Jamiat’s Letter in support of rezoning 131 Kenneth Kaunda (Northway – Durban North) as a Masjid site
The application for rezoning 131 Kenneth Kaunda as a Muslim Prayer site has met massive resistance from the white community resident in the area. There are twelve churches in the area, yet no allocation for even a single Masjid. Kindly make dua for the success of this application.
The following is the Jamiat’s supporting letter to the Ethekwini Town Planning Dept.:
10 May 2012
The Ethekwini Municipality – Town Planning
Re: Proposed application for the rezoning of property, 131 Kenneth Kaunda (Northway – Durban North) for a Muslim prayer site.
We would like to voice our support for the rezoning of the property, 131 Kenneth Kaunda (Northway – Durban North) for a Muslim prayer site (Masjid).
We submit the following in support of this application:
1. Prayer sites are integral in the support of the Moral Regeneration Movement. Islam promotes peace, honesty, justice, fairness, generosity and tolerance. Masjids have always been synonymous with an increase of these virtues wherever they have been established.
2. The demographics of the area have changed since the apartheid regime and there is now a considerable Muslim population residing in the area.
3. No provision has been made to address the religious needs of the Muslim community in the area as it was a ‘Whites only’ area during apartheid. Zoning the said property as a Masjid would be a positive move in addressing the discrimination suffered during apartheid.
4. Complaints regarding noise pollution, public disturbance, security, aesthetic appearances and a decrease in property value have been addressed by the following:
a. A loud hailer will not be used for the Azaan i.e. Call to prayer.
b. Prayer times fall out of peak traffic times on the Northway.
c. The proposed Masjid includes adequate security measures.
d. The architecture will be designed to blend with the aesthetics of the area.
e. The Masjid will have a basement parking area and will be no higher than the surrounding double storey homes.
f. The complaint that property values will decrease is unfounded and has no substantive basis. In reality, places of worship enhance property values significantly.
g. This place of worship will reflect the true spirit of the freedom that we have achieved as a nation in 1994.
Your kind consideration in this matter is greatly appreciated.
Moulana Rafiek Mohamed
Jamiatul Ulama KZN
Jamiatul Ulama (KZN)
Council of Muslim Theologians
223 Alpine Road, Overport, Durban
Tel : +27 (0) 31 2077099
Fax : +27(0) 31 2074163
Website : www.jamiat.org.za