State House Mosque Committee farm harvested
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
As a way of responding to President Jammeh's back to the land call, members of the State House Mosque Committee and their partners, on Thursday, converged in large numbers to harvest a five hectare millet farm behind the Yundum Barracks, Yundum.
Sergeant Sainey Camara, Amir of State House Mosque Committee, said the proceeds from this farm are used to assist the sick and the needy and to help in meeting the cost of the annual Gamo at the State House.
He then called on Gambians to venture into farming to fight hunger. Sgt Camara commended the State House commander, Shereign Modou Njie, for giving all the necessary support to the committee.
Alhaji Abdoulie Fatty, Imam of the State House Mosque, who welcomed the initiative, elaborated on the importance of food self-sufficiency. He noted that whoever worked and fed the people from his farm proceeds will receive a handsome reward from Allah, who commands man to work hard to feed himself from his own sweat.
Imam Fatty said the proceeds from the farm are used as credit to help themselves and to assist hospitals.
"Last year, we gave out two bags of millet to RVTH and also cooked some part of it during the annual Qur'an recitation at the State House," he said.
Imam Fatty, renowned for his plain-speaking, used the opportunity to called on Muslims to desist from leadership scuffle in mosques, saying that leaders are chosen by Allah.
He then urged Muslims to respect their leaders and accept them as Allah's will.
He thanked Gambians for their love of President Jammeh and urged them to continue praying for the continuous peace and stability in country.
Sheikh Sedia Ceesay, renowned Islamic scholar and a member of the committee, advised Muslims to love each and never venture into anything that will bring hardship to others. He implored scholars to emulate the initiative and help the sick and the needy in society.
Imam Mustapha Jallow, Imam Momodou Lamin Touray and Alieu Mbaye, who is the farm manager, also echoed similar remarks.
Author: by Musa Ndow