Sheikh Ali Zahir, Sheikh Sameer express support for Dr. Shaheem

Combined file photos of Sheikh Ali Zahir (R) and Sheikh Ahmed Sameer (L). (File Photo)

Local Islamic scholars Sheikh Ali Zahir and Sheikh Ahmed Sameer have pledged their support to Dr. Mohamed Shaheem Ali Saeed; who has been chosen by incumbent Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom as his running mate.

Both Sheikh Zahir and Sheikh Sameer have expressed their support for Dr. Shaheem in social media posts.

Sheikh Zahir tweeted a congratulatory message to Dr. Shaheem, saying Dr. Shaheem was a ‘capable individual’.

Sheikh Sameer also congratulated Dr. Shaheem on Twitter. He said that Dr. Shaheem consulted with him after he was nominated as Yameen’s running mate. And that he had encouraged Dr. Shaheem to accept the offer by considering it his duty to Maldives and the religion of Islam.

Meanwhile, Dr. Shaheem made a tweet expressing support for Yameen, and asking that everyone stand behind Yameen.

“I appeal to all Maldivian citizens; scholars, the youth and the women to all unite and stand behind President Yameen and ensure he wins the election in one round,” tweeted Dr. Shaheem.

Ruling political party, Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) introduced Dr. Shaheem as Yameen’s running mate at a press conference last Saturday night.

Speaking at the press conference, deputy leader of PPM, MP Abdul Raheem Abdulla said the PPM’s presidential candidate’s running mate is someone who doesn’t have one speck of dirt on him.

Dr. Mohamed Shaheem Ali Saeed (L) with President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom (R). (Photo/President's Office)

Abdul Raheem said Dr. Shaheem has resigned from his post as Chancellor at Maldives Islamic University, and will embark on a tour of all inhabited islands in Maldives to campaign for Yameen’s re-election.

Dr. Shaheem has a Diploma is Islamic Sharia, a First Degree in Islamic Sharia, a Master’s Degree in Islamic Sharia and a PhD in Islamic Fiqh and Usul al-Fiqh.

He served as Minister of Islamic Affairs during the current administration and during former President Dr. Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik’s administration, and served as State Minister for Islamic Affairs during former President Mohamed Nasheed’s administration.

Dr. Shaheem, who knows the Holy Quran by heart, is one of the country’s leading Islamic scholars.