Beard Martyr Mohamed Faiyaz Kazi, and challenges Muslims face in South Africa

Written by on August 10, 2012 in News


Bail denied for Viviers



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No bail for Fayyaz Kazi Murderer


Apparently tomorrow at the Krugersdorp Court the case of Fayaz Kazi the beard martyr will be held i.e Thursday 21 Feb. Msg going around to show a strong presence at the court to oppose bail application of the Roedolph Viviers. Show your support tomorrow and let message get across we may be quiet but we have not forgotten.


Court in session

Roedolf Viviers and Zayn van Tonder appeared briefly in the dock while photographers jostled to take their pictures.  follow the twitter hastag #FayazKazi to get latest as case unfolds

source cii


to get the latest news regarding the murder of Mohammed Fayaz Kazi follow the twitter hastag #FayazKazi or #MuslimMurder


Witness account of what happened to Mohamed Faiyaz Kazi – Beard Martyr


source: timeslive

It is a murder a former cabinet minister has described as reeking of “the stench of Islamophobia”.

On Monday, Mahmood and Mohammed Kazi stopped at a fast-food outlet in Magaliesburg.

All they wanted to do was break their Ramadan fast but they ended up being the victims of a deadly attack that has outraged Gauteng’s Muslim community and the people of the small tourist town where it happened.

The attack on Kazi is the stuff of nightmares. It will remain etched in Mahmood’s mind for a long time.

“I can’t. I just can’t. I can still hear Mohammed. I can hear him talking to me, asking me for help . and then nothing,” said Mahmood as he tried to recall the ordeal in which the life of the 27-year-old Kazi was gruesomely snuffed out.

“When I close my eyes, I see everything happening again. I want it to stop, but it doesn’t,” he said, choking back tears.

Kazi had been married for less than a year.

The two men, who ran a furniture dealership in Ventersdorp, were returning home when they stopped at the Chicken Licken outlet.

As Kazi – his family’s sole breadwinner – walked into the restaurant, two white Afrikaans-speaking men began taunting him, pulling at his beard and hurling racial insults at him.

Mahmood said that when he walked into the restaurant after Kazi, he [Kazi] told him to ignore the men.

“We tried to move past them to place our orders but the men would not stop. They told Mohammed that he was Bin Laden. They said what happened to Bin Laden would happen to him. They grabbed his beard and slapped him.”

Mahmood said all he could remember afterwards was waking up on the floor.

“I don’t know what happened. This happened because of our colour and because we are Muslim. There is no other reason. They hated us because of who we are,” he said.

“We were not there to fight. We are not fighters. I don’t know why they did this. Why did they have to do this? Why did they want to kill us?” he asked.

Family spokesman Zahid Asmal said the family was “shattered”.

“They don’t know what to do. Mohammed was the sole breadwinner. What is his family going to do?”

Asmal said the family had many questions.

“We just want to know why? They were breaking their fast; they were not fighting. They were going to give blessings. Why would someone say these things? Why would they call him those names?”

He said Kazi died on Tuesday after going into a coma as Mahmood was rushing him to hospital.

He is believed to have died from severe head injuries.

Gauteng police spokesman Brigadier Neville Malila said the police had identified one of the assailants with the help of the Magaliesburg community.

“The assistance has been overwhelming. Some have given descriptions of the vehicle and some of the suspects,” Malila said.

He said the police in Gauteng and North West were on the trail of one of the suspects, a 33-year-old Rustenburg mine employee.

“We have activated our ‘war-room’ to track down this man. We have alerted all government agencies and are confident of making an arrest soon,” he said.

Chicken Licken franchise holder Jaco Venter, whose staff saw the assault and called for help, said he could not believe such a thing could occur in “our peaceful little village”.

“We are a tourist town, not a big city, where these things happen. Nothing like this has happened before. It is beyond imagination.”

Former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils said the “savage” attack carried “the stench of Islamophobia”.

Ibrahim Vawda, a senior researcher at the Media Review Network, whose organisation works to dispel stereotypes about Islam and Muslims, said Kazi’s death had serious implications.

Vawda said: “We are concerned that things like this are happening. What worries us is that [ Islamophia] is rearing its ugly head in South Africa.”

He cited several recent acts of violence and intolerance against Muslims around the world.

“There is widespread anger among Muslims in the Gauteng region.” – Additional reporting by Nashira Davids


HE SOUNDED like an animal in pain. He was pleading for his life – but no one listened.

This is the terrifying account of a witness who saw at least three men beat 27-year-old Mohammed Fayaaz Kazi to death.

