20 February, 2019

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MMDA Reforms: Committee In Shock As “Closed Door” Meeting Opened To All

The members of the Committee appointed in 2009 to propose reforms to Muslim Matrimonial Law and the upgrading of the Quazi Courts, who were invited by the Minister of Justice and Prison Reform Thalatha Atukorale, to a discussion last afternoon with the Muslim Members of Parliament of their Report handed over to the Minister more than a year ago on 22nd January 2018, were in for a shock. The meeting, which was expected to be a “closed door” discussion, was attended by several others as observers, most prominent among them being the member of the Constitutional Council Javid Yusuf, who was neither a member of the 2009 Committee nor a member of Parliament. 

As disclosed widely in social media, Javid Yusuf was one of those who went with a delegation of the Young Men’s Muslim Association (YMMA) to hand over a so called “consensus report” prepared by the YMMA to the Chairman of the 2009 Committee Justice Saleem Marsoof, PC and later to ACJU President Rizwe Mufti and Faisz Mustapha, PC last week. The YMMA report is said to be the product of the deliberations commenced by them at a Conference organized by the YMMA at Hotel Mandarina in September 2018, which endorsed the views of Rizwe Muthi and few others who signed with him and were opposing the progressive reforms proposed by the 2009 Committee. The YMMA had written to the Minister of Justice on 5th February suggesting that the Minister should request Justice Saleem Marsoof PC and Faisz Mustapha PC to study the YMMA recommendations and submit a revised report acceptable to the majority of the 2009 Committee members.

At the very commencement of the meeting, Justice Saleem Marsoof PC who was the Chairman of the 2009 Committee, was asked by the Minister to open the discussion, which he did, highlighting the fact that there was a great deal of consensus in regard to the matters considered in the Report of the 2009 Committee submitted to the Minister of Justice Thalatha Atukorale on 22nd January 2018. He also outlined the areas of contention which were mainly the question of the current disqualification of women to hold office as Quazis, issues relating to the applicability of the law according to their “sect to which the parties belong”, the qualifications necessary to be appointed as a Quazis, and the right of any person litigating in a Quazi Court to be represented by an Attorney at law of his or her choice which is now barred by section 74 of the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA) of 1951. He also said that in regard to age of marriage, polygamy and mata’a for divorced women, there was agreement in principle though there were some differences in regard to the details which need to be ironed out. 

The very first matter taken up for discussion was whether the word “male” should be deleted from sections 12 and 14 of MMDA, which had the effect of preventing Muslim women of suitable attainments being appointed as Quazis when there is no similar bar to them being appointed as Magistrates or to any other Judicial office, and was therefore discriminatory. ACJU President M.I.M Rizwe Mufti strongly objected to the proposal to remove the bar to women being appointed Quazis on the basis that this is contrary to the shariah. Justice Marsoof disagreed, and pointed out that the Hanafi opinion was that women may be appointed to officiate as Quazis, and stressed that sections 12 and 14 of MMDA violated the equality provision enshrined in Art 12 of the Constitution. This was brushed aside by Justice A.W.A Salam, who pointed out that the MMDA was “existing law” and remained valid. He then went on to make some adverse comments regarding the funding of a book written by Justice Marsoof in 2001 entitled “The Quazi Court System in Sri Lanka and its Impact on Muslim Women,” but was prevented by the Chair from continuing since this meeting was summoned not to discuss this book but the Report prepared by the 2009 Committee. 

Justice Marsoof stated that he and some progressive members of the 2009 Committee were targeted by certain ulema who at Jumma sermons expressed the view that some of the reforms proposed by them based on the opinions of the Hanfi school of thought were contrary to the shariah. He said that the great imams of Islam, Imams Abu Haniffa, Shaffei, Malik and Hambal, who founded the four major Sunni mazhabs, and their adherents respected each other’s opinion and were very flexible in their approach to developing the fiqh, and that he was very pained by these Jumma sermons. He said that while it is necessary to consider the opinion of the Muslim community in bringing about reform, which the 2009 Committee had done in earnest, it was necessary to make the Tamil version of the Report available to the Muslim public and give them time to study the contents of the report before consulting them in regard to the proposed reforms, since they have been misled by these jumma sermons.

