29 September, 2021

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Is Islam A Religion Of Peace?

By Izeth Hussain

Izeth Hussain

Izeth Hussain

It seems to me extremely important that before we address the question whether or not Islam is a religion of peace, we should first of all situate it in its proper socio-political context. This question acquired importance after 9/11, and it is quite understandable that – after the Paris bombings and other outrages – it remains the question of central importance about Islam in the West and elsewhere. We – meaning most of all the Muslims – must therefore address this question, and we must do so honestly without indulging in Islamic apologetics. We may engage in that process successfully, but we may find at the end of the day that anti-Muslim sentiment has not abated by one bit in the West and elsewhere. To abate that we must address the problem of Islamophobia, which is one of the main reasons why the question of “Islamic violence” has acquired so much exaggerated importance.

For some time something like an international campaign to spread Islamophobia has been going on. After the last general elections we thought that the BBS was finished once and for all because all its candidates lost their deposits, showing clearly enough that it had no mass appeal among the Sinhala Buddhists. But for some time the BBS has been busy at the grass roots level spreading Islamophobia, and now we have the Sinha le sticker campaign. Sinha stands for the Lion Race and le stands for blood, and the message apparently is that this is the land of the Sinhala and any nonsense from the minorities can lead to their blood being shed. It is the Muslims who are being targeted. The walls of some Muslim houses in Nugegoda were spray-painted with the slogan Sinha le and stickers carrying the slogan have reportedly appeared in some of the Gulf countries. A foreign hand is obvious behind this Islamophobic campaign. The fact that so insignificant a minority as the Sri Lankan Muslims has been targeted in this way shows the depth and range of the international Islamophobic campaign.

There are several websites that are engaged in that campaign. The silliness of their material is mind-boggling, but I suppose that silliness has a mass appeal in hate campaigns. What I find surprising is that Islamophobic silliness is shown even by some of the top intellectuals of the West. For instance the late Christopher Hitchens, who had a very high reputation as a practitioner of the higher journalism, began his dialogue with Tariq Ramadan by noting that the term Christendom fell into disuse after the First World War. Several European powers fought each other in that war, but there was also a Muslim one, namely Turkey. The Christian world became secular after that war but not the Islamic one where the idea of the Caliphate has persisted. The correct facts about the Caliphate are these. Kemal Ataturk disbanded the Caliphate in 1924, after which the idea of reviving the Caliphate hardly figured in the Islamic world except among Indian Muslims during the pre-Independence period. Recently the IS claims to have established the Caliphate but no one outside the ranks of the IS takes that seriously. I find it perplexing that Hitchens has given so much importance to nonsense about the Caliphate. He seems to exemplify an Islamophobic propensity to find fault with anything and everything that is Islamic.

A surprisingly widespread notion – surprising because it is so preposterous – is that Islam makes the exceptionally large claim that it gives the final revelation after which there can be no other. I find this notion expressed by Hitchens, I think also by the academic philosopher Roger Scruton, and others including a recent reader of mine. Surely every religion claims to be definitive and claims therefore to be final. This charge against Islam is peculiarly preposterous because the Prophet was very modest indeed about his revelation. He did not claim that his revelation was new and original but merely that he was reiterating something revealed to mankind right down the ages by a whole series of Prophets before him. But the revelation that there was only one true God was always corrupted in the course of time. He was therefore reiterating it as something that was definitive and final, from which all the rest of Islam followed. That was why there are two verses in the Koran according to which Christians, Jews, and Sabataeans who believe in the one true God and lead a good life will go to heaven.

The above will have to suffice in this brief article as examples of the silliness that goes with Islamophobia. I will now focus on the main charge made by Islamophobes, which is that Islam is a religion of violence. I will sketch out, very briefly, my own approach to this problem, an approach that is doctrinal and also commonsensical. On the doctrinal level theologians have given primary importance to the Verse of the Sword, that is verse 5 of Sura 9. I will not provide any quotations here because the interested reader can easily access the material through the internet. That verse certainly projects the image of a militant, violent, proselytizing Islam that is fiercely intolerant of everything that is unIslamic. But that verse totally contradicts the many verses in which Islam is projected as a religion of peace. Some theologians hold that all those verses were abrogated by the Verse of the Sword.

I must now briefly explain what is meant by abrogation in interpreting the Koran. There is a verse in the Koran which states that later and fuller verses can be taken as abrogating earlier ones on the same subject.. A problem arises because there has been no consensus on the correct chronological order of the Koranic texts apart from a broad division between the early Meccan Suras and the later Medina ones. The attempt to solve this problem leads to certain conclusions, one of which is that a verse has to be read in its context. In this case verse 5 of Sura 9 has to be read in the context of verses 4 to 7 of that Sura. It then becomes clear that verse 5 really applies to those who have broken treaty obligations and is not meant to be taken as embodying an immutable principle.

So the identical Koranic text can be read in two different and opposed ways: one as projecting Islam as a religion of peace and the other as projecting it as a religion of violence and jihadist war. We must bear in mind that what is known as Islam is not just what is revealed in the Koran but also the Sunna, the Way, which is inclusive of the six books of the Hadiths – the vast corpus of the Traditions of the Prophet – and the four schools of Divine Law. In all that vast corpus plenty of texts can be found to read Islam in the two different and opposed ways that I have mentioned above. What this means is that Islam, just like the other three world religions, can be interpreted in different ways. So my answer to the question whether Islam is a religion of peace is the ambivalent one that it is both a religion of peace and a religion of violence and jihadist war. I don’t believe that the dilemma facing those who want a final and definitive interpretation of Islam can be found by entering the thickets of theological controversy. My way out is a commonsensical one.

I have two commonsensical points to make. I would firstly observe that there are two different kinds of questions, namely the right questions and the wrong questions. The right questions amount to fertile hypotheses that lead to useful answers while the wrong questions lead nowhere. I base my position that asking whether Islam is a religion of peace is a wrong question on a Biblical text: The Son of Man goes forth to war. It is an indubitable fact that the adherents of all the great world religions have indulged in much violence and much war, and that is true also of Buddhists who practice the most peaceful of all the religions. The historical record shows that Muslims have been no more prone to war and violence than others. Let us remember that nations whose civilisations were shaped by Christianity were mainly responsible for the two greatest blood-lettings in all of human history, the two world wars of the last century. My second commonsensical point is that ninety nine per cent and more of the Muslim immigrants in the West and elsewhere are peaceful law-abiding citizens. It surely means that the demented violence of Wahabism and its clones is an unIslamic aberration. However my answer to the question whether or not Islam is a religion of peace is not going to convince the Islamophobe. How to deal with him is another story.

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    IH I didn’t bother to read your article.
    However you recently wrote a series of verbal vomit “Understanding Islamic Terrorism?
    Now we have “Is Islam is a religion of peace?
    are you as usual clarifying your clarification?
    or are you are just repeating the same thing under a different heading?

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      Dear Rajash,

      I sympathise with you to this extent: how are we to find the time to read all the things that are said by all the religions? In that sense the contributions by “Spring Koha”, and others, but most importantly by the indefatigable “Amarasiri” are very much to the point.

      Izeth says,

      “A surprisingly widespread notion – surprising because it is so preposterous – is that Islam makes the exceptionally large claim that it gives the final revelation after which there can be no other.”

      He also says,

      “It is an indubitable fact that the adherents of all the great world religions have indulged in much violence and much war, and that is true also of Buddhists who practice the most peaceful of all the religions.”

      In my case, I was so touched by this man of 88 years to tell us things that can only help the world to bring “Islamic Terrorism” under control, so touched me that I managed to track down Mr Hussain’s telephone number and thank him personally for his efforts. I have subsequently sent him a brief e-mail, but it required no response from him.

      “Religion” is not something for which few of us today have time. Let us face up to that fact. I don’t think that we should respond negatively without studying carefully. I have no idea as to what “verse 5 of Sura 9 has to be read in the context of verses 4 to 7 of that Sura.” As he has said before that, “I will not provide any quotations here because the interested reader can easily access the material through the internet.” We have no time to read all that, so let us suspend judgement on all that; however, I think that it is natural for us to be indignant every time we hear of “terrorism”, but hose reports tend to get selective because the Internet is dominated by non-Islamic ideologies. And then we have the actual “Islamists” also making their comments, and tearing in to this courageous man, Mr Hussain, for writing commonsense.

      It is quite all right for “EDWIN RODRIGO” to politely ask clarifications for things that we don’t understand. How else can we find out what at least a decent Muslim thinks. But I see that “baludeen” and “ela kolla” have had their comments “removed”. I can’t help but conclude that they were rude and insulting.

      It is “Izeth Hussain” (real name, real person) who shows us the way forward.

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        Sinhala Man – thanks very much for your fair-minded comments. I did not get your email.- IH

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          Dear Izeth, people judge a religion not by what is wriiten in their sacred texts, but by the behaviour of their adherents. Every religion has its good and bad sides, and Islam is not an exception. Koran gives room for people to misinterpret and cause misery to adherents of other religions. This has happened in the past and is happening now. Muslim invaders have destroyed places of worship of other religions and caused ethnic cleansing. It is happening now in the middle east, and therefore it is natural that non muslims are concerned about the rise of Islamic racism. To call this justfiable reaction Islamophobia is not correct. You would have heard what happend in cologne where muslims who were granted asylum attacking and robbing German girls without reason.
          You are saying that you are going to write an article on Tamil Islamophobia. Look at what is happening in Eastern province. It is an unquestionable fact in history that Muslims who were fleeing persecution by Portugese were settled by King Senrath in the eastern province. Now the descendants of Tamils who welcomed the ancesters of the present day muslims in eastern province are at the recieving end of Islamic racism. Lands belonging to Tamils have been misppropriated by Muslims who are refusing to leave, and the police is not taking any action. In one instance Tamils in Amparai had to go to court and got a vedict to eject them, and I do not know whether they got it implemented. Kalmunai was a Tamil majority town with Muslims settled only in the periphery. Eastern provincial council has now put forward a program to modernise the town, but the real reason is to disposses Tamils of their properties in the strategic parts of the Town. Eastern province is a Tamil province with other communities settled at various times in history. There is nothing in history to say that Tamils were settled in eastern province by anyone. Recent discovery in Vaharai and Mahiladitivu in Batticaloa district and Weber staium in Trincomalee proves that Tamils lived in eastern province for over 2000 years. If you want to know the true face of Islam you must live in a Muslim country and listen to Islamic fanatics. They say muslims are always correct as they follow Koran and therefore non muslims should never accuse them of any wrong doings. Their aim is to convert all to Islam and those who refuse to do so to be killed. Therfore do not blame non muslims for taking defensive position.

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            Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam,

            There just is too much of knowledge “floating” around. Yes, our problem is that we feel we have to comment; I did just that yesterday – not once, but twice. And then there is misunderstanding. You will remember (I have absolutely no doubt about that!) how the two of us got in to a tangle, and I finally posted my e-mail address on this website, but you didn’t reciprocate. In the case of this article, I had got my English in a tangle since I was in such a hurry to write my answer, but fortunately Mr Izeth Hussain has seen through that and referred only to the contents. And you, too, must have chosen to put your comment here because you remembered me.

            As for why you are now reduced to being so suspicious of all other communities, that was explained to me by our mutual friend, Prof. Mahesh Nirmalan in an e-mail. There was, Gnana, another Tamil doctor, calling himself “sinhala friend” who was writing bitter comments about all that another Tamil man, Rajan Hoole, was writing! I don’t think that many of us have the time to read the articles that are written, quite apart from following up cross references, but you will find that this other Tamil doctor is also a very good man, who still has this romantic admiration for Veluppillai Prabhakaran:

            https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-weight-of-past-choices/#comments

            I think that by my responding rationally, he’s come to appreciate that while he can continue to venerate his fallen hero, he ought not to scorn those who think otherwise.

            https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-states-complicity-in-murder-the-two-track-approach/#comments

            The change is quite dramatic, isn’t it? Unfortunately we have not communicated after that.

            It may be that we have to build a group of people who are determined not to allow our country to get mired in any more violence and wars. No, that’s expecting too much, human beings will always have disagreements, but it needn’t be as bad as it is now.

            Mr Izeth Nussain says, above, that he hasn’t got my e-mail: I’ve spoken to him twice today. The first time he told me about his second e-mail address appearing in the reproduction of this same article in “The Island” yesterday.

            http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=138294

            The second time I spoke he said that he had got today’s e-mail in to both his addresses. How did my first e-mail go astray when it had the correct address? We will never know, but I guess the chances are that it was human error: our technologies have developed, but they can do no thinking; they cannot do anything constructive by themselves. We are fallible, but it is we who have to use technology, and whatever limited understanding we have, to change the direction in which we are going.

            “Burning Issue” has given this “warning” below:

            “Let me give you a warning. Both Sinhala and Tamils will reconcile and unite as Sri Lankans. The Muslims better join hands or will face the wrath of both of the major communities!”

            While I don’t at all agree with what he goes on to say about Izeth’s intentions in writing what he has written, I think that the danger for us in Sri Lanka is very real. I have been told that Lee Kwan Yew, when faced with this problem in Singapore (the country that we’ve begun so fond of contrasting with ours, and of admiring), he was quite pragmatic. He had apparently summoned all the Muslims. and told them that unless they stop being such a divisive force, they would be “eliminated” by him. So, “please bring all Muslims under control”. It had worked, apparently.

            The story may be apocryphal, the methods will not be approved by human rights activists, or even by me, but I do hope that many Muslims are coming back to this article and the many comments on it.

            I told Mr Hussain that I was going to quote this thing about Singapore, and that given the much greater interaction and interdependence in the world today, we can’t be complacently saying that the past is a clear guide to the future. All of us Asians are MAKING OURSELVES HATEFUL to the rest of the world. I told that to a Sri Lankan two days ago. He has been behaving disgracefully; I said it’s such conduct that makes our passports valueless. No, like many others he will not accept it. “When we say that we are from Sri Lanka we are respected; it is the Indians who are not liked.” How long are we going to delude ourselves.

            I reminded him how well he had been treated by a white American – who knows nothing of his transgressions. “Oh, I have worked with him, and he likes me.” He wouldn’t if he knew what I know. The average Sri Lankan almost worships the white man. We guys, who know some English? We resent what the crass white man does, and we rightly refuse to accept what “The West” represents. We go too far in the other direction, perhaps.

            But more than all Asians, it is the Muslims that are going to be targetted world-wide. And we have to face it: the world has come to be dominated by white men, and European (mainly English) languages. And so, we Sinhalese, feel that our language is threatened: by whom? Mostly by ourselves. Just look at Sinhala Television. Wherever possible, an English word is substituted for its Sinhala equivalent.

            If you look within this at “the article within an article” that Mano Ratwatte has called a “Storm in a Bra-cup”, you will begin to understand why our President over-reacted to the December concert.

            https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-song-dance-about-enrique-iglesias/

            After initially trying to defend the President, I, too, have had to acknowledge that there are certain OTHER things that he has to explain. As for the Sinhala language, how well he uses it, and how little do we understand it. So we exaggerate his “speech offence” by mis-translating his comments to people in Amparai by adding “toxic” to the “Madu walige”, because we want to titillate the English speaking West by running down our own culture.

            Everything that I have stated above in some way implies that what Izeth has said is inadequate. No, that is not the case. Because what he has clearly stated, and which is not acceptable to the majority of Muslims, is that Islam was God’s revellation to the Arabs of 1,400 years ago, and what has been revealed to others, at other times, is equally valid. Also, important is the concept of God that each person has. Buddhism has no God they say; but I think that “what the Buddha said” is that it is an unnecessary question. Then we have to study what exactly Gauthama did say, and how it was recorded! A tall order, isn’t it? Izeth seems to have studied it: let us be grateful for that.

