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Vol 50 No 2

Published 23rd January 2009


Gambia

Yom Ashura

Forgiveness and tolerance are key to Gambia and Senegal's celebration of the Islamic holy day of Yom Ashura (the tenth day of the Islamic New Year), this year on 8 January. In contrast with the self-flagellation of Middle Eastern Shiite Muslims in remembrance of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Mohammed, West African Muslims customarily forgive others and ask forgiveness.

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