19 October, 2017

Covering Up The Carnage On Muslims Of Aluthgama, Dhargha Town, Beruwala And The Surrounding Areas

By Latheef Farook

Latheef Farook

Latheef Farook

Buddha preaches love and compassion. If the Buddha is there, he will protect the Muslims whom the Buddhists are attacking-  Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama.

While  the Sinhala Zionist Bodu Bala Sena (BBS),gangsters were killing Muslims, looting and burning  Muslim owned properties in Aluthgama, Dharga Town, Beruwala and the surrounding areas  on June 15 and 16, 2014 in Colombo an all out effort was made to  cover up  this carnage  with a media blackout.

This was a disaster for the local mainstream media which, by and large, had become tool in the hands of the government and Sinhala racist elements.

However, within 24 hours, media  become a laughing stock as  throughout  the curfew hours on Sunday 15 June 2014 and    Monday  16, people  were kept  informed of the  barbarity unleashed with minute by minute comments by several sources including mobile phones, sms, face book and twitters.

As a result, the overall policy of local media showing indifference towards Muslim issues and promoting racist elements became almost irrelevant.

Only on the third day, Tuesday 17 June 2014, news started  trickling out from the media providing some details of the  Sinhala extremists’ shameful violence on helpless and voiceless Muslims supported by the Special Task Force, STF, and the police.

Even on the third day the media failed to highlight the scale and seriousness of the atrocities. There were noon the spot reports. There were no detail articles or photo features of the destruction.

In one of the most shameful developments in the history of the island’s mainstream media, wide publicity was given to news and views of politicians and others trying to hide the crime and put the blame on the victims.

However, foreign media covered the carnage with all the details exposing local media hypocrisy.

Now the question is who imposed the media blackout? Who gave the order to the media not to publish anything related to the   carnage? Who wanted to cover it up?  Why did they want to camouflage and protect the Sinhala extremist mob? Why did the mainstream media, predominantly private owned, obediently complied with this order?

It is obvious that the order was to help facilitate the murderous thugs to ensure smooth implementation of their pogrom. This is an indirect effort to wipe out the Muslim community, a community that has been living for more than 1200 years in the island.

In Colombo racist neo fascist outfit  JHU, self declared guardian of Sinhalese and Buddhism, was in the forefront trying to hoodwink the country by diverting attention with blatant lies such as the presence of Al Qaeda, so called Muslim extremists and the myth of threat they pose to the security of the country.

Minister Champika Ranawaka was in the forefront in spearheading this campaign defending his BBS friends. He came out with interviews after an interview vehemently defending BBS barbarism. This implies his hostility towards the Muslims.

Media virtually sold its soul when these malicious interviews were given wide publicity.

Time and again top police and army officials have clearly denied of any presence of Al-Qaeda or any such organizations here. The National Shoora Council, an umbrella organization of numerous Muslims organizations, has asked JHU and others to produce any evidence of the Al Qaeda presence here.

So far JHU failed to substantiate their allegation. However, both Minister Ranawaka and his JHU colleague Udaya Gammanpila continue to frighten the innocent Sinhalese by trying to sell their bogey of Muslim extremist presence here.

Al Qaeda is an organization of Afghans, founded, trained, funded and built up by the United States and its stooge Saudi Arabia in the 1980s to fight Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. Since the collapse of former Soviet Union, US ,UK and Europe invaded Muslim countries one after the other and destroyed their modern infrastructures and killed millions of innocent people besides driving  many more millions into refugee camps to languish there.

People who had seen how their countries are being destroyed and their loved ones being raped, tortured and slaughtered joined Al Qaeda to fight against US-European atrocities. It was this Al Qaeda described by the predominantly pro Jewish Western media as terrorists. Third world countries like Sri Lanka depending on western media for their international coverage always get the distorted version. Thus people word wide does not know the correct picture of who the terrorists are and who the freedom fighters are.

There is no question of al Qaeda indulging in petty crimes such as robbery, looting, arson and murder as the BBS had done.

