A second Cape Town mosque has been desecrated, with the imam calling it vindictive and intended to provoke.
The caretaker of the Masjidul Jamiah in Kalk Bay opened the place of worship for morning prayers on Monday morning to find it vandalized, and with blood splattered on the walls and pulpit.
“This mosque has been here for over 100 years and this is the first time such a spiteful act has happened. Nothing was stolen,” Imam Achmat Sity told News24.
The mosque is a heritage site, built in 1898 and renovated in 2016.
Imam Sitty believed this incident of desecration is linked to the one that occurred on Saturday in Simon’s Town. In the Simon’s Town episode, a pig’s snout and blood was left on the doorstep of the mosque.
Sitty has called on the Muslim community to be calm in the face of such blatant provocation. He also reminded of the good relations between Muslims and other religions in the Kalk Bay area.
It is believed that both acts may be linked to a Facebook post by a Langebaan man, Liam Ferreira, who complained about the call to prayer being disturbing and calling for mosques to be burned down. He later apologized for the rant.
A complaint of vandalism has been lodged with the police.