Malawi declares Eid holiday Monday: Saturday first day of Eid al-Fitr

Muslim Association of Malawi (MAM) has announced they will hold  Eid al-Fitr celebrations on Saturday after sighting a new moon, ending the ninth month of the Islamic calendar observing the annual fast of Ramadan which is considered one of the five “pillars” of Islam.

President Mutharika poses with members of the Quadria Muslim Association of Malawi (QMAM)

President Mutharika poses with members of the Quadria Muslim Association of Malawi

Some women of Quadria Muslim Association of Malawi (QMAM) that met President Mutharika

Some women of Quadria Muslim Association of Malawi (QMAM) that met President Mutharika

And President Peter Mutharika has declared  Monday as public holidays to celebrate Eid.

Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development spokesperson Mulhabase Mughogho  said the holiday will be on Monday and that Friday is still a working day.

Another statement by Dorothy Banda, Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government, circulating on social media indicated the President has declared a long weekend holiday “to clear the mystery and confusion among Malawians.”

But Mughogho said the statement did not originate from the Ministry and should be disregarded.

For Muslims, the Eid al-Fitr celebration begins after the fasting month of Ramadan ends. During Ramadan, Muslims abstain from food, drinks and sexual intercourse from dawn to dusk, which is an exercise in self-restraint, intended to bring the faithful closer to God.

Eid al-Fitr starts when the new moon is spotted in the sky, making the Eid holiday different around the world.

In a related development, this week, Mutharika hosted officials from the Quadria Muslim Association of Malawi at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre and hailed the Muslim Community for complementing government’ effort towards the country’s development.

“My Government appreciates the role the Quadria Muslim Association of Malawi plays in enhancing the country’s development and I strongly believe that the association will continue embracing the pillars of development that include hardworking, patriotism and integrity,” said President Mutharika.

General Secretary of the Quadria Muslim Association of Malawi, Karim Osman pledged the association’s commitment towards assisting Government in developing the country

Meanwhile, Nyasa Times is wishing Muslim readers a blessed Eid Mubarak.

“We would like to wish all our Muslim readers and clients a blessed and peaceful Eid,.”

Eid Mubarak

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47 thoughts on “Malawi declares Eid holiday Monday: Saturday first day of Eid al-Fitr”

  1. A neighbour says:

    Very touched and shocked.Poti Tate wakatangale mumalawi Muluzi anali mkhristu.Which morals are trying to school us?Chigololo chonse china cha midyomba,ufiti,kuba ndi zina zonyasa.Mukakhuta mpunga wa mbuzi osamatokota zopusa apa.Leave christians alone.There is no way you can convince christians to join your religion.School mukunenayo ya utelala or ya geni or bizimisi?Midyomba samalani..muzipatse ulemu.

  2. Wozindikira says:

    Koma Shaka phuzo limenelo wasala nawo olo mwina unali uja you were holding a clock all night long waiting to pounce on defenceless food kumwa msuzi wonse wa mbuzi?School your alshabab and boko haram brothers who are mercilessly chopping off people’s head because of not following their religion.Have your ever heard christians beheading other people in the name of holy war?So stop using foul language for christians.Midyomba inayamba yasekapo zipi?Imachita kunena kuti ndi sambi.

  3. gwepenya says:

    wawo mdyomba, koma tinene kuti mumasala nawo ndi makoment amenewa?

  4. Very Touched and Shocked says:

    Ngati kuli anthu omvetsa chisoni nde nda a khrisitu aku Malawi, mbuzi, mbuli zotha ntchito. These people think they are educated but alas, no wonder they run a government infested with sin, corruption, poor economic plans, poor development with so called educated Christians. Educated people who don’t know how to differentiate God from human. You have holidays when you remember your fellow Christian, John chilembwe who cut a throat of fellow human and you detest a holiday for someone who is peaceful. Sometimes I wonder when you say Muslims are not educated, which education? Education of the gays? Education of prostitution? Education of imbibing? Education of worshipping a human being instead of God? If that’s the kind of education then indeed asilamu ngosamphunzira, and may Allah refrain us Muslims from that education. Every year Muslims contribute to the economy of Malawi almost 45 percent through medium businesses and you think a sensible president should recognize that society? Go and get real education not that fake and bogus education.

