23 October, 2017

An Alternative Analysis Of Aluthgama

By Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri

 Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri

Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri

Ethno-religious identity groups are formed in a structurally antagonistic pattern through specific historical processes.  The Buddhist and Hindu revival movements which emerged in Sri Lanka in the middle of the 19th Century are the bases of present ethno-religious groupings.

Sinhala ethnicity is defined in opposition to, or structured against, Tamil and Muslim ethnicities.  Sinhala ethnic sentiment is, therefore, hostile towards Tamils and Muslims.  ‘Structured against’ does not mean that as individuals and in the context of day-to-day interactions, we Sinhalese consider Tamils and Muslims our enemies.  But there are deep rooted perceptions that Muslim agglomerations will invariably endanger the Sinhala ethnicity. Similarly Tamils are viewed as those perpetually planning to divide the country in collusion with South India and the Tamil diaspora.

This is a tinderbox that could give rise to a conflagration any time: any time when political elites use these tensions to gain political power and the personal benefits that come with that power.

Was Aluthgama a random incident?

The easiest path to the top in Sri Lankan politics lies through one of the two major parties.  Those who take alternative paths, such as persons in the smaller political formations, have to find new ways of attracting public attention and gaining political traction. Promoting universally accepted values such as social justice, equality for all, and democracy was one such way.  This was the modus operandi of left wing political parties such as the Lanka Sama Samaja Party.  This strategy does not divide society vertically.  Promoting universal values is ineffective in yielding immediate individual or political gains. The collapse of the Soviet Union and the comprehensive defeat of the JVP insurrection in 1989 marked the end of the road for this strategy.

The focus on universal values exacerbated horizontal class divisions.  In contrast, the current trend of ethnicity based mobilization creates and aggravates vertical divisions between different identities such as Sinhala, Tamil or Muslim.  It is easy to mobilize people on the basis of these ethno-religious identities which allow political actors to address the collective emotions of the people. The rise of the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) demonstrates the efficacy of ethno-religious politics.  Ironically, even the JVP climbed onto the same bandwagon in the mid-1980s because they found the effectiveness of universal values declining.  Alongside the JHU (and its predecessors such as Janatha Mithuro) and the JVP, there was a movement called “Jathika Chinthanaya” which provided a strong philosophical foundation for Sinhala ethno-religious identity politics.

Kindling antagonism toward another ethnic group is necessary to mobilize an ethnic group.  This tendency has contributed to the ethnicization of the political process in the past two decades in general, and after the General Election in 2004 and Presidential Election in 2005 in particular.  In the early stages of this ethnicization of the political process, the LTTE played the role of the “other.” With the demise of LTTE led by Prabhakaran, the TNA and the Tamil diaspora have been substituted but their presence is not as real as it was with the LTTE. The presence of the TNA is largely limited to the north.  The Southern presence of Tamils as a group is limited to Wellawatte and few other localities. On the other hand, Sinhalese interact with Muslims everywhere because they live in large or small clusters amongst the Sinhala throughout the South.  Therefore, it is easier to position Muslims as the “other” or as the enemy of the Sinhala-Buddhist. Anti-Muslim sentiment has been cultivated in the Sinhala-Buddhist psyche over a long time.  It can easily be invoked for reasons of political expediency.

Here it is important to examine the accusations against the Muslims.  For example, it is said that Muslims in Dharga Town do not wear helmets while riding motor bikes.  These accusations may not be baseless.  It is quite natural among minority groups living amongst a majority to evolve such collective behaviours. They have social dimensions as well as deep socio-psychological rationales. These behaviours are not limited to Muslims in Dharga Town.  Sri Lankans who live in France are an example.  They live as they did in Sri Lanka in closely-knit communities amongst the French, causing considerable irritation among communal minded Frenchmen.  This tendency is, therefore, universal as well as quite natural.  However, irritation with this natural tendency can be turned into something malevolent for political gain.  This technique was evident in the speeches made by Rev. Galagodaatte Gnanasara prior to the incident in Aluthgama as well as in the speech made by the JHU’s Champika Ranawaka subsequent to the incident.

Through such techniques, it is possible to provoke aggressive behaviours against the “othered” ethnic and religious identity groups.  This provocative approach is evident in the speeches of Rev. Gnanasara. Interestingly, at the end of these speeches he advises his audience not to resort to violence. But the damage has already been done.  For instance, the Sinhala-Buddhist side justifies the recent violence by claiming Muslims threw stones at their procession, which may be true. But, can we explain the whole series of violent events merely as a response to the throwing of few stones? Additional explanation is needed on why Muslim houses and shops were destroyed and looted and why people belonging to that ethno-religious community were physically harmed.

Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara has argued that Aluthgama was not a conflict between Muslims and Sinhalese, but was a case of looters taking advantage.  This is misleading. Some made, and continue to proffer, similar simplistic explanations regarding the Black July of 1983, even when it was quite clear that the shops looted in 1983 belonged to Tamils, and it was Tamils who were deliberately targeted. If Aluthgama was merely about looting we have to ask why only Muslim shops were targeted.

Government playing a double game?

The other crucial issue is the role of the government. The government shrewdly used the post-war political dynamics to weaken political mobilizations that are its biggest threats. They let various religious groups grow. In fact, some allege that the Bodu Bala Sena is a creation of the Secretary of the Ministry of Defence, but, I disagree. Certainly, Gotabaya Rajapaksa has close connections with the BBS and its agenda may resonate with his political agenda. But when it comes to the all-important issue of containing the activities of the BBS, especially its violent behaviour toward the Muslims, the government has an ‘Asai Bayayi’ or want-but-fear approach.

The government need not actively suppress the religious groups behind the present conflict. It would be sufficient to let the law of the land to take its course, but, the government is not doing that. It is obvious that if a member of the political opposition were to utter anything similar to the inflammatory remarks made by religious extremists, such persons would be speedily arrested.  One cannot forget how speedily law enforcement agencies reacted to Azath Salley and Tissanayagam.

Aluthgama is therefore not a random incident. It is a logical outcome of the government’s past inaction. If the government took measures to let the law take its normal course at decisive moments in the past, the Aluthgama disaster could have been averted.  Liberals and moderate nationalists in Germany used Hitler’s Nazi movement in somewhat the same manner for their political ends.  Though they knew very well that Hitler was dangerous, they thought he could be used against the communists. The present government was similarly using the BBS and other Buddhist extremist groups against its political opponents.  It is time that this stops.

*Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Devasiri, Head, Department of History, University of Colombo. This is article is based on an interview with Bingun Menaka Gamage of the Lankadeepa

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    The reasons which may have caused the Aluthgama incident….

    1) Muslims settled in Sri Lanka well before advent of ISLAM ie. over 1500 years ago and hardline Buddhist groups such as JHU and BBS tries to manipulate that they are ‘new arrivals’ at the time of British rule.
    2) Muslims are being 7.9% of the entire population of Sri Lanka (see gov. senses of 2013) how on earth they can create Sri Lanka a Muslim country? This imaginary hoax to create fear and alarm in Sinhala community by well-planned extremist Buddhist elements to attack the Muslims for absolutely no reason.
    3)Al-Quran and Islam originated in Arabia in Arabic language therefore, every Muslim household anywhere in the world influenced by Arabic language exactly the way Pali has somewhat influence in Buddhism. So it’s natural Muslims learn Arabic from the tender age to read Quran and understand the meaning in original form. This practice in Sri Lanka goes for many, many centuries. It is encouraged followers of true Buddhism to learn Pali and you will have direct access to original source of Buddhism and appeal the way JHU/BBS fabricated what Buddhism is…. What Islam is…..
    4)North and eastern provinces are at the iron grip of Army, Navy, Police, STF, TID and unscrupulous Self Defence (Police) who with the eagle eye monitor every movement of Muslims and Tamils. Even mobile phones messages and numbers are scrutinised and later taken to custody for further investigation. This is an act of pure breach human rights and you can laugh out loud allegation such like Sharia Courts and no-go-zones for armed forces!!!
    5) Madrasas are to teach Quran and if you at least read a translation of Quran, you will undoubtedly understand Islam is a religion of peace. That’s the absolute reason Muslims refrain any violence even JHU/BBS goons try their best redicalsise the Muslims through their ruthless pogrom of looting, killing and the end fulfil the goal of ethnic cleansing of Muslims. Every nook and corner; every junction of roads mushrooming Buddhist temples and Buddha statues (Roads and Government properties are belong to every ethnic groups and erecting Viharas and Buddhist statues are by no means accepted in democracy and human values even infamous ”Independence Square” in Colombo is no exception there you will feel that you are in ”Buddhist Square”)is the top arrogance of Present regime and good example of redicalise Buddhism. North and Eastern provinces not spared to build new Viharas and Buddha statues to satisfy the extremist Buddhists agenda.
    6) As the regime leader MaRa quotes time and after that ”this is a democratic country’’ mean you have right to choose what you are. There are half naked women roaming around everywhere these days is a shame to Buddhist values and their good Buddhist parents are crying why they cannot cover like Muslims!! I still see Muslims in this country eat rice and curry!
    7/8) Not only in Eastern Province but also in Northern Province the archeological sites are being bulldozed under guise of development by the regime- Have you ever wondered why??? Seriously you don’t know why??? It’s ”Treasure Hunt” and ”Tiger Gold” my poor friend – Piles of erasures and tons of gold been plundered by the MaRa family and idiots like Rolands are made to believe by BBS/JHU Goons that Muslims/Tamils are colonising the area. Even the people chased by the LTTE adjoin the Vilapttu National Park barred by the JHU/BBS Goons to return to their homes after three decades of exile. Ruthless beast!!!!! Can they do this to Singhalese who are living and encroaching Singharaja Forest??
    9/10) Finally- Gnanasara, Champika and Gammanpilla with full of hate and filth abused Muslims whom all three gained many, many favours in the past.

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        One thing which emerged with the BBS and their Terror is that like Dewasiri most of the Sinhala elites and intellectuals supported wholeheartedly the SINHALA ONLY evil to prosper and take the tolls as it fits the agenda.

        In many line Dewasiri says “May be true…” when he refers to allegations against `islam & the Muslims. But, when the acts of the terror group is referred he says…”Allegations”. What a crap artist!!!!

        Like his entire progeny, the sinhala’s have come to the stage where the Germans were during the time of Hitler approving him of his Mass Murder. He failed, so is the SINHALA ONLY BUDDHISM.

        Thank you Dewasiri for pouring out your prejudices against the Muslims. You are one of those bastards who have forgotten that it is the Muslims who are helping to run your bloody economy with Petro Dollar money transfers coming in from the Muslim quarters.

        I think the from now on Muslims too should follow the examples of the SINHALA RACISM to descrimintae them the same way way they treated the Muslims who live in Sri Lanka (The Land where satan settled down have a long holiday).