Displaying his ignorance, Minister Ranawaka even accused Jamaathe Islami and Tabligh Jamaath of being extremists. Jamaathe Islam confines to intellectual activities while Tabligh Jamath, a non political movement, spread the message of Islam through peaceful means.  Thuggary, violence, attacking innocent people, looting and burning their properties and causing immense sufferings to innocent people have never been part of the agenda of any Muslim organization in the island. That is the exclusive privilege of Sinhala extremists who virtually ruined this beautiful country.

These groups within the Muslim community had been there for decades and have never posed any threat to anyone. If there was such a threat as Minister Ranawaka falsely claims he can get his government to probe and bring them to book.

Minister Ranawaka visited a Sinhalese family in the affected area around Aluthgama. During the same visit ,as minister of the government ,did he visit the  burnt Muslim areas and looked at the  face of the two month old baby whose father was  killed allegedly by the STF while defending   the mosque from the BBS thugs.

However his human feelings run dry when it comes to Muslims.

The English language daily “Daily Mirror” devoted a full page write up and pictures of Minister Ranawaka’s visit. How many pictures this daily published on the carnage in and around Aluthgama?

Reiterating the pro racist policy of Daily mirror the website Colombo Telegraph had this to state;

“The Daily Mirror which took an extremist Buddhist position on the riots in Aluthgama and Beruwala in June continues its streak of promoting Buddhist nationalism and racism in the country, has distorted the statement issued by the venerable Dalai Lama the spiritual leader of Tibet and Buddhist icon.

Under the heading “Dalai Lama statement misleading: PNM” the Daily Mirror   said that while expressing displeasure on the statement issued by Most Ven. Dalai Lama on Sri Lankan Buddhists, Patriotic National Movement (PNM) Chairman Ven. Elle Gunawansa Thera on Monday said Dalai Lama has been misled on how Muslims were being treated in Sri Lanka.

“There is a conspiracy against Sri Lanka. These sinister motives are to discredit and tarnish the image of Sri Lanka and if possible to destroy it,” Gunawansa has said according to the Daily Mirror report.

Shockingly the newspaper has failed to carry the statement of the Dalai Lama in full anywhere in the newspaper although almost all other newspapers in Sri Lanka have printed the Spiritual Leader’s remarks. The Dalai Lama’s statement however appears on the Daily Mirror news website.

Liyanarachchi’s actions to turn the Daily Mirror newspaper which is widely read by minorities in Sri Lanka as the country’s largest daily English paper into a nationalist pro JHU pro Sinhala hardline newspaper remain unaccounted for”.

Equally in the frontline to cover up the Aluthgama pogrom was  JHU provincial councilor Udaya Gammanpils who distorted facts  in  his weekly column “The Guard Post” in the Ceylon Today on 6 July 2014 under the title” Dharga Town-A Post Mortem” to mislead  the people.

This was absolute lie to save the BBS thugs and put the blame on Muslims.

It is not an easy task for Muslim point of view to find some space in the local media which played a crucial role in poisoning the Sinhalese minds against Muslims and creating today’s unfortunate climate of hatred between the two communities. It was the media which built up racist elements such as BBS and JHU to the detriment of the country.

The pathetic plight of once proud media is such that English newspaper Ceylon Today   came out with a poster campaign to promote its July 6 issue titled ‘Sri Lanka under “Al Qaeda Threat bearing the image of a masked, black-clad terrorist wielding a gun.

Describing the JHU’s disastrous racist policies and threat posed to the county, in  his   10 July 2014 interview with “The Island” , Vice President of the United National Bhikku Front and the Chief Incumbent of the Khettaramaya Temple in Godagama,  Ven Malabe Seelarathna said“ Gnanasara Thera  as disaster to the Sasana”.

He added that; “In the context where the government is losing support among the Buddhists, they have created these extremist organizations to shore up their support by portraying the minorities as enemies. Today, the government does not have the minority vote. I think these people are going to contest the next election on the ruling party ticket. Before this, we saw the Hela Urumaya coming forward, selling our Buddhist flag, and our Valampuri. They created a situation where bhikkus in this country were referred to as ‘hakgedi’. The Hela Urumaya destroyed the respect the people had for the robe and the Buddhist flag. After going into politics, what have these people done for the Sasana? They only ended up enjoying the perks of office and are today leading luxurious lives.  The Bodu Bala Sena is also trying to get into parliament and enjoy all the perks. It is to defend this corrupt government that they are doing all this”.

