A group calling itself the Lilongwe Muslim Concern has complained over what it is calling the desecration and trivialisation of Islam by Minister of Home affairs Uladi Mussa when he is making speeches at political rallies.
The group has since submitted a petition to the Muslim Association of Malawi (MAM) to look into the issue.
The petition was signed by Mussa Time, the group’s secretary, chairperson Bwanali Nkhala and treasurer Jaffali Maloko.
“We, the concerned Muslims of Lilongwe, are complaining with the way honourable Uladi Mussa uses the phrase la lailaha illallah [La ilaha illa Allah] at political rallies.
“Chanting la lailaha illallah is one of the icons of Islam and for him to use it willy-nilly being a Muslim himself is unfortunate. This phrase is only suited for places where there [are] religious activities going on,” reads the petition in part.
Abdulhakim Mussa, MAM chairperson for Lilongwe, acknowledged receipt of the petition and said his office agrees with the concerns.
“We have since requested an audience with the minister and he has told us that he will tell us when to meet after he gets back from wherever he is,” said Mussa.
The minister could not be reached for his reaction to the concerns.
La ilaha illa Allah is an Arabic transliteration which means “there is no god but Allah.”
Mussa has been chanting the slogan at political rallies where he breaks into a series of songs from various denominations, symbolising the demise of Peoples Party’s foes.
He made the latest chants last Sunday when President Joyce Banda launched the Malosa, Nkando, Nsanama and Ntaja Water Supply Project in Zomba.