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Moratuwa Niqab: Unveiling The Facts

By Khalid Muhaimin

Khalid Muhaimin

Khalid Muhaimin

Niqab Is Not A Controversy But A Ban On It Is A Controversy

While Sri Lanka is struggling to come out from the remnants of its brutal ethnic-conflict, its ethnic harmony after the war is slowly fading away and likely to slip into jeopardy.  Once the war is over, the government should have taken serious measures to reconcile the differences between ethnicities within her country. But in contrary to this, government had turned mute over this matter while remaining silence over the emergence of Buddhist Extremist Group which is posing a critical threat to the basic fabric of the ethnic communities and their harmony. This status quo causing racism all over the country specially on the minorities- particularly Muslim minority which has become more vulnerable to racism in Sri Lanka in recent years. It is very sad to see Islam and Muslim are being targeted all over the country and their religious and cultural values are questioned and ridiculed by these elements.

In line of these events, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka duly created by and under the Act No 16 of 1978, has banned the Muslim female students from wearing Niqab, a type of Muslim veil that conceals the whole face, other than the eyes. This ban has come in the dawn of CHOGM 2013 and a time where the government is under immense pressure by the international community for its alleged war crimes and Human right abuses. These extremist elements are creating Islamophobia. This racist syndrome is widespread all over the country nowadays.

University of Moratuwa is the country’s leading technological higher education institute excelling both locally and globally-as they claim. But it is something strange to see these intellectuals are also victimized by the above mentioned syndrome. On December 02, 2013 the Vice-Chancellor of University of Moratuwa, Prof. Ananda Jayawardana was interviewed by the BBC. While I was listening to his interview I realized that how an intellectual mind was duped to believe an unnecessary issue.

Nevertheless, this ban on veil is seriously violating the provisions of the constitution. Chapter III of the 1978 constitution titled as Fundamental Rights provide various fundamental rights for the citizens. Equality before law, Freedom of expression and Freedom of Religion and conscience are some of the provisions among others are in clear violation by this ban. This senseless decision is massively divisive and will only lead to an environment in which the rights of many will be disproportionately suppressed. These fundamental rights are at stake here and this sets out an extremely dangerous precedent not only for the Muslim community but for members of all faith backgrounds.

Without prior consultation of female Muslim students or of key stakeholders, I am extremely concerned that this will act as yet another barrier to accessing further education. I believe that no student should have to choose between their faith and education. Education is a right which, in all free and fair societies, everyone should have access to.

There were only three Muslim students; a tiny minority out of thousands of students in the University of Moratuwa was wearing the Face Veil. Two of them have been wearing face veil inside the University for well over two years and a first year student had been wearing for the last five months without any issues.  As mentioned in the appeal letter by a victim wrote to the VC, these girls were very cooperative to the security checking in the university especially at the main entrance. Apparently one girl with full face veil had graduated from the same University in 2011.

The VC in his interview to BBC Tamil, outlined following reasons for the ban,

  1. Security threat
  2. Hindrance to inter-culture

The responsibility for a university to provide security for students and staff is of paramount importance, however the banning of niqab for this reason is nothing short of a red herring. When it comes to security threats, there is no way to say that those students pose security threats to the university. Muslim Women had been wearing face veil even when the country was under the most crucial threat by the terrorist. I remember, muslim women were wearing face veil during the time suicide attacks were more frequent in Colombo.  No security threats had arisen at that time. But it is ridiculous to say that this small piece of cloth on a university student’s face has caused a security threat to a University.

Freedom of a citizen cannot be restricted in the name of bogus security threats. If wearing face veil poses any security threats, that can be further discussed and debated with the stake holders and sorted out. Have the Professor or the University administration encountered any security problems so far due to Niqab? What they claim is completely hypothetical. Even if there is any offence committed related to face veil, we have Police to inquire and take legal action against those who committed crimes. We have enough provisions in our Criminal Law to punish people who commit crimes. In contrast, a way of dressing is being criminalized inside a state-run university.  It reminds me a quote of the old Ben Franklin line: “He who values security above liberty deserves neither.”

