Muslim Association of Malawi (MAM) has asked Member of Parliament for Chiradzulu East Constituency Honourable Henry Musa to apologise for allegedly ‘attacking Islam’.
Malawi Muslims Official Website has learnt that on September 1, during the installation ceremony of Senior Chief Kadewere in Chiradzulu, Musa pronounced one of the Quran proportions Laa ilaaha illallah (meaning there no god worthy of worship but Allah alone), as ‘lahii lahii laa laa’, which MAM describes as “disdainfulness and desecration against Islam”.
“Incorrect pronunciation of such portions yet exacerbates the situation and tantamount to attack on Islam. It should be noted on the other hand that any attack on Islam is an attack on its followers who are at the same time bonafide Malawian Muslim citizens. It follows that Muslims will not forever be akimbo in passiveness and given all their freedom of worship while their religion is being attacked.
“We, in this regard, consider as an attack on Islam what the Hon. Member of Parliament for Chiradzulu East Constituency Mr. Henry Musa did… With due respect and out of his conscience, we would like to ask the Hon MP to honourably apologise to the Muslim community on the mistake he committed,” reads part of the press statement released by MAM made available to this website.
MAM further believes that honourable Musa, either did not consult the learned Muslims of the correct pronunciation of the words out of his disregard for their status or that he deliberately twisted them to attract disgust for the religion.
“The Hon. MP could have easily used the Yao language which he himself and the majority of the gathering at the venue comprehend. This statement therefore should serve as a warning to all those who mock and jeer at the only true religion of Islam. Those who do not know should use their own senses to consult those with knowledge about Islam before they do anything else,” says the statement signed by MAM Secretary General Sheikh Dr Salmin Omar.
Honourable Musa was not available for a comment.