By Rifai Naleemi –
This part of my article should be read in conjunction with previous part. That is to avoid to any de-contextualization of any part of my article. It would be wrong to choose and pick some of my ideas out of context.
All Sri Lankan communities should work together on a commend ground to promote and protect national interest ofSri Lanka. At the same time each community should have rights to promote and protect its own cultural and religious identity: Each community does not need to give up its cultural identity and heritage in order to promote national interest. What we need is a dynamic social interaction and participation of Sri Lankan communities to support and help sustainable development in Sri Lanka: not cultural and religious assimilation: In the spheres of socio-economic, educational and political life, all communities should participate and contribute equally to build a strong economy in Sri Lanka. This is a true social interaction and contribution.
We could learn many lessons from modern democratic values and multi ethnic cultures of western countries: Western countries give preference to the talented and skilful people in recruitment and job opportunities: They do not look down on you because of your ethnicity or religion when they need skill workers. They appreciate the quality and skills of human resources: because, in our modern world, strong economies are based on the quality and skills of human resources. We too inSri Lankashould give preference to the highly qualified people in recruitment and job opportunities in the national interest of our country:
What I mean here is that we should not give preference to the less qualified people on the basis of our ethnicity and religion over highly qualified people. In many occasions, this has happened inSri Lankadue to religious and political influence. This social attitude and political influence have already greatly damaged our developments: whoever is talented whether he or she is a Sinhalese or Tamil or Muslim he or she should be given preference in job and career opportunities. It is regrettable to say that political influence has been dominating in the third world countries at the expense of national interest. This political influence takes place in our country at all levels. Consequently it is people who are going to suffer from this type of malpractice and misconduct.
Compared to other nations in Asia, human resources and skills of Sri Lankans are highly appreciated and recognized in the western world. Moreover, our university degrees are recognized in the western countries. Unlike other Asian nations, our literacy rate is high.
We have talents and skills to become one of the most developed countries ofAsia. Yet, it is really sad to see thatSri Lankais trapped in communal violence and ethno- religious tension. It was argued by some economists that if there was no war inSri Lankafor the last three decades,Sri Lankawould be economically better off thanSingaporeandMalaysia. I think given the speedy progress of military successes in the battle fieldSri Lankashould win the economic battle field as well. But such success and victories can be only sustained inSri Lankaif onlySri Lankadecides to adopt good policies of social and communal harmony. Such policies should be on the basis of humanism, social justice and equal opportunities. More importantly it should give preference to the talented and skilful people of all communities without any discrimination.
We should have some plans and strategies to sustain social harmony and peace in Sri Lanka: Religious leadership of different religious groups should sit down and discuss ways and methods of improving communal harmony: Even they could hold annual conferences regularly in the various parts of Sri Lanka discussing similarities between religious concepts: Moreover, we should teach comparative religious education in our schools: our future generation should learn each other’s culture, tradition, customs, religious tenets, religious beliefs and way of life. So that children of each community will appreciate and respect other’s sacred belief and traditions. In this way, Sinhalese children will learn to appreciate and respect Hindu cultures and traditions. Hindu children will learn to appreciate and respect Buddhists’ culture and religion and tradition: Unfortunately, each community has been teaching & learning only about its religion:
At least, we should introduce comparative religious education at secondary levels so that our new generation will not only increase their understanding of world religions but also such education system could enhance social harmony and peace in our community: Moreover, It will open up job opportunities for our next generation in teaching of RE and related subjects. In western countries RE teachers should teach at least six religions.
Moreover, Our universities should urgently introduce comparative religious studies: Since the inception of University education system in Sri Lanka up to now, Universities have been teaching Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism and Islam exclusively for Sinhalese, Christians, Tamils and Muslims: But, these religions have not been taught as a comparative subject so that our graduates could learn from each others religion and culture: Many people would disagree with such comparative approach to different religions in Sri Lankan context for fear of conversion and indoctrination. However, we should learn about and from other religions so that we could deepen our understanding of our world around us.