        WE ALL, Muslims, Hindus, Christians have had enough of your dubious intellectual thinking. YOU GUYS ARE BARBARIANS and your BUDDHISM can’t rescue you because the Philosophy itself has gone EVIL totally. Thank you for doing that for the last 100 years.

        BUDDHISM IS A TOTAL FAILURE!!!!

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          These Sinhala Only [Edited out] are fed with racism from their tender childhood. Every temple is a breeding ground for more racists. What they still don’t realize is that their racism is failing their Religion at every step they take.

          I have a gut feeling that this whole thing will come to an end by next year. The Moslems have a temporary set back and will come back ferociously with the Middle East action (revenge) on the UNGRATEFUL BASTARDISM of the Sinhalas.

          IN THE HISTORY OF MANKIND SINHALA BUDDHSITS have kept a record of being barbarians, raping, killing and lying and stooping to low level even though they call themselves “ËDUCATED”.

          Dewasiri is one such bastard who fall in the same line as above/ Filthy bastard who is being born and bred into racism.

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        next BBS/RS topic

        ` muslim male/female genital mutilation lanka`

        down with the Burka and the Thoppi.

        Veddha is a sotthi terrorist.

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        Hey Ella Kolla [Edited out]

        I told you yesterday that Mahinda Rajapakshe was warned by Middle East Ambasidors no? and I told no that Anagariaka [Edited out] said 100 years before that Sinhala Budhist will be like Beggers… so Ots Rigght NO? So why Cry?

        can i tell you ? STOP BAILA and ARRAK, then you can be rich more than Muslims…

        [Edited out]

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          MUS, do you like some medicine from Israel?

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          “Can i tell you ? STOP BAILA and ARRAK, then you can be rich more than Muslims”.

          Why then are the world’s most deprived, least educated, least emancipated, poorest and low life expectasncy with poor human rights record and least women’s rights are found among islamic countries. (View bottom 20 countries in this list).

          http://www.socialprogressimperative.org/data/spi#data_table/countries/spi/sub1,com1,sub2,sub3

          It is not baila and arrak that differentiate Muslim wealth and native poverty in many countries like in sri lanka where Muslims makes up a powerful minority . It is the cult mentality among Muslims who gang up to undermine the majority – acquiring land and businesses, never letting them go out of their clan, helping muslims only in the economic sphere, with the help of external ill gotten oil wealth of the arabs that causes this ombalance.

          Natives need to realise this , unite and perhaps give the same medicine to Muslims. What % of muslim owned busnesses and land property were sold to non Muslims in tha past 10 years?. Non Muslims must try and keep to the same target – in % terms and in absolute numbers. That is not racism. It is survial in the face of grave challenges.

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      ” Muslims settled in Sri Lanka well before advent of ISLAM “

      ??? There were NO Muslims before the advent of Islam.

      ” Islam is a religion of peace ” and Al Qaeda and ISIS/ISIL follow Gandhian principles. Vow, and all of the world media are conspiring to mislead us.

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        Ram, religions have nothing to do with the behaviour of the people. You just saw how violant were the followers of the Buddha and the way they protected Buddhism!?

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        Muslims are there from the time of Adam and Eve, the first man and woman created by God. May be they were called by other names but they were Muslims as they believed in One God – Allah. Their people were identified by the leaders they followed, e.g. Christians were followers of Jesus Christ. Buddhists of Lord Buddha, etc., We are told by God Almighty through Quranic revelations that all the prophets who came into this world were Muslims. Mentioned in Holy Quran are 24 names out of 24,000 prophets sent from time to time to guide mankind away from sin and their own self destruction caused by a general breakdown in the rule of law. When no Prophets came, people degenerated themselves into violent animal like behavior, where the law of the jungle reigned supreme. Invariably Prophets were born into those societies to guide them and reign in sanity.

        Some of the names mentioned are Adam, Abraham, David, Solomon, Joseph, Jacob, Ishmael, Noah, Moses, Jesus and finally Prophet Muhammed (May peace and blessings be upon them all). Prophet Muhammed (Peace Be upon Him) was the Final and Seal of all the Prophets. There will not be any more NEW Prophets sent.

        So that statement ‘Muslims before Islam’ is in perfect order. A good analysis.

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          “We are told by God Almighty through Quranic revelations that all the prophets who came into this world were Muslims. Mentioned in Holy Quran are 24 names out of 24,000 prophets sent from time to time to guide mankind away from sin and their own self destruction caused by a general breakdown in the rule of law.”

          Modern human evolved just 200,000 years ago. If 24,000 prophets were sent time to time that would simply exceed the age of modern human!!! Did these prophets have same life expectancy as that of normal human?? like 50 to 100 years? If that is the case & if they were sent by almighty why didn’t they live longer than normal human beings?

          Why didn’t the prophets have a permanent presence on the earth so that they could have guided mankind away from sin and their own self destruction caused by a general breakdown in the rule of law??

          I’m really confused after reading your comment above!!!

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            A clear sign of an absolute amateur in Monotheistic religions. By the way, these are not my words, but taken from the Quranic scriptures. Your estimation that so called ‘Modern humans evolved just only 200,000 years ago’ is no match to God’s knowledge of how old is human existence. He is our creator and surely He knows best.

            The life expectancy of some of these early prophets were close to a thousand years and more. Even science has proven early life expectancies were far greater than 1000 years. That is why Darwin’s theory of evolution still remains a theory and cannot be proved beyond any reasonable doubt to be true due to a missing link. But during the period of the last Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) the average life span was reduced to between 60 and 70 years, and it has remained that way ever since. Do you have problem dealing with that?

            Prophet’s were righteous men who lived and died on earth just like you and me. They were men born into this world, who faced their own trials and tribulations during their term of existence and came out winners out into the open in shining light. A Prophet supposedly died on the Cross, but most others died natural death. Why should they be any different to the rest of us. They were only messengers who came, did what was expected of them, and returned, expecting their followers to carry forward their message to their next generations and beyond. But it certainly did not always happen that way. So new Prophets were born or were sent from time to time. Even Buddha may have been a Prophet, who knows. Of course, we Muslims cannot accept that, as there is no mention of him by name in our holy scriptures.

            The real or ‘searching for the truth’ study of religion and how it came to guide mankind is quite complex and cannot be explained away in just a few words, as in a forum of this type. It takes years of study of various religions, comparative and singularly, and is serious business, as it can either ‘make you’ to understand the Truth, or ‘break you’ and leave you disillusioned with what you have been following all along.

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              Marwan,

              “Even science has proven early life expectancies were far greater than 1000 years.”

              Any recognised science book mention this??

              “That is why Darwin’s theory of evolution still remains a theory and cannot be proved beyond any reasonable doubt to be true due to a missing link”

              Yes-cannot be proved beyond reasonable doubt until someone links the missing links. Can some one prove beyond any reasonable doubt what is said in Bible, Quran and other religious scriptures are true. Why even the existence of GOD – can someone prove beyond any reasonable doubt?

              Why do you say the last prophet’s age was restricted to only 60-70 years?? Is it because it is in the written history?

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            It may be that the God first created the apes before the modern humans. Apes, even now, like to eat fruits and there is no reason to doubt Adam, who has evolved from apes, eating fruits of the forbidden tree. Fruits of the forbidden tree should be completely different to what the predecessors of Adam ate.We can argue that what Adam ate as having a chemical similar to chemical in Viagra.

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        “If Dr Devasiri were discussing WW1, he wouldn’t start with the assassination of the ArchDuke Ferdinand, if the above article is anything to go by.”

        The above comment is conclusive proof of your superficial
        “education”.

        Please go away. Try the Ceylon Daily News to get your comments published.

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        Of course this is true. He is talking about hindus and buddhists who were enticed to become muslims (through interest free cash loans, stock in trade and opportunities to start up a shop for men and through marriage for women)..

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        @ Ram…It is true that the term Muslims in the general sense comes after the advent of Prophet Muhammad. However, the arabs were in Sri Lanka long before Islam came to arabia 1400 years ago.

        Actually Arabs came to trade in Ceylon ” a well known spice outpost ” quite sometime before the advent of Islam in Arabia. “I seem to think these people were here before Mohamed. They were here as traders,” says Sir Emerson Tennant, a widely respected historian. Prophet Muhammed, or Mohamed as the non-Muslims would say, passed away about 670 A.D. and Islam spread overseas as far ashore as Ceylon, only after his departure. The Arabs who settled in Ceylon at that time, were brought the message of Islam by the Arab Muslims ” great sailors and a renowned maritime trading power; as preached not so long ago, by the one they called, “The light of Arabia”. The Arab Muslims preached about the brotherhood of man and man”s accountability for his actions; that the wealthy had a duty towards their poorer brethren. They spoke so sincerely and with such fervency that the Ceylon Moors (Arabs) hearts were filled with a devotion to this faith that had sprung from the soil of their homeland. “The Mohammedan is a full blooded native of this country. He is just as much a native as a Sinhalese or Veddha because he is here for the last 2000 years” says Dr. W. Balendra L. M. S. (Ceylon) L. R. C. P. (London).

        So its good for everyone to brush up on the history…..

        THe take of ISIS and AL qaeda and the other rubbish lots…
        Hitler, was a christian and killed millions does that make Christianity a murderous, evil, blood thirsty religion? Then Mother Teresa might have followed a really bad religion…

        BBS is advocating hate, malice and enmity…IS it what the dhamma pada teaches? Then Dalai Lama must be following a really bad way of life.

        ISIS Alqaeda do not represent the 1.6 billion muslims in the world and certainly will never represent the teachings of the Quran or the life of the Prophet..

        THere are many well renowed non muslims like Gandhi, George Bernard Shaw and many others (google it up) had to say about islam and prophet muhammed..for eg…

        George Bernard Shaw

        “I have always held the religion of Muhammad in high estimation because of its wonderful vitality. It is the only religion which appears to me to possess that assimilating capacity to the changing phase of existence which can make itself appeal to every age. I have studied him – the wonderful man and in my opinion far from being an anti-Christ, he must be called the Saviour of Humanity.”

        “I believe that if today an autocrat of Mohammed’s caliber assumes world leadership, he could solve all problems of humanity splendidly. The world will become an abode of peace and happiness. I predict that tomorrow’s Europe will embrace Islam.” (‘The Genuine Islam,’ Vol. 1, No. 8, 1936).

        It is high time that we all stop running with the hound (the extremists groups who have not interest in religion they only want power and fame) and see the truth for what it is….

        I wish you all peace….

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          That the Arabs used to trade with Sri Lanka is true, BUT they could not be described as ‘Muslims’ by any stretch of imagination.

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      Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri

      1. “Sinhala ethnicity is defined in opposition to, or structured against, Tamil and Muslim ethnicities. Sinhala ethnic sentiment is, therefore, hostile towards Tamils and Muslims. ‘Structured against’ does not mean that as individuals and in the context of day-to-day interactions, we Sinhalese consider Tamils and Muslims our enemies. But there are deep rooted perceptions that Muslim agglomerations will invariably endanger the Sinhala ethnicity. Similarly Tamils are viewed as those perpetually planning to divide the country in collusion with South India and the Tamil diaspora.”

