17 January, 2021

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‘Exporting’ The ‘Covid Burial’ Issue To Maldives: Is It A Hobson’s Choice Or Another Red Herring? 

By Mohamed Harees –

Lukman Harees

“Tolerance of intolerance enables oppression.” ― DaShanne Stokes

The Muslim community is losing hope in their battle for justice to bury their ‘Covid’ dead. This is a traumatic situation for the entire community. Yes! trauma aside, this is going to have serious implications for generations to come. With legal avenues being effectively blocked by the highest court of the land, and their calls for good sense or soundness of judgment being virtually muted in the face of a history of ‘State sanctioned’ racism particularly in Post war Sri Lanka, the beleaguered community appears to be facing another dilemma – to be or not to be buried in a foreign land! Is the Government offering a Hobson’s choice to the Muslims or is this another red herring to side-track their palpably vicious agenda to alienate them?  

The government of Maldives has generously come to bury their COVID-19 victims in the island on special request from Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to assist Sri Lanka in facilitating Islamic funeral rites in the Maldives, for Sri Lankan Muslims succumbing to COVID19 pandemic. Maldivian Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid  said in a Tweet, that the decision is based on the close long-standing bilateral ties between Sri Lanka and Maldives, and to ensure help to face the challenges of the pandemic. Deputy Director General of Health Services, Dr Hemantha Herath was quoted as saying that Foreign Ministry has asked health authorities to develop guidelines and look into the practically of the offer.

To the Government of Maldives! Muslims indeed are much grateful and thankful for the brotherly thought and concern and the gracious offer to bury their Covid bodies. It is much appreciated. However, whether the gesture made with such laudable intentions  will ‘assist the Muslim community in Sri Lanka’((as stated), in the long run and to get justice for their cause to be treated as dignified citizens in the land of their motherland, in another matter altogether! It can well and truly even be a ‘Trojan horse’ to test the resolve of the community to protect their constitutional rights and their identity!      

On the face of it, this decision appears to solve the problem in the short term to “offer solace to our Sri Lankan Muslim brothers & sisters grieving over burial of loved ones” as Maldivian Foreign Minister’s tweet read. In the short term, as officials pointed out some issues need to be worked out pertaining to the safely transportation of COVID-positive dead bodies . Currently, airlines are not accepting such remains, and sending the bodies via ship would also present practical difficulties and delays in burials. However, even if they are sorted out, what is totally ignored in the process is how the Government of Sri Lanka is attempting to side-track the main question: Why is it not possible to allow the grieving families to bury their loved ones affected by Covid following WHO Guidelines adopted by over 182 countries? Why is it not possible to clearly lay down the scientific evidence before the nation , which is not available for the rest of the world?  If definite answers cannot be provided quoting proven scientific evidence, then it will be foolhardy for the rulers to attempt to cover  their ‘emperor’s clothes’-  stubborn ‘’State sanctioned racist policies’ designed to please an electorate which voted them to power on a majoritarian mandate! 

It is not rocket science to understand that it is the right of every citizen of  Sri Lanka, to be buried in their own motherland, if their death occurs within its borders, whether due to Covid or not. Even when someone dies overseas, the stress of bereavement can be made worse by having to deal with an unfamiliar system far from home and all efforts will be taken to bring the body home. Thus, it is just hilarious to even think of their bodies being sent to a far-away land for burial, where the affected families practically cannot even be there to send their loved ones off in a dignified manner. Apart from cost of travel, the place of burial will be an alien or a strange land to the affected families. How then can a grieving family bear the stress of their sad loss when the body of their loved one who passes away in their own country is packed off to another country however welcoming that country may be? It is indeed adding insult to injury to a beleaguered community which has been already undergoing immense stress due to the said government’s arbitrary and inhumane ‘forced cremation ‘policy and also in the backdrop of increasing Islamophobia ever since the Easter Sunday tragic attacks in April last year. 

