Woman opens prayer at Open Mosque

The mosque has been widely criticised for its alternative views on the Muslim religion.

FILE: The “open Mosque's” founder Taj Hargey rejecting "with contempt" the violent Islamist groups operating in the world on 19 September 2014. Picture: Aletta Garner/EWN

CAPE TOWN -In a controversial move the Open Mosque in Wynberg has welcomed Muslim women to lead Eid prayers today.

The place of worship which has angered many Muslims opened its doors in Wynberg in Cape Town three weeks ago.

It also welcomes gay people and non-Muslims.

Police are probing a case of arson after the mosque was attacked and torched yesterday.

The mosque's founder Taj Hargey says, "We made history by having a woman open up the prayers, welcoming the congregation. For the first time women have a place on the podium and we feel this is a very innovative, landmark event and it is the way of the future."

The police are still trying to track down those responsible for firebombing the front of the Mosque.

Damage running into thousands of rand was caused.

The mosque has been widely criticised for its alternative views on the Muslim religion.

The mosque says it will not close its doors and will continue operating despite the arson attack.

Founder Taj Hargey said the attacks did not affect their preparations for Eid today.

Hargey says his establishment adheres to the tenets of Islam and the South African constitution.