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As Millions of Ugandans celebrate Eid today, Ministry of Health is holding a family Planning Conference at the Serena. according to the official invitation, Mr. Museveni is the Chief Guest. In a text message sent to invitees, the ministry states in part; “….although Monday will be Eid, the conference will go ahead as planned…”

This is not the first time that Ugandan Muslims have been treated at third class citizens. A UNEB paper was set on Eid.

I fail to see a strong reason for holding a national event on a Public Holiday. Still, I think Uganda’s Muslims deserve some explanation form the highest office.


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Tens of Thousands Celebrate Eid-El-Fitri at the National Mosque


ok3Tens of thousands of Muslims today congregated at the National Mosque – UMSC Headquarters Old Kampala (where the National Prayers were held) to celebrate the Islamic annual festival of Eid-El-Fitri which is observed at the end of the Holy month of Ramadhan.

His Eminence the Mufti of Uganda led the national Eid prayers which were relayed live on the National Broadcaster – UBC and WBS Television respectively.

The Eid sermon was delivered by the 3rd Imam of the National Mosque Shk. Ali Juma Shiwuyo.

Shortly before leading the Eid Prayers, His Eminence the Mufti delivered his Eid message to the nation in which he urged Muslims to keep up the Ramadhan spirit of love, humility, patience, dedication and charity.
He said one of the purposes of the Holy Month of Ramadhan is to reawaken the spirit of righteousness among Muslims so that they are able to win Allah’s favour.

The Mufti also called upon all Muslims to be law abiding citizens, because lawlessness breeds insecurity and insecurity prevents a nation from developing.

At the international scene, the Mufti condemned the ongoing persecution of Muslims in different parts of the world. He singled out Palestine, Burma and Central African Republic where he said the world is looking on while Muslims are slaughtered and persecuted with impunity.ok

He appealed to Muslims around the world to pray for each other noting that, as always Allah remains the only dependable defender of Muslims in this turbulent world.

The Mufti also called for unity among Muslims as well as national unity urging all Muslims to rally behind the government leaders as the nation prepares for census and 2016 elections. He further reminded Muslims to endeavor to register for the national Identity during this ongoing exercise in their localities.

Among the notable figures present was Hon. Mariam Najjemba Mbabaali – Minister of State for Urban development, Hon. Muyanja Mbabaali, Owek. Muhamood Thobani from Mengo, Maj. Juma Seiko, Ms. Aisha Kabanda the RDC Kampala, the Presidential adviser Haji Tezikuba, Haji Hassan Nakabaale – Senior Private Secretary to H.E the Vice President of Uganda on Economic and Investment Affairs and many others.
While delivering the Eid sermon, Shk. Juma Ali Shiwuyo reiterated the Mufti’s call of Muslim unity noting that those who walk together go very far.

Haji Nsereko Mutumba.
UMBS member.

Kiwuwa Abbas’s Eid Experience in Italy


Thousands in Milan celebrate Idil fitri and what a coincidence only 24 hrs before Idi day a peace mandating leader the Pope chose to begin VEHEMENTLY sending out messages publicily condemning the ongoing masacres in the world, the indiscriminate shelling of Palestine among others.

And as of Idi prayers, still the Pope delegated to Milan his archibishop with a message of congraturations and call for a prayer for peace, a message that was read out before standing up for the Idi prayers which took place in open sports grounds. On their way back home, muslims peacefully brought traffic to a halt, and filled all public means, streets and shopings malls. If today Milan index quotes high on wall street, then will be thanks to the extra income generated from the muslims community goods and services flow. And visibily because Milan in the current Sale period, today, not as usual, opened the week not only with the George Armani, D&G, Versaci flock for shopping. Those style icons or their envoys are likely to have also sent their paparazzi to take record of the beautiful muslim crowd marching so as to prepare the best of their next style launch.
The picture in Kampala !
Though not realistically, but just to copy and kind of paste into Uganda a democracy for a moderate social integrity, I, uganda ministry of health on knowing of the Idil Fitir would have tried my best to suspended the conference on Family Planning. Counter-productive to use this very day and discuss family planning when muslim wifes and husbands look their best and are embracing their first day to freely, night & day quench the thirst they accumulated in a month, isn’t it !!
The minister and the speakers today if they met are most likely to have used the terms fertility, conception, population control, planning etc, and talked not in their favor, while at the same time in muslims households those very terms were being celebrated and consumed and may be this day’s occasion inducing to effetive additional conception planning, come what may.

