Just media rumours: Angola denies it banned Islam

Published: November 26, 2013

An official at the Angolan Embassy said Angola is a country that does not interfere in religion. PHOTO: FILE

Angola became a hot topic in the international media over the weekend, as news outlets around the world wrote about reports that the Southwest African nation had banned Islam and begun to dismantle mosques.

But an official at the Angolan Embassy in Washington, DC, who did not want to be identified discussing the sensitive matter, said that there is no such ban in place and that the reports are erroneous, according to the International Business Times.

“The Republic of Angola … it’s a country that does not interfere in religion,” the official said on Monday afternoon. “We have a lot of religions there. There is freedom of religion.”

News of Angola’s supposed ban on Islam originated in the African press, which went so far as to quote the nation’s president and Minister of Culture as offering statements that suggested the premise of the reports was accurate.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 26th, 2013.

Reader Comments (18)

  • jon Phillip
    Nov 26, 2013 - 3:50PM

    Pity

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  • indian
    Nov 26, 2013 - 4:45PM

    Angola should do it and show the worldRecommend

  • Bazinga
    Nov 26, 2013 - 5:35PM

    @indian: Says the one who’s country claims to be secular. Pity the hypocrisy.

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  • True Indian
    Nov 26, 2013 - 5:44PM

    Reply to “indian”…..why only Islam, what about other religions?…

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  • anonymous
    Nov 26, 2013 - 5:53PM

    @indian:
    oh look a keyboard warior. go back to your statues you made by your hands and bow down to it.

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  • PakiMujahid
    Nov 26, 2013 - 6:02PM

    Common..Angola…we support u…just make it and set an example for the rest of the world to follow……

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  • Russian
    Nov 26, 2013 - 6:45PM

    @Pakistanis who are enraged

    If Muslim countries can get to call “Islamic republics” and can ban other religions like Saudi Arabia. What’s wrong in others doing it? People in glass houses should not throw stones at others. Recommend

  • Queen
    Nov 26, 2013 - 7:01PM

    @PakiMujahid:
    I wonder why you use Pakistan plus the Mujahid as your pseudonym. Are you afraid to tell everyone that you are an Indian? Pity.Recommend

  • Lalit
    Nov 26, 2013 - 8:04PM

    There is a strange pattern developing all over the World from US,UK,France,Israel,Switzerland,China,India,Scandenevian Countries, Russia to now even Angola where the radicalism of a particular community has forced the otherwise liberal and balanced govts to take extreme steps.apparently the religious zealots and ring leaders of this community are instilling a feeling of injustice in their blind followers,which culminates in violence and in turn invites a backlash by govt agencies,which is once again exploited by the radicals to foment violence leading to a vicious cycle.
    Why is it so that there is hardly any Country populated by this community as majority or minority where they are at peace with themselves.be it Syria,Egypt,Iraq,Pakistan,Afganistan,Somalia,Sudan Palestine or even parts like Kashmir,Chechenya,Dagestan,Xinjiang parts of Nigeria,Algeria and Philipines are reckoned as terrorist hotspots.they are literally forcing even reasonably tolerant people to turn nasty.time to wake up and take stock of situation for saner among them before its too late.

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  • gandhi
    Nov 26, 2013 - 8:43PM

    Hey Angola(1st country to ban islam),you ban Islam?Now you say you don’t.Good boy. Don’t ban anything.Let ppl reject it, let ppl reject your religion t00

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  • Raj - USA
    Nov 26, 2013 - 9:37PM

    Crusade is coming !!!!!!!

    OK let us repeat again: Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world, not by realization but by reproduction. In Pakistan, it is a pity that the muslim boys have to tie up Rakhee to declare themselves brothers as per hindu custom and convert the hindu girls. And, the sisters and mothers of the muslim boys assist them in kidnaping and raping the young hindu girls. This is what the Asian Human Rights Commission says in their July 2013 report.

    To me Islam is the fastest declining religion as no most muslims do not even know what islam is and do not practice even 1% of islam. Election Commission of Pakistan proved it.

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  • Pankaj
    Nov 26, 2013 - 10:18PM

    Extremely progressive step and need of the hour…….

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  • Raj - USA
    Nov 26, 2013 - 11:00PM

    Many muslims often say that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. I would say that Islam is the fastest declining religion in the world today. Why?

    After every terrorist attack, sectarian killings or any act of vice is exposed, muslims say that this is not what islam teaches us. It means that muslims have deserted and have been insulting islam like no one else. Also, muslims of Pakistan have the lowest knowledge of Islam. Election Commission of Pakistan has proved it. I would say that not even 1% of the Pakistani muslims follow even 1% of islamic teachings. Pakistan is the only country in the world that praises and practices conversions by rape. Muslims of Pakistan know this well and this is the reason no muslim of Pakistan will ever say that these conversions have to be probed properly, starting from government’s own NADRA records. Prove me wrong, if you can. The more you convert the more shall its followers dessert. They may call themselves belonging to the religion but shall not be practicing any of the teachings of the religion.

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  • zeeshan
    Nov 27, 2013 - 2:15AM

    i agree dat some f people practicing Islam donot follow the principles of religion by doing Jihad n all which is very wrong.. Allah will surely punish them but dat doesnot make religion of Islam bad..! Dont look at the followers.. look at whom we follow.. look at the book we follow..!
    May Allah give Hidayah to the whole Ummah..! Ameen

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  • Indian Realist
    Nov 27, 2013 - 5:18AM

    @indian: It is the stupid fanatics like you whoa re keeping India still in the hole.

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  • Pakistani1
    Nov 27, 2013 - 8:25PM

    @Lalit:
    I greatly respect your view my friend, wish other people wished for religious harmony like you

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  • ARA AlShuwaikeh
    Nov 27, 2013 - 8:35PM

    I am Emarati National from RAK,
    It shocking to see how Indian hate our religion Islam ??? But they do not mind coming to my country for making money (over 50% population is indian citizen) we give them our jobs and they hate on our religion?? But i see most indian are scared like babies, they never dare to say on our face !!!! I will be careful of non muslim indian citizen next time !!!Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Nov 27, 2013 - 9:57PM

    @ARA AlShuwaikeh:

    No one is hating Islam. What everyone hates is what you claim Islam preaches and what you actually practice.

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