(JollofNews) – State House mosque Imam Abdoulie Fatty, there is no gainsaying, constitutes a threat to national security, religious tolerance and social cohesion.
Recent pronouncements from misogyny to religious extremism, attributed to the Imam Fatty are disturbing and a grave cause for concern.
It wasn’t long ago that the imam was preaching a distorted version of Islam, emphasising that the religion of almost two billion followers across the globe (Islam) do not support woman president.
Now he’s making a call, with bullying zealotry, for the persecution of people practising their religion despite a constitution stressing human rights and religious freedom.
Imam Fatty’s pronouncement that the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaa’t should not be given the latitude to propagate their faith in the” territorial confines” of the Gambia is very worrying, considering the position of the religious leader.
It is very worrying and it leaves us with the questions: Are we descending into a stage of radicalisation process where the State House imam is psychologically programming hearts and minds for deadly religious confrontations?
Is it a call for other sects to team up and launch attacks against the Ahmadiyaa Jamaat in the Gambia? Will his call not naturally lift the adrenaline levels of gullible Gambian Muslims or turning the country into another crucible of radical Islam? Will this pronouncement not make others victims of fanatics consequently dragging the country into anarchy? A DISTURBING situation here!
Well, it should not be forgotten that the Gambia is a classical example of religious tolerance. For years, people of different religious backgrounds co-existed and continue to as we write this editorial. And this gain, rather than derailing it should in fact be consolidated in our quest for a country, promising security, peace and economic progress for all.