Eid holiday for Muslim festival Friday or Monday says Malawi govt

Government has advised Malawians to prepare for the moon driven Muslim Eid  holiday either this Friday or Monday depending on the sighting of the moon.

Muslims at prayer: Eid mubarak

The end of  Islamic holy month of Ramadan  is marked by the key Muslism festival of Eid al-Fitr, in which Muslim families gather for the “feast of breaking the fast”.

The Ministry of Local government says in a statement that the Muslim Association of Malawi has indicated the moon might be sighted on Thursday, Friday or Saturday.

“If it is sighted on Thursday then the holiday will be on Friday, if the moon is sighted on Friday or Saturday, the holiday will be on Monday,” the ministry says.

The statement says the Muslim Association of Malawi will make the final declaration of the sighting of the moon.

The holiday comes after the Muslim holy month of Ramadhan when muslims are called to observe one of the pillars of Islam–fasting.

Muslims hope for clear skies, to give them a sign that it is time to get out their best clothes and begin the feast.

Islam follows the lunar calendar, based on phases of the Moon.

The Eid festival falls on the first day of the 10th month of Shawwal. The word ‘Eid’ means ‘feast’ or ‘festival’.

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Ziippoonnoonnoo
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Ziippoonnoonnoo

The Ramadhan holiday will depends on the sighting of the moon, this is because the Muslims started fasting after seeing the moon. So now you want them to break their fasting before the same procedure they followed when they were started the fasting, I think somehow somewhere we have a problem in our thinking capabilities and they said it in advance that they break after fasting after sighting of the moon not before, what’s has went wrong in our minds

Ndadabwa
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Ndadabwa

I don’t think it’s fair for us to rely on moon appearance to have a holiday. Whether the moon will be sited in Monday or Friday the government should just say every Friday near the moon siting will be public holiday otherwise this shows we lack consistency in decision making.

Dan
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Dan

koma zinazi nzopanda ma pulani. Why would we all Malawians agree to follow the moon? Why cant they give us a specific day and if they so wish continue observing their moon? This leave a lot to be desired. We can all be subjected to their moon and fail to plan in the name of sighted or unsighted moon day?
Let them know that each time they have their holiday i disturbs everyone simply because we all have to wait for their moon before planning

namalesi
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namalesi

Iwe msowoya ndiwe idiot,ndiponso mpakana ndikusowa chonena,Chisilamu sumachidziwa.

AM A MUSLIM
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AM A MUSLIM

mr msowoya, PLEASE DONT TAKE MUSLIMS LIKE THEY ARE NOT IMPORTANT, THIS IS THEIR COUNTY AND FOR THE HOLIDY IT IS IN THE CONSTITUTION OF THIS COUNTRY, ISLAM IS JUST SIMILAR LIKE CHRISTIANITY AND MOSQUES ARE JUST SIMILAR LIKE CHURCHS, WHAT YOUR TALKING IS NONSENSE AND WHAT YOU HAV TO KNOW MALAWIAN MUSLIMS ARE FROM MALAWI NOT FROM ARAB…. OKY???

Boko Haram
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Boko Haram

Why is it that every time this holiday depends on siting of the Moon either on Friday, Saturday or Sunday annually??As much as I understand that naturally the moon can rise even on Tuesday ,Wednesday or Thursday, is it by fluke or cooked up that it is only cited on Fridays??????

getrude
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getrude

Tiuzeni tsiku limodzi loti ife akhristu tikonzekere kupuma. osangoti friday or monday? osamatizizimutsa ife ndi maholiday awa

Chambo
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Chambo

The attitude which you display is likened to mirror-imaging. This is typical of ignorant and self cherished characters like you. You want everyone to be like you. That will remain impossible. I am what I am you will be what you are. It only calls for learning and understanding each other. Simple as that.

winston msowoya
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winston msowoya

MUTHALIKA,are you really smart in your head or it is part of your campaign amongst Islamic population in 2019.? One of Mia’s goals is achieved as this is part of plans to build satanic Mosquoes throughout our country,but it is a crime to build a Church in Islamic countries in the Middle East Countries.Mia and his wife, are now jubilant that their top agenda in Malawi is fulfilled and his Islamic partners wherever they are, they are praising their man for what he and his wife have done in our country.This is the time I remember Hastings Banda because on… Read more »

Juliane Kanthiti
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Juliane Kanthiti

Bvuto ndi Chakweratu chifukwa cha umphawi iye okhala mbusa wa chi pente he has gone down to the dogs. Now Mia is larger than him and he is posing big as if he is the one who is MCP president. Zonse chifukwa chakukonda dollar kwa Chakwera. Adzalira nkhwangwa ili mmutu. A Chair ndi Atupele iwo sanafike pamenepa pochita pose big. Mia anali ku PP koma JB sadampatse mpata ngati umene Chakwera akungoti mano ngweeeewu.

Anachisale
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Anachisale

A Msowoya ndi a Kanthiti nde mwangoonetsa umbuli ndi uchitsiru wanutu apa!!! Is it the first time that the world is celebrating Eid and that the celebrations depend on the SIGHTING of the moon? Are you on planet earth? Iam not a Moslem koma zinazi use your head when thinking and not your bottom!!……..

Chisyuli
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Chisyuli

Asiyeni anzanu akupemphera mulungu wawo

Cogito Ergo Sum
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Cogito Ergo Sum

I think these religious inuendos are uncalled for. Let’s learn to be tolerant of each other. Give and take. We cannot hide behind free speech by castigating each other on religious differences . I am Catholic, but find no problem with the Muslim holiday. Let’s be tolerant of each other. That’s what Christianity teaches. Never hind behind Christianity in order to castigate other religions. Bottom line is we are all children of God. Shame that some children would claim to be more entitled to the Father than others.

Gwemula
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Gwemula

Musowoya pepani if you can’t beat them join them I can see you hate Islam let me tell you something you can’t just wake up and start castgating the religion of which you know nothing about if you want to kno it learn it inside out then I can hear you by the way do you know Jesus’s name in Hebrew??if you know your bible then I will join your faith today today!! my no# is 0027827686039

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