"I am not a Muslim......." The interesting developments that could follow.......

Tonight surely will be marked as a dark and a sad night in the history of Maldives. Just few hours back, a Maldivian announced himself as "not a Muslim" during the question and answer time of Dr. Zakir Naik. The announcement that was seen by the almost 10,000-15000 people present in the gathering and a lot of Maldivians watching live in TVM shocked the whole country.

It is sad, but speaking very frankly, i was not shocked. I just felt that this is the untold news that was told. This is the reality that we had to face one day or another. I as a Maldivian am against it, and feels very sad for that. Yet, now my purpose of this post is not this development, but another development that could arise due to this.

I am not a lawyer, nor a student of law. I was shown this interesting development by the Former Attorney General Azima Shakoor while I was online from facebook. Thank You, Azima for sharing this.

He said he is not a Muslim. According to Constitution...

1. Article 9. (d) Despite the provisions of article (a) a non-Muslim may not become a citizen of the Maldives.

If then now is he a Maldivian? Who are Maldivians?

2. Article 9. (a) The following persons are citizens of the Maldives:

1. citizens of the Maldives at the

commencement of this Constitution;

2. children born to a citizen of the Maldives;


3. foreigners who, in accordance with the

law, become citizens of the Maldives.

If then where does he belong? He was and a Maldivian for all his age till his announced it. Simple, remove his citizenship as he no more is in "our way". What does constitution says?

3. The same article 9. (b) No citizen of the Maldives may be deprived of citizenship.


Then lets take him to justice. If he is not coming back to faith what should we do?

If so again will it be proved in Supreme court that he is guilty?

4. Article 51 (h) to be presumed innocent until proven guilty
beyond a reasonable doubt.

So?????? He is A Maldivian? A Maldivian can not be a Non- Muslim! He says Not a Muslim? If then has to be proved
beyond a reasonable doubt. It seems what he said is not enough for this either.
So is this the next big job for our Supreme Court to do?