Mutharika with Muslim children at Christmas party raise eyebrows: Muslim scholar speaks

The photo opportunity of President Peter Mutharika, First Lady and Muslim youth he hosted at Mzuzu State Lodge on Wednesday as part of Christmas celebration has raised eyebrows from the Islamic community.

President Mutharika and First Lady with Muslim youth after hosting the to Christmas party in Mzuzu

The Muslims who spoke to Nyasa Times say while they appreciate the Head of State hosting a treat to the children, it is unfair to involve Muslim youth to a highly mythical account of the Christian version of the birth of Jesus which is celebrated as Christmas on December 25.

They say it will bring confusion to Muslim  young faithfuls  by their being involved in Christmas celebrations.

Sheikh Salmin Omar Idruss, chairman of the Muslim Association of Malawi, said he considers parading Muslim youth in their religious regalia celebrating Christmas as  un-Islamic

And Islamic scholar Sherif Kaunde, who is also an expert in Islamic Law, said there is no doubt that Islam does not allow Muslims to celebrate any other festival other than Eid al-fitr, a celebration that marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan and Eid Al-Adha as prescribed in the Holy Quran and Sunnah.

“Therefore anything outside these two is considered either an innovation or imitation of others,” Kaunde told Nyasa Times when interviewed.

“It is an innovation in a sense that they are celebrating as a means of drawing close to the Almighty God but with no origin in the scriptures or religious texts. Also an imitation of non-Muslims who celebrate their festivals as a tradition and not as an act of worship,” he argued.

Kaunde, who is also chair of an association of Malawi Muslims in UK , explained that the Holy Quran venerates both Jesus and Virgin Mary by sharing their story of Jesus’ miraculous birth and his ability to perform miracles with the help of God.

However, he said, it is not the practice of Muslims to celebrate the birth of their prophets.

“Christmas has become such a cultural phenomenon and is observed as a tradition and not an act of worship for some people if not the majority. Therefore, imitating these people or taking part in them implies that one is happy with what they are following and in the end that could make them take this opportunity to mislead those who are weak in faith especially the children,” said Kaunde.

He continued: “For many, Christmas is a fun and joyous occasion about being with family and giving. However, celebrating it with those that oppose such a belief no matter their age is unexplainable contradiction and misleadingly wrong.”

Addressing the children who were drawn from Mzuzu city, President Mutharika urged them to work hard in school so that they are able to take up different public positions, including that of state presidency, in the future.

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HD
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These two parties won’t agree forever

Ndi ma rival just like
Derby ya bt

Rina
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Wow! I am impressed! We have truth on both side, its true Islam is a violent religion. Full of hate etc, but again xstian also went thru the same, 3-4 centuries ago, in fact Christians have murdered more than Islam, except they did not have space age weapons then! ( which is good). Muslim are right, xmas is 100% pagan! Its not about Jesus at all. The bottom line about religious people is: you are all able to smell your neighbour’s SH*T but you fail to smell your own!

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Koma xmas bonus mumalandira. Mukuti simu panga chikumbutso pa tsiku lobadwa Prophet want nanga ma ziyara ama página aja ndi chiani?

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Kudya ndi kudya bax……ndsamvenso wna akut few fwe fweeeeeee apa ndmuonetsa nsana wa njira…….kkkkk ndagona ine…….zikanganani.

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Silly scholar.Haven’t we seen christian presidents parading with the muslim believers during eid ul adha in the beautiful city streets of ours?U scholar wa jando eti fwetseki.

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Osadanda.Ku state house kumadibwa za Halaal. Kunalibenso za chipembezo ai. Kudyerera ndi kumwerera basi.

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