Malawi Muslims asked to propagate their religion with open arms

A strong call has gone out to Muslims in Malawi to handsomely contribute towards efforts that aims to uplift the status of Islam in the country.

The call from Director of a local Islamic NGO, Al-Baraka Charity Trust, Ibrahim Milanzi, was made on Sunday during the prize presentation ceremony to winners of Quran Recitation Competition held at Iqra Propagation Centre in the commercial capital Blantyre.

Milanzi said some Islamic developments in the country are below standard because most Muslims shun contributing to the issues that would help uplift their religion.

He appealed to Muslim parents to encourage their children to participate in such a competition which he said does not only help preserve the book of Quran but also helps people live according to the will of Allah [God].

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“Malawi would have been a better place to live should Malawians recognize and adhere to the teachings of the Holy Quran because there wouldn’t be stories of advocating for gay rights, increased rape cases, swindling of orphans in the name orphanages since the Quran strongly abhors the practices,” said Milanzi.

Milanzi said he was even disturbed to read from a local newspaper about a man who boasted having a right of marrying a goat.

Speaking at the same function a guest from Saudi Arabia, Muhammad Faizal Khaftan from the World Muslim League said the competition is great testimony that the Quran will be here to stay until the end of the world as this is one way of protecting the book from destruction.

“There is need for every Muslim to commit oneself to the Quran recitation competition so that it should be preserved,” he said.

He also urged those who have mastered memorizing the Holy Book to also know its meaning and practice the teachings.

General Secretary for Muslim Association Malawi Dr Salmin Omar Idruss described the competition as unique saying in his life he has never seen or heard anyone memorizing the Bible word by word because he said it gets revised so often unlike the Quran which is intact.

He described those memorizing the Quran as ‘the living Qurans’ and asked them to stay away from evil deeds to avoid tarnishing the image of the book.

Guest of honour at the event Minister of Transport Sidick Mia asked foreign-based Muslim organisations to commit themselves towards donating to the initiatives that promote Islam in the country.

He asked Muslim leaders to avoid a tendency of showing the foreign visitors improved structures, saying this gives impression that Malawi Muslims are doing better job in uplifting the religious while the truth of the matter is that they are doing a little if not nothing.

“There are a lot of Madrassas in the country which are in poor state, so when you are showing these visitors Islamic establishments you should take them to these poor structures. Don’t take them to nice structures like those run by the Al Baraka Trust, it sends a wrong signal because those in poor state outnumber those in good state,” he said.

The winners in the completion went away with assorted prizes including, cash, bicycles, cell phones and mattresses.

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