Muslims Association of Malawi (MAM) has condemned the attack of Group Village Headman M’bodo of Rumphi for embracing Islam.
Press reports indicate the 89-year-old chief was attacked by one of this subjected for giving land to be used for the construction of a Mosque.
He is battling for his life in hospital and police spokesman for Rumphi Victor Khamisi confirmed the incident.
Spokesperson for MAM, Sheikh Dinala Chabulika, strongly condemned the attack of the chief, saying victimising Muslim converts is “unacceptable.”
“There is need to tolerate each other as Malawi Constitution guarantees freedom of worships,” said Chabulika.
He no religion is superior to the other.
Sunday Times newspaper which reported about the attack of the chief also published an editorial comment condemning the incident in Rumphi.
It said religious conflicts elsewhere are highly emotive matter and can easily escalate into open warfare if not dealt with expeditiously.
The paper also faulted police to sit “cross-legged” under the guise of conducting investigations, waiting for the victim to recuperate to interview him, saying it is a testimony that policing standards have fallen and crime has found “fertile ground” on which it has thrived.
The paper declared ‘there is no place for religious bigotry’ in Malawi.
Meanwhile, Sheik Chabulika has encouraged the Muslims to continue the observance of the holy month of Ramadan, a period marked by intense prayer, dawn-to-dusk fasting and good deeds.
Muslims believe Ramadan to be the month in which the first verses of the Quran, Islam’s Holy Book, were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad more than 1 400 years ago.
The 30 days of fasting are expected to end on July 6 upon the sighting of the moon.
As one of the five pillars of Islam, fasting is obligatory for all healthy Muslims – a test of patience and endurance whilst refraining from eating and drinking from dawn till sun-set.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :