23 September, 2020

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Maithri And The Muslim Factor

By Haider Mohideen

Many are watching what Rauff Hakeem would do within the next few days. Interesting to monitor but that would not do much of an impact as far as Muslim votes are concerned.

Two main reasons affected the decision of the Muslims in voting against Mahinda Rajapaksa at this election. One was his nationalistic approach in every single act he performs. He did not dare to humiliate Muslims even during official meetings. I can remember how he requested paddy merchants not to allow Muslims traders to purchase paddy at a meeting at Temple Tress somewhere in 2007. Ironically there were a few Muslim traders participating in that meeting but for Mahinda it was a slip of the tongue, but never dared to correct it. Mind you..! This was an official meeting at Temple Trees. This was just one example but his anti–Muslim sentiments were everywhere throughout the regime.

Hakeem and MaithripalaThen his shadows in creating Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) against Muslims in this country that turned into a boomerang. This, according to some informed sources was an outcome of an uprising of the Thawheed factor in Beruwala just after the war against LTTE. The uprising was not against the state or Sinhala Buddhist but to promote its own ideology which became a worrying factor to the state mechanism which is understandable. But the response from the state was entirely unprofessional and counter-productive. The “state-sponsored” attacks against Muslims and their business establishments resulted in economic hardships among Sinhala Buddhists in several production sectors. One small-scale garment factory run by a Sinhala Buddhist family living closer to my house was shut down as their suppliers like Fashion Bug and No Limit were suffering economic hardships following some attacks. Those who lost their jobs were all Sinhala Buddhist girls.

In all these instances Muslims were left unsecured and helpless. We saw how what happened in Aluthgama and Beruwala attacks and how law and order mechanism responded to the riots. This was entirely through the state patronage and innocent Muslims were targeted for no reason. If there is a fear of Islamic extremism (which we the moderate Muslims in this country also fear of) in Sri Lanka, then we must be strategic in our responses and there are plenty of Muslim leaders who would stand against such a danger – but this juvenile response invigorated Muslims to stand united for their own safety – and most importantly which would further strengthen the extremist elements for obvious reasons.

I am still struggling to fathom out how some Muslim political leaders are still siding with this anti-minority regime. Of course we need to have a policy of constructive engagement in managing conflicts but this immature regime does not have the basic depth or understanding on such crucial issues.

Thus, I think the Muslims in this country have already taken a decision which is clear. This has become a force of the people which the political leaders have to follow. If Muslim political leaders do not see the trend of their own community, then they would get isolated and become invalid coins. People like Hakeem, Azwar, Fowzie should understand this reality soon. Otherwise they will be too late in a few days time.

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    It is very likely majority of the musliims would back Maithree whatever Rauf Hakeem may decide. Somewhere it was said Hakeem is being tolerated by the Muslim community but not respected.

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      Don’t worry Hider thamby. You know our religious teaching.

      “Thoppiya herichcha paththata palayan”. Our Hakeem thambi knows the principle well and he will decide in the good Thambi tradition of being the middle man in any deal, getting away with the biggest cut!

      We have got the best out of Rajapakse and it is time to look for other sides. We don’t care who wins the elections, we want to breed heavy and win finally.

      We can plan to possess all real estate from Colombo to hambantota and Kandy to Nawalapitiya. better days are coming!

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        Hey Thoopi Labbe

        You are absolutely correct Nana.

        Follow the middle path and make the best profit that is the Tambiya’s way thoughot the Sri Lakan history.

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    “I am still struggling to fathom out how some Muslim political leaders are still siding with this anti-minority regime”

    No need to struggle; the answer is simple. Just ask Paisa Must Appah and he will tell you that all that matters to him is his own selfish goals of family wealth hoarding when the sun is shining. Just ask what he is doing in Singapore now. Arranging with the black banks there to transfer his hoards of ill-gotten wealth just in case M3 and company win. To hell with the community and anti-muslim sentiments of MR .All that matters to him is Paisa, paisa and more Paisa. And for this, he will suck anyones you-know-what.

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    Whatever the SLMC may decide, all Muslims have to bear in mind that a vote for MR is a vote for BBS. If they want to have more Aluthgamas, let them vote for MR.

    Sengodan. M

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      Do you always imitate your brain like that of Vaiko?

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    Haider Mohideen –

    1. “Many are watching what Rauff Hakeem would do within the next few days. Interesting to monitor but that would not do much of an impact as far as Muslim votes are concerned.”

    Hakkim is Irrelevant. He is after self-interest.

    2. “Then his shadows in creating Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) against Muslims in this country that turned into a boomerang. “

    This had nothing to do with Buddhism. It turned the Buddhists off and shamed them, just the same way ISIS and ISIL , Al Queda and Taliban are doing to the Muslims.

    3.. “This, according to some informed sources was an outcome of an uprising of the Thawheed factor in Beruwala just after the war against LTTE.”

    Others cannot differentiate between the various shades of Islam. The Devil Following Wahhabis and Tauheed and ISIS and the Islam following Muslims and Sufis.

    4. “Thus, I think the Muslims in this country have already taken a decision which is clear. “

    Yes,

    a) They should vote for Maitipala Sirisena . the Buddha following Buddhist and Not Vote for the Mara following Medamulana Mahinda Rajapaksa.

    b) They should get rid of the Devil, Iblees, Iblis, Satan following Wahhabis and their clones, Tawheed, Salafis, Talibans, Deobandis, ISIS, ISIL, and Boko Haram, who are destroying Islam, Muslim and Sufis from within. In the Quran, there are more than 25 References to the Devil, Satan, and in fact there is Hadith about it as well.

    Who funded ISIS and ISIL? Wahhabi saudi Arabia. They are in Syria and Najad , Saudi Arabia.

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

    Hadith of Najd

    According to two narrations in Sahih Bukhari, Muhammad asks Allah to bless the areas of Bilad al-Sham (Syria) and Yemen. When his companions said “Our Najd as well,” he replied: “There will appear earthquakes and afflictions, and from there will come out the side of the head (e.g. horns) of Satan.”[1][2] In a similar narration, Muhammad again asked Allah to bless the areas Medina, Mecca, Sham, and Yemen and, when asked specifically to bless Najd, repeated similar comments about there being earthquakes, trials, tribulations, and the horns of Satan.[3][4]

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

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    Shame on you, SLMC Leaders. You guys are behaving like a bunch of EUNUCHS. Whether you decided or not there won’t be any effect in it as the grass root muslims have already decided to vote en-block to the common candidate. That is inevitable.

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    Hakeem worships MR. To him MR is greater than Allah himself!

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    Belated decision of SLMC leadership since the Muslims have decided to vote against MR and support MY3 no sooner the Election was declared. It is obvious that the Muslims other than the Leaders of Political Parties represent Muslims are faster in taking decision to be on the safer side.

    Rahuman S. Lafeer

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    I think the Muslim electoral system for their leaders warrant a review as they keep consistently producing ineffective leaders who don’t look after the community but only themselves. They think the Muslims are like sheep and will follow what they tell them to do. This time, they are sadly mistaken and it appears the Muslim have made up their minds without their corrupt influence.

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