Construction of the Lira main mosque is near completion, thanks to Turkish Muslim friends. Construction of the mosque, which is found next to Lira Quran School, resumed a few months ago after stalling for more than 40 years.
The late President, Idi Amin Dada launched the construction works of Lira Main Mosque in 1975 during his visit to Lango Muslim District Supreme Council. However, the construction work stalled following the overthrow of Amin's government in 1979.
Some Muslims had turned the mosque into their residency after failing to find money to finance the construction works. However, since the construction work resumed the mosque has already been roofed. Some of the windows and doors have also been fixed.
Muslims used the mosque during night prayers in the last ten days of Ramadan, a signal that the construction work is nearing completion. Sheikh Salim Nangoye, the Lira Muslim District Kadhi, says a group of Turkish Muslims visited the district and offered to finance the completion of the stalled mosque.
Sheikh Nangoye says he is excited about the progress made so far, saying they were struggling to raise money locally to complete the Mosque. Aisha Bint Abdu, a resident of Lira Town is equally excited about the Mosque.
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She appeals for unity among Muslims in the area so as to focus on propagating Islam in the region.
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Once completed the mosque it expected to seat 5000 Muslims. It will also be the biggest mosque in Northern Uganda and second to Gadhafi national Mosque in Old Kampala.