Muslim group triggers controversy, claims ‘women not leaders’

Muslim Commission for Social Justice (MCSJ) has sparked controversy with comments according to Islamic teachings, a woman is not supposed to be a leader of any kind.

Speaking at a news conference n Lilongwe Thursday, MCSJ Executive Director Abdul Aziz Shouaib Jameson said as per the Islamic religion teachings, any nation led by a woman has and will never prosper.

The organization statement comes following what Jameson said Muslim Association of Malawi (MAM) chairperson Sheikh Muhammad Idrissah and Sheikh  Ibrahim Matola told President  Joyce Banda that Muslims in the country have agreed to vote for her in the forthcoming Tripartite elections.

“We never sat down as Muslims to discuss who to vote for, and we will never do that,” said Jameson.

Jameson: Women are not leaders according to Islam
Jameson: Women are not leaders according to Islam
Sheik Idruss Mahomed:: Under fire
Sheik Idruss Mahomed:: Under fire

“Every Muslim will vote according to the teachings of Islam on what constitute a good leader and for someone to say that women can be leaders in our religious bodies it is an insult to us.

“Qur’anic verse 4:34 is very clear as it says, ‘Men are in charge of women by [right of] what Allah has given one over the other and what they spend [for maintenance] from their wealth.

“A story is told on hadith no. 4425 that when news reached the Prophet (peace be upon him) that the Persians had appointed Chosroe’s daughter as their ruler, he said: ‘;A nation which placed its affairs in the hands of a woman shall never prosper!” he said.

Jameson cited the issues of Cashgate, the sale of the jet and many other issues surrounding the current leadership as examples of effects of a woman leadership.

The organization has also warned the Peoples Party (PP) to stop using Muslim women as dancers in Hijab in their political rallies.

“In Islam, a woman is not supposed to speak before grown up men, what the PP is doing is not only insulting the religion but also exposing the nakedness of our women. Sometimes we tend to wonder as to why this time only? We had the Malawi Congress Party (MCP), United Democratic Front (UDF) and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) leaderships and they never dared to insult our religion.

“Should our religion be demonized because of our poverty or the power vested upon someone in leadership? Now that MAM chairperson has joined the bandwagon of those insulting the religion instead of defending it, he should step down and go into politics,” he said.

MAM chairperson Idruss Mohammed is being accused of campaigning for PP.

He has however refused to resign, saying he is not campaigning for Banda but sensitising Muslims to appreciate her generosity on maize distribution.

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