Mutharika wishes Malawi Muslim ‘Eid Mubarak’: Says promote patriotism, integrity and hardwork

As Muslims celebrate the end of Holy Month of Ramadan,  Islam’s traditional 30-day fast, Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika has wished them a  a happy Eid-ul-Fitr  celebrations.

President Mutharika with Muslim leaders
President Mutharika with Muslim leaders

In a statement issued by Presidential Press Secretary Mgeme Kalilani,  the Head of State congratulated all Muslims upon fasting and successfully completing the Holy month of Ramadhan.

Wishing them a happy Eid-El-Fitri, President called on faithful to celebrate in line with the Islamic teachings.

“As Malawians celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr, it is the President’s hope and prayer that Ramadhan’s spiritual lessons and the Holy Prophet’s teachings of, love, justice, fairness, equity, peaceful co-existence, honesty and dedication to duty will remain with all Malawians for the benefit and greater glory of Malawi,” President Mutharika said.

In the message, President Mutharika and the First Lady offered the Malawi Muslim community best wishes on the happy occassion of Eid al-Fitr which coincided with Malawi’s Independence Day on July 6. Eid will however be celebrated on July 7, a day government has declared as public holiday.

President Mutharika said: “May the lessons and blessings of the Holy Month positively influence our attitude towards our country irrespective of religion; and as we celebrate Eid-ul-fitr together with our 52nd independence celebration, let us promote greater commitment to the three national pillars of patriotism, integrity and hardworking for the economic Independence of our mother Malawi. “

Spokesperson for Muslim Associaton of Malawi (MAM) , Sheikh Dinala Chabulika, said the muslim community appreciated the message from the First Couple.

He said Eid al-Fitr is one of the most important Islamic celebrations, along with the the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca.

He told Nyasa Times that the significance of Eid is purely and profoundly spiritual.

“ It is a day for people to thank Allah for all of the blessings he has given them and the strength he has instilled in them to endure the fast during the holy month of Ramadan,” said Sheik Chabulika.

He said Eid al-Fitr means “festival of breaking the fast”  after the sight of the moon.

Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset and also abstain from smoking and sex during daylight hours throughout Ramadan.

Some scholars believe that the Qu-ran was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad during the month, making it particularly holy.

Nyasa Times wishes the Muslims a blessed Eid.

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