Angola to close 'all mosques'

Declaring Islam as a cult instead of a religion, the Angolan government has decided to ban all mosques in the country.

Angola to close 'all mosques'

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

“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.

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Mohan - 5 yıl Before

Saudi Arabia ban Churches so it is justified to demolish mosques. Treat them the same. Islam is the curse on any land. it is a blood thirsty cult. Horribly they treat black Africans in saudi arabia.

Mohan - 5 yıl Before

Saudi Arabia ban Churches so it is justified to demolish mosques. Treat them the same. Islam is the curse on any land. it is a blood thirsty cult. Horribly they treat black Africans in saudi arabia.

oladi[po - 5 yıl Before

a decision that will not last. united nations charter guarantees freedom of association and religion. how does that government wants its citizens who sojourn in a muslim country treated? that government should focus on improving the livuing standard of its people rather than heating up the polity

Rashid - 5 yıl Before

you speak outta biasness not reasoning. Do you think islam will ever be wiped out in any land it has touched.NO. Actually what they did is just going to put a huge impact on the development of islam in Angola. This is gonna be the real start just wait and see

Islam - 5 yıl Before

Islam will spread all over the world and couldnt be stopped that is for sure, but what worries me is that you refuse the solution or the tool of every major or minor problems ie Islam. So before you act or go into a difficult problems, learn about Islam.

joan doe
joan doe - 5 yıl Before

How long Asia, Australia, South America, Central America not involving in Islam intimidation to ward taking over of the world byforce. This is just like the illusion of they need to be treated the way the wanna treat for me they can go to hell if they want too along with their false or true prophet unles u respect me no respect back for you.perpetuators, fake, hypocrats, snakes

zaki - 5 yıl Before

The more the Islamophobic fascists attack Islam and revile Muslims, the stronger Islam's influence grows. If this new from Angola is true and verified, then it only shows the intolerance of so-called Christians towards 25% of humanity. A cruel legacy left by the Portuguese colonialists of this small insignificant, poor and corrupt nation of 18 million.

Abdul Wajid B R Bangalore
Abdul Wajid B R Bangalore - 5 yıl Before

No one can ban Islam. Almighty Allah's blessings are there with all Muslims in the World. No one can harm the Muslims. Its temporary. The more you ban the more it rises. Alhamdulillaa. Almighty Allah is great. He will take care of Islam. Allah's Azaab is must if anyone harms Islam. Dear brothers of Islam, pray 5 times nd do remember in your Dua for all muslim brothers nd sisters. Rgds Wajid.