Muslims Want Laws for Islamic Holidays

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The acting supreme leader of the Islamic Community in Liberia, Sheikh Ali Tweh Krayee, has urged the Legislature to enact Islamic Holidays to tackle what they described as ‘historical injustices’ against Muslims and in support of religious tolerance.

The acting supreme leader, who is the National Chief Imam, said Christians or American missionaries met Muslims in Liberia and therefore there should be religious acceptance in the country.

Speaking during the Feast of Abraham or Abraham’s Day in the Jah Tondo Town Central Mosque in Brewerville, on the outskirts of Monrovia, Imam Krayee recommended that there should be legislations to allowing the celebration of the end of Ramadan and Abraham’s Day.

The Imam’s proposal was based upon a Bill submitted by Sen. Prince Johnson urging his colleagues to pass a law in observance of the end of Ramadan and the Feast of Abraham (Lungee) in Liberia by Muslims.

The Chief Imam spoke on the theme “Personal Integrity for National Development” yesterday, saying Liberia is undergoing a “moral revolution.”

He said only those who have “impeccable character” can develop the country.

Sheikh Krayee condemned the recent in-house wrangling in the Lower House, and criticized the Supreme Court for being a “silent observer.”

He also urged Pastors, Imams, and even journalists to live exemplary lives.

Over 300 Muslims in and around Brewerville attended the Abraham Day prayers.

The Feast of Abraham is the day on which Muslims around the world celebrate the deliverance of Abraham’s son Isaac by God, while Ramadan, the ninth month of the Muslim year, is a period during which Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset.

Islam is practiced in Liberia by an estimated 31.5% of the population. The vast majority are Vais and Mandingos, with a small number of Gbandis, Kpelles and other tribes professing the faith. The Chief Imam is from the Krahn ethnic group.

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