      2. “This is a tinderbox that could give rise to a conflagration any time: any time when political elites use these tensions to gain political power and the personal benefits that come with that power.”

      Very Good and Succinct analysis of the problem.

      It is us vs. them, phobias and imaginations, in the Land of Native Veddah and Veddahn and by the Paras. This is the core-problem and the lack of Law and Order, with Politicians and Monks above the Law.

      Did you ever wonder why there are hardly ant Tamil Buddhists in Lanka, the Land of Native Veddah? Monk Mohanama lies and imaginations in Mahawansa?

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      Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri,

      One can get an idea as to the though process, when challenged by Rationalists, because TRUTH is PROCESS as CT says.

      Here is a thread from Lankaweb, who are mostly partial. Amarasiris’s experiment, awaiting results.

      Looks like Lorenzo, ala Jim Softy and Leela are Moderators at Lankaweb. Amarasiri is giving them Indigestion…,, Colombo telegraph sorry for the Long post, but wanted to make the connection and points, with observations and data.. Let’s see for how long they will have their Indigestion with Amarasiri…

      Amarasiri Says:
      July 20th, 2014 at 3:15 pm
      “If it is not to do with Muslims-Muslims it is Muslims vs Non-Muslims. Given that there are always the mischief makers looking to make personal gains from these conflicts, the most important question is what are we going to do about the problem or in particular what does the Muslim world propose to do about the problem. They can either deny or decide to resolve the issue at 2 levels: the Muslim-Muslim differences and the Muslim-Non-Muslim integration. In both issues the inability to co-exist takes centre stage. How can Muslims co-exist because if they cannot co-exist amongst themselves how can they co-exist with non-Muslims and who or what is stopping them from co-existing is what Muslims need to now identify?”

      This problem exacerbated with Saudi oil money and the Wahhabis. Why? There are two schools of Thought.

      So, the Conflict is between Alllah Following Moderate Muslims, and the Devil Following Wahahbis and their clones, who wants to destroy Muslims,, their Primary Target.

      1. The Wahaabi Claim that they Follow True and Pure Islam.

      2. Non-Wahhabi claim they follow the Devil, Satan, Shaitan, predicted by by Hadith, and therefore they Follow the Devil in Opposition to God, Allah. That way, the Devil, Wahhabi can destroy the Muslims from within.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadith_of_Najd

      The Hadith of Najd is a famous hadith with several chains of narration about three geographical locations. While all Sunni Muslims accept the group of hadith as authentic, the exact location of the area referred to as “Najd” is disputed.

      A number of authors have claimed that the hadith refers to Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, the patronym of the Wahhabi movement. It is accounted that the origin of Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab is from the modern day Najd region of Saudi Arabia,[14] which happens to be the only surviving region that carried on the title of ‘Najd’ after the geographical codification regardless that there were several distinct locations known previously as ‘Najd’. This theory is generally supported by adherents to other various sects in Sunni Islam that have disdain for Wahhabism.

      Similarly, BBS can be equated to Wahhabis, the Sinhala Buddhist Version of Maras, trying to destroy pristine Sinhala Buddhism. However much you try to whitewash,BBS Terrorism, the BBS Terrorism will be interpreted as Sinhala Buddhist Racism and Terrorism.

      Karl Marx: “Religion is the Opium of the masses”

      Steven Weinburg: “To make good people to do bad things, it takes Religion”

      True for Wahhabi Devil Followers( Muslims?) as well as BBS Mara Followers. ( Sinhala Buddhists?)

      Amarasiri Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation.
      July 20th, 2014 at 4:06 pm
      Al-Maʿarri

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Ma%27arri

      His religious skepticism and positively anti-religious views are expressed in a poem which states, “The inhabitants of the earth are of two sorts: those with brains, but no religion, and those with religion, but no brains.”[16]

      Abul ʿAla Al-Maʿarri (Arabic أبو العلاء المعري Abū al-ʿAlāʾ al-Maʿarrī, full name أبو العلاء أحمد بن عبد الله بن سليمان التنوخي المعري Abū al-ʿAlāʾ Aḥmad ibn ʿAbd Allāh ibn Sulaimān al-Tanūẖī al-Maʿarrī, born 973 CE / AH 363, died 1058 CE/ AH 449) was a blind Arabian philosopher, poet, and writer, who belonged to the Arabian tribe Al-tanukhi. [1] [2][3]

      He was a controversial rationalist of his time, attacking the dogmas of religion and rejecting the claim that Islam or any other religion possessed the truths they claimed and considered the speech of prophets as a lie (literally, “forgery”) and “impossible” to be true. He was equally sarcastic towards the religions of Muslims, Jews, and Christians. He was also a vegan who argued for animal rights.

      In 2013, almost a thousand years after his death, a Jihadist group beheaded the statue of Al Ma’arri during the conflict in Syria.[4] Al Ma’arri remains widely cited among modern Arab atheists.[5]

      Philosophy

      Al-Maʿarri was a skeptic in his beliefs and denounced superstition and dogmatism in religion. Thus, he has been described as a pessimistic freethinker.[9] One of the recurring themes of his philosophy was the rights of reason against the claims of custom, tradition, and authority.

      Al-Maʿarri taught that religion was a “fable invented by the ancients”,[10] worthless except for those who exploit the credulous masses.[10]

      Do not suppose the statements of the prophets to be true; they are all fabrications. Men lived comfortably till they came and spoiled life. The sacred books are only such a set of idle tales as any age could have and indeed did actually produce.[11]
      Al-Maʿarri criticized many of the dogmas of Islam, such as the Hajj, which he called, “a pagan’s journey.”[12]

      He rejected claims of any divine revelation.[13] His creed was that of a philosopher and ascetic, for whom reason provides a moral guide, and virtue is its own reward.[14]

      Al-Maarri’s fundamental pessimism is expressed in his anti-natalist recommendation that no children should be begotten, so as to spare them the pains of life. In an elegy composed by him over the loss of a relative, he combines his grief with observations on the ephemerality of this life:

      Soften your tread. Methinks the earth’s surface is but bodies of the dead,

      Walk slowly in the air, so you do not trample on the remains of God’s servants.[15]

      His religious skepticism and positively anti-religious views are expressed in a poem which states, “The inhabitants of the earth are of two sorts: those with brains, but no religion, and those with religion, but no brains.”[16]

      He was equally sarcastic towards the religion of Islam as he was towards Judaism and Christianity. Al-Ma’arri remarked that monks in their cloisters or devotees in their mosques were blindly following the beliefs of their locality: if they were born among Magians or Sabians they would have become Magians or Sabians.[17]

      Lorenzo Says:
      July 20th, 2014 at 7:01 pm
      Amarasiri is a well known Muslim extremist with a Sinhala father (hence the surname).

      1. BBS cannot be equated to Wahabism. BBS follows the PUREST form of Buddhism. Their CONDUCT may differ because their conduct is NOT supported by Buddhism. Wahabis conduct is supported by ISLAM.

      2. All this Aluthgama things happened because Muslim JIHAD terrorists (NOT Wahabi terrorists) attacked Buddhists. Please watch the video.

      3. The biggest problem is Muslims breeding out of control in SL. That is the DISEASE. Aluthgama is a SYMPTOM of it.

      Amarasiri Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation.
      July 20th, 2014 at 7:50 pm
      “Amarasiri is a well known Muslim extremist with a Sinhala father (hence the surname).”

      Bullshit from Lorenzao , aka Jim Softy -Avtars.

      “The inhabitants of the earth are of two sorts: those with brains, but no religion, and those with religion, but no brains.” Al-Maʿarri

      Examplew. Wahhabis and BBS and many others.

      “1. BBS cannot be equated to Wahabism. BBS follows the PUREST form of Buddhism.”

      Where in the Dhamma, Tipitaka, does it Show the destruction and killing by Buddha?

      Wahhabis and Mara BBS want destruction.

      Buddhism The Great— Part 1

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNOfTGSADdY

      Buddhism The Great — Part 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clcs2PSze0I

      Amarasiri Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation.
      July 20th, 2014 at 8:20 pm
      Lorenzo, JimSwifty and Avatars,

      “”3. The biggest problem is Muslims breeding out of control in SL. That is the DISEASE. Aluthgama is a SYMPTOM of it.”

      Quantify with census data, the factors that contribute to it if true, compared to the other communities, taking into account the emigration of Sri Lankans during this period, and the data normalized.

      Amarasiri Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation.
      July 21st, 2014 at 5:46 am
      Lorenzo, JimSwifty and Avatars,

      “BBS follows the PUREST form of Buddhism. ”

      Compare the BBS “Buddhism” to What was tight by the enlightened Buddha. What are the differences. What did Mara and Devdatta teach?

      You will see that BBS is Bullshit, “Goma” being thrown into pristine Buddhism, like Bullshit, Goma being thrown into pristine cow-milk.

      Read up on, Buddhism and Hinduism too.

      1. Read and understand the Summary of Buddhism , What Buddha Taught bt Rev. Dr. Walpola Rahula, ISBN 955-9219-19-7

      2. More detals on Buddhism, you can read, The Buddha and His Teachings by Ven. Narada Thero, ISBN; 978-955-663-345-0. NEW EDITION 2012.

      3. Remember, the Precursor to Buddhism is Hinduism. So you need to read up on Upanishads as well. Upanishads, A New Translation by Patrick Olivelle, Oxford WorlD’s Classics, ISBN 978-0-19054025-9 Buddha did not take a position on God or a creator God,

      Leela Says:
      July 21st, 2014 at 7:14 am
      Lorenzo, I always knew Amaraya is an assumed name clearly taken up to misguide readers. I suspected Amaraya is a Muhammadan for he always comes up with lies and illogical logic to prove it. But I never knew bugger is fathered by a Sinhalaya. Shame shame shame on that man.

      Here Amaraya is telling us about good Muslims and bad Muslims. As far as we who read about Muhammadanism is concerned, there cannot be any moderate Muslims. All Muhammadans either follow Koran to the letter or not follow it and become apostates. One cannot chose to follow some verses in the Koran and ignore the other verses. But the penalty for being apostate is death.

      Amaraya Muhammad read a bit of Marxism here and there and try to correlate with the context of Koran verses as described in Hadith to tell us Wahhabis are Devils. If jihadi of Wahhabi or Salafi Thowheeds catch him they will skin him live. If Amaraya Muhammad gets near Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi of ISIS, they’ll send him to hell immediately.

      Whoever interpreted the Koran right is no concern of Sinhala Buddhists. I like if Muhammadans continue to kill each other if only they leave we Sinhala Buddhists alone. As Shenali explained in her article, Muhammadans have become a threat to Sri Lanka and Sinhala Buddhists in particular much more than Tamils have ever been.

      Whether BBS is following ‘MARA’ or not is not the point. The majority Sinhala Buddhists by far accepts that BBS has risen against the Muslims who are waging a cultural genocide of Sinhalas is the point Amaraya Muhammad should get to his thick head.

