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History of Masjid Al-Qudus, Katuuso

Historical Background

This mosque was founded in 2002 and initially, was only used for the daily congregational prayers and the Taraweeh prayers during the month of Ramadhan. For the Friday congregational prayers, the people in Konge and Katuuso areas still had to access the Kiruddu Masjid and Konge Masjid which are the oldest in the area. So, right from its very humble beginnings, the foundation of this mosque was to allow the Konge, Katuuso and some areas of Buziga communities to easily access the congregational prayers and, to allow the youth and children of the same community easy access to Islamic teachings during the school holidays.

The land on which the mosque sits, was donated by Hajji Abdul Noor Kakande Gaava (On the left of the banner image) who passed away on 7th September 2003.

اللَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لَهُ الَّلهُمَّ ثَبِّتْهُ - O Allah, forgive him. O Allah, strengthen him.

The number of people that used the mosque for the daily prayers kept growing slowly and in 2005 there was agreement between the attendees that the mosque should start hosting Juma Prayers and be made official as was the case with the pre-existing mosques; Kiruddu Masjid and Konge Masjid.

The first Juma at Masjidul-Qudus was held in 2005 and was attended by 12 males and 2 ladies only.

Mosque Leadership and It’s Transition Through the Years:

The first Imam and Mu’adhin of the mosque were Sheikh Yusuf Kanyumya Kitenda and Muhamood Wambedde respectively. Alhamdulillah, these two are still serving in these positions to date.

The Executive Committees

Masjidul-Qudus has gone through leadership of 3 executive committees since its inception:

  1. The first committee (2002 - 2009)
    • Chairman – Muhammad Kakande
    • Vice Chairman – Hajji Ali Mubiru
    • Secretary – Abdul-Hakeem Semakula
    • Treasurer – Hajat Noor Kakande
    • Publicity Affairs – Muhammad Lubinga
    • Member – Hajji Sulaiman Katwalo
    • Member – Mastulla Ndahura

  2. The second committee (2009 - 2014)
    • Chairman – Hajji Musa Wamala
    • Vice Chairman – Abdul-Nasser Segawa
    • Secretary – Muhammad Lubinga
    • Treasurer – Hajji Sulaiman Katwalo
    • Publicity Affairs – Bashir Sekajja
    • Welfare – Hajji Salim Sentamu
    • Women Affairs – Hajat Shamim Lutaaya Ddamulira
    • Development Affairs – Hajji Akram Zziwa
    • Youth Affairs – Siraje Katamba
    • Advisor – Hajji Muhamad Kifuko

  3. The third committee (2014 to date)
    • Chairman – Hajji Ali Kibirige
    • Vice Chairman – Hajji Akram Zziwa
    • Secretary – Ismail Kawaase
    • Treasurer – Hajji Sulaiman Katwalo
    • Publicity Affairs – Abdul-Nasser Segawa
    • Welfare – Yunus Jjingo
    • Women Affairs – Hajat Mastulla Ndahura
    • Development Affairs – Abdul-Nasser Segawa
    • Youth Affairs – Abdul-Hakeem Ddamulira
    • Advisor – Hajji Muhamad Kifuko
    • Advisor – Hajji Salim Sentamu

Humble Beginnings

The first complete structure in the premises of Masjidul-Qudus could accommodate up to 100 people. With the steady growth of the mosque members, the size of the mosque was deemed wanting. This prompted the building of a temporary extension that could house an extra 150 prayer attendees. To date this is still the mosque structure and the extension is used by the women for prayers.

Over the years, we have registered a steadily growing number of followers. The current number of members is estimated to be slightly over 600. In fact, this is witnessed in the Friday and Eid prayers where large numbers of attendees are subjected to the scorching sun and rain at times as they are forced to pray from outside of the mosque.

Several factors have contributed to the increase in the number of attendees at Masjidul-Qudus some of which are listed below:

  • Good administration of the mosque
  • The Mosque Management has always upheld the notion of unity amongst Muslims from the two rival Islam factions in Uganda.
  • Selection and appointment of competent, honest and professional leaders in the different positions for the different committees. i.e. executive committee, youth committee, women committee and the new masjid construction committee.
  • Coordination and Cooperation of the mosque leadership i.e. The different committees and the mosque custodians.
  • Institution of appropriate educational programs for children, youth and women aimed at strengthening their beliefs.
  • Management exhibits a high level of accountability in the way it handles masjid funds and donations. These are used to extend a helping hand to the needy, orphans, and to those fasting in the month of Ramadhan.
  • Periodic committee meetings
  • and Training programs

Masjid Al-Qudus, Katuuso witnesses a steady growth of worshippers because of the above factors which has in turn led to a steady development of the mosque, its activities and the surrounding area. Many Muslims and a significant number of new converts keep turning up at the mosque. Regular expansions to the mosque structure are a frequent sight. And thus, the management has recently decided to go for a long-term solution by going for a multiple storied structured with a medical centre as an investment plan. More land has been acquired to accommodate these developments. Most of this is donated by the wife to the late Hajji Abdul Noor Kakande Gaava, Hajat Nuriat Nanteza Kakande, may God reward her with Jannat-ul-Firdaus, Ameen. The new developments are ongoing and the different Masjid committees and trustees are conducting an outreach for donations from all Muslim local and international. Funds have always been raised to pay for the different expansion plans, renovations and the expansion licenses of the Masjid. More donations of the building materials and monetary funds are welcome.

Several factors have contributed to the continual trust in the mosque management and what the masjid and its activities stand for. These include:

  1. Breaking down the mosque management into different committees that include the Executive Committee, a Women’s Committee, Youth Committee and the recently created Construction Committee that oversees the new Mosque construction.
  2. The harmony between all masjid committees and its members in all the mosque activities.
  3. Good cooperation between all committees and the Imams and other mosque custodians.
  4. Regular and open committee meetings with well documented minutes
  5. An Imam that believes in and promotes unity amongst members regardless of which Muslim sect they belong.
  6. Staying away from the current sectarianism in Islam in Uganda that has resulted in violence, death, and outright warfare in some cases.
  7. Institution of appropriate daily educational programs for children, youth and women aimed at strengthening their beliefs.
  8. Management exhibits a high level of accountability in the way it handles masjid funds and donations. These are used to extend a helping hand to the needy, orphans, and to those fasting in the month of Ramadhan.
  9. Commitment to helping community members in need that include the orphans, the poor, the sick, the jobless etc.


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Abdul-Nasser Segawa Development Affairs - Executive Committee