At this stage Safana Gul Begum, Attorney at law spoke about the need to upgrade the status of Quazis and the Quazi Courts and to redress the abuses taking place in these courts. She emphasized the need to make it compulsory to register all marriages since the absence of registration caused difficulties to women claiming maintenance and children applying for schools. She said that since the reforms deal with marriage and divorce, which involve both males and females, there was an acute need to consult the opinion of affected women in regard to the untold suffering they are made to undergo in the Quazi Courts. Attorney Nadvi Bahaudeen, who has held office in the past as the Chairman of the Board of Quazis, outlined the practical difficulties faced by Quazis and made some useful suggestions on how they may be removed through administrative measures. 

Hon Mujibur Rrahman then proposed that since there is no time to consider all matters in detail, a committee be appointed consisting of Justice Saleem Marsoof PC, Faisz Mutapha PC, Sheikh Rizwe Mufti and Constitutional Council member Jawid Yusuf to attempt to reconcile differences of opinion in a manner acceptable to all members of the 2009 Committee. Attorney Razmara Abdeen stated that the 2009 Committee has completed its task and handed over its Report, and the ball is now in the court of the government to implement the Report. 

The Minister of Justice agreed and said that administrative measures will be taken to redress some of the grievances of the Quazis and litigants. The Minister of Justice also said that there was wide consensus that the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act requires urgent amendment, and that it was also necessary to take immediate steps to publish the Report of the 2009 Committee in Tamil and go ahead with the proposed reforms in consultation with the Muslim members of Parliament. The meeting was attended by Minister of Justice Thalatha Atukorale, Ministers Rauf Hakeem, Rishard Bathiudeen, Abdul Haleem, A.H. M. Fowzie, State Ministers Ali Zahir Moulana and S.M.M Harees along with other Muslim Members of Parliament.

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    When some scholars; reformers and some idiots in the name of Islam held meeting like this ..
    You will see disagreement..
    This shows how stupid are some clerics today in the modern world..
    When they fail to read Islamic teaching in their broader meaning in the light of its general philosophy some positive law of Islam will be highlighted at the expense of their greater laws ..
    This is what exactly take place in this debate ..
    Muslim community must get rid of these clerics if they want to see any progress..
    Enemy of Islam.are not outsiders but some clerics with big beard; and jumba ..
    Their ignorance send havoc across Muslim world from Saudi to SL.
    May Allah save Muslim community from the clitch of these clerics

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      Better allow divorce on Skype / Whatsup like in Pakistan & Tajikistan
      problem solved.
      Later one Ulamah can explain this is in the BUK so followers will believe without question.

      No Haram using anti-infidels systems & products invented by
      mostly Jews.

      RELIGION SHOULD BE A PRIVATE MATTER do not bow for this 4th-century rules designed for uncivilized, barbaric Arabs lived then like animals. while there were many many civilizations flourished at that time.

      Musulims today are scared about their own shadow because of weak faith and lip service of ullamahs who are living in a stone age but never miss blue films on the internet

      Last year in Valachchenai one mususlim teacher was in love with a Hindu girl and later converted him as Hindu and married her.
      Many people don’t know that the wife of Ex-Neelan Thiruchelvam is a Mususlim but Mr.Neelan remained as a Hindu.

      Cheers

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        Cholan,

        How much you get paid for posting comments?

        “RELIGION SHOULD BE A PRIVATE MATTER do not bow for this 4th-century rules designed for uncivilized”

        You want to civilize Muslims, and you continue to stay an antiquated caste junkie? You’re great.

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          @ghk

          I believe that this world is ROUND so I am antique ?
          You believe earth is FLAT so you are modern.

          In this world today say minimum marriage for a girl should be 18.
          But you can marry 8 years girl and it is modern.

          What is the age for marriage a girl in your BUK ? Nothing ,can manipulate as you like.

          In the West sex with under age girl carry punishment of 25 years prison , for FMG(female genetic mutilation ) 8 years prison. So this law is antique?

          TARIK HAMDAN Oxford educated ,so called European Islamic scholar is today in prison in France for raping( marrying) a under age girl this is antique law ????, but if he lives in a Muslim country he is allowed to marry 8 years girl.

