Saturday, May 05, 2007

Aishath Aniya facing the Inquisition by The Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs

In 1632 Galileo Galilei, an Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher published his book "Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems". Pope Urban VIII stopped its distribution and reffered the case to the Inquisition.
In 1633 Galileo was summoned to Rome and formally interrogated for 18 days. Galileo confessed that he may have made the Copernican case in the Dialogue too strong and offered to refute it in his next book. Unmoved, the Pope decided that Galileo should be imprisoned indefinitely. Soon after, with a formal threat of torture, Galileo was examined by the Inquisition and sentenced to prison and religious penances. In a formal ceremony Galileo recanted. He was then put in house arrest in Sienna. Galileo remained under house arrest until his death in 1642.
In 1983 the Church finally accepted that Galileo might be right.

I am not comparing Aishath Aniya in any way to Galileo Galilei. What I am saying that The Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs is like the Papacy of the 15th century. Aishath Aniya is now facing an Inquisition by The Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs for writing an article criticising the buruga. She has been arrested and dragged before the inquisitors. If Aniya broke any laws, she should be prosecuted in a court of law. Why this "Inquisition"?
After her article was published in Minivan Daily, Aniya was told to “repent or resign” from her post as Deputy Secretary General for the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), and chose to resign. Now she has to hide for her own safety- there are too many elements within the public at large who will carry out some violence that they believe she should undergo because some 7th century Arab ideology says so.
Thirty years ago what is now The Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs used be a small office called the Department of Religious Affairs in the Ministry of Home Affairs.


  1. Dhivehi Christian6:43 AM

    Christianity has moved on but Islam is fossilized for ever. We see that in this behaviour of the Supreme Council for Islam in Maldives. This is indicated by the growth of Christianity among educated people across the world and their frustration with Islam.

    Educated young people in Mainland China become Christians in large numbers. Islam is officially “the fastest growing religion in the world”, or so we are encouraged to believe. If we were to say that it is “the fastest breeding religion in the world”, we may be closer to the truth. On the other hand, Christianity is growing through conversion of educated young adults in countries that either ban Christianity or discourage it. Unlike Maldives, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and many other countries that prohibit conversion out of Islam, there is no country in the world that prohibits conversion out of Christianity. It would be interesting what would be the fate of Islam if Islam were disestablished as the enforced religion in Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Maldives, Malaysia and other countries. “Yakhurujoona min dheenillahi afwaja” would become the order of the day.

    In China this Easter, more than 10,000 mainly educated younger people, were baptised and received into the Catholic Church alone (click to read story). Other denominations have also been increasing in following in large numbers. A similar movement is gaining in strength in Maldives too. Watch this space!

  2. Anonymous11:19 AM

    The mullahs are scared of Christianity because it offers a better alternative to Islam. If people turned to Christianity, they would be out of work. Islam is the profession they learned.

  3. Mariyan12:39 PM

    I am a supporter of Aniya. I hope international community will sanction Maldives for persecuting people for exercising freedom of thought and speech. I am a Christian for the last 3 years but I have to wear a head scarf so people won't get suspicious. Many of my friends are also Christians and all girls among them also wear head scarves.

  4. Anonymous2:54 PM

    You Christian mongers, Islamic extremists and atheists, you are disturbing our peace and the status quo.

    And sensitive people do keep your shit to urselves.

    Everytime we read the news all we can see now is you people attacking our social fabric and spreading chaos.

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