            By the way, Mr Izeth Hussain told me, on the second day of my talking to him, that he has no idea as to who “Amarasiri” is. If asked, I guess Amarasiri will say, “don’t get ad hominem”, and to stick to the argument, which is so difficult!

            So thanks, Izeth Hussain!

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              Sinhala Man – can you tell us the source of the story about Lee Kwan Yu – that he would “eliminate” the Muslims unless they stopped being such a “divisive force”. Some exaggeration somewhere I think. – IH

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                I agree that summarising it in to such a crisp form could be “exaggeration”.

                The fact is that what a non-Muslim like me hears may be very different from what is said in the hearing of a Muslim; also, there are lots of e-mails reflecting “Islamaphobia” that come in to our e-mails. Many I delete without even reading; I must search my mail for the more constructive ones, and put them in to a later post. Actually, in my view that particular comment is not so bad, and while the business culture that Singapore has evolved may not be to our liking, the key word I had used above is “pragmatic”. So, I had heard this sort of thing – and I think it could well be that he said something like that, and a Google browsing threw this up first:

                http://www.newenglishreview.org/blog_direct_link.cfm/blog_id/32495

                At some point I changed my search criterion to:

                “How Lee Kuan Yew dealt with Muslims in Singapore”.

                I came across this on about the second page of links:

                https://books.google.lk/books?id=gQ-JAAAAQBAJ&pg=PA289&lpg=PA289&dq=How+Lee+Kuan+Yew+dealt+with+Muslims+in+Singapore&source=bl&ots=_8ivhLIOnK&sig=XklIM8j83yw60xZtWILPcvSaXeM&hl=en&sa=X&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=How%20Lee%20Kuan%20Yew%20dealt%20with%20Muslims%20in%20Singapore&f=false

                Yes, it looks as though the search bar there has much more than usual! And that may not represent the first thing it took me to, but it looks as though Amazon doesn’t allow unlimited access for free, although they’ve shown me a generous amount. I didn’t note the first page I was taken to, but where I have stopped is page 219. Interesting for Izeth! I first began providing esoteric facts for Mr Hussain when I started revealing more than usual knowledge of the Quakers – and there they are, at the top of the page!

                About Singapore and its founding what I have read about (I’ve never been anywhere there!) points to a good deal of tension between what the industrious “ethnic Chinese” (many of them Christians) and the laid back Bhoomiputras of Malaya, who are mostly Muslims. They formed Malaysia, but decided to separate! Yes, the actual “separatism” that we Sinhalese are so afraid of!!

                Obviously, what is involved is not religion alone, but ethnicity and religion as well. Tamils have made a significant contribution, and I believe that while there are four Official Languages, the National Anthem is still sung in Malay. I’ve stopped trying to research and be scholarly; I’m sure there are many, starting with Izeth, who will be able to point out inaccuracies.

                I think that I’d better speak subjectively of how I feel that this applies to us in Sri Lanka. When I was a kid in the nineteen fifties and sixties, it was like what the first link takes us to: Muslims did not dress differently (Afghan money lenders on their BSA bikes were not thought of in terms of their religion) ; the communities were not distinguishable by degrees of male hirsuteness, but of course there was the Ramazan fasting (where I didn’t realise as a boy that the period of year shifted); Muslim boys couldn’t even swallow spit was what we knew. Well, the adherents of all other religions also had their eccentricities was all that we then felt. Of course, Muslim names were different.

                All that was when I was too young to perceive; adults tend to look critically and censoriously. But even allowing for all that, I wish that Muslims seeing this would ponder on ways in which they could desist from being “different”, without having to compromise on matters of principle.

                Now we have noise pollution as well, owing to the use of loudspeakers and amplifiers. That really is resented. The offenders in my order of perception: mosques; private, and now also state, buses; temples. Lottery sellers have become less of a menace now. {There are the guys who chuck a ticket in your face, but I get them madder by saying that I’ve found that I don’t win the prize, and I DO remember buying a “Hospital Sweep” ticket when I was sixteen years old.}

                To be very honest with Izeth, the BBS did manage to get logic on their side, for once on the Halal issue. I’m not in any doubt that awareness of Arab oil wealth, and the fact that lots of Sinhalese women serving as housemaids had a lot to do with Muslims being just that bit over-assertive of identity. Regular readers of this website will know that I think that each social group certainly must have its own identity – or at least I realise that now. I know that although I’m in some senses a villager, I am overly “westernized”!

                Basically, we need to have all Muslims studying everything that Izeth is saying; that doesn’t mean that they should become clones of him! We must all preserve not just identity, but individuality as well.

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                  Readers and CT,

                  Please pardon my blunder. I thought that the considerable work that I had done last night had got lost, and tried to write the comment all over again. There was a whole article that I pasted on to the comment below but CT has truncated from that point on.

                  The links to that article weren’t going to be sufficient: you have to pay to see. That was why someone who had paid, had pasted it on. The article is titled: “Lee Kuan Yew and how to fight Islamic terrorism” by Peter Cai. You can get only as far as this link:

                  http://subscription.news.com.au/landingpages/businessspectator/pc/news/1/?sourceCode=BSWEB_WRE170_a&dest=http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2015/11/17/china/lee-kuan-yew-and-how-fight-islamic-terrorism&mode=premium&memtype=anonymous

                  I had also added (in some detail) a plea for Muslims to dress and speak more “normally” – using Sri Lankan English if in Sri Lanka, or Sinhala or Tamil – and don’t live in ghettos. Also of concern to me is the current segregation in education. Don’t have separate Muslim schools. By all means teach Arabic and “more Islam” at “Sunday Schools”, by all means.

                  Lastly, I think that you helped the BBS by dragging out that “halal” business. Try instead to help moderate “infidels” by exploring the avenues opened up for you by IH.

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                Dear Izeth,

                I think that summarising what Lee Kwan Yu did in such crisp terms does amount to a degree of simplification /exaggeration. A guy like me gets told many more things and receives many more “clever” racist jokes than a Muslim would ever come across. Many are deleted by me, some without even opening. Since they are known people I don’t quite spam them.

                Of those that remain, here’s one that has some relevance:

                http://sheikyermami.com/2015/03/lee-kuan-yew-we-can-integrate-all-religions-and-races-except-islam/

                Here’s something that seeks to explain all the happenings in the world for sixty years. From a “Western Perspective”, of course.

                http://www.forbes.com/global/2006/0313/014.html

                This next one, I find won’t just open for free, so let me paste it all.

                Lee Kuan Yew and how to fight Islamic terrorism

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                  Sinhala Man – thanks for providing very interesting material. “Eliminate” was certainly an exaggeration. Lee Kwan Yew was not a fool.The situation is just as I thought it would be. In the phases of Islamic civilizational decadence Muslims have had a tendency to withdraw into themselves. They easily develop a ghetto mentality. That has become much worse in recent decades and the problem of integration becomes worse.I have written about it in the past. I shall do so again. I must emphasize that my exposure of Islamophobia does not mean that I hold that everything’s right with the Islamic world. Somethings are terribly wrong. I shall write about that too. = IH

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              Sinhala_Man

              “Everything that I have stated above in some way implies that what Izeth has said is inadequate. No, that is not the case. Because what he has clearly stated, and which is not acceptable to the majority of Muslims, is that Islam was God’s revellation to the Arabs of 1,400 years ago, and what has been revealed to others, at other times, is equally valid. Also, important is the concept of God that each person has. Buddhism has no God they say; but I think that “what the Buddha said” is that it is an unnecessary question. Then we have to study what exactly Gauthama did say, and how it was recorded! A tall order, isn’t it? Izeth seems to have studied it: let us be grateful for that.”

              Thanks. Very thoughtful.

              I still maintain that Mr. Izeth Hussein is a very thoughtful Muslim, every Muslim and non-Muslim alike should appreciate. Fortunately he lives in non-Muslim Country, where he has his freedom to share his ideas, without getting “approval” from the Ulama or being hauled and arrested by the “Vice Squad” or the “Inquisition”.

              It is rather illuminating to get back to the Islamic Philosophy and Science about 1,000 years ago with great Islamic thinkers Philosophers (Lovers of Wisdom) at at that time and the Sufis, the Lovers of God.

              This is a long battle; The Battle Between Revelation and Reason.

              Some References:

              1. Al-Farabi (872-951 AD)

              2. Al-Ghazzali (1058-1111 AD)

              3. Ibn Rushd (1126-1198 AD)

              4. Ibn Arabi (1165-1240 AD)

              5. Ibn Khaldun (1332-1406 AD)

              I hope this very short introduction to some of the greatest thinkers of Islamic heritage generates enough curiosity that young Muslims take interest in them. There is no point in bragging that once the Muslims had a great civilization and that they had a golden age, if they are not familiar with the nuggets and contents of that glorious age. How many Muslims have any of these Books? How Many non-Muslims have it?

              Then one may try to see what the Tripitaka and the Hindu scripts say in addition to the Quran and the Bible and other tales.

              PS. “I guess Amarasiri will say, “don’t get ad hominem”, and to stick to the argument, which is so difficult!”

              Correct. Does anybody know which nationality, or religion, Copernicus Galileo, Kepler, Newton and Foucault belonged? People know the Helio- eccentric arguments more than the personalities. May be, the Pope and the Inquisitors knew, as they wanted to punish them, if they could get their hands on them, the way they did to Giardano Bruno, and burning him at the stake , February , 1,600, A.D. Anno Domoini. the Year of “Our’s Lord.” Wasn’t Giardano Bruno’s Lord, but the Pope’s Lord.

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              Dear Sinhala man, I have been speaking out the truth about ethnic problem in Srilanka. Unfortunately truth seems to be unpalattable to racist and they are crying foul. I am a member of several organisations in UK, predominantly Sinhalese. Socially there is harmony between all fair minded people in UK, but this is not so politically, and we keep politics out of it. Even today a Sinhala gentleman came home and requested me to help him to organise a multi-ethnic event in summer. I am recognised among Sinhalese as a straight forward person, who will call a spade a spade. You have mentioned that Dr. Mahesan Nirmalan had explained to you why I am suspicious about other communities, but he never mentioned that to me. When people behave in a manner that is not in line with justice to be meted to Tamils, then naturally I have to bring it up. Are you are saying that I am not poltically correct.

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                Dear Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam,

                I’m sure that you are a decent and honest man – and that is what Nirmalan also had written in a mail dealing with other things as well. However, he had said something like I should understand how much you have suffered in certain situations.

                So, I try to understand you – and be sympathetic. However, it could get wearying if you go on asking for sympathy from everyone. Instead of posting all this on the net, what you could have done is to have e-mailed me; but perhaps, you have lost my e-mail address. Well, I’m not putting it on again, but you may be able to find it on the net itself, if you can still remember my name.

                And, by the way, not being exactly a computer wizard, I have made a few comments on some websites using my e-mail address, preferring it to Facebook. For instance, I’m one of the few people who has tried to reason with the singer m.i.a., and I also used my e-mail address when praising Dr Vickremabahu Karunaratne. My name and photograph both appear in those places, but no, I’m not putting my e-mail address on again here. In fact I don’t think it’s allowed!

                I’m “more open than usual”: I guess you know where those words appear. You could obviously get my address from Nirmalan, but I’d rather you didn’t. If you can’t remember my name, just drop it. It may have been a gaffe on my part to refer at all to a past exchange of views.

                Let me not say anything more; I don’t think that I’m going to be hunting for our earlier comments, but even here there is too much suggestion that most others are against you; I’m not, and I’m sure that Mr Izeth Hussain has nothing personal against you, but we both had to master a discipline called “Practical Criticism”.

                https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I._A._Richards

                Please, Dr G.S. – don’t get hot under the collar; relax, man!

                Bottom line: Don’t think of yourself as a Tamil; think of yourself as human being. You may ask me one more question only! Why I then call myself “Sinhala_Man” – but I think that you should be able to work it out!

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              Thanks Sinhala Man – I refer to your penultimate paragraph. The fact that the Prophet reiterated the revelation given to many earlier Prophets – the revelation that there is only one true God – is there in the Koran.It mentions no less than 28 Prophets who preceded him.
              There are two places in the Koran that state that those who believe in the one true God and lead a good life will go to heaven. I think that that cannot be explained away contextually. On the other hand I think that the verses that are antipathetic to Christians and Jews can be explained away contextually.
              Muslims are allowed to marry “people of the Book”, that is the adherents of the monotheistic religions. I hold therefore that the validity of those two verses is shown in actual Islamic practice. – IH

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            Dr GS – I don’t think that there can be any useful dialogue between us.- IH

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              That is because you are an anti-Tamil racist and [Edited out]

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                Doc Gna – the fact that I am critical of Tamil Islamophobes does not make me an anti-Tamil racist.Can you point to even one detail to substantiate your charge? You can’t. You have got partiality edited out. I suppose that you have given vent to your usual hysterical abuse against me.That’s why you are not fit for dialogue. You are a Gnasty fellow. Don’t waste my time. – IH

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                  IH,

                  Can you provide substance to your conclusion that the Tamils are more Islamaphobic than the Sinhala? This is a serious and calculated charge and you made it without substance! This is one of the reasons that Dr GS concludes that you are an anti tamil! I 100% agree with him.

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                  Izeth Hussain

                  Remember Amarasiri’s advice. No ad hominems, regarding Dr. GS.

                  Please, stick to the subject and Issue at hand, and do not be distracted by the noise of the various characters who may be acting due tho their upbringing, brainwashing, or being recruited as agents . Have pity on them, because they have hate in them, which destroys them from within, before it damages you.

                  You , may, yes may, throw some Dahammapads, or other sayings by great philosophers at them, to help them, so that they can help themselves.

                  95% of the solution is identifying the problem.

                  http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/scrndhamma.pdf

                  The Dhammapada (Pāli; Prakrit: धम्मपद Dhammapada; Sanskrit: धर्मपद Dharmapada) is a collection of sayings of the Buddha in verse form and one of the most widely read and best known Buddhist scriptures. The original version of the Dhammapada is in the Khuddaka Nikaya, a division of the Pali Canon of Theravada Buddhism.

                  The Buddhist scholar and commentator Buddhaghosa explains that each saying recorded in the collection was made on a different occasion in response to a unique situation that had arisen in the life of the Buddha and his monastic community. His commentary, the Dhammapada Atthakatha, presents the details of these events and is a rich source of legend for the life and times of the Buddha.

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                  I never said anything bad about you to be edited out. I do not know why it was done. You are attacking Tamils when they are showing utmost restraint in eastern province regarding actions of Muslims. Can you ever deny that the Tamil majority status in eastern province has been unfairly denied by the racist actions of successive Srilankan governments to which the Muslims also have contributed. The census since 1900 will prove this. It has been recorded that several lands of Tamils in Batticaloa and Amparai have been appropriated by Muslims and the government is doing nothing about it. If you are not a anti-Tamil racist can you please ask all Muslims who have encroached, to hand the lands back to Tamils. Can any Muslim do this to lands of Sinhalese. As far as I am concerned justice should be meted equally to all.

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                Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam

                “That is because you are an anti-Tamil racist and [Edited out]”

                Amarasiri haven’t seen that. Just because somebody points out the excesses done by the LTTE “Tamils” towards the Tamil Speaking Sri Lankan Muslims been pointed by Izeth Hussein, does not make him an Anti-Tamil racist.

                Furthermore, pointin out the Tamils and the Sinhala who were recruited by Norway, Israelis and the Fundamentalist Christian West as Agents does not make the reporter an anti-Tamil or anti Sinhala Buddhist.

