Reports have it that Namibia deported nine SA Muslims.
The SA Muslims from Cape Town allegedly engaged in religious activities whereas they entered the country with visitors permits.
Information culled from The Namibian newspaper divulged that the nine SA Muslims breached the conditions of their stay.
BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that the SA Muslims were as such, arrested by Namibia’s immigration officials. They were arrested while they were having their daily prayers at a mosque.
Speaking, Sheikh Desmond Dawid Tjipanga the head of Namibian Islamic Judicial Council (NIJC) related that the South Africans must’ve disrespected the conditions of their entrance into Namibia.
He hinted that the SA Muslims must have been placed under surveillance upon entering Namibia.
“(The immigration officials) demanded permits which allowed the group to undertake religious activities. The group could not provide what was demanded and they were arrested and subsequently deported,” Tjipanga stated.
To him, the arrest and deportation of the SA Muslims was uncool.
It was a “clear act of discrimination against Muslims. Their faith is anchored on daily prayers, even while on holiday,” Tjipanga argued.
Since the rise of terror attacks, Muslims all over the world have been discriminated and unfairly treated.
For instance, a Jiva Akbor Islamophobia story broke the internet recently.
The Muslim woman, Jiva Akbor, was reported to the air hostess by another female passenger when she sent an Arabic message to her friends who just had a road accident.
Jiva sent: “HasbiAllahu la ilaaha illaahu alayhi tawakaltu.” Which means: may Allah make the day easy for you all.
Let Jiva tell her story herself.
JIVA Akbor’s Islamophobia Story
I had one of the most interesting and most memorable flights of my life… The lady sat next to me asked if she could get out, thinking she wanted the toilet I got up let her out, and sat back down in my seat.
A few moments later she returned and so I got up again and waited for her to take her seat. Only I looked at her face and she was in sheer panic, clearly flustered and didn’t get into the seat immediately.
I noticed the two (amazingly wonderful) air hostesses were stood behind her, also looking concerned. I smiled to them all and gestured towards the seat so that she could get in but she was hesitating. Then I heard one of the air hostesses say ‘You can take your seat ma’am’ to her.
But she stood there, with a look of fright on her face. I was confused At that moment she looked at me and said, ‘I saw you write a text message and you wrote Allah on it’.
My heart stopped. And I thought Oh Ma Goddd. But the words ‘Okaay’ came out my mouth. She repeated herself and was looking like she was on the brink of tears. I don’t remember exactly what I said at this point, but I think I said ‘It just means God in Arabic’.
Before too long I could see remorse in her tone, I think she was shocked at her own reaction and the realization of what she had thought of me was setting in. In her own words she said ‘it’s so scary what the media can make us think’ and ‘I just panicked’.
Read Jiva’s full story here