Barrow reopened the Albert Market Beach Mosque in Banjul on Friday 6 October
2017. The mosque had been closed by former President Yahya Jammeh.
The move was overwhelmingly welcomed by Banjulians, the Mauritanian community in Banjul and beyond, as they were the original occupants, who taught Quranic memorisation and other branches of the Islamic religion.
The Mosque, which was not annexed to the State House, had its students’ dormitory demolished, as well.
The grand reopening was presided over by the venerable Imam Ratib of Banjul, Alhagie Cherno Alieu Mass Kah, graced by the Lord Mayor of Banjul Alhagie Abdoulie Bah, the Director General of the SIS Ousman Sowe, Chairman of Banjul Muslim elders, Alhagie Alieu Mboge, Imam Sherriff Badjan, Deputy President of the Supreme Islamic Council, prominent dignitaries, Albert Market Vendors, Islamic Scholars, a cross section of the Mauritian community in the Greater Banjul Area, among others.
In his sermon, the Imam Ratib intimated that the reopening of the Mosque manifests the exemplary and quality leadership demonstrated by the Holy Prophet (Salahu Alaihi WA Saalm) during “FATHU MACCA,” when unbelievers thought that mischief, reprisal, retaliation and vengeance would be the order of the day, after his historic return from numerous years of exile in Medinna.
He commended President Barrow for his steadfastness and swift intervention in handing back the mosque to the worshippers.
He thanked the Lord Mayor of Banjul for initially involving the office of the clergy and the Mauritanian community in Banjul in the premier talks held in his office to discuss the modalities and logistics for the official reopening of the Mosque.
The venerable Imam Ratib reminded the adherents of the faith to remain united and tolerant, urging them to cultivate and nurture the virtue of peace.