Wednesday, 22 August 2012 19:13
(JollofNews) – Imam Baba Leigh of Kanifing East mosque has become the first Gambian to openly criticise the Gambia
government’s ban on religious gathering in the coastal village of Gunjur.
The annual gathering at the Kenye-Kenye Jamenghno (Sandy Mosque) which the Office of the President described as unIslamic was banned in July and the president has vowed to come down heavily on anyone who goes against the ban.
Imam Leigh said the government was wrong to ban the religious gathering in Gunjur as it goes against the beliefs of the Tijaniyaa brotherhood and the freedom of religion enshrined in the Gambian constitution.
“That decision was not right because it is a holy site which was recommended by the founder of Tijaniyaa brotherhood, Sheikh Omar Futi. He worshipped at the place for 40 days and said that whoever prays there will have their prayers answered,” he told the Standard Newspaper.
“A cursory look at the trend of religious feasts tells you that the majority of Gambian Muslims go to Touba, Tivaoune or Ndiassan in Senegal for prayer when we have our own holy place in Gunjur respected even by the custodians of those places.
"I do not understand why people should not be allowed to exercise their religious freedom? Christians are going to Kunkujang Mariama for their annual prayer pilgrimage and nobody is stopping them.
“I have personally prayed there [Kenye-Kenye Jamenghno] many times and my prayers were answered. Thousands of people came from all over West Africa to pray at the place, which is good for Gunjur and the Gambia.
Since the ban was announced in a press release by the Office of the President, security officers have been instructed to arrest anyone found worshipping at the place.
Written by PK Jarju
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