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Posted - 13 Dec 2020 :  11:21:32  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message  Reply with Quote

By Momodou Darboe on December 10, 2020

The outspoken imam of Kanifing South mosque, Baba Leigh, has said commercial sex workers should not be deprived of any assistance on account of their profession.

The National Aids Secretariat (NAS) has come under sweltering criticisms from some Islamic clerics following media reports of plans to extend Covid-19 relief to sex workers as a result of the various pandemic-triggered partial lockdowns in the country since March.

A NAS top official was quoted as saying he’d been described by some Islamic clerics as an illegitimate son following the report of his institution’s purported plans to reach out to night workers.

But in a chat with The Standard Tuesday, Imam Baba Leigh said those likening support to sex workers as infidelity should pause and take a critical look at themselves to determine whether they are themselves religious.

To Imam Leigh, humanitarian support should be need-based and not profession-biased.

“If you are helping somebody, are you helping him/her as a person or based on profession? If you want to support someone, help the individual as a human. When it comes to help, nobody should be discriminated as far as you’re in need,” the fiery Imam stressed.

“In fact, it is always dangerous to label somebody as a sex worker or harlot. I’m not comfortable using sex worker. Labeling somebody as a sex worker is haram; it’s an offence,”he added.

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Posted - 17 Dec 2020 :  12:41:11  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
More Support for Imam Baba Leigh Looks like the Standard is trying very hard to raise public awareness of this topic.


By Momodou Darboe on December 17, 2020

Outspoken Islamic cleric, Imam Ba Kawsu Fofana, has contended that sex workers should not be deprived of water, food and medicine due to their work.

Imam Ba-Kawsu further argued that giving humanitarian support to prostitutes doesn’t imply complicity, adding that the best way to support them is by talking them out of the profession.

According to him, Islamic scholars must endeavour to have good grasp of issues before wading into them.

“You must be enlightened enough to know that helping sex workers do not necessarily translate into having carnal knowledge of them. So, are you saying that hospitals and the MRC should not offer treatment to sex workers because if they recover, they will revert to prostitution?” the imam queried.

“Could you say don’t give food and water to prostitutes because if you do, they’ll prostitute themselves?” he further asked in a video seen by the The Standard, adding that it is both shameful and disgraceful to see scholars talking about things they know next to nothing about.

“Scholars should use reason in their arguments and must look at all sides of issues before vilifying each other. The money is not from an Islamic fund. It’s a mundane issue and nobody is soliciting the opinions of any scholar here,” Ba Kawsu pointed out.

For him, the best way Islamic scholars could support night workers is by exploring ways and means of reforming them.

"Simple is good" & I strongly dislike politics. You cannot defend the indefensible.
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