5-5-5 Challenge: Maldives

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5-5-5 2013 WWL

[en]The Maldives are well-known as a dream destination for holidays. The islands are located in the midst of the Indian Ocean, surrounded by blue water and white beaches stretched out under the blazing sun. This is the picture authorities want to give to the outside world. The harsh attitude the government takes towards all Christian believers is less known, darkening the lovely picture of the country considerably. Nothing substantial has changed during the last reporting period, resulting in no changes in ranking or points for the Maldives on the 2012 World Watch List.

As every Maldivian citizen has to be Muslim, all deviant religious convictions are strictly forbidden. The government does not distinguish between national and expat believers. The tiny number of indigenous believers is not able to meet publicly, let alone worship together. On the contrary, they have to practice their faith in utmost secrecy, always in fear of being discovered. While the authorities closely monitor all religious activities that they perceive to be suspicious, social control also remains extremely high. Maldivian citizens agree with the heavy handed authorities because they see freedom of religion as freedom to discuss religious issues related to Islam. This freedom was non-existent under the former regime governing the country. Maldivian society demonstrates this attitude towards all kinds of beliefs or convictions, be it Christianity or Atheism. Additionally, the government has increased control of all media.

According to an amendment made to the “Protection of Religious Unity Act” in September 2011, every person must avoid creating hatred towards people of other religions. While this may initially sound good, it effectively reinforces the existing government policy that Islam is an inseparable part of a Maldivian’s cultural identity. The legislation, forbidding the practice of any religion except Islam, is thus confirmed once again. Commentators therefore stated that the official direction religion is taking in the country will be toward Deoband Islam, the same ideology which informs the Taliban’s convictions.

Source >> http://opendoorsusa.org/

This is the only country in the world which requires all citizens to be Muslim. Conversion to another faith is prohibited by law and converts face extreme persecution from family and society – often having to leave the country. The authorities exert extensive control on the people to correct any deviation from Islam. There are no church gatherings or buildings. Religion is moving towards Deobandi Islam – the religion of the Taliban, whose mission is to cleanse Islam of all other influences. There are very few indigenous Christians.

PRAY:

  • For the handful of secret believers to grow in the love of God
  • For young people who seek education outside the islands. Pray that they will receive the gospel and return to share it with their communities
  • That the translation of the New Testament into the Dhivehi language would be completed.

Source >> http://worldwatchlist.us/ [/en]

[id]Maldiva adalah salah satu tempat impian tujuan wisata. Pulau-pulaunya berada di tengah samudera Hindia, dikelilingi lautan biru dan pantai berpasir putih, di bawah sinar matahari. Inilah gambaran yang ingin ditampilkan pemerintah di sana. Perlakuan keras terhadap kekristenan sangat ditutupi. Tidak ada perubahan semenjak tahun lalu, termasuk peringkat dalam World Watch List.

Karena setiap warga negara Maldiva haruslah Muslim, keyakinan terhadap agama lain sangat dilarang. Pemerintah tidak membedakan yang mana orang Kristen dari luar atau penduduk asli. Sangat tidak mungkin bagi segelintir orang percaya di sana untuk beribadah bersama. Mereka dipaksa mempraktikkan imannya sepenuhnya secara rahasia, dengan ancaman ketahuan pihak berwajib. Pemerintah mengawasi dengan ketat setiap kegiatan keagamaan, sekaligus juga melakukan kontrol sosial yang ketat, termasuk kendali terhadap media.

Meskipun ada amandemen terhadap Protection of Religious Unity Act, sebenarnya ini lebih memperkuat posisi Islam sebagai identitas budaya yang tidak terpisahkan dari Maldiva. Pra pengamat menyebutkan bahwa arah negara ini adalah kepada Islam Deobandi – ideologi yang sama dengan yang dipraktekkan oleh Taliban.

Sumber >> http://opendoorsusa.org/

Ini adalah satu-satunya negara yang mewajibkan warga negaranya menjadi Muslim. Perpindahan agama sangat dilarang oleh hukum dan sering mengalami aniaya bahkan sampai dicabut kewarganegaraannya. Ada kendali yang sangat ketat terhadap semua yang menyimpang dari Islam. Tidak ada satupun persekutuan atau gedung gereja. Islam Deobandi sepertinya yang menjadi arah dari negara ini, yang misinya adalah menyucikan Islam dari semua pengaruh lain. Ada sangat sedikit orang Kristen di Maldiva.

BERDOA:

  • Supaya orang percaya yang berjumlah kecil di sana bertumbuh dalam kasih Kristus.
  • Berdoa untuk orang-orang muda yang belajar dan kuliah di luar, supaya mereka terpapar Injil kebenaran.
  • Untuk penyelesaian penerjemahan Perjanjian Baru ke dalam bahasa Dhivehi.

Sumber >> http://worldwatchlist.us/ [/id]

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