Muslims worldwide have mourned the death of Desmond Tutu, an international icon, anti-apartheid and human rights activist and freedom fighter, who gave his life selflessly to the struggle and freedom of all South Africans.
“The Muslim Council of Britain expresses its deepest condolences Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu, who passed away on the morning of 26 December 2021 in Cape Town at the age of 90,” MCB wrote in a statement online.
“The Archbishop was well known for work against apartheid in South Africa alongside Nelson Mandela, and was a lifelong advocate for human rights globally.”
The world awoke on Sunday, 26 December 2021, to the sad news of the passing on of Archbishop Tutu.
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.
Paying tribute to Archbishop Desmond Tutu, MCB Secretary General, Zara Mohammed said: “Archbishop Desmond Tutu was a model faith leader for our modern times. From his own faith tradition he spoke truth to power, fearlessly challenged injustice and sought reconciliation where possible.
“He was a brave voice for equality and against apartheid, whoever was the perpetrator. He will be sorely missed.
“He was a man whose good work will continue to benefit others long after him. His life is a reminder to us all that we can only build a better world for the common good with a compassionate heart and a just voice.”
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The South Africa’s Muslim Judicial Council is hailing Archbishop Desmond Tutu as a critical and moral voice during the struggle and post-apartheid democracy.
“Under the umbrella of the rainbow nation, he has made sure that in the struggle for liberation and in the name of justice, that other denominations are given an opportunity,” said Moulana Abdul Khaliq Allie – First Deputy President of the Muslim Judicial Council, Cape Talk reported.
“Be it from any other minority groups, including the Muslim community, he made sure that we were included or part of that particular struggle.”
Many other Muslim figures and groups have gone to the social media to pay respects to Tutu, a freedom fighter who lives his life to support Palestinians, fight Apartheid, and support justice.