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Bring Your Black Abayas, We Will Give You Coloured Abayas: New Campaign Started In Sri Lanka

In fear of attacks by groups influenced by the growing anti-Muslim sentiments in Sri Lanka, Muslim organizations have initiated a campaign to persuade Muslim women to opt for coloured Abayas instead of the black ones that are being presently worn.

hijab-scarfA New Indian Express report states that the Muslim Council of Sri Lanka (MCSL) – a network of Muslim organizations, has kick started a campaign titled ‘Bring your black abayas, we will give you coloured abayas’.

The report states this campaign is being implemented in the hope of making the Abaya- the loose outer garment worn as a cloak to cover the body from the shoulders to the feet by Muslim women – more acceptable to the Sinhalese majority in the country.

The black abaya and the niqab have been heavily criticized by the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), which has attributed the garment to Islamic extremism. As a result, the two garments worn by Muslim women has turned into subjects that have aroused fear and suspicion among the Sinhalese majority.

President of MCSL has stated that they are currently in the process of getting new abayas made and that the distribution would commence in ten days.

New Indian Express report has also quoted the Advisor to the All Ceylon Jamiyathul Ulama (ACJU), Mohammad Dahalan as stating, “The back abaya and the niqab, the face covering which is less commonly worn, have been creating negative feelings among the majority Sinhalese-Buddhists. When everybody is in black, it gives the impression that we are a uniformed force. And the niqab has raised security concerns.”

Meanwhile, MCSL Vice President Hilmy Ahamed told Colombo Telegraph that the program was initiated so that particularly those from low-income families can continue to wear the abaya without being targeted. He said that the MCSL is donating zakath money (donations given to low-income families during Ramadan season) so that low income families can make their purchases. “We have managed to manufacture these Abhayas at a very reasonable price. The fabric importer has volunteered to give the fabric at cost,” he said adding the beneficiaries of the program are selected in order to ensure only those who are eligible to receive zakath benefit from the program.

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    Is this a priority now, enough damage has done by both these org’s and moderate muslims have nothing to do with all these islamic fundamentlists. These org’s and the men who are behind these by doing these unwanted things are only filling their coffers and by now many of there who call them islamic interlectuals are multimillioniares.

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      Izmie.Amanulla

      “Is this a priority now, enough damage has done by both these org’s and moderate muslims have nothing to do with all these islamic fundamentlists. These org’s and the men who are behind these by doing these unwanted things are only filling their coffers and by now many of there who call them islamic interlectuals are multimillioniares.”

      YES, Yes, Yes, well said. The same can be said of BBS.

      1. The so-called Islamic Fundamentalists are NOT Muslims,. They follow the Devil, Satan, Shaitan and that is why they wear black, a sign of death.

      Now the Buddhist Saffron Robe, taken from the Hindus, is a sign of death, courtesy BBS and Sinhalese Buddhist Maras.

      2. They are really wolf in sheep clothing. Trojan horses, sent by the Devil, Satan, Shaitan to destroy and kill Muslims from within. They are a Satan Virus. It is my understanding that in the Quran there is a sentence or two, Ayats, that say “There is compulsion in Religion” and ” This is my Religion, My Religion is mine, Your Religion is Yours”

      So, changing the color from from Black to any other color does not change the spots of the Devil.

      What they really need to do is discard their Devil, Shaitan, Satan following Wahhabi Pseudo-Islam, and follow the true Islam.

      Conversation Between A Wahabi/salafi And Shaitan (satan …
      http://www.yanabi.com/index.php?/topic/426240…a-wahabisalafi…shaitan...

      He pointed out some common beliefs between Shaitan and Wahabi. … Shaitan (Satan, Iblees) met an apparent Muslim who in fact was a …

      http://www.yanabi.com/index.php?/topic/426240-conversation-between-a-wahabisalafi-and-shaitan-satan/

      Here is an interesting post that was on facebook written by someone else (I didn’t write this):

      Assalamo Alaikum, I met a real lover of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). He pointed out some common beliefs between Shaitan and Wahabi. I have documented those beliefs. Here is the;
      Conversation Between Satan and a Wahabi

      Shaitan (Satan, Iblees) met an apparent Muslim who in fact was a follower of Wahabi sect. Here is their conversation.
      Satan: Do you believe in Allah?

      Wahabi: Yes, Alhamdulillah. I strongly believe in Allah.
      Satan: Me too.
      Satan: Do you make shirk with Allah? (Associating anyone in the worshiping of Allah)

      Wahabi: NEVER.
      Satan: Me too.

      Satan: Do you show respect towards Prophet? (i.e. Prophet Muhammad, peace upon him)
      Wahabi: I only respect Allah.

      Satan: Me too.
      Satan: Do you believe in the Messenger of Allah?
      Wahabi: Yes, but He is now dead. Allah is alive.
      Satan: Thanks. I am glad you said that he is dead.

      Satan: So, you do not believe Muhammad is alive in his grave? (peace be upon him)
      Wahabi: No.

      Satan: Me too.
      Satan: Do you praise the Prophet of your religion.

      Wahabi: I only praise Allah.
      Satan: Me too.
      Satan: Do you visit his Rawdha (i.e. the holy grave) in Madinah?
      Wahabi: What Rawdha? I visit mosque only.
      Satan: Me too.
      Satan: Do you celebrate your Prophet’s birthday?

      Wahabi: NEVER. I hate it.
      Satan: Me too.
      Satan: Do you visit the Mazarat (holy shrines) of Aulia Allah?

      Wahabi: NEVER
      Satan: Me too.

      Satan: Do you celebrate “urs”.
      Wahabi: NEVER
      Satan: Me too.
      Satan: Do you offer Fateha for the deceased Muslims?
      Wahabi: No.
      Satan: Me too.
      Satan: Do you do Giyarween Sharif?

      Wahabi: No.
      Satan: Me too.

      Satan: Do you stand up during salutations on Muhammad? (peace upon him).
      Wahabi: NEVER

      Satan: Me too.
      Satan: Do you show respect towards Aulia Allah?

      Wahabi: No. I respect Allah only.
      Satan: Me too.

      Satan: Do you read Naat? (poetry to praise prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him).
      Wahabi: No.

      Satan: Me too.
      Satan: Do you worship on the night of Lailatul Bra’at? (Shab-e-Barat)
      Wahabi: No

      Satan: Me too.
      Satan: Do you worship on the night of Al Asra wal Me’raj?
      Wahabi: No
      Satan: Me too.

      Satan: Do you believe in Shafa’at (intercession)?
      Wahabi: No.
      Satan: Me too.

      Satan: Do you believe in Tawassul (Waseelah)?
      Wahabi: No
      Satan: Me too.

      Satan: Do you seek blessings from the relics (Tabarrukat) of Messengers of Allah and Aulia Allah?
      Wahabi: No
      Satan: Me too.

      Satan: Do you believe in Istighasa from Prophets of Allah and the Aulia Allah?
      Wahabi: NEVER EVER.
      Satan: Me too.
      Satan: If you get an opportunity to kiss the Rawdha (golden grill) of Muhammad. Will you do that? (peace be upon him).

      Wahabi: No.
      Satan: Me too.
      Satan: Do you kiss Qur’an just to show your respect?
      Wahabi: No.

      Satan: Me too.
      Satan: Do you start Ramadan and Eid based upon the Hadith of Prophet Muhammad? (peace upon him)

      Wahabi: No. I follow Saudi announcement.
      Satan: Me too.
      Satan: I am shocked. We have the same beliefs. Why I am a Satan and you are still a Muslim?

      Wahabi: I don’t know.

      May Allah save Islam from the evil of Wahabism. Ameen.

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        Correction:

        “that say “There is compulsion in Religion” and ” This is my Religion, My Religion is mine, Your Religion is Yours”

        This Should be “There is NO compulsion in Religion”

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          Hi Amarasiri

          2. They are really wolf in sheep clothing. Trojan horses, sent by the Devil, Satan, Shaitan to destroy and kill Muslims from within. They are a Satan Virus. It is my understanding that in the Quran there is a sentence or two, Ayats, that say “There is compulsion in Religion” and ” This is my Religion, My Religion is mine, Your Religion is Yours”

          I would like to correct a couple of point your have mentioned in the above paragraph.

          (a) Quran clearly says that “There is NO compulsion in religion” (Reference , Chapter 2, Verse 256)

          (b) You need to refer to the preceding sentences you highlighted to get the full meanings of the passage.

          Given below is the chapter 109 you were referring which consists of six sentences.

          (1) Say to the disbelievers (in Islamic Monotheism)
          (2) I worship not that which you worship,
          (3) Nor will you worship that which I worship.
          (4) And I shall not worship that which you are worshipping.
          (5) Nor will you worship that which I worship.
          (6) To you be your religion, and to me my religion (Islamic Monotheism).

          The gist of this chapter is that Muslims should not deviate from the concept of Islamic Monotheism. At the same, People who would not believe in Islamic Monotheism would not be forced to accept.
          Ayaat/Sentence six is a proof to this.

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            Treehorse ,

            Thanks for the details and checking up.

            I wrote from memory.

            Yes, in Islam, there is no compulsion in Religion (Reference , Chapter 2, Verse 256) and chapter 109 you were referring which consists of six sentences.

            However, the Wahhanis do bot follow Islam. the Quran. Why?

            Because they follow the Devil, Satan, Shaitan.

            That was my point.

            The Wahhabi are more interested in Killing Muslims than Non-Muslims, by order of the Devil, Satan or Shaitan.

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            Treehorse

            Are Wahhabi Muslims or Do they Follow the Devil, Shaian, Satan?

            https://twitter.com/3arabiSouri/status/487630590493986817/photo/1

            Finally #Wahhabi scholars protest in front of #Saudi king palace…
            Rejecting sports lessons in girls schools!
            #Gaza

            We will destroy Kaaba: Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant
            IndiaToday.in July 1, 2014

            http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/isis-islamic-state-in-iraq-and-the-levant-destroy-kaaba-mecca-saudi-arabia/1/369415.html

            A member of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) has said that they planned to capture Saudi Arabia and destroy the Kaaba, according to report in Turkish media. The report mentioned ISIS’s plan to take control of the city of Arar in Saudi Arabia and begin operations there.

            ISIS member Abu Turab Al Mugaddasi said: “If Allah wills, we will kill those who worship stones in Mecca and destroy the Kaaba. People go to Mecca to touch the stones, not for Allah.”

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      Oh! Come on Izmir! Why don’t you realize that being minorities we should respect the sentiments of the Majority community? In Saudi Arabia, etc., it is not respect but you have no choice but to abide to their strict Islamic rules.
      This decision by the MCSL could be in the right direction and let us hope for the best that the most powerful Buddhist organization – BBS – would not object to same too. After all, their decision is more important than the GOSL.
      Bloody Bull Shit…BBS. Ha!Ha!

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        Dear Brother, for your sake you should learn your religion better,as Allah subhanahu watalah will question you and may Allah guide you and shower you with Hidayath. Just to brief you….There is nothing called Wahabism. This is wording that the westerners made up. Rather Imaam Abdul Wahab was a follower of Imam Ibn Taymiyyan who was a follower of Imam Ahmed Ibn Hanbal (Hanbal Madhab) who was a student of Imam Shafi ( Shafi Madhhab) who was a student of Imam Abu Hanifaah ( Hanafi Madhab) and Imam Malik ( Maliki Madhab). All these great Imams brought forth the proper understanding of Islam to our generation through great sacrifices. Whether we like it or not they taught us to adopt the Sunnah the way it should be done and not the way we feel it suits us. You need to learn the Shariah in the light of the Quran and Sunnah. Further you also need to learn about the Shaitan/Iblees, This is a creature who’s good deeds were faultless where he was raised to the heavens to be with the Angels. His only fault was arrogance in the sight of allah which made him not bow down to Adam when commanded by Allah which at the moment you are heading down as well. Please learn islam along with History, Quran and Shariah, May Allah guide you in this Ramadaan..Allah Knows best.

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          Righteous

          “There is nothing called Wahabism. This is wording that the westerners made up. Rather Imaam Abdul Wahab was a follower of Imam Ibn Taymiyyan who was a follower of Imam Ahmed Ibn Hanbal (Hanbal Madhab) who was a student of Imam Shafi ( Shafi Madhhab) who was a student of Imam Abu Hanifaah ( Hanafi Madhab) and Imam Malik ( Maliki Madhab). “

          BBS. JHU and other Monks claim that they are followers of Buddha and practice Buddhism. I do not agree. Do you agree?

          Similarly, Abdul Wahhab and the Wahhabi are following the Devil, Satan.

          Wahhabi is an umbrella Term used to describe, Wahhabi, Salafis, Tauheedis, Taliban and Deobandi. They all follow the devil.

          Conversation Between A Wahabi/salafi And Shaitan (satan …

          http://www.yanabi.com/index.php?/topic/426240…a-wahabisalafi…shaitan

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      Izmie.Amanulla

      “The report states this campaign is being implemented in the hope of making the Abaya- the loose outer garment worn as a cloak to cover the body from the shoulders to the feet by Muslim women – more acceptable to the Sinhalese majority in the country.”

      The Muslim women need to go back to what their mothers and grandmothers wore, Saree.

      The Indian Women Wore the Saree, the Bangla Desh Women Wore the Saree until the Wahhabi invasion.

      They should wear colorful saris, not the Abaya etc., of the Middle east.

      Islam does not require that.

      Clothing is is cultural, not religious. The 5 pillars of Islam is not based on clothing or ethnicity, as the Wahhabi Mullah and Ulema like to suggest.

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        Amhare, why black or white chosed not the vivid colors like that of India & Pakistan which may still attract erotically our toga clad bandits.

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        Amare,

        Likewise would you address your ancestors to revert from Mini Gowns to Redda/Hatta and further back to the udder juggling costumes of the olden days?

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      It is very interesting to see the diverse comments. What people should understand is that this is a project which was initiated two years ago, and is not a knee jerk reaction to the recent developments. Further, we are NOT trying to impose Abhayas on people who are not using it. Our project will donate free of cost to our sisters who cannot afford to buy new abhayas for the Ramadhan festival only in exchange for a black one. The idea of minimizing the black abhaya to reduce the visibility of them came as a suggestion from a workshop conducted by the Secretariat for Muslims and the Muslim Council of Sri Lanka with a cross section of our sisters. So, this is not something we have picked up from the sky.

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        HILMY AHAMED

        Get rid of the abayas. Give saris or salver Kameez.

        There were no abayas 30 years ago.

        Islam does not require Abayas, Period.

        By the way, Wahhabids follow the devil, shaitan, so that they kill other Muslims like Sufis and shias.

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          Amarasiri, 30 to 50 years ago, there were very little sarees and trousers among the Sinhala communities too. Saree itself is Indian and dont you hate anything Indian??Why not go back to your traditional clothing if you insist that the Muslims do not have a choice in their clothing. And what is important all these is the need to respect individual choices. So let us find unity in diversity.

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      Izmie, I think you are a confused man. I have read many times that these are given free to poor people. So how are they making money. Muslim Council vice president says the money is given as donation to poor familes. You have a muslim name but you dont seem to understand your obligations. How sad for Muslims

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      Izmie.Amanulla

      ” There is never mention of the Muslim-Muslim rifts and how far the Sufis of Sri Lanka are being targeted by fellow Muslims via Wahhabi funded movements, groups so much so that these people are being forcibly evicted from where they lived. The media blackens out how far the Wahhabi influence is what contributes to the change in Muslim dress, manipulating Muslims in their submission to the religion to adopt Wahhabi cultures and behaviors that are not only distancing Muslims among Muslims but creating the dent in peaceful co-existence.”

      The Wahhabis are the curse of Muslims.

      The Wahhabi is is umbrella term used to to refer to Muslim Fundamentalists who follow the Devil, Satan, Shautan. They Comprise, the Salafi, The Tauhidi,Taliban and Deobandi. They are truly the curse of Islam.

      What was the Situation 30 years ago? Were not the Muslim women wearing sarees Muslim?

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        Didn’t you ogle on the protruded bulged bellies under their jackets when you plied across the streets in the olden days.

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    This is stupidity ! why would any one have to change any clothing due to any reason ? it’s individuals right to where whatever they want in whatever the the color.

    However it is ok to promote colored abaya, but it does not mean we have to take whole sale approach to abandon black abaya like what these people are promoting .

    When we react to this kind of demands we are compromising our position.
    Next they will ask gents to have shorter beard or do away with the caps or not to wear the long dress.

    Rather What these racist Buddhist organization should do is try to make the Singhala Buddhist to live as per teaching of Lord Buddha. Their eating habits, dress, behavior, addiction to alcohol, violence, fornication are selected to key elements to start work with.
    Just for starters look at the amount of murders going around every simple altercation mostly ends with a murder.

    Recently a mother killed in front of child for refusing unwanted advances ! Teen kills Teen. Man killed because he trampled others foot while dancing !

    Laughable but so pathetic.

    How many Sri lankan Buddhist go to pansala at least once a month out of the 72% ? as far as I know 1 out of all my friends do it. He is a exception person. The rest don’t even remember when they went to pansala last.

    When the majority community start practicing their religion/way of life fear of being overwhelmed by minorities will disappear. IF they don’t take concentrated nation wide action to correct the root causes for lack of following, no matter what they do will not prevent the disappearance of Buddhism in Sri Lanka.

    Monks like BBS/SR have done irrecoverable damage to their own kind.

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      afzal fool,why don’t you para muslims leave SL then we can be happy….simple solution

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        Thana Kolla, it appears you have got a relapse! Take your prescribed medications before you collapse??

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        first a dong O ….Thanakola kana kollo, why would ANYONE let alone Afzal leave SL? we are born in SL JUST like you.. IF we are to go, u need to go back to India too, for u follow Buddhism brought to SL from INDIA by Arahath Mahinda.. and leave SL for others who consider SL a country of Multi culture and Multi religions..
        It is better to keep shut than open your mouth and confirm your stupidity… dumb fkcu..

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          Snowden Edward Asange moron, you can book the same boat with afzal, you dumb fool

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            so long u r NOT the captain of the boat BUT A pax I dont mind… coz just like YOU I am Born in SL.. so we go together.. where u wanna go..

            DUMB Fcuk

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        France had banned head covering completely for sometime now. And on July 1st, the EU Courts have rejected an appeal against it. Very soon many EU countries will follow suit. We in Sri Lanka should follow France and banned all those billa dresses.

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          Why don’t you also promote your women folks dress like Parisians ?already most are half naked. That should enhance Sri Lanka’s growing reputation as destination for sex tourism including underage sex workers. More jobs for your mothers/sisters. Casinos are coming that should boost the job prospects further.

          Then you buggers (if that was edited out I would say u mutts) will complain Singhala Buddhism is deteriorating minorities are flourishing.

