Chairperson of Mia Foundation, Sidik Mia has asked Muslims in the country to peacefully coexist with people of other religious affiliations to foster unity for the countrys prosperity.
Mia made the call after donating food items meant for breaking Iftah during this Moslem Holy month of Ramadhan in Mangochi on Wednesday.
He said it is important to remind people of other religious persuasions that coexistence was critical to the countrys development which would foster growth.
“Malawi being a God fearing nation automatically becomes an inter — denomination country where there are many religions. It is important, therefore, to live in harmony to develop the country together,” Mia said, adding that the Islamic religion stands for peace.
Mia said the Islamic teaching has an aspect of charity, observing that doing charity is a must for every Muslim who can afford to donate.
He added that giving alms is one of the pillars of Islam to ensure that those in need benefit from such charitable activities.
“Both as a Muslim and somebody who believes in the Islamic faith, I consider it as an important aspect that every year in this Holy Month I should be able to donate and give out to my fellow Muslims by distributing food items and sometimes even money to help them start some small scale businesses,” Mia added.
Speaking in a separate interview, one of the beneficiaries, Sister Diana Matola thanked Mia Foundation for the timely donation, saying the food items were relevant to the needs of Muslims for starting and breaking the fasting in the morning and evening respectively.
Matola, therefore, appealed to other Muslims to emulate the example set by the Mia Foundation, saying there were many Muslims who fail to observe the Holy Month because of inadequate food supplies.
Moslems throughout the world are observing the Holy Month of Ramadhan which started on June 7 and may come to an end early July depending on the sighting of the moon.