      Amarasiri Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation.
      July 21st, 2014 at 7:58 am
      Leela Says:

      “Here Amaraya is telling us about good Muslims and bad Muslims.”- Bad Wahhabi, Salafi, Deobandi etc. Good ones chose good verses, bad ones choose bad verses.

      Also Here Amaraya is also telling us about good Buddhists and bad Buddhists. Bad BBS. Good Buddhists choose Dhamma, Bad Buddhists choose Mara.

      Why. Read Steven Weinburg: “To make good people to do bad things, it takes Religion”

      Amaraya has been called Atheist. Mohammedan, Christian Fundamentalist, disoriented Buddhist, Juhadi, Communist, Veddah, Para-Demala, etc. Read comments in https://www.colombotelegraph.com

      The correct way to characterize Amaraya, is as an Agnostic Egalitarian Philosopher.. Every other description is pure humbug. JUST address the Issue raisedRereligion people cannot argue their Myths, brainwashed and drowned in them. Rebirth, Reincarnation, karmic energy, Soul, no-Soul, Hell Heaven, Purgatory, and Limbo Myths.

      Read Amaraya comments in https://www.colombotelegraph.com

      “The inhabitants of the earth are of two sorts: those with brains, but no religion, and those with religion, but no brains.”[16].

      Read:Al-Maʿarri Reason Vs, Revelation and Al Ghazali and other on the Reason vs. Revelation debate. Copernicus, Galileo and Kepler put an end to the Geocentric Myths of the Ancients and the Church.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Ma%27arri

      Ancient Sinhalaya Says:
      July 21st, 2014 at 8:19 am
      Islam’s problem is nobody outside it believe in this crap.
      So they clone, clone, clone and clone.
      Bingo, you got a lot of believers. Then non-believers has to be
      eliminated. Or they have to leave the area. When this is repeated over
      time country’s native disappear. That’s their dirty trick.

      Then breeding gets out of control. Then they have to fight for resources.
      These new breeds need food, schools, medicine, housing, jobs etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc.
      Then the mossies start killing each other. That’s nature’s mechanism to control things.
      That’s why the 2004 tsunami killed mostly mossies. Too much breeding.
      Breed, breed, breed and say lla will provide for them. Anybody on two legs
      with an iota of brain will not believe that. But these are mossies.
      Go to other people’s countries and breed and breed. Their book of terror says
      kill all non-belivers while living in somebody else’s land. Who can call that a religion?

      Amarasiri Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation.
      July 21st, 2014 at 8:43 am
      Lankaweb Moderator,

      Why is it taking so long to put Amarasiri’s comments, whereas you put Lorenzo’s and Leelas’s comments quickly? Why double standards? Indigestion of the issues? Wahhabi do the same to atheists and agnostics.

      The Christian Church banned the Heliocentric model… because of indigestion..

      Amarasiri Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation.
      July 21st, 2014 at 8:48 am
      Ancient Sinhalaya

      “The inhabitants of the earth are of two sorts: those with brains, but no religion, and those with religion, but no brains.”[16].

      Read:Al-Maʿarri Reason Vs, Revelation. Applies to ALL RELIGIONS.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Ma%27arri

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        Issue “Resolved”, Disclosure.

        It was claimed that the delay was due to web links. Unknown, if Lorenzo, Jim Softy are moderators.

        Amarasiri Says:
        July 21st, 2014 at 9:11 am
        Lankaweb Moderator,

        Why is it taking so long to put Amarasiri’s comments, whereas you put Lorenzo’s and Leelas’s comments quickly? Why double standards? Indigestion of the issues? Wahhabi do the same to atheists and agnostics.

        The Christian Church banned the Heliocentric model… because of indigestion..

        Do not believe whatever Lorenzo, aka Jim Softy and Avatar’s say.

        Moderator- If you attach a hyper link to your comment your comment will get delayed.

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          Correction: Indigestion Problems Awaiting Moderation and Digestion

          Issue “Resolved”, Disclosure. It was claimed that the delay was due to web links. Unknown, if Lorenzo, Jim Softy are moderators.

          Amarasiri Indigestion Problems again for Lorenzo, Jim Softy and Leela. Check the times . Now it is July 22nd 6:43 pm

          1. Lorenzo, aka JimSofty, aka Leela Moderator approved
          July 21st, 2014 at 4:12 pm

          2. Amarasiri Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation.
          July 21st, 2014 at 4:56 pm

          3. Amarasiri Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation.
          July 21st, 2014 at 6:42 pm

          4. Leela Says:
          July 22nd, 2014 at 2:37 am

          Indigestion Problems with Amarasiri.

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          Lorenzo Says:
          July 21st, 2014 at 4:12 pm
          Muhammad Amarasiri,

          You are off the topic. Buddhism is NOT a religion. It is a philosophy. Modayas cannot understand it. For them there is Islam.

          Let me remind you the topic.

          Political Islam is a global problem and not confined to Sri Lanka alone

          SLs are hand in hand with the WORLD in DESTROYING political Islam.

          Amarasiri Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation.
          July 21st, 2014 at 4:56 pm
          Lorenzo,

          “You are off the topic. Buddhism is NOT a religion. It is a philosophy. Modayas cannot understand it. For them there is Islam.”

          Greek Philosophy was Philosophy. Philos =love Sophy =Wisdom.

          There is Buddhist Philosophy, and Islamic Philosophy. However, BOTH Buddhism and Islam, Hinduism, Christianity and Judaism ARE RELIGIONS, because they deal with AFTER-LIFE. So they are RELIGIONS, God or Not.

          Ancient Greek philosophy arose in the 6th century BCE and continued through the Hellenistic period, at which point Ancient Greece was incorporated in the Roman Empire. It dealt with a wide variety of subjects, including political philosophy, ethics, metaphysics, ontology, logic, biology, rhetoric, and aesthetics

          Amarasiri Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation.
          July 21st, 2014 at 6:42 pm
          Leela Says:

          “Lorenzo, I always knew Amaraya is an assumed name clearly taken up to misguide readers. I suspected Amaraya is a Muhammadan for he always comes up with lies and illogical logic to prove it. But I never knew bugger is fathered by a Sinhalaya. Shame shame shame on that man.”

          Bull Shit. This is the standard defense, when one cannot address the issues at Hand.

          The genealogy of Amarasi is not the Issue. The issue is political Islam and its causes and its impact globally and locally.

          Who are the so-called Sinhala ? They are South Indians and most of them are Sinhala speaking Tamils. Test Their DNA with Tamils and South Indians. So They all are Paras, Foreigners, Para-Sinhala, Para-Tamil, Para-Muslim and other Paras, except of course the Native Veddah,. They were NOT Buddhists, They followed their Egalitarian Traditions until the Buddhist Monk Hegemony was imposed on in the Land of Native Veddah. They call them Aadivassi now, and keep stealing their land.

          The different religions are not much different. They ALL are based on Myths. Political Islam and Political Buddhism, practiced in Lanka, the Land of Native Veddah is not much different.

          “The inhabitants of the earth are of two sorts: those with brains, but no religion, and those with religion, but no brains.” Al-Maʿarri

          So Leela has Religion, Buddhism, and No Brain, just like Lorenzo aka Jim Softy, has Religion, and no Brain

          Agnostics have no Religion and therefore have Brain.

          Leela Says:
          July 22nd, 2014 at 2:37 am
          Spot on Lorenzo, spot on. Muhammad Amarasiri is going on a tangent as usual

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            “However, BOTH Buddhism and Islam, Hinduism, Christianity and Judaism ARE RELIGIONS, because they deal with AFTER-LIFE. So they are RELIGIONS, God or Not”.

            It is hard to develop any coherant argument with a brief write up on these pages @marasiri, but real Buddhism deals with this life, not after life, hence it is markedly different from so-called religions.
            Needless to say I do not expect you to comprehend.

            https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20060811030632AA1Bpt1

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    Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Devasiri, ought to know as the Head, Department of History, University of Colombo that this pattern started from independence with:

    D S Senanayake, advanced by SWRD Bandaranayake, further accelerated by JR Jeyawardene and finally brought to the climax by Mahinda Rajapakse, the King.

    We have gone through several anti-Tamil pogroms and anti-Muslim riots since independence, all in the name of democracy, where the state and the regimes are complicit in these atrocities.

    Even the UNP is afraid to criticize the BBS for fear of losing votes. The Sinhlese community is conditioned this way by the leaders since independence to treat Tamils, Muslims and whoever else as “others”.

    Who, and how can get this unhealthy affliction be remedied? That’s the million dollar question.

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    The most interesting part is the footnote which says “Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Devasiri, Head, Department of History, University of Colombo”.

    Otherwise, although logically and factually faultless, what is stated in the Article is something which is known to everyone, including the hypocritical politicians, especially to the Evil Trio. It is also noteworthy that there are still individuals in Sri Lanka, who are willing to risk life and limb, in the cause of propagating the truth, despite threats of “aba sarana”.

    Take care, Dr Nirmal Ranjith! May the Gods protect you.

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    Whatever rational and philosophical explanation is given to this anti-minority activities in Sri Lanka Since the Independence, Sinhalese have been marginalizing minorities in many ways, this marginalization process led to blood bath. Sinhalese have had enough in sucking the blood of Tamils and now they want to suck blood of Muslims. It is said Muslim blood is mixed up with Sinhalese blood. yet they do not mind to drink their own blood for politics for Instance, 1997. 1988 Sri Lankan army sucked the blood of Sinhalese youths and like that MR and co did drunk the blood of many including Lasantha’s. After Muslim they would start with Catholics and they do not do that right now. one by one. after that what will happen, Sinhalese will fight one another. example look two monks are treated differently. It may one monk is from high casts and other one is from low caste. it is said that Sarath Fonseka could not win because of his caste.
    Some Sinhalese live with inferiority complex and some still have physiological fear of LTTE and Still believe that Tigers would come again. Definitively, many more LTTE would emerge once again if MR and co think that they would be able to get away with Tamil issue and wait and see.
    Sinhalese people are modoyas. post war euphoria and behaviors of MR really tells that he is a bullhead. HE has created millions of Tamil enemies around the world for Sinhalese. wait and see how history would be repeated.

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    If Dr Devasiri were discussing WW1, he wouldn’t start with the assassination of the ArchDuke Ferdinand, if the above article is anything to go by.

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    For attacking a Buddhist monk in Aluthgama Muslims are getting their due return in Palestine.

    Saathu! Saathu!

    Karmam!

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      What absolute rot!

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      T. Modaya!

      What about the Hon MP (Dr. Mervin Silva) who squeezed Uduwe Dammaloka’s Secret parts from North to South and east to West in the supreme Parliment? will he also get the return the way Palatine are getting now? or else no punishment because Dr. Mervin Silva is Madamulana Nanasara kind Pure Sinhala Buddhist?