          Truly a fools paradise ruled by bunch of donkeys.

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            Issue is not with the Muslim women.. you Muslim men see a woman as property belongs to you not as a life partner…

            Full or half naked \ Full covered or half covered is not the issue .. issue with your mind.. Please try to control your mind then you can STOP insult on Muslim women by leaving her to ware dress she feels good..

            you all still on Stone age ..

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              Enter Bebon with his wisdom

              So is it then true that since your people are unable to control your minds you folks frequent ganika madam often is it ? while spouses go looking for other avenues. I agree your argument works well for your community.

              100% Ganika madam operated by majority community
              99% ganikawao from majority community
              99% ganika madam patrons are from majority community (if you exclude the foreigners)

              Mind at peace, your sisters and mothers make a [Edited out]

              Bebon this is the truth, go find solutions to these issues.

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                Afzal,

                “100% Ganika madam operated by majority community 99% ganikawao from majority community 99% ganika madam patrons are from majority community (if you exclude the foreigners)”

                May be you you should try ti get these women ti nbe Muslims ( not Wahhabi please) and pray 5 times a day until they kick off the habit.

                Question: Who will support them?

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                  Amarasiri,

                  Your suggestion is a good one but will be hard to put in to motion with vultures like BBS/RB/SR around they will label muslims are also converting their women folks who are carrying out yeoman service in keeping their communities sexual urges in check.

                  A short cut to the solution lies in Shariya law itself, where punishment for prostitution and sex outside marriage is death by stoning. After 3 deaths all the ganikawo will become dasa sil mathawo, all the patron will go looking for dogs,goats and cows :)

                  Problem solved, Kerry Packer will abandon his casino plans.

                  You see many birds from one stone !

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              In which portion of your women do you adore much as your own property for you should only cover that portion except the rest and leave it to the vultures? Does Buddhism attest that anywhere in the Tipitaka?

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              Bebon, sadly it is us Buddhists who have lost all control. I have many Muslim friends and every one of them are observing Ramadan at the moment. They are able to control not only their mind but also their stomachs and any other feelings for a whole month. Wouldn’t it be logical to ask the Muslim women if their men see them as a property before you make a judgement? Clear example of you loosing your mind. Best you learn about your own religion first. When you point a finger there’s 3 more pointing back at you. Buddha’s philosophy has not place for hatred and jealousy. It’s great to see many more muslims following this great philosophy in SL. I believe every single Muslim friend of mine not knowingly follows the Pansil to the book. Do you?

              1)(panatipata veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami) – injuring or killing any living thing
              2)(adinnadana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami) – theft or taking that which is not given
              3)(kamesu michchhachara veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami) – immoral sensual enjoyment
              4)(musavada veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami) – false speech or lying
              5)(sura-meraya-majja-pamada-tthana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami). – intoxication as tending to becloud and weaken the mind

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              buddha was sleeping with thousands of woman and saw then as a sexual property before he go to jungle . so you have right to talk about muslim men

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              yes your point is right, but still Afzal is right when he says sinhalese are on a self destruction mode with the culture of impunity and broken families.

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          France banned the face veil not the head covering…

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          And these are the people who talk about democracy and HUMAN RIGHTS. Is it not ones right to wear what you want. Bloody half baked lobsters

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          I am no muslim

          “France had banned head covering completely for sometime now. And on July 1st, the EU Courts have rejected an appeal against it. Very soon many EU countries will follow suit. We in Sri Lanka should follow France and banned all those billa dresses.”

          France has a constitution with separation of Church and state, like the USA.

          So, Sri Lanka needs to Separate the Temple, Church and Mosque from the State. Make it secular.

          Unfortunately what we have is a State that discriminates non-Sinhala Buddhists by the State including criminal activity aided and abetted by the state,

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        Ela Kota Polla has restarted his English classes after part time job for BBS for mere 1/4 bottle of gal arack and packet of karawala rice cubing some unarmed women and children in Aluthgama.

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          Afzal,

          “Ela Kota Polla has restarted his English classes after part time job for BBS for mere 1/4 bottle of gal arack “

          Poor Ella Kolla. I thought it was only Monk Magama Hemasiri who was treating him. Now the BBS monks drunk with alcohol as well.
          Poor Ella Kolla.

          Threwan Saranai. Sorry Deruwan saranai, The monks are abusing him.

          Child Kolla Abuse by a Monk in Habaraduwa

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNSC93mPs4I

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          afzal fool, book the boat and get out of SL…

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        Podiyan,

        Still running around the house disobeying the
        Hamuduruwo?Your play time over now,quick quick
        back to Hamuduruwo.

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          whywhy, surely you are related to amASSiri the altar boy

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        Ela Pojja, Thanks for the “Dong” vote, it’s always good to get some “dongs” when u have many “Dings”

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        H*Kolla, the day Grasepiya is dead SL will be free.
        Prabakaran jumped up imaging that he was untouchable.
        At the end he was killed like a stray dog.
        Ugly looking Gota will face an insulting end worse that VP.

        If you are a Buddhist you believe in karma right and if you re not, never mind we believe in karma.

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          wicks, you fruit salad, karma has reserved a painful death

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        fine we muslims came from arabia. christians came from portugese, dutch and british.
        tamils from south india
        buddah, arahath mahinda and buddhism from india

        SRI LANKA BELONGS TO VEDDAH NOT TO ANY OTHER .

        SINGHALAYA TOO MUST GO BACK TO INDIA .

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          mfh

          “SRI LANKA BELONGS TO VEDDAH NOT TO ANY OTHER .”

          They are called Native Veddah Aethho, in the Land of Native Veddah.

          The Vedda Tribe

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f89NuukY32U

          The Sinhala are called Para-Sinhala, the Tamils, Para-Tamil, the Muslims, Para-Muslims, the Portuguese as Para-Portuguese or Parangios.

          In Fact the Para-Sinhala are Parangios as well, as the other Parangios, and one may call Sinhala Parangios.

          Their religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity etc are also Para-Religions..

          The proof is in the DNA of the Paras, the Panangios.

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        ela Kolla
        your Main man GOTA and Mahinda is now scared of Islmic ISIS. Now he is going and telling all aroind that he is not a part of BBS or he didnt orgernize it and one of the Closest ally to Mahinda told me the he heard phone to GOTA, ” do what ever when I am here in Abroad” but sinhala ya Moda ya is proven that attacking Muslim is something like attacking worlds 2nd largest people. Well wait Ella Kolla and see soon when ISIS is coming via US Sponcered Visas// Fools

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        yes kolla we muslims should leave here and let the pakistan to nuke you shitty island and burn you sinhala modaya alive in this world before they burn in after life. elle moda kolla fool

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          Israel have already started doing that to poor muslims in palestine…pleasure

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        learn a lesson from him idiot.

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      Afzal, though you guys trying to put extremist grip on Sri Lanka Muslims more they get educated more of them give up extremist ideology & leave from you… you are loosing the ground .. So dont cry.. it’s reality

      Still you see the world out of the Mosque window while so much of your clan leave you along and find peaceful destiny…

      Do you still believe angels waiting for you in Heaven ?? it’s wrong man… That book it utter lies

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        Interesting logic here, or rather, lack of it.

        The muslims get westernized, that’s a good thing. The sinhalese get westernized, it’s “sinhala culture is being destroyed, nagitiyaw sinha patawune!!”

        I’m assuming you’ve completely missed the irony of what you’re preaching from behind a keyboard in the Suddha’s language.

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        Bebon,

        Just to answer you we believe in angels and beyond. If you say that book is wrong then what you believe has no standing what so ever.

        Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world and whether you like it or not in Sri Lanka also. The 72% Singhala Buddhist in Sri Lanka is just a myth.

        It is put out by the government purely for political reasons. Why do you think BBS/SR/RB… are jumping up and down ? why is the mahanayakeas are silent ? Think man there is reason for all this.

        When u see out of the mosque window you see sea of people, unless you are living in a country where there are no muslims, which I doubt there is any. But when u look towards acres of land filled with handful of people in almost all pansal across the island don’t you feel empty ? 600 -1,000 pansal closed as there is no one to take over them! something is wrong right? How many of you enter in to monk hood ? how many are leaving the sasanaya ?

        Just for the argument sake lets assume what we believe in is not the right path, them what will be the out come at the end ? nothing right? we will join the rest of the dead billions in to nothingness. I can live with that no problem. We will be all in the same boat.

        But IF we are right then we will be on the winning side alone with rest of 1.6 billion living now and countless number who lived before and after this.
        Which would push the rest of the lot to other side of the scale.

        The way things are progressing and how fast the lankan Buddhist are abandoning your religion and culture in 200-300 years Buddhist will be minority in Lanka. One cannot change that by basing the other minorities, you have to work on your own communities.
        Get your MR Gov to do that without further delay.

        Truth is not easy to find. It takes effort.

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          To Afzal,
          you are wrong again
          Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world and whether you like it or not in Sri Lanka also. The 72% Singhala Buddhist in Sri Lanka is just a myth.

          Though Islam isn’t a philosophy like Buddhism it is fastest growing due uncontrolled births among Muslims community. In contrast with Islam, Buddhism is the fastest spreading philosophy by understanding.

          Here I mentioned Buddhism as philosophy b’cos
          religion is a jumble of primitive folklore that humankind drags through the ages like a cosmic security blanket. Religion is passionate and irrational and messy. But philosophy is the flower of human intellect. It is reasonable and civilized. Religion inspires war and atrocity; at worst, philosophy incites mild arguments over coffee and dessert.

