IGANGA, UGANDA: The Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC) Chairperson, Prof Dr Muhamadi Lubega Kisambira has called for everlasting unity amongst the Muslims and accepting that they are all Allah’s people inclined to the pillars of Islam.
Dr Lubega ridiculed a section of Muslim Sheikhs who always attack each other on social media through unsolicited audio and video recordings saying such actions continue to split the religion.
He therefore called for mutual ways through solving religious issues other than resorting to fighting themselves yet there should be room for agreeing to disagree.
Dr Lubega, who is also the first deputy prime minister in Busoga Kingdom was on Tuesday, June 20, officiating as the chief guest at the third ‘Thanawi’ graduation ceremony at Uthman Bin Afan Islamic Institute in Nakalama Sub-county, Iganga district where 30 students graduated and received certificates (literally known as senior six in theology).
“I have always moved with members of the assembly in Uganda preaching the unity of Muslims and Islam. Some people believe that Muslims will never unite and I have been opposing their beliefs. The pillars of Islam stand as our uniting factor and I believe every Muslim fulfils them and I beseech you that let it be the main route in uniting us as Muslim and we should accept that some small paths exist though,” Prof Lubega said.
He advised Thanawi graduates to always preach unity and avoid messages which splits the Islamic faith asserting that some people have different ways of doing things in Islam but it shouldn’t be a fulcrum for disunity.
“If I have my kind of prayer and you feel it’s not right, please come personally to me and advise me instead of spreading ill recordings against me on social media. It’s important to package your message to change people instead of preaching disunity,” Dr Lubega said before donating 10 million shillings towards the construction work of a school flat.
Being an educationist and a proprietor of Lubega nursing school, he appreciated the school for feeding his institute with students and he gave out a full bursary to the school every year for a student to study at Lubega Institute of Nursing and medical sciences starting with this year’s July intake.
Dr Lubega advised all Muslims to strive tirelessly for development in order to secure something in their pocket. He, therefore, tasked gov’t to give them a special development program citing that the current Parish Development Model is not favourably upright based on the Islamic law against taking loans with interests.
The headteacher of Uthman Bin Afan Islamic Institute (secondary section) Mr Mageya Aramanzan commended Allah for the successful Thanawi graduation ceremony and urged graduates to continue upgrading amidst serving as examples in spreading the gospel of Islam.
“Education is continuous and we urge you to upgrade to degrees, masters, and other levels. We call upon children with an opportunity to use it and study, and I call upon our graduates to spread Islam wherever you are going,” Mr Mageya said.
Speaking to some graduates, they pledged to use the knowledge in upgrading and serving exemplary by spreading the gospel of Islam.
Ms Nakiyemba Shanifah and Mr Ubaidah Muhammad Mutale said they will use knowledge in teaching Muslims what they don’t know about Islam to enable them to understand their Allah.