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dives Akuru "Divehi Rasmathifuh"
ދިވެހި ރަސްމަތިފުށް
   Máldive Royal Family
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ދިވެހި ރަސްމަތިފުށުގެ ރަސްމީ ފަތްފުށްތައް ** The official web site of the Máldives Royal Family ** ދިވެހި ރަސްމަތިފުށުގެ ރަސްމީ ފަތްފުށްތައް ** The official web site of the Máldives Royal Family ** ދިވެހި ރަސްމަތިފުށުގެ ރަސްމީ ފަތްފުށްތައް ** The official web site of the Máldives Royal Family ** ދިވެހި ރަސްމަތިފުށުގެ ރަސްމީ ފަތްފުށްތައް ** The official web site of the Máldives Royal Family **

Historic Maldivian religious icon: Exhibit at Malé National Museum


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How King Dirty Hassan met his fate: 28 January 2010
'..... the throne of the Maldives isn't something I should just give away and forget about, don't you think, Vizir?', asked ex-King Dirty Hassan. He then promised to take back the throne. The burning pain in his leg began once again. Although cooling medications were applied, there was no relief. He screamed continuously and couldn't sit or lie down. >>read more
Maldives restores relations with Israel: 26 September 2009
The Maldives has re-established diplomatic relations with the State of Israel after 29 years, on the eve of the Jewish Sabbath on 7 Tishrei, Anno Mundi 5770 (25 September, Anno Domini 2009). Praise be to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob! This web site has campaigned relentlessly for this since we went online. Israel was the first country to send an ambassador to the Maldives in modern times, in 1965 >>read more
Obituary to a classical dancer: 7 July 2009
Xavier Romero-Frias, author of Maldive Islanders: A study of the Popular Culture of an Ancient Ocean Kingdom writes an obituary to his late Maldive mother-in-law in English, Spanish and French. >>read
Iran in renewed throes of an ancient struggle : 17 June 2009
Omar to Yazdgird III: "I do not foresee a good future for you and your nation save your acceptance of my terms and your submission to me. There was a time when your country ruled half the world, but see how now your sun has set? On all fronts your armies have been defeated and your nation is condemned to extinction. I point out to you the path whereby you might escape this fate...."
Yazdgird III to Omar: "You admonish me to become monotheistic in faith. Ignorant little man! For thousands of years we Iranians have, in this land of culture and art, been monotheistic and five times a day have we offered prayers to God's Throne of Oneness. While we laid the foundations of philanthropy and righteousness and kindness in this world and held high the ensign of "Good Thoughts,  Good Words and Good Deeds", you and your ancestors were desert wanderers who ate snakes and lizards...What have you, in the name of your "Allah-u-Akbar", taught these armies of Islam besides destruction, pillage and murder that you now presume to forcibly summon others to your god?..">> read on
Demanding respect without offering it: 25 May 2009
"We want people to show us respect", said Manal Mohamed, a Syrian Muslim in Greece, following Islamic riots in Athens after allegations that a Greek policeman tore up a Koran and stomped on it. Mohamed added "we want the officer or officers involved to be prosecuted, and the [Greek] government to issue an apology." Like the aggrieved Muslims in Greece, expatriate Maldivians demand and receive respect and religious rights in non-Islamic countries in Asia and the West. The Golden Rule of treating others as you would expect others to treat you is a concept totally alien to them. For these supremacists the ethic of reciprocity is a one-way street- in their favour. >> read on
The Maldives still disrespects what is holy to others: 3 May 2009
What sort of reaction will a British news item such as "HM Customs seizes and destroys a Koran" have? Let me guess. Churches in Iraq will be razed to the ground; Christian school girls in Indonesia will be beheaded in front of their mothers who will be forced to eat their entrails; Coptic pig farmers in Egypt will have their entire herds incinerated; luxury hotels in Bombay will be suicide-bombed; Hindus in Bali will be impaled; Baha’is in Iran will have nails driven through their heads. The list will go on and on. The Islamic dictatorships that hog the seats in the United Nations Human Rights Council will be accusing Great Britain and the world of insulting Islam. And yet a heading in a leading Maldive online newspaper late last week could be paraphrased as "Maldive customs seizes a Buddha used for worship". >> read on
Forum 18MALDIVES: Reform excludes freedom of religion or belief: 18 February 2009
Mohamed Nasheed's election as President of the Maldives was hailed as the dawn of a new era of democracy and freedom in the Indian Ocean country. Under former President Gayoom, the once religiously tolerant Maldives – which tended towards folk Islam – was changed into a society intolerant of all beliefs except state-approved Sunni Islam. President Nasheed has, taken no steps to dismantle the Gayoom legacy of continuing religious freedom violations. Indeed, the scope for violations has been increased by the creation of a new and powerful Ministry of Islamic Affairs. >>read more
Racism in 100% Islamic Maldives rivals that in Nazi Germany: 23 January 2009
Khadija, a client in the waiting room of the Malé Health Centre told Haveeru Daily that she was there to vaccinate a child and that she was dissatisfied because of the large number of foreigners who share the services of the Centre. "When we come to vaccinate our young babies it is unsatisfactory to have to sit next to dirty foreigners", Khadija told Haveeru. >> click to read on

