The Muslim Association of Malawi (MAM) says it is happy with the level of understanding among religions in the country and hopes the opening of the Islamic Information Bureau at Ntcheu will go a long way in strengthening the existing unity.
MAM chairperson Idriss Muhammad made the remarks last Sunday when he was the guest of honour at the opening of the bureau.
“Ignorance fuels conflict and misunderstanding. I am confident that this bureau will go a long way in enlightening Muslims and non-Muslims alike on what is and is not Islam,” said Muhammad.
He also hailed Mayi Ayisha Trust which is one of the major donors of Islamic Information Bureau initiatives that have so far seen 14 bureaus opened across the country.
Nashir Mogra, MAM district coordinator for Ntcheu, thanked people who helped with resources to see the information bureau come to life.
Mogra’s remarks were echoed by Senior Chief Kwataine who said Ntcheu is honoured to have the bureau.
Kwataine said the bureau will be a great tool in disseminating information on the upcoming 2014 tripartite elections.
National coordinator of the Islamic Information Bureau, Dinala Chabulika, said Ntcheu is strategically placed as it is a stopover for people travelling between Blantyre and Lilongwe.
The bureau has both secular and theological texts and is open to people of all faiths.
“If all religions know about other religions, there will be greater understanding among religions,” said Chabulika.