By Jameson Chauluka & Feston Malekezo
The Muslim Association of Malawi (Mam) has asked Malawians to remain united regardless of their political affiliations as the country goes to fresh presidential election next month.
Speaking on this year’s Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations, Sunday, Mam spokesperson, Sheikh Dinala Chabulika, said Malawians should continue praying so that the outcome of the election should be favourable to the majority.
Chabulika then encouraged people to vote wisely by ushering into power leaders that would develop the country.
“We are urging our people to pray for this country so that it remains united. We are all Malawians and politics should not divide. At the end of the day, this is the only county we have,” he said.
Chabulika then said this year’s month of Ramadan has been one of the most difficult in history due to the Covid-19 pandemic as the government placed restrictions on public gatherings, among others.
“It was very difficult because it was the first time to experience such kind of restrictions. But we shall continue praying for the country so that the pandemic should end soon and that it should not have devastating effects in this country,” he said.
In Blantyre Sheikh Abbas Vinjenje, during prayers marking the end of fasting in the month of Ramadan, urged Muslims to pray for the country as it battles the spread of Covid-19.
Sheikh Vinjenje has also encouraged Muslims to observe hygiene and other Covid-19 prevention measures being championed by health experts.
“Hygiene is part of Islam. Prophet Muhammad encouraged all Muslims to be clean at all times. This is nothing new. So as we are praying for the country, make sure that you wash your hands regularly and also isolate yourselves when you show signs of Covid-19,” he said.
Everyone who attended the prayers at Kamuzu Upper Stadium was being asked to wash their hands and use hand sanitisers before joining the prayers to fight the spread Covid-19.
In a separate interview, Sheikh Jaffar Kawinga of Qadriah Muslim Association said Eid-ul-Fitr is an important occasion as Muslims celebrate the completion of fasting for 30 days as commanded by their religion.
This year’s Eid-ul-Fitr was celebrated under theme Islam and the Covid-19 pandemic.