05 March 2010

Adhaalath Party sponsored Islam

I never wanted to write this article, but thought I'd not be making any justice by not writing this either.

Islam, the religion was and has been a big topic in Maldivian politics always. This became more visible with the introduction of political parties in the country. As someone who tries to understand what is going on around the nation, I always found that Islam was used as a tool and political shield. When you know that your facing a too tough a challenge politically, it is Islam that becomes the last resort.

In the political stage of Maldives, when one mentions the name Islam, the first name that comes to mind will be Adhaalath. To be very frank, I never doubted their genuineness as they struggled in the process of reform and bringing down the government of President Maumoon. Many Maldivians say that Adhaalath is the only 'Islamic' party in Maldives. (I wonder which is the non-Muslim party)


Today, I feel comfortable enough to say that Adhaalath is either becoming the bad boy just like others, if not was hiding the real face before.
Here are some reasons why I say so.


1. Handshake is not allowed between a Muslim men and women. Though I did not mention during the heated up campaign, I did see that the senior scholars were with the presidential candidate Mr. Gasim Ibrahim when he went from island to island shaking hand with hundreds of ladies. Was it OK until winning the election?


2. Buruga- It seems President Maumoon was so very wrong when then first lady Nasreena didn't cover her hair. Now the present first lady is not covering either!!! I never heard them calling for that. Well, if you say former was a religious scholar and present one is not, cant you teach this poor boy; president Nasheed?


3. One thing that was criticized a lot was that former government tired to cut down to size any religious association. Its a big secret that all knows, that even now some religious associations are been "disturbed." Maybe those who left the party and tries to convey the messages of religion without been under the party umbrella are in hot seats.


4. Quran is the book of Islam. The Dhivehi translation of Quran had too many mistakes and we heard the previous government sent too hell for this wrong act. The same act was done again. The same translation was distributed without corrections. If alcohol could be one big mistake, I wonder how many big mistakes a mistranslated book of religion could create.


5. At last, something that we came across recently. Some students of College (the people who are supposed to be taking the responsibilities of tomorrow) took and initiative to carry out an Islamic lecture. When a well known scholar was requested, students were redirected to party office. The answer from there as simple as this. The scholar can go, but only in the name of party!!! (No comments. I wont say they tried to sell anything, but people may)


When all these came, I just thought like this. No one is so very much in love with religion. But to get the attention of public, the name is used. For me, it seems like Islam is a good brand, that many are ready to get sponsorship from.



11 comments:

  1. Do Sms before going to Jail :P

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  2. i myself have seen an adhaalath guy shaking hands with women wen he was abroad. i was so so shocked bcoz he never shook hands with school kids wen he was in maldives. n according to him it was forbidden then. and to my shock after he came back to maldives i never saw him shake hands with women o girls.

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  3. Who was it other than their most loved preacher who suggested to do a principal cox she happened to be a woman?

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  4. I disagree I don't feel islam is a good brand anymore..not for me! I choose to wear veil by choice in the year 2000..this year I gave it up cos the muallah's, Adhaalath's and the extremists made it impossible for me to continue with the veil... their hate mongering speeches and acts made me not want to make others know my faith...there talks on paradise and superior muslim men ideology made me decide that my faith is between me and god and what I do with religion is between me and god to judge not from the headscarf i wear...Adhaalath and the rest of the mullah's are doing their damage in many ways than that have ever hoped!.

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  5. Ya always religion has been used as a mean in revolutions. And I feel because of what these politicians are doing people are loosing their faith (ofcos ppl who lack sensibility). By the way you do not have to give up your veil just because you are scared of material world. You follow your religion and fight for your right. Nowadays most of the Maldivians lack the spritual aspect in their life and attracts to the material things.

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  6. "Islam, the religion was and has been a big topic in Maldivian politics always"

    AND you wonder why?

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  9. Thank you for visiting my blog. I welcome any comments or criticism that fits to the limits of Islam and constitution of Maldives. Kindly refrain from using any foul words.

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  10. very good article and here is my take on the issues..

    1. for the greater good of a something a smaller virtue maybe sacrificed... Adhaalath's first priority was to get the office of the islamic ministry (which they got) and once they got they were in a position to educate the masses. which they are thankfully doing right now.

    2. The problem with Maumoon was he said that he did not believe veil was prescribed in islam. now maumoon being an islamic scholar saying such things gets the ire of ppl. Anni is more diplomatic and he refrains from commenting on religion.

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    4. the decision to distribute the faulty translations was done by the president's office, first by maumoon and then by anni. Adhaalath scholars were only left with dealing with the consequences. damage limitation.. so they were in a helpless, thankless position.

    5. Jameeathu salaf is out there and so is islamic foundation. the students could have gone to those places also and kept out of politics. also in another strain of thought, what is in a name? the students would want a lecturer, so it should not matter once they got their lecturer..

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  11. Deleting or rejecting a comment is not something I like to do.So far I deleted just one comment and today I am compelled to make it to 3 comments.
    Just like the last time I had to delete a comment, let make my stand very clear. I am a Muslim and as far as my knowledge, I live in a Muslim nation. So, I find no excuse to criticize Islam or any religion. So I target my articles to a Muslim audience.I got complains regarding the 2 comments which adds to the reason why I had to think of it again.
    At the end of the day, freedom is not taken for granted. Freedom comes with responsibility.

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