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URI- Malawi tours Lilongwe for religious unity

Written by  Mphatso Nkuonera
Geoffrey Manasseh  talking to one of  Hindu followers Geoffrey Manasseh talking to one of Hindu followers

Lilongwe, February 8: Unite Religious Initiative -Malawi has called upon different religious leaders and their membership to respect one another’s religious beliefs if they are to contain conflicts that come as a result of religious differences. 


Speaking after visiting four religious places within the City of Lilongwe, Interfaith Development Officer Geoffrey Manasseh told Malawi News Agency (Mana) that the tour had turned things into reality, and called upon members to live by word of unity as preached by all religious denominations.

“Let us live in respect of one another despite the religious diversity. The moment we start undervaluing or despising someone’s religion, we can put the whole world in total chaos.

“We all belong to one supernatural being with supernatural authority over His creation and divine powers. Though we give Him different names, we all worship God,” Manasseh said. 

He cited a recent incident in Chinsapo, Lilongwe where Muslims and Christians quarreled over cultural and religious aspects which led to the two camps fighting.
Coordinator for Islamic Information Bureau, Ibrahim Fickrah, hailed the URI for the initiative, saying it will breed peace and clear out misconceptions that are in people’s mind due to lack of proper information regarding Islam.

Fickrah observed that for a longtime, people have misunderstood Islam due deliberate distortion of Islamic believes which he described as propaganda to prevent others from joining and growth of the religion beyond ethnic groups in Malawi.

Elder, Ras Patrick Galawanda of Lilongwe Nyahbinghi Theocracy Reign told the visitors that his religion faces great segregation and oppression despite preaching the word of the living God.

“We are over a million, sons and daughters of Heillie Selassie, the true sons of Malawi and we wonder why Public Affairs Committee does not invite or register this religion in their membership.

“As Malawians, we need to promote peace, love and unity so that our political leaders find their administration easier. Let us join hands and we seek more of these visitation to this place, this being the first of its kind,” he said amid applause from the visibly excited audience.

The tour was organised as an observation of the annual seven days of religious ‘Harmony Week’.   The event which started at St Peter’s Anglican Church, Falls Area 1 Mosque, and Rastafarian Tabernacle finished at Shree Hindu Seva Samaj Temple in area 2.

URI’s purpose is to promote enduring and daily interfaith cooperation to end religiously motivated violence and create cultures of peace, justice and healing for the earth and all living beings.

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