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President Nasheed's Devious Plot to Destroy the Islamic faith of Maldivians
Original DQP pamphlet cover with English title translation added.

Background information by Maldives Culture:

Published on 23 December 2011, six weeks before the coup, a pamphlet (translation below) was prepared by the Divehi Qaumee Party (DQP, Maldivian National Party) of Maldives headed by Dr Hassan Saeed, president of the DQP council and currently advisor to President Waheed since the coup on 7 February 2012.
DQP deputy leader Dr Mohamed Jameel is one of four vice-presidents of the DQP council. He is currently Home minister in President Waheed's post-coup administration.
DQP council member Ahmed Ibrahim Didi is currently Waheed's State Human Rights ambassador.

In January 2012, several DQP members were questioned by police regarding the pamphlet and its allegations.

The pamphlet contained 'a litany of extremist, bigoted and hate-filled rhetoric aimed primarily at President Nasheed and his administration,' according to Nasheed's press secretary Mohamed Zuhair speaking on 17 January 2012.

'There isn’t a sentence in this pamphlet that isn’t a slanderous lie against the government,' said Zuhair. 'This is an official DQP pamphlet, colour printed and branded with their logo and contact details. It has clearly been sanctioned and probably written by senior party officials including leader Dr Hassan Saeed.' Saeed and DQP members 'should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves.'

President Nasheed's Devious Plot to Destroy the Islamic faith of Maldivians
Maldivian National Party (Divehi Qaumee Paatee - DQP)
23 December 2011
Original Divehi language download: DQP pamphlet - 3 MB (right click:save link as).
The English translation below was first published by Minivan News on 20 January 2012.
All photos and captions are from the original Divehi pamphlet.
Occasional notes (on coloured background) added by Maldives Culture editors.

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This pamphlet was prepared by the Maldivian National Party (Divehi Qaumee Party, DQP) to examine the devious plans of this administration to erase the age-old holy religion of Islam from the hearts of Maldivians, provide opportunities for religions other than Islam, and demolish the religious unity and faith of Maldivians. The pamphlet sheds light on the administration's actions against Islam so far.

The high honour accorded to Islam
It is certain that the religion we have followed without wavering for over 800 years is the true religion and the last religion revealed by God Almighty. In verse 5 of the al-Maida Surah of the Holy Quran, God reveals, 'I... have chosen for you Islam as your religion.'

Maldives Culture:
The quotation is from verse 3, not verse 5.
Abdullah Yusuf Ali's translation: 'This day I perfected your religion for you, completed my favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion.'

And in verse 19 of the al-Imran Surah, Allah says, 'The only religion approved by God is Submission (Islam).'

Maldives Culture:
Abdullah Yusuf Ali's translation differs: 'The religion before Allah is Islam (submission to His Will). Nor did the People of the Book dissent therefrom except through envy of each other, after knowledge had come to them.'

Constitutional role of Islam in the Maldives
The Maldives is a nation based on Islamic principles. Islam is the state religion. Islam is the main basis of Maldivian law. No law contrary to Islam can be enacted in the Maldives. Only Muslims can be citizens of the Maldives.

Even the fundamental rights guaranteed in the constitution can only be protected in a manner that is not contrary to any tenet of Islam. No one has the right to commit any act that is forbidden under Islamic sharia. Freedom of expression is provided to citizens as long as it is not used in a manner contrary to any tenet of Islam. Submitting to Islam, obeying and inducing love for it, are encouraged in the education system.

The high status of Islam is not just accorded some fluent phrases in the constitution. Article 67(g) of the constitution obliges all citizens to preserve and protect Islam. This constitutional responsibility is entrusted mainly to the head of state as the nation's ruler.

Degree of Islamic faith in the Maldives when Nasheed took office

Saying it is not necessary to wear the headscarf
Religious matters had not been handled ideally when Nasheed took office. Over 19 years had passed without a Divehi translation of our most sacred book, the Holy Quran. Permission to give sermons and counsel was granted to those who shared the Gayoom administration's thought and philosophy. People were locked up and punished over issues like qunooth, an issue of contention among scholars of different Islamic sects. Beards of religious scholars were shaved with chilli sauce.

