Muslims across the country have started observing this year’s holy month of fasting- Ramadhan- following the sighting of the new crescent.
Muslim Association of Malawi Spokesperson Sheikh Dinala Chabulika has urged Muslims to pray for Allah to bless Malawi currently facing food shortage and economic challenges.
During the month, Muslims do fast during day time- do not eat or drink water.
Meanwhile, the Islamic Commission for Justice and Freedom has requested government to be strict in safeguarding maize.
The commission said government should set up uniform maize prices which poor people can afford.
It also called for mechanism to ensure that unscrupulous businesspersons are not taking advantage of the hunger situation by buying the maize in bulks which will be sold later on at inflated prices.
Ramadhan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and a time when Muslims will fast during the hours of daylight. It lasts for 29 or 30 days.
Muslims believe the Koran was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad during this month.
As one of the five pillars of Islam, fasting is obligatory for all healthy Muslims – a test of patience and endurance whilst refraining from eating and drinking, and sexual activity.
It is common to have one meal, known as the Suhoor, just before dawn and another, known as the Iftar, directly after sunset.
The end of Ramadan is marked by “Eid-ul-Fitr”, the Festival of the Breaking of the Fast.