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The government of The Gambia has outlawed music for Ramadan, warning citizens against engaging in “morally obscene” activities during the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. The Gambia has been an Islamic state since December, when President Yahya Jammeh declared the Islamic Republic of The Gambia. On 2 October 2013, The Gambian Interior Ministry announced that The Gambia would leave the Commonwealth of Nations with immediate effect, ending 48 years of membership of the organisation. The Gambian Government said it “decided that The Gambia will never be a member of any neo-colonial institution and will never be a party to any institution that represents an extension of colonialism”.
In a press release, The Gambia Police Force listed “music, dancing and drumming” as activities that “Allah frowns on during the Holy Month” and said Gambians should “desist from such acts, otherwise they will be eventually apprehended and face the full force of the law without compromise”.
The state-owned Daily Observer welcomed the diktat as “wholly reasonable as it is sensible”, opining “the ban should be seen through the lens of guiding Muslims to the respectable, honourable path during a month that Allah dishes infinite blessings to the compliable faithful”.
The Gambia has been an Islamic state since December, when President Yahya Jammeh declared the Islamic Republic of The Gambia. Jammeh, who took power in a military coup in 1994, pulled the west African nation out of the Commonwealth of Nations in 2013, declaring it a “neo-colonial institution”.