Maldives Culture:
Qunooth is part of the dawn prayer, fajr, calling for deliverance from calamity. Maldivian children were once taught that the qunooth prayer would repair a copper wall, which surrounded and protected the world, from the scratches and damage inflicted each night by the Dajjal.

Although the head of state [President Maumoon Gayoom (1978-2008)] was an al-Azhar University-educated scholar, he was saying openly that penalties clearly stated in Islamic sharia were unsuited for the times. In addition, he said that matters like wearing the veil were not compulsory, and his wife and children appeared unveiled in public.

Nasheed's golden opportunity and how he used it
Nasheed became the ruler of this Islamic state on 11 November 2008 through the hard work and prayer of many political, religious and social organisations as well as many sincere citizens. Who among us has forgotten Sheik Ilyas Hussein's emotional prayer in the pouring rain on the last night of the second round of the presidential campaign?

Monument set up in Hitadoo island, Addu atoll, has statues designed for worship.

Nasheed had a golden opportunity to take all those individuals and groups along, change the way religion had been treated before, strengthen Maldivians' Islamic faith and spread the bright light of Islam across the entire country.

However he missed this wonderful opportunity. Instead of strengthening the Islamic faith of Maldivians, he tried to weaken it. Instead of preserving the Islamic identity of Maldivians, he worked in ways that would allow other religions onto Maldivian soil. Instead of aiding Muslims and the Islamic umma, community, he tried to please the adversaries of Islam and aid them.

As a result, the situation has deteriorated to the point where we question whether our 800+ year-old Islamic nation would remain an Islamic nation. Today, visitors to our country have been encouraged to challenge our religion, sharia and constitution in the highest levels of this Islamic state.

Nasheed's big project to wipe out Maldivians' religious identity
Since assuming office, Nasheed has been working ceaselessly to weaken the Islamic faith of Maldivians, allow space for other religions, and make irreligious and sinful behaviour common. His administration's behaviour does not exhibit the necessary and important characteristics a ruler and senior officials of an Islamic state must possess. They have reduced ties and relations with Muslims and Islamic nations, and fostered relations with the adversaries of Islamic nations.

Weakening the Islamic faith of Maldivians
From the day Nasheed took office to the present day, he has undertaken many efforts to weaken the Islamic faith of Maldivians especially the younger generation of Maldivians. Below are some of these efforts:
  • Nasheed began the work of weakening Maldivians' Islamic faith by targeting young children. When Nasheed's administration established diplomatic relations with the nation [Israel] that is the biggest adversary of Muslims, it was agreed to teach young Maldivian children, at the state's expense, good things about the Jews by including it in school curriculums.

  • Along with that, Nasheed tried to make Divehi and Islam optional subjects for higher secondary students. And senior officials of Nasheed's administration tried to convince the public on national television that the decision was a good one. Nasheed's administration acted like this after turning a deaf ear to school heads who had repeatedly talked about the importance of the Divehi and Islam subjects at the symposium on revising the national curriculum. Nasheed's purpose is to turn those who would play a leading role in running the country tomorrow into strangers to Islam and the mother tongue of Maldivians.

  • While Nasheed's government was trying to make Islam an optional subject it also tried to teach Maldivian students about different religions.

  • Nasheed's government sent a letter to the relevant authorities seeking the opinion of Maldivian scholars on building temples in the country.

  • While working on the one hand to reduce the importance of religious subjects in the national curriculum, Nasheed's government was also trying to close down schools that provided Islamic education. In this vein, the plot of land used by Arabiya school, which had been providing Islamic education to young Maldivian children, was taken and the building was demolished. The government did not make adequate temporary arrangements for its students. Nasheed's government acted in a brutal manner towards the parents of Arabiya students when they gathered outside the President's Office to protest peacefully. They were treated in a brutal manner, worse than that meted out to serious criminals.

  • Parents of Arabiyya school children outside the President's Office.

  • Mauhad Islamic College is an old institution that played one of the most important roles in strengthening Islamic faith among Maldivians. Nasheed's government tore down its walls, placed insurmountable obstacles to its development and has been working ceaselessly to close it down.