More importantly, We could compare and contrast various philosophical & theological aspects of different religious teachings: At least, if our universities start such comparative religious study courses that could generate more interest in the minds of our next generation to learn about other faith and that would help us to enhance social cohesion and tolerance in our communities: In addition to these, we all should learn other community’s language: Tamil people should learn Sinhalese language and Sinhalese people should learn Tamil language. This is a very demanding task, yet, at least teachers, police officers, key professionals and office workers should learn each other’s languages: so that we could develop inter communal communication skills. I really appreciate this government policy on this matter. Moreover we could promote mutual understanding between communities. I think that Sri Lankan government has already taken some positive steps in this regard. Srilankan Army, Navy and Police officials has made rapid progress in learning Tamil Languages. I wish that all other professionals do the same in all other departments. I happened to listen to one of Buddhist monks speaking in Tamil fluently. This is really a wonderful achievement of social and communal integration.
In addition to ongoing development process, we should have programmes for social interaction; We can not live anymore in watertight compartments as we did in the past: Dramatic changes have been taken place in our modern global world: different cultural and ethnic groups are living more closely than before: In western countries, Multicultural ethnic and religious groups live in big cities and towns side by side: unlike in the past, humanity has come very closer now. There is no room for racial hatred and social prejudice in our modern world. We have moral duty and responsibility to educate our publics about these dramatic changes that are taking places in the world. Through the constant process of education we could change hearts and minds of public: As I said before by nature all human beings are good. They love to live in peace and they enjoy co-existence. There may be few black sheeps in each community who stir communal violence. Anyway, if our communities in Sri Lanka once again plunge into hostilities and racial revenge the bright future of our new generation will remain questionable: But it all depends on the political will and religious guidance. We all should reach out to the public with the message of tolerance and communal harmony.
Muliyawaikkal / June 11, 2013
This is not a problem confined to SL. We must have a global view of things. This is a problem affecting the entire world including USA, UK, Australia, India, China (western parts), etc, etc.
SL should be part of the global response to the biggest threat to mankind.
The religion of peace website lists down facts and figures. It has a nice cartoon on coexistence and the threat to it!
Bruno Umbato / June 11, 2013
As Rifai say (“Moreover, Our universities should urgently introduce comparative religious studies: Since the inception of University education system in Sri Lanka up to now, Universities have been teaching Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism and Islam exclusively for Sinhalese, Christians, Tamils and Muslims: But, these religions have not been taught as a comparative subject so that our graduates could learn from each others religion and culture: Many people would disagree with such comparative approach to different religions in Sri Lankan context for fear of conversion and indoctrination. However, we should learn about and from other religions so that we could deepen our understanding of our world around us.We all should know the facts and figures about ….”),
I agree with Rifai — we should deepen our understanding of our world around us …
Thanks Muliyawaikkal for directing me to the the religion of peace website … Lots of information and as any website, we should read it carefully …
Not only students should familiar with other religions but all others in the society .. Reading Website “thereligionofpeace” gave me some insights to a religion … but I should read the other side of the story also …
Bedrock Barney / June 12, 2013
We should all move peacefully toward a clash of civilizations. Long Live Huntingdon!!!!!
Pepperoni Pizza / June 14, 2013
Play Age of Empires, the SL Gov and its cohorts play it live to the deathmatch online. Hoyo Hoyo.
Muliyawaikkal / June 15, 2013
Israel is in the fray too! And India too (even without BJP). So I see a bright future for that camp and death to their opposing camp.
Plain truth / June 11, 2013
Please do not read about religions on websites:most of them have wrong presentation and pictures of religions. All bias ideas there about all religions: not always experts write on websites.
Lanka Muslim, UK / June 11, 2013
This is true to a good extent. Some websites present bias ideas to create popularity for them and there are several instances when those who are misled with such wrong information use them to criticise religions and create unnecessary disputes.
Safa / June 11, 2013
Most state sector appointments are obtained through known contacts in organisations or through political interventions. Hence minorities are handicapped due to their smaller circle of influence.
Most of the state organisations do not really look for the best people. Usually any person will do as long as he or she has the correct connections. It is only in the private sector where performance counts and selections are made according to the candidates qualifications, record and ability.
This is one of the reasons why muslims tend to have their own businesses or go abroad. This may be better than stagnating in a state sector job with no job satisfaction or progress in career. Mostly money is made in the state sector through corrupt practices.
Maghribi. / June 11, 2013
Dear Dr. Rifai Naleemi – Thanks and JazakAllah khair once again for writing a thorough thought provoking essay on the subject of co-existence. I can vouch through real life experience the enormous economic benefits that could be generated with just ‘social harmony’, ‘respect’ and ‘responsibility’. However, unfortunately Sri Lanka is yet to be blessed with the right leadership. Some of us know why Sri Lanka has failed to produce the right caliber of leadership over the last 65 years, while others in the vicinity are progressing and developing at a much faster pace. We can, perhaps learn a lot from the desert dwellers across the sea. Salaams and regards.
JimSofty / June 11, 2013
‘At the same time each community should have rights to promote and protect its own cultural and religious identity: Each community does not need to give up its cultural identity and heritage in order to promote national interest.’
In other words, Muslim community should have the freedom to convert and expand Islam in Sri Lanka, and that will be at the expense of the other communities.
Mr. Nallemi also knows how other majority Muslim societies are doing to their minority religions.
Further to that, AS this is a world’s problem, Christianity and Islam are the beneficiaries of Naleemi’s request.
Armageddon / June 14, 2013
…and Jim Softy betrothed to Christianity, Hellelujah!!
JimSofty / June 11, 2013
Muslims lived in Sri Lanka for some time.
At present,the problem is push for expansion by the muslim sects at the expense some islamic sects and mostly the other religions.
Here, Naleemi also does not talk about why major muslims sects in Sri Lanka are discriminating against minor muslim sects.
We have read news about a major muslim sect in Batticaloa not allowing a dead person to be buried in their cemetery because he was from a minor muslims sects. There were news saying, from Negombo area, that major muslim sects would not allow the minor muslim sects to use their mosque as a praying ground.
Yehiya / June 12, 2013
Totally wrong information. We are the Muslims without cast & colour standing in the row for prayers.You can see that in all mosque in the world. You can see the website in Macca mosque live telecast.
JimSofty / June 12, 2013
If you want, if CT ALLOWS IT, articles written by Sri Lankan muslims.
One such article talks about how AHAMADIA muslims are mistreated and discriminated by the other muslims.
JimSofty / June 11, 2013
Islam is based on Quran. Quran can be interpreted as one pleases and that has happened. See, how many muslim sects are there ?. But, all muslim sects have something common. that is they want to convert the whole world. So, they continue the expansion in every possible way. Long ago, they used conquests, now they use dirty tactics.
Native Vedda / June 11, 2013
“that is they want to convert the whole world.”
It is not an imminent threat nor is it probable. It is your perception and others cannot cure your anxieties.
The imminent problems are many and it requires urgent remedies. Imminent threat does not come from Saudi Arabia. It is well entrenched within the majority community.
As usual the state, its rulers and their cronies are riding on these perceived threat, when necessary heightening the fear threshold, keeping the stupid people under constant threat perception where necessary unleashing the saffron clad thugs to deal with non existence enemies.
You are playing your part and contributing to the continuation of fear psychosis.
Quran is not a threat but you are.
Maghribi. / June 12, 2013
Insecurity and fear breeds hostility. The Law of Nature defines, the fear of survival turning into an obsession to survive by destructive means is a quickest way to extinction of a species.
Ahmed Nadvi / June 11, 2013
As usual you missed the point discussed. Islam is not a political party or club to attract people of other party or other club.
And your following statement is totally wrong “Muslims lived in Sri Lanka for some time”. It’s our country, we have been living in this country since the human existence occured in the mother earth.
If you are a believer of any religion and you have all reason to be with that religion then please do so. Do’t be affired of any other religion. If people go behind one religion or another then it’s their problem, not yours.
Learning about other things including religions won’t make you disqualified to live with other. Use your tinny brain.
JimSofty / June 12, 2013
Islam is a political religion.
Other wise, How come it has, dietary laws, financial system, Legal system, fashion design ?
Aryan / June 12, 2013
It’s complete way of life.
It’s shame to say,that you people still not cleaning your private part(most advace era of history),after passing urine.(in that way you people are equal to what?).
wake-up man,don’t live like animals,but live as human.
JimSofty / June 12, 2013
You may be cleaning your private part, but your women live like objects.
You say it is a way of life but you allow animals to bleed to death.
If it is a way of life, how do you explain the so many wars between different muslim factions, how do you explain conquests ?
why do you blow up in order to establish a way of life.
Besides, why do you think the ONLY WAY OF LIFE is your one and not those of the others ?
Islam is not a way of life. It is a cult. See how the cults have controlled the lives of people that came into the cult. QURAN can be interpreted as you please. Yet, I don’t deny the fact that there are some muslims factions who are PEACEFUL.
Even in Sri Lanka, these muslim factions complaining about others should be from those extremist factions.
M.Sivananthan / June 13, 2013
“Kill Kaffir”(non muslims) is also a way of life. Islam was established by a desert dweller who fought for wealth and women. Politics of the modern world is always treated as “haram” or sin by Muslims.
I dont see any difference between Mohamed and Prabhakaran!
Rape, womanizing,robbery,child molesting and murders are justified in the Islam only.
Wakapanuwa / June 14, 2013
And Sinhalese adapted it with zeal unto their daily chores.
Skipperknot / June 14, 2013
But animals like you practice it to the core.
Kakkuputta Prajapati / June 14, 2013
Didn’t politics start the day Devadatta was dismissed. Devadatta tried to undermine the very soul of Buddha.
Bedrock Barney / June 12, 2013
What a load of crap! Full of what we should do, none of which are achievable given the south Asian(me and my tribe first) mentality.
Bedrock Barney / June 12, 2013
Only a Zimbabwe type system of governance (which we already have) will do. No need to get united. We should do what we are good at a keep bashing each other. We are overpopulated anyway.
Muhandiram-Dumbuluwawe / June 12, 2013
While we are talking about co-existence,we should know the ground reality of Sri Lanka.it’s multi ethnic country,but still some of the sects of majority either can’t digest it or not accepting it.
the reality is we’ve 60.4 % Buddhists,15.6% Hindus,7.4% Christians and 16.6% Muslims in Sri Lanka.
*when you come to government sector employment,94 % are given to Majority Sinhalese.
*40% of minority communities are denied their basic rights.
*even minority-majority provinces are govern by Sinhalese.
NO JUSTICE NO PEACE(I MEAN SUSTAINABLE PEACE).
Bruno Umbato / June 12, 2013
Do not distort facts, Muhandiram . LTTE and it’s supporters always try to distort facts … they compared tamil situation in SL to south African apartheid times deceiving the world to believe “Tamils are the majority in SL” … Their distortion of facts are legendary … There are some still believe their propaganda …
These are the real facts ….
Budhists 14,222,844 70.19%
Hindus. 2,554,606 12.61%
Muslims 1,967,227 9.71%
Christians 1,509,606 7.45%
Others. V. 9,440 0.05%
Total : 20,263,723
Sinhalese. 15,173,820 74.88%
SL Tamils. 2,270,924. 11.21%
SL Moors. 1,869,820 9.23%
Indian Tamis 842,323 4.16%
SL Malays. 40,189 0.20%
Burghers. 37,061 0.18%
Others. 29,586 0.14%
SL TAMILS 11.21% … LTTE rump wants 1/3 of the land and 2/3 of coastal lines while 70 million Tamils living just around 10km away …… It’s not funny, guys … They are deadly serious … What a world?
Native Vedda / June 14, 2013
“SL TAMILS 11.21% … LTTE rump wants 1/3 of the land and 2/3 of coastal lines”
My people want 3/3 of the land 3/3 of the coastal lines.
When can we have them?
“70 million Tamils living just around 10km away …… It’s not funny, guys … They are deadly serious … What a world?”
They are supposed to very hospitable people, they don’t mind sharing everything with their Sinhala/Tamil brethren from Sri Lanka.
JimSofty / June 12, 2013
See muslims are killing animals. that is a secondary trait developed by humans. Mohomad just talked about it.
Humans don’t have teeth developed for eating meat (compare our teeth set with those of meat animals animals).
Secondly, in the animal world largest and strongest animals are the ones which eat plants, and none of the meat eating animals are not the strongest or active through out the day. they are active only during the part of the day. Otherwise, they hide and rest.
JimSofty / June 13, 2013
Mr. RIFAI NALLEMI:
You cannot talk about CO-existance and communal harmony. when you don’t want other muslims sects to exits, when you don’t like other faiths or relgions, when you hate jews.
Muslims don’t allow other religions when they are the majority.Because, muslims operate exactly the opposite way.
Co-existence and communal harmony is for buddhists who believes in LIVE AND LET LIVE concept.
ISLAM or your Prophet never preached keeping in mind that COMMUNAL HARMONY OR CO-EXISTANCE are important. ISLAM WANTED OTHER FAITHS to be DESTROYED AND BELIEVERS be KILLED. prophet himself killed other tribes because they did not agree to TRADE UNDER HIS GUIDANCE. They all were trading tribes.
Plain truth / June 13, 2013
Jim softy: you are talking about killing of animals. How many people have been killed in SL since the independence. 1958 Tamils, 1973 JVPS, 1983 Tamils and 1988/89 JVP and for the last 30 years thousands: Your logics says that you can killed as many as people but you can not kill animal for meats: tell all doctors in the world that meat does not have any protein in it and tell the world meat is not allowed to eat: first tell Buddhists people not to eat meat then come to others.
M.Sivananthan / June 13, 2013
Islam asks to kill people of other faiths. What is your expalanation? If Hindus/Buddhists think the same way as Mohamed, Muslims cannot exist in Sri lanka or anywhere!
Muhandiram-Dumbuluwawe. / June 13, 2013
“Islam ask to kill others”but since independence Hindus and Buddhists are killing each other,not Muslims.(since independence Sri Lanka lost more than 300000 people).even 0.001% not killed by Muslims.no need to go elsware to see example.just see the history of Sri Lanka.
Hinduism promoting suicide. (wife should self immolate upon death of Husband).
more-over those Afganistan,Iraq,Libya etc under occupation,they are fighting for freedom.it’s not terror,but Hindu LTTE invented suicide attacks are the real terrorism.
JimSofty / June 14, 2013
Muslims have killed in the name of ISLAM.
Buddhists have never killed in the name of Buddhism.
Buddhists believe that they do bad karma until they are enlightened. So, nothing unusual buddhists killing LTTE-terrorists.
Native Vedda / June 14, 2013
“Buddhists have never killed in the name of Buddhism”
I hate to agree with you Jimmy.
However Sinhala/Buddhists have killed in the name of Sinhala/Buddhism. They will not stop.
M.Sivananthan / June 14, 2013
“SATI” was practiced in India after the invasion of Muslims. Hindu women prefered to die insted of getting raped by muslim criminals.
Hindu religion never ask any ‘suicide” anywhere.
LTTE is not Hindu. Fr.S.J.Emmanuel praised LTTE as the DIVINE SOLDIERS OF CHRIST! There was no indication of LTTE was Hindu ormpracticed any Hindu values.
kayal / June 13, 2013
It is clear from this forum that any muslim writes an article about peace and religious harmony, guys like Jimsofty, Sivanathan starts to jump on to Islam and it’s prophet with ill-conceived rubbish ideas.
