Jun 18, 2010, 12:42 PM
The people of Mbamori Kunda village in Lower Badibou District in the North Bank Region on 3 February 2012 inaugurated their newly constructed mosque.
The mosque was sponsored by Hon. Abdoulie Suku Singhateh, National Assembly Member for Lower Badibou District and a resident of Old Jeshwang.
The inauguration, which began with the recitation of the Holy Quran by Islamic scholars, was witnessed by thousands of people from different parts of the country.
It was officially opened by Alhagie Basirou Touray of Darou Rilwan, who led the first Friday congregational prayers in the mosque at the invitation of the village mosque committee and council of elders.
Imam Touray in his inaugural preaching shed light on the importance of purity and unity among Muslims, adding that all Muslims are brothers and sisters. He urged the people of Mbamuru village and its surrounding to make best use of the new mosque.
For his part, Hon. Abdoulie Suku Singateh expressed delight for seeing thousands of Muslims worshiping at the mosque.
The gesture is part of sharing the little wealth he has with Gambians, he said. “I saw the need for a mosque because Mbamori Kunda is surrounded by nine villages and the nearest central mosque is seven kilometres away,” he explained.
With the new mosque, people in the communities will have easy access to a place of worship and can easily attend Friday prayers on time.
Hon. Suku reminds people in the community to make the best use of the mosque by going there to pray and maintaining in, regardless of political or ethnic differences.
The Governor of North Bank Region, Alhagie Edward Seckan, spoke at length on the importance of promoting Islam as a religion, while commending Hon. Singhateh for a noble and blessed act.
“Hon. Singateh’s efforts are being recognized at all levels as far as development of the country is concerned,” he added. He also called on the people of the area to unite in the interest of development.
Alh. Ali Bah, alkalo of the village, expressed delight about the new development, adding that the gesture came from Hon. Singateh, the sole sponsor of the mosque, from the foundation to the roofing including the mats, loud speakers, kettles and even the logistics for the inauguration.
He thanked him for the gesture, saying: “It is God who will pay him and may Almighty Allah reward him in abundance.”
The village head used the opportunity to advise people of Mbamori village to remain united and work towards the development of their community.
He commended members of the community for the moral support given during the construction of the mosque, which took place in twelve months.
The occasion was attended by local authorities in the region and other government dignitaries across the country.