Allowing other religions
Considering the actions of Nasheed's government, the goal of his administration from the start has been to allow religions other than Islam. Below are some of these efforts:
  • Nasheed's government made a lot of excuses not to broadcast live on national television the lecture by world famous religious scholar Dr Zakir Naik in his visit to the Maldives in May 2010. Moreover, Nasheed's government offered a lot of empty rationalisations and tried very hard to prevent the stadium area being used for this event.

  • Nazim announcing that he does not believe in Islam.

  • During the public 'question and answer' session following Naik's lecture, and as a consequence of this government's ceaseless efforts to weaken the Islamic faith of Maldivians, a Maldivian named Nazim, born of a Maldivian mother and father, found the daring to proudly proclaim that he did not believe in Islam.

  • This Nazim who declared his apostasy before all Maldivians, actively participated in the demonstration on 10 December 2011 calling for religious freedom. This demonstration was held as a result of President Nasheed speaking in a way that suggested he supported UN human rights representative Pillay after she called for omitting the article in the constitution that requires all Maldivians to be Muslims, allowing space for non-Muslims and omitting punishments clearly stated in Islamic sharia, during a visit in November this year.

  • Long before Pillay visited the Maldives, Nasheed had sent letters to the relevant authorities seeking the opinion of religious scholars on building temples or places of worship for other religions in the Maldives. Could there be any reason to do this, if he did not want to build such places in this country? Certainly not.

  • In an interview with the magazine Forbes Asia in December this year, Nasheed said, 'In the past there was a desire to segregate the Maldives from certain influences, but it also kept us from ideas and knowledge. Maldivians are Muslims but modern. The time has come to end the segregation from the outside world.'

  • *No caption in original Divehi pamphlet

  • Among the channels in the service provided by India's Airtel in the Maldives, there is one named 'God' channel. It specialises in spreading Christianity. Although the service is available in many Maldivian households, the administration has not done anything to stop it.

  • The pictures and drawings released as a theme for the recent SAARC summit prominently and openly depicted Christianity.This drawing was prepared by Nasheed's government through a Maldivian with the consent and approval of cabinet. Even based on proportion, Christianity is not among either the first, second or third religion of SAARC nations.

  • The true purpose of putting up these drawings in Male' and elsewhere across the country is to familiarize, acquaint and slowly bend Maldivians to the portraits, drawings and monuments of other religions.

  • Nasheed's government erected numerous idols in Addu atoll for the SAARC summit. These things were brought from various SAARC countries and placed according to instructions from Nasheed's government.
    First, unlike the other monuments, the idols were put up at the last minute; in the early hours of the morning so that people would not see. They were concealed with cloth.

  • When the people of Addu, realising they were idols, started raising their voices, the monuments were protected by the might of the military on the orders of Nasheed in his capacity as commander-in-chief.

  • Moreover, numerous youth who protested and spoke out against the idols were arrested and are being investigated.

  • After importing idols into the country, and protecting them; and locking up those who spoke out against them; and when opposition parties started raising their voices saying it was a serious crime both legally and under sharia, Nasheed said he only heard of the idols after one was destroyed. Everyone, young and old, would know that he lied. Below is a photograph taken while Nasheed is watching with the Sri Lankan President at the inauguration of one of these idols.

  • President Nasheed with the President of Sri Lanka viewing the monument (budhu).

  • The Prophet's hadith illustrates Nasheed's words and actions: 'He has denied everything he said. He has broken all his promises. He has betrayed his responsibility and trust.'

  • The idols imported into Maldives in the name of the SAARC summit are not children's toys or items in tourist shops. The idols are representations of god or objects used for worship.

  • God reveals in the Holy Quran that idols are unclean.

  • Under article 4 of the Contraband Act, importing idols into the country is not permitted. Such a thing cannot be authorised regardless of whether it is done by the government. And those who commit this offence, or are involved in it, can be sentenced to jail for a period of three to eight years.

Making alcohol common
sula vineyards bottle labelThis is the type of alcohol apparently drunk by President Nasheed.

The Prophet says in a hadith that alcohol is the mother of all evils. And God reveals in verse 90 of al-Maidha surah: 'O you who believe! Intoxicants (all kinds of alcoholic drinks), gambling, Al-Ansab, and Al-Azlam (arrows for seeking luck or decisions) are an abomination of Satan's handiwork. So avoid strictly all that abomination in order that you may be successful.'

