Angolan Minister of Culture, Rosa Cruz e Silva said in 2013: “the process of legalisation of Islam has not been approved by the Ministry of Justice and Human rights, their mosques would be closed until further notice.”
Angola’s ban on Islam was first announced in 2013 when today’s face of the day Angolan Minister of Culture, Rosa Cruz e Silva said:
“the process of legalisation of Islam has not been approved by the Ministry of Justice and Human rights, their mosques would be closed until further notice.”
Silva reportedly said the ban was necessary since Islam is “contradictory to the customs of Angola culture and IT’S A SECT”.
…Concerning the ban, Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos said Sunday:
“this is the final end of Islamic influence in our country.”
Despite this the reports were later denied by the government. The Ministry of Culture stated, “There is no war in Angola against Islam or any other religion.”
However actions speak louder than words and although the government deny a ‘ war ‘ against Islam nevertheless Islam is not recognised there as a legal religion and many mosques have been torn down.
According to the Islamic Community of Angola, a total of 60 mosques, mostly outside of Luanda, have been shut down in 2013.
Also the president of the Islamic Community of Angola leaders said ‘ We can say that Islam has been banned in Angola.’
It appears then that mere semantics are being argued here as while it may not be a ‘war’ or a ‘ban’ the religion is not legally recognised in Angola so cannot build schools and places of worship.In order to be recognized, a group must have more than 100,000 and be present in 12 out of 18 provinces.The population of Muslims in Angola is estimated at only 90,000. The Angolan government has given legal status to 83 Christian religious groups but it has not given legal status to any Muslim groups. Angola’s population of 16 million is predominantly Christian.
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