Religious intolerance must be condemned
SOUTH Africa and her people are a beacon of hope for racial tolerance. Religious tolerance is not an exception to this. Nelson Mandela, in 1999, said that it was Christian, Muslim, Hindu and Jewish religious groups who had been instrumental in providing him and others with an education – and later in giving comfort to political prisoners and their families.
He went on to say that “religion will have a crucial role to play in guiding and inspiring humanity to meet the enormous challenges we face in the next century”.
The acts of desecration of the mosques in Cape Town and religious intolerance on social media must be condemned for what they are – despicable acts of religious intolerance, contemptuous and harmful.
We express our most sincere sentiments to the Muslim communities of Cape Town who are exposed to, and are going through, this ordeal.
Those responsible for these appalling acts of intolerance and mischief with intent to engender great harm in our communities, must be apprehended and brought to book. Darul Ihsan Centre