26 October, 2021

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Enough Is Enough; Time To Leave Muslims Alone

By Latheef Farook

Latheef Farook

It is common knowledge that Sri Lanka, a shining example for political and economic stability, communal harmony and peace, during the time of independence in 1948, is today a corrupt and mismanaged country facing economic collapse.

It is passing through acute multiple crisis, including food crisis, causing misery to millions. The need of the hour is to seek means to solve these national issues. Under such circumstance one cannot understand the mighty hurry to thrust changes to Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMD) and Quazi Courts- related to beleaguered Muslim community.

Muslims lived in peace harmony for more than 1200 years until racism raised its head after independence when politicians from all shades of opinion exploited it as a weapon to retain or capture power. As former Chief Justice Sarath N Silva once said Muslims remain the most peaceful of the three communities. Their overall contributions to peace, prosperity and even the defense of the country, especially during the Portuguese, Dutch and British occupation, is history.  

Referring to great Muslim contribution during the 30 year LTTE war former Chief of Defense Staff Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne said, ”we are alive today because of our brave Muslim military officers. He told the Cabinet of Ministers during the meeting to discuss violent attacks on the Muslims in Teldeniya, Kandy and in Ampara by organized gang of Sinhalese extremists under the Maithri-Ranil government that “Muslims did not deserve to be treated in such a manner”.

He added that the military owe a deep debt of gratitude to their fellow Muslim officers who were in the forefront of running intelligence unit. The LTTE attacked and chased the Muslims away from areas which were under its control in the North and East because they did not support their cause. Sinhalese who unfairly harm Muslims are traitors. We have a duty to protect the Muslims (The Island. March 11, 2008)

In the aftermath of the defeat of LTTE in May 2009, there began attacks on Muslims here and there, but later proved well organized as the perpetrators were given free hand by the government as none was taken custody.

It was strange coincidence that this violence against Muslims began in the wake of opening up of the country to Israelis and RSS front BJP whose hatred, violence and designs against Muslims is common knowledge. With this the global Islamophobia entered the island tearing apart communities,

Fed up of harassment and persecution, Muslims voted for Maithripala Sirisena who betrayed President Mahinda Rajapaksa and joined hands with opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, to contest the presidential election in 2005. The two promised good governance but betrayed and unleashed violence against the Muslim community under a very well organized conspiracy.

Maithri and Ranil knew very well that the Muslim community had absolutely nothing to do with the 21 April 2019 Easter Sunday tragedy. Yet he accused Muslims, dispatched armed forces to search every Muslim house including mosques where forces entered with shoes and dogs to insult and demoralize Muslims. Search operations became nightmare for Muslim families and hundreds were taken to custody on flimsy grounds and detained for weeks with reports of ill treatment. 

Organized Gangsters were given free hand to set fire to houses, mosques, business establishments, factories and other such places during curfew hours under the watchful eyes of police which, according to reports, had the support of the army. An innocent fasting Muslim was chopped to death and another battered Muslim died when he was dragged in the street. Most of the attackers were freed on bail and a notorious thug known for his violence against Muslims in Digana was garlanded and taken in procession.

For three long weeks Muslim houses and business establishments were emptied of even kitchen knives using emergency regulations. Once Muslims were disarmed, street thugs   attacked them. Adding fuel to fire Maithri swiftly banned face cover – burqa and niqab. 

It was the Holy Month of Ramadan and the fasting Muslims were forced to flee to nearby jungles and paddy fields to protect themselves. Forty nine year old well-to-do furniture shop owner M.S. Fouzul Ameen from Kottaramulla who came home to end day’s Ramadan fast with the family, was killed when his neck and face were slashed in front of his 16 year old son.

Fasting Muslim women grabbing their children ran to Sinhalese neighbors for safety. Some accommodated and even provided food while others chased them out. Sinhala doctors refused to treat wounded Muslims insisting that they remove their head scarves. Sinhala lawyers refused to appear for Muslims who sought justice. Muslim shops were boycotted, a pradeshiya Sabah chairman prevented Muslim from trading in the market, and some temples began advising Buddhists not to deal with Muslims.

