Muslims in Sierra Leone have been advised by the Secretary General of the Muslim World League Dr. Abdullah Bin Abdul Muhsin to be tolerant to non Muslims.
Sierra Leone is a secular State but is largely dominated by Muslims who have been living amicably with, especially their Christian counterparts. But fears have been raised in some quarters about the rising fundamentalism as it was witnessed when Christians and Muslims clashed last year at Cabala Town. It was also reported that over the weekend, Muslim extremists allegedly burnt down a Church in Mambolo, North of Sierra Leone.
The advice given to Sierra Leonean Muslims by the Islamic World League Secretary General has been described as apt and timely.
Dr. Abdullah Bin Abdul Muhsin is on a visit to the country and yesterday at the Miatta Conference Hall, he spoke to the Muslim community where he also told them to avoid the act of terrorism as he stated that it never happened during the period of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W).
He explained that the purpose of his visit was to further strengthen the bi-lateral relations between Sierra Leone and Saudi Arabia while also to seek ways in addressing issues between the two countries and how to assist the people of Sierra Leone.
Dr. Muhsin called on the Imams and missionaries to pass the correct message of Islam and to encourage and empower Muslims not to divert their attention to other ways.
The Vice President, Alhaji Abu Bakarr Sidiq Sam-Sumana said Government was grateful for the bi-lateral relationship between Sierra Leone and Saudi Arabia which he described as cordial.
He affirmed that despite the Muslim Population making up about 70% in the Country, it enjoys religious tolerance.
The Vice- President disclosed that the Muslim World League has contributed tremendously to the development of Sierra Leone citing the Kenema – Pendembu High Way.