Kiwuwa Abbas
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Brothers and Sisters,I was in Australia for the 2014 AIDS conference , in Melbourne. I stayed there until Maghrib 27th July 2014, when I broke my fast at the City Mosque on Jeffcott street and then set off for the airport.
While there, I prayed in several mosques in Melbourne and was impressed by the level of commitment of the Muslim community.

But in relation to this moon sighting, while praying Maghrib at 47 City Road, Melbourne on the 26th July 2014, the Imaam announced that the committee of Sheiks of Australia had announced 28th July 2014 as Idd day. So I left Melbourne very sure that Idd was Monday 28th July 2014.
On Reaching Doha, I asked one of the Sheiks (Clad in that white Islamic tunic, not sure he was a Sheik) whether it was Idd and he said he didn’t know!

Yesterday Tuesday 29th 2014 as I was driving on Northern-by-pass in Kampala, I saw the crescent moon up in the sky way beyond 8:00pm, probably 2-3 days old!!!

This all means that our brothers in Nigeria could have been very right,! The brothers in Australia could have made a wise guess and I am not sure whether in Uganda we saw the moon or followed some of the other Muslims.

My point is, we have moved far in technology (to know when the new moon is) and in leadership (to take responsibility and lead the Muslim masses). Is this some thing we can resolve and get leadership, on who should sit and when, to review the available information on moon sightings so that we can follow one line? This will also help in other forms of organization, especially with our non-Muslim brothers and leaders who would want to prepare in time for our request for recognition of Idd as a public holiday. A point in question here in Uganda is what has happened in the last three years, for example, to Muslim students who had to sit exams on Idd day. Could we tell UNEB the dates for Idd Adhuha now, so that as they set the time table they know?

One of you is going to preach to me on how the Prophet said that we have to see the moon first! Oh please….. don’t start! The prophet never used internet or the computer for communication. He never used the telephone. He never listened to the Radio or watched TV before declaring Idd. He never drove a car or flew in a plane. So if you are debating, please don’t urgue in that direction of keeping to the basics, I will not respond to you.

Dr.Hakim Ssendagire.
UMBS member and chairman Mulago mosque.

10 Facts About Eid Ul Fitr


This year’s Eid Ul Fitr is expected to be celebrated on 28th of July 2014. So I planned to share some facts about this Eid.So Here we go:

1 Eid Ul Fitr is celebrated at the end of holy month of Ramadan on 1st Shawwal.

2 It is celebrated after sighting the moon of Shawwal.

3 Its not allowed to keep fast on day of Eid.

4 Its Sunnah to take bath and wear new dress on this day. If its not possible to wear new dress then you can wear old.

5 On the morning of this day a special Eid prayer is offered in open grounds by Muslims.

6 Before Eid prayer its necessary for every rich Muslim to give Fitra (money) to needy people.

7 It is celebrated once in a year.

8 Kids receives (Eidi) money from elders on this day. however there is no concept of Eidi In Islam.

9 People hugs each other three times while saying Eid Greetings.

10 delicious dishes are made in every home on this day. people also send sweet dishes to neighbors in the morning.

I hope you enjoyed reading these facts about Eid. I would like to say Eid Mubarak to all the Muslims in advance.

Ramadan Starts June 28 in North America


Muslim minorities in North America will celebrate the beginning of the holy fasting month of Ramadan on Saturday, June 28, according to astronomical calculations.

The Muslim body said the Ramadan moon will be born on June 27.Quoting FCNA, the umbrella Islamic Society of North America also confirmed the beginning of Ramadan on June 28 in another statement published on the association’s website.

In Ramadan, adult Muslims, save the sick and those traveling, abstain from food, drink, smoking and sex between dawn and sunset.

Muslims dedicate their time during the holy month to be closer to Allah through prayers, self-restraint and good deeds.

