Buddhist Monks Want To Demolish A Muslim Community Building In Colombo

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Buddhist monks took to the streets yesterday again demanding the demolition of yet another Muslim community building in Colombo, claiming it was illegal, Ceylon Today reports. Meanwhile Divaina newspaper claims that the building is a illegal cattle-killing place belong to Islam fundamentalists.

Over 250 protestors led by Buddhist monks including JHU monk Akmeemana Dayaratane (ex MP JHU), staged a demonstration yesterday in front of Galvihara Road, Dehiwala, calling for the demolition of the Madarasa ‘Darul- Qur’an lil Baranil Iman. The protestors charged it is an illegal construction and a place where goats are scarified.

One of the monks leading the protest claimed the Madarasa should be demolished as the Muslims had constructed it illegally; a claim many Muslims in the area are disputing.

In response to this a member of the trustee board, Hizni Mohamed said the Madarasa named has been situated here for over 13 years. “It is a place mainly to teach and educate the children on religion and the Qur’an,” he said.

He said the monks’ claim that the Muslims were rearing goats and sacrificing them within the premises of the Madarasa, but nothing of that sort happened. “It is not an illegal construction. We have accurate deeds and the building has been there for so many years,” he said.

According to the Western Province UNP PC member Mujibur Rahman, this Madarasa has been frequented by the Muslims for 13 years and this problem of demolishing has begun all of a sudden. “Nothing illegal or unlawful is happening,” he confirmed.

When Ceylon Today contacted the Mayor of Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, Municipal Council Dhanasiri Amaratunge said that a group of monks had complained to him regarding an illegal construction.

“I sent a team to inspect the area and we have found that the Madarasa is an illegal construction and we have summoned them to court on Monday. Even before the legal aspect could be done the villagers and the monks have begun a protest,” he said.

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150 Responses to Buddhist Monks Want To Demolish A Muslim Community Building In Colombo

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    Is this shit started again?

    mayasl
    May 26, 2012 at 10:35 am
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      Well, well, what do you expect when the spineless Muslim political leadership, like the so-called Minister of Justice, Rauf Hakeem who is shameless, is running behind Rajapakse and his nationalist goons trying to make back room deals without taking the Dambulla monk to court so that the Law can take its course?! The Sinhala un-Buddhist nationalists have become more bold seeing the cowardly behavior of the Muslim leaders.. and Rajapakse is all set to play the Sinhala nationalist in this latest drama against the tiresome minorities! Seem like the Muslims deserve what they are getting for having such unprincipled leadership – sad to say!

      Dinuk
      May 28, 2012 at 3:14 am
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      Why don’t the Mahanayakes and other practising Buddhist Monks take action against these ‘Men in Robes’? People reading articles like this believe that Buddhism is a militant Religion. We used to be so proud of the claim that no wars were fought in the name of the Buddha, whereas now, everyday there are new reports of Buddhist Clergy attacking other Religions. If Buddhism is practised with Maithree, and Karuna, as the Buddha taught, even adherents of other religions would come to embrace Buddhism, of their own accord, without any forcible conversion.

      Rationalist
      December 20, 2013 at 8:37 pm
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      Yes MayaSL, this ‘shit’ is happening because the Muslims were allowed to study in English, if they wanted to, and so got better employment than the Sinhalese and Tamils who had to study in their Mother Tongues. The result is the Jealousy caused by this situation. You will understand if you read Jagath Asoka’s article in Colombo Telegraph, re Knowledge of English more important than Degrees in Sinhala and Tamil when applying for jobs!.

      Rationalist
      December 21, 2013 at 5:02 am
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    This will spread like a virus to other Buddhist chauvinist.

    Jim Hardy
    May 26, 2012 at 10:54 am
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    WHY SOULD NOT DISTROY ILL LEGAL CONSTRUCTION. [Edited out] If it is prove as an ill legal construction it should be demolish immediately. The concessional policy of Buddhost leads muslims to act on harm buddhism. This isthe high time to make full stop. samarasekara Part of this comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.For more detail see our Comment policy http://colombotelegraph.com/comments-policy/

    w.m.k.Samarasekara
    May 26, 2012 at 12:37 pm
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      BETTER TO BAND TO READ KOORAN. The part you deleated is relation with the holy kooran. If it is not according with your policy, Why not trying to band KOORAN of burning it. If you want get the specific para of Kooran which relating with the context, I will like to mention them too. samarasekara

      w.m.k.Samarasekara
      May 27, 2012 at 3:16 am
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        YOU ARE A DAMN IDIOT. YOU YOU HAVE FIRST TO LEARN ENGLISH,TO MAKE COMMENTS.

        AYMAN
        December 19, 2013 at 7:33 pm
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        Sarama Kesara, Do you known the meanings of Tri Pitaka or it’s dharmaya. Read its meanings and acknowledge your ignorance and confess that you are a bigoted Sinhalese chauvinist not a Buddhist.

        Varagamuni
        December 21, 2013 at 1:32 pm
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    Buddhist chauvanists just have to keep on attacking someone. They finished off Tamils. It’s now your turn muslims! Who is next?

    Gowrie
    May 26, 2012 at 1:09 pm
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    The shock troops in saffron are at it again.

    Roshan
    May 26, 2012 at 1:53 pm
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      Yellow peril!!!

      Anu
      May 27, 2012 at 11:56 am
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    So the mosque is illegal? How many illegal mosques are there in the country? Not supporting any attacks etc. But if it’s illegal – regardless of the religion – take it down.

    Sam
    May 26, 2012 at 2:06 pm
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      would you then also agree that all buddhist statutes erected illegally at the various handiyas should also be demolished. what about the christian statues in the christian areas at various junctions. all these are illegal. what about illegal so-called buddhist “temple” buildings that have come up? are you prepared for all that. would you agree that the government and the local authorities should check whether all ( I repeat all)religous buildings and statues put up within the last 10 (or 20 or anything) and if they are found to be illegal constructions, they should ALL be removed? wake up. It is easy to ignite, it is difficult to douse flames.

      Roshan
      May 26, 2012 at 5:01 pm
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      Sam,there can be as many as thousands or hundreds of thousands of constructions across the country without proper documentation.Get ready to celeberate “demolition festival”.

      whywhy
      May 28, 2012 at 10:46 am
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      ARE ALL THE STATUES ETC. ON THE STREET “CORNERS” LEGAL?????????

