It can be recalled that during the observance of “Abraham Day” by Muslims across the country recently, Chief Imam Krayee took the Liberian Legislature to task, and threatened that if the Legislature does not enact legislation declaring the end of Ramadan and Abraham Day as national holidays, there would be a revolution. Chief Imam Krayee also blasted the Inter Religious Council of Liberia (IRCL) for “failing miserably” to play its role of manning peace among Liberians, especially between the country’s two religious groups – Christians and Muslims.
Imam Krayee, who subsequently spoke via mobile phone on Prime FM the following day to make clarity regarding his statement, asserted that the Inter-Religious Council has been turned into what he referred to as an “ordinary NGO chasing projects and fighting disease”, which they have no knowledge about, averring that this was not the aim and objective of their mission. For “failing to live up to its purpose”, Chief Imam Krayee wants the group dissolved, stating that they (Muslims) are going to work towards it because, according to him, the Islamic clergies through the National Imam Council are not part of it.
According to him, the Council has refused to be reformed because its leadership wants to continue as a “hustling group” and that’s why it is called “The Council of Hustlers in the name of God.” “Instead of bringing peace to Liberia, they are looking at constituent member organization being sidelined. There is no essence when Muslims are denied basic citizenship rights in this country, and then the Muslims are part of that Inter Religious Council,” said the Imam. “We tried to see how we could join some kind of reforms, but they don’t have appetite for this kind of thing because they want to continue as a hustling group and that’s why we called them the Council of Hustlers in the name of God,” he furthered.
The Chief Iman also took some Christian clergies to task for speaking against the recognition and enactment of Muslim holidays in the country. “There are people who don’t know Jesus Christ want to be Pastor. We have Christians who know the Bible and want peaceful co-existence, but some so-called holy host fire preachers want to gain relevance at the expense of Muslims,” he indicated. “They can continue with their hustle, but they should not use this Muslim holiday question to gain relevance. We are not talking about those good Christians, Pastors and Bishops; we are talking about those opportunistic Pastors and Bishops,” the Muslim cleric hit out at some Christians.
However, the comments by the Chief Imam have not gone down well with the Muslim Council, who feels such threats do not augur well for the country. Addressing a press conference in Monrovia on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, the Chairman of the Muslim Council of Liberia, Sheik Abdulai Massaray, accentuated that while many Muslims may consider this a genuine call, the council holds that the approach being employed by Imam Krayee has the propensity to create acrimony in the society and does not represent the views and position of the Muslim Community in Liberia.
Sheik Massaray applauded the efforts of all those who have lawfully engaged the requisite authority void of agitation and threats of violence, to ensure that their quest for holidays is channeled through the proper procedure as required by the organic law of Liberia (The Constitution). He maintained that the council believes that the recent outburst by Imam Krayee using pulpit towards the people of other faith is considered as an act of provocation and must be vehemently condemned. Sheik Massaray indicated that such gushing has the propensity of undermining the true and genuine spirit that characterized the formation of what is now referred to as the Inter Religious Council of Liberia.
“There is and cannot be any justification for such an unwholesome attack on the people of the Christian community in the name of delivering sermon in total disregard to the correlation subsisting between the two faiths through the Inter Religious Council of Liberia,” said the Muslim Council head. “In view of the aforesaid, the National Muslim Council of Liberia calls on Imam Ali Krayee to refrain from making utterances that have the proclivity to undermine the peace and threaten the security of the state and adopt a more civil approach in addressing issues of national concern,” warned Sheik Massaeay.
He noted that as people of peace, Muslims are expected to serve as ambassadors as well as catalyst in the attainment, promotion and maintenance of peace and stability and to champion religious harmony and tolerance. Sheik Massaray expressed thanks and appreciation to Bomi County Senator, Edwin Snowe for the submission of a bill to the Liberian Senate seeking the endorsement of the national legislature for the passage of the law establishing the end of Ramadan and Abraham day as national holidays.
According to him, Senator Snowe’s adherence to the call of the Muslims of Bomi County is in fulfillment of his campaign promise is not only laudable, but a true manifestation of the understanding of his role as a representative of the people of that county. Meanwhile, the council called on other lawmakers to give their support to the efforts employed by patriotic and peace loving Liberians in achieving this noble effort.