Another argument put forward by the VC is that the University is a mixed cultured, multi-religious and multi-ethnical. So there must be lot of interactions and cohesion between the University students. I totally agree with his view but what I disagree with him is his view that this face veil is a barrier for interaction among students.

It surprise to see the interpretation of “interaction” in this high tech world. Now people are heavily depended on social media and telecommunication. Even the media that the VC had used to express his position did not show his face but just broadcasted only his voice. On the other hand the most influential media of today are also using the same pattern. When we use the phones we don’t even see each other. It doesn’t mean that those people are undergoing any problem in involving in interaction and cohesion through these high tech devices.

When you talk about Inter- culture in the University, then everyone should be allowed to express and practice their culture and belief freely. Many of our universities have students from many different faiths and backgrounds which adds to the richness of their communities. That is the core of a multi society. Ironically when you ban the face veil you neglect a minority of women. If your purpose of banning the veil is in fact to increase the interaction between students and allow them to enjoy their multicultural values, then it is also invalidated by way of your rejecting these tiny minority women. If you feel that these women are not interactive and backward then allow them to come to the University and learn about the so called modern dress code and interactions as you wish. If these women were to disappear from view completely, then how would we ever know about their culture and values? There is no doubt that in this multicultural hub, the university has acted in a way in which equality and inclusivity have been jeopardised and there is now a need for an immediate reversal of this discriminatory policy.

For those who are shouting out there that Niqab was an Arabian culture and it should not be allowed in Sri Lanka, I could tell them that almost all Sri Lankans are wearing dresses not related to our Sri Lankan culture. It might either be Indian or Western. But no one objects to it as it is strange to our national costumes.

We may have our own whims and fancies but it should not go into violating others rights and freedom. Especially, when it comes to education we should be more careful. Not only we are denying a tiny minority’s right to education but also causing harm to generations to come.

One may wonder as to why these intellectual minds are failed to see these realities and in contrast getting encouraged by the extremist elements. I too am with the same feeling regarding the failure of intellectual minds. It is the University which should teach tolerance to the society, but it is sad to see that these universities are intolerable of just three students due to their choice of dress code.

Give me one good reason why a woman shouldn’t be allowed to cover her face in public if that’s what she wants to do. You don’t object to her covering her other body parts? Do you find it offensive if a woman wears sunglasses? Do you object if a woman wears a medical mask and comes to University? And anyway, what’s it got to do with you?

If the likes of Professors in University of Moratuwa are genuinely concerned about security and intercultural cohesion then perhaps they should begin by asking the veiled Muslim women her opinion for a change instead of doing exactly what they supposedly stand against: forcing her to dress in a certain way or rather in this case, forcing her to undress.

It is ridiculous to suggest that the three women, who are thought to wear the niqab in University of Moratuwa, suddenly constitute a security threat. The niqab ban is unnecessary, and will most likely be counterproductive. No one else should follow the University of Moratuwa example, and University of Moratuwa itself should reverse it.

Finally, we must acknowledge that Sri Lanka still carries people who are very peaceful and tolerant with other ethnicities despite a strong racist campaign out there. Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Human Rights Commissioner of Sri Lanka, FUTA and IUSF have already been shown their solidarity towards these victims. The outrage expressed by students and members of the other organisations are telling of exactly what impact this will have, especially in light of the alarming racism by Budhist Extremist Elements that would see the niqab banned in public places. What do other people choose to wear is nothing to do with me, or with you. You don’t like the niqab? Get over it.

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    a new culture of gonibillas is afoot . I have never seen this until I was there the last time .

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      so what u want is half naked women to quench ur sexual thirst? to u is ur religion, to me is mine.. Why is it of any significance to you of what one choose to wear? IS someone FORCING u to wear shirt and trousers ? NO. I can choose what to, to any place and YOU cannot make me wear anything that u desire….

      Freedom of expression is a basic right, by wearing what I want I am exercising my right ….

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        Fundamentalist Islamists want Muslim women to cover whole body, perhaps against women’s free will but succumb to idiotic muslim society’s pressure, only to become one out of 72 prostitutes in Allah’s abode after the death.

        What a shame ?

        Don’t Muslims have brains?? or not in proper working order??

        Why can’t muslim idiots come out of damn religious barrier, for their own good.??

        Did Lanka see those Gonibillas in 1980’s ??

        By trying to find separate identity apart from Tamils , Muslims are digging their own grave, & have no brains to understand that.

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          Even the man in picture Khalid Muhaimin is sporting a beard ( but little less than many others) which was identification of only JVP’ers & some leftists in 1980’s & Muslims never had this damn beard those days.

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            The irony when you ask others whether they have brains, read your comment again, maybe a 100 times, it would be a good reflection of how much you have.

            And whats wrong with a beard, its a persons personal choice, and its much more masculine to wear one.Take a look through the portraits of the great kings of SL, then the veddas, all sport a beard.

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              why do they do it as a community & during last 02 decades only ???

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                You mean no one should do anything that were not done two decades ago…. Come on everything on this planet change as the time goes.

                Even religious understanding is more among muslims then two decades ago, may be that is one of the reason to follow certain things. Is that wrong? Does your rights taken away by this act of wearing what they want?

                What hurts you personally here?

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                  sham Idiot,

                  I don’t have any damn concern about Muslim idiotic dress or lack of it, but by alienating themselves from larger society , Muslims re asking for trouble but if they want let them get it, but don’t cry later. Okay ?

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                    you have no damn concern BUT you have DAMN RACIST mind

                  • 0
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                    He he

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            John,

            Do not showoff your ignorance and bigotry. Tell us as to why you are against women wearing “Niqab” this I take it to mean full covering of the body including the face. Objection to women covering their faces should not mean one is Islamaphobic. This is what you need to focus on. Can you do that?

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              Burning moron,

              Why they didn’t do it in 1980’s & before for over 700 years in Lanka ??? & why thereafter & mushroomed during last decade or two only.

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                John,

                You are wasting your time over here. When non-muslim women are adopting to the naked culture muslim women adopt to the Arabic culture. Dress is their own choice, and you can’t ask anybody to choose the dress what you prefer! You idiot don’t know this?

                They have done it even in 1970’s as well as 1980’s but may be now it has been increased. That is because of idiot like you wanted to ban it. so, they wanted to wear it.

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                  Alan the mokey,

                  When did you climb down from tree ? If your damn Arabic culture is imported, just expect, as it happens now, only troubles for Muslims in Lanka; you got me ??

                  Why the hell Muslim idiots unnecessarily transform in their appearance so quickly during last decades ?? Only to find themselves away from Tamils, whilst borrowing in Toto their language & culture, with only the difference in religion ??

                  Is the solution adopting far away Arabic culture ??or would it be inviting another problem ??

                  Decision is with Muslims & I warn ; Expect only troubles & if continued, even a full blown ethnic clash would be on the cards & those Western Christian countries championing Human Rights won’t come for Muslims’ help; Mark my word.

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                    John,

                    Are your Sinhala Buddhist women wearing Sri Lankan cultured dress? Do you think that for your foolish hatred, muslims will be afraid for you? Muslim women wear Nikab all over the world not only in Sri Lanka.
                    You bloody Sinhala Racist buddhists did not had any security issues of wearing Nikab when the LTTE was bombing around in Colombo. Then why now? That was the question from this writer. You would have talked and debated this issue when LTTE was bombing in your ass……
                    It is very clear that you are one of the BBS servant who don’t have any sense.
                    You bloody BBS bastards wanted this ethnic conflict again…….but it will never happen. i warn you, you better change yourself. Otherwise, You will be identified as terrorist one day……and will be burned on the road.You got my point????????????

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                      Alan

                      I prefer men covering their ugly faces.

                      Why don’t all men cover their faces so that we don’t need to tolerate or in fact avoid their ugly mind reflected through their ugly faces?

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                      Alan monkey,

                      You climbed down from the tree ??

                      We did not take damn Gonobillas & Goat bearded men seriously because we had real terror to fight against, now with that over we take damn idiotic Muslims Arab appearance, as a pat time to attack & put thins in order. You got me.

