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Her Majesty the Queen's Christmas Message: 26  December For the first time this year Her Majesty's Christmas message to her realms and territories and the Commonwealth was posted as a video on the Internet. It was half a century ago that Her Majesty's message was televised for the first time. In keeping with the boycott of Christianity, this message was not shown in the Maldives, which is also in the Commonwealth. Every year Commonwealth taxpayers subsidise the Maldives out of their revenue and the Maldives has no issues over accepting it but Her Majesty is subject to Maldive censorship on Christmas Day. The Maldive media is also forbidden to portray any images of the Pope or Mother Teresa out of fear that they may encourage Christian conversion. >>video
British teacher escapes lashing: 1 December A 54-year old British teacher and mother of two escaped being whipped for allowing her class to name a teddy bear Mohamed, the most common name among Muslims which is also the name of Islam’s founder. The bear was, in fact, named after a popular boy in class. Under intense international pressure, Gillian Gibbons was let off with a gaol sentence. Her ordeal is reminiscent of Mohamed ordering the killing of Asma bint Marwan, a mother of five, for composing poetry that allegedly mocked him. Asma was murdered in the middle of the night as she lay breastfeeding her youngest [see Ibn Ishaq: Sirat Rasul Allah (Guillaume's translation The Life of Muhammad) page 675-6]. This web site condemns Sudan for its barbaric treatment of one of Her Majesty's subjects. We also call upon the Maldive political factions that seek British support either to gain power or retain it, to become civilised and condemn their savage brethren in Sudan. So far these factions are silent over this latest attack on a British national by their faith community. Do these barbarians realise that teddy bears are named after US President Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt?

There is someone online selling genuine, certified Mohamed bears for US$19.95. A dollar for every bear sold is donated to the Civilised World's troops engaged against terrorists in the Middle East.
Islam orders rape victim to be whipped: 19 November In a barbaric judgment, a Saudi court has ordered a gang rape victim to be lashed 90 times. When the victim's lawyer protested, the sentence was increased to 200 lashes. (read Reuters report). Islam makes it lawful for Muslim men to have sex with non-Muslim women captured in conflicts, even if they are married, but does not call it rape.
Maldive women politicians angry over gender imbalance: 16 November In a Third World Islamic dictatorship stricken with discrimination, the last thing one needs is more discrimination, albeit allegedly “positive”. That, however, was what Maldive women members of parliament wanted to incorporate into their new constitution, when they proposed an amendment to create ten seats for women. >>more
Passing away of a legend: 13 November We mourn the death of Tuttudon Sitti, celebrated veteran icon of the Maldive freedom movement and daughter of the 20th century Maldive political poet Budufenvalhugey Seedi. A formidable critic of the Gayoom dictatorship, she was a political street activist well into her mid eighties. Tuttudon Sitti was the maternal aunt of the editor of this web site. We extend our condolences to her children and their families. May God bless her soul !
Maldivians call the pot black: 13 November Recently a video link of a speech made by the Maldive finance minister Gasim Ibrahim was sent to us by a site visitor who wanted us to denigrate Mr Ibrahim. Going through the comments in the YouTube page, all we could see was how insecure some Maldivians are about themselves. Mr Ibrahim did an excellent job. Obviously he was not speaking in his first language but then English is not the first language of any of his cabinet colleagues or the overwhelming majority of Maldivians. It is not an embarrassment to make a speech in a language that is not one's first language. This writer has heard Maldivians who have studied at post graduate level in English-speaking countries, who hold masters and doctoral degrees do worse jobs than Mr Ibrahim at speaking in English. So Maldivians grow up and stop calling the pot black! >>video clip
Freedom of religion in the Maldives: 11 November This web site is the only media organ with a Maldive theme that openly and unreservedly advocates the path of embracing all the freedoms guaranteed by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. >>more
Maldive Taliban improves on "holy" tradition:27 October According to a Divehi language article in Haveeru (click and read the penultimate paragraph) "Some fanatics [on the Maldive Taliban island of Himandhoo] believe that when a man's wife is pregnant it becomes the responsibility of his wife to procure him a sex-slave". This seems to be a most ingenious, mess-free and thoroughly Maldive solution to one's carnal needs. "Holy" traditions are replete with other means of acquiring concubines. Sahih Bukhari Volume 3, Book 46, Hadith Number 717: "Narrated Ibn Aun: … the Prophet had suddenly attacked Bani Mustaliq without warning while they were heedless and their cattle were being watered at the places of water. Their fighting men were killed and their women and children were taken as captives; the Prophet got Juwairiya [a female captive] on that day." The Koran 4:24 makes it lawful for Muslim men to have sex with infidel female captives.

