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Islam, human development, NGOs and the challenge of terrorism in Africa

Africa is the second largest continent on the planet. It is the home of early man; it is the cradle of life from which human beings branched out to populate the globe...

Explanation of Du’a (Continuation…)

Our today's khutbaah is based on the dua recited in our previous khutbaah in order for us to be conversant with its meaning. Since we heard from the hadith that Mujarra bin Hurroor or Mujarra bin Qira'a…is useless. But the Prophet said ('alayhe salatu wa sallam) mookeenoon bihha' he is in total agreement with it...

Cultivating Senegambia: A nation of thinkers

The process to cultivate such an honorable nation must not be confined to the isolated and narrow nationalist notion of the untenable “54 Africas” that plague and undermine the struggle to liberate and unite Africa. These 54 isolated Africas that claim to be “sovereign nations” represent the first line of resistance to reasoning and insightful thinking. Therefore, and for very obvious reasons, this task cannot be left to our crippled – lazy intellectuals, the pretentious parasitic imams and priests, worst still the predatory politicians, who rely on their willfully ignorant base to continue “electing” them into office. Only the emerging and organised revolutionary intellectuals can shoulder this task...

Prove champion

I am not one to harp on partisan politics. My stance since I was ever present on Balafong Admin makes that perfectly clear and it is one which I doubt I will ever live to regret. This piece, will somehow read as a piece on our politics however and I regret to inform you that if that is how you interpret this, your idle mind is simply lying to you. I have penned an essay on the chemical influxes that lead to misled thoughts but that is for another day...

The Gambia in the 1950s

When the renowned Gambian writer and poet Dr Lenrie Peters published his anthology, Poems, two years after the country gained independence from Great Britain, most people did not know that a certain foreign writer had preceded Peters and others in their own native country. The publication of Four Guineas:..

Kombo Sillah (The Jihadist )

Kombo Sillah, real name Ibrahima Touray, was born in the coastal Kombo village of Gunjur in 1830. His father was Malleh Tarko Touray and his mother Mbisine Njie, a Serere woman. Contrary to the widely held belief, he was sent to study the Qur'an in Pakau, Casamance not Betenti in Niumi...

On books and one Salman Rushdie

Writers, readers and lovers have been celebrating the book these few days. Last Friday I was among the collective who went to Aisha Sulayman Keita's American Corner to celebrate our female writers, listen to their sufferable journeys – the bathos and pathos – and drink from their fountains of wisdom.

Ashmaw Bah

Introducing Ashmaw Bah

Aunty Dayo Jones (At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember her)

Today, 30 April 2014, is the first anniversary of the passing of a fine lady who, by her devotion to her family and church and to all that is pure and simple, passed on a noble example of Christian womanhood not only to those around her but also to all who were privileged with her gracious acquaintance...

On charity and collective responsibility

Helping those in need is an ethical responsibility laid on the ones who are able by God. From religious scriptures to our own cultures and traditions, altruism and charity are seen as high ideals to be acted upon. In so doing economic injustice and mass poverty is averted. Every other day we see the publication of stories in the newspaper of young, old and disabled people seeking assistance for overseas medical treatment....

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