Meanwhile adding insult to injury the External Affairs Minister Prof G.L. Peiris accused the victims as extremists when he said “extremists on “both Sides”.

Later briefing a group of ambassadors and high commissioners on Monday 23 June 2014 Prof Peiris said” disruptive elements consisted on an extreme fringe on both sides, and it was necessary to be balanced in any proper appraisal of the situation”.

Here Prof Peiris put the blame on the victims, Muslims, too. He knows very well that it was Sinhala mob attacked the Muslims. It was only the Muslims who suffered.

Perhaps Prof Peiris at least should have listened to the speech of United National Party parliamentarian Palitha Thevarapperuma who had been an eye witness and whose eye was injured by the mob, when he said this heinous crime was committed by Sinhala mob with the complete backing of STF.

The mainstream media suffers from some kind of anti Muslim hysteria though the Muslims in the country have been the most peaceful of the three communities and Muslim countries in the world remain the best friends of the island in the world.

Sri Lanka benefits a great deal from Muslim countries than all countries, including Buddhist countries, put together.

For example almost a million Sri Lankans work in the Gulf countries and remit more than six billion dollars yearly. This is around 60 percent of the country’s foreign earnings. This employment opportunity has numerous positive economic, social and cultural elements bringing the Gulf countries and the Sri Lankans together.

These aspects were completely ignored by the mainstream media.

However the local media screams when a Sri Lankan worker was ill-treated while trying to project as if the doors of prosperity were opened to the island when few hundred Sri Lankans were recruited by Israel for employment.

To cite yet another example hundreds of articles were written dealing with different aspects of Indian vote on the issue of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights’ probe into alleged Sri Lankan war crimes during the last stage of the LTTE war in May 2009.

However seven Muslim countries voted in favor of Sri Lanka. This support was simply ignored as passing remarks in the local media.

This has been the pattern for years.

In yet another attempt to cover up the carnage twenty three Buddhist Organizations issued a joint statement stating that the media blackout imposed by the Information Department has failed to highlight the sufferings of the Sinhalese in the area.

They claimed that their version was the true story behind the Aluthgama clashes. They expressed disappointment over the manner in which the media reported the incident saying it was evident that a media censorship imposed by the authorities prevented the media from reporting the truth.

The organizations are: All Ceylon Buddhist Congress, Colombo Young Men’s Buddhist Association, Government Service Buddhist Association, Colombo Parama Vinnartha Buddhist Association, and Victory Association. Organization of United Buddhist Associations, Dharma Vijaya Foundation, National Bhikku Conference, Bodu Bala Sena, Sinhala Rawaya National Association, Sinhala Veera Vidana, National Association of Eminent Persons, Buddhist Power Circle, Hela Bodu Saviya, Patriotic Teacher’s Association. Swarna Hansa Padanama, Hela Deya Wadanno, Rawana Saviya National Association, Hela Yugaya National Organization, Hela Vijaya National Movement, National Movement for Protection of Historical Sites, Shanthi Padanama and Sri Lanka Maha Bodi Padanama.

It would have been better that these organizations visited the affected areas and see for themselves who did what and who suffered most before making this statement to hoodwink the people.

Meanwhile the authorities   tried to cover up the killing of two Muslims who came out of their house to protect a mosque. The eyewitness accounts confirmed that the two Muslims died “due to gunfire”. However, post mortem says the deaths were caused by lethal cut wounds.

The Opposition leader Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe made a special statement in the parliament alleging that there seemed to be a cover-up of the incidents at Aluthgama.