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Islamic fanaticism blamed on head mullah:18 October The former Maldive attorney general Hassan Saeed has made public parts of a letter he wrote the Maldive head mullah and chief "justice", Mohamed Rasheed Ibrahim. Mr Saeed suggests that the current wave of Islamic fanaticism sweeping the Maldives is the result of Mullah Ibrahim's reckless negligence of his responsibilities. The former attorney general accused Mullah Ibrahim of permitting Islamic fanatics working out of the mullah's main mosque in Male of wreaking social strife. Mullah Ibrahim was indoctrinated at Cairo's al-Azher medrassa along with the Maldive president of the republic. Later he served in Saudi Arabia as a teacher before being appointed Maldive head mullah and chief "justice". Mullah Ibrahim inspired the establishment of the first Saudi-funded medrassa in the Maldives and other such centres of Islamic fanaticism. The most visible outcome of fanatical Islamisation has been the gradual imposition of the obnoxious buruga veil on Maldive women that has transformed many of them into walking tents. Traditionally Maldive women's dress was more sensible, given the temperature and humidity of the islands. Mr Saeed accuses Mullah Ibrahim of recklessly overlooking Islamic fanatics who allegedly engage in crimes ranging from paedophile marriages to other serious offences such as assault and murder. Under Maldive civil law, paedophile marriage constitutes a crime. Islamic Shariah permits paedophile marriage because Mohamed married a six year old girl and commenced vaginal sex with her when she turned nine. >>Divehi language media report
Battle of the Dots and Dashes: 11 October The Maldive security forces recently concluded the most pathetic of battles with the motliest band of unwashed, jihadi rat bags that Amr bin al-Ass would have envied. The battle of Himandhoo was just the beginning of the Islamic terror storm about to unleash over the ancient isles. We bring to our readers the first in a series of light-hearted opinions in the Divehi language by a Maldive contributor who wishes to use the pseudonym HJ. He was a regular contributor to the British-based Dhivehi Observer (DO), part of the Maldive "democracy" movement. DO and other organs of the movement regularly censor material even vaguely critical of Islamic terrorism. We do not have such inhibitions and strongly believe that terrorism, Fascism and Bronze Age barbarism have no place in the modern world. >>click to open the portable document format file
Shooting the human rights messenger: 7 October Recently the Maldives was admitted as an Associate Member of the Asia Pacific Forum (APF) - this is yet to be published in the APF web site. Associate Members are institutions which currently do not comply with the Paris Principles and are unlikely to do so within a reasonable period. According to a report carried in the Divehi language media, the ruling party in the Maldives (DRP) has censured the president of the Maldives Human Rights Commission Mr Ahmed Saleem as a result of a comment he made in relation to this. His apparent misdemeanour was saying that Associate Membership, as opposed to Full Membership was granted because the president of the Commission is required to be a Muslim. This is a classic case of shooting the messenger. Freedom of religion is a fundamental right guaranteed in international law, and gagging Mr Saleem will not change a thing. What the Maldive lawmakers who enacted this clause did not realise is that the clause presents a classic example of egging their own faces. The provision makes a farce of the hackneyed cliché about the Maldives having a 100% Muslim population. Requiring a Muslim Maldivian to be the president of the commission is an admission that there are Maldivians who are not Muslims. >>Divehi language report
Finger-pointing at the USA: 4 October These people will believe anything; that the 9/11 Islamic attacks on America were carried out by the US Government; that the Boxing Day tsunami was caused by the Israelis and that the Battle of Badr Anniversary terrorist bombing in Male was carried out by the CIA. To the relief of the kuffarophobes, the Maldive police have dutifully released that vital piece of forensic evidence and few Maldivians or Muslims will ever believe otherwise from now on. Evidently one of the bombers, complete with his fundamentalist beard and all, was wearing a CIA t-shirt when he carried out the Badr-day bombing. That proves beyond reasonable doubt, in these people's minds that the American Central Intelligence Agency carried out the bombing. That these t-shirts are not connected with the CIA or that they are widely available everywhere is of no consequence. It would be as if the bomber was garbed by President Bush himself. The Maldive media are already gleefully giving the news prominent coverage. Click here to access one of many online stores selling those t-shirts.
Associated Press hits Maldive woes on the head: 3 October Ravi Nessman reported that "Some young [Maldive] people have turned to drug use, while others have embraced a conservative strain of Islam that had been virtually unheard of on the islands just a few years ago." The word "strain" defines it all. The root causes of Maldive woes lie in an ulcer caused by narcotics and a malignant cancer that has set in on the rest of the body that is the Maldive society of today. Unless the current generation deals with these two issues smartly once and for all, the Maldives will time-travel back to antiquity to become a seventh-century tribe that consumes camel urine as a dietary supplement. Decades of progress in the tourism sector and the status as the wealthiest country in South Asia will be lost for ever. It is not possible to have one foot in civilisation and the other in barbarism. The Maldives must unveil itself out of barbarism and join civilised humanity. If the Maldive authorities know the identities and motives of those who carried out the Battle of Badr Anniversary bombing, why are they sitting on it? Is the truth too hard to swallow? >>more
Second terrorist bomb in two decades set off near Malé mosque: 29 September A powerful, remote-controlled nail bomb has been detonated near a park adjacent to the main mosque and headquarters of the supreme council for Islam in Malé, the capital of the Maldives. It was activated by a mobile telephone. The bomb was clearly intended for foreign tourists, several of whom were badly injured. The bombing coincides with the anniversary of Mohamed's first war against his tribe in Mecca. Many Maldive Islamists want an end to the bourgeoning tourist industry, which they see as a hindrance to full-Islamisation of the Maldives. This was the second bomb detonated in the same location near the mosque. In the early 1990s an Egyptian indoctrinated mullah who was the mosque librarian was implicated in a crude terrorist bomb attack there.

Jihad has been dormant in the Maldives for many centuries. Jihad first reared its ugly head in the Maldives in the twelfth century when several Maldive Buddhist monks were beheaded and Islam was imposed on the population by force. Surviving copper plate chronicles document these jihadist murders. In August an Indian television channel reported that there was evidence that the Maldives was fast becoming the new terror hub. In 2005 we cautioned our readers of the seven danger signs of Islamic militancy. >>danger signs
Maldives Name Nazis- Part 2: 22 September Maldive parents are forced to fill in a form and spell their child's name in Arabic. The form is then submitted to the Supreme Council for Islam to be whetted for the name's Islamic authenticity before civil authorities are permitted to register it. There are absolutely no public guidelines on what constitutes a name that is permissible in Islam. It is left up to the whims and fancies of some bearded freak who probably spent the previous night beating up one of his four wives, according to "holy" law. >>more
The Maldives fails to honour treaty: 19 September Today is the first anniversary of the Maldives' accession to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). The Reservation made by the Maldives on its accession states that "The application of the principles set out in Article 18 of the Covenant shall be without prejudice to the Constitution of the Republic of Maldives." Article 18 guarantees freedom of religion. The Maldives is invoking its internal law to justify its failure to perform its international treaty obligations. This is contrary to the principles of international law and contravenes Article 27 of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, which the Maldives ratified on 14 September 2005. The Maldives cannot have it both ways. It must either adhere to its international treaty obligations or withdraw from the community of civilised states altogether.
We condemn terrorism: 11 September This web site unequivocally and without reservation, condemns all acts of terror aimed at Civilisation by the world’s foremost barbaric force. We express solidarity with the people of the United States on this anniversary of the 9/11 attack on that great country. We also empathise with the State of Israel, which is another prime target of the terrorists. There is absolutely no place for co-operation with terrorists and terrorist-sympathisers in order to find a solution to the problem of terrorism. Terror does not have a “peaceful meaning”.

The Maldivian Democratic Party made a highly ambiguous condemnation of terrorism today. While criticising terrorism in general, their statement stops short of explicitly condemning the 9/11 Islamic terror attacks on the United States. This is a popular ploy of those who imply that, somehow, the United States and its allies (particularly the State of Israel) are responsible for provoking Islamic terrorists to target the Civilised World. An ambiguous statement such as this on the anniversary of the attacks on the United States is a calculated insult to the people of that great nation.

