody dares to write about.

So long and sallams.

ABBEY.K.S
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A Letter from a Christian to Muslim Women

Between the Israeli assault on Lebanon and the Zionist “war on terror”, the Muslim world is now center stage in every American home.

I see the carnage, death and destruction that have befallen Lebanon, but I also see something else: I see you.

I can’t help but notice that almost every woman I see is carrying a baby or has children around her.

I see that though they are dressed modestly, their beauty still shines through.

But it’s not just outer beauty that I notice. I also notice that I feel something strange inside me: I feel envy.

I feel terrible for the horrible experiences and war crimes that the Lebanese people have suffered, being targeted by our common enemy.

But I can’t help but admire your strength, your beauty, your modesty, and most of all, your happiness.

Yes, it’s strange, but it occurred to me that even under constant bombardment, you still seemed happier than we are, because you were still living the natural lives of women. The way women have always lived since the beginning of time.

It used to be that way in the West until the 1960s, when we were bombarded by the same enemy. Only we were not bombarded with actual munitions, but with subtle trickery and moral corruption.

Through Temptation:

They bombarded us Americans from Hollywood, instead of from fighter jets or with our own American-made tanks. They would like to bomb you in this way too, after they’ve finished bombing the infrastructure of your countries.

I do not want this to happen to you.

You will feel degraded, just like we do. You can avoid this kind of bombing if you will kindly listen to those of us who have already suffered serious casualties from their evil influence.

Because everything you see coming out of Hollywood is a pack of lies, a distortion of reality, smoke and mirrors.

They present casual sex as harmless recreation because they aim to destroy the moral fabric of the societies into which they beam their poisonous programming.

I beg you not to drink their poison. There is no antidote for it once you have consumed it. You may recover partially, but you will never be the same. Better to avoid the poison altogether than to try to heal from the damage it causes.

They will try to tempt you with their titillating movies and music videos, falsely portraying us American women as happy and satisfied, proud of dressing like prostitutes, and content without families.

Most of us are not happy, trust me. Millions of us are on anti-depressant medication, hate our jobs, and cry at night over the men who told us they loved us, then greedily used us and walked away.

They would like to destroy your families and convince you to have fewer children. They do this by presenting marriage as a form of slavery, motherhood as a curse, and being modest and pure as old-fashioned. They want you to cheapen yourself and lose your faith. They are like the Serpent tempting Eve with the apple. Don’t bite.

Self-Value:
I see you as precious gems, pure gold, or the “pearl of great value” spoken of in the Bible (Matthew 13: 45). All women are pearls of great value, but some of us have been deceived into doubting the value of our purity.

Jesus said: “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you” (Matthew 7: 6).

Our pearls are priceless, but they convince us that they’re cheap. But trust me; there is no substitute for being able to look in the mirror and seeing purity, innocence and self-respect staring back at you.

The fashions coming out of the Western sewer are designed to make you believe that your most valuable asset is your sexuality. But your beautiful dresses and veils are actually sexier than any Western fashion, because they cloak you in mystery and show self-respect and confidence. A woman’s sexuality should be guarded from unworthy eyes, since it should be your gift to the man who loves and respects you enough to marry you.

And since your men are still manly warriors, they deserve no less than your best. Our men don’t even want purity anymore. They don’t recognize the pearl of great value, opting for the flashy rhinestone instead. Only to leave her too!

Your most valuable assets are your inner beauty, your innocence, and everything that makes you who you are. But I notice that some Muslim women push the limit and try to be as Western as possible, even while wearing a veil (with some of their hair showing). Why imitate women who already regret, or will soon regret, their lost virtue? There is no compensation for that loss.

You are flawless diamonds. Don’t let them trick you into becoming rhinestones. Because everything you see in the fashion magazines and on Western television is a lie. It is Satan’s trap. It is fool’s gold.

A Woman’s Heart:
I’ll let you in on a little secret, just in case you’re curious: pre-marital sex is not even that great. We gave our bodies to the men we were in love with, believing that that was the way to make them love us and want to marry us, just as we had seen on television growing up. But without the security of marriage and the sure knowledge that he will always stay with us, it’s not even enjoyable! That’s the irony. It was just a waste. It leaves you in tears.

Speaking as one woman to another, I believe that you understand that already. Because only a woman can truly understand what’s in another woman’s heart. We really are all alike. Our race, religion or nationalities do not matter. A woman’s heart is the same everywhere. We love. That’s what we do best. We nurture our families and give comfort and strength to the men we love.

But we American women have been fooled into believing that we are happiest having careers, our own homes in which to live alone, and freedom to give our love away to whomever we choose.

That is not freedom. And that is not love. Only in the safe haven of marriage can a woman’s body and heart be safe to love. Don’t settle for anything less. It’s not worth it. You won’t even like it and you’ll like yourself even less afterwards. Then he’ll leave you.

Self-Denial:
Sin never pays. It always cheats you. Even though I have reclaimed my honor, there’s still no substitute for having never been dishonored in the first place. We Western women have been brainwashed into thinking that you Muslim women are oppressed. But truly, we are the ones who are oppressed; slaves to fashions that degrade us, obsessed with our weight, begging for love from men who do not want to grow up. Deep down inside, we know that we have been cheated.

We secretly admire and envy you, although some of us will not admit it. Please do not look down on us or think that we like things the way they are. It’s not our fault. Most of us did not have fathers to protect us when we were young because our families have been destroyed. You know who is behind this plot.

