Cape Town mosque condemns Kabul blast

2012-09-19 11:23

Johannesburg - The Claremont Main Road Mosque, in Cape Town, has condemned the suicide bomb attack that killed eight South Africans in Kabul, Afghanistan.

"The latest killings are part of the ongoing protests against the offensive film depicting Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in a profane and negative light," the mosque said in a statement on Wednesday.

It said that by continuing to choose violence as a response to provocation, the attackers betrayed the prophet's legacy and wisdom.

The mosque noted with concern that Afghan police claimed the South Africans worked for Aviation Charter Solutions (ACS), which provided aircraft for the United States embassy and its aid programme.

"This latest tragedy once again highlights the urgent need for the US and its Nato forces to immediately cease its illegitimate war in Afghanistan."

The mosque said the ongoing presence of foreign forces in Afghanistan served as further provocation for the continued killings of innocent men, women and children.

It extended its condolences to the families of the victims and called on peace and justice-loving people to condemn all forms of violence.

The eight South Africans were killed around 04:00 on Tuesday morning.

Beeld reported on Wednesday that the victims of the attack worked for the Johannesburg company, ACS/Balmoral.

The suicide bomber, thought to be a woman, also died in the attack, as did the Afghan minibus driver, a ground crew member from Kirgistan, and a pedestrian.

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-09-19 11:32

    Condemns it, yet justifies the killing of innocents by talking about united sh/tness of America, and it's sh/tty greedy actions. As far as I'm concerned these South Africans had no ties with America.

      hermann.hanekom - 2012-09-19 11:52

      Shot on Tony. Condemning one violence, but pardoning the other violence. Fork tongue jargon.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-19 12:18

      There is one positive point here. "It said that by continuing to choose violence as a response to provocation, the attackers betrayed the prophet's legacy and wisdom." We live in a world where people say whatever they want. Christians have to deal with it every day and Muslims will have to do the same. There is a difference between defending your faith and suicide bombs.

      Tony Lapson - 2012-09-19 13:22

      Aish, they aren't leaving to find a better life, they are expanding their population. I know of 3 sad cases in Durban where chaps from Saudi came and married young and innocent women, had 4 kids with each of them, and disappeared in a blink of an eye back to their countries once the seeds were planted.

  • janice.mcmaster.92 - 2012-09-19 11:37

    Ja Ja Ja, like they really mean it!!!WHATEVER!!!

      Stormkaap - 2012-09-19 11:47

      Janice need to rid yourself of bias

      Stormkaap - 2012-09-19 11:48

      No doubt a despicable and cowardly act this bombings

      Desilusionada - 2012-09-19 12:33

      @Janice Spot on. ...."called on peace and justice-loving people to condemn all forms of violence" Why did "the mosque' not call on all radical fundamentalists to stop their killing??? Opening paragraph: The Mosque has condemned the suicide bomb? Really, so where is the exact quote then ??? Who at the "mosque" said so? Then the same mosque justifies the killing in the rest of the article?? And as usual the government is as quiet as............

      ferialm - 2012-09-19 16:05

      Janice you are quick to judge. How do you know they don't mean it? I am muslim I don't condone it. There is ZERO heroism in killing innocent people. A soldier fighting a soldier is another story... they both know why they are there - to fight. Desilusionada why don't you go to the Mosque and ask.

  • mmangaliso - 2012-09-19 11:50

    Its not their fault they by them self to afghan the ppl were nt forced R 7000 a day well! Its all abt the money

  • andre.fourie.980 - 2012-09-19 12:06

    The Islamic Faith preaches Peace,Acceptance and Tolerance. Yeah Right. It is a religion built on fear and deep seated hate. Really sick and barbaric in all aspects if you ask me. Well, on the other hand, in some aspects, some people of the Christian faith are also dodgy...

      sean.carbutt - 2012-09-19 12:13

      Dude, any person can be dodgy, regardless of religion or lack thereof, however" christians fought the "crusades" a long time ago, yet some muslims feel that it is their god given right to correct a "wrong" by committing another wrong. I forgot where the rules of life mentioned that all have to be subserviant to Islam?

      mikeeka - 2012-09-19 12:13

      So let me also generalise here - all whites are racist due to 2 white men having killed an Indian man in Magaliesburg recently. Do you see how illogical generalisations can be?

      pastorandrew.treadway - 2012-09-19 13:38

      Where was Andre generalizing? Have you read the Qur'an and the Hadiths mikeeka? Everything Andre said is spot on. Andre did not refer to Muslims, he referred to the Islamic faith. Know the difference. Those doing the protests are the ones who take their religion seriously, which calls for the killing of apostates and blasphemers. If you don't think the Islam is build on fear and hate, then just read the Qur'an there are chapters and chapters on those who will be condemned to Hell. And if that is not enough the hadiths can be even worse! Ever heard of the Fatwas on Salman Rushie? Well Iran just renewed the Fatwa. Say what you will but I don't see any protest from moderate Muslims to stop the continuation of censorship, child marriage and punishment of adulterers among other things. Also take note the difference between Race and Religion. You had no choice in your race and it says nothing about you as a person, whereas you have a choice to follow a religion or political ideology and you can and should be judged for those ideas you hold.

