Salaf calls for “new regulations” to protect Islam

Local religious NGO Jamiyyathul Salaf has called on the parliament to enact stronger regulations to protect Islam, beyond the the Religious Unity Act.

In a statement issued today Salaf claimed there were regulations protecting sea turtles, whales, birds, lagoons and the environment, but no adequate regulations that protected Islam as such.

Salaf claimed that the new Religious Unity Regulations allowed “anyone to play with the faith of Maldivians, any way they want to.”

The NGO accused the government of pressuring and threatening Salaf when Salaf once asked Home Ministry, Islamic Ministry and the parliament to investigate some persons that have violated the Religious Unity Regulation.

Salaf also claimed that Ali Ahsan, the developer of  the website promoting Friday’s protest, was arrested under the Religious Unity Regulations.

An Islamic Conference due to be held at Thinadhoo in Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, organised by the Foreign Ministry and the Islamic Ministry, was questionable, Salaf said in the statement, alleging that article 22 of the regulation allowing for the deportation of missionaries was deleted before it was published in the gazette.

Salaf this week declined an invitation from President Mohamed Nasheed to meet and discuss their concerns.

In its statement, Salaf accused President Nasheed of pardoning “Christian missionaries” deported by the former government, and attached a list of names and passport numbers of individuals blacklisted by former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.

Foreign Minister under both governments, Dr Ahmed Shaheed, has previously told Minivan News that allegations of proselytising against foreigners were often “political charges” deployed by the former President, and had reached “saturation point”.

“There is this very, very deep reaction to anything un-Islamic in this country, and you can use Islam as a political tool quite easily,” he told Minivan News in June, following his appointment as UN Special Rapporteur on Iran.

“But I think people are getting fed up with it – you can see the reactions in the press to my appointment as special rapporteur. DRP MP Mahlouf said it was a Zionist conspiracy and a trade-off for favours done to Israel on my part. These things ring hollow the more you say them. They become cliche.”

At the height of the heated election rally in October 2008, the former government “mischievously suggested” that Salisbury Cathedral in the UK was conspiring to blow up the Islamic Centre in Male’ and build a church.

Salisbury Cathedral subsequently denied the allegation.

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40 thoughts on “Salaf calls for “new regulations” to protect Islam”

  1. Le salaf...
    "BEHEAD ALL HU CLAIM ISLAM IS VIOLENT" coz u kno its like so peaceful n s**t

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  2. is this really the logo of the salafists? to me it appears like a man's genitals...do you see how anything can be depicted and interpreted in many different ways.

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  3. you see the problem with salafist. they see religion as an object, as a thing. like we protect endangered turtles, we need to protect islam. WTH. do they know how humiliating that is to a faith followed by a billion people?
    If anything, they belittle the great faith of Islam every time they open their mouths.

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  4. Mere words can't describe the stupidity of these guys. I wonder whether there's anyone in Salaf that has an IQ above 70 (70 is the cut-off point where a person is regarded as mentally retarted!).

    I can only blame inbreeding among Salafists for their lower than average intelligence and we should be prepared for more of this sort of non-sense.

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  5. Dr Ahmed Shaheed was so wrong if he believed that he and others in Government can try to push Maldivians to open up the country to Israel and other religions. Yes a minority was accusing you before because they have seen this in other countries before and they are not easily tricked by politicians. But after the government started to openly go against our constitution which protects Islam as our only religion.. than the public saw what the few had been talking about all this time. Yes now you see a whole lot of people angry at you and you and others have got a very bad name in Maldivian society. Maybe not amongst your close friends, but the names of un-islamic figures in Governments is spreading to every household. Be it a moderate family or a conservative family, none of us likes what we are seeing from the Government. Especially trying to make a big thing out of a call for a peaceful demonstration in support of Islam. Giving out false claims of violence from protestors, etc.

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  6. um maybe u guys need to stop making everyone else in the world hate u , thats the best way to defend islam, stop giving people, especially youth reasons to turn away from religion,
    fear intimidation and suppression never work.

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  7. @ Earthling: The Salafists/ Adhaalath MUST NOT intervene with God's affairs. Islam will be protected by Allah (S.W) whether they protect it or not.

    In Maldives, all we see is Muslim Scholars who thinks they know everything to force people to follow what they believe which is absurd and so illogical. No one can force anyone to change their faith. I don't care whether my next door neighbor is a Christian and the other is a Hindu. That's not going to change what i believe. In fact, it is only going to enable those non-believers to follow the good principles of Islam we believe in. SO STOP DESTROYING THE NAME OF OUR RELIGION ISLAM.

