The population of Muslims in Zimbabwe is 2%; there are two main immigrant groups of Muslims who have settled in Zimbabwe. The first came from Asia, from the countries of India and Pakistan while the second group is the Yao people who immigrated from Malawi.
There are over 40 Mosques and 8 Islamic study Centres in Zimbabwe. The oldest Mosque was constructed in 1927 in the Harare CBD. Overall, there are 18 mosques in Harare alone, with the largest accommodating up to 2000 worshipers.
There are 8 Mosques in Bulawayo and several others in surrounding rural areas. The Muslim community has expanded its outreach efforts with the aid of the Kuwaiti-sponsored African Muslim Agency (AMA).
The Kwekwe Mosque is a centre for Islamic instruction and the headquarters of the Zimbabwe Islamic Mission (ZIM).
Both ZIM and the African Muslim Agency (AMA) have had increased success among the black indigenous population, in part because of their humanitarian projects in rural areas. Some chiefs and headmen in the rural areas have reportedly converted to Islam. Several scores of young black Zimbabweans have been given school fees while brighter ones are offered scholarships to go and study abroad in Islamic countries. In Waterfalls, there is a centre where refugees from Somalia and locals can get help in their studies.
WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT?
The church in Zimbabwe needs to wake up to the reality that Muslims are determined to get as many converts as possible and this must be dealt with.
There is an urgent need to teach about Islamization in theological training curriculums and to equip existing church leaders and believers on how to counter this fast-rising trend in Zimbabwe and Africa at large.
The church has been missing in the community while Muslims and other religious groups use the Church’s absence to their advantage, meeting the felt needs of people. The Church must rise up against the spread of Islam and play our part in reaching people and showing them God’s love before Muslim influence takes our place.
- Let us begin in prayer by asking God to give us a heart filled with love and compassion towards Muslims.
- Pray that Muslims will have a full revelation of the true God and His loving character.
- Pray for missionaries to rise up and reach out to the Muslim community in Zimbabwe.