Although the majority of Tanzania’s population is Christian, recent years showed an increase of political Islam, initially at the Zanzibar Archipelago – a group of islands belonging to Tanzania. The Islamist separatist group called the Association for Islamic Mobilization and Propagation (UAMSHO) has used Zanzibar as a springboard to establish a new Muslim state. The idea of a new Islamic state gains popularity among Muslims, even on the mainland. Currently, a constitutional review process –which includes the position of Islam in Tanzania, is underway. Within this context, it is not sure if the Tanzanian church sufficiently realizes that the observed dip in Christian persecution (in comparison to last year) could very well be of a temporary nature, and could easily intensify if the current constitutional review process fails.
- Praise God that there has been improvement in Tanzania for Christians overall in the past year.
- For protection for Christians and church leaders on the Zanzibar islands.
- Some teachings in local Mosques and Madrassas are still negative about Christianity, and lay the groundwork for lasting negative attitudes towards Christians. Pray that the leaders will have a real encounter with Jesus.