                      Days are not far away, just wait & see, your damn mosques of fake god Allah would be burned down with Muslim idiots inside , unless you change your behavior.
                      If you tourists want to live in Sinhala lanka , then live as we say or get out of Sinhala country.

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                      Not Buddhists but Sinhala Christians would be in the forefront to attack fake god Allah’s mosques with idiots inside & as the history has it from 1920’s.

                      Just be Warned or get decimated.

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                    John,

                    Cool down my friend…….Getting anger is against for Load Buddhas teachings.
                    I confirm you that, you can do nothing in Sri Lanka, since not even 1% population support for your hatred and terrorism.
                    So, you mean to say that you are part time paid servant for BBS?

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                Your ancestors at some point in the past stated to wear pants and shirts. How did this happen? It does not matter as to when they start to wear something; what gives you right to question it? However, what you need to show on these forums is that you are against some Islamic women covering their faces in public places because it is fundamentally against human dignity and not conducive for communal integration. You cannot oppose something because a group of people have chosen to wear an attire that is alien to you. If you cannot show your objection logically, it is best that you leave this debate to those who can?

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                  Burning donkey,
                  Bloody shit eating pig , who do you think you are ? the owner of Internet magazine ?? to tel me to leave a debate??

                  Go & F ur mother man.

                  I write what I want , if you bloody a..hole cannot read or answer,you better go, Okay.

                  I’m against Gonibillas & I say that, & the day not far away Muslim idiots would have to abandon importing of damn Arabic culture to my country or leave my country, you got me Burning idiot ??

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                    I am sure you have the habit of [Edited out].
                    because you are in favor of women dress like animals, don’t show your frustration and J in this site.

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                    “you got me Burning idiot”

                    I certainly have got you that is why you have spouted vulgar language on a public forum. You are not only a bigot but also an abusive individual. You need to join with the BBS and be like an unruly thug; this is the scene that will suit you!

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                    Idiots speak English doesn’t mean you are cultured.

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              Having worked in the middle east incl islamic conservative Saudi Arabia, most women do not wear full head cover, which means that this is not an absolute islamic religious requirement. Of course islam requires the body to be covered ‘appropriately’, in public – which in my personal opinion is OK.

              Apart from the security threat, supermarket/store owners (even in Saudi) are under extreme stress as full niqab wearing women are notorious for shop lifting.

              The reasons given by the Moratuwa Uni VC are correct. In addition to the security threat a full black covered apparition is a hideous site in our culture/society and an intercultural hindrance – and should be discouraged.

              In recent times we have seen an attempt by some sections of the islamic community trying to be separate/superior from the rest of society which will eventually lead to a strain in communal harmony
              and predicable results.

              Finally, another good book, mentions that in very ‘old’ times, women covered by a full black dress were identified as prostitutes.

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            these days u see, kids on a Sunday wearing white and attend (Buddhist)Sunday school.. was this happening THOSE OLD days? NO…. People learn and correct themselves, Just coz my Grandfather did, I cannot do it…… that is custom and tribalism…I have a mind of my own and I choose what is good and what is bad, further Forcing a woman to wear anything s NOT permitted in Islam leave alone the Burqa or Abaya..even Niqab. The females know of how they are “AWAY from the LUSTFUL looks” of sex starved idiots….ah read today’s daily mirror TOP STORY, and check yourself about Sri-Lanka being the no 1 on the list for using google for sex…3 years in a row….. doesnt it say something?

            http://www.dailymirror.lk/top-story/40692-sl-tops-googles-2013-sex-search-list.html

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          John

          “Why can’t muslim idiots come out of damn religious barrier, for their own good.??”

          They can and they will only if you stop pushing them into what you call “damn religious barrier”. The more you and your western brothers push them they will find security in their own religion madness.

          Finding separate identity is no problem if your Sinhala/Buddhists bigots accept the idea of unity in diversity.

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            Native,

            “The more you and your western brothers push them they will find security in their own religion madness.”

            Yes, they are mad, but don’t they have one or two intelligent people among them ??

            Except for LTTE atrocities, who pushed them to a corner ?? Nobody.

            Why the hell they adopt an alien culture ??

