Cii Radio| Ayesha Ismail| 10 January 2017| 11 Rabi ul Aakir 1438
A second mosque has been attacked in the Cape in just three days.
In the latest incident, the Masjidul-Jamiah in Kalk Bay was splattered with blood and holy scriptures broken yesterday.
The imam at the mosque, Achmat Sity, says vandals broke into the mosque in Quarterdeck Road overnight, before flinging blood on the mimbaar (pulpit) and tearing down rakkams (framed scriptures) from the wall.
The mosque committee held a meeting last night to discuss the incident.
Imam Sity indicated that the matter will be reported to police today.
Just two days earlier in nearby Simon’s Town, a bloody pig’s snout was left on the gate of Noorul Islam mosque.
The pig is regarded as a dirty animal in Islam and Muslims are forbidden from consuming its flesh.
And last week, a Langebaan resident called for the local mosque to be burnt down because “Muslim bastards” were “blaring their call to prayer five times a day over massive speakers”.
Liam Christian Ferreira has since apologised for his remarks on Facebook, and slammed the pig incident.
Speaking to the Daily Voice yesterday, Imam Sity says their caretaker, Jalaal Kayser, discovered the mosque was vandalised early yesterday morning when he opened for fajr (sunrise) prayers.
The vandals had broken in via a side door.
“Someone had smeared blood all over the mimbaar and also broke some rakkams,” the imam says.
“We need to see what exactly was done and we will report the matter to the police.”
It is not clear what kind of blood was used in the attack.
Jalaal says he cleaned up the mess before informing anyone “because I couldn’t leave the mosque in that state”.
There are now fears of an anti-Muslim campaign being waged in the Cape.
Sity says: “This incident could be related to the Simon’s Town incident. If it is related, it points to someone in the area who is responsible for defacing our mosques.
“We can’t pinpoint a suspect at this stage. We have a good relationship with all faiths in Kalk Bay and surrounding areas, we have interfaith services with the Jewish and Christian communities.”
Sity says the mosque, the only one in Kalk Bay, has been the target of vandals and thieves in the past.
“The mosque has been vandalised and broken into before, but it is the first time that blood is involved. These are sick individuals,” he adds.
“Some time ago the mimbaar was broken, but we found out that this was done by a former employee who was fired and he wanted to get back at us.
“We’ve also had break-ins where our safe was broken into. We’ve had to replace the safe numerous times, the last incident was in October.”
Sity adds: “We will now have to look at locking the mosque unless we have someone who can look after it permanently.”
Muslim Judicial Council president, Sheikh Irafaan Abrahams, speaking after the Simon’s Town pig incident, said while they acknowledged people’s anger and disgust, the MJC urged Muslims not to retaliate.
Source – Daily Voice