          Tariq Hamdam should have gone to Malaysia where he will receive red carpet welcome plus PR document and can marry 8 years girls in Malaysia and Thailand mususlim villages near boarder.

          I am living in 21st century mind set so I am antique ???? you continue with 4th century practice so you are modern.

          Cheers

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            cholan,

            I can never say that you live in the past, because you have been living in the future all your life that poor science is so behind and has no clues yet. In fact there are books written on these mythologies that are pinned to you. Let’s take a few sample for the sake of starting a good weekend with some laughs and thoughts :-)

            Narendra Modi himself gives examples of warrior Karna from the Sanskrit epic Mahabharata and elephant-headed God Ganesha to support views that cosmetic surgery and reproductive genetics used thousands of years ago -What is your view?

            A total solar eclipse is demon Rahu eating the Sun (BTW, Sun is father and Moon is mother is a different fun anyway) – your view?

            Shva’s Lingam or God Shiva’s cursed pen that fell into many part of the world being worshiped by women with fertility issues as of today – Your thought on this also please?

            TARIK HAMDAN committed crime against that country’s law and put in jail, which is good. But Swiss Kumar of Jaffna committed a crime against human-being by gang raping, videoing and killing a poor school girl and tying to escape punishment, remember? I don’t blame your religion or community for this, there are worse than animals in any community. Let’s not take an individual as sample.

            For reference, you can Google all of my content.

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              @ghk
              Many centuries before the birth of your Scientist people from West Asia went on a pilgrimage to Mecca especially to worship the black rock for fertility.
              Once Scientist captured Mecca it is out of bounds for infidels but OK for installments of electric & electronic pieces of equipment of infidels
              Your people travel thousands of miles to Mecca simply to go around the black stone -a meteorological stone fall fom the sky according to Science- then throw pebbles 8 times to get rid of Saitan ,to this day CCTV cameras there never registered atleast one Saitan.
              When your Bruders celebrate Asurra in Pakistan,Iran,Iraq they lash chains fixed with nails on back they make blood bleeding .
              People beleive in many things and still follow.
              Hindu and Hindusim are the words invented by British to bring various similar groups and there was no India before the arrival of Europeans but many countries with their boarders.Got it?
              Tamils are following Saivam and worship of Shiva& Pillaiyar etc never existed and never mentioned in ancient Tamil literatures.Recent excavation at Keeladi ,Madurai in Tamil Nadu exposed a well developed 3000 years Tamil old city with 5000 objects but not a single object concern religion.
              Shiva and Pillaiyar all injected during Aryan invation in South India even Deepavali has nothing to do with Tamils only introduce during Nayakar rule.
              About your Ragu & Kethu it is not belong to a particular people all over Asia many
              countries talk about this.
              Musulims in SL as well as in many Asian countries consult astrologers for family events allmost all Arab VIP s have persoanal astrologers in the west .Ex-Saudi Oil minister Yamani never started anything without consulting his astrologer in London.
              We SL Tamils laugh about Indian politicians who are fooling their people for votes
              their commnets has nothing to deal with us.

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                Cholan,

                All what you are say are not part of Islam, these mythical stuff and superstitions intruded among few Muslims in some countries due to regional and cultural influence of mostly Hinduism like how some Muslims in SL followed Tamil rituals unknowingly up until recent times. For example, when we observed the recent solar eclipse, many people including Sinhalese and Muslims in SL, believed that cooking food was bad during the moment. But not many knew that it was a Hindu myth and scientifically not true.

                “Tamils are following Saivam and worship of Shiva& Pillaiyar etc never existed and never mentioned in ancient Tamil literatures”

                Why Tholkappiam has so many references to many Hindu Gods, if you’re not linked to Hinduism?

                If Shiva and Pillayar are later injected to your identity to make it a religion, then why do you have so many Shiva/Pillayar kovils and continue to build more to worship these Gods that you know is not part of you? Why do you fight when these Kovils that don’t belong to your original identity are destroyed by Sinhalese or Muslims in SL? Are you lacking any reformists?

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                Cholan, shameless to utter lies to win an argument. “in life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate”

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                  @abdul kader

                  Naanaa

                  What I write here are facts.

