Malawi’s former president, Bakili Muluzi has strongly spoken against the conduct of Muslim women who were dancing at apolitical rally held by President Joyce Banda at Nancholi in Blantyre last week, saying they brought disrepute to the religion.
Muluzi said this at his private retirement BCA residence in the commercial capital Blantyre , Friday evening when he hosted Iftar (afternoon meal for breaking fasting) for senior Malawi Muslim scholars and other professionals.
“I saw with disbelief on Television Malawi (MBC TV) Muslim women in their Islamic code of dressing dancing, chanting and ululating at a political rally while fasting in this month of Ramadan,” he said.
He wondered why many political leaders want to be associating with the Muslim community as the country is heading for the tripartite elections May next year and not using other religious groups.
“By the way I have never seen in my life, I mean the whole political engineer has never even heard of groups like mai a mvano, the Dorcas, the Catholics Sisters behaving in that way, why at a political rally,” queried Muluzi who ruled Malawi from 1994 to 2004.
He therefore urged Muslims to avoid such temptations from politicians, saying they contradict the Islamic principles and values.
Muluzi however was quick to say he is not discouraging Muslims to join politics.
“I am not discouraging my fellow Muslims to join politics, no, but there should be some boundaries, there should be the difference between a political podium and a religious function,” said Muluzi.
Muluzi said he was greatly honored that Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’Ala (God be glorified ) allowed him to host an iftar with Muslims during this month of Ramadan where Muslim throughout the world fast from the dawn to sun set.
The former president was accompanied by his son, Atupele Muluzi who is United Democratic Front (UDF) torch bearer in the forthcoming tripartite elections.
In his remarks, Atupele said Muslims in the country have the potential of transforming the country to prosperity as far as they put their resources together.
Atupele. who is also Member of Parliament for Machinga north east, noted that Malawi is today full of Muslims of different professionals as compared to the past where they were regarded as illiterate.
He therefore urged all Muslims in the country to remain united and engage in the social economic endeavors.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :