MJC calls on Muslims not to protest against 'open mosque'

The Muslim Judicial Council says religious views shouldn't be enforced on anyone.

Cape Town's 'open mosque', which is scheduled to open on Friday, welcomes homosexuals and even non-Muslims. Picture: Abed Ahmed/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) has called on fellow Muslims not to protest against the establishment of an ' open mosque' in Cape Town.

The mosque, which has received widespread criticism by some, welcomes all gay people and even non-Muslims.

It will also allow women to lead prayers.

The MJC's Nabewiya Malick said, "As South Africans, we live in a democracy which gives its citizens freedom of religion and ideological discretion."

She said the council says religious views shouldn't be enforced on anyone.

"The MJC has not called for any protest against the opening of the open mosque."

The mosque is expected to open its doors in Wynberg on Friday.

On Tuesday, the founder of the mosque, Taj Hargey, responded to his detractors by saying he's merely trying to dispel "the man-made lies" around Islam and promote gender equality.

He's been called blasphemous by some but hailed as a beacon of tolerance by others.

Hargey said men and women should be able to worship together.

"Nowhere in the Quran does it say people should pray separately. Nowhere does it say men and women should be segregated."

He said the Muslim clergy has become theological mafia that dictates and monopolises everything in the Muslim community.

"This patriarchal, sexist discrimination is chauvinistic input and it's becoming more prevalent."