Muslims in Mangochi have joined the bandwagon to observe Eid al adha prayers on Tuesday. This comes amid Confusion that has emerged in the Muslim community on the day to celebrate Eid al adha. The confusion has come about when the community is divided on the actual day of the celebrations.
Chairperson of the Muslim Association of Malawi (MAM) for Mangochi district Sheikh Adam Imran has confirmed the development.
“Muslims in Mangochi are praying Eid al adha on Tuesday and not on Wednesday. The world including Macca in Saudi Arabia will pray on Tuesday. Today is the day of Arafat (very special day for making dua) so why should we pray on Wednesday when though whole world is praying on Tuesday except few individuals who are serving their own interest,” said sheikh Imran.
This is in contrast to the official statement from National Ruyatul Hilaal Committee which said the sacrifice festival will be performed on Wednesday.
Muslims who insist to perform Eid on Tuesday say that it does not make sense to pray on other day since Pilgrims will be on Mount Arafat on Monday saying it is required to perform Salaat the following day.
Some of the jamaat that will pray on Tuesday include Mkwate in Machinjiri, Lunzu, and Zomba, some parts of Lilongwe and Mangochi.
Meanwhile, Nikkah and other Islamic functions (NIFA) will conduct their prayers on Wednesday as endorsed by Majilis Ulama, President of the association Aman Kunje has said.
“We are going to pray on Wednesday at kamuzu upper stadium as usual,” said Kunje.
Reporting by Hassan Bhoma, Correspondent