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Court bid to block Bible burning

By Sapa | Sep 10, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 38 ]

A court interdict is being sought to stop a man from burning Bibles at the Library Gardens in Johannesburg, in protest against a plan by a US pastor to burn the Islamic holy book, the Koran.

Attorney Zahir Omar, representing a Gauteng-based organisation, the Scholars of the Truth, said he was seeking an interdict at the High Court in Johannesburg on Friday afternoon to halt the burning of the Bibles.

"This will be action taken by South Africans in South Africa to stop this man from disrupting peaceful religious relations in the country," Omar said.

Mohammed Vawda planned to burn the bibles in the Johannesburg CBD on Saturday afternoon and declare September 11 "Bible burning day" in South Africa.

Omar said he planned to argue that Vawda would be inciting violence through his action, which constituted blasphemy.

Vawda refused to comment when contacted on Friday, saying the matter was sub judice and he would be able to talk after the hearing.

Pastor Terry Jones in Florida in the US drew widespread condemnation for his plans to burn the Koran to commemorate the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York and Washington. He has since called off his plans.

The Muslim Judicial Council in South Africa has reportedly called on Jones to get to know the Koran a bit better before burning it.

Imtiaz Suliman, of the prominent Islamic relief organisation Gift of the Givers, appealed for calm heads.

He urged South Africans to "ignore this man and not give him attention".

"Leave him to God," Suliman said.

"Real people of religion don't carry out acts that create conflict... real people of religion bring about compassion, understanding and patience."

  • Mohammed Vawda earlier this year appeared in court when a colleague, Willem Harmse, tried to interdict him from using the words "shoot the boer" on posters in a planned crime march. The interdict was granted and the words were banned. Attorney Zahir Omar also acted in this case, representing Harmse against Vawda.

 

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let's ignore him, he's just one of those cheap attention seekers!

Sep 10, 2010 1:12 | 0 replies

If he knew what is written in the bible, he would think twice b4 burning it. Even criminals like me have some respect for the holy books. Suprised?

Sep 10, 2010 2:19 | 0 replies

Poor Mohammed 'Vodka+Water". Since when was 9/11 Muslim/Christianity war? Can't u afford a ticket to the US or you don't have the balls to fight the Jones pastor, now you're venturing your anger towards SA and the Holy Book. You are a lost soul.

Sep 10, 2010 2:34 | 0 replies

He must leave South Africa and move to the Middle East. He is gonna drag our country into issues that has got nothing to do with us. We have our own problems to deal with.

Sep 10, 2010 2:37 | 0 replies

Burn it Mohammed,Terry is full of kaka

Sep 10, 2010 2:43 | 0 replies

Let him try...the next time there's any news about him it will be because he's got a broken arm and blu eyes abadlali aboPastor bamanje bayatrapa goed!!!!

Sep 10, 2010 2:49 | 0 replies

okay so its okay to burn the koran but not ayoba to burn the bible. haaaaaa bafwethu.
I get his point its wrong to burn other religions holy book

Sep 10, 2010 2:57 | 0 replies

this person o jele disolo

Sep 10, 2010 3:3 | 0 replies

Ja ne, things we come accross. Now why tell us gore you are going to do somthing????Pleaseeeeeeeeee. Go the f....ahead and burn the damn thing and see who cares. I am going to burn my marriage certificate on 9/11!

Sep 10, 2010 3:12 | 0 replies

All books related in any way to any religion should be burnt

Support Bible Burning Day 9/11

We can have braai's on that day too and a half day at work to support anti-religionism

Sep 10, 2010 3:25 | 0 replies

Perhaps 9/11 should be burn all religious texts day. Surely thats acceptable / fair to all religions.

Har, Har, Har!

Religious fanatics always ignore their own beliefs when it comes to an excuse to cause kak.

Sep 10, 2010 3:33 | 0 replies