                Please learn to separate the whet from the chaff.

                Are you funded by Norway, Israels or the Christian fundamentalist West? At least we know the BBS is.

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                  Amarasiri, no fair minded Tamil person has supported the action of LTTE on eviction of Muslims. Whatever the provocation may be, that should not have been done. I feel that was a grave mistake and has to be corrected. But similar or worse situation had been faced by Tamils at the hand of Government and both Sinhala and Muslim civilians, but no one talks about it. Is this justice. You are asking me to learn to separate whet from the chaff. For your information I have the ability to spot the underlying intentions of people. You may hero worship Izeth Hussain, but he is clearly attacking Tamils without evidence or logical reasoning. You have failed to notice that whenever there is an attack on Muslims by Sinhalese, Izeth diverts it to attack Tamils to please Sinhala racists. It has been well documented that Tamils in the eastern province have suffered at the hands of Muslims in Amparai, but Izeth is refusing to accept it or apologise for that. How can he be a fair commentator when he does these things.

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                    Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam

                    “You may hero worship Izeth Hussain, but he is clearly attacking Tamils without evidence or logical reasoning. “

                    1. Sorry. Amarasiri does not worship Iseth Hussein. Amarasiri has great respect and appreciation for Uzeth Hussein for being one of the thinking Muslims, who is exposing Wahhabism and their clones and exposing “Islamic” Terrorism, emanating from Wahhabism, which should be branded “Iblisic” Terrorism. He is a rare breed and every thinking person should support him, Muslim, and non-Muslim alike. Do you know any other thinking Muslims like him?

                    2. The Issue of his identification of Tamils being more racist than Sinhala, towards the Muslims or others, is of secondary importance, even though Amarasiri abhors Racism, between the Paras in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho.

                    3. However, Amarasiri has one piece of evidence, about the LTTE “Tamils” expelling “Tamil” speaking Muslims from the Northern Province and killing them in the Mosques, that cannot be dismissed. More recent demonstration by the “Christian” “Tamils” in support of Israel for killing Palestinians, whether enticed by the Christian Fundamentalists, funded by Norway, Israel or the Christian fundamentalist West, give more circumstantial evidence for Tamil racism.

                    4. Mr. Izeth Hessein may have more comparative evidence for his claim that Tamils are more racist than Sinhala People. I wonder if the Hindu Caste System has something to do with that? Just Curious.

                    Quiz: Is the Schrodinger cat dead or alive?

                    References:

                    Forgotten People – The Evicted and Displaced North Muslims of Sri Lanka (English)

                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JV60McNQ9o

                    Published on Jun 1, 2013
                    The Evicted and Displaced North Muslims of Sri Lanka. The expulsion of the Muslims and other nations from the Northern province was an act of ethnic cleansing carried out by the Tamil militant Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) organization in October 1990. In order to achieve their goal of creating a mono ethnic Tamil state in the North Sri Lanka, the LTTE forcibly expelled the 72,000 strong Muslim population from the Northern Province.

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                      Amarasiri – thanks very much for your fair-minded comments. I intended writing my next article on Tamil Islamophobia, but I have changed my mind because a couple of my Muslim friends have just dropped in, one of whom brought very disturbing information about Wahabi activities here. I therefore want to make some clarifications about Islam in my next article.
                      In the meanwhile, I will just set out a few points about Tamil Islamophobia – 1)I have never attacked the Tamils gratuitously. I have only responded to attacks by them. 2)Any fair-minded person going through material in the CT archives will agree that the Tamil attacks on me have been infinitely nastier than the Sinhalese attacks. 3)For instance Dr Gna Sankaralingam used to attack every single article of mine week after week.Invariably his first para used to be full of expletives – fool, idiot,numskull, imbecile etc. He would begin his next para by asking me to engage in “civilised discussion”, clearly meaning that the Muslims are not a civilised people. 4)I wrote a series of articles on the SL Muslims in the course of which I explained some of the fundamentals of Islam. The CT archives will show that the Tamil readers were much more insistent than the Sinhalese ones that Islam is a savage religion and the Muslims are a savage people. 5) Recently one Paul alleged with utter contemptuousness that Muslims had married low-caste Tamils, and more recently he referred to Muslims as “half-caste bastards”. No Sinhalese will do that. 6)Some months ago there were pro-Israeli demonstrations in Batticoloa by Christian sects. Significantly there have been no such demonstrations in Sinhalese areas. 7) The Tamils are much more caste conscious than the Sinhalese. That could explain a lot. 8)Why have they targeted me? I write articles of a certain quality. They find that unbearable.9)Other Muslims share my views that Tamil Islamophobia is in a class apart.10) There is a peculiar savagery about Tamil Islamophobia. For instance a Tamil predicted some months ago that I would die shortly and that I would die in a state of anger.Dr Gna added to that with something like a sketch for a short story, at the end of which I was done to death with savage violence.11) Unbelievable? It’s all there in the CT archives. – IH

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                      Dear Amarasiri, Izeth is being attacked for the words he is using in his article about Tamils. If he says there are extremists and racists among Tamils no one will find fault with him, but he uses the term Tamil lunatic fringe. Instead of saying there are Tamils who are against Muslims, he talks of Tamil Islamophobia, and also makes a sweeping acusation that Tamil Islamophobia is worse than Sinhala Islamophobia. He gets angry when one talks about Islamic extremists and racists. Does he deny that Muslims in Srilanka are not suffering from Sinhalaphobia or Tamilophobia.
                      Coming to you, once again I see you mentioning ethnic cleansing done by LTTE in the northern province. Why is that you never mention about ethnic cleansing of Tamils by Sinhalese or Muslims.
                      The worst ethnic cleansing in Srilanka is the deportation of one million Tamils of recent Indian origin. For your information more Tamils have been driven out of Northern province due to the war than Muslims or Sinhalese. The fact that two parliamentary seats were reduced in Jaffna electorate goes to prove this. In the eastern province both Sinhalese and Muslims have committed ethnic cleansing. Today Tamils have been reduced to a minority in the eastern province due to this atrocity. If you are honest, please advocate measures to bring back the Tamil majority status in eastern province, for them to enjoy the fruits of democracy.

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                      Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam

                      “Why is that you never mention about ethnic cleansing of Tamils by Sinhalese or Muslims.”

                      Why is that none of you (Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, Hindus, Christians, Buddhists, Malays, Burghers …… ) never mention about ethnic cleansing of my people the first nation Veddahs?

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                      Amarasiri – I must add to the eleven points I made in my reply of Jan 12.I may take quite some time before writing a further article on Tamil Islamophobia.The reason is that the traditional Sufi-inspired Islam that served the SL Muslims very well for centuries is now in the process of being totally destroyed. I must give priority to that.
                      Here are my further points – 12)I count myself as among the foremost of the non-Tamils who have been sympathetic to the Tamils. 13)At a meeting of the YMCA forum sometime in the first half of the ‘nineties I first propounded the thesis that it was the state-backed terrorism from 1977 to 1983 that led to the 26-year war.I followed that up with a two-part article in the Lanka Guardian, and I have reiterated that thesis in many articles since then. 14)I have written more than one article arguing that the LTTE rebellion should be regarded not as a terrorist movement but as a nationalist movement. In the innumerable articles I have written since then I have not even once used the term “terrorist” about the LTTE. 15)I have gone to the extent of advocating that we should build a mausoleum to commemorate the Tamils who died in the war. We should use the ancient Chinese inscription on a mausoleum built to honor the courage of their fallen enemies: May you be born among us in your next birth. 16) I have consistently berated the Muslim political leadership for siding with the Sinhalese on every bit of racist idiocy perpetrated against the Tamils. 17) With that kind of record it was not at all surprising that soon after I started writing weekly articles I received encomiums from Tamils. It included one from Fr S.J.Emmanuel of the GTF. A Tamil expatriate paper in Canada published two of my articles in Tamil translation. Much later – in response to Tamil attacks on me – Dr Devanesan Nesiah declared that he agreed with ninety nine per cent of what I wrote. 18)Against that background it stunned me and many others when every article by me provoked attacks by around seven to ten Tamils. They were concerted attacks that went on for several months.19) If the above does not make Burning Issue change his views about me, I must ask him one question: Have you no moral scruples at all? – IH

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                      Izeth Hussain

                      RE: January 12, 2016 at 10:21 pm Posting

                      “In the meanwhile, I will just set out a few points about Tamil Islamophobia – 1)I have never attacked the Tamils gratuitously. I have only responded to attacks by them. “

                      1. The Tamil Racism Issue:
                      Good to know that you are not getting distracted by the Norwegian, Israeli and Fundamentalist Christian american funded shills employed to attack the Sri Lankan Muslims by employing innocent and idiotic Sri Lankan Tamils.Are they done with BBS for Now by attacking both the Sri Lankan Muslims and downgrading of Sinhala Buddhism?

                      However, Amarasiri’s focus is on the Satan following Wahhabis and their clones, who are wrecking havoc globally, Sri Lanka included.

                      If you have evidence for Tamil Racism, and it over to another person who can better handle it, manage it or solve it. You are too valuable to be distracted here, Your focus need to be on Wahhabis and their Clone who are follow Satan and Iblis.

                      2. “but I have changed my mind because a couple of my Muslim friends have just dropped in, one of whom brought very disturbing information about Wahabi activities here. I therefore want to make some clarifications about Islam in my next article. “

                      Good to focus here, expose the Wahhabies, for what they are: The followers of Satan, Iblis and Company.

                      3. “5) Recently one Paul alleged with utter contemptuousness that Muslims had married low-caste Tamils, and more recently he referred to Muslims as “half-caste bastards”. No Sinhalese will do “

                      Remember All the Tamils and All the Sinhala and others in Sri Lanka are Paras, whatever Caste they belong to.

                      So, Tamil Anti Muslim Phobia has a Caste discrimination element in there. Aren’t the Vellalas paras?

                      4. Why they are targeting is because they are funded by Norway, Israel and the fundamental Christian West.

                      Do you know what Richard Dawkins said about the God of the Old and New Testament? May be you can say the same about the Tamils who are the Shills of Norway, Israel and the fundamental Christian West.

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                      Izeth Hussein,

                      “Amarasiri – I must add to the eleven points I made in my reply of Jan 12.I may take quite some time before writing a further article on Tamil Islamophobia.The reason is that the traditional Sufi-inspired Islam that served the SL Muslims very well for centuries is now in the process of being totally destroyed. I must give priority to that.”

                      1. Izeth, thank you! Please do give priority to the Iblis-Wahhabi, Satan-Wahhabi menace that Amarasiri has written a lot about. please do not be refocused on the Sri Lankan Tamil-Muslim Racism. The Iblis-Wahhabi problem is a much larger problem, that needs good Muslim Intellectuals to tackle. The current Ulama are parrots, recitation parrots.

                      2. The Amarasiri’s Iblis-Wahhabi Hypothesis is as follows.

                      Supporting Data was provided over the ages by, Kharijites, Ibn Taymiah, Abdul Wahhab and a host of other clones called Najadis,Salafis, Towheed, ISIS, ISIL, Deobandi, Taliban, Boko Haram, etc.m in the Hadith and in the Quran.

                      Members of the Islamic State (IS) have often been described as modern-age Kharijites, in reference to the Muslims who rebelled against the ruling powers in early Islamic history. The Kharijite rebellions began in the 7th century, against the Umayyad Caliphate, and persisted against the Abbasid Caliphate.

                      Salafists such as the grand mufti of Saudi Arabia — who shares IS’ religious principles, but not political views — call IS members Kharijites. Notably, these Salafists refused to pledge allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who surprised the other Salafist movements by declaring himself the caliph of all Muslims. Salafist movements never expressed a serious disagreement with IS until Baghdadi’s announcement of the caliphate last June.

                      The truth is, IS is nothing but the complete realization of Salafist jihad, which was born and raised under the auspices of Saudi Arabia decades ago, notably during Afghanistan’s wars against the Soviet Union from 1979 to 1989. IS also embodies the Islamic world’s two major extremist movements: the Salafist Saudi movement and the International Brotherhood movement. Salafist Wahhabi extremism merged with the Brotherhood’s political Islam and created the phenomenon of al-Qaeda, IS and other similar groups.

                      The Wahhabis and their clones, based on Instructions from Iblis, Satan, Devil, have caused confusion. The Quran warns and refers to Iblis, Satan 25 times.

                      Please see Amarasiri’s Response to J. Deane, but he did not answer Amarasiri’s Specific Question, and froze any more discussion on this thread.

                      It is Amarasiri’s hope that some other Wahhabism Promoter with a better grasp of Wahhabism can answer those queries. Will they?

                      The big Question is why are the Moderate and vast Muslim Majority sitting on the sidelines, when their faith is being hijacked by the Iblis, Devil, and only a few handful of intellectuals like Izath Hussein is coming to the rescue?

                      Ulama, Mullahs and Imams, shame on you! The Iblis, Satan, Devil, Shaitan, Lucifer, Mara is laughing!

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                    Dear Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam,

                    I think that this was the first time that we exchanged some comments:

                    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/are-we-ready-for-change/#comments

                    We want you to be part of our country!

                    Then we got quite rancorous:

                    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-story-of-the-failure-of-separatism/#comments

                    The problem there was, I think, that you were too conscious of the accidental privileges conferred on you by birth, and so you did not there think that you should be concerned with those who suffered at our Sinhalese ethnic cleansing when so many weeping plantation workers were repatriated to India. Even now what are we doing for them, really? It’s not wages alone that matter – and it may be that the Planters Association has a point there: if we over-price our cost of production our tea will be in trouble. What up-country Tamils need appears to be decent housing and education. Education seems to be getting ever worse, and less meaningful, even if allocations really get increased. Throwing money at projects won’t really improve matters.

                    As I commented then, you were far too conscious of the prestige of Royal College, and of the imagined greater intelligence of the Tamils. One thing that I will grant at any time is that Tamil students work harder, and thus deserved the success that they once had. But just see what they’re up to now! Protesting at University education being privatised. The danger that State Universities will get even more neglected is real, but undergrads have usually protested against the extension of education for purely selfish reasons.

                    All can’t get educated in a handful of “prestigious schools”; it’s high time we woke up to the fact that the majority of voters fear that an elite group of speakers of English manipulate everything that happens in the country. That is one of the reasons why we end up having such rotten people elected to parliament. We can at least limit our use of Old Boy ties to our social gatherings of school friends and not penalise those who were sent to the closest school – which is the most sensible thing for us to encourage!

                    You have obviously being saying many things that you should never have said, Dr. Sankaralingam. When confronted with something unpalatable, your response appears to be to call us all racists! I’m sure that you have given Izeth good reason to make harsh ripostes himself. Stop doing so, please, Dr. Sankaralingam.

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        “how are we to find the time to read all the things that are said by all the religions? “

        why is it Islam Islam Islam everywhere. I agree IH writes intellectually, but just bombarding CT week after week on Islam that and Islam this defeats the purpose.

        In England The Govt has decided to move the GCSE exams so that the dates don’t clash with Ramadan

        In Cologne and in various other cities Germany , the police were standing by looking on doing nothing on New Years eve when Muslim migrants were sexually harassing local girls. One Muslim migrant apparently told the police ” be nice to me I am the guest of Angela Merkel”

        The Mayor of Cologne put out a statement blaming the local girls. I wont be surprised if all the women and girls in Germany will be forced wear hijab and cover themselves except the eyes.

        As you can see Islam culture and sharia laws are slowly creeping in to every ones life.

        This is a dangerous sign and you soon except violence in cities all over

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        Sinhala_Man

        “It is “Izeth Hussain” (real name, real person) who shows us the way forward.”

