Monday, 29 April 2013


Mayambala Sebaggala Mohammed succumbed to a Brain Tumor a few days after an operation at International Hospital Kampala (IHK) on Friday, April 26, 2013 at around 8.00 am.  He was born in 1963 and had been diagnosed as a Brain Tumor Patient at Mulago Referral Hospital.  It was agreed to have him admitted at IHK where he underwent the operation to remove the tumor.  Unfortunately, Allah decided otherwise, and he breathed his last a few days after the operation which still under intensive care.

Condolences to the bereaved family given the early departure of their lovely and jolly father, grandfather, and uncle.  It is difficult time they are going through and need a lot of prayers.

Mayambala's case is one of the many that call for support.  When the family got a bill of over shs 20 m, the strategy was to look for the money.  It was not easy paying the balance before the body was released.  What this brings to the fore is the need to have institutions where Health Insurance is responsible in paying the hospital dues such that family members don't get a big problem raising the money and having to suffer the  torture of paying the balance only to recover a dead body!     

What the Quran says about death
The origin of death: change of state when Adam and Eve ate from the forbidden tree, even though they were forgiven: “In the earth you will live, and in it you will die.” Qur’an 7:24

The will of God: “It is not possible for a soul to die except with the permission of God at a term set down on record.” Qur’an 3:139

 “When their time comes they cannot delay it for a single hour nor can they bring it forward by a single hour.” Qur'an 16:61

The only guarantee that comes along with birth is death. “To God we belong and to Him is our return” Qur’an 2:156

What does Islam teach about life after death?
It teaches that a human being not only has a body, but also has a 'spirit' given to him or her by God. The spirit is the seed from which a higher form of life grows within man, higher than physical life, just as the body has developed from a small 'seed'. Just as in the world around us higher forms of life evolve from lower ones, similarly from the life of the individual in this world is evolved his higher 'spiritual' life. During his life, man's deeds shape and mould his spirit, for better or worse, according to his deeds. When a person dies, the physical body is finished, but the spirit remains, as he or she had moulded it by their deeds when alive. That is the life after death.

What is a Tumor?
A tumor is a mass of tissue that's formed by an accumulation of abnormal cells. Normally, the cells in your body age, die, and are replaced by new cells. With cancer and other tumors, something disrupts this cycle. Tumor cells grow, even though the body does not need them, and like normal old cells, they don't die. As this process goes on, the tumor continues to grow as more and more cells are added to the mass.  

William Kituuka Kiwanuka

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