      AYMAN
      December 19, 2013 at 7:52 pm
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      Sam. In Grandpass OLD Government Toilet is now a Temple… Round abouts, Three wheel stands, Kakkussi Junctions, all there Lord Budda is sitting, and Crows takeing care of him.

      Sri Lankan Muslim
      December 20, 2013 at 2:42 pm
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    Jaffna Tamils scream that muslims had kidnapped a Tamil boy to the East and had converted him to Islam. That same thing is happening with Sinhala people. they marry Sinhala women and make them muslim. That same trend is continuing all over the world and that is how compete to overtake Christianity.

    Jim Softy
    May 26, 2012 at 2:09 pm
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      JUST READ POPULATION FIGURES GIVEN!!!!!! WHAT YOU HAVE SAID IS “POPPYCOCK” IF A SINHALA WOMAN IS PREPARED TO MARRY A MUSLIM AND BECOME MUSLIM,THAT IS THE RIGHT OF TWO INDIVIDUALS. OBVIOUSLY THE SINHALA WOMAN MUST BE AWARE OF THE “ADVANTAGES” SHAME ON YOU; THE GOVT. CONTINUES TO EXPORT YOUR WOMEN AND EARN DOLLARS

      AYMAN
      May 26, 2012 at 4:26 pm
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        @ AYMAN, You state that if a Sinhalese Woman marry a Muslim and become Muslim, it is the Right of two individuals. What if a Muslim marries a non Muslim and wants to become a follower of the spouse’s faith? Is it allowed as a Muslim? or the Mullas pressurise the Muslim to remain as a Muslim? The female of your ancestry are Sinhalese Women, as your Male ancestry never brought their women to this country.

        gamini
        May 26, 2012 at 7:30 pm
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          Gamini-c’mon gamini make it intelligent one!We are talking about the laws,practices and customs and habits of religions and their followers.What do you do if you are a member of UNP?Vote to the JVP? What’s the binding on you towards your wife? You are free to sleep with any other woman? Islam is Islam and simply because you people have been given a chance to live with other systems of rules and laws,don’t expect religions to go with it.You should not forget that IT IS THIS MODERN WORLD THAT PROMOTES RELIGIONS AMONG PEOPLES SO THAT AT LEAST FOR ANOTHER UNSPECIFIED PERIOD OF TIME,WE HAVE PEOPLE STILL LIVING IN DARK AGES.This is exactly what these monks are hell bent to achieve.You know only well that there’s no such thing as buddhist faith though some Asians took it upon themselves and turned it to a RELIGION.And now,so much soaked in racism than budhism,they are quite openly stirring up racial hatred to rob and kill muslims through their murderous agents whoever they are.Muslims know their agenda since time immemorial.You Gamini,spend more time pondering what these yellow robed,venerable begging lot is going to leave behind for your children of tomorrow.

          whywhy
          May 27, 2012 at 11:15 am
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          Whywhy, you nor Ayman have an answer for my question whether a Muslim marring outside, could embrace another faith? No the Mullas will never permit. They will visit the house and hound him till he returns to the Mosque. The truth is Muslims force the belief of Islam on their young. Attendance of Friday prayers is a must. Circumcission is used to traumatise the child in the belief of God. The only person I have heard of, who had the guts to stand out is Asker Mousajee. Why force Islam on others if Allah is almighty. Now look at Salmon Rushiedi or Nasirin Talisman who were persecuted for blashphemy. God Allah has not done anything to them. It is the fanatics who are trying to kill them in the name of Islam. What a joke it is. Although you believe others are living in the dark, it is you belivers of Religion of a non existant God, are the ones who are living in the dark.

          gamini
          May 27, 2012 at 3:27 pm
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            I know lots of Muslim women who have changed faiths when they married non muslim men. That is their personal wish. But changing a religion to get married is all wrong. Most of us practice religion of our parents. For whatever reason we may change our religion. May be for political reasons or to gain admission to schools. Some change religion to get married, A person should not change religion for these reasons. They must change religion if they are convinced about their beliefs.

            priya
            December 19, 2013 at 9:10 pm
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          @GAMINI I FULLY ENDORSE YOUR STATEMENT.ARABS NEVER CAME WITH THEIR WOMEN,SO OUR GREAT,GREAT,GREAT-GRANDMAS ARE SINHALESE. THERE ARE MANY MUSLIM MEN WHO HAVE MARRIED SINHALA WOMEN AND ARE HAPPY.SOMETIMES THE PRESSURE IS FROM THE PARENTS. WELL IT HAPPENS AMONG ALL COMMUNITIES

          AYMAN
          May 29, 2012 at 3:03 am
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          GAMINI, YOU ARE ONE WHO IS NOT BIASED, AND YOUR COMMENTS ARE APPRECIATED, ARABS CAME TO THIS COUNTRY AND MARRIED SINHALESE WOMEN. THEY BECAME MUSLIMS AND WE ARE THEIR PROGENY. WHILE MUSLIM MEN CAN MARRY CHRISTIAN AND JEWISH WOMEN -WITHOUT CONVERSION ON CONDITION CHILDREN,FOLLOW ISLAM, THEY CANNOT MARRY OTHERS BECAUSE THEY ,WORSHIP IDOLS. THE PROPHET WAS SENT BY ALLAH TO REMOVE IDOL WORSHIP.The Qur’an lays out clear guidelines for marriage. One of the main traits you should look for in a potential spouse is a similarity in religious outlook. For the sake of compatibility, and the upbringing of future children, it is most recommended for a Muslim to marry another Muslim. However, in some circumstances it is permissible for a Muslim to marry a non-Muslim. Muslim Man and Non-Muslim Woman In general, Muslim men are not permitted to marry non-Muslim women. “Do not marry unbelieving women until they believe. A slave woman who believes is better than an unbelieving woman, even though she allures you…. Unbelievers beckon you to the Fire. But Allah beckons by His Grace to the garden of bliss and forgiveness. And He makes His signs clear to mankind, that they may receive admonition” (Qur’an 2:221). An exception is made for Muslim men to marry chaste or pious Jewish and Christian women, who are referred to as “People of the Book.” This comes from the understanding that Jews and Christians share similar religious outlooks – a belief in One God, following the commandments of Allah, a belief in revealed scripture (Books), etc. “This day are all things good and pure made lawful to you…. Lawful to you in marriage are not only chaste women who are believers, but chaste women among the People of the Book, revealed before your time, when you give them their due dowers, and desire chastity not lewdness. If any one rejects faith, fruitless is his work, and in the Hereafter he will be in the ranks of those who have lost” (Qur’an 5:5). The children of such a union are always to be raised in the faith of Islam. This should be discussed thoroughly by the couple before they decide to marry.

