By 2020, we estimate that there are roughly 2000 Qadiani-Ahmadi’s in the entire country. Baba F. Trawally is the Amir of the Ahmadiyya community. There are 4 Ahmadiyya mosques in the entire country, 3 of them the capacity is barely 100, the last one, Ahmadiyya sources claim that the capacity is 5000, however, that is including the outside space. The amount of Ahmadi mullahs is unknown. The Ahmadiyya mosque in Saba seems to be the first ever Ahmadi mosque in the country.
Ahmadiyya buildings in the Gambia
In 1952, the Ahmadiyya Jamaat spread to the Gambia (see Fisher) via publications, however, there was no Qadiani-Ahmadi missionary. The first missionary to enter the country was Alhaji Hamza Sanyaolo, a Nigerian who entered in 1959(see Fisher). After a number of months he was followed by Gibriel Saeed, a Ghanaian missionary(see Fisher). Since its earliest history in the Gambia, the the islamic community has rejected Ahmadi’s (see Fisher). By 1966, the first Ahmadi head of state anywhere in the world became Farimang Mamadi Singhateh, who seems to have been a puppet dictator set up by the British, he was forced to go to Rabwah and give bait to the Khalifa first. He was technically the second Ahmadi head of state, since Ghulam Nabi Gilkar and Azad Kashmir were the first in 1948. He most likely had never read critically about Ahmadiyya or Islam. Similarly, in Pakistan, the USA and British government allowed Zia ul Haq to come to power in 1977 and he had deep connections with Ahmadiyya. In the 1970’s, the famous Dr. Balogan became an ex-ahmadi and wrote about the fraud of Ahmadiya. Even western academic researchers like Trimingham (1968) called Ahmadiyya a maritime implantation by the British.
The Muslim Congress of Gambia generally considered itself to be responsible for the advancement of Islamic education among the country’s populations. In view of the supremacy of the Christian missionary activity in the colony, a small group of people from Bathurst, now Banjul, began to feel that the Congress was lacking diligence in its efforts (see Fisher 1963) As a consequence, by 1952 the group formed Jama’at ul-Muiminin (Community of Believers). Within a period of a few years, a large number of its members became Ahmadi Muslims as a tribute to traders and the flow of Ahmadiyya literature into the colony. The group established an Arabic school and desired that a Pakistani Ahmadi teacher, Mubarak Ahmad Saqi, then a missionary in Sierra Leone, be employed. Despite a formal request in February 1953, the colony’s Executive Council did not give permission for a Pakistani to enter. As a result, the group employed a Senegalese member of the Tijaniyyah Sufi tariqa under a provisional basis. Due to financial constraints, however, the school closed down within a year (see Fisher 1963).
Nur Muhammad Nasim Saifi attempted to revive Saqi’s case. The Fazl Mosque in London requested Hugh Linstead, a British Member of Parliament to write to the authorities to overturn the decision made in the colony. An alternative candidate, Muhammad Ishaq Sufi, a pioneering missionary stationed in Liberia was also offered on whose behalf it is stated that a petition with 250 signatures from Ahmadi Muslims of Banjul was prepared. After holding two sessions in consultation with the Muslim members of the colony’s Legislative Council, the government once again blocked the Ahmadi Muslim missionary of Pakistani heritage. As a consequence, Saifi consulted another British politician Fenner Brockway and made another failed attempt in 1958. Finally, a Nigerian Ahmadi missionary was prepared for the Gambia (see Fisher 1963).
Al-haji Hamza Sanyaolo, a Nigerian missionary arrived in Gambia and served for a period of a few months before a Ghanaian missionary, Gibriel Saeed replaced him.
On March 10, 1961, the first Pakistani missionary, Chaudhry Muhammad Sharif, was permitted to enter the colony. Sharif served in Bathurst until January 23, 1963. It was during Sharif’s period in the Gambia, through another Ahmadi missionary, Alhaji Ibrahim Jikineh, that Muhammad Farimang Singhateh accepted Islam Ahmadiyya, who was to later become the Governor General of the Gambia. Singhateh was also the national president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of the Gambia (See Arnold Hughes, David Perfect. Historical Dictionary of the Gambia. Scarecrow Press. p. 214).
Ahmadiyya entered Gambia during the era of the Second Caliphate through the flow of Ahmadiyya literature and a number of traders returning to the country, perhaps from Nigeria (see Fisher 1963, p. 126). It was in the early 1960s that the first group of Ahmadi Muslim Gambians were sent to be trained as missionaries in order to serve in the Gambia. The first Ahmadi mosque in the country was built in 1963 and another one four years after its independence, in Farafenni, in 1969.
In February of 1965 when The Gambia celebrated her independence, it was Ghulam Ahmad Badomali, the amir and missionary-in-charge of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community who led the prayers on behalf of the Muslim ummah.
