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Translation: ‘President Nasheed’s devious plot to destroy the Islamic faith of Maldivians’

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The following is an English translation of the minority opposition Dhivehi Qaumee Party (DQP)’s pamphlet, which this week triggered successive attempts by the government to arrest two senior members of the party and sparked a debate on freedom of expression and hate speech in the Maldives. The original can be downloaded here (Dhivehi).

President Nasheed’s devious plot to destroy the Islamic faith of Maldivians

This book was prepared by the Dhivehi Qaumee Party in consideration of the devious plans of this government to erase the age-old holy religion of Islam from the hearts of Maldivians, provide opportunities for religions other than Islam and demolish the religious unity and faith of Maldivians. The book sheds light on the government’s actions against Islam so far.

The high honour accorded to Islam

It is certain that the religion we have followed without wavering for over 800 is the true religion and the last religion revealed by God Almighty. In verse five of the al-Maida Surah of the Holy Quran, God reveals, “[...] and have chosen for you Islam as your religion. ” [The book erroneously states verse five when the correct verse is three].

And in verse 19 of the al-Imran Surah, God reveals, “The only religion approved by God is Submission [Islam].”

Constitutional role of Islam in the Maldives

The Maldives is a nation based on Islamic principles. Islam is the state religion. Islam is the main basis of Maldivian law. No law contrary to Islam can be enacted in the Maldives. Only Muslims can be citizens of the Maldives.

Even the fundamental rights guaranteed in the constitution can be protected in a manner that is not contrary to any tenet of Islam. No one has the right to commit any act that is forbidden under Islamic Shariah. Freedom of expression is provided to citizens as long as it is not used in a manner contrary to any tenet of Islam.

Submitting to Islam, obeying and inducing love for it is encouraged in the education system.

The constitution does not stop at according with fluent phrases a high status for Islam. Article 67(g) of the constitution obliges all citizens to preserve and protect Islam. This constitutional responsibility is entrusted the most to the head of state as the nation’s ruler.

Degree of Islamic faith in the Maldives when Nasheed took office

Religious matters had not been handled ideally when Nasheed took office. We had to spend over 19 years without a Dhivehi translation of our most sacred book, the Holy Quran. Permission to give sermons and counsel was granted to those who shared the government’s thought and philosophy.

People were locked up and punished over issues like Qunooth [invocation in times of adversity] where scholars of different sects disagree. Beards of religious scholars were shaved with chilli sauce.

Although the head of state was an al-Azhar University-educated scholar he was saying openly that penalties clearly stated in Islamic Shariah were unsuited for the times. In addition to saying that matters like wearing the veil were not compulsory, he showed it to the people in deed through his wife and children.

Nasheed’s golden opportunity and how he used it

Nasheed became the ruler of this Islamic state on November 11, 2008 through the hard work and prayer of many political, religious and social organisations as well as many sincere citizens. Who among us has forgotten Sheikh Ilyas [Hussein’s] emotional prayer in the pouring rain on the last night of the second round of the presidential campaign?

Nasheed had a golden opportunity to take all of those individuals and groups along, change the way religion was treated before, strengthen Maldivians’ Islamic faith and spread the bright light of Islam all across the country. However he missed this golden opportunity. Instead of strengthening the Islamic faith of Maldivians, he tried to weaken it. Instead of preserving the Islamic identity of Maldivians, he worked in ways that would allow other religions on this Maldivian soil. Instead of aiding Muslims and the Islamic ummah (community), he tried to please adversaries of Islam and aid them. As a result, the state of affairs has deteriorated to the point where we question whether our over 800 year-old Islamic nation would remain an Islamic nation. Today, visitors to our country have been encouraged to challenge our religion, Shariah and constitution in the most high places of this Islamic state.

Nasheed’s big project to wipe out Maldivians’ religious identity

Since assuming office Nasheed has been working ceaselessly to weaken the Islamic faith of Maldivians, allow space for other religions, and make irreligious and sinful behaviour common. And to show that necessary characteristics a ruler and senior officials of an Islamic state must possess are not important, to reduce ties and relations with Muslims and Islamic nations and foster relations with adversaries of Islamic nations.

Weakening the Islamic faith of Maldivians

From the day Nasheed took office to the present day, he has undertaken many efforts to weaken the Islamic faith of Maldivians, especially the younger generation of Maldivians. Below are some of these efforts,

  • Nasheed began the work of weakening Maldivians’ Islamic faith by targeting young children. When Nasheed’s government established diplomatic relations with the nation that is the biggest adversary of Muslims, it was agreed to teach young Maldivian children on the state’s expense good things about the Jews by including it in school curriculums.
  • Along with that, Nasheed tried to make Dhivehi and Islam optional subjects for higher secondary students. And senior officials of Nasheed’s government tried to convince the public on national television that the decision was a good one. Nasheed’s government acted like this after turning a deaf ear to school heads who had repeatedly talked about the importance of the Dhivehi and Islam subjects at the symposium on revising the national curriculum. Nasheed’s purpose is to turn those who would play a leading role in running the country tomorrow into strangers to Islam and the mother tongue of Maldivians.
  • While Nasheed’s government was trying to make Islam an optional subject it also tried to teach Maldivian students subjects of different religions.
  • Nasheed’s government sent a letter to the relevant authorities seeking the opinion of Maldivian scholars on building temples in the country.
  • While working on the one hand to reduce the importance of religious subjects in the national curriculum, on the other hand Nasheed’s government was trying to close down schools providing Islamic education. In this vein, the plot of Arabiya, which had been providing Islamic education to young Maldivian children, was taken and the building was demolished. The government did not make adequate temporary arrangements for its students either. And Nasheed’s government acted towards parents [of Arabiya students] who gathered outside the President’s Office to protest peacefully in a manner so brutal that not even serious criminals are subjected to.
  • Mauhad [Islamic College] is an old institution that played one of the most important roles in strengthening Islamic faith among Maldivians. Nasheed’s government tore down its walls, placed insurmountable obstacles to its development and has been working ceaselessly to close it down.

Allowing other religions

Considering the actions of Nasheed’s government, the goal of this government from the start has been to allow religions other than Islam. Below are some of these efforts,

  • Nasheed’s government made a lot of excuses not to broadcast live on national television the lecture by world famous religious scholar Dr Zakir Naik in his visit to the Maldives in May 2010. Moreover, Nasheed’s government offered a lot of empty rationalisations and tried very hard not to give the stadium area to organise this same event.
  • During the public question and answer session following Dr Zakir Naik’s lecture, a Maldivian born of a Maldivian mother and father named Nazim found the daring to proudly proclaim that he does not believe Islam as a consequence of this government’s ceaseless efforts to weaken the Islamic faith of Maldivians.
  • This Nazim who declared his apostasy before all Maldivians actively participated in the demonstration on 10 December, 2011 calling for religious freedom. This demonstration was held as a result of President Nasheed speaking in a way that suggested he supported UN human rights representative Pillay after she called for omitting the article in the constitution that requires all Maldivians to be Muslims, allowing space for non-Muslims and omitting punishments clearly stated in Islamic Shariah during a visit in November this year.
  • Long before Pillay visited the Maldives Nasheed had sent letters to the relevant authorities in the name of seeking the opinion of religious scholars on building temples or places of worship for other religions in the Maldives. Could there be any reason to do this if he did not want to build such places in this country? Certainly not.
  • In an interview with a magazine named “Forbes Asia” in December this year Nasheed had said “In the past there was a desire to segregate the Maldives from certain influences, but it also kept us from ideas and knowledge. Maldivians are Muslims but modern. The time has come to end the segregation from the outside world.”
  • Among the channels in the service provided by India’s Airtel in the Maldives there is one named ‘God’ channel. It specialises in spreading Christianity. Although the service is available in many Maldivian households, the government has not done anything to stop it.
  • The pictures and drawings released as a theme for the recently concluded SAARC summit most prominently and openly depicted Christianity. This drawing was prepared by Nasheed’s government through a Maldivian with the consent and approval of cabinet. Even based on proportion, Christianity is not among either the first, second or third religion of SAARC nations.
  • The true purpose of putting up these drawings in Male’ and elsewhere across the country is to familiarize, acquaint and slowly bend Maldivians to the portraits, drawings and monuments of other religions.
  • Nasheed’s government erected numerous idols in Addu atoll for the SAARC summit. These things were brought from various SAARC countries and placed upon request of Nasheed’s government the way they asked for. First, unlike the other monuments, the idols were put up at the last minute; in the early hours of the morning so that people would not see. They were concealed with cloth.
  • When the people of Addu, realising they were idols, started raising their voices [the monuments] were protected with the might of the military on the orders of Nasheed in his capacity as commander-in-chief.
  • Moreover, numerous youth who protested and spoke out against the idol were arrested and are being investigated.
  • After importing idols into the country, protecting [the idols], and locking up those who spoke out against them, and when opposition parties started raising their voices saying it was a serious crime legally and under Shariah, Nasheed said he only heard of the idols after it was destroyed. Everyone, young and old, would know that he lied. Below is a photograph taken while [Nasheed] is watching with the Sri Lankan President the inauguration of one of these idols.
  • The Prophet’s Hadith illustrates Nasheed’s words and actions. [He has] denied everything he said. [He has] broken all his promises. [He has] betrayed his responsibility and trust.
  • The idols imported to the Maldives in the name of the SAARC summit are not children’s toys or items in tourist shops. The idols are representations of god or objects used for worship.
  • God reveals in the Holy Quran that idols are unclean.
  • Under article 4 of the Contraband Act, importing idols to the country is not at all permitted. Such a thing cannot be authorised regardless of whether it is the government. And those who commit this offence or are involved in it can be sentenced to jail for a period of 3 to 8 years.

Making alcohol common

The Prophet says in a Hadith that alcohol is the mother of all evils. And God reveals in verse 90 of al-Maidha surah: “O you who believe! Intoxicants (all kinds of alcoholic drinks), gambling, Al-Ansab , and Al-Azlam (arrows for seeking luck or decision) are an abomination of Shaitan‘s (Satan) handiwork. So avoid (strictly all) that (abomination) in order that you may be successful.”

[Consuming] alcohol is even a crime with a punishment prescribed in Islamic Shariah. Those who commit this crime would not fulfil the requirements for head of state, minister, MP or senior post of the state. And if such a crime was committed as an official such a person must be removed from the post.

Nasheed and senior officials of his government show in words and deeds that alcohol is good and that it is something Maldivians should accept. Below are some of these matters thus noted,

  • During the first official visit to India after assuming office the newspaper Business Standard wrote and published that he gave an interview while drinking a kind of alcohol called SulaSharaz. Despite this being a crime with a punishment prescribed in Islamic Shariah and the kind of thing that could get him impeached, he remains silent about it. And politicians are saying openly that that was what really happened.
  • When Nasheed was accused of committing acts forbidden in religion during his visit to Italy on 17 February 2009 and the relevant parliamentary committee summoned ministers who travelled with him to find out truth of it MDP MPs opposed it, caused havoc in the committee and prevented the investigation from proceeding.
  • [Nasheed’s government] has tried repeatedly to sell alcohol in inhabited islands of the country. The regulations needed for this were formulated and published in the government gazette. They were forced to stop it due to the sincere efforts of Maldivian people who love religion.
  • When the Maldivian people came out and defeated the efforts to sell alcohol in inhabited islands, Nasheed did not stop. To make alcohol available in inhabited islands in any case, what Nasheed’s government is doing now is declaring places or areas where they want to sell alcohol as uninhabited islands. Different areas of Addu atoll and Fuvahmulah have been declared uninhabited islands to sell alcohol. Under this principle, the way is now open to sell alcohol anywhere in the country.
  • In many different functions and ceremonies [Nasheed] has spoken in ways that suggested using alcohol and drugs is not a problem. He has said you do not have to stay sober for 24 hours and a person could “for a moment” become intoxicated.
  • Empty bottles of alcohol have been found in places of ministers in Nasheed’s government.
  • A large amount of alcohol was found in the car of Nasheed’s party MDP’s parliamentary group leader Reeko Moosa Manik.
  • In addition to alcohol, persons sentenced by trial for drug use are kept as senior officials of Nasheed’s government and as close allies and are paid high salaries with the people’s money. Nasheed’s spokesperson Zuhair was sentenced by trial for the crime of drug use.
  • Similarly Fahala Saeed who Nasheed keeps in the President’s Office with a high salary from the people’s money is a person who, along with all his family members, was sentenced for drug use.
  • When the son of Sarangu Adam Manik, a senior official of Nasheed’s government elected to the Male’ City Council on an MDP ticket who served as mayor and is still a council member, was sentenced to life imprisonment by a court in Sri Lanka after being caught trying to smuggle a large amount of drugs, he was brought back to Male’, freed and given a high post close to Nasheed. No President of any country in the world, especially the ruler of an Islamic nation, would dare do such a thing. Even if it was done, the people of that country would not accept it. And adequate efforts have not been undertaken to bring back Maldivians in foreign jails for smaller crimes. The Prophet said exempting rulers from the law while enforcing it against the poor will be the ruin of a nation.

Helping the Jews instead of aiding the poor people of Palestinian

From the days when Israel came into being in 1948 to the present day they have been brutalising the Palestinian people and, aside from committing massacres and war crimes, they are enslaving the people. Since 2006 Gaza where many millions live has been blocked from land, air and sea and all its inhabitants enslaved and locked up. Nevertheless after coming to power Nasheed’s main priority was fostering ties with Jews. To this day Nasheed’s government has done a lot of work to form close ties with Israel. Among these include those listed below,

  • Nasheed’s government first decided to establish relations with Israel less than 10 days after the UN representative decided they had committed war crimes against the poor people of Palestine. At the time the whole world was speaking out against Israel and condemning Israel’s actions. The way Nasheed’s government acted told Maldivians and the world that this 100 percent [Muslim] Maldivian state approves of Israel’s war crimes.
  • When Nasheed’s government disregarded the war crimes and established diplomatic ties with that nation, on the initiative of Adhaalath party the Maldivian people were collecting donations to help the innocent Palestinian people and families who were subjected to Israel’s atrocities!
  • When the act of attacking on 31 May 2010 a vessel travelling to Palestine to assist the poor people of Palestine enslaved by the Jews, which martyed 15 people and injured many others, was loudly condemned by the Christian nations of Europe, Hindu nations like India and nations of the idol religion, Nasheed’s government did not say anything in an official capacity. And when it became the target of criticism from opposition parties, [Nasheed] said something at the Haruge [headquarters] made to entertain MDP activists where foreign parties would not hear and ended it with that.
  • One of the things agreed upon during Nasheed’s government establishing ties with Israel was to insert stories of Israel, Jews and their history into Maldivian culture and the education system and tell Maldivians of their virtue. These are things even non-Muslim nations are hesitant to do with Isreal.
  • To familiarise Maldivians with Jews and Israel, show their virtue and induce love and empathy in Maldivian hearts, Nasheed’s government has brought in teams under different names such as doctors and agriculturists and begun the actual work of acquainting Maldivians with Jews.
  • Nasheed’s government has also authorised Israeli flights to land in Maldives. As the people of Israel do not visit the country as tourists there is no reason for flights from that country to come to the Maldives. Moreover, it is likely that with the commencement of flights from Israel the country will face unimaginable security risks, great dangers and devastation of the country’s tourism. However Nasheed’s government pays no heed even to such a danger.
  • Nasheed’s government has decided to give numerous plots and uninhabited islands to Israel.
  • Some family members of Nasheed and some senior members of Nasheed’s government have business ties with Jews.
  • And Nasheed’s current Foreign Minister ‘Kerafa’ Naseem is a person who voted on behalf of the Maldives at the UN to [recognise] Israel as an independent nation. Naseem’s action was contrary to both the order and view of the government at the time.
  • There is no doubt that there are hidden secrets behind why they are trying so hard to establish relations with people who have been so antagonistic towards Muslims.
  • That Israel has always made proposals in various ways and run after small nations to show the Muslim world and other countries that Israel’s inhumane actions are good is not a novel claim in the international area. It is certain that a country like Israel would not find it hard to discover that the Maldives today has come out begging with the economic coconut bowl and has a leader eying various international awards. Allah reveals in the Quran: “Never will the Jews nor the Christians be pleased with you (O Muhammad Peace be upon him) till you follow their religion.”

