Angola The World's First and Only Country To Ban Islam Orders Closure of All Mosques. Islamic Community of Angola (ICA) said anyone who practices Islam (Mainly Sharia rules) risks being found guilty of disobeying Angola’s penal code.
In 2013, Angola was reported to have become the first country in the world to put a ban on Islam which is practiced by some 1% of the population.
The allegation was that the country has ordered all mosques to be closed down until further notice from the country’s parliament.
The country’s minister for culture-Rosa Cruz Silva reportedly said mosques in the largely Christian nation has been shut because Islam is a religion that counters the Angolan customs and culture, making the religion and the Angolan State incompatible.
“The legalization of Islam has not been approved by the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights [and] their mosques will be closed until further notice’’, Ms Cruz was quoted as saying.
The International Business Times reported that there were reports that mosques were being destroyed by unidentified gangs believed to be those who protested against Sharia Rules and extreme Islam customs for several years in Angola.
The President of Angola, Jose Eduardo dos Santos also reportedly told the Osun Defence daily that the end of Islam in the country has come.
“This is the final end of Islamic influence in our country, we shall not allow it to flourish like in the past, we are done with it “, he said.
But in a sharp contrast to the ban, the Director of the Angolan Ministry of Culture and National Institute for Religious Affairs-Manuel Fernando denied in an interview with the French news agency- Agence France-Presse (AFP) that the country has banned Islam.
“There is no war in Angola against Islam or any other religion, there is no official position that targets the destruction or closure of places of worship, whichever they are”, he told AFP.
Whereas the alleged ban sparked controversy around the world especially the Middle East where some countries reportedly burnt down Angolan flags, there was uneasy calm in Angola itself.
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