Maithri left to China leaving disarmed and helpless Muslims to face well equipped murderous thugs turning Dhammadipa into living hell for Muslims. Former Minister Navin Dissanayake said that the anti-Muslim violence were organized and systematically carried out.      

The  campaign ws so vicious that a Muslim company which provided daily free meals to around 3000 – breakfast-lunch and dinner – to cancer hospital patients and visitors cancelled this generosity due to adverse comments. 

The mainstream media, perhaps, prepared in advance, went full swing demonizing Islam describing every Muslim a terrorist inflaming hatred towards Muslims.   

This frightening political environment was exploited by Rajapaksa brothers to return to power with overwhelming majority in the 2019 parliamentary elections and presidential elections. Former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa was elected president and Mahinda Rajapksa as Prime Minister.  

The Presidential Commission inquired into Easter Sunday killings  recommended criminal charges against Maithri-Ranil, soaked in Muslim blood, and top officials.  Instead they were   rewarded as Maithri was not prosecuted and Ranil’s bond scam forgotten. Shameful state of affairs is that Maithri is still in politics.

The new Sinhala Buddhist only government of Rajapaksa brothers took several hostile measures such as forceful cremations of corona virus dead Muslim bodies, banning Peace TV of Dr Zakir Naik, the world’s most prominent scholar on comparative religion and introducing  a channel for Israel – a pariah entity created on Palestinian lands by means of lies, deceptions, conspiracies, manipulations, murders and massacres.  

In this series comes the issue of MMDA and Quazi Courts. UNP Parliamentarian Imthiaz Bakeer Markar warned “it is a religious issue and playing with fire not realizing the consequences. These two issues can wait and no need to thrust these on the community exploiting its helpless nature.”

It is in the interest of all to do it in consultation with the community. The need of the hour is to save the people from hunger and hardships they undergo in their day to day life. Towards this end it is essential to bring communities together and jointly move ahead. People are fast losing faith in all politicians and political parties. Even prominent Buddhist monks who played a crucial role to bring this Sinhala Buddhist only government to power now call for all three communities to jointly work to save the country.

The inevitable first step towards this end is to ban hate speeches and mercenary media pitting communities against each other for personal benefits.

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    The only issue that worries me now, is the statement made by a powerful Minister.

    He has claimed that Quran promotes violence , this was endorsed by The Minister after a Monk had read out of context verses from the Quran, A Holy Scripture held as sacred by almost 1.8 billion people .

    Does this in some way an insunuation that the world has 1.8 billion plus people who are inspired with violence and terror?as obviously that is what it sounds like, what is on his mind as a solution ?

    It is regrettable that many who have zero knowledge of Islam and The text of the Holy Quran always either quote out of context or based on hearsay
    Cont ..

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      Yes 1.8 billion brainwashed souls always on the ready to blow themselves up. Straight jacketed and frozen brains.

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        Sad sack .
        Are you happy ?.convince yourself

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      fahim

      i think the old testament was much worse than this and was very bloodthirsty and disgusting.That was why the christians i think brought in the new testament oozing with love and kindness and forgiveness etc etc.The christians realised that the old testament was not relevant to the times after more than 2000 years.And also they knew that though it was supposed to be gods words they had to be written down by humans and what is the proof when that was done it is exactly as god speaking to us.We did not have a tape recorders at that time.If god speaks now to us we are ready with the tape recorders but unfortunately when we are ready god does not seem to be ready to speak to us.So i suggest just lime the christians did you just get rid of a few words in the koran.If the clerics start to have hysterics then ask them who WROTE the koran?god or humans.The mahawamsa was also written by a monk 500 years later after the events.Are we to take every word as gospel truth or just understand the essence of it and what is says about our history ,not every word as gospel truth.

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        @Shankar ,
        I believe there is no need to change or remove any verses or struggle for a contemporary interpretation of the Quran.
        All that is needed is to use
        Ijtihad( independent reasoning). the Islamic Jurist have full authority to use exertion of his mental faculty to endorse what is good for the community, safety , security and wellbeing through the use of Ijtihad( independent reasoning).

