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Ramadan Prayers Banned In Mosques

By Minkailu Turay………………
The movement of residents both in the Kambia and Port Loko District was last week restricted by the pronouncement of President Ernest Bai Koroma with regards the upsurge in the number of Ebola cases in those areas.
The dusk to dawn curfew which was imposed for 21 days has prevented Muslims residing in the two districts from performing the usual congregational Tarawih (Nafila) prayers in mosques.
According to a popular muslim cleric in Mange town, Port Loko district, Sheik Abu Bakar Bangura the curfew was imposed at the wrong time in the two districts. He noted that the action would have come at any other time other than the Month of Ramadan noting that this single action will definitely make some Muslim youth to shy away from observing the fast in the two districts this year.
Sheik Bangura expressed his candid conviction that the authorities were not adequately advised about the consequences of taking such action in the Holy Month of Ramadan. “Muslims in Port Loko district are very much angry as far as this particular curfew is concerned” the muslim leader said.
In Kambia town, a muslim scholar and Imam, Foday Sheku Sankoh appealed to the government to either move the curfew up perhaps from 10pm-to-6am or remove it completely uptill the end of Ramandan. “I say so because it is dangerous to stop a whole part of the country from performing the Taraweed Prayers in the Month of Ramadan. Whatever we do we consider God first,” Foday Sheku said adding that no disease is supreme but God.
He informed the Global Times that the two affected districts have high number of muslims than many districts in the country and recalled that the first Islamic university in Sierra Leone was built in Kambia district at a place called Tawuya.
The muslim scholar explained further that the presence of armed men in their respective villages has created panic among the residents but promised that they will continue to cooperate with them to combat the deadly disease.

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