Religious NGO Jamiyyathul Salaf has sent a letter to the Islamic Ministry seeking to clarify issues concerning the Islamic Ministry and the implementation of Shari’ah law in the Maldives.
The letter was sent to the ministry last Tuesday and was to the addressed to the Minster of Islamic Affairs Dr Abdul Majeed Abdul Baary.
There were more than 15 issues the NGO appealed the ministry to clarify, including:
- Details of how the Islamic Ministry acted on the issue of appointing females as judges and president
- The issue of massage parlours and how they are being dealt with
- How the ministry is acting against people who form isolated congregations
- Details of the conversation had with the residents of Himandhoo, after they formed an isolated congregation, and the result of that conversation
- How much freedom [the ministry] has given the Imams to worship according to the Sunnah.
- To clarify if the ministry had information that someone had tried or was trying to build a church in the country
Vice president of Jamiyyathul Salaf Sheikh Hussein Moosa Fikry said that the letter was signed by the President of Salaf on behalf of the NGO.
”The objective of the letter was to clarify some doubts we have concerning the ministry and the government,” Fikry said.
”We have noticed that the government including the Adhaalath Party and the Maldivian Democratic Party had approved some laws contrary to the Islamic Shari’ah.”
Fikry said that there were also some recent issues Salaf wanted the ministry to clarify.
”We have included many issues, such as we do not know what happened to the issue of the Quran translation,” he said. ”We also want find out if the ministry is trying to re-build the Arabiyya school building.”
He said that the NGO had noticed that some unIslamic news articles were also sometimes circulated and claimed the ministry was not taking any action.
The Minister for Islamic Affairs Dr Abdul Majeed Abdul Baari said that he had no information about the letter sent by Salaf.
”I do not know whether if they sent a letter,” he said, ”I don’t know about it.”
Spokesperson for the Islamic Ministry Sheikh Ahmadulla also said he also had no information concerning receipt of the letter.