Durban – The president of the Muslim Judicial Council of South Africa, Moulana Ihsaan Hendricks, has challenged US presidential candidate Donald Trump to observe how South Africans tolerate and accept all religions.
His comments come after Trump earlier this week called for a ban on Muslims entering the US. The billionaire businessman has come under fire globally for the statement.
Hendricks on Wednesday told News24 that, in spite of South Africa’s many challenges, religious tolerance toward Muslims and other faiths was consistent.
"He should come to South Africa and look at what our founding fathers of democracy, people like Nelson Mandela, have cultivated."
Hendricks said the MJC condemned all acts of terror and sympathised with countries that had been victims of attacks in recent months.
"The occurrences in Paris, Tunisia, Egypt and the United States are uncalled for."
Hendricks added that the MJC was "shocked and appalled" that a presidential candidate was capable of hate speech.
"We express disappointment in his statement and condemn this. The United States has many Muslims in government, NGOs and civil society. We hope the people of the country use reason and curb this kind of expression from such a high-profiled individual."