Malawi Muslim Council endorses abortion  bill

A group of Sheikh’s leaders from different Muslim organisations in the country which are under the Qadriyyah Muslim Association of Malawi (QMAM)  through Qadriyyah Ulama Council in Malawi (QUCM)  has come out to openly support the controversial proposed Termination of Pregnancy Bill.

The Muslim leaders calls on members of Parliament to pass the Bill when it is tabled in the august House.

The grouping officials on Monday came out in the open to support the bill which has been sharply criticised by some Christians and Muslims.

Addressing the media at Anne’s Lodge in Zomba,  the Islamic organisation stressed that its support for the bill is based on the religion’s teachings and laws.

Flanked by members of the Dawa Association of Malawi and the Islamic Commission for Justice and Freedom, the grouping explains that its stance does not mean a blanket acceptance for abortion.

It cited probable physical or mental injury to the pregnant woman, serious malformation of the foetus, pregnancy resulting from rape and incest as well as likelihood of loss of life for the woman as reasonable instances to proceed with pregnancy termination.

In an interview with Nyasa Times QMUCM Vice Chairperson Omar Jimu Sulaimana  said: “After going through the document which the Law Commission prepared and submitted to the Parliament  we’ve realised that   the Commission agreed that despite arbotion being illegal in the country, there should be other exceptional instances where it can  be performed.”

Sulaimana continued:”For example the document says a woman can terminate the pregnancy due to some conditions like when the continued Pregnancy will endanger the life of the pregnant women, where the termination is necessary to prevent injury to the physical or mental health of pregnant woman, when there is a severe malformation of the foetus which will affect it’s viable or compatibility with life  and if the pregnancy is a result of rape, incest as well as  defilement which is also available in the books of Islamic jurisprudence where it justifies the permission to terminate the pregnancy based on valid health and medical justifications,”.

In her remarks executive member of  Muslim Women Organisation in Malawi Khadijah Mdala-Mwawa added that there is a need for Malawi to pass the arbotion bill and that Muslim leaders will stand up and fight for the bill which she said will help to protect lives of young women and girls.

“As Muslims we are in support of this bill and we promise to take part in pushing our legislators to make this bill as a law because it will play a bigger role by reducing unnecessary deaths, disabilities among women just to mention a few.

” But It should also be noted that while Islam permits preventing pregnancy for valid reasons, it does not allow violating the pregnancy once it occurs unnecessarily. Muslim jurists agree unanimously that after the foetus is completely formed and has been given a soul, arboting it is haram,” Mdala-Mwawa.

Coalition to the Prevention of Unsafe Abortion board member Winnie Botha urged those opposing the proposed Bill to read and understand it so that they disseminate correct information to the masses.

She said: “Whether they support it or not, abortions are happening. Less privileged women and girls are forced to procure unsafe abortions because they cannot receive the assistance they need in public hospitals. Many lives are being lost in the process.

Members of parliament are expected to debate the bill during the next meeting of parliament due in February.

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Pewani
Pewani
7 months ago

These people want God to punish Malawi. They don’t want Malawi to open an embassy in Jerusalem, they want same sex marriages, they want abortion etc.

Mlhakho wa Satana
Mlhakho wa Satana
7 months ago

Abortion is not a big deal. Tatayitsa mimba ife

SOFTAZ J ZIMENE
SOFTAZ J ZIMENE
7 months ago

This ridiculous

Kalulu Wadwala
Kalulu Wadwala
7 months ago

Amakonda kumenya plain awa

Hamza
Hamza
7 months ago

Ndi Chapter Chanj Mu Qruan chikulolez kuchots mimba ngat mzimai wagwililidw? Kapen ndi Hadith yanj ikuteroyo
koma dziwan Ich paja Mtumik Muhamad adat Munth akangoyambits chinth choipa adzakhal akulembedwa machimo paiye
Ndionse omwe adzakhale akutsatila chimo limenelo iyeyo adzakhal alinso ndigao lamachimo
Ngakhale atamwalir

FORGIVE THEM
FORGIVE THEM
7 months ago

Do not judge, for you’ll be judged(Mathew 7:1)
But here I’ll judge, religious leaders in their full senses organizing a meeting to discuss abortion?
Really?
I Don’t know what you teach in your mosque, muslim parents in Zomba, becareful please ,change where you send your children for madrassa, these people will your radicalize your children and change their behavior forever

Last edited 7 months ago by FORGIVE THEM
Jah
Jah
7 months ago

mimba yogwililidwa people take emergency pills. Why wait mpaka ikule. Mabanzi alikukamwatu apaa!!

hardy
hardy
7 months ago
Reply to  Jah

not everyone has access to such. Not everyone lives in the city

FIRE MABOMBA
7 months ago

the truth is abortion is happening in our country, in rural and urban areas. govt need to speed up with this law so that people could be getting this service from qualified health centres.

Ku lumbadzi
Ku lumbadzi
7 months ago

Can somebody ask them how much money were they given to support the bill.these folks seem very susceptible to a few kwachas,during the despicable Dppreign with it’s equally despicable alliance partner,all sorts of shady individuals under the guise of supposedly some Muslim organizations,(nothin gIslamic about them,)propagating the virtues of Dpp,whichwas nothing but bunch of thieves and hoodlums.in times we live in a dollar would buy you anything,but there again a bunch of scoundrels hiding behind a religious banner.,giving their fellow Muslims and religion a bad name.

King Filo
King Filo
7 months ago

This is a controversial issue!!!!! for me, I strongly DISAGREE with any kind of abortion. having considered all the facts/statements that the pro abortionist have come up with, it is still illogical, irresponsible, aethiestical, halamical, and uncaring for us as a country to legalize abortion. firstly, if a woma has been raped, why can’t we wait for the girl to give birth and then give the child to the orphanages? Incest serious? in the first place did the people who were involved in the incest act not know that they will have results? actually, if we say that we are… Read more »

Chisale
Chisale
7 months ago
Reply to  King Filo

Why can’t we men let women to decide? They carry the babies not ourselves.

kay
kay
7 months ago
Reply to  King Filo

I think you are a man. If a woman is raped she must have the option to keep or abort. Rape causes mental trauma and forcing her to keep the pregnancy may lead to an unsafe abortion or even suicide. An option doesn’t mean she will have to abort it. She is a victim. Why penalise her more. Some victims are even under age. 13 years old etc. If it was your daughter are you sure you would be against abortion?. Choice is important in some of these things. Always easy to say things until the ball is in your… Read more »

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