“My message is directed to Muslim clerics, especially Imams and Supreme Islam Council leaders,” Imam Momodou Ceesay of Detroit Islamic Center said. “Preach what is relevant. Stop preaching women right now and lead your followers to truth. End your silence, follow me and Imam Baba Leigh and stand up for justice. Stand tall and defend the truth if you want your future messages to become relevant.”
Imam Ceesay said the SIC leaders and clerics have no excuse to remain silent in a country where the President is acting unjustly, stoking violence, killing and exiling innocent people.
“You all know what is happening in the country is unjust, un-Islamic and unconstitutional. For 22 years, your followers have been crying of hunger, living in fear of being tortured, murdered or disappeared yet you remain silent. You ignore their many cries for help. Leadership is all about standing up for truth and justice. It is also about defending and empowering those you serve. Except few imams – Cherno Gassama, Ousman Sawaneh and Sheikh Omar Colley – none of you bother to tell truth to power.”
Imam Ceesay wonders why SIC leaders who are close to power shut up when their country is in crisis. “Imams Fatty, Touray, Cherno Kah and Muntahan Faye, your country people need your urgent help. The Quran is not revealed to help political leaders. It has come to establish truth from falsehood. You have been telling people to fight injustice with all their might. But you have failed to follow what you preach. You have ignored a leader who behaves exactly like Pharoah, a tyrant who accused Prophet Musa and Haruna of being tribalists when he (Pharoah) pioneered tribalism. You have all seen how Yahya Jammeh has entrenched tribalism in the country. He feeds on it. You have all seen Yahya Jammeh stoking violence. He has lost the election but wants to remain in power and continue his lawlessness. Follow the footstep of Prophet Ibrahim who asked his father why he followed an idol that neither sees nor hears.”
Imam Ceesay said condemnations of Yahya Jammeh’s lawlessness by secular associations like the Bar is enough of lessions for the SIC. “You know Yahya Jammeh has been doing all what the quran forbids. You have seen the White people you label as kafir (nonbelievers) standing up for the oppressed Gambians. You have read how generations before us were punished for the forbidden deeds of a minority. Allah’s punishment does not spare anyone.”