BY BANFANG SANNO
The deputy lmam of Perai mosque, Foday Burama Fatty in a telephone interview with Perai Kibaaro Network, explained the village mosque is facing a lot of challenges currently. Fatty said the mosque leaks a lot during the raining season, and that the many of the fans are not working, which he cited could be due to the poor quality energy supplied by solar.
“Currently these are our biggest challenges in the mosque”, he explained.
Fatty continued to say the size of the mosque is very small, as the population of the village increases. The mosque which was first expanded to accommodate Friday congregations in 1962, and rebuilt in the late 1980s needed an expansion to make it large enough to accommodate many people.
Imam Fatty said during Friday prayers many people pray outside, some even sit in front of the Imam (outside), he explained.
He said the microphone that they use to call for salah (Ahdan) has a problem too, and is also very heavy for the lmam to hold during sermons during Friday prayers, adding, it will be a pleasure if they could have a sizable microphone that many use to clip on a shirt.
“The use of a microphone is very important as it helps many in the village to know that prayer is up. It helps many people to make it to the mosque on time too. “Whenever the speaker is not used, many people either come late or are absent. Having a proper and sizable speaker will help a lot”, he said.
When asked about the difficulties they encountered during the closure of mosques amid Covid-19, he replied: “It was very difficult as it has prevented us from performing the daily prayers in congregation”.
“We could not do anything about it as they’re our leaders (Government), and we are bound to follow them as taught by our prophet (PBUH)”, he explained.
Given advice to the villagers, he said: “The people of the village should try and come together as one, leave out their difference and develop the village”.
“When people are united, it becomes impossible for them to be penetrated, but, when there is division among them, then it becomes very easy for others to penetrate them”, he added.
He finally thanked the whole of Perai on their co-operation, and the steps they took in the matter of the nine (9) natives of Perai that were remanded at Janjanbureh prison due to the Perai-Waliba case. He then continued and prayed for the village and the entire country.
For any assistance contact: Alkaloo Sainey Sanowo on 7428727
Imam Foday Ebrima Fatty on 2916313
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