Although Maldives offer is appreciated, allowing covid bodies to be buried outside Sri Lanka however will portend a definite danger for the future identity and status of a community, long being demonised in the country as aliens and outsiders by hate groups led by rogue monks and sections of the media whose patron saints are in the government. Muslims being the direct victims of a demonization and discrimination policy of the government in this instance, it will only give the impression that the community implicitly accepts that they are second class citizens whose religious and cultural rights enshrined on paper in the constitution are merely up for manipulation or tampering. In short,  they accept that they have no right to ask for burial rights. This will also confirm the racist narrative that Muslims do not belong to this country. The Muslim community and its leaders need therefore to be mindful in how they act in this challenging situation. They should take a principled stand in relation to the ‘burial abroad’ issue and oppose this strange move to send their dead to foreign location for burial, however laudable the intentions of the offering Muslim brotherly nation may be!    

The coronavirus crisis is stressful for people worried about their health, job security, families and communities. It becomes even more emotionally taxing when a loved one dies and family or friends when they have also been forced to cremate their dead, in direct violation of their religious rights and traditions without no plausible reason. The very thought of dying from Corona has been driving fear and anxiety into their hearts. Apart from the Muslims, this warped policy has also adversely impacted the Christian community as well. In the context of no scientific basis to deny the burial option to dispose Covid bodies, the callous disregard for religious rites shown by the State has, understandably, caused tremendous distress amongst these communities. 

Sri Lanka continue to maintain that ground water may be contaminated by carrying out burials, a practice commonly apply by almost all countries hit by COVID 19 pandemic. Government should at least now accept that there is no scientific basis for adopting a ‘forced cremation policy’. At the risk of repetition, it is pertinent to stress that many scientific pundits both in Sri Lanka and outside, have been quite vocal against this gross violation of human rights in the guise of fighting the Covid pandemic. Apart from WHO which tweeted that ‘It is a common myth that persons who have died of a communicable disease should be cremated, but this is not true’, to quote two world experts, world noted expert and one of the world’s top Virologist Professor, Hugh Pennington of UK , and Prof Malik Peiris of University of Hong Kong both said that Burial of Covid bodies is perfectly safe. In separate interviews, Paba Palihawadana, former Chief Epidemiologist, Director, Central Epidemiological Unit, Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka and Dr Nihal Abeysinghe, former government chief virologist and epidemiologist  have also debunked the myth that burial of Covid bodies will adversely affect either the water tables or public health,  based on available scientific evidence- a common myth propagated without evidence by an incompetent technical committee, condemned as such as none other than another leading expert. Prof Tissa Vitharana. To be quite honest,. one of the top wig of this committee Dr Channa Perera, Consultant Forensic Pathologist “attached to Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Health” in fact let the cat out of the bag!. He told the BBC World Service: “the government has nothing against Muslims but they have a small fear about whether the virus can be used for unauthorised activities. Maybe an unwanted person could get access to a body and it could be used a biological weapon.” Yes! Isn’t this not inklings of an anti-Muslim agenda! 

The image of a sleeping baby Shaykh, today stands as a symbol for what Sri Lanka’s Muslim community as well as moderates consider cruel and inhuman treatment of the Muslim coronavirus victims. In barely two days, baby Shaykh was in the news as Sri Lanka’s youngest victim of the virus, cremated against his family’s wishes because of the government’s warped policy of allowing only cremation, based on unsubstantiated claims that bodies of COVID-19 victims could contaminate groundwater.    

Many public protest campaigns have begun. The Muslim community is being forced to abandon their own dead in order to protect their beliefs and traditions. Affected families have started to refuse accepting their departed loves ones’ bodies or their ashes.  Over the weekend, members of the public tied thousands of white ribbons to the gates of the cemetery housing the crematorium. Later the protestors used the hashtag #WhiteClothProtest to popularised the campaign asking to tie a white piece of cloth where ever they can to show solidarity with the demand for safe burials. The protest picked up and hundreds of white handkerchiefs were tied to the fence of the Kanatte Cemetery in Borella. However, they have been removed the next day, which is a clear attempt to stifle peaceful civil disobedience by well-intentioned members of the public, & even a clear indication of suppression. As former foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera said on Twitter.‘The ghouls of Kanatte (cemetery) have removed overnight the white handkerchiefs tied in memory of the infant who was cremated forcibly against the wishes of the parents”. 

