Monthly Archives: February 2012

Love is Blind: why I don’t celebrate the Prophet’s birthday

Standard

 

Love is Blind:  why I don’t celebrate the Prophet’s birthday According to my research, no celebration of Muhammad’s birthday was established in the Qur-aan, his Sunna, or even the lives of the (exemplar) generations of Muslims. (Which is why nobody started celebrating it until after that time.)

What is it that made his life substantial anyway?
Why is it that we have cause to celebrate it?
What makes him the greatest man in history?

It was the REVELATION. And it is that that we do- and in fact must- celebrate.

“The month of Ramadan in which was sent down the Recitation (Qur-aan): a guidance for mankind, clear proofs for the guidance, and a criterion. So whoever amongst you sees the month, then let him fast it…. Allaah wants ease for you- he does not want difficulty for you- and that you complete the number (of days) and that you magnify Allaah for his having guided you so that you will be grateful.” (2.185)

So the only celebration connected with Muhammad’s person and life is the revelation of the Qur-aan to him. What we celebrate about Muhammad’s life is the Nubuwwa (Prophethood), i.e. the guidance, proofs that re-assure us that it is indeed guidance, and knowledge or right and wrong. This is unusual, though: how do you celebrate things like guidance and knowledge? By following them!

What is the correct way to commemorate Muhammad?

1) Ramadaan. As mentioned above, this is the time we commemorate the revelation, and Muhammad’s dutiful conveyance of it, by abstaining from food, drink and sex from dawn to sunset. Stop eating all night and sleeping half the day, with the other half reserved for preparations of feasts and parties. Read the Qur-aan and reflect on it more. Increase your takbeeraat (utterances of “Allaahu akbar!”). Do I’tikaaf (seclusion in the masjid). Pray taraaweeh every night so that you can hear the entire Qur-aan, the only revelation that was ever preserved. Learn Fussha ‘Arabic so that you can understand it.

2) Follow his guidance. He him self said, “Whoever guides [another] to a good deed will get a reward similar to the one who performs it.” [Saheeh Muslim]. So every single good deed you perform according to his guidance will add to his reward with Allaah, and yours, with no decrease in either.

2) Pray over him:
“Verily Allaah and his angels pray over the prophet. O you who have believed!: Pray over him and greet him with a greeting” (Qur-aan 33.59)

So if you love him, celebrate what you love about him- that he was a guide and a mercy-by Allah’s leave- by following the guidance.
Do good deeds and command others to them.
Stop your evil deeds and forbid others from them.
Learn and implement your knowledge.
Be a mercy to the world.
Suppress your anger.
Speak good or keep silent.
Give openly and in secret.
Marry the widows, divorcees and orphans.
Open your hearts, homes, and wealth to the refugees.
Don’t pollute the same mouth with which you recite the Qur-aan with profanity, lies, backbiting, slander, haraam food and smoke.
Leave ribaa (usury, interest, etc.).
Shun establishments and gatherings where alcohol is present, and tell them why.
Stop overeating- save 1/3 for food, 1/3 for water, and 1/3 for air.
Increase the romance in your marriage, for indeed Muhammad and his wives were tender and loving to each other.
Pray more Salaa, wherein you can say the Salaatu-lIbraaheem over Muhammad and his family.
Say your Salaa over him whenever you hear or read his names or titles.
Strive, in every way possible, to establish Allaah’s word as uppermost in every sphere- the internet, the laboratory, the classroom, the workplace, the market, the battlefield, the debates, the magazines, everywhere.

True enough, people sang odes and recited poems of praise in Muhammad’s very presence. But read those ahaadeeth (narrations) again. Look at the context. These were celebrations of military victories, not his birthday. So go and strive to save the Muslims from slaughter, ethnic cleansing, displacement, genocide, marginalization and humiliation and rape and illegal imprisonment. Go and liberate other lands from economic slavery, from the oppression and dehumanization of other ways to the freedom of Islam.

Love Muhammad. Love him with all your heart. Love him more than you love your self. I love him with you.

But know that love is often blind…

“Stop where the people [i.e., the Companions] stopped, for they stopped based on knowledge and restrained themselves due to deep insight. They were better able to uncover it, and if there was virtue in it they were most suitable to gain it. If you say: ‘Somethin…g new happened after them,’ [know that] those who disagreed with their guidance …and preferred another sunnah beside theirs innovated regarding it. They [i.e., the Companions] described what fulfilled the need and what they spoke about was sufficient. No one expended more effort than them and those following them. Some people fell short of [following] them and went astray, while others passed them and became extremists. They were between that onstraight guidance.”
– reported from ‘Umar bin ‘Abdu-l’Azeez, known as the 5th Khaleefa Raashid, whose deeds and merits are beyond question.