        Yes. Thank you. Mr. Izeth Hussain is a rare Gem and assets to Sri Lankan Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Muslims and non-Muslims need more Izeth Hussains who can dwell deeper into religion, sort and identify the problem or problems.

        Islamic intellectual culture today suffers from a philosophy deficit. While there are a few philosophical thinkers in the Muslim World today, like Izeyh Hussein in Sri lanka, none of them enjoys the rock star status that many pedestrian preachers and YouTube stalwarts enjoy. What this tells us is that people are beginning to value knowledge but are unable to distinguish between preaching and thinking. So, the Muslims world is only now entering the Age of Reason and enlightenment.

        We all should commend Mr. Izeth Hussain’s efforts towards reforming and clarifying Islam, so that Islam can be decontaminated from the Wahhabies and their clones.

        Of course, the Wahhabis and their Clones, the Ulema and Mullah who feel their Ideologies and positions threatened will attack him, and many others like him, as has happened throughout the ages.

        The Problem goes back the dispute between Revelation and Reason, Observations, Data and Facts.

        Revelation depends on Faith Belief and Brainwashing: Religion

        Revelation depends on Observations, Data and Facts. The Scientific Method and Philosophy, Love of Wisdom.

        Islamist and Fundamentalists abhor Philosophy ( Love of Wisdom), Science and Reason. Just Read the Age of Reason and the Enlightenment.

        Mr. Izeth Hussein should be helped to form the critical mass of Islamic Philosophers that will help de-brainwash the Muslims who have been misled by the Satan, Iblis, Devil following Wahhabis, Fundamentalists and their Clones.

        Until this transformation takes place, Islam will not be a Religion of Peace, just like Christianity was for most of its 2,000 years.

        Muslim writers who can write the Age of Reason etc. are needed Now, yes Now.

        Referene:

        5 Islamic Philosophers Every Muslim Must Read

        Muqtedar Khan
        Associate Professor of Islam and Global Affairs, the University of Delaware

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          CORRECTION:

          “Revelation depends on Faith Belief and Brainwashing: Religion”

          “Revelation depends on Observations, Data and Facts. The Scientific Method and Philosophy, Love of Wisdom. “

          CORRECTED:

          Revelation depends on Faith Belief and Brainwashing: Religion.

          REASON depends on Observations, Data and Facts. The Scientific Method and Philosophy, Love of Wisdom. “

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          Dear Amarasiri,

          I don’t know how fair it is for us to expect Izeth to tackle this huge question almost single-handedly.

          However, may I hark back to this comment of his:

          Going back to Izeth Hussain
          January 11, 2016 at 6:30 am: ‘Sinhala Man . . . “Eliminate” was certainly an exaggeration. Lee Kwan Yew was not a fool.’

          I agree totally. However, what happened there was that moderate Muslims were persuaded to get the less far-seeing Muslims to become more rational. What would have happened if Lee Kwan Yew had tried to bring the then equivalents of today’s Islamists to heel? He would have driven the entire community to further extremism and brought on himself the opprobrium of the world. It was a very intelligent move on his part to persuade the moderates within each group to tackle their own “lunatic fringes”. And Amarasiri is right when he says that the problem is one which has the entire world in its grip right now.

          However, we reach mainly a Sri Lankan audience, and to me it makes sense to appeal to the moderates in each community to persuade others who share their culture to be more flexible and accommodating. This is why I have given myself this “Sinhala_Man” handle. I had not made contact with Dr Vickremabahu Karunaratne until about three years ago, although I was one of those who distributed leaflets sent up to Peradeniya University in March 1983. But then those leaflets came not from Bahu alone, but from Vasudeva Nanayakkara as well: and how he has let us down! But then, we’ve had Ven Sobhitha – and yourself, Amarasiri.

          It is in this sense that we must hope that President Maithirpala Sirisena fulfills his role as the as the leader of the moderate Sinhalese. We can’t expect perfection from anybody, but I still have faith in him. However, I do wish that he would clear up matters relating to Telecom, Mobitel and Hutch, and also not be so timid in handling parliamentarians – not to speak of appointing those who had been rejected by the people. On other scores, I think he’s been performing quite well, and I fear that CT has been handling him roughly. I thought Bahu’s article yesterday was quite sensible:

          https://www.ceylontoday.lk/51-115047-news-detail-presidents-remark-on-concert-smacks-of-village-culture.html

          All moderates are given a rough time by their own people, as EDWIN RODRIGO has commented. Essentially we belong to one human race, as Dr E.W. Adikaram used to remind us, but the fact is that in this country we rarely connect across cultures. I try not to comment adversely on those with whom I don’t share linguistic or religious background. I find that Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam has toned down his rhetoric, but I wish he would stop riling others, so I think I must address a few words to him, because he’s so conscious of something that he shares with us: the privileges conferred on us by being able to use English. I will say something to him separately. Dr. Sankaralingam I fear shows signs of dotage.

          But, Amarasiri, as your friend from Pera, EDWIN RODRIGO has said, “Allah seems to have assigned IH with Mission Impossible. May Allah bless him,” and THAT is what I, too, hope that he will focus on. It is amazing how clearly and pertinently he expresses himself.

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        Sinhala_Man RE: Rajesh

        “In my case, I was so touched by this man of 88 years to tell us things that can only help the world to bring “Islamic Terrorism” under control, so touched me that I managed to track down Mr Hussain’s telephone number and thank him personally for his efforts. I have subsequently sent him a brief e-mail, but it required no response from him.”

        There is circumstantial evidence that Rajesh is most likely an Agent of Norway, Israel and the Christian West. One does not need much common sense to come to these conclusions.

        Looks like Rajesh wants the Wahhabi Terrorism to continue. Why?

        Amarasiri was focused on the subject matter, but was alerted with some comments Amarasiri made which seems to have hit a nerve.

        The Norwegians and Israelis need to recruit better credible agents.

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        Sinhala_Man

        Is Rajesh an Agent of Norway and Israel? There is smoke.

        Sep-12-2012 00:59printcomments
        MOSSAD in Sri Lanka

        Abdul Alhazred Special to Salem-News.com
        Article written before the final push and extreme Genocide of Sri Lankan Tamils in 2009.

        (COLOMBO, Sri Lanka) – Well tonight has been a double feature; learning first about a startling connection between the CIA and 9/11, and now that Mossad was (according to the following 2008 account) deeply involved in Sri Lanka’s politics and actually made money from the annihilation of up to 160,000 Tamil Hindus and Christians. They died horrible, tragic miserable deaths and nobody was spared. They were lured into particular areas, and then once contained, Sri Lanka blasted these innocent people to pieces committing the act of ‘Total War’ which, quite interestingly, is one of Israel’s favorite pastimes also.

        The siege on Gaza known as ‘Cast Lead’ in 2008/2009 left more than 1400 dead; among them more than 400 children, and tens of thousands of people were maimed and injured. The Samouni family who our writer and friend Ken O’Keefe spent much time with in the period following the Zionist attack, lost 49 family members to Israel’s weapons and the majority were children. More than 50 medical facilities and 200 schools in Gaza were specifically targeted by Israel in this weeks-long attack.

        http://www.salem-news.com/articles/september122012/mossad-sri-lanka-aa.php

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          Where there are problems in most parts of the world, you will find filthy fingerprints belonging to the zionists.

          Their ruthless agents, use false passports, to go into other nations, and kill anyone that stands in their way. They were able to go into Dubai and kill a Palestinian official in a hotel, and vanish without a trace (most probably hiding in Israel). They have got Iranian scientists killed inside Iran, and are
          involved in training and arming rebels in Syria. Yes, this little protege of the US, is behind many troubled areas in Islamic nations, where civilians are being killed.

          “Mossad officials are training Iranian dissident activists to assassinate Iranian nuclear scientists, a NBC News report citing U.S. officials said on Thursday. The report noted, however, that Washington was not directly involvement in the alleged attacks.
          The report by NBC News followed Iranian accusations that Israel and the U.S. had been orchestrating attacks against Iranian scientists and military officials associated with Iran’s nuclear program.
          read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/israel-s-mossad-trained-assassins-of-iran-nuclear-scientists-report-says-1.411945

          It serves them well to have the Western world turn against Muslims, and even in Sri Lanka, they have been involved in areas that they have no business being involved in. Sri Lankans should be warned that it is inviting trouble, when it deals with these zionist war criminals, who break all international laws.
          They should be treated like pariahs.

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      Rajash – You write that a recent article of mine is “verbal vomit”. You adduce not one fact or argument to substantiate that insult. You dare not. You know that if you do I will hold you up to ridicule.Then you raise questions about my present article without having read it. The simple expedient of reading it has not occurred to you.Why not? You are far gone in ethnolunacy because of your Islamophobic hatred.
      The reader may wonder why I am wasting my time on Rajash’s reply which by any standard is beneath contempt.The reason is that I am gathering material for a further article on Tamil Islamophobia which is much worse than that of the Sinhalese. Islamophobia is the term I now use for anti-Muslim racism. – IH

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        IH,

        Like Rajesh, I too did not bother reading the article of yours! I detect that you have a mission that is to drive a chasm between the Tamils and the Sinhala. This is important for the opportunistic existence of the Muslims in Sri Lanka. It is obvious that the Muslims cannot fit in with the mainstream existence. If both the major communities are at loggerheads then it makes much easier for the Muslims. July 1983 was a total windfall for the Muslims!

        “The reason is that I am gathering material for a further article on Tamil Islamophobia which is much worse than that of the Sinhalese. Islamophobia is the term I now use for anti-Muslim racism.”

        Where did you get the idea that the Tamils are more Islamaphobhic than the Sinhala? You want this to be true because it is important for the Muslims to keep the Sinhala on the right side! Until VP foolhardily jettisoned the Muslims from Jaffna, historically, there never have been any animosity between the communities. Evidently, it has been the Muslims who have been aggressive towards the Tamils during the war period with the patronage of the GOSL.

        Let me give your warning. Both Sinhala and Tamils will reconcile and unite as Sri Lankans. The Muslims better join hands or will face the wrath of both of the major communities! Your futile attempt drive a wedge between the Sinhala and the Tamils will not work!

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          “Islamophobia is the term I now use for anti-Muslim racism.” That is a joke.

          Isalamaphobia is spreading worldwide due to the racist Muslims trying to impose their Islam religion and Islamic laws and culture on everyone

          IH why don’t you do some research on the threat from the Islamic terrorism faced by the peace loving people all over the globe, rather than wasting your time energy on the attitude of mere 2 million Sri Lankan Tamils towards mere 700,00 Sri Lankan Muslims.I think there is a healthy relationship between Muslims and Tamils in Sri Lanka.

          IH have you read that during the recent floods in Chennai, Muslims, Hindus, Catholics and all caste and race helped each other and provided housing and shelter to each other.

          It appears to me that you love to see/foster a hate relationship between Tamils and Muslims.

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          Burning Issue – Sorry I can’t spend much time on you. You show prejudice and hatred of a sort that I don’t believe can be removed by fact and reason.Why do I believe that Tamils are more Islamophobic than the Sinhalese? That was covered in an article I wrote some time ago on Tamil lunatic fringe anti-Muslim racism. It was published in the Island and the Colombo Telegraph.Look it up. Better still – Don’t. Nothing will convince. – IH

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            IH,

            You cannot brush off my criticism that easily! You made reference to a Tamil lunatic fringe and I do not deny that there are racists within the Tamil community in the same way as the other communities including the Muslims. BBS and the recent Sngha Le are from the Sinhala community yet you categorised the Tamil community as more Islamaphobic than their Sinhala counterparts. You need to provide empirical evidence to support this standpoint otherwise you will need to withdraw your charge.

            I have been utterly critical about VP ejecting the Muslim community from the North. Up until that point, historically, there never have been any animosities between the two communities. I have seen you attacking the Tamil community with disdain that it is caste centric and Islamaphobic liberally. This is why I say that you have an agenda to drive a chasm between the Sinhala and Tamil communities.

            Do you think that a “Tamil lunatic fringe anti-Muslim racism” equate to labelling the entire Tamil community is Islamaphobic? So why not apply the same logic to the Sinhala when we saw the BBS with state patronage attached the Muslims? Please you may be an academic but I see credence in the charge that you are an anti-Tamil!

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              Burning Issue – You ask “Do you think that a ‘Tamil lunatic fringe anti-Muslim racism’ equate to labelling the entire Tamil community is Islamophobic?” The words “lunatic fringe” should show clearly enough that I am not referring to the entire Tamil community.But it will never be clear to you. Don’t waste my time. – IH

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                Burning Issue
                IH is suffering from Tamilphobia, he is from the Muslim Lunatic Fringe. Muslims are Tamils and they get on well with non Muslim Tamils.

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                IH,

                You said the following on this thread on 9th of Jan 2016:

                ““The reason is that I am gathering material for a further article on Tamil Islamophobia which is much worse than that of the Sinhalese. Islamophobia is the term I now use for anti-Muslim racism.”

                Where is the reference to the Tamil lunatic fringe? You are an academic and one who writes regularly on the public mediums. Such an individual should have ethical responsibity. You attack the Tamil community with disdain characterising it as islamaphibic! This is preposterous and disingenuous. Your attempt to mitigate by citing your article about the Tamil lunatic fringe will not wash. You are anti-Tamil and you are endeavouring to discredit them at every opportunity. You label anyone, particularly the Tamils, who question or challenge you as prejudiced and islamaphibic! Please grow up and contribute to the well-being of all communities and do not ever attempt to divide them.

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                  Burning Issue – In replies of January 12 and 13 to Amarasiri I set out in point form the facts about the Tamil attacks on me. Please read them unless you have done so already. Let me know whether you have changed your views- IH

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        “The reason is that I am gathering material for a further article on Tamil Islamophobia which is much worse than that of the Sinhalese”

        Look no further than the article you wrote some time back on Tamil Racism towards Muslims and repeat yourself.

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        IH- I did complement you by saying you do write intellectually.

        I have nothing against you or Islam.
        But what I don’t understand is that you wrote a 3 part article on CT “Justifying Islamic Terrorism”

        Now you are contradicting your self with the article
        “Is Islam a Religion of Peace?”

        Either you think your readers have a short memory or you have a confused mind, and you expect me to read all these verbal Diarrhoea.

        IH Less is More!

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          Rajash – you really are far gone in ethnolunacy. Can you enlighten me and other readers where and when I wrote an article “Justifying Islamic terrorism”? You can’t. My second question is this: Can you point to even one sentence in all my writings that can be taken as even remotely justifying Islamic or any other terrorism? You can’t. But of course you can be insulting in the manner to be expected of Tamil Islamophobes whose Islamophobia is much much worse than that of the Sinhalese. – IH

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            I beg your pardon I mean “Understanding Islamic Terrorism”

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        Izeth, while you are locking horns with Amarasiri, Rajash et-al you have refrained from answering any of my 3 questions. I can understand why you have not. There is no way you can claim that Islam is a peaceful religion, when it commands you to kill all those who want to give up Islam, for one reason or the other.

        Please answer this at least, if a child is born to a Muslim family and he/she finds that he cannot, true to his conscience, continue being one, what does the Holy Quran prescribe for such a person?

        I am not going to wait with bated breath for you to answer that.

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      Izeth Hussain

      RE: Is Islam A Religion Of Peace?