            As you Vedda said/blogged here CT numerous times , they were only Tamils/Dravidians from TN, If so can they change their upbringing of thousands of years i?? & in two decades by changing clothes ??

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              John

              “Yes, they are mad, but don’t they have one or two intelligent people among them ??”

              I am sure they have a few. They will have no say when madness momentum on both sides takeover and sane voices are marginalised.

              “Except for LTTE atrocities, who pushed them to a corner ?? Nobody”

              You have been pushing and pulling them since 1915. The West has been doing it for 100 of years.

              “Why the hell they adopt an alien culture ??”

              Why the the Sinhala/Buddhists and Tamil/Saivaite adapt alien cultures?

              From, language, litrature to religion, rituals, astrology, to art, architecture, food, music, cinema, ………… you name it you have adapted everything alien including stupidity and bailla.

              What is the point that you are trying to make here if there is one?

              “they were only Tamils/Dravidians from TN”

              So are the Sinhala/Buddhists.

              If ever I used Dravidian to denote South Indians it could only be a sarcastic comment.

              This island was falsely known as being populated by peace loving people, including Tamils and Sinhalese. Within 23 years of independence peace loving Sinhala/Buddhists took up arms to fight the state. Then the peace loving Tamil/Saivate too took up arms to fight the Sinhala/Buddhist state. These events took place within a short period of time.

              Why shouldn’t the Muslims change.

              “in two decades by changing clothes ??”

              Though these changes to clothes and too much irrational attachment to one’s own religion reflects Muslim’s sense of insecurity within the wider world however I consider these changes as Arab imperialism entering through back door.

              It does not mean Sinhala/Buddhists should further aggravate the situation through their own stupidity by sending in Saffron Clad storm troopers from BBS,JHU, Ravana, local and Police thugs, etc.

              Happy Holidays.

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              John

              Sorry “however I consider these changes as Arab imperialism entering through back door.” should read as follows:

              however I consider these changes as Arab cultural imperialism entering through back door.

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                Native Vedda,

                Greetings for holidays,

                Your writing has many inaccuracies,

                “You have been pushing and pulling them since 1915. The West has been doing it for 100 of years…” .“.. Saffron Clad storm troopers from BBS…”

                1915 was British sponsored & victims were not Muslims but Sinhalese.
                In fact Muslims were rescued when they faced extinction at the hands of Portuguese onslaught by Sinhala King of Kandy by accommodating them in Kandyan Kingdom, if not, there wouldn’t have been a single Muslim in Lanka to “change to Arabic cloths” today.
                Did we here any BBS 02 years ago?? but this damn Islamic dressing started some 02 decades, perhaps likes of BBS were born out of it.

                Sinhala/Tamil’s practice their own, tens of thousands of years old Indo-Aryan/Dravidian cultures & not any “adoption” of alien or somebody else’s , as their own. But in the case of Tamil Muslims it’s other way round, their “adaptation” is Dravidian but trying to “adopt” somebody’s baby (in their appearance only) so the problem. BTW, do Lankan Muslims have any damn Arabic language /music /food etc.?? So isn’t this madness ?? if not what else ??

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          John,

          The Wahhabis, the Salafis and the so called Towheed are behind this.

          The University of Moratuwa should ban the Niquab. The Wahhabis are the agents of Satan, called Saitan.

          1. “Fundamentalist Islamists want Muslim women to cover whole body, perhaps against women’s free will but succumb to idiotic muslim society’s pressure,”

          This is Wahhabism, aka Tauheedism

          2. “Did Lanka see those Gonibillas in 1980′s ?? ” No.

          There were no Wahhabis and Tauheeds.

          They are attacking the Sufis.