He added that there are many eye witnesses who state that the deaths occurred due to gun fire. However, post mortem states that the deaths were caused by lethal cut wounds. These contradictory statements bring about many misgivings. These misgivings are further confounded by the interview given by Rauff Hakeem, the Minister of Justice to a newspaper on 22nd June which states that; “Although two people were shot dead in Welipitiya on Thursday, its inquiry and the post-mortem are strange. I can submit proof that bullets had been used at the spot where these people were wounded.  I went to the spot. It is not the civilians who fired at them.  But the post mortem report states that those two were dead due to lethal cut wounds.  It is a very serious matter if even the medical reports are prepared fraudulently”.

As the Minister of Justice himself states, it is a very serious matter if even the medical reports are prepared fraudulently. I also wish to draw your attention on the Magistrate’s inquiry conducted on these killings. That inquiry had no representation from the Attorney General’s Department.

The Counsels appearing for the affected party drew the attention of the Court on an important matter where they stated that the Government Analyst had not yet been called to the locations. In particular, it is a methodology followed worldwide to summon the analysts to the locations destroyed by fire and determine their cause. However, in this instance, not only the Department of Government Analyst had not been called, but also the armed forces had been deployed to remove all the debris and renovate all such spots that caught fire so that every proof that would support such an inquiry would be rubbed out.

Therefore, the Magistrate has issued an order banning removal of debris around the spot concerning this case and the related renovations.  However, I would like to bring to the notice of this House that the process of concealing proof  is underway everywhere else’ stated Mr. Wickremasinghe.

This is the plight of Sri Lanka’s Muslim minority which lives in fear.

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    2:191 And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution is worse than slaughter. And fight not with them at the Inviolable Place of Worship until they first attack you there, but if they attack you (there) then slay them. Such is the reward of disbelievers.

    2:193 And fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is for Allah.

    2:216 Warfare is ordained for you, though it is hateful unto you; but it may happen that ye hate a thing which is good for you, and it may happen that ye love a thing which is bad for you. Allah knoweth, ye know not.

    2:244 Fight in the way of Allah, and know that Allah is Hearer, Knower.

    5:33 The only reward of those who make war upon Allah and His messenger and strive after corruption in the land will be that they will be killed or crucified, or have their hands and feet on alternate sides cut off, or will be expelled out of the land. Such will be their degradation in the world, and in the Hereafter theirs will be an awful doom.
    Source:
    Quran

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      There’s plenty in the Christian Old Testament to match your Koranic quotes. And men don’t even need these exhortations to kill and destroy. Witness the recent depredations of followers of one of the most peaceful of teachers: the Buddha.

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        Quran has lot of borrowed things from the Old testament.

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          What does manel know? Koran 5:51 says: “O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people.”

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      Jim Softy,

      Are you a Wahhabi Mullah? Wahhabi Follow the Devil, Satan, but Muslims Don’t follow the Devil.

      Or are you a Sinhala Monk Mahanama B”Buddhist” who got converted into Wahhabism?

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadith_of_Najd

      The Hadith of Najd is a famous hadith with several chains of narration about three geographical locations. While all Sunni Muslims accept the group of hadith as authentic, the exact location of the area referred to as “Najd” is disputed.

      Contemporary theories

      A number of authors have claimed that the hadith refers to Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, the patronym of the Wahhabi movement. It is accounted that the origin of Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab is from the modern day Najd region of Saudi Arabia,[14] which happens to be the only surviving region that carried on the title of ‘Najd’ after the geographical codification regardless that there were several distinct locations known previously as ‘Najd’. This theory is generally supported by adherents to other various sects in Sunni Islam that have disdain for Wahhabism.[15] This is often speculated to be due to the revival of prophetic traditions, strictly clinging to hadith and negating what was seen at the time to be bid‘ah or ‘heretical innovations’, instigated by Ibn Abd al-Wahhab and later carried on by his followers.[16] as well as Twelver Shi’ism.[17] Contrary to the accusations there are numerical hadith that discredit this argument due to praise of the ethnic tribe of Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, being the Bani Tameem tribe, and praise for the region of what is now known as Najd and its peoples. Through anthropological records it is accounted that the Bani Tamim are the majority of people inhabiting the land of modern day ‘Najd’ in present day Saudi Arabia.

