A man has petitioned the Constitutional Court seeking orders to stop Muslims from addressing God as Allah or God of Jesus and likening Islam to Christianity.
Ivan Samuel Ssebadduka, who calls himself a monotheistic Christian, contends that although Muslims have a right to worship as envisaged in the Constitution, they have no right to interfere with other people’s religious beliefs by referring to their God as Allah or God of Jesus.
Monotheism is the belief that only one God exists.
“Your petitioner wants to move this honorable court to stop Muslims from likening their religion, God and Quran to Christianity, Yahweh and the Holy Bible respectively,” Mr Ssebadduka states in his petition dated October 4.
He added: “We Christians who believe in Yahweh Ela Shaddai, transliterated Jehovah God Almighty, want to stop Muslims from calling our ‘God’, the God of Jesus, Allah. It’s true we have one creator but that doesn’t mean our creator (of Christians) is called Allah.”
Mr Ssebadduka sued Mufti of Uganda Sheikh Shaban Ramadan Mubajje, Supreme Mufti Sheikh Silman Kasule Ndirangwa, members of the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council, members of the Uganda Da’awa Association and anyone who calls himself/herself a Muslim.
Further in his petition, Mr Ssebadduka avers that the God of Christians is called Yahweh Ela Shaddai, not Allah and that the God of everyone, the one they serve is not called Allah by name.
“We the Christians of this generation want to put things right once and for all. We want to clearly say that our God is Yahweh, not Allah as Muslims claim. Their claim is baseless and has no Biblical truth in it,” the petitioner contends.