Religion & Society Blog

Zimbabweans celebrate birthday of Prophet Muhammad

February 18, 2012
by Ibrahim Mpache and RelZim staff Eid Milad-Un-Nabi marks the birthday of Prophet Muhammad. It may seem strange to non-Muslims, but many Muslims do not believe in celebrating birthdays or death anniversaries because there is no historical evidence that Prophet Muhammad ever did this. Despite this, large numbers of Muslims do commemorate the birth anniversary of ...

Before I came to this church, my life was a mess and I was jobless

February 16, 2012
reprinted with amendments and additions from The Sunday Mail As early as 7 am on a Sunday morning, the City Sports Centre in Harare is already a hive of activity as people jostle to take seats for a church service. One might be deceived into thinking that the service is already ...

What is the difference between traditional herbs and muti?

February 15, 2012 by Joan Musikavanhu
Are muti traditional herbs or these are two different things? If there is a difference between the two which of them are Christians allowed to or, should I say, can use if need be? Can anyone spot the difference between the two? Who should be selling any of this stuff? ...

Rural churches launch Christian Union in Matobo

February 8, 2012 by Sindiso Moyo
A new Christian Union, known as Bidi Christian Union (BCU) was formed last year in Matobo, Matabeleland South Province. Local churches based in Bidi area demonstrated unity in the body of Christ when they came together to form the union, the first of its kind to incorporate all existing Churches ...

Sandra Ndebele: I go to church and I’m a Seventh Day Adventist

February 6, 2012
Some call her notorious. Some don’t mind her dance feats and fill up the venues like the Aquatic Complex in Chitungwiza where she shared the stage with Alick Macheso. In a recent interview with the Sunday Mail, Sandra Ndebele touched upon the topic of faith and mentioned several gospel projects in the pipeline. ...

Should Religious Venues be used for Secular Shows?

January 15, 2012 by Nonku Vundla
The past year or two has seen many international musicians coming into the Zimbabwe. A lot of these shows were held at venues that are also used for worship ceremonies. One such place is Celebration Center and last year the church came under fire for allowing a lot of crude ...

Rastafari in Zimbabwe Trust

January 14, 2012 by Nonku Vundla
The Rastafari community in Zimbabwe has been steadily growing over the past few years. The growth of the religion and the culture has led to the formation of the Rastafari in Zimbabwe Trust. I spoke to Ras Emmanuel about the trust and what it aims to achieve. What is RASZ ...

What type of Music is acceptable in Worship?

January 10, 2012 by Nonku Vundla
The term Gospel music has for me evolved through the years from the euro-centric idea of solemn hymns led by an immaculately robed church choir; sung to the accompaniment of an organ or piano.  The participation of the entire congregation in the singing was a momentous and welcome change as ...

Food & Religion (Part 1)

January 9, 2012 by Nonku Vundla
  Christians all around the world are going back on their diets after stuffing themselves with all kinds of goodies, as they celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ during the Christmas period.  Gifts were exchanged; families went on holiday, to church services and to parties.  However the universal aspect of ...

Views on the role of Mbuya Nehanda in Zimbabwean history (part 2)

January 5, 2012 by Nonku Vundla
Several weeks back we published a story about a second accident involving the Nehanda tree in Harare.One of our readers Dudu Masaiti had a lot to say in reaction to the story by our contributor Nonku Vundla. Below is her response to Mr Masaiti’s comment. With all respect due to me as ...
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