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UMSC, UAE Islamic Affairs Authority hold bilateral talks

The UMSC delegation led by Al-hajj Prof Dr Muhamadi Lubega (in white Tunic) in a group photo with officials from the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment in the United Arab Emirates

Kampala, (UG): The Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC) Thursday held bilateral talks with the General Authority of the Islamic Affairs and Endowments in Abu-Dhabi United Arab Emirates (UAE) with special emphasis on possible areas of collaboration between the UAE Government and the UMSC.

The meeting which took place September 28, 2023, in Abu-Dhabi emanated from UMSC’s initiation through the Ambassador of Uganda to UAE H.E Zaake W. Kibedi, which resulted in an invitation extended to UMSC by the Authority.

The National Chairperson of UMSC Prof. Dr. Muhamadi Lubega who led the Ugandan delegation highlighted the history, growth, and structure of the UMSC, and articulated the key pillars of the UMSC Strategic Plan 2023-2033.

Various opportunities were discussed in the areas of social economic development, strengthening the financial health of the UMSC structures, improving education services, water, health and sanitation, dawah, capacity building of leadership, diversity, and inclusion, as guided by the Qur’an and Sunna.

UMSC Chairman Dr Lubega (checked jacket) with the UAE’s General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment boss (2nd L)

The meeting resolved to sign a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) to help cement this relationship and guide future support to a range of activities which will among others include; capacity building of Imams, facilitating health and educational services and infrastructure, and exchange programs across several areas of work.

UMSC Chairman Dr Lubega (R), the UAE General Authority of Islamic Affairs Boss (Centre) and Hajji, Muhammad Ali Aluma the UMSC Secretary General (L)

Other critical issues in the MOC include; the structuring of Dawah and Awqaf through mosques and relevant UMSC departments, sharing expertise, and collaborating on development projects to benefit all the people of Uganda.

On behalf of the Mufti of Uganda, H.E Sheikh, Dr. Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje, the National Chairman invited the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments to come to Uganda to acquaint themselves with UMSC management, structures, and operations in the service of the Muslims of Uganda.

Prof. Dr Muhamadi Lubega was accompanied to the meeting by Hon. Hajji, Muhammad Ali Aluma (UMSC Secretary General), Dr Sentongo Ashad and Mr Abdul Salam Wamimbi.

The UMSC delegation led by Al-hajj Prof Dr Muhamadi Lubega with H.E Zaake Kibedi, the Ambassador of Uganda to the UAE Government (Centre)

The Ugandan delegation was warmly welcomed by the Chairman of the Authority H.E Dr Muhammad Matar Salem Al-Kaabi and the Director General of the Authority Sheikh. Muhammad Saeed Al Neyadi, representatives from the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs among others.

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