A stern warning was issued to the government in an unauthorised Friday sermon delivered at the Dharumavantha mosque in Malé.
The government was trying to declare “war” against the congregation, the imam said, and prayed for failure of the alleged plans.
A prayer was also offered against the government’s alleged efforts against the “true invitation” and for God to strike fear into the hearts of police and army officers who might rise against the true invitation.
In February this year, the Malé City Council shut down the Dharumavantha mosque at the request of the Islamic Ministry to stop unauthorised Friday prayers by a group described as “extremist” by Islamic Minister Dr Mohamed Shaheem Ali Saeed.
Following a notice posted on the mosque announcing that it would be shut down, the independent congregation gathered for prayers the next Friday and prayed for God to destroy the government and for victory against the “irreligious” government which was attempting to obstruct the spreading of Allah’s message and to shut down mosques.
Requesting victory, they also prayed for God to destroy and send his wrath upon military and police officer who implement the government’s orders.
Despite efforts to shut down the mosque, the independent congregation has continued Friday prayers at the mosque.