“I never want to see that again. I went cold. I just froze,” said the witness, who has asked not to be named.

The man had been inside a nearby restaurant when the attack unfolded.

“I don’t know what started it. I was inside when I heard the screams. They didn’t stop.

“When I ran outside I saw a white man punching an Indian man in the face,” he said.

Even when Kazi fell to the ground, the assault continued, he said.

“It just went on and on. The guy fell to the ground and the man who hit him started to kick him. He was kicking the Indian man in the face. Over and over again.

“People were begging him to stop but he didn’t. He was crazy.

“When another Indian man came outside, the white guy turned on him.

”He punched him. He beat him to the ground and then began kicking him.

“He just carried on. He would not stop.”

It is believed that a local business owner, who was driving past, stopped and pulled the suspect off Kazi. – Graeme Hosken

source: timeslive 

13/08/2012 – Suspects  Murder in Court

to get the latest news regarding the murder of Mohammed Fayaz Kazi follow the twitter hastag #FayazKazi or #MuslimMurder

On sunday according to media reports  two men accused of killing Fayaz Kazi  in Magaliesburg were in police custody. A 27 year old male from Rustenburg was arrested on Sunday and  a 33-year-old man from Rustenburg turned himself in.

I was following some of the tweets regarding the court appearance of the two men this morning in Krugersdorp Court.

Zahid Asmal  – Krugersdorp Court D where 2 men are due to appear for the killing of #FayazKazi. Gallery packed.
iqbal jassat  – ZahidAsmal We in court – waiting…#FayazKazi murder #islamophobia – #NoBail! #NoPlaceToHide
Fatoom Falasteen M   – Wow! Adv, Abdul Kadir Khan, is clad in his islamic attire and has a full sunnah beard! #FayazKazi
Abubakr –  Brothers and father in law of #FayazKazi …outside the


Public and media has been banned frm the first appearance…#FayazKazi #MuslimMurder
#FayazKazi #MuslimMurder. Case is postponed 4 7days.suspects did appear..denied bail
#FayazKazi #MuslimMurder placards outside the #court



Challenges Muslims face in South Africa

I can’t believe this story. I like most Muslims in South Africa and in the world are shattered by this incident. Such an innocent face.  Another breadwinner gone. How can this happen in our beautiful land.  All Fayaz Kazi did was buying  food to break his Ramadan fast on his journey back home.

Islamophobia unfortunately is rearing it’s ugly head in South Africa. A few weeks ago a pigs head was thrown on a masjid site in KZN,  in protest of the masjid being built there.  The Queensburgh Islamic Society has lodged a formal complaint with the Human Rights Commission (HRC) after a severed pig’s head and posters of pigs were placed at a mosque building site last week. during the holy month of Ramadan.  It took the community 10 years to finally get consensus to build the masjid. see article. A similar incident happened in #Emalahleni where a pigs head was thrown in the masjid site and as the masjid was ready to be built the damaal started there.    It is the worse insult to a muslim to throw something we are forbidden to eat  on a holy site. This  adds to how malicious these incidents are.

In the area that I am living in, we have been battling over 10 years to get a masjid. Objection after objection, delay after delay.  I am tired of waiting and inshaAllah it will come when it comes. When I see it, I will believe it.

Can someone tell me what has happened to religious freedom in this country?  Riverlea recently received an indict to stop the adhaan after 30 years of calling people to prayer. Nizamiye masjid in Midrand was asked to switch of their adhaan as it was painful. see article. Last year some detective guy during our Eidul Adha celebrations,(where we slaughter cow, sheep or very rarely camels), went on a wild goose/camel chase looking for 90 camels in KZN. This caused unnecessary panic and resulted in Islamophobic hysteria on his page. Luckily it was contained.

I was always very happy to be living in South Africa. But this incident regarding Fayaz Kazi is a real wake up call to me. I am very proudly South Africa and love this country. But we have to wake up regarding some of the realities we are facing.  I felt no pressure like other western countries regarding my religious freedom. The way I dress, where I pray anywhere especially when travelling  Let us hope our hijaab and niqaab are not next targets. Oh wait, I recall reports last year at OR tambo. A  muslim woman was forced to take out her scarf infront of the whole world to identify her self. All the official had to do is take the muslim lady to a private room to identify herself. It is totally degrading to ask a muslim woman to remove her headcarf or niqaab in public for the whole world to see. It is very unfortunate for these isolated incidents. Muslims are peace loving people. We are tolerant and patient. Unfortunately it looks like recent incidents are really testing our patience.

On the positive side, we are living in a nation that has been through oppression and hopefully don’t want to walk down that road again. The South African government are quick to assist and condemn such incidents.