          AYMAN
          December 19, 2013 at 8:16 pm
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      hey [Edited out]!!! Then how come Islam the fastest Growing Religion in the world by converts? For example (1)Cashiers clay Muhammad Ali, (2)Yosuf Islam (3)Malik Abdulla mike tyson, (4)Former British PM’s sisterin law, Bishops, Fathers.Buddists Monks, Millions of people (some other popular figures and and unpopular) who embraced Islam from Christianity by force or their own will?? Can u name a single most popular muslim who embraced Christianity???

      Ali
      May 26, 2012 at 6:17 pm
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      How much wose (insane) can it get? I mean your intel and judgement. Can anyone be forced to marry against their will? You probably thought Sri Lanka is like Kosoivo and Bosnia during war times, where women were getting impregnated by Serbian forces against their will, with the idea of obliterating their identity and ethnicity. Don’t expose yourself too much to the weather.

      RingFire
      May 27, 2012 at 2:24 am
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      Hiiii Man Jim The House Maid of Saudi Arabia. Well, You cannot stop anything as its Global. You touch Muslim, you dont get the Petrol… then you sinhala leaders in Middle East kneeling down for Oil and Jobs. Shame Lord Buddha

      Sri Lankan Muslim
      December 20, 2013 at 2:44 pm
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    Building of All religion site need to be prohibited due to limited lands aviable in cities. Peopal having NO time enter into HOLY places due to pressere of work and daily rutine of work.SRI LANKAN IS COUNTRY HAVE ENOUGH RELIGON FREEDOM CAN ENJOY AS MUCH AS YOU WANT. All religious leaders must think of build sheltrs or houses for HAVE NOT.

    Anura Dhamarathna
    May 26, 2012 at 2:32 pm
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    It is rather churlish to say the least for people like Sam to say we should be bringing down mosques because some people in religious garb backed by mischief makers have nothing else to do other than go looking for mosques to be brought down. Indeed there is limited land, a point Anura makes. So for starters why not start with doing away sacred areas, confine monks to monasteries in some rocky place, remove Bo trees on the wayside and the middle of the road and set an example to other communities to follow.

    Roshan
    May 26, 2012 at 3:15 pm
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    THIS HIGH HANDED,THUGGERY OF THE “SAFFRON ROBED” THUGS HAS TO BE STOPPED. DEMOLITION OF ILLEGAL CONSTRUCTIONS, MUST BE DONE, BY THE LOCAL AUTHORITY ONCE IT IS PROVEN SO. THIS STARTED IN ANURADHAPURA,THEN DAMBULLA AND HAS NOW COME TO COLOMBO.THESE ARE CLEARLY DIRECTED AT MUSLIMS,WHICH IS NOT GOING TO BE TOLERATED BY THE MUSLIMS. ACTIONS LIKE THIS IN 1956, 1979 AND 1983 BROUGHT ABOUT THE THE EELAM WAR WHICH IS SAID TO HAVE ENDED. ACCORDING TO POLICE SOURCES WHO WISH TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS,IT WAS THE “P.S.D.” THAT WAS DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN THE DAMBULLA INCIDENT. “ASS”WER,RAUF HAKEEM,HASSAN ALIS AND EVEN THE ACJU PRESIDENT RIZVI DO NOT APPEAR TO BE CONCERNED. IT APPEARS AS IF THE GOVERNMENT, HAS NOT “LEARNT LESSONS” PRESIDENT SHOWING HIS GRATITUDE FOR THE SUPPORT OF MUSLIMS IN GENEVA.

    AYMAN
    May 26, 2012 at 3:47 pm
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    When I was at Dehiwela (close to junction) in 1978 there were few Buddhists temples in the area. After 1983 riots many temples came to exist very quickly. Especially along canal banks and unclaimed spare lands which were forcefully invaded. Now there is no free land to grab even on beach front because even those were on the victory day all were grabbed by Lions. Why people worry when a minority community group legally buy a land and stared some thing which beneficial to humanity? Is it jealousy or envy?, even communalism? Or racism?

    Jamal
    May 26, 2012 at 4:10 pm
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    THIS IS WHAT IS BOTHERING BUDDHISTS!!!!!!!!!1 ACCORDING TO VATICAN, ISLAM IS THE FASTEST GROWING RELIGION TODAY Four largest religions Adherents Percentage of world population Further information World population 6.8 billion [1][2] Figure used by individual articles Christianity 2.1 billion – 2.5 billion [3] 31% – 35% Christianity by country Islam 1.6 billion [4] 23% Islam by country Buddhism 400 million [5][6][7][8] 5.9% Buddhism by country Hinduism 900 million – 1 billion [9][10] 14% Hinduism by country Irreligion 1.1 billion [11] 16% Irreligion by country Total 6.1 billion – 6.6 billion 90% – 97%

    AYMAN
    May 26, 2012 at 4:19 pm
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      Ayman-”according to Vatican,Islam is the fastest growing religion today”.According to many of our Islamic sources,we hear this since about thirty years.Little truth inflated to fool the muslims and no wonder muslims have fallen to the trap.THE REALITY IS,ISLAM IS UNDER GREATER THREAT TODAY THAN NEVER BEFORE.SOONER YOU WAKE UP BETTER FOR YOU.I’ll show you one instance how easily and stupidly muslims love to fool themselves and spread the wrong impression to those who are not familiar with the culture.When I was in London Aldgate once,I was looking for a mosque and came across a Bengali who took me to a mosque near by at Brick Lane.As we were nearing the mosque,he was very proudly unfolding the story behind the creation of that mosque in that place.He very proudly said to me that this building was a church before and now it has become a mosque, thus GIVING ME THE IMPRESSION THAT, THE CHURCH GAVE UP ITS SERVICE AND EMBRACED ISLAM.Well,to make a long story short,I found out that in Britain you can buy church buildings that are old and not in use.Anyone can buy them if they are for sale.You see these people take false pride and spread the word to the gullibles as if some miracle is unfolding.One has to be well aware of flawed and misleading stories of religions.

