Zanzibar?s Second Vice president Ambassador Seif Ali Iddi

Zanzibar?s Second Vice president Ambassador Seif Ali Iddi

?There are some clerics who claim to be good preachers of Islamic religion, yet they are for their own interests,? Mr Iddi said at a gathering to celebrate the birth of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

At the function held at Samael Academy/Rahman Mosque, Gombani-Chakechake, in Pemba Island, Amb. Iddi gave the call in the wake of recent mushrooming of youths getting involved in extremists groups abroad.

The second vice-president said that all people, regardless of religious differences, should get involved in discouraging extremism in Zanzibar.

Prophet?s Muhammad birthday is known as ?Maulid.? ?Unnecessary violence is not acceptable in Islam. We need peace and stability for our development including nurturing our children,? said Mr Iddi as he urged Muslims to follow the teachings of Prophet Muhammad and the Holly book of Quran.

Mr Iddi warned of the danger of wooing youths to join extreme groups on the pretext of defending Islam. He urged clerics not to mislead the young and subject them to great danger under the claims of promoting Islam principles.

Amb. Iddi commended the Samael Academy for organising the Maulid as Sheikh Said Abdulla Nassor from the college established in 2012 and thanked the government for support in developing the academy.

The Academy is involved in social development which include constructing water wells and boreholes and identifying and caring for orphans to live in decent environment for education in Madrassa schools.

?Since the start of the academy we have formed an umbrella of 95 Madrassa schools, and we have registered about 712 orphans. All children are taught in the schools including how to become good citizens,? said Sheikh Nassor.

He said bureaucracy and unnecessary queries on tax exemption at the ports on goods donated by development partners for the academy remain one of the challenges facing the college.

By ISSA YUSSUF, Tanzania Daily News

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