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Sunday, May 1, 2016

HELP TO REDUCE A CATASTROPHY TO A VULNERABLE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY IN TANZANIA

Tanzania, is among the very few countries in the world known to be a “peaceful country,” despite the diversity of beliefs. However, in recent days, the increase of Islamic radical movements tends to cause trauma to non Muslims especially to the vulnerable Christian community. Of all societies in the land, Christian community is a more victim of the circumstance.

The government tries hard to either decrease or halt these movements, but some seems hard because they are from within designated to preserve the Islamic bigotry.

Constitutionally, Tanzania is a secular state whose constitution stipulates the right of every citizen to enjoy the freedom of worship.

Despite the constitutional right of worship, day after day we experience the series of chain of command to oppress, persecute and suppress Christians and Christianity, which sometimes mask as legal, while in the real sense they are under Islamic influence.

There are a handful of reports and evidences at our disposal, which range from social, political, religious and economic, which have been reported internally and externally, to justify these claims.
Radical Muslims claim superiority over all non Muslims as they cling to the teachings of Prophet Mohammad which encourages a Muslim to discriminate non-Muslims, especially Christians, oppress and suppress them regardless the status of the land.

 It reads: “It was narrated that Abu Hurairah (RA) said: Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) said, “Do not initiate the greeting with the Jews or Christians, and if you meet one of them on the street, drive him to the narrowest part of it.”   (Hadith No. 5661 (2167), Book of Salam, Sahih Muslim, Vol. 6).

There is an invisible organized effort by radical Muslims both civil servants and individuals to implement this doctrine of driving Christians to the narrow part in the land.Shut down churches  which operate overnight activities by authorities, is one of them. They do no care how much they disturb Christians emotion.

Abd Al-Masih the famous author and researcher of Islam and its teachings, he foresaw these movements in his book long before they came into existence, as he mentioned Tanzania being one of the targets.

Abd Al Masih writes,  “In countries where the majorities are Muslims, but where an Islamic State has not yet been formed, an Islamic reformation may occur, aiming to root out all reminders of Christianity and Western colonialism from the laws of the land. Indeed, there is potential for a revolution to overthrow the existing government with one that will implement the shariah.

In the Democratic Republic of the Sudan many Muslims demand that the sharia should again become the sole legal code of the country. Lebanon, Malaysia, Nigeria and Tanzania are examples showing the long-term political strife and trials involved in forming Islamic States. The majority of the populations in these countries are not Muslims. Despite this ratio, Christian leaders are removed from their positions of influence, one by one, and newspapers and other media increasingly, transmit Islamic propaganda. The atmosphere in these countries is often tense and explosive.”(Abd Al-Masih; Holy War In Islam,() pg . 55-56).  (Bold is mine).



Many victim church clergies, especially from minor churches, become mute to report the oppressions and suppressions they undergo from villains radical Muslims fearing of being harmed.

I now urge the Christian community to stand with the vulnerable Christians in Tanzania, first; prayerfully, second, Advocacy to demand equal rights by supporting the cost that will cover all the processing of filing the petition in the court of law. The total cost estimate is $7000.

Please may I ask you again to support this action financially. We would be glad to receive your support! 

With immediate effect! Please be free to let us know how you can be part of this important exercise.

This approach of petition in the court of law, worked to other Christians who were wrongly oppressed and falsely charged. We have their details in our hands.

We look forward to hearing from you; as you also convey this message to all other brethren in Christ!
If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” (1 Cor 12:26 (NIV)


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Friday, April 29, 2016

Tanzania: Proliferation of Churches Blamed for Noise Pollution





My sincere quote "

To eradicate in all its forms and ramifications all non-Muslim religions in member nations (such religions shall include Christianity, Ahmadiyya and other tribal modes of worship unacceptable to Muslims.”- Abuja Islamic  Declaration.



Hazla Omar,  Daily News 8th April 2016
Arusha — THE proliferation of many churches which undertake their activities throughout the night is said to be an emerging major problem in Arusha City. Arusha regional authorities have begun taking measures to halt the activities of these churches which create chaos to the city's tranquility at night.

Arusha Regional Commissioner (RC), Daudi Felix Ntibenda, has directed leaders at all levels of governance to warn owners of the churches that their night activities are a source of apprehension to many residents in the tourist city.

"I have received complaints from many people about the activities of the churches - especially the use of loudspeakers in residential areas," he said. "We have a problem in Arusha; almost everywhere nowadays someone erects a tent to establish a church.

For seven days of the week people are treated to noise pollution, It's bad," he said. He directed the local leaders to start working on the issue urgently to minimise noise pollution affecting the majority of Arusha residents during the night.

We can't just ban snooker (pool table) and drinking beer during the day and then allow people to make noise during the night," he explained. Ntibenda banned the sale of sachets of liquor (viroba), in groceries and shops.

