Grand Mufti Wants Investment in Real Estate in Memory of Madrassah School Victims


Monrovia – As donations pull in for victims of the Madrassah Quranic School fire disaster, the Grand Mufti of Liberia, Shiek Abubakar Sumaworo has recommended that portion of the funds generated on behalf of victims be used to invest in a real estate.

This, Shiek Sumaworo says, will serve as a memory for the 26 students and two instructors who lost their lives when fire gutted the Quran Memorization School in Bassa Town, Red Light Community on September 18, 2019.

The Grand Mufti made the assertion on Sunday, October 27, at which time cash and assorted materials were distributed to relatives of the victims at the United Duwah Ummah Mosque on 17th Street Sinkor.

Along with the Grand Mufti, the Islamic Advisor to the President, Oumari Jalloh, and Sheikh Omaru Kamara, Chairman of the National Muslim Council, were among the attendance during the distributions. 

In his words, the Grand Mufti said the money that will be collected should be used for the purchase of land to build a real estate for the purpose of generating income as an endowment for the lost souls.

“I want to suggest that those contributions should not only be for consumption for the families,” Shiek Sumaworo pleaded.

“We have learned that we have some money coming. Let’s buy this land to build a rental house or a real estate on it and make a resolution that this is an endowment for the late children and their teachers,” he suggested.

He further suggested that whatever that will be built should not be given to anyone neither to be used as mosque, school or dormitory.

Sheik Sumaworo added: “It should be used for investment purpose and any income from the place should be placed in an account. It is my personal suggestion.” 

According to the Grand Mufti, previous donations that were divided among the bereaved families cannot be traced adding that they have already been consumed by those families.

Also speaking, the Religious Adviser on Islamic Affairs to President Weah, Ousman T. Jalloh re-echoed the President’s willingness to rebuild the burnt Islamic school.

Jalloh added that construction works at the site will soon begin. He disclosed that materials have already been procured and transported to the site and a contractor has been selected to begin the reconstruction.