To the scientific world, death may be purely biological and anatomical—the ceasing of brain functions, stopping of the heart etc. The politicians, will not miss any opportunity to play politics with anything, even death of a person or the dead body, provided it will bring them political gains. But, to the organised, scripture-based religions and the oral faith systems, death is a phenomenon with philosophical, theological and spiritual dimensions. Repercussions of the current decision on mandatory cremation overweigh its intended objectives. The call for a reversal of the ‘cremation only’ policy is already triggering a fresh wave of Islamophobia within the majority community, as the actual position has been made known to them. In this backdrop, this so-called measure to ‘bring solace to the Muslim community’ by taking their bodies to Maldives for burial can only be understood as a red herring to divert the attention of the people and the international community away from the underlying racist overtones, manifested through the decision of a politically motivated  the so-called ‘technical committee’ to forcibly cremate the Covid dead bodies, against all available expert opinion and the practice followed by the rest of the world.

What is the way forward for the affected community? It is certainly not allowing their dead to be taken to a foreign location. It is to be united in their resolve and join hands with many progressive forces in other communities to expose the pseudo-scientific justifications provided  to hide the ‘State sanctioned racism’ and to demand from their government to protect their religious and cultural rights assured in the Constitution and international human rights laws. The extremely despicable attack by some wolves in Muslim clothing on Easter Sunday last year, cannot and should not pollute their rich and proud history of over 1000 years. Muslims are part of the proud Sri Lankan heritage and should act as such without being allowed to be used as ‘Karapincha’ (curry leaves). The international community and UN should ensure that Sri Lanka, fall in line with its obligations to protect the rights of their minorities, without allowing the government to act as a government for the majority. 

Those who make decisions at the highest levels, should therefore also assess the wider social consequences. These can also be mistakes that the Sri Lankans would regret in the years to come. As for the government, it is still not too late to reverse the course without resorting to red herring tactics. It is the duty of the people particularly the majority community, to hold the government to account to remedy the injustice to sections of our people, for “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” as Martin Luther King , Jr echoed. Well! this should remind us of the poem of Martin Niemöller, a German theologian and Lutheran pastor, which goes thus:

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—   Because I was not a socialist. 

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—  Because I was not a trade unionist. 

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—  Because I was not a Jew. 

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me. 

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    WHO is praising Sri Lanka for containment of Covid-19
    The whole world seems to be praising Sri Lanka for their containment of the epidemic
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    so can some one answer the following questions
    how many people died of Covid in Sri Lanka
    what is the average daily death due to Covid-19?
    how many of them are Muslims across the country by region?
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    if the numbers are low as per WHO
    why is burying the Muslims an issue?
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    who is lying?
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    The Muslims who voted for 20A
    The Muslims as a whole
    The Government of Sri Lanka
    is WHO colluding?
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      or is it the so called Muslim scholars like the author?
      its high time we tell the Muslim politicians and Scholars of Sri Lanka to stop colluding with the Rajapakses to divert attention
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      the fact is there is no mass scale death of Muslims due to Covid that Sri Lanaka has run out of land space
      i bet you only need 10 fingers to count the death of Muslims due to covid

      This is all a drama by Gota and the Muslim MPs who voted for 20A to divert from more pressing issues

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        The corrupt Doctors unions and medical associations that are in the pay of WHO and Big Pharma COrporation are to be blamed for spreading the canard that dead bodies spread Covid-19.

        Shame on the medical profession in Sri Lanka for destroying the economy, and increasing poverty without looking at the science and Covid-19 data on the country – Sri Lanka, while spreading WHO’s COvid-19 fea psychosis and panic to destroy the economy, althoug because of universal BCG vaccine and hot and humid weather COvid-19 is milder than flu. Fewer than 200 people died in a whole year from Covid-19.
        On a normal year 7000 people die of influenza co-morbidities but this year there is no inflenza. Covid is milder than the seasonal flu.

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          DINUK, what BS you ve been bubbling ?