    There are Several Ayah's in Qur'an which forbids forcing people to follow Islam or to force people to do what's been instructed in Qur'an. I cannot believe how naive the organizers of December 23rd are.

    May Allah guide us all to the right path and fail the plans of those people who try to create chaos and misconceptions. ALLAH AKBAR!

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  8. Jamiyathul Salaf, You are not the protectors of Islam on earth! The religion has lasted 1400 years, and it will out last you in spite of the action you are taking against it.

    This action, in the name of "protecting Islam" does more to damage it than protect it. Muslims around the world are continually being harassed because conservative ideologies lead to hatred and violence. So we are labeled terrorists. Islam in Maldives will always be protected, but by putting these conservative, excessive restrictions on the citizenry and those who live and work here - the same kind of restrictions are going to be placed on Muslims abroad. Muslim populations are going to have less protection, and less chance of survival in the face of inherent harrassment in countries in which they are severe minorities.

    These people don't think about damage that is being done to our religion. These people don't think about anything but their own power and the consolidation of religious authority unto themselves. Islam does not allow a clergy. Islam does not want a minuture pope in the Maldives!

    They keep on talking about christian missionaries, when they steal more ideas, notions, and values from medieval Christian Catholic Ideology than any denomination within Islam! It is absolutely ridiculous.

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  9. Salaf is headed by some of the most intelligent people in this country.

    This is what happens when intolerance is propagated by the popular media and Western culture.

    Look beyond the beards my friends and look beyond your own prejudices. Some of the heads of Jamiyyat Salaf are some of the cleverest businessmen, most valuable academics and trusted employees in this country.

    Every party has a populist message for the masses. Those of us who feel that reading a few books lifts us over those same masses often overlook the usefulness of simplicity in conveying a message.

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  10. but are we already not living with our next door christian neighbour and working with our hindu friend?

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  11. @ Mohamed: I wont say that my neighbours are non muslims coz i have no authority or power to determine who is a muslim and who is not. Its upto Allah (S.W) to decide.

    How could you even say that? Unless or otherwise they tell u that they are non muslims you cannot decide for yourself whether or not a person is a muslim or not. Who are u to decide?

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  12. Salim Waheed Jefry! Or son of Dr.Waheed, We know your's and your father acting as agents of Asia Foundation for spying on Islamic scholars and also trying to infiltrate Suffism (Clear defiant form of Islam) into Maldives as Sufism would allow to contain Islamic ideology at arms length to corrupt the society with the promotion of alcohol and same sex into the society!! It's pity you fail to see that you also perish like we all do in the end and what matters is a sincere effort to reform the society rather than to corrupt the society! Don't try to preach us Islam as you are not an Islamic scholar in any manner nor made yourself useful accept still stays in Vice President resident at State expense!! What shame! Get a life and a job!!! Last time you did an intern at NY at state expense which could have been to any hard working and intelligent student (while you were simply picked due to influence!!)

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  13. "protecting islam" = limiting islam to one's personal interpretation and persecuting those who dont abide by this.

    this has happened earlier in Islamic History. People have been killed and tortured under that banner. Some famous Examples:

    Caliph Muqtadir tortured and killed Sufi Saint Mansur Hallaj.

    Caliph Al Maumun tortured Sunni Imam Ahmed Ibn Hanbal as part of his "Al-Mihna" inquisition.

    Mughal emperor Jahagir's execution of Shiah Scholar Qazi Nurullah.

    President Gayoom of Maldives torturing Wahhabis under his "Religious Unity Regulation" and with arbitrary arrests of suspected Wahhabis.

    ..These are examples of Muslims being Persecuted by Muslims. But the Quran and Seerah are filled with stories of Muslims being persecuted by non-muslims.

    Examples:

    The Spanish Inquisition by the Catholic Church

    The Ashabul Uhdud burning muslims (Quran 85:8)

    Persecution of believers and Prophets like in the case of Moses, Jesus and Abraham.

    The Prophet Mohamed (SAW) and his companions were tortured and persecuted by the Meccan religious and political authorities. and YET when the prophet was asked if angels should destroy them all, he asked forgiveness for them and prayed for them. And even after conquering Mecca, he forgave them.

