Thursday, November 13, 2008

Maldivian Artists and the Ministry of Islamic Affairs

Maldivian Islamists have achieved a major political victory. They have a seat at the table. They have demanded and are getting part of what they want. They have a new Ministry of Islamic Affairs headed by Dr. Majeed - "a man who claims to have personally witnessed a beheading in Saudi Arabia and talks about it as if it is office gossip."
What else do they want?
“If such an institution is established it will be a power to protect religion in Maldives…to minimise government influence in religious affairs,” Majeed said.

So what exactly are they going to do with their power? Beheadings?
He has declared that music is haraam. He also says that a woman should not rule a country. He knows this because they told him so in a madarusa in Pakistan or Saudi Arabia.
Let us have a look at what is happening in those places.....

Bangladeshi artists under attack from Muslim hardliners
DHAKA (AFP) – Rashed Ahmed paints the fiery eyes of a python on to a giant piece of white cloth in the grounds of Dhaka University, as a huge crowd of painters, actors and writers cheer the fine arts student on.
Each of those gathered then has a tilt at drawing their own symbols, leaving a personal mark indicative of the Bangladeshi cultural heritage they say hardline Muslims are determined to destroy.
"The python is the symbol of radical Islamists," says Ahmed. "It has started devouring our rich culture. Unless we can collectively stop it, the survival of our arts, sculptures, writings and dramas will be at stake."
Large groups of Bangladeshi artists -- including film-makers, singers and writers -- began daily protests last month after authorities removed two newly commissioned sculptures of local folk singers erected outside Dhaka's airport.
A group of Muslim hardliners calling themselves the Anti-Statues Resistance Committee complained that the sculptures were idols, which are strictly forbidden in Islam, and threatened to attack the artwork with power tools.
Buoyed by their removal, hardline Islamists are now demanding that the government erect a minaret honouring Muslim pilgrims at the same airport site.
One of the group's leaders Mufti Fazlul Haq Amini, a former MP, says that he will "demolish all statues" if his party wins the December 18 parliamentary elections.
This is not the first time extremists have targeted people in the arts in Muslim-majority but officially secular Bangladesh. In 1994, feminist writer Taslima Nasreen fled the country after she was accused of blasphemy.
Another respected writer, Humayun Azad, died in 2004 after he was attacked with machetes at a book fair by suspected Islamists.
According to leading intellectual and English literature professor Sirajul Islam Chowdhury, the removal of the sculptures capped the state's growing acquiescence with extremist groups.
Last year, a satirical magazine published by the country's largest media group was closed down and its editor apologised after it printed a cartoon of prophet Mohammed.
The military-backed government also backed down from a policy to ensure equal property rights to women amid angry protests by Muslim clerics that the move would override Islamic law.
Continue reading at Yahoo News...

Woman in pants leave the Islamists hot and bothered.
Mainly Muslim Malaysia's National Fatwa Council recently issued a religious ruling that wearing trousers was un-Islamic.
It said that, by wearing trousers, young girls risked becoming "tomboys" who became sexually active.
That move triggered small protests later from two non-Muslim non-government organizations -- Katagender and Food-not-Bombs.
"I'm warning them and will take stern action as it involves national security," Inspector-General of Police Musa Hassan told reporters on Thursday, according to the state-run Bernama news agency.
Malaysia frowns on oral and gay sex, describing them as against the order of nature. Under civil law, offenders -- male and female -- can be jailed for up to 20 years, caned or fined.
As well as women in trousers, the Fatwa Council is considering barring Muslims from practicing yoga.
Just over half of Malaysia's 27 million people are Malay Muslims, practicing the moderate form of Islam.
From: Reuters


  1. Tiger Biskoadhu10:58 AM

    What can you do about him being in the cabinet? Nothing. So shut the fuck up.

  2. Prince Charles1:33 PM

  3. Anonymous1:56 PM

    The likes of Majeed claimed that previous government endorsed its own version of islam. It is known that the extremists view on the arts are not acknowledged by all scholars unlike issues of for example, the 5 prayers - which all agree upon.

    Also, it's strategic that Adhaalath endorsed Gasim and through Gasim, they came into the cabinet. If not, there is no popular support for the screaming sheiks.

    That's why MPD had its badhalakah emmen campaign manipulated and configured through newer artists - seemingly unaware of the political manuverings.

    President Nasheed would have to take a stand by striking a balance on this new wave of arabization, or else he might face a "badhalakan emmen" campaign very soon.

  4. Anonymous2:57 PM

    haha too bad for you people dho.

    Dhen avaha dhey kalaange firihen dariah alhuka kuran.

  5. Anonymous4:36 PM

    treading ever so carefully are we? hehe.... no mention at all of which symbiotic relationship has facilitated the ascent of these elements into government. why i am not surprised

    Yes, you have a greenlight. But if you want to address this issue and hope for it to have any effect then you need to come to terms with the Billion Rufiya Islamist; that polygamous misogynist you call Father, Buruma Gasim... you want to nip the problem at it's bud, then start writing about the mistreatment his 4 fives, and many other concubines endure.... Question his (mutual)support of this self-righteous league that is no less despotic and narcissistic than Gayyoom ever was....

    ofcos we all now that is not going to happen..... isn't it Mariyam Sama heheheee...... No way is Buruma Gasim and his sexual proclivities ever going to be mentioned here......

    Do you realise how dangerous this is? he is now the HOME minister... he is in charge of local and regional social order... and he has already set what he believes to be the highest moral standard; he is the face of this culture of polygamy in this country.... and through him Adalat will also have clout over police;; how long before we start seeing the rise of Moral Police??

    You're a hypocrite u know that don't you.... To wage battle against what you believe to be a great evil, you must fight even your own kind- your flesh and blood.... I have and continue to criticize the MDP & even Adalat even though I'm smack right in the middle of all this.

  6. Anonymous12:54 AM

    Shut Down the Maldivian Islamic Ministry

  7. Anonymous5:51 PM

    U crack me up lads... U and the rest of this bias want to be christian but have no guts lot... Pakaaaaaas

  8. The dark age coming to Maldives in the name of Islam. Why can't they ban tourism, sports, etc. They should stop bringing Christian and Jewish tourists to Maldives because they are enemies. Instead, we should promote our tourism to members of Al-Qaeda, Hamas, Hizbulla and Thaliban. Moreover, invite Bin Laden to come here on his own jet with his four wives.

    Good for Islimists.

  9. The dark age is coming to Maldives in the name of Islam. Why can't they ban tourism, sports, etc. They should stop bringing Christian and Jewish tourists to Maldives because they are enemies. Instead, we should promote our tourism to members of Al-Qaeda, Hamas, Hizbulla and Thaliban. Moreover, invite Bin Laden to come here on his own jet with his four wives.

    Good for Islimists.

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  11. Anonymous1:10 PM

    What are islamists and extrimists.

    You are claiming that music is allowed in islam.
    Which famous islamic scholars told that?

    All scholars which i know told that music is haraam.

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