          Buddhism, anyway is a practice of contemplation and inquiry that doesn’t depend on belief in God or a soul or anything supernatural. Therefore, the theory goes, it can’t be a religion.

          “It is put out by the government purely for political reasons. Why do you think BBS/SR/RB… are jumping up and down ? why is the mahanayakeas are silent ? Think man there is reason for all this”

          By nature Sinhala Buddhist aren’t violent & aggressive compare to Muslims..

          Also, Sinhala Buddhist having their own view points on what going on this country.. There are fractions from Sinhala Buddhist community who are Anti-BBS/SR/RB and Pro-BBS/SR/RB.. That freedom affirm in our community but you all blindly follow whatever told by Mosque or Ulama.

          “Why do you think BBS/SR/RB … are jumping up and down ? why ”
          You Muslims leaders trying propagate cultural invasion by bring in Islamic rituals to entire country not only for Muslims.. this is the main reason, we see it as drastic issue

          “When u see out of the mosque window you see sea of people”

          Yes we see sea of people with empty hearts & mind
          Firstly Buddhism Buddhism goes beyond religion and is more of a philosophy or ‘way of life’. It is a philosophy because philosophy ‘means love of wisdom’ and the Buddhist path can be summed up as:
          (1) to lead a moral life,
          (2) to be mindful and aware of thoughts and actions, and
          (3) to develop wisdom and understanding.

          It is not compulsory for Buddhists to be in temples as you do every Friday as Buddhist path is thoughts and actions.
          You don’t rush to temples while on work or with tension mind. For us it IS NORMLY r early morning or evening with pleasant mind and relaxed time,

          I just spent little time to clarify your doubts.. But I do know there can be other persons who can well clarified your doubts.

          Finally ,
          “within 200-300 Buddhist will be minority in Lanka”

          that won’ happen as Buddhist people are more aware of ground reality. We will take up laps time by next decade. Don’t forget that 72% of people are Buddhists.
          Within few decades god made universe concept will be fade way without proper respect. People will more toward reality of Birth, Life, death and thereafter

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            Babob. you are wrong. islam is the fastest growing religion in the world by CONVERSION. specially in europe. conversion of white people to islam is all time high in europe. there are so many documentary from CNN and BBC to prove that point. i have attached one report from BBC in my post. so have a look. its funny that america and other western countries try to destroy islam in middle east while it’s taking over their own back year slowly . this is how the god works.
            Report from BBC
            http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12075931

            another documentary from BBC about high rate of white women converting to islam
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIJsStKLE7A

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            Afzal has a point in his criticism of SL buddhists. There is a saying your enemy is your best teacher. Look the rationale behind what afzal says and understand him.

            And Afzal has also answered a question many commentators and authors here forget or ignore.
            “It is put out by the government purely for political reasons. Why do you think BBS/SR/RB… are jumping up and down ? why is the mahanayakeas are silent ? Think man there is reason for all this”

            Exactly there is a reason for BBS to emerge. That is exactly why it is hard to fight BBS. The war SL buddhists are fighting is similar to the situation indian hindus faced in north india. Unlike north india Sinhalese do not have a pragmatic leader who reads the situation and find remedies.

            Sinhala buddhists think BBS will solve the problem, instead BBS is deepening the hole the buddhists in SL are in. The sooner the sinhala buddhists realize that better for the buddhists.

            Many commentators think Muslims will side with tamils and call for eelam or even start suicide attacks. That will never happen.
            And for muslims who think ISIS will attack SL or any muslim country will attack SL, you are living in a dream. And I do have heard about converts from around the world, but check how many of them are CIA spies.

            You people have an easy game here because so called sinhala buddhists are stupid. But in the rest of the world and especially in indian dominated South Asia, things are very very hard.

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            yes buddhism is a philoshophy and islam is angels and demons,,,still Buddhists are idiots and NOT following buddhism.

            STill didnt ge afzal’s point?

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      Afzal, You say “How many Sri lankan Buddhist go to pansala at least once a month out of the 72% ? as far as I know 1 out of all my friends do it. He is a exception person. The rest don’t even remember when they went to pansala last.”

      Those who go to the wrong temple, and the wrong monk are the worst. They think Buddhism is about worshipping monks, stones and concrete statues, offering flowers, lighting lamps, wrapping cloth around the Bo tree and reciting the Pali ‘gathas’ or Suttas. A good Buddhist is recognized by the goodness of his nature, thought, and conduct. All others, including Gnanasara, Dilantha, and others are not Buddhists. Merely having it in your birth certificate does not make you a Buddhist as the Buddha taught!

      What you see in Sri Lanka is Sinhala racism in the guise of Sinhala Buddhist racism. The power of the monks is waning and they are turning to racism to recover the flock and reinforce their power. It is an illusion to make people believe that they are safeguarding Buddhism. I say Theravada Buddhism is being replaced by Jathivada Buddhism. A good Buddhist will always understand this.

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        Wickramasiri, I take your point and I agree there are people who do not go to pansal but practice the teaching, I can vouch that their are some wonderful Buddhist who are open and tolerant. I have many such friends. Having lived and having my rots in a Buddhist home town, I have no doubt about that.

        Your 2nd para is completely acceptable, I respect your comments and your 3rd para is the truth,

        But If you do what you are doing I will refer to my comments in response to Bebon what I say is “in 200-300 years Buddhist will be minority in Lanka” why ? because while you all practicing Lord Buddha’s teaching inside your dwelling and hearts the Buddha sasanya is deteriorating due to countless acts by rogues in robes.

        There is no authority even to voice the damage being done let alone make mends.

        In my opinion Buddhist must start a nation wide program among yourself to educate and connect the masses with the true values of Lord Buddha’s teachings. No amount of pirith on TV or Radio will do any good to bring the mind back to the fold of Buddhism. If it had myself and millions of non Buddhist in Sri Lanka who are exposed to pririth for decades would have turned to Buddhism or at least have a fair understanding of what Buddhism is. Apart from the jataka kata built during making wesak toran with my friends in my locality, I have no other knowledge of your way of life.

        On the other hand I think this problem can be solved with much ease by installing a just Buddhist rule/a ruling party.

        Take for instance Anurdapura, it’s your 2nd most important district after Kandy. Anuradapura has the highest number of prostitutes in Sri Lanka. This was originally due to being a transit point for Troops, now due to movement of people for pilgrimage.

        I have never ever seen government doing anything to educate these poor women who engage in this lowly trade mainly due to poverty to take them out or provide alternate means of income.

        The government by instigating alien issues time after time is conveniently ignoring the real problems of the country.

        Before long these scoundrel will be gone with all the wealth, you me and the rest of the sorry asses will be left high and dry still fighting about halal and abayas.
        Our next generation will be left with a country with mountain of debts.

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        And these are the people who talk about democracy and HUMAN RIGHTS. Is it not ones right to wear what you want. Bloody half baked lobsters

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        You could call the new Lankan conceptual Buddhism in various flavors like Antavadi Buddhism, Panthivadi Buddhism, Koota Katta Kairaatika Buddhism, Kanamada Buddhism, Kandoskiriya Buddhism, Bebadu Buddhism etc. etc.

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      Afzal,

      “Rather What these racist Buddhist organization should do is try to make the Singhala Buddhist to live as per teaching of Lord Buddha. Their eating habits, dress, behavior, addiction to alcohol, violence, fornication are selected to key elements to start work with. Just for starters look at the amount of murders going around every simple altercation mostly ends with a murder. “

      You are correct here.

      What Buddha wanted the Monks have was two sets of rones and one begging bowl for food, dana. That was then.

      What do they have Now?

      1. Young boys and young Samaneras, Child monks for you know what.

      Child Abuse by a Monk in Habaraduwa

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNSC93mPs4I

      2. Women

      3. alcohols, Benz, Three meals a day. See how well fed the Sinhalese Buddhist monks are compared to the average sri Lankan Buddhist/

      Buddhism The Great Evil — Part 1

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

      Buddhism The Great Evil — Part 2

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clcs2PSze0I

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      well said Afzal ,why should our Muslim women change their outfit ?They have every right to wear what they want.The hypocrite s of the Jamiathul Ulamas should be ashamed of this move for even suggesting this change ,the back boneless ULAMAS,should go home and give the true muslims to run the place, the present members are all Rajapassa coolies, SHAME ON THEM.

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        To:muslim

        If we all think as Sri Lankans we cannt tolerate harassment towards Sri Lankan women name of Religion by forcing them to wear dress code which is unfit Sri Lankan culture and traditions
        if you think as Muslim we dont care..

        Thank you

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        muslim

        “well said Afzal ,why should our Muslim women change their outfit ?They have every right to wear what they want.The hypocrite s of the Jamiathul Ulamas should be ashamed of this move for even suggesting this change ,the back boneless ULAMAS,should go home and give the true muslims to run the place”

        It was the Ulemas got the Sri Lankan Muslim women to Changwfrom the Saree and Salvat Kameeze to the Abaya and head coverings ets. based on the Para-Wahhabi from Saudi Arabia, in the First Place.

        They are a confused bunch, interpret Quran in their own way or the Wahhabi way and the Muslim Women need to suffer.

        The Blace abya retains and traps heat, making it warm, and there is no circulation of air to cool the body. These Ulemas are bunch of idiots. They Follow Wahhabi,

        Wahhabis Follow the Devil. they are NOT Muslims.

        Here is Hadith in support of the above.

        Hadith of Najd

        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.[15] This is often speculated to be due to the revival of prophetic traditions, strictly clinging to hadith and negating what was seen at the time to be bid‘ah or ‘heretical innovations’, instigated by Ibn Abd al-Wahhab and later carried on by his followers.[16] as well as Twelver Shi’ism.[17] Contrary to the accusations there are numerical hadith that discredit this argument due to praise of the ethnic tribe of Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, being the Bani Tameem tribe, and praise for the region of what is now known as Najd and its peoples. Through anthropological records it is accounted that the Bani Tamim are the majority of people inhabiting the land of modern day ‘Najd’ in present day Saudi Arabia.

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      Afzal,

      “This is stupidity ! why would any one have to change any clothing due to any reason ? it’s individuals right to where whatever they want in whatever the the color. “

      Absolutely!.

      Why would the the Devil Following Wahhabi force the peace loving Muslims of Lanka to change from the Saree and salvar kammez, to the black Abaya of the Middle East? Because the Ulema said so? The Ulema also said that the Sun goes around the Earth. That culture does not belong to Lanka and Lankans are Not Arabs. There are a few DNA from Arabs, yes. Test the DNA.

      Besides, genetically, the Sri Lankan Muslims are Mostly from India, just like the Para-Sinhalese and Para-Tamils.

      Besides, they wore the sari 50 years ago BEFORE the DEVIL following Wahhabi arrived.

      Some common beliefs between Shaitan and Wahabi. … Shaitan (Satan, Iblees) met an apparent Muslim who in fact was a …

      http://www.yanabi.com/index.php?/topic/426240-conversation-between-a-wahabisalafi-and-shaitan-satan/

      Here is an interesting post that was on facebook written by someone else (I didn’t write this):

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    So… what is next ?
    If they do not like the coloured ones..and if the Balu Beeshana Sena insists on mini skirts…..!!!!!

    BBS ta Aba Saranay…….

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      Nazeer A.Zahir

      “If they do not like the coloured ones..and if the Balu Beeshana Sena insists on mini skirts…..!!!!! “

      The Problem Lies with The Wahhabis ( Wahhabis, Tauheed, salafi, deobandi and Taliban) Ulema.

      Go back to the Saree and Salvat Kameezlike in Pakistan, not Arabia,

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    Did the BBS know how the their women’s attire according to their religion….Is is mini skirt ?
    So… what is next ?
    If they do not like the coloured ones..and if the Balu Beeshana Sena insists on mini skirts…..!!!!!

    BBS ta Aba Saranay…….

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    It’s good move to shift from black to colour abayas and as I understand no where in Islam mentions women’s attire should be in black.
    I wonder what the bloody BBS has to with that? Is their job is to poke the nose anywhere they can? It’s pure breach of other’s religious rights.
    Frankly I don’t like the colour of the robes he wears; since I’m living in a multi cultural society; I simply tolerate!
    Gnanasara Modaya will never learn and he’s a shame to Lord Buddha and entirey Buddhist community!!!!!!!!!

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      dear banda,

      you are extremely right to say that black is not a command of islam to be worn. but the black has been choosen due to it’s dead colour and less attaractivness to the opposite sex which is the main critirea of the dress code. not to provocate the opposite sex i mean the men.
      when women adorn themselves with courfull clothes the men naturally get attratcted same as a bee get’s to an open flower or the flies get attratced to open food stuff.
      secondly the dress shouldn’t be botty fit or transparent which applies to men as well according to islam
      in total 6 criterias applicable for the dress code common to both men and women according to the islamic law ( sharia )

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    So…if BBS tells us to go jump in the sea and commit suicide do we say ..yes we wld to please the nation?why r the monks wearing yellow ? Cant theychange their colour too?

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    So…if BBS tells us to go jump in the sea and commit suicide do we say ..yes we wld.?

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      Don’t count the fools out they might as well do it for 1/2 bottle of arack and karawal rice packet.

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      This is not being done solely because what the terror group BBS says. It is time we do what is best for us.
      We are Sri Lankan Muslims, and we have an identity of our own, and we are not a shadow of other Islamic nations, and we should not ape what they do.
      Sri Lankan Muslims have been secular, and have a good record of getting on with their neighbors here.
      The black abhaya is not part of our culture. It may be the for the Wahabis, but we are not Wahabis.
      The black abhaya looks ominous, hot, and totally unsuitable for us. The Holy Quran does not even mention black abhayas, so we have the liberty to dress modestly as advised in the Holy Quran, but we must do what is best for us, our climate, and how we represent ourselves in our country.
      This is a great idea. I thank those who are involved in bringing help to our women.

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        Sithy, Quran does not mention colored abaya either, that meas it a choice you are free to wear whatever color you want no one can impose any color on any one.

        To start with are you wearing colored Abaya ? or rather are you wearing abaya at all ? if it is so are you willing to trade your black abaya to cheep luminous colored abaya provided by some organization ?

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          No, the Quran does not mention ANY Abhhaya, but since some sisters want to wear them, they should have that choice. I think the main issue is, choice. We should choose what we want to wear. However, my advise is, instead of aping some other culture, we should make that choice.
          If some sisters want to wear black it is of their own choosing, but according to our climate, and lifestyles, black is not suitable, it is very hot to be clad in full black, and other light colors are soothing and practical. The ladies of the Borah community really got it right. They wear lovely colors, again of their choosing.

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            To Sithy,

            Let the muslim sisters wear whatever color they want, why should the muslim women give in to the boru bala ,no one should dictate to the women folk as to their choice of colors,tell the people who started this nonsense and the Jamiatul ulemas members to go to hell,our women must be bold and strong to repel the weak men of the muslim community.

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    Holy Quaran says cover private parts of bosoms and “not display beauty except what is apparent”.

    Technically a Moslem woman should be able to wear a bikini if she has to. The full body contraption they wear is taking things too far. If anything its represents insecurity of men who are behind the idea.

    Suggesting women wear it in black when it attracts more heat a hot tropical country is just beyond being reasonable.

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      Vibhushana

      “Suggesting women wear it in black when it attracts more heat a hot tropical country is just beyond being reasonable.”

      The Mullah and Ulema does not about black Body radiation. They Still think that the Sun goes around the earth.

      They miss the point that the clothing is just a covering. That have made Muslim women to wear that and become dysfunctional. That is the way they show their hegemony.

      There is no rule in Islam for Muslim women to continue with their Culture and clothing, provided it covers their bosom and other private parts. Face, head and arms are not Private parts.

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        Well, the way I see it there is a simple solution to all this.

        The Moslem council of Sri Lanka should advise womenfolk to learn the truth directly from the word of god, or the Holy Quaran. Make the verses available in non-Arabic for lay people understand.

        The book does not dictate what women should wear. All it says is be modest and cover the naughty bits.

        What I suspect happens now is the Holy Quaran is being interpreted by radical Mullahs who add their own draconian rules.

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          Vibhushana

          “What I suspect happens now is the Holy Quaran is being interpreted by radical Mullahs who add their own draconian rules.”

          Yes. You hit the nail in the head.

          Farewell Sermon nu Prophet Mohammed.

          The Last Sermon, was delivered by the Islamic prophet, Muhammad on the 9th of Dhu al-Hijjah, 10 AH (9 March 632) in the Uranah valley of Mount Arafat, during the Islamic pilgrimage of Hajj.

          https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/campaign-to-undermine-and-disrupt-popes-visit-to-sri-lanka-says-catholics/

          Text of the sermon

          In a lengthy hadith included in Sahih Muslim, Sunan Abi Dawud, and Sunan Ibn Majah, Jabir ibn Abd Allah narrated details of Muhammad’s pilgrimage and reported the following words of his sermon:

          Verily your blood, your property are as sacred and inviolable as the sacredness of this day of yours, in this month of yours, in this town of yours. Behold! Everything pertaining to the Days of Ignorance is under my feet completely abolished. Abolished are also the blood-revenges of the Days of Ignorance. The first claim of ours on blood-revenge which I abolish is that of the son of Rabi’a b. al-Harith, who was nursed among the tribe of Sa’d and killed by Hudhail. And the usury of the pre-Islamic period is abolished, and the first of our usury I abolish is that of ‘Abbas b. ‘Abd al-Muttalib, for it is all abolished. Fear Allah concerning women! Verily you have taken them on the security of Allah, and intercourse with them has been made lawful unto you by words of Allah. You too have right over them, and that they should not allow anyone to sit on your bed whom you do not like. But if they do that, you can chastise them but not severely. Their rights upon you are that you should provide them with food and clothing in a fitting manner. I have left among you the Book of Allah, and if you hold fast to it, you would never go astray. And you would be asked about me (on the Day of Resurrection), (now tell me) what would you say? They (the audience) said: We will bear witness that you have conveyed (the message), discharged (the ministry of Prophethood) and given wise (sincere) counsel. He (the narrator) said: He (the Holy Prophet) then raised his forefinger towards the sky and pointing it at the people (said): “O Allah, be witness. O Allah, be witness,” saying it thrice.

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    This is a good idea. The black Abhaya is for one thing not suitable for Sri Lanka, not mentioned in the Quran, and it is primarily worn by Saudis as their national attire, suitable for sand storms.
    Sri Lankan Muslim women should have their own identity.