God Bless America!
Militant Wahabism beats other Islamic fundamentalists in Sri Lanka: 1 September Not so long ago a man was found murdered on a Maldive island divided by sectarian conflict. The island is split between those following the local brand of Islam mellowed by indigenous, Divehi-Buddhist, peaceful values and those following al-Qaeda style Islam, funded by the Saudi riyal. The Maldives is not alone in this regard. Across in Sri Lanka, the previously peaceful community of ethnic Tamil Muslims, known as Moors, are also enduring the same situation, again fuelled by Saudi riyals. >> Read article in Asian Tribune
Canine conundrum: 31 August A Maldive court has been asked to rule in a litigation that classifies a dog as a wild animal. The case involves an allegation that a government member of parliament called an opposition member a dog (emphatically the variety of the species, known locally as nagoo-balhu ނަގޫބަޅު which translates "tail dog"). Dogs are not permitted on the islands as per the dictates of the established Shafii school of Sunni Islam. According to Hadith (Sahih Bukhari 1:9:490), dogs, like donkeys and women, are creatures that annul a man's prayer. The counsel for the plaintiff is of the opinion that dogs are wild animals. In parts of the world where the canine creatures are permitted to live, it is more likely that they (even the ones that have their tails missing) are either domestic or farm animals. It has to be a tough assignment for the island judge who has been asked to make a ruling based on a creature that is not permitted on shore on the islands. He has to determine if the dog is both homeless and had not endured the additional misfortune of losing its tail. The aggrieved opposition politician is seeking the princely sum equivalent to about $500 in compensation. >>Divehi language media report
Saudi Arabia: the Islamist Cage: 28 August Divehi is the southern-most language of the Indo-European family of languages. The Maldives has an ancient culture, language, unique customs and manners. It survived the age of European empires without being occupied. And yet Maldivians now are keen as mustard to sell their ancient souls for riyals and become the mirror image of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This is mind-boggling when many Maldive visitors to the kingdom have their passports thrown on the floor, spat at and abused on arrival at the point of entry. Read Youssef Ibrahim's excellent expose of the world-wide phenomenon of selling souls for riyals.
Indian TV channel says the Maldives is the new terror hub: 26 August "The route that starts from Pakistan to Male in Maldives and to the southern [Indian] cities which have direct flights to Male. The Maldives is an Islamic state and recent evidence points to its traditional tolerant views being undermined." >>text Click on camera for TimesNow TV
In support of the Virtual March against Maldives tourism boycott: 20 August The Virtual March against punishing the innocent (workers in the Maldive tourism industry and their families) by the UK-based NGO; Friends of Maldives (FOM) has begun officially as scheduled. >>more
Child molestation in the Maldives: 13 August Child molestation, particularly those of pre-adolescent girls, stems from an ideology that is imposed on the Maldives. Most Maldivians seem to be unwilling to acknowledge this and until they do, the problem will not go away. >>more
Maldive media insults Christ: : 29 July In a photo album depicting the new Seven Wonders of the World, the semi-official Maldive newspaper Haveeru identifies all but one by their correct names. The statue of Christ Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro is identified as the "Big Buddha of Rio de Janeiro". Maldive authorities and the opposition deplore the West and Christianity (which are terms they used interchangeably) when publishing in the local language. This is yet another example of that. The Maldive mullahs frown upon any art depicting the human body. Most statues of any kind are regarded as najis or excrement and so are referred to as Budhu (Buddha), in an effort to insult Buddhism, the ancestral religion of the Maldives, which is now banned. While insulting Christianity and Buddhism, the mullahs demand that the West respects Islam. >>Haveeru album- slide down the scroll bar and select item depicting a Mayan Pyramid at Chichén Itzá
Lest we forget: 26 July From New Zealand to Singapore we send our warmest greetings to Ibrahim Nasir Rannabandeyri Kilegefan, K.C.M.G. Your Excellency, you are the author and architect of Maldive independence. The current, ungrateful generation of Maldivians have vilified you for no reason for the past 29 years. At this web site we have not forgotten your contribution to our ancient islands. We shall always remember you.

This Maldive media report (click here) refers to some Maldive diplomat based in Colombo sending his good wishes on the Maldives independence day to the Maldive president of the republic, Maldive students in Sri Lanka and the Maldive people. For goodness sake, we are fortunate to be able to live as contemporaries of the hero of that independence! He is still alive and well but no mention was made of him. Why do these dim-witted, ungrateful sods fail to give credit where credit is due?
Historic photographs : 8 July New additions to a collection of rare historical Maldive photographs of the last two centuries. There are two pages of photos >>click to view the first new page
Islamic law sentences an under-aged Sri Lanka girl to be beheaded: Islamic law has sentenced an under-aged Sri Lanka Muslim girl to death by decapitation. She was over-worked from 3 am till late in the night like a slave. Slavery is legal under the Islamic Sharia law. When she complained she was accused of strangling a baby and convicted of murder. She is due to be frog-marched outside a Friday mosque after the weekly worship to Allah, where a sword wielding executioner will yell out Allah Akbar (Allah is great) before chopping off her head. Under Islamic law, girls as young as 9 are treated as full adults. Old men are permitted to marry girls aged 6 and start having sex with them when they turn 9. >>Read a report by R.G. Dharmadasa of the BBC's Singhala service
Women judges in the Maldives
28 May We welcome the Maldive president of the republic Mr Maumoon Gayoom's decision to appoint women judges. Maldive statutes at no time barred women from the office of judge other than that of chief justice. Until the twentieth century when mullahs began wielding increasing levels of power over civil governance, women enjoyed an influential role in society. Women were able to become head of state until 1953. The appointment of female judges would go a long way towards addressing the issue of the Maldives as a state that consistently violates international treaties to which it is party. There are still a few significant international treaty obligations that the Maldives and all its political parties flagrantly violate.
3 May Amin Faizal was released a few minutes ago, just before mid-night New Zealand Standard Time on 3 May. Click here to read his press release

High profile detainee: 1 May The Maldive authorities are holding a member of a very high profile family in extra-judicial remand, accused of unlawful assembly. An American-trained former military officer, Amin Faizal is a maternal grandson of Athireegey Mohamed Amin Dorhimeyna Kilegefan, president of the first Maldive republic. Mr Faizal is also a paternal first cousin of Velaanaagey Ibrahim Nasir Rannabandeyri Kilegafan, K.C.M.G., first president of the second Maldive republic who now lives in Singapore. Through his maternal grandfather, Mr Faizal is also a descendant of the Kakaage family and the dynsaty that we represent. To the current rulers of the Maldives, this constitutes a lethal cocktail of genes. To add insult to injury, while the detention continued, the Maldive Defence Force ordered Mr Faizal's mother Amina Mohamed Amin to appear at a ceremony to mark the force's anniversary, in order to receive posthumous medals for her father and her father's great uncle Athireegey Abdulla Didi who was the first commanding officer of the Defence Force. The Maldive Defence Force is currently commanded by president of the republic Mr Gayoom. Mr Faizal's detention beyond May 6th will be illegal. We call for Mr Faizal's unconditional release with immediate effect.
(Note: the Maldive authorities spell Mr Faizal's name as Ameen Faisal)
The Maldives Mr & Miss Beauty Contest in Seoul: 15 April


