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The kettle that Kabaka Mutesa I used to perform wudhu (Muslim ablution)

Kabaka Mutesa I ruled the Kingdom of Buganda from 1856 and 1885, a period in which Arab traders and Christian missionaries intensified their activities in the nation. Mutesa accepted Islam, practiced it and established it as state religion until Christianity gained ground in the latter part of his reign. Here is the kettle that the king used to perform ablution in preparation for salah, or prayer. (PHOTO BY BAKKABULINDI KAGIMU)

Mutesa, who was named Saidi after his conversion to Islam, received the container as a gift from Prince Nuhu Mbogo, the grandfather of Islam in Uganda. The container is preserved at Nabulagala-Kasubi Mosque, near the Royal Tombs.

An Islamic museum is being preserved constructed at the mosque. An Islamic museum is being constructed at the mosque to preserve such objects of historic importance. 

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