Sheikh Ahmad Mukasa’s candle burns out at 84
At about 6am on Thursday morning, Sheikh Islam Ahmad Mukasa was pronounced dead at a private hospital at Bwebajja along Entebbe Road.
Mukasa, who once served as Interim Mufti of Uganda suffered a stroke in June last year.
Early this week, he developed Pneumonia and was rushed back to hospital where he died shortly after daybreak.
He lived an illustrious life as a Muslim cleric, teacher and leader.
Born on October 25, 1934, Sheikh Ahmad Mukasa served the Muslim community in Uganda at different levels beginning in 1954 as a religious teacher at Mende Kalema primary school and at the same time the Imam of Mende-Kalema memorial mosque.
In 1958, he was appointed the Busiro County Sheikh before his ordination with 46 others in 1961 as a fully fledged Sheikh.
In 1964, Mukasa joined Kibuli Secondary School as a teacher and four years later, he was appointed the Imam of Kibuli Mosque in 1966.
During his time as Imam of Kibuli Mosque, Mukasa presided over the wedding of the then President, Idi Amin’s wedding to Sarah in 1973.
A year earlier in 1972, Sheikh Mukasa had been appointed the Secretary for Religious Affairs under Sheikh AbdulRazak Matovu, the first Chief Kadhi at the inception of Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC).
In 1993, he was elected the interim Mufti of Uganda on recommendations of the Prof George Kanyeihamba Muslim unity commission.
He held onto the position till the election of Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubajje as Mufti.
The following year, he led a delegation to Libya to negotiate the construction of the National Mosque at Old Kampala.
In 2014, he was bestowed the title Sheikh Islam – a title given to eminent Muslim clerics.
He is survived by over 50 children.