I am shocked at the number of people who are announcing how shocked they are at the killing of Dr. Afraasheem Ali, on social media and mainstream media and in various forums. I would say, those of us who are shocked must have been in a deep sleep.
This country has been on the road less traveled to anarchy and a virtual killing field for the past six years.
The singular responsibility for the state of the nation and the fear driven into the people has to be borne by the country’s legislative authority or the parliament which is also the circus for the political leadership of the nation. It is not only the fear that is driven into the general public, but the freedom, convenience and space created for those who are used as instruments to drive fear into the general public, that has been so evident during the past six years.
It isn’t shocking to know that an MP and a leading scholar is slain to death. It wouldn’t be shocking to be told that the Speaker of parliament, the Chief Justice, or a former president or the sitting president is slain to death. We have had calls for their death and we seem to be fine with it. That is democracy to us. A life has no value as long as it is not of your own. That is the reality of the nation that we live in today. So why do we say we are shocked?
The very people responsible for the state of our nation today, will take this opportunity to create more space for them in the limelight that this incident has created for their populist advantage. Most of those people are in the parliament of the nation, or control the comedian-like characters who act for them in parliament. They show that the way forward is one without respect to any other, without humility and without values. They also insist and have the show and their acrobatics televised live, so that they may dignify the new order in the minds of children and young people.
I am NOT shocked.
Dr. Afraasheem will be laid to rest, just five years from the day he returned to the country as a scholar. At the time, he said he had three things that he wished for – to continue to lead prayers, to spend time in preaching and to spend time in gaining more knowledge.
And the interesting thing is that today, the parliament found a good excuse in the incident to stay home and take rest.
Afraasheem: what a fantastic story
October 3, 2012 at 12:21 am
Well Said Sir,>> I am too NOT Shocked
We have never wanted to realize the fragility of our peace. The word “peace” never comes into practice when people loose the virtues and sanity to respect the other. True values of tolerance and willingness to, be-there that enshrines to make an impact in each individuals lives, regardless of difference in views. Both political or religion. We have been too blind to envision many countries ripped apart by internal conflicts, typically all, started from the difference in conscience and continue to tore apart just because of that difference. Our endless ego to label ourselves as muslims is haunting ourselves with one rage. A rage that fails ourselves to reflect on the sacred instructions of our Lord to impose No compulsion on religion [ Quran – 2:256]
We should start to come to a better understanding of the different beliefs and religions. Difference in their tenets amongst people. They are all equally important to those most relevant to them. Misunderstandings involving beliefs may spark off conflicts and snowball into bigger incidents if not handled with care. As we mature as a nation, our values has to be shared to create common, social norms and cultural spaces that would allow us to interact freely in our daily lives. Yes, Clearly stated, regardless of religion or political differences. I call upon the leaders of this nation to reform our religious harmony maintenance act in a way that would not only “police” the religion Islam, but protects the rights of other beliefs too.
[2:256] There shall be no compulsion in religion: the right way is now distinct from the wrong way. Anyone who denounces the devil and believes in Allah has grasped the strongest bond; one that never breaks. Allah is Hearer, Omniscient.
[2:257] Allah is Lord of those who believe; He leads them out of darkness into the light. As for those who disbelieve, their lords are their idols; they lead them out of the light into darkness – these will be the dwellers of Hell; they abide in it forever.
October 3, 2012 at 10:52 am
You had posted a really sensible comment, with the quoting you mentioned from Qur’an, i also urge the people of this noble country to cry for the freedom of Religion. and pray to the Almighty to open their inner eyes to see what is right and what is wrong. the people of the country should be given the freedom to read other religious text specially the Bible as both the books are almost the same. and the elaborate laws mentioned in Qur’an are repetition of what was told told to Proh: Mosa 5000 years back when he was asked to climb the mount of Senai. yes you are true that the Muslim followers are blind believers of their scholars, and they lack tolerance, Islamic Scholars fear that when truth is uncovered they will loose the followers,
We had come across the incident that a Bangladeshi was arrested in the Airport while carrying some Christian religious translations, this shows the fear of the Authority and the Religions scholars about the religion they believe and follows which is also against the the wish and Will of Almighty.
