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Uganda: Mufti speaks on problems facing Muslims

Kampala, Rabi Thani 10/June 31,2001 (IINA) - The Mufti of Uganda, Sheikh Sha’aban Ramadhan, has outlined some of the problems facing the Muslims here, and told IINA that there are six million Muslims out of Uganda’s population of 21 million. He said there are 6,700 mosques, and in practically every mosques there is a Qur’an Study Circle, plus there is one Islamic University, and it comes under the aegis of the of the Jeddah-based Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC).

As for Christian missionary activity, the Mufti said that while there are 60 missionary radio stations in the country for calling people to Christianity, there was only one Islamic radio station, known as the Bilal Station, which is supported by Saudi Arabia and by the Makkah-based Muslim World League (MWL).

As for Islamic action to counter Christian activities, Sheikh Ramadhan said that such countries as Libya, Saudi Arabia and Egypt have their Daawa activists in the country, but that these were not adequate to the task. He said that at the moment there are 60 Ugandan students studying at the Azhar, and at Saudi Islamic universities there are at present 100 Ugandans studying on scholarships from the MWL. He said that this year there were 25 student Daawa activists who graduated from the Azhar, whose expenses were paid for by the Azhar and the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs in Egypt.

The Mufti, however, appealed to Muslim states to increase their help to Uganda’s Muslims.

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