Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: Educated Muslim Women Challenged to Know Their Religion

EDUCATED Muslim women have been urged to study their religion in order to understand their role in the society.

Addressing the 5th Welcoming Ramadhan Conference in Dar es Salaam on Sunday, the Tanzania Muslim Professionals Association (TAMPRO) chairman, Sheikh Mussa Mziya, said educated women should play a leading role in educating their fellow women for social development.

"Our societies are facing a number of challenges, including outdated norms and traditions which undermine women. Thus there is a need for educated ones to help fellow women to prevent such outdated norms," said Sheikh Mziya.

This year's Welcoming Ramadhan Conference, which goes under the theme, 'Women: the Power behind Community Prosperity' focused on the challenges facing Muslim women as daughters, mothers, wives and professionals.

According to Sheikh Mziya, the Islam faith directs women to be educated because educated women have great influence in promoting the development of their families.

He said social activists with negative perception on the religion, especially pertaining to women, should read the Holy Quran, saying understanding the religion would help them to differentiate between Islam and Muslim.

"For one to be able to differentiate between Islam and Muslim, you must read Islam which is featured in the Holy Quran to understand better the position of a woman," he said.

He attributed moral decay to lack of involving women in development plans and policymaking bodies in the society, adding that despite man being the family leader Islam recognizes woman as the power behind social development.

Sheikh Mziwa noted that the Welcoming Conference has been taking place the last Sunday of the Muslim month of Shaaban every year and that the event has provided Muslims with solutions in various issues, including poverty.

"This year's conference has discussed the role a Muslim woman should play to promote social development in different sectors," he said. Ends Policeman sues govt demanding 400/- compensation By FAUSTINE KAPAMA POLICE Constable (PC) Hillary Mambya has given the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs 90 days to pay him a sum of 400m/- compensation for injuries he allegedly suffered for being wrongly prosecuted in a criminal case. Through his counsel, Kings Law Chambers, PC Hillary also demands to be reinstated to his position which he held before his prosecution as he was not terminated and that he should be paid back salaries, allowances and other employment benefits from the date of his arrest to date. "Take further notice that failure or default of complying with this demand notice within the prescribed time, we have further strong instructions to institute legal proceedings with heavier claims at your own peril without further notice," the demand note dated June 12, 2013, reads in part. The demand note further states, "As a matter of courtesy, we suggest that you make urgent contact with our client or our office to make suitable arrangements for the timely liquidation of the liability." It is alleged that on December 6, 2009, PC Hillary was assigned to guard alone at night time a Tanzania Postal Bank branch along Mkwepu Street. At midnight, while on duty, the policeman saw a motor vehicle forcing its way towards the bank with some passengers inside screaming for help. The police officer then ordered the driver to stop, but the driver allegedly drew a pistol and pointed at him. Sensing that the man could be a bandit, PC Hillary, who was armed with a sub-machine gun, fired into the air to alert nearby police officers and other security personnel. However, the driver escaped and ran away. Next day when he went to report the matter to Central Police Station, he was locked up in a cell. He was later charged with threatening to kill an Arab national, a businessman, in the Ilala District Court. The prosecution produced three witnesses during the trial, but on February 18, this year, the court dismissed the charges and acquitted the police officer for lack of evidence. The court held that the allegations against him were baseless. "Since the date of judgment to date, your good office has not taken any action to determine the fate of our client, who is your employee," the demand note, also copied to the Attorney General, Inspector General of Police and Regional Police Commander, Dar es Salaam Special Zone, further states.

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