Sheikh Yusuf Muhammad Kanyamula has been laid to rest.
The 73-year-old who is best known for being influential da'ee after translating different books including Holy Quran into Chichewa language, passed away at his residence in Liwonde, Machinga on Monday and his funeral took place Tuesday at his home village Kwera T/A Malomo in Ntchisi district.
The Sheikh- who reverted to Islam in 1985, died of heart attack and his funeral service was attended by friends and family including prominent sheikhs and politicians.
Sheikh Kanyamula was born on January 11, 1941. He was a Christian before reverting to Islam in 1985. The Sheikh will be remembered as one of the key Muslim figures having translated Holy Quran and other into Chichewa language.
Some of the books he translated include Holy Quran, Riyadh-Us-Saliheen, Dos and Don’ts, Ideal Muslim Woman, The Truth about Jesus, Christian Muslim Dialogue and Hadith 200.
Other activities include Dawa on comparative religion and weekly lecture on Radion Islam Ife nde Asilamu since 2002.
He also prepared research papers which include Case of District Assemblies ; Africa Insight Vol 34, 2003, The Role of Malawi Local Government in Community development’, Development Southern Africa journal Vol 20 No 2, 2003.
The late Kanyamula also did a Monogram for Strengthening Parliamentary Democracy in SADC Countries, Malawi Country Report and Southern Africa Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) Tim Hughes (eds), 2004 Cape Town.
In 2014, Kanyamula was awarded at Malawi Muslim Awards for his role towards propagation of Islam in the country.
Muslim Association of Malawi ( MAM ) National Chairman Sheikh Idrissa Muhammad led the delegation of the dignitaries that attended the function.
In his remarks the chairman said he was very saddened with the sudden death of his predecessor Sheikh Kanyamula.
“He is an exceptional man. The Muslim community has lost an important person. We will miss him so much and I just ask Allah to give him janatu fil daus,” he said.
Conspicuously missing at the funeral are his very close friends of Asian origin.
With the public holiday, people expected some of his friends of Asian origin to come and pay last respect to the gone father, unfortunately no one showed up.
Sheikh Kanyamula is survived by 5 children and 23 grandchildren.