It is customary for Muslims to spend part of the days during Ramadan studying the Noble Qur’an.

Many men perform i`tikaf (spiritual retreat), spending the last 10 days of the month exclusively in the mosque.

`Eid Start

FCNA also announced the beginning of `Eid Al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, on Monday, July 28.

Tuesday 15th October, 2013 is Eid Adhuha and will be observed as a Public Holiday throughout Uganda


Muslims outside one of the mosques in Leeds-UK after Idil Fitri this year

Muslims outside one of the mosques in Leeds-UK after Idil Fitri this year

Brothers and sisters,Tuesday 15th October, 2013 is Eid Adhuha and will be observed as a Public Holiday throughout Uganda. let’s remember the late Al Haji Abbey Kafumbe Mukasa, who fought in NRC for Eid Al Adhuha to be included among public holidays.

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Every nation has its festival, and this is your festival.” Here, he referred to the fact that these two `Eids are exclusively for the Muslims.

The Muslims have no festivals apart from `Eidul-Fitr and `Eidul-Adha. Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) came to Al-Madinah, the people of Madinah used to have two festivals. On those two days they had carnivals and festivity. The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) asked the Ansar (the Muslims of Madinah) about it. They replied that before Islam they used to have carnivals on those two joyous days. The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) told them: “Instead of those two days, Allah has appointed two other days which are better, the days of `Eidul-Fitr and `Eidul-Adha.” (Reported by Abu Dawud)

How Do You Celebrate `Eid al-Adha? `Eid Al Adha will start on Tuesday, October 15, according to Saudi Islamic Justice authorities after Dhul-Hijjah moon was sighted on Saturday evening, October 5.`Eid is an essential part of the Islamic identity and culture that dictates all the practices of celebrations — the dresses you wear, the songs you sing and listen to, the food you offer to your family and friend, and what you say to one another. Wherever you are tell us about how you prepare for this occasion.

• If you are vegetarian, how do you survive in `Eid?

• Do you share your `Eid celebration with your non-Muslim neighbors?

• How do you greet your families and friends? What do you say or do? How do you culturally celebrate the `Eid?

• What kind of meat cuisine you prefer eating during `Eid?



The story below has appeared in the Monitor newspaper today. Of course for all people who have studied in Uganda in the last three decades, this is not news. It is the perennial practice of UNEB to schedule exams on Iddi day. What is very disturbing however is that UNEB has only one justification which is constant. They always claim that the time table was made long time ago and all arrangements made accordingly – therefore, examinations cannot be changed at the last minute to accommodate Idd prayers!

Obviously, this is a lousy excuse because timetabling national examinations does not take place on another planet. I believe that it is a process that that takes place in Kampala with lots of Muslims. Why then do the UNEB time table designers forget the Muslim’s Iddi day every year, despite giving due consideration to all other events and issues expected to occur during that time? The day of Idd Adhuha can easily be traced on the Islamic calendar, which is freely available, but UNEB officials choose to continuously ignore this annual public holiday by scheduling examinations on the day.

I have been contemplating whether I should blame Muslim leaders on this issue, but I think it will be unfair to them. If UNEB thinks it is not relevant to consult them about it, then it is examination body to be held squarely responsible. The only thing I want to ask our leaders is to mobilize for a demonstration. What our leaders have been doing over the years is to condemn the practice and calling up on UNEB to consider Muslim students in subsequent years. Unfortunately it is not working. UNEB continues to violate this fundamental freedom for the Muslim faith in Uganda with impunity. That is why I believe that Muslims have to come out and match peacefully to UNEB. We need to draft a good document containing our concerns which should be handed to the UNEB leadership. This is a fairly simple thing to do, but its message will make greater impact than the clamour we are waiting to make in the mosques on Idd day.

Always keep this in mind: If Muslims do not raise their voices to claim for their rights, most actors in this country consider the community inconsequential. That is why they act the way they do. We must realize that we have over delayed to claim this right.

Eid Mubarak to you all

Concerned Muslim


Uneb exams to go on despite Idd celebrations

Daily Monitor, 10 October 2013


As other Ugandans will be celebrating Idd-ul-Adhuha next Tuesday, thousands of Senior Four candidates across the country will be walking into examination rooms to write their Chemistry Paper.

