Mubaje calls on Muslims to reject terrorism

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Mubaje calls on Muslims to reject terrorism
Mufti of Uganda Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje

The Mufti of Uganda, Sheikh Shaban Ramathan Mubaje, has called upon Muslims across the country to refrain from engaging in any activities that could lead to insecurity and violence.

Mubaje delivered this message during the Eid Al Adha prayers at Old Kampala Mosque  on Sunday.

He took the opportunity to extend his congratulations to Muslims worldwide and specifically to Ugandans for successfully celebrating Eid Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice, in the year 2024.

This significant feast commemorates the unwavering devotion of Prophet Ibrahim, the Patriarch of Monotheism, who demonstrated his willingness to sacrifice his only son, Ismail, peace and blessings be upon them both.

The occasion coincided with the annual pilgrimage to the Holy Kaaba in the city of Makkah, as prescribed by Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon Him.

In his address, Mubaje said any acts that bring insecurity are directly contrary to Islamic teachings.

"We pray that as Muslims, we become law-abiding citizens of this country. Let us refrain from engaging in acts that cause insecurity and bloodshed," he said.

Mubaje urged Muslims to live virtuous lives, abide by the law, and consistently uphold the spirit of brotherhood among themselves while respecting individuals of other faiths.

He also called upon Ugandan Muslims to support the developmental programs initiated by the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC).

"Despite facing challenges mainly caused by a few misguided individuals driven by selfish interests, UMSC is progressing steadily. We urge them to reconsider their actions; otherwise, we leave their case to Almighty Allah," Mubaje said.

Furthermore, Mubaje encouraged Muslims to embrace government-led social transformation programs aimed at combating poverty within communities, as long as they align with Islamic teachings.

He also extended his congratulations to Ugandan Muslims who were participating in this year's pilgrimage to Makkah. He prayed to Allah to bless and accept their devotion, hoping that they would return free from worldly transgressions.

Mubaje beseeched Allah to restore peace and stability to war-torn countries like Palestine, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Ukraine, and others.

Sheikh Imran Ssali, UMSC secretary for religious affairs and the main preacher of the day, delivered a sermon centered on peace and tolerance for community development.

"Islam encourages the virtuous quality of eradicating social, cultural, and psychological issues such as hatred, tribalism, violence, and unnecessary anxiety," Sheikh Ssali said.

"I implore you to show kindness in your interactions with fellow human beings and the entire creation, to be merciful, humble, and tolerant towards one another."

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