Faizel Patel, Radio Islam News - 04-12-2018
After receiving a proposal nine years ago for a Muslim prayer area, The South African National Parks (SANParks) has officially launched its first wudhu and salaah facility in the Kruger National Park.
Located at the Skukuza camp, the new musallah features separate areas for men and women to make wudhu and read their salaah.
SANParks says there are also plans in place for wudhu and salaah facilities to be set up at the Lower Sabie, Satara, Tshokwane and Afsaal camps.
The historic project which was initiated by the SANParks Honorary Rangers Johannesburg South branch cost about 850k with various donors contributing to the project.
SANParks Glenn Philips says everyone has the right to religious freedom in South Africa and the Kruger National Park is adapting to be inclusive of all faiths.
“There are going to be those out there that say what about other religions? If other religions come forward and feel that there’s a need for them to have a facility, we will sponsor that as well.”
SANParks Honourary Rangers Yusuf Dockrat has urged Muslims who visit the Kruger National Park to look after the new musallah.
“This is a place of worship and should be treated as such. We ask that adherence to the basic rules be followed for this facility. We should all take our responsibility to ensure that it’s kept need and tidy and in a pure state.”
SANParks say there are also plans to build wudhu and salaah facilities in other national parks.