Iganga- Students in Iganga District have called for dialogue among different religious denominations to resolve some issues that have caused tensions between faith groups and have translated into acts of terrorism.
The call was made during a dialogue organised by the Muslim Centre for Justice and Law (MCJL), an NGO, at Victoria High School under the theme “advocating mainstreaming of inter and intra-faith engagements into the national development programmes of the country”.
The students said sustainable development cannot be achieved without peace and unity among the various sections of citizenry.
They said peace and unity will remain elusive unless there is a mutual respect for each other’s religious beliefs.
The advocacy officer of MCJL, Mr Musa Ntambi, said the NGO was in advanced stages of organising the 5th annual multi-faith Youth Day of Service, which is aimed at promoting peaceful co-existence between different religions.
“We need to exhibit unity among religions and to show that Muslims are not terrorists. Islam preaches peace and those who do such things do it as individuals for selfish interests,” Mr Ntambi said.
Recently, the titular head of the Muslim community in Uganda, Prince Kassim Nakibinge, urged Muslims to shun acts of terrorism in order to strengthen and preserve the legacy of the Islamic faith.
Prince Nakibinge accused some sections of the media of portraying Islam in bad light by linking it to terrorism.
“One of the biggest challenges for us in the world today is that everyone expects Muslims to condemn each and every act of terrorism committed in the name of Islam,” he said.
“Such pressure has made innocent Muslims guilty by association, if not, by mere identity. Terrorism has no religion and is criminally satanic and this generalisation must stop. Suspects should be treated as individuals, rather than demonising the religion,” Prince Nakibinge added.