Medhu Ziyaaraiy shrine, Male’Medhu Ziyaaraiy shrine, Male’

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Medhu Ziyaaraiy is the shrine of Abu-al Barakath Yusuf al Barbaree – the Moroccan scholar believed to be responsible for the advent of Islam in the Maldives in 1153 AD; and is also a must-see monument

My experience, Explo description: 

Medhu Ziyaaraiy is situated just a short distance away from the Hukuru Miskiiy, is the tomb of the Abdul Barakat Yoosuf Al Barbary, a religious scholar from Morocco who is credited with converting the Maldives to Islam in 10th. May, 1153 AD.

According to local folklore, a sea demon named Rannamaari used to terrorize the people of Maldives a long time ago. Every month a virgin had to be sacrificed in order to appease it, or else the people would suffer the demon's wrath. The king would choose a virgin girl and on the last day of every month, he would shut her inside an isolated temple during the night. The girl would be found dead the next day.

Some versions of the story say that Abdul Barakat had convinced the king to allow him to stay the night at the temple instead of the girl and had spent the night reciting from the Quran. When the sea demon emerged it had heard the recital and fled. When the King discovered Abdul Barakat was alive the next day, he promised to convert to Islam if Abdul Barakat could get rid of the demon for good. The Moroccan traveller accepted the challenge and when the sea demon failed to appear during the next two months, the King kept his promise and ordered the entire nation to embrace Islam.

The 2nd of Rabī’ al-Akhir 548AH is marked as the Day Maldives Embraced Islam. According to Maldivian history, the Medhu Ziyaraiy is the tomb of Abul Barakaath Yoosuf-ul Barbaree, the Morroccan traveler said to be responsible for converting Maldives to the Islamic faith.

When Abdul Barakaath arrived in Maldives the country was under the rule of Theemuge Mahakalaminja. Under Barakaath’s teachings, Mahakalaminja embraced Islam and ordered the entire population to convert to the new religion on 2 Rabī’ al-Akhir 548 AH. After converting to Islam, the King changed his name to Mohamed Bin Abdullah.
The first time, the Day Maldives Embraced Islam was marked in 1374. After 14 years of celebrating the day, the practice was stopped in 1387. Several hundred years later the day was once again celebrated in 2001.

In addition to Abdul Barakaath Yoosuf-ul Barbaree, there is also another person buried in the tomb at Medhu Ziyaaraiy: Sayyid Rasgefaanu, an Arab who had also ruled over Maldives in 1692.

10th. May, 1153 AD is the day Maldives officially converted to Islam according to Historians. Before that, Maldivians were Buddhists from as far back as the 4th century BC. Islam is the religion of the state and is one of the few countries that is officially 100%. Maldivian Muslims are quite moderate and there has been no record of any form of extremism in Maldives.

Medhu Ziyaaraiy, Just opposite the small park adjoining the Hukuru Miskiiy, is the tomb of Abu-al Barakaat, to whom the nation pays its respects for bringing the enlightenment of Islam to Maldives.

Due to its close proximity to Hukuru Miskiiy, Medhu Ziyaaraiy is also one of the sights included in the regular circuit by tour guides.

My personal recommendations: 

For a group of six and more, an English speaking licensed tour guide will be provided by me.

How getting there: 

Medhu Ziyaaraiy (The Shrine), Medhuziyaaraiymagu (Street) , Just opposite the small park adjoining the Hukuru Miskiiy (Mosque), Male‘, MALDIVES.

A tip to eat: 

In the city centre many restaurants!

Useful information: 
Open hours: 

24 hours

Visit duration: 

20 to 30 minutes

Entry fees: 



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