    Sri Lankan Muslims do not have to follow what the wahabi’s do. Sri Lankan Muslims have the freedom to wear what they wish in any color they like. Following the Saudi Arabia style of dressing is not necessary. As long as women wear modestly, it will be appropriate. Sri Lankan Muslim women have he flexibility to have their own suitable attire, and not follow blindly the cultural dress of other nations. Nations like Malaysia, have women wearing what they wish, and the women look very smart in colored head covers.
    This is not giving in the ignorance shown by the BBS, it is being practical and wearing clothing suitable for our climate.
    Those who cannot afford wearing the colored Abhayas should take this opportunity and accept a suitable alternative. Colored fabrics are also known to be cooler than full black.

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      Sithy

      Yes,not only Malaysia,in other Arab states like Egypt,
      Syria,Morocco,Tunisia,Algeria and Turkey they all don’t
      wear this Abhaya black or coloured in their entirety.
      Srilankan Muslims can take,if they want to,Tunisia,
      Turkey or Malaysia as their role models.Why Saudi?Saudi
      women are oppressed for political reasons using religion
      as a pretext.The whole world knows this.We are living
      in a democracy which has given you choices for a
      reasonable religious life.Didn’t prophet Muhammad advise
      all Muslims to choose a moderate life?Srilankan Muslims
      are made captives by all types of religious fanaticisms
      How many religious organisations for 1.5 million people?
      Honestly speaking,haven’t we provided a platform to the
      worst and dangerous outfit of Buddhist racists, created
      to pick on almost everything we do or say?Have we ever
      engaged in any kind of self criticism of our actions in
      relation to how other people are looking at us.Have our
      leaders ever wondered why the Muslims of the South are
      limited only to urban life and the standards of their
      livings and still being envied by racists,because of a
      few rich?Not only religious fanaticism,the hijack of
      religion by a handful of money makers is also to blame
      for the situation Muslims are facing today.And this
      doesn’t mean if all were perfect on the side of Muslims
      BBS won’t come into existence.BBS is a need of the hour
      for bankrupt politics and their religion.Maha Nayaka’s
      and Maha “heads”reactions to growing tensions is ample
      proof of this.What’s needed to be seen is,ordinary
      Sinhalese people coming forward and pushing these
      destructive elements to their fate or rest assured,you
      are the next target of power hungry wolves.

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    This is not called for.. why would ANYONE change their wardrobe just coz someone doesn’t like it.. ITS FREEDOM OF CHOICE. a Basic Human Rights.. this is giving into something one shouldnt.. IF the BBS ask the women to wear boob popping thigh exposing clothing for the women folk, are we going to adopt it? HECK NO.. If I dont like to see half naked men in yellow robes with smelly armpits who dont even know what deoderent is, will they say OK we give up?…they seem to be wanting women half naked just so they can get a glimpse of women’s assets.. which is cause for Rape and violence against women…

    This zakaath money could be used for better things…. They the (MCSL)seem to not know the concept of Zakaath..and I wonder if they have an edict (fatwa) to do this..

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    As a Sri Lankan,Christian, I do not think the Muslim clerics should issue Fatwas( directives) for Sri Lankan Muslims to wear Black Abayas. Let’s be fair and give the muslim community leaders the choice. However would like to point out.. Malaysia, Kuwait,Jordan,Lebanon are all predominantly muslim countries but the Ladies wear colored head scarf, covering only the hair.Which is hygienically preferred and very safe. If the muslim leaders decide on the Black abaya, then all muslim ladies must wear it, including Rauf Hakims, Asath Sallys, Fowzie’s,family members. We cannot make Sri Lanka another Saudi arabia or a Afganistan,Muslims must not be taking a fundamentalist approach creating unwarranted agitation from the majority. If they want sharia law, then give it to them , Only the muslims will be beheaded for drug trafficking, murder and other related offenses as guided by the holy book, like in saudi Arabia. So take it easy and live in harmony, without making it unpleasant for everyone.

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    The purpose of Abaya is to ward off unwanted attention..and distract looks with LUST…colored Abaya may prompt a second look NOT that Black is prescribed by Quran BUT Black puts off people from taking a second look .. the exact reason why an Abaya is worn. Further most ladies do not know the reason why they wear the Abaya they have all the fancy work in colored rhinestones, thus attracting LUSTFUL looks.. so the purpose of wearing Abaya is lost…

    I dont buy the thought that Black Abaya is worn in Saudi to avoid sand storms, why cant a colored garb do the same? Its beyond some peoples thinking.. Most scripts in Quran CANNOT be understood by laymen, hence its best not to go by self thoughts but ask scholars who know the deep meanings…

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    The people with these negative feelings are the problem. I think they should change their attitude rather than the muslim women changing their dress. Appeasement will never work with these racists when they simply want to exterminate you and free up some space for their own propagation.

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    This news is not just may not be appreciated by BBS, it is shifting the discussion of Muslims Women’s dresses, which is now at BBS level, to common citizen level. (Actually that is what taking place on CT)

    BBS’s claims is Halal is a forced feeding, the dresses are forced covering. What BBS suggesting is Muslims do prey Allah five times but live Lankans.

    This will be seen by BBS as a Muslim organization inventing a way to mass move Muslims women to wear Abaya rather than their native dresses. BBS is going to call this as the “Old Wine in the New Bottle”. For the look of those who are outside of BBS, this is new Sharia, that is “don’t wear Black Abaya, wear only colored Abaya”.

    Bringing Oil money and do a massive dress change campaign from native to Abaya, with a camouflage of Black to color, will not be BBS’s suggestion. There are many Lanka do not have second dress. This is true with Muslims too. This is not a government sponsored exchange program. Nobody will be supervising if these are genuine exchanges and with what kind of conditions these poor women are handed over the new dress.(Everybody know neither Saudi Prince nor Hissabulla gave a check to Family of the Girl,Rozena who was decapitated in Saudi. In Lanka , cheating is rampant in their community too.)

    A Muslim women living within the other women and wants to wear her religious wear cannot be supported by private arrangements of their religious organizations. These types of the actions are the one creating competition with the Buddhist.

    Muslims organization punishes women if the women don’t do what they ask. So MCSL asking to wear colored will be seen as the new law, if not the women have not converted to the new arrangements, sooner of latter, the Black Abaya wearing ones could be stone thrown (rather the native wearers).

    This invention of institutionalized mass movement of women’s dressings from native dress to Abaya is a in only a creation of new segregation.

    This is showing the Muslims’ inability to get along with the other crowd. By not imposing the proper law, Royal Government is allowing the religious organizations to maneuver through the democratic laws and interfere with the free life of the Human being. A good government will be watching that its citizen are not forced by not just direct methods, not with indirect method like these too.

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    Minor as it might seem, this is a good move on the part of the MCSL. Gestures like this are important and also act as a ‘circuit breaker’ to ease the tensions between Muslims in SL and their non Muslim counterparts. This will also help the Muslims themselves to better identify themselves with their fellow citizens. For years the Muslims in SL did not see fit to engage in unnecessarily ‘provocative’ unique dress styles and were happy not to set themselves obviously apart. The MCSL is also helping SL Muslims to realise that true worship in Islam does not call for separate modes of dress. I say, thank you MCSL; you have done something positive.

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    A black Abaya is worn by Muslim women firstly to deflect all attention on her be it from men or women, to show her faith and willingness to obey her Creator – Allah’s commandments to the letter, when He says ‘dress your cloaks to cover your beauty’. This word ‘beauty’ in the context of women could mean many different embodiments endowed on them. It could be the beauty in their face, their eyes, may be skin complexion and color, hair color, in their voluptuous figure, nails, face, gait and even the tone of their voice, in fact their whole existence in the presence of strange men. The other thing is the uniformity in dress color ‘black’ is considered most desirable so as not to cause any type of competition through clothing designed using myriad of colors and print designs, with intention of enhancing their attracting power of men towards themselves, and also create competition between themselves, with intention of gaining popularity and attention. In short, no beauty contests in Islam.

    This arbitrary change from black to color only beats its purpose, and I don’t understand why we should fall prey or give in to that monsters calling.

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      You are just another dump PhD, in interpreting rubbish religious regulations. You have no idea of what you are talking.

      The creativeness is in built into the man (Human race). He decorates his house, he decorates his body, and he decorates his male child and decorates his female child. He decorates anything he uses. If you really think for few minutes, you will understand a woman should not decorate her house, because it is going to leave a different feeling on males who enter her house. Those who watch her inside that beautiful house are going to get the same feeling of those who watch her inside her beautiful dresses. The beautiful house she live in enhances her appearance and the ones who can not separate her from dress and see can not separate her from house also. Nature has created many of the women’s attributes as sexual appeal to men. The way she talk, the way she walk, the way she spice the foods, the way she take care of the kids…..everything has its hidden elements of sexual appeal to male partners. The shallows, One or two like you, may look at the dress or the female arts only. The other day I was watching a nature program on TV. A male bird of Australia was building a nest and the females were watching it, keeping a distance. Some even walked into his arch construction and inspected. The commentator said the male have to decorate it even more for the females get attacked to him. This is not just for the birds. Basically, all living, which has the DNA as their building blocks, shares this common feature. The truth is every atom of the female life has evolved over billions years to live in harmony with male partners. We know even the Black Widow spider share many thousand genes with us, the human. The narrow understanding of the life on the earth and selfish interpretation of the religious books make one or two like you to give false, fake explanations.