      “For some time something like an international campaign to spread Islamophobia has been going on. After the last general elections we thought that the BBS was finished once and for all because all its candidates lost their deposits, showing clearly enough that it had no mass appeal among the Sinhala Buddhists. But for some time the BBS has been busy at the grass roots level spreading Islamophobia, and now we have the Sinha le sticker campaign. Sinha stands for the Lion Race and le stands for blood, and the message apparently is that this is the land of the Sinhala and any nonsense from the minorities can lead to their blood being shed. It is the Muslims who are being targeted. The walls of some Muslim houses in Nugegoda were spray-painted with the slogan Sinha le and stickers carrying the slogan have reportedly appeared in some of the Gulf countries. A foreign hand is obvious behind this Islamophobic campaign. The fact that so insignificant a minority as the Sri Lankan Muslims has been targeted in this way shows the depth and range of the international Islamophobic campaign.”

      Yes. You hit the nail on the head here. Why? There is plenty of support for that. Who is behind it? Who is providing the finances and support, when there is hardly any support from the normal decent Sinhala Buddhists?

      1. BBS has been funded and supported by Norway, Israel and the Christian Fundamentalist American and Christian Fundamentalist Europeans to attack the Sri Lankan Muslims, because they are Muslims.

      The Various Norwegian Agencies That Supported BBS Personnel-Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha MP.

      Eric Solheim of Norway admitted on Twitter that Norway supported BBS.

      2. Norway, Israel and the Christian Fundamentalist American and Christian Fundamentalist Europeans have recruited the Sri Lankan Tamils to attack the Sri Lankan Muslims, even though they speak Tamil as a mother tongue.

      3. The Islamophobic Campaign is well funded by the Christian West, and every attempt is made to Equate Islam to Terrorism.

      4. Unfortunately, the lethargy or non-critical attitude of those Ordinary Muslims, have given a field day for the Terrorists, the Wahhabi Terrorists and their clones to hijack Islam and use the religion to their own advantage.

      Until, the Ordinary Muslims and the Muslim intellectuals challenge the Iblis, Satan, Devil following Wahhabis and their clones, the Terrorists will be the spokesmen for “Islam” and “Muslims”.

      The “Muslims” might as well be agnostic, until this is sorted out.

      It is like waiting for LTTE to be defeated for the Sri Lankan Tamils and the country to move forward.

      PS. Consider Rajash to be Agent, sympathizer, or brainwashed victim of Items 2 and 3 above. Please have mercy on him. He needs guidance, like many others, both Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

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        Amarasiri

        hats off to IH, he has succeeded in his campaign of brainwashing
        et u Amarssiri?

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          Rajash

          “hats off to IH, he has succeeded in his campaign of brainwashing et u Amarssiri?”

          No. Not yet!. Need Data, Observations and very Good reason.

          Nobody has brainwashed Amerasiri. other than Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton and Foucault, because they came up with observations, reason and data.

          By the way, Amarasiri is convinced about Evolution, because there is support and Data.

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            Amarasiri this is your own words

            Consider Rajash to be Agent, sympathizer, or brainwashed victim of Items 2 and 3 above. Please have mercy on him. He needs guidance, like many others, both Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

            please eat your own words

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              Rajash

              Don’t you get it. These Foreigners are recruiting Agents to do their bidding? Sinhala Buddhists and then Tamils? See how they used the various ethinicities in Cambodia, Iraq and elsewhere.

              The Various Norwegian Agencies That Supported BBS Personnel Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha MP

              https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-various-norwegian-agencies-that-supported-bbs-personnel/

              “2. Norway, Israel and the Christian Fundamentalist American and Christian Fundamentalist Europeans have recruited the Sri Lankan Tamils to attack the Sri Lankan Muslims, even though they speak Tamil as a mother tongue.”

              ” 3. The Islamophobic Campaign is well funded by the Christian West, and every attempt is made to Equate Islam to Terrorism.”

              “PS. Consider Rajash to be Agent, sympathizer, or brainwashed victim of Items 2 and 3 above. Please have mercy on him. He needs guidance, like many others, both Muslims and non-Muslims alike.”

              Remember, Norway, Israel and Christian West used BBS and Sinhala Buddhists to attack the Muslims. Rajesh is the latest Tamil Victim.

              See how many proxies the West is using in the Middle East. How many lies. WMD in Iraq.

              Eric Solheimn admitted funding BBS and LTTE as well in Twitter.

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            Amarasiri
            I quote you
            “PS. Consider Rajash to be Agent, sympathizer, or brainwashed victim of Items 2 and 3 above. Please have mercy on him. He needs guidance, like many others, both Muslims and non-Muslims alike. “

            shame on you …carry on cutting and pasting

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              Rajash

              What is your problem. Comprehension, or being identified as an Agent or proxy for foreign interests?

              The “Problem” you have with Izeth Hussein most likely is due to you likely being an agent of Norway, Israel and the Christian West being used as fodder against Muslims, which IH somehow or other detected.

              Did Amarasiri hit a nerve of a foreign agent? Serendipity?

              I have seen a demonstration (Video) organized by “Friends of Israel” in Batticoloa in support of Israel by Christian Fundamentalists when the Palestinians were being killed. It is hard to imagine a Sri Lankan Tamil would demonstrate for Israel. looks like the Christian Fundamentalists are trying to save everybody through Jesus, a belief, with no support.

              It does not take much common sense to detect these proxy/agent/shill activities of the Foreigners and their NGOs. Their goal is to weaken the Buddhists ans Muslims and create openings. They have been at it since 1505 when the Portuguese Landed.

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              Rajash

              It is very difficult to de-brainwash agents and other believers out of their positions by reason and data.

              Cutting and pasting my points are fine, if I can get you to understand.

              The True Core Of The Jesus Myth, is an example.

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXAGpCTiGlQ

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      Izeth Hussain

      RE: Is Islam A Religion Of Peace?

      ” After the last general elections we thought that the BBS was finished once and for all because all its candidates lost their deposits, showing clearly enough that it had no mass appeal among the Sinhala Buddhists.
      It is the Muslims who are being targeted. The walls of some Muslim houses in Nugegoda were spray-painted with the slogan Sinha le and stickers carrying the slogan have reportedly appeared in some of the Gulf countries. A foreign hand is obvious behind this Islamophobic campaign. “

      Why not ask, Is SINHALA BUDDHISM A Religion Of Peace? What is Gotas and his cronies role? Was GOTA funded buy Norway, Israel and the Christian Fundamentalist West?

      Through the Grape Vine, Bulath Vine and Vetilla Vine News…

      Who legged beast that should be examined by Vet. is behind ‘Sinha Le’- Rajitha exposes Ruwan and Co. -Full data and details of Gota’s espionage store house..

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    I am sorry to burst your ‘Islam’ bubble Mr. Hussein. 9/11 or any other terrorism inflicted on innocents has nothing to do with Islam, Christianity or any other faith.

    Pseudo analysts like you have spent quite a bit of time and wasted space trying to ‘gift wrap’ your opinions for well over a decade trying to provide terror challenged societies a logical face to what is an illogical choice by extremists of all hues.

    If all terrorists and extremists were motivated the same way, then the CIA, Mossad, MI6 and KGB will be not having any work these days. The reason they are all chasing each others’ tails is because each incident reveals a new set of facts, quite different from the previous incident, where they thought they had cracked the ‘terrorists’ mind.

    Al Qaeda, IRA, ISIL and the MORO front and the now defunct LTTE are all business operations that fed the lifestyles of its leaders, whilst the gullible served as ready-made fodder. It is your local drug or Kassipu dealer, on a global scale.

    Yes, the West has provided tons of useful motivating factors for the so-called Emir’s and Caliphs of these terrorist outfits to dress up as saviors.

    Western countries will always do what is best for them. They have no compunction about it and sometimes indulge in the hypocracy of pretending it is in the interests of human rights, democracy and independence. The leaders from the rest of the world are not hampered by this need to pretend. They do the unthinkable, indulge in nepotism, corruption and murder and those societies tolerate it, as par for the course. The last 365 days in Sri Lanka is the best example I can provide for this.

    Anyone think corruption has reduced, or the crooks are being prosecuted? They are all holding hands and having a laugh at our collective expense.

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    You will find this debate was conducted in a few instances already and valid points were raised from both sides.

    Islam is a Religion of Peace- Intelligence Squared U.S.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rh34Xsq7D_A

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    Today it is reported that an ISIS fighter accused his own mother of apostasy because she entreated him to leave the organisation.
    On orders by ISIS, he executed her in public.

    This is not proof that Islam is a religion of peace.

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      justice

      “This is not proof that Islam is a religion of peace.”

      Just because Sinhala “Buddhists” killed Tamils and Muslims does not mean that Buddhists or Buddhism is not peaceful.

      It says that some of the adherents are violent and will commit crimes.

      Have you heard about the Inquisition, especially the Spanish Inquisition?

      Did Jesus specify Inquisition? Or, just the Popes, like the Crusades? The Spanish Inquisition?

      The Inquisition

      The Inquisition is a group of institutions within the judicial system of the Roman Catholic Church whose aim was to combat heresy. It started in 12th-century France to combat religious sectarianism, in particular the Cathars and the Waldensians. Other groups which were investigated later include the Spiritual Franciscans, the Husites (followers of Jan Hus) and Beguines. Beginning in the 1250s, inquisitors were generally chosen from members of the Dominican Order, to replace the earlier practice of using local clergy as judges. The term Medieval Inquisition covers these courts up through the 14th century.

      The Spanish Inquisition

      The Tribunal of the Holy Office of the Inquisition (Spanish: Tribunal del Santo Oficio de la Inquisición), commonly known as the Spanish Inquisition (Inquisición española), was established in 1478 by Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile. It was intended to maintain Catholic orthodoxy in their kingdoms and to replace the Medieval Inquisition, which was under Papal control. It became the most substantive of the three different manifestations of the wider Christian Inquisition along with the Roman Inquisition and Portuguese Inquisition. The “Spanish Inquisition” may be defined broadly, operating “in Spain and in all Spanish colonies and territories, which included the Canary Islands, the Spanish Netherlands, the Kingdom of Naples, and all Spanish possessions in North, Central, and South America.” For the period during which Portugal and Spain were under common rule consult Portuguese Inquisition and Goa Inquisition.

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    At the moment, it’s very clear to me the most toxic form that religion takes is the Islamic form… The whole idea of wanting to end up with Sharia with a religion-governed state — a state of religious law — and the best means of getting there is Jihad, Holy War, that Muslims have a special right to feel aggrieved enough to demand this is absolute obscene wickedness and I think their religion is nonsense, in its entirety.”
    “The idea that God speaks to some illiterate merchant warlord in Arabia, and he’s able to write this down perfectly and it contains the answers to all — what rot. Also, the archangel Gabriel speaks only Arabic, it seems? All crap.

    Religion poisons everything. That is evident with Buddhism too today in Sri Lanka. However, Islam rather dangerously says, ‘Ours is the last and final one. There can’t be any more after this. This is God’s last word. That is straightaway a temptation to violence and intolerance and if you will note, it’s a temptation they seem quite willing to fall for.

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    Izeth Hussain

    RE: Is Islam A Religion Of Peace?

    “most of all the Muslims – must therefore address this question, and we must do so honestly without indulging in Islamic apologetics. “

    “I base my position that asking whether Islam is a religion of peace is a wrong question on a Biblical text: The Son of Man goes forth to war. It is an indubitable fact that the adherents of all the great world religions have indulged in much violence and much war, and that is true also of Buddhists who practice the most peaceful of all the religions. The historical record shows that Muslims have been no more prone to war and violence than others”

    Yes. Apologetics, will always find a reason for any action.This goes across religions, cultures, races, political ideologies etc.

    These events are pushing towards Armageddon. Is it Christianity. Radical Islam is attaching all non-Wahhabi Muslims and others.

    First of All you need to get the Definitions clarified. Please Define:

    1. Islam -Quran- Mecca Period (Peaceful) and and Medina Period (Defensive, Survival, Offensive, for Unification) -Like Otto von Bismark for German Unification. Like Rome, Roman Citizenship, Islamic Citizenship.

    2. Muslim -Then and Now

    3. Prophet Mohamed- During and after his life as enhanced after life.

    4. Hadith , Primarily by believers with a pinch of salt.

    5. Sunnah- Prophet Mohamed’s Doing and life actions-Again from Hadith.

    8. Prophets Biography

    9. Other Traditions

    10. Other Rulings by the Kalifs, Ulema and Scholars over the Ages.

    Identify where the Terrorist teachings are originating from 1 to 10 above. Individually and collectively.

    Different opinions are given by different people.

    Islamic Expansion is not much different than the other conquers like the Romans, Greeks, Persians, and Otto von Bismark, except that there was no religion there.

    al-azhar cleric about wahabis/salafis

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAvWmZfGjTU

    All Wahhabis are Potential Terrorists! – Younus AlGohar

    Neo-Wahhabis and Wahhabies- They All follow Satan, Devil, Iblis.

    In this video, HH Younus AlGohar discusses the impact of Wahhabism on Pakistan and India and responds to a recent statement given by General Pervez Musharraf…

    https://youtu.be/6KUIyAJc8zM

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    Izeth Hussain

    RE: Is Islam A Religion Of Peace?

    “most of all the Muslims – must therefore address this question, and we must do so honestly without indulging in Islamic apologetics. “

    Sam Harris: What happens if you really follow the bible.

    The Christians are 500 years ahead. They came across the age of reason 500 years ago. The “Muslims” have not yet come across their Age of Reason. The Closest they came was in the 12th Century, when Reason and Revelation went Head on and the Ulemas won out, with the downfall of Islamic science.

    Yes. Apologetics, will always find a reason for any action.This goes across religions, cultures, races, political ideologies etc.

    These events are pushing towards Armageddon. Is it Christianity. Radical Islam is attaching all non-Wahhabi Muslims and others.

    Uploaded on Mar 14, 2008
    Sam Harris: What happens if you really follow the bible

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TasoRGeDHCc

    Is the Bible the Best Books we have got? The Quran the Best we have?

    Different opinions are given by different people.

    Islamic Expansion is not much different than the other conquers like the Romans, Greeks, Persians, and Otto von Bismark, except that there was no religion there.

    al-azhar cleric about wahabis/salafis

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAvWmZfGjTU

    All Wahhabis are Potential Terrorists! – Younus AlGohar

    Neo-Wahhabis and Wahhabies- They All follow Satan, Devil, Iblis.

    In this video, HH Younus AlGohar discusses the impact of Wahhabism on Pakistan and India and responds to a recent statement given by General Pervez Musharraf…

    https://youtu.be/6KUIyAJc8zM

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    Izeth Hussain

    Q. Is Islam A Religion Of Peace? Is Wahhabism a Religious Sect of Peace or Terrorism?

    The correct question for Muslims to to ask is, are the Wahhabies and their clones, Salafis, Najadis, Tawheeds, ISIS, Taliban, Al Queida, Deobandi, Boko Haram followers of Satan, Iblis, Devil?

    Is Christianity A Religion Of Peace?

    Sam Harris Demolishes Bill O’Rilley

    Inquisitions Jews Slaughtering

    Not all Muslims or Tamils Blow up

    The Issue is Unjustified Belief:

    Published on Jan 11, 2014
    Sam Harris repeatedly chops O’Reilly down intellectually.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STmVuQKkQ3s

    Isn’t the Issue Wahhabism and its clones? Wahhabi Fascists.

    25% of the Saudis are Wahhabi Fanatics.

    Behind Stark Political Divisions, a More
    Complex Map of Sunnis and Shiites

    Wahhabism, an ultraconservative doctrine linked to Sunni Islam, is embraced by about a quarter of the Saudi population, according to Michael Izady, a historian and cultural geographer who has mapped ethnicity and religion for Columbia University. But many Saudis are not so conservative and the country also has a sizeable Shiite minority. Saudi Arabia’s mass execution of 47 men on terrorism-related charges last week included Sunnis and Shiites.