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      As Muslims we are not scared to die. Specially during this month of Ramazan, those who die are martyrs and will get gain reward for their patience and enter paradise. What is happening in Palestine can in no way be a reflection of what happens here in SL. Here too Muslims were victims, and there too Muslims are victims. It is no different. Muslims are happy to die for their religion, that is why you find so many foreign fighters who come from all over the world, willing to lay down their lives by joining ISIS/ISIL in Iraq. They will not run away as cowards and that is the reason for success of ISIS in their campaign so far, to set up a new Caliphate. It is people like you Tamodaya, who are a bloody disgrace to your religion and who-so-ever you represent, who get climaxed and enjoy witnessing death of innocent Muslim men, women and children.. Those innocents who get killed are dying without any cause or blame but simply because they are Muslims living in Palestine. You, are a real vulgar sadist. Worst of its kind. For people like you, the worst is still to come, and your end will be a real nightmare, then you will regret these words. Then it will be time for us to say, Ameen.

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      This is the kind of crass comments from Tamodaya (aka Fathima Fukshima aka Lorenzo)you would expect at LW
      It’s no wonder LW is frequented only by a handful of idiots with their heads buried in the sand.
      It’s quite hilarious to read comments at LW. It’s no surprise its not taken seriously.

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      Just have a look at why a well versed Buddhist accepted Islam as his religion of choice, and his reasons for rejecting Buddhism. I hope that this will be enough to kill your ego.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=IvCU-4TE-ec

      And a very smart answer to a difficult question by this same person who came into Islam

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=fT7HUiIqbPw

      These are just a taste of what will happen to Buddhism in some time in the future. If you want some more, you can have some more:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-c9d97wtXg&feature=player_detailpage

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    The below is nothing to do with the above topic….And also not to justify anti Muslim sentiments prevailing in Sri Lanka.

    When British India was partitioned in 1947 Hindus and Sikhs constituted about twenty percentage (20%) of the population in what is now Pakistan. Now it is barely one percentage (1%). How this could have happened? Can somebody explain to me??

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      Hindus and Sikhs- How this could have happened? Can somebody explain to me?? ULLU KA PATTA
      BOTH ARE TALIBAN LIKE KABI BEDI- 1.5M SLAUGHTER BY PLAYBOY JINNA THE MUSLIM.
      1% MANMOHAN BORN IN PAKI PAKISTAN; MUSHARAF BORN IN DELHI
      THEREFORE 12 SUCIDE ATTACKS IN HINDIA NOT LOOKED INTO TO TODAY.

      ` horror of muslim female genital mutilation`

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        VAJI (ULLU KA PATTA)

        Learn something about constructive criticism! Restrain yourself, don’t let others restrain you!

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      This was the same thing in Maldives, Malaysia, Afghanistan. They were previously Buddhist countries.

      Mogul crimes in India are very well known.

      Quran (3:151) – “Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers, for that they joined companions with Allah, for which He had sent no authority”.

      Hinduism worships idols which is haram in Islam.

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        I think Buddhism started with the enlightenment of Buddha about 2600 years ago. What were the religions in Maldives, Malaysia and Afghanistan before Buddhism spreaded? If you do not know the answer, never ever talk about the spreading of Islam! Otherwise always quote that Islam replaced outdated Buddhism in those countries.

        If Mogul wanted an Islamic India, they could have simply achieved it by forceful conversion, marriage, killing, preaching etc. Instead they just allowed religious freedom to the subjects. That is why India is an Hindu majority country today.

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        Fathima Fukushima the Lord Buddah

        Embrase Islam, simple all truble will be free from there onwards

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    Kabi, When Prophet Mohamed (Peace be upon Him) left the earth there were only 140000 thousand followers of Islam that too confined to Arabia. Now we have more than One Billion Muslims around the world. They all embraced Islam voluntarily and the count only increases to date. Truth always prevails over falsehood. There is nothing that could be done to that. That is the natural norm. Sorry Pal.

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      ‘They all embraced Islam voluntarily’

      Ha ha ha try telling that to the kidnapped schoolgirls and the millions of victims of Islam. Islam and Christianity were spread with fire and sword.

      http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/1000-christian-hindu-girls-forced-to-convert-to-islam-every-year-in-pakistan-report/1/353608.html

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        Kidnapped schoolgirls in Nigeria by Boko Haram and Islamic teachings are miles apart. They are common criminals who may profess the Islamic faith. You have got your wires mixed up. There are many skeptics like you who can’t or don’t have the common knowledge to figure out facts in its correct perspective. Every time you put one down another one keeps popping up. We keep repeatedly saying it over and over again, that is not Islam, but a bit like ideologies of our own violent BBS/RB/SU/JHU mugs. The only difference being they have weapons and our brawns have government and police support.

        What happened in violent racial attacks in India and in so called Muslim dominated countries is not Islam. Those incidents are condemned in unequivocal terms and are criminal acts which must be investigated and perpetrators brought to justice. All are human beings first, then true to the religion they profess and then comes their country. Those racist elements are similar to BBS and racially inclined Buddhist monks attacking Muslims in our own country. Do they represent or act according to Buddhist teachings? They are monks gone mad. Get a hold of yourself man.

        Hey, No one can be forced to accept a religion silly. It is purely a matter of choice. It can only be spread if people come to accept it, and take a liking to it, and decide ‘this is what I want to be’. Spreading Islam by the sword is a myth. How can it survive and grow under a tyrannical force and specially if it is forced against ones’ own will. There are loads of video out there on Youtube why people accept Islam as their religion of choice, from the homeless, begging on the streets to the richest in movie, TV and Sports stars. You believe they all accepted Islam by the sword? Then you must be having bad or may even be wet dreams.

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      But this trend was reversed in Israel, Spain, Japan and Burma.

      SL has lot to learn from them.

      No wonder they are SL’s best friends!

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      Ansar

      “Truth always prevails over falsehood. There is nothing that could be done to that. That is the natural norm. “

      Can you define “Truth”, the way you understand it.

      Can you define “Falsehood”, the way you understand it.

      Different people understand Truth and Falsehood differently.

      For 25% of Americans and about 40% South Asians, Sun Going around the Earth is the Truth.

      1 In 4 Americans Thinks The Sun Goes Around The Earth, Survey Says.

      http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/14/277058739/1-in-4-americans-think-the-sun-goes-around-the-earth-survey-says

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      Why muslims are this dumb ?

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        Jim softy

        “Why muslims are this dumb?”

        Their teachers are either Tamils or Sinhala/Buddhists.

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      ansar:

      Is talking the typical Islamic way.

      Lie in the name of religion.

      Everybody in the whole world knows how muslims convert from other religions by marrying their women, how muslim propagate theirs with increased birth rates, how muslims use the democratic ways of other countries to propagate islam and then use Islamic ways to destroy and wipe out other cultures and civilizations.

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    Dear Kabi. Do not worry your caste system will eat your Hindi population soon. It is inhuman caste system should be blamed for decline of Hinduism: leave all other aspect of polytheistic or irrational belief system you have. even to worship Lingham. leave hat one side consider how caste system is a curse for people of Hinduism. No human being would like to humiliated one basis of his birth or race or color or language: these are beyond people choice. It is this case system or injustice that made millions of Hindu to turn to Islam: yet, today most of westerners turn to Islam through reading Islam:
    your faith into incarnation into animals do not give any respect to humanity. How could you disgrace human beings like that. you belief that after death man would take into another form/ Who said that. Does DNA justify this/ take DNA of any man to see if he was turned from any animal.
    we live in a scientific age this outdated belief system of many religion do not fit to the test of age that is why people are turning to Islam in millions. Please do not miss your chance: read more about Islam and you could go into first row in the Holiest place in this earth. A few hundred of Bahamians could fool one billion of Hindus in this world. that is Hinduism today.

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      It is not “MY CASTE SYSTEM” and It is not “MY HINDUISM”. There shouldn’t be two opinions as to HOW DISGUSTING thing is Caste system. That is India’s biggest Invention in the world. India is a curse to South Asia from where all Stupid Practices spread.

      There is a question whether Alexander won India OR India Won Alexander? It is said to be India because Alexander took SNAKE CHARMERS with him to his empire!

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      “Does DNA justify this/ take DNA of any man to see if he was turned from any animal.”

      Yes- DIFINITELY NOT PROVED BY DNA AND NEVER WILL BE.

      “we live in a scientific age this outdated belief system of many religion do not fit to the test of age that is why people are turning to Islam in millions”

      As we live in scientific age – Do you believe in Darwin theory? Do you believe in Big Bang? Are everything told in Quran proved scientifically? Can you question what is said in Quran scientifically?

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        Science has no say in religion, specially in Islam. They don’t mix well. Science uses logical approach to prove facts or derive answers, but in Islam it doesn’t have to be that way. Otherwise how can science explain the miraculous birth of Jesus (PBUH) without male intervention. God informs Muslims as revealed in the Holy Quran. He does not depend on models, examples, proof, ideas, advice, reasoning nor justification to decide on anything. He (God) only has to say Be, and it is. Both Christians and Muslims the world over, believe the miraculous birth of Jesus to be true. How about the creation of the first man Adam and his wife Eve, they both had neither a father nor a mother. How does science explain that? Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

        Learn what Maurice Bucaille a French scientists has to say about Quran and Science. In 1976 Bucaille published his book, The Bible, The Qur’an and Science which argued that the Quran contains no statements contradicting established scientific facts. Bucaille argued that the Quran is in agreement with scientific facts. He states that in Islam, science and religion have always been “twin sisters”. His belief is that the Quran’s descriptions of natural phenomena make it compatible with modern science. Bucaille concludes that the Quran is the Word of God. Read Islam and Science in Wikipedia.

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    Some valuable insights. Thank you Dr Devasiri. I don’t agree with your ‘asayi bayayi’ theory, however. This is not a government that is cautious and that thinks of consequences.MR & GR set out to exploit the incident to their perceived advantage.MR characteristically does things unthinkingly and then tries to shape it up or waits stupefied with a hope it will turn out well

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      Thanks Mr. Jayasinghe,
      I agree. ‘Asayi bayayi’ does not carry what I want to say about the relationhsip between Rajapakshas and the BBS

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        Not to mention that no academic worth his / her salt would use such un-academic phraseology (aasayi-bayayi) in their codifications…

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    Dear Dr. Dewasiri

    Your writing proves there are rational thinking Sinhalese in the country.

    Your alternative analysis of Aluthgama is very enlightening to an open mind. There are some intellectuals in the Sinhala Budhist community who would not want to understand an analysis like this.

    Sinhala Budhist monks are still stuck with their premodial thinking and they need to be trained to grow up as civilized human beings before becoming Budhist monks.

    I think only civilized intellectuals in the Sinhala Budhist community will understand these facts but the educated Moda Sinhalayas will never want to know the truth behind Aluthgama. You will see this from the attitudes of Champika Ranawake, gammanpila, Nalin de Silva, Mahinda himself who said Mewa Sulu deval means these are minor incidents. What do you think of the blind Gona Professor GL a Peiris who advised the Muslims not to talk about the incident and not to internationalise the events and how naive he is to ask a victim not to complain but to suffere the pain. These are the intellectuals we have in Sri Lanka.
    .