      According to Hindu philosophy, beauty is only “Maya”. Appearance is deceiving. They say matured soul knows to envisage beyond the appearance to sensory body (not just the look). For example, in music (sound) man like the high nodes and the woman likes the low nodes. A part of this is now accepted in the science too. Masses are represented as atoms. Senses are fed in with energy. Energy and the mass conversion formulas are developed and used by man. Quondam-matic explanations in science mimic the path of the “Maya” in religion. In that type of analysis, beauty and the perception of beauty are non-existents. Fault is on the ones, who perceive them as real. Hindu religion says whoever perceive like that, and live based on that perception are condemned to rebirth until their soul achieve maturity enough to deny the existence of them as “Maya”.

      We do not know if the god is the one hand creates every woman. But we know every woman is different, not merely on her perspective ways, but on every inch of her body too. We know that many of them are the definition of the word beauty. But a lot are not that lucky. But the god’s understanding seems to be that he has done a good job with all of them and they all need to be hidden. That is an erroneous behavior of the god. It appears even the woman who went through a Chemo Therapy and lost all her hairs have to hide her head. (It may be because, those women who want get rid of the stupid laws will go bold headed. Isn’t that a good explanation?)

      Why this god is asking everybody to cover them up? If he wanted to cover them up, why didn’t he create them up covered when they are born? Why in the world, on the first place, he create them as beautiful? (Please excuse me to borrow the word beauty from you as I do not know what is that one is). Let us say the god wanted to have created everybody ugly so the world will maintain the holiness, but he has made a mistake and created couple of them beautiful and now he wants us to stay away from these beautiful one and we have an obligation to respect him. Is that he made mistake once or couples of times? Is that couple of times or he is repeating this blunder for millenniums, over and over again? Well he is making mistakes for millenniums and his agents are excusing him forever, but then why this agents of him are stoning us to death on our very first mistake?

      Do you want to hear a story of a brutal woman? Once upon a time, there was mother; she did know to make excellent and wholesome sweets. Her kids were fond of those foods. But, sadly, every day, this women make a lot of them and then call her kids, order them to take all of them and throw it in the garbage. If they, even accidentally, touch them, she would call her henchmen and order to stone them to death. Now, you may call this woman as your god, but I call her the brutal idiot.

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        You are perfectly entitled to your opinion and interpretations which probably is in line and in accordance with Hindu teachings and culture as you understand it to be. But I still stand by what I have stated which is based on my own opinion and understanding of women dress code as per my religion of Islam, which is the topic in question in this instance.

        We Muslims understand our religious obligations and bring it into practice in our daily lives. Not just here in SL, but in a universal setting. Sure, some countries like France even have put a ban on it. But that ban is good to bring the issue into focus. But it will not hold for long as it is a clear infringement on womens right to wear what they please, and even more so when it promotes morality and modesty in women’s dress code.

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          Marwan

          “You are perfectly entitled to your opinion and interpretations ……what I have stated which is based on my own opinion and understanding of women dress code as per my religion of Islam,…”
          I know you would not have answer so you would come and confess like this.

          But it will not hold for long as it is a clear infringement on women’s right to wear what they please,

          Could you explain me what is that peculiar psychological change is coming to women when become Muslim? Why suddenly they want to hide their beauty? One thing I can think of is, suddenly she has become fearful that all the men near around her suddenly looks like rapists and forcing her for non modest, non moral desire? Do you have a scientific explanation why the 93%, french women, are not thinking that but the 7%, Muslims women, are thinks that way?

          Is that each and every Muslim women in their dream, one night, finding out that they would like to wear Abaya or Is that the Muslim heads are telling them that in their dream the god came and have given them order to enforce Abaya dressing so that all Muslim women should wear Abaya to hide their beauty.

          and even more so when it promotes morality and modesty in women’s dress code You find only women are beauty. If you cover them them with you dress code, morality will be there. Why is that? Is that all the Muslims Men have a clownish look. None of them are handsome? Listen Marwan! other than eye, covering everything else seems to be modesty for you; Please don’t explain to me what it would be in your opinion extreme covering. If I hear that torture I am going to fall down and die. Please don’t do that! Thanks.

          Some peoples confusion never can be fixed.
          Please clarify me what was in the first instant you tried tell me?

          But if you want to hear, I tell you what it is. This covering of up to eye or putting inside a no hole jar and closing with a lid, and peeling the banana with the name of hygiene, these all are telling one thing. That is day and might, with out any morality and modesty, Uninterrupted, undisturbed male sexual pervasiveness greed. Other than that so far I did not hear any good explanation for these.

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        DUMP Phd? LOL.. u mean dumb?

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        Mallaiyuran….that was good!

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    Can’t the very progressive Muslim ladies of Sri Lanka choose what they want to wear. According to history the prophet Mohammed’s wife is a very progressive lady. Why some old guys try to take their ladies to the prehistoric times based on their I insecurities. Isn’t this a pretty modern development amongst SL Muslims. They were moderate, educated and free spirited. And who robbed them their identity. I don’t remember seeing a single abaya(black) head covering skirts before late 80’s. Those ladies wore sarees with head covering veils or panjabi dress with a shawl. And they were looking gorgeous. Many of my friends were so open minded that they acted in school dramas that were sometimes probuddist or sinhala historic dramas. Those were girls and they even to date stay free spirited. They didn’t listen to Arabic music. They like our songs, some times classical like Amaradevas, or Hindi just like everyone else in SL do. Or English.or Tamil songs. Just to say they are very much like another Sri Lankan. At college they took us to Tamil movies explaining us who has less understanding in Tamil line by line. These are friends we grow up with. Great human beings I would never hesitate to protect. There may be a minority of people who practices, too strict form of Islam but majority is moderate. I know very few of our friends who had strict crazy over protective fathers like many of us Sri Lankans do- despite the ethnicity- Made them wear black dress the girls still liked to wear some amazingly beautiful clothes beneath it even though no one could see it. If they are having a conversation within the community to change attire to make their ladies happy that should be welcomed but to pls BBS bs I am not sure it is the right conversation the Muslims leaders are having.

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      You ask ‘Can’t the very progressive Muslim ladies of Sri Lanka choose what they want to wear’. Exactly, and this is why they like to wear the Abhaya (dress cloak), Hijab (head cover) and Miqab (face cover), over themselves. It is their calling. No one is forcing it on them.

      You need to realize that every few years there is a revivalism in all the major religions to get back to basics. If this is not done, the adherents of any particular faith start floating further away and eventually start introducing and practicing customs and traditions quite alien to their own religious beliefs and teachings. This happens mainly through their closeness and influences of people outside their own faith. Presently we see it happen to a lot of Muslims living in Nepal who have lot of Hindhu traditions and beliefs introduced into their culture. Which is also what our firebrand BBS fanatics are also trying to achieve, but by stomping on the feet of Muslims and Christians and hurting minority feelings is no way to draw its own flock back to basics. They are going about it in the wrong way. They need to have elders guide them towards achieving their ends.

      In just the same way Islam too has received its own revivalism, and we see the results of it now taking effect. They are free to practice it according to how they please, that is if they like it, they can bring it into practice, and in the same way, if they dislike it, they can be silent and not be critical of what is taught or preached as ‘the right way’. For them, they are only reminded of the signs and repercussions on the Day of Judgment (also known as Day of Reckoning) if they don’t heed to Prophet’s teachings and practices and God’s commandments. These are mentioned purely for their own salvation. Other than for those reasons, there are no intentions of causing divisions or separation through religious identities, nor with intention to reduce intermingling between communities and thereby sharing resources only between themselves. Far from it. I hope you understand the present effect in its right perspective.

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      viveka

      Hinds are not Hindus through learning,Buddhists are
      not Buddhists through learning and it’s the same
      thing with other religions as far as I know.We all
      have to agree that we follow the footsteps of our
      parents and grow in it and we grow up to defend what
      we believe,with whatever little we know when
      challenged.But to be honest and humble and well
      balanced,you need courage supported by your knowledge
      and experiences along with some other characteristics.
      What I’m trying to say now is,Abhaya was not the
      crying need of our Srilnkan Muslim women.98% or more
      of those who wear it,can not even explain as to who
      Allah is!They don’t know when Islam was born!They
      don’t know who Ali is to prophet Muhammad and they
      don’t know how soon Fathima the beloved daughter of
      prophet Muhammed passed away after her most beloved
      father.Such is the condition of knowledge of Islam of
      our Muslim women in our country.They are trained to
      be shy by the men in the name of religion.Otherwise
      they are,like other women,sociable and intelligent.
      You are dead right.This Abhaya was not known before
      80s.Both moderate and extreme religious organizations
      competing with each other,had been pushing the small
      population incessantly for reforms in their way of
      life,towards more extremes but in their terms,”piety.”
      In the vast majority of cases,Abhaya is not women’s
      voluntary choice.But again,this is none of BBS
      business to question us.They are free to go to courts.
      Not only Muslim women,almost all women in south Asian
      countries are male dominated with little more freedom
      than Muslims,for economic reasons.Right or wrong,
      Muslims must change only at their free will and not
      under any pressure.You change under uncivilized and
      barbaric pressure,it’s suicidal.

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    it will be a complete surrender. this move will not help to eradicate the anti muslim campaign carried out by the BBS. they have other ulterior motives not just muslim ladies wearing abaaya dress. anti minority feelings are not just based on any rational thinking. this applies to any ethno centric ideas prevalent among majority people. the situation needs deep study and analysis for the muslim leadership to formulate policies and actions. i think the dress matter is ver superficial and very soon the proponents of colour dress will understand.
    -sundaram

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    If we don’t like safron coloured robe, will people change it to a different colour.

    Hell, they won’t!

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    Whatever color it is still a abaya.

    Ban abayas fully.