Abu Said Alkhudri reported Allah’s messenger (May peace be upon him)
as saying,
“You would tread the same path as was trodden by those before you inch by inch and step by step so much so that if they had entered into the hole of the lizard, you would follow them in this also.”
We said. “Allah’s messenger, do you mean Jews and Christians(by your words)”those before you”?”
He said, “Who else?”
– Saheeh Muslim, Chapter MCXII, # 6448

What is the Meelaadu-nNabi, if not following the Christians, who started to celebrate Jesus’ birth, forgetting that they were not obeying him?

 


بِسمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحمٰنِ الرَّحيمِ UMBS is a registered organization devoted to matters of interest to Muslims in Uganda.Muslims from other countries are welcome to join us too. Follow us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Uganda-Muslim-Brothers-Sisters/128372957263072. Follow us on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/#!/UMBSFORUM. To donate to UMBS activities, click on: http://um-bs.com/donate/ or just deposit money on UMBS Bank A/C at Bank of Africa:07074320002 . Join UMBS forum on facebook at:https://www.facebook.com/groups/ugandamuslimbrotherssis/.

Advertisements

Islam and Africa’s Golden Age

Standard

The arrival of Islam in sub-Saharan Africa began a Golden Age frequently ignored by Western versions of history.

This article below quotes African, European and Arabian sources to show a civilization whose architecture, education, industry, justice, morality and trade were the equal or superior to its contemporaries. Europe, for its part, could only surpass it in terms of gunfire.

————————————————————————————————————————

Black History Month: Africa’s Golden Age

Black History Month:  Africa’s Golden Age African societies were neither backward nor primitive, as Western versions of history usually claim. This article quotes African, European and Arabian sources to show a civilization whose architecture, education, industry, justice, morality and trade were the equal or superior to its contemporaries. Europe, for its part, could only surpass it in terms of gunfire.

Dawn of a New Era
The impact of Islam on African society is summed up by Trimingham. Islam for the ordinary adherent is not an intellectual exercise. It is absorbed and maintains its hold because it is a system of life(1). Islam brings a fixed system of belief and action, not variable according to family of locality. Pilgrimage to Makkah has played an important role in giving African Muslims a conception of Islam as a world religion and the consciousness of possessing a common religious inheritance. Travelling the whole way through Muslim lands gave the impression that Islam was the religion of Africa(2).

wikipedia.org: hausa people

In practical Islam moral conduct is following what God allows and refraining from what He forbids. Theoretical and practical morality for the Muslim means the study and practice of the way of life (sunna) of the Prophet, the exemplar who followed the right path; but since all this has been codified it is simply a matter of following the law. The social ethics of Islam are directed to maintain the harmony and solidarity of the community, the consensus (ijma’) of the community being the criterion (3). The duties incumbent upon the community are summarised in the maxim ‘to command right and forbid wrong’; right and wrong are defined by the law (4). Social harmony involves the stressing of positive virtues such as benevolence, humility truthfulness, condemnation of envy, and care of orphans (4).

Although the communal aspect of moral conduct has been stressed, it should be mentioned that personal responsibility is a keynote of the Qur’an (5) and its outreach in institutions; the five pillars, for example are duties incumbent upon the individual. Observance of Islam means avoiding the tabooed such as: intoxicants, eating pig and carrion; contact with dogs; whistling; mutilations, incising and tattooing.(6).

Observing such precepts of Islam brought considerable changes to African society, which have been observed at all times by travellers and writers on Africa.
Shortly after the adoption of Islam, Kanem rose to be a state of considerable importance and extended its sway over the tribes of the Eastern Sudan to the borders of Egypt and Nubia; the first Muslim king of Kanem is said to have reigned either towards the close of the 11th or the first half of the 12th century (8).
Ibn Battuta gives a good description of the people of Mali under Islam:
‘The Black people possess some admirable qualities. they are seldom unjust, and have greater abhorrence of injustice than any other people. their sultan shows no mercy to anyone who is guilty of the least act of it. There is complete security in their country. Neither traveller nor inhabitant in it has anything to fear from robbers or men of violence.