On July 5, 1966, Sighateh became the governor, he was the first Ahmadi Muslim head of any state or colony in the history of the Ahmadiyya movement. Following his appointment, he wrote a letter to the Caliph III requesting a piece of cloth of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the founder of the Ahmadiyya movement. For Ahmadi Muslims this was the first time in the history of the Community that the prophecy of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, “I shall bless you so much so that kings shall seek blessings from thy garments“, was literally fulfilled.
The first Ahmadi Muslim caliph to visit the Gambia was Caliph III, Mirza Nasir Ahmad, whose visit in 1970 was instrumental in the launch of the Nusrat Jahan Scheme which has been responsible for the establishment of a number of schools in the country. On May 1, 1970 the Caliph arrived in Banjul, for a five-day visit, as part of his tour of West Africa. As part of his visit the Gambia, the caliph met Dawda Jawara, the then President of the Gambia, and a number of other public figures.
However, by 1973, the Supreme Islamic was established and headed by Imam Lamin Touray and Imam Fatty in the second Republic. He went further to say that the former president of the first Republic of The Gambia Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara refused to take part in declaring Ahmadi Muslims as kafir during the second OIC Summit/Conference held in Pakistan 🇵🇰 on February 22-24 1974 at the instigation of the then President of Pakistan Ali Bhutto and how Ali Bhutto and the rest of the proponents of that summit ended for opposing this divine Jamaat. He said President Bhutto was overthrown on July 5, 1977 in a military operations code name Operation Fair Play by General Ziaul Haq five years after the said OIC meeting and got hanged at the gallows on April 4, 1979. King Faisal of Saudi Arabia was shot to death in his royal palace by his nephew on March 25, 1975. President Anwar Sadat of Egypt was also gunned down on October 6, 1981 during a military parade by his own military officer, President Edi Amen of Uganda who also took active part during the summit was also overthrown on April 11, 1979. President Qadafi of Libya was brutally murdered on October 20, 2011 and all those who played prominent role in declaring Jamaat Ahmadiyyat outside the pale of Islam suffered similar fate. Sir Dawda Jawara the President of the first Republic of The Gambia who refused to take part in this anti-Ahmadiyya scheme, lived long and died peacefully.
The first ever Jalsa Salana is held.
Singateh refrained from any politics till his untimely death in 1977 and went back to his medical practice which was his first love and spent time with his children travelling to Kolda and Dakar visiting friends and family. A street in the capital, Banjul, was named in his honour.
In 1988, Mirza Tahir Ahmad laid the foundation stone for the Baitus Salam Mosque in Talinding Kunjang.
In the fall of 2014, a leading Gambian Muslim cleric, Alhaji Abdoulie Fatty, who was also the Imam of the State House of the Gambia at that time, called for the expulsion of Ahmadi Muslims from the country. Having described Ahmadi Muslims as non-Muslims, he called for a ban on the propagation of Ahmadiyya teachings in the Gambia. Following his comments, Fatty was fired as the Imam of the State House. It has been speculated that the dismissal is attributed to his comments concerning the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, which the Imam denies. In January 2015, the Gambia Supreme Islamic Council aired on state television its decision to declare the Community, as a non-Muslim group. The move was condemned by Baba Trawally, the National President of the Gambian Ahmadiyya movement and Demba Ali Jawo, former president of the Gambia Press Union.
Gambian Supreme Islamic Council declares Ahmadiyya/Qadianiyah Movement as out of the fold of Islam
For decades Jamaat Ahmadiyya has been very active in the African Countries, where they have made many converts by pretending to be Sunn Muslims, and at others times pretending to be belonging to the same Ahmadiyya Tariqa which is well-known in the North African countries. This well-known Ahmadiyya Tariqa is a sufi order of the sunni tariqa that goes back to several hundred years, founded by Syed Ahmed Badawi in Egypt. Shrine if Syed Ahmed Badawi is in Tanta in Egypt but his followers are all over Africa. Jamaat Ahmadiyya, taking advantage of the similarity in name and ignorance of Muslims about Mirza Qadiani and his Jamaat, managed to get many converts to their ranks. They have been following the style of Christian Missionaries and using their unlimited resources, they offer financial incentives, they open schools, clinics, community centers etc., and through these gain converts. As many parts of Africa had been under colonial rule of various European Imperialist powers, and Ahmadiyya being their henchmen, they had received a lot of support from the colonial masters, and after their departure, their loyalists who were handed over the charge of the government.
Gambia has been one such country. In 1965, the British Imperialists were forced to grant the country of Gambia its independence. They abdicated rule in favor of one of their faithful supporters, Mr. Farman Sangat, whom they appointed to the position of Governor of that nation. Mr. Sangat was a known Qadiani, who one year earlier had traveled to Rabwah, Pakistan, and given his oath of allegiance (bai’at) to Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmood, the second head of the Qadiani Movement. During British rule, the Qadiani headquarters in Gambia had continually preached that obedience to the British Empire was an article of faith for every Muslim!