      Also related in hadith #2543 and #4366 of Ibn Hajar’s Fath:

      “I have loved the people of the tribe of Banu Tamim, ever since I heard three things the Messenger of Allaah , sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, said about them. I heard him saying, ‘these people (of the tribe of Banu Tamim) would stand firm against the Dajjaal.’ When the Saddaqat from that tribe came, the Messenger of Allaah , sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, said, “these are the Saddaqat (charitable gifts) of our folk.” Aa’ishah had a slave girl from that tribe, and the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, said to Aa’ishah, ‘manumit her as she is a descendant of Ismaa’eel, alayhis salaam.”[18]
      Also from the Musnad of Ahmad ibn Hanbal:

      “Do not say of Banu Tamim anything but good, for indeed they are the severest of people in attacking the Dajjaal.”[19]

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      Jim softy aka lorenzo and avatars,

      https://twitter.com/kassamally/status/487587784887382016/photo/1

      See the Wahhabi

      Only #Wahhabi and #ISIS #religion believes in #jihad against #Muslims and prohibit it against #Israel

      Because They Follow the Devil, Satan, shaitan.

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    Simple answer to Latheef Farook –

    Most of Muslims are extremists by nature and name of their religion,aslo dont like to be in peaceful civilized society instead spread hate by bring in religious rituals not only of Muslims but for entire community they live in.. That is the root cause of tarnishing world peace.

    Can you write a article about Muslim Extremists and its present day brutality? Taliban , Al Qaeda, Bakoharam ISIS,

    Can you write a article requesting Sri Lanka Muslims avoid supporting any means of Islamic extremism

    Simplr can you write a article requesting Sri Lanka Muslims to avoid
    destruction in Kuragala, Muhudu maha viharaya

    boneless reptile you cant write any single word. If do so you will expel to hell name of Islam

    Before to write about other peaple try to correct your people

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      I’m worried about this presentation: are Muslims out of the equation? Did she read out what th govt wrote it for her: a lot about the LTTE and not any mention of the attacks on Muslims in the last two years, esp, the last month: doesn’t reconciliation involve ALL Sri Lankns?

      Is she obliging the government:
      SRI LANKA: RECONCILIATION IS BOTH A PROCESS AND A GOAL – PRESENTATION
      http://www.eurasiareview.com/15072014-sri-lanka-reconciliation-process-goal-presentation/#comment-761947

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    Dr. Ameer Ali, a prominent Islamic scholar and a former adviser of Muslim Affairs of Australian Prime Minister, John Howard’s Government, said Muslims in Sri Lanka are self-alienating themselves from the mainstream community. He is an academic at the Faculty of Management and Governance of Murdoch University. He spoke to Ranga Jayasuriya on the issues confronting the Muslim community in Sri Lanka.

    Excerpts:
    Q:

    What is your take on the recent anti-Muslim propaganda? The general, rather liberal interpretation is that a peaceful Muslim minority has come under the threat of hegemonic Sinhala Buddhist nationalism. But, isn’t that a bit too simplistic?

    A: There is the revival of religion all over the world. There is the rise of the Christian right in the Bible belt of America, which wields a strong influence on the American legislature. There is the revival of Islam in the Middle East. Hinduism is on the rise in India. We also see the revival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. Therefore, this is not a unique phenomenon. Religion is coming back after one hundred years of rationalism, during which we thought religion had been forced backstage. We believed that everybody would be happy in a materialistic society. And subsequently, there was the rise of Marxism, which had been dominant in some parts of the world in the past 75 years. But, since the collapse of the Soviet Bloc, religion has made a comeback as a strong force in some of those countries, for instance, in Poland. And even under communism, sects such as the Falun Gong in China are increasingly active below the radar. Therefore, this is a worldwide trend. The emptiness in the people’s minds has been filled by religion. In the same line of events, I see the revival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka.

    Q:
    However, the revival has led to confrontation between Buddhism and other religions as we see at present.
    A: We had more than one millennium of harmony among Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus, until 1915. People accepted each other’s culture. Islam is part of that cultural mosaic. Even when the Muslims were chased out by the Portuguese, they were accepted by the Kandyan Kingdom. Of course, there was disturbance in 1915, caused by divisions cultivated by colonialism. But, those differences were resolved soon, and a number of Muslims were among the vocal campaigners for independence from Great Britain, and Muslims were part of Sinhalese- dominated governments since independence.

