Muslim youth questions Botswana's worship freedom

SEROWE: Osegofaditswe Mubarak, a local Muslim residing in Serowe, says Muslims practicing in Botswana are not really free to do so and are becoming increasingly marginalised.

Mubarak says the gap between Christianity and Islam is increasing and he has been affected by this.He believes being a Muslim in Botswana is torturous because Botswana is a Christian country guided by Christian principles, system and morals.Mubarak was raised in a Christian family, but became curious about Islam as he grew up and he eventually decided to learn about it and eventually converted to Islam Aged 25 from a family of three, they initially took his choice to practice Islam as a joke. But things have changed now and his family encourages him to follow his heart.

He said he interpreted Christian teachings to be promoting self interest, with most of the teachers becoming richer and richer by the day, while their followers  were growing poorer,  something he said does not happen in Islam.He mentioned that in Islam, there is a strong support system where everyone is concerned about helping each other and closing the gap between the poor and the rich. Everyone is equal and treated as such regardless of their social status, he said.

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