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Afsatu Kabbah Applauds Islamic Women

Afsatu Kabbah Applauds Islamic Women

Sunday 26th saw a new beginning for Muslim women of Sierra Leone who understand the true reason for wearing hijaab.

Just when Afsatu Kabbah (one of APC’s popular female politicians) took the platform to act as chairperson for the launching of Sisters of Deensul (SOD) at the Hill Valley hotel, Signal Hill Road Sund,ay 26th, faces of women of Islam were observed portraying relief.

The establishment of SOD, Afsatu said, is to certainly encourage, empower and strengthen the faith of Muslim women, who for the past years have faced setback through discrimination.

“It is aimed at restoring Islamic pride and motivating young women of Islam as they propagate God’s message to society,” she emphasized.

She furthered that the establishment of SOD is surely the beginning of a new era for women in the Islamic faith.

“It shall educate, impress and above all, influence younger leaders in the Islamic faith and society generally,” Afsatu said.

“I advise you the sisters to stand firm in your endeavour to fight discrimination and raise awareness from among women as you rediscover their potential.”

She said nevertheless that the launching of SOD is a step forward and therefore encouraged other women to become members.

The founder and president of SOD, Mariam Kamara, in her statement said the idea to form SOD started early 2005.

She said however that as a student of the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology, she was subjected to discrimination and harassment by other students because she was always seen wearing hijaab on campus.

“I was faced with hardship on campus because I wear hijaab,” she said. “I almost lost my job though.”

She further explained that SOD was finally established in January 2011.

“I and my husband had long noticed that there was great disunity amongst Muslim sisters at the university, but since the establishment of SOD, we’ve had 20 of our members as employees at respective reputable institutions.”

The guest speaker, Haja Alarie Kamara, was passionate about the endeavors of sisters of SOD and obstacles they’ve faced in their fight against discrimination.

She however urged the sisters to respectfully uphold the doctrines of Islam and always act ambassadors as they propagate the word of God.

The ceremony witnessed performances by the Salaam Kids.

By Suliman Bah

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