Don’t be fooled, my sisters. Don’t let them get you too. Stay innocent and pure. We Christian women need to see what life is really supposed to be like for women. We need you to set the example for us, because we are lost. Hold onto your purity.

Remember: you can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube. So guard your “toothpaste” carefully! I hope you receive this advice in the spirit in which it is intended: the spirit of friendship, respect, and admiration.

From your Christian sister with love.

By Joanna Francis – Writer, Journalist – USA

M7 IS AGAIN SPOT ON ORAL SEX

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Brothers and sisters,
Assalamu alaikum. Yes, we should all salute President Museveni for the stance he has taken against homosexuality. It takes guts to do what he has done following threats from the most powerful politicians in the world.

I wish the presidents of Gambia and Zimbabwe had handled the issue of homosexuality in the same way Museveni has done so(i.e. telling the world the reasons for their stand instead of calling gay people every name under the sun). A debate has been pumped up internationally on the validity of the scientific research “wrongly” concluding that there is a correlation between homosexuality and genes.

He has also started up a debate among Ugandans on oral sex and it’s impact on our health. In the west, this debate briefly appeared on our TVs after Actor Michael Douglas claimed that his throat cancer was caused by “too much oral sex”. But obviously people addicted to certain things never listen but I think we are getting there. Let us CAUTIOUSLY use our tongues for purposes they aren’t meant for!

In other words, the president is indirectly promoting people’s health and I must say that I’m a bit impressed. I don’t care how much political capital he is getting out of this thing, for now!

Of course, there are going to be consequences for this. Uganda is going to be endlessly in the news because I’m sure gay activists aren’t gonna give up. There will be freezing of aid as a start but I’m sure Museveni must have been prepared for this. But for now, lets raise our glasses to cultural and religious preservation in Africa.

What does Islam say on oral sex?

All acts that aim at satisfying and pleasing the spouses are allowable so long as two things are avoided, that is anal sex and having sex with a wife while she is still in her menstruation.Thus, it is permissible for a husband and a wife to practice cunnilingus and fellatio.

Muslim jurists are of the opinion that it is lawful for the husband to perform cunnilingus on his wife, or a wife to perform the similar act for her husband (fellatio) and there is no wrong in doing so. But if sucking leads to releasing semen, then it is Makruh (blameworthy), but there is no decisive evidence (to forbid it).

These parts are not dirty like anus, but it is ordinarily disgusting to man. But there is no decisive evidence to make it unlawful, especially if the wife agrees with it or achieves orgasm by practicing it. Allah, Exalted and Glorified be He, says: “And who guard their modesty, save from their wives or the slaves, that I heir right hands possess, for then they are not blameworthy, but Who so craveth beyond that, such are transgressors.” (Al-Mu’minun 5: 7)

In the light of this, scholars maintain that the husband is allowed to enjoy his wife through any means of enjoyment except anal sex, for that is strictly forbidden.

Licking, sucking and kissing spouse’s sexual organs are all allowed, as long as it gives a person sexual gratification that will keep him away from Haram (unlawful) or starring at opposite sex (marriageable). But every Muslim must keep in mind that sexual intercourse is just a lust and passion that must be satisfied in a lawful way; it’s not to be perceived as necessary as foods and drinks, as it’s the case in the Western perverted ideology.

In conclusion, it has become clear now that oral sex is not prohibited, but it is not the normal choice for committed Muslims and Muslimahs. That’s, despite that oral sex is not Haram, it is completely disgusting and does not conform to the pure taste and decency of a Muslim personality.

Here, it should be noted that one of the main objectives of Shari`ah is to safeguard the life of people and keep them healthy. Based on this, if it is scientifically proven that oral sex or such practices cause mouth cancer or form a danger on the health of a person who practices it, then it becomes totally prohibited.

Allah Almighty knows best.

Abbey. K.Semuwemba.
UMBS MODERATOR

ABOUT UGANDA MUSLIM WOMEN VISION

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UMWV is a registered non governmental Organisation established in 1996 by voluntary Muslim women with an aim of improving the livelihood and Deen al Islam for Muslim women and youth (boys and girls)

it is located in Bweyogerere kazinga zone -kira Town council Wakiso District. We have a fully equipped office with a permanent structure where we started vocational training for Muslim women and girls in computer application, Tailoring and Islamic fashion design, Cookery, Bakery , catering, Islamic Hair dressing, Islamic studies , Quran, Arabic Language studies for women and girls among others.

UMWV,s business is community development especially the vulnerable Muslim women countrywide.

Membership: It open to all Muslim women in Uganda and to subscribe you have to pay your membership fees and support its activities by subscribing on an annual basis.

Areas of operation: we operate over the country since its a National NGO with a mandate to implement its activities allover Uganda.

Target groups: We target Muslim women and girls and other youth from higher institutions.

Current activities :
Daawa Activities, guidance and counseling, Quran competitions for women and girls from secondary schools, Outreach programmes, Annual sisters conferences, Ramadan seminars , gender mainstreaming and rights protection for Muslim women using Quran and Hadith as our guide, study circles , Networking with other development partners and government in developmental activities and civic education.
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Current projects:

Vocational Training, Mushroom growing , send a cow project, Publications on Islamic teachings , consultancy on issues of women and the girl child, Radio and TV programmes on Daawa and gender

For more information contact the following people

+256772444198 , +256776111383, +256782446565,+256712817245
+256702444198, +256706346565
PO BOX 1211 Kampala

Uganda Muslims Laud Anti-Gay Bill

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Uganda Muslims have welcomed the decision of President Yoweri Museveni to back an anti-gay bill that imposes life sentences for some homosexual acts, risking ties between western donors and the east African country.

