Where Were You Sheikhs?

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Where were you Sheikhs

When Maumoon raped this country for 30 years & used religion as a political tool for his gain

Why weren’t your voices resonating with authority

When Islam teachers refused to talk about religion as it should have been because they had been ordered not to

Why were you silent and turned a blind eye

When all the atrocities continued to happen in this country & people started to stray towards a ‘version’ of Islam that suites them

Where were you Sheikhs

When people were imprisoned & tortured for no reason other than speaking their minds

Where were you Sheikhs

When the father who wanted his daughter to be able to wear Hijab at school got sent to prison for his advocation

Why are you always so selective in your condemnation

When it is your duty to see, hear & address all issues in the society

Where were you Sheikhs

When men who sported beards were jailed, shaved off & plastered with chili sauce for acting as per the Prophet’s Sunnah

Where were you Sheikhs

When Maumoon denied what is in the Quran & spoke of the Hijab as something that is not necessary

Oh, & where were you Sheikhs

When the whole country has & is being stripped bare of its justice system; when justice is being served to the highest bidder

Where were you Sheikhs

When corrupt & incompetent Judges continue to reside in our Courts & ensure Justice is always delayed

Where were you Sheikhs

When hate mongering is what was & is being carried out in the name of media freedom in the country

Where were you Sheikhs

When society is being divided in half & everyone believes themselves to be the righteous & on the path to Paradise

Where were you Sheikhs

When the Police & the Military toppled an elected government & invoked the Almighty’s name while celebrating

Where were your voices

When a young child who was systematically raped by her stepfather gave birth & is to be flogged for the act of premarital sex

Where were you Sheikhs

When radicalism began to take root on this soil & is continuing to fester unchecked

Are you all deaf, dumb & blind

When religion is being used as a political tool & self righteousness continues to grow amok in this society

When are you going to stand up & do your duty to the people & this country

When are you going to have your say & guide people to the right way

When are you going to have the guts to talk about the injustices that happen right in front of your eyes

When are you going to preach religion for its sake & not for any other gain & because that’s whats your duty is as a scholar of Islam

When are you going to face the truth & realize that this country is moving towards ruin & if you don’t step forward now

Shit is going to hit the fan & then no amount of self righteousness on your part is going to save this country & its people

Our Overly Capable Finance Minister…

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Our very “capable” Finance Minister Mr. Abdulla Jihad warns that more stringent and stricter measures may need to be taken since, wait for it…. there is no money to spend on the citizens of this country. What a surprise huh? You never saw this coming? Oh well..

After spending more than half the chunk of the budget on the Police and the armed forces, what’s the point of even talking about this? All development projects that were started have been halted for one reason or the other but firework displays for Maldivian Police Service’s anniversary took place in full swing. Dr. Jameel laid down the foundation for flats and office complexes for the very “needy” Police service that we have here. And I think the rest of the budget should be very wisely utilized to buy and distribute toys and sweets amongst the police force who made this “change” possible on February 7, 2012.

This news piece brings to mind how Jihad used to mock and take that self righteous stance criticizing each and every financial policy that was put forth by the previous government. Apparently, the genius in financial matters turns out to be an inept man who is just taking us to the point of no return when it comes to financial woes. But who cares eh?

It was last week Mr. Fazeel Najeeb, the MMA governor said that the financial situation is not “that worrying”. When should we actually start worrying? When we are left with nothing to eat and when all our bank balances run dry and we have to run after the politicians who actually brought this ruin down upon us?

Where is Dr. Waheed, the self appointed President of this country? While he is mourning the fact that a parent refused to allow his child to shake hands with him (more people should do this in fact) the whole country is in an utter mess. But who cares huh? As long as he and Madam Ilham sports matching profile pictures up on Twitter, who cares about little things like the need to keep a country running for which finances are required?

Right now, I would love nothing more than to go and shove each and every one of Jihad’s self righteous remarks up where it would hurt the most. And yes, I am serious.

