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Lebanese Community largesse reaches Muslims

Sep 6, 2010, 4:29 PM | Article By: Nfamara Jawneh

As part of their annual Ramadan gesture in the country, the Lebanese Community in the Gambia through the Ahl Albait Islamic Association over the weekend distributed 400 bags of 25kg of rice to Muslims in the country.

Speaking on the occasion, held at the Lebanese mosque in Pipeline, the Imam of the Lebanese Community, Imam Sheikh Rabitl Farhat, said that the annual Ramadan gift is a tradition and a goodwill gesture from the Lebanese community in The Gambia to their Gambian brothers and sisters.

"The organisation usually receives contributions every year from the Lebanese community here to give it out to their fellow Muslims, as an obligation bestowed on them. We were told by the holy Prophet as Muslims to care for and give out charity to those in need."

Addressing the beneficiaries earlier, Imam Farhat told them that the gesture is not a charity to them, but rather an obligation on the giver.

He maintained that Muslims should always help, support and care for each other.

"I am a Muslim and my organization is an Islamic body and that is why we are meeting our obligation," he said.

According to him, they hold very fast onto the holy Qu'ran's teaching to care and extend a helping hand to their fellow Muslims. He spoke on the importance of the holy month of Ramadan to Muslims. The Lebanese imam used the opportunity to felicitate in advance President Yahya Jammeh and the Gambian people on the feast of Koriteh.

Deputising for the president of the Gambia Supreme Islamic Council, Imam Sheriff Badjan thanked the Lebanese community for the humanitarian gesture, while describing it as timely. He preached for unity and mutual understanding among Muslims in the country.

Among this year's beneficiaries were imams, scholars, widows, and local Muslim charities.