By Mohamed Faizal –
Over a year ago, there was violence unleashed upon the Muslims of Aluthgama and Beruwela, resulting in loss of Muslim lives and damage to Muslim properties. This was not inter-communal violence. This was violence upon the Muslim community.
(I am emphasizing the religious identity of the victims here. Whenever any kind of violence is reported anywhere in the world, a lot of the people immediately assume that the perpetrators are Muslims. The impact of propaganda against Muslims has been so devastating. So, let us remind ourselves that the victims of the racial violence in Aluthgama and Beruwela were Muslims; they weren’t its perpetrators.)
It is well known that BBS was behind this despicable violence, and spoiling of the over-a-millennium long cordial relationship between the Muslim and Sinhalese communities in Sri Lanka.
BBS has had problems with halal meat; Muslim men wearing beard, and visiting Masjids for their daily prayers; and Muslim women wearing the Hijab. It now has another addition to the long list of ‘Muslim things’ that the Buddhists in this country should be very fearful of and react violently against. That is the ISIS!
The media recently reported the death of a Sri Lankan Muslim in Syria. He had joined the rank of the ISIS. This was delightful news for the BBS. Delightful; not dreadful! For no one, not even BBS, genuinely believes that ISIS is a world conquering force that would soon swallow up the “Buddhist” Sri Lanka. It is just politically beneficial for the evil ones to portray them as such.
BBS had previously – very successfully – used Muslim men’s facial hair, a piece of a Muslim women’s black cloth and even a (halal) chicken wing, to bring about Aluthgama. Imagine what they can achieve with the news of the death of a Sri Lankan ISIS member!
So this news need to be put into perspective!
ISIS has been well exposed as a western creation that helps the colonial west to further their colonial agenda in the Muslim world. (We need not to re-state the evidences here). It is the new bogeyman, the danger of which can only be confronted if the whole world would seek sanctuary under the arm-pit of America and her western allies. You may remember George Bush telling the world that Crusades are still on, and those who are not with the Americans are with the terrorists.
There are dark forces in Sri Lanka who are using this news (of the dead Sri Lankan Muslim with the ISIS) to sell the very same western narrative to the unsuspecting Buddhist masses: No country in the world is safe from the threats of ISIS. It has now arrived in “Buddhist” Sri Lanka, and therefore we should all listen to the Americans and their allies. ie, The Terror War on Muslims must now include Muslims in Sri Lanka, too. BBS would happily supply the necessary foot soldiers.
We live in a globalized world, and everything that happens everywhere affects everyone everywhere. So, what happens in Syria cannot be ignored by those who live in Sri Lanka.
But, unlike what these dark forces would have us believe, the real threat to Sri Lanka is not the physical entity of the ISIS. The real threat lies in the news about* the ISIS, and the perceptions and fears it creates in Sri Lanka. Portray Muslims of Sri Lanka as loyal and sympathetic to this much dreaded ISIS, and you have another Aluthgama – multiplied many fold in every dimension. God, forbid!
The possible repercussions of this news is well understood by the Muslim leadership here. Hence they rushed to condemn the ISIS, and assure the authorities that they would be at the forefront of fighting the ISIS if it should ever take root in Sri Lanka. Nevertheless, the way they have tried to pre-empt the danger to the Muslim community in Sri Lanka is not comprehensive enough.
Muslim leadership need to understand that the west is waging a war upon Islam and Muslims. (They call it the War on Terror, which is a misleading label.) In this War of Terror, no Muslim will be spared. Not even those living in Sri Lanka.
The west never misses an opportunity to accelerate its Terror War upon Muslims. They readily grab any excuse that may present itself in the form of stupid Muslim reaction to western aggression. If no such excuses ever naturally emerged, they would construct one. It has now been exposed that ISIS, like the now-non-existent Al Qaida before, is one such construction.
So the most effective way to pre-empt the danger to peace in Sri Lanka in general, and threat to Muslim security in particular, is not just to dissociate ourselves from every crazy terror group that the media informs us of. But to educate the people of the reality of the Terror Wars of the west upon the Muslims. There are indeed some terror groups in Muslim countries, and they are an incorrect reaction to the western terror upon them. There are others, like the ISIS, who are simply western creations that facilitate the western imperial agenda.
Failure to highlight the western terror, and only condemning the terror groups in the Muslim world, only presents a distorted picture. It doesn’t address the cause of the threat.
The western Terror War upon Muslims is colonial in nature. It has, and continues to kill, maim and plunder. It creates terror groups in the Muslim land as a necessary tool to be used against Muslims. These wars also create the necessary conditions for the emergence of such reactionary terror groups. Therefore, unless we expose the western terror upon Muslims abroad, Muslims in Sri Lanka won’t be able to expose, and thereby avoid, the western terror that awaits them in Sri Lanka, in which BBS and their ilk are only proxies.
We live in a globalized world. The news about ISIS et al. isn’t simply going to go away. We just need to educate the masses on their true realities.
Now, everyone who attempts to do it would simply be bundled together with the ISIS and the like.