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Sierra Leone: Badrudeen Mission builds Mosque for Prison Barrack

A mosque constructed by the Badrudeen Islamic Mission for the Prisons Barrack in Kenema City was on Sunday, 30th June 2013 officially commissioned.
The Mission, founded by Alhaji Unisa Bah in 1968, started with an Islamic Private School in Kenema City. It later assumed the name Badrudeen Islamic Mission in 1986 to propagate Islam in the whole of Sierra Leone.
In his welcome statement at the ceremony, Sheik Alhassan Tally Jalloh, on behalf of the founder disclosed that in its 17 years of existence, the Mission has awarded scholarships to a total of 123 Sierra Leoneans to pursue Islamic studies in different parts of the Arab world.
He also disclosed that between 1993 and 2013, the Mission has constructed a total of 28 mosques and 85 water wells in the Kenema district and also schools and mosques in Zimmi in the Makpele Chiefdom, Pujehun District and in Bamoi in the Kambia District.
He said before the outbreak of war in the country, the mission had branches in Segbwema, Daru and Buedu in the Kailahun district, but that all of these were destroyed during the war. He went on to disclose of plans by the mission to rehabilitate these branches and to extend its services to several other places across the country.
The Director of African Muslim Agency, Abdul Alie Bakarie noted that building of mosques is a work of God, revealing that anyone who undertakes such a venture has paradise awaiting him or her. He went to donate some Islamic reading materials to the mosque on behalf of his agency. The materials, he said are Islamic propagation materials.
Speaking on behalf of the Kenema City Council, Deputy Mayor, Esther Nguanya Kaisamba thanked the Badrudeen Mission and the Africa Muslim Agency for their efforts in developing the Kenema City through the construction of mosques, schools, water wells, and the Agency for contributing the learning materials.
She said that constructing a mosque in the prison barracks will go a long way in transforming the characters of those outside the prison and the inmates who would be merely listening to preaching and sermons. She appealed to her female folks to take their five daily prayers seriously so as to get them closer to God.
Regional Prison Commander-East, Ahmed Amadu Turay also thanked the Mission for the gesture, describing it as “a positive move in the right direction to shape the characters of man.”
He called on all those in offices around the prison barracks to consider the mosque as a place of worship for all of them.
The official cutting of the tape was performed by the Assistant Inspector-General of Police for the Eastern Region, Sorie B. Kargbo. Performance of the Zuhr (2pm) Muslim prayer climaxed the ceremony.
By Saffa Moriba

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