    Your analysis should be published in Sinhala newspapers for the good of the country.

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    Nimal Ranjith Devasiri is NOT dumb. He is exceptionally DISHONEST. That looks like his nature. His dishonesty should be only with respect to the buddhists and to the incumbent govt.

    Why he does not talk about how European govts allowing anit-immigration sentiment in the society to run wild against asians, africans etc., etc ?

    Why Nimal Ranjith Devasiri singles out only the Sri Lankan govt ?

    Besides politicians like to ride the wave. that is where votes are.

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    this is not an article so it is not comprehensive. it looks a little superficial because it apparently based on an interview. there is no reference to anti christian activities. you as a historian possess the necessary background to go deep into the subject and enlighten the public. your statements pertaining to salary issues were excellent.pl. do not venture into this kind of writing in the future.
    -former academic

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    Doctor did your study extend to find out, on the other-hand, the extent to which ethnic and religious minorities view sinhala buddhists as their blood-cousins and erstwhile friends too?

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    Though Islam means submission or surrender to the will of God in practice it has morphed into a violent religion whose followers are ready to lay their lives for sake of Islam. Those who die for Islam has the golden key to paradise. The Quran not only calls Muslims to submit to Allah, it also commands them to  subdue people of other religions until they are in a full state of submission to Islamic rule. It calls non-Muslims as infidels. This has inspired the aggressive history of Islam and its success in conquering other cultures. Islamic Brotherhood is a lofty principle in Islam, but again we don’t see that in practice. Prophet Muhammad himself was a fighter who ambushed his enemies in battle. He took many wives belonging to different Arab tribes to consolidate power. When Mohammed died in 632 AD without naming a successor there was tussle for succession.
    While the majority of followers of Islam felt that a new leader should be chosen by majority opinion, a fringe minority group felt that the successor should come directly from Muhammad’s family. This fringe group came to be known as the Shiite. They believed Muhammad’s son-in-law Ali ibn Abi Talib, known simply Ali, should succeed him.Unfortunately for the proponents of Ali, the majority of Muslims felt family ties to the Prophet Muhammad were not a prerequisite for leadership. On the contrary, the majority felt his replacement should be named by vote, not family lineage. This group that favoured the majority opinion choosing Muhammad’s successor were known as the Sunni, and like the Shiites they had their own man in mind. However, it was not Ali. It was Muhammad’s close companion, a man named Abu Bakr, that the Sunnis wanted to see at the helm.
    Sadly for the minority Shiites, the Sunni won out and Abu Bakr became the leader of Islam, known as the Caliph. However, this did not settle the conflict in the mind of the Shiites and violence and war began to torment Islam. In fact, several of the first Caliphs met violent deaths at the hands of those who opposed their validity as leaders of Islam.
    Aisha endorsed her father Abu Bakr as the successor to Muhammad. In the Battle of the Camel (656), Aisha opposed her step son-in-law Ali outside the city of Basra because she wanted justice on the perpetrators of the assassination of the previous caliph, Uthman. Aisha’s forces were defeated and Muhammad’s widow was respectfully escorted back to Medina. When Muhammad died in 632, he had not named a successor.
    Now Sunnis account for 87 – 89% of Muslims and Shiites 11 – 12%. This schism has come down for centuries and both factions have resorted to arms to settle the dispute. As of now the Sunnis and Shiites are fighting bloody wars resulting in bloodshed in Iraq, Syria and clashes in Pakistan and Bahrain. Although Both Muslim groups consider the Quran to be divine, Sunni and Shia have different opinions on hadith. Of course each call the other infidels.
    There are some positive aspects found in Islam like prohibition on alcohol and tobacco. Negative aspects found in Islam is the virtual declaration of war against other religions by claiming”There is no god but Allah; Muhammad is the last Messenger of Allah.” There are about 500 verses in the Quran that speak of Allah’s hatred for non-Muslims and the punishment that he has prepared for their unbelief.  There is also a tiny handful that say otherwise, but these are mostly earlier verses that many scholars consider to be abrogated by the later, more violent ones. 

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      Mathy is suffering from Islamophobia. He has got bitten by the bug. You can write volumes and volumes of loosely framed sentences, barbed or loaded with poison to cause sharp attacks on the teachings of Islam, but they don’t mean a thing. It is all hearsay and rubbish. This verbal diarrhea simply proves your ignorance. Without any substantiated reference material, including quotes and the absence of any true knowledge, simply plucked fantasies from thin air, most of which are your own ill conceived misunderstanding of Islam, all put together or copy/pasted just to prove one thing only, your contempt and your ignorance, which ultimately means absolutely nothing. Zilch. A waste of time and energy.

      There are enough literature out there for the truly discerned in the form of Islamic websites, Youtube channels focusing on Islam, from learned theologians, some of whom are converts to Islam, converts from all of the other major religions of the world, like Yusuf Estes (a Christian father), for comparative studies Zakir Naik, Ahamed Deedat, Hussein Yei, all of whom are ready and willing to take your questions to put your concerns and doubts at rest, without listening to Mathy’s sermon on his concocted, contorted, distorted and prejudiced views on Islam.

      Islam is a beautiful religion. A religion of Peace. It has its own laws and is a complete way of life. There are sometimes small sacrifices we need to make in this world, in order to achieve higher elevations in the hereafter. Abstain from liquor consumption, keep away from gambling, womanizing, dabbling in interest money, modesty in dress code for women to protect themselves from becoming vulnerable in male dominated societies. In Islam, family comes first, unlike so called ‘celibate’ monks lusting away in temples, fantasizing their orgies or screwing a newbie or a fresher, thereby corrupting or bringing into disrepute the entire lineage of monks living in those monasteries and temples etc., etc., I can go on and on, but that beats the purpose.

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      Thank you Mathy for this very educational, succinct and objective summary of the origins and history of Islam.

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      Dear Kabi. your ignorance about Islam is very much apparent from your writing: let me tell you. there are must one and only God for this universe and not hundreds as Hinduism have. suppose a country has got two presidents: how would you see both fighting. What about this universe. If there are more than one God. They all will fight one another. you know how ugly practices Hinduism has got. I could list hundreds of them:
      take for instance worshiping private organ of God? does it make sense:
      take Christianity for they made son of God: how many Sons God will have if got one? why can not he get more sons: does not make sense to have sons for God/ compare all other religions: all are man made I think that Islam is only remaining religion pure in its contents and it is only monotheistic religion: judo-christian and Islam are same and one. yet, judo and christian have been altered by men but not Islam
      Quran begins with 114 times with name of most merciful and compassionate which Holy book begins like that.
      if you have only one God who sent divine Guidance you should read to know it and you will know the truth: I’m Tamilan like you but God opened my heart to the truth from dirty form of caste system: ugly form of Hinduism : this is racism itself.

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        Vasanthan,

        “take for instance worshiping private organ of God? does it make sense:” – DO THEY DO THAT… THAT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE

        “What about this universe. If there are more than one God. They all will fight one another.” WHY SHOULD THEY FIGHT??

        You said the Universe should have only one god…. I agree, the Universe should have one god… if one exists.

        However, now scientists talk about MULTIVERSE meaning THAT there could be many universes like our one. Then, can each of those universes have one god each? OR all of them were created by the same god which created ours namely Allah?

        I’m still wondering why Quran/ bible / other Religious scriptures have not mentioned about the universe. Like how the universe was created, how many are there etc?.

        Because this could have avoided the humanity’s mis-conceptions like first they thought the earth was flat, then they thought Milky Way Galaxy was the universe, then they came to know there are billions of galaxies like ours in the Universe and now they talk about Multiverse.

        I’m getting confused at times when think about these!!!

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        Vasanthan,

        “how many Sons God will have if got one? why can not he get more sons”

        May be it used some sort of a Contraception :)

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      Mathy Pathiban is a Journalist runs magazine company, he has become Jehovas Witness from Hindusam. so he is againts all odds, if you really dig the Jehovas Witness is a Jews created among the christian to devide the religon…

      Fool Mathy Pathiban, you are illitrate at teh end

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      Even though, muslims are prohibited to drink alcohol, one guy worked in a SEVEN STAR TOURIST hotel in the middle east told, that alcohol was the best sold item in a place where native muslims are visiting.

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    Dear All,

    My humble request to all those who claim that Islam was spread by violence and what is Truth, is to read an Authentic translation of Quran and the Practices of Prophet Mohamed (Peace be upon Him).

    I will quote only two things for your understanding.

    1. Quran starts with a challenge, saying “THERE IS NO DOUBT IN THIS BOOK” and continues to talk of every aspect of life, human evolution, geograpy,the big bang theory, the end of the world and how to live like a human in our short span of life. In contrary, all sciences begins with the phrase stating, THERE IS A BELIEF THAT SUCH AND SUCH THING HAPPENED OR HAPPENS BECAUSE OF THIS….., which is always controversial as you claim.

    With regard to the life of Prophet Mohamed (PBUH). It is none other than a Christian researcher who placed HIM first in the list of 100 Great Personalities of the world, even placing Jesus Christ (PBUH) down the rank. That speaks volume of his Character and Human aspect of his life.

    Please read and understand before jumping to conclusions or listen to DR.ZAKIR NAIK ON PEACE TV, if you are not a reader.God has given him the insight of comparative religion as well. You can even mail him on your queries. I am just a layman and my power of expression may not sink into, professionals like you all.

    Thanks for your understanding.

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      Ansar,

      “…continues to talk of every aspect of life, human evolution, geograpy,the big bang theory”

      -Quran 21.30 Do those who disbelieve ever consider that the heavens and the earth were at first one piece, and then We parted them as separate entities; and that We have made every living thing from water?3 Will they still not come to believe?-

      ARE YOU SAYING VERSE 21.30 IN QURAN AS BIG BANG THEORY?? ARE YOU FOR REAL??

      21.33 It is He Who has created the night and the day and the sun and the moon each gliding along in its orbit – DOES THIS MEAN SUN AND MOON ORBITING AROUND EARTH??

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    ‘Asayi Bayayi’ theory is too simplistic in analyzing the interrelationships amongst the elements within the Sinhala Buddhist Power Set; it’s not a question of government inaction, in fact the political authorities ACTIVELY intervene and utilizes law enforcement agencies to protect and provide cover to elements such as the BBS in projecting and maintaining Sinhala Buddhist hegemony in every nook and corner of the country.

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    NrRjDw says : [The Buddhist and Hindu revival movements which emerged in Sri Lanka in the middle of the 19th Century are the bases of present ethno-religious groupings]

    And from 2000, it is the Islamic revival movement.