The Uganda National Examinations Board (Uneb) announced yesterday that the examination time table will not change despite the day being a public holiday. “We respect Idd but this (examinations) being part of a national programme with a set time table, nothing can change. We urge our candidates to celebrate the day doing their examinations,” Uneb chairperson Fagil Mandy told the Daily Monitor by telephone yesterday.

A total of 295,494 Senior Four candidates are set to sit exams from 2,889 examination centres. The candidates will be briefed tomorrow ahead of their first paper in Geography on October 14.

Idd-ul-Adhuha is the second grand feast which Muslims celebrate to mark the end of the year according to the Islamic calendar. Sheikh Hassan Kirya , the spokesperson of the Kibuli Muslim administration, attacked Uneb for being insensitive to Muslim issues, saying the examination body has always disrespected Islamic holidays despite government declaring the days as public holidays.

“We really don’t know what those (Uneb) people are up to. We have always complained about that day but it seems they just don’t want to respect our holidays. For us, we know our calendar but we wonder why Uneb doesn’t consult us when drawing its time table,” he said.

Muslim leaders have in the past expressed dismay at Uneb for conducting national exams on Muslim holidays. Last year, Muslims celebrated Idd-ul-Adhuha as Senior Four candidates were doing Chemistry Paper Four in the morning and Accounts Paper One in the afternoon.



pastorA Pastor who has been debating us for many years has finally been guided by Allah,as he took shahada yesterday at the imaam’s office before Idi Day,Tawheed masjid mengo, Kampala-Uganda.

This pastor became popular for criticizing fellow Christian preacher on many of the biblical teachings and doctrine but still not accepting Islam. He has prayed Salat Eid with us at Masjid Tawheed, Mengo, as shown in the picture. May Allah strengthen him with ilim and taqwa.Ameen.

This pastor is called Osman, he is a Ugandan of Ethiopian origin and he had embraced Islam at an early age but fell prey or victim to the evangelism missionary teachings hence misguided for many years and later elevated to being a pastor but was reasoning and keen with scriptures whereby he could public side with the Muslims against the Christians in any given debate or preaching if in case the Christians were blasphemous in any claim, i.e, “Jesus being called God, drinking Alcohol branded beer,etc.

He has vowed to study Islam seriously and he handed over his many bibles to the Imam and he so eager to study Islam.Arrangements are being made for him. Please pray for him as a given group of evangelists tries to threaten or buying back such people to Christianity.

Reported by Ali Kyweswa

Eidil Fitir prayers at Kibibi mosque


kibibiAt Kibibi mosque where I attended Eidi, the prayers were preceded by the speech of the Chairman Kibibi mosque Haji Musa Bbaale. He, in his speech elaborated responding to critics, on how the previous budget of the mosque was spent. Prayers were conducted by Sheikh Abdu Swamadu Luwagu.

Sheikh Abbas Ssemwanga Kaboggoza in the Khutuba commended those who fasted Ramadhani to carry on the ramadhan spirit; keep brotherhood ties , wake up for swalat llaili, pay their swaddakat, etc..

The following Sheiks among others prayed at Kibibi: Hasadu Galabuzi, Mustafa Kaboggoza, Mansur Mukasa, Umar Butaala, Abbas Kayongo, Haji Haruna Lubega, Haji Asumani Mayanja, etc.

Assalam alaikum !
Kiwuwa Abbas

Eid-El-Fitri is Tomorrow (Thursday August 8th 2013)


Wednesday August 7th 2013
The Uganda Muslim Supreme Council Director of Sharia Sheikh Hussein Rajab Kakooza informs all Muslims in Uganda that the Moon has been sighted.

This means that Eid-El-Fitri will be observed tomorrow Thursday August 8th 2013.

Sheikh Hussein Rajab Kakooza congratulates all Muslims upon fasting and completing the Holy month of Ramadhan. He also wishes all Muslims a happy Eid-El-Fitri and urges them to celebrate in line with the Islamic teachings. He also appeals to all those who fasted to pay Zakatul-Fitri before the Eid prayers and to fast the six days of Shawwal.
At the National Mosque – UMSC Headquarters Old Kampala, Eid-El-Fitri prayers will be observed at 9:00am and they will be led by His Eminence the Mufti of Uganda Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje.