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          my dear fahim

          the problem here is other religious fanatics and troublemakers for ex gnana sera thero etc will always harp on these words out of context to arouse hatred and fear of muslims.Peole of other religions are not going to be bothered to read the quran and undrstand the context in which the prophet had to use such words.

          your independent reasoning is inwards looking towards muslims only and as such is correct.I am here talking of the external factors of non muslims who are not going to be bothered about independent reasoning,but when some anti muslim starts to talk about the words in the quran and the muslims are unable to counter it by saying such words to do appear in the quaran,then you are fucked up,don’t you think.The only way out of the problem is when you print any new quran books just take those words out quietly.Those already printed with such words leave them as it is.If any non muslim starts talking about such words then you can say truthfully that such words do not appear in the quron.If he brings out the old quran and starts reading out the words the give him the new quron and ask him to finsd those words.If he protest of duplicity then just tell the mug that old quran and new quran are just like his own old testament and new testament.

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        @Shankar,
        You have pressed a vital button and I just can not stop until I have done with it.

        what is the proof when that was done it is exactly as God speaking to us? a very valid question, very controversial, but you have all the right to question it, controversial it may be but not offensive.
        As for what I believe in, The God I believe and accept as God can not be characterized anthropopathic attributes, so he does not use a voice or any form of voice to communicate, if God has a voice then he must also have a larynx.

        Rationale tells me that rather God communicates with his messengers directly or via an angel through a form of transmission
        like light and then it is enabled to the memory of the messenger and it then becomes the spoken word of God via the mouth of the Human messenger, God is described in the scripture as light and so are the Angels.
        This is my concept of God who is formless and has no flesh and bone.
        @Shankar – the above is my concept of God /
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          dear fahim

          i agree with you about the communication mode via angels.I have felt it myself and have decided on a path to go in the future.what i say about the quran is that when you start to write down then there can be certain differences between the message and the written down version.Same for me if i tell you now what the message was i was given.so i do not talk to anyone about but just follow the message i was given.

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            @Shanka
            Thank you, dear Shanka,
            It is getting interesting to communicate with you, progressive thinking matters.
            The issue is straightforward, no matter who and how the Arabic Quran is translated, or how it is interpreted by the clerics.
            You must question everything that is told to you with the Quran and including other references open them both to make notes.
            Then start and use your independent reasoning if it agrees with your rationale.
            The problem is when you are bounded by a set of rules, dogmas, or orthodoxy, then the independent reasoning is viewed as

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    Mr. Latheef Farook,
    You have highlighted few facts directly and indirectly in your article.
    1. Muslims helped Sri Lankan military and racist Sinhalese governments against Tamils. You also accepted that LTTE chased Muslims because of their contribution to the military as home guards and supporting Sinhalese during the riots of Tamils and their businesses in Colombo.
    2. It is also a fact Muslim politicians helped Rajapaksas in bringing 18th amendment and 20th amendment which gave the supreme powers to Rajapaksas for corrupting this country and bringing dictatorship which is affecting the whole country every community including Sinhalese, Muslims, and Tamils.
    You are still only talking about Muslims only instead of the whole country.

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    Cont..
    Qur’an is not just a book only of ritual and chants , though yes it does include like anyother religion, its recitation has it benefit for the soul and I hold this belief with all religions without any bias now that I have a better understanding, The Holy Quran is an encyclopedia that contains History pre Islam,, it has the biography of all the prophets( Pbu-them,)biography of Prophet Muhammad( Pbuh) , begining from the time of his birth to his death.
    Cont.
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    Cont.2
    It has basics of Science, Anthropology ,Archaeology
    Geography, laws of property and daily life, ,.finance,business,.ethics,.
    compassion, dietry, dress of modesty ,just to name a few .

    Lets look at the socalled violence in the Quran thee hot topic .
    Cont in 3.

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    Cont,,4
    Quran.and violence.

    The Prophet( pbuh) and his early converts ,very few in numbers, were persecuted ,tortured and murdered with no mercy and finally the followers,his whole family and he were exiled.

    He or his followers never raised a sword,.they wanted to settle down in peace in Medina,where they were offered refuge , while some were given refuge by The Christian King of Abysenia.
    Cont.5

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      You have finally admitted to the fact, that is due to all this treachery and backstgabbing of the island’s Muslims towards the Thamizh, in the name of Islam and your fake Arab origin, especially in the east, that the LTTE was forced to take action against the Muslims living in the north, as they did not want a repeat of what happened in the south and east to the Northern Thamizh. Good. At last the truth has come out.