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    The following news item gives an insight into the mind-set of Muslims. First they go as refugees or as immigrants exploiting the liberal immigraation of countries like UK and Canada. Once settled they establish mosques, madrasas, Islamic Cultural Centres, introduction of Sharia to settle disputes among Muslims etc. Finally, they wasnt to carve out independent states where the Muslim population is in a majority. Strangly, you cannot try these stunts in a country dominated by the Muslims.No temples, churches, kuruduwas are allowed. It will amount to blashemy. As someone pointed out the poulation of Pakistant was 80% Muslims and 20% Hindus and Sikhs, now a paltry 1%!

    Islamic extremists have called on British Muslims to establish three independent states within the UK.

    The notorious Muslims Against the Crusades (MAC) group have named Yorkshire towns Bradford and Dewsbury and Tower Hamlets in East London as testbeds for blanket sharia rule.

    The medieval ’emirates’ would operate entirely outside British law, according to a document on the MAC website.

    The MAC group, led by Abu Assadullah, was set up last year and has become notorious because of its violent protests, most provocatively burning poppies during the Remembrance Day silence.

    Under the heading ‘Muslims should set up Islamic emirates in the UK’, MAC says: ‘We suggest it is time that areas with large Muslim populations declare an emirate delineating that Muslims trying to live within this area are trying to live by the sharia as much as possible with their own courts and community watch and schools and even self sufficient trade.

    ‘Likely areas for these projects might be Dewsbury or Bradford or Tower Hamlets to begin with.

    ‘In time we can envisage that the whole of the sharia might one day be implemented starting with these enclaves.’

    The call is likely to cause anger among moderate Muslims and community leaders in the areas concerned.

    Ian Greenwood, leader of Bradford Council, said people would ‘not allow extremists to provoke them into violence’.

    London 7/7 bomber Mohammad Sidique Khan lived in Dewsbury, which has battled to diffuse extremism in recent years. In 2007, it was alleged that a number of Muslims in Dewsbury were running an illegal Islamic court from a school and similar claims have been made in Tower Hamlets and Bradford.

    Tower Hamlets council was last year accused of falling under the control of extremist groups following a documentary by the Daily Telegraph journalist Andrew Gilligan.

    The plan is part of the MAC’s response to the government’s revised Prevent strategy to combat Islamic extremism.

    In its document, called Islamic Prevent, the fanatics also call for an end to CCTV cameras in and around mosques.

    It says: ‘Muslims must get rid of all CCTV cameras from Muslim institutions. Sadly many mosques have today adopted CCTV cameras to spy on Muslims on behalf of the police and local authorities.’

    Other inflammatory instructions include demanding the release of all Muslim prisoners, a ban on Muslims joining the police or armed forces and a rejection of British democracy.

    The document ends: ‘We can conclude that measures by the UK government are nothing more than an attempt by them to strip the Muslim community of their Islamic identity and to integrate them into the non-Islamic way of life.’

    The revised Prevent programme, announced last month, is aimed at tackling home-grown terrorism and radicalisation of students.

    It demands stricter controls on extremist literature and a more proactive approach by universities to prevent extremism.

    Councillor Greenwood added: ‘Extremism is less likely to emerge when people get the opportunity to come together.

    ‘Local voluntary, community and faith groups, the council, and other public and private sector partners, all work together in Bradford to strengthen community relations and encourage better understanding and respect between all our communities.

    ‘We believe that this is one of the best ways to build a tolerant society in which extremism plays no part.’

    Tower Hamlets and Kirklees Council, the local authority for Dewsbury, refused to comment.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2011433/Islamic-extremists-set-independent-states-UK-fall-Shariah-law.html

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    Marwan refers to the Muslim extremist armed group in Iraq/Syria which has carved out a Islamic state covering North Iraq and parts of Syria.Recently they over ran Mosul a Christian dominated city. The ISIS has given 3 choices to the Christians.

    1. Convert to Islam.

    2. Pay the ‘jizya’ tax that renders them dhimmis – i.e., second-class citizens granted limited protection if they hand over half an ounce of pure gold.

    3. Death by the sword.

    They were given a few days to make up their minds.

    Mosul’s Christians – Catholics and Orthodox who until this month had celebrated Mass in the city every Sunday for 1,600 years – are fleeing for safety.

    Of course Marwan will have a ready answer for ISIS rape of democracy. “The ISIS is an extremist group consisting of blood thirsty tyrants and they have nothing to do with real Islam which is a “peaceful” religion.”

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      David, I did not say that what ISIS is doing to Iraq is correct, nor do I support its cause since I have nothing to gain from them invading Iraq. You simply missed my point and presumed a lot of things. I only laid emphasis on the fact that foreign forces are joining ISIS prepared to fearlessly lay down their lives for Islam, which is also to remove or chase out a selfish Shiite only government. In actual fact, this is a political was with a religious connotation to give in more clout.

      What was truly behind the creation of ISIS was disgruntled Baath party members who regrouped with Iraqi armed forces of mainly Sunni sect personnel who served under Saddam regime. They all got displaced from their jobs and as minorities had no Sunni representation in government to represent their case, and thus got radicalized. They are actually fighting a political war with religious connotations to give it more clout.

      ISIS is fighting a war, and in war situations, different strategies are applied when it comes to war admin, unlike in civil admin. The basic call is ‘Either you are with us, or you are with the enemy and there is nothing in between’. It may appear inhuman or barbaric to you, since we don’t deal this way in normal life, but it is a tried and tested method by the Prophet during his time. The rules of engagement are that those captured non-Muslims are given notice to either convert to Islam, or pay Jizya tax and stay protected in their homes, or are given sufficient notice to vacate their homes, or get killed in a fight to the death. These lands and properties and the Jizya tax that is collected is considered war booty and fair game for the invading Muslim soldiers.
      It is not that I am coming up with answers to justify my case, but there seems to be a lot of things you don’t know or ignorant of, in these war situations. Whether these rules of engagement are fair or unfair, justifiable or not is of course debatable, and there are many reasons for both sides of the argument.

      Another thing you need to understand is that Democracy per-se is not Islamic style of governance. I know it will make you more uncomfortable when you read that. It is actually a western word coined for their own style of administration. In Islam there is no such thing as a majority minority vote but rather a collective vote, or in other words a consensus vote or a decision. This is done through a Shura body or Council which will pool everyone’s views and collectively derive the best solution to address the situation. An appointed leader will finally decide and announce his decision after listening to everyones views, on matters such as who will serve in which positions of governance, or decide on a plan of action, or matters may be related to religion, such as when the fasting begins and ends, etc., etc., Everyone in the Council will agree to accept and abide by the decision and consider it Final. This decision will be in the best interest to serve the entire Shura Council representative body, which is given highest consideration. This system is actually practiced in most Arab countries and it has serves them well.

      Most of Arab customs and traditions may sound strange and villainous to many, but that is due to their own upbringing and their daily diet of exposure to only western methods considered sacred.

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    I take issue with Ahmad who claims “If Mogul wanted an Islamic India, they could have simply achieved it by forceful conversion, marriage, killing, preaching etc. Instead they just allowed religious freedom to the subjects. That is why India is an Hindu majority country today.

    Actually India has a Hindu majority because two states have been carved out from India in 1947. Pakistan has a population of 177 million, Bangladesh has a population of 148 million and India has a Muslim population of 177 million (14.6%)totalling 502 million. In an undivided India (1002 million) Muslims will account for 37% as against about 60% Hindus. If you take into account the birth rate, Muslims will over take Hindus in another 25 years. That is the fear of the Hindus.

    As someone pointed out, in Sri Lanka the Muslim population increased from 7.05% in 1981 to 7.05 to 9.23% in 2011 a solid increase of 2.18%. In comparison the Sinhalese population increased for the same period a mere 0.93% and Tamils -1.5%. In real numbers Muslims increased 78.60% Sinhalese 38.20% and Tamils 20.35%!

    Islam’s ultimate goal is to conquer the whole world for its God – Allah, by destroy all other religions and murder all non-Muslims who refuse to convert to Islam.

    To Muslims, freedom of religion means practicing Islam only. This means, Muslims are obligated by the Quran (2:193, 8:39 etc.) to destroy all other religions – Christianity, Judaism, Mormonism, Hinduism and others – by whatever means necessary for establishing Islam as the only religion in the whole world.

    Freedom of religion in the Western democratic world is aimed at protecting the rights and dignity of different religious communities, so that they can practice their respective religious rites and rituals without fear and interference. However, religious freedom to Muslims – that is, allowing them to practice what they are obligated to by the Quran – means allowing them the right to establishment Islam as the state religion, murdering or subjugating infidels (9:5, 9:29), murdering apostates, via dhimmitude for Christians and Jews, enslaving and raping the kafir women and children, subjugation and repression of Muslim women, killing the critics/blasphemers of Islam, and most of all, destroying the manmade constitutions of democratic nations with its imbedded freedom and democracy, and replacing it with Sharia Law. These are all demanded of Muslims by their sacred religious texts, namely the Quran and Ahadith (Sunnah).

    I have merely stated raw facts which should not be construed as demeaning Islam/Muslims.

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      Francis, these are raw facts from where? Ya sure, it is raw and not refined facts. You have copy pasted wholesale from Islamophibic web sites. Or else there is no way anyone can claim these to be ‘Raw facts’, since this is not common knowledge to anyone nor for everyone. There are many mischievous websites out there which portray Islam as a religion of hate, take quotation from Holy Quran completely out of context, like our very own BBS chipmunks, and demonize Muslims as some unworthy piece of s..t. Sadly enough, this is the same s..t that you and many others consume and regurgitate on a daily basis, thereby proving that you don’t have the courage to verify the truth by doing some of your own research by going to websites that teach Islam in its true and correct perspective, or, ask us what you want to clarify in Islam, and by God’s gift and help, we are ready to deliver if time and space permits.

      If Islam is so filthy as you portray it to be, how come there are over 1 or is it 1.5 billion (subject to correction) Muslims in the world today, of which an estimated 70 percent are decent practicing Muslims. If you get an opportunity see the mass of Muslim humanity gathering at the Holy site of Ka’ba in Mecca these days – Ramazan days (Youtube). You think all these people are insane or stupid to accept or be Muslims for all the wrong reasons, that you are presenting as your ‘Raw facts’. If those were true, there would have been a bigger outflow of Muslims towards other religions, rather than an inflow of new Muslims as is happening today. You should probably now think, then why I am being left out and start doing your own research by watching lectures of people of the caliber of Yusuf Estes, Ahmed Deedat, Zakir Naik, Nooman Ali Khan, the Deen Show and the likes (all available on Youtube), and arm yourself with true and correct knowledge of Islam and not some rubbish you picked up from somewhere and call it ‘Raw facts’. Probably it doesn’t take much to convince you to go further to produce ‘Raw facts on True Islam’.

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      Muslims think by 2028, the whole world would be Muslims.

      they are working hard to achieve that target. One way excessive population growth among muslims.

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        Hey Jim Soththi, It may happen sooner than that. It is not in our hands, but in the hands of our Creator. We Muslims for our part are doing only what God expected of us, and that is to follow His gift, our religion to the letter. You have a problem with that?