Maldives Culture:
Abdullah Yusuf Ali's translation: O ye who believe! Intoxicants and gambling, dedication of stones, and divination by arrows, are an abomination - of Satan's handwork; eschew such abomination, that ye may prosper.

Consuming alcohol is a crime with a punishment prescribed in Islamic sharia. Those who commit this crime would not fulfil the requirements for head of state, minister, MP or senior posts of the state. And if such a crime was committed by an official, that person must be removed.

Nasheed and senior officials of his administration show in words and deeds that alcohol is good and that it is something Maldivians should accept. Below are some of these matters thus noted:
  • During the first official visit to India after assuming office, the newspaper Business Standard wrote and published that Nasheed gave an interview while drinking a brand of alcohol called Sula Shiraz.

    Maldives Culture:
    Sula Shiraz is a medium bodied red wine blended from 85% shiraz and 15% cabernet sauvignon grapes. Hand harvested in the 'hills and gentle slopes' of the Nashik region north of Mumbai, Sula Shiraz has an alcohol content of 13.5%, according to the website Wine Poole.

    The 2010 vintage, prepared by award-winning winemaker Kerry Damskey from California, is described as 'deep purple colour, spices and smokiness on the nose followed by blackberries and pepper on the palate. Hints of dark chocolate, vanilla and jammy fruit characters coming through, medium bodied with round tannins.'

    Despite this being a crime with a punishment prescribed in Islamic sharia and the kind of thing that could get him impeached, he remains silent about it. And politicians are saying openly that that was what really happened.

  • When Nasheed was accused of committing acts forbidden in religion during his visit to Italy on 17 February 2009, and the relevant parliamentary committee summoned ministers who travelled with him to find out truth of it, MDP MPs opposed it, caused havoc in the committee and prevented the investigation from proceeding.

  • Nasheed's government has tried repeatedly to sell alcohol in inhabited islands of the country. The regulations needed for this were formulated and published in the government gazette. The government was forced to stop, due to the sincere efforts of Maldivian people who love religion.

  • Even after the Maldivian people came out and defeated efforts to sell alcohol in inhabited islands, Nasheed did not stop. To make alcohol available in inhabited islands, Nasheed's government is now declaring places or areas as uninhabited islands when they want to sell alcohol there. Different areas of Addu atoll and Fuah Mulah have been declared uninhabited islands to permit the sale of alcohol. Under this principle, the way is now open to sell alcohol anywhere in the country.

  • In many different functions and ceremonies Nasheed has spoken in ways that suggest using alcohol and drugs is not a problem. He has said you do not have to stay sober for 24 hours and a person could 'for a moment' become intoxicated.

  • Empty bottles of alcohol have been found in places used by ministers in Nasheed's administration.

  • A large amount of alcohol was found in the car of the MDP's (Nasheed's party) parliamentary group leader Reeko Moosa Manik.

  • Alcohol bottles, found in the car of MDP parliamentary group member Reiko Moosa Manik, set up for a photograph.

  • In addition to alcohol, persons once found guilty of drug use are kept as senior officials of Nasheed's administration and as close allies. They are paid high salaries with the people's money. Nasheed's spokesperson Zuhair was found guilty of the crime of drug use.

  • Similarly Fahala Saeed, who Nasheed keeps in the President's Office with a high salary from the people's money, is a person who, along with all his family members, was sentenced for drug use.

    Maldives Culture:
    Fahala Saeed was not employed in any capacity by Nasheed's President's Office.

  • When the son of Sarangu Adam Manik, a senior official of Nasheed's administration elected to the Male' City Council on an MDP ticket who served as mayor and is still a council member, was sentenced to life imprisonment by a court in Sri Lanka after being caught trying to smuggle a large amount of drugs, he was brought back to Male', freed and given a high post close to Nasheed. No President of any country in the world, especially the ruler of an Islamic nation, should dare do such a thing. Even if it was done, the people of that country should not accept it. And adequate efforts have not been made to bring back Maldivians in foreign jails for lesser crimes.
    The Prophet said that exempting rulers from the law while enforcing it against the poor will be the ruin of a nation.

