Government tasked to train Sheikhs’ & Imams on ablution of COVID-19 bodies

Government tasked to train Sheikhs’ & Imams on ablution of COVID-19 bodies
Muslim leaders during on of the burial burials in Uganda

NTUNGAMO- The Muslim community has criticized the ministry of health for failure to train local communities on how to bury the bodies of their loved ones who succumbed to COVID-19 pandemic.

Recently the ministry of health indicated that their teams will just disinfect the bodies COVID-19 fatalities and hand them over to the family members for burial.

However, the Ntungamo District Kadhi Sheikh Swalleh Kashangirwe punched hole in the new guidelines issued by the ministry tasking government to first train the county imams and sheikhs on how they will handle the burial of Muslims since Islamic laws instructs them to conduct body ablution to the deceased before burial.

Sheikh Kashangirwe also warns the Muslim community against changing the Islamic rituals of immediate burial of the deceased noting that some have developed a tendency of burying their people after two or three days which must stop.

The Ntungamo Municipality county sheikh Abdullah Yunus Rwamahe asked the muslim community to avoid bickering and clicks which can distort the relevancy of their faith.

The Ntungamo District vice chairperson Ampeire Sakina Imamu condemned the habitual acts of using abusive language, hate speeches and factions based on religious sects amongst politicians to stop it.

Madam Sakina who doubles as the LCV councilor for Nyamunuuka Town council and Bwongyera sub county asked voters to shun politicians who use divisive words based on religion noting that service delivery doesn’t have religion.