"Urgently needed -- mutual inter-faith tolerance" by Makwaia wa KUHENGA
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The times they are a-changin' in long-peaceful Tanzania --
"It is the same Tanzanian society comprising of Muslims, Christians and pagans that have accepted a Sunday and Saturday as ‘resting’ days without resort or demand for a referendum or Constitutional amendment in conformity with the secular state. The Muslims have never pushed for a Friday as a ‘resting’ day. Muslims and Christians have since times immemorial lived together as brothers and sisters in this country.
"In neighbourhoods across the country, people celebrate respective religious holidays from Christmas to Eid-El-fitr together. A Christian will ensure his Muslim neighbour is comfortable on invitation for lunch or dinner by ensuring that chicken or any other animal had been slaughtered in accordance with his Muslim invitee’s rites.
"But in the intervening period, especially after the Muslim demand for the introduction of Kadhi courts and the possibility of Tanzanian membership to the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC), bad blood seem to have been infused in this seemingly happy Tanzanian society, which has before learned to live in mutual tolerance and sharing the cost for peaceful co-existence..."
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