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Libya ICS Opens Quran, Arabic Teaching Program in Kampala as KCCA Bans Muslim Azan.

Prince kasim nakibinge left with the supreme mufti Zubair Kayongo.

By Matovu Muhammad Idris The Tripoli Post Correspondent in Kampala, Uganda The Libyan worldwide Nongovernmental organization; the Islamic Call Society has embarked on a new initiative of Quran and Arabic language teaching program to the Ugandan Muslims, although twist and turns unveil when Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) intends to ban public call for swalah prayers.

Presiding over the opening ceremony, the Islamic Call Society Director General, Muhammad Khalifah Shatir promised to work together with the Uganda Muslim society to enhance the development of Muslim community in Uganda and beyond.

'We shall continue to work together with Uganda and the rest of African Muslim societies to see to it that Muslims get to know much about their noble religion' he promised.

Muhammad Khalifah Shatir is the Director General of Islamic Call Society for East and Central Africa.

Sheikh Kasule Ndirangwa, the Kampala district Khadhi who officiated at the opening ceremony on behalf of Prince Kasim Nakibinge, the supreme Leader of all Muslims in Uganda thanked the Islamic Call society for this new initiative.

' Libya and Islamic Call Society has been always at forefront in almost all programs aiming to Islamic development in Uganda, we appreciate and thank the almighty Allah who made it possible for us to be within the reach of such a good company' said Sheikh Ndirangwa while expressing his appreciation to the management of the Call Society.

The Quran and Arabic language teaching program officially kicked-off on 15th 'September -2013 and expected to windup on 15th 'December-2013.

The ongoing study program has attracted and involved Sheikhs of different walks and nationalities including Ugandans and Egyptians.

At the conclusion of this study program, all participants will be awarded with certificates and other related presents accrued to it, while the program is expected to continue towards the next session.

On the other hand, Ugandan Muslim leadership is now spitting out fire over the letter authored and addressed to their offices, aiming to put a ban on public call for swalah prayers.

During the Friday Juma prayers at Wandegeya Mosque, the Muslim Supreme leader, Prince Kasim Nakibinge condemned the document authored by some officials from Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) cautioning Muslims on calling for Azan.

'To all those who will be tempted to do this will have us to contend with, and I'm very sure that they will be in position to regret their actions after' he cautioned.

'We can not stand such a compromising audacity of those who think that they are very much knowledgeable better than all' he added.

The authored document implicated the Muslim community over the calling for Azan on which it placed its consistency upon which the authors termed Azan as noise pollution to the community.

KCCA on 30 September denied claims that they banned Adhan (calling of worshippers on loudspeakers), saying the rumour was aimed at tarnishing the Authority's name, Daily Monitor reported.

KCCA executive director Jennifer Musisi at a news conference, said: 'I would like to inform and assure all members of the Muslim community that KCCA has not issued any letter to the Muslim community that is banning them from having their prayers. The rumour was generated and propagated by malicious people intending to tarnish the image of KCCA and cause public unrest,' the Monitor quoted as said.

Ms Musisi told the Daily Monitor that the said letter that alleges to ban Muslims from prayers was issued to various religious leaders for a stakeholders meeting that was scheduled for September 25 to share information and discuss plans to reduce the likely legal and social challenges while maintaining a peaceful environment.

'According to the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), there are some conditions that it stipulates for the environment, especially in regards to noise pollution. Those were the rules that I wanted to make clear to our religious leaders so that they don't get dragged to courts of law by some residents,' she explained as quoted by the Monitor.

She explained that recently, there was a case in court for a one Ahmad Mahera, a Kampala resident, who dragged Emin Pasha Hotel and KCCA for disturbing her peace with noise pollution and she won the case with a compensation of Shs20 million. Ms Musisi said she did not want other parties to fall prey to such cases.

The Muslim supreme Leader, Prince Kasim Nakibinge also advised all Muslim Pilgrims to be cautious in performing their rituals when they will be performing their Hajji.

Nakibinge presided over the farewell ceremony of hundreds of Ugandan Muslims who were in their preparation to go for Hajji this year.

The first batch of Muslim pilgrims will depart on Sunday, 29th-september this year to Mecca for Hijja.

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