By Amadou M Jadama
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at The Gambia recently presented food items to three families who were affected by the inferno in Tallinding in the Kanifing Municipality.
The items donated included bags of rice, bags of onion, cooking oil, school bags and clothing.
The big family got three bags of rice, one bag of onion, two five liter cooking oil and three school bags. While the two other victims each received one bag of rice, half bag of onion and one five liter cooking oil.
Presenting the items to the victims, Alhaji Ebrahima Mbowe, the Deputy Amir of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, representing the Amir Baba F Trawally, said the victims are their neighbors and he emphasized the significance of neighborliness in Islam.
“These are our neighbors and neighborliness is so important that, at a point in time, the prophet Muhammad (SAW) was asked if neighbors can inherit him. It is our responsibility to answer to the call of our brothers and sisters when disaster happens,” he said.
“Fire disaster happens throughout the country and other related havocs like rains. We live with them and we try to manage them. Therefore we hope that, they would get something better than what they have lost in this fire,” he added.
He thanked God for saving the lives from the inferno and urged people to help each other.
Sambou Ceesay, chairman Tallinding Constituency, described the donation as a very good gesture, saying it would reduce the burden on the victims.
He went on to say that anything God wishes is bound to happen, adding that what happened to them is the will of God and there is nothing one can do about it.
He said the donation came at the right time and he advised the victims to be patient. Ceesay commended the Jama’at for their generous support.
Sirra Faye, Lady Councilor Tallinding Ward and Lamin Barrow who represented Hon Fatoumata Jawara National, Assembly Member for Tallinding Constituency, all applauded the Jama’at.
Buba Kambi, who spoke on half of the victims, said the items given to them may appear small to the Jama’at but it is a big thing to them.