      whywhy
      May 26, 2012 at 10:53 pm
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        You are probably unaware of the gathering momentum to the fulfillment of the prophecy. This comment also indicates how much you understand the basic necessities (things that near and dear to a Muslim) to practice his religion Islam, as required by law. The local Mosque (house of God) is the focal point (centre stage) of all his social and religious activities. Muslims living in closely knit community need a place to congregate to conduct their five times a day prayers. When a Muslim dies, the family of the dead person requires the services of a knowledgeable person, preferably from the local mosque to perform last rites in correct manner (Janaza). Just the same way, when a Muslim marriage is to take place, the parents of the couple need the Muslim Registrar as well as the local Imam of the Mosque to make the salutary annunciations to qualify them as man and wife. When a person comes into the fold of Islam on his own free will, he needs to say Shahada (Kalima), and what better place to say it besides in a Mosque. But it doesn’t mean that the Mosque is there to convert people to Islam, but rather for Muslims to conduct their own religious activities, like Quran Madrasas (learning to read Quran with correct pronunciation in Arabic) etc. These are what you should expose as what is truly Islamic, rather than conceited talk of arrogance and naivety of a happy Muslim brother.

        Ilthizam
        May 27, 2012 at 1:10 pm
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          @ Iithizam, just for curiosity, when you state that when a Muslim dies you require the services of a knowledgeble person to perform the last rites in correct manner. Is it that when people die, there are whoever at the other end to devide the dead souls among the rightful owners of faiths. What happens to those converts? They, whoever must be having a time as for ownership I believe. Also wonder what happens to us who do not believe in any of these man made RELIGIONS. Ha! Ha! In this day and age, it certainly baffles that there are people still blissfully living in the dark.

          gamini
          May 27, 2012 at 5:10 pm
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          You should try to tell the people,explain to them or even challenge them unbiasedly with facts that are already in the air or on the print.There’s nothing to expose or hide about the plight of muslims that you are trying to sweep under the carpet I remember once before,in this same blog it was said about the conversion of Cat steven to Islam.He changed his name to Yusuf Islam.For quite sometime he gave up music.What’s he doing now? Is it necessary that I should tell the world that US president is Barack HUSSAIN Obama?Have you seen Hussain going to mosque?I know Obama family goes to church.The fact is that people like you,are fooling the vulnerable muslims, citing verses from quran.When you say knowingly or unknowingly, thousands or hundreds of thousands of non muslims are converting to Islam,you deliberately blind the muslims of reality that millions of muslims have lost lives unnecessarily in Iraq and Afganistan and you discount this immeasurable loss, in the race to claim that the world is on a daily basis embracing Islam.What’s the TRUTH?You want me to join your bandwagon to say “yes yes” everything is fine on our side?Remember one thing.Stick to the point.Engage in an honest,thought provoking intelligent debate and prove to them that you are only defending yourself of racist attack.Don’t try to beat your drum foolishly.What you don’t understand is,this world has another religion in the name of “democracy”.It’s this democracy that we are calling upon to protect us from this maniac racist monks.And in the process just stop distractions.

          whywhy
          May 27, 2012 at 6:30 pm
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          There are lots of Muslims who are not practicing Islam and they have Muslim names and for various reasons they are called Muslims. If you reduce the number of Muslims who had silently given up Islam, but not bothered to declare it, the number of real Muslims would be less.

          priya
          December 19, 2013 at 9:17 pm
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            this is very true..most muslims living in north America are not that crazy about their religion.. same as many Buddhists in sl…they are just born to a muslim or a Buddhist family….they do not know anything about their religion….I meet them all the time…..many tell me I want to be Christian….I never bother with them I say u can be a Christian of ur own free will…….I say go to the nearest church and tell the pastor..and do it by yourself….I do not get involved…. warna karu…

            warna karu..
            December 20, 2013 at 7:27 am
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    Despite of any religion I do recommend every Sri Lankan born citizen should watch this video http://vimeo.com/41836532

    coolromeo
    May 26, 2012 at 5:22 pm
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      Coolromeo, thanks for the link. How many of the Buddhist Priests will agree with the doctrine of Buddha, as today we have labled Buddhists who believe that by collecting merits alone, one can reach Nirvana. Hence they offer flowers and alms in order to swell their merit accounts. Ironicaly they never practice the Philosophy. Further the practice of ‘Pansakula’ for the dead is about four to five hundred years old and today the labeled Buddhists believe if these custodians do not grant visa to a labeled Buddhist, performing Pansakula, such person will not be able to go to Nirvana. What a mockery the Buddhist Priests have made of the hallowed preachings of the Buddha.

      gamini
      May 26, 2012 at 7:47 pm
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      Dear friend, I saw the vedio. Furthermore I saw it cupple of days back too. This monk is lac of basic quality in buddhist path named SADHRA. If this monk himself appear on behalf of him Iam prepairing to answare him. OTHERWISE NOT. samarasekara

      w.m.k.Samarasekara
      May 28, 2012 at 1:25 am
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    How many illegal Buddhist constructions are there in the northern province such as Kilinochchi? Why don’t pay attention to these constructions too. Now JHU is using Lord Buddha’s statues which is a symbol of compassion and peace, as a symbol of Sinhalese Buddhist authoritarianism.

