Muslims cultivating socio-economic life in Malawi

Islam arrived to Malawi with the Arab and Swahili traders who traded in ivory, gold and later on slaves beginning from 16th Century to the 19th Century.

Muslims cultivating socio-economic life in Malawi

World Bulletin / News Desk

In one of Africa's smallest countries, the Muslim community of Malawi are leading the way in improvements in the nation's socio-economic life.

The 14 million Muslims of Malawi, who make up 12% of the overall population, have cultivated the nation's religious beliefs and the culture of entrepreneurship through the halal concept, which advocates for strict hygienic food standards.

Dr. Imrah Shareef, the Secretary General of the Ulama Council of Malawi, told OnIslam.net “For over 50 years, the country’s economy has been controlled and driven by the Muslim community, who has invested in various business undertakings.”

“Through these undertakings, the community has employed people of other faiths. This is how far Islam has gone to influence the economic direction of Malawi over the years,” he added.

Sheikh Salim Chikwatu, the coordinator of the Halal Department of the Muslim Association of Malawi (MAM) concurred with Shareef, saying “It’s becoming extremely difficult for business people in food industry who are not adhering to the halal concept to make a mark in their businesses.”

“Malawians of all faiths have now embraced fully this concept. This is a clear indication that Islam has become an influential religion in this regard in the country,” Chikwatu added.

Islam is the second largest religion in Malawi after Christianity. Islam arrived to Malawi with the Arab and Swahili traders who traded in ivory, gold and later on slaves beginning from 16th Century to the 19th Century.

According to UNESCO, the first mosque was built by Swahili-Arabs ivory traders.

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