First Muslim TV channel launch for Ramadan in Malawi

Malawi Muslims on Friday celebrated the start of the holy month of Ramadan with the launch of the nation’s first-ever Islamic television channel, TV Islam (TVI).

The channel, which went on air at 2.00 p.m. CAT (1200GMT) after Jumu’ah (Friday) prayers, gives Muslims in the southeastern African nation an opportunity to watch Islam prayers and Islamic religious programs for free on a local channel. 

"The station is important as it is the first of its kind in the country. It will work as a bridge to a number of Islamic historical, economic, cultural and social issues,” Abdullah Omar Mdala, head of the station said. 

Operating under the motto "Truth Shall Prevail,” TV Islam will carry messages of hope and programs on topics such as Islam, democracy, health, among others. 

In the past, Muslims in Malawi had to access foreign Islamic TV channels on pay television. Islam is the nation’s second-largest religion, with believers of over 30 percent of the 17 million population. 

Mdala expects 30 percent viewership from Muslims and 20 percent from non-Muslims. 

Gideon Munthali, director of information at the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology, said the government is pleased with TVI’s entry into the broadcasting industry. 

"The launch on TVI confirms the conducive environment that has been created to foster development of the media industry and enjoyment of the people's right to access information.” 

"We believe the coming of this new TV station will assist in the important task of spreading the message of love and unity among all Malawians,” said Munthali. 

Muslims in the country seem glad to have the channel. 

"We welcome this channel as in the past we were forced to watch other channels that do not share our values,” said Hastings Maponya, a Blantyre-based Muslim who has been watching the channel's test feed for the past week.

 

 

Imam Khomeini the architect of an enlightened nation

Seyed Ruhollah Mousavi (Imam Khomeini) was Born on May 17, 1900, into a family of Shi'ite religious scholars in the small Iranian village of Khomein. 
In 1921, Imam Khomeini commenced his studies in the Sepahdar religious center of Arak. 

The presence and activity of Ayatollah Haeri-Yazdi have turned Arak as a religious hub on that era. The following year, Ayatollah Haeri-Yazdi transferred the Islamic seminary to the holy city of Qom, and Imam Khomeini moved to the Qom. 

Imam Khomeini and Ayatollah Mirza Mohammad Saghafi's daughter got married in 1929, They had five children: two sons and three daughters named Mustafa, Ahmad, Zahra, Sedighe and Faride. 

He wrote more than 40 books in the fields of ethics, theology, mysticism, philosophy, traditions, poetry and commentary that most of them written before the Iranian revolution. 

In June 1963, Imam Khomeini made a speech addressing the Shah and spent 10 months in prison and after that when he made another speech against Capitulation he was arrested and exiled from Iran for more than 15 years. 

He was first deported to Turkey for one year and sent to Iraq and finally, he spent few months in France. During his years in exile, Imam Khomeini developed a theory of what a state founded on Islamic principles and led by the clergy. 

Protests against the Pahlavi regime have been increased daily and the Muslim clerics and intellectuals cooperation with the positive position of science centers led the number of oppositions increased vastly in way of fighting against Marxism and this impact increased the effectiveness of Imam Khomeini’s campaign. 

Only two weeks after the Shah fled Iran on January 16, 1979, Imam Khomeini returned to Iran triumphantly, on Thursday February 11, 1979, the revolution gained the power and succeed under his leadership. 

In his opinion, the unity of people has a special place. During and after the Revolution Imam Khomeini always talk about the importance of unity, he has also emphasized if the Muslim community struck in dispute they never achieved their goal and victory. 

Imam always emphasized the importance of unity and solidarity among Muslims, therefore he believed that if that disagreement would be destroyed and disagreements are based on principles, the formation of groups and multiple parties can be acceptable. 

He was the first leader and the first supreme leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran. He was Shia cleric who led the 1978 revolution and after the first Iranian election in 1979 founded the Islamic Republic of Iran and remained the leader until his death. 

8 years of 11-year leadership of Imam Khomeini after the revolutions had spent during the invasion of Iraq and succeed with the help of people. 

Imam Khomeini passed away on June 3, 1989, at the age of 89. Many Iranians mourned Imam Khomeini's death and poured out into the cities and streets. More than 15 million people from across the country attended Imam Khomeini’s funeral to form one of the largest ever funerals in the world which set the largest and busiest funeral record in the Guinness Book of Records. 

His charisma and influential personality never forget among the people and maintained until the end of his life. 

 

 

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