                  You hear lies ..speak lies daily
                  Because of your sect..so everything is look lie for you.

                  Ever read any books other than your BUK
                  the carbon copy of Jewish Torah?

                  Do you know the history of Saudi Arabia?
                  Do you know the history of West asia?

                  Ever heard about great Pharos?

                  Go to mosque on fridays and believe the moulavie^s lecture who lives in stone age. That’s all.

                  Dont parade your ignorance here ok?

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            Cholan

            “In this world today say minimum marriage for a girl should be 18.”

            Do you know in the US, in 17 States there is NO minimum age for marriage? And in 13 States, the minimum age varies between 14 and 18?

            The only Muslim country with No Minimum age is Yemen, while, in case of girls, Iran comes next with 9 and Saudi and Sudan 10. Other Muslim countries range between 13 (Brunei) and 20 (Libya)

            So, you have to start your campaign for fixing the minimum age for marriage for girls in the US. So STOP babbling here and displaying your woefully pathetic ignorance.

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        cholan

        Mr. Muhammad Ali converted to islam, like Mr.Neelan remained as a Hindu.

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          @rbh

          Uneducated Muhamed Ali swallowed the rope but Harvard Educated Mr.N not.
          In Malaysia, they even convert 3 years, 9 years kids as Muslsims what a joke.?
          Terengganu a state in Malaysia ruled by fanatics approved the marriage of 12 years old girl is correct ( Scientist never mentioned the marrying age for a girl to suit his actions) and it is a NEED (??). Yes these old pedophiles can marry a kid, enjoy then talak.talak.talak ( Now India closed the lid for this comedy)
          RELIGION IS A PRIVATE MATTER
          If a Mususlim girl or boy like to marry a non-musulim why conversion required why not marry her/him and practice your own religion like in Indonesia the largest Mususlim country in the world.

          The wife of Hindi film actor Sharuk Kahn is a Hindu but they live happily. Politician
          Subramaniya Swamy`s daughter is married to a Mususlim but she lived as a Hindu.

          Cheers

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            cholan

            Tony Blair’s sister-in-law converts to Islam Lauren Booth, 43 – Cherie Blair’s sister she decided to convert immediately now wears a hijab whenever she leaves her home, prays five times a day and visits her local mosque whenever she can.journalist and broadcaster

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          rbh,

          Mohamed Ali, The greatest, former Cassius Clay, converted to Islam because,

          1. Christianity as practiced in America was racism. Read up on Malcolm X, his conversion to Islam and his pilgrimage to Mecca.

          2. African Americans believe that their ancestors from Africa who were captured as slaves, were originally Muslims.

          3. The Ku Klux Klan, was Christian. So were the Nazis. They all had crosses as their symbols.

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      Critical thinking,

      “May Allah save Muslim community from the clitch of these clerics”

      This is the first point of failure, the community is suffering from.

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        M.
        spot on.
        Get the F’….ing clerics out of this discussion, if progress is to be made.

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      Dear Minister of Justice and Prison Reform Thalatha Atukorale,

      RE: MMDA Reforms: Committee In Shock As “Closed Door” Meeting Opened To All

      Part 1.
      (275 Words)

      As the Minister of Justice, and a woman, it is your fiduciary and ethical duty, to help reform the MMDA, so that the Sri Lankan Muslim Women can be liberated from the Ulama and Horney Muslim men who wants to legally rape underage Sri Lankan Muslim girls.

      The strategy adopted by the ACJU, to maintain their hegemony and misogyny is obvious.

      ACJU President Rizwe Mufti has carried out the following towards anti-reform.

      1. Got the preachers and Imams to attack the MMDA Reforms as anti-Islamic, when it is not the case.
      2. Recruited Faisz Mustapha, PC and others
      3. Recruited Muslim MPs and others under duress
      4. Recruited Javid Yusuf was one of those who went with a delegation of the Young Men’s Muslim Association (YMMA)

      “At the very commencement of the meeting, Justice Saleem Marsoof PC who was the Chairman of the 2009 Committee, was asked by the Minister to open the discussion, which he did, highlighting the fact that there was a great deal of consensus in regard to the matters considered in the Report of the 2009 Committee submitted to the Minister of Justice Thalatha Atukorale on 22nd January 2018”

      Please present the Consensus Report to the Cabinet and present to the Parliament. Educate the members on the issue of human rights and the constitutional rights of the Sri Lankan Muslim women, and ask the MPs to pass the consensus report by 2/3 majority.