    .....So, Where the frack are these wahhabis getting the Idea of religious persecution and all? The establishment of a Religious Church is against Islam. There is no Priesthood in Islam. The best way to avoid religious persecution is to respect the rights of others like you demand yours. to allow freedom of conscience, thought and expression of all sorts. who knows when the Wahhabis would be tortured again? who knows when some new brand of Muslims will gain power and torture the rest? stick to the Golden Rule. Muslims dont want to get tortured for their beliefs, then dont do it to others. Treat others as you want to be treated yourself.

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  14. Heads of Jamiyyat Salaf are some of the shrewdest businessmen, most misguided academics, distrustful employees, morally corrupt and xenophobic people in this country.

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  15. the atheists and kaafir's idea to respond to any thing Islamic is simple. here are the processes involved.

    1) attack the messenger first; So Adhaalath, Salaf, Sheikh Fareed, Ilyas, Dr. Bari are all to be mocked and scoffed! Forget their message, just smear his name!

    2) allege everyone who speaks in favour or Islamic as either a lunatic, a barbarian, an ignorant etc,, Doesn't matter if the scholar holds a phd and the kaafir who is alleging barely scraped through o'levels with straight "u" sets!

    3) attack islamic sharia; claim Islam is violent, impracticable religion despite 1/5th of world population lives it. But then again that 1/5th will be said to be because of unchecked birthrates!

    4) claim to be civilized, humanist, champions of freedom of speech, religion and darling of free-world.

    So do you see the difficulty of debating a fine point in theology with people of this mindset?

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  16. Awlaki-
    There is nothing to debate in Islamic theology. Can you debate on :
    Stoning to death, a half berried human being. (What an awful scene)
    Amputating a hand for stealing (is amputating is justifiable simply stealing something that can be replaced. Can you replace amputated limb.
    Killing Kaffir – What if Kaffir start killing Musilm?. Will it not the world becomes a hell for Muslims.
    Polygamy; May be you can practice polygamy, but can you debate on this as something morally good.
    Underage girl’s marriage.
    Bank interest; Can you replace anything in the financial system to work without interest?.
    Ban on music; maybe you can debate this with Bari and Islamic scholars but not with a sane person, same on photography, art literature and entertainment.

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  17. The protection of Allah's religion Islam was promised by Him in the Quran revealed to Prophet Muhammad all the way from the 7th Heaven. He needs no help from his creatures in that or anything else He does. He has to say simply be it and it would have happened. Don't the Salafists know this?

    How can the Salafists or Adalath's ensure the faith of another? Religion is quite correctly a private affair of the individual. No one can guarantee it no matter how harsh laws and regulations are in place. They had better know this.

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  18. Salafis are foreign in origin. their root, most probably is in saudi arabia from where oil money feeds global islamic extremism. salafis have won more than 50% of the votes in the current egyptian elections. they are a real threat.

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  19. 1) attack the messenger first; So Adhaalath, Salaf, Sheikh Fareed, Ilyas, Dr. Bari are all to be mocked and scoffed! Forget their message, just smear his name!

    Give us an example of a sensible "message" that came from Adhaalath or Salaf? What was the proportion of the votes that Adhaalath had in the last general election? What does that say about how representative they are?

    2) allege everyone who speaks in favour or Islamic as either a lunatic, a barbarian, an ignorant etc,, Doesn’t matter if the scholar holds a phd and the kaafir who is alleging barely scraped through o’levels with straight “u” sets!

    Now, you are taking the high ground here. If you want to go down the scholarly route, why not first give an example of a "scholar" with a PhD who came out with a sensible defence of Islam and how he got mocked? Let's get some facts right. A PhD is granted for research in a very narrow field. If he or she talks outside of their area of expertise, then they are no better than a layman who read/studied the same subject. Don't try to blow this out of proportion.

    3) attack islamic sharia; claim Islam is violent, impracticable religion despite 1/5th of world population lives it. But then again that 1/5th will be said to be because of unchecked birthrates!

    Well, indeed, unchecked birthrates is a very good point and it's true. Again, what percentage of these people have a decent standard of living? How many of them enjoy the freedoms that Islam provides the rights for? Most of these people live under the dark clouds of dictators and oppressive regimes that have nought to do with Islam. In fact, how many of them follow even the basic obligations of Islam such as praying 5 times a day? In fact, do you follow that either?

    "So do you see the difficulty of debating a fine point in theology with people of this mindset?"

    Now you've lost the plot again. What "fine point of theology" are we talking about? As I understand, this big demonstration on coming Friday is to "defend" Islam, because the government put up "idols" in Addu during the SAARC summit. The "idol" in question was donated by Pakistan, a neighbouring Islamic country. The irony of this is laughable. Your so-called PhD "scholars" are rasing fine theological points about a gift from one Islamic country to another.