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    Farook,
    You say “Enough Is Enough; Time To Leave Muslims Alone”

    When Tamils were at the receiving end of regular Pogroms perpetrated by Sinhalese thugs organized by the governments where were you?

    You are proud that Muslims supported the racist Sinhalese state against the Tamils fight for their rights and got them defeated.

    Now when the Sinhalese racism turned against the Muslims you jump up screaming enough is enough. Nobody is going to raise a finger to support you. The Sinhalese political class is racist to the core – at least now be smart enough to learn.

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    Cont.5
    Quran& Violence.
    But the enemies pursued , while the Army of the enemies were on the way, he was commanded to fight back as self defence, .
    This is how war began during The Prophet’s * (.pbuh) period.
    It was purely self defence .
    Cont 6.

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    LF
    Muslims had been successfully been part of all the GoSL and managed to get whatever they wanted.
    When Swabhasha was introduced they did not choose the languages of SL but English and thereby getting better educated in the world’s most spoken language. They grew in their economic might at the Tamils expense.
    They bought the properties of Colombo Tamils at rock bottom prices.
    The lazy Sinhalese are jealous of minorities races wealth. Instead of getting university education based on Merits they discriminated the Tamils.
    This plus regular Attacks on Tamils lead to the uprising. Always the State sponsored Terrorism is the mother of all kinds of other violence/uprisings

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      Naman,
      “Muslims had been successfully been part of all the GoSL and managed to get whatever they wanted.”
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      Tamils managed to get whatever they wanted by scratching the back of British who oppressed Native Sinhalayo. At the time British gave Independence to Sinhalayo, Tamils in Yapanaya were the most privileged community in Sinhale.

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    Enough Is Enough; Time To Leave Muslims Alone? Actually its time for the Muslims to leave the rest of the World alone. Practically every country on Earth has been a victim of Muslim terror. Of course all Muslims are not terrorists but all terrorists these days appear to be Muslim. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_terrorism

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    Mr; Farook, you are proud of Muslim support to state sponsored Sinhalese anti Tamil racism and marginalization , from which the Muslims benefited immensely and were rewarded extensively at the expense of the Tamils. Now that this state sponsored Sinhalese racism has turned towards the Muslims, you cry unfair and enough. Why? What was good for the Tamils and was proudly supported by the Muslims, is good for the Muslims too. Remember the island’s Muslims are ethnically Tamil but this truth has always been denied for political and economic convenience. There is no 1200 year old history of Muslims in the island. It just a few centuries old. A few Arab
    emisarries attending the court of a Sinhalese or Tamil king in the island , has nothing to with the Sri Lankan Muslims who arrived in the island much later from South India. Also thanks for accepting and confirming, the actual reason for the LTTE evicting the northern Muslims. The Muslim support for the Sinhalese and their contribtion to the anti Tamil activites, military, home guards in the east and thughs and hooligans participating in anti Tamil pogroms down south.

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    What a strange article. This person is very proud of the island’s Muslim support and contribution to the Sri Lankan state’s anti Tamil activities and racsim, from which they immensely benefited. He also more or less confirms the fact, that this support provided by the Muslims to the Sri Lankan state, as well as the anti Tamil activities, especially by the Muslim homeguards in the east, was the reason the LTTE evicted the northern Muslims. Now crying unfair when the same Sinhalese and Sri Lankan state,that the Muslims supported to marginalize the Tamils,have turned against them. No one is going to support you, as you supported evil in the first place. Especially against your own fellow Tamils who were not Muslim, for monetary and economic benefits. Evil begets evil. Should have realised the vast majority and of the Sinhalese political class and elite are racist to the core and sadly this fact will not change. 1200 year old Muslim history in the island? Really!

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      Siva Sankaran Sharma,
      “Should have realised the vast majority and of the Sinhalese political class and elite are racist to the core and sadly this fact will not change.”

