sheik_alhaji_omar_ceesay-dBy PROUD LAMBAI KAA

As-salāmu alaykum [Peace be upon You]

I am a native Salikenni Village and a proud one for that matter and I am fortunate to be an eyewitness of this skirmish on the Eid-ul-fitr prayer ground, sitting third row from the IMAM.

However, I  have two very uncomfortable points of view on this matter. I was called while in the village by one of my friends that there’s an article on KAIRO NEWS about SKIRMISH on IMAMSHIP which I authenticated. First, I never want this issue to be on social media for some many reasons and secondly I found it very childish for those opposing MR FOFANA’S versions of the story without countering it with facts.

Therefore, as a proud Lambai [Another name for Salikenni] Born this second uncomfortable point of view gave me more room to give eyewitness report, but I will choose to be anonymous on this issue as of now on social media to uphold to my first principle.

Firstly, there are two sides of any story and this issue is not an exception to that. However, from what I have read (post & comments) neither gave a clear picture of what did happen, happening and about to happen. Mr Fofana came close to in some aspect to the story, but he spoiled his report with an untrue story like “POOR SALIKENNIKAS SPONSOR ALH OMAR TO SAUDI.” I don’t know what your sources on this but I found it to be untrue. On the other hand, most of those who rubbish Mr Fofana’s report are supporters of ALH OMAR Ceesay who will never write a true report about this  issue, because this should not even take place IF ALH OMAR CEESAY as a MUFTI of the Salikenni Village, entire BADIBOU, GAMBIA and EVEN SENEGAL unselfishly use his VAST KNOWLEDGE in Qur’an and Hadith and ruling of Islamic Jurisprudence to avoid IMAMSHIP conflict in the village he proclaimed his love and I used to believe that.

According to this Hadith ALH OMAR CEESAY should be the chosen one.

Ibn-Masud (RA) relates that Rasul-Ullah (SAW) said, “A person should become the Imam of the people who is the most “AQRA” amongst them. If all are equal, then the one who has the most knowledge of the Sunnah. If they are equal in knowledge of the Sunnah, then the one who made Hijrah (migration) first. If they are equal in regards to Hijrah then the most who is the oldest” (Ahmed, Muslim).

BUT ACCORDING TO THIS HADITH ALH OMAR CEESAY is disqualified.

Abdullah Bin Umar (RA) narrates that Rasul-Ullah (SAW) said, “Allah does NOT accept the prayer of a person who performs Imamship of people who don’t like him”.

This is because approximately 80 to 90 % of Salikenni don’t want Alh Omar to be the IMAM. The simple question most people asked is “why should we change the imam who have been leading for 20 years?”

NB: HARD FACT ALH OMAR WANTS TO BE AN IMAM, NOT DEPUTY IMAM.

Let’s break this down to have estimated figures by CLANS.
Touray Kunda 99% don’t like Alh Omar, they pray in their mosque if Alh Omar leads the Jummah prayer.
Dorr 99% don’t like Alh Omar.
Sanenjeereh 98% don’t like Alh Omar.
Chakunda 95% don’t Alh Omar.
Kolley Kunda 99% don’t Alh Omar.
Fatty Kunda 60% don’t like Alh Omar.
Kassama Kunda 90% don’t like Alh Omar.
Fatajo Kunda 90% don’t like Alh Omar
Ceesay Kunda 50% don’t which is on the balance side.

SOURCES: EYEWITNESS DURING THE EID PRAYER all the clans converged and everyone with a brain knows where a particular clan sided.

Now, to get to hard fact…… the mantle of  Imamship in Salikenni was a conflict between the fathers of Current elders in CEESAY KUNDA… there is a rich history on this, but let currentised the situation.

The current IMAM ALH EBRIMA ILLO CEESAY was handling the mantle of Imam-ship for over two decades and  during this period he developed a culture of humbleness and tolerances among the villagers.
Alh OMAR CEESAY the mufti of the village was one of the most honoured and respected scholar, elder, mediator and preacher in the Region (NBR) and beyond.

SAIKOU NYARRA CEESAY, an elder brother to ILLO CEESAY is the head of CEESAY KUNDA CLAN and is widely blamed for causing hypocrisy between ILLO CEESAY and ALH OMAR. He was warned about this during his swearing in ceremony to be the clan head by ALkalo of the Village ALH SAINEY KANTEH. Again after this current incident, I was present on the day of EID PRAYER when the POLICE came and ALKALO invited all the parties involved to his compound –“ALH OMAR was absent in this sitting”  Alkalo categorically told the POLICE that SAIKOU NYARRA is behind all this hypocrisy.

NB: POLICE took the statement of ALKALO………. In case if you are interested, this is where politics came into play. “Waste of fuel, the report was branded incomplete and inaccurate by the Governor”.

EID PRAYER SERMON INCIDENT
Unlike Jummah prayer, Eid Prayer Sermon (KUTUB) is usually delivered after the PRAYER… If it’s JUMMAH prayer entire SALIKENNI will not pray FRIDAY prayer due to ungodly action by SIDIA CEESAY the son of Allah Omar, who unplug the mic and stood in front of STANDING IMAM surrounded by thousands of worshiper listen to one of the most blessed sermon of EID PRAYER and said “THIS SHOULD NOT HAPPEN HERE, MY FATHER IS SITTING AND HE IS NOT GIVING THE SERMON.”

It’s true that Alh. Omar used to deliver an EID PRAYER sermon with imam ILLO CEESAY, in past years… Not for past 35 years as one commenter proclaimed.  It used to be the late ALFA LALO DARBOE who acted as deputy imam. If my memories serve me, he last delivered sermon in 2010.

MY STAND “AND WHO IS SIDIA CEESAY TO INTERRUPT THE SERMON? BECAUSE HIS FATHER WAS NOT CHOSEN, THIS IS NOT A FAMILY AFFAIR”.

On this every day ILLO CEESAY chose BABA BARROW to recite the Arabic text the role play by ALH OMAR in the past years. This anger, his son and his supporters.

ISSUE OF DEPUTY IMAM
Before this incident the issue of deputy imam was a police case, when late deputy imam Alfa lalo Darboe becomes weak and his frequency in the mosque was limited, SAIKOU NYARRA  CEESAY told him he is taking deputy imam from him which make sense, but ask him whom he gave ALH OMAR  (conflict report on unanimous decision) but whatever the case DARBOE KUNDA are entitle to be named as deputy imam and ILLO CEESAY as IMAM chose MODOU LAMIN DARBOE as his deputy imam… ALH OMAR has issued on DARBOE appointment (hard fact) QUOTE he said “HE IS AN UNBELIEVER”.

NOW WE HAVE ONE IMAM WITH TWO DEPUTIES.

Here is why politics came into play, and why every JAMMEH Regional representative is corrupt like him.
I will try to summarise this as an independent judge. What will you do if this type of case is brought to you? I will maintain one imam and choose different deputy imam from the village. Simple case close. Since the fight is around deputy imam.

GOVERNOR OF NORTH BANK REGION certainly has a different ruling.

Governor’s Verdict: “three of you will have a turn for leading FRIDAY PRAYER. IMAM ILLO CEESAY if you prayed 2 JUMMAH prayers let MODOU LAMIN DARBOE prayed 2 JUMMAH PRAYER and ALH OMAR CEESAY prayed 2 JUMMAH PRAYERS. Also give give a chance to lead some 5 daily prayers.”

THIS WAS A MISTAKE OUR FATHERS SHOULD HAVE NEVER ACCEPTED. BUT IT WAS RULED ON AND WE WILL LEAVE TO REGRET IT.

MR FOFANA mentions in his post that ALH OMAR is from semi-rich family…I will call it a rich family in Salikenni standard. At least, his brother Sidia SENEGAL is a rich man and he will use every pence to see ALH OMAR become IMAM to open the MOSQUE UNDER CONSTRUCTION in the village.

I have sources who said he bribed the GOVERNOR and I cannot doubt this story, because he used to be the first person in KEREWAN whenever the GOVERNOR calls for hearing.
Another reason why politics taking its part is that ALH OMAR is afflicted to PRO-POLITIC SUPREME ISLAMIC COUNCIL (SIC) who came to the village but failed horribly  to rule the case. He (ALH OMAR) is now a regional representative at SIC, the position he had lobbied to overthrow ALFA SEEDY TOURAY who held the position for many years (since OUSTAS BANDING REGIME).

WHY IMAM ILLO CEESAY chose BABA BARROW TO DELIVER THE SERMON WITH HIM?

IMAM ILLO CEESAY is widely blamed by ALH OMAR CEESAY’s sons and supporters that their FATHER was intentionally left to deliver the EID SERMON, I hold the believe with 80 to 90% of the population think ILLO CEESAY did nothing wrong or new. ALH OMAR was given this role for honour and respect and that honour and respect is no more with majority of village. As a matter of fact if he is not chosen let his children be humble but instead they interrupted the prayer of the whole village. His son SIDIA CEESAY talked to him before he started interrupting the IMAM (I have video evidence). He could easily advise him not to interrupt the prayer.

BY THE WAY THE SERMON WAS DELIVERED ALH OMAR’S TEAM LEFT THE MOSQUE.
FIRST POLICE REPORT WAS DISHONOURED BY  THE GOVERNOR WHO WAS ON EID BREAK BUT ASKED THE CASE TO BE REFERRED TO THE CHIEF. ALH OMAR SUPPORTER INSULTED THE ALKALO SAINEY KANTEH IN FRONT OF THE POLICE HEAD AND ALKALO OF NYABA KUNDA BUT NOTHING CAME OUT OF IT.

MEETING CANCELLED………… NO VERDICT REACHED……….. GOVERNOR IS ON THE BREAK AND HE WILL CERTAINLY RULE WRONGLY.

I wrote this piece not for any hatred or grudge against anyone, but for everyone LAMBAI CITIZENRY to have clue on what is going in our beloved village and for everyone to take any possible peaceful to end this unislamic practice.

And I rest my case by asking ALH OMAR CEESAY’S sons to beg their father to distance himself from IMAMSHIP and focus on his family and religion.

MAY ALLAH BLESS SALIKENNI AND ITS PEOPLE AND MAY HIS RULING COME SOONEST THAN LATER

“Indeed He is wisely of all judges”
SALAM

EYEWITNESS

Ends

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