It is always good to understand the truth about other religion. Maldives as a country should not cheat its people by imposing law to restrict the religion. God ” our Lord” is a just GOD and he will bring the truth to limelight on his day and the human brains cannot restrict the plans of GOD. Human being is given the wisdom to understand the truth and the Islamic scholars fears that knowing the truth will give freedom of thought to understand the love and mercy of GOD, hence they are forced to restrict the folks not to read about Christianity, which is purely devilish act. if you think the reality you will know that Muslims loves their Prophet than GOD and that is why they become impatient when they hear or see someone uttering anything against their prophet. we must to understand and believe that GOD is supreme and no act of man can hinder his plans and HE will protect the true prophets and his people with HIS miraculous power and love.
There is no doubt that if anyone read the Holy books with an urge to learn the truth ” GOD” will reveal him the divine wisdom and the Islamic scholars knows this well and fear about their existence and hence seek the support of constitution and law to support the religion
Pity that you guys mislead the innocent people of your country in this 21st Century and keep them under darkness and slavery. Oh son/daughter of Lord, believe in the true GOD and pray to get the courage to fight against the evil in your society, salvation will only come to man through Messiah (Jesus Christ) who will come on the clouds with angels with the discretionary power from the Lord and no prophet can recommend any one at that day.
October 3, 2012 at 12:03 am
Shocked not because of another murder. Some are shocked due to the relation with him, while others are shocked because of how it happened.
October 2, 2012 at 5:47 pm
members of parliament are voted in. What responsibility do the voters have in electing the MPs? Those who voted can still demand their MPs behave in a manner that is beneficial to the constituency and and the country at large. We are very good at pointing fingers at elected officials; but they competed for the seat and have won the seats; OK some have used their money and resources, and yet, the voters can refuse to vote as its their choice… Let’s not blame just one side.. Of course at such a time, the natural thing is to express your frustration and disgust.. but we need more to move on
October 2, 2012 at 8:08 pm
It is not blaming one side. It is that the actions and their promotion on public tv of the valueless attitude and approach of our political leaders and their complete disrespect of law and order has put us here today as a nation, in my opinion. The only way out of this killing field is for our leaders to work together for the nation acknowledging and appreciating their political differences and with respect for each other. That seems to be a long way away.
Yes, I agree; that it is possible.
October 2, 2012 at 11:38 pm
The public give vote and elect candidates to positions to fulfill the mandate of the position; it is that person’s responsibility to fulfill that mandate, in no way does the voter become accountable when the elected official undermines the voters trust and acts like a monkey.
October 2, 2012 at 5:00 pm
Shihab. It is more sad than shocking!
Sadly, three days from now people would start blaming the others and it will continue. There will be a rush to implement death penalty. The real shock is that no one would look into the root cause or try to prevent another death until a few more are slain. The real shock for me is the lack of tolerance and mutual respect. The real shock is that we are trying to prove peoples’ arguments wrong with a sharp blade rather than counter arguments and logic. We are far far away from becoming a civilized society. Sad but True.
October 2, 2012 at 3:07 pm
well said Shihab
October 2, 2012 at 2:50 pm
Somebody will think…..
Somebody will write…..
Somebody will read……
Somebody will like…….
Somebody will talk……
Somebody will shout……
Nobody is for rectification and make the nation better in true heart…..
October 2, 2012 at 2:40 pm
I agree with you Mr. Shihab. All these so called “shocked” are some pharses they use to make public stunts in such events. None of us are actually serious about the series of killing in Maldives, everyone is busy promoting themselves and taking all measure to protect their seats. Kiling in Maldives has become so common in Maldives, now we take it as easy as to have a cup of coffee from a corner shop. So why Shocked… dont be …
October 2, 2012 at 1:09 pm
Well said sir. It’s so pity our state of affairs. So sad some of us are half blind and deaf. We are so materialistic and have forgotten the reason why we are here on earth. So much obsessed with Democracy or the rule of jungle, which keeps on proving its failure to show us way of life. Yet we ignore Allah’s guidance. May Allah show all of us the true path. Ameen!