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article imageAngola reportedly bans Islam

By Saunon Malek     Nov 27, 2013 in World
According to several reports, the African nation of Angola has declared Islam illegal, and has ordered mosques throughout the country be closed and demolished.
The Daily Mail UK, Fars News, and News24 all released reports of the illegalization of Islam in Angola. The country's Minister of Culture, Rosa Cruz e Silva, stated that, "the legalisation of Islam has not been approved by the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights..."
In regards to the ban, mosques throughout the country have been demolished and shutdown, shocking the 80,000 Muslims residing in Angola. The validity of the ban on Islam is yet to be determined, however, given that Angola's constitution guarantees the freedom of religion to all of its citizens. Additionally, a representative of the Angolan Embassy in Washington D.C. is quoted saying, "we have a lot of religions there. It is freedom of religion. We have Catholic, Protestants, Baptists, Muslims and evangelical people."
If true, the move would make Angola the first country in the world to ban Islam. The number of Muslims residing in Angola constitutes less than 1 percent of the total 19 million living there, however the number is on the rise. In a nation that is overwhelmingly Christian, the Muslim community in Angola faces frequent discrimination on the political and social levels, facing frequent clashes with the Christian community, and experiencing much political subjugation, as seen with the recent clearing and demolition of mosques on behalf of the government.
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