facebook.com: african muslim

They are careful to observe the hours of prayer, and assiduous in attending them in congregations, and in bringing up their children to them. On Fridays, if a man does not go early to the mosque, he cannot find a corner to pray in, on account of the crowd. It is a custom of theirs to send each man his boy [to the mosque] with his prayer-mat; the boy spreads it out for his master in a place befitting him [and remains on it] until he comes to the mosque. Their prayer-mats are made of the leaves of a tree resembling a date-palm, but without fruit (9).
Another of their good qualities is their habit of wearing clean white garments on Fridays. Even if a man has nothing but an old worn shirt, he washes it and cleans it, and wears it to the Friday service. yet another is their zeal for learning the Qur’an by heart (10).’
The positive impact Islam had on African society was observed by later Western writers and travellers. Smith notes how:
‘We hear of whole tribes laying aside their devil worship, or immemorial fetish, and springing at a bound, as it were, from the very lowest to one of the highest forms of religious belief. Christian travellers, with every wish to think otherwise, have remarked that the Black person who accepts Islam acquires at once a sense of the dignity of human nature not commonly found even among those who have been brought to accept Christianity (11).’
Smith adds:
‘Nor as to the effects of Islam when first embraced by a Black tribe, can there, when viewed as a whole, be any reasonable doubt. Polytheism disappears almost instantaneously; sorcery, with it attendant evils, gradually dies away; human sacrifice becomes a thing of the past. The general moral elevations is most marked; the natives begin for the first time in their history to dress, and that neatly. Squalid filth is replaced by some approach to personal cleanliness; hospitality becomes a religious duty; drunkenness, instead of the rule becomes a comparatively rare exception. Though polygamy is allowed by the Koran, it is not common in practice…; chastity is looked upon as one of the highest, and becomes, in fact, on of the commoner virtues. It is idleness henceforth that degrades, and industry that elevates, instead of the reverse. Offences are henceforth measured by a written code instead of the arbitrary caprice of a chieftain-a step, as every one will admit, of vast importance in the progress of a tribe (12).’

The Islamic impact is also on the economic and cultural levels. Muslims proved to be excellent traders and came to dominate the commercial world, helping to foster progress in sciences, philosophy and technology wherever they settled. Merchants from Arabia and the Gulf opened up the eastern coasts of Africa, from the Horn to Madagascar, to international trade (13). The rich trading settlements of Sofala, Kilwa and Mogadishu became Africa’s outlets to the Indian Ocean. Along the coast, from the Horn to Madagascar, the original Muslim civilisation developed around the Muslim trading settlements: the Swahili civilisation (14).
Browne, and Englishman, who undertook extensive travels in Central African in the years 1799 and 1806 (15), remarks that, among the idolaters of Sheibon and other places, the only persons he saw wearing decent clothes, or indeed clothing at all, were Muslims; that it was to the introduction of Islam a century and a half before his time that Darfur owed its settled government and the cultivation of its soil; and that the people of Bergoo were remarkable for their zealous attachment to their religion, and read the Qur’an daily. In this summary we hear of the use of decent clothing, and the arts of reading and agriculture, attributed to Islam (16).

Mungo Park, educated as he was for the Scotch Church, and cruelly persecuted as he was throughout his travels by the ‘Moorish banditi’, Smith notes would not be likely to be a friend of Islam, and many of his remarks show a strong bias against it: his testimony, therefore is all the more valuable. His travels lay almost exclusively among Muslims or semi-Muslim tribes, and he found that the Black people were everywhere summoned to prayer by blasts blown through elephants’ tusks. On reahing the Niger, the main object of his wanderings, he found, to his surprise, that Sego, the capital of Bamharra, was a walled town, containing some 30,000 inhabitants, that the houses were square and very often white-washed, and that there were Muslim mosques in every quarter. ‘The view of this extensive city,’ he writes, ‘the numerous canoes upon the river, the crowded population, and the cultivated state of the surrounding country, formed altogether a prospect of civilisation and magnificence which I little expected to find in the bosom of Africa’ (17).
His impression of the women was most favourable. ‘I do not recollect,’ he says, ‘a single instance of hard-heartedness towards me among the women. In all my wandering and wretchedness I found them uniformly kind and compassionate.’ One of the first lessons in which the Mandingo women instructed their children was the practice of truth. (18)

everyculture.com: mauritania

Mungo Park adds: ‘the beverages of the pagan Negroes are beer and mead, of which they frequently drink to excess. The Muslims amongst them drink nothing but water’ (19).
As to education, Mungo Park found schools and active teachers everywhere (20). In Africa, we are assured, at all hands, that the Muslim population has an almost passionate desire for education. Wherever Muslims are numerous, they establish schools themselves; and there are not a few who travel extraordinary distances to secure the best possible education (21).

