Muslims in the country joined the rest of the world to commemorate Eid al-Fitr, to mark the end of Ramadhan – a 30 day mandatory fasting -with a call to them to fight and resist corruption.
Speaking at Kamuzu Stadium Upper Stadium, Sheikh Mohammed Osman, the chairman of board of trustees of Nikkah and other functions cautioned Muslims against giving and receiving bribes.
“We are all Malawians, corruption can destroy our country,” said Osman.
He said corruption retards development therefore he asked Muslims to join the government in the fight against graft.
His call comes barely weeks after Public Affairs Committee (PAC) told the government to act with speed to end the vice.
Opposition parliamentarians on Thursday expressed concern over the graft busting body, the Anti-Corruption Bureau tendency of selective justice when prosecuting corruption charges.
The Muslim preaching of the Eid was preceded by the giving of food or money to the poor and feasting.
Eid al-Fitr translates as “the festival of breaking the fast” as during the month of Ramadan, Muslims perform one of the five pillars of Islam: the fast.
Food, water and sexual activity are all banned until after sunset.
Ramadan takes place in the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. It is believed that the Quran’s first verse was revealed during the last 10 nights of this month.
The exact date of Eid depends on the lunar cycle, and it is traditionally celebrated for three days – although from country to country, the festival can last anywhere from one to four days.
Monday remained a public holiday in Malawi.