  5. SHAKA says:

    @ UFULU
    GALU IWE ,KODI ASILAMU AKULAKWILA CHIYANI APA ? THE ISSUE HERE IS NOT HAVING SEX THE WHOLE DAY UNLIKE M’MENE AKUPANGILA MAYI AKO , BUT IT IS ABOUT THEM FASTING DURING THE DAY AND ABSTENING FROM SEX DURING THE SAID PERIOD.
    MAKABUDULA WONSE AMAYI AKO ANATA MA ELASTIC CHIFUKWA CHOBVULUBVULA KUYAMBILA M’MAWAMAWA MPAKA USIKU CHIFUKWA CHOSAPUMILA NDIKUSAWUPEDZA MTIMA.
    TAONA TSOPANO WANDILANKHULITSA PAMBALI CHIFUKWA CHA PAKAMWA PAKO

  6. SHAKA says:

    @ UFULU
    GALU IWE ,KODI ASILAMU AKULAKWILA CHIYANI APA ? THE ISSUE HERE IS NOT HAVING SEX THE WHOLE DAY UNLIKE M’MENE AKUPANGILA MAYI AKO , BUT IT IS ABOUT THEM FASTING DURING THE DAY AND ABSTENING FROM SEX DURING THE SAID PERIOD.
    MAKABUDULA WONSE AMAYI AKO ANATA MA ELASTIC CHIFUKWA CHOBVULUBVULA KUYAMBILA M’MAWAMAWA MPAKA USIKU CHIFUKWA CHOSAPUMILA NDIKUWUPEDZA MTIMA.
    TAONA TSOPANO WANDILANKHULITSA PAMBALI CHIFUKWA CHA PAKAMWA PAKO

  7. mangochi Kabwafu says:

    Zopusa basi. Holiday for what? Here in the UK no one knows about such event apart from Muslims of course. Moti ndawonera pompa. Lazy malawians, kumangokhalira kupemphetsa from rich and hard working nations. Shame.

  8. Lapukenni nkhuku says:

    Iwe kalibu sana we are here talking of Malawi not some other countries.Mijomba yambiri sikonda.Imakonda u telala kwabasi wamkhonde ndi utelala.Mjomba kulipilira fees mwana amaona ngati kuluza koma ndalamayo kulibwino ayambire geni.Ndiye nzeru za mijombayo.

  9. Lonjezo banda says:

    Iwe ndithe ndithe usanyoze a khristu.Mulungu wake wowuza anthu kuti azivala mabomba ndi kuphulitsa anthu osalakwa.Go and civilize your boko haram and alshabab bloodthirsty brothers before kunyoza.Dziwa Yesu pamene nthawi isanakuthere.Mijomba yambiri tikukumana matsiku ano tikukumana muma fellowship.

  10. nise says:

    once upon a time african used to live in a peaceful civiliasation worship theyre black god, then arabs came to catch them and sell them to white people as slave. after the slave trade arabs came with trade and religion, they told the black africans that their black god isnt real god and they their language and dressing isnt goldy, and that only arabic fashion and language is acceptable by god, eat what arabs eat and stop eating your unholy food

    the whites did the same too

    its a shame to see many brainwashed people malawian generation of children grow up in worshiping these signs of arabic superiorty, whites say the white god is real god , chinese say budha the chinese god is the real god, , so u can beleive in your br black god, dress in your black clothes, and enjoy your black ways of life,,,,,dont be fooled when they tell u theri god is beter than yours, its fucken racial superioty, all races have their own god, speak to a rastaman,, never believe god is white or arabic or chinese, osapusitsika,,

  11. henz says:

    Malawi eish!!!!!!!!!! ndi ndale zake

  12. ndi ineyo ndithu says:

    Malawi is for all of us.Am a christian and believe in peaceful co-existence.As a nation,lets celebrate this TOGETHER.No problem with it.Happy Eid -Eftr.

