Ahmadis asked to exhume their dead at Tallinding cemetery

Bakary Badgie

The torchongambia has learned that members of the Ahmadiyaa Muslim Jama’at have been asked to exhumed their dead from the Tallinding cemetery barely a day after his burial.

The standoff came after the Ahmadis buried their dead on Sunday afternoon at the cemetery without, according to the deputy Alkalo of Tallinding, the knowledge of the Imam, village elders and the Alkalo.

The Alkalo of Tallinding is sick and his brother, the deputy Alkalo, Bakary Badgie, who was leading the negotiation on behalf of the people of Tallinding said they, without doubt, agreed that the dead must be exhumed.

“They will exhume their dead and take him elsewhere- even when if he is decayed,” Badgie saud.

“This person died at Kerr Shering. Why did they have to come this far- pass by host of settlements with their cemeteries- to bury him here?”

The deputy Alkalo said some members of the Gambia Police Force have appeared at the scene yesterday, August 31, to keep the peace, following “our request”

“We will not accept this. We are not in the same religion with them and they do not attend our funerals and even our religious rites nor do we pray at the same place. We could have used force to remove the corpse from the grave but we do not want violence and the people were very angry at the time. That was why I called the police to keep the peace because no leader wants violence. An Ahmadis has never been buried at this Tallinding cemetery,” he said.

“We also informed the Supreme Islamic Council, in the morning of September 1, and we were asked by the council to meet at the alkali’s where we were supposed to discuss the issue but the Ahmadis did not turn up. Then the Supreme Islamic Council asked the Alkalo to contact them so that we could have the discussion today, September 1, at 5pm at the Alkali’s but they have told the Alkalo “doesn’t the Supreme Islamic Council know how to reach us- we have our headquarters”.”

However, the third deputy Amir of the Jama’at, Alahagie Ebrahima Mbowe, told torchongambia that they were only asked to exhume their death after the burial which he made clear, they won’t do.

“We went there yesterday to bury of our dead and we were allowed. And later we got information that someone who claimed to be the acting Alkalo of Tallinding has demanded that we exhume our dead. We do not know of any acting Alkalo in Tallinding,” he said.

“We sent a delegation there to talk to them. They later gave us an ultimatum- at 2pm and later at 5pm yesterday, August 31, to exhume the dead or they will do it themselves. We are not going to do it because we knew that we have done our religious obligation which is to give a decent burial to the dead and that was all. We are not going to exhume the dead.

We have also reported the case to Mayor Yankuba Colley but he has asked us to forget about the issue and go about our businesses.”

Torchongambia has tried to reach out to the Supreme Islamic Council for comment but the President, Momodou Lamin Touray, said they cannot comment since they have met only one party in the fracas.

“We have not started the dialogue yet because we have only met one party and we cannot start the discussion in the presence of only one party. Therefore, I can’t say a thing about this for now,” he said:

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at is an Islamic religious movement founded in British India near the end of the 19th century and arrive in The Gambia in the early 60s.
It originated with the life and teachings of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835–1908), who claimed to have fulfilled the prophecies of the world’s reformer during the end times as predicted in the traditions of various world religions and bring about the final triumph of Islam as per Islamic prophecy.


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