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    Kabi,

    I am not in a position to guide through every aspect of human evolution and big bang theory as envisaged in the holy Quran. We believe it’s a divine revelation with pin point accuracy. So I once again appeal to you to approach the learned Scholars or Dr.Zakir Naik who will enlighten you with Quranic revelations together with his knowledge of science which can never be disputed by anyone. It is time tested and applicable in any point of time whether it be 1500 years ago or the high tech present world we are living in today. You will be surprised by the detailed intricacy of this holy book, which can be said in such perfection only by the creator of the Universe and none other. Just like the manufacturer of a product gives you a detailed catalogue of your product.

    It really makes sense, doesn’t it. Again, please do not drag me in to intricacies of Quran, for which you will have to approach the learned scholars in Quran. I as a layman, do not want to translate anything incorrect as it is supposed to be mean in the holy Quran, for which I will become a sinner.

    Please excuse me. Thanks.

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    Marwan,

    FYI. According to latest statistics, there TWO BILLION MUSLIMS worldwide. This was mentioned by South African Religious Scholar Mufthi Menk in one of his recent lectures.

    PS: TO FRANCIS, AS WELL.

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      Thanks brother Ansar for that info. Appreciate it.

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    Marvan and Anzar will defend anything and everything connected to Islam. I am glad that the offer of Islam to their opponents the choice of (1) conversion (2) special tax and (3) death by cutting off their heads is not disputed. By the same token what if the god of the Christians or the god of Hindus commands their faithful in countries where the Muslims are in a minority? In Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan Muslims are killing Muslims in the name of Islam. Now which side of the divide is Allah the Merciful? Sunnis or Shiites? I accept Islam has a following of 1.2 billion. Still it is a minority (23%). What happens to the rest? Who created them? Who takes care of them? Why did Allah who created everything created infidels? It is claimed democracy is incompatible with Islam. But many Muslim countries have opted for democratic governance like in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia etc? Why is this contradiction? The fact is Islam reflects the socio-economic – cultural values prevailing among the Arabic tribes in the 6th century. The prohibition of pork eating is because the pigs eat the faces left in the open. So the animal considered dirty. The Arabs used to take many wives 20-30 or even more. So Muhammad reduced the number to 4 although he himself married a record number 13! Women were considered inferior to men.
    The Qur’an:
    Qur’an (4:11) – (Inheritance) “The male shall have the equal of the portion of two females” (see also verse 4:176). In Islam, sexism is mathematically established.

    Qur’an (2:282) – (Court testimony) “And call to witness, from among your men, two witnesses. And if two men be not found then a man and two women.” Muslim apologists offer creative explanations to explain why Allah felt that a man’s testimony in court should be valued twice as highly as a woman’s, but studies consistently show that women are actually less likely to tell lies than men, meaning that they would make more reliable witnesses.

    Bukhari (2:28) – Women comprise the majority of Hell’s occupants. This is important because the only women in heaven ever mentioned by Muhammad are the virgins who serve the sexual desires of men. (A weak Hadith, Kanz al-`ummal, 22:10, even suggests that 99% of women go to Hell).

    Bukhari (62:81) – “The Prophet said: “‘The stipulations most entitled to be abided by are those with which you are given the right to enjoy the (women’s) private parts (i.e. the stipulations of the marriage contract).'” In other words, the most important thing a woman brings to marriage is between her legs.

    Bukhari (62:58) – A woman presents herself in marriage to Muhammad, but he does not find her attractive, so he “donates” her on the spot to another man.

    Muslim (4:1039) – “A’isha said [to Muhammad]: ‘You have made us equal to the dogs and the asses'” These are the words of Muhammad’s favourite wife, complaining of the role assigned to women under Islam.

    Are adulterers to be put to death under Islam?

    Yes, the religion that explicitly permits a man to keep sex slaves also requires the execution of consenting adults. There were several times in Muhammad’s life when he ordered people put to death when they had committed no crime other than “illegal” sexual intercourse. The only unmarried sex explicitly allowed is between a Muslim and his slaves.

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    The author begins by referring to ethno-religious identity groups. Then he moves on to identify ethnicities, Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim. Is it possible for a group of people to develop a sense of their ethnicity in the context of their language, traditions, history, practices, folklore, narratives, rituals, religious beliefs? Didn’t Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim communities living in Sri Lanka have a sense of their respective ethnicities before the Buddhist and Hindu revivalist movements? Weren’t the revivalist movements developed in response to conversions of Buddhists and Hindus to Christianity and the negative impact of colonialism on local religions rather than Sinhalese against Tamils and Muslims? And isn’t it only later that preachers such as Dharmapala turned the religious revival into an anti-Hindu and anti-Muslim movement? A sense of ethnic identification would have been initiated in the modern period under colonial powers that began to identify people by ethnicity for administrative s and governance purposes.

    It may be correct to say today that for many Sinhalese “Sinhala ethnicity is defined in opposition to, or structured against, Tamil and Muslim ethnicities. “ This is a political sense of the ethnicity whereas there could be other means of articulating their sense of ethnicity. Outside the notions of the other, for Sinhalese (or Tamils or Muslims) their ethnicity may be articulated in the use of their language, cultural practices, rituals etc.

    But then what about the Tamil and Muslim identities? Is it only the majority Sinhalese who form their sense of ethnicity in opposition to the minority other? Is it then a problem with the majority mentality? How do we explain this? Does the majority have a fear that they will be overcome by the minorities?

    When the writer says that “Sinhala ethnic sentiment is, therefore, hostile towards Tamils and Muslims “ he seems to be referring to a reading of the present and not a general condition that have prevailed among the Sinhalese always.

    The “perceptions that Muslim agglomerations will invariably endanger the Sinhala ethnicity” is again one of more recent development.
    Same goes for the idea “Similarly Tamils are viewed as those perpetually planning to divide the country in collusion with South India and the Tamil diaspora.”

    Isn’t it that rather than the “political elites using these tensions” it is the actions of the politicians, religious leaders and intellectuals that keep on generating these tensions.

    It could be argued that instead of guided by a desire to get to the top of the political ladder the early leaders of left political parties such as the Lanka Sama Samaja Party and the Communist Party had a genuine concern for improving the lot of the underdog and making Sri Lankan society a better place to live for the poor.

    How does the picture of vertical and horizontal divisions of society work? Is the society divided vertically into ethnicities, and horizontally into classes, or rather the other way around? If you take the class as a hierarchy, then in its vertical organization in terms of its economic standing, there will be members of all ethnicities in each class category whereas traditionally in the Sri Lankan context ethnicity cannot be understood as having a hierarchy to be located on a vertical axis. No ethnic group in Sri Lanka will accept generally that they are inferior in standing to another unlike in the caste system.

    If the position of the writer is that class has given way to ethnicity as the predominant form of organizing the stratification in Sri Lankan society then this needs to be empirically verified. While Sinhalese in a given geographical area may want to establish their authority over other ethnic groups in the area it is a moot point whether the minorities will necessarily accept that position.

    We need to keep in mind that while the traditional left parties were open to the idea of federalism in the name of socialist principles rather than for expedience. The JVP believes in the centralized unitary state as a mechanism for uniting the working class and the maximum utilization of national resources.

    With regard to the LTTE being the Tamil other for Sinhalese it may be equally true that for the Tamil politics Sinhala dominated state has ben the other. I am not sure which came first, whether the demands for 50-50 etc. or the oppression of Tamils by the Sinhala state?

    Today, it is apparent that the ruling regime and its constituent Sinhala Buddhist parties are generating anti-Muslim sentiments in the minds of the Sinhalese. Is the attitude of the govt. Asai Bayayi –or is this part of their election winning strategy in which Champika and Wimal and their followers are playing a major role? We should remember that these Buddhist groups get the backing of many leading Buddhist monks including the Malwatte and Asgiriya chapters and even so-called moderate Buddhist monks such as Agalakada Sirisumana from University of Colombo. While the regime is using Buddhist extremist groups to arouse Sinhala nationalism these groups are also systematically attacking Christian groups around the country.

    One idea behind such moves would be to teach a lesson to the Muslims and to put them in their place like JR wanted to do to the Tamils in 1983 July. Attacking Muslim houses and businesses is part of the strategy to weaken the resolves of the community. There are rivalries the Sinhalese traders have towards the Muslim counterparts.

    The behavior of some Mulims for e.g. in Dharga Town defying minor laws such as not wearing the helmets are not different to Sinahales or Tamils in the interior villages elsewhere. It is about a matter of how seriously the laws are enforced in a given locality by the authorities. People living in closely knit communities in ethnic /racial enclaves may seek to assert their identity against the authorities by various minor acts of defiance. Such situations were obtained in inner city areas in New York such as Brooklyn or Harlem with regard to the behaviour of Blacks. This is more like the behavior of thugs or gangsters. Such defiant behaviour of the ethnic others can be used by politicians to arouse chauvinist sentiments . It is not their behavior but the attitude we have towards them that makes such behaviors problematic.

    No one would say Bodu Bala Sena it is Gota’s creation. But the manner in which they yield power over the police and politicians definitely show they get protection. Who else can provide such protection if not the highest authorities in the regime? We should not forget the Israel connection which influence the defense authorities of the regime.

    It is not clear whether the writer means that both Azath Salley and Tissanayagam made inflammatory remarks similar to those made by the BBS secretary in Aluthgama.

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    Mr Dewasisri says ‘we Sinhalese consider (think) Tamils and Muslims are our enemies…’ This Version by Dewasiri’s political presentation of his anarchist roots of Utopian Socialism.
    History of Sri Lanka of rise and fall Sinhalese Kingdom that ever-never conquest of extensive territories or the waging of costly wars or its run the risk that the potential benefit from external expansion may be outweighed by the great expense of it all by Sinhalese Kings and Queens.
    A political dilemma had been clear which become acute Our nation collapse of past era of civilization had entered economic decline, due to the result of Foreign Invaders and intervention by South Indian Tamils Cholas Pandi, Kaliniga-Maga and by Western three power.
    In fact Dewasiri read history as Teacher of University of Colombo…rise and fall of Great Power or Big power on misreading by his anarchist outlook historical facts has been distort by presented by Dewasiri own interpretation Sinhalese Nation as enemy of Tamils and Muslims since its past history.
    I have no data and idea that origin mindset of Dewasiri’s came into being what type of Roots
    In My conclusions is that nothing, he has been influence by Western and Colonial roots had been penetrated into his outlook and mindset may be!
    An Anarchist roots of his background that misreading of history ,that well serve for decline US UK and Certain EU great powers as well as Eealm State by LTTE-terrorist out-fit.
    He intention is divided Sinhalese’s nation from Tamils and Muslims. Well, is well plan by his essay target to be split country into two state, one for Tamils, other for non Tamils.

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    Francis

    Excellent piece. Good to see some attempt to balance the argument with facts and figures .

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