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The Secretary-General of Muslim World League (MWL), Dr. Abdullah Al-Turki visited the Foundation of Tanzanian Ulema in the wake of his tour to Tanzania and was received by the office-bearers and members of the Foundation.
In his welcoming speech, the former Tanzanian Minister of Economy and Advisor of the Foundation Mr. Eidi Mohammad Simba explained that Islam has come for the benevolence and betterment of mankind, and the world has realized this fact recently.
He said that due to keen interest of Islam in both spiritual and physical aspects of life, the Foundation of Tanzanian Ulema seeks to achieve these two noble ends by focusing on the economic as well as spiritual development in the future.
He said that Islamic history is full of examples on good behavior with non-Muslims, and Islam has set a great example of good behavior.
He added that in reality we see differences between Muslims themselves as well as with others, that is why the Foundation tries to hold dialogue with Muslims and followers of other faiths.
He concluded that the Foundation strives to achieve its objectives, believing that economic development and enhancement of economic resources are most important and necessary.
After that, the MWL Secretary-General delivered a speech in which he thanked everyone for the good reception given to him and his delegation. He said that the MWL is an international institution which is keen to serve Islam and Muslims.
He said that Islam always gives emphasis to the physical and spiritual development, stressing that there should be communication and coordination among religious institutions and government officials so that the institutions can work with clarity and openness.
He added: "We are happy to know that the Foundation of Tanzanian Ulema has great aspirations for Islamic work in Tanzania, as it has devised a strategy that includes various aspects of economic and spiritual development."
He said that when this Foundation in Tanzania succeeds, it will be a good example for Islamic work in Africa, as it is rare to find one Institution that is engaged in the Islamic work in a country and at the same time, it is unfortunate to see that there are disunity and dispute among the institutions which leads to adverse results.
He added: "We should not look for scapegoats from outside and blame others for our problems and shortcomings, as Africa is full of potentials and it only needs self-reform and development."
He concluded that it is nice to see a foundation whose chairman is the former president of the country and whose advisor is a former economy minister, and its members include the Ulema of Tanzania, and its focus is on development and future plans, and all this is an indication of good administration of the Foundation and it is expected to achieve good results.
After that, Sheikh Ahmed Al-Zubair, an eminent Islamic scholar of Tanzania addressed the meeting and said that percentage of Muslims is high in Tanzania but it is unfortunate to seen them away from leading positions in the government offices and educational institutions.
Sheikh Ahmed Al-Msawi , a prominent Tanzanian scholar said that the MWL has opened its door of cooperation and we are at its disposal to serve any thing that benefits the Muslims.
On his part, Professor Jummah Jumbo, a leading scholar of Tanzania explained that the Islamic Institutions realize their responsibilities and they expect fruitful outcomes from the visit of the MWL Secretary-General.
At the end, Sheikh Khamis Mtaka highlighted that the Foundation of Tanzanian Ulema was keen to cover both aspects of administration and field work. He said that the Foundation is comprised of all Ulema, Sheikhs and scholars of Tanzania including the former President of State as well as the former Minister of Economy.