Islamic leaders representing principal mosques of the different ethnic communities in the Western area have re-echoed the need for fostering stronger collaboration amongst them. This is in solidarity of the initiative championed by the leadership of the Temne Development Council. The commitment was made at Juma Prayers at the Mandingo Central Mosque in Freetown.
According to the Head of the Inter Religious Council Sheik Abu Bakarr Conteh, the lack of strong ties among the tribes in the past had resulted to mistrusts and hiccups, blocking good initiatives. The City Imam said the move by all of them this time will lead to mutual gains and tranquillity.
Speaking to SLBC the Mandingo Mosque Executive Sheikh Mamoud Koroma said a mutual relationship is beneficial to the promotion of Islam and promoting peace within the ethnic groups. Sheikh Mamoud Koroma commended the pioneer of the initiative, Alhaji Issa Catco Kamara for bridging the communication gap among the mosques.
According to Sheikh M.A. Barrie who represented the Fullah community, though there had been some form of relationship among the different tribes in the wider Muslim community, the new inter-tribal Islamic network will provide the requisite forum for information for national development.