JANUARY 7, 2015 By Alhaji Issa Mansaray
Members of the United Communities of Muslims in Sierra Leone, known as the Basharia Islamic Mission, last Friday (2 January) welcomed the Clerk of Parliament, Hon. Ibrahim Sesay, when the latter paid a visit to the Basharia Central Mosque on Bombay Street in Freetown following his return to Sierra Leone after months of medical treatment in Ghana.
According to the officiating Imam, Alhaji Gibril Bangura, Hon. Sesay authored the Basharia constitution and thus described him as ‘father of the Basharia Islamic Mission’. He said the mission would always be grateful to the Clerk of Parliament for his hard work and commitment to the Basharia Islamic Mission. He told worshipers that Mr. Sesay is a relative of the founder of the mission, late Imam Basharr Sankoh Yillah.
Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, H.E. Alhaji M.S. Kargbo, who was also at the ceremony, offered prayers for the Clerk for good health and described him as his elder brother.
Alhaji Kargbo also advised worshippers to adhere to medical advice geared towards preventing the Ebola virus.
In his statement, Hon. Sesay thanked the National Chief Imam of the Basharia Islamic Mission, Alhaji Sheik Abu Bakarr Kamara, national president Alhaji Sorie Ibrahim Kamara, the executive and general membership of the mission for welcoming him, and for their prayers while he was being treated in Ghana.
He also thanked other Sierra Leoneans who prayed for his convalescence.
Delivering his sermon, Imam Alhaji Gibril Bangura advised the congregation to refrain from offending others or themselves, adding that there is greater punishment for anyone who offends others.
He added that whosoever fails to obey the laws of the Almighty Allah is guilty of an offense, maintaining that Allah shall not forgive anyone who offends another until the offender asks for forgiveness to the person he or she has offended.
He urged all to fear Allah and obey Him, stressing that the day of truth, which is the Day of Judgment, awaits all mankind.