The Muslim Council of Tanzania (Bakwata) has asked the government to form a special commission comprising religious leaders to explore the increasing religious animosity in the society. Speaking during the Maulid Baraza in Dar es Salaam yesterday, the Bakwata secretary-general, Sheikh Suleiman Lolila, said the commission should investigate and come up with the source of religious antagonism. He said the commission was important now if the country was to contain the situation before it got out of hand. "Towards, during and after last year's General Election we witnessed incidents of religious divisions which do not augur well with the country's unity. We need to get to the bottom of this if we want to sustain the unity we have," said Sheikh Lolila. The Baraza was officiated by retired President Ali Hassan Mwinyi. Mr Lolila said after establishing the cause of the religious animosity the commission should also come up with recommendations on what should be done to contain the situation. "We should contain this situation if we need to remain peaceful... the situation is not promising at all and we should all play our part to solve it," he stressed. Sheikh Lolila also told the gathering that two small committees formed to oversee the process of establishing Kadhi Courts have already completed their work and handed their reports to the government. "It is our hope that after that stage the government will act accordingly... therefore, we expect that Kadhi Courts will be established in the country in the near future," said Sheikh Lolila. On the writing of the new constitution, he said Bakwata supports the move to form a special committee that would collect views from across the country. However, he said, Bakwata was against the decision to use the Parliament to write the new constitution. Elaborating, he said because constitution was important to all people, every Tanzanian should be given a chance to participate in its formulation and not only a few MPs. "Let all people be given a chance to participate in the process of writing the new constitution. Comments from every Tanzanian should form the basis of the content of the new law," he stressed. Meanwhile, presiding on Maulid celebrations on Tuesday night, the Vice President, Dr Mohammed Gharib Bilal, called for unity among Muslims in the country. He urged them to emulate the life of Prophet Mohammed SAW whose teachings direct them to be loyal and love one another. "Prophet Mohammed SAW is our main centre of ethical knowledge. We, Muslims, are duty bound to always resort to him when we experience ethical dilemma in our societies. We have been experiencing moral decay in the society," he said. Dr Bilal said the crime against humanity, targeting children and women was a result of moral decay in the society. He therefore urged people to turn to religion to heal the situation. He reminded them that the solution to such problems lies with cooperation among them, cherishing peace, harmony and unity. He warned that there was no peace in an area where people do not respect each other. "In such a big gathering I see it fit for me to insist on the need to embrace unity and love among ourselves. God will not bless us if we live in enmity," he stressed. He urged them to improve their relationship with people of other religious beliefs."When you debate with them, please do so amicably as we have been directed by the Almighty," he said.He applauded ongoing efforts by religious leaders in Dar es Salaam Region who met recently and discussed extensively their role in peace building. "This is something which needs to be sustained for the sake of peace and tranquility," he pointed out. He stressed on the need for believers to educate themselves on the Muslim faith as well as secular education to make them handle the daily challenges in life. "Our religious teachings stress that we should embrace both types of education, religious and secular... we are required to seek education even from China which is very far from here," he said. The celebrations held at Manyema Mosque in Kariakoo were also attended by various leaders, including retired President Alhaj Ali Hassan Mwinyi.