Gambia: 31st Ahmadiyya Youth Convention Ends in Mansakonko

Source: | Alieu Ceesay

The 31st Annual National Ijtema (Convention) organised by the Ahmadiyya Jammat Youth Association in The Gambia on Sunday ended at the Tahir Ahmadiyya Muslim Senior School in Mansakonko in the Lower River Region (LRR).

Attended by prominent people including the governor of LRR, Salif Puye; Hon. Njie Darboe of Jarra West, Amir Baba F Trawally, among others, the ultimate objective of the three-day convention was to bring the youth together to teach them moral values, true teaching of Islam and to make them productive citizen of the society.

The Ahmadiyya Bait-us-Salam Mosque, Gambia

The Ahmadiyya Bait-us-Salam Mosque, Gambia

It was expected that at the end of the convergence, which brought together people from across the seven regions and as far as Senegal and Guinea Bissau, participants would have in their minds that they need to be tolerant in looking at the present condition of the world.

Salif Puye, the governor of LRR said:

“If anyone has gone through the doctrine of the Quran, I don’t believe you will become an extremist or dogma in your religion,”

He called on parents to train their children on the right path to maintain peace in the society, noting that the world was built through peace and dignity.

The LRR governor thus thanked the Ahmadiyya Jammat for organising such an event in his region.

In his welcoming remarks during the opening ceremony on …read more on

Tahir Ahmed Touray, the president of National Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association spoke at length on the heinous crimes being committed around the world by extremist groups in the name of Islam, citing the beheading of British Journalist by ISIS, abduction of 200 girls in Nigeria by Boko Haram, and killing of innocent people in Palestine. These among other acts, he said are against Islam and do not represent the doctrines of Islam.

According to him, the beautiful face of Islam has been tarnished with murder, violence, hate, intolerance, and lack of respect for human dignity among others, noting that Islam does not promote such heinous acts.

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