Uthaymeen Quranic Memorisation School under the Islamic Institute for Education
and Development in Busumbala, West Coast Region, on Sunday conferred
certificates of completion on students who memorised the glorious Qur’an.
The annual award event which took place at the Supreme Islamic Council in Kanifing marked the twelfth batch of the school.
As part of the graduation festivities, the 16 graduating students of which two were girls entertained their parents and guests to the occasion by correct recitation of the entire Qur’an.
The founder of the school, Omar Ceesay, said the school was established to avail Muslims the opportunity to fulfil their divine obligation of seeking knowledge.
Stressing on the need for understanding the meaning of the Holy Qur’an, he said memorising the word of Allah is one part of the journey while implementation of the knowledge learnt is the next on the agenda.
The school has a diverse and unique membership attracting students from across the continent: Senegal, Mali, Mauritania, Guinea Bissau and Guinea Conakry.
Apart from the Quranic memorisation aspect, Mr Ceesay said the school also concentrates on other human development projects such as caring for the orphans, distribution of charity and support to the less privileged communities in different parts of the country and beyond.
He explained that the school is also working towards the implementation of skills centres, poultry farms and gardens bath at its headquarters in Busumbala. The branch at Sifoe village focuses on teaching students skills acquisition for decent and independent living upon their graduation.
The founder of Sheikh Uthaymeen Quranic Memorisation School thanked the parents for entrusting him their children. He also commended his management for their commitment and dedication to the services of the institute.
The guest speaker to the graduation, Dr Mbye Kebba Kah, secretary general of the Gambia Supreme Islamic Council, and head of the Islamic Department of University of The Gambia spoke on the importance of reading the book of Allah.
He said the ability for one to memorise over 6,000 verses in 114 chapters of the book is a manifestation of the promise of Allah to preserve His speech (the Qur’an) in the heart of mankind.
Dr Mbye Kah urged parents to help in safeguarding the knowledge acquired by the young graduating students.
He also encouraged the students to continue the search for knowledge, maintain the Islamic culture as taught by the last and final Prophet of Allah to this world.
“A Muslim student should look modest and not imitate cultures that contravene the teachings of Islam,” he said.
Dr Kah challenged the youngsters to share their knowledge with the rest of humanity and live by what they have learnt in consciousness of the commandments of Allah.