Trident stops off at Mosque
The Barbados 50th Anniversary Commemorative Trident reached the Jumma Masjid Mosque in the City today.
It was the latest stop in the trident’s journey through the country’s 11 parishes, before it rests at a special monument at the Garrison Savannah on Independence Day, November 30.
During a reception following the trident’s arrival, secretary of the mosque Mohammad Rafaik Nagdee quizzed the children who were present about Barbados’ history. The girls recited the national pledge and posed for photos with the trident.
Nagdee said the mosque, which is more than 60 years old, welcomed the opportunity to take part in the Independence celebrations.
He told Barbados TODAY that despite what was happening in other parts of the world – with radical Muslims committing terrorist acts – Barbadians had nothing to fear from the local Muslim community.
“Islam is a religion of peace, regardless of what some may have you believe . . . We believe in peace; taking a life is one of the gravest sins that can be performed,” Nagdee said, adding that Muslims living in Barbados abhorred the thought of any Islamic terrorist group, ISIS, just as much as non-Muslims.
He assured that the Jumma Masjid Mosque is imparting the correct teaching of Islam and has a good relationship with the community.