          WHO pays srilanken doctors ? Pharma companies may have linked with them but WHO ?
          .
          So long a govt would work clean, nobody as external forces could influence on them. The problem we have today, is, a bunch of thugs grabing power on their hands make every effort to stand against the own people.
          :
          Go back to the 1960 – there NUT MEG was banned .. becasue it could cause unprecedented health problems. Then again, it became acceptable for cocktails, medical decocotions and for several other applications, however, NUTMEG never became part of CURRY POWDER in south asian dishes. The reason was, it has toxic and halogenic effects. But today the unedcuated men being the masters of health ministry let the nut ruin this nation. It is all because of the myths being spread not forseeing the danger before them.
          :
          May god bless SRILANKA. If Rajakashes dont care about the people, one thing they could still do, have those poisonous drinks and be disspareared from our sight…. sooner than later.

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      The kind of pieces of advices being given to former asylum seeker/ today s president of the banan republic is similar to asking people to drink ” DHAMMIKA Paniya” made out of nutmeg and heated honey.

      This is the most shameful act to have ever done by a head of state.
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      What if SINHALAYA would make the same resquest ? Would they then ask CHINA /Swaziland for the burials ?
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      Each and everyone with some basic knowledge on Nutmeg would be well aware of the fact that could bring lot more harm than a cure if taken excessively. Unconscionable actions one behind the other from Rajakashes brothers, while the most brutal man in that family is getting to read to shed the last breath.- MR s days are counted. We see the light at the end of the tunnel in terms of a start of a beginning of a brutal end. That could though give some hope, but wait and see, people are equally to be blamed for the mess, not to nobody else. Poverty and other excuses would not be the reason, but people are made eternally stupid for the blood thirsty monsters to live up their political intoxications.

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      The day go on protesting ” OUR CITIZEN RIGHTS MATTER” is nearing. If any human beings play with the rights of the dead- they should be beyond all ethics and morals. UNHRC over to you – please get ready to teach them a lession in next March 2021. You need to chose a langauge the barbarians would understand it easily.
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      Rajapakshes are mlechcha men born to that family – this will become known to every one in the days to come.
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        World renowned Virologist Prof. Malik Peiris refutes claims that burials transmit COVID-19 – Island https://t.co/dRsPpVFJQB
        The foregoing might not make any difference to ViyathMaga types who believe in holy water…

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    Will the government waste taxpayer money to do this?

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      What is worth questioning asking about the wastes on burials ?, Rajakashes waste the tax payers funds for almost everything what they do. Their unconsconalbe actions are not yet noticed by majority of stupid people. Let the nation be sunk further. There is no other option than let them to learn a lession finally. I have no sympathy about our srilankens any more.

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    In most countries, Covid victims are buried. In SL, extremist Buddhist monks and others of the lunatic fringe are opposed to burials.
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    Prof. Malik Peiris, world renowned microbiologist of the U of Hong Kong (first Sri Lankan to be elected a member of the Royal Society), who knows the SL situation quite well, has suggested burying covid victims in impermeable wrapping. Simple and straight forward.
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    Listen to science, not to superstition.

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      Superstition says bury. When they bury they bury facing it Saudi Arabia!! Isn’t that called superstition?

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        Gatam,
        When someone worships a six-inch tooth, is it not superstition?

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          old codger

          Please clarify:

          are the saffron brigades planning to build Vihares on Muslim Cemeteries ?

          are Basil, Ramukwella, ….. cronies planning to build shopping centers and flats on Muslim cemeteries? I never knew these crooks are into real estate business.

          Why is the Sinhala/Buddhist middle class keeping a deafening silence?

          Has our surgeon general Shavendra Silva, WWV, RWP, RSP, VSV, USP, ndc, psc have expressed any medical opinion on this subject?

          Or is he still engaged in counting the death or fighting the war with LTTE?

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            Native,
            “are the saffron brigades planning to build Vihares on Muslim Cemeteries ?”
            I am told that holy water factories are being planned.

