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Dairatul Jokaleh Annual Islamic Conference Slated for Friday

Oct 8, 2008, 5:43 AM

The seventeenth annual Islamic conference of the Dairatul Jokaleh of Dippa Kunda, Serrekunda will take place on Friday 10thOctober 2008 at the Sheraton Hotel in Brufut.

The theme of this year's conference is Biography of the late Sheikh Ahmad Tijan Dem of Kaolack.

It will be characterised by a recitation of the holy Quran and prayers for the Gambia and Senegal.

According to Serign Kabir Dem, the conference will start in the morning with a recitation of the holy Quran at Jawara Kunda in Dippa Kunda which, will be followed by the conference during the afternoon at Sheraton Hotel.

Serign Dem added that the conference is dedicated to His Excellency the President of the Republic Alhagie Yahya Jammeh whiles the Vice President, Speaker of the National Assembly, Secy. Ismaila Sambou, Secy. Fatou Lamin Faye, Mr. Baboucarr Boye of Education Department and Mam Saihou Mbye of SSHFC who is also the father of Dairatul Jokaleh.

Born in the village of Kubuneh, Kombo North in the year 1918, Sheikh Amdad Tijan Dem, son of the late Momodou Ceesay Dem is a well-recognised Islamic scholar whose contributions to national development and the development of Islam cannot be over emphasised.

"He was a member of two families in the Gambia and was born at a time when his late father left Senegal and came to the Gambia", Serign Dem said.

He added, "His father was called Momodou Ceesay Dem and was well recognised for his invaluable contribution in Islam most especially in his village of Kubuneh".

Serign Dem went further to invite all lovers of Serign Ahmad Tijan Dem to come forward and attend the conference at the Sheraton Hotel on Friday as a detail information about his background will be said on the occasion.