Malé-based Maldive Muslim implicated in the Islamic assault on Mumbai: 7 December 2008
A senior Lashkar-e-Toiba operative, Faisal Haroun attempted to smuggle arms into India with the help of Malé-based Maldive citizen Ali al-Shaam >>more
Maldives independence hero dies: 22 November 2008
The hero of Maldive independence, Peer of the former Realm and first president of the second Maldive republic has died at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore today at 9:32 pm local time. Ibrahim Nasir Rannabandeyri Kilegefan; K.C.M.G; N.G.I.V. is survived by two sons and a daughter. Rannabandeyri Kilegefan was 82. He was the son of Velaanaage Ahmed Didi of Malé and Nayaage Aisha Didi of Fua Mulaku who were both descendants of the Royal House of Diyamigily. He died two weeks short of reaching three decades of self-exile in Singapore, having left Malé on 7 December 1978. His funeral is scheduled to take place in Malé. Asked if he will ever return to his homeland, he told a close friend that he will, when a just government returns to the Maldives. His successor as president of the republic was defeated in the first democratic elections in the Maldives and was replaced just two weeks ago. It is ominous that, even in death, Kilegefan is going to keep his word. >>our main article on Nasir written in 2001
Moomina returns home: 17 November 2008
Her grandfather was exiled and was told to beg for mercy if he wished to return home. Others who were exiled with him did as they were bid and were reunited with their families within four months. Like Moomina Haleem, her grandfather did not beg for mercy and stayed in exile for 8 years until recalled to join a new government in 1934. Moomina was the first Maldive woman cabinet minister and served in the government of President of the Republic Ibrahim Nasir Rannabandeyri Kilegefan; K.C.M.G; N.G.I.V. She was hounded out of her country by Maumoon Abdul Gayoom who now holds the dubious distinction of the first Maldive head of state ever to be defeated in an election. Gayoom regarded Moomina as a serious threat as she used to give away her entire ministerial salary to charity. When Gayoom faced his humiliating defeat, Moomina has returned home, for the first time in 28 years. Moomina's mother and this site editor's aunt Tuttudon Sitti was a formidable thorn on Gayoom's side until she died about a year ago. At age 85 Sitti was still a prominent street activist for the burgeoning democracy movement that finally drove Gayoom to his humiliation. Welcome home, worthy daughter of a proud family!
What happened to Hassan Farid Didi? 6 May 2008
This is a question that has intrigued Maldivians since early in 1944. A number of conspiracy theories have been put forward by many people over the years but no one has been able to produce a definitive answer. >>find out
Oldest member of the Royal House of Huraagey and Hilaaly dies: 11 March 2008
The Princess Maandhoogey Tuttudon Goma died at her residence in Malé today, 11 March 2008 at about 9:30 am local time. She was aged 93. She was a Senator in the bicameral Parliament of the Maldives during the short-lived first republic of 1953-54. The Princess was the last surviving member of the Maldive Senate. >>full article and photos