The Eid-El-Fitri Khutuba (Sermon) will be delivered by the UMSC Director of Sharia and Imam National Mosque Sheikh Hussein Rajab Kakooza.

You are advised to come early and to park your vehicles outside the National Mosque perimeter as usual. You are also requested to cooperate with security personnel because they are there for your own good.

Eid Mubarak

Haji Nsereko Mutumba
Public Relations Officer
Uganda Muslim Supreme Council
Tel: 0701409504 or 0772409504

Directorate of Sharia

Eid-El-Fitri Press Release – Wednesday August 7th 2013
This is to inform all Muslims in Uganda that the Moon has been sighted.

Eid-El-Fitri will therefore be observed tomorrow Thursday August 8th 2013.

I congratulate all of you upon fasting and completing the Holy month of Ramadhan. I wish all of you a happy Eid-El-Fitri and I urge you to celebrate in line with the Islamic teachings.

I also appeal to those of you who fasted to pay Zakatul-Fitri before the Eid prayers and to fast the six days of Shawwal.

Eid Mubarak

Sheikh Hussein Rajab Kakooza
Director of Sharia

Eid Mubarak to Ugandans!


Assalam alaykum wa-rahmatulahi wa-barakatuhu,

The management committee of Uganda Muslim Brothers and Sisters(UMBS) would like to take this opportunity to wish you Eid Mubarak. Taqabal Allah wa minna wa minkum – May Allah the Almighty accept our fasting and good deeds, ameen.

Please invite the non-Muslims in your homes to enjoy Iddil with you inishallah, and give some meat, food, e.t.c  to the poor in your area. Make everyone happy.

Please, find attached the link below detailing what will be happening in the mosques and homes on iddil day, insha Allah.


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Assalamu Alaikum,

“I will lose weight this year”; “I will sort out my marriage problems and spend more time with the family”; “I will spend my money more carefully”; ” I will buy my mother a piece of land” –these are just some examples of the kind of resolutions many of us make at various time markers in our lives, most notably, at the beginning of a new year.

But for most Muslims, while the goals we set are usually praiseworthy, few, if any, are aimed at contributing to Islam on a community level. We might, for instance, aim to read more Islamic books or give more in charity. But many of us would not intend to teach at the local weekend Islamic school and share our knowledge or devote our time, not just our money, to a masjid building project. It is time to focus not just on our own personal development. We have to start considering what we can do for Islam in our community and for the Ummah in general.

Below are nine ideas that you can use or simply check out to jumpstart your own thinking and planning process when developing resolutions.

1. Become an unofficial/official Agent for Muslim Unity or UMBS where you live

Muslims need to come together to meet the challenges we face today. A common agenda has been there for several years but we remain divided. For Muslims, unity is not an option but an obligation. If the labor movement, women, and other minorities can organize on the basis of a federation/confederation model to address their common agenda successfully, why have we failed to do that? United we stand, divided we fall. Muslims must come together at the national level for a common Muslim agenda. I request that we all, individually, become agents of unity or Uganda Muslim Brothers & Sisters [UMBS] organisation wherever we are. Here is a list of things you can do:

Find out what your masjid is doing for Muslim unity;

Meet, call, and write to Muslim leaders you know and ask what they are doing to bring Muslims together;

Budget for funds and time you can donate for Muslim unity or to UMBS organisation;

Can you form a network of Muslims in your city who are willing to work for the national unity of Muslims?

Adopt a plan of action for something you can do individually;

Encourage your family members to each open up an email address purposely to join the UMBS forum or join it on facebook( which is very easy). A lot of people have willingly joined UMBS on facebook to learn about their religion and also interract with fellow Muslims.There are now over 6500 members on UMBS facebook page:;

Donate anything that you think may help UMBS organisation to grow or have offices in different parts of the country;

Tactically bring the activities of UMBS in your friends conversations every now and then. This is called free PR.