      If you think Sinhalayo who accommodated Tamils in their country when they were abandoned by colonial rulers who brought them to Sinhale are racists to the core and it will not change why the hell Tamils want to stay in Sinhale/Sri Lanka instead of returning to the homeland of their ancestors and live there happily ever after.
      —-
      Native Sinhalayo did not invite Tamils to their country.

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      SSS

      Usual Yaalpaanam Tamil BS.

      First and Foremost, the Muslims of the East were AGAINST the Division of the country and that is why they stood against the Eelam Terrorists. That was a Perfectly Correct decision to keep Sri Lanka as ONE country. And, didn’t they Succeed in their Objective?

      Also, Don’t forget that even the Tamils of the East, did NOT Trust the Yaalpaanam Tamils who were in the forefront of the Eelam project. Remember, how resentful Tamil MPs from Batticaloa like Rajadurai were against the Yaalpaanam Tamils?

      Of course, the Sinhala Racists have turned against the Muslims now. But, Sinhala Racism is not exactly popular among the Sinhala community at large and it won’t be long before Sinhala Racism loses its clout.

      Here is hoping that when the Sinhala Racism becomes a spent force, the Yaalpaanam Tamils also will change their hardcore Ealam project for the good of the Entire country.

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    Latheef Farook,
    “Muslims lived in peace harmony for more than 1200 years until racism raised its head after independence”
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    Tamil and Arab Muslims who live in Sinhale/Sri Lanka are the descendants of Muslims who were saved by Sinhala Buddhists when they faced persecution by Portuguese and allowed to settle down in interior parts of the country.

    But in 1915 Muslims betrayed those who saved them by attacking Sinhala Buddhists who were going in a Buddhist procession leading to the massacre of Sinhalayo by British.
    During British rule, Muslims took the side of the enemy of Native Sinhalayo and killed Sinhalayo.
    The clashes between Sinhalayo and Muslims after Independence were triggered by Muslims attacking Sinhalayo.
    In 2019, Muslims betrayed again by carrying out terrorist attacks causing a devastating impact on the economy.
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    So, the assertion you make that Muslims lived peaceful harmony is not completely true.
    The assertion you make that ‘racism raised its head after independence’ is also not true. Sinhalayo did not raise racism. Tamils and Muslims were represented in the Governments and several of them held Ministerial posts.

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      @Eagle Eye .
      First of all,.Muslim is not an ethnic Identity, They are Sri.Lanka Yonakas , a Ethnic fusion of
      indigenous Sinhalese and
      indigenous Tamil.
      All the crap.of Arab decent and portugese percecution and refuge by Sinhala Kings are nothing but lies and myth.

      The Sri.Lanka Yonakas may also have some genes of Rodiya according to Prof of gentics , Illaperuma.
      Some believe the Rodiyas could be the orignal Yonas ( Bactrians , only.a speculation ,.not confirmed)

      who may have been outcasted by kings over something , again doubtful of any blue blood of Sinhala kings .

      Sri Lanka Yonakas of more than a Million can never be of Arab decent in such.a short time and spread to extreme interior villages.

      When you live a lie , oneday its gonna back fire ,.this continued myth of Arab decent and now Arabizing the culture have all only made things worst.

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        They are not a fusion of indigenous Chingkallam and Thamizh but descended from South Indian Thamizh converts to Islam, who migrated to the island a few centuries ago. Until this Arabization craze came a two decaded ago,their culture was South Indian Thamizh Muslim and the Thamizh dialect they still speak is a South Indian Thamizh dialect. Only the ones living in the north and east speak Eezham Thamizh dialects, as they live amongst the Eezham Thamizh. Some have a bit of Arab Chingkallam and other ethnicities mixed in them, like we all have something mixed in us. If they are fusion of Indigenous Chingkallams and Thamizh, they should be speaking Chingkallam in the Chingkalla areas and Thamizh in the Thamizh areas but even in the heart of the Chingkalla homland, they speak this Indian Thamizh Muslim dialect, that is spoken by South Indian Thamizh Muslims at home.

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          PK, further many of their family names or titles like Marrikar, Lebbai, Rawther, Thambi, Kutti, Kayalar, Nainar point to their immigrant Indian Tamil origin. These are all Indian Tamil Muslim caste or community names. In their original Indian homeland in Tamil Nadu, these Tamil Muslim castes tend to be endogamous and tend only to marry amongst themselves, however in Sri Lanka they do not.

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        Fahim Knight,
        “All the crap.of Arab decent and portugese percecution and refuge by Sinhala Kings are nothing but lies and myth.”
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        It looks like Muslims, Moors, Yonaka, Marakkala or whatever you call them have learnt the art of discrediting the history of Sinhale as lies and myths from Tamils.
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        “They are Sri.Lanka Yonakas , a Ethnic fusion of indigenous Sinhalese and indigenous Tamil.”
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        What kind of ethnic fusion are you talking between indigenous Sinhalayo and indigenous Tamils when there is no such group called ‘Indigenous Tamils’ in Sinhale/Sri Lanka.

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          @Eagle , Please read what l have responded to pandi.kutti ,.
          You can believe or say what you.want ,. history can be diluted but yet enough to establish centain facts ,.especially with.modern.science.and.
          Tech

          Dont live with.hate .

          No matter what anyone says.

          The Northern &.Eastern Tamils are indegenious.
          You do not become.indigenous.by falling.from the skies or growing like plants.

          Anyone who.have lived on a land centuries long.enough.are rightful.indigenous people of the land.
          Period

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      Stop repeating the same lies and rubbish again and again like a broken record, thinking a lie often repeated becomes the truth. It is getting tiring. Post something original and intelligent.

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    Latheef Farook,
    Sinhala Buddhists saved your ancestors from persecution by Portuguese and accommodated them in their country. Simply because they were accommodated, Native Sinhalayo are not under obligation to accommodate all the demands that you people put forward. If Sinhalayo want ‘One Country One Law’ you have to abide by that. Those who do not want are free to find some other place where they can have their own laws leaving those who are willing to live with Sinhalayo under ‘One Country One Law’. Native Sinhalayo did not invite Muslims to their country.

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      Chingkalla Buddhist never saved them from Portuguese persecution, they did not want to them there and started to persecute them and they were forced to take refuge in the Thamizh east. This is the truth.

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        Pandi Kutti,
        “Chingkalla Buddhist never saved them from Portuguese persecution,…”
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        You have changed your previous claim that Thamizh from East came to West coast and saved Muslims and settled them in the East.
        Can you tell who settled Muslims in Kandy, Akurana, Mawanella, Gampola and many other places and who gave a piece of land to Muslim refugees to build a Mosque in Kandy?

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    The “Pseudo Patriot” of Singhalese Buddhist got hold of some “Brain washed ” Stupid Muslims to unleash atrocities [Easter Bombings] In order to sway the public support to vote in the the biggest THIEVES to power. In SL, like in Pakistan the Military has been active in politics That is why the Rajapaksa family weren’t worried by the government of good governance of 2015. RW+ MS were to scared to put the crooked of previous regime in to the prison. To make it worse they too pilfered the Government coffers. With these type of Politicians and security forces who wants to live in SL. Pity the poor citizens of SL.

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      Naman,
      The “Pseudo Patriot” of Singhalese Buddhist got hold of some “Brain washed ” Stupid Muslims to unleash atrocities [Easter Bombings] In order to sway the public support…”
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      Did the same ‘Pseudo Patriot’ of Sinhala Buddhists got hold of some ‘Brain washed’ stupid Tamils to unleash terrorism in order to sway the public support?

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        I assume it could have been possible the Lanka Yonakas may have had mixed language of sinhala-Tamil and a local culture, attires and the religion too, according to the location where they lived , if they have lived in north and east they may have adopted the north-east Tamil culture and Hinduism as their religion and may even have a larger genepool of Tamils , especially Jaffna and other northern parts,

        Meanwhile the Yonakas in other areas ,like kandy and especially Akurana and Kurnagala may have have a large Sinhala genepool and may have adopted the Sinhala culture and may have been buddhists.
        In other areas may have been the same case.too.

        Thought it is an assumption,.it is not a baseless one ,.I do not assume baseless ,.always I try to convey with the home work I have done,even if it is an assumption and am never an
        egomaniac, I am humble enough to accept facts over my assumption , if it is credible.