    If this is a theological point, then let's have a theological debate. Calling for a mass demonstration by raising public hysteria and deliberately misleading the public is definitely not a theological debate. That's against all tenets of Islam, in fact! What we see here is the use of Islam as a political weapon and this is far from a "theological fine point".

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  20. Maldivian youth,

    you have failed to see my point right? how could you? fanatism is a disease that eats away a man's consciousness ultimately preventing him from making a distinction between right and wrong. it makes the man ignorant and completely blind to the realities of life. the result is, any argument based on facts that we experience every day are outrightly rejected as nonsense without a second thought. look at any high rise in male'. and look at any company office, or a shop in male'. what do you see? foreigners. now don't don't tell me they are all muslims.

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  21. @ Mohamed: Are you talking to yourself? Coz I don't get your point. What’s wrong with non-Muslims living in the Maldives amongst us? We have been living this way from the very beginning. Our faith is not affected. Do you want to ban non-Muslims from entering and remaining in the Maldives? And how exactly are you planning on living your life without them? Just you and your family? How selfish!

    When Maldivians fall ill, they usually go to India or other non-Muslim countries to get better treatment. Don’t you think it is selfish for us to travel for medical treatment to a country where Hinduism is the main religion? Is it because the air ticket is cheap? They are not even amongst people where our women can marry unless converted to Islam. But still, why are we travelling to India and other non-Muslim countries instead of Saudi Arabia or Middle Eastern countries? If your judgment is true, we would NOT be seeking medical treatments from doctors of other religions instead of seeking treatment from Muslim doctors. I am 100% sure that the number of Muslim doctors would be lesser than the number of non-Muslim doctors currently present in the Maldives. So stop looking down in others thinking you are more superior and you know more.

    I complete the mandatory requirements of Islam WITHOUT FAIL DAILY. I have faith in Allah (S.W.T) and Islam. If your idea of proving oneself of being a Muslim is to go out on the streets forcing people to follow WHAT YOUR BELIEVE, that is not an Islamic belief. Quran and the Hadith of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) is the guidance we have to follow. Not to some bunch of sheikhs who speaks in ways which are favourable to them. Allah (S.W.T) is the GREATEST!

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  22. @ Mohamed: When the religion of Islam that has been sent as a salvation from the presence of Allah is explained to a person, he believes on his own will and decides without being subjected to any kind of compulsion or duress. People are free to choose truth or error. If they make the wrong choice, they will face its consequence in the Hereafter.

    Islam ascribes total freedom of will to people on faith in a very clear cut and plain language. This approach prevailing right from the period of Islam's revelation to our day is the foundation of Islamic morals.

    Following verses of Quran in regard to this subject are very clear:

    1) لَا إِكْرَاهَ فِي الدِّينِ ۖ قَد تَّبَيَّنَ الرُّشْدُ مِنَ الْغَيِّ ۚ فَمَن يَكْفُرْ بِالطَّاغُوتِ وَيُؤْمِن بِاللَّـهِ فَقَدِ اسْتَمْسَكَ بِالْعُرْوَةِ الْوُثْقَىٰ لَا انفِصَامَ لَهَا ۗ وَاللَّـهُ سَمِيعٌ عَلِيمٌ ﴿٢٥٦﴾
    There shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion. The right course has become clear from the wrong. So whoever disbelieves in Taghut and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy handhold with no break in it. And Allah is Hearing and Knowing. (SURAH AL-BAQARA, 256)

    2) نَّحْنُ أَعْلَمُ بِمَا يَقُولُونَ ۖ وَمَا أَنتَ عَلَيْهِم بِجَبَّارٍ ۖ فَذَكِّرْ بِالْقُرْآنِ مَن يَخَافُ وَعِيدِ ﴿٤٥﴾
    We are most knowing of what they say, and you are not over them a tyrant. But remind by the Qur'an whoever fears My threat.. (SURAH QAF, 45)

    3) وَلَوْ شَاءَ رَبُّكَ لَآمَنَ مَن فِي الْأَرْضِ كُلُّهُمْ جَمِيعًا ۚ أَفَأَنتَ تُكْرِهُ النَّاسَ حَتَّىٰ يَكُونُوا مُؤْمِنِينَ ﴿٩٩﴾
    And had your Lord willed, those on earth would have believed - all of them entirely. Then, [O Muhammad], would you compel the people in order that they become believers? (SURAH YUNUS, 99)

