There are two main types of Maldivians when it comes to faith. Muslims and Infidels. The Muslims are the majority. The infidels - the athiests, Christians, Buddhists, Hindhus and assorted pagans are the minority. They are not recognized by the state and the people and have no rights to practice their faith or worship.
Maldivian Muslims can be broadly divided into three categories. One is the "hardcore" Muslim. They believe that Muslims should wipe Israel off the map, that the bombings and murders committed around the world in the name of Islam by Muslim terror groups is justified. They are not fazed by the atrocities but instead embrace the maiming, torture and killing as part of Allah's grand design for mankind and the world. They know that Osama bin Laden and their ilk is carrying out the will of Allah and they are with him all the way. They justify their actions by reference to Islamic texts.
The second type is the so-called "moderate". They are naive and ill-informed of Islam. When you tell them that the Taliban outlawed the flying of kites or that "thighing" prepubescent girls is allowed in Iran and Saudi Arabia, they will respond "but that is not in Islam". They will tell you that flying the planes into the twin towers or the bombings in Bali are not allowed in Islam. They will say - "Islam is not what Osama Bin Laden and other terrorists practice. The terrorists are not following the footsteps of Muhammad. They are not doing anything that Muhammad did do. If we accept Islam, we must not accept terrorism. Jihad is a duty of every Muslim under certain conditions. It is inseparable from Islam under certain conditions."
They will tell you that Mohammed was so good he married the women left widows by war as otherwise these poor women would be exploited. If you told them that Mohammed instigated the attacks and destroyed entire villages and killed off the men and took the women and children into slavery, they will say - "that is not true".
They present Islam as a lovey-dovey cult that abhors the use of force, is uncomfortable with slavery and capital punishment, would never fight except in self-defense and actively welcomes other faiths. These Islamic apologists and self-important politicized academics constantly insist that Islam is peaceful and that anyone who says otherwise is ignorant. These people cannot grasp the fact that when Mohammed beheaded a man and took his wife to bed it is rape and murder.
The third type is the professional Muslim. These Maldivians have learned the Koran, the Hadith and the Siyarath in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Egypt, Malaysia etc. They know nothing else. They have no scientific knowledge. They abhor the use of reason and logic. All they have been taught is Islam and to make their livelihood by teaching what they learned in the Muslim madrasa. This is their vocation and their means of earning some money. And of course, they are all male because women are lacking in intelligence according to their Prophet Mohammed.
I leave the Maldivian Christians, Buddhists, Hindhus and assorted pagans for another posting.