    A real Buddhist
    May 26, 2012 at 6:39 pm
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      Dear friend real buddhist. You don’t have guts to appear in your real name. Any way it is your problem. WHY WORRY ABOUT BUDDHIST CONSTRUCTION? DO YOU KNOW THE LAW PREVAILING ABOUT CONSTRUCTING RELIGIOUS PLACES? If not rear carefully following para The relavent legal provision for constructing non buddhist worship places(church,mosque,covil)was enacted in year 1892 by British. It is in law book volume. Here is the details, second volume,page 882,para 391 Although the law is subject to change in time to time, up today this law had not any alteration. Therefore it is still enacting. what is the law said. GIVE THE RESPECT WHICH RENDERED IN EARLY PERIODS,TO BUDDHIST MONKS AND PERAHARA CUSTOMS. THIS IS NOT PREVENTING FROM PROTECTING OTHER PEACEFUL RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES FROM THE GOVERNMENT. FURTHER MORE THIS IS NOT PREVENTING FROM CONSTRUCTING OTHER RELIGIOUS PLACES UNLESS IT IS IN SUITABLE ENVIORNMENT AND HAVING THE APPROVIAL OF THE GOVENER.

      w.m.k.Samarasekara
      May 27, 2012 at 8:59 am
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        Continue…. According to my knowledge this para was read very few people. Last reader was Justice Deharadoda. Hence he too didn’t sujest any alteration. What I want to tell you is there was/is/will no any constrations partaining to build any buddhist construction in any parts in Sri lanka,but there was/is/will constrations to building other religous constructions. They should ful fill 3 conditions. Namely 1. It should be peacefull religious 2. Must be locate in suitable enviornment. 3. It must be get adequate prior appraval from the governer/president. samarasekara

        w.m.k.Samarasekara
        May 27, 2012 at 9:14 am
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      In Kilinochchi and Jaffna it is military buddhism

      Anu
      May 27, 2012 at 11:59 am
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      It is a shame for these Buddhists to build Buddha statues at street corners and make him look at the road all the time and use Buddha to beg for charity from the public with a till by the side. The collections from these tills are shared by the ones who are responsible for building the statues. I believe all such collections should be collected by the Public Trustee from now on without allowing various individuals to do so. Believe me there will be a sudden drop of construction of Buddha statues at street corners as a result, hereafter.

      gamini
      May 27, 2012 at 5:19 pm
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    Its really upsetting to see monks who should be in temples & peacefully meditating & conducting sermons have reached to this level, why these people are talking only of the islamic constructions which they have claimed to be illegally built. Why is there so much hatred. Is it because we muslims are so well off. Don’t forget that its muslims(arabs) who taught sinhalese how to trade(business), it is muslims(malays) soldiers who fought the war for the sinhalese against british & dutch, However said & done most of the sinhalese people in this country are not racist like a few, they have good hearts like many of my sinhalese friends, please don’t contaminate their mind with your ugly motives. There is a limit where any human can tolerate, this country cannot tolerate another civil war.

    Shaf
    May 26, 2012 at 8:28 pm
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=EgMKgEeNUMQ Watch this video and see whether the leader of Sri Lanka practices Buddhism or something else. The state is obligated to protect the religion of the minorities. This gives a bad name to Sri Lanka and all it’s people. Rajapakses are taking on the Western Christians, the largest population of Muslims in this world, and India’s Hindus. Religious intolerance is a bad strategy.

    Donald J Gnanakone
    May 26, 2012 at 10:13 pm
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    These buddhist monks are ordinary people like everyone of us. But when dressed in robes (with all due respect, – some, not all of them), seem to attain a special aura, and consider themselves an authority and a law unto themselves. Through this lawless behavior by a faction of these hermits, there will come about a split, between those who are law abiding, and those who are otherwise. Everyone needs to let out some bottled up steam once in a while, otherwise life gets too boring, specially for these young and energetic (well fed) monks. This is the reason for what you see – militancy and aggression (when there is nothing else) against other minority religions. This country is heading for disaster, since polituics and religiom are being mixed to stay in power. The internation community is watching.

    RingSide
    May 27, 2012 at 2:58 am
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    I have some reasons to blame SL Muslims too on some of their matters. Basically almost all beef stall and Abattoirs run in Sri Lanka by SL Muslims. But study says more than 90% of beef products in SL consumed by Sri Lankan Sinhalese society. But When we trace the route from Cow owner to beef stall, Transport-Abattoir-Inspection- back, transport-certification- selling you have to look after respective official involve. Eventually all these cost has to bear by consumer. Even I know Area police men too has to reward by some kilos every day looks after these affairs. Sri Lankan Buddhist Brothers may boast about their Thera-Wada Buddhism, but practically almost all temple run virtually a complete a Hindu-Kovil package. Means they still worship “Nandi”, the Cow!. In Dehiwela alone you can see in many place Sinhala traders selling pork on the public way side. Nobody bothered. Because these are two different animals. Muslims must stop this beef trade, this is my humble request.

    Jamal
    May 27, 2012 at 5:33 am
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      Nandi is a bull and not a cow

      Anu
      May 27, 2012 at 12:02 pm
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      I don’t understand how this could prevent buddhists and buddhist monks from inciting people to attack long established mosques. It is a good thing that mostly all beef vendors are Muslims, or else the question of Halal (slaughtered in God’s name) will arise. If selling beef is stopped, it will become a major economic blow to a lot of Muslims who depend and survive along the evolving chain of events within this industry. Some one else will pick up the slack when the demand gets high, and all Muslims – buyers, sellers and everyone in between will loose out.

      Ilthizam
      May 27, 2012 at 2:03 pm
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    Dear Anu, for “mas kada kaaraya, all same. No differences on taste of meat.

    Jamal
    May 27, 2012 at 1:59 pm
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    Gamini,read my post attentively and when you understand it,go back to your repost please.

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    May 27, 2012 at 6:47 pm
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    whywhy, whats your problem? You seem to be suffering from verbal diarrhea. The attack on Muslim places of religious worship by the monk brigade will continue unabated, and there is nothing you and I can do about it, without divine intervention. We need to turn towards Allah, ask Dua after our five times a day daily prayers and ask Allah to forgive our sins, forgive the sins of those who are causing us this pain of mind, and ask Allah to grant them Hidayath and change of heart towards Muslims. Democracy is the man made religion, whereas Islam is a divine religion. What did the USA do to Iraq and Afghanistan in terms of introducing their style of Democracy? They only managed to turn those countries into real killing fields, still suffering from its effects today. Do you even know or even read of the leadership of Umar’s Caliphate. Justice and fairplay at its zenith – Islamic style. You are also asking me about Yusuf Islam, and what is he doing now after coming to Islam. Go check it out on the internet yourself. You go on and on rambling about things I never even mentioned, implying that I am in the dark, and unaware of whats going on in reality. You may be right or correct on that score, but when it comes to defending the Muslim faith and their right to practice their religion, I will always be in the forefront, even prepared for Jihad. Are you too prepared for such sacrifice, if it comes to that? Don’t fool yourself.

