The Muslim community in Uganda has received an assortment of items donated by the Nnabagereka of Buganda, Sylvia Nagginda.
The donation comes on the coat-tails of Nnabagereka’s February 2019 visit to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates during which she lobbied the royal family to donate to the Kabaka’s subjects. Nagginda was in Dubai to officiate at festivities to mark one year since the creation of Kabaka’s county in Dubai.
She was welcomed by Kabaka’s chief in Dubai, Sheikh Abasi Nsubuga who led her to the royal family. On Thursday last week, the first deputy Katikkiro of Buganda, Hajji Dr Twaha Kaawaase, officially handed over 10 rolls of big prayer mats and more than 1,000 copies of the Qur’ans sent from Dubai to Muslim leaders.
Speaking at Bulange in Mengo, Kaawaase cautioned the leaders to ensure transparency while distributing the items to the rightful beneficiaries.
He applauded Nagginda for lobbying for Muslims, an indication that Buganda is open for all religions. At the event, the office of the Supreme Mufti that received the items was represented by Sheikh Hamid Kateregga, the secretary for religious affairs and Sheikh Ibrahim Ntanda, the Kampala district supreme Kadhi.
The Buganda minister for Education and Nnabagereka’s office, Dr Prosperous Nankindu Kavuma, and the minister for Lands, Mariam Nkalubo Mayanja, represented the kingdom. Sheikh Kateregga said the supreme mufti’s office will start distributing the items in 27 districts, starting Tuesday next week.
“We are grateful to all those who ensured that we receive the items in Uganda. A Qur’an is a holy book that many cannot afford to buy while for prayer mats; every time one prays on a donated material, Allah rewards both the person praying and the donor,” Kateregga said.