“It takes a courageous leader to defy all the western powers who have gone as far a threatening to cut off aid to Uganda incase the president signs the anti-gay bill,” said Hajji Nsereko Mutumba, the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC) Public Relations Officer.

“I would like to commend President Museveni for his decision to sign the anti-gay bill,” Mutumba said.

“Once again, he has proved that he is a leader who has his country and his people at heart.

“Since the passing of the bill by the parliament of Uganda, the President has been under a lot of pressure from the promoters of the Homosexuality Act around the world but despite the numerous threats he received, he put morality first,” Mutumba added.

Few days ago, US President Barack Obama threatened that the anti-gay could jeopardize relations with Uganda, warning that it would be a “step backward for all Ugandans.”

The key western alley has further warned to review ties with the African nation that include granting it more than $400 million as aid annually.

Though praised by the Muslim community, the decision has sent outcry among rights activists who deemed it as a setback to human rights in the African country.

“There is real urgency now that [Yoweri] Museveni has stated his intention to sign the bill,” Daniel Bekele, the Africa director for Human Right Watch, told Al-Jazeera on Thursday, February 20.

“The US should temporarily recall the ambassador to conduct strategic consultations on the US/Uganda relationship, while making clear the range of concerns for yet another clawback to human rights in Uganda,” Bekele added.

Support

Appreciating Museveni’s decision, the Muslim Council has urged a national support for the president.

It is now the duty of all Ugandans to rally behind the President because “the coming days, weeks, months and years may not be easy for the country,” UMSC’s Public Relations Officer urged.

“Let us unite behind our leader, abide by the laws, fight corruption, give our children relevant skills, work hard and accumulate enough wealth that will make us economically more independent and therefore less dependent on aid from the western world.

“Thank you very much President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for showing leadership,” he added.

Homosexuality is illegal in Uganda and most African countries.

Besides life sentence, the Ugandan anti-homosexuality bill calls for outlawing the promotion of homosexuality, including providing financial support to gays.

In the recent years, African leaders have been under mounting pressures from Western countries to recognize gay rights.

In 2011, British Prime Minister David Cameron threatened to cut aid to countries that deny gay rights.

Yet, African leaders have been insisting that homosexuality is alien to their culture.

In Nigeria, President Jonathan signed the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act into on January 7, 2014 barely one month after both arms of the country’s parliament unanimously agreed on the legislation.

Same-sex relationship and marriage are totally prohibited in Islam, Christianity and all divine religions.

Islam teaches that believers should neither do the obscene acts, nor in any way indulge in their propagation.

The Catholic Church teaches that homosexuality is not a sin, but considers homosexual intercourse as sinful.

Obama Gay Support Upsets Muslims and majority of Ugandans

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US President Barack Obama’s surprise support for homosexuality in Uganda has sparked criticism from Muslims inside Uganda and Ugandans abroad especially on Ugandans At Heart(UAH) online forum, describing the practice as contradicting with all religions.

“As Muslims, we are against homosexuality,” Mr.Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba, president of the Uganda Muslim Brothers & Sisters , told members of UAH on Wednesday, February 19th.

Reaction from Semuwemba was cautious and somewhat wary to Obama’s move and what Dr.Sylvia Tamare said about homosexuality:’I’ve not read much of Dr.Tamale’s opinions on homosexuality though I know she is a feminist, but the idea of theorizing about homosexuality on the edges of male dominance of the females does not cut it for me. It seems some of our elites have lost something in the process of settling down in the west and acquisition of knowledge.”

”It’s interesting that hon.Rebecca Kadaga looks at homosexuality in a different angle to Tamare yet they are both learned feminists with strong opinions on gender issues.”

”Look, It has been scientifically proven that there is no relationship between genes and homosexuality. The rest of the arguments are just words. Yes, just words which don’t mean anything.”

”Unfortunately, homosexuals and Jews have got the strongest advocacy groups in the world. What is happening in Africa happened in the west in the 1970s and 80s but the homosexuals won the battle and war. I suspect that their sophisticated advocacy groups will use similar tactics till when homosexuality becomes acceptable in Africa, but for the meantime, we all have a responsibility of finding an acceptable way around this.”

”I don’t think legislation will stop homosexuality in Africa but it’ll act as a hindrance to it’s spreading at a higher rate. It will slow it down! I guess you now understand why I’m using the word:”spreading”? Don’t you? Homosexuality is a disease of the mind and we need to find ways of helping those affected by it! Banging them in prison or some place or killing them may not help that much!”, Semuwemba concluded!

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Abbey Semuwemba


Dr.Tamare Slyvia wrote a book:”African sexualities: a reader. Oxford : Pambazuka, 2011”. Professor Tamale gave a key note address in Washington DC at the association of African Studies on the subject of African sexualities. In that speech she castigated both the West and African leaders . Professor Tamale cautioned the West to be careful not to lecture Africans on the subject of sexuality.

According to Charles Onyango Obbo:‘She also wrote a book called ”When Hens Begin to Crow” and edited a tome entitled African Sexualities with incredible stories and insights on the matter of sexualities on this fair continent…….Dr Tamale’s controversial view is that the anti-gay thing is all about power. She uses some dramatic examples and words that we cannot deploy here, but the general idea is that historically, heterosexual sex and its rituals has been based on the woman being subordinate to a man.Therefore, lesbian sex becomes problematic because the dominant male has been removed from the picture. Women are, therefore, introduced to a world in which they do not submit to male authority. Sex between men is even worse because not only is it without a subservient woman in the room, but at least one of the men has to be in a position where men are not supposed to be in these affairs — in subordination. Or if not that, both men will be equal.

