Malawi Muslims against law limiting children per family

Malawi Muslim community are opposing the proposed authoritarian law  that would limit number of children per family.

Mohammed:  No basis to formulate limited-kids law

Mohammed: No basis to formulate limited-kids law

The proposed legislation has been suggested recently by some of the country’s most influential traditional leaders who have argued that the rapid population growth was overstretching delivery of basic social services.

But  the supreme Muslim body, ULAMA Council of Malawi, said they will not be in support of any law that would limit number of children per family.

“This would go against teachings of Islam and nature. We oppose any quarter of the society advocating for this piece of legislation,” said  Sheikh Cassim Chongolo, Secretary General of the  Ulama council.

He is quoted by saying that Islam calls for taking care of children, but not limiting the number of kids per family.

“As religious people who are guided by the dictates of the Holy Qur’an, we would only support any measures which could be put in place to allow families to take care of their children before they can have some more, but not necessarily a law,” Sheikh Chongolo said.

Malawi’s population doubled over the past few years, standing currently at 16 million and Family Planning Association of Malawi (FPAM) says the population is projected to reach 40 million by 2040.

Renowned scholar and academician, Dr. Imran Shareef, added there would be no basis to formulate this kind of law.

“There would be measures to control population boom, if need be. But enacting a law to depopulate people is a mockery to creation and we wouldn’t at all cost allow that. Population growth couldn’t be a basis to enact a law,” Shareef is also quoted as saying

“Enacting a law that should police reproduction is a sensitive matter, therefore shouldn’t be allowed to succeed. What we would encourage is intensive civic education on the importance of child spacing.

“Malawians irrespective of their religious beliefs should appreciate the need to adequately care for a child before another one is born, without any law telling them what to do.As a nation, we should be careful with laws which could generate religious tensions,” he added.

Fr. George Buleya, Secretary General of Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM), a mother body of the Roam Catholic Church, Malawi’s largest Christian denomination, said “matters of reproduction cannot be legislated.”

“The Bible is very clear on reproduction, therefore, enacting a law against reproduction would mean going against what God expects of us. This would draw the wrath of God. We wouldn’t be in support of this proposed piece of legislation,” Fr. Buleya said

Officially, Malawi is a secular nation, but with diverse religions. Islam is a second largest religion after Christianity.

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42 thoughts on “Malawi Muslims against law limiting children per family”

  1. jomo says:

    Let’s be honest on commenting issues not because u hate certain group of people then u comment kaka! Read the whole story and u find kuti nawoso a Roman catholic akutsutsanazo so why u just criticizing one group? That’s why we Malawians we still stupid cause we tend to give away our values to westerners

  2. mose kez says:

    kupusa kwa mulungu kupambana kuchenjera kwa anthu, mulungu sanganene kuti mubelekane ngati mchenga asakuziwa chimene chigachiti ku sogolo, chimene chazaza mumitimayathu ndimwano kuoneka anzelu pomwe zelu. gonjani pamaso pamulungu ndipo iye azakukwezani umeneo ndimwano waukulu pamaso pa mulungu. lamulo ili likanabwera 1920 bwenzi uliko iwe ufuna kuwasekeleza azako kuti asabadwe lemekezani pakukwanisa cholinga ndi chifunilo chake

  3. Moslims are on track none can limit number of children to one’s choice. Ulesi ndumene wakula if you say anthu amenewa kuchipinda ndikumene amakukhulupirira do you want to tell me that you don’t have bedrooms in your houses? Komakuberekeraanakwina

  4. fletcer says:

    thats a good law considering the land that our country has not what so called coran or what so ever name u call says.

  5. mopia says:

    Umbuli basi. This is not an Islamic state. Afterall what influence Muslims (13%) have? This is the most imporant law that Christians will 100% support. Check Parliament records as to how many Muslims MPs do we have. Can they disturb a quorum as required?