Carrying out activities against Muslim nations

While on the one hand establishing closer ties with the biggest adversary of Muslims, Nasheed’s government was turning hostile towards Muslim nations. Below are some of Nasheed’s government’s actions in this vein,

  • While on one side establishing closer ties with Israel, on the other side, at a time when Israel was very openly announcing it would attack Iran’s nuclear plants, Nasheed’s government accepted the responsibility of observing and reporting on human rights in Iran. Nasheed’s government gave the responsibility to his former Foreign Minister and current Foreign Affairs Advisor Dr Ahmed Shaheed. With the consent of the government, on 17 June 2011 the UN human rights council made the decision. There is no reason to give such an honour to a small and poor country like the Maldives. While the government is one that has arrested politicians without a court order, hijacked state media in violation of the constitution and law, defied orders from Majlis [parliament] and the courts and intimidated and continues to intimidate judges, instead of giving the chance for this government to pass judgment on the human rights of others, Nasheed’s government’s atrocities should be looked into and investigated first. Therefore, there is no doubt that this is a gift for Nasheed’s government’s ceaseless efforts to establish ties with Israel and please Jews. The plans and philosophy of the Jews are based on dividing Islamic nations. And they further want one Islamic nation to weaken another.
  • In addition, while European nations and America were recognising Gaddafi during the civil unrest in Libya that began earlier this year, Nasheed’s government announced in April 2011 that it did not recognise the Libyan government at the time.
  • Compared to the visits of Nasheed and senior officials of Nasheed’s government to other countries, visits to Islamic nations is disproportionately low. This reveals how small the importance of Muslims and Islamic nations is in the government’s view.

Making sinful behaviour common

Considering the form of Nasheed’s government’s actions, it appears that the standard for raising the government’s stature and becoming familiar with the post is shamelessness, increasing sinful behaviour and shaping your lifestyle any way you please. Below are some of matters to be noted in this vein,

  • State Ministers and Deputy Ministers of Nasheed’s government and other close allies of Nasheed carried out many sinful acts naked on the internet. None of the people who committed such sinful behaviour were removed from their posts. And no response has been made to date to a letter sent by this party on 23 February 2011 requesting that they be temporarily fired until the investigation was completed.
  • Instead of investigating the case of senior officials of Nasheed’s government who committed such sinful acts, giving them fair punishments and firing them from their jobs, Nasheed gave such people financial promotions. When Nasheed’s government’s first cabinet secretary Abdulla Saeed committed such an act, he was sent to Singapore after arranging for him to be paid about Rf100,000 a month from the people’s money. This is a much higher salary than his previous one.
  • Instead of investigating the sinful acts committed by senior officials of Nasheed’s government, it took action against those who brought the sinful act to the public!
  • Some people among Nasheed’s ministers and close associates have served sentences for engaging in sexual relations, recording the images and making it public.

The Prophet has said that if you lack shame, you would do anything you pleased.

Becoming modern and ashamed of being Islamic

Nasheed and senior officials of his government endeavours to try and show Maldivians and make them believe that the way of Maldivians and Muslims is outdated. Nasheed and senior officials of his government are working ceaselessly towards this end. Below are some of the matters thus noted,

  • Part of the 2011 France’s beauty queen [pageant] was held in a Male’ atoll resort. As it turned out the event was planned for the night of the holy Hajj day. However instead of worshipping Nasheed and senior officials of his government spent that holy day in mixed sex, dancing and singing. He did not recall that the holiness of the day and that he was the head of state of a 100 percent Islamic nation.
  • And Nasheed is someone who commonly dances at events other than just the aforementioned one. The purpose is to make Maldivians believe that these are the type of “modern” things that even the ruler of this Islamic state must do.
  • On 11 November 2008 after assumed office, MDP’s then-chairperson and current Manchangoalhi North MP Mariya Ahmed Didi came to the function in a skirt. None of the representatives of foreign nations at the function wore a skirt. [They] wanted to show even on the first day how “modern” they were.
  • In Nasheed’s visit to France on October 12 this year, when he met the country’s Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing Minister, she was wearing clothes that covered her face, arms and legs. [This was done] in respect because she was meeting a ruler of an Islamic nation. But Dr Farahanaz Faisal who took part in President Nasheed’s visit arrived wearing a skirt! To show how modern Nasheed’s government is.
  • One of the first events held under Nasheed’s rule was a disco dancing show at Dharubaaruge [convention centre]. Despite the Minister of Islamic Affairs repeatedly asking them not to do it, Nasheed’s government defied him and did it anyway.
  • One of the most sacred relations in Islam is that of marriage. Marriage and the marriage ceremony in Islam is organised and carried out very much centered on advice and religious counsel. However when military weddings and other types of marriage [ceremonies] under various names are introduced it shows that we appear to be ashamed of the noble principles of our religion of Islam.

Christian priests as Nasheed’s consuls

  • Among those who help Nasheed make decisions on important matters include persons who work to promote different religions. The most notable of these is an English priest named David Hardingham. He is one of those who helped Nasheed the most when was an activist. Hardingham and his friends were acting then under the name of “Friends of Maldives.”
  • After Nasheed came to power, on 9 July 2010 he established an office for said Hardingham in Salisbury, England. As a result, upon the wishes of the ruler of this Islamic nation, the money of Maldivian citizens is being spent on a Christian priest.

Opposing the punishments of Islam

Nasheed has created doubt in people’s hearts about clearly stated punishments in Islamic Shariah and opposed such punishments. Below are some of the matters noted thus,

  • [Nasheed] said in his 19th radio address that he does not believe that capital punishment and amputation for thieves that are clearly stated in Islamic Shariah should be included in the punishments specified in the penal code.
  • When UN human rights representative Pillay who visited in November this year said she does not accept Shariah punishments like flogging fornicators, instead of condemning it as head of state [Nasheed] supported her statement.
  • Pillay further said President Nasheed assured her of national level conferences in the country next year over whether or not we should have divinely revealed punishments like flogging in the Maldives. She said this during a press conference at the UN building in the Maldives. Nasheed has not refuted her remarks.

Bringing scholars into disrepute

Nasheed and Nasheed’s government has characterised the Maldives as a nest of terrorists and Maldivian scholars as terrorists. Below are points noted thus,

  • Nasheed’s government has characterised people like Sheikh Fareed and Sheikh Ilyas as extremists and terrorists.
  • In an interview with al-Jazeera [Nasheed] said, while over a thousand students are being educated at [Arabic-medium schools] run by the government, those places teach children to become extremists and that he would put a stop to it.

The state of the country at the end of Nasheed’s big project

Considering the direction of Nasheed and his government and the speed of travel, if this government’s direction and speed is not defeated, there is no doubt that Maldivians would have to face the bitter consequences noted below,

  • Maldives will not remain a 100 percent Muslim nation.
  • The faith of Maldives, especially today’s children and tomorrow’s young generation, will be extremely weakened.
  • Sinful and unacceptable behaviour will become common.
  • Noble principles of Islam and the right path will be characterised as shameful.
  • Followers of other religions and their places of worship will become established in the country.
  • [We will] become estranged from Islamic nations and adversaries of Islam and Muslims will become friends of Maldivians.

