The President’s Office has refused to condemn an Islamophobic report by the Maldivian Democracy Network (MDN) despite an overwhelming public outcry to ban the hate spreading NGO.
The report, titled “Preliminary Assessment on Radicalization in the Maldives”, was released in 2016, but it’s Islamophobic content were brought to public attention on Thursday after it was shared on social media.
The report seemed to suggest that the beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) supported radicalization. The report also compared the Prophet’s hadiths to mere spoken words by an ordinary man challenging the Muslim beleife of the divinity of Prophet Muhammad’s sayings.
Swarms of angry citizens called to ban MDN that including former presidents, lawmakers, scholars and teachers. The hashtag #BanMDN was trending on Twitter in Maldives.
Even Mulslim’s from other countries joined in to call for the ban of MDN after she read the NGO’s report online.
“I don’t speak your language. So I don’t know what your response is, But you speak my language when you trash my religion with your filthy words. I only need to read that once to know you have an anti Islamic agenda , therefore #BanMDN,” Twitter handle Alkakandiya, said.
Ali Zaid, a popular scholar, labelled MDN as the Anti-Islamic Network and called on the authorities to take swift action.
“Today I call upon our beloved sheikh, @ShimranAb and Honorable Minister @AhmedMahloof to shutdown MDN. Now the entire Nation knows what their hidden agenda is. We want authorities to take immediate action and shutdown MDN. And to take legal actions against individuals involved,” he said.
Youth Minister Ahmed Mahloof condemned MDN but Sheikh Imran Abdulla, the current Home Minister who belongs to Adhaalath Party, which was founded on religious basics, is yet to condemn the NGO.
After the public outrage, the Islamic Ministry asked the police to investigate MDN’s report for possible Islamophobic content.
The police, headed by Mohamed Hameed, who was a former board member of MDN, did not confirm that they were investigating the NGO. However, the police stated that they were investigating threats against members of MDN.
Shahinda Ismail, leader of MDN, who resides in Europe, refused to apologise and continued to lash out against anyone who condemned their report.
Meanwhile, during the whole saga, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and his office are tight lipped over the controversy instead of showing solidarity with his people and the Islamic nation he rules.