14 JUNE 2018
Claremont Main Road Masjid Condemns Attack on Malmesbury Worshippers
It is with deep sadness that we at the Claremont Main Road Masjid (CMRM) received the tragic news of the brutal killing of two worshippers who were completing their month long fast of Ramadan while in a spiritual retreat (`itikaf) at the Malmesbury masjid outside Cape Town. Police report indicate that a suspect who attacked them with a knife was subsequently shot and killed.
We extend our sincere condolences to the families and community of Malmesbury and pray that God, Lord of Compassion, grants the deceased salvation in the life hereafter. We also pray for a speedy recovery to the persons who were maimed in the attack.
At this tragic time, we reiterate the qur’anic injunction that the sanctity of human life is a supreme value in Islam and nothing is worth the cost of a human life.
We call for calm while the investigation is underway. We call on our community to cooperate with the South African police in their investigation into the motives for the attack. We also call on all conscientious Muslims to redouble our efforts at promoting intra-faith harmony and to foster a local environment of adab al-ikhtilaf and ta`awun – an ethics of disagreement and cooperation in the promotion of goodness.
Imam Dr. Rashied Omar