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Muslims Leaders In Mbale Express Concern Over Anti American Literature

Muslim leaders in Mbale say they are concerned about the anti-American sentiments being propagated by a US-based Muslim organization operating in Uganda.

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Muslim leaders in Mbale say they are concerned about the anti-American sentiments being propagated by a US-based Muslim organization operating in Uganda.

 The Imams claim that an organization called Hizbuttahriir has sent hundreds of anti-American literature to mosques around the country.

Kasim Mabonga, the Imam of Namatala Mosque in Mbale says the literature they have got urges Muslims to curse America in their prayers. Mabonga says they always conclude their prayers in the mosques by saying the words “God we hand America over to you”.

Mabonga was among a group of Muslim leaders, who convened on Wednesday afternoon at the American Corner in Mbale for a meeting with Dr. Mohamed Elsanousi, the Director of Islamic Society of North America.

Elsanousi urged Muslims in Uganda to engage in dialogue with believers of other faiths so as to know the concept of their religious practices. He says in America Muslims have held dialogue with Christians on slaughtering of animals and Zakah, which is loosely translated as purifying wealth.

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But the Muslim leaders who attended the meeting wondered whether by engaging Christians in dialogue they will not be diluting their Muslim faith.

Suleiman Abubaker Desro Asuman, a participant expressed fear that the engagement will likely affect their religion negatively.

Muhamed Wawire, another Muslim leader wondered why Muslim leaders in America are silent on issues such as homosexuality and lesbianism.

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