Jinja: In a powerful demonstration of solidarity and determination, Muslims across Busoga convened for the annual Jinja Muslim run, a significant event with a dual purpose – promoting unity within the Muslim community and raising funds for the development of the Muslim headquarters in the region.
At the forefront of this rallying call for unity was the Deputy Mufti of Uganda, Dr. Hussein Muhammad Bowa, who also serves as the Busoga Regional Khad. The event, held at Muvule Crescent in Jinja, sought not only to strengthen the bonds among Muslims in Busoga but also to address a growing concern – the protection of properties belonging to the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC).
Dr. Bowa, in his impassioned address, highlighted the crucial role unity plays in safeguarding the collective assets of the Muslim community in Uganda. He raised a red flag against opportunists who, he claims, are attempting to claim ownership of UMSC properties by registering them in their names. This, he emphasized, is a threat that cannot be tolerated.
“We shall develop if we stop having disputes among ourselves. The Uganda Muslim Supreme Council is we, the Muslims, and we must ensure our development,” Dr. Bowa emphasized, urging Muslims to come together to support their religion and actively participate in UMSC activities that unite the faithful.
Leading the charge in the protection of Muslim properties was Prof. Muhammad Lubega Kisambira, the national chairperson of UMSC. In his resolute address, Prof. Kisambira pledged to fight until his last breath to protect Muslim properties in the country. He acknowledged the numerous threats he has received but made it clear that he would not back down, expressing his readiness to endure any sacrifice necessary to safeguard the legacy of the Muslim community.
“I have received a lot of messages threatening me to quit the fight, but I will not quit. I am ready to die, giving and dying in protection of properties belonging to the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council,” noted Prof. Lubega.
The Jinja Muslim run, now established as an annual tradition, not only serves as a platform for physical activity and community engagement but has evolved into a symbol of the Muslim community’s commitment to unity and the protection of their shared heritage. As the faithful in Busoga stand together, the message echoes loud and clear – unity is not just a call; it’s the cornerstone for a resilient and thriving Muslim community.