Muslim Association of Malawi (MAM) Trustees Vice Chairman Honourable Sidik Mia who is also Minister of Transport of Transport and Public Infrastructure yesterday donated a cheque of MK1Million to the Muslim Council of Theologians (Majilis Ulama) as one way of helping the organisation to conduct its affairs effectively.
Mia made the donation during Iftaar programme which he organised at his Kabula residence in Blantyre where scores of Muslim leaders were invited.
The ruling party’s Vice Chairman for the Southern region said Majilis Ulama is very vital organisation in the Muslim community hence needs a lot of support.
“It is just a starter pack because I have seen that they sometimes struggle to conduct their affairs effectively due to lack of funds. I know that even what I have given them is not enough but I just wanted to open the door for others who may also wish to come in and assist,” said Mia.
Apart from Majilis Ulama, other organisations that also benefitted from Mia’s gesture include Mangochi Muslim Women organisation, which also received MK1million, Kalamba Masjid in Balaka MK400, 000 and Mathanjezi Masjid in Mangochi which got MK300, 000.
If this is not enough, the Minister also donated a 3-ton vehicle to Mangochi Funeral Services, one minibus to Kanjedza Sisters in Blantyre and one Minibus to Balaka Women Organisation.
Mia who has been applauded by many Muslims in the country for his heart of giving said, “It is a tradition of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) that whoever has the capacity to help others should do so. I try my best to help others with whatever Allah has given me and if HE wills I will continue to do so.
“My humble request to all Muslim organisations in the country is that they should utilize me this time when I am in government. This is your opportunity. If there is anything you think we can do together that will uplift the lives of Muslims in the country, please don’t hesitate contact me. I am available and we can do whatever we can for the development of Islam in the country.”
The Honourable Minister advised the organisations to pull out their socks saying they have a capacity to do more things which change the lives of people in the country.
“We need hospitals. We need schools and masjid in all parts of this country. These things will not just be used by Muslims but other people from other denominations will benefit as well,” said Mia.
Each year, Mia organises Iftaar programme at his home residence as one way of bringing all Muslim leaders together in order to discuss some issues that affect the Muslim community in the country and try to find possible solutions to those problems.