The African nation of Angola has reportedly become the first country to ban Islam and Muslims, reports On Islam.
Concerning the ban, Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos said Sunday:
“this is the final end of Islamic influence in our country.”
Angola’s ban was first announced when Angolan Minister of Culture, Rosa Cruz e Silva said:
“the process of legalization of Islam has not been approved by the Ministry of Justice and Human rights, their mosques would be closed until further notice.”
Silva reportedly said the ban was necessary since Islam is “contradictory to the customs of Angola culture and IT’S A SECT”.
Angola’s population of 16 million is predominantly Christian, with only 80,000-90,000 Muslims, the majority of whom are migrants from West Africa and families of Lebanese origin, according to the US State Department.
The crackdown on Islam comes as Christians in the Middle East are being forced out from Muslim countries.