Building Masjid in New South Africa

Written by on April 2, 2014 in News


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I went to the Nizamiye Masjid on human rights day. The South African flag flying.  A beautiful masjid and a tourist attraction.The biggest masjid in the Southern Hemisphere. I was standing right out side the masjid and I missed the prayer. A major sin. Why did I miss the prayer? The Azan is not allowed in this area. It is called noise. I wonder how many more people must be missing salaah on time because there is no call to prayer. Especially those standing next to masjid  or driving pass a masjid. While in some areas of South Africa you can hear the call to prayer, others have banned it completely. Why have our muslim leaders sold us out with the “Ja Baas” mentality and agreed to receivers in houses. What about those driving pass the masjid and not in their houses. What about the poor muslims that can’t afford receivers which cost about R750. There are many benefits that we are missing out on without the call to prayer.

Just try and build a masjid in certain areas in South Africa and you will feel you are back in apartheid. There is no religious tolerance at all. Why are we not allowed to have call to prayer, yet in these same areas the church bells are allowed, school sirens go on incessantly through out the day, let us not forget that off tune ice cream truck that has free reign in these areas. Dogs barking at all hours of the day night have more freedom of speech. I wonder if they will be banning the rooster crowing in the morning next.

Surely we can come to common ground regarding the call to prayer and building masjids in these area. By now this specific party where these masjid issues are the norm should have a set framework to be followed when building masjids in their wards. The muslim leaders should have a guideline on how to build masjids in these DAmaal zones. We complain and send our concerns but it goes to deaf ears from our Muslim leaders till the ward councillors.  We are bartering a very high price  and numerous benefits of the adhaan are being lost.

We don’t want the adhaan/call to prayer to be a nuisance but we want the opportunity for it to be called out especially during the daytime hours  and sunset prayer at school siren levels when most of the people who need to use the masjid are driving pass. What we want is for the call to prayer to be respected and not be referred to as noise. The sound level can be noisy but please stop calling the call to prayer noise. We understand that there are certain sound regulations that should also be respected. Muslims have wasted lots of money at high court appeals  to ensure we get masjids built in certain areas and spent lots of money to ensure they have receivers in their homes to hear the adhaan.

Why does it have to be like this? Why do we have to feel so unwelcome when all we want to do is just pray in peace.

Masjid Documentary by Ebrahim Moosa

Masjid Disputes

Here are list of articles where there is an issue regarding azan or building a masjid in certain area. If you look closely a certain party ward is common in most of these areas where there is alway DAmaal.

Nizamiye – Midrand Mosque divides community

Valhalla – CDP objects to Tshwane building masjid in Valhalla

Valhalla – Comments from Valhalla ward councillor

Full document for Valhalla Masjid

Malvern Queensburg – KZN – Pigs head at mosque

Emahlahleni – mosque row ends in appeal court

Buccleuch masjid – Mosque construction dispute

Buccleuch masjid objection letter – minarets are being objected against yet Cell C was allowed to build higher structures .

Buccleuch Masjid settled out of court

DA councillor objecting to masjid in Buccleuch

Riverlea  Athaan – stop call athaan on loudspeaker

Wendywood – residents moan about mosque

These are some that I could find.

Please add your issue in the survey below, especially regarding the adhaan and building masjid in your area.

So I tweeted Hellen Zille to ask her why in certain wards we are no allowed the call to prayer

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Benefits of Adhaan

The prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said

“Whoever says the same as this (i.e. the Mu’adhdhin – repeats adhaan) with certainty, he will enter Paradise”
[Sunan al-Nasaa’ee (675), Chain Hasan]
Abdullah b. Amr b. al-As reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: When you hear the Mu’adhdhin, repeat what he says, then invoke a blessing on me, for everyone who invokes a blessing on me will receive ten blessings from Allah; then beg from Allah al-Wasila for me, which is a rank in Paradise fitting for only one of Allah’s servants, and I hope that I may be that one. If anyone who asks that I be given the Wasila, he will be assured of my intercession. Muslim:4:747
Narrated Anas ibn Malik: The supplication made between the adhan and the iqamah is not rejected.Dawud 2:521

Salaah on time

Hadrat Abdullah Ibn Masud (may Allah be pleased with him) said that he enquired of the Prophet (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) what was the best deed in the sight of Allah. The Prophet (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) replied, “To say prescribed prayers at stated hours.”

Salaah in congregation

Ibn `Umar (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “Salat in congregation is twenty-seven times more meritorious than a Salat performed individually.”[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

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