Ben Phiri urges Islamic university alumni  to utilize education to transform Malawi: Donates K1 million

Malawians who attain college and university education should be in the forefront in effecting social changes in their respective communities if the nation is to gain from their academic endeavour, according to senior member of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Dr Ben Phiri.

Phiri with alumni of Islamic University

Phiri with alumni of Islamic University

Phiri(right) with alumni of the Islamic University

Phiri(right) with alumni of the Islamic University

Dr Ben Phiri speaking at the Ramadan convention for Islamic university students

Dr Ben Phiri speaking at the Ramadan convention for Islamic university students

Phiri said this  during the thirs  Ramadhan Convention for Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU) Alumni in Zomba on Saturday.

The long serving aide of President Peter Mutharika,  who was guest of honour at the event, centred his address on how academic excellence must translate to tangible development in transforming livelihoods.

“The world suffers from various diseases of all sorts both physical and of the mind.  All these lead to social injustices thereby affecting humanity. However,  even in the midst of such setbacks our academic achievements should suffice to offer lasting solutions. The world needs our energy,” he said.

Phiri,  an academic achiever himself with a Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership Management, likened the aforementioned energies to Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) whose impact has lived on for many generations.

“If the Prophet himself had not pushed on with his vision from the Almighty Allah, then things could have been different.

“Despite setbacks Prophet Muhammad knew that to achieve the vision he had to remain focused and true to his principles. The best way to honour your university accolades is by pressing on with your vision to transform society,” he said.

Dr Phiri also observed that for Malawi to develop there is need for mindset change especially on subsidies and welfare programs.

“Just because we are used to receiving subsidized services  from government we have come to think that things should remain that way for generations. We cannot develop well as a nation with this tendency.

“ For instance, it is interesting how people who can manage paying fees in millions at private hospitals become jittery when asked to pay a little something upon being referred to public hospitals by private doctors,” he noted while emphasizing that too many government subsidies will only make Malawi more poorer.

As a way of  boosting the activities of IUIU Alumni, Phiri gave the group a gift of K1 million.

Speaking earlier, Chairperson of the Alumni grouping, William Ishmael Lapukeni, said the purpose of the discussions at the convention is to discuss social and economic aspects of life affecting the Muslim community in the country.

He added that on top of diagnosing the challenges the group come up with interventions that can ably address the issues in a timely manner as possible.

This year’s theme for the convention was “Transforming the Muslim Vision towards Social Economic Development”.

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21 thoughts on “Ben Phiri urges Islamic university alumni  to utilize education to transform Malawi: Donates K1 million”

  1. Apoche says:

    I like you Ben. You are such an awesome person

  2. Mmalawi sazatheka says:

    @ Winston Nsowoya….what it wrong with you. what is wrong with establishing an Islamic university in Malawi. does it mean that it will enroll muslim student only. y do we hav muslim students at catholic university?. is it wrong? by the way did Muhammad tell you that he is in competition with Jesus. who told you that Malawi is a Christian Nation? why do you want to divide Malawians over religious issues? is it becoz u r a tumbuka? why don’t u stick to ur religion and work hard to develop Malawi? do u think that comment will make muslims to accept that JESUS (peace be upon him) is God?

  3. Judge judy says:

    Nyasi nyasi zenizeni. Ben phiri akakhale academic achiever. so he fancies himself a president like his boss apm. limbikira m’bale wanga in a failed state like Malawi you can make it and become preside one day. wait it seems Malawi isn’t. The only failed state around – look at the British who just brexited and the Americans who are about to put a Ben phiri of their own in the white house in the name of Donald Trump. today’s world just loves mediocrity

  4. chodziwadziwa Bsc (Poly), Msc, PhD (Oxon) says:

    Doctorates of today! There is need to remind us the institutions where you read or studied and bestowed such monikers and accolades. Academic credentials and accolades are EARNED not bought!!!

  5. Ngwira Khonje says:

    Dr Ben Phiri continue with your good work

  6. Mzumara says:

    We adore you Dr BP keep it up

  7. Mzomera says:

    Let’s us Dr Ben Phiri, this is what leadership means thanks for visiting our school

  8. Msambizi says:

    Congratulations are in order Dr Ben Phiri and thanks alot

  9. Nkhonjera says:

    Dr Ben Phiri thanks a lot

  10. Goowokeleni Mkandawire says:

    Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who’ll argue with you. Dr. Ben Phiri is a such a wonderful individuals with full of wisdom

  11. Mapenzi Banda says:

    Dr Phiri has said it as it is. Education must really translate into tangible development on the ground. I like this young man’s philosophy. awesome stuff

  12. Winston Msowoya says:

    Malawians,open your eyes and read the history of a Camel and his master.A Muslim University in Malawi? What for? For your information,Nyasalanders had been educated by far by Christian Missioneries from the 18th century hitherto.To some of us,the so-calle Islamic University in Malawi is part of DRIVE SOUTH OF SAHARA conspiracy theory,It is,first and foremost,part of spreading Islamic indoctrination in Southern Africa which has been proved as hard as the Gibraltar Rock.Afterall,what would Malawian Students achieve from this dubious or problematic institution?In fact it would be the first and the last University in Southern Africa.The fact that Christian Churches are not tolerated by all means in on the soils of the Middle East,it would translate into cowardice in part of Christian beliefs.We have a good number of our own Learning Institutions in Malawi,why can’t these Muslims talk of building a hospital which is much needed as their Patriach former eccentric tin-pot dictator Gaddafi promised,but did not materialize.I would vehemently admonish our government to strongly and objectively refuse permission for these violent and killers to plant the seeds of restlessness divisions,confusions and bloodbath.Some of us know pretty well that PETRO DOLLAR is at work 24 hrs a day and we must not allow this heinous Islamic butcher house to be buil on our CHRISTIAN DEVINE LAND even our LORD JESUS CHRIST SON OF GOD,won’t accept it.Islam is a religion of death and hatred.JESUS OYEEE!!!! MOHAMMED PASI NAYO!!!! In fact,all these problems of Muslims in our country is Bakili’s creation by opening our gates for these satans who have plunged our planet into tulmutous situations.Today,look at the Middle East,the blood of the innocent people is flowing into the rivers of Jordan,Euphrates and Tigris.LONG LIVE CHRSTIANTY IN MALAWI AND AFRICA!!!!

