Chairperson for the Muslim Association of Malawi (MAM) in Mangochi Sheikh Fahad Kansuli says the project dates back to 2010 when Muslims that gathered in Mangochi on Ijtima suggested having an Islamic university and a hospital.
"In 2010 Amir Khaufu from Tanzania came to Malawi to attend Ijtima that was held in Mangochi. In one of his lectures, Sheikh Khaufu hatched an idea for Muslims to have their university and a hospital. The beginning of the project here in Mangochi at a MAM owned place is the beginning of the realisation of that dream," Said Sheikh Kansuli.
Currently, a land clearing exercise has already started and moulding of modern interlocking bricks is underway.
According to one of the contractors of the project, Ikwenda Fortress, they are expected to start with erecting the fence surrounding the area.
Sheikh Kansuli is calling upon all Muslims and other well-wishers to support the project.
"This centre will be called Mufti Abbass Centre of Excellence in honour of the late Mufti Kassim Abbass who was dedicated to the teaching of Islam in Malawi. When people come together and join hands providing their resources towards the project it will mean a great honour to the late Muslim scholar who once lived among us, " said Kansuli.
Islamic Vision and Mission a local Non-Governmental Organisation has been mandated by MAM to ensure that the project is implemented according to schedule.
Ishmael Nedi, one of the officials from the organisation says currently there is no clear donor who is funding the project. He has requested people of goodwill to contribute as the project commences.
"Our organisation has inadequate funds. The funds have been contributed by well-wishers just to kickstart the project. We need about MK20 billion to complete the project. We are assuming that if 1 million people contribute MK1000 each for 20 months that will be MK20 billion which is enough for the project," said Nedi.
According to the architectural designs, the facility will have a mosque, hospital, state-of-the-art Islamic university, secondary and primary school among others. Once the project is completed, it is expected to benefit people from Malawi and other neighbouring countries including Mozambique and Tanzania in areas of education, health and other social services.