Geography, Topography & Climate: With the exception of desert, all the physical features of Africa may be found within Swaziland’s area of 17,000 square kilometers. The country is divided into four topographical areas from west to east, varying from 1800 to 400 meters above sea level. The mountainous highveld to the west has a temperate climate of warm, wet summers and cool, dry winters, while the subtropical middleveld comprising lush, fertile valleys and a warm climate, which is ideal for crop cultivation.
The lowveld, which forms 40% of the country’s area, is also subtropical and although prone to drought, sugar cane is widely and successfully grown there on a commercial basis. Much of this region is typical African bush and an abundance of indigenous wild life, birds and flora may be found here. The mountainous Lubombo area borders Mozambique, on the North East to East and rest of Swaziland is nestled by South Africa. Swaziland is scenic mountainous kingdom and is a tourist destination for its natural beauty.
Capital City, Mbabane
Mbabane, which is the country’s administrative capital, was founded in 1903 when Swaziland became a protectorate under the British, who choose the site in preference to Bremersdorp (now the city of Manzini), which was the capital under the Transvaal Administration.
In Mbabane the population of Muslim Community comprising of local Swazi’s and Foreigners is approximately 1200.
Swaziland is a scenic mountainous Kingdom ruled by His Majesty King Mswazi III. By the grace of Allah we have full religious freedom to practice our faith. In fact study of religions is encouraged in the school syllabi and the schools regularly send batches of students to the Mosque in Ezulwini to learn about Islam.
The Need for a MOSQUE in Mbabane, Capital of Swaziland
The first mosque in Swaziland was constructed in 1978 in Ezulwini village, which is about 15kms from the capital City Mbabane.
Muslim population in Mbabane City is about 1200. However due to the distance and inadequate public transport facilities it was difficult for Mbabane residents to perform five times daily salaah in Ezulwini mosque .Hence in 1982 a small musalla with a capacity for 25 musallies was established in Malunge Township, Mbabane. Presently this mussallah can accommodate about 60 musallies and also serves as madressah for school going children.
For Jumuah Salaah Mbabane Muslim Residents have to commute to Ezulwini mosque. Those who do not have their own transport are put to quite some difficulty due inadequate public transport. These difficulty further increases for those who want to attend Taraweeh prayers, etikaf, etc. as public transport is not available at night. The Ezulwini Mosque which can accommodate about 300 musallies with an additional 70 outside the mosque is also filled to capacity on Jumuah day.
There has been therefore a pressing need to establish a mosque in the Capital city of Mbabane to cater to the “Deeni” needs of the ever increasing Muslim population for Daily Salaah, Madressah, and other programs to maintain deen amongst Muslim population in a very Non-Islamic environment. This urgent and esential need is now being addressed, by the grace of Allah, through the construction of Masjid-E-Yusuf in Mbabane under the auspices of Mbabane Islamic Centre.