Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Borha mosque plan sparks row

from The South Africa Times

MP Waleed al-Tabtabai of the hardline Salafi group threatened to quiz Kuwait’s Minister of Islamic Affairs Abdullah al-Maatuq in parliament if he does not withdraw his request to allocate government land for the mosque. Tabtabai said the mosque plan violates "Sharia (Islamic law), country laws and national interests," and questioned whether the Bohras, an offshoot of Shiite branch of Islam, were true Muslims. Several other Islamist lawmakers and hardline clerics welcomed the rejection and cast doubt on the Bohra faith. Kuwait is a conservative Sunni-ruled state but about one-third of its native population of one million are Shiites.

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