Mayor Abdoulie B J Bah of Banjul on behalf the entire inhabitants of Banjul do hereby proclaim 1st – 7th February 2017 as the Annual UN World Interfaith Harmony Week Celebrations in Banjul, and Banjul’s participation in “Mayors and Cities for Interfaith Harmony” as a Founding Participating City.
The Public Relations Officer of the city council, Mr. Sandigie Njie, made this revelation while addressing a gathering of Muslims and Christians at EUCLID University in Brusubi, West Coast Region.
He said the tolerance, love and peaceful co-existence which Banjul has been known for all these years since before, during and after the colonial era, shall continue to prevail and flourish throughout the ages as embodied in the spirit of the Declaration. He noted that Gambia is at a time where we need to heal, reconcile, build, develop and move forward in peace, progress and prosperity.
Picture: PRO Sandigie Njie
He added: “Let us drown all sentiments of hatred, prejudice, tribalism and religious intolerance which are now the new destabilizers of our world today. Let us say no to all forms of Islamophobia and xenophobia. Let us live together in spirit of peace and oneness, for it is only through peace where we can all enjoy the benefits of sustainable development.”
The World Interfaith Harmony Week is based on the pioneering work of The Common Word initiative. This initiative, which started in 2007, called for Muslim and Christian leaders to engage in a dialogue based on two common fundamental religious Commandments; Love of God, and Love of the Neighbour, without nevertheless compromising any of their own religious tenets. The Two commandments are at the heart of the three Monotheistic religions and therefore provide the most solid theological ground possible. The World Interfaith Harmony Week extends the Two Commandments by adding ‘Love of the Good, and Love of the Neighbour’. This formula includes all people of goodwill. It includes those of other faiths, and those with no faith.
Picture: BCC Mayor Bah