Re­li­gious in­tol­er­ance must be con­demned

The Star Late Edition - - LETTERS -

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. Me­dia Desk

Darul Ih­san Cen­tre

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