By: Daily Observer
“Peace has given way to the home of peace, may it find peace in eternity, may.”“Good man of peace, talk and preach about peace to the whole community.
The Islamic religion preaches that all human beings are from one origin ‘Adam and Eve’. Strong bond keeps us together. It is stated in the Quran in Sura Nisai V.1; “O mankind fear your Quardian Lord, who created you from a single person. Created out of it his mate, and from them twin scattered (like seeds) countless men and women fear Allah, through whom ye demand your mutual (rights). And he heedful of the wombs (that bore you): for Allah ever watches over you”.
Islam says, we share the one and only God, who created us all as stated in Sura Baquara V.163: “And your God is one God, there is no God, but the most Gracious most Merciful”. The Almighty God said, “After living on this earth the final destination is death.” Verse 78 of Sura Nisai said “Wherever ye are, death will find you out, even if ye are in to wars.” Allah also stated in Sura Ankabut V.57 “Every soul shall have a taste of death, we will rise in front of the Almighty as stated in Sura Hajj V. 7:” And verily the hour will come. There can be no doubt about, or about (the fact) that Allah will raise up all who are in the graves.”
That day is the Day of Judgment “Every human being will be judged according to your deeds. Sura Zilzal V. 6-8 states: “On that day will men proceed to groups sorted out, to be shown the deeds that they (had done). Then shall anyone who has done an atom’s weight of good, see it! An anyone who has done an atom’s weight of evil, shall see it.”
According to Islam, race or colour do not separate us from due another; the best among us is the one who is pious, straight forward and hardworking one. Sura Hujurat V.13 states: “O mankind we created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise) (each other). Verily, the most honoured of you in the sight of Allah. Is (he who is) the most righteous of you? And Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things).”
The prophet Mohammed (SAWS) said: “The white man is not better than the blackman, the best among you is the one who fear the Almighty and do good”.The flag of Islam is PEACE. It is calling everyone to go for peace. According to Islam, being in a different religion does not separate us. We have to respect each other’s religion and beliefs. As stated in Sure Yumus V.99 “If it had been thy lord’s will they would all have believed all who are on earth. Wilt thou then compel mankind against their will to believe.”
Omar ibnu Hatab visited a Church in Jerusalam, at the time of prayers and they allowed him to pray there, but he refused and said: “Let me go outside the Church and pray, because I do not want the Muslims to bring any conflict between you, forcing themselves to pray inside because I did.” By that time Omar was Khalifa after Abu Bakar’s death.
The late Bishop Johnson was my friend. He used to invite me to their programmes and I do the same. Even during our Mawlud Nabi (Gamo), Dr Johnson used to come and spent the evening with us. When he was enthroned as the ninth primate and metropolitan of the CPWA, on Sunday 18th November 2012, I was invited to attend it, at the Cathedral Church of Saint Marry in Banjul. He was delighted when he saw me inside the Church.
My kids attended their school, the reverend J.C.F Faye Memorial. My son Sheriff Amran Gaye, after passing the Common Entrance was offered scholarship by him for two years at the high school. Am grateful for that.
My whole family is sending our condolences to his wife Mrs Priscilla Johnson, his children, family, the Church and the entire Gambian community. May his soul rest in perfect peace.
In the name of the Khalifa-General of Tivaoune and the Ahlon Tivaoune Federation of The Gambia, they are sending their condolences and pray that he be received in Eternity.
Imam Alhagie Muhammed Tafsir Gaye, representative of Khalifa General de Tijan of Tivaoune in The Gambia.