        My assumption is gathered by details of local knowledge,.it may not be facts , but may provide a pathway to aquire it.

        To be continued

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          Fahim you are correct in some ways. In the North and East, especialy in the east on their maternal side the gene pool is Eelam Tamil as the Muslims refugees who largely arrived in the east were men and they were given local Tamil Mukkuva Hindu women for their wives to start a family and some land to start a living. This is the reason the eastern Muslims. used to follow the eastern Tamil Hindu Mukkuva law, as on the maternal side was eastern Eelam Tamil. Until this Arabisation craze took over, these Muslims from the north and east were very Tamil. In Sinhalese areas like Kandy , Akuruna and Kurunagala there is some Sinhalese genepool but like the Arabs it is not much, as these South Indian origin Tamil Muslims, may have easily married and took Tamil Hindu women for their wives, as they belong to the same ethnicity, culture and speak the language, however intermarriage amongst other people would have been far less forthcoming. Remember whey they first arrived from South India they settled along the then Tamil North West cast as this was then ethnically Tamil and was trading hub. They only started to move to the interior and to the east due to Portuguese persecution.

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            If there was a lot of Sinhalese, most of these Muslims will be speaking the Sinhalese language of their mothers. However, even here they all speak Tamil and that too the Indian Tamil Muslim dialect and have come across many, who from this region in Australia, who hardly speak any Sinhalese. What ever little Arab in their genepool occurred in their original SOuth Indian Tamil homeland and definitely or hardly not in the island. Whatever the history of these Tamil Muslims, now incorrectly called Sri Lankan Moors in the island is at least 600 -700 years old. They were already here in the island and thriving along the then Tamil North West coast as traders, with a lot of commerce in the region under their control. Although many only arrived later during the early British colonial rule. They also have evry right to live in diginity,equality and justice. It is a pity if their loose their rich tolerant native Tamil Islamic culture that had evolved with them for aorund 1000 years from their original Tamil homeland in South India and enriched the entire rich Tamil cultural tapestry to an alien harsh largely intolerant Arab Islamic culture and forms of Islam and they become some pathetic pale imitations of Arabs.

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    One thing is clear from this article. Thamizh can never trust the island’s Muslims. These Thullkans may be ethnically Thamizh but will never admit to this truth, as they perceive it is not advantageous to them and in the name of Islam and all sorts of fake origins and ancestry other than their actual predominant South Indian Thamizh origin, will join with anyone to destroy the island’s Thamizh population. Look at the way he is gloating and being proud of how they helped the Chingkallams to marginalize and commit war crimes on the Thamizh. If given the opportunity will again and again betray and join forces with anti Thamizh if it is advantageous to them. Only some foolish Thamizh politicans feel sorry for them, when they never want to empathize or be part of us but want to be some sort of pale Arab imitation.

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    LaThief is trying again to deceive the Sri Lanka public with untruths.

    He says, …”Sri Lanka, a shining example for political and economic stability, communal harmony and peace, during the time of independence in 1948″

    Of couse, Muslims, not only” economically stable” they prospered between 1815-1948 due to ‘rewards’ they earned from British thieves who granted them export monopolies. They were ‘rewards’ for the Muslim betrayal of our Kandy kings following the 1815 theft of our last kindom which they couldn’t win through wars. The Muslim ungratefulness to our kings who provided them safe haven from Portuguese and Dutch persecution in particular, is a huge black ark in the history of Muslims in our island.

    LaThief and other cunning Thoppi karayas can.t revise this disgraceful history of theirs.
    They may ‘cry foul’ after every bombing too! But trust is not something we will give them again.

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    “Under such circumstance one cannot understand the mighty hurry to thrust changes to Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMD) and Quazi Courts- related to beleaguered Muslim communit”
    it is clear that the author has writte this article because of the abovementioned ,but has made only one one sentence for marrage and divorce act and cunningly brought out all kinds of past acts that are irrlevant to the current focus on this act b the govenment.
    We have no choice but to have one sri lankan act for all sri lankans.If they do not agree with that then they have decided that their ethnicity is more important than their sri lankan identity.Even all these thesavalamai and kandyan law etc ahould be got rid of.If you go for the jugular of the muslim marriage and divorce acts while leaving the other acts lone,then the beleagured muslims will feel as the author points out that here they come for us againa nd again.So have a committee consisting sinhaalese,tamil and muslims to look into preparation of one single law for everyone,doing away with the other ethnic based laws.A good lesson we have learned from our history is that we must make the sri lankan identity more important than our ethnic identities

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    There are no records or even paintings of Sri Lanka Yonakas culture , including attires until the British Raj took over.

