This is one of the symbols of Johannesburg's can do culture and deep sense of tolerance and encouragement of difference - it is not always like this!!. A devout Turkish businessman wants to build a replica of the Selimiye Mosque in Edirne, Turkey in the USA, but can't so does it in South Africa. Mandela asks him to include a clinic for the sick and poor in the area - so he does. Now the skyline of Midrand (so named because it is halfway between Johannesburg and Pretoria) is changes forever for the better with this place of worship and investment in faith and the future of South Africa - I much, much prefer it to the warehouses next door!!. There were no petitions (like in Switzerland) against minarets and no complaints (like in France and England) about the school. Instead all are welcome to visit and wander the corridors of the mosque and to sit and observe or participate in the prayers. And afterwards you can nip across to the restaurant where good Turkish food is served - an great Johannesburg lunchtime outing!
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