MJC Press Statement
MJC PRESS STATEMENT
MJC Celebrating a Century of Muslim participation in the Struggle for Freedom
The Muslim Judicial Council will be hosting a Khatmul Quran programme in honour of all
Muslims who have fallen in the struggle against apartheid.
This event has been earmarked for the 19th of February 2012 at the St.Athens Road Masjid and intends to articulate the efforts and participation of the stalwarts of the Muslim community and all those who were at the forefront of the liberation movement. The nature of the program is to pay homage to the veterans of the struggle against apartheid, by honoring their involvement and their sacrifices in pursuit of a society, free from oppression, tyranny and racism.
Furthermore, we wish to conduct a broad based program on 22 February 2012 at the Athlone
Civic Centre that would pay tribute to all sectors of the south African society, those who were at
the beck and call of the liberation movement such as our educators, medical practitioners, the
legal fraternity, trade unions, Imaams and even the Qurraa (Quranic Recites) all of who have
played a vital role in the struggle against apartheid.
The proposed events will allow the general public to take a trip down memory lane by revisiting
historical events that have shaped the nation, such as the Trojan Horse atrocity in Thornton
Road and the Siege of the St Athens Road Mosque in Athlone, (the venue of our Khatmul
Finally, it is necessary for us to take cognisance of the fact that the freedom and the many
liberties that we enjoy today came at the expense of many selfless sacrifices. It is therefore,
only through the identification of the past and remembrance of past ideals that we may find the
roadmap for the future. As a nation we cannot move forward if we have not found perspective to
draw courage for today from our illustrious heritage and the legacy of great men and women.
We are hopeful that the reflective Roll Call of Honour, of our fallen heroes and heroines will
inspire and enable us to mobilize ourselves towards a future of coherency and unity of purpose
as a proud nation.
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