Much Ado About The “Controversy” That Is Nasheed’s Response

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A question that Nasheed answered during a Q&A session while in Denmark recently has become a topic of much controversy, of course stirred by none other than those who are so “moved” by Islam that they cannot or are not willing to understand the fact that extremism is not the version of Islam that Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) has preached and left behind as a legacy to all of us to be blessed with Allah’s love and good things in the Hereafter.

It was a tweet by Mr. Bushry, the former editor of Monday Times; a man I respected deeply as a journalist and his ability to keep readers interested with his articles (I still remember looking avidly forward to each article that was published back then and I am most certain I have never missed out on reading anything that he published back then) that brought this video link to my attention. Maybe I am just dumb or maybe the version of English language that I understand is not on par with what Bushry and the likes have studied, but what I understood from the video clip was that Nasheed adressed the point of rising extremism as an issue that exists in this country together with many other countries in this region.

Maldives being a “100%” Muslim country, the vulnerability factor here is a just a tad more, which is of course true if you look at what has happened in the past and what is happening even now. If you take into account the direction in which Imran and the lot are trying to move this nation i.e. by preaching their hypocritical version of Islam, extremism & radicalism is what is going to be the end result of this all. And of course if you take a look into the bombing that took place in the Sultan Park together with the Himandhoo issue, both of which came up during Maumoon’s 30 year golden era, one cannot turn their back on such glaringly obvious evidence unless they choose to be blind, which is of course another matter altogether.

What Nasheed said was that a different dialogue that preaches true Islam to the people needs to come out. Which is certainly true because there are very few scholars who actually preach what they practice without sounding like envoys sent from up above to judge people based on their actions and decide then and there who and who are ordained for Paradise and Hell. Nasheed corrected himself after using the term “liberal Islam” saying that a better way to put it would be the “correct version of Islam” and the fact that this dialogue needs to be established is the unvarnished truth. I believe that Nasheed makes a valid argument based on that point. Extremists use and exploit religion to their own advantage. Religion is a means to an end to them, most of them dreaming about the 70 virgins they would be offered the minute they strap explosives on their body and go blow up something killing 1000’s of innocent bystanders in the process. That is not the form of justice that Islam talks about.

Islam is a religion that advocates peace above all else. A just and fair system for its followers and those that do not follow it, a society that can live in harmony, even be it when there is a mix of people who follow different religions. Such is the way of Islam, it is not a religion based on beheading each and everyone that emerges with a different school of thought from yours and it is certainly not about enslaving and brainwashing people into submission. Above everything else Allah SWT has given us free will and that choosing to live the way we do is something He alone can judge and to that there is no question.

Nasheed’s point of extremists using religion to their advantage is valid and the example he took to drive home the point was what seemed to have stirred all this controversy. The example that extremists always have an answer for everything. Even if one cannot sleep at night, they would quote a Hadith and an Ayat from Quran and then the person would go back to sleep again. This is in no way a mockery to any of the teachings in Islam and I cannot find anything blasphemous in nature in what he said. He did not mock Islam, nor did he mock the Sunnah laid out by the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Anyone who has a good command of the English language and can THINK for themselves without getting all defensive about their personal hatred towards Nasheed would indeed understand his point.

Me, I’d rather have a leader who sees the problems that exists in this society than bury his head in the sand like an ostrich & goes on to prevent others from seeing and facing the reality of the society that we live in today. Reality is that even the much “revered” Maumoon Abdul Qayyoom himself had agreed to the rising elements of extremism on this soil during conversations he had at the American Embassy based in Sri Lanka as per the┬ádocuments leaked on WikiLeaks. Truth is extremism if not curbed, if a solution not found, is a ‘virus’ that will continue to breed, multiply and the resultant wound fester beyond control which would result in us reverting back to the dark ages where education is a thing of the past, where women become enslaved and our children grow up to be ignorant in a way that would bring nothing but despair raining down upon us.

For once, stop the hate mongering TV channels and newspapers from feeding those little tidbits into your brain and do the actual thinking for you. For once in your life, STOP and THINK! It just might change how you see things which in turn might pave the way for a better future.

An important point to ponder upon meanwhile is the fact that actions are judged by our intentions. And be it me, you or Nasheed, we would all be judged for our actions, our deeds and the way we have conducted ourselves in the Hereafter. Allah knows best.