      This is the 21st century Sri Lanka, not the 7th Century Arabia.

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        Dear Minister of Justice and Prison Reform Thalatha Atukorale,

        RE: MMDA Reforms: Committee In Shock As “Closed Door” Meeting Opened To All

        Part 2: ASSUMPTION: QURAN is valid and the Hadith , sayings, are valid, and Justice Saleem Marsoof PC, Committee Recommendations are based on that.
        (296 Words)

        “ The YMMA report is said to be the product of the deliberations commenced by them at a Conference organized by the YMMA at Hotel Mandarina in September 2018, which endorsed the views of Rizwe Muthi and few others who signed with him and were opposing the progressive reforms proposed by the 2009 Committee. The YMMA had written to the Minister of Justice on 5th February suggesting that the Minister should request Justice Saleem Marsoof PC and Faisz Mustapha PC to study the YMMA recommendations and submit a revised report acceptable to the majority of the 2009 Committee members.”

        As the Minister of Justice, and as a woman, it is your fiduciary and ethical duty, to help reform the MMDA, so that the Sri Lankan Muslim Women can be liberated .

        This is part of the strategy adopted by the ACJU, to maintain their hegemony and misogyny by ACJU President Rizwe Mufti towards anti-reform using YMMA.

        ACJU is influenced by the Wahhabi-Salafies, who follow a false prophet Abdul Wahhabi, and the Devil, Satan amply described in the Hadith. The ACJU President Rizwe Mufti, does not know whether he is coming or going in Islam, but interested in maintaining the Ulama hegemony, keep legally raping girls.

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

        Scholar from al-Azhar: Wahhabism is a Satanic Faith, the Horn of the Devil that Muhammad Predicted

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UDy_apXW3E

        As the Minister of Justice, and as a woman, you should not throw the Sri Lankan Muslim Women to the Devil, Satan, but must be liberated

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    The Quran can be interpreted in many ways, and we do not have to follow the interpretation by Saudi Arabia, that is primitive, and even abusive to women. These Mufti’s seem to want to follow that route, and discriminate our Muslim women here in
    Sri Lanka. Women in Sri Lanka should all have the same rights, and that includes the legal age to marry. That will prevent the rape of young children, and when it comes to divorce, Muslim women should have the rights to child support, at the very least.

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      Chitra,

      Interpretation of the Quran different from the Wahhabi-Salafi and Orthodox versions, i.e. reformed versions , would lead to loss of hegemony for the Ulama, and not acceptable.
      See Quran 3:7. According to Ibn Rushd, the Ulama are Not the people of knowledge, but the philosophers, who have wisdom.

      So, the Ulama got the ruler to persecute Ibn Rushd, aka Averroes, exiled him, and got the philosophy books burned.

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    Both, SL Govt and Reforms Committee think playing smart on each other, nothing else.

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    Dear Cholan!
    Did you really attempt to comment on the meeting regrading the purported reforms in MMDA or you want to give the Muslim a lesson of hatred? What we Muslims got to do with the man covered to Hinduism or religious belief of Neelam Thiruchchelvam’s wife?
    Cholan please stop beating the bush. If you have any knowledge on this topic put them across, If not better be silent .

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    What is this bullshit. There is common law in this country. Everyone should come under it.
    If any disagree ,migrate.

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      Tungsan Yu, did you migrate that easy? . You are an air or sea case?

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      Tungsan Yu

      There is common law in this country//

      All migrating after black july 83

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      Tungsan Yu,

      When the common law protests only the not-so-common and privileged ones, all the common people regardless their religion have to migrate anyway.

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    These devil worshipers will never progress in to civilisation. Their ‘prophet’ himself started living with a girl of six years of age called Aisha in Medina, and he consummated that marriage when she was nine years old. Aisha became his favorite wife, even after he married several other women.

    Quran ok’s sex with “Wallaee Lam Yahidhna” (non-menstruating women) right through, and this is why this despicable practice is continued by Muslims, quoting the quran.

