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Supreme Mufti urges Muslim leaders to avoid fighting over mosques

Supreme Mufti Sheikh Muhammad Shaban Galabuzi has urged Muslim leaders to stop fighting over mosques.

Galabuzi made the appeal during the inauguration of the Supreme Muslim District’s annual Kadhi conference at Kibuli Core Primary Teachers College in Kampala on Wednesday, May 22, 2024.

“I have watched with concern the renewed fights over mosques across the country led by unguided leaders. Please do not fight for the mosques. If you were under the other side (Uganda Muslim Supreme Council), make your intentions clear that you are no longer part of them. I think this is better than getting into fights. We don’t want to lose lives fighting for mosques,” Galabuzi said.

Galabuzi has encouraged mosques that pay allegiance to his leadership to register with the office of the Supreme Mufti Awaqf (endowment) department to minimize in the probable bloody fights that has state witnessed in some parts of the country.

(LR) Shk.  Hussein Sekajja, Kadhi Kampala MP, Shk.  Yasir Araft Kulumba, director of religious affairs, interacts with Supreme Mufti Muhammad Galabuzi.  This was during the opening ceremony of the Kaads district conference organized by the Supreme Mufti's office in Kibuli on May 22, 2024.

(LR) Shk. Hussein Sekajja, Kadhi Kampala MP, Shk. Yasir Araft Kulumba, director of religious affairs, interacts with Supreme Mufti Muhammad Galabuzi. This was during the opening ceremony of the Kaads district conference organized by the Supreme Mufti’s office in Kibuli on May 22, 2024.

Kadhi Paramount Sheikh Kassim Ssengonzi of Wakiso reported that fighting over mosques in the district has resumed.

Flanked by his deputies, Sheikh Mahad Kakooza and Sheikh Abdallah Juma Vuni, second and third deputy supreme mufti. respectivelyGalabuzi urged Muslim leaders under his charge, from the mosque to the national level, to up their game in the execution of their mandate.

“We must work hard because we need to leave a documented history of our activities. including achievements and challenges,” said Galabuzi.

Going forwardGalabuzi said each supreme kadhi must submit a report to his office on all matters within his jurisdiction. quarterly basis demonstration Marriages celebrated, divorce cases attended and events attended. between others.

“You must also provide us with the list of orphans in your area for support. Many of our children have been converted for small offers and we need to wake up. We must plan for our orphans because members of other religions are converting our children, especially the orphans because we have abandoned them,” Galabuzi said.

He also called on Muslims to visit the sick and imprisoned, saying that to Cardinal principle of Islam: “We need to support the sick and also visit the imprisoned and counsel them. So, as Muslim leaders, you should focus on this in your area. “This is what we’re supposed to do.”

According to him, all Muslim leaders should not only support global peace but must be at the forefront of the crusade.

Lack of responsibility

Giving a lecture to leaders on the important challenges of the Muslim government in Uganda, Hussein Sseggujja, a high banker noted that Muslim leaders in the country have been characterized due to lack of accountability and leadership capacity.

“As leaders under the office of the Supreme Mufti, you must make a difference. Allah gave us the brain to reason. and we must use it to make a difference,” he said.

Sseggujja implored leaders to establish a board of directors and management committee in each mosque to minimize in the struggles for the leadership of the mosques.

“You should have a board of directors in every mosque consisting of 3 to 5 competent people and the management committee of seven to nine eminent people. and They should call meetings at least once a month,” he said.

The strategic objectives of the office of the Supreme Mufti include restoring confidence in the leadership of the Muslim community in Uganda, and increase access to social services in terms of education, health, housing, water and food production between others.

During the conference, Muslim women from attendance led by Hajat Faridah Kibowa, president of the National Council of Women in Uganda he appealed to the Supreme Mufti to include them in the leadership structure.

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