Muslims girls in the country have been advised to prioritize education if they are to succeed in their lives. The call was made by Mai Aisha Sisters and Youth Aids Programme (MASYAP) at Iqra Islamic Propagation Centre in Blantyre on Saturday June 27, 2015 where they had a pep talk with Muslim girls from Blantyre during the auspicious month of Ramadan.
Speaking at the function, Marriam Khan who is MASYAP support group coordinator advised the girls to abstain from premarital sex and avoid early pregnancies that will likely cost their future.
“I would like to advise our girls to stay away from sexual activities for them to prosper in the future. Girls are the window of hope in Malawi. They should therefore aim at finishing their education and not failing into a trap which will get the HIV and Aids and later face the challenges,” said Khan.
She further asked parents to jealously guard their girls and not to let them do whatever they want to do. “Parents should play a big role to control their children…….not letting their girls to go wild into world,” she said.
Marriam Lally, who gave a motivational speech at the function, echoed Khan’s sentiments and further advised the girls not only to concentrate on secular education but that they should as well balance it with Islamic education.
“It is difficult to complete education without hiccups. I had my own challenges when I was at secondary school but I was able to overcome them……. I want one day to share the same stage with one of the girls who are present here as facilitators (after successfully completing her education),” she added. Marriam Lally is a wife to UDF Member of Parliament for Machinga Chingale.
Speaking on behalf of the Muslim girls, Rehema Bashir said that she was delighted with the words of encouragement spoken during the function and lauded the motivational speaker for inspiring her, ” whatever she (Lally) said will stick in my mind forever,” she said.
Shamim Jangiya of Chemusa said that the function had assisted her to be “proud of her religion and be ambitious to achieve greatness in the future”. While Fronence Adam of Soche said that more girls could be inspired if more Muslim women role models were to come out and conduct (regular) motivational talks with the girls.