    4) وَمَا أَكْثَرُ النَّاسِ وَلَوْ حَرَصْتَ بِمُؤْمِنِينَ ﴿١٠٣﴾ وَمَا تَسْأَلُهُمْ عَلَيْهِ مِنْ أَجْرٍ ۚ إِنْ هُوَ إِلَّا ذِكْرٌ لِّلْعَالَمِينَ ﴿١٠٤﴾
    But most people, for all your eagerness, are not muminun. You do not ask them for any wage for it. It is only a reminder to all beings. (SURAH YUSUF, 103-104)

    5) فَذَكِّرْ إِنَّمَا أَنتَ مُذَكِّرٌ ﴿٢١﴾ لَّسْتَ عَلَيْهِم بِمُصَيْطِرٍ ﴿٢٢﴾ إِلَّا مَن تَوَلَّىٰ وَكَفَرَ ﴿٢٣﴾ فَيُعَذِّبُهُ اللَّـهُ الْعَذَابَ الْأَكْبَرَ ﴿٢٤﴾ إِنَّ إِلَيْنَا إِيَابَهُمْ ﴿٢٥﴾ ثُمَّ إِنَّ عَلَيْنَا حِسَابَهُم ﴿٢٦﴾
    So remind them! You are only a reminder. You are not in control of them. But as far anyone who turns away and is unbeliever, Allah will punish him with the Greatest Punishment. Certainly it is to Us they will return. Then their Reckoning is our concern. (SURAH AL-GHASHIYYA, 21-26)

    6) بَلْ عَجِبُوا أَن جَاءَهُم مُّنذِرٌ مِّنْهُمْ فَقَالَ الْكَافِرُونَ هَـٰذَا شَيْءٌ عَجِيبٌ ﴿٢﴾ أَإِذَا مِتْنَا وَكُنَّا تُرَابًا ۖ ذَٰلِكَ رَجْعٌ بَعِيدٌ ﴿٣﴾ قَدْ عَلِمْنَا مَا تَنقُصُ الْأَرْضُ مِنْهُمْ ۖ وَعِندَنَا كِتَابٌ حَفِيظٌ ﴿٤﴾ بَلْ كَذَّبُوا بِالْحَقِّ لَمَّا جَاءَهُمْ فَهُمْ فِي أَمْرٍ مَّرِيجٍ ﴿٥﴾ أَفَلَمْ يَنظُرُوا إِلَى السَّمَاءِ فَوْقَهُمْ كَيْفَ بَنَيْنَاهَا وَزَيَّنَّاهَا وَمَا لَهَا مِن فُرُوجٍ ﴿٦﴾
    I do not worship what you worship, and you do not worship what I worship. Nor will I worship what you worship, nor will you worship what I worship. You have your religion, and I have my religion. (SURAH QAF, 2-6)

    7) الَّذِينَ أُخْرِجُوا مِن دِيَارِهِم بِغَيْرِ حَقٍّ إِلَّا أَن يَقُولُوا رَبُّنَا اللَّـهُ ۗ وَلَوْلَا دَفْعُ اللَّـهِ النَّاسَ بَعْضَهُم بِبَعْضٍ لَّهُدِّمَتْ صَوَامِعُ وَبِيَعٌ وَصَلَوَاتٌ وَمَسَاجِدُ يُذْكَرُ فِيهَا اسْمُ اللَّـهِ كَثِيرًا ۗ وَلَيَنصُرَنَّ اللَّـهُ مَن يَنصُرُهُ ۗ إِنَّ اللَّـهَ لَقَوِيٌّ عَزِيزٌ ﴿٤٠﴾
    [They are] those who have been evicted from their homes without right - only because they say, "Our Lord is Allah." And were it not that Allah checks the people, some by means of others, there would have been demolished monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques in which the name of Allah is much mentioned. And Allah will surely support those who support Him. Indeed, Allah is Powerful and Exalted in Might. (SURAH AL-HAJJ, 40)

    8) فَبِمَا رَحْمَةٍ مِّنَ اللَّـهِ لِنتَ لَهُمْ ۖ وَلَوْ كُنتَ فَظًّا غَلِيظَ الْقَلْبِ لَانفَضُّوا مِنْ حَوْلِكَ ۖ فَاعْفُ عَنْهُمْ وَاسْتَغْفِرْ لَهُمْ وَشَاوِرْهُمْ فِي الْأَمْرِ ۖ فَإِذَا عَزَمْتَ فَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَى اللَّـهِ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّـهَ يُحِبُّ الْمُتَوَكِّلِينَ ﴿١٥٩﴾
    It is a mercy from Allah that you were gentle with them. If you had been rough or hard of heart, they would have scattered from around you. So pardon them and ask forgiveness for them. (SURAH AL ‘IMRAN, 159)

