I read everywhere that alcohol beverages are prohibited in the Maldives. However, they also state that it's allowed to sell it in the resorts to non-Muslims as the resorts are private properties.

Is that really enforced? do they check the religion for real upon request to ensure that you are a non-Muslim?

To make it an easy question: can a Muslim drink there, especially if the person has a name generally only used by Muslims?

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    They can't "check the religion for real", at least for foreigners. They can only guess or ask.
    – ugoren
    Commented Sep 2, 2019 at 20:40
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    @ugoren In many Muslim-majority countries (eg Indonesia) your religion is listed on your ID, and having a Muslim-sounding name can also be used as a proxy. Commented Sep 2, 2019 at 22:26
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    Not answer-worthy so just adding as a comment, but a Turkish-German friend of mine visited the Maldives and drank no problem. I do wonder how things would have been if he only had a Turkish ID. Commented Sep 3, 2019 at 11:24
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    This sounds a bit like the No true Scotsman fallacy, but wouldn't the fact that one is willing to drink alcohol be sufficient proof that one isn't a true Muslim? Commented Sep 28, 2019 at 18:46
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    @RayButterworth No, because many Muslims do drink alcohol. To be clear, in countries which ban Muslims specifically from drinking it's usually impossible to stop "being Muslim". That is, if the state considers you were born a Muslim, you cannot convert, and the law will always apply to you regardless of whether you want it to.
    – MJeffryes
    Commented Oct 2, 2019 at 16:41

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Legally, if you are a Muslim who is 18 years old or older, you can technically buy alcohol, but it is banned for the local population, though alcohol is served at most resorts and liveaboard boats. So, hotels and other locations might give you alcohol, but don't expect it at most local bars and locations (especially many airports).

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