LETTER: You did not consult us on mosque

2016-03-15 06:00

We are writing in response to Imam Amien Jardien’s letter (People’s Post, 8 March). We are Muslim too, but firmly believe in right and wrong as well. So often we as people do not like to admit to being, doing or suggesting “wrong”. The manner in which we go about situations is very important. Like you, we are entitled to our opinions, as this will affect us as residents of The Westridge. When all mosque committee members or mosque-goers go to your homes, bare in mind that those members or mosquegoers do not live near any of these structures.

Whereas you say “the building of a mosque for this area should lessen the difficulties and dangers for women, youth and the elderly”.

Any thought given to the danger and difficulty it will be to the Westridge residents? Case in point, something small like vibracrete being stolen on a daily basis in our area, thus giving anyone easy access to our area, has so clearly and evidently given rise to crimes such as house break-ins, car break-ins and carjacking.

After being made aware of these structures (a mosque and church) in our area, a bulldozer came to clean the fields on a Sunday morning.

The next Sunday a marquee was installed. No representative of the mosque or church ever knocked on our doors, whom these structures will directly affect in various ways. Ever heard of a petition?

Imam Jardien’s comments are actually hypocritical in calling the refusal of a church “accidental collateral damage”, but of a mosque “Islamophobia”. The decisions taken by the community are not a religious attack on anyone but a logistical one. We also have a problem with “parking” that has not been catered for.

Our doors have always been open; have any of you taken the opportunity to approach us?

As Muslims we should be promoting peace and not inciting animosity. So before making ludicrous remarks, consider us as people.

Muslim residents of The Westridge, Mitchell’s Plain

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