Ahmadiyya Muslim extends benevolence to fire victims

Mar 3, 2022, 12:04 PM

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamat in The Gambia has extended magnanimity by donating food items worth D160,000 to fire victims in the Kanifing Municipal Council (KMC).

At least eight households benefited from the gesture covering 44 individuals. Each family was presented with a cash amount of D1000 as part of their relief packages. 

The items included bags of rice, sugar, onions and clothing among host of others.

Speaking at the presentation event, Baba F. Trawally, the amir of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamat in The Gambia, justified that their action is inline with teachings of Islam.

“This is in accordance with the teachings of the Holy Qur'an. The Holy prophet when he came; he served humanity and when he came; he had lived with different religious denomination and he was tolerant.” 

“In Islam; you have to serve humanity. You have to serve God,” he stressed, while outlining the commitment of Ahmadiyya  Muslim Jamat to humanity.

According to Amir Trawally, the gesture was too small compared to human life.

“So let us work for the publication of Islam and by doing that we have to serve humanity,” he said, while thanking KMC and NDMA and the media in particular.

He thus urged other philanthropists to emulate such a humanitarian gesture.  

The Ahmadiyya Amir points out that a neighbour should be assisted even if he is not a Muslim, adding that those are the teachings of Islam.

“Peace is very important,” he said as he urged people to preach peace at all times. “If you kill one human being, it's like you kill the entire work. So we must maintain peace as a country.” 

“We pray as a subregion and we pray for humanity.”

He finally paid tribute to the victims of the fire disasters. 

The KMC regional disaster coordinator, Ngange Jeng, hailed the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamat for the gesture, describing as vital.

“I would like to say that the NDMA and Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamat have been partnering on humanitarian grounds so for so long,” he said, pointing out that the government alone cannot do it all. 

“It’s the responsibility of the government to do this but if they come to help, we will welcome it. So we hope and pray that this partnership continues.”

Ismaila Trawally, a five victim, thanked the Ahmadiyaa Jamat for the kind gesture. He recalled the loss of his two children to the disaster, saying it was destined by Allah, while praying for peace. 

Dawda Nyando, another fire disaster victim, also expressed similar sentiments, while recalling that the fire disaster happened in January this year and caused him significant destruction.