"What is your religion?"
"Are you a Muslim?". Since about the end of 2002, these
and similar questions have been frequently asked of Majid by an
identifiable core of visitors to this site from mainly England,
Malaysia and the University of Otago in New Zealand.
Those who ask these questions identify themselves as Maldivians
and by and large appear to belong to the fundamentalist Islamic
sect known as Wahhabism with possible al-Qaeda sympathies.
They also seem to have a strong dislike of the regime in the Maldives.
Majid's standard response is that it is an unusual question to
be asked of someone with a Maldive background by those who claim
to be Maldivians.
12 year-old Shabnam's memory
of Taliban Afghanistan. Source RAWA
"If a man says to his brother, 'O Kafir
(disbeliever)!' Then surely one of them is such (i.e., a Kafir)."
Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 8.125A Narrated by Abu Huraira
"`Ibn Umar related that the Holy
Prophet said: If a Muslim calls another kafir, then
if he is a kafir let it be so; otherwise, he [the caller]
is himself a kafir.''
Abu Dawud, Book of Sunna, edition published by Quran
Mahal, Karachi, vol. iii, p. 484
"Abu Zarr reported that the Holy
Prophet said: No man accuses another man of being a sinner,
or of being a kafir, but it reflects back on him if
the other is not as he called him.''
Bukhari, Book of Ethics; Book 78, ch. 44
"Withhold [your tongues] from
those who say `There is no god but God' --- do not call them
kafir. Whoever calls a reciter of `There is no god
but God' as a kafir, is nearer to being a kafir himself."
Tabarani, reported from Ibn Umar
Maldive legal precedent against
by the Taliban Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and the
Prevention of Vice
- Pork, pig oil and lobster
- Movies and photographs
- VCRs,TVs and satellite
- Computers and the Internet
- Kite flying and chess
- Pool tables and firecrackers
- Pet pigeons and sewing
- Clapping at sporting
- Singing and dancing
- "Anything that propagates
sex and is full of music".
- Speaking or laughing
- Riding bicycles or motorcycles
- Showing their ankles
- Wearing shoes that click
- Leaving home unaccompanied
by a close male relative
- Attending school
- Speaking to men who are
not close relatives
- Working (except for a
few doctors and nurses.)
In the late 1950s a Maldivian was convicted by a Malé Islamic
Sharia court for apostasy. Evidently this person had a bad temper
and in the heat of an argument, someone asked him "are you
a Muslim?" to which he angrily replied "no!". The
man was convicted for apostasy and sentenced to be flogged in public.
Interestingly the person who asked the question was also convicted
and meted out with the same punishment. Perhaps the latter committed
second degree apostasy!
Legal position in
Those who ask these questions from New Zealand would be well-advised
to take into account the following cautions:
- That they may be exercising interference as defined in
Section 13 of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 of the Parliament
of New Zealand.
- That they may be committing "criminal harassment"
as defined in Section 8 of the Harassment Act 1997 and be liable,
on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding
- That they may be in breach of the spirit, if not the letter,
of Section 12 of the University of Otago Ordinance 1869 of the
Government of the Province of Otago. This Ordinance is now enshrined
in the Fourth Schedule of the University of Otago Amendment Act
1961 of the Parliament of New Zealand.
from Buraara Koi's Account of Maldive history
the reign of these two brothers (circa AD 1574) the older
people in most of the islands of Miladhunmadulu had taught
the young to go to the toilet without bending their knees
and to clean themselves afterwards without water. With the
old teaching the young in this way most people in the islands
of Miladhunmadulu became infidels. When this news reached
Malé Utheem Bandaarain sent a selection of men from the two
regiments to each island. Each group went to an island and
made it Islamic. When they returned to Malé and reported,
the island was given to them. All the islands in Miladhunmadulu
given to the groups [olhi olhi] are islands that have been
made Islamic twice." (p. 429)
Kalhu Faranji decided that since he was in the land of his
birth he would land and have a look before leaving. (circa
AD 1557) 'Prepare the baththeli,' he ordered, and rowed into
the Kabaadhi and secured it there. He told the crewmen to
wait, and came down onto the island and walked around. He
noticed a particularly high pavilion among the low bush heylhi
of the beachfront at Ranjehi, and decided to go over and investigate.
He stood at the entrance just as a mauloodh recitation was
about to start. He also heard talking and shouting from the
southern side of the pavilion and went over to see what was
happening there. As he came out through the north gate and
onto the two dhaala he found two keyn with their wrapping
undone. He ate some rice from each one and walked into the
pavilion. The island elders respectfully but firmly asked
him to leave and he asked them why.
explained they were Muslims and about to start a mauloodh
recitation, and he was an infidel. Faranji agreed he was an
infidel but that he still had a right halaalu to share the
mauloodh rice, and he wasn't going to leave without eating
it. He also reminded them that the chandelier dhullisaa lighting
the pavilion had belonged to his mother. Despite the insistence
of the elders he refused to leave, so someone went off and
informed the King, who then sent for Seeraji Fan'diyaaru Kaleygefaan
and told him about it. 'Your Highness, what Faranji says is
true. Though he's an infidel, mauloodh rice is halaalu for
him.'" (pp. 137-138)
Thakurufaanu Vaahaka as narrated by Buraara Koi transcribed
by Ibrahim Ismail Feebo. Saada Press. Malé. 1958. (This
book was first published under Censorship Permit number 153
dated 16 Dhlqaedah AH 1377 issued by the Directorate
of Instruction of the Government of the Maldives) Translated
by Fareesha Abdullah and Michael O'Shea. 2002.
myth of Portuguese Rule over the Maldives