Monday, 22 September 2014

Cape Town pro-gay mosque opens in SouthAfrica


A Muslim academic has opened a gay-friendly mosque in South Africa, despite receiving death threats and fierce criticism from parts of the local Muslim community, BBC reports.
Women will also be allowed to lead prayers at Taj Hargey’s “Open Mosque” in Cape Town.
“We are opening the mosque for open-minded people, not closed-minded people,” Mr Hargey told the BBC.
He says the mosque will help counter growing Islamic radicalism.
Hargey, a professor at the Muslim Educational Centre of Oxford in the UK, told the BBC’s Newsday programme it was time for a “religious revolution”.
“In South Africa 20 years ago, there was a peaceful revolution changing from apartheid to democracy and we need to have a similar development in the area of religion,” he said.

Synagogue building collapse death toll now 115 : S.African minister .


The death toll from the Nigerian church collapse has now climbed to 115 people, with 84 of them South Africans, a South African minister said Monday, citing sources in Lagos.
“We understand from our assessment team that the total number of people who have perished is now 115, but those are not all South Africans,” said Jeff Radebe, the minister in charge of Pretoria’s response to the disaster.
The casualties include 84 South Africans, said Radebe, speaking after around two dozen injured survivors were repatriated home.

Grandmother and 2 others nabbed for using boy for pepper-soup...


Three people including the paternal grandmother have been arrested by the Niger State police command for slaughtering a 9-year-old boy and using the body to prepare peper soup delicacy.
The incidence happened in Koso village in Lavun Local Government Area of Niger State.
Commissioner of Police, Niger State Command, Mr. Olusola Amore, told newsmen that the family of the late boy had reported Liman Doo Mohammed’s mysterious disappearance to the police on the 9th of last month.
However, another report hinted the police that they should beam their search light on the paternal grandmother of the deceased, because he was last seen in her company.

News Dino Melaye gives more details of how gunmen allegedly tried to kidnap, assassinate him

Senator Dino Melaye, representing Kogi West, has given more insight into how he escaped from gunmen who attacked him in Gwagwalada. Th...