    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/01/04/world/middleeast/sunni-shiite-map-middle-east-iran-saudi-arabia.html?_r=1

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    Izeth Hussain

    RE:Is Islam A Religion Of Peace?

    Is Islam and Intellectual Failure? If so what happened during the middle ages with Islamic science and its decline?

    Arab Intellectual – Muslim Failure

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAPKYKhTp8U

    Uploaded on Mar 13, 2009
    Former Dean of Islamic Law at Qatar University Abd Al-Hamid Al-Ansari Speaks Out in Support of US Presence in the Middle East.

    A refreshing and extremely rare admission of reality from the middle east. An arab muslim who unlike the majority concedes that the pathetic state of arabs is down to their own failings and not the fault of anyone else.

    Among other things Al-Hamid Al-Ansari speaks of the fantasy world arabs seem to inhabit concerning such things as their imaginary victories over Israel and touches on the marginilisation of women in muslim societies.

    The Intellectual Collapse of Islam

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fl1nJC3lvFs

    Published on Apr 14, 2012
    Neil deGrasse Tyson lectures a crowd on how religious fundamentalism is the root of the collapse of the Islamic Golden age of Science and Mathematics in Baghdad. An Islamic scholar named Hamid Al-Ghazali deemed Mathematics evil.

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    What is abundantly clear is that organised religion has, over the years, been hijacked by god-forsaken deviants, hell-bent on visiting their evil, and causing mayhem among the god-fearing and peaceful. It’s simply in the nature of our species.

    Decent people just want a peaceful Sunday afternoon!

    THE BLIND MEN AND THE ELEPHANT

    A picture of 6 blind men feeling an elephant for the first time and what they are imagining in their minds.

    John Godfrey Saxe’s ( 1816-1887) version of the famous Indian legend,

    It was six men of Indostan
    To learning much inclined,
    Who went to see the Elephant
    (Though all of them were blind),
    That each by observation
    Might satisfy his mind.

    The First approach’d the Elephant,
    And happening to fall
    Against his broad and sturdy side,
    At once began to bawl:
    “God bless me! but the Elephant
    Is very like a wall!”

    The Second, feeling of the tusk,
    Cried, -“Ho! what have we here
    So very round and smooth and sharp?
    To me ’tis mighty clear
    This wonder of an Elephant
    Is very like a spear!”

    The Third approached the animal,
    And happening to take
    The squirming trunk within his hands,
    Thus boldly up and spake:
    “I see,” quoth he, “the Elephant
    Is very like a snake!”

    The Fourth reached out his eager hand,
    And felt about the knee.
    “What most this wondrous beast is like
    Is mighty plain,” quoth he,
    “‘Tis clear enough the Elephant
    Is very like a tree!”

    The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear,
    Said: “E’en the blindest man
    Can tell what this resembles most;
    Deny the fact who can,
    This marvel of an Elephant
    Is very like a fan!”

    The Sixth no sooner had begun
    About the beast to grope,
    Then, seizing on the swinging tail
    That fell within his scope,
    “I see,” quoth he, “the Elephant
    Is very like a rope!”

    And so these men of Indostan
    Disputed loud and long,
    Each in his own opinion
    Exceeding stiff and strong,
    Though each was partly in the right,
    And all were in the wrong!

    MORAL.

    So oft in theologic wars,
    The disputants, I ween,
    Rail on in utter ignorance
    Of what each other mean,
    And prate about an Elephant
    Not one of them has seen!

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      Spring Koha RE: Izeth Hussein, Is Islam A Religion Of Peace?

      “MORAL.

      So oft in theologic wars,
      The disputants, I ween,
      Rail on in utter ignorance
      Of what each other mean,
      And prate about an Elephant
      Not one of them has seen! “

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JM-Qigswy6s

      Thanks.

      A New Age of Reason is needed to Cure it.

      Adherents are Polarized, and Set in their Dogmas and Positions. True for Christian Fundamentalists as well. Did Jesus die for your Sins? Adams Sins?

      Ex-Muslim Drops Hammer on Reza Aslan, Conservatives, Liberals

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayQ-j8lJmwE

      Published on Dec 16, 2015

      –Sarah Haider, American writer, public speaker, activist and a founder of Ex-Muslims of North America, joins David to discuss her organization, her reasons for leaving Islam, and the reaction from different communities:

      http://www.exmna.org/

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    BBS suicide bombers were stopped because of that Muslims Jihadis were stopped.

    Because of that, Mr, Hussein is happy.

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      Jim softy

      “BBS suicide bombers were stopped because of that Muslims Jihadis were stopped.”

      Jihadi suicide bombers believe they get 72 Virgins.

      What do BBS suicide bombers believe? Not One, 72 Virgin boys?

      Child Abuse by a Monk in Habaraduwa. Teaching Arithmetic?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNSC93mPs4I

      Uploaded on May 29, 2010
      She sent her grandson to school with the idea of providing him with proper education to make him a good person. The Buddhist monk in charge of the temple asked her to send the child to the temple and she sent him there because they were poor. There was no possibility for them to pay the money for tuition fees. That was the reason why they sent the boy to the temple school.When the child began to refuse going to the temple school so adamantly, grandmother had to look for the reason. It was then only that she discovered that the child who was sent to learn good behavior, ethics and Buddha’s Dharma from the monk had in fact been abused by the monk.

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      Jim softy

      Is the Schrodinger cat dead or alive?

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    Izeth Hussain

    Q1. Is Islam A Religion Of Peace?

    Muslims Fail to Prove Islam is a Religion of Peace in Debate

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghr-JMq1VT0

    Published on Oct 18, 2015
    Zeba Khan and Maajid Nawaz debate against Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Douglas Murray to try and prove that Islam is a religion of peace. Spoiler alert: they fail miserably, and that”s not just my bias, that’s how the audience actually felt. The only thing Zeba and Maajid proved was that they wish and hope that Islam will become a religion of peace.

    Note: The only parts cut from the debate were the long introduction before the moderator first starts speaking and instances where the moderator repeated the name of the debate and all the debaters, which he did several times. You will see a cut at about 52 minutes in where Maajid is just finishing a sentence. Nothing that he said was cut. After he says “camp” the video cut to the audience and the moderator started announcing the debate information again.

    Otherwise, even the questions and answers have been left in at the end.

    Q2. Is Christianity A Religion Of Peace?

    Christianity is False and Immoral. (Christopher Hitchens)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HA55jGyq2C8

    Published on Nov 20, 2011
    Excerpt from the 2007 Christopher Hitchens vs Alister Mcgrath debate.

    CHRISTIAN BULLSHIT Nailed – by Bill Maher

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGDEJfh_phs

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    Is Islam A Religion Of Peace?

    The Age of Reason and Enlightment has not arrived in Islam Yet.

    Islam and Muslims are different.

    It is Islam that needs Reformation, just like Christianity.

    Ayaan Hirsi Ali with Bill Maher – Antitheist atheist

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEPwxfaZDT8

    Published on Apr 18, 2012
    Ayaan Hirsi Ali with Bill Maher
    From a couple of years ago, discussion with Bill Maher on radical Islam.

    Can Mohammed Be A Moral Guide Today?
    Uploaded on Jan 23, 2011
    Ayaan Hirsi Ali interviewed by Fareed Zakaria about women in Islam, Mohammed as a moral guide today, and reform within Islam.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYtGZNfVYtU

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    Izeth Hussain, could you please answer the following 3 questions:

    1) Why is apostasy a sin punishable by death in Islam?

    2) When a follower goes to a Buddhist temple, a Hindu Kovil or a Church, he/she usually comes out a better, calmer and a more tolerant person.

    Why is it that when a Muslim comes out of a Mosque, he is usually found to be having more hatred towards followers of other religions, and more surprisingly most hatred against other Muslim sects?

    3) If as you say the verses referred are subjected to abrogation in interpretation, does it not mean that the Holy Quran has to be modified from time to time to suit prevailing conditions of the time?

    No don’t answer the last one, we want you to live a long time with us.

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      EDWIN RODRIGO

      “Izeth Hussain, could you please answer the following 3 questions:”

      These are three excellent Questions.

      The Same questions must be asked from Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus and others and see what each has to say.

      At least we have a general idea as to what each is saying after death.

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      Edwin Rodrigo – 1)The Koran says nothing about apostasy being punishable by death.The position under Islamic law seems to be confused. I have a whole book on the subject. Please go to the following website if you are really interested in this question: http://www.ascertainthetruth.com
      2)You write that Muslims coming out of the mosque are in a state of hatred. Is that an empirical observation based on facts ascertained by you and others? If so please give details.There are five million Muslims in France, a substantial proportion of whom go to mosque on Fridays, after which they go about their business peacefully. It is known that ninety nine per cent of Muslim immigrants in France and elsewhere are peaceful law-abiding citizens. That probably is why Obama and other Western leaders have declared that Islam is a religion of peace. You will note that I don’t go that far.In my article I have held that the answer to the question whether or not Islam is a religion of peace has to be an ambivalent one.I have not indulged in Islamic apologetics.
      3) On abrogation – It is not a question of modifying the Koran from time to time but of interpreting it in different ways from time to time. It has been the same with the Bible. The Christianity practiced today is not the same as in the Middle Ages. Strangely, as established by that brilliant scholarly book by Richard Gombrich, the practice of Buddhism has remained more or less the same down the millennia. – IH

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        I’ve had a second chat with Izeth, and I told him that he really has to answer those questions raised by EDWIN RODRIGO. He told me that he has answered them, and that they are already on the net.

        We get very concerned about these issues, but we also need a sense of humour: we have to read a whole book! I’ve, been in to this blog, and there’s such a lot.

        http://www.ascertainthetruth.com

        The problem is that those who need to read it will NEVER do so, while those who are balanced enough (ah! unmodest me, I proclaim myself to be one!) to be able to dispense with the necessity, are likely to spend hours reading tomes!

        Who will translate all this material in to Sinhala and Tamil and ensure that every Sri Lankan reads it so as to further the noble cause of saving our country?

        By the way, I have only just established direct communication with Izeth, and I have not met him. He lives close to Colombo, and I am a villager in the backwoods!

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        Izeth Hussain,

        Thank you for answering my questions. First of all, let me explain that I have been working in an Islamic country for the last 25 years and therefore, I have many good Muslim friends and I do not want to misjudge them on their beliefs nor hurt their feelings.

        Edwin Rodrigo – 1)The Koran says nothing about apostasy being punishable by death. The position under Islamic law seems to be confused.

        This is not what my friends tell me. They say that apostasy is punishable by death and promised to give me references from the Holy Quran. Whatever other books say about these matters do not interest me. I want it from the Holy book only. Anyway, I will try the site you have given.

        2)You write that Muslims coming out of the mosque are in a state of hatred. Is that an empirical observation based on facts ascertained by you and others?

        You can call it a statistical observation and that is what I have found in this country and its neighbors. They come out of the mosques and start burning tires on the roads, attacking the police, sometimes attacking innocent foreigners injuring and killing them etc. It happens here almost daily and especially on weekends. It is happening so frequently that my conclusion is of high statistical significance. But as I said, their anger is mostly against fellow Muslims of opposite sect.

        Even Bush said that I slam is a great and peaceful religion. But then, Bush, Obama and other Western leaders are firstly politicians and then whatever other things they are. Do you know what will happen if they say that ‘Islam is not a peaceful religion”? It will let loose hell in the country and the guy may have to resign and go home. Perhaps we can expect that kind of statement from Trump. Though he too is a politician, he seems to call a spade a spade.

        3) On abrogation – Muslims claim that Holy Quran is for all times, until end of time. If that is the case there is no need to change your so called interpretations. In fact there is no need at all to interpret because the Holy Quran puts these things in a very simple and direct manner so that anyone can understand it, or at least, that is what I see from the translations. Also, if it is indeed word of God, then the all seeing,all knowing God would have anticipated the absolutely bestial manner in which these are going to be interpreted, for example by ISIS, and would have taken precautionary measures by putting it in a different way.

        I am a Buddhist by birth but now I do not agree with many of the things in Dhamma. But other Buddhists would say that ‘Buddhism has remained more or less the same down the millennia ‘ because it happens to be the one and only absolute truth.

        My thanks to Amarasiri for encouraging Izeth to answer me.

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          Edwin Rodrigo – In the country where you are and some other countries Islam has been transformed into a religion of hate. The explanation for that is to be found in the politics of transition on which I have written at some length, citing material from Karen Armstrong, a Roman Catholic, and Emmanuel Todd, a French Jew. The morbid symptoms to which you point are not to be found in the greater part of the Islamic world.
          Your view that Obama etc dare not declare that Islam is not a peaceful religion, I find unbelievable. Do you really think that the fact that ninety nine per cent of the Muslims in America and elsewhere are peaceful law-abiding citizens has nothing to do with it? Do you really think that?
          Whatever may be the doctrinal position, it is a fact that all four of the great world religions have been interpreted in different ways and been practiced in different forms.I made a mistake about Buddhism. It too has known schism – Theravada, Mahayana,Zen, Tibetan, and Chinese versions of Buddhism. – IH

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        Izeth Hussain

        RE: The Three Questions

        “These are three excellent Questions. The Same questions must be asked from Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus and others and see what each has to say. At least we have a general idea as to what each is saying after death.”

        Thanks for your answers from your point of view. Of course not everybody will agree with you answers, especially the Wahhabies and non-Muslims. ( After All, not many agreed with Copernicus at that time)

        Some Answers from Judaism, Christianity and Islam are given below, at the end.

        Q1. Mecca Period- None. Medina Period – Not Sure ; Hadith- I assume Yes ( not researched)

        So depends on what is Islam? What Period? Islam means submission to God. Where does it say after submission, if one drifts away, will be killed?

        Q2. “You write that Muslims coming out of the mosque are in a state of hatred.”

        Guess, this is country, mosque and Preacher-Imam dependent.

        If from a Wahhabi Mosque probably will try to kill all the Non-Wahhabi Muslims, Shia, Sufis and Ahmedia, because the Wahhabis Follow the Satan, Iblis, Devil.

        Q3. ” On abrogation – It is not a question of modifying the Koran from time to time but of interpreting it in different ways from time to time. “

        This is a very interesting and complex subject, because, if God knew it will be abrogated, why reveal in the first place?

        Since modifying the Quran is Forbidden, the change need to come from interpretation.

        So one way for Islam to be “Compatible” with changing times, is to keep chanhig the interpretation of the Quran to be compatible with the times. After All Christianity was doing that.

        This is where the Ulema come in. If they keep interpreting literally, Islam is not a Religion of Peace, but Violence.

        That is how Judaism and Christianity overcame their violence.

        So the $64,000 question is how long with it take Islam and the Muslims to Enter the Age of Reason and Enlightenment, which the Est entered in the 16th Century, as a promoter of an Egalitarian Society free of Racism and sexism?

        References: Defining God in Judaism and in Islam.

        1. Inside Judaism – Jewish History
        Published on Jun 17, 2014
        Documentary on the history of Judaism, the Bible (Torah/Tanakh) and the Jewish people of Israel.

        This documentary focuses on many accepts of the origins of the Jewish religion known today as Judaism, as well as the historical and archeological proof that the Jews are Canaanites in origin.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OW9x-Z3u2Lo

        2. Islam: Empire of Faith [PBS Documentary]
        Prophet Mohamed was not Divine.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHhbSvOcz4g

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    1,5 Syrians have gone to infidel Germany as refugees because Islam is a religion (??) of peace…He he He..

