Thousands of Muslims in Malawi will take to the streets on Thursday in what is expected to be a colourful parade in celebration of the birthday of Prophet Muhammad, known as Mawlid Nabawi.
The revelation was made by Sheikh Adam Amani Kang’ombe on Tuesday during a news conference which took place at Madrassa Noor in Limbe.
Sheikh Kang’ombe said the parade which will start at 8:30 am will commence from Kanjedza Mosque through Limbe to Standard Bank where women will proceed to Mpingwe Sports Club, while men will turn to the left all the way to Illovo roundabout before connecting to Mpingwe as well.
“We are expecting to receive more than 50,000 people who will take part during this parade,” said Sheik Kang’ombe.
In his message, Sheikh Kang’ombe appealed to all Muslims in the country to live in harmony and love one another, as they will be celebrating the birth of Muhammad.
Sheikh Kang’ombe asserted that throughout his life, Prophet Muhammad preached love and unity.
“My message to all Malawians is that lets forget the past and start the New Year 2016 with full of love towards one another,” he added.
The Sheikh also emphasized the need for different denominations to stop hatred, conflicts and violence against one another.
He therefore, extended a cordial invitation to Christians to be part of this annual event and also wished them all the best as they will be celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ the following day on 25th December.
According to Faizal Aboo, the executive director of the Al-Traq Qadeia Sunni Association, Muslims in the country want the government to declare Propeht Muhammad’s birthday a public holiday.
“Malawi, as a democratic country, needs to consider Muslims to celebrate this birthday while at home,” said Aboo
“Those working should be given a full day off for these celebrations,” he added.
Mawlid Nabawi is a national holiday in Muslim countries.
Government figures suggest that Muslims account for 12 percent of Malawi’s 14 million-strong population, while Muslims puts the number at 36 percent.
Islam is the second largest religion in the country after Christianity.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :