14 August, 2022

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Call For Muslim Parliamentarians To Resign From The Government

By Latheef Farook

Latheef Farook

The speech of Ven. Galagodatte  Gnanasara Thera at a public meeting in Kandy on March 17 shamed the nation and sent shudders over the spines of the island’s Muslim community.

Addressing the gathering Bodu Bala Sena Secretary Ven. Galagodatte Gnanasara Thera  asked the Sinhalese to rise against the island’s Muslims, whom he described in very derogatory terms not worthy of a monk, besides accusing Muslims of converting Buddhists into Islam and treating Sinhalese girls and boys in their establishments as slaves.

Inciting them he also asked all Sinhalese girls working for Muslim owned establishments to leave. However he had conveniently forgotten to ask Sinhalese working in the Gulf to return home!

The manner in which he expressed his hatred in his drive to provoke the Sinhalese against Muslims made one to ask whether we are living in the medieval era or in the globalized era in 2013. The irony is that this hate campaign is taking place in a country where Buddhist civilization, known for its teaching of peace, harmony and tolerance, flourished for more than 2550 years.

The tragedy is that this fascism is unfolding four years after ending the thirty year ethnic carnage which was the direct outcome of the racist policies of misguided politicians of the two major communities- Sinhalese and Tamils. Although the Muslims were not direct parties to the conflict they too suffered as a result of the war which was the direct outcome of racist policies.

It was  against these very same  Muslims the Jathika Hela Uruma, Bodu Bala Sena, Sinhala Ravaya, JHU-BBS-SR BBS, combine started inciting Sinhalese not realizing the inherent dangers involved to the whole country.

The disgusting state of affairs was such that Muslims in and around Kandy remained in doors on March 17 and most of them observed a day long fast. Realizing the seriousness of this unwarranted provocation by a small but very well organized heavily funded and government backed group of few hundreds, large number of Sinhalese met their Muslim neighbors and friends in and around Kandy to assure them that they have nothing to do with the BBS. Some even said that “BBS which appeared from nowhere has become a source of embarrassment to Sinhalese”.

Today Muslims living in small numbers amidst predominantly Sinhalese areas spend sleepless nights fearing a July 1983 type attack on them. The deafening silence among the Sinhalese and the government’s refusal to bring these lawless elements to book is deeply disturbing and frightening.

All what the Muslims are asking the government is to stop this hooliganism and stop poisoning the minds of innocent people including children. However the government has been silent which was exploited by the JHU-BBS-SR combine to carry out  their destructive campaign.

Under such circumstance inevitably the mood among the Muslim community is that of gloom with many young families asking “where are we heading and what is the future of our children?

The JHU-BBS-SR threat remains the common topic of discussions at every Muslim gathering including funerals. With one voice they criticize Muslim politicians for their failure to raise this issue. Muslims now openly call their politicians to either stop this rising fascism which could set ablaze the nation or resign from the government.

Muslim community has lost  confidence in their parliamentarians long before the JHU-BBS SR hate Muslim campaign began in view of their failure to stand up to Muslim rights on many issues. However today the mood is nothing but anger.

Muslims fear that the present hate campaign is a conspiracy to provoke them to react to justify a violent attack on them to commemorate the centenary of 1915 Sinhala- Muslim riot perhaps also to please their suspected Israeli-Norwegian masters .

They are least bothered about the harm they are causing to the image of the Sinhala community and the destruction to their own country. As rightly pointed out by Ven Dhambara Amila Thero, Senior Lecturer at Sri Jayawardanapura University,” these people think that the world is inside Sri Lanka though Sri Lanka is part of the world

This fear is justified by the manner in which the JHU-BBS SR combine had taken the law into their hands and become a government within government committing actions in violation of the very same Buddhist principles which they claim to profess and protect.

They openly attack mosques, destroy shrines, go on street demonstrations with posters of pigs with the Arabic word Allah on its face, posters of Holy Ka’ba with a dog on it ,doctors trying to sterilize women who went for delivery, attacking girls wearing hijab and abaya and many more. Muslim minister of justice cannot ensure justice to his own community and the country has descended to such low ebb that a Muslim woman cannot walk freely without the fear of being attacked.

This hooliganism was perpetrated under the watchful eyes of the police which refuses to arrest them stating that THERE ARE “orders from the top not to interfere”.

In this dark hour the disturbed Muslim community was given a clear message by the government. The message was that they are not wanted when state patronage was given to the inaugural ceremony of a cultural center at Galle gifted to BBS by a German, alleged to be a Jew. Perhaps the Jewish methods of saying “thank you” to BBS for successfully pitting the Sinhalese against Muslims

This reminds the country of late President J.R.Jayawardene’s arrogant dismissal of Muslims   when he said “Muslim can stay or leave the government” when he brought the Israelis to fight the LTTE. However it didn’t take long for the country to realize that the very Israelis brought to fight LTTE trained the very same LTTE while training Sri Lankan soldiers too.

Perhaps no lessons learnt yet.

The outcome of Jayewardene’s arrogance was the emergence of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress which further divided the communities and contributed to where the country is today though the mistake was realized later and the National Unity Alliance was formed. Time alone will tell the political implications of the current government’s policy towards Israelis, turning blind eye to BBS hooliganism, overall Sinhalisation and the systematic sidelining of Muslims.

In fact the current unfolding disaster is not something unexpected especially with the presence of Israelis who, many suspect, have picked up the JHU-BBS-SR combine to do their dirty job of pitting Sinhalese against Muslims in Sri Lanka

Right now the Muslim community feels that it was abandoned by the government and betrayed by their own politicians. Their appeal to the government is to contain this ethno religious fascism to avert any potential disaster which the country can ill afford. Their appeal to Muslim parliamentarians is to leave the government and stop humiliating the Muslim community.

What the JHU-BBS-SR combine refuse to understand is that the world, especially Muslims worldwide, is watching us.

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    the lack of comments is amazing ! the lack of government action is revealing !

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      The murderous and criminal Mahinda Rajapakse regime has only one survival strategy at this point, and that is to DIVIDE, DISTRACT and RULE Sri Lanka, just as did the British Raj – to prevent REGIME CHANGE! The Balu Sena is the fulcrum of this strategy of governance.

      The failure of Muslim politicians to take a principled stand, particularly, Rauf Hakim, the clown who is Minister of Justice, and resign from the loathsome Rajapakse regime will be the downfall of the Muslim community, which since the war ended has supported the Sinhala racist regime of Rajapakse against Lanka’s largest minority community, the Tamils civilians who have suffered the violence of the RACIST SINHALA BUDDHIST STATE SINCE INDEPENDENCE which was the reason for the LTTE to come into existence in the first place.

      Rather than take a principled stand on the Tamil question once the abominable and despicable LTTE was defeated the Muslim politicians collaborated with the Rajapakse military dictatorship- shamelessly grabbing crumbs off the racist high table, rather than forming a coallition for minority rights to fight the racist Rajapassa regime. Today the results of the unprincipled politics of the Muslim politicians, particularly Rauf Hakeem and his cronies are evident.

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        What principled stand you want them to take. they have one principle “That is opportunism”. Their problem is there is no LTTE now to do business. What has happened to your dear friends with whom you collaborated during the war. They will do a humanitarian operation on you. Once a senior minister acted as a translator when Ban Ki Moon visited the concentration camp. One woman said “They(army) came and took my husband away and i dont know the where about of him”. The Muslim minister translated “LTTE kidnapped my husband when I cried they shot my child”. See the Muslimness here. Halal or Haram or what is this.

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        It is just MR has no principles.

        His decisions are based on ” USE AND THROW”. This was the case with CJ Dr SB, Dr. Dayan Jayathilaka, Tamara K and and and..

        No such values based on great vision in MR. He is filled with criminal energies. I am a sinhala and born buddhist from Europe, this how I and my ilk feel towards his governance so far

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    Politicians seldom give up power and perks. It will be a sad state of affairs if all peace loving people should put their faith in Politics. Poly-Ticks = Many Parasites vying to enrich at the cost of the deprived and the rich and powerful taking control of the resources by unfair means.

    “If they have the upper hand of you, they will be your foes, and will stretch out their hands and their tongues toward you with evil (intent), and they long for you to disbelieve.” (The Noble Quran 60:2)

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      Unfortunately people were barred from their faith in Poly_Tricks played by the so called politicians irrespective of race, color, religion, and language. It is nothing new in SriLankan politics to preach religious, race hatred against each other. It is going for nearly six decades. Unfortunately majority of people in SriLanka fall into these cards and elect again and again the same old same old politicians who play these instrumental religious, race cards .For example take muslim congress leader Rauf Hakeem who was elected when he was as part of UNP. Later he joined SLFP government as a minister where the buddhist extreme political parties like BBS, Sinhala Urumaya and JVP. During the Eastern Provincial council election time he used muslim card and described Sinhala Buddhists as “Terrorists” (However, he apologised for that later) and his party got large number muslim votes. Then what he did join the BBS and Sinhala urumaya. In Reality BBS and Sinhala Urumaya both are branches of SLFP who were there to delegate their extreme positions.

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        The problem is systemic. Solution is massive structural changes. There is only one route available to set it right.

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          Maghribi;
          I suppose, As you are a learned person,
          I want to ask you,
          What Is the meaning Of
          “JIHAD YOUTH CIRCLE”.
          Because, I saw One Name board, on that those letters printed
          near the Kurunegala City.

          Are they training youths to go in circle, when they go to Jihad in Sri Lanka.

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            and the solution you’re advocating is communal violence and hate speech instead of proper law enforcement?

            People in Sri Lanka are such utter fools- when several people warned that there was a massive breakdown in law and order in the country, these very same people denied it as the claims of traitors and LTTE supporters. And yet, now we see the results of that breakdown in law- mobs taking the law into their own hands, proclaiming themselves “police”.

            This politics-led delusion just keeps going in circles.

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              There is always a few rotten eggs after spending 12 years are still going in circle.

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            Knock on the door and join the circle

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    All Muslim politicians should leave this government sooner rather than later if they have self respect at all. This is government is meeting its doom day soon. Its support and popularity are fading away. Why these stupid politicians hang on with this government yet, It is shame on them. This government soon will be taken to questioning for war crimes and Muslim should record all these discriminative attacks on Muslims to tell the world what this government is doing for Muslims today.
    Muslim MPs with all Tamil MPs together should resign so that they will know the consequence of this to this government. Time has come to Muslim MPs to go home.

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      I agree. I was SHOCKED when M.P. (Molay Pukay!) Azwer was interrupting Hon. M.P. Sumanthiran in parliament. I suspect Azwer, amongst many others in the unholy camp, is paid to do so???

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        Ya, me too. I just couldn’t believe it and was angry to know it was Azwer raising a ruckus. But I liked Sumanthiran;s retort, ‘you are just a purchased commodity’. It really should have hit it home. But I doubt it with thick skinned Azie. But a fine oratory display, looking like another Kadir in the making. It is after a long timw we get the opportunity to listen to such fluid eloquence,fighting for Tamil and Muslim injustices collectively as minority communities

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        Azwer was dancing for the UNP he was paid by them, now he is dancing for Mahinda who is paying him. He was never an elected MP but always appointed.

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    The statements made by the Buddhist priest (if one can truly identify from his actions that he is behaving like a priest) is clearly a violation of the Prevention of Terrorism Act. He is instigating violence and hatred against another religion and group. Why no one is taking any action against this priest? It is the duty of the Secretary of Defense and the Police to take action. Further any civilian in Sri Lanka can also petition the courts, why are the Muslim leaders not doing this?

    Rauff Hakim will never resign. He is like a pup under the present regime.

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    This fool is even more racist than the BBS.. He is the Muslim Version far radical than the BBS and he was like this even before the Thugs of the BBS was formed.. How he loves to Blame the ‘Jews’ for everything.. And still peddles the lies how the Israel Trained the LTTE.. well The facts are very different. It was the PLO then in Lebanon that trained the LTTE and eros members..Eliyathamby Ratnasabapathy in London raised money to send Tamil militants Via Syria to PLO camps in Lebanon to Train members of EROS and LTTE among other groups such as PLOT.. They later in the Field in Lebanon saw action and went to fight with PLO fighters and destroyed Israeli Tanks.. Which the PLO gave praises that the Tamil fighters were the best they have seen. And to this day some members still talk about the Tamil Freedom fighters.. when the then PM Sirimavo Bandaranaike sent a letter to George Habash asking them to stop training and Arming the Tamil militants.. He showed the Letter to Shankar and Balakumaran and had a good laugh.. prabakaran in his 1988 heroes day speech Thanked the PLO for its unwavering commitment to the Tamil cause.. and said the Tamils will never forget their help.. So Latheef Farook you have always been a liar and a racist.. that the difference between you and the BBS thugs who do it for money.. There are racist Tamils, Muslim and Sinhalese let alone racist Europeans.. we must never let people like this come up.

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      Periyar E. V. Ramasamy Thero Moaning the death of the tigers. Enjoy the Dole

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      Periyar,

      Its an insult to call you one, a Periyar, coz you are a coward hiding behind a Tamil Pseudo Name, to go after Muslims !

      Here are some questions for you to ponder when you call the writer Racist

      A Norwegian and a German are benefactors of the BBS. Has anyone stopped to wonder why these gentlemen chose to sponsor a virulently racist organization?

      Is there a quid pro quo such as from Arms dealers, powerful VVIPs or the Anti-Muslim Brigade?

      Who is providing the training and organizing capability to the BBS?

      Triumphalism and arrogance can lead to resentment and this is what the BBS is hoping for; some hot headed Muslim to react so that the BBS could unleash untold misery on the Muslims

      We have a legitimate fear that a militant armed group such as happened in 83 is preparing for a covert operation to attack Muslims. Is this fear being addressed?

      Periyar, all the writer is asking is that these fears and apprehensions be addressed forthwith. Now if you call that racism, I would only say that you are talking through you hat!

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        @nabil ‘Norwegian and a German ‘ according to who Latheef Farook??? he once said its the usa Government cia that was involved in the sep 11 twin tower attack.. that’s enough said about his sermons

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          Read “By way of deception” Victor Ostrovsky

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        “nabil you and Latheef Farook will be blaming kamala hassan’s vishwaroopam for anti muslim hate

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          Periyar,

          I thought you were only biased. You seem not to watch TV and read the news papers.

          BBS has acknowledged that a Norwegian is a benefactor, and the the Methsevana Leadership Training Institute was a gift by a German National.

          Its all over the news papers. Where do you live by the way? Not is a well I hope!

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          It is indeed your celluloid theory.

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        In 83 many Colombo homes of Tamils were destroyed by the Sinhalese Buddhist from the south but it was the Muslims who plundered and looted.
        Now when the whole world is against the Islamist which camel is going to back you when the BBS comes hard on you? Retribution!
        Gota’s connection is with Israel more than US.

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          Dear Wuliangguobinjiu, what you said was true. Even my house was burnt. But it is my Sinhalese friends who traced the culprits & found Muslims. They can speak both languages and pretend to be a Sinhalese. Do you know that during Premadasa’s period, a battalion of thugs from Maligawatta was taken to show the protest against Gamini Dissanayake and on their return they had removed the robes which was photgraphed and published in the newspapers. Hope you know who these elements were from Maligawatte.

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            Citizen: Preme was respected for his work even by the Queen and he had Aloysius at Wella and Mamu at Hultsdorf close to his home.
            Look at the Union place land given to TATA’s for development and next to it Abans. They are Parsi’s of Iran who were driven away by Islamic Jihad and found refuge in Gujarat with the approval of the Gujarati king so they dress like the Gujus. Indira and Jinnah married Parsi’s were favoured by the Europeans for 500years so both Indira and Jinnah married Gandhi and Petit. Will the Muslims get back their land? NO. You see how the prick Gota works for his commissions via Israel look up see the Kfirs it’s not Chinese.

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              Dear Wuliangguobinjiu, everything is OK, but during his period abductions took place and about 40,000 to 60,000 Sinhalese youths were killed. Moreover, his associates plundered the country’s wealth. Do you know it is his during his period that Rs.1,000/- stamps were printed and were sold at Rs.700/- at Hulftsdorp. Generally politicians are rogues.

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              Dear Wuliangguobinjiu, the issue of circulating Rs.1,000/- was reported with the Philatelic Bureau. Yet they were unable to take any action. Printing of stamps is equivalent to printing of money. When he died after the explosion, a great number of his associates became multi-millionaires, without any effort and some have fled the country with their loot. This is the plight of Sri Lanka.

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            NT/Citizen,

            I can say the same thing about Tamils in Jaffna and Batticoloa, that you displace thousands of Muslims, robbed their gold and property and that are still occupying their homes.

            Where do we go from here?

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              Dear Nabil, those faked Rs.1,000/- stamps were sold by Muslims at Hulftsdorp. Muslims at Hehelwatta had their share of commissions. This is plunder of State’s wealth. Now VP (Prabhakaran) and RP (Premadasa) are gone, but a new face had appeared. This is a cycle. Where will it end?

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            Dear Citizen, so all Muslims are tarred with the same brush? Premadasa, was a humbug because he printed the fake stamps, and Muslims are humbugs because the Muslims swallowed the president’s bait?

            I am wondering why didn’t trust the Tamils even then or Tamils were above board that they wouldn’t want to touch filthy Lucre offered by the President of the country?

            Which one is it Citizen that you think happened?

            You are watching too many Vijaykanth movies Citizen. Is the winter cold getting to you? :)

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              Nabil, I am so sorry. There were some Lingams close to RP who also swindled State’s wealth. It is the average citizens who are made fools.

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          ‘Sinhalese destroyed!’, “Muslims plundered”???
          It’s a terrible argument, how the instigators destroyed by adhering to the karma “Thou shall not rob but only destroy thereof”?
          Thus, ‘The Holy donkey’ WalangCowBijja Canonizes the virtuous, ‘SingHail’ the leased.

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            or Sin Ha(il) Lease

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      @Periyar E.V Ramasamy
      your ignorance exposed, PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) & PLF (Palestine Liberation Front) is different organizations led by Yasser Arafath & the latter by George Habash both conducted operations separately at times fought each other.

      What Latheef is saying Israel training LTTE & SriLankan Army in TelAviv in different locations acknowledged by ex Mossad agent is the truth.

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        @Hade Sheriff ..Habash Arafat aligned the PFLP with the PLO and were working together until 93 oslo accoords.. Just like LTTE, PLOT, Eros, TELO all were one until LTTE prabakaran stated he only believes in one party rule.. Which means him and the LTTE only and went after other groups.. How the hell can you separate the one form the other..

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        HS:”acknowledged by ex Mossad agent is the truth”
        You have distorted the truth.
        The first suicide bomber was a Palestinian and it was carried out at Golan Heights. It’s here that PLOT learnt the business. It’s a well-known fact that JR invited Mossad who were stationed in the interest section of the US embassy to train the government forces in anti-terror and they have been in the thick and thin of the war. Do you know that there is a large community of Jews in Kerala- they were driven by the Romans and accepted by the king of Kerala so you see how the Malabari men favour SL and how the foreign policy is framed. SL votes for Palestine but there is Israel making it all and Gota in the commission so he flies to US via Tel Aviv.

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    Yes please RESIGN… we cant wait to see Hakeem give up his portfolio… wishful thinking….

    You think Politicians care about US – u gotta be jokking.

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    You all are living in a dream land no muslim MPs will resign since they dont want to loose the comfort and preveliages they enjoy by being with the governmnet.Pricipal wont matter as long as they are well looked after by the regime.

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    Before You scream about what BBS said in Kandy, better if Muslim community ask themselves, if they were clean in all their actions.

    Halal was a burning issue among the general Sinhalese for a long time but due to high tolerance of everything, everyone kept their mouth shut. But BBS gave them a voice, that’s why it was so popular today.

    Find yourself of what has been happening in Digamadulla area, Dambulla, Kuuragala, Mudu maha vihara, Anuradhapura… It was your community who destroyed national heritage in a very systematic manner in order to establish Muslim flag. Kuuragala is a historical site and archaeology department had put notice of importance of the site issued order after order to evict the Muslims who settled there by force. But never happened..

    You know, we Sinhalese got too much tolerance of everything and that has been taken for granted by all other nations. First think what you have done wrong get all these worst and find answers within the Muslim community itself. Not to mention that Muslim have become a headache not just in Sri Lanka but USA, UK, France, Spain, India, Burma, Switzerland, Netherlands…etc etc etc…. List is to long.

    WHY?

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      Jealousy

      Jealousy is cancerous and can eat up human values and blinds rational thinking.

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      What are the evidence for all your claims. Such false claims have been infused into the minds of the innocent Sinhalese systematically orchestrated by the hate-spreading media just to gain some popularity among the Sinhalese. The BBS has not at all substantiated its stand on the Halal issue with valid and intelligent evidence. They just keep uttering lies after lies. Now their fraud is getting exposed and the truth that they are the paid agents of yet not revealed political forces.

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      WHY? Because there are anti Islamic campaigns from the Netherlands, Israel and bigots in the US who go around provoking non Muslims into hating Muslims with garbage and lies. Just like you are doing.
      The saffron robed thugs are going against the teachings of their own religion, to obey the evil elements
      here who are doing the bidding of Islamaphobes.
      People who cannot think for themselves and who are ignorant, keep spewing the same nonsense in blogs like this, totally unable to comprehend that they are doing the worst damage to this country, by turning others against innocent Sri Lankans. We do not give a damn what other nations are dong. We are Sri Lankans, and ALL minorities belong here.

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      There is no point in trying to find justification for the hateful actions and statements made by BBS and the like. Just like far rights groups in the west such as the BNP and other far right groups blame muslims for their grievances against their respective governments, BBS should stop scapegoating muslims for the same reason.

      Blaming the other ehtinic groups for the grievances of Buddhist will not bring any solution, rather it can only work against you.

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      @mama
      Get your facts correct mama, you are being misled Halaal is not an issue for non Muslims, Those places you call sacred Buddhist is discovered very late specially Kuragala was in existence more than 500yrs, Muslims call it Dafter jailani where there is a shrine in thick mountainous jungle,its very recently Archeological dept discovered as ancient Buddhist sacred area (authenticity of the claim not challenged by anyone) never forced the Muslim shrine to evacuate with condition not to make any reconstruction, upto now functioning without problem until JHU incited the Govt Archeological Dept to demolish the shrine & chase its guardians witch is an uncivil move, its the singhala Buddhist encroaching every nook & corner as sacred witch we minorities could not bear up.

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        Hade Shariff, You are lying man. Kuragala is a buddhist arch.site. There are Brahami inscripts on the rock. In 1920’s one Marrikkar in Balangoda erected a small prayer station there. After that under the patronage of powerful muslims,politicians in that area support to built a mosque. They distort the fact that those are arabic inscriptions.

        In 1920’s we were under the british rule and they supress Sinhalese and buddhism and nobody there to protest against these kind ofactivities done by minorities. That is what happened in the Gokanna temple [presenty known as Koneshwaran kovil], in Trincomalee. The Portugese burnt down the huge temple on the rock and killed or chase monks there. In 1920’s hindu priest erect a small kovil there and now it is a huge hindu kovil. A Portugese chronicler Queyroz very clearly wrote about therewere three temples in Trinco, in his chronicles. There is no mention abot hindu kovil inthat area.

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          Moda rana Gautama was born a Hindu and died a Hindu.
          Kallathoni you are still kissing Indian ass?

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            Wuliangguobinju, Cut the bullshit man. If you can prove my facts are wrong.

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              Go to Babua land thats where your kallathoni ancestors came from ask them or Lumbini about you godman- another rajnesh

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              @Rana
              All facts are wrong man, nobody can authenticate anything, a Muslim saint buried there is a fact.

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          Rana

          If you accept the 10th Century inscriptions you will have to give up your claim.

          There is enough evidence suggesting a Sufi meditated there and there are inscriptions.

          When Baduth Hamuduruwange, Naduth Hamuduruwange, truth gets buried deep.

          I am sure BBS and people like you would celebrate another hollow victory, but deep within you I am sure there must we a little something nudging you and asking you if what you are doing is the right thing!

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      why, what has happened in Mudu Maha Vihaaraya? I saw Mahinda going and opening a new road to that place a couple days ago also… Is it just me or is it a coincidence that all these rumors of ‘desecration’ are all about places that people hardly visit and see for themselves?

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        KP, What has happened to the Muhudu Maha Viharaya? I’m glad you ask that question.

        When British ruled our country they demarcated 247 acres sacred area for this temple. But later for various reasons sinhalese migrate from that area. And from early 20th centuary muslims gradually grab the lands in and around Pothuvil. Even they divide the temple area and erected fences. In 1960’s thanks to Ven.Ellawala Medananda thero brought this to the notice of Dr.Senerath Paranawithana and after that surveyors demarcate the area in 1964-65 and divide it into three portions [what remains unhabited out of 247 acres] of 73acres,3roods and 37 perchs.
        For arch. area 30acres,3roots,2perch. For 9acres,1root and 21 perch as coastal reservation. And 33acres,3root, and 14 perch for Govt. purpose. During CBK period Minister Ashroff gave this 36acres to his henchmen to built houses. After built houses they encroach into the arch. area too. Because of late Ven. Katharagama Siri Seelankara thero’s much effort saved the arch.site. These extreme muslims tried to poison ,tried to put thero in jail and finally assaulted the thero and hospitalised about three weeks for the injuries. Because of these inhuman treatment thero demise about three years ago by a heart attack.

        Presently the resident monk Warakapola Indrasiri thero. And about year ago Justice Minister came to temple and told thero to vacate the temple and go somewhere else. And If thero agree he said he offer a “Justice of Peace” position. These are few examples. Because of our soldiers the thero’s life saved so far.

        Now the extremist muslims protesting against to build a “Chaithiya” in the temple. How many mosquese built around sinhala areas in this country. In these mosques everyday two three times screaming in arabic thru loud speakers whether we like it or not. But Sinhalese never complain. But in Pothuvil in our temple we cannot build a Chaithiya or cannot use loud speakers for Pirith chanting. WHO ARE HE EXTREMIST KP?

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          You are the extreme fanatic Rane! Like Sir John said Mote Taate Tare Gande Oney. You know what happened to the inhabitants of Diego Garcia just after Sirimavo sold it? They were driven into the sea. So kallathoni go back to Bihar do your stupid pirith there.
          Why cant you invite the respected and retired Dalali Lama because SinhalaBuddhist is another Jihad or you will end up in the sea and take the innocent with you BBS troll.

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            Wuliangguobinjiu, I think you are one of Diego-Garcia citizen evicted by US forces there. And a refugee in Srilanka. You must thank SL govt. to grant you refugee status.

            Dalai-Lama is spiritual leader in Tibet. But now he is a “Purchase commodity of USA”. So why should we invite him here.

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          again, so? All this boils down to corrupt politics and a lack of law and order. Either change the government to a proper one, or shut up- you cant keep electing corrupt and irresponsible governments that have no regard for the law, and then scream about unfairness.

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      VERY TRUE MAMA,where ever they go they create problem to every community.

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      Lame. Read Ibn Batuta’s travels to understand how the Mulsim settlements were when he travelled to ‘Konar’ through chilaw port.

      Mmmm… you seems like that pot headed TinkTank Rohan Saramajeeva the abattoir of Political violence and terrorism resercher, the instigator and mastermind of the Gulf War II.

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    No way, as M A Sumanthiran said in Parliament, “They are a purchased commodity” sold I may add to the highest bidder, like their ancestor Esau, they have sold their birthright for a mess of pottage.

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    Muslim Politicians in Srilanka Parliament RESIGN RESIGN RESIGN NOW NOW NOW SHAME ON YOU FOR NOT LIFTING A FINGER TO SUPPORT YOUR COMMUNITY WHO PUT YOU THERE TO EARN FOR YOUR GENERATIONS …SO ITS ALRIGHT IF YOU GIVE UP THOSE PERKS NOW SINCE YOU HAVE ESTABLISHED YOURSELVES FOR THE NEXT SIX GENERATIONS MOST PROBABLY COME ON YOU HYPOCRYTES RESIGN NOW….ITS IMMATERIAL WHETHER YOU ARE IN THE PARLIAMENT OR NOT BECAUSE YOU WERE AND YOU AREN’T ANY USE TO THE COMMUNITY………….

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      Its a very familiar issue with muslims. They come to power using the religion only and go on sale like a commodity. Look at Indias foreign minister. What has he done to his people- he cant win again.Religion only I saw the devil – an emotion.

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        The oddity we understood is your emotion.

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    I do not agree when Latheef says ‘The tragedy is that this fascism is unfolding four years after ending the thirty year ethnic carnage which was the direct outcome ‘of the racist policies of misguided politicians of the two major communities- Sinhalese and Tamils’ (my quote). Going back to the history of the Sinhala-Tamil (political) conflict it must be understood that the Tamil leaders who wanted constitutional guarantees for the Tamils did it with foresight expecting that there will be a day when they might have to face problems from the politics of the majority. It is the Sinhala politics that used the issue to set the stage for a communal conflict. Now they have started with the Muslims. The Muslims will have to learn from what has happened to the Tamils and plan our strategy to confront the communal politics which is being staged through the BBS, etc. who are not acting on their own but doing so with powerful political backing.

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    Despite the efforts of BBS to rouse communal hatred their numbers are still in the thousands. Of course it does not require big numbers to make a noise and incite hatred. At the same time muslims must not jump the gun and react to the insane activities of a gang of lunatics. Such a reaction will only escalate into a meaningless confrontation between two communities which have had centuries of good relations.

    It is known that muslim mp’s within the govt have in fact taken this up at the highest level. However their attempts have not reaped the full result due to the support of people like GR and JHU within the govt coalition. It must be appreciated that this govt includes a wide spectrum of opinions, religons etc. and it is unlikely that muslims mp’s alone will have their way. It must be recognized that even the main opposition party, the UNP has not given a strong statement on these issues.

    I feel that rather than taking a confronational approach it is better for muslim mp’s to remain within the coalition and fight against the extremist from within. Leaving the govt would only result in political isolation and loss of any leverage they have with the present regime. Therfore as the quran says

    “Seek Allah’s help with patient perseverance and prayer. It is indeed hard except for those who are humble.” (2:45)

    “Oh you who believe! Seek help with patient perseverance and prayer, for God is with those who patiently persevere.” (2:153)

    “Be sure We shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods, lives, and the fruits of your toil. But give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere. Those who say, when afflicted with calamity, ‘To Allah we belong, and to Him is our return.’ They are those on whom descend blessings from their Lord, and mercy. They are the ones who receive guidance.” (2:155-157)

    “Oh you who believe! Persevere in patience and constancy. Vie in such perseverance, strengthen each other, and be pious, that you may prosper.” (3:200)

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      Those Quranic statements by Allah alone says it all. Patience, patience and more patience with prayer.

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        @ Marwan

        What about this Quranic statement?

        Ishaq:327 “Allah said, ‘A prophet must slaughter before collecting captives. A slaughtered enemy is driven from the land. Muhammad, you craved the desires of this world, its goods and the ransom captives would bring. But Allah desires killing them to manifest the religion.'”

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          No such verse in the Quran. Shame on you.

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            I concur. What a dumb ass to make such a statement??

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          I think Wikipedia can answer to your pathetic attempt to take advantage of this article and display your islamaphobia:

          “Bruce Feiler writes that “Jews and Christians who smugly console themselves that Islam is the only violent religion are willfully ignoring their past. Nowhere is the struggle between faith and violence described more vividly, and with more stomach-turning details of ruthlessness, than in the Hebrew Bible”.[8] Similarly, Burggraeve and Vervenne describe the Old Testament as full of violence and evidence of both a violent society and a violent god. They write that, “(i)n numerous Old Testament texts the power and glory of Israel’s God is described in the language of violence.” They assert that more than one thousand passages refer to YHWH as acting violently or supporting the violence of humans and that more than one hundred passages involve divine commands to kill humans.[9]

          It seems ALL the old scriptures have violent verses in them. Only difference here is only ONE is constantly under attack here by bigots.

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          Lester does not have the intelectual capacity to stand on high moral ground, and put his case forward, obviously with intent to hurt Muslim sentiments. Now he resorts to blasphemy. The Muslims who submit their views to these forums know their Quran sufficiently well, or will undoubtedly verify the facts on what is thrown at them. What you quote from, is probably an Islamic ‘hate site’ which spews hatred and misguidance on Islamic beliefs. Must be one of your favorite websites. Poor you, More and more getting attracted towards Lucifer.

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          Well done lester,Look safa has not studied quran well.Its better to tell the whole world the satanic nature of Quran which Muslims fallow like robos with out any invisitigation as to its true nature.Criticaly analyze quran in todays contextj this is a free world my friends.

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            And where did you learn that? Perhaps in the deserts of Israel, where you were sent to be brainwashed and turn against your own country, or are you a “consultant” who resides here?
            Just asking.

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    The Muslim politicians in Sri Lanka are a disgrace to all the Muslims. None of them are interested in the Muslim masses. The government is doing all the dirty things possible against the Muslims by making use of the Boda Bala Sena thugs and the Muslim politicians are keeping mum. SHAME!!!

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      I concur. These bastards will do anything to retain their perks etc. That is why they keep MUM???

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    yeah all Muslim mps should resign allahu akber

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    “..muslim families asking ‘where are we heading…?'”

    IF THEY ARE SO TROUBLED AND WORRIED, ASK THEM TO TAKE THEIR ASSES OFF OUR COUNTRY!

    IT’S NOT SRI LANKA THAT SPOILS THE MINDS OF HUMANS WITH RACISM AND VIOLENCE!

    IT’S WAHABISM AND THEIR OWN MIDDLE EAST THAT SPREADS VIOLENCE! SCREW THEM! ROT IN HELL!

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      Stop with the feigned outrage. According to your hostile comment, Muslims asking “where they are heading” is a crime and insulting to you (what a comedy). Your comments truly reveal who you are. The Sri Lankan Muslims belong here, and will go nowhere. Much as you try to denigrate them, and minimize them, they have lived here for generations – and NOT immigrants nor transplants from Europe placed ruthlessly by the UN. They have lived here for centuries, they have caused no problems, nor have they chased any Sinhalese people and stolen lands, demolished their homes, nor burned their places of worship. So stop with the false rants, and showing hatred for Muslims here. Islamaphobes are not welcome in Sri Lanka.

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        You are kallathoni from north india- mughal conquest of India by percy brown. In 83 muslims did the looting.Religion another stupid emotion. Your religion is not asian but the same place and rock as the christians. both of your faiths have had crusades while asian religions dont have conversions so no problem. After independence muslims played the double game- tamil sinhalese now its pay back time- go home to porkistan.

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          You a relative of Native veddha? :)

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          Time for you to pack up and leave for the barren deserts of Israel. Haven’t you done enough damage to your poor neighbors, now you have to slither into this country and cause havoc here, too?

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      A Devil disguised as a lion.

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      Hello Card Board Lion :)

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    I am not sure resigning from their seats as MPs is the right thing to do. What they ought to do is stay within the government and put pressure on the government.

    Imagine a cabinet without Muslims. Modawansa and Champuka will run riot. On a serious note, do we want to make the same mistake the TULF made boycotting parliament and being without a voice within the house?

    What is important is to stay within the system and work the system.

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      To a certain extent I have to agree with what you have written. But unfortunately I can’t believe they will have a back bone to stand up for the cause of JUSTICE. The extent of their GOD Fearing we are not in a position to judge. What is apparent from each of them supportive of the government, will not hesitate to prostitute the community to acheive their personal desires. ALLAH (GOD) expects each and every one of us to act according to our conscience and also on the basis of the HOLY QURA’N and the teachings of our beloved PROPHET. I don’t believe atleast any one of them qualifies accordingly. As Muslims we could only pray ALMIGHTY to guide them in the straight path.
      The author Mr. Lathered Farook deserves to be commended to raising these pertinent issues at this important time of history of our country and community. MAY THE ALMIGHTY PROTECT THIS COUNTRY AND IT’S PEOPLE.

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      A cabinet without tip cuts should have been there from independence. If that was the case there would not have been standardisation and the birth of tamil freedom fighters while the muslims, chetties took the plum as they were foreigners and allowed to study in the english medium. But what good are you in education- still on camel back buying and selling.

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        Yea otherwise you sock your stick with rough-rider.

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    Living in Weerakoon Gardens, Kandy for over 40 yrs has made me a racist. Less than 30 years ago, Weerakoon Gardens had many Buddhists, Catholics a few Hindus and Muslim families living in peace. We had our church and a tiny temple. Now… 90 percent living down our lane are Muslims. That’s fine. There’s a Muslim school down our lane which ppl also go to pray. That’s fine, too. Now these people are trying to build a huge mosque right opposite our house, with underground parking, etc. Apparently, the closest mosque is a WHOLE 15 minutes walk away from Weerakoon Gardens, so they need a huge mosque right at their door step.

    Islamophobia…? No. It’s common sense and condemning hypocrisy. Almost all non-islamic countries are facing the same problem with Muslims trying to barge into their space. Not only that… They also try to change laws.

    No where in the world have they been asked NOT to live/work/build mosques etc. Yet… Mecca doesn’t allow ANY person of OTHER RELIGIONS step on their soil! Certain Islamic countries won’t allow OTHER RELIGIONS to be practiced or to build temples, churches in the country. So who’s playing fair here?

    I honestly have no idea how I’m to support a group of people who believe in a pedophile and hypocrite like their prophet Muhammad. I tried… But failed. Happens. Cheers!

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      Exactly. The only part you left out is that Saudi Arabia will fund the construction of the mosque, from start to finish. Which other religion in Sri Lanka can expect such generosity.

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        thats your problem Lester. If you can’t find a donor, why prevent Muslims from getting their share of donations?

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          As you can see Lester and his kukumber are trolls complimenting each other for spewing the propaganda.
          They spew the same nonsense as you can see.
          They come from the same source, and as comment below shows, are typical islamaphobes.

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            Thuggishness, hatred, loathing, stereotyping, self aggrandising, selfishness, mean-spiritedness, and viciousness is all part of the human condition and is not the bastian of one community or race, although in our so-called serendib, it appears to be heightened.

            Internet ranters are a special breed of people who are not interested in creating solutions – they use communication to vent their frustrations, and so they scream like madmen and women. Ignorant, selfish, fools.

            What is really going on with BBS and the Muslim bashers, the Tamil Bashers and all minority bashers in general — is this, really: “…Scapegoating (from the verb “to scapegoat”) is the practice of singling out any party for unmerited negative treatment or blame as a scapegoat.[1] Scapegoating may be conducted by individuals against individuals (e.g. “Hattie Francis did it, not me!”), individuals against groups (e.g., “I failed because our school favors boys”), groups against individuals (e.g., “Jane was the reason our team didn’t win”), and groups against groups (e.g., “Immigrants are taking all of the jobs”).
            A scapegoat may be an adult, sibling, child, employee, peer, ethnic or religious group, or country. A whipping boy, identified patient or “fall guy” are forms of scapegoat….”

            That’s from wikipedia. Before you lot go venting steam – read up on scapegoating a little more, because that is the sickness that is driving you mad.

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        Looks like all racists flocking together. Lester, here you go again. What nonsense you espouse. There are enough and more big business people blessed with wealth, or have died leaving Trusts, to support the constructiom of Mosques within the country itself. It is the fault of the Sinhalese who sold their houses (obviouly for good prices) to Muslims and left those habitats, thereby causing a small Muslim community to start and then grow. Moreever Muslims need to pray in congregation 5 times a day, and thus a prayer centre or Masjid becomes a necessity. That is what is happening in Kukumbar’s story, for which he feels abandoned by his own kind and claims to have turned racist. My thoughts and prayers go out to him.

        These sort of situations happen all the time, everywhere. In the North, in the midst of Tamil and Muslim homes, it was reported a Temple had recently built very suddenly, with blaring all night pririth played through cassettes, which became a nuisance with sleepless nights to those residents. Area controlled under the jackboot of the military. No one to complain, but only grin and bare. This sorry state of this country for minorities.

        As for the pedophile and hypocrite allegation on our beloved Prophet, I can only say you need to read facts before you make such profound allegations. I, or any Muslim anywhere in the world would never cause disparaging personal attacks on great religious leaders, like Lord Buddha or Jesus Christ, simply because we respect them as great religious leaders, who have had a great influence and following in so many countries in the world. May I also remind you that our Prophet of Islam was the number one choice on the top 100 most influential person ever in history – by Michael Hart (a Christian himself), and he gives his reasons for it. This is what you read. Also see who is in 2, 3 and 4. You’ll be surprised.

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        Like the government providing funds for constructing Buddhist temples in areas in the North where there are no Buddhists at all.

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        “Which other religion in Sri Lanka can expect such generosity.”
        Be objective Lester.Many a christian church in SL gets its funds from overseas even now.Buddhism is not a religion but in the west folk have stress/psycho issues and look for something different. With Dali Lama and some lamas establishing themselves in France and Swissthey were able to give these patients peace with meditation/tantric. Tell me if you sinhalabuddhist are so very religious why dont you invite the retired Dali Lama? You folk are guilty of something close to Meeharaktota Wahabela.

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          @Wuliangguobinjiu,

          Total rubbish. Christian churches do not get funding from abroad. If you go to a service, the priest usually begs for money at some point. Saudi Arabia does not fund the construction of mosques in just Sri Lanka, but all over the world. They are building a mosque in New York City, not very far from the World Trade Center, just to piss the Americans off.

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      Well you can have small church and others can have a Hindu kovil. What irks you is the fact that there is a Mosque coming up there in front of YOUR house.

      For the Nth time, there are no Non Muslims citizen in Saudi Arabia and therefore do you need to have an empty church for the sake of having one?

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        @ Nabil,

        there are no Non Muslims citizen in Saudi Arabia

        Where did you hear that?

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      I can understand your predicament. Muslim residents of Weerakone Gardens please note.

      The Govt does not and should not discrimanate against the building of mosques. However there are standards and regulations specified by the UDA which regulates the building of public utilities according to the environment. The gaps between buildings are specified, parking slots, width of the access roads etc. Also sound pollution is regulated according to decibles at the boundaries etc.

      So we should consider all these regulations and the rights of others especcially non-muslims when building mosques etc. This will help resolve the mistrust and aprehensions between communities. I hope the muslim mp’s in kandy can look into this and resolve your problem.

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        Hello Senguthuvan,

        Taking on a Muslim name is good on you. you are mellowing, which is an encouraging sigh. Any chances of you converting? We might compete with BBS for a new follower!

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        At last a benevolent comment. May you be blessed! There is so much emotion, so much anger and hatred in the responses I was wondering whether peace is always going to be elusive in Sri Lanka.

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      Do stop with the pedophilia insults. You sound so ignorant when you refer to what was the norm during the middle ages:

      Wikipedia:
      ‘In Jewish Ashkenazi communities in the Middle Ages, girls were married off very young.[1] Despite the young threshold for marriage a large age gap between the spouses was opposed,[2] and, in particular, marrying ones young daughter to an old man was declared as reprehensible as forcing her into prostitution.[3] Child marriage was possible in Judaism due to the very low marriageable age for females. A ketannah (literally meaning “little [one]”) was any girl between the age of 3 years and that of 12 years plus one day;[4] a ketannah was completely subject to her father’s authority, and her father could arrange a marriage for her without her agreement.[4]

      MORE RECENT in the US:

      Warren Jeffs accused of raping and marrying little girls.

      “During the sentencing phase his nephew testified to have been raped since he was 5 years old and his niece testified to have been raped since she was 7 years old.”

      Today there are 51 million child brides according to Amanpour/CNN and NOT from only Muslim countries. Stop trying to denigrate another religion when others did the same.”

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      A misguided, Intolerable xenophobic. Hindrance to the progress of his country.

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      Reading Kukumber’s tale of woe, I believe it is about time an enumeration is taken of all places of worship in existence in the country of all Religions, all Grottoes and Buddha statues on road sides and put a complete ban on new additions on public or private property, without approval from a competent Board established for the purpose. Further existing structures that have come up in the last twenty years should have approval from this Competent Board and the rest removed. Along with this Act under Sound Pollution the use of Loudspeakers should also be banned from all places of worship. This Religious Competition should stop. Buddhist Temples surrounding aged old Bo trees proper-gated by crows have been encroached and private houses as mentioned above have been turned into Mosques.

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      @KuKumber,

      Muslims experiencing a simmilar problem in Hunupitiya Wattala ,early morning pirith on loudspeaker full volume at 4.30 am for half an hour, poyadays wholenight how will you feel, even the buddhist feel irritated.

      Many sick elders & children studying disturbed.

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    My below Sri Lankans may I bring your attention to the campaign against Muslims going on right now, world wide, and also in Europe.

    Islamaphobia as defined by Wikipedia:

    Community operationalisation
    London School of Economics & Political Sciences Students’ Union defines islamophobia as “a form of racism expressed through the hatred or fear of Islam, Muslims, or Islamic culture, and the stereotyping, demonisation or harassment of Muslims, including but not limited to portraying Muslims as barbarians or terrorists, or attacking the Qur’an as a manual of hatred”.[32]

    Contrasting views on Islam
    The Runnymede report contrasted “open” and “closed” views of Islam, and stated that the following eight “closed” views are equated with Islamophobia:
    Islam is seen as a monolithic bloc, static and unresponsive to change.
    It is seen as separate and “other.” It does not have values in common with other cultures, is not affected by them and does not influence them.
    It is seen as inferior to the West. It is seen as barbaric, irrational, primitive, and sexist.
    It is seen as violent, aggressive, threatening, supportive of terrorism, and engaged in a clash of civilizations.
    It is seen as a political ideology, used for political or military advantage.
    Criticisms made of “the West” by Muslims are rejected out of hand.
    Hostility towards Islam is used to justify discriminatory practices towards Muslims and exclusion of Muslims from mainstream society.
    Anti-Muslim hostility is seen as natural and normal.[40]

    Millions of dollars are behind this evil campaign.

    If you see comments here that reflect the above definition of an Islamaphobe, best is ignore the trolls,some trolls are even paid to instigate us here, and realize why they keep spewing false propaganda. I am sure many here are now familiar with such comments and the despicable attack on a religion that they know nothing about. I have seen many such comments in international blogs too. They are all hateful.

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    Kukumber – how stupid can you be – nobody tries to go and build a church , temple or mosque in the Vatican – nor a church or mosque in Budhdhagaya – so why try building a church or temple in Mecca. Don’t blindly believe what you hear – research. If you have the guts read this http://www.gainpeace.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=63:what-non-muslim-scholars-said-about-prop Prophet Mohamed was never a pedophile – dont eat all what propoganda is thrown at you. Aisha who most non muslims think to be 9 at the time of marrying Mohamed was 19 and mind you Sidhdhartha married at the age of 16. Get your facts right before bashing.

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      Neha, are you the mother of Aisha? When did you change the birth certificate of Aisha for her age to be 19 years the time she was consummated? The link you have posted has no relevance to confirm beyond doubt, your claim except for the opinions expressed. One is entitled to one’s own opinion. I am sorry facts speak for itself, to verify myth from fiction. A belief, one is free to practice and does not necessarily mean is factual to be supported with evidence to convince another. Yes Prince Siddhartha married at the age of 16 and continued to be entertained by cabaret dances in the evenings as there was no TV or other forms of entertainment. The Royalty then was not only visually entertained but sometimes physically as well and none can confirm that Siddhartha was an exception. Possibly the claim by Jackson Anthony that our MR is a blood decedent of Siddhartha might be from one of the off shoots.

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        “Yes Prince Siddhartha married at the age of 16”
        How do you know he married at 16?The language of the kings was “rajas”(its lost for ever) the administrative language was sanskrit known only to the brahimins. Now the story about Gautama was written 500years after his death because pali the common mans language was only spoken and the brahimins were born hindus. To top it all Gautama never called it a religion because he was a hindu.Go to Bihar or Lumbini and find out the story for self.There is another way to find out is from the Chinese as they wrote it- the Rinpoches believe that we all could become a Buddha so they dont really worship Gautama but have Cherzee (compassion) Tara etc.like in hinduism.Wahabisim says kill so I dont like it but that is exactly Gota/BBS is doing calling it sinhala buddhism- Wahabela Meeharaktota.

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        Gamma. Sila is very essential in promoting non-violent principles. Adhere to the Sakya Principles. You forgot your oath to be a true Buddhist?

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      Prince (Siddhartha) indeed had a wife and child but he renounced all these in his quest for Enlightenment. On the other hand, our friend Muhammed had 13 wives (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad%27s_wives). Anyone can see which fellow was *busy* till the last day of their life, doing what. :)

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        Lester no offense meant, being married to one, with child and entertained by so many, till he got disgusted, is not good criteria to prove your point as to who is better.

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          @gamini:

          That is not the point. The point is, he was able to give those things up permanently for the rest of his life. Also, Buddha did not claim to be anything other than a human being, and said not to believe in him blindly.

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        Lester, Now you learn from history. King Solomons (PBOH) had 700 wives and 300 concubines, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob amongst many others had many wives. the whole history of ancient times was one in which plurality of wives was a divinely accepted and approved order of matrimony. There is nothing strange or immoral about having more than one wife. What is wrong is sex outside of marriage, whilst having a legitimate wife. I am sure you will never want to understand that, just to keep your brand of hate campaign on anything Islamic.

        In modern times, Ziona Chana has 39 wives and also has 94 children, 14-daughters-in-law and 33 grandchildren, all living together in a 100 room mansion. Go think about that.

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          @ Marwan:

          One should not claim to be a prophet or messenger of god if he cannot control the most basic of desires. If, however, he admits his faults purely as a human being , then no problem.

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          Marwan, a clarification, to quote you, ‘What is wrong is sex outside marriage, whilst having a legitimate wife’. What a comparison for some one to have sex outside marriage when one is blessed with so many, where as the other has to contend with one. No wonder some became Muslims to circumvent single partner laws. As for your stand, ‘There is nothing strange or immoral about having more than one wife’, is the advancement in civilization and to preserve the family unit. The concept of extended family is no longer fashionable.

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            At Gamini:

            I do not condone the practice of a married man having multiple wives. However, I could personally care less whether a man is sleeping with 25 or 250 women, so long as he does not call himself a prophet.

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        A nick in the tick is what needed to this prick.

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        Once again this commenter shows his obvious islamaphobia and picking on ONE religion to spew the propaganda.

        Either he forgot to mention, or is ignorant about, the other Prophets who followed what was the norm in those days, and what they as Prophets were entitled to according to scriptures.

        Wikipedia:

        Many of the Old Testament Prophets and Patriarchs had multiple wives, including Lamech, Abraham, Jacob, Esau, Gideon, Saul, David, Solomon, Rehoboam, Elkanah, Ashur, Abijah and Jehoiada. Some interpretations also suggest Moses had a second wife in Tharbis. Other polygamists identified in the Bible include Ahab, Ahasuerus, Ashur, Belshazzar, Benhadad, Caleb, Eliphaz, Ezra, Jehoiachin, Jehoram, Jerahmeel, Joash, Machir, Manasseh, Mered, Nahor, Simeon, and Zedekiah.

        Note he always picks on the Prophet Muhammad ONLY.

        The old testament is followed by Christians, Muslims and Jews.
        Once again Lester showing us how ignorant he really is.

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          @ Dhaksha:

          Christians only worship Jesus. Jesus was pure from start to finish. How can a man (your leader) call himself “pure” when he has slept with more 13 women, one of whom was 9 years old, and keeps 4 or 5 wives? It simply defies all logic. But as I have said earlier; male chauvinism is the highlight of all the Abrahamic religions.

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            You are so ignorant. Muslims do not “worship” Prophet Muhammand. Therefore your comment is without credit and is yet another attack on Islam.
            Usually Hasbara makes no sense, just lies and misinformation.

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              Where did I say that Muslims worship Muhammed? I said that in Christianity, only Jesus matters. No one cares about “prophets.” On the other hand, Muhammed is more important than Jesus (for Muslims) but as I have clearly shown, Muhammed is anything but “pure.”

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    YES, all muslim ministers governor,mp s all muslim presidential so called advisers,gota s muslim catchers,should resign en bloc and show their oppositions to the arrogance of this regime.
    With one stroke of the pen MR and the defacto ruler Gota can stop this hate campaign by the Bodubalu ,jhu and sr racists.
    Mister ministers have you no shame to sit and enjoy while your muslim citizens are subjected to being spat at ,muslim mothers to be deprived of childbearing,businesses to be shut down,homeless women and children
    and the sick and the elderly the ,youth deprived of jobs and many more grievances,all falling on deaf ears.
    PLEASE DO US A FAVOR RESIGN RESIGN.

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      Do you think these Muslim MPs and Ministers will resign? When Rizana was executed they didn’t had the courage to condemn it when both the Sinhalese & Tamils and the international community were condemning. When Dr.Shirani Bandaranayake was impeached they never condemned, but were supporting to defy the Orders of Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Now the BBS had adapted so many uncivilized methods against the Muslims, yet they are silent. When it comes to enjoying power & money, they will even sell their communities. Real opportunists.

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        You know it is all because of the nature of minister of Justice today. So had he been with whatever the wrong or biased criminal investigation in line with Mervin or anyone in the govt, our minister is napping.

        If this was the case in the neghbouring country, many things could go wrong within in that grand nation.

        We the people need sorta of a discussion culture how some Indian Journalists carry out…
        They interview Subramaniam Swammy and all others on to their state TV programs and they discuss them very openly. Do we have any similar programs in lanken TV today ?

        No.

        Even if MIINSTER OF JUSTICE or minister of lies – Kehelmal can just rescue from small press conferences easily.

        Journalists – please wake up and dont let Rajapkshes to excause the IC – further lying that they allow issues to be discussed more openly… make the pictures of the journalists that have been going missing in the country since MR administeration is on. In that way, one can send this regime home soon.

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    Ofcourse who said the BBS or Gota are communalists or racists They are patriots fighting to preserve what they call ‘pure Buddhism” not know to even to Buddha/The present Muslim politicians are there to promote their self interests – to promote their business, to expand their harem , drink more arrack or promote their thuggery otherwise they won’t be blind to what is happening to their community.It is a shame the Muslim community continue to elect them and send them to power.You blame the people and not the politicians

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    Ofcourse who said the BBS or Gota are communalists or racists They are patriots fighting to preserve what they call ‘pure Buddhism” not know to even to Buddha/The present Muslim politicians are there to promote their self interests – to promote their business, to expand their harem , drink more arrack or promote their thuggery otherwise they won’t be blind to what is happening to their community.It is a shame the Muslim community continue to elect them and send them to power.You blame the people and not the politicians

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    Muslim Parliamentarians called to resign from Govt in view of the attacks and danger to Muslims where they have done sweet b’all ???
    Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!

    Senguttuvan

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      What is the meaning of your vomit?

      Only 4 laughs….. what about some laugfs from your pinhole.

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        Eco, you reflect very poorly in the eyes of the readers by resorting to personal vulgar attacks than refuting the substance in a comment. So try to rise above the sublime.

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    Lester
    Where you find this ISHAQ 327. In the revised edition of the Bible?
    Dont try to mislead the readers

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      I have already commented that Lester is a dumb ass! Do we need to say more?

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      There is much worse than that in satanic verses of the quran regarding women so dont push it too far.Religion is a stupid emotion. We are a decade past the 21st centunary just ask a mainland chinese who created all theseand they simply say may be a power but if you say god or allaha they smile because you are not objective and that is what the europeans fear in them- they cannot be taken for suckers like only I saw follow me.

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      Dear M. Nizar,

      It is true that Ishaq 37 cannot be found in the Q’uran. Nevertheless, Ishaq (Isaac) was a son of Abraham, and is considered a prophet by Muslims. Ishaq (Isaac) is mentioned 16 times in the Q’uran.

      The Prophet Ibrahim had two sons – Prophet Ismail and Prophet Ishaq (peace be upon them). The Prophet Ishaq (pbuh) was his second son born of Sarah, his wife. When the Prophet Ibrahim (pbuh) passed through an ordeal of sacrificing his affectionate son, Prophet Ismail, the glad tidings of the birth of another son, Prophet Ishaq, was conveyed to him.

      The Ishaq 327 I have mentioned is Ishaq’s personal commentary on Muhammed.

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        How can Ishaq have a commentary on Muhammed PBUH who can hundreds of years after him. Maybe this Ishaq is your grandfather.

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          Correct, this is not Ishaq son of Abraham, but Ibn Ishaq, a biographer of Muhammed.

          Muḥammad ibn Isḥāq ibn Yasār ibn Khiyār (according to some sources, ibn Khabbār, or Kūmān, or Kūtān,[3] Arabic: محمد بن إسحاق بن يسار بن خيار‎, or simply ibn Isḥaq ابن إسحاق, meaning “the son of Isaac”) (died 767, or 761[2]) was an Arab Muslim historian and hagiographer. Under the aegis of the ‘Abbasid caliph Al-Mansur, Ibn Ishaq collected oral traditions that formed the basis of the most important biography of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

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    Ah well… We all have excuses for other people’s mistakes as well as our own. Muhammad was how old when he married that little child? Well yes, I agree it was the norm at that time. However, is a God’s prophet supposed to do normal things, or set examples for the rest of us?

    I don’t expect anyone to build mosques and temples in the Vatican nor do I expect temples and churches to be built in mecca. Yet, my dear… Vatican city does not stop non-catholics from entering their vicinity. So please, lets not argue on such obvious hypocrisy of laws of Mecca.

    According to what I’ve read, Buddha and Jesus have never used weapons to spread their religions. But ever so righteous Muhammad did. Buddha married he was 16, yes, but he was a mere human being who didn’t hear voices from “God”. And he stayed married to the same woman, too… I believe.

    Poor old Jesus apparently never got married. No idea why, but yeah, he set a damn good example there!

    To hell with BBS. They’re ruining a good man’s reputation. But we can’t deny the fact that these idiots are voicing out what we as non-muslims(Burgher,Sinhalese and Tamils) kept to ourselves all these years.

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      You heard wrong. While I am not going to comment on Jesus, talk to us about the Crusades. I am sure CT readers would be very interested!

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      The BBS are clowns. Good for entertainment purposes. However, opposing the Islamicization of Sri Lanka (which they are doing for the wrong reasons) is essential to the progress of the country. The last time I was in the East was in 2006, during the CFA. Even at that time, just by driving through the outskirts of Trincomalee, one felt like he was in Saudi Arabia. I can still remember driving for miles without seeing a single Tamil or Sinhalese shop. The situation can hardly be better now.

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        Today, in Kathankudy, you would definitly feel you are in Mecca. Wahhabis have completely changed its charactor and have taken it over. It won’t be long Taliban type of extremism breeds there like flees and spill over to other parts of the country where Muslim population have disproportionately increased over others.

        Just like Taliban destroyed bamian Buddha statues on Wahhabi teaching and on the basis that idols had been distroyed by Muhammed and therefore idols should have no place in Islamic society, Wahhabis in Sri Lanka too would no doubt destroy all Hindu and Buddhist idols there one day. This is the feeling I get from reading the Koran, Hadith and comments by Muslims here.
        Leela

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          Already the sinhala looters desecrate and impale the oldest ruins of Buddha for treasure all over the country.

          Not a tinge of the principles of Buddhism will ever be seen again in the minds of the people unless they respect and follow this great man the Siddharth the Saka and his teachings.

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          Leela/DR. DW

          I am happy you spend sleepless nights. The Buddha says hatred is like drinking poison and hoping others will die. We are not getting dragged into the rut you and BBS have gotten into for the whole world to see.

          Racism set this country back by 30 years. Your hatred has not ceased even after untold lives were lost.

          With people like you Sr Lanka doesn’t need enemies

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    No takers for hangmen job in Sri Lanka? If given adequate perks theses so called Ministers would grab that with both hands

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    There is absolutely no way that less than 10% of a minority of Muslim population can stand up to stave off a massive 70% majority assault on them, without they getting completely annihilated and obliterated . Whilst Muslims don’t expect this to happen, nor intend to take them on, since it is well known fact that the majority of them, of the70%, don’t subscribe to such extremist views of the infamous BBS-JHU-SR triad. By taking the law into their own hands and carrying out street justice, they have isolated themselves more and more and lost all or any respect they had as people’s representatives to hold high office as political parties to rule this country.
    That said, it is also now clear GR’s use of BBS to attack Muslim’s way of life has backfired on him, but in unexpected ways. A new a proxy for the SL Muslims has got created in the form of the people in TN State (3 times the population of entire Sri Lanka) to checkmate his plans to create a pure Sinhala Buddhist State. The pressure in TN is getting built up like a dam waiting to burst, and there is absolute stalemate from both the governments to forestall an impending catastrophe. The first salvos have been fired in both Parliaments, but God knows where this will end. GR and his cronies have now got bigger issues to face than attacking the eating, dressing and breeding habits of Muslims. Even the SL ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam’s suggested words of calm that SL Buddhists came from Orissa State is with contempt by Vaiko, suggesting sedition charges for allegedly trying to instigate north Indians against the people of Tamil Nadu. The IPL is at stake. The island of Katchaitivu is at stake. SLs cannot go on pilgrimage without fear of attack. Problems are mounting and becoming endless.
    All in all, the major unsettled ‘after the war’ issues in this country will surely get dragged into the forefront, including safeguarding minority (Tamils, Muslims and Christian) rights. This is truly troubled times for peaceful SL and it will take a long time before any finality is reached to bury the hatchet, going by previous experiences in other countries. A genuine effort of reconciliation needs to be made now and immediately to avert a major crisis. If anyone said that the arrogance of our high-ranking politicians to pick on the minorities and sit back and watch the fun (as is happening now), they better wake up before they get screwed themselves by the rest of the world community. They are already referring to SL as a runaway rogue state, and some have even coined it a new ‘Coconut Republic’.

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    Hade Sheriff,
    You say ‘Halaal is not an issue for non Muslims’? It is true if only you Muslims kept your ‘halal’ imposed among Muslims just as you did for few hundred years you have been here.

    But today, Ulemas of Wahhabi dominated ACJU have tricked or manipulated all the manufactures in Sri Lanka to such an extent everything they produce has become halal. What is ‘halal’ for Muslim is ‘haram’ for we Buddhists. Surely, we must have the right to reject your ‘halal’. But we cannot for even water and cement have become ‘halal’. So, blame ACJU for creating a situation for your Muslim brotherhood in Sri Lanka and not JHU, BBS and SR.

    Sheriff says, one ‘Dafter Jailani’ was meditating in Kuragala and therefore it was a Muslim shrine for more than 500yrs. Wahhabi Nabil says; ‘there is enough evidence suggesting a Sufi meditated there and there are inscriptions.’

    Regardless ‘Jailani’ may have been meditating on “Allah’s Apostle said, ‘Whoever obeys me will enter Paradise, and whoever disobeys me will not enter it’” (Bukhari 92.384) Or Koran 8:65; “O Prophet, exhort the believers to fight…”. Or Koran 9:123; “O you who believe! Fight those of the unbelievers who are near to you and let them find in you hardness.” Or Koran 9:14; “Fight them, Allah will punish them by your hands and bring them to disgrace….”

    Whether Jailani had been planning how to copy Muhammad’s feat at Badr that destroyed idols in 624 in destroying whatever Buddhist idols that remained in the cave in Kuragala or other nasty jobs Muhammad did is immaterial.

    Regardless whatever present day Wahhabi claim, what matter now is whether its rock inscriptions do mention a ‘Jailani’ or any Muslim ‘saint’ by name. If not we should treat all heresy as bogus claims and act accordingly.
    Leela

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      So you nastily claim with full authority that you will act accordingly? Intoxicating. You stick on what Chaos or Mayhem?

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        Lula,
        You’ve got it wrong; I am not a bigot or a racist a jingoist. Above all I stridently oppose any form of violence on any race. I am for protecting our heritage and traditional rights in peaceful methods.
        Leela

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          Leela,

          We have seen peace for a long time, I think peace started in the early 80’s and lasted till ’09; now you must be missing your kind of peace!

          Leela will propagate hate and sugar coat her venom, so that it becomes palatable!
          If you ask her why she/BBS is targeting Muslims, the answer all about “perceived” slights that happened ages ago or because you have the potential to cause trouble.

          Kuragala is a case in point. A Muslim lived there is recorded history. Leela wont deny that. I have seen a board and a barbed wired fence there at the entrance to Kuragala saying that it is government property and an archeological site.

          Clearly the site is contested and what is required isa scientifically sound basis to examine the evidence, including archeological experts to determine the events as they unfolded.

          There are many possibilities that led to the present status. First it could have been that the Buddhists were there first and later abandoned it for some reason. Second, it could be that the Buddhists invited the Sufi to Kuragala and allowed him to build a mosque there, or it could be that Buddhists came there later and established a themselves. We never know.

          In the meantime when we have contentious issues like this the options to resolve the issue could be;one allow the status quo to remain until an equitable solution is found such as the Babri Moosque. As the learned judge W Young dismissing the case in 1886 siad “it is too late now to remedy the grievance” (Wiki).

          The second option is appeasement where both parties can learn to share the site as is done in Kataragama.

          But pseudo patriots and protectors of Sinhala Buddhism would find such a suggestion of abhorrent.

          They will want their pound of flesh for all they want is a hollow victory.

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      @Leela

      How much we explain about halaal, you antihalaal distort it to your convenience just like BBS.

      cement dont need Halaal, it is an argument to vilify ACJU.

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    “….cultural center at Galle gifted to BBS by a German, alleged to be a Jew…” Is the Writer suggesting it is a crime or a sin to be a Jew.
    Is he saying the German should not gift this Cultural Centre at Galle.
    Such pettiness and prejudice should not be displayed by a responsible writer.

    Senguttuvan

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      If not a Jew, a Goo like you should have poo-pooed it.

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      It is not a sin or crime to be a Jew, it is what SOME Jews (zionists) do that is a crime and a sin.

      Over 200 UN resolutions (Wikipedia) will give in detail what those sins are.

      “We must use terror, assassination, intimidation, land confiscation, and the cutting of all social services to rid the Galilee of its Arab population.” Ben Gurion.

      The zionists of Israel are the most ruthless, devious, greedy bunch in the world.

      There you go, in a nutshell. But as a “Sri Lankan” don’t let that bother you.

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      No, we have no issues with the gifting of the Leadership Center. The issue is whom it is gifted to; when there are enough organizations that could use such a gift why was the BBS chosen?

      Clearly he concurs with the objectives of the BBS and has no qualms associating himself with a virulent Monk who has brought shame to the Buddha Saasana.

      “Such pettiness and prejudice should not be displayed by a responsible writer”. Does this mean that Senguthuvan endorses the BBS?

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      @Sengutuvan

      It hurts you when Jew is mentioned, we wont mind if it is for some other purpose, BBS org is a communal inciter financed by them, that pricks us.

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