Guys, first you need to learn about Islam and the life of it’s prophet. You can’t write something out of context. This Sivanathan always shouts about Killing of Kafir. If muslims interpret the Quranic verse in the same way, then there will not be any Buddhist, Hindu, Christian etc. living in Arab/islamic world.
The writer encourages introduction of studies on comparative religion. This will help everybody to understand the different religions and cultures and reduce unnecessary criticisms and provocations.
Why these jimsofty and sivanathan guys always seeing the picture with wrong glasses?
Sivanathan, you need to mention in which verse of the Quran it is asked that all Kaffirs should be killed? And is it all circumstances this is applicable?
A simple question to you Sivanathan. If a muslim does havoc to your family will you stand idle and watch it happily. You will try to stop before things happen. Don’t you. You need to kill the beast before it kill you. If this same thing happen to a muslim he will react in a similar way.
Mattalunabhojaka / June 14, 2013
And bent Sivanathan is an invertebrate.
JimSofty / June 14, 2013
Islam hates criticism.
M.Sivananthan / June 14, 2013
haha.. I think you did not read Quran or any Hardiths. First do it! Then you will know how Mohamed asked you to kill non-muslims!
When Muslims are minority, they try to fool others by telling lies.
Once they majority, they will bark for SHARIA which is the criminal practice of the muslims.
Ahmed Nadvi / June 14, 2013
Can you please give one example from holy Qur-an which advocates or promotes rape? if you are saying what you are saying is true.
JimSofty / June 14, 2013
Please read the following:
“The mode of Afazuddin’s receiving Allah’s divine instruction is not known. Allah used to adopt various means to communicate his divine instructions to Prophet Mohammad. When at the age of 52, the Prophet decided to marry Aisha, a child of 6, Allah sent his divine sanction in the form of dreams. For three consecutive nights, angel Zibrail (Gabriel) showed a picture of Aisha and said, “This is your wife.” For the first two nights, the Prophet could not recognize whose picture it was. But in the third night, he could recognize beyond doubt that it was Aisha’s. So he had no other alternative but to carry out Allah’s divine will as soon as possible. So he married Aisha in Medina in the first year of Hijri, even defying Aisha’s father Abu Bakr’s initial opposition, because Muhammad was like a father to Aisha.
In the fifth year of Hijri, the Prophet—while peeping into the house of his adopted son Zeid—saw latter’s newly-married wife Jainab naked and become so aroused that he had to rush home to quickly sleep with one of his many wives to cool himself down. Nonetheless, the Prophet because love-stricken by her beauty. But marrying daughters-in-law were considered incestuous, which was not well-accepted in the Arab society. The most merciful Allah—always ready to make His beloved Prophet’s every desire a reality—realized that Muhammad needed a divine sanction to defend himself from public scandal if he married her. So, without wasting time, Allah sent Zibrail with verse 33:37 of the Koran that reads:
“….You sought to hide in your heart what Allah was to reveal. You were afraid of man, although it would have been more proper to fear Allah. And when Zeid divorced his wife, We gave her to you in marriage, so that it should become legitimate for true believers to wed the wives of their adopted sons if they divorced them. Allah’s will must needs to be done”.
Realizing that this verse was inadequate to protect the Prophet as public scandal broke out, Allah revealed another verse, namely 33:38 to defend him:
“No blame shall be attached to the Prophet for doing what is sanctioned for him by Allah. …..”
