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In Sierra Leone, Islamic Women End 10 Day Camping in Kenema
By Alhaji Mohamed Wusha-Conteh
Jan 8, 2013, 17:04
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In a bid to transmit Islamic education and to encourage Muslim women and girls to take up the Islamic covering ‘Hijab,’  The Islamic Women Organization for Dawah and Development (IWOD) has ended a 10 Day Camping in Kenema eastern part of the country.


Hijab is enshrined in the Holy Quran in Surah Ahzab 33 Verse 59 which reads “O prophet tell your wives and your daughters and the believing women that they should cast their outer garments over their persons that its most convenient that they should be known and not molested and Allah is oft-forgiving, most merciful”.


The program started on the 23rd December 2012 with 200 girls drawn from Freetown and Kenema District and the closing ceremony was on 2nd January 2013.


In her remarks during the closing ceremony, the Amir of the organization, Haja Fartimah Zarah Kamara reiterated that the main reason for the camping was in fulfilment of the Verse in the Holy Quran and the author is no one but Allah. She said that when they heard about the Hijab before, they thought the men were jealous but when they realized that the command is from no one but Allah they took up the Hijab with faith and have now embarked on spreading out the message.


Haja Fartimah Zarah catalogued the lessons learnt during the 10 days camping ranging from Salat, Aqueedah and other Islamic lessons. She assured all that the girls have pledged to take up the Hijab for the sake of Allah and admonished their parents and all to support them.


Haja Fartimah Zarah Kamara disclosed that their next camping will be in Kailahun as they have held similar campings in Makeni, Kambia and Freetown. She called on all for both financial and moral support to see that this program is sustained; as it will help immensely to build up not only good homes but promote morality in the country.   


In his remarks, Sheikh Bailor Barrie who represented the International Link from London emphasized that women are schools, as they prepare the children especially the girl child and if given a good Islamic education they will play a very important role in the society. He called on the girls to count themselves fortunate to be directed in the religion of Islam and pray that they will ever be proud in their Hijab as some people will tell them that they are not socially inclined.

Sheikh Bailor Barrie pledged his support for the sustenance of such a program that promotes Islamic ethics and morality in the country. He disclosed that there is rapid acceptance of the Hijab in London than in our country Sierra Leone and encouraged all to join forces together to promote the Hijab in the Country.

In his opening remarks the chairman, Sheikh Issa Ghalie Sesay stressed the importance of the education of the girl child and quoted verses in the Holy Quran and Hadith to substantiate his statement. He emphasized the way girls lose their pride during festive seasons but that the camping tries to school Islamic ethics in some of these girls so they will not go astray.


Sheikh Ghalie Sesay called on the Muslim Ummah to direct their ‘zakat’ towards sustaining such a program as it helps to motivate girls to be grounded in the Islamic principles and encourages them to take up the command of Allah.

The occasion was addressed by the United Council of Imams, Supreme Islamic Council, Kenema City Council and the Youth in Islam leader in Kenema, Brother Wurie Timbo who pointed out the need of changing the types of films watched especially in Islamic homes with an Islamic film as they are working assiduously to establish an Islamic movie group to ensure that there is a replacement to non-Islamic films.

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