The Islamic holy month of Ramadan kicked off round the world on the 6th of June.
It is generally observed by Muslims the world over and is a period marked by fasting and an avoidance of sin, with Gambia going a bit further with a dictate to make it music free within its borders.
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Gambia was declared an Islamic state by its incumbent President, Yahya Jammeh on the 12th of December 2015 and so although minority groups like Christians still exist in the small West African country, a good number of its citizens will be partaking in the Ramadan.
In keeping with that, the Gambian police has declared the duration of the Ramadan music free in the country.
The office of the Inspector General of Police has gone on to prohibit music throughout the holy month. A statement was released by the Public Relations Officer of the Gambian police Lamin Njie to that effect.
The statement warns against activities like, “drumming, music and dance”, with an assured penalty of apprehension by the police and prosecution. The statement reads;
“As the Muslim Ummah is observing the Holy Month of Ramadan, the Office of the Inspector General of Police in honour of the Holy Month is hereby informing the General Public that all ceremonies, festivities and programmes that involves drumming, music and dance during the day or at night are prohibited”
“All those engaged in the practice are therefore warned to desist from such acts otherwise they will be eventually apprehended and face the full force of the law without compromise. The Inspector General of Police is hereby advising the General Public to report any such persons or groups to the police as stern action will be taken against those found wanting of violations.”
The conclusion of the statement has the Inspector General of Police demanding the cooperation of the Gambian public.
The minority groups will be the most affected by the music free dictate, but hopefully it will not cause any agitations in the relatively new Islamic state which has managed to keep tensions low since the declaration last year.