In the Name of God, the Compassionate and Dispenser of Grace
The Claremont Main Road Masjid Wishes Christians a Blessed and Joyous Christmas and a Peaceful New Year 2020
Behold! the angels said: “O Mary! God giveth thee glad tidings of a Word
from Him: his name will be Christ – Jesus, the son of Mary, held in honour
and high esteem in this world and the Hereafter and in the company of those nearest to God. (Qur’an 3: 45)
Christmas is a time when our Christian family, friends, and neighbours celebrate the birth of Jesus who emphasized the values of kindness, empathy, justice and goodness towards fellow beings – values that are dear to each one of us, regardless of our beliefs.
One of the most frequently used words during the festive season is peace, and during this time the desire to have peace for ourselves and for others, is intensified.
The Claremont Main Road Mosque congregation sends greetings of peace and love to all our Christian compatriots, family and friends. We wish you a blessed Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
In this spirit of peace and justice, we commend and express our gratitude for the wonderful inter-religious harmony, coexistence and good relations between people of different faith traditions and those of none that we enjoy in South Africa.
The Gregorian year 2019 has been a difficult and strained one most especially for our Cape Flats communities. During the past year over 2500 people lost their lives as a result of a renewed spike in gang violence and crime on the Cape Flats.
In the face of this challenging situation, a Cape Flats Interfaith Declaration was adopted at a mass interfaith prayer service for peace at the Joseph Stone Auditorium in Athlone on 15 August 2019. CMRM was privileged to participate in this interfaith service. The Declaration emerged from a series of interfaith dialogues in Bonteheuwel, Athlone, Delft, Elsies River, Gatesville and Mitchell’s Plain, on how religious communities could make a modest contribution to mitigating the devastating impact of gang and gender based violence and crime on the Cape Flats.
The Cape Flats Interfaith Declaration initiative has provided much needed comfort and pastoral support to grieving and traumatised communities on the Cape Flats. In addition the interfaith solidarity movement has also sought to strengthen civil society’s efforts to address the socio-economic roots of violence and crime, to hold our local and national governments
accountable for their constitutional responsibility to provide safety and security to all of its citizens, and to change the Cape Flats narrative by highlighting its many positive stories.
At this blessed time, we express gratitude to the courageous interfaith activists from Christian and Muslim congregations who have worked hard to give birth to the Cape Flats Interfaith Declaration. We look forward to its sustainability and even greater contributions in the New Year 2020.
During this hallowed time, we pray that the Grace of God be with us, and that we establish peace and even greater relations of solidarity and compassion between people living on the Cape Flats in the New Year. We pray that the New Year bring healing and peace to our suffering world and that we continue to strive towards the ideals of truth, justice and equality.
May the peace and joy of this season be with you always.
Imam A. Rashied Omar
On Behalf of the CMRM Board