The Reverend Edward Blyden, a native Black African and Christian missionary, counters those who attack Islam, and says:
‘If those Christians who are so unmeasured in their denunciations of ‘Mohammedanism’ could travel, as I have travelled, through those countries in the interior of West Africa, and witness, as I have witnessed, the vast contrast between the pagan and ‘Mohammedan’ communities- the habitual listlessness of the one, and the activity and growth, physical and mental, of the other; the capricious and unsettled administration of law, or rather the absence of law, in the one, and the tendency to order and regularity in the other; the increasing prevalence of ardent spririts in the one, and the rigid sobriety and conservative abstemiousness of the other- they would cease to regard the ‘Mussulman’ system as an unmitigated evil in the interior of Africa’ (22).

Western Efforts to Block the Progress of African Civilization
The Western slave trade, which reached its peak in the 18th century, shattered not just Muslim communities, but the whole of African society and economy, and permanently. Garaudy and Howitt explain how this disastrous impact in great detail (23). It is not that African society, as generally held in Western writing, was initially backward, thus clearing the conscience of the slave traders from their responsibility in its backwardness, but rather, as a whole, Black Africa, in the 15th century, before slave trading, Garaudy explains was not inferior to Europe (24). Coming from Goa or Egypt, Islam penetrated as far as Chad, and met in Nigeria and old black civilisation, which was remarkable for its art, possibly tributary to Mediterranean classical influences, which it soon adopted (25). The African states of Ghana, Mali and songhay shared in the great age of Islamic civilisation from the 9th to 16th centuries (26). On his return from his pilgrimage to Makkah in 1324, Mansa Musa brought back with him the Muslim poet and architect Es Saheli, who built the famous mosques and learning academies of Timbuktu and Gao (27). Timbuktu ranked with Alexandria, Fez, Seville, Cordova and Constantinople as a great centre of learning (28). Blyden speaks of the story of the Hejazi jurist who sought employment in Timbuktu, but who, finding too many scholars went on to Fez where he found employment more easily. He quotes with relish many honourable appearances of a black skin in Islamic literature, as an encouragement to African learning (29).

Timbuktu University- founded in the 11th century and perhaps the oldest university in the world (wikipedia.org: islam in africa

Economically, the textiles of Congo and Guinea were as high quality as those of Europe; Nigerian decorated hides and leather were appreciated in Europe, getting to it via North Africa; and metal works, of copper in particular, of Katanga and Zambia, and iron works of Sierra Leone, were much superior to those they were made to import by force later from Europe (30). The Empire of Ghana was a thriving commercial centre, and its large capital, Kumbi Saleh, was an important centre of trade and scholarship, where Islamic theology and history were studied (31). In Zimbabwe, Rhodes mercenaries and traffickers found huge constructions, and mines well exploited. Bronze metal in Benin was better quality than the Portuguese. European superiority was only in terms of gun fire (32).
It was Western Christendom, and above all the slave trade it inflicted on Africa, which destroyed these progresses of the African continent, and made the prosperity of the slave-trading nations (33). In 1540, only 400 Africans were deported, a figure which rose to nearly 300,000 every year in the 18th century (34). Due to losses during capture, transportation, deaths at the plantations, etc., 100 million Africans perished as a result of the slave trade (65).

