The Atwarikatul Qadria Sunni Muslim Association (AQSA), organisers of Ziyara parade in Blantyre an Islamic annual gathering marking the birth of prophet Muhammad – May Peace Be Upon Him – has called for restraint among people expected to attend this year’s Ziyara parade .
Briefing journalists in Blantyre ahead of the main event scheduled for this Sunday November 10, Muhammad Abu, Media Coordinator for the parade warned people wanting to attend the event that it is not a demonstration of any sort and hence he advised them to refrain from causing havoc.
He said they have deployed over 70 police officers who are expected to provide security during the day but he said he doesn’t expect them to fire tear gas as this is a celebration.
Abu also advised political party leaders that would join the celebrations which is expected to attract over 60,000 people in Blantyre alone to advise their followers to maintain order.
He further advised people attending the event to bring extra water so they can avoid dehydration as the country is still experiencing hot temperatures .
“We are hopeful that this year’s Ziyara parade shall go on smoothly. Of course the country is still in a hostile political atmosphere and we are also experiencing hot temperatures at the moment but we are optimistic that this won’t affect our celebrations”, said Abu.
Prior to ziyara parade, AQSA embarked on charitable activities in fulfilment of Prophet Muhamad’s teachings with the grouping expected to donate to patients at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital on Surtady 9th November.
Over one million Muslims across the country are expected to participate in this year’s ziyara parade in the country’s major cities of Blantyre,Mzuzu and Lilongwe which marks the birth of prophet Muhammad which falls on the third month of Muslim lunar calendar.
However, government is yet to declare the day a public holiday despite several calls from the Muslim community.