The Maldive chapter of the Taliban is bound to be rattled by all that flesh displayed on April 12 in Korea on behalf of the Maldive government. The Maldives Mr & Miss Beauty Contest is an annual event to choose non-governmental ambassadors who will promote the breath-taking tourist attractions of the Maldives >>click to see the flesh
Maldivians show heart of stone: 14 April On Boxing Day 2004, the people of Madifurhi Island had their homes, livelihoods and island completely destroyed by the Andaman Tsunami, the most devastating natural disaster to hit Asia in living memory. The Madifurhi islanders who survived the disaster were relocated to Maamigili, an inhabited island that was unaffected by the tsunami. Now the relocated islanders are facing a plight worse than the tsunami itself, as resentment of the host community turns very ugly. >>more
Malaysian demographics: 12 April A Hindu woman's new-born baby was seized by the Malaysian Islamic authorities before she was sent to an Islamic rehabilitation centre where she is being forced to wear a burqa and perform Islamic rituals. The woman's identity card shows a Muslim-sounding name. Although her husband is also a Hindu, she was accused of kidnapping a Muslim baby (her baby) while being an infidel. In another case, the dead body of an 81 year-old, ethnic-Chinese woman was seized from her family by the Malaysian authorities and given a Muslim funeral. She too had a Muslim-sounding name. In a third case, Lina Joy (previously known as Azlina Jailani), an ex-Muslim Christian-convert and her Muslim lawyer are in hiding after threats to their lives. Malaysian courts refuse to recognise Lina Joy's conversion out of fear of a massive, open exodus from Islam. In February last year the chief mullah of the State of Perak, Harussani Zakaria announced that there were close to 250,000 ex-Muslims in the country, out of whom 30,000 were Christian converts. The mullah made it clear that these numbers did not include Muslims who were simply non-observant. In 1998 several Christian converts were imprisoned in the Maldives, and tortured before being released due to international pressure. All political parties in the Maldives, including the main opposition MDP and the ruling Maldivian People's Party (DRP) have written undertakings to deny freedom of religion in breach of the Maldives' international treaty obligations.
Maldive mullahs rebuke Mariya Didi: 24 March The Maldive mullahs are extremely upset about the International Women of Courage Award. An article calls Mariya Didi and several other Maldive opposition women activists "lumps of excrement" for their alleged anti-Islamic sentiments. It is interesting that in spite of its Islamic stance, the web site that published the article uses the Gregorian calendar in the Christian era. That is likely to be an inadvertent admission of the well-known shortcomings of the Islamic lunar calendar. >>more This typically ad hominem outburst from the mullahs came in the wake of a Divehi language article by an MDP official in Minvan Daily on 20 March. Under the title Are women germs that spread social disease? the article questions Islam's requirement for women to wear the obnoxious hijab also known as burqa.
British tycoon restores Maldive ancestral heritage? 18 March If allegations were to be believed, it has probably taken a British billionaire knight to restore the ancient ancestral heritage of the Maldives. After a lapse of many centuries, once again, a giant image of the Buddha adorns in full public glory in a tiny Maldive island. >>more
Mariya Didi honoured by the United States: 10 March
On 7 March 2007, the United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice awarded Mariya Didi of the Maldives the International Women of Courage Award. We congratulate Miss Didi for this outstanding honour. >>read our editorial
Minivan News is selective in its reporting: 7 March In an article on the US State Department's Country Report on Human Rights Practices in the Maldives (2006) the Maldive opposition's Minivan News completely ignores on-going US concerns over the lack of freedom of religion in the Maldives. The Maldives has a ban on religions other than Islam and routinely jams Divehi language Christian broadcasts. It also confiscates and defiles Divehi language Bibles, crucifixes and Buddhist and Hindu sacred imagery. The Maldive opposition MDP and the ruling Maldivian People's Party (DRP) are committed in writing to deny freedom of religion in the Maldives. This is in contravention of the Maldives' international treaty obligations. Minivan News and MDP ought to sort out their own act before engaging foreign political consultants to patronise and pontificate at Maldivians to "lower the tone".
Maldive report calls for new understanding of Islam: 18 February A Maldive government report declares: "The position of the woman in a husband/wife relationship is considered subordinate by most people. This is believed by many to be defined as such by Islam…A number of people, particularly men, use Islam to justify keeping women inside the house, restricting their rights and being violent. This understanding of Islam must be addressed." What other understanding of Islam is there? Does the Maldive Ministry of Gender propose to write a "new Koran" (au guraan)? Read Islam: Sex and Violence by Anwar Shaikh. Dr. Shaikh was an Indian-born ex-Muslim who later converted to Hinduism and lived in Wales. [caution: those who detest freedom of thought must not open the link given here]
World leader in divorce statistics talks politics in style:17  February

The Maldives leads the world per capita in divorce. It is, therefore, apt that the delegations at the first formal talks between the ruling Maldivian People's Party (DRP) and the main opposition MDP include a woman (right) and her former polygamous husband (left, with hand in trouser-pocket). She is the head of the government delegation. Although not the head of the opposition contingent, he is the opposition's acting president and current husband of two other women. His ex-wife pictured with him here is also an ex-wife of the current Maldive High Commissioner to India and former military chief of staff. Polygamy is legal in the Maldives, where Islamic theocratic law prevails. The telltale sign that the government does not take democracy seriously is that its head delegate is a woman. Women are barred from becoming head of state since 1953 in this Islamic state. The word of a woman is legally worth half that of a man as per Islam.
Brave Maldive soul declares that people come before religion (Islam): 15 February In a well-written Divehi language article Ahmed Naseer has bravely gone where few Maldivians have ventured before in public. He has fired a salvo at the depraved Maldive mullahs within and outside government for using Islam to gain political capital. He also touches on the controversial issue of the mullahs’ lack of respect for women. We congratulate Mr Naseer’s courage and integrity for calling a spade a spade. In a world where Islamofascists carry out, to the letter, the Koranic commandment (47:4) “when you meet the unbelievers, smite at their necks...” the article is exceedingly bold. Most people regard Mr Naseer, who lives in England, to be affiliated with the Maldive opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) >>read article
UK-based Maldive web site vilifies the UK and the US: updated on 3 February The heading of a Divehi language article in the UK-based web site Dhivehi Observer reads “Is K-Maafurhi prison turning into an Abu Ghraib?” The reference to Abu Ghraib sounded rather gratuitous and a deliberate swipe at the United States and Great Britain, the leading states involved in the war on Islamic terror in the Middle East and elsewhere. >>more
Saudis to ban the use of X: The Saudi Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice has condemned the letter X because of its similarity to a cross >>more. Saudi Arabia is a couple of decades behind the Maldives in this regard. In 1983, the Maldives banned a brush-stroke in a Gothic-style calligraphic letter M in a school crest saying it was part of a grand design to Christianise the Maldives >>more. Mullahs in both countries routinely condemn Christians as pigs and infidel crusaders. Thanks to Allah, the world will be a safer place without the letters X and crossed M. In 1974 the Commission declared that the earth is flat. There is no confirmation yet that the Supreme Council for Islam in the Maldives has followed this fetwah. Do banks in the Maldives still accept crossed cheques?
Muslim exodus may explain Maldive behaviour: An interview given in 2000 by a Libyan mullah may help explain why the Maldives is willing to violate international law and treaty obligations >>more
Ahmed Mujuthaba speaks:"The print media was, till very recently, like the Soviet era Pravda or the Peking Review of Chairman Mao days except for a brief period in 1989 and 1990. Long bold headlines such as “President Gayoom Sends Sympathy to the President and Prime Minister of India after Gujarat Earthquake” or “President Gayoom Congratulates Mr Tony Blair on his Election Victory” adorned the front pages. It was not the earthquake or Tony Blair’s election victory. No mention of the plight of the victims or Blair’s promised agenda. You were lucky if more news on the events was given in tiny print in the inside pages..." >>more
Minivan News shies away from using the term “Islamic extremism”: “It was reported this week that the religious faction is now ruling the island, which has a population of under six hundred and a history or religious extremism. [sic]” It looks like one of the Maldive islands, close to tourist facilities, is now run by a fanatical, Sunni-Islamic, Taliban-like organisation. Nevertheless, in line with the inviolability of the trademark “Islamic” the Maldive opposition's Minivan News substitutes the term “religious” for “Islamic”. All religions except Islam are banned in the Maldives in violation of the Maldives’ international treaty obligations. >>more
Aparthied is alive and well: If one thought Apartheid died in South Africa in the early 1990s, one is wrong. It is still practised in a more lethal form in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Jojo Joseph of India was sentenced to be beheaded for entering the city of Medina which is out of bounds to non-Muslims. Hours before the time scheduled for the execution, Saudi Arabia released him when India protested. >>more
The Máldive Islands by C.W. Rosset (1886):"They are very ingenious and expert in their manufactures, and display great aptitude in the imitation of any European articles they may come across, such as knife handles, scales, and other small articles of daily use amongst us." >>more
Egyptian minister condemns the hijab : Farouk Hosni, Egypt's Minister of Culture recently said: "There was an age when our mothers went to university and worked without the veil. It is in that spirit that we grew up. So why this regression?" Egypt, like Iran and the Maldives, is an ancient country with a proud indigenous heritage. All three countries have succumbed to cultural colonialism of a backward foreign ideology that forces women into the barbaric system known as hijab. This web site concurs with Mr Hosni's sentiment. We also congratulate him for his courage in challenging the mullahs who are the guardians of colonialism that still keeps Egypt in the Dark Ages.
Australian medrassa expels pupils: Muslim pupils who urinated on a Bible have been expelled from their Melbourne medrassa. While the principal of the medrassa has profusely apologised for the incident, he dismissed it as the work of "illiterate and ignorant" pupils. He did not explain why indoctrination at his medrassa leaves pupils illiterate, when it accepts the equivalent of $4.3 million in state and Commonwealth funding. He said that the Bible is "an important book both for non-Muslims and Muslims and should be treated as a holy book by all religions." Muslims regard the Christian Bible as a corrupted, reprehensible lie and believe that in its "unadulterated form" the Bible was the word of Allah as transmitted by an angel to Jesus, Moses and David and a holy book such as the Koran. The principal did not say if what he referred to was this "Islamic Bible" or the Christian Bible that his pupils urinated on, that Muslims would regard as a loathsome lie. >>more
Anonymous writer in Dhivehi Observer writes to us in his own name: Recently we pointed out that a "reader's review" in the Maldive opposition website Dhivehi Observer lists the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) that it alleges the Maldive government of failing to uphold. We also pointed out that conspicuously the review does not list Article 18 that relates to freedom of religion. Now the author of the "reader's review" has given us feedback in his own name. We commend his integrity in being up front. >>more
Fua Mulaku genealogy: A solitary island in the Equatorial Channel, Fua Mulaku was where important royal and political prisoners were exiled. The last head of government to be transported there was the Prime Minister Ahmed Zaki in 1975, after he was dismissed and the office of prime minister was abolished. Before that the Sultan Mohamed Shamsuddine III Siri Kula Sundura Katthiri Bavana and his son the Prince Henveyru Ganduvaru Manippulu were exiled there in 1933. In the early 19th century the Prince Ibrahim Faamuladeyri Kilege, son of the last monarch of the Diyamigily Dynasty was sent there. A large majority of Fua Mulaku islanders of today are descended from him. Click here to view a comprehensive and rare genealogy of that line on the island today.
Historical photographs: Click to view new additions to a collection of rare historical Maldive photographs of the last century. Velaanaage family photograph and coronation proclamation. Other recent additions were Kakaage and Ibrahim Habeeb Manippulu etc.
Kakaage family photographs. The Kakaage were among the most powerful political families in the Maldives in the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The Kakaage have a reputation of being totally honest and loyal with a pathological aversion to corruption. Most recently the trademark Kakaage integrity was displayed by Arif Hilmy who served the current Maldive regime as its minister of finance until resigning in order to choose integrity over position. >>album
Fish of Minicoy: Some decorative fish found in Minicoy island and northern Maldives, with their English, Divehi and scientific names >>more
Australian-based mullah encourages rape: One of the most senior mullahs based in Australasia, Taj Aldin al Hilali, was reported as saying about women not dressed according to Islamic dictates: "If you take out uncovered meat and place it outside ... without cover, and the cats come to eat it ... whose fault is it, the cats' or the uncovered meat's? The uncovered meat is the problem. If she was in her room, in her home, in her hijab, no problem would have occurred," Australian Prime Minister John Howard has called the remarks "appalling and reprehensible." We totally agree with Mr Howard and condemn Mullah Hilali's remarks in the strongest possible terms. Bigots like Mullah Hilali and their followers have no place in our society. The mullah's remark was effectively an attack on Australian law by a revolting foreign ideology. Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner Pru Goward said that the mullah should be deported for inciting rape. We agree with Mrs Goward.

