Over 1,000 Pilgrims Return From Mecca Today

More than 1,000 Ugandan pilgrims who made the trip to Mecca are expected to return home starting Wednesday. Pilgrimage to the Holy places is the fifth pillar in Islam.

PrayThe Uganda Muslim Supreme Council spokesperson Nsereko Mutumba said they return aboard Egyptian and Ethiopian airlines.

“Many Muslims would have gone for this year’s pilgrimage but the Saudi Arabian government sent only 1200 visas,” he said. All financially able Muslims are required to perform it during their lifetime.

Some of the pilgrims included those who were blocked from travelling to Mecca last year when Uganda was experiencing an Ebola outbreak.

In October last year, the Saudi Arabian Government refused to allow Ugandan Muslims to go for pilgrimage for fear that they could be infected with the deadly Ebola disease.

Before they were blocked, 900 Muslims had paid part of their travel and accommodation costs.

Over 31 Hajj (pilgrimage) and travel companies have this year participated in the taking of the pilgrims to Mecca.

Meanwhile, Muslim leaders in Luwero district have expressed discontent with President Yoweri Museveni for sidelining them while donating official vehicles and other resources to religious leaders.

While celebrating Eid Al Adhuha at Luweero Muslim district headquarters-Kasana Mosque, leaders also accused the President of neglecting Muslims in the Greater Luweero region despite the support they accorded to NRA fighters during the war.

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  1. What Muslim Leaders Say about Islam

    This list should disabuse any notion that the incessant intolerance, hatred, and even violence against non-Muslims is “fringe.” This is not just a small group of “radicals.” This is Islam, plain and simple. The leaders quoted below are hugely popular, even famous mainstream leaders in the Islamic world. For each quote, I’ve provided an online source. Let’s begin:

    ALI GOMAA

    Ali Gomaa, the grand mufti of Egypt, the highest Muslim religious authority in the world, supports murdering non-Muslims. In the daily Al Ahram (April 7, 2008), he said, “Muslims must kill non-believers wherever they are unless they convert to Islam.” He also compares non-Muslims to apes and pigs.

    MUHAMMAD SAYYID AL TANTAWI

    Muhammad Sayyid Al Tantawi, president of Al Azhar University (the most prominent and authoritative institute of Islamic jurisprudence in the world) also approves of killing and maiming Christians, Jews, and other infidels. He added, “This is not my personal view. This what the Shari’a Law says, the law of Allah, the only valid law on the earth.”

    SYED ABUL ALA MAUDUDI

    Syed Abul Ala Maududi, founder of the Pakistani political party Jamaat-e-Islami, said non-Muslims have “absolutely no right to seize the reins of power in any part of God’s earth nor to direct the collective affairs of human beings according to their own misconceived doctrines.” If they do, “the believers would be under an obligation to do their utmost to dislodge them from political power and to make them live in subservience to the Islamic way of life.”

    SHEIK ABDULLAH BIN MUHAMMAD BIN HUMAID

    The Chief Justice of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh abdullah bin Muhammad bin Humaid teaches that “at first fighting was forbidden, then it was permitted, and after that it was made obligatory.” He clearly identifies two groups Muslims are obligated to fight: “(1) they who start fighting against Muslims, and (2) they who worship gods other than Allah.”

    The most prominent Muslim scholar of the 20th century, Sheikh Abu Ala Maududi, stated in his book, Islamic Law and Constitution, on p. 262, that the Islamic State “seeks to mould every aspect of life and activity. In such a state no one can regard any field of his affairs as personal and private. Considered from this aspect the Islamic State bears a kind of resemblance to the Fascist and Communist states.” Maududi added “Islam wishes to destroy all states and governments anywhere on the face of the earth which are opposed to the ideology and program of Islam.”

    HASAN AL_ BANNA

    Hasan al-Banna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood (the largest international Islamic organization in the world) wrote, “Islam is an all-embracing concept which regulates every aspect of life, adjudicating on every one of its concerns and prescribing for it a solid and rigorous order.” Hasan al-Banna acknowledged there are many levels of jihad, including mere “interior spiritual struggle,” which he deemed the lowest level. According to al-Banna, waging warfare against the infidels is the highest expression of fidelity.

    Hasan al-Banna also wrote, “it is a duty incumbent on every Muslim to struggle towards the aim of making every people Muslim and the whole world Islamic, so that the banner of Islam can flutter over the earth and the call of the Muezzin can resound in all the corners of the world.” Now remember, this is the founder of the largest international Muslim organization in the world. Source: Robert Spencer’s book, Stealth Jihad.

    Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti, Sheikh Abdulaziz Bin Abdullah Bin Mohammed al Sheikh said on Iqra’ TV channel, “Killing producers who show women unveiled is legal.” Source

    SHEIK SALEH AL-LEHADAN

    The Saudi Sheikh Saleh Al-Lehadan, head of the Supreme Judiciary Council, told Al Watan Daily, (March 25, 2008) “After getting rid of the Jews in our Arab land, we must turn to the Christians. They have three options: either they convert to Islam, or leave, or pay Jizia (protection taxes).”

    Late Libyan leader Muammar Ghadafi says: “There are signs that Allah will grant victory to Islam in Europe without swords, without guns, without conquest. We don’t need terrorists, we don’t need homicide bombers. The 50+ million Muslims [in Europe] will turn it into a Muslim continent within a few decades.” Source

    SHAYKH GHAWHI

    Shaykh Ghawhi, well-known and well-respected in Islamic universities and throughout the Islamic world, is a teacher of Islamic studies and Islamic law. He says according to Sharia:

    1. A woman must only leave her house if she has a real need to do so.
    2. Her husband or guardian must authorize her leaving the house.
    3. When she is out, she must be completely covered, including her face.
    4. When she is out, she must not look left or right but keep her head bowed down as she walks.
    5. She must not wear perfume in public.
    6. She must never shake a man’s hand.
    7. Even if she is visiting a female friend and is inside her friend’s house, she must not uncover herself in case a man is hiding somewhere in the house.

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