    The funny thing is that many believers of these evil practices flood CT website with their preachings on non-discrimination, democracy and other noble dictates.

    It must be only for others, like their Jew cousins preachig human rights across the world.

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      Mawanalle Saranankara,

      “These devil worshipers will never progress in to civilisation. “

      It is the Wahhabi-Salafies and their clones, who follow the Devil, Satan who destroyed the Mawanella Buddha Statues. In any case, Buddha did nor request that statues be made and worship them. That is Para-Sinhala “Buddhism”

      Do you have references, evidence and or citations as to whether they are

      1. Devil, Satan Worshipers or
      2. God Worshipers?

      Given below are credible references and citations that show that the Wahhabi-Salafies and their clones . who follow Abdul Wahhab, the false ‘Prophet” are Devil, Satan worshipers, But NOT all Muslims especially the Sufis whose theology is love of God, and Ahmedia Muslims. That is why the Wahhabi-Salafies hate the Sufis and Ahmedia and Shia Muslims.

      It is like Sinhala ”Buddhism”, that is NOT pristine Buddhism of the Enlightened Buddha, practiced in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, by the Para-Sinhala.

      Scholar from al-Azhar: Wahhabism is a Satanic Faith, the Horn of the Devil that Muhammad Predicted

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UDy_apXW3E

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

      How to debate with the so called Wahhabi-Salafiyyah

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      Mawanalle Saranankara.

      What is refreshing of forbiting to marriage is not suffering. even at late age have higher levels of emotional and psychological well-being if none marriage at all ages

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      Mawanalle Saranankara,

      If you hate or dislike Islamic practices, the best place to start your protest is by bringing all your maids and other workers working in the Islamic countries back home, and stop sending new. You must be generous to think what is bad for you is bad for others as well. And establish your country with their workforce here, you can’t leave your own country on a fishing boat to get illegally settled in the West.

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    Its shame to say that this Rizvi Mufthi and other Mufthees in Sri Lanka, most probably do not have even GCE Ordinary level certification.

    They went to Pakistan and Taliban Styled closed madrasa they spent their time after spending kind of cage life in Sri Lankan Madrasa and he and other mufthees cannot understand the world realities.

    They have the problem of letting Justice Saleem Marsoof taking the chair as they think they deserve this chair more than Justice Saleem Marsoof.

    These Mufthees read some books in Sri Lanka and Pakistan Madrasa in Arabic and Urdu that are customary practices of some Arab villages almost centuries ago.

    They were dressing Pakistani style dress and even think that is the dress code of Islam.

    Other counsels who are around the Mufthee are having kind of personal account with Saleem Marsoof and they use this opportunity and let Rizvi Mufthee disrepute Saleem Marsoof.

    Also, there is no single article written by these mufthees with regard to MMDA and they presence in these kinds of the forum to tackle any social matter is nothing but utter shame just like Butcher is carrying out surgery are a hospital.

    This Mufthee cannot come with a document explaining the sources and fundamental principle behind their understanding that different from what Saleem Marsoof proposes.

    It seems the minister also wanted to have a big show out of this and she plays lots of unplanned games as they want to keep some topic to show to the public as they are working.

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      Fathima

      All religion heads starts their life in cage no GCE and cannot marry in some.

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    Lankan Muslims are unique. The Muslim MPs, business leaders and layMuslims are under the control of clerics led ACJU.
    The sole interest of ACJU is to retain MMDA1950 ‘As is Where is’.
    MMDA1950 was a bribe in return for abandoning support to FP. It is long past the use-by date.
    MMDA1950 violates human rights and HRC SL may take up the issues.
    .
    The news item here has a special mention of Javid Yusuf, a member of the Constitutional Council (Sri Lanka). He was neither a member of the 2009 Committee nor is he a Member of Parliament.
    ACJU never heard of this Constitution Council!

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      There is no controls what so ever by these mufthees of ACJU on the Muslim community and they were not selected in any transparent form. It’s becomr a union of those who spent their time for some time in Madrasa that was formed to earn for to fill the stomach of those mufthees as they don’t have any competence to do any other job .

