The Muslim Judicial Council has stepped in to assist an Eerste River community whose mosque was recently demolished by the Western Cape government.
The Malibu Village masjid, made from vibacrete slabs, was torn down on a Friday morning two weeks ago, after the Department of Human Settlements said it was illegal to build it there.
Widow Safaa Osborne, 47, told Daily Voice she had followed her dead husband Rashaad’s wishes and donated his property to the Malibu Village Islamic Society to build a mosque in the area.
According to the City of Cape Town’s property valuation roll, the land belongs to Provincial Government.
Safaa, however, insists the plot belongs to her – and even paid up her rates bill of R6 575 earlier this month on the property.
Now the MJC, the leading Muslim authority in the Western Cape, has stepped into the fray after several meetings with the Society.
The MJC has undertaken to mediate in the matter between the Society and Human Settlements.
However, their main aim, says MJC president Sheikh Irafaan Abrahams, is to ensure that the community gets a mosque, whether it’s on the same property or not.
“The MJC has committed itself to assist the community in realising their vision for a Place of Worship to be established in Malibu Village as per the regulations of the Municipality,” he says in a statement.
“We are confident through following the correct procedures and with the mutual co-operation between the MJC (SA) and Malibu Village community we will achieve a positive outcome.”
The department of Human Settlements told Daily Voice that the property in London Way had been “taken back” six years ago when the owner was deep in arrears.
It said the society was trespassing by erecting a structure on the property, and that’s why it was demolished, less than an hour before Jumu’ah prayers.
A relieved Safaa said yesterday: “This fight was not about me having or regaining property. It was about the community and a place for a mosque. I am very happy that the MJC will now assist our community and I believe we will finally have a mosque soon.”