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Muslim Cleric Dawood Sampson Must Be Axed

There have been calls made by members of the Islamic faith in South Africa for the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) and a range of women’s rights advocates, to engage in a conversation about issues of misogyny. The video by Sampson has gone viral across social media platforms shows the Parkwood cleric comparing men and women to cocks and hens.

Imam Dawood Sampson
A Western Cape Muslim cleric, Imam Dawood Sampson has landed in hot water after his derogatory utterances in a video demeaned women.

Sampson goes on to parody subjects of marriage, polygamous relationships and also his upcoming nuptials to his second wife. Maulana Sampson in one video has stated: “If there are men who still got it, then get yourself a love bird. You can have, like a cock has two-three hens, come on men, we are cocks and get those hens.” In another video, promoting a 10-week “marriage course with a difference”, Sampson said “a wife is cute when she is mute and a husband is honey when he gives money”.

Professor Aslam Fataar describes Dawood’s video and utterances as “indecent, vile and misogynistic language”. His comments have since sparked outrage from both men and women around the country who are calling for Moulana Sampson to be suspended. Sharing his views with Newsbreak Lotus is Professor Aslam Fataar of the Stellenbosch University. He says his immediate reaction to Moulana Sampson’s post was one of anger and explains further in this podcast.

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You can watch Dawood Sampson’s apology which was rejected by many, go here. A group called Men Against Misogyny in the Muslim community are calling for Dawood’s head to roll. An open letter by 23 signatories, include Judge Siraj Desai and Ebrahim Rasool who say they “unreservedly condemn the indecent and vile misogynistic language” of Sampson. The letter states, “We call for the suspension of the Maulana from his position as imam at his mosque until he has been part of a re-education process that involves speaking to women’s advocates that will allow him to understand how his words and deeds have caused harm to women.”

It is believed that Maulana Dawood Sampson has taken a leave of absence and is not conducting interviews.

Source inputs: Newsbreak Lotus | Cape Times

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