2. Work with other faith groups

Remember all those nice people of other faiths who came forward to stand with Muslims after the backlash of 9/11 or during the period government arrested Muslims in pretext of crippling the ADF rebels in western Uganda? I love Uganda because of those people. There are millions of good people in Uganda who, despite all the propaganda against Islam, firmly believe that Islam is a religion of peace. Muslims need to work with them to build bridges of understanding in society. Could you do any of the following things?

Volunteer in soup kitchens or homeless shelters run by other faith groups;

Donate to a social justice program in your area;

Learn about their social services programs;

Invite them for Iddil celebrations;

Let their(non-Muslims) children visit your house and treat them with kindness and respect;
Invite their teenages to work in your house and help them to go back to school if you can afford it.

3. Develop writing and communication skills

Yes, it is a cliche to say that Muslims have too many doctors and engineers and not enough writers. But this needs to be said over and over again because it seems we have made little headway as an Ummah in this area. English is the lingua franca of the world, and unless Muslims develop their skills and talents in the field of writing and communicating in this language, we will continue to lose. There are more non-Muslims who have written about Islam and Muslims in Uganda than Muslims. We do not even have good books that can be given out on the issues of jihad, terrorism, underage marriages, Islam and politics, Shiriq and mental illness and women. Sign up for writing classes. Check out your local library or community center for free or low-cost classes and seminars. Read, read, and read. Send a letter to the editor of newspapers in Uganda, write editorials, and more. And if you want to submit your work for the web, please send it to UMBS administrator, Abbey Semuwemba, for publication on UMBS forum, blog or website Insha-Allah!

4. Take care of New Muslims

Takbeer, Allahu Akbar. That is how we welcome a new Muslim in our masjids. But what happens to these Muslims later on? One survey in USA determined that about 50 percent of new Muslims in Illinois and about 65 percent in the state of New York leave Islam within a few years. There are many reasons for this phenomenon, but if we do our duty of properly devoting our personal time and community resources, it will help stem the tide of conversions out of Islam. Help the suffering new muslims to get work or a roof over their heads. Tell them about the UMBS forum and organisation. Don’t be selfish because you somehow think you are not officially part of the organisation. Being a member of UMBS forum is enough to make anyone part of the UMBS organisation. So, let all members learn to help each other and help UMBS achieve its objectives.Don’t silently pray for its downfall.

5. Learn about conflict resolution

Remember the embarassing fights in the masjid or among the Muslim leaders in Uganda? Or, the wonderful active sister who wanted a Muganda man for husband but other UMBS members felt bad about it? What about the brother who was a great teacher at the Islamic university in Mbale until the administration decided to reduce his salary without informing him well in advance, and then he decided to write a damaging process evaluation about Dr. Ssengendo and IIIU? I personally never participated in this debate when it was presented on the forum but i sympathised with Dr. Ssengendo because running an organisation from scratch is not easy at all.

These are all cases where conflict resolution could have come in handy. There is a crying need for Muslims who can negotiate and mediate amongst Muslims. This is a skill every Muslim community needs to invest in. It is also a skill you should consider developing. You could do a degree in conflict resolution if you wish, but you do not have to go that far. You can attend seminars and/or one-day classes. Business schools may offer a course a few weeks long in conflict resolution. Consider mediating a group of people on UMBS forum that have failed to agree over a certain subject under discussion. Consider gaining and taking these skills to the masjid and to your local Islamic center.

6. Increase your time for the masjid

It is easy to drop shilling coins in a masjid donation box, but it is not so easy to devote a couple of hours every few weeks to da’wah to the masjid’s neighborhood. This is something i also find difficult because of what is going on in my life now but i admitedly feel bad about it. I have got such a busy schedule in my life such that i rarely find time to go to a mosque but i feel sad about it.

When was the last time your masjid had an open house? When were your non-Muslim friends invited to attend a party in the masjid? While everyone in masjids is ready to work on a masjid building or a school project, there are very few who are willing to spare time for neighborhood relationship or media communication. Many times, there is no one available to properly handle inquires left on the masjid’s answering machine or Imam’s mobile phone.

Time is our greatest resource, not money. Devote yours to causes that deserve it. Also remember that when you are giving time to the masjid, your inputs and ideas are also more likely to be considered by its administration.