What should be done to be freed from Nasheed’s plotting

  • A lot of work has to be done to save ourselves from Nasheed and his government’s dangerous actions. Every citizen should resolve to do everything possible with tongue and pen, financially and otherwise, within the confines of Islamic Shariah and the law.
  • Not supporting or voting for Nasheed and those who give precedence to the philosophy of his government or anyone among their allies and friends and urging those who might vote for them not to do it and explaining the consequences of their doing so. And especially to not support or vote [for Nasheed] in 2013.
  • To not give any financial assistance to Nasheed or his ruling party and urging those who might provide such an assistance to not do it and explaining the consequences of their doing so.
  • Do everything possible to strengthen the faith of our children without relying on this government, its institutions and the current education system.   
  • During each Umra, each Hajj, after each prayer and act of worship, pray to God to protect our nation and religion and keep our beloved nation always as a 100 percent nation.
  • Call senior officials of the government, send SMS and use modern facilities like Facebook and Twitter to raise your voices against such things.
  • Since the most important constitutional responsibility for holding the government is laid upon members of the People’s Majlis, every citizen should call his MP and urge them to stop this government’s irreligious activities and increase calls for holding the government accountable. And do not vote for MPs who do not comply in the future.

Conclusion

Under divine law, God Almighty has given us the opportunity to change our condition. Allah reveals in the Holy Quran, “Verily! Allah will not change the good condition of a people as long as they do not change their state of goodness themselves.”

Let us resolve in the right way to change our condition.

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64 Comments on "Translation: ‘President Nasheed’s devious plot to destroy the Islamic faith of Maldivians’"

  1. Dhivehi Hanguraama on Fri, 20th Jan 2012 12:34 PM 

    I applaud this erudite work! I am a great scholar, and never, except in the writings of the Ayatullah Khomeini, may his name ever be praised, have I read words so true!

    Now is a most excellent time to iterate now the words of our blessed Marja:

    It is your duty as a Muslim to defend Islam!

    This duty is particularly important under the present circumstances, for the imperialists, the oppressive and treacherous rulers, the Jews, Christians, and materialists are all attempting to distort the truths of Islam and lead the Muslims astray. Our responsibilities of propagation and instruction are greater than ever before. We see today that the Jews (may God curse them) have meddled with the text of the Qur’an and have made certain changes in the Qur’ans they have printed in the occupied territories.

    It is our duty to prevent this treacherous interference with the text of Qur’an. We must protest and make the people aware that the Jews and their foreign backers are opposed to the very foundations of Islam and wish to establish Jewish domination throughout the world. Since they are a cunning and resourceful group of people, I fear that—God forbid!—they may one day achieve their goal, and that the apathy shown by some of us may allow a Jew to rule over us one day. May God never let us see such a day!

  2. tsk tsk on Fri, 20th Jan 2012 12:35 PM 

    I think this article should mention that the government forbids the public from imbibing alcohol and vigorously prosecutes those who do. Meanwhile the President and his apologists (such as Minivan) seem to be trying to make Nasheed appear to be a hapless modernist attacked by extremists to the international community.

    A government who continues criminalizing the consumption of alcohol should not feel offended that the public is enraged at media reports claiming that the Head of State openly engaged in such criminal acts.

    This article should also mention the double-speak engaged in by the government on a daily basis. It used religious legitimation to come to power attacking Maumoon Abdul Qayyoom’s aged wife for not wearing the headscarf. The government houses a Ministry of Islamic Affairs which regulates and censors discourse in the Maldives while dictating the bounds of social life.

    Recordings of speeches at MDP’s Haruge “facility” or rally house show prominent party members such as Moosa Manik using the word “jew” as a derogatory term against opposition figures.

    For political expediency this government as well as the opposition has entered into agreements with several religious groups which call for the rejection of American soft-power influences as well as open calls against allowing the Israeli state to exist. The government’s own Islamic Affairs Minister Dr. Abdul Majeed Abdul Bari has gone on public record stating his personal belief that Israel is not a State and should be treated as a rogue nation.

    Nasheed’s propagandist Ahmed Shafeeg Moosa or Sappe operated a clandestine website by the name of Dhivehi Observer which carried many articles accusing several members of Qayyooms Cabinet of being homosexuals and alcoholics and openly urging the public to commit acts of violence against them on these grounds.

    The international community is not comprised of idiots and they will know the political realities of our country. We are a nation with a public that deeply believes homogenous belief in Islam is a part of our national identity. A large majority of the public does not support freedom of conscience due to this widely held belief therefore political parties use religion on a daily basis to attack and denigrate their opponents.

    This is a political matter and this pamphlet was obviously one of those publications meant for public consumption. The current administration’s party MDP used several such pamphlets, leaflets and online publications to attack Qayyoom’s presidency while they were in the opposition.

    The only real measure to promote tolerance would be to slowly inculcate such values through education. However those in the opposition including the MDP have prevented such measures from being carried out. This article is a blatant example of the pot-kettle syndrome which afflicts our politicians.

  3. Anees on Fri, 20th Jan 2012 1:27 PM 

    If people have been successful to change their lives without the God’s will what will be left for God to change? Does ‘Allah will not change the condition to good rather than to bad unless it is changed…’ mean an exception to the general rule that everything happens with the will of God?

  4. Ibrahim Luthfee on Fri, 20th Jan 2012 1:34 PM 

    This is utter nonsense. This Hassan Saeed and Jameel have become political fodder for the public. They have no credibility and both should be ashamed of this booklet. Maldives will remain 100% Muslim country, whether Hassan Saeed or his brother in Australia comes back and teach comparative religions.

  5. earthling on Fri, 20th Jan 2012 2:03 PM 

    Maldivians, especially those who call themselves to defend the religion and it values, while it is obvious their aim is nothing but political, they all talk too much. what im trying to say is they have never know what spirituality actually is. have never contemplated on God, universe and our role in it. have never understood religion including the religion of Islam they so fervantly pretends to defend, although only god knows from what?.

    If only these people stop shouting and rambling about what someone is doing to a religion or what someone is not doing and ponder about the actual subject of Religion and its spiritual and social purpose, we would be much better off. there is just too much going on in their head that i refuse to believe they know anything about what they talk (religion/God/faith/humanity)..

    Current maldivians, politicians and almost all laymen suffer from a verbal diarrhea about islam witout so much knowing what they are actually talking about!!the gravity of what they are talking about. i dont think most Maldivians have had that experience in their life, the awe inspiring, overwhelming feeling of God, the vastness of the universe and that we are all in this together. we were never given that opportunity i guess, because its been 800 years of indoctrination. Islam is also a great way for such spiritual enlightment, but we have lost the way and merely USE islam as a tool, be it political, social or monetory. Such a sad picture!

  6. willman (UK) on Fri, 20th Jan 2012 2:36 PM 

    As I have said before if you have to force people to be Islamic by law then Islam must be a false religion. Allow freedom of choice and you will soon see if I am correct.

  7. dodi on Fri, 20th Jan 2012 3:12 PM 

    Well, re Israel and the state of madives, Yes, even state minister of agricultre, Dr, Shafia, is going to israel from time to time and is promoting that thbey are good people, in times when the zionist settlers are burning Mosques and banning worshippers from praying in the Aqsa Mosque we have Israeli “experts” on Islands doing research on agriculture , as if the world is empty from other experts!!!

  8. Leena on Fri, 20th Jan 2012 3:20 PM 

    What a load of nonsense. This is the true face of DQP, who incites hatred towards people of other religion in Dhivehi, so that the international world can’t understand what they are saying. But the moment something goes wrong they rush to inform all foreign embassies, sitting opposite Christian and Jew diplomats and playing victim.
    If they hate others so much, all DQP people should refrain from talking to foreigners and travelling to foreign countries.
    And every little xenophobic thing they say should be translated so that the whole world can know what they are up to.This is a very old trick off Gayoom book, saying xenophobic things in Dhivehi and saying something else in English.

  9. Raalhu Bis on Fri, 20th Jan 2012 3:22 PM 

    Protocols of the Elders of Maldives.

