Islam Banned in Angola

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Islam Ban: Questionable Future for Mosques in Angola

While the constitution in Angola guarantees freedom of religion to all of its citizens, this right no longer seems to apply to the followers of the now banned religion of Islam. According to numerous newspapers in Angola, the African nation has banned the Islamic religion. It has become the first country in the world to take such a harsh stance against Muslims.

On November 22, the Angolan Minister of Culture Rosa Cruz e Silva said that “[t]he process of legalization of Islam has not been approved by the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights [and so] their mosques would be closed until further notice.” Why the religion needs to be legalized has not been definitively stated by Cruz e Silva.

Cruz e Silva has also said that the closing of mosques is the most recent move in Angola’s effort to but a stop to so-called illegal religious sects. Under new laws in Angola, many religious sects have suddenly become criminal.

On November 24, Angola President José Eduardo dos Santos said that the country is working toward putting an end to Islamic influence in Angola once and for all. Again, there is no word of what or who has been influenced and why it needs to stop.

The Governor of Luanda, Bento Bento, has said that “radical” Muslims are not welcome in the country and that the Angolan government will not be legalizing mosques or other places of worship for Muslims.

Islam Banned in Angola

Small African Nation of Angola

The African country of Angola’s citizens primarily practice indigenous religions. Recent surveys show that 47 percent adhere to traditional indigenous beliefs while another 38 percent of the population practice Roman Catholicism and 15 percent practice Protestantism.

The now banned religion of Islam is practiced by a very small percentage of the 18.5 million inhabitants of Angola. Only about 80,000-90,000 Angolans practice Islam. These Muslims are primary migrants from West Africa and Lebanon.

While the means of becoming a “legal religion” is Angola is not clear at this point, the government is very harshly cracking down on the illegal sects. Minister of Culture Rosa Cruz e Silva has made it known that there are nearly 200 different illegal religious sects in Angola so it is not just Islam that has been banned in Angola.

Rosa Cruz e Silva has also said that there are more than 1000 applications that have been submitted by religious groups in an effort to legalize their sects. Islamic groups have made up some percentage of these many applications but it is not clear when or if they will ever be approved. Rosa Cruz e Silva said that the legalization process of Islam has simply not been approved and, therefore, mosques must remain closed “until further notice.”

While some mosque could theoretically reopen again in the future, some are gone forever. After Angola banned Islam, one of the country’s few mosques had its minaret was taken down in October. The city of Zango had its only mosque completely destroyed after the ban as well.

By  Nicci Mende
Op-Ed

Sources:

U.S. Dept. of State
La Nouvelle Tribune
All Africa
On Islam

 

348 Responses to Islam Banned in Angola

  1. Talal January 6, 2014 at 9:55 am

    i have to say that i am a muslim and you should not criticize lslam. i have many christian friends and i respect their religion as they respect mine . people who judge other people’s faith are cruel and ignorant.

    Reply
  2. Maghazi January 5, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    “People fear that one day the nuclear bomb will fall in the hands of the Arabs. They fail to realize that he Islamic bomb has already been dropped. It fell when Muhammad was born.”
    Dr. Alan Pearson, critic of Islam.

    Reply
    • United February 13, 2014 at 12:12 am

      The main problem with the West today is the fail to realize that such barbaric religion as Islam should be treated EQUALY as Islam treats own apostates and other non-Muslim.

      If Islam MURDERS own APOSTATES – we should murder every Muslim involved in such converting to Islam,

      if Islam PROHIBITS marrying Muslim women to non-Muslims while encouraging marrying non-Muslim women to Muslim males -

      - we should lash (or kill) every Muslim male touching non-Muslim women,

      etc.

      The Islam has survived ONLY for Islam MURDERS own APOSTATES.

      But now the ties have change in our eyes. For example Some countries think now about banning Quran for its HATRED CLAIMS against non-Muslims.

      In France goverment think to stop pay benefists toward non-working Muslims etc.

      Most of all the Westerners have great examples of dealing with Muslim mentality -

      - eg. reconquista of Spain or almost total destroying of Ottoman Empire.

      The way to destroy Islam however is not only military.

      THE MAIN WAY IS SHOW how RIDICULOUS Islam IS – and it is quite easy.

      The 3rd World War is still to come :-) – now it will be against Islam.

      Reply
  3. Tori January 1, 2014 at 4:48 am

    Я бы запретила все религии основанные на иудаизме потому как они все несут разруху и примитивность в умы людей

    Reply
  4. Mohammed Mohsin December 13, 2013 at 6:23 am

    I love Islam and I’m very proud of it and please do not do this, Allah will not leave to live peacefully.
    Islam has never been problem for any other religion.

    Reply
    • Anton December 13, 2013 at 8:18 am

      Because of high taxes, people had to pay it or to convert in the Ottoman Empire.

      Reply
  5. mohd danish December 11, 2013 at 6:01 am

    please dont write wrong about islam and i proud off it and islam is not terror i am want to free the muslim in angola muslims are not terrorists

    Reply
    • Anton December 11, 2013 at 11:56 am

      if you were happy your parents would not have left your islamical country for a better life in christian countries, especially europe even the saudi arabia is rich enough isn’t it so?

      Reply

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