The Mufti of Uganda, Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje has urged Muslims to be peacemakers within their communities and throughout the country.
Mubajje was speaking on Tuesday at prayers to mark Eid al-Fitr, at Gaddafi National Mosque, Old Kampala.
In his Eid message to the nation, Mubaje congratulated Muslims in Uganda and beyond upon successfully completing the Holy Month of Ramadhan and prayed to Allah to reward those who fasted with favours on the Day of Judgment.
He used the occasion to pray for continued peace, stability, unity and understanding of one another in Uganda, East Africa, Africa, the Middle East and the world at large.
“Let us have total devotion to peaceful co-existence. Let us learn to dialogue as a means of expressing dissatisfaction of any kind,” Mubaje said.
He particularly called upon Muslims in Uganda to actively take part in building a peaceful and united Ugandan society, noting that; “our strength and dignity should be achieved and preserved through unity and peaceful co-existence”.
He expressed concern over the ongoing armed robberies and murders. He condemned such acts in the strongest terms, noting that they are inhumane and uncalled for.
The Mufti also called upon parents to educate children at all costs so that they can fit in the society.
Spokesperson for the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council-UMSC, Hajji Mutumba Nsereko
says that it is unfortunate that during Ramadan and on Eid, Yemen, Syria and
Sudan are in conflict.
He also asked the government to address the causes of domestic violence, land grabbing and politicians who incite the public.
By Drake Nyamugabwa