Another Ugandan based in USA , Moses Ochen Nekyon had this to say:’My take is this:

1) How and when did issues around Homosexuality come to the fore front in Uganda’s day to day polity?

2) Is Homosexuality more important than Bad roads, 80% unemployment rate among the youth, poor or non existent health care services, rampant corruption and the rising gap between rich and poor to name a few?

3) Back to the question again by asking it differently: Is Homosexuality new in our society. My answer is no. It has always been there but it was either in the ‘shadows’, we ignored it or simply did not understand it and if we did we simply looked the other way;

4) Here are some cases to ponder: I remember back in the late 80′s, one prominent individual being whispered as an openly gay person. The interesting thing was that he was the head of the Judiciary, so one could imagine how this would have played out then;

5) Are the European and American Churches any different from their African and Latin American counterparts in regards to scandals? The Catholic Church in Boston owns some of the most valuable Real Estate Property in New England. They have been selling them off quietly in order settle court cases which are in the $100′s of Millions;

6) I lived on the Coast of East Africa (Dar and Mombasa) with its strong Arab/Islamic and Swahili cultures, which are very conservative. But very strange things are in the back ground in regards to Homosexuality. There are religious cults which are predominantly for Women but have a sprinkle of Gay men in their membership. This was way back in the 70′s, so I can imagine what is happening now;

7) I personally do not know what makes a person Gay or not but my views have evolved over the years. When I came to this country I was as conservative and intolerant as many of you. That is until I joined the workforce where a number of my colleagues were full blown Gay.

8) I am sure that many of you on this forum have experienced the pangs of assimilation in the American and European work force. Being black let alone African has its challenges and in my cases I was the only African let alone Blackman in the department. Some of my colleagues in the beginning treated me as if I had just come off living on trees.

The Marketing field being what it is, one has to learn the ropes pretty quickly and you do need friends or acquaintances who are willing help. In my case it was a young lady who I discovered was gay. How did I find out she was gay? During departmental Friday outs I noticed that many people would not sit with her but because she showing me the ropes we had become friends so I would join her.

My thinking was simply this; okay I do not understand her life style but that does not make her less human. If she is “flawed” but understanding of my challenges in the work place who are my to judge her? I have kept an open mind ever since;

9) I think the West should tread carefully when dealing with this issues as far as African governments are concerned. Gay Rights have taken a long while to take root in most Western countries s and there are still large pockets of resistance in America for instance. The worst thing that could happen is if Gay Rights should be seen as being imposed on African society. Whatever tolerance that exists will be washed away.

Obama endorsed same sex marriage in 2012.His position was the first by a sitting American president to publicly endorse same-sex marriage.Obama argued that his support for gay marriage evolved after talking with his two daughters, who had friends who had same-sex parents.

The Democrat president was the one who ended the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that prevented gays from serving openly in the US military.

Obama’s position came days after his vice-president Joe Biden said that he was “absolutely comfortable” with same-sex marriages.

His remarks also came after Colorado rejected a bill to allow same-sex marriages in the state.

His remarks sparked anger from Christian groups and Republican rivals.

In the US, 31 states have passed constitutional amendments or legislation against same-sex marriage.

MUSLIM OWNED RESTAURANTS IN UGANDA

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1. Nando’s Restaurant: Located on Kampala Road. A combination of fast food products are found there and also a bakery.

2. Haandi Restaurant:Commercial Plaza, 1st Floor, P.O. Box 31547.Kampala, Uganda, Tel: 256 413 462 83 or 256 413 462 84

3. Hotel International: The name is a sort of misnomer when it comes to the food. Indian menu items are ok, the rice is always nicely done. There are two separate kitchens, one Indian the other is Ugandan. Consistent Ugandan food.

4. Nawab Indian Restaurant, Garden City Complex, Roof Top, Yusuf Lule Road, Kampala/P.O. Box 22329, Kampala, tel: (0)256414252205 or 0772 727777

5. Hajji Sebankyaye restaurant, Wandegeya , Kampala
6. Rwenzori Restaurant, Kasese town, opposite post office.Tel: 0782658948.

7.Gombe restaurant in kampala central

8. Olympia Restaurant, city center complex, lumu street , ground floor, room A22

9.olympia takeaway- old taxi park.

10. Uhuru restaurant, Qualicel building, Nabugabo, Namirembe juction -opposite.mukwaano arcade

11. Ngabi restaurant,ngabi classic restaurant ,

12. Hajat’s restuarant, Namungoona stage, Hoima Road
13. Hotel Aribas Masindi. Near education hall Masindi
14. 2K restaurant, Bakuli,Mengo, along hoima road.
15. Haji kyazze Restaurant, Nakulabye round about, tel 0702469785
16.Shamsudin restaurant in Bweyogerere
17.foodmart restaurant in nakulabye opposite umeme offices
18.Hotel safinah in kigumba kiryandongo
19.Sokies in Wandegeya, Kampala
20.Al-Arabia restaurant….p.o box 998kampala plot 81Ben kiwanuka streetk onTropical complex third flloor
21.Javas….at all City Oil petrol stations
22.Mabrooq restaurants in Lira, Gulu, Mbale, soroti,
23.Kiwango restaurant, Kibuye,Kampala
24.Mabrook restuarant in Lira
25. K.K restaurant Arua park n Sophie’s restaurant at KKT bus terminal near Kobil bombo road
26.Sunshine in mbarara 2miles
27.Boston view restaurant buganda road opposite cps.TEL-0703.667766
28.Shed cafe take away, old tax park opp. olympia take away….0392548934
29.sab restaurant opposite cps buganda rd,KAMPALA
30.Maimood restaurant wandegeya,KAMPALA TEL-0702609046
31.Kyosimbonanya restaurant opposite total kibuye, KAMPALA
32.Bismillah restaurant wakaliga, KAMPALA TEL-0782-983240
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A Non Muslim asks a Muslim priest:

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A Non Muslim came to an Alim and asked: Why is it Not Permissible in Islam for a Women to shake hands with a Man?

The Alim said: Can you shake hands with Queen Elizabeth?

The Non Muslim said: Ofcourse not, there are only certain people who can shake hands with Queen Elizabeth.

Alim replied: Our Women are Queens and Queens do not shake hands with strange men.

Then the Non Muslim asked onother Question: Why do your Girls cover up their body and hair?

The Alim smiled and got two sweets, he opened the first one and kept the other one closed. He threw them both on the dusty floor and asked the Non Muslim: If I asked you to take one of the sweets which one will you choose?

The Non Muslim replied: The covered one.

The Alim said: That’s how we treat and see our women. Women should not be like the Moon which everyone can See and Admire, they should be like the Sun which makes the Viewers Lower their Gaze.

Non Muslim: Show me God if he exist.

Alim Replied: Look at the Sun

Man Replied: I Can’t see, the Rays hurt my eyes Alim Said: If u can’t see at the Creation of God then how will you be able to Look at the Creater?

Lastly the Non Muslim invited the Alim to his house and gave him Grapes, the Alim ate them, then he offered him a cup of wine, the Alim refused, the Non Muslim asked him how did you Muslims forbidden wine and ate grapes although the wine came from grapes?

Alim Replied: Do you have a daughter?
He said yes, the Alim asked him could you marry her? the Non Muslim said no, the Alim said Subhan Allah, you marry her mother and can’t marry her although this came from this too.

The Vision of Alhaji Iddi Amin on UMSC

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Assalam Alaikum, receive a copy of the Memorandum sent by Uganda Muslim Community, read Kibuli to the Late Iddi Amin in reaction to the conference leading to the formation of Uganda Muslim Supreme Council. I will in due course also upload, the inaugural speech of Iddi Amin, and reactions to this issues raised in the Memorandum. I hope these documents help us put Muslim wrangles in perspective and contribute to the Muslim unity meaningfully. Thanks Allah Knows Best.

READ THE DOCUMENTS ON THE LINK BELOW:http://umbsextra.wordpress.com/2012/06/07/kibulis-memorandum-in-reaction-to-the-kabale-muslim-conference/

The Vision of Alhaji Iddi Amin on UMSC: Read the doc attached on this link:http://umbsextra.wordpress.com/2012/07/10/the-vision-of-alhaji-iddi-amin-on-umsc/

NO WOMAN IS BETTER THAN THE OTHER IN BED

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It is not true that some women are better or more superior than others in bed as some people want us to believe. The one you might find less satisfactory another man will find her the best. It is all in the mind. It takes two to tango. If you go to bed with all the misjudgments then the outcome will most certainly be disastrous. It is better not transgress ALLAH’s bounds. What you find and get depends on what you put in your mind. True and yes, in some cases the beginning may be unexciting to some people. But if you stick to the patience ALLAH prescribes to us, then little by little you learn about each other and get to enjoy one another. Most of us are impatient and we never reach there.

Sexual satisfaction is all in the mind. If you are in the right frame of mind you will get sexual satisfaction. If you are not in the right frame of mind (this includes holding previous experiences, imaginations & misjudgments) then you will not derive sexual satisfaction. The mind is so complex that we have a whole branch science called psychology that deals with the mind.

By now you can see what am driving to! If you are cheating on your wife, you need psychological counseling to put your psyche right. And this area can be handled very well by the sheikhs and medics. Wrong prescriptions will not help you. Understanding the psychological nature of your problem will enable us give the right prescriptions.

Allow me to start with the basics:

1. All humans are similar (may the word “same” may be too strong to use here”).Therefore, the basic anatomy of the subject matter is the same or similar across regions. Agreed??

2. Any argument to suggest that a woman from region X, is better than a woman from region Y, is baseless and has no foundation in science.

3. What is true however, is the fact that different cultures treat their women differently. While some cultures invest huge amounts of time in preparing a woman to satisfy her husband in bed, other cultures may invest such amount of time in teaching a woman how to prepare a delicious meal for her husband. In the first culture sexual words are in everyday use, while in the second culture sexual words may even be taboo. So in this regard it depends on what you want to hear or see. And it is all in your mind as a starting point. If the woman from the first culture meets your expectations (those things on your mind) then that is what you take to be the best. If your expectations are different then you might find such a woman a bore or a turn off.

4. This brings me to the fourth point. Your sexual ideas are shaped by your prejudices, misconceptions and beliefs you may have about certain people or cultures. I have heard Christian colleagues arguing that they find Muslim women to be better in bed than their Christian women. I have heard stories about women finding circumcised men better in bed than uncircumcised men. If a woman has it in her mind that an uncircumcised man is dirty, she will never derive the sexual satisfaction she needs from such a man, no matter how much the man tries. So this brings us back to the starting point. Sexual satisfaction is in the mind. The thoughts you have in your mind will determine what you get out of your encounter with a woman.

