Mosque Renovation Strengthens Islamic Preaching in Uganda

Most of the mosques in Uganda are small and in dire conditions. This condition hampers the spread of Islam there.

The Simu Pondo Mosque in Bulambuli is currently under construction. (ACTNews)
The Simu Pondo Mosque in Bulambuli is currently under construction. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, BULAMBULI –Islam is a minority religion in Uganda. In 2019, according to the official government, it was estimated that Muslims constituted 14 percent of the population. Muslims in Uganda are always passionate about practicing worship even though they are a minority. Unfortunately, the spirit of Muslims in Uganda is not supported by adequate religious facilities.

The condition of mosques in Uganda is poor. For example, the mosque in Bulambuli District can only accommodate a maximum of 200 people. The roof of the mosque often leaks, and the ground is lined with only tarps. The walls that are made of woven wood are prone to collapsing when strong winds hit.

Amir Firdausi from ACT’s Global Humanity Response explained this condition was hindering Muslims in Bulambuli from praying. The spreading of Islam is also running slow because of the inconvenient places of worship.

“We started renovating the Simu Pondo Mosque at the end of April. Currently, we are still painting the outer walls. Insha Allah, we plan to complete it by May 22,” said Amir from Global Humanity Response - Aksi Cepat Tanggap, Thursday (5/6/2021).

Amir hoped the mosque could accommodate more worshippers. After it is finished, this mosque will boost the enthusiasm of Muslims in Bulambuli to worship in the Mosque. “It is a place of reciting and memorizing the Quran for children and adults as well as a center of Islamic civilization in Bulambuli,” continued Amir.

Furthermore, Amir explained that there were still many mosques that needed renovation in Uganda. He also invited generous benefactors to continue assisting Muslims in Uganda to have more proper places to worship.

"Giving alms to build a mosque is also a good practice whose rewards will continue to flow even though we have passed away," concluded Amir. []