Monthly Archives: May 2012

UMBS ANNUAL CONVENTION AND CARAVANS

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Asalaam alaikum  brothers and sisters.I salute all those who have and continue to constructively contribute to this forum.I am sorry in advance for a lengthy post but thought that, for clarity I had to be elaborate.

My view is that we need the two suggested programs, the Annual Convention and the Dawa caravans, and even other get together programs on a regular basis, like fund raising dinners and meetings for our programs.

  1. The Annual Convention.

I).This will help us come together as muslim brothers and sisters to physically know one another and to help to break the many barriers and suspicions that may hinder our interaction.

ii). It would give us an opportunity to take stock of our achievements over the given period and to analyse our limitations to help forge out the best way forward.

ii). Help us plan for our future programs, elect our local management teams, fund raise resources and make a critical analysis of our programs, problems and challenges as the muslim community in Uganda.

iv). Share knowledge and ideas on the many challenges facing us as the muslim community in Uganda. This could take a form of presentation of well researched out papers to be discussed in detail in small groups in order to come out with realistic resolutions for implementation.

This convention would for example be a two or three day event, to give opportunity to as many members as possible time to participate in the discussions, put in place working committees to follow up on the resolutions than the one day events which are more of a PR stance.

We have access to many affordable facilities to accommodate this program.

There are many other benefits of coming together as muslims like giving opportunity to many of our muslim charities and organisations to enlighten us on their objectives, programs and projects, recruit volunteers and even fundraise for their programs.. This could be in the form of these organisations setting up desks at the convention to accomplish this task.

  1. 1.       The Dawa Caravans.

We need these caravans to enable us reach out to the grass root muslim community in Uganda to help get a grasp of the problems and challenges on the ground, collect strategic data and help forge out empirical and realistic interventions or solutions, to help mitigate the effects of these problems and challenges.

These caravans could take a form of annual visits to the different regions of the country like the western, eastern, northern, southern and central regions, where members go out for about 14 days visiting institutions like schools, colleges, mosques and even muslim homes in the chosen region, advising our brethren on the various aspects affecting their day to day living conditions with the aim of improving their commitment and awareness of Islam and welfare.

We can mobilise members from the various disciplines like agriculture, medical, legal, business, education, engineering etc to be part of the delegation and help advise our people on how they would utilise their resources to ensure maximum benefit to their families and community like advise on the best methods of farming, small self-help income generating projects, advise on land matters, family issues, importance of engaging in civic matters, the youth, public health and personal/home hygiene, and many other disciplines aimed at enhancing their welfare.

For flexibility members would be given the opportunity to hope on and off as the caravan goes along according to their ability to sacrifice and engagements.

I was active in organising and participated in three of such caravans some time back whilst in MUMSA (Makerere Muslim Students Association).

In 1999 we visited the districts of Jinja, Kamuli and Iganga for about two weeks, where we visited many schools both primary and secondary irrespective of their foundations, mosques and homes, sensitising our brothers, sisters and parents on the many challenges they faced like the need for education, health, participating in politics and civil matters, their deen Islam and held very fruitful discussions on the issues and problems affecting their welfare.

I remember we resided in one of the masjids in these towns from where we would reach out to many of the schools, institutions, hospitals and mosques with in ten miles from these towns. In Iganga for example we went as far Bunya where we found that the Shiats had taken root by building a mosque and big school in that area.

On return in the evening, each of us would give a report on the areas and institution visited, and advise on the best way forward. These reports would be compiled in to what we used to call an Up-country report and submitted to our muslim organisations like UMSC, NGOs and others for intervention. I am sure some these reports are available at MUMSA if records are well catered for, for I personally compiled two of these reports, the Jinja, Iganga, Kamuli and the Mubende, Kabalole and Kasese reports.

We even visited civic leaders like RDCs, education officers and many others whom we deemed relevant in the course of pursuing our objectives.

Our women met with girls and women in these areas and exchanged ideas on how to improve the welfare of our sisters on matters exclusive to women.

