“No Message Concerning Edul-Fitr Delivered to Me” Says Caliph General

By Kebba Jeffang
Sheikh Muhideen Hydara, under cross examination, told the BrikamaSheikh Muhideen Hydara
Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 9th April, 2015 that he received no message in July last year concerning Edul-Fitr from any authority. The Caliph General of Darsilami Sangajor added that the decision to pray
on July 29 was in line with religious teachings.
Sheikh Muhideen Hydara is on trial with Buyeh Touray, charged
with disobeying lawful order and conspiracy to commit a misdemeanor.
Announcing his appearance for the IGP before Magistrate Omar Cham was
police prosecutor Chief Inspector Camara whilst Lawyers Antouman Gaye
and Lamin K. Mboge represented the accused persons.
Continuing his evidence, Sheikh Hydara said he was not aware of any
message of such from the authorities. He said he was not aware of the issue and was
not informed of it.
“As a religious leader in the Gambia and in Darsilami, I should be
informed about any religious affairs. I was not aware of any message
delivered to me. I was also not aware of any message delivered to the
late Imam Malign Hydara by the Alkalo or the chief’s badge messenger.
The manner we observed prayer is in line with what God asked us to do
and so is his prophet (PBUH). The prophet said if the moon is not seen
on the 29th day of Ramadan then it should be extended to the 30th day
to avoid doubt,” he concluded.
The matter at this juncture, the case was subsequently adjourned to 16th April
at 11am, 30th April at 2:30pm, 6th and 11th  May, 2015 at 2:30pm
respectively.