The thirteenth annual homage Ziyarah to the late Imam Ratib of Banjul, Alhaji Abdoulie Jobe is being held on Friday 31th March 2017. Usually celebrated the first Friday of April but this edition was due to fall on the National Assembly election’s date 6th, the reason why the organization committee decided to celebrate it during the 31th March.
The Ziyarah is an occasion for the Sopeh Imam Abdoulie Jobe’s association to pay Tribute and revisit the life history of the late Imam Alhaji Abdoulie Jobe. The aim of the organizers of the event is to nurture the wishes and aspirations of the late imam with a view to keeping his memory alive. The late Alhaji Abdoulie Jobe Imam Ratib of Banjul and the acclaimed chief patron of 26 Islamic organizations throughout The Gambia died in the hands of his immediate family on Monday 10th June 2004. He was 94 years old and lived at 39 Lancaster street in Banjul.
Remembering Alhaji Abdoulie Jobe
A renowned scholar in the field of Islamic studies, Alhaji Abdoulie Jobe did his primary and secondary school education in Banjul (then Bathurst) from 1917-1930. He also attended various Quranic school and pursued private studies to broaden his knowledge on the Holy Quran and Islamic and Arabic studies.
In 1931, Imam Jobe joined the public service and served at the then post and telegraph department in various capacities for a period of 34 years. He retired as district postmaster and inspector of post in 1965.
During the period under review, Alhaji Abdoulie Jobe relentlessly engaged in researches and over seas correspondence courses, earning himself a respectable proficiency in Arabic language and religious sciences. He intensified his pursuit of knowledge of The Holy Quran and Arabic studies by addressing himself to a life-long ambition of writing a concise book on the life of the Holy Prophet (may the peace and blessing of Allah be up on him).
“This desire was reinforced by close interactions with Muslim youths, and western educated Muslims anxious to acquire greater insights and understanding of the values and practices of Islam.The misconceptions entertained on Islam and on the true message of The Holy Prophet, the many questions privately addresses to me, strengthened my conviction that a work of this nature would be of great service to the Muslim community of The Gambia and to the Muslim Ummah at large,” disclosed Imam Jobe.
He said: “the driving forces for undertaking a task of this magnitude has been the deep-seated desire to seek the pleasure of Allah, the Most Gracious, Most Merciful and to serve the Muslim Ummah at large.”
The same year Imam Abdoulie sought and obtained a Royal visa from his Royal Majesty, the late king of Saudi Arabia, King Faisal Ibn Abdul Aziz which legitimized his stay in Medina AI-Munawarah for a period of two years (1967-1968). During this time, Imam Abdoulie produced his first monumental work on Islamic studies.
This period was one of remarkable enrichment and widening of Imam Abdoulie’s spiritual education and experience. He had access to authentic material on Islam, and to eminent Saudi and international scholars.
Imam Abdoulie succeeded in producing a 56 paged documented work on Islamic religious sciences – RAUDHAT AL-MU’ ASIRIN written in Arabic in Medina AL- Munawarah. This book is in the Royal library of the Islamic university of AL Medina. It has also been widely distributed in many parts of the Islamic world, particularly in Africa. Imam Abdoulie is a prolific writer who has written the following books:
- ETHICS from the Holy Quran and Hadith for Gambian schools – 1956 (now out of print).
- A collection of 500 Hadith of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and his four rightly guided companions, primarily designed to encourage exemplary character-building in Gambian schools (Book is still in manuscript).
- English translation of RAUDHAT AL-MU’ ASIRIN – THE Garden of my contemporaries (in manuscript).
- RAUDHAT AL-MU’ ASIRIN in Arabic.
- A Diwan of poetic verses on various Islamic subjects including history, the miracle of the Holy Quran, ethics, exemplary life of famous spiritual leaders and Islamic Sufism. (in manuscript – Diwan comprises over 2000 poetic verses).
- THE IDEAL PROPHET (completed in December 1995).
- Ethic on the pilgrimage to Mecca in both Arabic and English (in manuscript).
- A number of papers and pamphlets including a general time-table for prayer and fasting hours to last for several years particularly designed for Muslims in the Senegambia Region (printed by the Government printer of The Gambia).
He has served in the Central Mosque Executive Committee from 1964 up to his appointment as Imam Ratib in 1983. He was a patron to the Gambia supreme Islamic council and serves in the law Reform commission of the Ministry of Justice and in the Gambia Population Commission.
Imam Jobe was appointed Justice of the Peace by Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II in 1948 and was decorated with the insignia of Officer of the National Order of The Republic of The Gambia – ORG in 1989 by the first President of The Gambia Alhaji Sir Dawda Jawara. In October 2000, he was appointed to the rank of commander of the National Order of The Republic of The Gambia (CRG) by President Yahya AJJ Jammeh.
Watch Imam’s interview with National Television of Senegal RTS
Source: Mame Sait Sey, Racky Jobe granddaughter of Imam