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      ” Ban abayas fully. ” so that ur ilk along with gandassara can crave at women and drip from the bottom? well the robed monks I bet doesnt seem to be a sex appeal anyways… so these robed lustful monks who spend their childhood being abithhas who were most times than not USED by senior robed monk to relieve their sexual desires are starving for sex…it’s only natural to have feeling towards teh opposite sex… but they cant get married as such the best they could do is look lustfully at women and then relieve themselves on innocent lil Abbitha’s.

      They are human and need to have partners… not for the same sex though… for God Made Adam N EVE NOT Adam and Steve NOR Eve and Eva..

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    Black color has a symbol in Islam. It is about modesty and being unattractive. That is how women should be in public places.

    Boycott colored abayas NGOs. Colored panties for Muslim women next? What madness is this!

    Give colored robes to Buddhist monks instead!

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      There is a secret deal with Wi thanage with the Ulemas to supply loads of confiscated containers of Chinese garment materials in attractive prices and on installment basis. Morawaka is now scratching his ass, thinking of whats next.

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      you are so brave my sister. No worry keep cool.

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      Women look best in black underwear. I know!

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    ela kolla the ungrateful (to Him who created you!)you are vastly mistaken! If not for the God’s Mercy (and then Muslims who believe in the One God who created all human beings are around you ele kolle group) you won’t even get a drop of water to drink in this world.Hurry up! It is time to submit your will to God and save you from the hell fire which ones fuel is wrong doers and ungrateful men like you and stones!

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      Israel have started provideing barbecue for free….hurry up

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    I have noticed that when a Muslim woman visits a Buddhist sacred place in SL they walk straight in or are asked to shed some clothes before they are let in, where as when most Sinhala Buddhist women visit the same place they are provided a sarong and asked to cover up. Yet, Muslims are the ones who have to change their dress code ? What a warped logic we have of right and wrong. If the Muslim women want to swap for colored attire then they are free to do so, however as Buddhists we have no reason to bother what they wear or not. Let’s worry about our mothers, sisters and daughters. When you point a finger there are 3 more pointing back at you! THINK!

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    Oh no, this is the wrong way to go about it. In light of the aggression of the SB’s on the Muslims, Muslims must now be humble enough to accept the cultural dress on the Lankan people. They can dress in the modest Lankan Sari from now on. Arabic and Iranian cultural costumes can be reserved for special Islamic days, like Fridays and Ramazan.

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      While you flip in the attire of your birthright attracting sex mongers?

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    The comments are intriguing.

    We are all getting mixed up here. If we talk religion please leave democracy out. If we talk democracy please leave religion out. The two should never mix.

    Democracy should in theory liberate people. Religion though in theory promise all sorts of wonderful things is basically oppressive.

    Democracy dictates that all citizens will enjoy equal status.

    Religion dictates that one’s own religion is better than the other.

    The greatness of democracy is that it permits every individual to practice his or her own religion or wear whatever clothes that one chooses to wear as long as it respects societal norms. I do not see no reason why a Muslim woman cannot wear a black abaya or a monk a saffron colored saree or a catholic priest a cossock.

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    It is high time that some one offers colored underpants
    to N.M. Ameen (life president until he dies) and Hilmy
    Ahamed (Vice President until he dies) of the Muslim
    Council. The monkeys should be told to wear this in
    public to show what kind of lunatics they are.

    Their statement to exchange black hijabs to colored
    ones is laughable. More so at a time when Sinhalese,
    the majority community, are entertaining some concerns
    about Muslim women in black hijabs. I am not advocating
    any changes in wearing hijab or wearing coloured ones.

    My question is whether this is the time to make provocative
    remarks? Who pays for them? The innocent Muslims. Not
    Ameen and Hilmy Ahamed.

    Why don’t they obtain a paid advertisement and put their
    pictures instead of playing around with lives, you insane
    monkeys.

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    A beautiful face that if she were to obey her 80 year old husband’s demands would remain hidden from the world. Why Muslims are required to be attired in Arabic clothes, covered from head to toe in a black sack with ONLY the eyes visible, in a hot country to be ‘good Muslims’ is beyond understanding. Is Islam the ONLY religion where the FREE WILL is not a gift from the godhead.?

    Muslims like every other good citizen should integrate as much as possible into the society in which they live.

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      Ram

      It would be very useful for you to find out when,
      where and how your Hinduism started instead of
      wasting your time on others with your civilized
      thinking borrowed from somewhere else.I very much
      respect other’s cultures without asking questions
      because it is their identity that runs into
      thousands of years.And there are those who scream
      of their proud culture while dying to run away
      from it like dot coms.I personally don’t like this
      Abhaya in Srilanka because it makes us pawned to a
      distant unknown culture that our wmomen don’t
      belong to.The stupid Ulemmas and the so called
      leaders become donkeys by trying to imitate Saudis
      while claiming their women were from Serendib,
      Sinhala and Tamil.Don’t be jokers.Islam doesn’t
      even demand that wife must be called by husband’s
      name and neither a name change after conversion.
      It is asking for commitments and not exhibitions.
      My dependent girls are free to choose their clothes
      and they didn’t choose Abhaya.I feel happy only
      when I see the smiles in their faces and not their
      fearful respect to me.

      An intelligent govt will help religions flourish
      freely because religions push people into more
      and more restrictions and disciplines.Less and less
      materialistic.Religions are a blessing in disguise
      to advance nationalism,better choice than socialism
      and communism.That’s why the west is forced to play
      double games in the Middle East.Ram,this is more
      than you asked for.

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        ” how your Hinduism “

        You have obviously assumed that I am a Hindu. I have no problem with other cultures and values as long as NO attempt is made to force feed us with the same. The governments have NO business in helping religions flourish, NOR the opposite. Yes, I have noticed that increased numbers of young Muslim women are attending universities, achieving independence and taking their place in society. Well and good.

        If you had even been mindful of Thera Gnanasiri’s recent activities you would not have said ” Religions are a blessing in disguise to advance nationalism “. I agree that the Ulemmas are in no way better than Gnanasiri and his ilk. If you’ve read any of previous comments you would have gathered that I vehemently disagree with what the so-called West does in the Middle East, pitting brother against brother, and religion against religion. We need to learn (or relearn as the case may be) to get along.

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          Ram
          First of all,thanks for your reply.My apologies
          for mistaking you for a Hindu reader.I was a bit
          uncertain but took the risk.As for the govt
          involvement in religious affairs,I first like to
          remind you that in Srilanka,we have a separate
          ministry called ministry of Buddha Sasana that
          comes under the prime minister.Other religions
          are also being handled by this ministry.For you
          to say that govt has no business with religions
          is,lack of knowledge of the components of politics
          mainly in developing and undeveloped countries
          where people complain their hardships to unseen
          and in some cases dead bodies in anticipation of
          relief for their problems unsolved or even created
          by govts.Is that not a blessing for govts to put
          the blame on something else and escape?Suppose all
          three communities(at least in dream)suddenly ignore
          all their forces in the sky for relief?Where will
          they turn next to?For your Gnanasara reference,why
          take him in the first place as a monk?He’s a man
          who thinks Buddha didn’t even exist!Nevertheless,is
          it not Buddhist nationalism he is violently
          campaigning for?The question is what’s true
          nationalism in a country like Srilanka?Asking non
          Buddhist to jump into the sea?

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            I am not surprised that the goveernment has a Miniistry to deeal with Buddhism. Considering how many ministries are there it wouldn’t surprise me if they had another looking after the affairs of the B’hai faith. I brought in Gnanasara to prove how wrong your statement was re. “Religions are a blessing in disguise to advance nationalism ” He has no interest in nationalism, but a limited version of it.

            An interview with a certain Dr Ameer Ali referred to by Bebon is certainly worth reading.

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    You must be such a rude and bad person at the moment, your Creator has put a covering in your eye ear and brain so that you will never understand the truth and it is beyond your understanding as you say.By the way it is an actress posing for advertisement.Don’t do too much of imaginations! If you don’t know what Islam is, it is better for you to keep quiet. Fear the creator. The curse is going to fall upon you very soon for all the remarks you did about the only religion acceptable in the sight of the Creator who created you and me and all.

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      When I do face the Creator it is I who will have to answer for my deeds. The rest of your comment is pure hogwash, and whoever you are you had to assume a new pseudonym in order to reply.

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        Are you a desciple of Anjaneya you puerile Tamil idiot?

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    Leaving aside the religious, social, political and economic aspects of this issue and focusing on the esthetic aspect only, I would say that coloured abhayas are a giant improvement over the black abhaya.

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      YELLOW/ORANGE robes worn by the monks remind us of Poop.. can we ask them to wear white, which is serene..instead…

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    Most men go to great lengths to ensure their wive’s and daughters are beautifully dressed – at least on special occasions .
    Obviously there are lot of men out there with severe inferiority complexes which compel them to cover up their women from head to toe , leaving only their eyes visible .This is a recent phenomenon in Sri Lanka , and a sad one .

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      Dr.Goebells

      “Obviously there are lot of men out there with severe inferiority complexes which compel them to cover up their women from head to toe , leaving only their eyes visible”

      Those men are worried about you. They are only protecting their women folks from you, rapists who molest your own daughters and other children. I think their fear is justifiable given that how men behave in this island. Put your house in order before you psychoanalyse them.

      Already the armed forces have a history of raping vulnerable women and children in the North and East. Now they have extended their practices to down south as well. They expect the Sinhala women to service them as and when they get the urge. This they demand as a right in return for their gallant service to the country that they won the war.

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