Gen Miskit

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Gen Miskit in 1984

Gen Miskit is a historical site in Fuvahmulah, Maldives, the most important among the monuments of the Islamic period in Fuvahmulah. It is located in the district of Dhadimago at the northern end of the island where historically significant sites like Fua Mulaku Havitta and the white sandy beach of Thoondu also can be located. It consists of a neat compound including a coral stone mosque, an ancient graveyard and a well. Gen Miskit is said to be the oldest mosque in Fuvahmulah.

Formerly island people used to pay homage to saints buried in ziyaraiy (tombs with a roof and white flags) by visiting the place in a group. A few of the old men said prayers burning incense sticks. Meanwhile the remaining people, including women and children, prepared a picnic which was shared afterwards by all participants. The practice was discontinued as Wahhabi influence beginning in the early eighties did away with traditional customs.

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