New Delhi, November 7 Maldives Islamic Affairs Minister of State Hussain Rasheed Ahmed has greeted the Indian Muslims on the occasion of Eidul Azha. Talking to this scribe on mobile phone last night, he recalled his emotional relations with India and its people while attaining education in early 1970s. Visited India last time in late December 2009, he is likely to come again later this month.
Eidul Azha was celebrated in the Maldives on November 6. “Most of the Muslims are not able to perform Qurbani due to unavailability of cattle in the Maldive Islands,” he revealed.
Hussain Rasheed got his school education in India from Jamia Darul Uloom Matliwala, Bharuch (Gujarat) and Hifz-Quran from Jamia Darul Uloom, Daabeel (Gujarat) and Jamia Darul Uloom, Taraj (Gujarat). Later, he also took higher education from Jamia Ta'leemaat Islamiya (Pakistan) and Jamia Ummul Qura, Makkah and King Saud University, Riyad (Saudi Arabia)
Born on March 18, 1957, he is son of the Maldives’ well known personality Ahmed Manikfaan. He is married to Fatima Shirmeen. He has four sons and two daughter followed by a grandson.
The first elected President of Adhaalath Party, a constituent of the ruling coalition in the Republic of the Maldives, he also held the portfolio of home affairs as a minister of state in the coalition government earlier. He is member of the Fiqh Academy Maldives He is well versed in Arabic and Urdu other than Maldivian official language Dhivehi. He is also known as "an Islamic religious politician in the Maldives, the only one who can make tough decisions wisely, find sustainable solutions for different types of controversial issues."
Maldives Proud of Close Links with India: Maldives Minister Hussain Rasheed Ahmed