Sheikh Muhammad Abdul-Hamid Silika who is Chairperson for Iftaa in Ulama Council of Malawi undertook the effort to translate the Quran from Arabic to Yao for 10 years. The translation culminated into a six-month review by 14 Sheikhs.
Printing of the translated edition has been done by Dubai Charity Association with first consignment of 20,000 copies.
Former Malawi president Bakili Muluzi became first to buy the edition when he purchased 200 copies that were donated to Muslim women who patronized the launch.
Acting president for erstwhile ruling Peoples Party (PP) Uladi Mussa said during the launching ceremony that the translated edition would help Muslims of Yao origins understand Quran and their religion fully.
"Between 60 to 70 percent of Muslims in this country are Yao, it is therefore important to have the Holy Book in a language they can understand easily. I am proud that the edition is now out and this follows a translation to Chichewa done years ago,” explained Mussa.
He then called on Malawians to leave their religious difference aside and focus on developing the country, adding there is a need for Muslims and people of other faiths to invest more in education.
Source: Nyasa Times