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Tanzania: Christians Increasingly Worried As Islamism Spreads At Alarming Rate, Seeks To Impose Sharia Law Upon All

By John Newton and Eva-Maria Kolmann, ICN – “Islamisation is increasing at an alarming rate in Tanzania, according to a bishop from the country. Bishop Bernadin Mfumbusa of Kondoa warned that religious freedom and other civil liberties were under threat from intolerant radical Muslim influences sweeping in from countries neighbouring the east African nation.

Speaking to Aid to the Church in Need, the bishop said: ‘We see more and more itinerant preachers from Saudi Arabia and Sudan entering this country – and Muslims are increasingly making political demands.’

These demands include extending Islamic Shari‘a law and making everyone subject to it – Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Bishop Mfumbusa said: ‘In recent times there has been a constant demand to introduce Shari‘a into other parts of Tanzania which do not have a majority of Muslims.’

Shari‘a law is already in force in Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous archipelago with an almost completely Muslim population, but it does not apply to other parts of the country. The bishop said there were calls for Shari‘a, which currently applies in areas of civil law such as marriage and inheritance, to be extended to cover criminal law.

‘They claim that otherwise Muslims would be able to avoid the law by claiming not to be Muslim. To prevent this they say Shari‘a law must be made applicable to everyone,’ the Bishop said.

But, despite these demands to extend Islamic law, no more than 31 per cent of Tanzania’s 45 million inhabitants are Muslim according to Church sources. Christians make up more than half the population – including more than 12 million Catholics.

Bishop Mfumbusa described how the influence of radical Islam can be seen on the country’s streets. He said: ‘In many parts of the country more veiled women than in the past can be seen, among them small girls.'” Read more.

Flashback: Tanzania: Muslim Extremists Strike at Christians in Zanzibar, Destroy Churches – “Far from the world media’s gaze in remote islands off the eastern coast of Africa, church buildings are razed and Christians are ostracized and imprisoned for their faith – leaving one with a skin disease… ‘The Muslims are burning our church buildings quite frequently here in Zanzibar, but the government is not speaking against this kind of destruction of our church premises,’ Bishop Obedi said.” Read more.

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