Imam Abdoulie Fatty, the outspoken former State House Imam, has said that any day that President Adama Barrow prays in an Ahmadi mosque, he will lose his power as president of The Gambia.

President Barrow usually alternates mosques every Friday since his ascension to the presidency with many believing it is a strategy to unite Gambians but according to Imam Fatty, who has been a standout speaker against the Ahmadis for the past decade, they [Muslim leaders] will campaign against Barrow any day he prays with Ahmadis.

“Everyone in this government knows Ahmadis are not Muslims because they don’t pray with them. With all his prayers in mosques around the country, have you seen Barrow praying in an Ahmadi mosque?” Imam Fatty quizzed, “We are not politicians but if he decides to do that, we will join politics. We will form a political party and choose someone against him,” he vowed.

Imam Fatty was speaking on Wednesday at the Talinding Islamic Institute where hundreds of Muslims gathered for a major Islamic conference.

A few weeks ago, the Gambia Supreme Islamic Council wrote to the Public Utility Regulatory Authority to petition against the application made by Ahmadis for a TV licence. The Islamic body claimed that if the Jama’at is given licence, they will adulterate the minds of young Muslims since they have been “declared to be outside the pale of Islam”.


The petition was met with a wave criticism from both the Ahmadis and rights activists who argued that The Gambia is a secular state which gives everyone the right to follow any religion.
The Gambia Press Union was the first pressure group that publicly condemned the Islamic body, urging PURA to dismiss their petition.

Reacting to GPU’s statement, the blunt former State House Imam urged the Union to stay silent, while lambasting Gambian journalists for taking sides.
“The role of a journalist everywhere in the world is to report what is happening and not taking sides but that is not here. The GPU should stay quiet as they were when the Ahmadis caused trouble in Salikenni.

There are journalists who specialize on politics, economics etc., where are journalists who specialize on religion? We have none. So let the GPU be quiet and leave religion to those who know it,” he warned.
Other guests included Muhammed Lamin Touray, Imam Banding Drammeh, Omar Danso, Kemo Fatty, Sedia Ceesay among others on the topic ‘The Stand of Islam on Ahmadiyya’.


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  1. Unfortunate. From my time in Africa I remembered that Africans were very tolerant. Once when one of our Nigerian Directors (of the Swiss Company I was working for) came to Switzerland he wanted to go to Jumma. I told him that I usually go to the Ahmadiyya Mosque and he said that was ok and he came with me. Actually he was Chairman of the (non-Ahmadi) Lagos Central Mosque Committee (which the company belonging to my boss built). After I introduced him to the Imam of the (Ahmadiyya) Zurich Mosque our Imam said that your name sounds familiar. We have someone of this name in the Ahmadiyya Nigeria Central Committee. His answer was that ‘yes, that is my brother’. Such were the times… and hopefully still are in many parts of Africa.

  2. In Nigeria also there was a Chief. On Friday he used to go to Mosque and on Sunday to Church, because he said some of my ‘subjects’ are Muslim and some of my ‘subjects’ are Christian and I respect all of them.

  3. Rafiq—when I heard the news like this. I am so sad and anger with the extremist behavior to Ahmadiyyah in Pakistan, Africa and other countries.
    Rafiq—please understand, we are in your side, we have to fight the wahhabi extremist clerics every countries.

    The extremist wahhabi Muslim is the root of conflict every corner of the world. Let me tell you the truth:
    Before 9/11 2001, the hate teaching of Islam toward Jews and Christian have been spreaded century since Wahhabi took the power in Saudi Arabia and Gulf states.

    When I was young, my imam or religious teacherd tought is that Jews and Christian are the enemy of Islam. They are Khafir. America and Europe are Khafir and Dajjal country.

    I thing 98 percent of Arab people are so hate Amrics and Israel. Maybe your mind have been brainwashed by hared news in Middle East, that is why you think negatively toward America and Israel because you live to long there.

    1. 9/11 was caused by Extremist Wahhabi
    2. Chen Chen Rusia was caused by extremist wahhabi
    3. Bomb Bali and Jakarta were caused by extremist wahhabi.
    4. Bombay india was caused by extremist wahhabi
    5. Pakustan, and Indonesia ahmadiyyah persecuted by extremist wahhabi
    6. Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libys, Egypt were caused by rxtremist wahhabi
    7. GAMBIA was caused by extremist wahhabi cleric.

    Know it that Million the extremist wahhabi has dominated the world, wahhabi extremist is every where, every mosque and goverment.

    Israel and America are countering the extremist wahhabi Muslim every where. Israel and America are not the root of conflict in Islamic countried, the extremist wahhabi is the genuine root of coflict in the world.
    Please understand, I tell honestly.
    May Allah protect Ahmadiyyah from persecuting by wahhabi extremist in Africa and Pakistan.Amen
    All ❤️

    • Many Americans themselves think that 9/11 was an ‘inside job’. Power Nr. 7 collapsed without the plane reaching there. Let’s delete 9/11 from the above list.

  4. Persecution no matter where it is, should not be tolerated or encouraged. May it be America, Africa, Pakistan, UAE, UK or France. No matter where in the world this injustice must not be allowed. Now the question of 9/11 well the official report says that most of the involved parties were indeed American born and had political ties to bush administration.

  5. May Allah show these people the right path. They think that they are the true followers of the Prophet pbuh.
    Is there any example of such behavior from our beloved Prophet towards people of other religions?

    • ==Is there any example of such behavior from our beloved Prophet towards people of other religions?==

      The extremist Muslim follow the sunnah ( I consider a false Hadith) .

      Sahih Muslim 33—”I have been commanded to fight against people till they testify that there is no god but Allah” Sahih Muslim 4366—“ I will expel the Jews and Christian from the Arabian Peninsula and will not leave any but Muslim” Sahih Muslim 6922:—Those who changed his Islamic religion, kill them.

      Extremist Muslim misinterprete this verse!

      O Prophet, carry out Jihad (struggle) against the disbelievers and hypocrites, and be strict with them. And their abode is Jahannam (Hell), and it is an evil terminus. Q.9:73.

      We have to remove all violent hadith from the Book of Hadith, otherwise Extremist continue to persecute Ahmadiyyah anf hypocrites, very sad.

      All our ❤️

  6. It is heart breaking to read the news like that. We believe by banning others to attend the sermons in Ahmadiyya mosque they can’t stop the message of peace in this world. May God enable them to see the right path.

  7. Very disappointed news. What kind of danger they feel from Ahmadiyya Muslim community?

    From the beginning the Community is spreading the message of peace and taking part in the development of local people in every part of the world. And it’s reality, no one can deny but only those people who don’t want to admit .May Allah enable them to follow the truth not their own desires.

  8. The community has always been spreading peace. Not letting people in sermons is ver wrong. May God enable these people to the right path.

    There are still many Muslim who follow the Hadith to persecute and punish heresy, apastate and blasphemer.
    ( we believe that Hadith are false Hadith ) unfortunately the false Hadith are found in the book of Hadith dahih Muslim.
    I do not know to prevent ahmadiyyah Muslim from persecuting by other Muslim. I believe that this persecuting will not stop as long as the false hadith still exist in the Book of Hadith as second sourse of Islamic teaching. Very very sad to hear Ahmafiyyah who promote peacefull teaching of Islam is persecuted in Islamic countries.
    May God enable to guide these Muslim to the right path. Amen

    • I did not see any quotation from ISIS that they needed a hadith to murder (other Muslims for instance). (although possibly they did use one for their idea of permissible slavery…)

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