14 December 2012

Gambia: Homosexuality Should Not Be Encouraged - Says Imam Kuta

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Imam Sheikh Omar Kuta of Brusubi Phase 2 has condemned homosexuality and lesbianism, saying that it should not be encouraged in the society, especially in the Senegambia region. Imam Kuta made these remarks on Tuesday in an interview with this reporter at the Daily Observer offices

He said The Gambia and Senegal are Muslim-dominated countries and they should not encourage anything that will lead the society astray. "Anything that does not match with the teachings of the Holy Qur'an and the Prophet will only take the society backward," he noted.

He disclosed that among the topics to be discussed in his upcoming 9th Islamic conference slated for the 23rd December at Brusubi Phase 2, are; homosexuality, the importance of unity in Islam and peaceful co- existence among the people.

Imam Kuta called on all Muslims to be united and steadfast in the teachings and preachings of Islam. He implored on the entire Muslim Ummah to love and support one another and to desist from anything that violates the teaching of the Holy Qur'an.

He urged the people of The Gambia and Senegal to be united for the betterment of both because the two countries are one and nothing should divide them. "We have a lot in common and we should all protect that peaceful co-existence that was left by our grandparents," he said.

Imam Kuta also used the interview to salute the Gambian leader for his support to the cause of Islam. "As a religious leader, I have the obligation to say and defend the truth. President Jammeh is a real Muslim and this had been demonstrated by his magnanimous gesture he continues to extend to Muslims. "I therefore invite the general public, the president and his government to my upcoming Islamic conference," he added.

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