Muslims in The Gambia on Monday, September 12, joined millions of others around the globe to observe the feast of Eid-ul Adha locally known as Tobaski.
Observed on the 10th day of the 12th month of the Muslim calendar, Tobaski is a major religious activity celebrated by Muslims worldwide. It is meant to honour the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his young first-born son Ismail as an act of submission to God’s command and his son’s acceptance to being sacrificed, before God intervened to provide Abraham with a ram to sacrifice in his place.
In The Gambia, where over 90 percent of the population is Muslim, the celebration of this feast is no different from that of the rest of the world.
Whilst prayers were observed in different sacred places in the country, the President of the Republic, His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya AJJ Jammeh Babili Mansa, joined a huge congregation led by the Imam Ratib of Banjul, Alhaji Cherno Alieu Mass Kah at the King Fahd Mosque in the country’s capital. The two-Rakah congregational prayer was also attended by thousands of worshippers of all age, including cabinet ministers, amongst others.
It wrapped up with a sermon by Imam Ratib Kah, who used the occasion to thank the Almighty Allah for enabling Muslims to witness yet another Eid-ul Adha. He prayed for continued peace and prosperity for the President and the entire Gambian populace.
As Muslims do, from the King Fahd Mosque in Banjul, the President went back home to the Presidential Palace to perform what is the main highlight of the feast; the slaughtering of the sacrificial ram.
by Musa Ndow