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Don’t marry non-Muslims, popular preacher advises Muslim singles

By ABUBAKAR SEMATIMBA

Famous Islamic preacher Sheikh Nuhu Muzaata Hamza Batte has urged young Muslim men and women to face reality and marry “now” before it is too late.

Speaking to hundreds of Muslim youth attending a seminar organized 13 July by the Association of Corporate Muslims at Kampala’s Hotel Africana, Sheikh Muzaata called on the gathering – male and female – to put wedlock top on their priority list.

He said marriage is a Sunnah (tradition) of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) that can only be ignored at ones peril. “I am seeing around many beautiful young women and handsome young men in this hall; why don’t you marry each other, O people?’’ he asked.

The outspoken cleric, dubbed the imam of imams, rejected the excuse of those who attributed their single status to poverty, arguing that the Almighty Allah is ever ready to help whoever marries to avoid temptation. To support his argument he quoted the verse of the Qur’an (24:32): 

Marry off the single among you and those of your male and female slaves who are fit [for marriage]. If they are poor, God will provide for them from His bounty: God’s bounty is infinite and He is all knowing.

He strongly warned the audience, composed largely of the middle class, against marrying non-Muslim men and women because they are unclean, citing Allah’s Statement in the Quran (9:28), which says, “O you who believe! Verily, the Mushrikun (polytheists, pagans, idolaters, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah, and in the Message of Muhammad) are utterly filthy…”

The Sheikh equally emphatically discouraged hugging and handshake between man and woman (except for relatives), and going into marriage without the consent of the parents or those authorized by the Shariah to represent the parents. 

He declared that his own daughter Hadija Muzaata, who accompined him to the seminar, was up for grabs, describing her as learned and well-behaved.  “I have not been disturbed by my daughter,” said Muzaata. “I thank her so much for being obedient and understanding.”

 

 

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