By Jackie Nambogga
The Muslim community of the Shia sect has this year acquired 11 more mosques in various parts of the country. The mosques were constructed by Ahlul Bait Islamic Foundation, bringing the total number of mosques owned by the sect in Uganda to 65.
In an interview with New Vision on Wednesday, Sheikh Dactoor Abdu Kadir Muwaya, who heads the sect in Uganda, said the move is aimed at improving the image of their worshipping centres, especially in areas where their mosques were in a sorry state.
He said they would also set up new mosques in areas where they did not have any.
Muwaya cited Kibuku and Namayingo districts as areas where they did not have any mosques. “It is very difficult to deal with a society which does not fear God because it is ever unruly, but when they go for prayers, they are guided on good morals. This deters them from engaging in evil acts since they walk in Allah’s steps,” Muwaya said.
Three mosques have been constructed in Iganga, including Grand Mosque which has a restaurant, a guest house and a conference hall.
In Mayuge district, three mosques have been constructed, while others are in Namutumba and Bugiri districts. “Some mosques were dilapidated and did not have water, yet it is a basic requirement at every mosque. We constructed boreholes and provided public address systems to mosques that required them,” Muwaya said.
Shia Muslims construct 11 mosques this year