This article was an excerpt of al-Djazairi, S.E., A Short History of Islam, The Institute of Islamic History, Manchester: 2006
(1) J.S. Trimingham: the Influence of Islam; op cit; p. 53
(2) Ibid; pp. 62-3
(3) Ibid; p. 67
(4) Ibid; p. 68
(5) Ibid; pp. 68-9
(6) on the day of Judgement each person will be held responsible for his deeds. ‘The fate of every man have We bound upon his neck…, neither shall any laden soul be charged with the burden of another’; sura xvii.13, 15, vi 34 [Qur-aan 17.13, 15; 6.34]
(7) J.S. Trimingham: The Influence of Islam; op cit; p. 57
(8) C. H. Becker: Geschichte des ostlichen Sudan; Der Islam; vol 1; Strassburg; 1910; pp. 162-3
(9) Ibn Battuta: Voyages d’Ibn Battuta, Arabic text accompanied by Fr tr by C. Defremery and B.R. Sanguinetti, preface and notes by Vincent Monteil, I-IV, Paris, 1968, repring of the 1854 ed; vol 4; pp. 421-2
(10) Ibn Battuta: Travels in Asia and Africa; tr and selected by H.A.R. Gibb; George Routledge and Sons Ltd; London, 1929; pp. 329-31
(11) R.B. Smith: Mohammed; op cit; p.38
(12) Ibid; pp. 42-3
(13) D.T. Niane: General History of Africa; op cit; p.2
(14) Ibid; p. 3
(15) See Pinkerton: Voyages; vol xv and xvi
(16) In R.B. Smith; Mohammed; op cit; p. 44
(17) Mungo Park’s Traves; Cap I. Nd fin; in R.B. Smith: Mohammed; op cit; p. 45
(18) In R.B. Smith; Mohammed; op cit; p. 46
(19) Mungo Park; Cap VII; in R.B. Smith: Mohammed; op cit; p. 46
(20) In R.B. Smith: Mohammed; p. 47
(21) Ibid; p. 41
(22) Ibid; pp. 50-1
(23) R. Garaudy: Comment l’Homme; op cit. W Howitt: Colonisation an dChristianity. op cit.
(24) R Garaudy; Comment l’Homme; op cit; p. 271
(25) E Perroy: Le Moyen Age, Presses Universitaires de France, 1956; p. 525
(26) D. M. Traboulay: Columbus and Las Casas; University Press of America, New York, London, 1994. p. 69
(27) Ibid; p. 70
(28) G.O. Cox: African Empires and Civilisations; New York; 1974; p. 161
(39) Blyden in N. Daniel: Islam, Europe and Empire; Edinburgh University Press; 1966; p. 314
(30) R. Garaudy: Comment l’Homme; op. cit; p. 271
(31) D.M. Traboulay: Columbus and Las Casas; op cit; p. 69
(32) R. Garaud: Comment l’Homme; op cit; p. 271
(33) E. Williams: Capitalism and Slavery; North Carolina; 1944. Catherine C. Vidrotitch: Villes Africaines; op cit; at p. 1390. M. Craton: Sinews of Empire: A short history of British slavery; Garden City; NY; Doubleday; 1974
(34) R. Garaudy; Comment l’Homme; op cit; p. 275
(35) Ibid.

A Letter from Prophet Muhammad to All Christians

Standard

I have to admit that I was sceptical and looked on Snopes and Urban Legends websites until I found the following

This is a short one but worth a read.

I truly wish the Saudis’ and their stooges – The WAHABIs – who claim to be the guardians of Islam would follow this covenant!

A very important Islamic principle, unfortunately, misunderstood and wrongly practiced by many so called Muslims around the Globe.

To be spread and re-spread!

The Greek Orthodox monks living in the monastery at the foot of Mount Sinai have in their possession many precious documents going back many centuries.
Their library is one of the finest in the world for ancient manuscripts.

One of the most precious documents of all is the copy of a letter narrated by Prophet Muhammad to the monks in the year 628. Its contents might come as a surprise to many, since in this precious manuscript Muslims are exhorted to protect the Christians living within their midst. The words are so beautiful that we repeat them in full here:

This is a message from Mohamed ibn Abdullah, as a covenant to those who adopt Christianity, near and far, we are with them.

Verily I, the servants, the helpers, and my followers defend them, because Christians are my citizens; and by Allah! I hold out against anything that displeases them.

No compulsion is to be on them.

Neither are their judges to be removed from their jobs nor their monks from their monasteries.

No one is to destroy a house of their religion, to damage it, or to carry anything from it to the Muslims houses.

Should anyone take any of these, he would spoil God’s covenant and disobey His Prophet. Verily, they are my allies and have my secure charter against all that they hate.

No one is to force them to travel or to oblige them to fight.

The Muslims are to fight for them.

If a female Christian is married to a Muslim, it is not to take place without her approval. She is not to be prevented from visiting her church to pray.

Their churches are to be respected. They are neither to be prevented from repairing them nor the sacredness of their covenants.

No one of the nation (Muslims) is to disobey the covenant till the Last Day (The end of the world – Judgement day).

It should be quite clear from this that, far from being a threat, Islam is actually the guardian of the Christian presence in the Middle East.

These words of the Prophet Mohammed should be made known to Muslims and non-Muslims throughout the world.


“War is nothing but a continuation of political intercourse, with a mixture of other means. Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.”


بِسمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحمٰنِ الرَّحيمِ UMBS is a registered organization devoted to matters of interest to Muslims in Uganda.Muslims from other countries are welcome to join us too. Follow us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Uganda-Muslim-Brothers-Sisters/128372957263072. Follow us on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/#!/UMBSFORUM. To donate to UMBS activities, click on: http://um-bs.com/donate/ or just deposit money on UMBS Bank A/C at Bank of Africa:07074320002 . Join UMBS forum on facebook at:https://www.facebook.com/groups/ugandamuslimbrotherssis/

Muslims Make Cabinet Demands In Shocking Dossier To M7

Standard

Muslims Make Cabinet Demands In Shocking Dossier To M7

By John V Sserwaniko,

Desirous to take advantage of the impending mini cabinet reshuffle, the Muslim leadership in Uganda has written a dossier to President Museveni. In their dossier to the president, the Old Kampala-based Muslim leaders openly complain stating that Muslims have been sidelined.

