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Former President Gayoom: Nurturing Spirituality is Important during Ramadan

By Shaheeda Saeed

September 2, 2011

Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom has said that it is important to nurture spirituality during the month of Ramadan.

Speaking at the last evening’s session of the ‘reviving the night of Ramadan’ program held at Islamic Center by the Maumoon Foundation, Former President Gayoom said the Fasting in the month of Ramadan is a spiritual cleansing that comes through reflecting on our actions, life and creation.

Chariman of Maumoon Foundation, Gayoom underscored the importance of having firmness in developing deeper spiritual meanings to the obligations of the religion even after Ramadan.

Gayoom said that the believers must continuously be in the state of obedience of Allah, firm upon and steadfast upon the religion of Islam, so that he or she is not of those who worship Allah only during one month or only in one place. He added that rather, the believer knows that the Lord of Ramadan is also the Lord of other months, and that He is the Lord of all times and places, so he is steadfast upon the religion of Allah until he meets Him while He is pleased with him.



Taxation is not Forbidden in Islam- Shaheem

September 2ND, 2011

By Abdul Latheef

Former State Minister for Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Mohamed Shaheem Ali Saeed has said that taxation is not forbidden in Islam.

Shaheem said that Taxes were collected from those who have surplus wealth even during the time of the companions the Prophet. Speaking to Miadhu Daily, he said that taxation is enjoined in the Shariah in agreement of the scholars of the four famous schools of thought. He said that many countries including many Muslim countries implement the taxation system.

“There are narrations that have reached us that tax was taken by the state during the time of Caliph Umar. He collected tax from wealth,” he said.

Shaheem said that contemporary Islamic scholars have permitted taking taxes from those who have surplus wealth.

Meanwhile, Jamiyathu Salaf yesterday issued a press release stating that it is also not allowed to impose taxes such as sales taxes on goods and services.