A renowned Gambian Imam on Wednesday teamed up with clerics of other religious faith to offer prayer and solidarity with people of South Carolina, particularly families of nine killed at Emmanuel Ame Church.
Among those killed by the 21-year-old Dylan Roof while at a Bible study last week was Pastor Clementi Pinckney. Pinckney is also a State Senator in South Carolina parliament whose body will be laid in state in the capital Colombia tomorrow.
Imam Momodou Ceesay, who heads Detroit Islamic Center, recited Suratul Fatiha and translated its meaning at Coobo Hall Center in Detroit.
The well attended programme was organised by Metropolitan Organising Strategy Enabling Strength, a group that encourages inter-faith understanding, help communities that face problems as well as defend the civic and human rights.
“It is important that we come together and pray to Allah to help us move out of this tragedy and build love and understanding among us,” said Imam Ceesay who represented the Muslim community. “Let us pray that Allah create good things out of this unfortunate situationion,” he said.