Cape Town's gay mosque provides rare haven

Imam Muhsin Hendricks (C) leads the start of the Jumu'ah prayer at the Inner Circle Mosque, in Wynberg, on September 2, 2016, in Cape TownFriday prayers at the People’s Mosque in Cape Town looks like any other around the Islamic world, except in this South African city the imam is openly gay and the teaching promotes homosexual rights. It is a stance that provokes outrage from many Muslims, but Muhsin Hendricks has built up a small, loyal congregation by helping worshippers try to reconcile their sexuality and their religion. “There is this love-hate relationship from the Muslim community,” Hendricks told AFP.

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