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            Trying to be smart are you? Well even then neither Ponna or the Thamizh ever harmed them or rejoiced at their plight. Held street parties , parades , danced on the streets or even took part in state sponsored pogroms against the Muslims . The Muslims in the island have been doing all this and even worse denying their actual Thamizh origin and shamelessly going around claiming all sorts of origin/ancestry that they hardly have. You do not see Malays, Turks , Indians and Pakistani Muslims claiming to be Arab just because they are Muslim. Only these shameless opportunistic largely low caste immigrant converts from Tamil Nadu

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          Aiyo old codger,
          A little bit of “athishokthiya” will not hurt anybody no…

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    Fake Arab , Thullukans from Thamizh Nadu South India , who joined with the Chingkalla racists from Independence to margianlize the island’s Thamizh and commit war crimes and ethnic cleansing on them. In 2009 danced on the streets with the Chingkallams and held parties to celebrate the killing of over 145000 innocent Thamizh civilians, then went around the world, especially to other Islamic nations and the UN canvassing for the Rajapussies and the Chingkallams, falsely stating there is no issue at all in the island and everything is fine and the Thamizh are getting their due treatment that they deserve. Tried their best to steal the east from the Thamizh, after arriving as refugees there begging for their lives a few centuries ago. Now crying and howling and claiming they are discriminated. You reap what you sow. Helped the Chingkallams to kill and discriminate Thamizh , thinking once the Thamizh are gone or marginalised can steal their land . It is your action that made these Chingkallams now more powerful , if you had stood with your fellow Thamizh this would not have happened and the Chingkallams would have backed down . He he Karma is a bitch , I have no sympathy for you selfish backstabbers.

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      Cry Cry When Thamizh cried you laughed and danced with the Chingkallams ,. What did that Gozbullah who stole a Hindu temple in the east to build a super market or beef stall , say. If the Thamizh north and east is joined there will be a blood bath, threatening the very Thamizh owners of the east who took pity and gave you ungrateful creatures refuge. Now we can see who is crying

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        Pandi Kutti

        “Cry Cry When Thamizh cried you laughed and danced with the Chingkallams “

        What did the Tamils do when Chingkallams massacred Muslims in 1915, Ponna went all the way to London to save Chingkallams’ bums, …….

        What did you do when Muslims were killed and their properties were destroyed?

        Or the Muslim doctor Mohamed Shafi was falsely accused of of secretly sterilising Buddhist women in Sri Lanka?

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          Trying to be smart are you? Well even then neither Ponna or the Thamizh ever harmed them or rejoiced at their plight. Held street parties , parades , danced on the streets or even took part in state sponsored pogroms against the Muslims . The Muslims in the island have been doing all this and even worse denying their actual Thamizh origin and shamelessly going around claiming all sorts of origin/ancestry that they hardly have. You do not see Malays, Turks , Indians and Pakistani Muslims claiming to be Arab just because they are Muslim. Only these shameless opportunistic largely low caste immigrant converts from Tamil Nadu

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          Remember Einstein ? Time is a practical dimension. You just can’t ignore it. That time (1915) Tamils were one of the dominant people in Ceylon. Now (2020) Tamils are beggars show their beggar wound and beg, as per Hakeem. This low birth Tamils are, in te perception of Muslim MPs, lower than a bitch wags its tail behind every hand for food. What do you suggest at this time Tamils could have done to save Muslims, after all none of them have done Suneth and accepting a favor from Tamils with their full thing is harem for Muslims. If Sinhala Buddhist tell to dance, Tamil Arabians dance and if Sinhala Buddhism tells to sing they do it. In that condition, please don’t dream even you could have done something to help Muslims.

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    ” It is not rocket science to understand that it is the right of every citizen of Sri Lanka, to be buried in their own motherland, if their death occurs within its borders, whether due to Covid or not. “
    I understand government has an issue in burring Corona infected dead people. But Muslims always have strange logic in arguing for their case. UN conventions say all have equal opportunity for education. But Muslim Leaders made a deal with Siri Ma O that if Tamils pass A/L in Tamil they cannot go to Uni, but even if Muslims fails A/L in Tamil they go to Uni.
    When the 4/21 Jihadists died, Muslims sent them to be buried in Batticola Hindu cemetery. May I know from Harees which relatives signed for this kind of burial for Muslims? What happened to right of the Jihadist? Hakeem said he knows who was responsible for the bombing, but not the Jihadist. Then why those bodied hade to be buried in Batticola? Where was Harees or Lateef or these novel logical writers? If the bodies cannot go outside, then why Hezbollah called for sanctions against Lankawe when the inquiry started to find out about Muslims minsters’ involvement.