"We have banned day time beer drinking in bars, but people have found another way of buying 'viroba' and mixing them with water or other drinks," he said. Meanwhile, Ntibenda has suspended the registration of new weapons until the ongoing exercise to verify people owning guns is completed.

"Once we resume another exercise of registering guns, the process will be different as applicants shall be compelled to start right from the village, ward and division levels before seeking clearance from other levels," he said.
                                           


                                         OUR STATEMENT
R C Ntibenda in his warning, never mentioned the use of loudspeakers five times a day on the high minaret from the Mosques as noise pollution, except a once a week (normally Fridays) overnight  prayers from the church. 

He further ordered leaders at all levels of governance to warn owners of the churches but not to Immams and Sheikhs owners of  the Mosques in the same city. This is bias and religious preference in the secular and diversity of belief like Tanzania.

Bear in mind that some of these leaders are Muslims and members of the Islamic radical groups who always yearn to implement the Abuja Islamic Declaration of 1989 to eradicate Christianity in their regions.

One article of the Abuja Islamic Declaration which align with the ban of the Arusha Regional Commissioner states:  To eradicate in all its forms and ramifications all non-Muslim religions in member nations (such religions shall include Christianity, Ahmadiyya and other tribal modes of worship unacceptable to Muslims.”

Tanzania became member of  The Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (O.I.C) and Islam in Africa Organization (I.A.O) in 1989 and later withdrew in 1993. 

To date, some Muslims struggle to influence the government authorities to re-instate the objectives of I.A.O as a stepping stone towards imposition of Shariah Law in the constitution.

One of the instrument to accomplish this mission is to use government leaders who are unaware of the Islamic agenda. In this, Christian community is the victim of the circumstance.

Tanzania is a secular state constitutionally.



Friday, April 22, 2016

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MUSLIMS CONDEMN PRESIDENT MAGUFULI FOR RELIGIOUS APPOINTMENT




Sheikh Khalifa  Khamis, Chairman of Immams in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, has condemned appointment of Ministers and Regional Commissioners by the President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Dr. John Magufuli as religiously and influenced by what he called “the Christendom system in Tanzania.”

Sheikh Khamis said the Christendom system logic is that the state decision-making and performance of government activities seen clearly oriented against the interests of the Muslim community. That is, wherever the government makes decisions, such decisions will be based on advice or pressure of the Christian community

Complaints against what in recent years has been known as the Christendom, an informal system that favored the Christians more and oppresses Muslims, are still elevating." He said and added;.

"Among the indicators of the presence of such a system in our country is divisive inequalities of titles of selection and employment in government based on the provision of social services, especially education, high participation of Christian community in planning and decision-making of the government activities than the Muslims community."

He further said, he would pick only 16 government parastatals and institutions as exhibit following the recently appointed Ministers of the Cabinet and Regional Commissioners by the President of the United Republic of Tanzania.

These 16 model of statistics of Government Parastatals and Institutions, reflects the typical of other institutions. About 4  out of 134 of Chief Executive Officers in 16 Government Parastatals and Institutions, are Muslims- 3%, while the rest 130 are Christians-97.01%
In a situation like this everyone can see how the government has failed completely to care of equal participation of civil society without considering the criterion of religion.” Weekly Muslim Newspaper “MIZANI” quoted Sheikh Khalifa  Khamis, Chairman of Immams in Dar es Salaam.

Announcing the new Cabinet at State House, Dr Magufuli said he decided to merge some of the ministries in line with his cost-cutting philosophy.

The appointment always comply with the constitution and self ability of the appointee, regardless his/her religion.

Tanzania is a secular state constitutionally; there fore there is no room for self interest including appointments.

For a long time radical Muslims in Tanzania yearn to see their fellow radical Muslims appointed as government officers in various decision making bodies, who will influence their interest and agenda of implementing the Extreme Islamic Shariah Law in the land, towards Caliphate regime. 

However, Tanzania enjoys a diversity of beliefs in the peace co-existence atmosphere.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

CHURCH PERSECUTION IN SOUTH AFRICA: PASTOR MUKHUBA LAMENTS



This is a speech by Pastor Mukhuba of The Unit Fellowship Church in Johannesburg, South Africa, as she was lamenting for the Persecution of Church in South Africa. She argued the entire Body of Christ in the land to stand together against those persecutions. This is what exactly she said:

 “Greeting Brethren in the Name of the LORD Jesus Christ. I’m here to talk to you about “The March for Jesus Christ” that is going to take place on Monday of 7th December, 2015 at 9 a.m. I want to talk to you about what this match is about. This match is the march by the body of Jesus Christ. We are going to be marching, meeting at Mary Fitzgerald Square, 122 Bree Street Newtown, Next to Museum Africa and Market Theatre, Johannesburg. We are going to assemble there and then after that we are going to march to the Office of the Premier of Gauteng, Honorable David Makhura.

