Religious scholar Sheikh Adam Shameem Ibrahim says that for the betterment of society paths that lead to wrong doing should be restricted and paths that lead to righteous deeds should be expanded.
Delivering a special sermon titled, “The Message: Our Responsibilities towards the Nation” on the occasion of the Day Maldives Embraced Islam, Sheikh Shameem said that, in order to save the country, every individual needs to understand his responsibility and act upon those responsibilities. He said that it is every individual’s responsibility to ensure that paths that lead to wrong doing are restricted and paths that lead to righteous deeds are expanded.
Sheikh Shameem said that, while the foremost responsibility for all human beings is obedience to Almighty Allah and Prophet Mohamed PBUH, it is also a responsibility to obey our leaders, unless their directions contravene the Quran or the teachings of Prophet Mohamed PBUH.
Sheikh Shameem said that, in the name of strengthening governance, we as Muslims, should not encourage shameful deeds. He added that in a Muslim nation, all institutions should have the mandate of endorsing the Islamic Aqeedhah and Shariah. He said that institutions in a Muslim nation should not invite youth to shameful deeds in order to appease them, or welcome actions that contravene with Islam and the Islamic belief.
Speaking on this regard, Sheikh Shameem criticized Maldivian religious scholars. He said that, efforts by scholars are far from adequate although they shoulder the greatest responsibility.
Addressing the differences that exist in the society, Sheikh Shameem said that, rioting and protesting on the onset of each dispute should not be the principle of Muslims.
Friday night’s sermon is first of the series of sermons initiated by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, titled “The Message”.