Islam teaches that in all places, any history that takes place before total Islamic rule is, “The time of ignorance” and as such must be destroyed. Especially if it shows worship or even reverence for a system of thought other than Islam, (which does not concern itself with semantic niceties such as Buddhism or Hinduism more as cognitive tools than religions as we understand them.) such as the Afghan 100 foot high Buddha statues famously destroyed by devout Muslims.
This will be the norm in the decades to come if the rest of the world does not wake up and begin to protect its own interests.
Private broadcaster Raajje TV has aired leaked security camera footage showing a group of men vandalising pre-Islamic artifacts in the national museum on February 7, 2012.
Around 35 exhibits were destroyed when half a dozen men stormed into the museum amid the political chaos of February 7, after former President Mohamed Nasheed resigned under controversial circumstances during a police and army mutiny.
The footage shows a group of men entering the museum, knocking over glass cases and smashing Buddhist-era statues.
Local daily Haveeru reported today that it had learned the men were “religious extremists” who belonged to a local group.
In May 2012, police forwarded cases against four suspects involved in the vandalism to the Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO). Police at the time declined to reveal any information regarding the identity of the four suspects.
Officials at the PGO were unable to confirm today if the cases had been filed at the Criminal Court.
According to museum director Ali Waheed, the vandals destroyed “99 percent” of the evidence of the Maldives’ pre-Islamic history prior to the 12th century, including a 1.5-foot-wide representation of the Buddha’s head – one of the most historically significant pieces at the museum.
An official at the museum told Minivan News following the incident that the group “deliberately targeted the Buddhist relics and ruins of monasteries exhibited in the pre-Islamic collection, destroying most items beyond repair.”
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