Helping the Jews instead of aiding the poor people of Palestine
From the days when Israel came into being in 1948 to the present day, the Israelis have been brutalising Palestinians and, aside from committing massacres and war crimes, they are enslaving the people. Since 2006, Gaza, a place where many millions live, has been blocked by land, air and sea and all its inhabitants enslaved and locked up. Nevertheless after coming to power, Nasheed's main priority was fostering ties with Jews. Nasheed's government has done a lot of work to form close ties with Israel, including those listed below:

    President Nasheed meeting with the Israeli delegation at the President's Office.

  • Nasheed's administration first decided to establish relations with Israel less than ten days after the UN representative decided they had committed war crimes against the poor people of Palestine. At the time, the whole world was speaking out against Israel and condemning Israel's actions. The actions of Nasheed's government told Maldivians and the world that this one hundred percent Muslim Maldivian state approves of Israel's war crimes.

  • While Nasheed's government disregarded war crimes and established diplomatic ties with that nation, on the initiative of Adalath party the Maldivian people were collecting donations to help the innocent Palestinian people and families who were subjected to Israel's atrocities!

  • The Israeli attack against vessels travelling to Gaza on 31 May 2010 to assist the poor people of Palestine enslaved by the Jews, which martyred 15 people and injured many others, was loudly condemned by the Christian nations of Europe, and Hindu nations like India and other nations with idol religions. But Nasheed's administration did not say anything in an official capacity. When it became the target of criticism from opposition parties, Nasheed said something at Haruge, the MDP meeting area in Male', to entertain MDP activists where foreign parties would not hear, and the issue ended.

  • The ship that travelled to Palestine to provide help for the poor suffering Palestinian people. 15 people were martyred while it was in international waters.

  • While Nasheed's government was establishing ties with Israel, his administration inserted stories about Israel, the Jews and their history into Maldivian culture, the media and the education system, and told Maldivians of their virtues. These are things even non-Muslim nations are hesitant to do with the issue of Israel.

  • To familiarise Maldivians with the Jews and Israel, to show their virtues and induce love and empathy for Jews into Maldivian hearts, Nasheed's government has brought different teams such as doctors and agriculturists into the country.

  • Nasheed's government has also authorised Israeli flights to land in Maldives. As the people of Israel do not visit this country as tourists, there is no need for flights from that country to come to the Maldives. Moreover, it is likely that with the commencement of flights from Israel, the Maldives will face unimaginable security risks, great dangers and the devastation of the country's tourism industry. However Nasheed's government pays no heed to such dangers.

  • Nasheed's government has decided to give numerous plots of land and uninhabited islands to Israel.

  • Some of Nasheed's family members and some senior members of his administration have business ties with Jews.

  • Nasheed's current foreign minister 'Kerafa' Naseem is a person who voted on behalf of the Maldives at the UN to recognise Israel as an independent nation. Naseem's action was contrary to the view of the government at the time.

  • There is no doubt that there are hidden secrets behind why they are trying so hard to establish relations with people who have been so antagonistic towards Muslims.

  • Israel has always made various proposals and assisted small nations to show the Muslim world and other countries that Israel's inhumane actions are good. This is not a novel ploy in the international area. It is certain that a country like Israel would not find it hard to discern that Maldives has come out begging with an economic coconut bowl, and the country has a leader keen for international awards.
    Allah reveals in the Quran: 'Never will the Jews nor the Christians be pleased with you, O Muhammad (Peace be upon him), till you follow their religion.'

Activities against Muslim nations
While on the one hand Nasheed's government was establishing closer ties with the biggest adversary of Muslims, it was also becoming hostile towards Muslim nations. Below are some of Nasheed's government's actions in this vein:
  • At a time when Israel was very openly announcing it would attack Iran's nuclear plants, Nasheed's government accepted the responsibility of observing and reporting on human rights in Iran. With the consent of the Maldivian administration, the UN human rights council made the decision on 17 June 2011. Nasheed gave the responsibility to his former foreign minister and current foreign affairs advisor, Dr. Ahmed Shaheed.

    There is no reason to give such an honour to a small and poor country like the Maldives. The Maldivian government has arrested politicians without a court order, hijacked state media in violation of the constitution and law, defied orders from majlis (congress) and the courts, and intimidated and continues to intimidate judges.