We also had a doctor and some medicine on these caravan, who would help treat some ailments of our brothers and sisters in these areas and advise on others like on public health issues.

In 1990 we visited Mubende, Kabalore and Kasese districts with the same objectives and program. This caravan was even blessed with the participation of our br. AbdulRahman Wandati who was by then WAMY’s East African representative that helped in sponsoring part of this program.

In 1991 we visited the Eastern region covering the districts of Tororo, Mbale, Busia and other areas around that region.

In 1992 still with the same program, they went to the north, and covered the West Nile and other areas that I don’t recall for I did not participate in that program.

I remember our brothers like DR. Semogerere of UK, Dr. Sowed Kayongo of IMAU and brothers like Sh. Murtadha Bukenya, Imam Kasozi, Hajj Abasi Kiyimba then the patron MUMSA were very instrumental in these caravans.

We also had grass root support from UMYA’s network in these regions which am sure we can still utilise to effect this program.

This program will help us in gathering empirical data to help us make realistic interventions and to make strategic plans to help improve the welfare of our community in Uganda.

I am confident that many of us can contribute in all forms like financial, ideological, skills and other resources like property, transport, land etc to help mitigate the challenges facing the muslim community in Uganda and probably even in the wider world.

We however need to educate and sensitise our people to  appreciate this need, and that one of the most effective ways out will be by identifying with the grass roots community, for them to appreciate our objectives and to help them differentiate us from the many opportunists they see and hear about in Kampala and other towns of the country.

Social and grass root Programs of this kind have the potential to attract funding from many other funders worldwide. We can even tap in to many of the government programs and other community development organisations as an implementing agency, thereby giving the opportunity to make impact on the wider society and to gain bargaining power and mandate in government and other resource agencies like the UN, European Union and other NGOs.

I appeal to the members to give these ideas a critical thought and give their views openly than to let them pass, if we are to translate our forum from a mere talking avenue to one that implements what we discuss.

This could probably help in minimising the petty squabbles that are threatening to tear up our forum and to also help in diverting our attention from the petty leadership wrangles that are also threatening our cohesion as a group.

I stand to be corrected and please forgive me for any over or under sights, for I have spent some time outside Uganda, and may be out of touch with what is on the ground.

Thank you.

Sulaiman kavulu

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FITINA IS TOO MUCH AMONG UGANDA MUSLIMS. WHAT DO WE DO?

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FITINA Is too much among Muslims in Uganda. They even want to destroy our UMBS through constant abuses of forum rules and regulations and personal wars on the forum. Before you know it, some will be going to extra levels to discredit the management of UMBS forum and organisation. Are these the times which are referred to in the hadeeth of the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), according to which when one of the Sahaabah asked him, “What should I do when there is too much fitnah and division?”, he replied, “Keep away from the people, and sit in your house”? In al-Saheeh, in Kitaab al-Fitan, Baab Kayf al-Haal idha lam yakun khaleefah, there is a hadeeth which says that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) told them to withdraw from people when calamities strike, and he said, “… even if you have to bite onto the root of a tree.”

Praise be to Allaah.

In al-Saheehayn and elsewhere – and this version was narrated by al-Bukhaari – it is reported from Abu Idrees al-Khawlaani that he heard Hudhayfah ibn al-Yamaan say: “The people used to ask the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) about good things, but I used to ask him about bad things, fearing that I would live to see such things.

I said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah, we were in a state of ignorance (jaahiliyyah) and evil, then Allaah sent us this good (i.e., Islam). Will there be any evil after this good?’

He said, ‘Yes.’

I said, ‘Will there by any good after that evil?’

He said, ‘Yes, but it will be tainted.’

I said, ‘How will it be tainted?’

He said, ‘(There will be) some people who will guide others in a way that is not according to my guidance. You will approve of some of their deeds and disapprove of others.’

I said, ‘Will there be any evil after that good?’

He said, ‘Yes, there will be people calling at the gates of Hell, and whoever responds to their call, they will throw them into it (the Fire).’

