Home Affairs and Internal Security Minister Uladi Mussa has moved to accuse opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) for inciting Muslims in Lilongwe to hold special prayers asking God to punish him.
A section of Muslims reportedly during Eid ul-Fitr prayers last asked God to punish Mussa for allegedly castigating UDF 2014 presidential candidate Atupele Muluzi.
But Mussa accused Sheikh Amin Tawakali who led the prayers for of working for UDF.
“They are serving the interest of UDF,” claimed Mussa.
He said UDF with influence from former president Bakili Muluzi- a Mosque going Moslem – has taken a position against the use of Muslim women at political functions especially those putting on hijab.
But Mussa, a former Madrassa teacher, said Islam encourages women to wear a hijab regardless of where they are going.
He said the prayers will not shake him as he is also praying to the same God for his “protection.”
Sheikh Tawakali said he the prayers and asking God to punish Mussa claiming that all efforts to caution the minister on his speeches allegedly against a fellow Muslim have yielded nothing.
Tawakali said “ Islam preaches love and not castigation of each other for political reasons.”
UDF spokesperson Ken Ndanga has distanced his party from the prayers against Mussa in Lilongwe, saying they don’t want to interfere with religious gatherings because UDF members belong to different religions.
Earlier this year, Mussa was asked by his fellow Moslems to drop chanting Islamic slogan La ilaha illa Allah at political rallies of ruling People’s Party.
La ilaha illa Allah is an Arabic transliteration which means “there is no god but Allah.”
Mussa was chanting the slogan at political rallies where he was breaking into a series of songs from various denominations, symbolising the demise of Peoples Party’s foes.
A group calling itself the Lilongwe Muslim Concern complained to Muslim Association of Malawi (MAM) over what it clled the desecration and trivialisation of Islam by Mussa when making speeches at PP rallies.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :