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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?

  • They can't "check the religion for real", at least for foreigners. They can only guess or ask. – ugoren Sep 2 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. – jpatokal Sep 2 at 22:26
  • 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. – the other one Sep 3 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? – Ray Butterworth Sep 28 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 Oct 2 at 16:41

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