Gaddafi National Mosque – Travel Guide
Gadaffi mosque is the largest mosque in East Africa and the headquarters of the Islamic faith in Uganda as well as the headquarters of the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council the organization that is in charge of all Islamic affairs in Uganda. It is situated on Kampala hill, a few kilometres away from the city centre and it is one of Kampala city’s tourist destinations. Gadafi mosque was completed and commissioned in 2007 after Supreme mufti of Uganda Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje approached the late Col. Muammar Gaddafi in 2001 to help in the completion of the mosque.
The Gadaffi mosque houses the head office of the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council and the office of the mufti. A mufti is the head of the Muslim community and according to the Islamic dictionary, he is described as a person who presents the laws of the scholars to people who ask for them.
Gadaffi mosque seats up to 15,000 worshippers in the hall, 1100 people in the gallery, and 3500 on the terrace.
Gadaffi mosque is open to all visitors and it is also visited by people from different countries who get a chance to explore the beautiful modern interior and architecture, not forgetting to access the minaret for great views of Kampala city.
When visiting, you are required to pay an entrance fee before you access the mosque. The women should wear loose fitting clothes covering the head, wrist and ankle and men must wear long trousers and long sleeved shirts. The outfits are available at the entrance and should be returned after the tour.
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