The two page dossier is signed by Hajji Nsereko Mutumba, the Director for Communications and personal assistant to Mufti Sheikh Ramathan Shaban Mubajje. Nsereko speaks for the mainstream Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC) leadership for which Mubajje is Mufti. Their rivals, for whom Zubair Kayongo is the Mufti, are based at Kibuli.
“I speak for my boss the Mufti and for UMSC. So whatever I’m telling you and I stated in that document is the official position of Muslim leadership in Uganda,” Nsereko Mutumba said when asked whether the contents where shared by Mubajje and other leaders.

“There is nothing new because we have always made these concerns known to the President in meetings and correspondences,” Mutumba said denying that the charge of promoting sectarianism. On the contrary, he said: “He who is marginalising us is the one orchestrating sectarianism and not us. We are only pointing out the gross injustices.”

Contents
On the two page dossier, the UMSC leaders attached well researched tabulated information with figures to show Muslims are being marginalized. One of the attached information is a nine page document showing how the sharing of the national cake continues to be skewed against Muslims despite their numerical strength.

According to the dossier, of the 75 cabinet/state ministers we currently have, only 6 are Muslims. In terms of full cabinet, we have 29 ministers of whom only one, Moses Ali, is a Muslim.

“He too doesn’t represent Muslims because he is there for historical reasons,” Mutumba explained adding that with Syda Bbumba’s exit, Muslims don’t see themselves in cabinet any more.

Flanked by Ahmed Kayongo Nyago (UMSC’s Chief electoral commissioner), Nsereko showed Red Pepper latest census figures showing we currently have 9,071,671 Muslims in Uganda out of 33 million people.

“This is based on our ongoing census conducted in liaison with our network of Muslim leaders from the village to the district and beyond.
We are no less than 20% of the population but it’s not being reflected in sharing the national cake,” Mutumba explained adding that Mubajje continues pleading with impatient Muslim youths not to riot over this matter wherever he goes.

Mutumba said the figures were being compiled in preparation of UMSC’s forthcoming elections slated for March 2012. Kayongo Nyago wondered: “What is the purpose of IUIU, KU and others churning out Muslim graduates who government is deliberately locking out of opportunities in its parastatals?”

Precedence
The dossier also claims that whereas Museveni has always replaced Christians with fellow Christians and has ensured certain positions are theirs, none Muslims continue replacing Muslims in cabinet. It shows Catholics (Specioza Kazibwe, Gilbert Bukenya & now Sekandi) have been succeeding each other as Vice Presidents.

That Protestants (Cosmas Adyebo, Samson Kisekka, Nsibambi & now Mbabazi) have been succeeding each other as Prime Ministers which hasn’t been the case for Muslims. The dossier shows that at Internal Affairs ministry, Ali Kirunda Kivejinja was replaced by Hillary Onek, a Catholic. At Finance Ministry, Syda Bbumba was replaced by Maria Kiwanuka, a none Muslim.

It adds that at Bank of Uganda, Suleiman Kiggundu was governor but none of his successors has been a Muslim. On page four, the dossier shows that of the 21 permanent secretaries, only one (Asuman Lukwago/MOH) is a Muslim.

Of the other 46 accounting officers for other government departments/agencies (the dossier doesn’t name them), only one is a Muslim. When it comes to CAOs, the dossier shows we have 112 of them and only 9 are Muslims! Of the 22 town clerks for urban councils, only 1 (Kiira’s Uthman Sebaduka) is a Muslim.

22 Others
The documents shows the situation is hardly any better in the 22 public sector organizations none of which is headed by a Muslim.

They include NFA, NPA, Cotton Development Organization, PPDA, UBOS, UCDA, URA, LDC, UNBS, Judiciary, IGG, Parliament (Clerk), Law Reform Commission, Uganda Aids Commission, UNRA, Uganda Road Fund, Immigration and KCCA. At KCCA, the dossier shows of the 9 directors; none is a Muslim yet Muslims are a huge force to reckon with in city businesses.

In total 22 organizations are listed; none of which is headed by a Muslim. Another 26 is listed with just two headed by Muslims namely NCHE (headed by Prof AB Kasozi) and Insurance Regulatory Authority (IRA; headed by Kaddunabi Lubega). In each case, the heads’ full names are listed to prove they aren’t Muslims.  The dossier reveals even a grimmer picture for Muslims in the judiciary.