The Prophet, a deeply religious man, evidently never proceeded with his mission without a sanction from Allah, be it marrying a new wife, or carrying out a raid in a kafir settlement, or to massacre kafir tribes. And Allah was ever ready to assist the Prophet with divine sanctions for the smooth-sailing of the his every design. For example, when more and more younger wives were inducted into the Prophet’s harem and he desired to spend more time with the younger ones, Allah quickly sent divine sanction (Koran 33:51), which allowed him to set aside the elderly wives and take younger ones to bed by revealing:
“You may put off any of your wives you please and take to your bed any of them you please. Nor is it unlawful for you to receive any of those whom you have temporarily set aside. That is more proper, so that they may be contended and not vexed, and may all be pleased with what you give them. Allah knows what is in your hearts. Surely Allah is all-knowing and gracious”
Furthermore, to make it easy for the Prophet to marry any woman and to keep any number of wives, Allah revealed:
“O Prophet, We have made lawful for you the wives to whom you have granted dowries and the slave-girls whom Allah has given you as booty; the daughters of your paternal and maternal aunts who fled with you; and any believing woman who gives herself to the Prophet and whom the Prophet wishes to take in marriage. This privilege is yours alone, being granted to no other believer” (Koran-33/50).
The similar was the case with Afazuddin’s marriage with his daughter. So, it would not be difficult for the reader to understand what type of God is Allah and the real nature of Allah’s sanctions.
Regarding the women, whom a Muslim man can marry, the Koran says,
“you shall not marry the women whom your fathers married: all previous such marriages excepted. That was an evil practice, indecent and abominable” (4:22).
“You are forbidden to marry your mothers, your daughters, your sisters, your paternal and maternal aunts, the daughters of your brothers and sisters, your foster-mothers, your foster-sisters, the mothers of your wives, your step-daughters who are in your charge, born of the wives with whom you have lain (it is no offence for you to marry your step-daughters if you have not consummated your marriage with their mothers), and the wives of your own begotten sons. You are also forbidden to take in marriage two sisters at one and the same time: all previous such marriages excepted. Surely Allah is forgiving and merciful.” (4:23)
“All women other than these are lawful for you provided you court them with your wealth in modest conduct, not in fornication. Give them their dowry for the enjoyment you have had of them as a duty. Surely Allah is all-knowing and wise” (4:24).
So it appears from the above verses of the Koran that, except a few very near relations, Muslim men can marry all other women. Most of all, Koran permits one marrying the step-daughters under one’s care, as well as daughters-in-law. Islam, like other Abrahamic creeds, fundamentally agrees to incestuous relationship as the human race—hold these religions—started its journey from a single pair of man and woman, namely Adam and Eve (Adam and Hawa in Islam). This made marriage between brothers and sisters, the children of Adam and Eve, inevitable.
We may now return to Afazuddin marrying his own daughter. In this context, one should recall that Allah, through the verse 4:22 of the Koran, has forbidden a Muslim from marrying his mother or his step-mother. These facts—that Allah sanctified marriage between step-daughters, daughters-in-laws and that aged Muhammad had married his own daughter-in-law as well as Aisha, his 6-year-old niece, who would be considered just like a daughter in civilized society—undoubtedly shape the Muslim morality and inspire them marrying close relatives, which even sometimes break the blood-barrier set by Islam. Furthermore, the Islamic sanction of polygamy, sex-slavery, temporary marriage etc. create a distorted sexual sensuality in Muslim minds, which undoubtedly contribute to deviant sexual relationship in Muslim societies. For example, a young Muslim man Shokin (22) from Uttar Pradesh eloped with his divorced step-mother and married her in a Haryana court in June 2007. In a similar manner, a young man from Murshibabad, West Bengal, wanted to marry his widowed step-mother. When the Imam of the local mosque gave green signal, he proceeded with his plan. But a problem arose regarding the children of his new wife. So far they used to address him as “elder brother” and the question arose: How shall they address him now? The Imam advised that they must address him now as “father”.
Similarly, incidences of marriage between father and daughter are also not very uncommon in Muslim society. Emperor Shahjahan was extremely lecherous, who had greater than 5,000 women in his harem. Though he did not officially marry his daughters, it becomes evident from the writings of foreign travelers like Francois Bernier, Sebastian Manrique, and Peter Mundi etc. that he had sexual relation with his eldest daughter Jahanara and the youngest daughter Chamni Begum. To defend him, the Emperor used to say that it was the privilege of the planter of a tree to taste its first fruit. According to a news appeared in Bartaman, a Kolkata-based Bengali daily, on 28 June 1994 that Anisur Rahman, a resident of the district of 24-Parganas in West Bengal eloped with his own 17-year-old daughter and presented her as his wife. Meanwhile, Anisur’s wife lodged a complaint with the local police station and when the police arrested him and brought him back to his village, his daughter was found to be pregnant.
