Islam grows in free Malawi

LILONGWE – Tasting the fruits of freedom after decades of oppression in the southern African nation, Malawi Muslim community has hailed the impact of multi-party democracy which has allowed the growth and expansion of Islam.

Until 1993, Malawi was under a dictatorship that imposed crippling restrictions on the entire population including Muslims.

“The dawn of democracy in 1993 has provided avenues for the growth and expansion of Islam in this country. We have been able to construct schools, health care facilities and madrassas,” Malawian Muslim scholar, Dr. Imran Shareef told

“The new political dispensation has also provided equal opportunities between Muslims and Christians to worship without any form of restrictions,” he said.

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