          Read

          http://www.islamicpluralism.org/2071/the-wahhabi-invasion-of-sri-lanka

          The Wahhabi Invasion of Sri Lanka

          by Stephen Schwartz and Irfan Al-Alawi
          Colombo Telegraph
          July 18, 2012

          “Sheihul Mufliheen M.S.M. Abdullah (Rah) died on December 6, 2006. Wahhabi preachers from the Thawheed network and the armed “Jihad” incited the local clerics and politicians (Jamiathul Ulama Kattankudy, the Muslim Federation of Mosques, and the Urban Council of Kattankudy) to oppose his burial according to Islamic rites, in the Meditation Centre, as he was a supposed “apostate.” Another member of the Sufi order had died on December 1, 2006, was buried that day, and on December 2 was exhumed by Wahhabis on the same pretext and laid out on the soil. According to the Wahhabis and their accomplices, “apostates” could not be buried in Kattankudy…… ‘

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            Amarasiri,

            Thanks,
            Your reference, http://www.islamicpluralism., is an excellent one,says mush about how Lankan Muslims tolerate religious freedom within their own community, with a small regional power in Kattankudy in East ,with less than 10% Muslim population in our country.

            So no wonder all Muslim countries are plagued with sectarian violence /zero tolerance for other religions/in-house terrorism/backwardness etc.

            Islam destroys Muslims & vice versa.

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              John

              “Islam destroys Muslims & vice versa”.

              No Sinhala/Buddhism destroys everything in this island.

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              John,

              “Islam destroys Muslims & vice versa.”

              This is incorrect. It is the Militants and the Radical Mullahs, Ulema and Clerics who are destroying the Muslims and Islam.

              Arabic numerals,(Indian), Al-gebra, Algorithm etc.

              1. This is an incorrect statement, by looking at the so-called Islamic Militants, who have a political ideology, originating from the Arab Middle Easy primarily die to the Israeli discrimination and take over of Arab lands, with the UN following double standards with the West Spearheading this.

              This has been aided abetted by the self interest of the Ulama and Mullah’s, but not all Mullahs.

              2. In the first 3 to 4 centuries of Islam, there was a vigorous debate between the Islamic Philosophers and the Religious establishment, the Ulama. The debate was between Reason and Observation promoted by the philosophers vs. Divine Relation promoted by the Ulama. The decline of Islamic Science started with Hamid Al Ghazali.

              3. So the Muslims need to extricate themselves from this Reason vs. Divine Revelation, and move on to the next phase, just like the European Christianity did with the Age of Reason and Enlightenment.

              See,

              Neil DeGrasse Tyson – The Islamic Golden Age: Naming Rights

              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDAT98eEN5Q

              Published on Mar 18, 2012
              Neil deGrasse Tyson, an American astrophysicist and Director of the Hayden Planetarium, discusses how Islamic scholars contributed to the Islamic Golden Age and how over time independent reasoning (ijthad) lost out to modern institutionalised imitation (taqleed) present in the wider islamic society today.

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        tell that to the french .

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        [Edited out]

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        Please do not convolute “Freedom of expression is a basic right, by wearing what I want I am exercising my right ….” with Human dignity. The question is about covering once face in public exclusively by some Islamic women. This is an insult to humanity and inhibits social bonding and integration. It is as simple as that and nothing to do with Islamaphobia. Islam should accept and adjust if it wants to be among diverse peoples.

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        Sowden Edward Asange

        Here is one Islamic scholar who quotes the Quranic Verses and says that Niqab that covers the face and hands is NOT required in Islam.

        Dr: Zakir Naik about Hijab

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EH3zJy_Uq0

        So the question is Who is promoting the Niquab?

        The Wahhabi, The Salafi and The Taliban (Deobandi) Tribals who wants to preserve their tribal traditions, so that the Tribal Elders and the Ulama can maintain their hegemony over the women.

        So my vote is to Ban the Niquab at the University, and let the Muslim women wear the Hijab, if they want to. Unfortunately, the Wahhabis, and the Salfis are so thoroughly brainwashed by the Ulemas and Mullahs, have lost the ability to reason, that they force their women to conform to desert tribal practices.

        What happened to the Quranic verse that says “There is no Compulsion in Religion?” Well, the Wahhabis and Salafis never heard of it!

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          Amarasiri ,

          You are correct. It is not mandatory to cover the face in Islam for women. Quran did not talk about Nikab (Face veil) it’s talk about only Hijab first for men then women. Islam is a flexible religion.

