MITYANA —Dr Kizza Besigye who is the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has said that one of his greatest wish is to be buried in an Islamic way.
“I want to be buried in an Islamic way without expensive coffins. We come on earth bare handed, we shall leave empty handed,” Dr. Besigye said.
Dr Besigye franked Hajj. Obed Lutale Kamulegeya a member of presidential council, Kawempe south MP who also doubles as Chairman COSASE Mubarak Munyagwa Sserunga and Mr. Asuman ssemakula on Friday visited Masijid Hanan Al Mutweiry Malwa in Busujju as he joined hundreds of Muslims who had invited him for Jumah prayer.
Funerals in Islam follow fairly specific rites, though they are subject to regional interpretation and variation in custom. In all cases, however, sharia which is an Islamic religious law calls for burial of the body as soon as possible, preceded by a simple ritual involving bathing and shrouding the body, followed by prayer.
Burial is usually within 24 hours of death to protect the living from any sanitary issues, except in the case of a person killed in battle or when foul play is suspected; in those cases it is important to determine the cause of death before burial.
Cremation of the body is strictly forbidden in Islam. It should be mentioned that the rites of a burial is not constituted in the Qur’an. This leads many to follow cultural steps and/or the deceased’s personal wishes, as more and more Muslims are submitting to the Qur’an alone.
Meanwhile, Kawempe south MP Munyagwa appealed to Muslims to remain focused and support the People’s Government.
“Struggle for good governance is everyone’s duty ” he said.
Sheikh Muhammad Kagimu the Uganda Muslim Supreme council – Busujju county head also stressed that Allah always honours efforts of those who never give up.
Muslims rewarded Col. Besigye with pregnant goat, Matooke and Yellow bananas.