Historic photos: 16 January 2008
Another page of historic photographs circa 1890s to 1930s >>view photos
Maldives First Republic- a who's who: 14 January 2008
The first Maldive republic came into being on 1 January 1953 and lasted until 7 March 1954, when the monarchy was restored. The following were important political and judicial positions in the republic and the names of the people who held those positions. >>more
Was Bhutto a champion of democracy?: 1 January 2008
A death is always tragic, particularly when it is untimely and brought on by acts of criminals. A family has lost a mother and wife in such manner and that is a colossal misfortune. Does that make Pakistan’s Benazir Bhutto a champion of democracy? The short answer is no. >>more
Historic photographs : 8 July 2007
New additions to a collection of rare historical Maldive photographs of the last two centuries. There are two pages of photos >>click to view the first new page
The Máldive Islands by C.W. Rosset (1886):"They are very ingenious and expert in their manufactures, and display great aptitude in the imitation of any European articles they may come across, such as knife handles, scales, and other small articles of daily use amongst us." >>more
Fua Mulaku genealogy: A solitary island in the Equatorial Channel, Fua Mulaku was where important royal and political prisoners were exiled. The last head of government to be transported there was the Prime Minister Ahmed Zaki in 1975, after he was dismissed and the office of prime minister was abolished. Before that the Sultan Mohamed Shamsuddine III Siri Kula Sundura Katthiri Bavana and his son the Prince Henveyru Ganduvaru Manippulu were exiled there in 1933. In the early 19th century the Prince Ibrahim Faamuladeyri Kilege, son of the last monarch of the Diyamigily Dynasty was sent there. A large majority of Fua Mulaku islanders of today are descended from him. Click here to view a comprehensive and rare genealogy of that line on the island today.
Historical photographs: Click to view new additions to a collection of rare historical Maldive photographs of the last century. Velaanaage family photograph and coronation proclamation. Other recent additions were Kakaage and Ibrahim Habeeb Manippulu etc.
Kakaage family photographs. The Kakaage were among the most powerful political families in the Maldives in the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The Kakaage have a reputation of being totally honest and loyal with a pathological aversion to corruption. Most recently the trademark Kakaage integrity was displayed by Arif Hilmy who served the current Maldive regime as its minister of finance until resigning in order to choose integrity over position. >>album
Fish of Minicoy: Some decorative fish found in Minicoy island and northern Maldives, with their English, Divehi and scientific names >>more
Historical photographs: Click to view new additions to a collection of rare historical Maldive photographs of the last century
From our archives: A structure built on loose sand: In September 2001 we predicted that the then much-heralded constitution of the Maldives was doomed to fail. All sides now acknowledge that it has failed >>more Beginning of the Fall: In July 2004 we stated the obvious by saying that "Established institutions, political maturity, and strong leadership would prevent structural disintegration." Has it happened, or did we really herald the beginning of the Fall? We concluded the article by saying that "Those who advocate democracy ought to conduct themselves in accordance with the democratic traditions that they seek others to embrace." >>more
Muslim by law- right or violation of rights? In a 59-page dissertation, Shirley Jory (email: examines this question. Chapter one introduces the discussion about the universality of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and relates this to the Maldive context. Chapter two portrays the Maldive government’s concerns and position on human rights issues. Chapter three presents the research findings into potential human rights violations mainly of Article 18 but also of Article 19 of the UDHR in the Maldives. Chapter four is a critique of the Maldive government’s position by using evidence from recent cultural research and contemporary Islamic literature. Chapter five identifies the implications of the findings of this research for the Maldive context, discusses the validity of cultural relativism in relation to the UDHR and gives personal recommendations for people involved in the reform process in the Maldives and the wider community. >>read summary page or >>go straight to pdf file
Some practical steps to preserve peace and harmony in the Maldives: Recently Islamic terrorists struck again in Bali. They killed innocent tourists and bystanders just when the people in Bali thought that tourism had finally recovered. Now all those whose livelihoods depend on the tourist industry face an uncertain future there. Let no one think that this does not affect the Maldives. At any time Islamic terror could strike. The militants are already there and tourists are visiting its many beautiful resorts, unaware of the extreme level of Islamic militancy in the Maldives. On 31 October 2005, the Maldive authorities bowed down to militant demands and, for the fist time, allowed a woman clad in the barbaric burqa to appear as the anchor on state TV. Find out the seven danger signs of Islamic militancy >>more
Mohamed Imaduddine VIMaldives Culture publishes translation of the the state approved and sanitised version of Maldive history: "In 1902, during the reign of King Mohamed Imaaduddine VI, the monarch wanted a 'History of Maldives' written in Divehi tana script, so he assigned a committee to the task. The chronicles started by judge Hassan Tajuddine and afterwards compiled by various Islamic judges writing in Arabic, along with other records written in Divehi at different times, were given to that committee. This book is the result."