    Instead of giving an opportunity to this government to pass judgment on the human rights of others, Nasheed's government's atrocities should be looked into and investigated first. Therefore, there is no doubt that this appointment was a gift in recognition of Nasheed's government's ceaseless efforts to establish ties with Israel and please the Jews. The plans and philosophy of the Jews are based on dividing Islamic nations, and the Jews also want Islamic nations to weaken each other.

  • While European nations and America were still recognising Gaddafi during the civil unrest in Libya earlier this year (2011), Nasheed's government announced in April that it did not recognise the Libyan government.

  • Examination of the visits of Nasheed and senior officials of his government to other countries shows that trips to Islamic nations are disproportionately low. This reveals that in the government's view, Muslims and Islamic nations are of little importance.

Making sinful behaviour common
Consideration of the administration's actions reveals that the standard for government stature and performance is an increase in sinful behaviour and shaping your lifestyle any way you please. Below are some of matters to be noted in this vein:
  • State ministers and deputy ministers of Nasheed's administration, and other close allies of Nasheed, carried out many sinful acts naked on the Internet. None of the people who committed this sinful behaviour were removed from their posts. And no response has been made to a letter sent by the DQP on 23 February 2011 requesting that they be temporarily fired until the investigation was completed.

  • Instead of investigating the senior officials who committed such sinful acts and giving them fair punishments and firing them from their jobs, Nasheed gave them financial promotions. When his administration's first cabinet secretary Abdulla Saeed committed such an act, he was sent to Singapore after arranging for him to be paid about Rf100,000 a month from the people's money. This is a much higher salary than his previous one.

  • Instead of investigating the sinful acts committed by senior officials, Nasheed's government took action against those who brought the sinful acts to public notice!

  • Some people among Nasheed's ministers and close associates have served sentences for engaging in sexual relations, recording the images and making them public.
    The Prophet has said that if you lack shame, you would do anything you pleased.

Becoming modern and ashamed of being Islamic
Nasheed and senior officials of his government are trying to make Maldivians believe that the way of Maldivians and Muslims is outdated. Nasheed and senior officials are working ceaselessly towards this end. Below are some notable matters:
  • Part of the 2011 France's beauty queen pageant was held at a resort on Male' atoll. As it turned out, the event was planned for the night of the holy Haj day. However instead of worshipping, Nasheed and senior officials of his government spent that holy day in mixed sex dancing and singing. He did not remember the holiness of the day, and that he was the head of state of a 100% Islamic nation.

  • Nasheed dancing with Mariya Didi. This is the example the commander-in-chief shows to the younger generation.

  • Nasheed is someone who commonly dances at events other than just the one mentioned above. The purpose of his actions are to make Maldivians believe that these are the sort of 'modern' things that even the ruler of this Islamic state must do.

  • On 11 November 2008 after taking office, MDP's then-chairperson and current Machangoli North [Male' ward] majlis member Mariya Ahmed Didi came to the function in a skirt. None of the representatives of foreign nations at the function wore a skirt. The MDP leaders wanted to show even on the first day how 'modern' they were.

  • *No caption in original Divehi pamphlet.

    During Nasheed's visit to France on October 12 this year, when he met the country's Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing Minister, she was wearing clothes that covered her face, arms and legs. This was an act of respect because she was meeting the ruler of an Islamic nation. But Dr. Farahanaz Faisal who took part in President Nasheed's visit arrived wearing a skirt! Just to show how modern Nasheed's administration is.

  • One of the first events held under Nasheed's rule was a disco dancing show at Darubaruge, the Male' convention centre. Despite repeated objections from the Minister of Islamic Affairs, Nasheed's government defied him and did it anyway.

  • One of the most sacred relations in Islam is that of marriage. Marriage and the marriage ceremony in Islam is organised and carried out on the advice of religious scholars. However when military weddings and other types of marriage ceremonies are introduced, it shows that we seem ashamed of the noble principles of our religion of Islam.

Christian priests as Nasheed's consuls

Maldivian flag raised at the house of Christian priest David Hardingham.

