Friday, July 31, 2009

Dr. Salman Ouda giving a Dharus at Islamic Center tonight.

Renowned Saudi scholar Dr. Salman Ouda , who is visiting the Maldives by invitation of the Minister of Islamic Affairs, is scheduled to give a speech at the Islamic Center tonight. Dr. Ouda is a scholar who spreads the true message of Islam including peace, co-existence with the other religions. For being critical of the Saudi regime, he was imprisoned, along with some other prominent intellectuals for 5 years from 1994 to 1999. Opposed to extremism and terrorism, but advocating justice, he is well known and popular especially among the youth of the Islamic world. A crowd of 20,000 youth flocked to London’s East End when he visited in 2006. Dr. Al-Ouda is the superviser of the popular four language website Islam Today.


Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Dr Bilal Philips coming to Maldives!

Dr Abu Ameena Bilal Philips, who is one of the most well known English speaking scholars of Islam is coming to Maldives. According to the organizers of the event, Jamiyyathussalaf, Dr Bilal Philips is scheduled to give two speeches on 8th and 9th of August at Alimas carnival grounds.
Dr Bilal reverted to Islam in 1972. He completed a diploma in Arabic language and a B.A. degree in 1979 from the Islamic University of Madinah. At the University of Riyadh College of Education he completed his M.A. in Islamic Theology in 1985, and in 1994 he completed his Ph.D in Islamic Theology in the department of Islamic studies at the University of Wales. He is author of many books on Islam, including the well known book on Tauheed or Islamic Monotheism. Being a great communicator and being well versed in Islamic and secular knowledge, he is well known for his intelligent and practical way of approaching the problems. We are happy to have this world famous scholar in Maldives.
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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Mavota Shareef during his good old days...


Mavota Shareef, a fine example of "poacher turned gamekeeper"!

Poacher turned gamekeeper! The phrase I came across in that hilarious but illustrative political comedy "Yes Prime minister" by Jonathan Lynn and Antony Jay. It was used by Right Honorable James Hacker to describe a situation in which a former journalist was put as media coordinaor. But the phrase more aptly describes our foul mouthed, double speaking, hypocritical character with a “forked tongue” - Mavota Shareef. During his MDP days, he was literally out to eat Maumoon alive. He called Maumoon all sorts of names that only a person of the caliber of Mavota can think of. According to Mavota, Maumoon was a corrupt, inept, unjust, selfish old gaga. He described Maumoon as an old and broken engine and famously beat the podium shouting "baalaanamey, baalaanmey, baalaanamey!" (meaning that they will pull Maumoon down at any cost).
Then, something happened, and Mavota took a complete u-turn. No wonder the people of Addu chased him out of the parliament. He is a pitiful and laughable character when he tries to defend the same Maumoon now, explaining why Maumoon cannot be summoned to the Presidential commission for investigation of corruption of the previous regime. Amazing, what money can do to people!