On Friday, December 4, 2020, Sheikh Nuhu Muzaata died. After being hospitalized at International Hospital Kampala (IHK) for weeks, where he fought an illness no one knew about, he died.
Over the past few days, many famous people have shared posts on their social media pages praying for and wishing Sheikh Nuhu Muzaata Batte a speedy recovery.
Last week, his son Sulaiman Sowedi Muwonge had a hard time because rumors were all over social media that Muzaata had already died. He put an end to the false stories by telling his father’s followers not to spread them.
Sulaiman, who was taking care of Muzaata in the hospital, denied that his father had died. However, he did confirm that his father was bedridden and needed prayers.
But the Sheikh died on Friday, and his death was widely reported by public figures, news sources, and his social media followers.
Sheikh Nuhu Muzaata was the leader of Dawa and the voice of the Kibuli Muslim community. His death is being mourned by the Muslim community in the country. Around 3:00 pm on Friday, Muzaata was pronounced dead at the International Hospital Kampala (IHK), where he had been staying for the last two weeks because he was sick.
Latiff Ssebagala Sengendo, who is an MP for the Kawempe Division North, wrote about Muzatta’s death on his Facebook page.
“Innalilahi wainailayhi Rajoun. Sheik Nuhu Muzaata has died. May Allah give us strength. “This is a very hard time,” Ssebagala wrote in his post.
The head of the Uganda Muslim Youth Assembly, Imam Idi Kasozi, told journalists that Muzaata was dead and that he found out about it right after Kumar prayers. He said that the Muslim community had lost a leader and a strong pillar who spoke out on important issues related to Islam.
One of the people taking care of Muzaata in the hospital, Sulaiman Sowedi Muwonge, said that Muzaata was a friend to many people.
Sharifa Abdallah, one of Sheik Muzaata’s family members, said that doctors at the hospital told them that the man had stomach problems that he had been complaining about.
At the IHK stage in Namuwongo, a boda boda rider said that he loved the deceased because the Islamic teachings made him a better person.
He said, “I loved the sheik for the good Islamic lessons he taught. Many of his lessons were educational, and they made me a better person.”
Haji Hakim Sekizige, who lives in Kisugu, says that he remembers Muzaata as someone who helped him while he was on the pilgrimage in Mecca. He said that Muzaata was the kind of person who would talk about any bad thing he saw.
Ibrahim Kasozi, a member of parliament for Makindye Division East, said that the Muslim community has lost a well-known Muslim scholar. Even though it’s not clear yet what killed Muzaata, Kasozi said that the public should always be on guard.
Sheikh Nuhu Muzaata Batte was born to the late Adam Muzaata in the 1950s in Bwaise, Lufula Zone, close to the Kimombasa area. His father was the late Adam Muzaata.
From 1979 to 1982, Muzaata went to the Bilal Quran Islamic School, which used to be called Binyira, in Wandegeya. After that, he went to university in Madina, Saudi Arabia.
Muzaata, unlike many religious leaders at the time, was not afraid to talk about politics.
He was one of the Muslim clerics who spoke out the most. People liked how eloquently he argued about Muslim issues, social injustice, social life, land, and other public issues. He was a well-known public speaker who was often asked to give sermons at community events.
At the time this story was written, the body of the late Muzaata was still at IHK hospital. Plans were being made to move the body to Kibuli Mosque, and funeral arrangements were still being made.