  13. katapwito says:

    Zilambirani yesu wanuyo ndi school yanuyo ife Asilam ndi umbuli wathuwo timalambira amene analenga Yesuyo komanso ndi ameche amene ali Maria muisova nokha mbuli mndani pamenepo?

  14. Frenix chanunkha says:

    Pliz let’s not put stupidcvomments

  15. Mr bwande listen to your self just attaking inocent because they are not christians mumalakwitsa kwambiri asilam osaphunzirao ndi akale lelo ndiye palibe munganene chachilendo bambo, ndizoona makolo athu anali osaphunzira sukulu zanu za mission zo koma ife timayamika mulungu kuti anatisungila mpingo wabwino wosapembedza anthu monga anzathunu muchitira, mumanama kuti munapita ku xool koma yopanda phindu shame on you christian and your stupid trinity agonthi obububu akuchitireni chisoni Mulungu osati mulungu wanu okhala ndi amai ake ndi azilongo ake ai Koma Namalenga weniweni Mulungu wa Yesu wanuyo.

  16. Stanley says:

    Nonsense holiday boko haram

  17. Anguye says:

    To object to the holiday is sheer nonsense. You think you can solve the economic problems if the holiday is not entertained? Its just an 8 hours period. What difference does it make. With the sick civil service we have in Malawi do you think 8 hours really matter? Deeply rooted economic problems since 1964. You wanna tell you gonna clean up all this economic mess if eid holiday is removed frm the calendar??? Nigga plizzzz…

  18. George says:

    asiyeni asilamu akondwere

  19. Pata phiri says:

    May Allah guide the un guided only if one knew the blessings if Ramadhaan n the religion he could have never uttered a bad word

  20. c says:

    No comment.

  21. Kokayz says:

    This is a God fearing country that’s all it belongs to all of us

  22. Kokayz says:

    Objection simply shows that your don’t even get what they preach in whatever denominations you belong to. Because that’s selfishness is what your heart is filled with, we never say a thing a about Christmas, chrismas box, good Friday, Easter n bla bla.

  23. kalibu sana says:

    hey educated fools ( makafir)… When u say ‘asilamu ndi mbuli nzosaphunzila’ what really you want to potray? Most of you fools you confuse Islam with Yao tribe. Thats where your total ignorance is exposed. You forget that there are many muslim scholars and intellectuals, doctors as well as reknown adorable muslim personalities, I need not to outline thousand of examples. The Chilumphas, Mustafa Husseins, many doctors at big government referral hospitals helping your relatives, Boxer Muhammad Allie, Dr Bilal Phillips, even the inventor of Algebra u r proud of today, all muslims. Go to UK and ur America, many people doing community work are muslims. You go to India for treatment, you will meet that uneducated muslim treating your rotten cancer infected leg. Think like civilised people

  24. zuze says:

    some stuff are better left alone,i’m reading some negative comments here it just tells me how ignorant some pple can be, who tells you your religion belief is better than others…God never gave us religion but he gave us the way…read,understand and learn.

  25. Atcheya says:

    commentator 12, another fool called Bwande, disgusting as that educated Bwande who used to be my classmate and used to come 19 steps below myself; the fact for Muslims to fast is not in losing weight my friend, you better find time to do reaserch before you expose ur inbuilt ignorance. Whether that fasting was supposed to be the whole day, or only 3hrs, the main purpose of this ‘special fasting’ is to test the believers their obedience to their lord. Are they going to follow the ruleS of their creator? Thats the question muslims tend to answer during this month… Absitenance and tolerance is what matters more . So if you have your own interpretation of fasting, open your own synagogue as your friend who is feeding his followers live snakes is doing, you impose that fasting of yours to your congregation. We Muslims we are proud of our own belief, you also have yours! So let it be