The reason for the march is that we need to stand against the Persecution of the Church here in South Africa. We are seeing a lot of things happening that are against our Churches, against the Christian Churches, and it’s real worrying, because at the rate at which is going, if we do not say anything, soon we are not going to be allowed to worship our LORD freely, in this country.

And by the way the right to worship God is enshrined in the Constitution of South Africa. But these days we find that that is no longer respected. Many departments of our government are going against the very same things that are protected by our Constitution. That’s to worship our God.

I’m going to read from the Book of Esther chapter 3:8-11 NKJV “Then Haman said to King Ahasuerus, There is a certain people scattered and dispersed among the people in all the provinces of your kingdom, their laws are different from all other people’s and they do not keep the king’s laws. Therefore it is not fitting for the king to let them remain. If it pleases the king, let a decree be written that they be destroyed, and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver into the hands of those who do the work, to bring it into the king’s treasuries. So the king took his signet ring from his hand and gave it to Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the enemy of the Jews. And the king said to Haman, “The money and the people are given to you, to do with them as seems good to you.” 

This is something that happened a long time ago. There was a man who was against the people of God. And he decided that he was going to pay money into the king’s treasuries, so that he can be given permission to go and annihilate the Jews. He wanted to stop their existence. He wanted them to be killed all of them without mercy. That’s why he parted with money. He said there are people in this kingdom who are not observing the laws of the king. Who are not worshiping the way they should worship. There are people the way they should worship which is determined by the kingdom of that time. And he went to the extent of taking out money to pay for the lives of those people so that they could be killed

And it happened that he was given that permission. A decree was made that the Jews all of them should be killed. And when it was like that Mordecai, a Jew heard about it, and it real disturbed him. And queen Esther who was also a Jew, was a queen at that time to king Ahasueros. And it happened that Mordechai sent a word to queen Esther to pledge for the lives of the Jew. Queen Esther was afraid; she said that real you know Mordecai that not everybody is allowed to go before the king if they are not called. It’s a risk to their lives. And I’m going to read to you what Mordecai replied to what Esther said. I’m going to read to Esther 4:13-16 NKJV “And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: “Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews. For if you remain completely silent at this, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day, My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, who is against the law; and if I perish, I perish.” 

My brother my sister, you have heard what we have read here. These were terrible times for the Jews. They were about to be killed. And Mordecai had to go to Esther to say Esther you have to do something. The Jews are under attack here, you have to act, you have to go open your mouth to the king and convince him to protect the lives of the Jews. And when Esther was doubtful, Mordecai had to remind her that by the way you are also a Jew. Deliverance of the Jews can come from elsewhere, but don’t think that you at your father’s house are going to be spared. And Mordecai reminded Esther that who knows may be you are in the kingdom, you are in the palace for such a time as this. May be God put you where you are so that you can play role of serving the lives of the Jews from the hands of the enemy.

 How is this relevant to the state of things today, this is relevant to the state of things today because if you can look around the Christian church is sold to his enemies. It looks like the same thing happened is happening now. It looks like the church has to stop existing. Remember there, are those enemies who do not hesitate to pay money in order to get what they want. And now it is the time for servants of God, this is the time for Christians to stand up and speak and seek a help from God, and also to go and open their mouth to their rulers and the king and say that king spare our lives. If we do not stand up and we talk to our rulers and our government that we do not want what is happening, we are seeing the plenty of enemies about the church and we cannot keep quite. If we don’t do that, we are going to die. We are going to lose the freedom to worship. Our children won’t be allowed to call upon the Name Jesus Christ, and we won’t be allowed to leave the Christian life, We are going to perish, we are not going to have freedom to can worship our God the way He wants to be worshiped.

Many people are comfortable just going to the church and coming back from church and continue with their lives, but at the present stage things are not right.

To you who is listening to me right now it’s your time to go out and talk to our rulers that real you can stop us from worship God freely, you cannot stop us from reading the Bible, you cannot stop us from teaching our children the Ways of God.

We are at the time where the church of Christ is facing Persecution, where the Church of Christ is about to be stopped from existence.” Lamenting Pastor Mukhuba.

On my side the sincere quote of this kind of persecution is squeezing style and is not operating only in South Africa but worldwide with the most pressing in the continent of Africa.  

One of the mechanism which is used to oppress and persecute Christians is Secular Impulse oppression.
A lot has to be shed light to Church leaders and lay Christians on how to discern and undo this challenges as we do else where.
The Body of Christ world wide must immediately respond to this helard.
Pray for the Church in South Africa as She organizes How to Stand Strong Through This Storm.

 
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