  6. kadamanja says:

    Mtundu umenewu aaaa! kukonda kuchinda basi sukulu inawakanika anthuwa, anzathu mayiko akunja asilamu womwemo amabereka ana wochepa iwo akukana chani? kupusa chisilamu chake chiti? Lamulo ligwire ntchito basi. ndichifukwa chake anzathu kumpoto ndi pakati akufuna fedulo. Ngati sakufuna achoke basi. Kubeleka ngati anzanu satha Kuchinda! zina izi mwanyanya. I think federalism will help to control the population.

  7. kassim mahomedi says:

    a satanic ndi amene amayika malamulo oti anthu azikhala ndi limit pobeleka chifukwa mulungu mu bible olo quran sanaike limit za limit zikuchokera ku USA KUMENE SATANIC YATENGA MALO ,ANTHU AMENE AMAGANIZA ZOTI NDI ANZERU KUPOSA MULUNGU ZITSIRU ZIMENE ZIKUTIBWERETSERA U GAY KU MALAWI AKAPANDA KUTERO NDI SANCTION. SATANIC YABWERA MUFUNE MUSAFUNE

  8. Mkalapwaga says:

    The issue is not about huge population but allocation of resources in this Republic of ours.

  9. opportunist says:

    Maximum 5 Kids per family osafuna achoke

    1. johnM says:

      five children, that’s too many. A family should have not more than three children

  10. Mike says:

    you cant heal Mw

  11. vindere says:

    Na Mchawa amene ndimaziwa ine sangavomere nkhani yimeneyi. Paja saleratu anthuwa.Amakhalira zomwezi usiku ndi usana.

    1. Mwene says:

      They must be encouraged to USE CONDOMS!!!!!!

    2. Jabulosi says:


  12. sgonondo says:

    midyomba ndi kukwata!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Jelbin mk says:

    That’s where federalism comes in to give an opportunity for every region with its ethnicity to decide on which laws should govern them so that no laws are enforced on any ethnic or religious group but unfortunately the Muslim body was busy quashing the calls just to please politicians who actually paid them to do so. If federation is enacted the eastern region will have its own laws even the most loved sharia law by Muslims so that their beliefs and values are not done away with by some people from the north or south who have no know how about Islam and its beliefs.

  14. angoni says:

    Kufa ndi mtima. You can’t even produce national I’d ndalama za donor zinadibwa kalekale. How will you identify who has exceeded the limit? Za ziiiii

  15. Chamakolo says:

    Irrationality of religious people baffles belief. Muslims, Catholics, SDAs, Chamakolo etc, they are all the same. Who ever taught Africans religion committed a big crime.

  16. Havez al Sahalaaw says:

    Umbuli basi. What else

  17. Blaster says:

    You know what. Introduce IDs quickly, do not put a ban on number of children a couple can have to accommodate the very religious, but instead put a limit on a number of children born in a family, say 2 children, that can get govt support like free early childhood education, free primary education, subsidised secondary education, subsidised university education, FISP, health services, etc. When they feel the pinch, they will stop multiplying like mangoes in a tree by themselves. Rise in population is just scary, small country, huge population, no production. Highest in the SADC region.

    1. Student of rural development says:

      You can eliminate 90% of the service delivery constraints with just 10% of the costs of setting up such a system and enforcing it and getting it operational-if at all you can. Like someone said its a matter of resource use and allocation. a) Better cultivation methods, green houses etc, would produce enough from our arable land 2) enough fresh water lakes and rivers to bring pipped water to each household 3) a coal power plant in Mwanza and Karonga, or just a couple of hyro dam on Rivers Likulu and buwa would add enough electricity to connect each household with spare to power industries. 4) Enough health workers from COM, KCN and other allied schools training clinical officers and enrolled nurses to staff our hospitals and health centers, etc etc. In my opinion its defitism to think we are too much instead of improving how we mobilize our resources and efficiently use them to improve our livelihoods. From a desert, Israelis created a paradize, we have much better start up natural resources than them- the gas is a new development for them remember..