  10. niya on Fri, 20th Jan 2012 3:33 PM 

    Anni is a dictator in process!! He activly supports the cult that redicules Islam or any sort of religion that speaks against Alcholism, Gambling, soft drugs!! Anni and his girlfriend Mariya and Jariya Rekko is distroying this nation!!

  11. naeem on Fri, 20th Jan 2012 3:34 PM 

    It seems Islam is the biggest culprit that destroys our unity. The source of all conflicts we have seen in the Maldives is so called cult of Islam. Can we learn lessons from what we see and stop even mentioning the word Islam. This is like virus spreading and slowly destroying the peaceful good people of Mlu Dhivehin

  12. dodi on Fri, 20th Jan 2012 3:37 PM 

    One time, you gvet Israeli eye doctors, why? who is telling the pesident to bring those?

  13. Yasir on Fri, 20th Jan 2012 3:42 PM 

    I don’t see anyone trying to force Islam in this article. All it talks about is defending the 800 year old religion in this country. And the things they have mentioned in this book about Nasheed are all true. They haven’t made up anything by themselves. Now why is it so wrong for Maldivians to defend their own religion which they have been practising for some many years. Justesterday I heard British PM had a war of words with Argentina over the Falk islands, which the British colonised decades ago. The islands are not even geographically a part of UK, but yet they are still defending the right to have them as part of British Territory. Here we are, trying to defend something which has been for us for over 800 years, and yet we are branded been extremist for doing so. Now how double standed and hypcritic is that. I agree totally with this book, its a great piece of truth.

  14. Incorrect on Fri, 20th Jan 2012 4:41 PM 

    Here we go. The doctors have completed the book of Islam and no one shall criticize it. Such a same such doctors have actually devalued the Islamic fabric in this country and politicized Islam.

  15. Hameed on Fri, 20th Jan 2012 5:08 PM 

    What the pamphlet fails to mention is that President Nasheed has vowed that Islam will be the only religion he would allow in the Maldives. He has distanced himself away from Israel by arguing that it was the previous government led by Gayoom that established diplomatic relations with Israel and not his government. Nasheed was the first President to set up a Ministry to promote Islam in the Maldives, and embraced Mullas into government. He was the first President to ban all the spas in tourist resorts on grounds that they may facilitate un-islamic activities.

    If the opposition did not organised a political rally, the size of which is unprecedented in the history of Maldives, President Nasheed would not have given a damn about the phamplet. After all he knows that he is the champion of Islam in the Maldives.

  16. MM on Fri, 20th Jan 2012 5:09 PM 

    I think Jameel and Saeed, been lawyers always take historical precedence to gauge the status quo/future strategy and thats embedded in lawyers and you cant do much about it. And thats a pity.

    Same here, Maumoon and Arab leaders users religion as a political tool. DQP is now taking this as a precedence.

    Nasheed had worse reputation of his view and track record of islam than he is now.

    I must say,DQP, this is a real waste of time.

  17. People of Addu and Fuahmulah on Fri, 20th Jan 2012 5:09 PM 

    What the hell. DQP is so dead. I wish Dr. Jameela and flour bag Dr. Hassan Saeed rot in hell.

    The fact that they have stated an incorrect verse as its meaning on the pamphlet that was distributed to several thousand Maldivians proves lack of their knowledge and love for Islam.

    We urge the government to execute those who were involved in the preparation of the pamphlet for deliberately circulating untrue stories especially by taking incorrect meanings for verses from the Holy Quran. They MUST be executed even after amending the current set penalties. We will not tolerate when people disgrace our religion. We may not be like the middle eastern country people where violence is put forward instead of dialogue. But this is something which we will not let go of until they get the punishment they deserve.

    The government must not leave these assholes on the streets of our country under any circumstance. We urge the head of the state, President Mohamed Nasheed to inflict a far worse pain on them against what they have brought onto us.

  18. Hameed on Fri, 20th Jan 2012 5:23 PM 

    @Whoever is the head of Minivannews – it is so frustrating that the only famous english news site in the country is biased, substandard or or simply out of touch with what is going on. you say it is the pamphlet that triggered attempts by Government to arrest members of DQP. The fact is Dr Jameel and Amnesty Prisoner of conscience Sandhaan Ahammaidhi were arrested apparently due to what they said on a talk show on television.

  19. Yasira on Fri, 20th Jan 2012 5:23 PM 

    To Yasir:Your parents may be a christian and a budhist which makes you a budhistian. Keep followiing your religion and let us follow ours. We intend no harm.

    Long live MDP! Allah Akbar.

  20. Sim on Fri, 20th Jan 2012 6:05 PM 

    The other view.http://abadeeu.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/1332/?preview=true&preview_id=1332&preview_nonce=3af778381a

  21. manik on Fri, 20th Jan 2012 6:12 PM 

    It is not Islam that is wrong but the people who take advantage of the religion and use it for their own personal gain.

    Ask these people if they have not committed any sin that is forbidden in Islam? They cannot say No. Lying is one of the greatest sins yet everyday they lie about everything. They are using the All Mighty Allah’s name for personal and political gain.

    Then lets look at these Sheiks. Who are these Sheiks? Who made them Sheiks? Anyone can speak Arabic, go to a Madrassa in Pakistan, grow a fancy beard, wear a longer bermuda short below the knee and call himself a Sheik.
    Islam does not need anyone in between Allah and you. So why do have to listen and make these people as if they are prophets? They are not and are probably worse in Allah’s eyes than the poor honest man.

    We had Islam from the 10century and now these geezers are saying that we were not Muslims before? How can anyone accuse anyone of being a non muslim unless that person themselves declare them not to be? One of these imbeciles even accused Gayoom of being a non Muslim while Gayoom maintained he was. Is this Sheik claiming to be God so that he knows what is the mind of a human being? Get a lost.

    As for these DQM, they have no party, no mandate and are poor pathetic losers. The PPM and Gasim and Yamin are using these two idiots for their personal gain.
    Yes, take this English translation and go and speak to the International community in Colombo. They only fault they would find with Nasheed is that he has not put these people in a mental asylum.

  22. Dhivehi Hanguraama on Fri, 20th Jan 2012 6:21 PM 

    @Yasir

    While what the rest of what you say is admirable, the Falkland islands are indeed “geographically a part of U.K territory” – what you meant to say is, that it is not even near the British “Isles.”

  23. Ahmed bin Addu bin Suvadheeb on Fri, 20th Jan 2012 7:32 PM 

    Where do we start? David Hardingham must be the first Christian Priest who is not even aware of being one!

    This pamphlet is full of pathetic lies all dressed to look credible by quoting verses from the Quran. Every sensible Maldivian should object such falsification of our values and our democracy.

    If there are accusations against the President or anyone of his cabinet engaging in un-Islamic acts, then why don’t they take the matter to the Courts? After all, everyone seem to agree about the due process of law here.

    I am quite glad that the government took measures to limit the dangers of places like Mauhad and Arabiyya. These institutions are mainly responsible for the growing extremism we face today. Why on earth should a country segregate the education of its children? All children should have access to the same education, no matter where they are in the country. By establishing Mauhad and Arabiyya, Gayyoom mastermined a plot to throw an arrow at the heart of our children’s education system. We need to teach our children Islam and Arabic, of course. But ALL children at every single school must have access to that!

    Some people here are making excuses for the inexcusable anti-Semitic, sectarian and religious hatred pouring out from this pamphlet. One excuse is that this was for “local consumption”. Does that make the spreading of religious intolerance, hatred and anti-Semitism a noble and valid act? Is that not encouraging and planting the seed of hatred, terrorism and extremism? Does that somehow remove any responsibility towards the Covenants and Charters of international bodies that we have signed up for? If so, then we are giving carte blanche to “politicians” to demonise and denigrate anyone in the world without justification. That’s certainly not what a democratic society should tolerate.

