Muslims send message of love to Christians during Ziyara: Procession to mark Prophet of Islam’s birthday

Paramount Chief Kawinga the supreme leader for the Yao community who was the guest of honour at this year’s Ziyara parade – the Holy Birthday of the Prophet Muhammad, Milad un Nabi – in Blantyre says he sees no reason for Christians and Muslims in the country not to co-exist.

Muslims celebrate the birth of Prophet Muhammad
Paramount Chief Kawinga: Peace and unity
Malawi Muslims in The annual Holy Procession

Kawinga said Islam and Christianity are but one religion and should not bring division  amongst them in any area of development.

He added that just like the Holy book of Quran teaches about Prophet Muhammad (may peace be upon him), the same Quran also teaches about  Jesus Christ in Surah of Mariam.

“There is no reason why Muslims and Christians should fight each other. The same Quru’an which teaches us about Prophet Muhammad also teaches us about Jesus Christ.  Therefore a Muslim who despises a Christian is not a genuine Muslim and also a Christian who despises a Muslim is not a real Christian,” said Kawinga.

The calls for coexistence come barely a week after Muslims and Christians clashed at Mangochi turn-off in Liwonde after two Muslim girls were prevented from attending class while wearing a Islamic head gear, hijab, at M’manga Primary School.

Kawinga, however, acknowledged that  there could be school ownership wrangles among churches  in the eastern region which he said is a sad development and hence he appealed for Muslim non governmental  organisations (NGOs) to build more schools for the Muslim community.

Also speaking at this year’s  Ziyara celebrations held under the theme ‘Islam the Religion of Peace for Mankind’ was Muhammad Abdul Jabbar, Coordinator for the AT-Tariqatul Qadiriyyah Sunni Muslim Association (AQSA), organisers of Ziyara parade in Blantyre who expressed happiness with non Muslims who also joined the celebrations held on Sunday  at Mpingwe sports club.

However, conspicuously missing at this year’s Ziyara parade in Blantyre  was government representatives and opposition political party leaders unlike in previous years when cabinet ministers and opposition political party leaders joined the commemorations.

In Lilongwe, they marched from Area 3 Mosque (Madrassah Noor Ul Islam) to Muslim Sports Club in Area 2.

The birthday of Prophet Muhammad falls on the Third Islamic Month is celebrated all over the world. During the celebrations, Muslims decorate their houses, offices and streets and give all types of gifts (Sadaqa and Khayraat), increase good deeds and have procession to show love and respect for their prophet.

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winstonmsowoya
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winstonmsowoya

AFFAN,THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR COMMENTS AND THAT I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST.IN FACT,I DID NOT SLEEP WITH YOUR QUEEN MOTHER AND FOR YOUR INFORMATION,IAM A COMMITED CHRISTIAN THE RELIGION OF ONE GOD THE ALL MIGHTY.

Thengere Boy
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I don’t think. I think your an ethicist.

winstonmsowoya
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winstonmsowoya

THENGERE BOY,WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN THE FORESTS?IT SEEMS TO ME THAT YOU ARE A MISGUIDED PUNK WHO DO NOT KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING.HOWEVER,I WOULD NOT URGE WITH YOU BECAUSE PEOPLE WOULD NOT KNOW WHO IS A GUILE.I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST OF LUCK.

Thengere Boy
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Your comment has exposed you. You don’t read a bible. Either you read a bible upside down. By the way women are being beaten and stripped in Karonga for wearing min skits and bum shorts. Tell me how many muslim women have been stripped for wearing Hijab. Take your thengere thinking and think out of the box.

winstonmsowoya
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winstonmsowoya

IS ISLAM A RELIGION TO BE PROUD OF? HAVE YOU LOST YOUR SENSES YOU FOOL? AND HOW ABOUT BOKO HARAMU?

Proud to be a Muslim
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Proud to be a Muslim

Christianity came into malawi long after islam. Muslims have coexisted peacefully. It is a shame that schools funded with tax payers Money have been hijacked by narrow minded Christians. How can a school funded by government go against the constitutional rights. It is these fools that create enmity and break the trust of a nation. They must be taken to task and publicly apologize for this nonsense. Malawians of all religion, culture and tribe wake up and STOP this discrimination. Schools are a place where the leaders of tomorrow are born. No board or religion can allow discrimination in schools.… Read more »

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Guest
Top

Why didn’t you comment when Rastafarian children in Thyolo district were being denied to go to school with dreadlocks. It’s not about religion but if the school is funded by government and there is a uniform, let everyone wear the uniform. Why should they be treated any differently.

