President Koroma hails Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat in Bo
His Excellency the President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma has congratulated the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat in Sierra Leone, on the occasion of their 53rd Jalsa Salana (Annual Conference) held in Bo over the week end, and also commended them for the work they have done over the years in the area of education, health agriculture and so on.
Declaring the conference open, President Koroma noted that for a Christian to open a meeting of Muslims is a great achievement by the nation. He pointed out that as a mission, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat has shown that Islam is a religion that does not promote extremism and that Islam is a religion of peace, unity and submission to the will of Allah. President Koroma reiterated that as a Government they attended the conference to show that they are in partnership with the Ahmadiayya Muslim Jamaat. He said Islam is about Education and that Ahmadiayya is associated with education. He stressed that as a nation we have to maintain and sustain our religious tolerance, as Sierra Leone is the world most religious tolerant Nation in the world.
In his address, the chairman who also doubles as the Amir and Missionary-in-charge of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat in Sierra Leone Amir Saeed UR Rahman, welcome and appreciated all present at the conference and maintained that Ahmadiyya has established in two hundred and four countries (204) of the world and that the Holy founder of the Ahamdiyya Jamaat Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad did not bring anything new into the religion and that they are operating within the Holy Quran, Traditions and Sunni of the Holy Prophet Mohammad (whom the peace and blessing of Allah be upon).
He urged that Muslims should refrain from revenges and that hostility is not good. He recalled how the head of the world wide Ahmadiyya Jamaat Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad sent letters to world leaders in UK, Australia and so on about messages of peace.
He urged all to know that the strongest tie among us is that we are all brothers and sisters.
Speaking on behalf of her colleagues, Mayor Sunkarie Kamara of Makeni city Described the conference as great and wonderful as it display the faith of participants to Allah. She added that the mission is a peaceful and reform movement and commended the mission for bringing Muslims together to this great occasion.
Alhaji Umar F.S Kanu thanked the mission for its performance and suggested that president Koroma be appointed as chairman of religious tolerance in Sierra Leone.
It was agreed that the Amir of Ahmadiyya Mission should lead the appointment of president Koroma as chairman of Religious Tolerance in Sierra Leone.
Speaking on behalf of the paramount chiefs, Hon. P.C Bai Bureh Sallu Lugbu of Bureh Kasseh Maconteh chiefdom in the Port loko District said the message of the 149 Paramount Chiefs in the country was to congratulate the Ahmadiayya Jamaat for what Ahmadiyya has done in Sierra Leone. He noted that Ahmadiyya Jamaat beliefs in the Holy Quran and the Holy prophet (SAW). He pointed out that Kambia District was the first to embrace Ahmadiyya when it came to Sierra Leone.
National chief Imam of the Basharia Islamic Mission, Alhaji Sheik Abu Bakarr kamara pointed out that Ahmadiyya Jamaat came with religious tolerance.
Several Speakers shower praises on the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat. Lectures were given on various Islamic Topics and Poems were read in praises of the Holy Prophet Mohammad (SAW). over seventeen Thousand (17,000) People attended the conference in Bo this year.
By Alhaji Mansaray just from Bo City
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