JB, Muluzi join Muslims in Malawi on Meelad-un-Nabi

President Joyce Banda and former Head of State Bakili Muluzi on Tuesday joined Malawian Muslims celebrated the birth of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) which is called Meelad-un-Nabi .

Banda joined the Ziyara Parade which started from Kanjedza Masjid in Limbe to Chichiri Stadium in the commercial city Blantyre.

While Muluzi – a Mosque going Moslem- took part in the prayers and wishing Musims “Meelad Mubarak.”

The Malawi leader dressed in a Black Robe with a flag in her hands, President Banda joined the Parade from Independence Arch at Chichiri to Chichiri Roundabout.

Former president Muluzi and minister Sidik Mia at the event

Former president Muluzi and minister Sidik Mia at the event

Banda said she was very happy to celebrate with them.

“I am happy that I have participated in this year’s Ziyara and am ready to take part again next year,” said the Malawi leader.

“I respect this day because it is not an ordinary day. It is the birthday of not just any person, but a prophet of the people I serve,” observed President Banda.

The Malawi leader who took part in the match called for proper planning for the day due to its importance to the Muslim community.

“The birth of Prophet Muhammad is not a simple thing. It is the origin of the Muslim faith which is not a small thing,” said Banda.

Ziyarah is commemorated on the 12 day of the 4th month in the Islamic calendar.

Muslims gathered at Kamuzu Stadium where they celebrated with songs, dances, worship and preaching.

Spokesperson for the organisers of the event At-Tariqatu Qadria Sunnia Association (AQSA) Mohammed Raidhan described this year’s event as successful.

“The event is aimed as bringing unity among Muslims in Malawi,” he told reporters adding that it is a place where they also sell things at a cheaper price as one way of encouraging Muslims to contribute towards a noble course.

“Then those profits are used to buy a lot of items and distribute in hospitals, drought stricken areas among other projects,” added Riadhan.

Similar parades also took place in the cities of  Mzuzu and Lilongwe as well as some other districts.

Muluzi (left) at the prayers

Muluzi (left) at the prayers

President Banda joins the Ziyara parade

President Banda joins the Ziyara parade

Prayers at Kamuzu Stadium

Prayers at Kamuzu Stadium

Muluzi join Muslims in prayers

Muluzi join Muslims in prayers

JB joins thousands in Ziyara parade

JB joins thousands in Ziyara parade

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