Muslims in South Africa honor Mandela's sacrifices

"As Muslims we acknowledge the sacrifices Mandela has made," Salim Hajat, the imam of Jaame Masjid in Benoni.

Muslims in South Africa honor Mandela's sacrifices

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Muslims in South Africa on Sunday joined compatriots from other religious backgrounds in honoring late president and national hero Nelson Mandela.

"As Muslims we acknowledge the sacrifices Mandela has made," Salim Hajat, the imam of Jaame Masjid in Benoni, a city on the East Rand in the province of Gauteng, which also includes Johannesburg, told Anadolu Agency on Sunday.

"Today we gave special mention to his remarkable personality," said the 54-year-old imam.

"We had presentations where we spoke about his sacrifices and suffering," he added.

South African President Jacob Zuma has declared December 8 as a national day for prayer for Mandela, who died on Thursday at the age of 95.

Thousands of South Africans attended prayers at places of worship of different religions nationwide to honor Mandela, the country's first black president.

The iconic leader will be buried at his ancestral home in Qunu village, in the Eastern Cape, on Sunday 15 December.

An official memorial would be held on December 10 at Johannesburg's 90,000-seat FNB Stadium.

From December 11 to 13, the late leader's body will lay in state in Pretoria's Union Building where people will be allowed to pay their last respect.

"We prayed for Mandela. They spoke about him and what he has done for all people of all races," said Sherika Dawood Mohamed, a 20-year-old Muslim woman.

"Our religion does not overlook sacrifice," she asserted.

"When we prayed for him it wasn’t based on religion, but the man he was and what he has done."

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