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Muslim Health Workers Urged to Use Quran to Contribute to Science

According to Lukwago, the clerics are focusing on marriage, distribution of property after death, and preaching against Riba or borrowing charges that are forbidden in Islam.

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Dr Asuman Lukwago, the Secretary to the Education Service Commission has expressed concern over how medicine, science, and academics are less appreciated by Muslim clerics. 

According to Lukwago, the clerics are focusing on marriage, distribution of property after death, and preaching against Riba or borrowing charges that are forbidden in Islam.  

Lukwago who was speaking at the Annual General Meeting of the Federation of Islamic Medical Associations said while scientific knowledge is elaborately talked about in the Quran, this is never transferred to practice pointing out that so far only one doctor in Uganda has used the Quran to write a scientific paper on religiosity for HIV prevention.

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During the meeting which was attended by delegates from six countries including Kenya, Burundi, DR Congo, Ghana, and Rwanda, Prof Magid Kagimu a Gastroenterologist who heads Saidina Abubakar Islamic Hospital revealed that they had observed that HIV-positive Muslims who adhere to teachings of the Quran had a high degree of adhering to their drugs thus having less HIV transmission rates because their viral load is suppressed.

Kagimu who told delegates that they had adopted an Islamic approach to tackling HIV by delivering comprehensive prevention and treatment services revealed that this move came after a study they did among the youth in Wakiso district found HIV prevalence to be low.

In this study where they compared HIV prevalence and HIV-risk behaviors between Muslims and Christians, over 4,000 participants were involved. 2,933 of the participants were Christians whereas 1,224 were Muslims aged between 15 and 24 years.  The HIV prevalence was significantly lower among Muslims at 2% compared to Christians at 4%. 

The scientist attributes these low HIV infection rates among Muslims to the fact that they are more likely to be circumcised, a practice that has scientifically been proven to reduce HIV infection among men by approximately 60 percent.  He also notes that Muslims are more likely to avoid drinking alcohol which leads youths into engaging in risky behavior.

Lukwago says such practices elaborated in the Quran and have been proven by science need to be emphasized by teachers of Islam and warns that failure to interpret the Quran to resonate with what is happening in society will continue to affect Muslim scientists. 

Meanwhile, at the meeting, the Islamic Medical Association of Uganda changed leadership replacing Kagimu with Dr Jamil Mugalu, a Neonatologist as the association president. 

Mugalu said his core mandate will be to engage in programs that promote the ethics of the medical profession while observing Islamic principles.

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