KAMPALA – Celebrated Muslim scholar, who doubles as Zimbabwe’s Islamic legal authority – Mufti, Ismail ibn Musa Menk, arrived in Uganda on Sunday evening, ahead of several activities – including but not limited to holding talks with President Yoweri Museveni.
The scholar fondly referred to as Mufti Menk met with the leaders of the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council – UMSC leadership as well as the Kibuli faction.
According to Umar Kuuwe – the Executive Director Imnaq Social Development and Dawa, Mufti Menk’s visit was aimed at carrying out charity activities; engage youth and inspire them to live a better life.
The organisers’ programme indicate that Mufti Menk will on Tuesday afternoon travel to Rwakitura, particularly to meet President Museveni, and thereafter attend Thurayya Ramathan Conference.
The motivational speaker, will on Wednesday attend the Inauguration of Musa Quran Memorisation Centre as well as visiting a number of tourist sites – including the source Nile in Jinja.
Mufti Menk returns to Uganda for the first time since his 2019 visit where he inspired the youth during a convention code-named; ‘Building Bridges in Uganda,’ held at a fully parked Mandela National Stadium – Namboole.
Menk was born in Harare, where he undertook his initial Islamic studies with his father, Maulana Musa Menk, memorizing the Quran and learning Arabic, Urdu and Hanafi fiqh. He subsequently studied at the Islamic University of Madinah. After completing his Islamic studies, he became a Mufti in the Hanafi fiqh at D?r Al-‘Ul?m Kantharia, Gujurat, India.
Menk is well known and adored on the African and Asian continents for his approach in delivering Islamic teachings, depending on the required needs. He has a following of over 500 million followers globally and an inspirational dream to the youth and different religion around the globe.
Menk opposes terrorism and has pledged his aid in curbing religious extremism in the Maldives. On 31 March 2018, he urged Liberian Muslims to avoid Muslim-Christian violence, arguing that Muslims and Christians were brothers and sisters from one father, the prophet Adam.
He blames western media for misleading the world that Muslims are generally terrorists. According to Gulf News, Menk said that everyone on this earth is a part of a family and has one maker, therefore, no one has the right to force any belief or faith on another.
In 2014 and 2017, Mufti Menk was named one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre of Jordan.