International Quds Day Commemorated
Muslims in Sierra Leone on Monday 26th July 2014 joined the world in commemorating the International Quds Day during which Muslims around the world come out in numbers to protect the respect of humanity.
The ceremony which was held at the Iran Cultural Centre in Freetown attracted not only Imams and Sheikhs but also Journalists, students from the Imam Khomeini Relief Foundation Computer Studies (IKRF), women and other members of the public.
The occasion commenced with Quranic recitation which was done by the current Cultural Consul of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI), Dr. Mohamed Marefat. He affirmed that the Quds day was declared by the late Imam Khomeini as a day of solidarity with the people of Palestine and Lebanon, adding that day falls on every last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan in which Muslims fast for thirty days. He therefore urged Muslims to recognize the day as very important.
He further disclosed that the Quds Day coincides with the night of destiny (Laylatul Qadri) which, he said, must be revived among the Muslims and must be the starting point of their awakening and awareness.
The Consul quoted Islamic scholars as saying that the significance of the Day of the Quds is centered on the fact that the Islamic Umah wants to safeguard against any danger that threatens its unity, especially Zionism.
He added that among other things the day is a day of distinction between truth and false hood, noting that, the day is a day of purity for Islam and the Holy Prophet Mohamed (SAW).
On his own part, Chief Imam of Freetown Central Mosque, Sheikh Tejan Sillah, urged Muslims to condemn evil and admonished them to always unite as a family, concluding by commending the late Imam Khomeini for being the only man in his days to stand against what he described as enemies of Islam.
By Abdulai Mento Kamara
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