Of the top 230 officials, only 11 are Muslims. As for the Ambassadors, the dossier claims of the  46, only 6 are Muslims. And out of the 224 RDCs, the dossier shows only 30 are Muslims. Breaking down the Judiciary, the dossier shows that none of the Seven Supreme Court Justices is a Muslim.

The same applies to Court of Appeal. Of the 42 High Court judges, only two (Moses Mukiibi & Hassan Nyanzi) are Muslims. Of the seven registrars, only one (Erias Kisawuzi) is a Muslim. Of the 14 deputy registrars, only one (Issa Muwata) is a Muslim. There are 11 assistant registrars, none of whom is a Muslim.

There are 36 Chief Magistrates and only one (Sheikh Kasakya) is a Muslim. There are 106, Grade One Magistrates and only 6 are Muslims. Before proposing names of prominent and qualified Muslims who should be appointed to cabinet, the dossier authors assure Museveni of their NRM credentials.

“Your Excellence you know that the reason I chose to hold office of [UMSC Mufti & PRO] was to serve my party of NRM. How? I will [verbally] explain to you when I get the golden chance of meeting Your Excellence,” the dossier reads in part.

“Basing on my experience, age and track record of supporting and serving the NRA/M as a senior cadre, I thought it prudent to use my office as the Muslim Spokesperson to inform you about this persistent complaint,” Mutumba’s dossier reads in part.

The dossier emphasizes that the 31 names UMSC is recommending for ministerial and other appointments are qualified because they are strong NRM cadres. Listing shadow ministers Kaps Fungaroo, Abdul Katuntu, Hussein Kyanjo and Semujju Nganda, the dossier reminds Museveni that the opposition has given Muslims more visibility than the NRM which Nsereko Mutumba said they have always exclusively voted for and will continue to vote for.

Proposed List
The names UMSC is presenting to the President for appointment include Hon Ganyana Miiro formerly a commissioner with Amnesty Commission.
There is also ex-BOU Publicist Hajji Juma Walusimbi, now with Tropical Bank.

Others are Dr. Edris Kasenene Serugo (Sr lectrurer Mak), Kasabhai Siraj (President’s office), Habib Suleiman Mushamba (retired civil servant), Jamiru Maningi (IGG’s office), Dr. Simba Kayunga (Head Makerere political science dep’t), Dr. Yasiin Olum (Sr Don Mak), MPs Hatwib Katoto (Katerera-Rubirizi) & Nasser Basajjabalaba (Bushenyi Municipality).

Others are Bashir Kalenge (State H’se Legal Dep’t), Dr. Mohammed Serunjogi (lecturer UMI and formerly with IDB), Yumbe MP Oleru Hudah, Igosiya Sulayi Bruhan (West Nile), Dr. Sarah Wasagali (Don IUIU), Sowedi Masaba (Sr Don Busitema) and former Mbale Speaker Abdallah Kutosi.

There is also Agaba Abbas (ex-NRM Youth League boss) Mohamed Baku (IUIU don), Ismail Suleiman Masaba Lumolo (Mbale/ NRM  Entrepreneur League), Haji Musana Kawanguzi (Lands Ministry), Othman Alonga (ex-MP Yumbe), Aminah Kaherebu Sekibembe (Country Coordinator Agha Khan Foundation), Edrisa Kasozi Sinani (Law don IUIU), Abbas Wanderema Sumaali (Dean of Students IUIU), Swalikh Masokoyi Wasswa (University Secretary IUIU & ex-LCV V/C Mbale), Marusi Eton Obonyo (Don Pakwach UCC), Lawyer Adams Kibwami, Yusuf Ngoma Ngime, Issa Satya (Kapchorwa) and Ismail Mustapha Ramadhan (NRM leader Bombo T/C).

The dossier lists for Museveni 23 government regulatory authorities were some of these can be posted in case he finds some of them unsuitable for ministerial appointments. The listed public bodies include URA, KCCA, NSSF, Electricity Regulatory Authority, NEMA, Uganda Export Promotion Board, Bank of Uganda, UWA, NMS, CAA, NPA, NFA, NDA, PPDA, UNRA and others.