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  23. Maldivian,

    you are blurring all that arabic out of your mouth, a language spoken 1500 years ago. even the present day arabs themselves are unable to understand what it says, lest you, yourself. and yet you are trying to prove your point using this very text that is not understood or misunderstood. btw, about my earlier point you have made it for me in very elaborate terms. thank you.

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  24. yes, that one in the middle. now, every is beginning to see it. sexy child molesters!!!!

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  25. @ Mohamed: You are welcome. May Allah (S.W.T.) guide you to the right path. Allah Akbar!

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  26. @ Ahmed bin Addu bin Suvadheeb: Well explained. May Allah (S.W.T) grant you success and prosperity in life and afterlife. Allah Akbar!

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  27. @ Mohamed: If the Arabic verses in my previous comment is blurry, you can copy and paste it on a WORD DOCUMENT and enlarge the font size enough to see it clearly.

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  28. We do agree to rewrite the constitution is very important. We must keep aside the Quran, hadhees and Arabic culture. The first and foremost article one should be:
    All Maldivian have the right to live freely as any civilized person in the world. This right cannot be compromised, discussed, debated. This right is granted by the nature the day he has breathed in to this world and it cannot be deprived until his last breath unless he is a threat to the freedom of other fellow human being. If any individual deemed to violate other’s freedom, the Nation has the right to contain him till his menace nature is not a threat to others life. The rest of constitution will be based to protect this universal right of individuality rather than any ideology or political goals.

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  29. @ rambe.
    We muslims who happen to be majority of this country will not divorce quruan, hadhees and arabic culture from islam. You may have your own views about what islam is or what christianity is, but please keep it to yourself. Peace!

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  30. @ Abdulla Sodiq: Excellent words! May Allah (S.W.T) grant you happiness in this life and the next. Allah Akbar!

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  31. @Sodig

    why? arabic culture is Islam now? does this mean i should ride camels now? and democracy is not tyranny if the majority. when that happens, when the minority is forced to live like slaves. BAD BAD BAD things happen. trust me, this will happen. it is often this minority that transforms societies. We wont die without a bang.

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  32. @Abdulla Sodig
    i donot think Rambe is asking you or "your majority" to divorce Quran/hadheet and arabic culture you so much love from your personal lives. He is merely asking to acknowledge everyone's right to life no matter what they believe in this world (as long as his belief does not become a threat to human progress or harm another)...
    thats beatufiul and thats the whole point. I think Islam (true islam) will flourish then. People practicing islam because they want to, not forced upon.

    this also guarantees your right to practice islamd in future if, god forbid, if some other faith group becomes the majority of this country.
    i know it will be difficult for you to see this, but if you stepback far enough and look at it, its very simple and beautiful.

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  33. @earthling.
    who is denying ppl their right to life? Islam? really?

    the answer is no. Islam guarantees people their life and their beliefs. Islam does not require all human beings in a particular country be Muslims. If this were the case then what will be the big need for individual account keeping?
    this is a very confusing issue for most people who cannot reconcile the verse about the non compulsion in religion and the Islamic state. Most have the idea that the a state being Islamic means that all subjects of the state must be Muslims. but this is not an Islamic requirement.
    The problem with Rambe and such is that they associate Islam with everything they can think of that is negative and repeat their false cheap assertions to infuriate others.

    @me.
    Your reference to camel means what? is it meant as insult to arabs? do i have to say you are racist for this? everyone knows that islam originated in arabia so the original teachings of islam are firmly entwined in arabic language and culture. there is no denying this. your assumption that a majority will impose tyranny is also incorrect. look at here in maldives. we have a wee tiny minority of kaafir atheists and see how freely they live and how intolerant they are to the majority of people? the fact is that a majority will always have more capacity to absorb the tyranny of the minorities. its the minority who will do the punching and the majority who will take the blows silently. this is what is happening here right now.

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  34. @awlaki
    i dont understand your point? rambe or i was not talking abt islam, bt our constitution and social values...
    are we both then agreeing Maldivian constitution is against islamic spirit? and yet maldivians go protest to defend islam which is not only state religion but constitutionally forced upon every citizen?

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