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Malawi Muslims Back Abortion Bill

By Steven Godfrey Mkweteza

The three Muslim groupings led by the Quadriyyah Muslim Ulama council of Malawi, have joined forces asking the members of parliament to table and pass the termination of abortion bill (TAB) once it is brought back into parliament in the near future.

Speaking jointly at the press briefing held in Zomba, the Vice Chairman for the Quadriyyah Muslim Ulama council of Malawi, Sheikh Jim Sulaimana said the Muslim groupings saw no concrete reasons why the members of parliament should not table and pass the bill.

“We recommend the bill in which the law commission has prepared and which is scheduled for tabling in parliament where the law commission agreed that despite abortion being illegal, there should be other exceptional instances where it can be performed,” said Suleimana

He said while Islamic teachings permits promoting pregnancy for valid reasons, it does not allow violating the pregnancy once it occurs unnecessarily.

According to him, Muslim jurists agree unanimously that after the fetus is completely forced and has been given a soul, aborting it is haram (illegal).

He said it is also a crime, the commission of which is prohibited to the Muslims, because it constitutes an offence against a complete, life of a human being.

 ” In addition, there are broad principles such as no harm no harassment, and the rule that basic nature of things is misbelieve unless forbidden by explicit text, ” he said Suleimana  adding that Islam teaching recommend that abortion should be carried under conditions such as that before four months of pregnancy.

“May also justify the permission to terminate the pregnancy based on valid health and medical justifications are expounded in the books of Islamic jurisprudence,“ he said

He further said his institution has started sensitizing the Muslim fraternity in various forums in a bid to bring about proper understanding among the populace.

Commenting on the issue, Khadija Mwawa, a Muslim women representative noted that lack of proper sensitization measures by the authority was the main contributing factor that makes the community and members of parliament to defer the bill.

The country’s legislature was expected to deliberate and pass the abortion bill during the last sitting of parliament but failed to present it during the sitting due to among other things, some glaring clauses that needed some clarifications from the framers of the bill.

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