Mia calls for peaceful co-existence among Malawi Muslims

Chairperson for the Mia Foundation, Alhaj Mohammed Sidik Mia has called on Muslims in the country to live in harmony and help Government in its efforts of improving people’s living standards.

Speaking during the launch of Muslim Women Association Inter-District Jalasa camping in Mangochi recently as Guest of Honour, Mia said Islam is a religion that promotes love, noting that there was need therefore for the Muslim faithful to love one another and help each other in times of need.

“Nowadays, we are able to gather freely like this which was not the case in the past during the time of our forefathers since our grandparents were being killed once found preaching about Islam while others were being taken into captivity,” Mia said.

Mia visits the Mosque
Mia visits the Mosque

Mia who made a public appearance after resigning from active politics a couple of months ago said he was now free to do his charitable work, admitting that politics was consuming much of his time.

“My whole concentration is now on my project which I have initiated which is called Mia Foundation. The foundation will be addressing a lot of issues like paying school fees for the needy, assisting the elderly and assisting business people with some soft loans,” he added.

Chairlady for Muslim Women Association in Malawi, Hawa Shaibu said the Muslim Women Association was doing a lot of charitable activities, especially to uplift the lives of orphans and vulnerable children among other things.

“During the course of our work, we face a lot of challenges. We have 16 hectares of land where we would like to start a farm but we do not have enough money for the project. As if that is not enough, we do not have enough funding to reach out to all the needy,” Shaibu said.

Shaibu pointed out that it was sad to see some Muslim women wearing black and white uniform belonging to the Muslim Women Association dancing at political functions.

She, therefore, discouraged the members not to use the uniform during political rallies, noting that they were however, free to do that in their own capacity not as Muslim Women Association.

Shaibu while describing the conduct by such women as being disrespectful to the Muslim religion also condemned the behavior.

During the function, Mia donated K2million and twenty cows to the Muslim Women Association to help the group in their daily activities.

The Jalasa camping was celebrated under the theme: ‘Vision of Muslim Women towards Islam.’

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