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Murray Town Chief Imam Passes On

Murray Town Chief Imam Passes On

The chief Imam of the Murray Town Central Mosque (Masjid Tahweed), Chief Pa Alhaji Alimamy Peter Koroma aka Pa Bassie has died at the age of 86 on Tuesday this week at the Connaught Hospital in Freetown, after a short illness.

Prior to his death the Imam was very active and sound until after completing the 21st day of the just concluded holy month of Ramadan.  In the morning after the first tawhud ‘night’ prayer Pa Bassie  fell ill and was rushed to Connaught Hospital, where he was admitted but unfortunately did not recover and died on the 28th August, 2012.

Chief Pa Alimamy was a popular figure within the Murray Town community; he was highly respected and loved by everybody including little children. He was a peacemaker who loved to settle disputes among his tribesman hence being crowned as the Temne Section Chief in 1985 by the late Temne Tribal Headman, Chief Multi Kamara of blessed memory.

The late Chief Imam was born in Rosin Village in the Tonkolili district and settled briefly in Kaffu Bullom, in the Port Loko district and finally settled in the Murray Town community in the early 1940s engaged in fishing activities and learning Islamic studies.

He was in the forefront in the propagation of Islam together with the late Imam Kabia in a predominantly Christian community.

He is a founding member of Masjid Tahweed Jamaat and was subsequently installed as chief Imam of the Mosque in 1962.

Though the late Imam was illiterate in English he was very instrumental to ensure that a secondary school was constructed within the Murray Town community.

He was a founding member of the Behesti Islamic secondary school and chairman of the board of directors.

Chief Pa Bassie was also the Amir of the Rashideen Four Mosque Union within Murray Town and its immediate environs.

The Imam will be buried today after the Juma prayer at the Murray Town cemetery.

He is survived by ten children and one wife.

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