7. Make your Muslim organizations more open to feedback and accountability

Have things been running the same way for years at your local Islamic center? Many, many masjids and Islamic centers lack management and organizational skills. They are run by an elite group of people who make all of the decisions without proper consultation with the community. They are also not held accountable for what they do or how the money coming into the masjid or organization is spent. This does not mean that everything they are doing is wrong. But there needs to be a more transparent and open system that will benefit all Muslims in the community, the male and the female, the young and the old, the immigrant and the Muslim born in Uganda. You can help start the process of change. This has to be done with plenty of wisdom and patience. But you and others will benefit from working to make your Islamic organizations more open and accountable to the community.

8. Adopt a Muslim issue which few pay attention to

This commitment does not have to be for a whole year. It can be only for three months if you like.Bring it on forum for debate using different ways inishallah. The aim is simply to develop a specialization in a specific area of need and benefit to Muslims. One of the best is the marginalisation of muslims in Uganda politics or public service. It is here, it is real, all of those involved in the issue are accessible, and you can see the results of your efforts more easily. But do not stop there. Write a list of muslims you think are fit for cabinet ministrial posts, ambassadors, PS, e.t.c, and then send it with their CVs to UMBS forum or Abbey Semuwemba for the authorities to take notice.

You can also choose other areas of the world and issues that Muslims have ignored or given sparse attention to lately: UMBS causes, environmental issues and domestic violence are all some examples.

9. Plan for Islam in your kids’ classroom and your workplace

Ramadan and Eid are no longer unknown to many non-Muslims in Uganda. They are now mentioned along with Christmas as media coverage of Ramadan this year in the Daily Monitor, Observer and Newvision indicates. That said, though, there would always be the new student, your child’s teacher next year, or a boss and the co-worker who need to know about our celebrations, as well as issues which concern us. One good project to work on is creating more awareness of Islam in schools and the workplace. There are still issues which cause misunderstanding and confusion. The hijab, prayer and Friday prayers are still issues of contention in a number of workplaces and schools.

Invite all to the way of thy Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching;
and consult with them in ways that are best and most gracious.
(Al Qur’an, 16:125)

Byebyo ebyange and Wassalam

Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba

Imam Kasozi’s UMYA Iddil Program was successful as seen in the photos- Allihamudulilah


Assalaam alaikum,

Uganda Muslim Youth Assembly(UMYA), a non-government organization, gave out 140 cows as well as 100 goats to Muslims in the different parts of the Country during this years Iddil Adhuha. We did this with the support from IHH Turkey, Wefa–Germany and Sharjah Charity in United Arab Emirates. The cows were distributed in the districts of Kabale, Mbarara, Isingirio, Fort Portal, Kamwenge, Masaka, Gomba, Mikuno, Luwero, Nakaseke, Busia.

Please find enclosed selected photos of the Kurban program for Uganda. Thanks a lot for the efforts to serve humanity. We were able to purchase all the animals in time and distribution was done in time. As we had several other groups from Turkey, Germany and Holland UMYA was asked to concentrate in the western region. We distributed in the districts of Kabarole, Kasese, Kamwenge, Rubirizi, Sheema, Mbarara, Isingiro, Rukungiri, Kabale, Ntungamo, Masaka, Bukomansimbi, Kalungu and Bushenyi. We also gave out to Prison, University studennts, Some schools, and some homes of the disadvantaged groups eg: Kirereka school of children with special needs education, Naguru remand home, Naguru receiption centre, and the deaf, Greenland orphanage home etc. We also reached some areas because of the special relationship we have with them as UMYA and elsewhere we are running some projects.

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Immam Kasozi
Vice Chairman UMYA and Projects Coordinator UMYA/ IHH Turkey.

Eid-el-Kabir: How obedience to God can help Uganda and Muslims in general


Assalamu Alaikum,

In a few days time, the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha, more popularly known as Eid-el-Kabir, will be celebrated by the Islamic faithful throughout the world. The festival is rooted in scriptural accounts of both the Islamic and Judeo-Christian theology as evinced in the Al Qur’an Kareem (The Glorious Qur’an) and the Old Testament respectively. The homogenous accounts (Qu’ran Chapter 37; Genesis Chapter 22) highlight how, in a singular act of obedience to a divine command, Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham), took Ishmael, his treasured son which was begotten in his old age, to a location and prepared him for ritual of immolation as piety to God.

