Muslims in the country wants government to declare Muhammad’s birthday a public holiday as it is the case with other 51 countries in the world.
Executive director for Al-Traq Qadeia Sunni Association Faizal Aboo made the request today during this year’s Ziyarah Parade which marks the birthday of Prophet Muhammad.
“We are asking you our brother Atupele Muluzi to take this request to the President to consider declaring this day a national public holiday for the sake of about five million Muslims in Malawi.
“Malawi as a democratic country needs to consider us, Muslims, to celebrate this birthday while at home and that those working should be given a full day of celebrations,” said Aboo.
Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Atupele Muluzi, who represented President Peter Mutharika, said he would extend the request to the president for consideration. However, he was quick to urge all Muslims in the country to work together and be united as he described the birthday as ‘very important’.
The parade—which started at 10 am from Kanjedza Muslim Jamaat to Mpingwe Sports Club—had many guests including some from Mozambique.