  24. Aisha on Fri, 20th Jan 2012 8:26 PM 

    Huh? – “In Nasheed’s visit to France on October 12 this year, when he met the country’s Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing Minister, she was wearing clothes that covered her face, arms and legs.”

    Of course she covered her arms and legs – October in France is not a hot time to show bare skin.

    BUT HER FACE????????? Look at this photo:

    http://www.haveeru.com.mv/president_nasheed/38122

  25. Impartial Comments on Fri, 20th Jan 2012 9:01 PM 

    two words in wikipedia style: [citation needed]

  26. naeem on Fri, 20th Jan 2012 9:23 PM 

    It seems these guys who defend Islam even can’t use Zakir Nair’s logic 1+1=2. Anyone who has two neurons can diagnose the cancer is Islam. Remove Islam all will be cured all problems are solved in few seconds. Look at All Islamic countries. Name one country which is peaceful, read the violent history of Islam and the teaching all are full of violence, hatred discrimination and narcissism. I can write with my blood so long Islam dominates we are doomed. It is a doomsday cult

  27. Alibeyya on Fri, 20th Jan 2012 10:05 PM 

    credible reports suggest that there in fact exist terror cells in Maldives.

    The sheikhs have lost credibility and respect thanks to their own attitudes and behavior. You cannot hold President responsible.

    the benefits of alcohol business, in your opinion should be reserved for a few tycoon, some of them quite generously contribute to your campaigns.
    Opposition to alcohol trade across Maldives from people like you contribute to the hesitancy of investors. You are effectively blocking progress and investment over a stupid issue. Hithadhoo convention Centre has a bleak future because of DQP and others. FYI, alcohol sales is intended for non muslims.

    Islam and dhivehi subjects are best kept as optional to give way to more productive and time saving concept. These are the most undesirable subjects among students. This is an undeniable fact.

  28. Ahmed bin Addu bin Suvadheeb on Fri, 20th Jan 2012 10:07 PM 

    We all love to hate the old man Gayyoom. Gayyoom was right when he said that the country was not ready for democracy. When the new Constitution was drafted, a lot of experts did ask the question whether the country had enough skilled people to fulfill the duties in that heavy document.

    We knew then and it’s confirmed now that the country do not have the necessary skills to look after such a Constitution. It requires a level of skill in every invididual, institution and body in the country, that it’s become impossible to carry through even the basic tenets of it.

    Is President Nasheed capable of it? I do not know. Are members of Cabinet able to do so? I do not know. Are the various institutions mandated by the Constitution able to fulfill their duties. Clearly not.

    So Gayyoom was right. The country was not ready for democracy then, and it’s ready for it now either. Of course, it doesn’t justify how Gayyoom ruled the place!

  29. Ahmed bin Addu bin Suvadheeb on Fri, 20th Jan 2012 10:07 PM 

    Meant to say “The country was not ready for democracy then, and it’s NOT ready for it now either.”

  30. tsk tsk on Fri, 20th Jan 2012 10:21 PM 

    Oh-ho ho, Ahmed!

    Cart your blanch out of these waters.

    You seem to grasp for international instruments and democratic norms when it suits you. However when it comes to defending the Nasheed administrations its civilized-world-be-damned.

    You were all Anni-get-your-gun an article go and demanding that Nasheed use the military to any extent necessary in order to establish a minority rule in this country.

    As for international instruments, we have a caveat in one of the most important documents out there saying that we neither accept nor allow freedom of religion in our country. Therefore our oddities and eccentricities are our own for the time being. Every politician in this country knows that the public are not yet ready to embrace freedom to choose one’s religion as a fundamental right in the Maldives.

    So one should not be surprised to see such literature or speeches which echo these sentiments in our everyday discourse. Why several leading figures in the MDP itself is guilty of the same. The only difference is that their idealism and naivety led them to think that they could dupe the public into allowing a freedom which the majority of Maldivians do not yet wish to accept.

  31. keke on Fri, 20th Jan 2012 10:21 PM 

    President is showing leadership qualities. Strong leadership is what we need now. Show these idiots Didi and Jameel the taste of Aneh Dhivehi Raajje Mr Raees.

  32. Rawness on Fri, 20th Jan 2012 10:33 PM 

    what DQP is pissed about is , they cant talk about services which people are not getting .. coz now health is free. education is free… tax’s system is in force ….. people are going to get housing this year,…… bogus taxing has been ablolished… people are not tortured in prisons…. cops cant do whatever they want…. human rights has been restored….. NOW as a political opponant DQP can only use the old regime tactics , spreading lies about being unislamic….. and yes we have seen the pornstar shakes also in their acts now they cant fool us anymore… people who commit adultary and incest in the shakes world has been all revealed about their true origins…

    everyone wants to be THE KING….

  33. manik on Fri, 20th Jan 2012 11:13 PM 

    Ahmed bin Addu. The country is ready for democracy but some people are not. They are not willing to accept it is the main issue here.

    The intents of the government is honest but the implementation is being impeded by forces who are opposed to this.
    As for these Sheiks, anyone can become a Sheik after he grows a beard, speaks arabic and wears an elongated pair of bermuda shorts.
    And what is this idiocy of using this “BIN” in their names? The Jews use it too. Just like the Israeli Prime Minister. His real name is Yamin and his father’s name is Netanhayu. So his real name is Yamin bin Netanyahu. So the names of some these Mullahs are copying Israeli names then isn’t it?

  34. Faisal Ahmed Didi on Fri, 20th Jan 2012 11:47 PM 

    Islam is the Only Religion with a Scripture Tens of Millions of people have ‘Memorized’. :)

    All other religions are false religions.

    One God , One Religion, One Human Race!

    Allahu Akbar (God is Great!)

  35. Faisal Ahmed Didi on Fri, 20th Jan 2012 11:52 PM 

    Btw, all those who are insulting Islam with Islamic names…..please change them immediately! :D

  36. Faisal Ahmed Didi on Sat, 21st Jan 2012 12:16 AM 

    Not all the Muslims are going to ‘Heaven’

    The hypocrites will be the ones who will be in the depths of hell fire!

    [Qur'an 4:145]
    Indeed, the hypocrites will be in the lowest depths of the Fire – and never will you find for them a helper -

  37. bryam on Sat, 21st Jan 2012 12:56 AM 

    It seems to me that the DQP missed several other “jew-based” influences that corrupt and offend Maldivian sensibilities. Things like the University, the internet, television, films, Airtel, Dhiraggu, cell phones; in fact any and everything that deals with societal development; even imported food. To focus on alcohol and dancing is too limited. In fact, the DQP should desist from using any of these things since they were developed by jews and kaffirs and are thus harram. Bunch of hyproctites.

  38. Yasir on Sat, 21st Jan 2012 12:58 AM 

    After doing all these dirty works, the government is now doing the negative publicity of this country to brand Maldives as an extremist country who hates Jews and Christians. The government knows their end has come and hence is trying to destroy the image of this country before been stripped off from their office. How cunning and cheap are all these MDP rats.

  39. Haleem on Sat, 21st Jan 2012 2:05 AM 

    We know the moral bankruptcy of people like Gasim, Hassan Saeed, Maumoon and Thasmeen and Sheikh Shaheeem.

    We know Hassan threw hundreds of people into prison violating their rights and denying them legal support. We know Hassan Saeed fought, with his master Maumoon Abdul Gayoom to stop the democratic process and to ban political parties.

    We know Hassan Saeed turned against his master Gayoom because Gayoom bypassed him for the 2008 Presidential race, we know his crusade against Nasheed comes from his belief that he should have had the opportunity to be President half way through this government term.

    We know Hassan Saeed’s attacks on this government is driven from personal greed and hunger for power. Nowhere in Hassan Saeed’s actions do I see anything that is done for the Maldivian people. He has displayed neither compassion nor leadership where it matters. Our people were left financially spiritually and socially bankrupt by a government that cared nothing about us, Hassan Saeed, Jameel, Gasim, Thasmeen, were a part of that government.

