Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Raajje Islam Website Unblocked
In a move that will be welcomed by advocates of free media, Telecom Authority of Maldives (TAM) has unblocked ‘Raajje Islam.’ Earlier the site was blocked at the request of the Ministry of Islamic affairs.
According to unconfirmed sources the block was triggered by Raajje Islam’s reporting of the events leading to the blockade of a mosque in Foakaidhoo, Shaviyani Atoll, because the Imam refused to recite qunooth regularly in every dawn prayer. Raajje Islam has posted translations of fatwas on the subject by the late Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Baz, the former Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia and others.
In his Fatwa Bin Baz says, “... As for reciting qunooth indefinitely in each dawn prayer, it is not allowed. On the contrary, it is an innovation. This has been proved from Ahadith reported in Imam Ahmed’s Musnadh and Imam Thirmeezee’s Sunan. ... ... As for Ahadith favoring qunooth indefinitely in each dawn prayer, let it be known that they are weak Ahadith according to Hadith scholars."
The above is an example of the type of information and opinions posted in Raajje Islam. If the authorities feel such information is erroneous, they could perhaps refute them. Failure to refute is no reason to block websites.
To view Raajje Islam click here.