family of Imam Samba Cham, the founder Halwar Fouta Torro Friday handed a
125-year-old hand written Holy Qur’an to the National Center for Arts and
Culture (NCAC) to add to the country’s museum archives.
The Holy book was handed to the NCAC by the Federation of Mam Masamba Thiam at a ceremony attended by senior government officials, religious leaders and Banjul elders.
Mam Masamba Thiam said, “It is our greatest honor to present the 125 years old hand written Holy Quran by the late Ousainou Mariam Demba Cham of 76 Dobson Street to the National Museum.”
Hassoum Ceesay, deputy director of NCAC thanked the Federation for donating the Holy book to the National Museum, saying that the author is one of the first Islamic scholars who studied outside of Senegambia. “He studied in Sudan and when he came, he decided to embark on a project of writing the Holy Qur’an. The book survived up to now thanks to his family who kept it and has been transferring it from one generation to another until today.”
Mr. Ceesay said the author completed writing the Holy book in 1894 when it was subjected to review because during those days if one writes the Holy Qur’an, it is subjected to review and that was why so many people signed on the back cover to confirm that it is a true copy of the Holy Qur’an.