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STATEMENT ON THE MOSQUE ATTACK IN VERULAM, KZN

STATEMENT ON THE MOSQUE ATTACK IN VERULAM, KZN

Statement Mosque Attack-01

Turquoise Harmony Institute expresses great shock and sadness on the devastating news that a mosque in Verulam, KZN has been attacked and one person has been killed. We express our deepest condolences to the families and the community of the Mosque.

The latest media reposts indicate that the attack is of a sectarian nature and calls for grave concern for all. It is against teachings of any faith tradition especially that of Islam, which deems all places of worship protected.

South Africa has chosen to grant religious freedom to all religious groups and this freedom should be valued, respected and protected. Therefore, we welcome the wide spread condemnation of such attacks by leadership of the Muslim community including United Ulama Council of South Africa and Muslim Judicial Council.

We welcome efforts such as what is known as “the Cape Accord” and thank and congratulate those involved. Such positive initiatives will also contribute to open, sincere and fruitful dialogue and discussion across differences. Violence will only block such channels and make the divisions greater.

As Turquoise Harmony Institute established in 2006, we have attempted to contribute to the efforts aimed at building social cohesion, fostering dialogue and peaceful and harmonious co-existence among peoples of South Africa. We commit to remaining loyal to such ideals and support any effort in such noble endeavors.