First Lady wear a Hijab, attends Malawi Muslim women convention

Thousands of Muslim women across the country on Saturday gathered at Bua Community Day Secondary School ground in Mchinji to celebrate this year’s Muslim Women convention (Ijitmah).

First Lady is met by Muslim leaders. Photo by Stanley Makuti, Mana

First Lady  at Muslim women convention in Mchinji District.

Muslim women at  the official opening of the 2017 Muslim women convention which started on November 10 and will end on 12 November at Bua Community Day Secondary School in Mchinji District.

The convention is held annually and is aimed at sharing Islamic teachings and women issues among other things.

Speaking when she presided over the official launch, First lady Madam Gertrude Mutharika said women in the country play a vital role in the development of the country.

“For the country to move forward, it needs the participation of women in all spheres of life be it religion, development activities and taking care of families,” she said.

Madam Mutharika said this year’s women Ijtimah theme “the role of women in development” is in line with President Mutharika’s government stance of ensuring that women are promoted in the country.

“I am glad that Islam takes women as an important part of the religion, and women should learn from one another during such forums,” she said.

The First Lady commended the Muslim women for organising the convention, saying the platform should help uplift women and help them, and share experiences on how they can improve their livelihoods.

Madam Mutharika also called for women to take care of their health issues by among other things, ensuring that they go for cervical cancer screening and attend pre-natal services to prevent maternal complications.

She then stressed the need for women to uplift one another and not pull each other down.

In her remarks, Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security, Cecilia Chazama, called on the Muslim women to educate their children, especially girls.

She said educating girls would help them to be self-reliant in future, hence support their families and end poverty.

National Chairlady of Muslim Women Organisation of Malawi (MWO), Fatima Ndaila, said contrary to people’s opinion that women in the religion are oppressed; the Muslim women are respected and play a big role.

She said the Muslim women should be hardworking and loving to others, irrespective of their religion.

Ndaila called on government not to allow people who take pictures for identity cards to order Muslim women to remove hijabs (Head covers), saying this is an infringement to their rights.

“A Muslim woman is identified by her dressing and removing the hijabs for identity cards is therefore unfair to the women,” she said.

The convention was also attended by Muslim women from Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Tanzania.

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Wetema Kili
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Santana, I have been following your comments which by default gives me a hint on the unique way your mind thinks. How do you relate wearing pattern to votes. So in your mind when you see the first citizen and first lady participating on events, then that translate to votes. Amwene tasinthani maganizidwe!

oki
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It is an insult to Moslems for Mrs Mutharika to wear their religious gear and for Mutharika to wear a Msuli. The same way we Catholics would not be happy for a Moslem who visits our church to wear the rosary. Let us separate the two.

benjones
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USING RELIGION FOR MA VOTES. SHAME!!!!

Achi
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Koma campaign tiyaluka nayo

Santana
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Seeking cheap sympathy. Za ziiii. Mukuona ngati anthu adzavotera dpp chifukwa chakuti getrude wavala hijab??? Koma muvutika.

Safari
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Santana iwe !!
Tsopano iwe ukuganidza kuti asilamu adzabvotera MCP chifukwa chakuti MIA wapita kuti kumeneko ?
Shallow thinking my brother, and PLEASE give us a break…

Billy Chilewani
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I believe the function demanded that she wears hijab. Now is it a crime that she respected the Ijitamah but wearing the required head gear in line with Islamic teachings? I strongly believe that the organisers of such events gave the State house on the dress code just like in some functions where you are required to put on a black suit even though when it is hot. Politics aside. Religiously to any well meaning Moslem, did she violate any rules???

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