Imam Ceesay with Flint ImamThe religion of Islam often captures headlines for negative reasons, which according to an erudite Gambian Muslim Cleric, has not helped paint the true picture of the religion.

20160201_1019221“Islam is a complete way of life,” the Resident Imam of Detroit Islamic Center said. “This way of life includes everything. It includes caring, sharing and understanding the feelings and problems of people, irrespective of their religion, race or colour,” Imam Momodou Ceesay said.

Imam Ceesay and his Center’s officials – Abdul Rasheed, Imam Council member and Siddiq, Distributor – handed over water bottles to Flint Imam Al-Amin Rasool for onward distribution.

For over a month, the Michigan city has been facing water crisis mainly caused by lead poisoningresulting from corrosive water pipes.

“My delegation came to show our solidarity and support to the people of Flint. As members of a big Islamic community, we deem it necessary to deliver water bottles to our Flint brothers as well as extend our greetings to them,” Imam Ceesay said.

“we are not looking for anything than extending humanitarian gesture to our already challenged brothers. We want to show you that we feel and understand what you are going through,” Imam Ceesay said, adding that the gesture forms part of the Center’s tradition.

“These waters are for everyone – Muslims and nonMuslims,” he said. Imam Ceesay quoted Allah’s saying that “giving life to one person is like giving life to the entire humanity.

Imam Ceesay’s Center provides food and clothing to homeless and needy people every Saturday. “The Center provides supports to everyone, irrespective of their religion, race or colour. The goal is to help people understand that Islam cares about everyone,” Imam Ceesay said, thanking Allah for “allowing us to stand side by side with our Flint brothers.

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