5. The environment in which you have sex can also determine the outcome. Consider a man who has a wife with three children and they sleep in single-roomed house. And he has a second wife or side dish (delete whichever is inapplicable) in another village who also leaves in a single-roomed house but with no children around (may be the kids are in a boarding school). The conclusion this man is likely to make is that the second woman is better in bed not realizing that the circumstances in which the women live differ very much. A free mind without any hindrances results in a better outcome than a mind full of worries.

5. Then there are these workaholics. They are honest in their ambitions to excel and succeed in whatever they do so that they can provide for their families. In pursue of this honorable goal they work too much that they leave little time for their wives back home. When their minds are filled with tiredness they let down their wives with dismal performance. The men themselves are affected. By the way the same is true for working women. Instead of figuring out that they might be working too much, often their minds drift off to their first women or men. What they forget is that they could have met their first women/men without so much responsibilities on their shoulders. Such a sexual experience with no responsibilities up your neck can not be compared to the one where you expect your land lord to knock on the door any moment to ask for the rent payment of the past two months.

By now you realize that there are so many things that can impact on someone’s sexual life. There is a whole world of issues that can lead to one’s sexual life problems. These issues are different from one person to the other. Whereas for one person it could be the thoughts in the mind, for others it could be the environment in which they live that is the cause of the problem.

The commonest and most difficult issue to handle is the one concerning the thoughts in one’s mind. It is difficult because often the affected person may not know it is his or her thoughts (mindset) causing all the problems. Other Issues are easy to handle or solve. Once you correct the circumstances things get better. For example once you raise yourself out of poverty, things often get better including one’s sex life.

In the trade I practice, I have handled some couples who have had a similar problem to the one the brother has. The feedback I have got over the years is encouraging to share. First of all, those who get an eye opener that they are being unfair to their spouses and would not like it if roles were reversed often do better. And in my experience women often do better than their counterparts the men. The women call upon the hero inside themselves and invest in their relationship; they go out of their way to discover and learn about what will please their men. And with a lot of patience they eventually hit the cord that gives them the much deserved happiness. Unfortunately often our colleagues the men lack the patience to invest time in learning their partner, “after all they can easily get another woman.” It is this mindset and impatience among men that makes them miss the gold in one woman and go for bronze in another woman, often just compounding a problem that would have been solved by a little more patience.

Mistakes and omissions expected. Please correct them.May the ALMIGHTY ALLAH guide us all on the right path.

Ibrah Ssendagire.
UMBS member in Kampala.

HOW TO FORGET A SIDE DISH IN YOUR LIFE!

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Believe me and us that it is possible to get the other woman out of your life. All it takes is patience. And this patience varies from person to person, depending on the nature and level of relationship you had developed with the other woman; it also depends on your personality.

It can take a year, two years, five years and other times decades together. Eventually that love, attraction and affection towards the other woman wanes. How long it will take is what I can not predict. That knowledge is with ALLAH.

Take home message:

1. Take comfort in the fact that many people have been along thay path, and have retraced their steps and got over it. So you can! You are not alone. If others managed, you can manage as well.

2. Patience: good you have already acknowledged your weakness for the other woman. This is a good starting point. Then put your trust in ALLAH and ask him to remove the other woman out of your life and replace him with your wife.

3. Patience: put yourself in your wife’s shoes. How would you have felt if she loved another man but puts up with you. What am trying to communicate here is that be fair to the mother (or future mother) of your children. Treat her well as you would have wished to be treated. Simply put, give her your genuine love. If love her genuinely without holding back, she will eventually become your best. Am sure there are some false starts. But all these are just imaginations in your mind; you should work towards dropping them.

4. Patience: you have to consciously develop it in your mind that your wife is better than the other woman. Apparently this is not in your mind. You used your current wife as solution to a problem your feared most (zina). Now that you are together drop the other feeling of your wife being a solution to your earlier problem. Now work towards making your wife your best friend and lover. With patience and of course ALLAH’s favor and guidance you will succeed.

At the moment what you have is impatience. But ALLAH’s patience is much stronger than you can ever imagine. It is this patience that has enabled you share your suffering with us. And I hope and pray that find the answer in what we have offered.

Bottom line is patience, patience and patience and work towards this patience. You have the hero inside yourself to love your wife and forget the woman.

MARRYING THE SIDE DISH?
Having the other woman as second wife will only compound the problem. Problems of the mind are better handled in a very patient manner. Quick fixes don’t work. In the end the you might keep on marrying one woman after another without getting the satisfaction he needs if he were to follow your proposal. The sheikhs can also add to the counseling as long as they keep off the blame game (emphasizing the sinning part). With patience this brother you can succeed with your current wife. The answer lies in patience, patience and patience and understanding what he has to do.

Hope this is helpful!

May the ALMIGHTY ALLAH guide you and guide us all on the straight path.

Ibrah Ssendagire
UMBS member in Kampala

UMSC does not exclude PHD holders

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Dear brother and sisters,When I posted the names of the Sheikhs who make up the UMSC College of Sheikhs – Majilis Ulama, some people posted their thoughts in which they seemed to be dissatisfied with the composition of this UMSC Organ. They even suggested names of those individuals they think are suitable to serve on the College of Sheikhs. These included Dr. Bowa, Dr. Semuddu and others.