    Infidel Europe accept these these fanatics each family with 10 kids and give food..lodging…education and job there is no shame in this ..but guardian of Islam Saudi Arabia will not do this …Islam is a religion of love…

    Shia muslims kill Sunni Muslims …Islam is a religion (??) of love

    In the city of Cologne in Germany these Muslims just few weeks ago shivering in snow and begging the authorities have sexually harassed over hundred of girl on new year eve …European never behave eve like this..Islam respect women but say 1 man = 1/2 woman

    In Malaysia a Hindu father embraced islam for money and perks kidnaped his 6 years and 2 years (note the age ) kids from their Hindu mother and converted them to Islam ..Supreme court in Malaysia accepted this conversion ..and said this is right Islam is a religion of Human Rights my foot..

    yes Islam is a religion of love and compassion ..these couples were married as Hindus and kids born for Hindu parents ..how is this fanatic islamic ruling of 4th century mentality?

    Even newly born non Islamic babies can be kidnaped and be converted it seems.. to this fanatic religion..

    This is the way Christians..Jews,Hindus lived in Saudi Arabia and their kids were converted to Islam …in 4th century all Mens were slaughtered and their wives raped and gave birth babies….

    The great guardian of Islam Saudi Arabia today pump money into Maldives Islands and Malaysia here in Eastern province to clean the islam result ???? In Maldives girls and boys men and women have become drug addicts and alcoholics ….Malay fathers raped their step daughters ,,Malay girls give birth without marriage…Muslims Drug dealers are being arrested in Katthankudy Caliphate and Mannar and Jaffna believe it Islam prohibit drugs and alcohol Islam is a way of life believe it

    The west should and must ask these 1.5 million Syrians to convert to Christianity before allow them in their soil

    Imagine if this happen in a Muslim country they will force all refugees to Islam after this only give water to drink..

    West must sent these Muslims back to 4th century ..let these jokers eat camel dung and drink urine..

    Cheers

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      Cholan,
      Izeth hussain bhai will answer u r questions….
      personally these islam must be banned in asia…..

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    The question is about Islam and no about thosew

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    The question about Islam and not about those who profess Buddhism or the Christian religion.Bensen

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      The question is about why [Edited out]Bensen Berner is talking nonsense.

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    As always Izeth is asking all the wrong questions.

    ‘Can Islam be a religion of peace’ would be more apt. And the answer is of course it can depending on the polity or group who interpret it. The fact that Buddhism can be interpreted in a violent way, and Sri Lanka is a great example of that interpretation, is evidence that any religion can be interpreted in a violent way by the malevolent.

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      News Items:

      1- ISIS man kills his own mother in public for asking him to leave IS.

      1- President Sirisena pardons the Tiger suicide cadre who tried to kill him.

      No more discussions, no arguments needed to decide whether Islam is peaceful or not.

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        EDWIN RODRIGO – The Amarasiri Iblis-Wahhabi Hypothesis

        “No more discussions, no arguments needed to decide whether Islam is peaceful or not.”

        1. ISIS , a Clone of Wahhabis, follow The Devil, Satan, Iblis, and will do whatever the Satan asks him to do. It is like Mara of Buddhism.

        Actually, in the Quran, there are many verses praising the parents, 2:83, 2:215, 4:36, 6:151, 17:23-24, 19:14, 19:32, 29:8, 31:14, 46:15, and 71:28. This is another piece of Data showing that the Wahhabi Clone ISIS follows Satan, Iblis.

        Another piece of Circumstantial Data and Evidence for Amarasiri’s Iblis-Wahhanis and their Clones Hypothesis. EDWIN RODRIGO, thank you for the information.

        2. President Sirisena is a Buddhist, though “sinhala” Buddhist and generally try to Follow Buddha, and not Mara.

        If it was MaRa, Mahinda Rajapaksa, who follows Mara, he would have killed, like the ISIs Maras, just the same way he got 40,000 off Innocent Tamil Sri Lankans.

        Examples: Thagudeen, Ekliyagoda, Lasanthan et al.

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      I believe that Alex is a Tamil female whose Islamophobic prejudice is so great that she shows a consistent incapacity to understand what I write. Her present reply is a further exhibit of that incapacity. Don’t waste my time, Alice dearie. IH

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        IH,

        Here you go again! You pick out names opportunistically to carry on with your mission to divide the Sinhala and Tamils. I know they are divided already but things are changing and you know this! You are an obnoxious and scheming old man I am very sorry to say!

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        Izeth Hussain

        “I believe that Alex is a Tamil female whose Islamophobic prejudice is so great that she shows a consistent incapacity to understand what I write. Her present reply is a further exhibit of that incapacity. Don’t waste my time, Alice dearie. IH “

        Please, No ad hominem attacks. Stick to the issue at hand. Tamil, Female, etc. is immaterial, but their intellect is material.

        Please, whatever Alex or any other character is, please discuss the issue at hand knowing that those characters knowledge and interest everything is based on what they are brainwashed with and paid to to, if shills.

        Izeth Hussein, you are getting distracted by the Tamil-Muslim dispute, fostered by the Norwegians, Israelis, and the Christian Fundamentalist West.

        Please Focus on the Biggest Threat. Wahhabis and their clones, who follow the Devil, Satan , Iblis headquartered in Saudi Arabia.

        Why not Write an article on:

        The Wahhabi and their Clones, Funded by the West initially to destabilize the Ottoman Empire, and now the Muslim Countries?

        Ask who Funded ISIS? Wahhabi Saudi Arabia and the West.

        Ottoman–Wahhabi War and the Great Game

        The Ottoman–Wahhabi War also known as the Ottoman–Saudi War or the Ottoman-Salafi War, was fought from early 1811 to 1818, between Egypt Eyalet under the reign of Muhammad Ali Pasha (nominally under Ottoman Empire rule) and the army of the Emirate of Diriyah, the First Saudi State, resulted in the destruction of the latter

        Background

        The Wahhabism movement was a fundamentalist movement within Islam founded by Muhammad ibn Abd-al-Wahhab that would lead to creation of the Emirate of Diriyah as he and Muhammad bin Saud launched their campaign to reform Islam and consolidate power in Arabia from their power-base, and its eventual crushing by the Ottoman empire’s Egyptian khedive Muhammad Ali of Egypt.

        In 1802 the Wahhabi sack of Karbala resulted in 5000 deaths and the plundering of the Imam Husayn Shrine and, by 1805, the Wahhabis controlled Mecca and Medina. The Wahhabis also attacked Ottoman trade caravans which interrupted the Ottoman finances. The Saudi amir denounced the Ottoman sultan and called into question the validity of his claim to be caliph and guardian of the sanctuaries of the Hejaz[3] and the Ottoman empire, suspicious of the ambitious Muhammed Ali, instructed him to fight the Wahhabis, as the defeat of either would be beneficial to them.

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        I must expand on my reply to Alex of January 9. I take strong exception to her opening statement : As always Izeth is asking all the wrong questions. Can she tell me what is the wrong question I have asked in my article? I argued that to ask Is Islam a religion of peace is the wrong question.My reason was that irrespective of what a religion preaches, whether it preaches war or peace, the human propensity to violence and war breaks out.But I did not thereafter frame a question.So how could I have asked a wrong question? What on earth are you talking about? You wrote “As always”. What then were the other wrong questions I have asked. Come on, specify them. You can’t and you wont. The truth is that you are under an Islamophobic compulsion to find fault with anything and everything I write.Behind that is the fact that you like other Tamil Islamophobes find it unbearable that I, a damned Thumbiya/Soni, writes articles of a certain quality. Isn’t that it, Alice dearie? – IH

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          Izeth Hussain

          Thank you. Stick to the subject matter and disputed issues.

          “I argued that to ask Is Islam a religion of peace is the wrong question.My reason was that irrespective of what a religion preaches, whether it preaches war or peace, the human propensity to violence and war breaks out.”

          If this Question is asked of Judaism, Christianity and and even, Buddhism, assuming that there was no Islam, the answer would have been, Yes, Judaism, Christianity and Buddhism are not religions of peace, but Religions of Violence. The ancient Greeks were more moral and humane than the Jews, Christians and Buddhists.

          Remember that even today, 25% of the Americans, 34% of the Europeans and perhaps 50% in some other nations STILL believe that the Sun goes around the Earth as the ancients and the church Claimed based on Joshua.

          The age of Reason started 500 years ago in the West is still continuing.

          The Age of Reason has not started yet in Islam, thanks to the Ulama and the other Fundamentalists.

          References:

          1. Christianity The God Awful Truth

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfS8oUEtJ1g

          “The God Awful Truth” is a series of twenty-five thought-provoking films examining the true origins of Christian theology, Christian history, Jesus Christ, Paul of Tarsus, the Twelve Apostles, the Bible, the New Testament, the Old Testament, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Torah, origins of Judaism, the Orthodox Church, the Catholic Church, history of the Popes, the Protestant Church, the Crusades, the Inquisition, Christian Missionaries, Televangelists, and more.

          This film unravels the mysteries, reveals the deceptions, the horrors, and the atrocities performed against humanity in the name of religion for the past two-thousand years

          2. Christopher Hitchens Owns the Catholic Church (Extended Version)

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GFbFK7ZB1c

          3. . Buddhism The Great Evil — Part 1

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNOfTGSADdY

          Buddhism The Great Evil — Part 2

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clcs2PSze0I

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            Izeth Hussain

            Thank you. Stick to the subject matter and disputed issues.

            Here is an interesting Nova Program on Judaism, and the concept of monotheism initially advocated by the Jews.

            Inside Judaism – Jewish History

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OW9x-Z3u2Lo

            Published on Jun 17, 2014
            Documentary on the history of Judaism, the Bible (Torah/Tanakh) and the Jewish people of Israel.

            This documentary focuses on many accepts of the origins of the Jewish religion known today as Judaism, as well as the historical and archeological proof that the Jews are Canaanites in origin.

            The Bible and other historical records have proven that the Hebrew Israelites were Canaanites themselves who seperated themselves from the “higher class” Canaanite rulers who were pagans. These Canaanites who began believing in only one God became known as the Hebrew Israelites and later in history as Jews (Judeans) and Samaritans. From there the documentary focuses on how Judaism evolved during the Assyrian and Babylonian exile and so on.

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    IZETH

    Reading you one cannot but see that your religion is murderous – murderously boring.

    Oh, dear Izeth, find some peace

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      Susruta

      Perhaps you may like the God of the Old and New Testament- supposed to be the Same.

      In One of books, God Delusion by Richard Dawkins, where he says:

      “The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”

      What do you think? Are the three Gods of the Three great Abrahamic Religions the Same?

      Then there is this Christianity, that was finalized in 325 CE(AD) in Nicea, that says about Trinity.

      1+1+1 =1
      1x1x1 =1
      3×1 = 1

      The algebra is off.

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    I’m so glad to hear that Islam is a religion of Peace. Because if it was a religion of brain-washed, evangelical, violence-justifying, women-and- gay-oppressing, intolerant madmen, we would all be in trouble.

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      Paul – Where did you hear that Islam is a religion of peace? Not from me. My position is that the answer to the question whether Islam is a religion of peace has to be an ambivalent one.Thereafter you go on – with what you doubtless imagine to be brilliant irony – to be abusive about Islam – violence-justifying intolerant madmen and so on Irony, my dear Paul, requires the light touch, not abuse.
      Your earlier comment on a recent article of mine in the CT was one of the most disgusting exhibitions of Tamil Islamophobic hatred that has figured in the CT – and that’s saying a hell uv of a lot. You repeated with racist relish several times that the Muslims had married low-caste Tamil females, thereby clearly implying that the SL Muslims are a degraded lot.The idea of Vellala Tamils looking down on any other group on a caste basis is a dashed comic one, as I will explain in a forthcoming article. Anyway, thanks Paul for having provoked me into formulating the concept of “casteist racism”. It explains the hysterical hatred and mad-dog rage directed against me by Tamil Islamophobes in the CT columns. – IH

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        ‘Your earlier comment on a recent article of mine in the CT was one of the most disgusting exhibitions of Tamil Islamophobic hatred…..’

        My Dear Izeth, there are two people posting under the name Paul. Check the gravatars, you will see that they are different.

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        IH,

        ” It explains the hysterical hatred and mad-dog rage directed against me by Tamil Islamophobes in the CT columns. – IH”

        I abhor caste systems; it is completely absurd and inhumane. Cast system is not just an issue for the Tamils but also for the Sinhala. SB Dissanyke in his book about “Understanding the Sinhalese” has dedicated a chapter on Sinhala caste system!

        I have seen many people commented on your articles abhorring your viewpoints. There were Tamils, Sinhala and others equally critical about your writings. Why then you pick on the Tamils alone? I have asked as to how have you come to the conclusion that the Tamils are more Islamaphobic than their Sinhala counterparts? Please provide evidence as to why you came to this conclusion. You ask for empirical analysis from others and the same should apply to you!

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    [Edited out] Please write instead of posting links – CT

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      I posted a link to the Independent; not sure what the problem with that is. Anyway, if one were so inclined you may google and find that fellow ‘humane’ muslim citizens of Syria have been taunting those who are dying of starvation in besieged towns with instagram photos of their sumptious dinners. This is one depraved bunch.

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    Dear Mr Izeth, Mr Amasari & Ms Spring Kohana,

    Your comments with respect to Mr. IH article are progressive …. giving all the readers food for thought.

    Thank you for this.

    Most of the other comments display the writer’s limitation(s) of comprehension.
    It takes all sorts to make a Parliament … and we have to endure such – in the name of Democracy – this being an open forum.

    Mr. Amasiri, I am impressed with your knowledge and sources of information. I would consider myself honoured if I could take a peek at your library – as most of the citations you give – seem to be at your fingertips.

    Thank you – all for your inputs.

    Ahfzll

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      You might want to look up Christopher Hitchens on youtube instead.

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      ahfzll

      “I would consider myself honoured if I could take a peek at your library – as most of the citations you give – seem to be at your fingertips.”

      Not all are at my fingertips. Most are inside my head, the others in by library, other on Google, others on U tube, others on Facebook, others on twitter, and others in Google News, in the Old Testament, in the New testament, in the Quran, different translations, in the Hadith, in the historical nooks, in the Buddhist Books, in Hindu Books and in science books, philosophy books etc. The List is very long.

      Go to Free ebooks by Project Gutenberg

      https://www.gutenberg.org/

      Please do donate.

      On U tube, just search by say Chris Hitchins, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Age of Reason, Islam. Christianity, Wahhabism, Salafism science etc. also in Twitter,

      Now We are at the accelerated Age of Reason with the Internet and the social Media. The Truth will come out faster, and the Devils, Satan will be fished out earlier.

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        Dear Amarasiri,

        This is something great about you. You share all that you know, although I guess you will never satisfy our curiosity as to who you are.

        “The truth will come out faster” – as you say. To what extent is all this penetrating the non-urban, non-English speaking? Of course, you could with justification, tell me that I’m the sort of guy who should know!

        Ultimately this is what is important: that we get these messages across to the entire country.

        You make another important point: that we should donate to projects like Gutenberg. I don’t, I’m afraid, but the point is taken. Right now most of us use cracked copies of Windows; but we needn’t also pirate MS Office. Open Office is available free – and virus guards, and Malwarebytes. Many thanks to the providers. But, those who can ought to donate.

        I’m not trying to contribute any ideas of my own here, but how healthy is all this scrounging, and what dangers, if any are there to the future of the Internet? Just wondering!

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          Sinhala_Man

          “This is something great about you. You share all that you know, although I guess you will never satisfy our curiosity as to who you are.”

          Egalitarianism will make you happy. Lack of hate and jealousy will make you Happier. When you share, you multiply your pin, blessings, and entropy.

