Addressing the national level Eid el Hajj Baraza which at Langoni grounds Urban West region’s A district, Dr Shein said the progress being made in various sectors of the economy have been possible because of the peaceful environment.
“We hear sad stories of countries that have lost peace. Residents of those places cannot engage in productive activities because of chaos. Even the faithful cannot pray,” he told the gathering.
He said the peace being enjoyed in the country is a gift from God that all Tanzanians have the responsibility to protect because history shows that once peace is lost, it is very expensive to regain it.
Dr Shein noted that Tanzania as a whole and Zanzibar in particular has in recent years been recording steady economic growth which must be maintained by ensuring that the conducive environment is not disrupted.
“As people live in harmony, they work hard, create wealth and enable the government to collect taxes for development projects that create basic services such as infrastructure, healthcare and education,” he explained.
President Shein noted that his government has done a lot to improve the welfare of workers as evidenced by the fact that civil servants can afford to go for Hajj as opposed to yesteryears when it was only possible after retirement with pension money.
He said this year, 2,500 Tanzanians performed Hajj including 1,700 pilgrims from Zanzibar. Hajj is the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca which all Muslims are expected to make at least once during their lifetime if they can afford it, as the pilgrimage is one of the five pillars of Islam.
“We are thankful that our colleagues managed to fulfill this important prayer because many fail to do so because of costs,” he said.
Dr Shein challenged well-to-do Muslims who have not yet performed Hajj to drop all manner of excuses they give and do the right thing.
He used the opportunity to extend his condolences to families and friends of victims of the oil tanker and fire disaster which claimed at least 70 lives in Morogoro municipality at the weekend.
President Shein said Zanzibaris have joined their fellow Tanzanians in morning the deaths and are praying for quick recovery of the survivors so that they can resume their nation-building activities.