    However, since the 1970s, there has been the development of orthodox Islam, which is something new to this country. And this orthodox brand of Islam is the result of the economic opportunities created in the Middle East. Muslims who went there for job opportunities came back with a different mindset, influenced by the religious perception of the Saudis and other neighbouring countries. Unfortunately, this resulted in Muslims in this country isolating themselves from the mainstream society, in terms of their dress, their values and their practices.

    Q:
    Not only self alienation, this prompts confrontation between communities and their values, don’t you think?

    A: Many issues have come up due to the new brand of imported Islam. Things that had been accepted for so long have now been questioned. The Muslim community in this country has to decide whether they want to be Muslims of Sri Lanka or Muslims in Sri Lanka. I feel that they are isolating themselves. This self alienation is new. It is time for Muslims to engage in self introspection. The vast majority of Buddhists are not fanatics. I was born in this country, lived in this country and most of my friends are Sinhalese. The vast majority of Sinhalese are not racists. Of course, there is a minority, who is very vocal and is trying to grab attention. But, the majority Sinhalese will very soon realize that these groups are taking the country in the wrong direction.
    As far as the Muslims concerned, they have to sit back and take stock, and decide where they have gone wrong.

    Q:
    Where have they gone wrong?

    A: I can pin-point several developments. There are separate Buddhist schools, Tamil schools and Muslim Schools – fair enough. But, Muslim schools are operating on a different calendar. I cannot see any country other than Sri Lanka where they close schools during the fasting month. This is a privilege the Muslims gained in 1950, because Sir Razik Fareed, who was a leader, an activist, but not an educationist, asked for this concession, and the then government consented. At that time, the Muslims thought that it was a good thing that they could fast without other obligations. But, in the current race for economic opportunities, when the Muslim schools are closed, other schools are operating. When others are closed, Muslim schools are operating.

    Understandably enough, the government will arrange things like refresher courses and training courses when the majority of the teachers are on holiday, but when the majority of schools are closed, Muslim schools are operating. The Muslim community is losing due to this arrangement. It is time for the Muslim community to decide whether they should continue with this arrangement.

    The Muslims say they have a long history and they have contributed a lot. That is history. The Tamils, and Sinhalese and Christians want to see it happening. How are the Muslims behaving? Are they intermingling with others?
    Take one example; the Kandy Perehara. Of course, it originated as a religious event, but now it is more than that; it is a national festival. It is an occasion that attracts millions of tourists and television viewers. There are Havadies by the Hindus, Merlm by the Hindus. Where are our Muslim brothers? What are they doing?
    Also, on Independence Day, why cannot we hoist the national flag in front of our mosques and schools and other institutions? These simple things can send a positive message to the wider community.

    Q:
    However, there is a recent effort by some segments of Muslims to highlight their differences with other communities. Not so much to do with historical similarities. Have you observed that?

    A: I have one observation. When I went to the Eastern Province, in Kattankudy, they have planted date palms to decorate the roadside. My question was, as to what is the connection between date palms and Kattankudy or date palms and Sri Lanka. Why do you spend millions of rupees to make it look like Arabia? I could see that already half of the trees had died. I told the Muslims to go to Tissamaharama and see what has been planted there: Tamarind trees, which are shady and bearing fruit. Are we living in this country or are we living in Arabia?
    Take cattle slaugher. It is not the halal issue. halal is a trillion dollar industry in the world. See the way the cows are being slaughtered. I have seen the way cows are dragged into the slaughter house. How can people tolerate such a practice? These are things we have to sit back and take stock on.
    Take another example: The black dress that is covering the whole female body, except the eyes, which is alien to Sri Lanka. This attire has nothing to do with Islam, whereas it is misconstruing Islam. It is confrontational. I can see Muslims are voluntarily alienating themselves.

    Q:
    You referred to self alienation by the Muslims. Did it begin with the arrival of the austere brand of Islam, Wahhabism, from the Middle East?