          But, the VC of moratuwa Uni statement was not fair, Because he talks about security issues for wearing nikab only 2,3 students in the University. He would have talked this subject when LTTE was bombing in Colombo. So, that would have been a proper reason. Please note, In western countries UK, USA universities allowed to wear it. Even-though they are facing so much security threats.

          Why only now?? is it because of BBS? i personally support that banning Nikab in public places since it is not a religious requirement to wear it. But VC should have given proper statement on this! not like a foolish statement which he has given so far.

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        Sowden Edward Asange,

        We need a standard of reason and intellectual honesty, rather than blind faith.

        Religion poisons everything, whether it sprang from the deserts of the Middle East or the hills of India. Only Religion can make good people to do bad things, like forcing women to cover themselves from head to toe, calling Lanka a Mahanama Buddhist Island to maintain Monk Hegemony or maintain Priest-Mullah hegemony.

        Christopher Hitchens – The Best of the Hitchslap

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQorzOS-F6w

        The Genocidal Stupidity Of Religion

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qoSAVB7p3Q

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      Abya, Your name itself a NIKAB ABAYA…. you are Jim Softly… Sinhala Fool,

      However, Face cover in Sri Lanka is not required….. as Majority of them are non muslims and covering its a misunderstand of the other kinds … but still there is a way to handle this things….

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    This type of action only going to divide the country into 2 separate countries in this island. People have NOT learned the lesson from the past.
    If majority of the Sinhalese are against this type of action, they should openly speak. Otherwise they too are indirectly supporting this act.
    These so-called intellectuals are the main cause where the country now is.

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      Tell me any Surah or Hadith that advocate niqab (face-veiled robe).

      What is the history of Niqab. It is not something invented by Muslims. For many thousand years the women in Middle East who practiced prostitution used niqab (by what ever the name) to hide their identity from public. Even today this purpose is served in tribal communities from Pakistan to Algeria.

      Why Muslims want their women to follow the same traditions followed by prostitutes is a big question mark…?

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    Will a man with a balaclava be allowed to enter the university premises ? no. If so, then why only exempt niqab ? Muslims should stop whining about whenever their extremist views are not getting accommodated. There is a limit for everything. Besides, Muslims only speak of freedom, human rights etc when they are a minority…but their actions and behavior become totally against freedom and human rights once they gain the upper hand of a society. Islamist have no concern for secularism, they try to impose Islam into every little matter in society. When someone questions their archaic belief system, they call it ‘ridicule’ ‘racism’ and curtail the freedom of the people to question their beliefs, yet they have the balls to ask freedom to practice their extremist views ? the world is no more 7th century…even many Muslims of progressive and secular background have begun questioning Islamism and it’s regressive nature…so no this is no more a racist issue, so stop playing the same old whining when ever your extremism is not accommodated.

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      your handle confirms what a COWARD you are.. wearing an invisible niqab… like the thero’s who stoned the Fashion Bug Dehiwla using his robe to cover his face while leaving the courts…the least u could of done is to use a handle that fits YOU..

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        your handle shows that you are a women who is actually man ? looking for the 49 virgins

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          Oh so u r a gender bender… 2 bad I am as str8 as an arrow. 49? haha see you dont even know what u r talking about, educate urself…than run ur mouth…

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        this could be spineless “Fat Fuk”

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      mohamed thero’s, Atheistic views are quite apparent. Only cowards hide behind pseudonyms. A Muslim is not judged by his name rather by conduct and actions in keeping with the principles of the Noble Quran and the authentic sunnah (way) of Prophet Muhammed (PBUH)

      And the folk of Moses, after (he left them), chose a calf (for worship), (made) out of their ornaments, of saffron hue, which gave a lowing sound. Saw they not that it spake not unto them nor guided them to any way? They chose it, and became wrong-doers. (The Noble Quran 7:148)

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        So says the Qauran !
        The Bible says something about the calf being made of GOLD !

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      Aw shut the hell up

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    Mr. Khalid Muhammin,

    Is this Niquab a religious requirement? No. There is controversy and debate on this. The Scholars are not in agreement on the requirement on this. This is a cultural practice of certain Tribal, and is not a religions requirement.

