“Saudi Arabia is not a terrorist-producing hub”

[Image: Former Islamic Minister Abdul Majeed Abdul Bari.]

Former Minister of Islamic Affairs and member of the Adhaalath Party (AP), Dr Abdul Majeed Abdul Bari, has refuted public accusations against Saudi Arabia, which brand the kingdom as a terrorist-producing hub.

Saudi Arabia and its royal family are currently under fire over plans to allegedly buy ownership of Faafu Atoll during the official visit of Saudi’s King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud to the Maldives, believed to be in the third week of March. Accusing Saudi Arabia of producing terrorists, some people are declaring that local scholars, who have received education from the kingdom, are supporters of religious extremism.

In refuting these these accusations, Dr Majeed pointed out that several top officials serving the nation were educated in Saudi Arabia, but that none of them are aligned with any terrorist groups such as ISIS.

He also noted that, to date, there have not been any reports of former Maldivian students of Saudi Arabian universities being in any such involvement, whereas some locals have been allegedly joining terrorist groups.

An alternative viewpoint suggests that the Saudi Arabian educated students fulfil the more important role of recruitment and deployment of fighters for the extremist cause, rather than taking an active part in the fighting themselves.

Majeed stated that investing in developmental projects and taking ownership of Maldivians lands are two different things, and emphasised that the AP is completely against the latter.

Regarding the Faafu Atoll issue, the AP has also raised concerns over the government withholding details of the project.

Majeed urged people not to throw accusations at the Saudi monarch regarding the project as the issue is the responsibility of the Maldives’ government.

Opponents of violent Islamic extremism remain extremely reluctant to speak out since the brutal murder of MP Dr Afrasheem Ali, MP for Raa Atoll Ungoofaru Constituency, on 2 October, 2012. While a suspect involved in the murder has been apprehended and sentenced to death, many questions surrounding the case remain unresolved.

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