Sunday, 5 October 2014

South Africa’s First Gay-Friendly Mosque Mysteriously Gutted By Fire

Open Mosque BellaNaija

 South Africa’s first gay-friendly mosque called the “Open Mosque” which had sparked quite a bit of controversy last month when it was opened was damaged by fire on  Friday night.

You will recall that authorities in Cape Town, where the mosque is located, were planning on shutting down the  facility, over allegations that the building violated some city planning regulations.

The mosque was damaged by a fire yesterday night,  Vanguard reports.
There were no casualties or injuries, and no arrests have been made.

Founder of the Mosque, Taj Hargey, expressed that he believed the incident was a deliberate arsonist attack. He alleged that footage from closed circuit cameras revealed some unidentified people who visited the facility two hours before the incident.

Police authorities are currently investigating the matter.
The mosque, which allows women to lead prayers, allows Christian worshipers, and welcomes gay people, opened  in Cape Town last month despite opposition and threats of violence.

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