I am glad to say that Dr. Bowa is a member of UMSC General Assembly as well as a member of the Executive Committee. He is also the Chairman of Awqaf working committee. He may not be a member of Majilis Ulama but his role in the above capacities is equally important.

We also have Dr. Abdulkadir Balonde; a member of the General Assembly and the National Chairman of UMSC.

Dr. Ziyad Lubanga is a member of General Assembly and he also sits on the Zaka working committee.

Shk. Hafiz Bukenya is a member of the UMSC General Assembly and he is doing a great job. There are others like Haji Juma Walusimbi, Dr. Eng. Badru Kigundu, Dr. Kasenene and many others who are attached to UMSC in different capacities.

There may be challenges here and there but surely UMSC is not doing badly in terms of human resource and if I may re-echo the Mufti’s call; UMSC doors are open to all Muslim professionals out there.
Thanks

Haji Nsereko Mutumba
PRO

Nadduli Vs Professor Badru Kateregga:Assalam alaikum, someone help these two brothers to sort out their differences

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Nadduli Vs Professor Badru Kateregga:Assalam alaikum, someone help these two brothers to sort out their differences over the Kampala University Luweero Campus dispute without resorting to violence. The developments at this campus are not so pleasing.

Read for yourselves.

Kampala University-KU has deployed security guards and volunteers to protect its bill boards along the Kampala-Gulu highway following reports that Luweero LC V chairperson Abdul Nadduli and his sons are planning to destroy them. The bill boards in question are found at Butanza village, about two kilometers from Kampala-University Luweero campus.

They were reinstated this week after they were vandalized by Nadduli and his sons over the ongoing ownership wrangle over the Luweero KU campus involving the outspoken Luweero LC V chairperson and the vice chancellor Professor Badru Kateregga.

According to Professor Badru Kateregga, the reinstatement of the bill boards has angered Nadduli, who is allegedly mobilizing some youths and his sons to pull them down. He claims to have received information that Nadduli is bent at confusing parents and students, since the new semester is scheduled to begin on February 1st, 2014. But Kateregga says they spent 5 million shillings to reinstate the bill board and are struggling to erect a student’s signpost, which they will not allow Nadduli to destroy.

He says that they have hired several private guards from Saracen and Protection Services, with express instruction to engage Nadduli and any other saboteurs with maximum force. Kateregga advises Nadduli to explore Court procedures to settle ownership dispute instead of resorting to violent means.

Godfrey Ninsiima, the Luweero District Police Commander says Nadduli approached police to help him pull down the bill boards but they declined his request since court is yet to pronounce itself on the dispute. Ninsiima also says that police couldn’t give the university protecting for the bill boards but said they were free to hire private guards so long as they co-operate with the force to prosecute any person who breaches peace of the area.

Ninsiima says that police is monitoring the developments and would desist from taking sides in the conflict. Police is yet to prosecute Nadduli for malicious damage of property at the campus, despite his confession to the crime. Residents of Butanza and Nakyewa villages are also angry with Nadduli saying the unnecessary tension resulting from his behavior is a threat to their businesses at the disputed university campus.

Samson Mukasa, a boda boda taxi operator says they benefit from transporting students and parents to the campus adding that, they have resolved to engage Nadduli and his sons should they attempt to stir fresh chaos. Nadduli declined to speak to our reporter on phone over the accusations against him and instead asked to meet him at his office on Friday over the matter.

But in an earlier interview Nadduli told our reporter that he wants Kampala University to stop operating in the disputed premises for alleged failure to them dividends amounting to 240 million shillings in accordance with a memorandum they entered five years ago. He wants the premises to return to Luweero University, which was established 2006 stopped operating due to lack of funds.

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HALF MAN HALF TREE: Please be thankful to Allah in the way he created you because some people are worse.

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Please be thankful to Allah in the way he created you because some people are worse.This Is Just 4 General Knowledge. The 32 year old Dede Kosawa, also known as ‘Tree Man’, is one of the world’s most extraordinary people. He lives in a remote village in Indonesia with his two children, trying to care for them. Dede, a former fisherman, has an incredible skin condition: he has root like structures growing out of his body – branches that can grow up to 5cm a year and which protrude from his hands and feet, and welts covering his whole body.

He is known locally as ‘Tree Man’ and his condition has baffled local doctors for 20 years. In an attempt to earn a living to support his family, he is part of a circus troupe, displaying his ‘Tree Man’ limbs along with others afflicted with skin deformities in ‘freak’ shows. Dr Anthony Gaspari, a world expert in skin conditions from the University of Maryland has traveled to Indonesia to attempt to diagnose ‘Tree Man’ Dede’s mysterious condition. He has taken skin samples for biopsies back in the USA. What will he discover? We wait!

How Thankful You Should Be To Your God? Decide Yourself.

THE DONKEY STORY:One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well

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One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well.The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do.

Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway;it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey.

He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well.

At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement he quieted down.

A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing.He would shake it off and take a step up.

As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up.

Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well, and happily trotted off!

Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a stepping stone.

We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up!

Shake it off and take a step up.

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NOW …….Enough of that. The donkey later came back, and bit the farmer who had tried to bury him. The gash from the bite got infected and the farmer eventually died in agony from septic shock.

MORAL FROM TODAY’S LESSON:
When you try to cover your problem, it always comes back to bite you.

Have a good weekend!