  • Among those who help Nasheed make decisions on important matters are people who promote different religions. The most notable of these is an English priest named David Hardingham. He is one of those who helped Nasheed the most when he was an activist. Hardingham and his friends were then acting under the name of 'Friends of Maldives'.

  • On 9 July 2010, Nasheed established an office for Hardingham in Salisbury, England. As a result, through the wishes of the ruler of this Islamic nation, the money of Maldivian citizens is being spent on a Christian priest.

Maldives Culture:
David Hardingham is not, and never has been, a Christian priest.
For many years, he has actively supported the movement for Maldivian democratic reform through the UK-based Friends of Maldives organisation.
Hardingham first met President Nasheed when they attended school together in the UK.
After the tsunami in December 2004, Hardingham and other British volunteers organised tons of emergency aid for the atolls. The Gayyoom regime at that time declared him an 'Islamic-Christian terrorist', and banned his entry to Maldives.

Opposing the punishments of Islam
Nasheed has created doubt in people's hearts about clearly stated punishments in Islamic sharia, and he has opposed such punishments. Below are some notable matters:
  • Nasheed said in his 19th radio address that he does not believe that capital punishment and amputation for thieves, that are clearly stated in Islamic sharia, should be included in the punishments specified in the penal code.

  • When UN human rights representative Pillay, who visited Male' in November this year, said she did not accept sharia punishments like flogging fornicators, instead of condemning her statement, Nasheed, as head of state, supported her.

  • Pillay further said President Nasheed assured her of national level conferences in the country next year to discuss whether or not we should have divinely revealed punishments like flogging in the Maldives. She said this during a press conference at the UN building in the Maldives. Nasheed has not refuted her remarks.

Bringing scholars into disrepute
Nasheed and his administration has characterised the Maldives as a nest of terrorists and portrayed Maldivian scholars as terrorists. Below are notable points:
  • Nasheed's administration has characterised people like Sheik Fareed and Sheik Ilyas as extremists and terrorists.

  • In an interview with al-Jazeera, Nasheed said that while over a thousand students are being educated at Arabic-medium schools run by the Maldivian government, those places teach children to become extremists and that he would put a stop to it.

The state of the country at the end of Nasheed's big project
Considering the direction of Nasheed and his administration and the rate of change, if their plans and speed are not defeated, there is no doubt that Maldivians would have to face bitter consequences like those noted below:
  • Maldives will not remain a 100% Muslim nation.

  • The faith of Maldivians, especially today's children and tomorrow's young generation, will be extremely weakened.

  • Sinful and unacceptable behaviour will become common.

  • The noble principles of Islam and the right path will be characterised as shameful.

  • Followers of other religions and their places of worship will be established in the country.

  • We will become estranged from Islamic nations and the adversaries of Islam and Muslims will become friends of Maldivians.
What should be done to be freed from Nasheed's plotting
  • A lot of work has to be done to save ourselves from Nasheed and his administration's dangerous actions. Every citizen should resolve to do everything possible with tongue and pen, financially and otherwise, within the confines of Islamic sharia and the law.

  • Not supporting or voting for Nasheed and those who give precedence to the philosophy of his administration or anyone among their allies and friends, and urging those who might vote for them not to do so, and explaining the consequences if they did. And especially not to support or vote for Nasheed in 2013.

  • To not give any financial assistance to Nasheed or his ruling party, and urging those who might provide such an assistance to not do so, and explaining the consequences if they did.

  • Do everything possible to strengthen the faith of our children without relying on this government, its institutions and the current education system.

  • During each Umra, each Haj, after each prayer and act of worship, pray to God to protect our nation and religion and keep our beloved nation always as a 100% Islamic nation.

  • Call senior officials of the government, send SMS and use modern facilities like Facebook and Twitter to raise your voices against such things.

  • Since the most important constitutional responsibility of the government is laid upon members of the People's majlis (People's congress), every citizen should call his/her majlis member and urge them to stop this administration's irreligious activities and to increase calls for holding the administration accountable. And in the future do not vote for majlis members who do not comply.

Under divine law, Almighty God has given us the opportunity to change our condition. Allah reveals in the Holy Quran, 'Verily! Allah will not change the good condition of a people as long as they do not change their state of goodness themselves.'

Let us resolve in the right way to change our condition.

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