Let me conclude that the present Muslim societies continue to fall pray to the model of sexual depravity that the duo of Allah and His Prophet had established in the 7th-century Arabia. These example of deviant sexual behaviors have great deal of similarity with how the Prophet of Islam used to exploit Allah, whenever he had a desire, which the-then Arab morality disapproved. “
JimSofty / June 14, 2013
Mr. Rifai Naleemi:
Read about CO-existence and Communal harmony in your way.
“Such a war would be completely artificial, and is being manufactured for geo-political reasons. When the most influential Sunni figures in Saudi Arabia and Qatar — both U.S. allies — recently called for Jihad against the Syrian government and Hezbollah, their obvious intentions were to boost the foreign policy of Saudi Arabia and its closest ally, the United States, by destroying Iran’s key ally in the region.
Will Sunni Muslims in Syria — who are the majority — suddenly begin attacking their Shia countrymen and the Syrian government? “
Maghribi. / June 15, 2013
Stop speculating on the Mid East Geopolitics. It is a commonly known fact that inequalities and sectarian division is what causing death and Pilferage of their natural resources by the so-called International Community. The political system of these countries have strayed away from the authentic teachings of Islam beyond recognition.
JimSofty / June 15, 2013
” The political system of these countries have strayed away from the authentic teachings of Islam beyond recognition.”
If the Arab world does not have the original teachings, who has the original teachings ?, you guys in Sri Lanka ?
Understand the fact that it is the quran which laid the foundation for all these things; tell me why do you the fact that Quran is interpretable by clarics or, in that sense by any one and that leads to lot of misconceptions.
Why Islamic scientists have very low contributions in certain sections of science which proves the notion that there can not be a ALMIGHTY.
Muliyawaikkal / June 15, 2013
Please visit the religion of peace website.
It contains facts and figures needed to make up your mind. This problem is not confined to SL. It is a global problem.
HASH one / June 15, 2013
Dear Jimsofty. You childish mind does not stop with this. You seems that you do not know any thing about Islam: Read the Quran with explanation of classical scholars of Islam: Do not go to shiekh google to know Islam: what you know about Islam is nothing but all what said by enemies of Islam: You depend on devils to learn about Islam.
QuiCreva / April 14, 2016
Same old same old dissembling and whining by Muslim apologists. Anyone who criticizes Islam must either not have read the Islamic foundational texts, or else has read them but not understood them because they are so profound. Baloney! Faulty logic at its worst. Most committed Muslims have not read these sources. How could they? About half of all Muslims are illiterate, while at least 90% are unable to read Classical Arabic, the language of the source material. Shall we tell these faithful that they have no business adhering to Islam, because they have not read these materials, and/or are ignorant of their contents? Such requirements would drastically reduce the world’s population of Muslims.
Moreover, many kuffar HAVE read the Qur’an, ahadith, and sira. Their rejection of Islam is an INFORMED decision. I know because I am one of them. Islam is incoherent. It contradicts history and science, and violates the principles of logic. Moreover, it denigrates women, permits slavery, theft, rape and murder, and is markedly intolerant of those who reject it. Both criticism and apostasy are forbidden. These are all solid reasons why members of the educated global community would reject it as a way of life.
Muslims need to get a clue. If they wish to take part in the modern world, then they must accept that their religion will face the merciless analysis and criticism that Christianity and Judaism have endured for the past three centuries. Islam does not get a free pass simply because criticism of the faith hurts the fragile feelings of Muslims. All persons and all ideologies should expect to receive equal treatment in modern societies.