    Ilthizam
    May 28, 2012 at 10:21 am
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      You talk about Umar and question my knowledge on him.You talk about Yusuf Islam and direct me to go to the internet to find out what he’s doing now.You also talk about Afganistan,Iraq and democracy etc which is a bit intelligent!You also say you are in the forefront to defend our rights(muslim faith and their right to practice their religion).So you must be busy right now I suppose.But it’s very unfortunate I got a feeling that you are sleep-walking!As for your,kind of habitual or sarcastic question of my knowledge on our caliph Umar,I want to redirect the question to you!Tell me the exact location of Hazarath Fathima’s burial and whether Umar was part of her funeral and if not why not?I can also choose to be deadly sarcastic in a tit for tat but this is not my style.Finally I’m happy that you know about internet and its usefulness.

      whywhy
      May 28, 2012 at 1:24 pm
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    @Gamini, Well, just like in all religions, there is always a farewell gathering following death, where special prayers invoke the blessings of the Gods, ask forgiveness for the departed soul, at times. emotional speeches are made on lines of compassion, kind hearted and the loss to society. Just the same way, in Islam, there is a ritual (in accordance with the teachings of the Prophet of Islam) which is done before burial. The way to wash the corpse, in an orderly manner, preparing the body for burial by wrapping in unstitched white cloth, standing in line for special prayer for the dead, etc., etc., Every person may not know or feel terrified in facing or handling such situations, so we have people trained and knowledgeable in handling both male and female corpses, washing/bathing equipment and trained personnel are usually found in the Masjid. What happens on the other side (after burial) no one has come back to tell, but based purely on the teachings of our Prophet. It is definitely not measured based on the strength of these rituals as you suggested, which are only reminders for the living, to be God fearing, responsible and accountable for all their actions, and they too will face inevitable death some day, etc. What the dead take with them are more on the good and bad merits that he (the dead person) has earned during lifetime, and brought with them for their journey as currency into the hereafter. It is quite a long journey, time is measured in another dimension, and a lot more, which you may not be ready to bear. Some serious stuff, but I fear you may take it for ridicule.

    Ilthizam
    May 28, 2012 at 11:32 am
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      Why don’t you correct Gods as God?Not a big deal but serious enough from an expert!Second line from top.

      whywhy
      May 28, 2012 at 1:55 pm
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        Accepted, I stand to be corrected. It should read as God, not Gods, as all Muslims believe in only One God, and that is Allah. It was a heavy typo error. Thanks whywhy for point it out.

        Ilthizam
        May 28, 2012 at 5:57 pm
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    The delicate situation Muslims here find today is a result of the battle between the Conservative Muslims and the younger radicals within – heavily influenced by heavy inflow of funds from Wahabism-Salafism. I recall a chat former UNP Minister A.R.M. Mansoor had with me in the early 1990s. He said he waas fearful of the future of the Lankan Muslim as the younger ones among them have chosen a path of radicalism. He, of course, had Ashraff – his competitor – in mind. Subsequent events were to prove him right. Ashroff displaced Mansoor in the EP Muslim leadership and took the Muslims to a “new Muslim future” i.e. away from the UNP/SLFP through which Muslims articulated their needs. Ashroff and his family certainly gained their wealth and riches to unheard of levels – but the Muslim population is left in the lurch. Very soon the name of Asroff will be forgotten. His wife Ferial – once described by her sycophants as “National Treasure” is now without any political clout and out of the country (Singapore) While a portion of them went with the F.P/TULF, in articulating their needs on the basis of Tamil-speaking people, the more adventerous took them on a radical path in a world where Islamic Fundamentalism was becoming the fad. They chose to distance themselves from the Tamil mainstream at a time when the Tamil people were subject to prolonged and enormous State-imposed injustice(remember, the struggle was language-based – not religion) They message was they were ready to offer comfort and succour to Sinhals extremism. They gained – temporarily – but the Muslim future was endangered. That is where they find themelves today – away from the Sinhalese, Tamils and South India (their real home that they rejected for political reasons) There is an old Tamil saying “arasanai nambi purushanai vitten; indru srasanum illai purushanum illai” (I trusted the King and left my husband. Today I have neither King nor Husband) Senguttuvan

    Senguttuan
    May 28, 2012 at 1:08 pm
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    @weiiwell, you have said that I make quotations from Quran, where have I done that, and what’s wrong if I did just that? Don’t you believe in what the Quran says, you, being a Muslim? I categorically state that I have not quoted from any section of the Holy Quran. (Period) It is only just a figment of your imagination. In trying to disprove the prophecy that the whole world would soon have Muslim majority population, and berating all who believe that would happen, to be fools, you drag into debate US President Barack Hussain Obama and his family’s affiliation to the Church. How childish of you. We all know that there are thousands of people with Arabic and Muslim names who are actually Christians and go to churches, and may be also vice-versa. It also can happen for economic reasons, to become President, or to play for the National Team etc. But you cannot use this as a criteria. To have some understanding a simple survey of Masjids in the state of Texas, Alabama and in any of the other States in the US three years ago, compared with today’s count, may be better sign of things to come. Be in touch with reality, and the times. Militancy must be answered with militancy, not pussy footing and trying to win hearts and minds. Not when you are in the minority and at the receiving end. This will only be construed to be a sign of weakness, and the aggressors will get more forceful and get upper hand. All this talk of fundamentalist, extremist and fanatics, are words given by the West to a believing and practicing Muslim. A fundamentalist is one who follows the fundamentals of Islam. Nothing more, nothing less. Never be afraid to call a spade for what it is. But if they (enemies of Islam) come in Peace, we are with them. Take examples from the lives of the Sahabas (companions of the Prophet). By all accounts, even Lord Budddha said of the coming of Maithri into this world (which happened to be Prophet Muhammed). He has come and gone, but the Buddhists don’t accept it, and continue to await his arrival.

    Ilthizam
    May 28, 2012 at 1:33 pm
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      @Ilthizam Militancy must be answered with Militancy, exactly this is what they need, our patience is tested, mark my word this trend will crop up in another district very soon.