Hilali's pronouncement is totally in line with Islamic law. Islamic courts regularly find rape victims guilty of fornication or adultery and sentence them to be flogged or stoned to death. That is unless they had been raped while wearing the obnoxious hijab veil and in the presence of a close male "mahram" relative and at least three other devout Muslim male witnesses. Rapists usually do not do their dirty deed in front of witnesses. The Islamic definition of rape falls well short of the Western definition. For example it is lawful for Muslims to have unconsenting sex with infidel women prisoners of war or slaves even in front of their husbands (refer Sunan Abu Dawud, book 5, chapter 711, Hadith 2150 and Koran 4:24).
Colonialism is alive and well: His only crime was having the insubordinate audacity to enter Saudi Arabia as a pilgrim using his own name. He was accused of being an infidel attempting to defile holy sites that are strictly out of bounds to najis (unclean) sub-humans.....Following this incident Maldive authorities have strictly prohibited the few remaining Maldivians who have native Divehi names from using their real names in their passports. These people are assigned colonialist "Islamic" names that they had never used in their lives. >>more
Maldive hostility to the Pope: On 26 September 2006, the Maldive opposition newspaper Minivan News reported that the Maldives president of the republic Mr Gayoom "directly confronted" Pope Benedict XVI for repeating an assertion made by the Byzantine Emperor Manuel II Paleologus that Islam was spread by the sword. >>more
Creed of the sword: "Islam has to accept that its militants find support for violence in their faith's teachings and should pursue reform", writes Mark Durie in an article in The Australian. Mark Durie is a fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities >>read
Clash for civilisation: "Fear of offending Islam spurs hot debate in Europe", write Mark Trevelyan and Mike Collett-White. Is art in Europe going to be stifled as it did in 7th century Arabia following the killings of artists such as Asma bint Marwan, Kaab bin el-Ashraf and Abu Afak? >>read more
Islamisation of Britain : “All religions are equal”, says a correspondent and adds that, “some are more equal than others”. The British Labour government recently made it compulsory for meat slaughtered in the name of Allah to be used in all school dinners. The objections of non-Muslims who do not wish their children to eat meat slaughtered in the name of a heathen god are simply ignored by the politically correct Left. Now Nottingham is breaking with local Christian tradition of burying the dead facing East to build a cemetery aligned with Mecca. The proud British heritage is again ignored in order to placate to a minority that is inclined to enforce its wishes by bombing skyscrapers and commuter networks and killing unarmed academics in cold blood. >>read more
Treatment of women in countries under Arab colonialism: According to a Friday sermon aired live on Qatar television on 27 August 2004: "The third type is a twisted woman who will not obey her husband unless he oppresses her, beats her, uses force against her, and overpowers her with his voice." >>read more
The Maldives accedes to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: The Maldives has acceded to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. We await with interest to see if the Maldives would give the world a one finger salute by applying its own interpretation of the Covenant so as to make the accession a mockery. Will the Maldivian "Democratic" Party revise its provisional constitution to bring it in line with the Covenant? The Maldive ruling mullahs have a fetwa on issue against the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on which the Covenant is based. Will they rescind the fetwa? >>feedback
Maldives democracy watch: From its inception, the catch-phrase of the Maldives “democracy” movement has been “separation of powers”. The movement seems to believe that the easiest way to topple the government of the incumbent president of the republic is to establish strict demarcation between the legislature, the executive and the judiciary. It looks like this self-righteous objective has limits when it suits the purposes of the “democracy” movement. >>more
Islam and prostitution: It was the abstention of New Zealand's first, and so far only, Muslim Member of Parliament Ashraf Choudhary that saw prostitution legalised in this country. The Prostitution Reform Bill was enacted in 2003 by a majority of one vote. What really is Islam's stand on prostitution? Sunni Islam allows an arrangement called al-Misyar ("marriage of pleasure") while Shii Islam allows al-Mut'a ("temporary marriage"). To varying degrees, both the arrangements bear hallmarks of prostitution.
Asma Jehangir
She once saved a 12-year old Christian boy from being hanged by Islam for blasphemy


