Zimbabwe based religious scholar, Mufti Ismail ibn Musa Menk, who is scheduled to visit Maldives this November has been denied permission to deliver Friday sermon (Jummah Khutba) at the Islamic Centre.
Mufti Menk, has been invited to Maldives for his third visit, this time by Jamiyyathu- Rahma.
He is one of the speakers scheduled to talk part in the forum ‘Ilm Talk’, organized by the Islamic University of Maldives, Maldives National University and Jamiyyathu- Rahma.
His lecture has been scheduled for November 18 at the Islamic Centre Area. He would speak on the topic, “The rights of one Muslim over the other”.
Speaking with VNews, Manager of Jamiyyathu- Rahma Ali Ahsan said that when it was confirmed that a scholar like Mufti Menk who is accepted by the Islamic community worldwide would visit Maldives, they sent a letter to the Ministry of Islamic Affairs two weeks ago, seeking permission for Mufti Menk to deliver the Friday Sermon at the Islamic Centre.
He said that when they received a response today, it said that, in order to respect the National Language Act, Mufti Menk had not been granted permission to deliver the Friday sermon at the Islamic Centre. He said that the alternative given by the Ministry was that, if a Dhivehi translation of Menk’s sermon is submitted to the Ministry before November 15 and approved, he can be allowed to deliver the Friday sermon at Masjidul Furqan, at a time that would coincide with the scholar’s trip to Maldives.
“We have now relayed the ministry’s decision to Menk as well. We don’t mind even if it is a Dhivehi translation (that could be delivered at the Islamic Centre). However, we are disappointed that we have been denied that chance as well”, Ahsan observed.
Even during the Yameen administration, some foreign scholars had delivered the Friday sermon and led the Friday prayer at the Islamic Centre, in English. Menk too proposed to deliver the Friday sermon in English.
Mufti Menk studied Shariah in Madinah and holds a Doctorate of Social Guidance from Aldersgate University.
Mufti Menk is also the head of the Fatwa Department of Zimbabwe.