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Wakiso: Muslims, Christians Fight over Dead Body


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decease geneva;”>In his 40s, Farouk Ssozi was yesterday found dead in his house after battling a short illness and was quickly rushed by neighbors to the mosque in Nalukolongo for the pre-burial rituals.

Shortly before the prayers could begin, his relatives led by his younger brother only identified as Samuel stormed the mosque before demanding to be handed the body of their brother.

They insisted that Ssozi was born and raised in a Christian family and would not accept a Muslim burial ceremony.

“Muslims would never carry out a burial ceremony of our own son in our compound. That’s abominable,” charged the elder brother.

Police rushed to the area to disarm the growing and charged crowd of Muslims who equally vowed not to hand in the body of their own to the ‘Kafirs.’

“This is our person. He pronounced Shahada (Islamic confession of faith) in this mosque. He was an adult and was forced by no body,” noted one of the mosque leaders, Sheikh Kato Ahmed.

After hours of exchange, the mourners received a message from the deceased’s father that he had disowned his son when he converted to Islam and would not mind him being buried in a limbo.

The brothers then backed off, leaving Muslims to take charge of the burial activities.


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