  26. Atcheya says:

    Honorable commentator no. 14 and 15, a certain fool called ” Ujeni”’, let me educate you abit you fool and I am sure there are some fools besides you who have same stupid mentality, and as I am writing they are about to post the same nonsense. In the Malawi constitution of which all Malawi Citiznes are bound to, there is no section which says Republic of Malawi shall be called a Christian Republic of Malawi. Malawi is a secular state, and it shall remain the same. Its just the Christian faithfuls are in majority, but that doesnt make the country christian.That applies to America and ur no 1 ancestors UK. For the countries you have mentioned, those are specifically Islamic Countries and their constitutions tell them the same. and they dont criminalise christmas celebrations in their constitutions, only that there are restrictions set . Just as the case in Rome, you cant find Muslims celebrating Eid in Italy as they may do in Saudi Arabia. Because Italy was built on Roma empire principles, a good example of a christian state. Eid Mubarek! U may send ur uncle who pretends to be blind at Blantyre Mosque tomorow, azapemphe kwa amwenye ambuliwo

  27. Atcheya says:

    Honorable commentator no. 14 and 15, a certain fool called ” Ujeni”’, let me educate you abit you fool and I am sure there are some fools besides you who have same stupid mentality, and as I am writing they are about to post the same nonsense. In the Malawi constitution of which all Malawi Citiznes are bound to, there is no section which says Republic of Malawi shall be called as a Christian Republic of Malawi. Malawi is a secular state, and it shall remain the same. For the countries you have mentioned, those are specifically Islamic States and their constitutions tell them the same. and they didnt criminalise christmas celebrations, only that there are restrictions set . Just as the case in Rome, you cant find Muslims celebrating Eid in Italy as they may do in Saudi Arabia. Because Italy was built on Roma empire principles, a good example of a christian state. Eid Mubarek! U may send ur uncle who pretends to be blind at Blantyre Mosque tomorow, azapemphe kwa amwenye ambuliwo

  28. St Petulo Mathanyula says:

    So all you people trying to write derogative comments about your colleagues belife, what are you up to? Maybe you have been sent by the Salanjes, Bushiris, Haras so that you may woe the stubborn muslim faithfuls to your fake so called religious gatherings? Alas! Becareful when looking down upon your colleagues, before u taste the torment of graveyard. Dont talk as if you had died and came back to life. All these are just mere beliefs, which keep the world moving. When you are celebrating your so called easters, fabricated christmas gatherings, who calls you all sorts of such names? Remember these kind of uncalled for utterings are the ones which fuel enemity, tensions among communities, and there are source of religious extremism( christian extremists in CAR, muslim extremists in XinJian China). You are forgeting that those low class moslems are your brothers in law, your aunts, your neighbors, your workmates, your classmates, your college tutors, they are even your bosses whom upon you depend on your daily spendings. Be responsible!!!

  29. St Petulo Mathanyula says:

    So all you people trying to write derogative comments about your colleagues belife, what are you up to? Maybe you have been sent by the Salanjes, Bushiris, Haras so that you may woe the stubborn muslim faithfuls to your fake so called religious gatherings? Alas! Becareful when looking down upon your colleagues, before u taste the torment of graveyard. Dont talk as if you had died and came back to life. All these are just mere beliefs. When you are celebrating your so called easters, fabricated christmas gatherings, who calls you all sorts of such names? Remember these kind of uncalled for utterings are the ones which fuel enemity, tensions among communities, and there are source of religious extremism( christian extremists in CAR, muslim extremists in XinJian China). You are forgeting that those low class moslems are your brothers in law, your aunts, your neighbors, your workmates, your classmates, your college tutors, they are even your bosses whom upon you depend on your daily spendings. Be responsible!!!

