Something to learn from Ali Banat and Abiriga’s death!

By Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba

I was watching the video of Ali Banat that he made to be released after his passing. The video starts with “Al-Hamdulillah, I have passed away”. The power of the video was overwhelming and I’m seeing Hollywood movie stars share it on social media as well. What this brother did in such a relatively short time is astounding and to leave this world when he’s right on top spiritually is enviable. And in Ramadan, at that! May God give us all a death in a state that He is most pleased with us. Amin. Imagine if half of our ummah were as generous, strong in faith and as beautiful hearted as this young man. Our ummah would have been strong, successful and victorious. His courage about facing death helped alleviate a phobia of death I have suffered from years.Yes, I started fearing death the moment I became a dad. He basically gives you a simple equation: live your life a certain way, repent for the past and you have nothing to fear for the future. I happened to stumble on his interview, “the gift of cancer” , just a few days before. Subhanallah. May Rabana love him and have mercy on him. May He open our eyes too before its too late.

But that’s not really why I’m writing this. As I was thinking about this video, i got a call from my wife who told me to log on Facebook. I asked, ‘why?’. ‘Hon.Abiriga has been assassinated’. Since then,I’m seeing an unprecedented outpour of sadness and happiness over the assassination of Hon.Abiriga. It’s more than I’ve seen for the loss of a ‘beloved’ Uganda MP since the murder of Hon.Cerinah Nebanda. Don’t miss the irony in that. There are so many more people who love you when you do good than you realize, and there are also a lot of people who will celebrate your death when you do bad. Let’s just don’t get so overtaken up with the spoils in this world. Life is just a game. Death always wins!

May God grant ease in the grave, peace on the Day of Judgment, and the highest levels of Paradise in the Afterlife to Ali Banat and Abiliga, and may He enable us all to be as inspiring, driven, purposeful, and positively impacting as Ali Banat was in his life. Amin.

“In tribute to the United Kingdom and the Republic of Uganda, two bastions of strength in a world filled with strife, discrimination and terrorism.”

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Semuwemba is a Ugandan residing in the UK

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"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. "~ Martin Luther King Jr. ~

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