'Our duty to help Muslims in need,' says Maldives pres

Maldives has a duty to help its Muslim brothers and sisters who are displaced around the world, incumbent president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom said Sunday.

Speaking at the ceremony held to confer the Award of Recognition from the International Moderation Forum, president Yameen insisted that the Award added incentive to bolster his current effort in counter-terrorism, and in the enhancement of moderation in preaching and practice of Islam in the Maldives.

President Yameen also highlighted that we have reason to unite together to relinquish the common threat faced by the Muslim Ummah today, to counter debilitating forces from within and outside that tarnish the good name and true teaching of Islam; and those framing Islam as a cult-like deity that espouses violent revolt.

He pointed out that the Maldives has made enormous strides in implementing substantial measures to foil radical thought, terrorism and violent extremism. He highlighted the establishment of the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) in 2016, and the enactment of the Prevention of Terrorism Act in 2016, as notable milestones.

During the ceremony, President Yameen insisted that it was the world leaders’ ethical responsibility to enhance the power of moderation and tolerance in the Islamic world, and achieve effective communication among all countries of the world.

The International Moderation Forum promotes the true message of Islam based on humanity, and advocates combating against the global issue of terrorism, through a moderate Islamic vision.

Previous recipients of the Award of Recognition by the International Moderation Forum includes the late king of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and Former President of Mauritania, Mohamed Wildhu Abdulaziz.