THE STORY ABOUT HABIB AND HIS GREED

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Habib Ajmi of the eighth century was once an extremely wealthy moneylender from Persia. He lent money on interest to the people of Basra. Habib collected his dues daily, known never to return without having squeezed payments. When poorest of his debtors were unable to pay on time, he levied heavy penalty charges.

One day Habib visited a woman’s house to recover the money owed to him. She
told him that her husband was away and that she had no money.A small uncooked piece of meat was all that the couple had in the house.Habib ordered her to cook the leftover meat for him.

The poor woman informed him that there was no wood for fuel. Habib got the wood from the market, and told the woman that the cost of the wood would be added to the debt.

While the food was being cooked, a beggar came along. Habib sent him away saying, “If we give you what we have got, you will not become rich but we will become poor.” The hungry beggar left unfed.

When the woman looked at the saucepan containing the food, she saw that the meat had turned the colour of blood. Shrieking, she blamed Habib and his cursed practices of usury for causing the evil omen.The incident deeply impacted Habib and he decided to mend his ways.

The following day Habib set out of his house with the intention of waiving all the debts owed to him. On seeing him, a group of children on the street commented, “Look out! Here comes Habib, the devourer of interest. Be careful! Don’t let the dust under his feet contaminate you. If that happens we will become miserable and as unfortunate as him.”

These words further grieved Habib and he went straight to Hasan of Basra, one of the leading Sufis of the time. He wept bitterly, became his disciple and resolved to walk the mystic path.

On the way home, Habib met one of his debtors who promptly fled on seeing him. Habib called to the debtor, “Do not flee. Now I have to flee from you.”

Habib distributed all his wealth amongst the needy, constructed a small hut on the bank of the river Euphrates and led an ascetic life. He soon became one of Hasan’s most-gifted disciples. Habib’s Persian descent hampered his efforts to speak Arabic fluently.

Once, unaware of his master’s presence, Habib was leading the ritual prayer. Hasan thought of joining in, but finding fault with Habib’s pronunciation, refrained from praying with his disciple.

That night Hasan dreamt of God saying to him: “Hasan, you found My pleasure but did not understand its value. I cherish the purity of heart more than mere pronunciation.”

PROGRESS REPORT ON OUR SICK BROTHERS IN THE UK

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AZIZ Kasujja

AZIZ Kasujja


Dear brothers and Sisters,Asalaam Alaikum.Some of you of may already know that I am in the UK, on a programme called Cambridge Africa Partner for Research Excellence (CAPREx), involving Senior academic staff from African Universities and the University of Cambridge. I am doing research, giving talks, discussing possible partnerships on behalf of Makerere, and getting involved in selected activities of the host University like discussing graduate students’ work and doing interviews with periodical publications.
I took off six days at the end of last week to visit hospitals in London and Birmingham where our brothers close to me and many of you are being treated, and would like to share with you the following:

1)Birmingham Hospital, Dr. Asadu Semwogere
Dr Asadu Semwogerere is hospitalized in Queen Elizabeth Hospital in the city of Birmingham, which is Britain’s third largest British city after London and Manchester, located about 100 miles to the North of London. My present Cambridge base is about 60 miles from London, but I joined a delegation of five that was making the day-long trip from London to Birmingham.

The immediate sight that struck me when I saw Dr. Semwogerere was very saddening. He lay helpless on the hospital bed, feeding through tubes, attended by his wife Sarah, his brother Abdu Semakula, and his niece, seemingly unconscious. After a few moments’ interaction, my hopes were rekindled. He could move parts of his body, and when I was introduced, he turned his face towards me as if in recognition, and flapped his hands, seemingly out of excitement at the mention of an old friend. There was no indication of the use of the sense of sight, he did turn his face towards me. While the overall picture was saddening, this was a definite sign of improvement.
I left more assured that there was hope, and we had to invest more in prayers.

2)Zakaria Kiggundu, the Son of Imaam Sam Ahmad Sentongo
Zakaria is hospitalized in a hospital in London. He is fully conscious and can talk about his ailment to visitors, but he is weak and his feeding is difficult. Please include him in your prayers as well.

3)Haji Aziz Kasujja Kalungi
Haji Aziz Kasujja Kalungi, the former Chairman of the Electoral Commission is in London receiving treatment for a heart related condition. From what is related of his condition when he came in November last year. He has greatly improved, but continues to visit hospital as an outpatient.

What I want members of the forum to note about Haji Aziz’s situation is that while other senior citizens who have served at the similar levels to his receive full medical support, Haji Aziz’s bill is being met by his children. I found this a very pathetic and shameful instance of discrimination. I request members of the Forum to reflect more on it, and generate ideas on how we as a community should respond to it.

Best wishes.

Abasi Kiyimba, PhD
Professor
Department of Literature
Makerere University &
Staff Senate Representative,
School of Languages, Literature and Communication

STORY: Dealing with Insult??

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One day an Imam was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. “You have no right teaching others,” he shouted. “You are as stupid as everyone else. You are nothing but a fake.”

The Imam was not upset by these insults. Instead he asked the young man “Tell me, if you buy a gift for someone, and that person does not take it, to whom does the gift belong?”

The man was surprised to be asked such a strange question and answered, “It would belong to me, because I bought the gift.”

The Imam smiled and said, “That is correct. And it is exactly the same with your anger. If you become angry with me and I do not get insulted, then the anger falls back on you. You are then the only one who becomes unhappy, not me. All you have done is hurt yourself.”

“If you want to stop hurting yourself, you must get rid of your anger and become loving instead. When you hate others, you yourself become unhappy. But when you love others, everyone is happy……”