Nov 26, 2008, 6:15 AM
Alhaji Imam Muhammed Lamin Touray President of the Gambia Supreme Islamic Council (GSIC) has blamed indecent lifestyles on what he described as a lack of regard for religious obligations as a result of indiscipline, greed and ignorance. Imam Touray was speaking in an exclusive interview with our reporter.
He said because people do not care much about the way their children are raised, problems of indecency would continue to arise because there is less discipline, high ignorance and greed in society.
"Upon every parent and every head of an institution lies a responsibility from the Almighty Allah, which is mandatory. Because most of us fail to nurture these religious obligations, we delve into a society that lacks discipline with a high sense of ignorance and greed", Touray lamented.
According to him, everybody is busy trying to make millions with little or no regard for how our children are raised, so that they dress anyhow, do whatever they like and go anywhere they feel like going without any control.
Imam Touray believes that there will always be unexpected calamities happening all the time, so long as people continue to disregard religious teachings and obligations.
"Unexpected things will continue to happen as long as people disregard the religious teachings and obligations. No one can deny that a true believer of Allah and his apostle will not dress half-naked and go to public places, not to talk of doing indecent acts that will go a long way in bringing shame to our society and all concerned", he said.
He further noted: "It is sad to say but that's the reality; many people even take better care of their herd of sheep or poultry at home than their biological children under their control."
"Most people are concerned about the condition and whereabouts of their animals, which earn them some Dalasis, rather than being worried about their children, whose behaviour can cost them paradise and make them burn in hell fire", the GSIC President declared.
Imam Touray called on parents, guardians and heads of institutions to be steadfast in following the teachings of our religions for the benefit of all.