No kissing in Zanzibar say Islamists

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ZANZIBAR, Tanzania (Reuters) — Islamist groups in Zanzibar are worried by what they see as increasingly inappropriate behaviour by Western tourists, saying their actions offend the Indian Ocean islands' conservative Muslim culture.
The organizations are also concerned about the spread of bars on the islands off mainland Tanzania, whose beaches and coral reefs make it a haven for honeymooners.

"Tourists should not indulge in sex acts or kiss openly, this is not something that people can accept," Farid Hadi, chairman of the Zanzibar Imams' Association (Jumaza), said on Wednesday.

"Every society has norms to be respected. We want a law that stipulates that while tourists are accepted, there are standards that forbid wearing very short dresses in public.

"In Islam non-Muslims can pursue their ways provided that, when doing so, they keep to themselves in a segregated manner."

Abdallah Said Ali, Secretary of the Society for Islamic Awareness, (UAMSHO), says the courts tend to side with the tourist industry's argument that too strict an interpretation of laws controlling alcohol sales are bad for business.

"When we tried to take legal action against one bar on those grounds we failed, and we were told we were trying to destroy the economy," he said.

Tourism is the second biggest foreign exchange earner for Zanzibar, but is expected to increase in importance because of the collapse of the islands' clove export trade due to a fall in prices caused by global oversupply.
Reference the Bold bit highlighted above.

I love the logic of it all. May be we should start segregation, oh, hang on, we'd be racist.......
 
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Zanzibar as a whole needs diversity training.....whoops sorry only white christian countries need that :roll:
 
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We need to learn more tolerance, to the extent of conforming to Islamic standards, it's the Muslim tolerance dream! That'll satisfy them.....................
 
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It's always been the case in Zanzibar; I suppose the spread of touristi facilities into the areas previously regarded as traditional (Stone town and thereabouts) is what has generated this. Unfortunately a lot of said touristis arrive on the island badly briefed about the local political and religious atmosphere. The people are more Arab than Swahili and overwhelmingly Muslim, unlike the mainland. Still a brilliant base for a bit of deep-sea fishing leave. Go to the Eastern side.
 
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Zanzibar.........Britains shortest and most successful war. Sometime in the 19th century Sultan of Zanzibar got uppity so sent a gunboat [those wer the days!] Fired opening salvos and he proptly surrendered......like a good chap should
 
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No problem with this myself. You go to a different country, you show a bit of respect for their culture.

Been to Zanzibar a few years ago and it was fantastic. Very much recommend it.

...and dont come back with 'they dont show any respect when they come to our country...'. :roll: Do as you would be done by! :D
 

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Wasn't Freddy Mercury from Zanzibar? ;)

He said he wanted to break free, and lucky for him he did. I'm not sure how they would have taken to him prancing about in tights!!!

;)
 
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FunkyNewBlood said:
..."In Islam non-Muslims can pursue their ways provided that, when doing so, they keep to themselves in a segregated manner." ...
Reference the Bold bit highlighted above.

I love the logic of it all. May be we should start segregation, oh, hang on, we'd be racist.......
Oh oh oh!! Can we can we can we pleeeeeease? Pretty please with a razor wired enclave on top??

How about the opposite then when in a non-Muslim country they dress like the locals and act like the locals? Can I claim they are 'disturbing the peace' when the mullah warbles at stupid o'clock? Like fcuk I would be allowed :roll:
 
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mizkrissi:
...they are 'disturbing the peace' when the mullah warbles at stupid o'clock...
Purely out of interest, do the mullahs do this in the UK/Oz/anywhere else in the Western world? I get woken most mornings at sunrise by a chorus of them, all trying to out-holy each other, but don't remember hearing it in the UK, even thought there are mosques all over the place now.
 
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exile1 said:
Zanzibar.........Britains shortest and most successful war. Sometime in the 19th century Sultan of Zanzibar got uppity so sent a gunboat [those wer the days!] Fired opening salvos and he proptly surrendered......like a good chap should
just to continue the aside, we sent him a bill for the cannonballs afterwards. No joke. :lol:
 
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Whiskybreath said:
mizkrissi:
...they are 'disturbing the peace' when the mullah warbles at stupid o'clock...
Purely out of interest, do the mullahs do this in the UK/Oz/anywhere else in the Western world? I get woken most mornings at sunrise by a chorus of them, all trying to out-holy each other, but don't remember hearing it in the UK, even thought there are mosques all over the place now.
No, they are not allowed to by law. Noise control regs or something, I think.

Heard this story from a former Anglican bishop for the Gulf. Maggie Thatcher was speaking to the president of Saudi Arabia at the time and he asked her when the adhan (call to prayer) would ring out over London. Her answer: 'When church bells can be heard over Riyadh.'
 
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Don't know about the UK but out here near where I am yes they do and there have been multiple complaints lodged about it even going so far as to say "can you at least turn the fcuking amp down if you are going to keep doing it". They just got any court orders etc overruled claiming freedom of religion. They did, however, decide to make themselves a little more community friendly when someone went and bombed the mosque for them.


...not that I endorse the actions of those involved at all...
 

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