People living on Dhiffushi in Kaafu Atoll have expressed concern about an anonymous man living in the island preaching Islam to an isolated and growing congregation.
A authority familiar with the matter told Minivan News on condition of anonymity that the man claimed to be a resident of Male’, and said he had moved to Dhiffushi with his wife and two kids ”because he liked the island.”
He claimed the man “preaches Islam to people and convinces them to form an isolated congregations and to join him.”
”There are youths following and protecting him,” he said, ”he leads all the prayers, including Friday prayers, in his bedroom.”
He said the man claimed he is living the way Prophet Mohamed (PBUH) lived.
”He uses a mop stick as his staff,” the source said. ”People one day spied on them while they were doing the Friday prayers and found out that he gives the Friday speech standing on his bed with his crowd surrounding him,.”
He said the man and his followers had claimed that the imam of the government mosque was a sorcerer, and that there was a corpse buried under the mosque.
”Islanders are really angry with his behavior,” the source said. ”Some people have already told him to leave the island immediately.”
He said the man’s his acts were dividing the society of the island.
An official at the Island office said that the case had been reported to the Islamic Ministry and the Atoll Office.
”At first they did the Friday prayers in his room,” he said, ”now they do it secretly in other room.”
Spokesperson for the Islamic Ministry Sheikh Ahmadullah and Permanent Secretary Mohamed Didi said they had no information on the matter.