Who’s funding Uganda’s new high-rise mosques?

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By Monitor Group

The second largest mosque within the nation named after former president Idi Amin sits at Senior Quarters B, Bazzar East, Central Division in Lira Municipality.

This place of worship, which seats 3,000 folks, is the second largest within the nation after Gaddafi Mosque in Kampala.

It was commissioned in December 2018 by the Mufti of Uganda, Sheikh Shaban Mubajje.

The Idi Amin Mosque will home a radio station, which might be utilized in propagating Islamic faith within the Lango Sub-region.
Plans are additionally underway to determine a contemporary medical facility and a shopping center on the Muslim land adjoining to the Idi Amin Mosque the place Juba market is working presently.

Sheikh Othman Eden, who’s in-charge of propagating Islam in Lango Sub-region, instructed Day by day Monitor that the mosque was constructed by means of a donation from their pals from Turkey.
Nevertheless, Sheikh Eden didn’t reveal particulars of the funding.

“You understand in Islamic religion, we’re not alleged to disclose a donation as a result of this was a charity from Turkey, and even the Bible says that what your proper hand has given, the left hand shouldn’t know,” he mentioned.
At the moment, there are about 5,000 registered members of the Muslim group in Lira Municipality alone. Additionally, there are greater than 5 different excessive class smaller mosques in Lira City along with the Idi Amin Mosque.

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“Our quantity is rising very quick as a result of in a yr, every man produces between three and 4 youngsters relying on the variety of wives he has. Legally, we’re alleged to have 4 wives,” Sheik Eden mentioned.
The secretary of Lira Foremost Mosque, Sheik Salim Molo, mentioned the development of the primary mosque, now Idi Amin Mosque, was began in 1975.

It was, nonetheless, halted throughout the overthrow of Amin’s authorities in 1979. From 2000 to 2016, the unfinished concrete big construction hosted the individuals who had been displaced by the Lord’s Resistance Military (LRA) rebels, he defined.
“Throughout the identical interval, we had been utilizing the underground construction for instructing younger youngsters the Koran and we’d additionally use the place additionally for prayers,” Sheik Molo mentioned.

The Kiboga district kadhi, Sheik Musa Luwaga, mentioned though non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have helped to erect new mosques within the space, the native Muslim group has additionally performed some position.
Of the 70 mosques in Kiboga, Sheik Luwaga mentioned, 4 have been constructed by district girl MP Ruth Nankabirwa, whereas the area people has erected 10 mosques.

“It’s true we now have continued to get help from some organisations just like the Islamic Steerage and Growth, Valuable Arms –Uganda Tafamoh Charity Organisation –Uganda, Africa Muslim Company (AMA), however we now have additionally completed our half as Muslims within the district to place up higher locations of worship,” he mentioned.
Regardless of making progress in establishing mosques, Sheik Luwaga mentioned they nonetheless lack higher well being services and nursery colleges.

“We have now constructed sufficient mosques and our subsequent step is to foyer for different services similar to well being centres and kindergartens,” he mentioned.
Hajj Twaha Kivumbi, the Lyantonde Muslim District spokesperson, mentioned of the 34 mosques within the space, just one has been erected by a Muslim Charity organisation.
“We consider in self-help initiatives and people who need to assist will discover us shifting,” he mentioned.

Sheikh Ahamad Nsanja, the Amir [leader] at Masjid Jamia in Masaka City, mentioned with the monetary help from organisations like AMA, at the very least 9 new mosques have been in-built Masaka metropolis and its environs.
Nevertheless, he mentioned of the normal mosques within the space had been constructed by native Muslims.

Kabale Muslim District Council has constructed about 14 new mosques in Kabale, Rubanda and Rukiga districts, primarily to deliver non secular providers nearer to the believers.

They embody Muhanga, Kabimbiri, Mubyara, Kamwezi, Kyogo, Rushaki, Maziba, Rwakihirwa, Karengyere, Mpungu, Mukitengye, Rwamahano, Mukatojo and Rubanda central mosques, amongst others. Hajj Issa Tindyebwa, the Kabale Muslim District Council chairman, mentioned some mosques should not but full though the believers have began utilizing them for prayers.

Worldwide help
The mosques are being constructed utilizing native contribution with help from “worldwide pals”.
“The principle goal of creating these mosques is to advertise our faith by bringing non secular providers nearer to the believers. The mosques should not for earnings technology however providers to the folks,” he mentioned.

He added: “We’re so grateful to our worldwide pals which have all the time given us funds for the development actions apart from the willingness of the native Muslims to boost cash for a similar trigger.” In Ntungamo, a number of initiatives together with the development of main mosques, have been supported by varied Muslim organisations from Arabia.

In the present day, at the very least 12 mosques, 20 shallow wells, a technical college and a major college have been constructed.

The Ntungamo District Kadhi, Sheik Swaleh Kashangirwe, mentioned the federal government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Embassy in Uganda, Muzanamat Dawa Islamia of Qatar, the Pink Crescent of the UAE, have funded the constructions.

In Fort Portal, the Khadi for Tooro Muslim District, Sheikh Ghalid Talib Hussein, mentioned they’re establishing the Masjid Jamiee Mosque in Kisenyi.

He mentioned they’ve raised funds from members of the Muslim group in Fort Portal and Kampala.
The challenge is predicted to value greater than Shs1.5 billion.

In japanese Uganda, the Muslim communities in Kibuku and Pallisa districts have a cause to smile after the Good Hope Basis handed over 30 well-constructed mosques following many years of praying in semi-permanent constructions.

The nation director, Good Hope Basis, Sheikh Hussein Mwase, mentioned the development of the 30 mosques was initiated by the group.

“The Muslim group had an enormous problem of mosques, which certainly, they requested us [Good Hope Foundation] for help,” Sheikh Mwase mentioned.
“This can be a large milestone to the Muslim communities in Kibuku and Pallisa districts, and it will partly entice Muslims again.”

Sheikh Mwase famous that NGOs being speared-headed by the Muslim improvement companions to help Muslims communities in varied programmes have been branded ‘enemies’ of the federal government.

“We have now no ill-intentions to trigger insecurity on this nation, and have by no means been brokers of unsuitable components as we now have been branded however simply companions in improvement,” he mentioned.

He added: “This has been within the mindset of the safety brokers to place all eyes on the operations on the organisation. We do all of the actions according to the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council.”

Investigations
Late final month, the minister for the Presidency, Ms Esther Mbayo, mentioned authorities was investigating some NGOs for allegedly being a part of insecurity within the nation.

“A few of these NGOs are being funded to trigger unlawful actions on this nation however the authorities has unearthed that data…,” Ms Mbayo was quoted to have mentioned.

By Invoice Oketch, Patrick Ebong, Robert Muhereza & Mudangha Kolyangha, Alex Ashaba, Perez Rumanzi, Al-Mahdi Ssenkabirwa & Malik F Jjingo

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