          Sinhala_Man, Let me thank you for what you are doing with Izeth Hussein to make him think in the straight path, not to be distracted, and stick to the subject and issues. This allows for focus and clear differentiation between the issues. I say again, I have a lot of respect for Izeth’s writings and ideas, and he is surely a great asset to the Muslims and Muslims alike. It is sad, that some can’t see it that way. He is one of those rare and courageous Muslims who say who the Wahhabi are, and we all need more of them in Sri Lanka and elsewhere. The World needs such Intellectuals, to counteract the Iblis-Wahhabis and misguided Ulema.

          “I guess you will never satisfy our curiosity as to who you are.”

          Do you know what an electron or photon is? A Particle? a Wave? Does it matter. Your solar photo voltaic panels still work. Your cell phones and your radio still work. Amarasiri still posts that enhances some and and creates constipation to others.

          If you are really curious, why not become a friend in Facebook, Maha Amarasiri will accept your invitation.

          You may also follow Amarasiri in twitter, and follow Amarasiri
          @Amarasi69467474 – Egalitarian Rationalist Philosopher- Lover of Wisdom

          The Earth That Moves

          Amarasiri Logo the Earth Rise.

          The good news is that you get to see it all, no editing by CT.

          Here is another place where you can get good books.

          http://www.forgottenbooks.org

          Prometheus Great Books in Philosophy and Great Minds Series

          http://www.prometheusbooks.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=94_129

          The above have a lot of books. Select what interests you, based on your brainwashing, upbringings, education and life experiences.

          Good luck!

          PS. Short Common sense Pamphlets in Sinhala and Tamil is needed if the message is to reach the masses. However, still 25% of Americans and 34% of Europeans believe that the the Sun goes around the Earth.

          Common Sense (pamphlet)
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Sense_(pamphlet)

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    Religion is really a code of behaviour.
    Organised religions each has a founder who meant well.
    But organised religions have been subverted to serve politics and survival to live the good life.

    Any man knows the difference between good and evil.
    If one lives doing good only, and does not antagonise anyone, even by ridiculing his beleifs, the world will be a better place.

    In short, “Be Good and Do Good”

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    In Thermodynamics we learn that reversible actions do not cause an increase in Entropy (A measure of the disorder in a system) and hence are the most efficient.

    Converting to Islam is not a reversible action. Not by any means. (i.e.) Once you enter, you cannot come out even if you wish to do so. Thus it increases the disorder of the system (community, country or the world).

    You may ask what a reversible action. Becoming a Buddhist is one. No one is going to stop you if you want to follow another faith.

    This lack of freedom of worship is the weakest point in Islam and one day it will come crashing down just due that single reason.

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      EDWIN RODRIGO

      Interesting Application of the second Law of Thermodynamics to Islam and Buddhism.

      Do you want to use Revelation or Reason?

      Irreversible process. In science, a process that is not reversible is called irreversible. This concept arises most frequently in thermodynamics.

      In thermodynamics, a change in the thermodynamic state of a system and all of its surroundings cannot be precisely restored to its initial state by infinitesimal changes in some property of the system without expenditure of energy. A system that undergoes an irreversible process may still be capable of returning to its initial state; however, the impossibility occurs in restoring the environment to its own initial conditions. An irreversible process increases the entropy of the universe. However, because entropy is a state function, the change in entropy of the system is the same whether the process is reversible or irreversible. The second law of thermodynamics can be used to determine whether a process is reversible or not.

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        Thanks for that thought provoking comment.

        I suppose, what it finally boils down to is, that the entropy of closed system remains unchanged. However, entropy can change within a sub systems (or spaces) within the close larger system.

        Change in Entropy (ds) = dQ/T

        Where, dQ = Change in heat (or energy) of the space considered and,

        T = Absolute Temperature

        A closed system, by definition, is one where heat (energy) cannot go out or come in from outside. Therefore dQ = 0. Thus by definition, the entropy change is zero in such a system.

        Entropy as you know can be applied to information changes too.

        In this particular case, which I suppose is basically me, I get inputs and I also produce outputs, which may be considered as information or ideas on many things including religious beliefs. Thus the information entropy can change in my sub space (brain), which could be constructive or destructive. (Again the concepts of constructive or destructive are subjected to definitions)

        Thanks for the interesting dialogue, which I hope we can continue.

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          EDWIN RODRIGO

          “Thanks for that thought provoking comment”

          Here is another one, not Thermodynamics, but Quantum Mechanics.

          The Schrodinger Cat. Is is the Cat Dead or the Cat Alive.

          Revelation will give the answer before you open the box, and reason after you open the box. ( CT this is material to Religion-Terrorism, and please do not edit it out)

          Schrödinger’s cat: a cat, a flask of poison, and a radioactive source are placed in a sealed box. If an internal monitor detects radioactivity (i.e., a single atom decaying), the flask is shattered, releasing the poison that kills the cat. The Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics implies that after a while, the cat is simultaneously alive and dead. Yet, when one looks in the box, one sees the cat either alive or dead, not both alive and dead. This poses the question of when exactly quantum superposition ends and reality collapses into one possibility or the other.

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schr%C3%B6dinger%27s_cat

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          EDWIN RODRIGO

          “Thanks for that thought provoking comment”

          Here is another one, not Thermodynamics, not Quantum Mechanics, but God, Religion and Peace. ( CT Please do not Edit out, as this goes to to the core issue, God, and the position of science, which came “after” God.)

          [Edited out] Please don’t copy and paste articles – CT

          For more detail see our Comment policy https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/comments-policy-2/

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    If Islam is a religion of peace, how come these words like Jihad, Kill Kaffirs, kill infidels and violence among sects are there ?

    Where do they teach things in Islam ?

    I hope Mr. Izeth Hussein will not avoid explaining it .

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      The so called “KILL”” verses are contextual. The fact that Islam is not a pacifist religion like Buddism is not in question. However why are some readers impervious to the “MERCY” verses. Given below are a very small sample of these verses.
      A guidance and a mercy for those who do good. (Al Quran 31:4) 145
      It is not righteousness that you turn your faces to the East or the West, but truly righteous is he who believes in Allah and the Last Day and the angels and the Book and the Prophets, and spends his money for love of Him, on the kindred and the orphans and the needy and the wayfarer and those who ask for charity, and for ransoming the captives; and who observes Prayer and pays the Zakat; and those who fulfill their promise when they have made one, and the patient in poverty and afflictions and the steadfast in time of war; it is these who have proved truthful and it is these who are the God-fearing. (Al Quran 2:178)
      Indeed, Allah enjoins justice, and the doing of good to others; and giving like kindred; and forbids indecency, and manifest evil, and wrongful transgression. He admonished you that you may take heed. (Al Quran 16:91)
      J.DeaneThen reward of goodness is nothing but goodness. (Al Quran 55:61)
      And good and evil are not alike. Repel evil with that which is best. And lo, he between whom and thyself was enmity will become as though he were a warm friend. But none is granted it save those who are steadfast; and none is granted it save those who possess a large share of good. (Al Quran 41:35-36)
      And worship Allah and associate naught with Him, and show kindness to parents, and to kindred, and orphans, and the needy, and to the neighbor that is a kinsman and the neighbor that is a stranger, and the companion by your side, and the wayfarer, and those whom your right hands possess. Surely, Allah loves not the proud and the boastful. (Al Quran 4:37)

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        J. Deane

        “The so called “KILL”” verses are contextual. “

        Amarasiri Hypotheses that the Kill Verses were all inserted by the Devil, Satan, Iblis into the Quran just like the Satanic Verses that have been identified.

        So, somebody, need to go through a fine comb, and edit out the Satanic Verses.

        If not use only the Meccan Quran. Throw the Medina Quran and Hadith Out.

        Then Islam will be a Religion of Peace. Thee will be no compulsion in Religion, and apostates will not be killed, and it will be Reversible process the Second Law of Thermodynamics.

        Right now, with the Medina Quran, Islam is an Irreversible Process, and in conflict with the Meccan Quran.

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    Mr.Izeth Hussain, It will be a total waste of time and energy trying to explain Islam to bigots who have already made up their minds that Islamaphobia is justified. After the recent attack on a policeman in US the Islamic scholar, Megan Kelly of Fox News said, it must be written in the Qu’ran to shoot policemen because the assailant was saying “In the name of Islam” while shooting. What’s more, she was mortified, the Mayor of that city did not pick up on her views but had said it had nothing to with Islam. If people are eager to learn the truth, please watch the Oxford Union debate “Is Islam a Religion of Peace” available on Youtube.

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      The truth that they are not prepared to talk is Quran is interpretable by any one as they wish. When Quran was allowed to involve, there are very peaceful muslim sects. But, for wahabis who say that they are the genuine muslims, all those sects are infidels. Saudi Arabia is Sunni and they kill infidels like animals. Just after Cattle, infidels are the most killed in the Muslim world.

      So, blaming Islamophobics and avoiding the issue is foolishness or incapability of addressing the issue. See how Muslims build bridges when they have the upper hand;

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OwL1IrdEKw

      As muslims are not the majority they talk this way. But, see even in comments how some Sri lankan muslims warn against worshipping Idols. But, they don’t want to accept that they walk around a meteorite Stone saying god given and it is IDOL worshipping.

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        Jim softy

        “But, they don’t want to accept that they walk around a meteorite Stone saying god given and it is IDOL worshipping.”

        So, if a Statue cab be an Idol, a Tree cam be an Idol, a stone could be an idol too?

        What did Almighty God say in 10 Commandments to Moses?

        Christopher Hitchens Revises the Ten Commandments

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9weXGtCk7c

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      Sylvia Haik

      “the Islamic scholar, Megan Kelly of Fox News”

      Am I missing something here

      Megyn Kelly a Islamic Scholar, since when?

      There are numerous sects within Islam such as Sunni, Shi’ite, Wahhabis, Suffis, Bahaiism, …….. Druze, Alevis, …..

      Which branch of Islam did she specialise in and could you cite her scholrly work.

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      He He He

      Ou`ran mentioned about policemen…?????

      Also this carbon copy of Torah mentioned about

      Aircrafts,Guns,Computer,Internet,Cars,Coco Cola and the site named by US Scientists on moon as Arabia…

      Islam is for yesterday..today and tomorrow….

      Believe it

      Cheers

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      Sylvia Haik

      “Mr.Izeth Hussain, It will be a total waste of time and energy trying to explain Islam to bigots who have already made up their minds that Islamaphobia is justified.”

      Try explaining Algebra, invented 1,000 years ago. Wimal Modawansa says 2/2 =0. He is an MP and hot 300,000 preferential votes from Modayas with IQ less than 79.

      Yes, it will be harder to explain Islam, Christianity , Buddhism or other Theology to bigots.

      They simply lack the IQ and intellect.

      Remember, the Average IQ of Sri Lanka is 79, while that of Singapore is 108.

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    Izeth Hussain

    RE: Is Islam A Religion Of Peace?

    “most of all the Muslims – must therefore address this question, and we must do so honestly without indulging in Islamic apologetics. “

    “I base my position that asking whether Islam is a religion of peace is a wrong question on a Biblical text: The Son of Man goes forth to war. It is an indubitable fact that the adherents of all the great world religions have indulged in much violence and much war, and that is true also of Buddhists who practice the most peaceful of all the religions. The historical record shows that Muslims have been no more prone to war and violence than others”

    Yes. Apologetics, will always find a reason for any action.This goes across religions, cultures, races, political ideologies etc.

    These events are pushing towards Armageddon. Is it Christianity. Radical Islam is attaching all non-Wahhabi Muslims and others.

    We Need More Liberals Willing to Critique Islam, Says Ex-Muslim Leader

    http://www.exmna.org/we-need-more-liberals-willing-to-critique-islam-says-ex-muslim-leader/

    The American Humanist Association just uploaded several videos from its recent conference in Denver. I’ll post a few of them over the next day or so, but the crown jewel so far has to be Sarah Haider‘s speech about the necessity of liberal critiques of Islam.

    Ex-Muslim says that Liberals and those on the left do not trust Even the Ex-Muslims.

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    I thank Amarasiri for the URL’s on the religious debates. I recommend that everybody who comments here see one in particular ‘Islam is a religion of Peace’.

    One of the valid points raised by one of them is, ‘Unless you obey Prophet Mohammed’s (PBUH) command that all unbelievers should be killed, you are not going to be a good Muslim and run the risk of meeting the same fate. It is said that Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) himself carried out 65 separate military campaigns to spread Islam.

    In my opinion, Islam has never been a religion of peace in the past, nor is it now and will never be in the future. Period.

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      EDWIN RODRIGO
      even IH agrees Islam is not a religion of peace, he wrote a 3 part article in CT “Justifying Islamic Terrorism”

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      EDWIN RODRIGO

      “In my opinion, Islam has never been a religion of peace in the past, nor is it now and will never be in the future. Period.”

      Islam is a religion, like the Other Abrahamic Religions where the God does not like Competition

      Read the 10 commandments, Old Testament and and the New Testament.

      The Jesus Myth – Timothy Freke

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oR02ciandvg

      Published on Sep 1, 2012

      http://caesarsmessiahdoc.com Timothy Freke — Bestselling author and internationally respected authority on world spirituality is a featured scholar in the film “Caesar’s Messiah:The Roman Conspiracy to Invent Jesus”.
      Tim has an honours degree in philosophy and is the author of over thirty books that have established his reputation as a scholar and free-thinker. He is best known for his groundbreaking work on Christian Gnosticism with his close friend Peter Gandy, including The Jesus Mysteries, which was a top 10 best-seller in the UK and USA, and a “Book of the Year” in the UK Daily Telegraph. In recent years he has articulated his own “lucid philosophy” in The Laughing Jesus, Lucid Living, and How Long is Now? He has appeared in the documentaries Who’s Driving the Dreambus?, Secrets of the Code, and Time Machine: Beyond the Da Vinci Code. Created by Fritz Heede

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      EDWIN RODRIGO

      “In my opinion, Islam has never been a religion of peace in the past, nor is it now and will never be in the future. Period.”

      This is the general problem with Abrahamic Religion and other religions.

      Sam Harris simply destroys Christianity

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcO4TnrskE0

      If anyone here is in the mood for a sampling of the dazzling extent of Christian gullibility and ignorance, just read the comments below. Wow, mass delusion indeed. This is the power of indoctrination, and it demonstrates just how vulnerable the fearful and the young are to psychological predation. Did you survive my mandatory Jesus-worshiping childhood indoctrination, but most do not, and I feel embarrassed for them.

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      Bigots just like ISIS or Wahhabis take phrases out of context from the Qu’ran to justify their atrocities. Islamic tenets were written at a time of war, just like the Bible written at a time of war, and naturally war is addressed, not offensively but as a statement of defence. Doesn’t the Bible say somewhere to kill your neighbour if you find him working on a Sunday? The Qu’ran doesn’t tell you to take up arms period but that it is OK to take up arms to defend yourself. The Islamaphobes are quick to denigrate ISIS for the beheading of the journalists but turn a blind eye to the Wahhabis beheading people willy nilly because they have money and we need them. Last week they beheaded 47 people in one day. They also blitzkreig Yemen, the poorest nation in the area, with the help of the West because the Saudi oil is more precious than the human rights of the Yemenese poor.

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        Sylvia Haik

        “Bigots just like ISIS or Wahhabis take phrases out of context from the Qu’ran to justify their atrocities.”

        According to the Aarasiri Hypothesis, Wahhabis and their Clones follow the Devil, Satan, Iblis.

        The data supports the Iblis-Wahhabi , or Satan-Wahhabi hypothesis.

        Have you heard about the Great Satan and he Small Satan?

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Satan

        Great Satan and Small Satan: Which is which?

        http://www.payvand.com/news/06/jul/1205.html

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