I said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah, describe them to us.’

He said, ‘They will be from among our people, speaking our language.’

I said, ‘What do you command me to do if I live to see such a thing?’

He said, ‘Adhere to the jamaa’ah (group, community) of the Muslims and their imaam (leader).’

I asked, ‘What if there is no jamaa’ah and no leader?’

He said, ‘Then keep away from all those groups, even if you have to bite (eat) the roots of a tree until death overtakes you whilst you are in that state.’”

The time does not refer to this particular period we are living in; it is a general idea which may refer to any time and place, from the time of the fitnah and rebellion against ‘Uthmaan (may Allaah be pleased with him) at the time of the Sahaabah (may Allaah be pleased with them all), onwards.

What is meant by keeping away or withdrawing from people at the time of division is what was mentioned by al-Haafiz ibn Hajar (may Allaah have mercy on him) in al-Fath, narrating from al-Tabari, who said: when the people do not have an imaam (leader) and they split into sects and parties, do not follow any of these groups; keep away from all of them if possible, lest one fall into evil.

So, Muslims should stay away from all the groups fighting for Muslim leadership in Uganda and concentrate on the developmental projects or developing their deen through preaching to others.

When there is a jamaa’ah that is truly following the Straight Path, then you have to join them and help to increase their numbers, and cooperate with them in truth, because in that case this group constitutes the jamaa’ah of the Muslims for that man in that place.

And Allaah is the source of strength. May Allaah bless our Prophet Muhammad and his family and companions and grant them them peace.

Fataawa  al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 3/95

The reason why it is prescribed for Muslims to perform Hajj once in a Lifetime

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Assalamu alaikum,

We Muslims feel honoured and proud to be the slaves of Allaah, the One, the Self-Sufficient Master, Who begets not nor was He begotten, and there is none co-equal or comparable unto Him; He is our Lord and we have no Lord besides Him. Hence we respond to the commands of our Lord with the utmost humility and submit to His commands, for we know that He is the All-Wise and no wisdom is greater than His. We know that He is the Most-Merciful and there is none more merciful than Him, may He be glorified and praised. Hence we love Him in a way that demands that we obey His commands even if that is somewhat difficult for us. We feel proud, happy and content when we do that which He commands us to do.

For if a human loves another person, he loves to serve him and that may make him happy. So what do you think about the Almighty Lord Who created us and grants us provision, and everything that we have is a blessing from Him? And His is the highest description. We owe everything to our Lord, so we must hasten to do all that He commands us to do, so that we might give back some small thanks for His great blessings. We can never thank Him enough, but by His grace Allaah the Most Generous accepts our small efforts and rewards us for them greatly.

For example, Hajj or pilgrimage. If a Muslim does Hajj in the manner required by his Lord, then Allaah has promised to forgive him his sins and admit him to Paradise, on condition that he does not spoil this action by committing any major action that would invalidate it and earn the anger of Allaah.

One of the great mercies that Allaah has bestowed upon this ummah (nation, i.e., the Muslims), is that Allaah has made obedience to His commands and the commands of His Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) subject to the condition that one be able to do them. So long as a person is able to do them, then it is obligatory for him to do what is required of him, otherwise he is not obliged to do so and he is excused. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Allaah burdens not a person beyond his scope” [al-Baqarah 2:286] – i.e.,  He does not ask him to do more than he can bear.

Concerning Hajj in particular, Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And Hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah) to the House (Ka‘bah) is a duty that mankind owes to Allaah, those who can afford the expenses (for one’s conveyance, provision and residence)” [Aal ‘Imraan 3:97]

By His mercy He has enjoined this upon His slaves once in a lifetime, so that it will not be too difficult for them, but He urges those who are able to do Hajj and ‘Umrah more than once to do so. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Keep on doing Hajj and ‘Umrah, for they take away poverty and sins as the bellows takes away the impurity from iron.” (Narrated by al-Nasaa’i, 2/4; this is a saheeh hadeeth as was stated by al-Albaani in al-Silsilat al-Saheehah, 1200).

