Muslims march demanding sharia in the Maldives


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Pro-Sharia march held in Male’, NGO claims Maldives not ready for full implementation

By Neil Merrett | April 20th, 2013 | Category: Politics, Society | 8 comments

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Men and women of various ages marched through the streets of Male’ yesterday (April 19), calling for Islamic Sharia to be fully implemented in the Maldives.

Yesterday’s march, which organisers claimed had no political backing, was said to have been led by a group of young people calling for Sharia to be fully implemented to protect the Maldives from “calamities” that it is presently facing, according to local media.

However, one local religious NGO has argued that Maldivian society was not presently ready to undergo such radical reforms to the nation’s legal system, arguing that any changes would need to be made gradually over a long period of time.

Commencing yesterday at 4:30pm by the social centre in the capital, the pro-Sharia march concluded just before 6:00pm at the artificial beach area.

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Maldives girl to get 100 lashes for pre-marital sex


By Olivia Lang BBC News

Maldives Rights groups have urged the government to abolish the punishment

A 15-year-old rape victim has been sentenced to 100 lashes for engaging in premarital sex, court officials said.

The charges against the girl were brought against her last year after police investigated accusations that her stepfather had raped her and killed their baby. He is still to face trial.

Prosecutors said her conviction did not relate to the rape case.

Amnesty International condemned the punishment as “cruel, degrading and inhumane”.

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“The legal system of the Maldives, an Islamic archipelago with a population of some 400,000, has elements of Islamic law (Sharia) as well as English common law.”

Footage leaked of museum vandals destroying pre-Islamic artifacts

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.

H/T Arun


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By Ahmed Naish | January 14th, 2013 | Category: Politics, Society | 21 comments

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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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Saudi to fund mosque construction in Maldives

The best line is the last one. Freedom of religion in Islam. Just in case anyone in the world still thinks that Islamic supremacism is rare and not indicative of the whole.

H/T Martin

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Saudi Arabia has agreed to finance the construction of mosque's in the Maldives.

Saudi Arabia has agreed to finance the construction of mosque’s in the Maldives.

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Saudi Arabia has signed an agreement for $1.7m in free aid for the development of mosques in the Maldives, according to a statement from the Ministry of Islamic Affairs.

The signing, which took place at the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Sri Lanka was attended by the Maldives Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Hussain Shihab as well as Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the Maldives, Abdul Azeez Jammaz.

The Ministry also stated that they will be announcing the location of the proposed mosques in the near future. The Maldives, which is spread over 1,200 islands, officially declared itself as an Islamic state in 1997 and holds a strict position on freedom of religion, banning all faiths other than Islam.