    It is The British Raj who officially named them Moors, the adoption of The Fez Cap too began after British, when Mr. Daka the first Egyptian Arab * ( hope got his name & spelling right) who settled in Sri Lanka introduced the Fez Cap,which was popular among the Ottaman empire and considered a symbolic identity by Muslims.

    The records and pictures show Muslim women dress were Gujirati saree the drape drawn as a Shawl from rear over the bossom and covering part of the hair , leaving the part of the forehead exposed and the younger women wore Shawar Khamees , both seem to have been adopted during the british rule and reasons not clear ,both dresses are not South Indian.
    To be continued..

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    [A]
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    There is absolutely nothing new in the collection of anti-Muslim incidences listed by LF. It is simply a re-hash of previously reported events.
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    Nearly a decade has lapsed since the recent emergence of virulent anti-Muslim groups. Every mature Sri Lankan is aware of what the Muslims experienced during this time.
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    Brother LF, you are correct when you say : Enough is enough.
    There is no necessity for the Muslim Community to keep harping ad nauseam on the events that occurred between 2012 and the present day.
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    The Muslim Community should stop wallowing in self-pity lest they be perceived as a community of whingers.
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    To quote Eleanor Roosevelt :
    “Great minds discuss ideas
    Average minds discuss events
    Small minds discuss people”
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    Why is our Community still discussing people (‘Rajapakses’, ‘Ranil’, ‘Maithri’, ‘BBS’ ..etc) and events (‘ Aluthgama’, ‘Digana’, ‘Forced Cremation’,. etc). Do they really believe such discussions will yield effective, long-lasting solutions to the ‘Muslim Problem’ ?
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    Brother LF, you are however not correct when you say : Time to leave Muslims alone. This suggests that the Muslims are totally innocent and that the Buddhists are totally responsible for the emergence of anti-Muslim sentiment

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    [B]
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    As belated as it may be, is it not time for the ‘Great Minds’ in our Community to commence discussing ideas as to what concrete steps need to be taken to prevent the further polarization of the Muslim and other religious communities ? And more importantly, what steps need to be taken to close the existing gaps between the communities and exactly how to do so ? (Where are we ? Where do we want to go ? How do we get there ?)
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    The Muslim Community must face up to a few home-truths as unpalatable as they may be.
    Islamophobia being a form of Racism is here to stay. It is not going to go away any time soon, primarily because it provides bigots with the perfect cover they need for their adversarial activities. Moreover, there are too many key personalities (locally and overseas) who are using it to achieve and maintain their personal goals.
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    The Muslim Community will have to take a deep dive if they are to identify the measures that they will have to take to build bridges with not just the Buddhist Community, but also with the Hindu and Christian Communities.

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    [C]
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    The Muslim Community must take the initiative in this regard. They must accept the fact that to the members of the other communities, the ‘Muslim Problem’ is just that : a problem for the Muslims to resolve and therefore they will not be motivated in any way to take the initiative. In much the same way as most Sri Lankans have become habituated to ‘corruption’ and are indifferent to it, most non-extreme Buddhists too have become habituated to the ‘Muslim Problem’ and are indifferent to it.
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    Shouting from the roof-tops that “Islam means Peace” and that “Muslims are a peaceful community” will just not do. The Community must accept the fact that in the foreseeable future, the Muslims residing in Muslim-minority countries will have to reside in an ‘Islamophobic’ socio-cultural environment and take the necessary steps to prevent / minimize the effects of possible adverse events.
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    So, here is a request to LF and the other Muslim Journalists who choose to write extensively on this subject. Please shift your focus from ‘people’ and ‘events’ to proposing realistic ‘ideas’ which will hopefully lead to mutually acceptable solutions based on compassion, understanding and empathy.

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