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Sierra Leone News: United Council of Imams condemns Gaddafi Mosque incident

The United Council of Imams of Sierra Leone has vehemently condemned the incident that took place recently at the Gaddafi Mosque, east of Freetown when a former presidential candidate of the opposition APC party, Samura Kamara, a Christian, went there to pray and later went up the minba, a sacred spot reserved for imams, to address the congregation.
The brouhaha occurred not because Samura went to the mosque to pray but the fact that he used the minba, something he should not have done or should not have been allowed to do, according to some islamic scholars.
The press release from the council of imams reads:
The United Council of Imams Sierra Leone wishes to inform the general public of its deepest shock and dismay over what could best be referred to as unfortunate incident that unfolded at the Freetown central Mosque (Gadafy Mosque) on Tuesday 21 August 2018, after the Eid-ul Adha congregational prayer. Council unequivocally condemns in its entirety any speculation and/or thought linking LICI with any political party or its operatives and thus feel obliged to call on all and sundry to dismiss as unfounded and unwarranted any messages of such making rounds in the social media.
Saddened by the unfortunate saga especially with regards its area of occurrence been a masjid. Council therefore would like to apologize to the entire Muslim population and the general public and further wishes to allay every paltry of fear that appropriate measures are speedily been instituted to forestall a repeat of same in future.
Furthermore. Council wishes to advice all Imams and Muslims to desist from using our masjids and Islamic occasions or festivals as a forum for politicians.
28/8/18
Wednesday August 29, 2018.

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