Western Union organises Iftar at Pipeline Mosque

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

As part of their sharing and caring for Muslims, Western Union on Friday held an iftar (Fast breaking) dinner at the Pipeline Mosque along a the Kairaba Avenue.

Many Gambians within and outside of pipeline graced the occasion including the Imam Ratib of Pipeline Mosque as well as the president of the Pipeline Mosque foundation.

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Western Union was represented by Studio 361 that serves as the Advertising and Marketing Agency for them in the Gambia. The Studio was founded in January 2000, by Mr. Y Lamin Marenah a Gambian.

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Speaking at the occasion, the Imam Ratib of Pipeline Mosque, Imam Fallou Joof expressed delights for the donors and the organisers of the iftar, noting that this is a very important thing to do as a Muslims.

“This is going to be a very big reward because according to the Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W), if one-person feed or provides iftar to an individual, Allah will reward him or her equivalent to that of the person who is fasting,” he said

He added that according to the Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W), anyone who provides iftar to a person who is fasting, Allah will award them as to the person who was fasting, adding that no one knows how much rewards Western Union will be awarded for doing this very important thing at Pipeline mosque.

He thanked the benefactors on behalf of the Pipeline Mosque for organizing the initiative, while calling on other people to emulate Western Union and Studio 361 led by Lamin Marenah

For his part, Alhagie Dawooda Jagne, president of Pipeline Mosque Foundation thanked Western Union for doing such an important gesture to their mosque, noting that word cannot expressed how happy they feel for the leaders of Western Union.

“This is one of the greatest gestures that one can organize for Muslims during the month of Ramadan. This kind of reward from Allah is greater than any other rewards during the month of Ramadan,” he said

Lamin Marenah, Managing Director of Studio 361, who is representing Western Union said they’ve always been providing humanitarian assistance to people but this is the first time for the iftar initiative.

He said they are representing Western Union who has over nine different banks and financial institutions that are partnering with them, noting that over the years. They have often give their clients Ramadan gifts such sugar, milk and dates but this time they decided to change little bit to hold this kind of iftar instead of the usual one.

 “Every year we hold a give back promotional campaign where we give free gifts to our clients and allow them to win prizes. Western Union is not only about collecting money but also gives back to the people and the communities as well,” he said

According to him, giving back to people and communities is crucial to Western Union, adding they have created a Lab for St. Josephs School and give a donation to S.O.S School.

He finally thanked the Pipeline Mosque for receiving them and Yassin’s Kitchen for preparing the meal, saying the initiative was a joint venture as they work with other people to make it a success.

Author: Special report by Arfang M.S. Camara