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Differing Opinions Between Muslim Clerics and Born Again Christian Pastor Over the Hijab of the President of the United Republic of Tanzania













Publisher: In-Sight Publishing

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Journal: African Freethinker

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Frequency: Once (1) per year (Circa January 1, 2023)

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Individual Publication Date: September 21, 2022

Issue Publication Date: January 1, 2023

Author(s): Isakwisa Amanyisye Lucas Mwakalonge

Author(s) Bio: Lucas is Assistant Editor African Freethinker/ (Tanzania), a Lawyer, an Advocate of the High Court of Tanzania, a Notary Public Officer and Commissioner for Oaths.

Word Count: 462

Image Credit: Isakwisa Amanyisye Lucas Mwakalonge.

Keywords: Born Again Christian, Faustin Munishi, hijab, Isakwisa Amanyisye Lucas Mwakalonge, Muslim, Samia Suluhu Hasan, United Republic of Tanzania.

*Please see the footnotes and bibliography after the article.*

Differing Opinions Between Muslim Clerics and Born Again Christian Pastor Over the Hijab of the President of the United Republic of Tanzania

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – East Africa.

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It has been a trending topic of discussion in social media in Tanzania as a result of the action of one Pentecostal church evangelist based in Nairob,i Kenya named as Faustin Munishi, in one of his preaching services through You Tube channel. Whereby, he did advise the president of the United Republic of Tanzania, her excellence Samia Suluhu Hasan, to stop her habit of using hijab to cover her head and hair while she executes her daily official duties. According to pastor Munishi, hijab is a symbol of Islamic religion, therefore, as a president, the act of using hijab to cover her head while performing presidential duties, it is like she is using such presidential platform to promote and spread Islamic religion. Furthermore, pastor Munishi stated that doing so is not good because the United Republic of Tanzania is a secular state. He additional urged that though people in Tanzania have a choice in faith and what to believe, but when a person is chosen to serve in the highest post in the nation like the presidency it is not advisable to put on some kind of clothes which may in one way or another link that particular individual to a certain religion or denomination because such situation may lead some citizens to start thinking that such concerned religion is being promoted through such highest office in the nation, while it is not the case.

On the other side, Muslim clerics in Tanzania in various occasions have come out and defending the habit of the president of covering her head with hijab. They insist that it is an Islamic good tradition that a woman head must be covered. The Muslim clerics in Tanzania encourages the president to continue to adhere to good Islamic standards which require women to cover their heads and hair with hijab.

All in all in these two opposing views, it can be settled that both sides have utilized their constitutional and human rights of freedom of expression be it to evangelist Faustin Munishi or the muslim clerics of Tanzania, and the right to freedom of religion and belief as well as the right of manifestation on what someone believes, together with the side of her excellence madam president, if hijab is part of Islamic teachings and instructions to believers, then madam president has all the rights to use it at whatever time she want because she is a muslim. Therefore, madam president has the right to manifest her religion at any place and at any time as her religion instructs.






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