  18. Tikambepo says:

    You are basing your argument on free services through public sectors like health, education, agriculture e.t.c. Why cant you make them paying? you dont put a law when people are against it, then for whose gain? review policies on the social services basi. Not this hypocrisy mukuchulukana mukuchulukana what…this is western diplomacy with hidden motive. Why do America, Canada, Australia come to take refugees in africa to become their citizens? How has japan developed despite the huge population?

  19. Esh what a controversal story to comment, these issues against the creator is always blasphemy have you ever thought of awoman having twins?? at first do you know wat wil com out?? for example mwanza woman who derivered 4chidren at once
    u cnt go agst GOD

  20. a mfumu a kambeu. says:

    it is true that our population grouth need be controlled, but we need not put a law to govern that. i would like to concur with our spirital leaders that enacting a law on this will invite the wrath of God. i think the best we can do is to teach couples the fertile days of a woman. these contraceptives affects couples health, i live to witness. enforcing a law will lead increase couples death and orphanage, thus increased poverty.

  21. Nyaphaphi says:

    With the size of our country this issue is very important. Though I am a Catholic I feel the population boom in Malawi is not healthy for our small economy.

  22. abiti says:

    nde tingaope to produce our own reasorces for them?????? one child per family…!!!!???~~~.CHULUKANANI NGATI MCHENGA since when have yu pple became God ??? you think Almighy by saying those words he didn’t have the backing Remedy….Trust In God Guys…he is amiracle worker .paja he is omniscient….what do you kno about the reasorces of the country when you are not the one that made /create it.ana a Israel amapanga zomwe mulungu wanena ndi mkona samavutika but as for todays people kuchuluka mzeru nde muzisovadi but with poor solutions,,,zanu zimenezo ine nde zisandikhudze

  23. mulopwana othiyana says:

    Kkkkkkkkk its very interesting dat pepo want to compete with God’s will, dont think that law will be enacted in this mother malawi, God forbid.



  25. Peter Benga says:

    Some are just used bearing more children and leave wondering about.A responsible parent wouldnt want the children be scavengers.Even the creator wouldnt be happy to see people bearing and ignoring their own offrings as it is the case now

  26. MMALAWI says:

    i dnt undstnd u moslemz kapena mwapeza dziko lanu?nanga malawi yemweyu anthu oti simulima,ntchto ndutelala basi usodzi ndikaunjika.inuso ndamene chiwelengero cha anthu akachilombo ka HIV chili chokwera ana anuwo adzakulereni ndindani thnk

  27. Likomas Intelligence Service says:

    Muslims breed like rats. Their religion encourages and allows then to have up to 4 wives and they marry early; sometimes as early as 13 yrs. With an average of 4 children per wife it is not uncommon for an average Muslim man to have 20 children. I know of Muslim men who have 17 kids! Meanwhile they do not take care of these kids and they expect MY TAX to do what they are supposed to do as parents. This is irresponsible behaviour and I am sure their Allah or Prophet does not approve it.
    Govt encourages this sink behavour by providing huge subsidies to a population that is very unproductive. A population that has sunk so low that it survives on free thing: free fertiliser, free education, free health, free, free, free. And is not prepared to pay a little bit of tax. This is simply insanity!

  28. Uhudi says:

    Kubelekana basi, amene akufuna kukhala ndi mwana modzi choice yake imeneyo, amane akufuna kukhala ndi ambiri ali bho ameneyo. Ngati ukuona kuti dziko lathu ndi laling’ono pita uzikakhala komwe ukufuna. Palibe zalamulo lolesa kukhala ndi ana ochepa kuno. Dziko ndi la Mulungu ili.

  29. Jasper C Mtegha says:

    Muslims breed like rats. Theit religion allows then to have up to 4 wives and they marry eaerly; sometimes as early as 13 yrs. With an average of 4 children per wife it is not uncommon for an average Muslim man to have 20 children. I know of Muslim men who have 17 kids! Meanwhile they do not take care of thrse kids and they expect MY TAX to do what they are supposed to do as parents. This is irresponsible behaviour and I am sure their Allah or Prophet does not approve it.

