The only Bahai temple in Africa is found in Uganda, it’s situated in Kikaya hill in the country’s capital city. The place is well kept with beautiful green gardens where you can go sit and relax on any day out of the noisy city. The guides are also warm welcoming and will take you through the history of The Bahai faith.
The Bahai faith was affected during the reign if I’d Amin Dada who was the then president of Uganda, though the Bahai faith was literally banned by the president, the building remained under maintenance until president Idi Amin was over throne. In April 1981 the national spiritual assembly of the Bahai faith was restored.
The Bahai faith believes that heaven and hell are not places but states of ones beings according to the good and bad they do respectively, the temple was not merely built but out of spiritual vision. The Bahai believe that hell is the absence of spiritual qualities and heaven is the presence of spiritual qualities.
The closure if the Bahai temple led to the destruction of the building in that water leaked through the walls but renovation and repainting was done by 1992, during the earlier war zone periods the Bahai cause of hand Enoch Olinga and his family were brutally murdered.
The Baha’itemple’s architecture in Uganda was designed by Shoghi Effendi and Charles Mason Remey. But sadly Shoghi Effendi died one month after the foundations of the temple had been laid in October 1957. In the year 1961 after the building of the temple it was dedicated to RuhiyiihiRabbani and over 1000 people attended the service.
The Bahai faith welcomes people from all walks of life despite their religions, no sermons are delivered in the Bahai temple neither are nay musical instruments playedtherein but scriptures of the other religions or of the Bahai faith can be read inside the temple. The Bahai temple in Uganda is the mother temple in Africa.
The tablets of the divine of the Bahai faith were written by Abdul Baha in 1916-1917. They were later translated by Mirza Ahmad Sorhab in 1919. The religion was brought to Uganda in 1950 by the American, Persian, British and Egyptian Bahai communities.
The Bahai house of worship is called Mashriqu’l-Adhkar translated in Persian to mean the dawning place for the praise of God. While at the Bahai temple premises the rules must be observed as written by the Bahai founder Baha Ullah, many tourists flood the Bahai temple to relax and have some ample time to them sleeves or even some come for picnics in this peaceful quite environment.
The Baha’itemple is open to visitors all year round and is opened daily from 9:00am to 5:00pm east African time daily and on Sunday from 10:30 am. It’s always advised that visitors coming to this holy place be decent as though they were going to any other spiritual place of worship.
The Bahai temple was carefully tapestried with different materials from different countries all over the world, the temple is beautiful to behold and was once the tallest building in east Africa when it had just been built. The Bahai temple can be seen in most parts of Kampala standing on the magnificent hill.
Tourists visiting the Bahai temple can find accommodation in Kampala ranging from budget, mid range and luxurious types of accommodation units.