According to a report in The Independent, Maldives is slowly changing from a liberal Islamic state to a more conservative nation where fundamentalist preachers are persuading locals to adopt a more radical form of Islam and hate Christianity. As seen in a Taliban ruled Afghanistan, Islamic preachers are asking women to cover themselves with the burqa, shun music, and stop listening to radio stations that carry Christian preaching.
The Maldives Government also believes that the real threat to stability comes from Christianity and not from a lack of democracy. Several new grand mosques are being built and sponsored by donors in Kuwait , Libya , and Iran . Preachers are also asking women to send their children to Madrasas (Islamic seminaries) and not to modern schools invariably run by Christian missionaries.
Opposition parties are accusing the Government of repression and denying democracy while encouraging Islamic preachers to tell rural women whose husbands mostly work in resorts and hotels that their husbands are “surrounded by loose women and alcohol.” By frightening them about their husbands, they are counseling them to abide by strict Islamic strictures to preserve their marriage.