This great act of worship was prescribed by Allaah so that we might praise Him and glorify Him, and thank Him for His great blessings and bounty. The purpose of Tawaaf around the Ka’bah is not simply to go around these stones! No, rather the reason is that Allaah has commanded us to go around it seven times and we obey Allaah by going around it seven times, no more and no less; rather we do what He has commanded us and we feel that we are His slaves, humbling ourselves before Him and praising Him and thanking Him for choosing us to be His slaves out of all of mankind who worship various gods, and may even worship themselves or their own desires.

The same applies to all the rituals of Hajj, and indeed to all the acts of worship that Allaah has prescribed for us. Praise be to Allaah, Who has honoured us with this great religion.

Moreover, your interest in asking about the Hajj at your young age indicates that you are keen to learn and find out. We advise you to learn more about Islam and to read about it, and to find out for yourself that it is the religion that suits the natural inclinations of man. This will set you on the path towards pleasing your Almighty Lord, Who created you and Who provides for you, and Who deserves that you should worship Him alone and none other.

Perhaps you know that our prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) told us that his fellow-Prophet ‘Eesa (Jesus – peace be upon him) will come down at the end of time and will perform pilgrimage to this House, and he will declare his belief in Allah alone (Tawheed). We believe that this will happen as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) told us, just as we believe that the sun rises in the morning. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “By the One in Whose hand is my soul, the son of Maryam (the son of Mary, i.e. Jesus) will certainly pronounce the Talbiyah for Hajj or for ‘Umrah, or for both in the valley of Rawha.” (Narrated by Muslim, 1252). The valley of Rawha’ is a place between Makkah and Madeenah.

[Translator’s note: The Talbiyah is a prayer recited by pilgrims going to Makkah. It may be translated as follows: “Here I am at your service, O Allaah, here I am. Here I am at Your Service, You have no partner, here I am. All praise and blessings are Yours, and all dominion. You have no partner.”]

We ask Allaah to open your heart to true guidance… Ameen.

Do We Have Space for Seven Billion People?

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WE are now seven billion, the United Nations tells us. Columnists and commentators are extremely frustrated over the news. They are speculating about the imminent collapse of resources that such a continuing population bulge will bring about. The limited space on our earth is simply not sufficient for the kind of numbers we are producing every year, they say.

Really?

Let’s measure these arguments using basic math that Dean Esmay used in his Overcrowded Planet?.

New York is acclaimed as a beautiful city. It is one of the most popular (and populous) tourist destinations of the world. In 469 square miles of its area, 166 sq mi is water and 305 sq mi is land. With 8 million people residing in the city, its population density is 27,500 per square mile. The land area includes parks, sporting arenas, museums, libraries, universities, factories, airports, amusement parks, hotels, and shopping centers.

So, 27,500 people per square mile. That’s how crowded New York City is.

Now imagine if every one of the seven billion people – the entire world population – were to be settled evenly in the whole of the United States. What would the population density be?

The US of A has a total area of about 3,800,000 square miles. A simple division will give you: 1,842 people per square mile.

Surprised?

Let’s do something local. Let’s move the entire seven billion to our Eastern Province in Saudi Arabia (Area: ~274,000 sq mi). What would our population density be?

25,500 people per square mile. Less crowded than New York City with space for all amenities and facilities found in a modern state.

There you go! The world population is comfortably packed in the green area. Now we have the rest of the world for everything else.

Did I hear the earth is not enough? Subhan Allah!

“…So blessed be Allah, the Best of creators.” (Qur’an, 23:14)

“…and Allah’s earth is spacious.” (Qur’an, 39:10)

Who will provide?

“And kill not your children for fear of poverty. We shall provide for them as well as for you. Surely, the killing of them is a great sin.” (Qur’an, 17:31) 

Wealth and poverty

According to this study, the richest 2 percent own more than 50 percent of the world’s wealth. The richest 10 percent own 85 percent of global assets.

If Zakat were to be universally applied (distributing 2.5% of the excess wealth of the rich among the poor), there would be no poverty at all.