Kettle calls the pot black: Reading a report in Minivan News about the visit of the UN Special Rapporteur for religious freedom Asma Jehangir to the Maldives, one could be led to assume that while the Maldive president of the republic may be opposed to freedom of religion, his main opposition MDP may not be. Minivan News, which is strongly affiliated to the MDP, fails to note that the MDP itself is fully committed in writing to deny freedom of religion in the Maldives, as defined in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Minivan News must cease calling the pot black. British-based Dhivehi Observer, another staunch MDP ally is more blunt. In a Maldive language article, it calls Asma Jehangir a "satan" and wishes her everlasting torments in hell. >>Minivan >>Dhivehi ObserverUnion Flag
Insulting a British charity: Attempts by Western charitable organisations to donate aid to help needy people in the Maldives have, time and again, been met with obstacles, mistrust and insults. >>more
Do these people make sense to themselves? For years the Maldive opposition has been telling the world, ad nauseam, the virtues of "separation of powers". Now the leading Maldive opposition organ on the Internet, the Dhivehi Observer has published what it calls a "snap shot of the interim cabinet" that the Maldive president of the republic will form shortly, that incorporates a cross section of the civil political spectrum and the mullahs. And what do we find? The cabinet includes the positions of speaker of parliament and chief justice. Exactly what powers are these people talking of separating? Having said that, this web site wishes to go on record and state that we applaud the peaceful course of action that these people are proposing to take. Civilised societies must not resort to violent street revolutions. They must find a peaceful solution to their woes that incorporates internationally recognised norms of human rights, both in the spirit and the letter of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. >>read article

Maldive opposition media undress a woman to pull wool over Western eyes: Recently the Maldive opposition web site Minivan News ran an article about a woman who is being accused by the Maldive authorities of recruiting suicide bombers for al-Qaeda. The photo of the woman in the article shows her wearing secular clothing. Another opposition web site the Dhivehi Observer (DO), referring to the same article, published another photo of her in secular clothing. The fact is that this woman has long abandoned the traditional veil-free attire of the Maldives in favour of the obnoxiously offensive Islamic dress. The idea of a woman in burqa running a terrorist recruitment racket is plausible. Naturally the Maldive opposition hides that from the world.

In solidarity with Israel's right over JerusalemIn solidarity with Israel: This web site acknowledges Israel's inalienable right to defend itself and exist within its legitimate ancestral borders, with all of Jerusalem as its eternal capital. In an article titled Lebanon Is Not Innocent, David Horowitz writes of the current escalation in the Arab-Islamic war to annihilate Israel thus: "Until the arrival of Arafat and the Palestinian terrorists, Lebanon was a Christian democracy. But Islamic radicalism could not tolerate either Christianity or democracy.... Lebanon is a tragedy of the 58-year Arab war against Israel, against democracy, and against Christianity in the Middle East. But it is not innocent." >>more
Islamic honour killings rise in Great Britain: In one case, a young woman was kidnapped and murdered by her family after a love song was dedicated to her on a radio station. "Infidel" men seeking to marry Maldive women are forced by the Maldive government to renounce their faith; embrace Islam and change their names to Arabic. The ruling mullahs in the Maldives do not allow Maldive language names. Read story in Telegrah.co.uk
India faces up to the terror within: The Bombay bombings are linked to an organisation which aims to convert all of India to Islam by force. The bombings look like an attempt at completing the unfinished business of Islamic rulers of the past such as Timur the Lame and Aurangzeb. Timur's official chronicle Tuzk-i-Timuri, boasts of one of Timur's massacres thus: In a short space of time all the people in the fort were put to sword, and in the course of one hour the heads of 10,000 infidels were cut off. The sword of Islam was washed in the blood of the infidels.'
Read a New Zealand Herald report on the situation in Bombay
Jihadi catwalk: An Afghan model displays a jihadi fashion outfit designed by Gabriella Ghidoni and Zolaykha Sherzad. Bearded men who have difficulty viewing this type of displays are advised to be ready to rush into the cold shower. Click here to view photo. Click here to read related Hadith (Sahih Muslim 008:3240).
Indian mullahs issue fetwa against patriotic song: Mullah Aljeelani reportedly said that the song Vande Mataram "emphasises that Indians treat their land as God. Ours is a secular country. Asking Muslims to do something like this cannot be advocated”. Will mullahs in New Zealand and the United Kingdom order local Muslims to remove their children from schools that have their pupils sing appeals to an "infidel" God asking Him to save the Defender of the Faith and Supreme Governor of the Church of England? >>more
In breach of the Golden Rule: Maldivians are quite happy to accept aid, receive international tourism revenue and ask the West for assistance in preserving the elite's positions of privilege. When it comes to acceding to international norms of human rights, that is another story altogether. >>more

Feedback to this editorial from Malaysia
Integrity of International writers' organisations: Unless international organisations want a generous dose of egg on their faces, it is important that they obtain independent, professional translations of documents published in the local Maldive language before commenting on Maldive issues. That is unless they want to be taken for a ride by a bunch of line-and-rod-fishermen in the Indian Ocean. >>read more
"Christian" mall and "Hindu" warship: A thought just crossed the mind! All this fuss is not about Christian missionaries at all. David Hardingham's name ends with the three letters "HAM". Mr Hardingham must be a butcher who deals in hams. He must be conspiring to feed the good people of Kuluduffiri the dreaded pig flesh. >>more
PEN versus the sword: It does not seem right when PEN draws attention to violations of Article 19 of an International Covenant by the Maldive authorities while remaining silent on a written commitment by the MDP to violate Article 18 of the same Covenant, particularly when PEN is actively campaigning for the rights of prominent members of the MDP. >>more
MDPMDP- affiliate bans this site: The Maldive government has a reputation for blocking and/ or banning web sites. While that government does not appear to do either to this web site, their main opposition the MDP's affiliates, notably the Dhivehi Observer seems to have blocked this web site. Mr Gayoom resorted to censorship only after gaining power. Are the champions of democracy doing that before? A member of our Dynasty, Sabra Nooreddine sums up the phenomenon brilliantly: " Person A finds fault with Person B. Person B cannot handle criticism, has no morally justifiable reasons for his wrongful actions and also no wish to 'reform' his ways in response to Person A. In the mind of Person B the only way to solve a difficult problem - such as Person A - is to remove it out of sight. The rationalization being - out of sight, out of mind." We will continue to call upon the MDP to revise its Rules of Procedure (provisional constitution) to embody universal norms of human rights particularly that described in Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Women at war with the mullahs: Maldive women politicians advocating women's rights must consider the words of Wafa Sultan. “The clash we are witnessing around the world is not a clash of religions, or a clash of civilisations,” the impassioned 47-year-old medical doctor told Al-Jazeera’s stunned audience across the Arab world. “It is a clash between civilisation and backwardness, between the civilised and the primitive, between barbarity and rationality. It is a clash between human rights on the one hand and the violation of these rights on the other, between those who treat women like beasts and those who treat them like human beings.” >>Read Christopher Goodwin's report Read also Dr. Sultan's web site الناقد