    A: This is only one brand of Islam. Those are people who believe what the Saudis are doing is the purest form of Islam. But take Indonesia, where the majority of Muslims follow a different brand of Islam.

    Q:
    Wahhabism and the rising Islamic militant rhetoric in the East, in places in Kattankudy are allegedly financed by Middle Eastern funding. Have you seen any evidence in this regard?

    A: There are no statistics on the funds that come from Saudi Arabia. I don’t think they are institutionally funding wahhabism. But a lot of private funds are coming in. There are 58 mosques in Kattankudy. I went to one of the mosques to pray and there were not even 20 people. The whole mosque was empty. Why do you need to build more mosques when even the existing mosques are empty? What happens is that those who returned from the Middle East as preachers, want to build mosques. A fair amount of land is occupied by mosques. I don’t think there is radicalization. But, there is influence exerted by the funders, the Saudis, which is natural.

    Q:
    But the brand of Islam that is imported from Saudi Arabia is intolerant in its teachings.

    A: Exactly. It is increasingly becoming intolerant of others. In the history of Islam, it has been very tolerant. In Moghul India, the palace of Akbar was full of non-Muslims. This new brand is a misrepresentation of Islam and its scriptures.

    Q:
    Do you see a conflict between the moderate Islam and its ultra conservative brand?

    A: I have not seen that in Sri Lanka, but there is a clash between liberal Islam and orthodox conservative Islam in other countries.
    In the world arena, there are three poles of contention. There are Saudis with their intolerant Islam; there are Turks with a very tolerant outlook of Islam, and there are Iranians with their Shia Islam. There is a confrontation among these three forces for the hegemony of Islam.

    Q:
    You are asking the Muslim community to take stock and address concerns. What are the key issues, in your mind that needs to be addressed?
    A: The Muslims are suffering from an image problem, which they need to address. No one in this country says don’t practice Islam. But, the current image of Islam is confrontational. This dress (burka) is confronting. Muslim Women in the 70s wore saris. It is the misreading of Islamic scriptures that has led to the current situation. We are just isolating ourselves. That can easily be done by providing leadership.

    Q:
    Do you think banning the burka would be an appropriate action? France did that and the BBS in Sri Lanka is demanding for a ban on the burka.

    A: You cannot solve the problem by banning it. We had the same problem in Australia. The government wanted to ban. I told them: “Look, it is counterproductive. People would react much worse.
    Extremism should be countered through education, which should be done by Muslims themselves.
    I have not heard any mosque in Sri Lanka or anywhere in the world opposing the burka.

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    According to Latheef Farook – he is Justifying Al Qaeda and Thaliban

    “Al Qaeda is an organization of Afghans, founded, trained, funded and built up by the United States and its stooge Saudi Arabia in the 1980s to fight Soviet occupation of Afghanistan”

    So Muslims are so stupid to follow Al Qaeda by knowing it was created by United States and its stooge Saudi Arabia..

    Also NO Muslim mullah to Stop youth being recruited by Al Qaeda..
    We are no how brutal and Canibal ISIS and Al Qaeda
    But he is blaming BBS..
    what a joke old man

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    lateef [Edited out]coming out with lie after lie vehemently defending muslim barbarism

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      Podiyan

      you tried this, one hundred years ago,robbed,looted
      burnt houses,shops,boutiques,mosques and raped
      women.You destroyed 4070 shops and boutiques.Muslims
      today have bigger shops,bigger houses and bigger
      Mosques because they got bigger and bigger and you
      become beggar and beggar because you waste your time
      attacking bigger and bigger.Stop running around the
      house,we can save you from the Hamuduruwo.

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        you’re also very good at sucking para muslims

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          Podiyan

          You see Podiyan,what else one would expect from a
          Podiyan of Hamuduruwo?It’s all about suck,lick
          screw and the list goes on,you know best.Try to
          speak from your real opening,just for a change.I
          know it’s infected.

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      I see you’ve set aside this special time to humiliate yourself in public.

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        you’re a nuisance to general public and you should be chained

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    Bring Mosad back to SL.

    They are the all weather best friends of SL.
    Long live Israel!

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