Monday, September 19, 2016


Muslims in Swaziland say undercover police are infiltrating their mosques to attend Friday prayers.

The Times of Swaziland, the only independent daily newspaper in the overwhelmingly Christian kingdom, reported on Wednesday (14 September 2016) that police were suspected of monitoring the Muslim community.

One source who did not want to be named told the newspaper that police officers attend their 1pm main service of the week on Fridays under disguise and would pretend to be members of the general public.

‘We do not understand the perception of the local people regarding the Islamic religion,’ the source told the Times. He added that Muslims were perceived as people who wanted to perpetuate violence.

Ezulwini Islamic Institute Imam Feroz Ismail confirmed the belief that plain-clothes police officers often attended its Friday afternoon services.

The Muslim community in Swaziland has recently been under attack by Christian leaders for distributing meat to needy people. President of the League of Churches Bishop Simon Hlatjwako was among Christian leaders who told people not to attend a special Muslim ceremony at which meat was distributed. Hundreds of hungry people ignored the instruction.

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