The top 10 wealthiest people of America are said to have $1.53 trillion in assets. If only 2.5% of that amount ($38 billion) were to be used in providing three meals a day (according toAmerican standard of living), over 30 million people in the US can be fed for an entire year.

There is certainly nothing wrong with some getting richer than the others. But if everyone had access to basic necessities of life and some money to spend, it would not only improve the lives of the poor, but also invigorate economic activity.

However, not everyone is interested in helping the poor.

And before we Muslims follow suit and write off poor communities as unworthy burdens on earth, we should look at history, our history.

The Islamic civilization, superpowers of the world for over 1,300 years, sprouted from an unlettered, backward and written-off community living in the middle of a desert.

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Be satisfied with what you got, be thankful, and move on in your life

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All what I have mentioned so far, should be enough to show you what I have learned after all these years of trials. And this is to be satisfied with what you got, be thankful, and move on in your life.

None of you shall have everything in life, but you will have what you need; so be satisfied with what you got. None of you shall have more in life than what Allah decreed for you, but you will have what you need; so be thankful for it. And none of you shall have a perfect life in this world, but you will have what you need; so move on in your life.

“O Abu Dharr! Do you think that an abundance in wealth is satisfaction? Verily, true satisfaction is the satisfaction of the heart, and whoever is one who’s satisfaction is in his heart, then nothing that he encounters from this World will harm him. And whoever is one who’s poverty is in his heart, then he will never become satisfied with an abundance of what is given to him in this World, and his covetnous is what will harm him.”[Saheeh al-Jaami as-Sagheer wa Ziyaadatuh]

Struggle and have patience until the day comes for you to have everything, more than you want, and all that you wish. And this dream will become true only in Paradise, and that is the real life that (inshAllah) awaits you. The real life begins in the hereafter.

As for this life, it is a prison for until an appointed time. Until you get free, you have to struggle and be patient.

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying:  The world is a prison-house for a believer and Paradise for a non-believer. [Muslim]

Reflect upon the following Hadith:

“Allaah – the Exalted – says: ‘I am as My servant thinks Me to be, and I am with him if he calls upon Me.’” [Saheeh al-Jaami as-Sagheer wa Ziyaadatuh]

A’isha reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, used to pray at night until his feet became cracked. “I said to him, ‘Why do you do this. Messenger of Allah, when Allah has forgiven you all your past and future wrong actions?’ He said, ‘Do I not want to be a grateful slave?’” [Bukhari]

“The mentioning of the blessings of Allaah is gratefulness, and not doing so is ungratefulness. And whoever is not thankful for the small things, will not be thankful for the big things. And whoever doesn’t thank the people, doesn’t thank Allaah. And the united community is a blessing, and division is punishment.” [Saheeh al-Jaami as-Sagheer wa Ziyaadatuh]

“Whoever makes his worries about just one thing – the Appointed Day (of Resurrection) – then Allaah will suffice him from the rest of his worries. And whoever has his worries branching off from the affairs of this World, then Allaah will not care in which valley he dies.” [Saheeh al-Jaami as-Sagheer wa Ziyaadatuh]

“One that is relieved and one that is relieved from: the believing servant is relieved of the stress and pain of this World onto the Mercy of Allaah – the Exalted. And the sinful servant relieves the (righteous) servants and lands and plants and animals of his presence.” [Saheeh al-Jaami as-Sagheer wa Ziyaadatuh]

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: Look at those who stand at a lower level than you but don’t look at those who stand at a higher level than you, for this would make the favours (conferred upon you by Allah) insignificant (in your eyes). [Muslim]

A Millionaire Muslim In Manchester (UK)

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A breath taking article written below by a brother in Manchester, UK , masha’Allaha successful businessman who has asked for his writeup to be given on the Muslim Networks , and i have chosen UMBS .

Hope you donate something to UMBS account after reading this story. How many of you have ever used that account yet you have got money saved somewhere. ANyway, have a nice read MashaAllah
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Bismillah.