Reminder of Hoodiganism in London

Last year this time, a similar incident happened to Muhammad Ashraf Haziq Rossli, from Malaysia.  He was on his way to buy food to break his fast during Ramadaan.  My blood started to boil then just as it is boiling regarding this incident with Fayaz Kazi. It was like watching your own brother or son who left home for a better life in a foreign place in this situation. At  least Muhammad Ashraf lived to tell his tale while Fayaz Kazi was buried on one of the coldest night of the year, the day it snowed in Jozi.  I felt I had to say something to him and  all the oppressed in the world,  South Africans oppressed by crime, Oppression in Palestine, Burma, Ridicule in the West. Reflect on the Prophet(SAW) reaction  when he was in Taif.. you will feel some solace inshaAllah.. (full story)

Be Patient Muslims and How to react to Islamophobia and general taunting

Unfortunately the world is full of people that will never totally agree with you, whoever you are. Most of these anti islamic facebook pages and attacks  are there to get an ugly reaction from us. Let it be a slow day at one of the media agencies and lo and behold you will find an article with anti islamic sentiment in there to boil your blood. I took part in a few debates on some of those news sites. I  realised how some in this country really think  about us and that was truly a wake up call. I told myself I will not get involved in such discussions as it is very unproductive and I rather spend my time spreading goodness instead of fighting these anti islamic troll wars. We must show self restraint and never promote hate speech facebook pages, just report them. Even saying close a hate speech page is promoting it and giving them unnecessary attention. Also repel evil with goodness. If someone says harsh things about you, don’t swear them and stoop to their level.  Show them the beauty of your deen and you are better than that. Be stern but don’t be insulting.

Remember how the Prophet Muhammad(SAW) reacted during his hardships in Taif. Reflect upon the Prophet’s supplication in Taif. This is the dua he recited with shoes full of blood, wounds all over his body and after having been insulted, ridiculed and abused by the people of Taif to whom he had taken recourse seeking a place of refuge. Moreover, this occurs after three years of suffering a boycott at the hands of the Quraysh as a result of which Muslims were reduced to eating grass and leaves off of trees. Also after he had lost his 2 greatest supporters Khadija(RA) and Abu Talib his uncle.
The Prophet (s) as he walks out of Taif:



O Allah! I complain to You of my weakness, my scarcity of resources and the humiliation I have been subjected to by the people. O Most Merciful of those who are merciful. O Lord of the weak and my Lord too. To whom have you entrusted me? To a distant person who receives me with hostility? Or to an enemy to whom you have granted authority over my affair? So long as You are not angry with me, I do not care. Your favor is of a more expansive relief to me. I seek refuge in the light of Your Face by which all darkness is dispelled and every affair of this world and the next is set right, lest Your anger or Your displeasure descends upon me. I desire Your pleasure and satisfaction until You are pleased. There is no power and no might except by You.”

If those who claim to love the Prophet (s) so much that they are willing to infringe upon prophetic conduct with their blind rage and fury would reflect upon this prayer, it would be a guiding light for them and a clear instruction as to how a Muslim should respond to our current situation. It is also the only salve by which troubled hearts and souls will find peace. (Dua of Taif)

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  1. Aadila says:

    We should remember that we have many liberties as Muslims in SA..more so than in most other non Muslim countries. This incident was terrible – Islamaphobic and racist – and I pray iA that justice is served.

  2. Fatima says:

    May Allah Ta’ala grant him the Highest Place in Jannat Ameen. We need to stand up againgst injustice and more importantly let it be known that Islam is here to stay and as Muslims we will not tolerate any form of abuse.

  3. ayob says:

    Time for prison torture!!!

  4. Black Flag says:

    Arise oh Muslims from your slumber. Do not wait for your so-called Muslim leaders to take the lead, we cannot even trust what food they say is halal. Unite and put your differences aside and resist Dajjal or die doing so, but be not quiet for silence is a form of acceptance and acceptance is fuel for the fire of hell. Spread this atrocity far and wide. Speak up for Islam, for Muslims, for your families, for yourselves, for Allah. The government will not re-introduce the death penalty if these murderers are found guilty, even then, there may arise another Roedolf Viviers or Zayn van Tonder in YOUR community. May Allah grant our Marhoom Jannatul Firdous Inshallah and put Sabr in the hearts of his family and Muslims Inshallah, Ameen. Muslims: be prepared, Dajjal is here, the signs of the end is here, awake from your slumber or perish. May Allah protect us all (Hasboon Allah wa ni’mal wakeel)… Ameen