Many people in East Africa and even the whole continent may be admiring and engrossed in the life of the Tanzanian power couple but certainly not one Muslim cleric.
‘Tiffah was born in sin’ Top Sheikh condemns Diamond and Zari's marriage
Sheikh Salum who is a top Muslim leader in Dar es Salaam has instead condemned the two for siring children without formally binding their union as is customary and required by Islamic regulations.
Sheikh Alhad Moussa Salum is not impressed at all by the union between the two top showbiz stars in Tanzania and the region.
Diamond and Zari all identify with Islam as their religious faith and are thus expected to adhere to its requirements.
Speaking to a local Tanzania media house Global Publishers, the Sheikh accused the couple of fornication saying they have no formalized their marriage and worse still they are having children out of wedlock which is not only sinful but also places the children at risk of missing out on their parents inheritance according to Islamic traditions.
“Niseme tu kwamba hili si kwa Diamond na Zari tu bali kwa wote wanaofanya zinaa. Dini ya Kiislam inaeleza kuwa, kuzini ni dhambi. Hivyo kitendo cha Diamond kuendelea kuzaa nje ya ndoa hatakuwa na tofauti na wanyama wengine ambao nao wanazaliana bila kufunga ndoa.
(Diamond’s habit of siring children with Zari, without being in a formal union, is wrong. Human beings, unlike animals, are expected to sire or conceive children only after exchanging vows in a ceremony officiated by a religious leader. Otherwise, we would be committing a sin,”)
Sheikh Alhad Salum even offered to officiate the whole ceremony free of charge saying it is not a lengthy or demanding issue.
“Tofauti ya binadamu na wanyama kama mbuzi, ng’ombe au nguruwe ni kwamba, sisi tunatakiwa kuzaliana baada ya kufunga ndoa, kinyume chake tutakuwa tunapata dhambi.
“Halafu sasa tukio la kufunga ndoa wala halichukui muda mwingi na halina gharama kubwa. Ni suala la wahusika kumtafuta tu shehe, anakuja anatia ubani kisha mnaendelea na maisha yenu. Kama ni kutumia pesa itakuwa ni elfu hamsini tu au laki moja.
“Labda niseme tu kwamba, hata mimi kama kweli wamedhamiria kufunga ndoa, niko tayari kuwaozesha bure kabisa, nitaweka gari yangu mafuta kuwafuata popote, wao wajipange tu wakiwa tayari wanitafute.”
Here is the video of the sheikh speaking
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