      Only thing they do is announcing Eid festivals holidays that also not inline with customary traditions of Muslim community as per moon sight but to satisfy textile businesses to make more sale by delaying the Eid festival beyond the exact day.

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    Fatima..
    Finally you have told some truth on this issue

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      Lankan,

      Not me, I don’t deserve that credit.

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    Sometimes it remains a question whether prophet Mohamed was right in getting married to a girl child of age 6 and consummate at the age of 9. How can logical arguments prevail, even among muslims?

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      Ad,

      A country’s law must be respected by any means. But in the case of MMDA, it is an accepted law in SL and Muslims follow it.

      For the sake of logical argument:
      When it is the nature that decides if a woman should be fertile, and make a little girl go through puberty, preparing beginning of adult sexual life, why should a country’s man-made law determine that? Again, this age factor is not universal. Different countries have different ages set to determine this.

      Prophet did not marry any female prior to attaining puberty, and at that time there was no Law that said a girl entitles for marriage at so and so age, even among the West.

      What are the reasons as per you that countries have the law to determine this? I doubt you know that.

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      There is no logic here.
      This was a 7th-century custom, and there is controversy about the age when the marriage was consummated; the current research suggests, at age 18.

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        Sarrij, research is for what? What did they find out on that?

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    Rizwie Mufthi must be circumcised once again and castrated. He must be kicked out of this committee. Muslims will never if he is allowed to remain in these committees.

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      Tom Jones, well said

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      T J
      Saudi money and influence, aka money of the Saudi Crown Prince, keep the SL Muftis politically active; nothing to do with Islam. It’s all to do with money.

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    So what?
    This is a private matter of Tony Blair’s sister in law.
    This does not mean entire British population is going to enter Time Machine.which will take them back to 4th century..

    Even the London mayor is Musulim not mean London city is a musulim enclave.

    This shows English people are civilized and tolerant.

    You boast Isulam is one religion and we follow one book.Then why sunni..shia..memon
    .borah wahabi ..sufi etc.?
    This is the answrr why many Pillayar temples.people started to follow what they like.

    Tholkaapiyam mention only Mayon and sun worship .

    Cheers

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      Cholan,

      “Then why sunni..shia..memon .borah wahabi ..sufi etc.?

      Sunni and Shia are not castes, that is a theological division based on opinion of each sect who should succeed the Prophet. There is nothing like ‘one is superior to the other’. There is no Shia-Sunni discrimination in Quran.

      Memon and Borah have nothing to do with sects in Islam or plays any major roles, they are just 2 (closed) communities with Indian origin. Memon who follow Sunni sect, originally from Sindh, India. Borah who follow Shia sect, originally from Gujarat, India. They arrived in SL for doing business.

      Wahabi or Wahhabism is a movement founded much later by a theologian, Abdal Wahhab just like RSS’ Baliram Hedgewar and Golwalkar or BBS’ Gnanasara with a view to strengthen the religion through extremism

      “Tholkaapiyam mention only Mayon and sun worship”

      Boasting to be a Thamizhan, and say Tholkaapiyam, mentioned only Mayon and sun worship? Gods mentioned, Indra, Varuna, Muruga, Vishnu, Mariamma and more

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    First step to reform…get rid of the Business man parading as a cleric, Rizwi Mufti.
    Then, investigate the Jamiathul Ulema.
    Then, most issues from Halal to Shariah interpretations will be gone. Note I say interpretations because that is what all these statements are. Muslims are supposed to apply these Quranic principles and Prophetic practices to their lives as deemed suitable. Some things are expressly banned and those are not up for interpretation.
    Islam is a very simple religion. It has NO clergy for this very reason. Characters like Rizwi are beneficiaries of people’s lack of proper knowledge. They will never give up the benefits they get, very easily.

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      “Rizwi are beneficiaries of people’s lack of proper knowledge. They will never give up the benefits they get, very easily” – Very true.

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    Sri Lankan Muslim community is exactly same as SriLankan Bhudhist community. The Buddhist monks in SriLanka are divided on their own and they are isolated from the mental and spiritual quest of the people and having power competition within and they too don’t have much time to understand real social issues and demand to establish national policies that ensure ethical standard of poverty free nation.

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