Posted on December 26, 2021
26 December 2021
South Africans awoke this morning, Sunday, 26 December 2021, to the sad news of the passing on of Archbishop Desmond Emeritus Tutu. An International Icon, Anti-Apartheid and Human rights Activist and Freedom fighter, who has given his life selflessly to the struggle and freedom of all South Africans.
His memories and contributions will be well lived in the minds and hearts of millions of South Africans and millions more throughout the world. A man humbled by conviction and belief who advocated for a democratic and just society that transcends the racial divide.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu was a friend of the Muslim Judicial Council (SA), who has shared many platforms with the late President of the MJC, Sh Nazeem Mohamed, during the Apartheid struggle.
The Muslim community of South Africa will remember him as one of the strongest voices and critics of Apartheid Israel. He is remembered for saying, “I have witnessed the systemic humiliation of Palestinian men, women and children by members of the Israeli security forces”. He also said in a statement, “Their humiliation is familiar to all black South Africans who were corralled and harassed and insulted and assaulted by the security forces of the apartheid government”
Bishop Tutu was a critical and moral voice during the struggle and post-apartheid democracy. He was a voice for the oppressed of this world and today we pay homage to this servant of humanity, a mighty warrior and an inspiration to those who fight the cause of humanity.
May his legacy and life live on in the hearts of all South Africans.
We express our sincere condolences to his beloved wife, Nomalizo Leah Tutu, his family and the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation.
Indeed to Allah we belong and unto Him is our return.