World Bulletin / News Desk
The Angolan authorities have taken action and decided to ban Islam, which they consider to be a cult, not a religion.
On November 19, the Minister of Culture, Rosa Cruz de Silva said. “Regarding Islam, the legalization process has not been approved by the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights. Therefore all mosques would be closed until further notice,“ reported the africanglobe.net.
“It should be noted that the Angolan government has made closing of all mosques a priority. The only two mosques located in Luanda have already received a warning document signed by the mayor of the municipality of Viana José Moreno.“
In early October 2013, the Muslims living in Luanda in the municipality of Viana Zango were shocked to see the minaret of their mosque dismantled into pieces on the ground without permission. On Thursday morning, October 3, the Angolan authorities decided to destroy the Zango mosque located in the urban district of Viana. The governor of Luanda Bento announced in a radio spot that Muslims are not welcome in Angola and the Angolan government is not ready for the legalization of mosques in the country.
But an official at the Angolan Embassy in Washington, D.C., said that there is no such ban.
“The Republic of Angola … it’s a country that does not interfere in religion,” the official said via telephone Monday afternoon. “We have a lot of religions there. It is freedom of religion. We have Catholic, Protestants, Baptists, Muslims and evangelical people.”
According to the International Religious Freedom Report 2008, Islam in Angola is a minority religion with 80,000 – 90,000 adherents, composed largely of migrants from West Africa and families of Lebanese origin.
The Muslims comprise between 2.5 to 3 percent of Angola’s overall population of 17 million people, most of them Christians.
In the last decade, especially in the last few years, the Muslim community in Angola has grown and Islamic activities have become more common in major cities. Mosques have sprung up in a number of places and Qur’anic schools have been built to provide Islamic instructions and to teach the Arabic language to adherents.Last Mod: 27 Kasım 2013, 09:43