It is worth having a look | Preface | Part 1 | | Part 2  |

Slavery in the Maldives: Slavery was never abolished in the Maldives and is still legally enforceable by Maldive courts. This web site calls upon the Maldive ruling mullahs to abolish slavery formally by Act of Parliament. We also call upon the Maldive President of the Republic, his fellow mullahs, the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) and any other political party to be registered soon to condemn the practice of slavery and the ideology that legitimizes it. >>more
Maldive Name Nazis: By insisting that a child's name registered at birth be changed, the Republic of Maldives may be contravening Paragraph 1 of Article 7 and Paragraph 1 of Article 8 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child which it ratified on 13 March 1991. >>more
Cyrus the GreatFreedom of Religion- a timeline: "I announce that I will respect the traditions, customs and religions of the nations of my empire and never let any of my governors and subordinates look down on or insult them as long as I shall live. From now on, while Ahura-Mazda lets me rule, I will impose my monarchy on no nation. Each is free to accept it , and if any one of them rejects it, I shall never resolve on war to reign.......Today, I announce that everyone is free to choose areligion."

-Cyrus the Great, King of Persia (580-529 BC) >>more
Divehi script document
"....machchah mi lavva hutti boaga imaaraaiy kulha konme mu u min mus limaku saalihu shaheedu naai eh hen suvaruga vadhuna hu....."

An extract from a royal grant to build a mosque dated AD 1696
Divehi (Divess) script: was in use until early in the 20th century. The phasing out of the script began in the 17-18th century, to be gradually replaced by the modern Gabuli Thaana script. Unlike Divehi, Thaana is written from right to left, and was a compromise with the Islamic mullahs who wanted to abandon the Maldive heritage and adopt the Arabic script. For a long time the agenda of the mullahs have been to make the Maldives a cultural, ideological and spiritual appendage of their Arab heartland- to be reduced to an "Arab Republic" like the once-proud civilisations of Egypt and Syria. >>more
The Bank Notes of the Maldives: Maldive Rf2 note issued in 1960 under the signature of Ibrahim Nasir, Minister of FinanceOn 12 August 1947 the People’s Majlis passed Bill No. 2/66 ......concerning the Maldivian monetary system. The committee consisted of Government Ministers and Members of the People’s Majlis. >> Article by Peter Symes and Murray Hanewich
Maldive flags: Before the beginning of the 1900's a real national flag of the Maldives didn't exist. The colour of the royal house was red since very old times, a colour that was selected as the ensign because of its visibility when contrasted with the blue backdrop of the sea. Thus the royal flags were plain red. >>more
Maldives- Ethnography: A new web site strongly recommended to our visitors:

"The language spoken in the Maldives is Divehi, belonging to the group of Indo-Aryan languages, but having many affinities with the Dravidian languages of the geographical area in which the country lies. Present-day Divehi has borrowed many words from Arabic. Besides the main form of Divehi, known as Malé Bas, this language has three markedly different variants which are located in the second group, in the South. The people of the third group live in great isolation, for Minicoy is totally off-limits for Maldivians since 1957. Only Indians are allowed to travel to Minicoy. Thus, Minicoians are steadily undergoing a process of acculturation owing to lack of contact with the remaining Divehi people and pressure to use other languages (Malayalam, English and Hindi)." >>more
Maldive national anthem: Until the late 1940s the state anthem of the Maldives was a melody with no lyrics. It was called the Salaamathi.....and then came Auld Lang Syne. >>more
Veiled women: The old Maldive word for the women's veil is dholhi, the same word used for the piece of cloth tied around the head of a human corpse to prevent the mouth from opening. This probably indicates the oppressive view of the garment held by early Maldivians. >>more

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