FOR THE RECORD: Maulana Ahmed Nakshabandi from Hyderabad in India (with Aiyaz Khaiyum and Faiyaz Koya) was speaking at the Prophet Mohammed's Birthday celebrations in Ba's Maururu Jamie Mosque (see video below). Aiyaz Khaiyum and Faiyaz Koya were chief guests at the Maunatul Islam Association of Fiji that represents about 30 per cent of the Sunni Muslims in Fiji who are mostly followers of the Shafi school of jurisprudence. The followers of Imam Shafi in Fiji are the descendants of Muslims of Malayalam origin who came to Fiji under the indenture system from Kerala in South India between 1903 and 1916. The organisation originally operated under the name of Then India Maunatul Islam of Fiji since it was officially formed in 1942. The name of the Association was changed in 1982 to Maunatul Islam Association and its head office is situated at 72 Vomo Street, Drasa/Vitogo in Lautoka. One of the most prominent past President and Speaker of the Association was the late Siddiq Moidin (S.M.) Koya, the leader of the National Federation Party and Leader of the Opposition. His two sons, Faizal (NFP) and Faiyaz (FFP), are still active and prominent members of MIA in Fiji. HAJJI Moidin Koya (with cap in the front row picture below) was national president of MIA, Fiji. He was the father of the late S. M. Koya
WATCH VIDEO BELOW WHERE KHAIYUM IS DESCRIBED AS "KING OF FIJI". Opinion is divided on whether Khaiyum is "SULTAN OF FIJI" or "KINGFISHER". Moreover, the Maulana also wrongly claims that it was FFP Minister Faiyaz Koya who obtained a public holiday on Prophet Mohammed's birthday when the truth is the birthday has been a public holiday for decades. Religion, mixed with untruth and echoes of politicking, must be discouraged at such holy gatherings. Faiyaz Koya, sitting next to the Maulana, should have corrected him on the spot. During his lecture the Maulana was at one point interrupted by Khaiyum as he was lavishing praise to jokingly say to him (the Maulana):
'You should be in politics.'
WE, however, have no objection to the Maulana's presence in Fiji. After all, preachers from different Hindu and Christian sects are regular visitors to Fiji. The Maulana's description of Khaiyum as 'King' in the current Fiji context is open to different interpretations - depending on one's view of Khaiyum. And, we must not forget that racist, coupist, SODELPA leader and Methodist lay preacher
"Hindus and Muslims are pagans who need to be converted to Christianity, if not we will all become pagans like them"
The other Sunni Muslim organisation in Fiji, the FIJI MUSLIM LEAGUE, represents all other Sunni Muslims in Fiji who are mostly followers of the Hanafi school of jurisprudence. In 2000, in LETTERS TO EDITOR, they were viciously savaged by 'Student Khaiyum, University of Hong Kong'
"Most Muslims in Fiji know that certain officials treat the League and its branches as their own little fiefdoms. Fiefdoms, where nepotism is known to be rampant at most times; where certain families and individuals have reigned as executives literally for decades; where children and families of well-to-do officials benefit from scholarships which were and are meant for poor students; where chairs of numerous committees are held by single individuals; where businessmen and business interests are over represented; where women, the youth, various provinces and other denominations are either underrepresented or not represented at all; where appeals to religious dogma and unity are utilized in response to queries of administrative/financial discrepancies and where certain individuals view the League merely as a means to acquire access to power, influence and ultimately money - all under the guise of protecting Muslim interests...The executive of the League cannot and does not represent the political opinion, views, philosophies of individuals or the bulk of Muslims in Fiji. These self appointed guardians do not speak for the masses."