Marina Mahatir putriMalaysian Muslim women make backward strides: As non-Muslim Malaysian women catch up with women in the rest of the world, Muslim women in Malaysia are only going backwards. It should also be noted that only in Malaysia are Muslim women regressing; in every other Muslim country in the world, women have been gaining rights, not losing them. So says Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir putri, daughter of the former Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Sri Mahathir Mohamed putra. Miss Mahathir putri probably has not heard of Maldive women. In 1953 Islamic mullahs finally deprived Maldive women of their traditional right to become head of state. This constitutional ban still remains in force. >>read
Should Islam apologise to India? Quoting the authority of Koran 47:4, Hajjaj bin Yusuf el-Saqafi, Islam's governor in occupied Iraq ordered Mohamed bin Qasim to strike off the heads of up to 16,000 Indians in one foul swoop. Bin Qasim was the commander of the invading Islamic colonialist vanguard. At that time India was among the most civilised and scientifically advanced countries the world had ever seen. Beginning with that order to this very day, millions have been massacred, enslaved or forcibly converted on the Indian subcontinent in the name of Islam. Germany was required to apologise for its genocide of the Nazi era. Should not the same apply to Islam? Read Serge Trifkovic's article on the subject.
Islamic portrayals of Mohamed: Mullahs want us to believe that Mohamedanism forbids the drawing of images of Mohamed. The West is being told that the current outrage over the Mohamed cartoons is the result of this taboo. That argument falls flat on its face. At various periods in history, Mohamedan rulers commissioned murals and painting of their ideological master. Click here to view a comprehensive archive of historical images of Mohamed, some of them drawn by devout Mohamedans.
Historical photographs: Click to view new additions to a collection of rare historical Maldive photographs of the last century
Cowardly letter to the editor: "You have lost your right to criticise MDP by leaving your motherland. We Maldivians may criticize MDP, because it is one of our Political parties but we will not tolerate any outsiders critisising them.....So I would politely ask you to remove the article you ahve regarding MDP" >>more
Treatment of infidels in Saudi Arabia: Discrimination against non-Muslims is absolutely rampant, very clear and open. It starts with aqama (red cards for non-Muslims and green cards for Muslims). The rule on taxation is different for the Muslims and the non-Muslims. Infidels have no right to build any places of worship for their religious rituals and practices. They are not allowed to observe their rites, celebrate their religious festivals or even extend greetings to one another in front of Muslims. This is open, clear and meticulously planned Islamic apartheid which might even surpass the enormity of the apartheid policies of White-ruled South Africa. The infidel world held South Africa to account. Is Islam about to hold Saudi Arabia and other "100% Islamic" countries to account? >>Read an article by Khaled Waleed, a Saudi.
Koenraad Elst encourages the reading and understanding of the Koran: Elst contends that disrespect for any religion should be treated the same as disrespect for Islam. So, if insults to Islam or the Muslim community must be prohibited, then so must insults to other religions and their adherents. "How would the Koran fare in such a system?", he asks. Demands to place restrictions on publications that cast Islam and Mohamed in a negative light are equivalent to demanding restrictions which would logically affect the basic Islamic texts such as the Koran and the Hadith. "Be careful what you wish for", Elst cautions those who demand such restrictions, "you might get it." >>read
From the "Main Manifesto" of the Maldive de facto ruling party the Maldivian People's Party (DRP): "It is imperative to strengthen Islamic unity and Maldive nationalism. The esteemed religion of Islam is instrumental in undertaking one of the foremost roles in preserving our Maldive unity and independence since the time of our ancestors. Foreign entities will always be hard at work trying to spread religions other than Islam in the Maldives. Preserving the religious unity is one of the fundamental principles of this party. This beloved homeland must for ever be in the perfect light of Islamic illumination. Whilst there is pulse in our bodies, we shall not permit a place to any religion other than Islam on this soil. To this end, it is our foremost duty to strengthen the religious conviction of Maldivians. It is a fundamental [mission] of this party to do the utmost to preserve the opportunity to educate our Maldive sons and daughters in the beautiful principles of Islam."
From our archives: A structure built on loose sand: In September 2001 we predicted that the then much-heralded constitution of the Maldives was doomed to fail. All sides now acknowledge that it has failed >>more Beginning of the Fall: In July 2004 we stated the obvious by saying that "Established institutions, political maturity, and strong leadership would prevent structural disintegration." Has it happened, or did we really herald the beginning of the Fall? We concluded the article by saying that "Those who advocate democracy ought to conduct themselves in accordance with the democratic traditions that they seek others to embrace." >>more
New Zealand stops citizenship abuse: From January 1st, children born in New Zealand to foreign nationals are no longer New Zealand citizens by virtue of birth. Maldivians visiting New Zealand for education and other purposes have long misused their entry permits by willfully abusing this country's citizenship laws. While taking such dubious advantage of this country’s taxpayers, many parents of New Zealand-born Maldive children have invariably failed to disclose their significant incomes in the Maldives to the New Zealand Department of Inland Revenue (IRD), as required by the Income Tax Act 2004. >>more
Muslim by law- right or violation of rights? In a 59-page dissertation, Shirley Jory (email: jory2616@hotmail.com) examines this question. Chapter one introduces the discussion about the universality of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and relates this to the Maldive context. Chapter two portrays the Maldive government’s concerns and position on human rights issues. Chapter three presents the research findings into potential human rights violations mainly of Article 18 but also of Article 19 of the UDHR in the Maldives. Chapter four is a critique of the Maldive government’s position by using evidence from recent cultural research and contemporary Islamic literature. Chapter five identifies the implications of the findings of this research for the Maldive context, discusses the validity of cultural relativism in relation to the UDHR and gives personal recommendations for people involved in the reform process in the Maldives and the wider community. >>read summary page or >>go straight to pdf file
Benjamin FranklinWhen a religion is good, I conceive it will support itself; and when it does not support itself, and God does not take care to support it so that its professors are obliged to call for help of the civil power, 'tis a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one" - Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), US statesman, scientist and diplomat

"The religion of the State of the Maldives shall be Islam." "-Article 7 of the Constitution of the Republic of the Maldives

"Section 3.3 (a) of the Rules of Procedure of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) states that the party shall endeavour to protect and preserve the "esteemed religion of Islam" and that the Party shall not permit any religion other than Islam. The MDP is the biggest opposition party in the Maldives.

