President Mwinyi calls for religious tolerance

15May 2021
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
President Mwinyi calls for religious tolerance

ZANZIBAR President Dr Hussein Ali Mwinyi has led Muslims in national prayers to celebrate Edi el Fitr , calling for religious tolerance urging them to abide by the teachings they received during the holy month of Ramadhan.

During the prayers which took place at Maisa grounds in Unguja Dr Mwinyi said the teachings by religious leaders during Ramadhan have helped to build unity and love among Zanzibaris.

He called upon Zanzibaris to unite and not allow themselves to be divided on religious  grounds.

The prayers were attended by various leaders including First Vice President Othman Masoud Othman, Second Vice President Hemed Suleiman Abdalla, retired President Amani Abeid Karume and retired Vice President Mohammed Gharib Bilal.

The leader hailed the respect shown by those who are not Muslims especially during the month of Ramadhan where they did not do things that were provoking others.

He said the situation has made Zanzibar to be one of the countries in the world with diverse religions but exist peacefully since the colonial era.

During the prayers, Dr Mwinyi a urged Muslims in Zanzibar to get prepared for Hijja in Mecca   as the government was preparing for an official communication from the Saudi Arabian government.

“Let me take this opportunity to inform Muslims with interest  to go for Hijja that we are waiting for directives from the government of Saudi Arabia following the outbreak of coronavirus,” he said.

Dr Mwinyi said the Saudi government has issued information on Hijja prayers on conditions that pilgrims have been be vaccinated against Coronavirus.

He said the government of Zanzibar will put in place conditions which will be in line with those of the Saudi government to ensure Muslims in Zanzibar participate in the prayers which is one of the key pillars of the religion.

Dr Mwinyi directed the Waqf and Trust Commission to finalise the establishment of a Hijja fund which will facilitate Zanzibaris to travel.

He said the fund is important because it facilitates Muslims who want to go to Hijja to do so without problems adding that such funds are available in countries with huge Muslims following.

For his part, the secretary for Zanzibar Mufti Shelkh Khalid Mfaume for being a leader who has managed to unite Muslims and other people who had grievances against others.

He named the political agreement which was reached in Zanzibar after the General Election  as a move that has removed politics of impunity in the Isles.

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