Aslam alaikum

I would like to thank the Management  for allowing me to express my views, and life experience. Please note, the composition of this article is my personal view and experience of life: I have no intention to create debate. Allah hu Alim.

I am born, educated, here in the UK, in the city of Manchester, and let’s just say, Allah swt has been very kind to me, He uplifted me many years ago to become a very successful business entrepreneur. Today, I run a Multi Million pound business; this is all due to His command and authority.

The words “Multi Million” may strike a sense of awe by you, the reader of this article. Yes, money does help you to live in a good area; it does help you to buy good quality clothing, a nicer car, a comfort zone much better than others.

Let’s accept it, I don’t want to pretend to you that money doesn’t mean anything to me, if it had not, I wouldn’t be running such a big business and strive for continuous improvement looking at how I can better myself each year.

However, equally, over the last weeks, I have also realized who the pure hearted are and who the prideful are. When you are my level, you meet people who are in the same ‘prestige’ level as you with fancy lifestyles, big egos and unfortunately, a lot of pride.

In my business, I meet a lot of top level executives, business people who are successful, but unfortunately, they are full of themselves, they boast and brag a lot ,and they think they are superior compared to others. High profile people at my level, have an ‘attitude’ problem because of their wealth and business success.

When it comes to Islam, some shy away from the concept of offering the fardh Salah, paying the correct Zakaat, and due to their prestigious lifestyles, they are so focused on making more and more wealth, they don’t want to discuss Islam.

Equally, some think you are too extreme if you talk about the deen. This arrogance comes from wealth and pride. You find yourself competing with each other, making big statements like :

“ Oh, I just sold my new build in Dubai for £1.5million, I am now going to invest in Brazil, that country is going to be the next boom country to accelerate and good for a crazy economic surge”. Powerful statements like this which only creates more competition, it’s almost like ‘keeping up with Jones’s’. Did I ask you what you are doing or do you feel the need to tell me, I keep asking myself?

When you are living in such prestigious areas, the type of people in your neighborhood, some are full of pride such that they hardly talk to you. And, the ones who do talk to you want to compete and show off as to what they have recently done or achieved. The conversation is either about how much money they have spent on getting a new extension, or how their children are this and that or how they are now going to buy another holiday home in Turkey for
£275,000. Did I ask you what you are doing or do you feel the need to tell me, I keep asking myself?

As you read this article, you may be thinking, what is his point?.

Let me tell you.

A few weeks ago, I met one of my friends from school at the musjid. I met him after 15years. He has a white collared job and Alhamdulillah, he and his wife are earning enough to maintain the house. It was very nice to meet him. We had a good chat as we talked about old times. He invited me to his house and said , “Bro, you must come to my home now, I am going to tell my wife to prepare food for us”.

We went to the musjid car park , I had to get my ipad out from car. He looked at my car and said: ,”Wow , bro, masha’Allah very nice car”.

I didn’t reply. I said to him , “bro, let’s go in your car” , he replied ,“Sure”.

We sat in his Honda Civic. It started first time, it had a smooth engine, it was nice and clean inside. As soon as he started the car, the Quraan recitation was heard, he put the cd track off and played the radio.

I said to him, “Bro, put the Quraan back on, that voice was beautiful, we can talk when we get to your house”. Happily, the brother put the Quraan on.

I was at peace.

When we arrived at his house, his 2 small kids came to the door and greeted me with the salam. We went to the living room, sat down and talked. His wife came in and left us juice, samosas and a few other snacks. We started to engage in good conversation.

I felt so much at ease.

He had a comfortable life, and was very content. He started talking about the deen, how important it was for him and his wife to give his children a good upbringing in the deen, teaching them the Salah, the Quraan and how treat others with respect, dignity and always fear Allah swt.

He said something to me which made my heart sink.

He said,:

“Bro, think about it. How long do we have? We are in our 30’s. Half our life has gone. Allah hu Alim how long we have. I just want to do enough for my Akhirah, Allah swt says in the Quraan that your life, your kids, your wealth, they are all a test on you. I just want to do whatever I can to insha’Allah get into jannah, not just for me , I pray for my family and the Muslim Ummah..it’s not going to be an easy entrance”.