    We know a hundred and thousand other facts about the brutal regime of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, members of his family, his cabinet and his cronies who used our money for their personal gain, to oppress our people and deny us the basic services of education, health, sewage disposal, fresh drinking water, and electricity.

    This book is not about holding the government accountable. It is downright spin and smear and character assassination.

    The opposition from the start has not been interested in holding the government responsible. The focus has been to make this government unmanageable. What we have seen in the last four years is civil disobedience at the highest level, from the executives in the civil service to the corrupt officials of the judiciary and the members of the “independent institutions” who were appointed by the former President and his cronies in parliament.

    As for the government, I just wish that the government would focus on the National Development Plan instead of all these side shows that is threatening the hard work of the MDP to bring democracy and justice to our people and stability to our country.

    I cannot see any sane explanation for the government wooing Israel and putting up monuments.
    Israel will never be a friend of Maldivians while they persecute, humiliate, dispossess, and tyrannise our Palestinian brothers and sisters. That is something President Nasheed has to get if he wants to get another term.

    How did the government lose the pulse of the people on the subject of Israel so quickly? Is it arrogance? Is it the short-sightedness which comes with narcissism ? Or is it politics of aid?
    Whatever the reason, the government needs to clean up its act on this issue. Fast.

  40. Hani on Sat, 21st Jan 2012 2:15 AM 

    Yasir, it is not the government who is portraying us as extremists and racists. It is the demonstraiors and protestors and the extremist blogs and websites that are doing this. the government is saying things as how they are. Speaking the truth. So now speaking the truth is also a sin?

  41. Ahmed bin Addu bin Suvadheeb on Sat, 21st Jan 2012 4:16 AM 

    @Yasir on Sat, 21st Jan 2012 12:58 AM

    “After doing all these dirty works, the government is now doing the negative publicity of this country to brand Maldives as an extremist country who hates Jews and Christians.”

    Huh? Are you blind and deaf? Who is shouting anti-Semitic and anti-Christian slogans day and night in this country? I don’t hear it from the President or his Cabinet. So who else in “government” can you point out? By the way, who do actually refer to as the “government”?

    DQP has discredited itself infront of the whole world. DQP has always been trying to punch way about their weight. They have virtually no support across the entire archipelago. No one likes a smart ass; and no one likes Hassan Saeed! The guy just can’t face the facts.

  42. Ahmed bin Addu bin Suvadheeb on Sat, 21st Jan 2012 4:31 AM 

    @tsk tsk on Fri, 20th Jan 2012 10:21 PM

    “You were all Anni-get-your-gun an article go and demanding that Nasheed use the military to any extent necessary in order to establish a minority rule in this country.”

    Uh oh, you caught me red handed. Nah, not really :-) I did not make such a claim; certainly wasn’t in support of a minority rule by Nasheed. I’ve said that it looks like Constitutional rule is no longer possible. Elsewhere, days before this whole saga began, I pointed out that all avenues available to Nasheed to sort out the political mess were closing and closing fast. I also pointed out that whatever action he took next, he will be violating some part of our liberal Constitution and parts of the populace will call him a dictator.

    I can see that both of those things have happened now. I understand the reasons why the military did what they did. I’m not a lawyer to determine the rights or wrongs of that. I also take the hysterical shoutings from both sides with a pinch of salt, including those from the High and Supreme Courts as well as political parties.

    Why? Firstly, the Courts are not even handed in their approach to justice. All political parties are fighting to get a slice of the pie, whatever that pie is (could be laced with poison, after all). Various religious groups are fighting to get any sort of publicity they can get out of this and not out of a love for Islam or their brothers or sisters.

    To claim the moral high ground, you have to lead by example. There is no one in this country who can claim the moral high ground. Absolutely no one! We don’t have a Mandela. Nasheed isn’t one. Neither is Gasim, Yaamin, Gayyoom or Thasmeen. All are tainted. We need someone new to get us out of this mess. Someone who can claim the moral high ground and is not tainted. Who would that be?

  43. Mohamed Rasheed on Sat, 21st Jan 2012 7:57 AM 

    I have seen the President praying, in mosques, more than DQP leaders!

  44. Mohamed Rasheed on Sat, 21st Jan 2012 8:05 AM 

    The Maldivian public is entitled to know the truth. DQP or any other Political Party or individual must be able to defend what they say or publish, about political opponents, on the public forum. If they can’t they their credibility.

  45. to Faisal Ahmed Didi on Sat, 21st Jan 2012 8:52 AM 

    SO if 10s of millions of people memorize the literature works of Shakespeare does that make it holy? or to use a more effective analogy, if the same number of people memorized the Baghvat Gita, does that make it the only true word.
    Point being your argument is false and it is this kind of reasoning you guys use that does not give islam any credibility..

  46. Shaheem on Sat, 21st Jan 2012 9:11 AM 

    We know the moral bankruptcy of people like Gasim, Hassan Saeed, Maumoon and Thasmeen and Sheikh Shaheeem. We know Hassan threw hundreds of people into prison violating their rights and denying them legal support. We know Hassan Saeed fought, with his master Maumoon Abdul Gayoom to stop the democratic process and to ban political parties. We know Hassan Saeed turned against his master Gayoom because Gayoom bypassed him for the 2008 Presidential race, we know his crusade against Nasheed comes from his belief that he should have had the opportunity to be President half way through this government term. We know Hassan Saeed’s attacks on this government is driven from personal greed and hunger for power. Nowhere in Hassan Saeed’s actions do I see anything that is done for the Maldivian people. He has displayed neither compassion nor leadership where it matters. Our people were left financially spiritually and socially bankrupt by a government that cared nothing about us, Hassan Saeed, Jameel, Gasim, Thasmeen, were a part of that government.
    We know a hundred and thousand other facts about the brutal regime of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, members of his family, his cabinet and his cronies who used our money for their personal gain, to oppress our people and deny us the basic services of education, health, sewage disposal, fresh drinking water, and electricity.
    This book is not about holding the government accountable. It is downright spin and smear and character assassination. The opposition from the start has not been interested in holding the government responsible. .The focus has been to make this government unmanageable. What we have seen in the last four years is civil disobedience at the highest level, from the executives in the civil service to the corrupt officials of the judiciary and the members of the “independent institutions” who were appointed by the former President and his cronies in parliament
    As for the government, I just wish that the government would focus on the National Development Plan instead of all these side shows that is threatening the hard work of the MDP to bring democracy and justice to our people and stability to our country.
    I cannot see any sane explanation for the government wooing Israel . Israel will never be a friend of Maldivians while they persecute, humiliate, dispossess, and tyrannise our Palestinian brothers and sisters.
    How did the government lose the pulse of the people on the subject of Israel so quickly?
    Whatever the reason, the government needs to clean up its act on this issue. Fast.

  47. AS on Sat, 21st Jan 2012 9:31 AM 

    I feel pity for Minivan News for trying to divide the religious unity of this country. At the same time I am glad you guys went to translate this. For the rest of the world this clearly demonstrate the disrespect the dictator has for his culture and religion :)

  48. Live and let live on Sat, 21st Jan 2012 10:40 AM 

    “What should be done to be freed from Nasheed’s plotting?…use modern facilities like Facebook and Twitter to raise your voices against such things.”

    Um, would that be the facebook that was created by Mark Zuckerberg, a jew?

  49. Skeptical Inquirer on Sat, 21st Jan 2012 11:26 AM 

    It is not worth diving into this much hate to find a bit of truth if any.

    I think as a citizen,and for the future, it is now time do the bidding of MDP. Im not a great fan of the government but i think i need to support it right now, or all the good work we have done to make this change will have resulted in a worse situation than 30 brutal years.

    DEFEND THE CHANGE.

  50. dheyo on Sat, 21st Jan 2012 11:49 AM 

    TL;DR
    Religion was fun a couple of millennia’s ago. Now its all about lolcats, meme’s and rage comic’s man. Most Maldivian’s just need to get with the times.

