By Abdul Hassan Fackie
Fifty two Imams in fifty two Chiefdoms in the Southern Province on Thursday, April 12 converged at the Bo Muslim Praying Field Mosque to offer prayers for the Minister of Internal Affairs, Hon. Musa Tarawally.
During the ceremony recitals of verses from the Holy Quran were done after which a long standing broken relationship amongst members of the Supreme Islamic Council and the United Council of Imams in the Southern Province were put to rest.
“As Imams representing respective Muslim organizations in various Chiefdoms in the Southern Province, we decided to congregate here at the Bo Praying Field Mosque not on a merry or enjoying trip, but to pray for the Minister of Internal Affairs, Mr. Musa Tarawally, whose contributions to the growth of Islam is beyond quantification,” Imam Nasiru Deen told colleague clergies amidst deafening applause.
“It is no secret that Musa Tarawally has made tremendous contributions to the growth of Islam in this part of the country,” he observed.
“As men of God and not politicians we want to show our appreciation which is why we are gathered here today to offer prayers for him,” he concluded.
Reacting to the sentiments, Hon. Musa Tarawally applauded the initiative of the Imams, describing their consideration to pray for him as divinely inspired.
The Minister pointed out that he was brought up in a Muslim home and therefore has respect for the religion, maintaining that since childhood he has been God fearing and will steadfastly and definitely be so until his death.
He called on the Southern Imams to be united and continue to remember him in their prayers.
“I am a God fearing man and a Muslim too. I find pleasure in doing good to men of God like you. My doors are always widely open to you and God being my Helper, I shall from time to time be coming to you to share whatever little I have with you,” he told them.
In another engagement, Imams, Chief Imams and respectable Muslim clergies in the South on Friday, April 13 joined worshippers at the Bo Central Mosque to also beseech God’s favour for Musa Tarawally, referring to him as a brother, uncle and son.
In his statement, the Regional Imam, United Council of Imams Bo, Chief Soko asked the worshippers to be God fearing, follow the word of God and have love for their fellow human beings. He made Mr. Musa Tarawally has done a lot for the development of Islam in this country, and invoked God’s favour on the Minister.
Youth groups, Okada riders, converted street boys, led by Commander Molest and others all queued up at the Bo Central Mosque to show solidarity to Mr. Musa Tarawally, who they referred to as their Godfather.