AlHamdolilah by the Grace of Allah, reawakening of Islam is taking place all over and the fraud of Ahmadiyyat/Qadianiyat is being exposed for what it is. and The Gambia is not staying behind. The President of the nation of Gambia, Mr. Yahya AbuBakr, has officially declared the country’s Qadiani community a non-Muslim minority, after Qadiani scholars were outclassed by Muslim scholars in the Courts and other fora.
Following is the translation of statement of The Gambia Supreme Islamic Council.
Translated from the original in Arabic
Bismillah Al-Rehman Al-Raheem
Wa’tasimu_ bi hablilla_hi jami’aw wa la_ tafarraqu (3.103)
The Gambia Supreme Islamic Council
Banjul, The Gambia
Circular of The Supreme Council about the Islamic Stand
regarding Ahmadiyya/Qadianiyah Movement
Beware of the dangerous claims bragged openly by the Ahmadis Qadianis, which destroy the very foundation of Islamic Beliefs, with their superficial proofs spread through their publications and announcements through broadcasting and television. These Islamic beliefs are the corner stone of the belief of Muslims. For the sake of peaceful co-existence of all the people of The Gambia, for its security and stability, the Gambian Supreme Council has decide to caution the Muslims about the following:
- that among the basic beliefs of Muslims, is the belief that Holy Prophet Muhammad SAAW is the Final Prophet and Messenger and that there is no prophet after Him, as per the testimony of the Word of Allah:
“Muhammad is not the father of any of your men but (he is) the Apostle of Allah
and the Seal of the Prophets: and Allah has full knowledge of all things.
“ (Surah Al Ahzab 33.40)
- that among the established facts in the Book of Allah (Quran) and Sunnah of Holy Prophet SAAW, is that Eisa alaihe assalam (Jesus) was neither murdered, nor put on the cross, nor died and that he will descend in the last days before the establishment of Qiyamah.
And all those who do not believe in these facts and testimonies, are not Muslims. Therefore The Supreme Islamic Council of The Gambia announce for all Muslims in Gambia that the Ahmadiyya Movement is not among the Muslims, because their beliefs are opposite to the above mentioned beliefs.
This fatwa is not some innovation from the Council, there are fatwas and edicts from different Islamic Countries. Among them are:
- Conference of Islamic Organisations which convened in Makkah Mukarramah in the onth of April 1974, which declared that Ahmadiyya Movement is a non-Muslim minority.
- Conference of Islamic Research at Al-Azher University, Arab Republic of Egypt in the year 1988, mentioned in its last ciscular that Ahmadiyya Movement is non-Islamic.
- In the Constitutional Amendment in Islamic Republic of Pakistan, in the year 1974, it is stated that anyone who is not believing in the absolute finality of prophethood of Holy Prophet Muhammad SAAW or anyone who claim prophethood in any form or believe in the claims of prophethood of such a person, he is not a Muslim for the purpose of constitution and law.
- The Decision of the High Court of South Africa, which was published in the newspaper of the Islamic World on Monday 1st April 1996, the court has prohibited the Ahmadis/Qadianis from entering the mosques of Muslims, or to speak on behalf of Islam and to consider them as a false group.
Your brothers in Allah
The Gambian Supreme Islamic Council
Bismillah Al-Rehman Al-Raheem
As Mandinka Proverb says, “Ni Emaluta Nyaala, Ebuka Kugho Busuno”
With the number of people the United Democratic Party has, including very erudite Imams, Oustasses and other practicing Muslims, the Amir of Ahmadiyah Jama’t is chosen to do the opening prayer on behalf of the 95% Muslims in the Gambia at the party’s Congress 2020.
This is a clear misrepresentation of Muslims, and I personally deem it as an INSULT to the genuine Muslims of this country including the party militants.
Yes, Ahmadiyas are citizens of this country and they enjoy the same rights that all other citizens enjoy. They can be invited and their Amir can represent them in any befitting gatherings, but they CANNOT and SHOULD NOT represent Muslims especially in such a manner at a gathering that is attended by uncountable number of genuine Muslims.
The Amir can do such a prayer on behalf of Ahmadiyahs; in contrast, it’d be a deliberate sabotage to Islam and Muslims.
If the party that can be considered the most vibrant party in the country deliberately sabotaged Islam and undermined Muslims, their Imams/Leaders, in a broad day light, Nying Juma Lung Baa, the future of the mainstream Islam in this country really scared me.
The manner in which this action was done, has triggered a question;
Did Ahmadiyah Jam’at finance or immensely contribute in financing this Congress?
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