His level of humbleness made me compare my lifestyle and some of the people who I mingle with. He had no hesitancy to talk about the beautiful deen& death, he was very down to earth.

I felt at ease with this brother, someone very down to earth, easy going, soft spoken, a pure heart and more importantly, a brother who was happy and content with what he has, striving for Jannah.
We were on an entirely different playing field compared to my normal circle of ‘associates’.

And do you know what the icing on the cake was?

We went to his local musjid for the Isha prayer where I met more humble brothers after the Isha salah. We all sat on the soft carpet whilst one of the brothers read from a book about the Seerah of the Prophet pbuh.

It was remarkably uplifting and very refreshing.

These brothers were so happy, well spoken, pure hearted and you could feel the love and respect they had for each other, purely for the sake of Allah swt.

That day changed my life. I was away from my usual stressful life of always thinking, working long exhausting hours , meeting my usual crowd of associates who were so full of arrogance , pride and hardly interested in the Akhirah, because they were too busy competing with each other as to who has achieved what in life.

I came home and reflected. I could see a clear and defined difference.

The society I normally associate with, not everyone, but I can confidently say, at least 70%, they are simply chasing the duniya ,are full of arrogance, pride and no fear of the Akirah, some even calling Islam to be extreme.

The high class society wives are more into hosting parties, showing off their new homes and simply going out on a spending spree with their flashy cars. Enter their cars and the latest Bollywood song can be heard. They are obsessed with their skin and complexion, willing to spend hundreds per week in ageing creams.

Allah hu Alim I thought. I too must have displayed pride and arrogance to others, I too must have showed off and I too must have simply chased after this duniya.

However, I have learnt my lesson. Meeting that brother at the musjid, his lifestyle, his ease of talking, his humbleness , his way of thinking, his contentment and thankfulness to Allah swt, his humble friends at the Musjid have opened my eyes as to where I have gone wrong and how his society and company of friends was much better than mines.

He and his humble friends are chasing the Akhirah. Myself and my high class society are chasing the duniya.

Lets accept this. … I have.

I hope this article has helped you to understand, the ‘grass’ is always greener on the other side.
Be content in what you have Muslim brothers and sisters. My eyes have opened.

Please make Duaa for me, that I can become much more closer to chasing the Akhirah as the brothers are. I know one thing for sure, I am going to be spending a lot more time with them and at the Musjid.

They have uplifted my Imaan and made me feel ‘alive’ and to be down to earth.

And Allah swt knows best

W’salam

Brother X in Islam
Manchester, United Kingdom

HOW TO BECOME A MUSLIM EVEN IF U SUPPORT M7 OR BESIGYE?

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Islam means “submission to God”. Islam is the belief that there is only One God, whose proper name is Allah, which means “ the God”. Islam is the same message given to all the prophets, from Adam, Noah, Moses, Abraham, Jesus, and finally to the Prophet Muhammad, the last messenger (peace and blessings be upon them). They all brought the same message: worship only God, and stop worshiping human beings and their ideas.

The Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him welcomed  even those people who had previously fought him and  killed his loved ones. These people later on were to  become the heroes of Islam. So no matter what your background and no matter what you may have done or said to Muslims or others in the past, you should rest assured that you will be welcomed with open arms.

Who can become a Muslim?

Some people are worried often worried if they will be allowed to become Muslim due to a variety of reasons. So before proceeding onto how to convert to Islam. I wish to reassure you that anyone can become a Muslim.

Islam is for the whole of humanity. Islam unites together people of different colours, languages, races. and nationalities into one brotherhood.

Allah says: “Indeed the Believers are but brothers.” [Quran 4 9:10]

So you will be our brother or sisters in Islam when you convert to Islam

Any human being can embrace Islam. You do not need anyones permission to become Muslim. You can be any colour,  race, age, speak any language and still become a Muslim. There are many American, British, European, Indian,  children and Adults who accept Islam every day.

