The Cairo-based Al Azhar Sharif University, has designed a refresher Islamic theology course for imams in Uganda.
Mohamed Nazeeh Tawfeek, a consular at the Egyptian Embassy in Kampala revealed this Thursday during a courtesy visit to the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council-UMSC headquarters.
At UMSC, he met Sheikh Juma Bakhit Cucu and Sheikh Muhammad Murshid Luwemba, the UMSC Education and Religious Affairs Secretary respectively.
Tawfeek disclosed that the university didn’t offer any full scholarships to Uganda in the past five years due to scarcity of funds and partly because of the outbreak of the deadly Covid-19 pandemic that brought the world to its knees.
He pointed out that the university had accepted a request from Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje, the Mufti to resume offering scholarships to Ugandan students.
According to the guests, the university has offered 10 scholarships covering Sharia, Islamic, and Arabic language studies.
They revealed that this is an addition to the Islamic Theological imam refresher training.
He explained after every two months, UMSC will be selecting 20 Imams to go to Cairo for the training on the best and most appropriate methods to promote the Islamic faith in the digital era to all people regardless of their affiliations and status.
On behalf of the Mufti, and the Muslim fraternity, the two officials welcomed the gesture, which they described as timely, and expressed special gratitude to the Egyptian authorities for the preservation of the cooperation and brotherhood.