Minicoy Maliku   Wahhabi ravages in Minicoy


Desecration of graveyards

Minicoy Island has not escaped the ravages of Arab-driven fundamentalist vandalism. Inspiration from the same sources resulted in the destruction of the Buddha images of Bamiyan in Afghanistan, a world heritage asset.

Wholesale vandalism of a Minicoy graveyard. Beautifully sculpted coral gravestones were smashed and the sanctity of human remains violated. Members of the Maldive royal dynasty of Huraagey and Hilaaly were interred here
Source: Archeological Survey of India

"No that's not true"

Since this page was first uploaded the author has been contacted by a Minicoy islander who said that the graveyard was respectfully relocated elsewhere because the islanders were afraid to walk out of their homes at night owing to the many ghosts that haunted the graves.

He assured the author that there was absolutely no connection between what is seen in the photos on this page and what is referred to here as "Wahhabi ravages". The individual said that his family home was off the perimeter of the graveyard and insisted that he knows the truth.

Saudi Vandalism
The following is an extract from Schwartz, Stephen. "The Wahhabis keep tearing down Muslim holy places in Saudi Arabia". The Daily Standard (8 June 2004). Available at

"Thus, the Saudis followed their conquest of Mecca and Medina in the mid-1920s with an orgy of destruction. They leveled the Jannat al-Baqi or Heavenly Orchard at Medina that included graves of the Prophet Muhammad's son Ibrahim, as well as numerous of the Prophet's relatives and original companions. They also looted the Prophet's Shrine in Medina and demolished the cemetery in Mecca that included the graves of Muhammad's mother and grandfather. They completely destroyed mausoleums, mosques, and other honored sites, including Muhammad's own house. It was even said that they wished to uproot the grave of Muhammad himself...."

Desecration of graveyards in the Maldives

Tombstones in the Royal Enclosure of the Hukuru Miskiiy graveyard in Malé. These were spared from vandalism. The beautiful examples of Maldive stone masonry here are much neglected now. Under fundamentalist inspiration, any damaged tombstones are systematically dumped into reclamation areas- a wilful and barbaric attack on a heritage asset

In the 1960s and 1970s just about all the old graveyards attached to mosques were cleared. The human remains and tombstones were dumped into the sea and reclamation areas. The practice continues to be repeated in many other islands. Even now many old graves in cemeteries not attached to mosques are regularly cleared to make way for new burial space.

In the Maldives, this practice does not appear to be driven by any ideological beliefs. Scarcity of land for dwelling, particularly on Malé, apparently resulted in the clearing of graveyards. However a more respectful method for the disposal of exhumed human remains would have been possible.

Imposition of the dholhi veil 

Dholhi-clad Minicoy women

A Minicoy lady in traditional dress of the times when the native culture took precedence over Arab colonialism

Almost all Minicoy women these days wear the dholhi veil when in Minicoy. This was introduced by a certain Malingey Hussain Didi deported from Malé in the Twentieth Century. Hussain Didi was banished from the Maldives for inciting sectarianism and preaching to bring the Maldives closer to the Arab colonialist heartland. Until about 1979 most Maldive governments had always been vigilant against Arab colonialist infiltration. Such vigilance on the part of this writer's royal progenitors had delivered the Maldives from the fate of proud and ancient cultures such as Egypt, Syria and Iran. Egypt and Syria now call themselves "Arab republics". The colonialist collaborators in Iran, so far, have not stooped their proud heritage that low.

Buoyed by the profits of the oil crises of the 1970s, the relentless campaigns to spread Arab colonialism by al-Qaeda-type organisations across the world have taken a significant social toll on indigenous ways of life. Women in the Maldives and elsewhere are now "voluntarily" (we are told) adopting the veil in huge numbers irrespective of temperature and humidity.
(click to view full article on veil).

A tombstone in Minicoy knocked off its pedestal.
Source: Archeological Survey of India