The National Islamic Ijtima Committee (NIIC) has announced that this yearâ€™s Muslim annual gathering will run from September 7 to September 9, 2012.
NIIC media and public relations Officer Abdul Aziz Onile said this follows the executive meeting held at Malawi Sun Hotel on May 24 where the new committee was formed and abolished the parallel executive that was appointed separately.
“Now we have one national executive committee that will oversee the smooth running of this yearâ€™s Ijtima. We met national chairman for Muslim Association of Malawi (MAM) Sheikh Muhammad Idrissah and National Zakaat Fund Chairman Brother Austin Biton Ajawa where all differences were ironed out.
“The national organising committee was set up from both parties which dissolved their separate committees for the betterment of all Muslims in the country and this means all the misunderstandings have been buried,” said Onile.
He said the dialogue to bring the two leaders together started in Blantyre on Friday, May 18, and concluded in Lilongwe the following day.
Onile said having two separate committees for this yearâ€™s Ijtima created confusion among the Muslim community which strongly believes that Islam promotes peace, unity, tolerance and justice among others.
Because of the differences, Muslims in the country failed to hold Ijtima in 2011.