Limbe Islamic Information Bureau (IIB) Coordinator has said it is unfortunate to learn from someone who claims to be a sheikh in the country suggesting that those practicing homosexuality should be accepted by religious leaders and the communities and be loved and taken care of by protecting their rights.
Sheikh Ahmad Chienda said this in reaction to a news article carried in the Nation on Sunday on 20th October 2013 which quoted Mr Mdala Ali Tambuli saying he is in favor of gay rights saying homosexuals need love and understanding from religious leaders and the society.
Tambuli who is based in Namwera, Mangochi condemned homophobia against gays just as other sinners like those practicing witchcraft, sex worker and womanizers saying if people protect these sinners then why they can’t do the same for gays.
“As religious leaders we are saying nowhere in the Bible or Quran it is written that homosexuality is supposed to be there or promoted. On the other hand what we are saying is that people who are practicing this are supposed to be served on three things – be given love, protection and also we have to look after them because they are human beings and are totally entitled to all human rights,” said Tambuli.
Tambuli is said to have made the controversial remarks in Blantyre on the sidelines of a sexual reproductive health and rights with special focus on minority.
But Sheikh Chienda described the remark as unfortunate and said IIB is upset and don’t understand how could such controversial statement come from a sheikh. He said that the only love that can be shown to these people is telling them to stop practicing homosexuality because it’s a sin before the Almighty Allah.
“What he has said brings confusion in the society because it is sending a wrong signal in regard to Islam’s stance on this sinful act. What should be done is to tell people stop indulging themselves in such sinful acts not protecting their rights.
“And you know that they (gays) are on the wrong side, the best way one can do is to tell them to stop the sin. But not loving them to condone their activities or protecting their rights – that’s not the best way to go. Remember Allah the Almighty punished people of Lot because of the same act. Based on the holy Quran, these sinners just like any other sinners can’t be protected. Even those who indulge in adultery and robbery the holy book has put punishment for them,” said highly charged Chienda.
Meanwhile, Sheikh Chienda has asked his fellow sheikhs to avoid making these controversial remarks that are not in line with the Islamic teachings.
“Sheikhs are put in tricky manner because they don’t get much as a salary. And most of the times when they attend such events they are paid heftily. But we should not sell our deen and iman because of these worldly things. Let’s focus on hereafter. Normally people want to use a single mistake we make in order to achieve their goals. 2012 afro barometer survey found that 95 percent of Malawians said rejected homosexuality because of religion,” he said.
Muslim Association of Malawi is to make its official statement on the matter.
Reporting by Ali Blessings Idi
Its just unfortunate that guns are not sold here in malawi, else i could have bought a very nice and powerful one and shoot this person who calls himself a sheikh to death Wallah.
may Allah forgive Mr Tambuli ..sakudziwa chomwe akunena
As far as i know, Tambuli should never ever be regarded as a Sheikh. Muslims across the country should not tolerate this kind of stupidity that everyone knowing three or four suurahs form the Qur’an is a sheikh… because these people whom they call sheikh judge matters based on their personal views…
May be he was quoted out of context otherwise. I know him very well; I don’t think he would want to compromise the Deen with anything else.
Mbiyaa syelee! Nambo achalongo a chimjangu kusangalala ni ma allowance mpaka pele? Kusaka kusangalasya mundu mmalo mwa kunsangalasya Allah? Tuli mu ndawi jakusausya kobasi! Tuwende Allah atujongolele ku ichindu yambone! Ameen
So sad they talk in the name of Islam.
Atumidwa…ufulu audziwa liti amenewa?
Listen to what he said before you condemn him, sometimes papers deliberately or accidentally distort what was said to achieve their own objectives. If however he really said that gays should be tolerated then I say he did that in his personal capacity and not somebody presenting the stand of Islam on the issue of homosexuality. Islam does not condone even a millimetre of homosexuality
He is a shame to our ummah. I hope he repents and ask Allah to guide him, otherwise he is wrecked
Shehe muyende jamat mukapange tauba
He must be fired.ndimunafiq
munafiq ameneyo akuononga deen.