  30. Jasper C Mtegha says:

    Use tax to punish those have many kids. First tax everyone above 18 yrs. Have free education from Std 1 to 4 thereafter let parents pay school fees for their children. Free health only under 5 childtren thereafter everyone pays. No free fertiliser instead reintroduce farmers clubs and input loans. STOP this nosense of free cement, iron sheets, houses, etc. It is simply nosense.
    That way you will reduce population growth, as people will be conscience of what their dicks produce.

  31. dopababi shopa says:

    Enacting law limiting couples numbers of children to have is a welcome move. Malawi is running out of land.We dont need donors to withdraw their support inorder to take action. Malawians are the same pple who complain abt shortage of social amenities without crritically looking at loot cause. It is hard to address the effects of a probe if we overlook at loot causes. Muslism how many how much do u contribute towards medicines? Each couple shd have 4 children. Let us change our way of thinking.

  32. dodo says:

    Look at v people who are opposing the enactment of this gud law! They are all from the south!!! But ironically the south is v most populated region!!! The south has critical land shortages!!!!the south is v most deforested region!!! One can only conclude that v people from this part are very very stupid!!! Pa nyo panu!!!!!!!!!!

  33. Salvador says:

    That legislation is ill-timed and irrelevant to say the least. we have more pertinent issues to deal with than that controversial legislation. How do u know there are 16 million Malawians in the country. – are you not counting heads and tails here, I mean adding nigerians, indians, chinese to the lot. why punish us when our borders are so porous and our immigration officials so corrupt. why not pass a law that limits lease tenure for foreigners first. why not chase those chinese who are opening corner shops to sell cheap toys. why not scrutinise credentials of the many asians who come as specialists for asian-owned company yet they dont know anything about their so-called specialties. Dont fool us with legislating this and legislating that when we can even deliver on the basics..give us IDs first, close the holes in our borders, stop corruption at immigration, then talk family planning.

  34. A Chawa inu kukonda chigololo while the Tumbukas go to school. This country will never develop as long as people don’t see the benefits of education. The says we must multiply like sand, yes but we have to do it responsibly. Imagine a person with no source of income having 10 kids, for what? You can’t fend for your family, you can’t afford to pay their school fees and what happens next is multiplication of poverty. We need to change and limit the number of children depending on our resources and income. As North Malawi we will advocate two kids per family period.

  35. Sosten Gwengwe says:

    Are you sure officially Malawi is a secular nation?

  36. ma says:

    Look Malawi does not have the resources to accommodate a huge population. Most people who have a lot of children are poor, they don’t pay tax, they like getting things for free like free hospitals, schools and free FISP.
    For once let’s have programs that benefit tax paying citizens. Those who have many children should pay for their off springs not government.

    1. Inu says:

      I totally agree. I think it would be difficult to police the number of children one should have. However we can do this effectively if we finalize the national register. For instance we can state that the first two children are entitled to what government already provides now, free basic education, medical etc. however if one decides to have more than one should pay for any extra child he has i.e. Primary education etc. failing which, the government can punish those parents. In this way, those who have the means to take care of children, should have the chance to have more if they want and those who cannot afford to have more should think twice about it.

  37. Malindima says:

    Look guys, let’s try to look at the capacity of Mother Malawi:
    Public schools
    Public hospitals
    Road infrastructure
    Land for farming and graves
    Other natural resources ( which are fast being depleted).
    Etc etc
    All the above are not meeting the needs of the ever increasing population.
    All Support Aids for population control have failed to control undesired population growth.
    People are having children whilst in extreme poverty and sickness despite the fact that the media preaches birth controls.
    I think we need to go China way: one child per family. Those who want to have plenty children beyond one child should provide own resources and never use the listed straggling public resources!

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