REVIVE ISLAMIC INTELLECTUAL LEGACY
By Burhani Muhunzi, SUMAIT University
Zanzibar, Chukwani, (SUN) – The SUMAIT University has been urged to be the torch bearer of the Islamic intellectual legacy to revive the lost historical importance of Zanzibar as a centre of Islamic scholarship in the Eastern and Central Africa.
Addressing the University Community here the visiting Al-Alamah Harith Swaleh al-Ammawiy from Mombasa Kenya, said the lost Islamic legacy of East African scholars who were based in Zanzibar should be restored by empowering youth to reach the highest levels of both secular and religious education.
Allamah Al-ammawiy who was in Zanzibar for a week-long visit urged the University to produce highly competent students whose highest intellectual capacities would not only be realized in Tanzania but also surprise top world universities including Harvard and Oxford.
“We need to change. There is no change without highly educated, competent and committed Muslims of diverse specializations”, Allama Al-Al-ammawy said and stressed the need to set up and seriously implement comprehensive specific strategies to reach the desired goals.
Allamah Al-ammawy (80+ years) who is well versed in secular and Islamic studies and whose journey of education history took him as far as the Sudan during colonial times emphasized that there is no separation between secular and religious education and strongly adding that students should be prepared spiritually and bodily to be good Muslims.
SUMAIT University which was in 2017 listed one of the top 31 and 200 universities in Tanzania and Africa respectively following the uniRank ranking, is the only University in Tanzania which provides detailed degree programmes in Islamic Studies.
Other programmes are Bachelor of Science with Education, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Arts with Education and Bachelor of Arts in Counseling Psychology.