People all over Africa claim that they believe there is a “God” who is the creator of all things and who is all powerful. But Islam teaches that one cannot truly know God or have a relationship with Him. Animism, which includes the belief that spirits inhabit inanimate objects, often displays its practices in whatever religion an African takes on.
The Zigua (zee-goo-ah) of Tanzania are a rural, agricultural people of over a half a million who live in the northeastern part of Tanzania. They are predominately Muslims, and although they claim to know God, they have never truly yielded their lives to their Creator. Islam has grown in strength and has brought a lot of confusion and resistance to the spread of the gospel, thus forcing some missionary personnel to relocate away from the Zigua.
“For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.” (Romans 1:21)