EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: Mufti Ismail Menk, a leading global Islamic scholar, has given a warmup to his maiden lecture scheduled for Saturday as he deliver the Friday sermon at one of Gambia’s biggest mosques, the Pipeline Mosque along the Kairaba Avenue.
The Zimbabwean born scholar who arrived into the country on Thursday said that the primary message for the congregation is consciousness of Allah, the creator. He said being told about this message is a reminder and that it is an honour and privilege for one to be reminded.
“The most powerful message we have, is to ensure that we worship Allah alone. Allah who created us has right to tell us what to do. That is why he instruct us to establish our five daily prayers”, he said.
He added that, whatever one wants to hear and from whatever source of the information on prayers, it is ultimately the message of Allah.
Quoting from the Quran, Mufti Menk noted that having sinned is not a justification for one to lose hope of forgiveness of Allah because “Allah forgives anyone who repents”. The best person in the judgement is the one who sins but repented and try not to disobey Allah again. “This is because Allah is not only forgiving but he is merciful”.
Mufti, who is on a global tour in spreading message of peace, will talk on “respecting differences” tomorrow, at the Independence Stadium starting 3:00 pm.
His schedule is coming at a time when The Gambia has just set up a Truth, Reconciliation and Reparation Commission which among others seeks to bridge sociopolitical gaps that occurred among the people during the last 22 years of APRC rule.
The organizing committee for Mufti’s visit to the Gambia is hopeful that his lecture will serve well a nation whose muslim population is more than 90 percent.