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Sierra Leone Minister highlights Muslim - Christian Inter Religious Tolerance in her country
By Hon. Minister of Government Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden
Jun 25, 2017, 16:08
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Today was another day for me to thank the Almighty for making me to be born in Sierra Leone, one of the most beautiful countries in the world with many lovely aspects its citizens can boast of. One such attribute is that in a World confused by those who misinterpret teachings of their Holy Books to mean they should not tolerate others from different faiths, Sierra Leone's high levels of inter religious acceptance is a source of pride.

I want to thank His Excellency the President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma for not only continuing to consolidate religious tolerance in our country but for taking it to unprecedented heights. I feel so honoured and privileged to be one of the foot soldiers of President Koroma; helping to push his vision for our country into reality.

Today, I want to thank the Muslim Jamaat for allowing me, a Christian government minister, and my entourage of women leaders, to join them in today's Eid-Ul-Fitri Ramadan prayers marking the end of the Muslim Holy Month of Fasting.

As President Koroma's appointed Minister of Social Welfare, Gender & Children's Affairs which oversees religious matters in the country, I visited and was warmly welcomed by Chief Imam Alhaji Hassan Karim and Assistant Chief Imam Alhaji Nazir King of the Jamiatul Atiq Masjid at Davies Street in Fourah Bay, Eastern Freetown. I decided to worship here as this is one of the mosques along Freetown's Foulah Town and Fourah Bay axis where my great-great grandfather Edward Wilmot Blyden (who died 1912) and his daughter, Madam Isa Blyden (died 1967) regularly prayed and also regularly taught Mohammedan Education despite being of the Christian faith. The Blydens are a very unique family.

I feel honoured today as their scion, to be so warmly welcomed here. As I sang along with the congregation that GOD IS GREAT (Allāhu 'akbar الله أكبر) I lifted my beautiful country up in Prayers that we continue to be a beacon of light insofar as religious tolerance is concerned.

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May the Almighty bless us all.
Amen. Ameen.

Hon. Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden
Freetown, Sunday June 25th 2017.

With Hon. Justice Abu King and Imams of the Mosque


Imams of the Mosque warmly welcoming a Christian government official


With Hon. Justice Abu King and Imams of the Mosque


Seated in the section for women inside the mosque


Seated in the section for women inside the mosque


With a handsome baby boy whom coincidentally was dressed in matching colours of the Hon. Minister and so his Mum and Grandmum handed him over to the Minister. Young man is well relaxed in arms of the Minister


Posing with the Chief Imam and other Imams of the Mosque which is the oldest mosque in Sierra Leone for now.


With President of Women's Forum Madam Maude Peacock and other Women Leaders who accompanied the Minister


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