Arabian Moon god
Arabian moon-god with the crescent moon carved on his chest. The moon-god symbol was imposed on the Maldive flag early last century

Saudi convicted for defending Jews and the Bible and for "ridiculing Islam and witchcraft": A Saudi Arabian high-school chemistry teacher accused of discussing religion with his students has been sentenced to the barbaric, inhuman, cruel and degrading punishment of 750 lashes for blasphemy. Countries such as Saudi Arabia and the Maldives hold that "freedom of thinking requires permitting the denial of faith and attacking what is sacred, glorifying falsehood and defending the heretics, finding fault in religion and letting loose the ideas and pens to write of disbelief as one likes, and to put ornaments on sin as one likes." Those who seek to introduce democracy to such countries are undertaking an exercise akin to spraying air freshener to rid a room of the stench of a rotting carcass. Removing the carcass is the solution. >>more
Two million Muslims in Russia convert to Christianity: According to Interfax, the number of ethnic Muslims in Russia who adopted Christianity is 2 million, while the number of the ethnic Christians who have been converted to Islam is only 2500. Russian Islamic sources confirmed that, after each terrorist action such as that in Beslan, thousands and may be even dozens of thousands of ethnic Muslims convert to Christianity. >>more
Some practical steps to preserve peace and harmony in the Maldives: Recently Islamic terrorists struck again in Bali. They killed innocent tourists and bystanders just when the people in Bali thought that tourism had finally recovered. Now all those whose livelihoods depend on the tourist industry face an uncertain future there. Let no one think that this does not affect the Maldives. At any time Islamic terror could strike. The militants are already there and tourists are visiting its many beautiful resorts, unaware of the extreme level of Islamic militancy in the Maldives. On 31 October 2005, the Maldive authorities bowed down to militant demands and, for the fist time, allowed a woman clad in the barbaric burqa to appear as the anchor on state TV. Find out the seven danger signs of Islamic militancy >>more
Mass Deception in the Maldives- Some Questions: "Words have lost their original meaning in the Maldives. The main opposition party is called MDP, Maldivian Democratic Party. But it is very hard to understand how a party dares to call itself ‘democratic’ when its main goal is to promote Islam." So says the Society for the Promotion of Human Rights in Maldives, in an exclusive opinion >>more
Mohamed Imaduddine VIMaldives Culture publishes translation of the the state approved and sanitised version of Maldive history: "In 1902, during the reign of King Mohamed Imaaduddine VI, the monarch wanted a 'History of Maldives' written in Divehi tana script, so he assigned a committee to the task. The chronicles started by judge Hassan Tajuddine and afterwards compiled by various Islamic judges writing in Arabic, along with other records written in Divehi at different times, were given to that committee. This book is the result."

It is worth having a look | Preface | Part 1 | | Part 2  |
 

Maldive mullahs say there was no ban on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:Under intense international pressure, the Maldive ruling mullahs are attempting to appear as though they are back-tracking on their recent ban on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). >>more
Slavery in the Maldives: Slavery was never abolished in the Maldives and is still legally enforceable by Maldive courts. 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. >>more
Time Magazine coverInsulting Europe: Maldive hostility to Pope John Paul II: One day in the mid 1980s, the disturbing noise of police sirens was heard in Oakidu Magu street in Malé, coming towards a well-known bookshop situated halfway along the southern side of the street. A convoy of the dreaded National Security Service (NSS) military vehicles screeched to a halt in front the bookshop and jack-booted soldiers poured out. Some sneakily positioned themselves outside like extras in a James Bond movie, scanning the distance in order to fend off any approaching Swiss guards. >>more
Pakistani Islamic schools are hotbeds of paedophilia and homosexual rape by mullahs:
Pakistani medrassa
Mariana Baabar reveals in Outlook India (24 January 2005) that, "Indeed, the maulana's penchant to sodomise the male child, or molest girls, has been Pakistan's darkest, best-kept secret." Pakistani government minister Amir Liaquat Husain was reported to have said "During a raid on a madrassa in Karachi, I caught a cleric red-handed, abusing a student sexually". The report quotes several examples of abuse: "In June 2004, when five-year-old Talha did not return from the Lajna mosque in Lahore, where he had gone to take Quranic lessons from Maulvi Mohammad Altaf, his mother went to fetch him. She found the boy in the corridor of the mosque, bleeding and unconscious; the maulvi was missing from the mosque. An fir was duly lodged. Altaf was subsequently arrested and Tahla identified him as the person who had sodomised him". Koran Surah el-Insan verse 19: "And round about them will serve young boys of perpetual freshness: when you see them you will think of them as scattered pearls."
Maldive Name Nazis: By insisting that a child's name registered at birth be changed, the Republic of Maldives may be contravening Paragraph 1 of Article 7 and Paragraph 1 of Article 8 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child which it ratified on 13 March 1991. >>more
Cyrus the GreatFreedom of Religion- a timeline: "I announce that I will respect the traditions, customs and religions of the nations of my empire and never let any of my governors and subordinates look down on or insult them as long as I shall live. From now on, while Ahura-Mazda lets me rule, I will impose my monarchy on no nation. Each is free to accept it , and if any one of them rejects it, I shall never resolve on war to reign.......Today, I announce that everyone is free to choose areligion."

-Cyrus the Great, King of Persia (580-529 BC) >>more
Taslima Nasrin winner of the 2004 UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the promotion of tolerance and non-violence. Taslima Nasrin Taslima has been living in exile in Europe. She has written twenty-four books of poetry, essays, novels, and short stories in her native language of Bengali. Some have been translated into twenty different languages. Her applications to the Bangladesh government to be allowed to return have been denied repeatedly. One Bangladesh court sentenced her in absentia to a one-year prison term. The Bangladesh government has recently banned two other of her books, Amar Meyebela and Utal Hawa. >>more
Divehi script document
"....machchah mi lavva hutti boaga imaaraaiy kulha konme mu u min mus limaku saalihu shaheedu naai eh hen suvaruga vadhuna hu....."

An extract from a royal grant to build a mosque dated AD 1696
Divehi (Divess) script: was in use until early in the 20th century. The phasing out of the script began in the 17-18th century, to be gradually replaced by the modern Gabuli Thaana script. Unlike Divehi, Thaana is written from right to left, and was a compromise with the Islamic mullahs who wanted to abandon the Maldive heritage and adopt the Arabic script. For a long time the agenda of the mullahs have been to make the Maldives a cultural, ideological and spiritual appendage of their Arab heartland- to be reduced to an "Arab Republic" like the once-proud civilisations of Egypt and Syria. >>more
The Bank Notes of the Maldives: Maldive Rf2 note issued in 1960 under the signature of Ibrahim Nasir, Minister of FinanceOn 12 August 1947 the People’s Majlis passed Bill No. 2/66 ......concerning the Maldivian monetary system. The committee consisted of Government Ministers and Members of the People’s Majlis. >> Article by Peter Symes and Murray Hanewich
Maldive flags: Before the beginning of the 1900's a real national flag of the Maldives didn't exist. The colour of the royal house was red since very old times, a colour that was selected as the ensign because of its visibility when contrasted with the blue backdrop of the sea. Thus the royal flags were plain red. >>more
Maldives- Ethnography: A new web site strongly recommended to our visitors:

"The language spoken in the Maldives is Divehi, belonging to the group of Indo-Aryan languages, but having many affinities with the Dravidian languages of the geographical area in which the country lies. Present-day Divehi has borrowed many words from Arabic. Besides the main form of Divehi, known as Malé Bas, this language has three markedly different variants which are located in the second group, in the South. The people of the third group live in great isolation, for Minicoy is totally off-limits for Maldivians since 1957. Only Indians are allowed to travel to Minicoy. Thus, Minicoians are steadily undergoing a process of acculturation owing to lack of contact with the remaining Divehi people and pressure to use other languages (Malayalam, English and Hindi)." >>more
Maldive national anthem: Until the late 1940s the state anthem of the Maldives was a melody with no lyrics. It was called the Salaamathi.....and then came Auld Lang Syne. >>more
Veiled women: The old Maldive word for the women's veil is dholhi, the same word used for the piece of cloth tied around the head of a human corpse to prevent the mouth from opening. This probably indicates the oppressive view of the garment held by early Maldivians. >>more

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