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Gaddafi National Mosque
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Owner description: Famously known as the "Gaddafi Mosque" The Colorful structure with its magnificent features of Art was built and designed based on a mixture of Cultures of Arab, European, and an African Touch. Built on Old Kampala Hill, which is One of Kampala City's Seven Hills. It can also be viewed from all Corners of Kampala and one cannot go without a glimpse of it. The Mosque is Open to all People regardless of their Creeds, Political affiliations, Ethnic backgrounds, Cultures and Nationalities. This majestic work of art also houses the Headquarters of the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council which is the National Faith Based Umbrella Organization for all Muslims, their Organizations and Institutions in Uganda with a Core responsibility to reach out to all People at all Levels. The Mosque Complex consists of a Large Mosque Hall that is usually open to all Muslims for Friday Prayers and also for other Islamic Festivals. It can accommodate over 35,000 People. This makes it as one of the biggest Mosque in East, Central, and Sub-Saharan Africa. It also has a standard Conference Hall, Library, An Fm Radio Station, a hospital, and a University College among other Units. On arrival, report to the Tourism Information Office desk. Where you are required to pay your Entrance Fees, Ladies will be veiled as per the Islamic custom. This is a Guided Tour; hence you will be introduced to your guide who will take you around and Inside the Mosque to enjoy an Ambience of its exterior and interior. On entering the Mosque Main hall, enjoy its Architectural designs. Climbing the Tower / Minaret gives you the best view of Kampala City at 360 degrees with its original surrounding Seven Hills. The Mosque also stands on the Original Spot where British first hoisted their Flag which signified Uganda as British Colony. OFFICIAL OPENING HOURS TO TOURISTS AND RESEARCHERS; Monday - Thursday: 09:00am - 06:00Pm Friday: 09:00am - 11:30am re-Opened after the Friday Prayers from 02:00 - 06:00Pm Saturday - Sunday: 09:00am - 06:00Pm. Remains Open on Public Holidays Follow us on our Face book Page; Gaddafi Mosque Uganda Please note; All Visitors are required to respect the Islamic Regulations, Norms and Values. Thank You Management Tourism Office Uganda National Mosque
Reviewed August 23, 2012

It was built with oil money from a foreign dictator whose interest in Uganda is still unclear even after his death. I think the moslem leaders should have generated the money for the construction of a place of worship from within themselves like I have seen many christian churches do.

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Reviewed August 17, 2012

New York has the Statue of Liberty, Paris has the Eifel Tower, London has the London Eye, India has the Taj Mahal and Kampala has the Gaddafi National Mosque. Situated on the top of Old Kampala Hill, Gaddafi Mosque is built entirely of reinforced concrete and spans twelve acres.

The mosque is the headquarters of the Islamic faith in Uganda and also doubles as the headquarters of the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council the organization which takes care of all Islamic affairs in Uganda. It’s a two storied building and the mosque is on the upper floor while the offices are on the ground floor.

Constructing of the mosque started in 1972 after the formation of the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council by the Government of Uganda. It was then called the Old Kampala National Mosque. Construction came to a standstill in 1976 and it wasn’t until 2001 when the Mufti of Uganda Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje, approached the President of the state of Libya Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, asking him for assistance to complete the construction of the Mosque which Gaddafi did. (A mufti is the head of the Muslim community. According to the Islamic dictionary, he is described as a person who presents laws of the scholars to people who ask for them. The word Mufti is derived from the word “fatwa” or opinion and it means ‘one who gives fatwas/opinions’.)

Ground work began again in 2004 when the old unfinished establishment was demolished. It was officially opened and inaugurated in 2008 by the late Colonel Gaddafi himself in an event that was attended by several African heads of state.

Gaddafi Mosque can accommodate 35,000 worshippers and the number doubles during the holy month of Ramadhan and on special Islamic days. On holiday like Eid it accommodates about 200,000 people.

Ashraf Zziwa the Personal Secretary at Gaddafi National Mosque attributes its popularity to several factors. “The first reason is because the late Colonel Gaddafi left a landmark on international politics so whenever people both locals and foreigners hear that he did such a thing as constructing a National Mosque for Uganda, they always come to witness for themselves if actually it exists” he says “Plus the Mosque has interesting features for both locals and tourists one of them being the Minaret or the prayer tower”

This minaret which is open for viewing by the general public has a staircase of three hundred and four stairs. It is completely built from reinforced concrete and the view of Kampala City on top of this minaret is breath taking. It is a favored spot by professional photographers and tourists who want to get a scenic view of Kampala City.

Visitors are welcome at the Gaddafi Mosque and should dress modestly. Women should wear loose fitting clothes covering to the wrist and ankle and cover their heads. Coverings are available at the reception for those who need them and should be returned after the visit. Men should wear trousers, shirts with sleeves.

There are two parts of the mosque; the ground floor which is open at all times and the first floor which is only opened on special occasions like Eid or weddings. The minaret is always closed but opened on request when accompanied by a guide. Foreigners are charged 10,000 UGX for viewing the inside of the mosque and going up to the minaret with a guide but it’s totally free for Ugandans.

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Reviewed August 14, 2012

Its a beautiful Mosque and it can certainly be included in one of the biggest mosques in East Africa and it is located on Old Kampala Hill along old Kampala road opposite old Kampala secondary school. It's inner part is spotlessly clean and well polished, the stainless glass on it's ceiling made of blue, yellow and green colours helps to light the mason with a mixer of beautiful and lovely colours bringing a sense of holiness and peace in the place.

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Reviewed August 7, 2012

we went on top of the minaret, where you have a great view over Kampala. Not sure if you can go up unattended, but definitively wirth a try!

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Reviewed August 4, 2012

If you're looking for a great view of Kampala, check out the Gaddafi mosque. You can see everything on the hills on a beautiful day. I had a good experience because I brought a hijab I had bought and a lady ran up to me to thank me for being respectful. if you don't bring your own headscarf and covering clothing (as a woman), I think you can rent one there.

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