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    “This will also confirm the racist narrative that Muslims do not belong to this country. Can Harees answer to what country Hezbollah belongs? Where would he like to be buried?

    Hezbollah was asked in PCoI that why he planted Dates on Kattankudy Streets. The meaning of the question is “if there is a scheme to turn Lankawe towns to look like part Arabian land” The inappropriate answer would connect Hezbollah with Jihadist who wants to kill all the infidels. Hezbollah asked back “without planting Dates what did you think, we would plant, Rambutan? “

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    Harees started burying as a religious believe. If so UN conventions applies. Muslims needs freedom to bury. Then he switched over to the story as burying Ceylon is his right. A government has the right to make a decision of what to do with a body of a person who died by corona like pandemic. Muslims should better decide which is the religious believe 1). Buying in out of Ceylon. or 2). Cremating in Ceylon. If they bring a new argument that burying in Ceylon is their right, then they are bringing back time they stood off against their ministers being investigated for Jihadism, which not just Sinhalese, but many others suspect Muslim Ministers cleanness. Muslim ministers went to Saudi Arabia to consult before decide on a Ceylon problem of whether to vote for coup government or not. Anything Muslim Ministers did in the past 72 years is a gilmart.

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    Maldives’ land is less than one meter above mean sea level, Sea level rise is likely to worsen existing environmental, periodic flooding from storm surge, and a scarcity of freshwater for drinking still they are Importing the ‘Covid Burial Besides the flooding and unearth all buried bodies from the graves.

    Maybe an unwanted person could get access to a body and it could be used a biological weapon this is a proof that the virus will not spread from underneath the earth. Doctors judgement U turn statement.

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    I think as this cremation issue is causing too much pain to our Muslim brothers and sisters,
    the government should consider alternative methods to provide a safe and dignified burial as requested.

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    All these chaps who are constantly harassing the minorities, trying to destroy their religion and culture, and generally making life miserable for them, are the same fellows who regularly hold powwows with the Maha Sangha, offer trays of flowers at pansalas, and wear pirith nool around their wrists perpetually.

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    Mr. Harees.

    This is by no means a Hobsons choice; This is an out and out a Red Herring.
    Is this a Practical proposition?

    Say, there is a death due to covid in Kattankudy, another in Beruwala still another in Galle and so on and so on. I stop there. Embalming is against Muslim tradition.
    Perhaps the Army Commander would be asked to work out the nodalities!!!!!

    Srilanka is a Land Like No Other!

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    At last, Lankans have found something to export “dead people/bodies”. DISGRACE.

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    I am wondering as to whether there is a lot of fiction circulated around us regarding a Maldivian offer to bury the Muslim dead over there and in general the invitation for all the Muslims in Sri Lanka to reside in the Maldives, despite the copies of twitter messages being circulated. Say, a person dies in Sri Lanka because of COVID – 19. His / Her body is considered “Pure-Poison” and in double quick time it is cremated at the nearest crematorium under heavy guard. Now that being the scenario, how can the dead body be transported all the way to the Maldives, be it through sea or air, without any risk of contamination? No country in its right mind will accept the dead body of a person dying in another country unless the deceased is a citizen of the country concerned.

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    A ‘moratorium’ on the death of the Muslims, till this problem is solved is the best option.

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    Let me repeat part of the comments I made to the article “Behind the Muslim Burial Issue” by Dr. Ameer Ali

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    But let’s see the current developments which seem to indicate that the hardliners from the Govt. side are losing the plot.

    1. M.R. the P.M., seems to have realised that this problem cannot be allowed to continue and he has called for immediate action on finding lands where burial can be conducted. Obviously, he thinks that insisting on Cremation is not a good idea.

    2. Basil, the younger brother, also seems to have indicated his willingness to support a solution acceptable to the Muslims.

    3. That leaves, President G.R. who has asked the Maldivians to provide the space for burial, the lone warrior for cremation in SL. Interestingly, he moved into action AFTER elder brother M.R. made his moves on local burial.

    With M.R, and Basil, apparently in favour of burial locally, it seems unlikely that G.R. will have his way. In the next few days, we will know the result.

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