      Shakir ifham
      May 28, 2012 at 2:41 pm
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      So,it’s to prove the prophecy,that you lot are drum beating to the world that Islam is multiplying?Personally for you,it’s “Daawah” to enter jannah?Why do you read everything from bottom to top? have I said anything anywhere about extremism,fundamentalism and militancy etc?If you want to embark on Senguttuwan,book it with him.I know how keen you are to be called the opposite of expert!

      whywhy
      May 28, 2012 at 3:00 pm
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      llthizam,read the book of AUDACITY OF HOPE where Obama describes who his father is and then look at you in the mirror to find the real “you”

      whywhy
      May 28, 2012 at 3:23 pm
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        Thank you, but I am not interested in President Obama nor his background, since it means nothing to me, if he was born black, Muslim and in a foreign country, and now he is going to church and has become the President of the most powerful nation in the world. What is important is that we are living in a materialistic world, and if he changed his religion for materialistic benefits, and to satisfy the requirements of the US Constitution to become President, then it does not befit his stature, but if he did it (changed his religion) by conviction that Jesus (May Peace be upon him) was his Savior, then his Muslim father, you and I are all to blame, since we did not do enough to prevent that from happening, through imparting enough knowledge to the world about Islam.

        Ilthizam
        May 29, 2012 at 1:26 pm
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          llthizam, “Alla thaziru wazirath wizra ughra” that no one bearing sins can carry the sins of others.278 The message is clearly NO HUMAN CAN CARRY THE SIN OF ANOTHER.This is in qur’aan.You are preaching Islam here like a Master and you don’t know how fast you are exposing your weaknesses.

          whywhy
          May 30, 2012 at 8:39 pm
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    THIS IS THE CONCREAT EVIDENCE THAT MUSLIMS ARE TELLING LIES. Dear friends, I just saw 3 vedios that were relating with recently protest at DEHIWALA which caused for the article. Part -1 http://youtu.be/PEGZ4Dfjx3g Part -2 http://youtu.be/i-91swab0kI Part -3 http://youtu.be/JPpuC94TBc8 You too could see them. THERE WERE NON OF SINGLE BUDDHIST MONKS BUT ORDINARY MAN AND WOMAN. That’s why I do call muslims are liers. THE MERE REASON IS THE HOLY KOORN PERMITTED THEM TO TELL LIES. samarasekara

    w.m.k.Samarasekara
    May 28, 2012 at 1:41 pm
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      Hello Sumane, Read the news men! Cant you see the black and what photo with JHU monks?? and read the Sinhala Buddhist Divayan news. It is link to the news. click it if you don’t know. LOL :) :) Moda katha kiyanne nathiva.

      Vandana
      May 28, 2012 at 2:29 pm
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        Dear friend Vandana. I already saw the things that you mensioned. I accept that monks make protest and it is their duty, hence the monks did not participated to attaking the mosque. Those 3 vedios was taken from inside the mosque.But according to the headline it was look like the monks who attacked to the mosque. No any muslims are trying to correct it. WHY YOU ARE NOT SEEN THEM? samaeasekara

        w.m.k.Samarasekara
        May 29, 2012 at 1:07 pm
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      PLEASE LEARN ENGLISH BEFORE JOINING THIS FORUM

      AYMAN
      December 19, 2013 at 8:29 pm
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    The practices established in Islam are not forced on its adherents, but discipline is maintained to ensure uniformity and consistency. Objection is not a choice as it has been made Shariah Law. No one goes against an established law, or else he could get punished if proven guilty of offence. The jurisdiction is under Islamic law. Islam is a complete way of life, a lifestyle of its own, with its own laws (marriage – how many and who is allowed to marry whom , divorce, avoidance of mingling of sexes, sex only after marriage, inheritance, slaughtering of animals for food, circumcision, interest free banking and other acceptable financial instruments, normal dress code for both men and women and also whilst on pilgrimage, child adoption and where Islam stands on rights of adopted children vs. rights of own children, and many more, even covering types of punishments for various offences committed, like drinking, gambling, cheating, womanizing, murder, the list is quite exhaustive). It is like being in the army. Discipline, compliance to established rules, respect towards higher ranked officers, due diligence in performance of entrusted duties, conformity to dress code, code of ethics are some of the traits the army would drill into its troops. Desertion is not tolerated, and defectors are hounded and punished physically and economically, to prevent re- occurrence, and done openly as a deterrent to others. Ultimately what is the outcome – A well-disciplined army, which could be entrusted to fight a war, or maintain discipline even in a hostile environment, without allowing their own emotions get in the way. Same principals apply in Islam. Everyone must adhere to established rules, like it or not. If you dislike it, get used to it, and begin to like it. The rule is applied equally, irrespective of color, age or economic standing. Since most Muslims are born into Islam, the discipline starts at a very tender age, and therefore is not quite felt as a burden. But it takes a lot in terms of sacrifice, for those reverting to Islam from other religions, since they need to learn the differences and start being a practicing Muslim from the first day onwards. But anyway those who take the plunge, do it mainly based on knowledge gained after reading and understanding the Divine Revelations (Allah’s message to all of mankind) found only in the Holy Quran, and also by learning the lifestyles lead by the Prophet of Islam. It is definitely not based on the lifestyle of Muslims themselves, as they are all human beings and not angels, and thereby sinners themselves.

    Ilthizam
    May 28, 2012 at 6:01 pm
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      Iithizam, with all your boasting of discipline in Islam, the villany committed by Muslims are not different to others. If discipline is a decree of the Almighty Allah, why should man take responsibility to punish those who commit wrong doings? Leave it to God Allah. Then what about those who do not get caught after committing wrongs you mention? Nothing happens to them? Do not they lead comfortable lives?

      gamini
      May 29, 2012 at 5:48 pm
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        It is good you are trying hard to make sense of what has been written, but you have misquoted me and put a question based on your misunderstanding. I did not write anywhere that discupline is a decree by Almighty Allah. If you read carefully what I wrote was, ‘duscipline is maintained to ensure uniformity and consistency’, and further, ‘no one goes against Sharia Law’. Sharia Law is of course derived from Holy Quran, and also from Practices by the Prophet during his lifetime, extracted from his religious teachings (Hadeeths).There is always a concerted effort to be within Sharia compliance, through Friday Sermons, religious teachings at Madrasas for both young and old, male and female, seaparately of course. So no one can declare ignorance on most Sharia issues. But there is always something new to learn. If punishment is meted out on earth, he/she stands to be forgiven and escapes reckoning for that crime in the hereafter. Or else, escaping from punishment on earth, will put him in greater peril in the herefater. There have been several instances during the time of the Prophet, where punishment in accordance with Sharia Law was enacted, due to persistance by those who committed crimes. Sometimes, just a simple public caning, sometimes even put to death, just to escape punishment in the hereafter. Such was the strength of their Faith (Imaan). Comparatively, Muslims of today, including myself are no where close. Hope that satisfies your concern.

