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First Islamic museum in Uganda in the offing


ARTICLE SUMMARY: This is the time to establish a place to showcase the rich heritage and historical contribution of Islam and Ugandan Muslims.

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY: Jawadu Mbogo is the brain behind the planned Islamic Museum and Research Centre.

Islam has been in existence in Uganda for nearly 170 years. In the course of its operation the monotheistic religion has left behind relics, antiquities and artefacts, most of which are scattered in various parts of the country. There is need to collect these valuables and keep them in a safe place as away of preserving the history of Islam.

It is only in the establishment of a museum and research centre that the Islamic heritage can be preserved and further studied. The museum that we have set out to establish shall also keep accurate information on the Muslim population, facilities, professionals and other aspects of Islamic nature.

The Islamic Museum and Research Centre, as we have chosen to call it, shall provide cultural education programs and museum services to the public. Its mission is to preserve Uganda’s Islamic legacy by collecting, archiving, and displaying artefacts and information about the country’s rich Islamic history. The prospective museum, besides carrying out educational programs, intends to organise cultural exhibitions at home and abroad to reflect Uganda’s cultural diversity.

The Islamic Museum and Research Centre seeks to provide exhibits and programs for schools, Mosques, community centres, community groups, libraries, the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Museum, and Government departments.

The Islamic Museum and Research Centre will be an exciting and unique place to showcase the rich artistic heritage and historical contributions of Muslims in Uganda and abroad. Fascinating stories, interactive displays, and exquisite art exhibits will provide an insight into the Ugandan Muslim experience for tourists, school groups and other visitors.

The museum shall have the following galleries for the beginning:

1.         The Prophet Muhammad’s gallery comprising the photo of the house in which he was born, copies of the letters he wrote to different kings calling them to Islam, the Kaaba in and its facelifts in over the centuries, among others.

2.         Educational gallery comprising the names and photos of Ugandan Muslim professors, PhD, Master’s, degree and diplomas holders. The category will also contain Islamic universities and schools.

3.         Political leadership gallery composed of Muslim leaders, including Kabaka (King) Saidi Muteesa I (1856 – 1884), Kabaka Rashid Kalema Muguluma (1888 – 1889) and Prince Nuhu Mbogo.  This section will also feature first Muslim President Idi Amin (1971 – 1979), Muslim army commanders, ministers, members of parliament, etc.

4.         Religious leaders gallery featuring all the previous Muftis and Amirs of Uganda, and individuals who have contributed to the development of the Muslim community.

5.         Gallery for outstanding Ugandan Muslim sportsmen and women of all time such as Ali Kitonsa, Majid Musisi, Ayub Kalule, Kasim Ouma, Ali Kavuma and Ali Tomusange.

6.         Business gallery involving outsnading Muslim businessmen and women and their businesses.

7.         Islamic antiquities such as Mende Kalema and Natete mosque.

We pray to Allah to bless our effort. 


0 #1 Abu Musa 2013-07-02 10:35
Great initiative indeed, May Allah give you the courage and wisdom to push forward this idea.
0 #2 Aziz Salim Kavuma 2013-07-10 08:54
In deed in sha'allah wa ta Allah, thats really a wonderful job may the almighty Allah direct you where necessary, i wud also like to come and join in that category.
0 #3 Abbas 2013-07-20 19:11
Ma Sha Allah - A long over due and great initiative.