Maldives: School Textbooks Criticized For Accurate Representation Of Islam

Islam Textbooks In Maldives Breed Hatred And Fundamentalism, Claims NGO

“…In the eleventh grade Islamic studies text book, jihad is defined as “to endeavor greatly,” or “to bravely confront enemies,” and the definition is supported with verses from the Qur’an and prophetic verses or Hadith that stress the importance of a ‘Holy War.’

MDN noted that two whole pages of the book were dedicated to “fruits” of Jihad, claiming that the ultimate fruit of Jihad is martyrdom, for which the reward in Islam is an eternity in heaven.

The text book claims that Muslims who hesitate to perform this “obligatory religious duty have produced bitter results in the past and it will continue to do so if left undone.”

“These discussions fuel hatred an depict the religion as one that is set on building hegemony,” read the MDN report.”


The pic is a school exercise showing the Maldive’s flag crossed out and what may be a the black flag of Jihad being marked as the correct answer.