        Ilthizam
        May 30, 2012 at 8:57 pm
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          Iithizam, your belief that for those who commit sins and escape punishment on earth, that it would be perilous for them hereafter. For your information not even in Sharia Law which is man made and not God made, as your Prophet Mohamed was no less a mortal than anyother could offer concrete evidence of this hereafter. In similar fashion it could be believed in many things then, for this imaginitive hereafter. It is just only a belief and that is all. With what stretch of imagination that you justify death to another, as punishment on earth to escape punishment in this so called hereafter. It is plain stupid to believe so in this day and age.

          gamini
          May 31, 2012 at 8:18 pm
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    So much is said here of the Rights of Child in Islamic societies. We like to believe that. But in Homs/Syria last week dozens of little beautiful children were killed with their throats slit – their parents looking heavenwards weeping “Why did you do this to these children?” This is not the first time we hear of such bestiality in the region. When the Pakistan-inspired attack in Bombay was on gunman Kasab broke into the Jewish Orphanage and saw little children. He asked for instructions from his handler in Pakistan on the phone explaining there were only children and nurses there. And the “God-fearing” man at the other end said “Allah is watching all this. Don’t worry you are not doing anything wrong. Finish them off” And that was faithfully done. This is public knowledge now. It is good to write so much good of a religion but there is so much of disconnect between the rhetoric and reality. Senguttuvan

    Senguttuan
    May 28, 2012 at 9:23 pm
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      Another case of misplaced accountability. I guess this is all you read. Violence committed by Muslims, against fellow Muslims. Believe me, it will get worse. Why? Because there are more Muslims living in the world today, and for every crime committed, there will always be a Muslim face behind it. Satisfied. But that has nothing to do with Islam and its beautiful teachings. The sanctity of Islam will be maintained not by us, (we will die and perish), but by Allah Himself. He has revealed (warned us) in the Holy Quran. If we Muslims don’t protect it, then He doesn’t need us, instead He will get converts to Islam to protect it, and they will be better Muslims, and will even teach us what we (born Muslims) don’t know. No prophets will come into this world hereafter. So, it is left for us to do Prophet’s work.

      Ilthizam
      May 30, 2012 at 9:26 pm
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      How did you snoop into Kasab’s converastion, you irrational idiot?

      Gopnats
      December 21, 2013 at 1:41 pm
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    This is funny. The buddhist monks protest and the Mayor jumps to act. Where was he when the citizens of Lake Road Attidiya protested about the illegal construction activities of the Attidiya Wet Park, that was blatantly putting up illegal structures with the knowledge of the DMMC. Why didn’t he act then too? Because ….. Guess …. 100 % right.

    Romany
    May 29, 2012 at 3:17 am
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    It is of no use in arguing about religions without reading and understanding what are being said in the Holy scriptures. Majority of our citizens have not studied and understood what the religion they follow preaches or what the other religions preach. The problem with the Thēravāda Buddhist Monks of Lanka is that on one hand they have not studied scientifically the history of Buddhism in Lanka and on the other, as they are the Thēravāda Buddhists, they do not devote their time and energy in helping all the people to practice Buddhism. Above all, most of the Thēravāda Buddhists Monks are those who have joined the Sangha when they were children because of the wish of their parents and their poverty.We could see the Thēravāda Buddhist Monks like Mēthānanda Thēra and others associating all the Buddhists archaeological finds in the North and East and all the ancient Buddhist Temples in the South of the island with ‘Thēravāda’ Buddhism and Sinhalese without understanding the difference between Thēravāda Buddhism and Mahāyāna Buddhism and without knowing that the Tamils of Lanka and Tamil Nadu were Mahāyāna Buddhists in ancient time. Thus, the Sinhala Thēravāda Buddhist Monks try to make use of “Buddhism” and “Sanga” to achieve their own objectives. We face similar problems in all the other religions also. We find accepted Saiva ‘religious leaders’ who do not know the philosophy of “Saivaism.” Saivaits have Vaishnavaite Brāhmans as their Priests. 99% of the “Brāhmans” are Vaishnavaites. They do the rituals in the Saiva Temples, but do not preach Saivaism to the people! Unless we separate religion from politics, and teach the fundamentals of all the religions to the students in school and university, politicians and the ruling class will be able to utilize religious symbols to win power. Above all teaching different subjects like language, literature, religion, history, archaeology, numismatics, music, dance, drama, iconography etc. in school and university must be planned properly in such a way to maximize the analyzing power of the students. Without maximizing the analyzing power and knowledge of the people, peace and development could not be achieved in our country.
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    In any case, it is easy for anyone to concoct a story to their liking and present it like it actually happened, simply to support their cause in argument. What I say is, by and large, mostly all religions have taught mankind to be peaceful in their co-existence, respect towards other religions, maintain high moral standards, recognized tolerance and patience as the greatest of virtues, provided guidance onto the straight path, and not of those who have been led astray, lead a complete, virtuous and fulfilling life, and finally, a good or peaceful death (which generally means, death whilst doing a meritorious act). If this basic knowledge cannot be understood and appreciated, then it simply means that the individual concerned does not want to have anything to do with religion or is tactfully being critical about it, or may be even does not have the mental capacity to accept the good that religion has on offer, but rather gets pleasure in picking holes in other religions by referring to wrong doings of individuals, claiming criminality to be a fallout of religion and its beliefs. It is a sickness which has no cure, t pity such guys, as their mental state remains undeveloped, and require guidance and care like that of a child.

    Ilthizam
    May 29, 2012 at 1:06 pm
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