    1. Goowokeleni Mkandawire says:

      For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone. Dr. Ben Phiri is a very wise person full of beautiful words, speaks with kindness

  13. nkolokosasizwe says:

    Is Ben Phiri a real PhD holder. Sizomwezi zakaunjika

  14. The Chief Mourner says:

    I for one do not recognise mediocrity. This man (so called Dr. Benson Mphiri), was at the centre of careful scrutiny in the media and his qualification was heavily debated and the issue was not concluded. I made a personal conclusion and noted that there are so many gaps in his academic achievement. So in as far as i am concerned, he should be addressed as Mr. B. Phiri. I have stripped him of the so called doctorate

    1. Goowokeleni Mkandawire says:

      Ben Phiri left the mark on earth and advisor to the head of state..

  15. Mariama Mwale says:

    The message given out by Dr Ben Phiri is relevant and worth to be followed. Indeed the world today needs such visions in order to progress.

    1. Piche Yakiti says:

      Winston Msowoya, mbuli ya munthu iwe. Read about Islam and you will discover the beauty of Islam. Paja anthu a ku mpoto inu !

      1. Chingolopiyo says:

        Chi religion at the brink of demise. World over people don’t want it!

        1. Piche Yakiti says:

          Islam has been hated since time immemorial. Allah says in the Quran that Him alone protects the religion. So, no human force can truncate it.

      2. Phiri says:

        Ten Obvious Reasons Why
        Islam is or is Not a Religion of Peace


        18,000 deadly terror attacks committed explicitly in the name of Islam in just the last ten years. (Other religions combined for perhaps a dozen or so).


        Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, had people killed for insulting him or for criticizing his religion. This included women.

        Muslims are told to emulate the example of Muhammad.


        Muhammad said in many places that he has been “ordered by Allah to fight men until they testify that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is his messenger.” In the last nine years of his life, he ordered no less than 65 military campaigns to do exactly that.

        Muhammad inspired his men to war with the basest of motives, using captured loot, sex and a gluttonous paradise as incentives. He beheaded captives, enslaved children and raped women captured in battle. Again, Muslims are told to emulate the example of Muhammad.


        After Muhammad died, the people who lived with him and knew his religion best immediately fell into war with each other.

        Fatima, Muhammad’s favorite daughter, survived the early years among the unbelievers at Mecca safe and sound, yet died of stress from the persecution of fellow Muslims only six months after her father died. She even miscarried Muhammad’s grandchild after having her ribs broken by the man who became the second caliph.

        It was the same caliph, Umar, who ordered the death of the first convert to Islam at Medina, an elderly leader who became a close companion to Muhammad and proved his worth in battle. Sa’d ibn Ubadah was killed after a failed bid to be caliph.

        Fatima’s husband Ali, who was the second convert to Islam and was raised like a son to Muhammad, fought a civil war against an army raised by Aisha, Muhammad’s favorite wife – and one whom he had said was a “perfect woman.” 10,000 Muslims were killed in a single battle waged less than 25 years after Muhammad’s death.

        Three of the first four Muslim rulers (caliphs) were murdered. All of them were among Muhammad’s closest companions. The third caliph was killed by allies of the son of the first (who was murdered by the fifth caliph a few years later, then wrapped in the skin of a dead donkey and burned). The fourth caliph (Ali) was stabbed to death after a bitter dispute with the fifth. The fifth caliph went on to poison one of Muhammad’s two favorite grandsons. The other grandson was later beheaded by the sixth caliph.

        The infighting and power struggles between Muhammad’s family members, closest companions and their children only intensified with time. Within 50 short years of Muhammad’s death, even the Kaaba, which had stood for centuries under pagan religion, lay in ruins from internal Muslim war…

        And that’s just the fate of those within the house of Islam!


        Muhammad directed Muslims to wage war on other religions and bring them under submission to Islam. Within the first few decades following his death, his Arabian companions invaded and conquered Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist and Zoroastrian lands. A mere 25 years after Muhammad’s death, Muslim armies had captured land and people within the borders of over 28 modern countries outside of Saudi Arabia.


        Muslims continued their Jihad against other religions for 1400 years, checked only by the ability of non-Muslims to defend themselves. To this day, not a week goes by that Islamic fundamentalists do not attempt to kill Christians, Jews, Hindus and Buddhists explicitly in the name of Allah.

        None of these other religions are at war with each other.


        Islam is the only religion that has to retain its membership by formally threatening to kill anyone who leaves. This is according to the example set by Muhammad.


        Islam teaches that non-Muslims are less than fully human. Muhammad said that Muslims can be put to death for murder, but that a Muslim could never be put to death for killing a non-Muslim.


        The Quran never once speaks of Allah’s love for non-Muslims, but it speaks of Allah’s cruelty toward and hatred of non-Muslims more than 500 times.


        “Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar!”
        (The last words from the cockpit of Flight 93)

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