As the country gears up for next year’s Tripartite Elections, Muslims in the country have called on political party leaders and the electorate to ensure peaceful campaign and voting process.
In various messages to celebrate the end of Ramadan with the Eid-ul-Fitr festival on Friday, Muslims also prayed for the country’s harmony and evolution.
During prayers at Mpingwe Sports Club in Limbe, Blantyre, chairperson of Limbe Muslim Jamaat Abdul Gaffar Jakhura prayed for a non-violent and impartial election “for the good of the nation.”
“Islam is a religion of peace and as we prepare for the forthcoming elections, as Muslims, we urge the leaders [political] and prospective voters to exercise peace throughout the electoral process.
“Co-existence must at all times prevail while we pray that everyone looks at the need for next year’s elections to be peaceful, fair and credible for the progress of our nation,” said Jakhura.
On his part, one of the country’s prominent and influential Muslims Uladi Mussa urged Malawians, regardless of their religious or political affiliations, to desist from criminal acts ahead of the polls.
“Let us always apply tranquillity as we approach these elections. I also urge every Muslim to stay harmoniously with members of other denominations because there shall never be a time when Malawi will only have Christians or Muslims, so there is need to co-exist, live and speak peace,” he said.
The veteran Salima South legislator also asked Muslims to further their secular as well as Arabic education because “the greatest enemy of Islam is ignorance”.