THE Chief Sheikh, Mufti Sheikh Shaaban Issa bin Simba, has condemned recent Israeli atrocities against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip in which innocent men, women and children were killed.
"I strongly deplore the brutal killings which were perpetrated by Israel against the Palestinians," said Sheikh Simba in a press statement issued in Dar es Salaam.
The Mufti said he was greatly disturbed and saddened by the ongoing violence in which hundreds of innocent people have lost their lives, posing a security threat to Palestine and other countries in the region.
"I, therefore, call on national and international leaders, including the United Nations Security Council, to urgently look for a lasting solution to the Palestine problem," he said.
He added that the National Muslim Council of Tanzania (Bakwata) has always been in the forefront in support of the Palestinian people, who are Muslims and Christians, in their struggle to attain a Palestine nation.
"I wish to thank all who, in one way or another, have facilitated a stop to the senseless spilling of blood in the region. I wish to particularly hail the Egyptian government's diplomatic efforts, through their president and prime minister, to bring about a truce.
"It is upon the international community and all peace-loving people to continue putting pressure on the Israeli government to cease persecuting and oppressing the Palestinian people," Mufti Simba said. He called on Muslims in the country to stay calm and pray for the dead and wish the injured fast recovery.
The head of the Muslim community in the country also urged Muslims to pray for people in various difficulties during the three-day Muharram fast. "Let us remember in our prayers the Palestinians and our Rohingya tribe kindred who are facing persecution.
But let us at all time abide by our Muslim New Year's motto: 'Islam is humility, Islam is law-abiding and Islam is solidarity'," the Mufti said in the statement.