As he got set to cut the throat of the blindfolded son in utter compliance, behold! A ministration came from heavens; Allah conveyed the good tidings stopping the killing and revealed that a ram had been approved by Him as a vicarious replacement for the human sacrifice. God added that Ibrahim had passed the ultimate test of faith and would be amply rewarded. The ram was promptly slaughtered while both father and son returned home in ecstatic joy.

This exemplary story of Prophet Ibrahim’s fully manifested intent to sacrifice his most adored progeny is well known to us, what many do not however bother about is to imbibe its essence. The demonstration of this sublime virtue of selfless yield to the divine fiat is a reference point in man/God relationship. Ideally, as the embodiment of all knowledge and wielders of all powers, God should be seen as the Guiding Light to the path of redemption. Mortals are finite while God is infinite; what remains hidden to man is laid completely bare to God with no more than just a single glance of his famed omniscient eye.

Yet, most humans tend to disregard divine guidance through obstinacy borne of sheer selfishness. There are enough injunctions in our religious books that would have made the society better if willingly obeyed, alas, what we often have is a case of selective obedience if not outright disobedience or crooked manipulative interpretations of God’s words to suit our pre-conceived foibles and whims.

Thankfully, God may not require us to kill our children today to prove our unconditional submission to his will, but how many of us are truly eager to comply with even the comparatively easier obligations he requires of us in our modern times? The two Holy Scriptures are replete with passages urging virtues of honesty, righteousness, integrity, good neighborliness and love. But do we practise them?

Underscoring the imperative of yielding to God, The Qur’an, in its Chapter 4, Verse 125, says: “Who could have a better religion than someone who submits himself completely to God and is a good-doer, and follows the religion of Abraham, a man of pure natural belief? God took Abraham as an intimate friend.”

Now, if we find it difficult to submit to God in the relatively easier obligations confronting us today, how miserably would we fail if called upon to make superior sacrifice like Prophet Ibrahim? Superior sacrifice consists of giving away one’s most prized possession.

What translates to most prized possession is different from person to person.

To some people, their riches, manifested in millions, billions or trillions of bank currencies and other earthly assets rank supreme, to others, their chain of degrees and other certificates come before everything else; others place the highest premium on their looks, some people’s most adored valuables are sporting talents, tribal or national identity, or some other mundane human values. How many Ugandans today can give up their most prized possession in deference to the divine commandments?

Indeed, most of the problems facing us as a country today stem from the people’s attitude of superimposing the personal preferences and selfish agenda over all other things, including God’s acclaimed commandments and directives. God says do not kill, we always find excuses to kill, he says do no steal, we steal for personal aggrandisement, he says show love to your neigbour, we engage in basest sadism borne of wanton hatred.

Politicians who steal recklessly from the public treasury know quite alright that God abhors stealing, yet rather for them to give up selfish pursuits in the light of the creator’s antipathy to the vice, they expect God to compromise his standards and overlook the disobedience!

What about those who kill and maim other people for money and other selfish or misguided reasons?

As we prepare to celebrate this year Eid-el-Kabir, let us remind ourselves that the essence of this great festival is total submission to the will of God; it is not reckless bingeing and partying; it is not mere storing of ram meat in cellars for the hedonistic purpose of titillating the palate in drawn-out consumption many weeks after the Sallah; neither is it an occasion to flaunt our wealth.

The demonstrative purpose of Prophet Ibrahim’s sacrifice story is to underscore the virtue of total submission to the will of Almighty Allah; following His will invariably inspire the spirit of love, charity, caring for others and selflessness. Barka de Sallah in advance!

I wish a nice Iddil Adhuha to all members of UMBS in and outside Uganda. Let us all work together and make this forum the best thing that has ever happened to Muslims in Uganda. Invite your friends and relatives to join us, but most importantly let us worship Allah and support the objectives of the UMBS organisation that was registered in Kampala by Brother Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba.

Assalamu Alaikum

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