17 January 2013

Gambia: IHRS to Host Public Lecture

The Islam Human Rights Society (IHRS) of the University of The Gambia is set to host a day's public lecture later this month at the Supreme Islamic Council hall, along MDI Road in Kanifing.

Speaking to the Daily Observer, Fanta Secka, the president of the Society, revealed the topic for the lecture'Disease of the heart which brings about pride and arrogance',will be delivered by Ousman Jah, an Islamic scholar.

Madam Secka informed that the Society was formed last year to fight against negative stereotypes of the Islamic human rights concepts as currently witnessed in many parts of the world.She pointed out that, Islam is one of the first religions to fight for women's rights amongst others and that this should inspire all young Muslims to stand up for the values enshrined in the Holy Quran and Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammed (SAW).

Madam Secka went further to say that, "The Islamic Human Rights Society is established to reaffirm the essential importance of Human rights in the light of a perfectly balanced system of laws of Islam. It is devised to galvanise the potentials of Muslim youths towards unity in fighting for the strengthening of Islamic laws, incite in them the need to strive and engage in serious dialogue in matters that may bring benefit to them, in the religion and at the same time in quest of Allah's support."

Secka asserted that IHRS aims to promote sensitisation on the essence of the Holy Qur'an and the importance of reading it, as well as the teachings of the Prophet (SAW), thus giving them the enthusiasm to stimulate the dispensation of knowledge.

The Scoiety, she went on, will work to familiarise its members with other Islamic associations and societies across the country by providing a forum for the expression of their collective opinions in all matters relating to education, culture, religion, economic and other relevant aspects, which may affect their interest.

Since the formation of the Society, Madam Secka highlighted, IHRS has organised various activities including public lectures that featured key speakers in the likes of Aja Maimuna Savage, Dr. Omar Jah, Cadi Omar Secka amongst others.

She called for more support for the Society, whilst thanking Lawyer LS Camara, Justice Mikailu Aballah and Ebrima Sissawo, deputy permanent secretary, Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education for supporting the Society's past public lecture. She finally revealed that IHRS is currently collaborating with the Gambia Supreme Islamic Council, Munazamat and Africa Muslim Agency.

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