Muslim Universities Around the world

Standard

Algeria

– Université Amar Telidji Laghouat

– Université de Mascara

– Université Ibn Khaldoun Tiaret

– Université M’hamed Bouguerra de Boumerdes

– Université Saad Dahlab Blida

Azerbaijan

– Baki Biznes Universiteti

– Gence Dövlet Universiteti

Bangladesh

– Atish Dipankar University of Science and Technology

– Dhaka International University

– Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science & Technology University

– International Islamic University, Chittagong

– Islamic University of Technology

– Jagannath University, Chad

– Université Roi Fayçal

India

– Noorul Islam University

Indonesia

– Universitas Ahmad Dahlan

– Universitas Al Azhar Indonesia

– Universitas Bung Hatta

– Universitas Ibn Khaldun

– Universitas Islam Bandung

– Universitas Islam Darul Ulum

– Universitas Islam Indonesia

– Universitas Islam Jakarta

– Universitas Islam Lamongan

– Universitas Islam Nusantara

– Universitas Islam Riau

– Universitas Islam Sultan Agung

– Universitas Islam Sumatera Utara

– Universitas Islam Syekh-Yusuf

– Universitas Muhammadiyah Magelang

– Universitas Muhammadiyah Makassar

– Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang

– Universitas Muhammadiyah Prof. Dr. Hamka

– Universitas Muhammadiyah Purwokerto

– Universitas Muhammadiyah Sidoarjo

– Universitas Muhammadiyah Sumatera Utara

– Universitas Muhammadiyah Surakarta

– Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta

– Universitas Muslim Indonesia

– Universitas Negeri Semarang

– Universitas Pancasila

– Universitas Paramadina

– Universitas Widya Gama

– Universitas Yarsi

United Arab Emirates

Republic of Azerbaijan

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bangladesh

Burkina Faso

Bahrain

Brunei Darussalam

Ivory Coast

Egypt

Ghana

Republic of Guinea

Indonesia

India

Iraq

Afghanistan

Iran

Jordan

Kenya

Kyrgyzstan

Comoros

Kuwait

Lebanon

Sri Lanka

Libya

Morocco

Mali

Islamic Republic of Mauritania

Malaysia

Republic of Mozambique

Netherlands

Niger

Nigeria

State of Palestine

Pakistan

Qatar

Russian Federation

Saudi Arabia

Spain

Sudan

Senegal

Somalia

SOUTH AFRICA

Suriname

Syrian Arab Republic

Chad

Thailand

Tajikistan

Tunisia

Turkey

Uganda

  • Islamic University in Uganda
  • Islamic Call University, Old Kampala Hill
  • Kampala University
  • Kampala International University
  • Aga Khan University

United Kingdom

United States

Uzbekistan

Yemen

INTERNET ISLAMIC UNIVERSITY

http://www.studyislam.com/iiu/university/uni/faculty.jsp

Muslim Restaurants in Uganda

Standard

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

Men should spend money on their wives and kids than any other charitable cause

Standard
Abu Saeed Khudri (radhiyallahu anhu) reported that Rasullullah (The Messenger of Allah) has said that whosoever spends anything on his family members for reward, will enjoy the divine credit of charity.     (Bukhari, Muslim)

It is described by Abu Huraira(radhiyallahu anhu) that Mohammed (sallallahu alaiyhi wassallam) has said that, to spend on one’s wife, has great merit than giving charity to male and female slaves and beggars.  (Muslim)
Abdullah bin Masood (radhiyallahu anhu) reported that the greatest perference is to spend on one’s wife and children which is necessary and then it should be spent on close relatives. (Tibrani)

It is narrated in the extract of Arbez bin Saarya(radhiyallahu anhu) that even to give water to one’s wife is charity.


Abu Huraira (radhiyallahu anhu) reported that someone asked Rasullullah(sallallahu alaiyhi wassallam) that he had one gold coin with him, where should he spend it ? Rasullullah(sallallahu alaiyhi wassallam) said that he should spend it on himself. The man said that he had one more and Mohammed(sallallahu alaiyhi wassallam) said that he should spend it on his wife. The man again said that he had yet another and Rasullullah(sallallahu alaiyhi wassallam) said ,that he should spend on his servants. The man said that he had a fourth and Rasullullah(sallallahu alaiyhi wassallam) said that he should spend it, on whatever he preferred. (Ibn Habban)

Sa’ad bin Waqqas(radhiyallahu anhu) reported that Mohammed (sallallahu alaiyhi wassallam) said that whosoever spends his money to gain Allah’s pleasure and goodwill, gets the credit of charity so much that even a morsel which he puts in the mouth of his wife, has the credit of charity.  ( Bukhari, Muslim)

God Bless you

Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba

United Kingdom

http://ugandansatheart.org/
http://twitter.com/#!/semuwemba
http://jjanguonkwekule.blogspot.com/
http://semuwemba.wordpress.com/