The Maldive Islands, a former British protectorate, is a Republic located in the Indian Ocean, just south of Sri Lanka and southern India. It is a grouping of 1200 islands with a total land area of 300 square kilometres and 440,000 inhabitants. Early settlers in the Maldives were Dravidian goddess worshipers and Buddhists. But,around 1153 AD a Muslim missionary named Abu Al Barakat sailed to the Maldives and converted almost the entire population to Sunni Islam.
From 1796 the British allowed an Islamic sultan to rule the Maldives. At first the sultans were absolute rulers. They could do anything that didn’t offend the British. In 1953 the British established a republic in the Maldives, including a written constitution and election of a president and parliament, but these institutions quickly collapsed. By early 1954 the sultan had regained absolute power. In 1965 the Maldives became independent.
In 1968 the sultanate was abolished and a second republic was established. After the 2013 presidential elections, Yameen Abdul Gayoom, half brother of former dictator Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, was elected president. Since then he has moved the Maldives in an increasingly hard-line Islamic direction, possibly to gain favour with wealthy Saudi Arabia. As a result, the country is becoming a breeding ground for ISIS terrorists – some 200 Maldivian citizens are fighting in Syria for ISIS or ISIS allies.
Life is difficult for Maldivian followers of Christ, estimated at only a few dozen. A person who converts to another faith loses his citizenship. A law forbids the importation or distribution of non-Islamic religious literature.
Right now the Maldives are a stronghold of Satan, but concerted prayer can bring dramatic change.
Source: Global Prayer Digest
Bible Study: Acts 13:47
PRAY That one day soon a community of Christ followers will be established in the Maldive Islands.