Last week 2 mosques in the False Bay area, at Kalk Bay and Simon’s Town, were desecrated, spattered with pig’s blood and body parts as part of a presumed Islamophobic attack.
Members of the CTII attended the Kalk Bay Masjidul-Jamiah mosque for Friday Prayers and spoke with Imam Ahmed Sity. In his level-headed, peace honouring Khutbah [lecture] he refused to rise to the occasion in any measure of anger, despite this being the first time in the mosque’s 116 year old history that any such animosity had been shown toward it. The Imam said:
“We in South Arica have been embracing Islam for 3 hundred years along all other faiths with peace and harmony … we respect each and every human being with honour and dignity. Never in the history were we as a peace loving community practising our diversity of faiths in Simons town and Kalkbay been confronted with this evil act of someone that’s sick in his mind.
From myself to the Muslims of South Africa we must practise Islam the way the Nabie Muhammad S.A.W. came to demonstrate the life of a Muslim… So we as Muslims must live the word of ISLAM that stands for PEACE,TRANQUILITY AND SERINITY. We must not let our emotions over ride our intelligence…” [end quote]
It would be appropriate for people of all faiths (and none) who share values of peace and tolerance to acknowledge the global climate and like Imam Sity, resist fear, intolerance and the scapegoating of all we deem “other”. This is the challenge of these events for all of us in Cape Town and on this planet.
A Call to a Service of Prayer and Solidarity from the religious and civic leaders of Simons Town to meet at the Simon’s Town mosque, 9 Thomas Street on Friday 20 th January at 4.00 pm to express our support for Imaam Raban and our sisters and brothers of the Muslim community of Simon Town in the wake of the attack on their place of worship and peaceful presence.
Leaders of the community are invited to bring short messages of support and encouragement.