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Mojatu Foundation

By Pa Modou Faal

The Gambian Community in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire organised its annual family fun day in July to bring people together to have fun and contribute to raising fund for the Masjid (mosque) project.

Evidently, Nottingham has become very popular city to Gambians attracting a significant influx over the years.

This could fairly be attributed to the Cultural and religious integration of a strong and dynamic Gambian community.

As a result of this growth, the community identified the need to initiate activities that can generate funds for the sustenance of the Masjid project which is located at 56-58 Thurgarton Street in Sneinton.

One among the activities is the annual community football tournament. This event is a fundraising activity that has been going on for almost nine years now and has been deemed successful since its initiation.

The day was characterised by a display of football skills, entertainment, and food sale.

According to the Sec. Gen. Edrissa Touray, their main objective for the event is to develop positive relationships within members of the community as well as raise funds for the Masjid project.

He said their main target is to be able to generate over £50,000 which would serve as deposit to buy the current place they are occupying now for the Masjid or elsewhere better.

The Masjid also has a Madrassa where children are taught the Quran and engaged in how to develop good values as a Muslim and human being.

He further asked the congregation that they are still in need of funds to meet the target of having their own Islamic centre.

Mr. Touray said the event seeks to attract local Gambian business in and beyond Nottinghamshire as well as other community business to use the day and advertise their businesses.

It also solicits support from these businesses and individuals to donate to the project.

Mr. Touray used the day’s activity to thank everyone who contributed either in cash or kind for the success of the event.

L-R: E. Touray, B. Sama, M. Leigh, A. Juma

Imam Baba Njie who is well known for his preaching of peace and fruitful co-existence within Muslims and non-Muslims alike, reiterated his position in the promotion of peace and unity.

Imam Baba said peace and unity should be the yardstick of community co-existence because it makes people to love one another, support each other and care for their neighbours.

He said the event is not only organised to raise funds for the community Masjid project, but it is aimed at fostering unity within Gambians and other nationals who congregate at the Gambia Masjid.

Imam Baba said a key principle in Islam and the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is to nurture the existence of peace in the families, communities, and country.

He urged the congregation to be tolerant and respect other people from different faiths because respecting each other’s beliefs promotes love and peace in our communities.

He prayed for Allah to reward all who participated, sponsored, and rendered their services to the community.

The Councilor for Mapperley Ward Councilor, Sajid Mohammed was the chief patron of the event. Cllr Sajid joined hundreds of Gambians and other well-wishers to mark the day.

Cllr. Sajid Mohammed and Imam Baba Njie

There was a lunch-on-sale with a display of different types of typical Gambian dishes. The food was entirely sponsored by members of the community and all sales went to the Masjid project’s bank account.

Regular sponsors of the event were presented with certificates in appreciation of their support to the initiative such as Mojatu Foundation, Jula Finance, Yayeh Instant Services, Jollof Flavours, Gagigo’s Kitchen among others.

The round robin football tournament which was held at the Forest Recreation grounds in Nottingham, attracted about ten teams who represented different postcodes of Nottingham.

Presentation of trophies and medals wrapped up the event. The team from Sneinton defeated last year’s champions, St Ann’s in a tightly contested match.

Both teams were awarded with medallions while Sneinton went home with the giant trophy.

Trophies were awarded to the leading goal scorer and the best player of the tournament.

The event was also characterised by presentation of awards community champions in recognition of their selfless services they provide voluntarily to the community.

To support please contact them via email at info@gambiansnottinghamshire.org.uk


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