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Muslims Advocate for Religious Tolerance to Combat All Forms of Bigotry :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Muhammad Ali Waiswa, the Deputy Mufti, emphasized that martyrdom must be in the way of Allah, with the cause being sacred, and the individual willingly and knowingly sacrificing their life. He added that the bravery and dedication of Muslim martyrs should inspire Muslims to uphold their values and principles even when faced with death.
Participant register during the Muslim martyrs day commemoration at UMSC headquarters

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Muslims in Uganda are advocating for tolerance within their community and among members of other faith groups to combat all forms of bigotry in the country. On Monday, Muslims gathered at the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council to commemorate martyrs who died because of their faith during the reigns of Kabaka Muteesa I and Mwanga in the 18th century.   

This event marked the culmination of several activities, including visits to the Namugongo Muslim Martyrs site and tracing the historical path of the martyrs, among others. Speaking at the event, Sheikh Shaban Ramadan Mubaje, the Mufti of Uganda, emphasized the need for coexistence and tolerance despite differing beliefs among some Muslim sects.   

Mubaje also stressed that for religious tolerance to be effective, Muslims need to be knowledgeable about the teachings of the Quran and contemporary knowledge.  

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Furthermore, he highlighted the issue within the UMSC of individuals who call themselves sheikhs without proper knowledge, confusing people, especially the youth.

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During his speech, he announced that Muslims will commemorate Muslim martyrs annually with various activities for one week. “Tolerance doesn’t mean acceptance; you don’t need to believe other people’s traditions but coexist and work together,” Mufti Mubaje stated.   

Muhammad Ali Waiswa, the Deputy Mufti, emphasized that martyrdom must be in the way of Allah, with the cause being sacred, and the individual willingly and knowingly sacrificing their life. He added that the bravery and dedication of Muslim martyrs should inspire Muslims to uphold their values and principles even when faced with death.   

He urged scholars and historians to continue documenting events of martyrdom in the Islamic faith across the country and beyond, to preserve the memories of martyrs for future generations.

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Hajji Abas Mulubya Ssekyanzi, the UMSC Secretary-General, mentioned that when the UMSC was attempting to expand the commemoration of martyrs, challenges arose from several people regarding the theology of martyrdom.   He asserted that martyrdom in Islam does exist and that discussions at the event have helped Muslims provoke and stimulate their thinking and knowledge about the history of Islam and martyrs.   

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Around 1874/75, during the reign of Kabaka Mukaabya Walugembe Muteesa I, Muslim converts became the first individuals in Buganda to be executed due to their newly found foreign religious beliefs.   History reports that approximately 80 to 100 of these converts were killed in Namugongo, a circumstance reminiscent of the later execution of Christians on June 3, 1886. 

Previously, Muslims marked the day on June 1, two days before Christians held their festival in honor of the 45 young Christian converts killed in Namugongo during the reign of Kabaka Mwanga II. This year's commemoration was under the theme “Religious Tolerance: The Solution to Bigotry”.