Sheikh Muhamad Uthman, one of the contenders of Muslim Association of Malawi’s (MAM) national chairman elections has advised Malawian Muslims to open their eyes and try to choose a leader who will build Islam in the Country.
Sheikh Uthman said this in an exclusive interview with Malawimuslim.com where he also said ‘leadership is not about education but wisdom and maturity.’
There have been reports that other Sheikhs have been standing on the public and castigating their fellow contenders the thing, which Sheikh Uthman described as ‘unfortunate.’
“Leadership is about maturity and wisdom, not education. I do not think a very educated, intelligent Sheikh can stand on the pulpit and start ticking off his friend-you can not do that for the leadership which is there for a short time,” he said.
“We have to tell people what we will do for them if we grab that hot seat and not bad things about our friends,” he continued.
The renowned marriage counselour at Islamic Information Bureau and founder of religious programs at Malawi Broadcasting Cooperation Radio and Television Malawi said he has never talked bad things about anybody despite him being also one of the interested parties.
“Me, Muhammad Uthman when talking to people, I do tell them only what my plans are and not about others because I believe that a Sheikh must have self-discipline if he want to be respected. Sometimes we can feel like what we are doing is good without knowing that we are just damaging our own image,” said Sheikh Uthman adding that talking about somebody on his absence is also prohibited in Islam.
Namanolo Islamic Centre and Islamic High School first principal also reminded Malawian Muslims that they should not be in qualm with those people who rebuke their friends saying, “everybody has his own character despite being Sheikh and sometimes the title can not change his behaviour.”
1980s international Quran recitation Malawian representative in Saudi Arabia also expressed his disagreement with the current system of elections describing it as ‘shameful and unacceptable.’
“This political system which we are following is not good, that is why you hear other people castigating each other. Worse still other Muslims have also politically goaded, saying they will not vote because they have not given money-which is not good,” he said.
“Let us not exchange religion with money. We have to ask ourselves why those people are giving out money-it shows that they do not have something to show Malawian Muslims and that is the only way they can do to get votes. . We have to choose the leader who will build the religion and not destroy it,” advised Radio Islam Fiqh and Question and Answers programs expert.
When asked what Malawian Muslims should expect from him if he tends to be put into that hot seat, sheikh Muhamad Uthman said his priority is unity.
“Currently, Muslims in Malawi are not united. We do not work together as a team. Current leadership is failing to bring all organizations together; instead, you will see every group doing its own things. It does not mean if we unite then there will be anything else, no! It is just a matter of working as a team and make our religion strong,” said Nikah and other Islamic Functions (NIFA) Board of Trustees chair.
“Secondly, I need to sensitize the importance of Sheikhs in Malawi so that they should be respected. You will find an ordinary man with a degree drives his own car and Sheikh with the same degree but getting low salary that can not enable him to source his own car, which is pathetic. I want the words of Sheikhs to be heard!
“Thirdly is education and health. I will make sure that we have more good hospitals and schools than now, because it does not mean that we do not have money, we have, but since we are not united that is why we are not able to do that. And I have also worked with all previous chairmen of MAM and I have known their strengths and weaknesses-so I am fully equipped to be next leader,” he said.
Sheikh Uthman also asked Malawian Muslims to try him these five years and see what he can offer to Muslim community as with his age can not allow him to stand for another term.
“With my age I can only serve these five years. Therefore, I ask Malawian Muslims to give me a chance so that they should see what I will offer them,” he said.
Malawian Muslims are to choose the next Muslims mother body leader. Sheikh Yusuf Kanyamula (incumbent), Imran Sherif, Idriss Muhammad and Ali Kennedy are some of the contenders.
This is realy touching the sheikh is right and to me is the right candidate for the post.We need such people with vast knowledge in different fields.Castigation is not the muslim way.ALL THE BEST SHEIKH…
Thatz nt gret statment,h mst chnge hmsef frst.Akumbukire IJTIMAH ya kumzuzu anaba ndalama zatomato,petro nd pple ddnt hv enough fud.bcoz ndiwo unali utaka ootcha.Sheikh MUHAMMAD UTHMAN mmalo molalika anayamba kulira coz anyamata a MYO kulilongwe ankafuna kummenya.Ask SAIFULLAH/MUSSAH/IBRAHIM MJATU.They r the men.4 M I C NO FUTUR IN THIS LEADRZ THEY ALL AFTA CHILEMBWE…AMEEN AMEEN THUMMA AMEEN.
The Ulema are the vicegerents of Rasullullah!
That's another Issue all together,what the sheikh talked are allimportant points.let's not talk about Ijtimah ndiwo here,mumapitira kudya kapena ulaliki,Save the Sheikh pliz averything is subject to change.Anthu apanga zonyatsa kuposa zimenezi,pali chani apa utakawo anthu sanadye?
Poor Muslims! May Allah forgive us all. Why concentrate on the negative things that one did years back. People change as they mature and besides even Allah (SWT) gives us a chance to make tooba when we do something wrong and realise our mistakes.
For once lets change as Muslims and learn to look at the positive side of things than castigatig each other on things that happened kale. Why make three steps forward and at the same time make another 5 steps backward. It means we are not moving, see what the Catholics and other religions do and ask ourselves what stops us from doing exactly what they are doing or do even better? We have the capacity, but we are negative people thats all. Our children are taught bible knowledge in christian schools as if we cant build Islamic schools. Remember that we will answerable to Allah about this one day and there will no finger pointing.
Pliz Malawi.com give the other contestants also a chance to sell themselves to us the electorate. And could the MAM elections be open to all Muslims not particular groupings.
Jama'at limuslimeen,be constructive when accusing muslim figures.Lack of protocol (adab)is the main problem.Our sheikhs do not welcome criticisms hense muslims feel this site is their podium.Sheikhs feel that criticism is always associated with hatred which is not.My appeal to all sheikhs who have committed misconducts to please make tauba and not to repeat for Allah is tawab ghafur.Sheikh have always preached to us that amana was given to mountains and animals but denied in fear of misuse.But when given to man he accepted without any condition.This is why the same sheikhs fight for good positions but in the end they don't perform according to the needs of muslims.May Allah guide us all.
We have heard from one contestant, can we hear from those other contestants too to enble us to make an informed choice.
We are trying to do that inshallah!