The Sierra Leonean Embassy in The Gambia, under the leadership of Ambassador Alhagi Soulayman Daramy last Thursday gathered Imams within the Greater Banjul Area and members of staff of the embassy, to offer special prayers for Sierra Leone and her people in the wake of the Ebola outbreak in that part of the world.
The Imam Ratib of Banjul, Alhaji Cherno Alieu Mass Kah, the president of the Supreme Islamic Council, Imam Momodou Lamin Touray, Imam Abdoulie Fatty of the State House Mosque and the Committee of Banjul Muslim Elders attended the occasion, which started with the recitation of the Holy Qu'ran.
Speaking at the occasion, Alhaji Alieu Mboge, the secretary-general of Banjul Muslim Elders stated that the purpose of the gathering is to offer prayers in the wake of the deadly Ebola that has ravaged the sub-region. He described the prayers offered as very important, because the disease has no boundaries. This, Mboge said, is the reason why the Sierra Leonean ambassador in The Gambia, through the committee of Banjul Muslim Elders requested for the Imams to offer special prayers for Sierra Leone and all the affected zones and the countries it has not yet affected for Allah to shower His blessings and protect them against this deadly disease.
The secretary-general of the Banjul Muslim Elders noted that Ebola is now a great concern to the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the world at large. He thus described Ebola as a treacherous disease.
The Imam Ratib of Banjul, Alhaji Cherno Alieu Mass Kah thanked the Embassy for coming up with such a noble idea, noting that the Imams will continue to offer prayers in their respective Mosques and will also continue to sensitise the public, through their sermons and religious gatherings.
Imam Kah called on all Imams to pray to Allah for the disease to stop, because it is spreading all over the world.
The Sierra Leonean ambassador in The Gambia, Alhagi Soulayman Daramy said the embassy is appreciative of the prayers offered to his country and the sub-region and then thanked them for their kind gesture. He prayed for the Almighty Allah to continue to bless them for their services to mankind.
He stated that when the Ebola outbreak started, President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma told them to seek for prayers everywhere, noting that Imams are servants of The Almighty and Allah will always bless their prayers.