  51. Indira NewDelhi on Sat, 21st Jan 2012 1:00 PM 

    islam, islam, islam, islam, islam, islam, islam, islam, islam, islam, islam, islam……………not much else happening in the BORING Maldives it seems. Very sad that islam needs to be constantly ‘protected’ by the mad mullahs and ‘religious scholars’ (yeah right) like Dhivehi Hangyourself and rammed down the throats of the people………….not surprising that so many Maldivians end up living in India and Sri Lanka………….anything to get away from this unhealthy preoccupation with intolerant sunni islam…………..it must be hell for christian, buddhist and secular Maldivians living in the Taliban Republic of Maldives.
    So glad I was born a hindu!!

  52. RespectDaFacts on Sat, 21st Jan 2012 1:26 PM 

    There are literally no words to describe what is happening in this country.

    Not so much WHAT is happening, but the MANNER in which it is happening.

    The above document blatantly portrays lies as facts. It smacks of hypocrisy, two fascism.

    Opposition activism is fine. It is all politics in the end, and even that is fine.

    However, there seems to be a serious confusion in the direction people need to take, and this is characterized by the knee jerk reactions by a variety of elements.

    The economy is suffering and Maldives is alienating itself from the international community. After these actions, it is losing the ability to be taken seriously.

  53. mohamed on Sat, 21st Jan 2012 1:32 PM 

    Its funny that minivan news, a government propaganda news website spend all their time translating this one! Adhaalath Party was not extremists when they were part of the govt, but now they are. what a pathetic joke

  54. Khaheeja on Sat, 21st Jan 2012 1:35 PM 

    Skeptical Inquirer I agree with you. We have to defend the change. We have to take a stand against all who want to fail this government. We cannot hand over our country back to the people who ruined our country.

  55. dhon' aisa on Sat, 21st Jan 2012 3:51 PM 

    These Iththihadhees don’t know that, what they are doing will backfire them later.(if they ever get into power)

    I request everyone to document what they are saying and doing for later evidence.

  56. Michael Fahmy on Sat, 21st Jan 2012 3:53 PM 

    The text that is here in an English language version is a political broadcast on behalf of a certain political party in the Islamic Republic of Maldives.

    The writers of this article love the status quo, and more than that, they are backward looking.Our island-republic will not benefit from their activities.

    No country remains the same; or rather, no country should remain the same throughout its country.From Gayoom to Nasheed was a good step in itself; but we should not be satisfied with what we have. We must always seek improvements in our system of governance.

    This may even require the replacement of Nasheed with somebody else.However, there is one good thing Nasheed has stood for; and that is freedom of speech.

    Let us use this freedom of speech to develop our country, and not to destroy it.

    Mr Gayoom never said Maldivians are not fit for democracy. He is too shrewd a politician to say that. What he said was that he can come to power even through a free and fair democratic election.

    Let us not allow Mr Gayoom’s sweetest dreams, and day-dreams, come true.

    God bless the Maldives.

  57. Cane and Abel on Sat, 21st Jan 2012 8:30 PM 

    willman (UK), Yes, how can you make people bend and prostrate to a religion by law but Mr. Willman that is exactly whats happening in Maldives and in so called Islamic states.

    I really don’t know Arabic, but I have read so many translations of Quran in English and I am absolutely so sure that people who lives in Islamic states can never be following the true religion of Allah.

    Simply there is no compulsion and don’t hurt your neighbor or don’t dis-troy your neighbors property.

    I have lived in Sri Lanka and right now I live in England, as we all know we are so free to do what ever we want in these countries and to obey the commands of Allah and not transgress his orders in these countries is submitting to Allah.

    Making the religion Compulsory is not acceptable and such Muslim with a board on the beard saying am a Muslim will not make them Muslims.

    IN England I am told all varieties of Booze are available, pork, girls, gambling, boys all available, all kinds of worshiping houses, what ever your heart desire is available and I am still able to live and perform my religious duties without any transgression mention in Qur’an.

    Hence as willman (UK) says who is a better Muslim, a guy who lives in Saudi Arabia or in Maldives or in England or in Sri Lanka???

    Qur’an says in very clear terms there is no compulsion in Religion.

    and to Adaalath Party and specifically to Dr. Jameel and that crab Ahammadhi, Man you want to go to heaven, please do, we have no problem, we will find our way to paradise our way, don’t try to drag us to your paradise your way, it becomes too much of a blood shed with your way.

  58. Ilyas Ahmed on Sat, 21st Jan 2012 10:23 PM 

    All the political parties in this country are guilty of using religion as a political tool to promote their point of view at different times.

    This includes MDP who called Maumoon an atheist and accused him of ‘erecting a temple’ in Four Seasons Landa Giraavaru just a few years ago. This was in fact in relation to a stage back drop erected by the resort during an event held by Billionaire Phillip Green to celebrate his 50th birthday.

    During the last Presidential campaign, MDP and DRP accused Dr. Hassan of being a heretic for writing a book (co-authored with his brother) where it was alleged that Dr. Hassan has called for the freedom of religion.

    Adhaalath Party which includes most of the religious fanatics has been a coalition partner of this MDP led Government until a few months ago. And during this period, they had become more emboldened and radical than ever before in the past.

    During the election period MDP was accused of being backed by Priests and Christians and some times jews.

    And now again, it is MDP that is at the receiving end of various accusations. Some of it I must say is very much due to MDP’s attitude rather than anything else, meaning the approach used in dealing with a low educated public on religious related issues.

    The result is that today, a large majority of the people do indeed believe that MDP and the government do have an anti-islamic agenda. So instead of attacking the politicians who are spreading such hatred, Nasheed should try to improve his image amongst the public.

    But then, that would require Statesmanship!

  59. Ilyas Ahmed on Sat, 21st Jan 2012 11:03 PM 

    Some anti-islamic items banned in the Maldives:

    1. Dogs (Enough similar species amongst us)
    2. Pork (why eat Pork when we can eat turtles)
    3. Liquor (cause we prefer heroin).Besides its better that we import them ourselves and sell to you.
    4. sex toys (we are erotic enough).
    5. Idols of religious worship (we are simple islanders and quite frankly the very thought frightens us.) and yes, its good politics.

    But man, this is paradise and a playground for all. Don’t listen to the crap in the news, just come and enjoy! Anything and everything goes in the Maldives – see it before it drowns!

  60. Paul on Sun, 22nd Jan 2012 12:09 AM 

    Why people are so afraid that islam will fall apart in Maldives if people are free to choose?This is a complete lack of faith and forcing people to follow a path through a constitution is itself a against human rights!!!

  61. ali on Mon, 23rd Jan 2012 2:50 PM 

    @ indira newdheli – go f*** your self. be a hindu and rot in hell.

  62. Jab on Sat, 25th Feb 2012 11:20 PM 

    Amazing that Sandhaanu Didi has the gall to say such things regarding alcohol when he sent his son Faisal Ahmed Didi to India and all the boy did was drink, fornicate and do drugs. This is who he is. How can such a person speak for a country when his own flesh and blood is so evil in the face of Islam?

  63. Genocidal_Maniac on Mon, 2nd Jul 2012 6:26 PM 

    you know what can put an end to this abuse of religion by all parties? SECULARISM! can it coexist with islamic culture? ofcourse, if there is one to begin with that is. even in a secular democracy the powers will originate from people, and if the majority are muslims (which i believe will be the case, not many will leave islam even if it is legal)…then the laws will reflect islamic principles and shariah law itself can coexist with secular principles really. that is if we base all our laws on shariah principles while maintaining secular principles as well. you will be surprised how they dont contradict each other with a progressive liberal interpretation.

  64. Ablho on Fri, 3rd Aug 2012 10:56 AM 

    Helpong the Palestinians by asking them to sponsor 9 Maldivian student to study? Well, what is more wromg than squeezing a people who live in refugee camps! The religion of these Seykus of Jahaalath Party follow form of a cult similar to Children Of God.


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