George
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George

Proud Muslim, you should have heard what your utterances are point at more that the selective amnesia you have chosen to lean on. First you acknowledge that you are only 6million (a figure which can be contested but for argument sake let use it) what that means is that there are more people of other faith than Muslims. So why would you think that the agitation of 6million people would overtake that of the remaining majority? The issue of uniformity is about uniformity of learners and has nothing to do with depriving a sector of education, It is about Uniformity… Read more »

Kaitano
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Kaitano

It doesn’t matter who first came between Christians and Muslims, you should not boast yourself as if you are right here, the school you are talking about is not a Government school where there was clashes, it is a Mission school of Anglican, have you ever see a Christian carrying a Bomb in any other Country? Have you? Don’t blame Christians just because you seem to feel bad of what they want. Don’t tell us that you are a peaceful religious as if we don’t see you and or follow what other Countries are going through while you are there… Read more »

winstonmsowoya
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winstonmsowoya

MALAWIANS,DO NOT BEILIEVE THAT CHRISTIANITY AND BOKOHALAM ARE THE SAME. CHRISTIANS ARE PEACEFUL PEOPLE WHILE MUSLIMS ARE DESTRUCTIVE AND SENSELESS..MUSLIMS MEN FUCK ThEIR WIVES IN THE STINKING ASSHOlLE.THESE BABARIANS ARE THE DESTROYERS OF PEACE IN THE WORLD.THESE THUGS DO NOT RESPECT THE EXISTENCE OF CHRISTIANITY.IN EUROPE,THE MUSLiMS ARE PLAYING HAVOC INSTEAD OF RESPECTiNG THE WHITE PEOPLE WHO RECEIVED THEM AFTER ABANDONING THEIR UNCIVILIZED COUNTRIES WITH BITTING SHORTAGE OF RESOURCES.MALAWIAN CHRISTIANS DO NOT GIVEUP DEFENDING OUR PRIDE AND CIVILIZATION DO NOT ALLOW THESE UNCIVILISED MUSLIMS DESTROY OUR WAY OF LIVING.MALAWIANS,WE MUST STAND TOGETHER IN DEFENDING OUR COUNTRY AND CULTURES.WHERE YOU ARE!,SUPPORT… Read more »

AFFAN
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AFFAN

WINSTON
YOUR FATHER WASTED HIS SPERM ON YOU . INFACT , YOU WERE BORN OUT OF WEDLOCK AND THAT IS WHY YOUR BRAINS DON’T FUCTUON PROPERLY.

Thengere Boy
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Leave this Tumbuka brainless person. If the UN has challenged the Hijab ban who is he?? By the way Roman Catholic sisters has headscarfs, Jews and Hindus have too, because dressed covering the body in women prevents a spirit of lust in men like Winston Msowoya. So leave this man from Thengere who uses text boom approach in everything.

Muthu
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God is one, and Jesus Christ is his only begotten son.
God created the world and everything in it including believers and nonbelievers through JC. By implication Abraham, prophets and anyone else are children of the Christ!
I am aware that most followers of the prophet Muhammad consider him to be more recent harbinger of God’s word. Now ask yourself if the prophet would have disagreements with the teachings of JC. This would be like the pot asking the potter why it was made in a particular fashion!

Mtete
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I have coexisted with Moslems for ages and have had no friction with them. Every Friday Ijhave joked with them to ensure they don’t miss the prayer session and request they don’t forget to pray for us.

This is what has made me to accept that the true Moslems are indeed peaceful. But, as usual, there some radicals whose daily wish is to cause conflict between Moslems and Christians. These are the suicide bomber type. They should not be given a chance to cause trouble.

To God/Allah be praise

Lum Cee
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Lum Cee

If we can have many leaders like this Malawi can surely develop. Muslims and Christians just worship one God, the God of Abraham, therefore, we have one Father for God is the Father of all.

Muonosile
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Muonosile

Sorry man. you are wrong. Christians worship God who is three in one [The Holy Trinity, THE FATHER ,THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT] Muslims don’t hence the two parties worship differently and purely different Gods.

Concerned Citizen
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Concerned Citizen

I think sometimes people are just compelled to comment on issues that are not well investigated. Could our journalists please give us well-investigated stories. Is this school fully controlled by Anglican Church (Built by the Anglican community and the teachers are under Anglican )? or is it a government school built on Anglican owned land? or is it an Anglican school handed over to the government? I have reserved my comment on this issue because some pieces informations are missing.

Reporter
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Reporter

This is very Sensitive. Personally i think If I had a school , and I am allowing people of other faiths into my school, they can wear what they want. Because the dressing does not change a Person. Since a man is Spirit, Soul and his Body, I would want to understand man from his Spirit and soul first. What he wears does not really Identify him. I think I can coexist with him/her.

Lum Cee
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Lum Cee

I fully agree with you, even rasta children I don’t know why they can’t be educated up to now anywhere else in Malawi. 🙈

Kaitano
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Kaitano

This is not Spiritual matters wawa, it’s about school which has a school uniform