Why the Maldive mullahs had to axe the Universal Declaration of Human Rights



11 July 2005

This opinion is contributed by a regular visitor to this site from the Maldives, who wishes to remain anonymous in order to avoid being beheaded by holy warriors. The site editor has assigned this person the pseudonym of Buddevi, after a pre-Islamic Maldive goddess. This web site and its editor do not have any input into this opinion, other than providing a forum, as required by Law. This opinion is published within the context of Section 14 of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990. We do not publish material from those who do not provide sufficient personal information to enable us to establish their identity. We do not necessarily endorse the views of those who are not members of the staff of this site.

Click here to read the site editor's note on slavery in the Maldives

Mullahs in the Maldives have banned the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) citing its reference to religious freedom and inter-faith marriages. Typical of Mullah-Talk, this is only half the truth. Their real issue with the UDHR is that it harshly brings to light everything that is wrong with Islam. They are forced to face the bitter truth that when pitted against an enlightened document like the UDHR, Islam looks as appealing as something the dog brought in.

Islam’s incompatibility with UDHR (or to be more precise, civilization in general) is not limited just to articles 16 and 18. In fact, Islam is incompatible with the very concept of human rights as outlined in the preamble of the UDHR, as well as with nearly all the 30 articles. Space limitations do no allow a full discussion here. The following paragraphs therefore highlight the most glaring examples. Each cited Article is followed by commentary [indented] on how Islam violates that right.

Article 1: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

In Islam children of slaves are born as slaves. If you thought slaves do not exist today you are mistaken. Though Muslim countries were forced by the international community to ban slavery (the last being Saudi Arabia in 1984) a few Islamic countries still continue to practise this heinous practice. There are thousands of slaves in Sudan and Mauritania. A recent attempt by NGOs to emancipate slaves in Mauritania was stalled when the government insisted that the owners must be paid, as the right of masters over slaves is guaranteed in Islam.

Article 4: No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.

See comments above

Article 5: No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Islamic Sharia prescribes the most degrading forms of punishment that could ever be imagined or that was ever practised anywhere in the world.

Article 6: Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.

A woman is recognized as only half a person in Islam. Slaves and non-Muslims obviously come for even lesser fractions, though their exact value is not stated.

Article 7: All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.

See comments under article 6

Article 12: No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honor and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

Privacy is routinely violated by religious police in all Muslim countries. They spy on citizens for eating even in the privacy of their own homes in Ramadan. Mullahs think they have a right to decide how women dress. If anyone is found wanting in these respects the mullahs declare that person a kafir (infidel).

Article 16 (1): Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.

In Islam, women do not have equal rights in marriage and separation. Islam also does not recognise the concept of ‘full age’ for marriage. The prophet Mohamed married a girl of 6 years and had intercourse with her at 9 years. Later in his 60th year, he saw a girl child still suckling on its mother’s breast and expressed a desire to marry her if he was still alive when she grew up. Only he and Allah knew what they meant by ‘grew up’.

Article 18: Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

Article 18 in Divehi and Arabic

No comment needed here.

Article 19: Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

Like all totalitarian systems such as communism and Nazism, Islam needs to censure all criticisms against it in order to survive. The prophet was particularly harsh against all his critics.

Article 26 (2): Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations…

Islamic education does exactly the opposite. School syllabi include one-sided accounts of Islam’s wars and teach young children that all non-Muslims are their enemies. This is why Saudi Arabia had produced nearly all 9/11 terrorists. This is also why such a tiny country like the Maldives contributes a very significant number of Jihadi fighters to the world supply of terrorists.


Slavery in the Maldives

Site Editor's note (11 July 2005)

Slavery was never abolished in the Maldives and is still legally enforceable by Maldive courts. This was demonstrated in a relatively recent case involving a woman who did not have a male blood relative to give her away in marriage as required by Shariah (Islamic law). The Shariah judge determined that a descendant of her grandfather's slave-master was her legal next of kin, thereby recognising that this woman was still legally a slave.

African slaves of both sexes and Eastern European female sex-slaves were regularly imported to the Maldives from the Arabian slave bazaars by those returning from the haj pilgrimage. This practice continued until the Great Victorious Allies banned the trade after the fall of the Ottoman Empire and the abolition of the Caliphate following World War I.

The last remaining first-generation slave was a woman called Baburu (negro) Amina Fulu who died in the 1940s.

Many of the slaves were owned by some of this writer's forebears and their extended families as well as aristocratic and middle class wealthy Maldivians. They were simply making use of an institution that was legitimized by Islam. Nevertheless this writer condemns their practice in the strongest possible terms.

The fact that there are no obvious slaves right now does not mean that the institution does not exist. This issue has assumed urgency given the fact that the Maldive mullahs, headed by the President of the Republic General Maumoon Gayoom, have recently outlawed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Both the government and all the opposition movements are in the process of making very strong commitments, like never before, to the ideology that legitimizes slavery.

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.

Opinion: Why the Maldive mullahs had to axe the Universal Declaration of Human Rights