  30. I.K Adams says:

    Many Thanks to Almighty Allah(God) who created us all & everything found in this interesting world, its very unfortunate that pple can talk much on Eid Celebrations day holidays , plz remember that we always have Easter & Xmas holidays which some of us doesn’t take part in prayers bt we still support u educated pple.

  31. ujeni says:

    Those saying Muslims don’t object to Christmas holiday, well there is no Christmas holiday in Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Iraq and many other Muslim countries. Is Malawi a Muslim country?

    1. Giling'ande says:

      Are we now in Saudi Arabia? I though we are in Malawi. Shupiti

  32. ujeni says:

    Stupid Holiday

  33. ufulu says:

    Abstention from sex from dawn to dusk. Do you spend your day light time having sex as well? What a shame, You should be working to make money.

    I am ashamed with my country. We should have a fixed holiday, if we are to entertain the moslems, not to the whims of Moslem community. We have lots of economic issues to solve and we are happy to go on holiday and bury our economic miseries temporarily. How many countries have such a holiday? Not even the rainbow countries – RSA or USA.

    Bingu analakwa kubweretsa tsiku limeneri koma remember that he had a minority govt then.
    .

  34. Bwande says:

    Just a change in the times for eating and doing other things. And you call that fasting!!! mpaka holiday chifukwa chakusintha kwa nthawi ya madyedwe zoona! This is waht happens: Instead of taking your usual break fast at 7am, you shift it to dusk. Instead of taking lunch at noon and dinner at 7pm, to go for them both at once at 3am. Ndiye titizi munthu akusala kudya? Mpaka ma celebrations zoona? Koditu ma religion enawa timangopanga follow mchimbulimbuli coz we are brainwashed. This is one of the waste cases of blind loyalty for sure. Vuto lakenso asilamu ambiri ndi osaphunzira palibe angawawunikirenso bwinobwino.

  35. Pata phiri says:

    I think the ones against this holiday are insane as we Muslims never object your Christmas holidays
    Ok got it

  36. BIG BOSS says:

    Zazii zopanda mchere deal ndi ma rastar osati izi halam tieni tizidya nkhumba ndi mbewa basi

  37. Kadakwiza says:

    Do Malawians realy need this holiday? I don’t think so.

    1. Fwitondo says:

      Actually you have more holidays than your colleagues. Do your colleagues complain when you have your holidays? Kuzikonda kumeneku bwanji a Kadakwiza.

  38. Loud says:

    Why should we spend another day off the office when the celebration will be done 48 hours earlier??

  39. WAKULILONGWE says:

    I wish EID MUBARAK to all my beloved broz n cctaz.Happy blessed day.And enjoy 2 da maxmam.

  40. asaaaaa says:

    Koma ma taliban/alqaeda inu Mutipatse tsiku lokhazikika la holiday osati uchitsiru mukupangawu. Ife tizingokhalira kudabwa kuti holiday ndi liti?

  41. Kaka says:

    Boko Haram woyeee!!!

  42. ..... says:

    Mwezi waoneka kuti?
    Popeza kuno ku Malawi sunatuluke.
    Kapena mukuyendera mwezi umene watuluka ku Amerika? kkkkkkkkk
    Zitsalani if it after all kusala……mumachita kuzukira 3 koloko mamawa kudyera futali, kudumphisa lunch nkumati mwasala?
    Munthu wosala amaonda, inu sim6naonde, zuukhala bwa?

  43. Lord Denning Chatsika says:

    Happy eid Eid to our moslem friends all the best we will join you in prayers celebrations please invite me to phwando la mpunga nyama amene mwakonza

  44. Achoga mata says:

    Thank you Nyasatimes for your Eid wishes to us Muslim readers and we say Eid Mubaraak to Nyasatimes Muslim writers.We are proud of you guys.

  45. "A NATIVE OF NOWHERE" says:

    Malawi is a secular nation and its time for the pubic holidays of the Rastafarians also.

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