Zimbabwe’s Grand Mufti, Sheikh Ismail Menk Arrives in Uganda

Zimbabwe's grand Mufti, Sheikh Ismail Ibn Musa Menk on arrival at Entebbe airport

Zimbabwe’s grand Mufti and motivational speaker Sheikh Ismail Ibn Musa Menk, 43, largely known as Mufti Menk is in Uganda.

Sheikh Menk, who is also
Renowned Muslim scholar is expected to be among the keynote speakers during celebrations to mark 175 years of Islam in Uganda.

According to sources, Menk will Thursday address a press conference in Kampala before leading Juma prayers at Old Kampala Mosque on Friday.

Thereafter, the Muslim scholar will hold a dinner with a selected group of leaders at Pearl of Africa Hotel on Saturday before addressing addressing thousands of Muslims and non-muslims at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole on Sunday.

Unconfirmed reports indicate that prior to his departure from the country, Menk will also meet President Yoweri Museveni for discussion on a variety of issues.

The Zimbabwean Muslim cleric was meant to be in Uganda in April this year but organizers opted to postpone his visit to this month of June. At the time (April), Uganda was hosting the World Islamic Conference then and the two events could not be handled concurrently.

According to Hajj Abdul Karim Karisa, one of the organizers, Sheik Menk was invited through the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council. Karisa says hosting him is a great honour given his tight schedule.

In a recorded video sent on social media in April, Sheikh Menk confirmed his maiden visit to Kampala.

“Asalaam aleikum [Peace be upon you] my brothers and sisters in Uganda. Insha Allah, I will be there on April 27 at Lugogo Cricket Oval (then before changing the venue to Namboole), celebrating 175 years of Islam in Uganda with building bridges tour. I am excited to be coming for the first time and I hope you are equally excited… ,” he said.

Mufti Menk has more than three million followers on Twitter. 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.

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