      stephan.dallapria - 2012-09-19 13:44

      There is nothing wrong with what Andre has said. Islam asks its followers to commit acts of intolerance, hatred and violence and they in turn happily comply. Sorry for the generalisation, but unfortunately it sticks. If Muslims REALLY felt sorry for the destruction and tragedy caused by their religion, if they were truly so disgusted in the senseless murder of innocents (no matter which faction or sub-radical grouping), they would do the only sane and rational thing and discard their religious beliefs altogether. The world has moved on.

      goldd.goldfinger - 2012-09-19 14:51

      @mikeeka How many times do we hear of violence, abuse and other degradation of human rights especially women in the so called peaceful muslim nation ie Saudi Arabia, other parts of North Africa as well Nigeria (parts of it) and these are the peaceful ones. Its a fallacy that religions say they are peaceful having read the Koran and the Bible i know for sure their god is nothing but peaceful.

      ferialm - 2012-09-19 16:05

      I am pretty sure that Sunday Rapist is not a Muslim

      riad.mahomed - 2012-09-19 16:15

      Dear respected Pastor Andrew Treadway, I am by no way a man of the cloth nor do I claim to be extremely learned however I am of the inclination that you’re understanding of the Quran and the Hadith is rather alarming for you to reach a conclusion like mentioned in your above comment. Its sadden me to hear a man of the book so brazenly laying claims and insinuations as you did against another religion……

  • stampalex - 2012-09-19 13:43

    Actually the quote ""This latest tragedy once again highlights the urgent need for the US.." should read "...highlights the vicious and gratuitously violent nature of Islam as a religion". No matter how you try and justify this, it is plain murder of innocents without a seconds worth of thought - and this type of killing/murder is supported by the Islam Holy Book. In fact Muslims are taught that they will be rewarded in the after-life if they kill non-Islamic people, isn't that so? So don't come with this statement that you condemn it... You use an "illegitimate war" (Which is not illegitimate by the way) to justify killing. Seems to me that one can certainly generalise here if I look at 9/11 and many, many other suicide and murder incidents that Islam is the one waging an illegitimate war, based almost entirely on religious intolerance and hatred. And we tolerate your religion... Go figure.

      stampalex - 2012-09-20 08:15

      So Hoosain, who put the US forces there? Who flew aircraft into civilian targets in the US and then stood back and smirked at their success. You did (The Islamic you)- You. And also not some obscure religious sect, but Al Queda, a devout and worshipped (by your ilk) religious terrorist group. That drone is there because people like Al Queda keep on using cowardly ambush tactics and fanatical religious beliefs to murder innocent people. Many, may times over. So I get it that those young girls should never have been killed but, buddy, then your precious bunch of religious terrorists should never have killed all those innocents (9/11 is just one incident), bringing death to their own door. Those poor girls deaths are on Al Queda's hands. Hands that are already covered in so much blood.

  • allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-09-19 13:49

    "We sorry but not really we just want to get some media ." I think its fairly clear the war will be fought , America has rather chosen to fight it in Afganistan where the fundamentalist roots are rather than in America . They did provoke them after all ;) . Head out of asses please.

  • joe.peters.56 - 2012-09-19 14:35

    Fortunately these dead pilots were white :)

  • mojay786 - 2012-09-19 14:42

    THIS MOSQUE HAS NO SAY IN SOUTH AFRICA NOR DOES IT REPRESENT MUSLIMS IN ANYWAY WHAT-SO-EVER.INFACT THEY HOLD NO CREDIBILITY IN CAPE TOWN.THEY ARE A BREAK AWAY BRANCH OF ISLAM THAT HAS ALWAYS SUPPORTED MILITANCY AND REBELLION.FACT!!!!please news24,next time you need to find answers from south African Muslims,follow the proper channels and go through the jamiiatul ulama in Johannesburg.under no circumstance are Americans,south Africans or anyone else to blame for the YOUTUBE movie other than Noukoula,and under no circumstance are Muslims to blame for the senseless killings thereafter,other than the mad,imbecilic,unislamic actions of terrorists and trouble makers.

      kassiem.said - 2012-09-24 12:01

      @Mojay786....I guess u dont have your facts in order. The mosque is and was never part of any radical movement. It has always been controlled by a liberal UCT faction.

  • Avesh Athmanand - 2012-09-19 15:57

    Now that mosque has understanding of the Prophet (PBUH) Guess if all people start to emulate the prophets, and Angels of their own religion there wont be need for war and terror. From what I read about the prophet he was a man of peace and tried to avoid wars by sending messengers to enemies. Furthermore on on of his wars one of his soldiers told him to poison the well and cut the date trees to which its was said by him the prophet (PBUH) that women and children must eat and live and they should fight soldiers. Cannot understand people that pervert a lovely religion for status, ego and power !!! Share the love !!!

  • Madhi - 2012-09-19 19:40

    I guess some people will never have enough. Feel sorry for the mosque spokesman being butchered here for doing what ordinary sane people do, condemning a terrorist act. May be they should have just kept their peace and let people continue with their anger and hatred, surely the condemnation makes no difference to those who are hell bent on painting all muslims with a terrorist brush. Next time they must keep their views to themselves and trust me there will always be next time.

      Tony Lapson - 2012-09-20 08:10

      "Next time they must keep their veiws to themselves, and trust me, there will be a next time." I guess there will always be people who hope for vengeance against those who have a difference in opinion. Some might even kill or bomb other innocent people in the name of vengeance.

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