You may hear from some Muslims incorrect advice due to their lack of knowledge of Islam or due to lack of   correct knowledge of Islam.  So please note that:

You do not need to do a course or obtain a certificate to become a Muslim

Someone may say you have to do a course or obtain a certificate to be a Muslim. This is incorrect. You do not need to attend a course or obtain a certificate to become Muslim.

You should not delay in becoming a Muslim

If someone advices you to delay your conversion to Islam. This is also incorrect. If you believe Islam is the truth then you should not delay your conversion to Islam. You should convert immediately because we are given a certain  lifespan. Since we do not know when we are going to die. Not even a minute should be lost as your time to leave this life  may be up the next minute.

If you have tattoos, support Besigye or M7 you can still become a Muslim

Some one may say to you that you must remove all tattoos to be a Muslim OR you must stop supporting Besigye or M7 to become a Muslim. This is also incorrect. Tattoos are not allowed in Islam but they  DO NOT prevent a person becoming Muslim. You should become Muslims and latter you can have the tattoos removed if you can afford it. If you can not afford it then do not worry there is no sin on you for what you did before becoming Muslim You are still a Muslim.

If you have a wild past of have committed many  of sins you can still become a Muslim. It does not matter if you killed a lot of Ugandans because you were protecting your dictatorship or something like that.

No matter what sins you have committed or how wild your past was. You can still become a Muslim.. Islam erases all sins committed prior to becoming a Muslim.  Prophet (may the peace and blessings and mercy of Allah be upon him) said, Islam annuls what came before it. (narrated by Muslim in his Sahih, no. 121).As soon as you become a Muslim all your previous sins are forgiven and you start a blank state. Or a complete clean record.

Muslim (121) narrated that Amr ibn al-Aas (may Allah be pleased with him) said: When Allah put Islam in my heart, I came to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and said: Give me your right hand so that I may swear allegiance to you. He held out his hand and I withdrew my hand. He said, What is the matter, Oh Amr? I said, I want to stipulate a condition. He said, What do you want to stipulate? I said,  That I will be forgiven. He said, Do you not know that Islam destroys that which came before it?

If you are a Small child you can still become a Muslim without your parents permission

If you are a child you do not need your parent’s permission to become a Muslim. If you fear they may harm, you can become Muslim in secret and tell them when you are ready. Contact Muslim leaders on UMBS forums or mosques to help you settle in Islam.

What if their are no Muslims (or no Mosque or Islamic center) in your town

Another  common question  is that there are no Muslims in the city. This too is not an obstacle in you becoming a Muslim. You do not have to go to a Masjid (Mosque) or Islamic center or know any Muslims in order to be a Muslim. You can say the declaration of faith (called the Shahadah) to yourself and from then onwards you are a Muslim.

Become a Muslim Now

If you believe there is only One God who should be worshiped, and no one/nothing else has that right but Him, and you believe Muhammad, peace be upon him, was a messenger who brought the same message as all the prophets before him, then you are basically a Muslim.n

Do Not Hesitate

If someone receives the message of Islam and dies rejecting it, they are forever destined to Hellfire. Anyone who truly believes in the message of Islam, their previous sins are forgiven and they will spend eternity in Paradise . If you have belief, act on it. Do not worry about what anyone else thinks. Your eternal life is at stake.

“Do you not know that accepting Islam destroys all sins which come before it?” (Saheeh Muslim)

 

To become a Muslim, simply declare the following:

Ash-hadu an laa ilaaha illallaah, wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadan ‘abduhu wa Rasuluh.

 

I testify there is nothing worthy of worship except Allah, and I testify Muhammad is His slave and messenger.

We welcome you to Islam, congratulate you for your decision, and will try to help you in any way we can. Looking forward to seeing President Museveni, Besigye, Olara Otunu, Kayihura, Janet Museveni, WBK, Mulindwa, Revelend Jessica Nankawombe and others on UAH converting to Islam.