Thursday, April 11, 2013

Muslim clerics meet to discuss friction in religions

From The Guardian

8th April 2013

Sheikh Khamis Mataka
The Foundation of Sheikhs and Islamic Scholars of Tanzania has said that religious leaders should put concerted efforts to ensure that lasting solutions are found for the ongoing religious intolerances in the country.
Secretary General of the Foundation of Sheikhs and Islamic Scholars of Tanzania Sheikh Khamis Mataka made the remark in a press conference in Dar es Salaam yesterday.
Mataka told journalists that the ongoing religious differences in the country should be addressed by all people in the country regardless of religious beliefs.
He said for many years Tanzanians have been living together in peace regardless of their religious beliefs but presently religion has became the subject and source of conflicts.
“It is high time for religious leaders from both religions to discuss and come up with an everlasting solution to these religious based conflicts,” he said. 
He said starting yesterday until today, a panel of Sheikhs and Islamic Scholars have been attending an internal meeting to discuss and reflect the development of religious relationships among the people in reference to the occurred events which indicate the disappearance of religious tolerance in the country.
He informed that, for the first time the country will be visited by the Secretary General of the Muslim World League (Rabita), Dr Abdullah Abdul Mohsin Al-Turki, who will be in the country for four days whereby, the former President who is also a dean of the Foundation of Sheikhs and Islamic Scholars of Tanzania, Alhaj Sheikh Ali Hassan Mwinyi will lead Muslims in the reception of the Secretary.
He said during his visit, the secretary will meet with Islamic leaders, exchange experiences and attend a forum on Islamic Culture in East Africa which will be held in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday whereas Vice President Dr Mohamed Gharib Bilal will be the chief guest.
The forum is expected to be attended by Islamic Scholars from the East African zone, other African countries, Mecca, Saudi Arabia and a special delegate from RABITA headquarters.   


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