    Since, the need for this requirement such as prayers and fasting is not clearly stated in the Quran, the University should not be compelled to follow the tribal habits. If a native African or American Indian student comes to classes topless, because it is their culture, should the University allow for that? No.

    You are mixing up Tribal Culture with Religion.

    You can practice your tribal culture when you are with the Tribe in the tribal surroundings. However, not in civilized surroundings.

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      IT IS a religious requirement,though NOT many practice it. It got nothing to do with culture, its a misconception most do not know or want to know… question? ask a scholar or http://www.islamicty.com or http://www.islamonline.net/English.

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        [Edited out]

        Please write instead of posting links – CT

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          CT-I wasn’t posting a link, I Corrected the splling what was on the earlier comment… IF u noticed…

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        dont worry, Amarasiri is the biggest idiot on CT.A fool who spends his time copy-pasting from gossip columns on the net.A self-educated google+wikipedia scholar/fool, dont waste your time with him.

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          Do not smear Amarasiri because he is against Niquab; show on this forum as why he is wrong. Can you tell me as to why you expect that only women to cover their faces? What moral, social, and dignity justifications that you can put forward. Please do not hide behind Freedom and Expression and Fundamental Rights etc. I say that such an attire inhibits social integration and sheer insult to the person who wears it as well as to all the others around her; what do you say to that?

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          Mr. Shezard

          “dont worry, Amarasiri is the biggest idiot on CT.A fool who ..”

          Mr. Shezard, when you wake up in the morning and watch yourself in the mirror, you will see the biggest idiot on CT and the fool,you, because, you are supposed to comment on the article, the issues involved and your support or against issues involved, with supporting references and citations.

          When, you attack the commemorators ideas instead of the comments and issues, it shows the shallowness of your intellect, and also shows your poor general knowledge and thinking abilities.

          For your information such attacks are called Ad hominem attacks.

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

          An ad hominem (Latin for “to the man” or “to the person”[1]), short for argumentum ad hominem, is a general category of fallacies in which a claim or argument is rejected on the basis of some irrelevant fact about the author of or the person presenting the claim or argument.[2] Ad hominem reasoning is normally categorized as an informal fallacy,[3][4][5] more precisely as a genetic fallacy,[6] a subcategory of fallacies of irrelevance.[7]

          Ad hominem as it is discussed in this article refers to the logical fallacy argumentum ad hominem, and not to the literal Latin phrase ad hominem.

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        Snowden Edawrd Asange,

        “IT IS a religious requirement,though NOT many practice it.”

        Amarasiri respectful disagree.

        If, religious requirement, so please provide the specific verses of the Quran, that specifically says so. Just do not follow what the Scholars say. Use reason as well, because many Islamic scholars also said that the Sun goes around the Earth quoting scriptures.

        Regarding the Tribal habits, it was the Sri Lanka Sinhala Tribal habit for the men to wear the “Amude” or loin cloth, and for the women to wear the “Redde” only and go topless. Will the Moratuwa University allow the Sinhala native students to come “clothed” in the “Amude” and “Redde’ only?

        Just curious.

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          Snowden Edawrd Asange,

          Correction.

          Amarasiri respectfully disagree.

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      Amusing choice of words comrade Amarasiri, ‘civilised surroundings’, hehehe.

      If recent history of Sri Lanka is the yard stick to go by, the words, deeds and behaviour of the average Sri Lankan (not counting the politicians – they are beyond being civilised) is anything but civilized, I must muse.

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      Hey Amarasiri,
      Cultures developed with religions which were the only education for commoners till 60~70 years ago. Only in last 50~60 years commoners got 12 year formal education… As you may know, almost 100% of acts SL Buddhist monks and followers do as religious acts are cultural things..
      You said.. “You can practice your tribal culture when you are with the Tribe in the tribal surroundings.”
      My daughter who was born and educated in western culture and she tolerates Buddhist monks wearing large yellow robes which can hide kilograms of plastic bombs… other younger generation here from all over the world tolerate Buddhist monks here wearing ugly (perception) yellow robes in public. They don’t request them to go back to their tribes to follow those religious/cultural practices. Buddhist monks use loudspeakers here to do their Sutra chanting as well.. .. but even world new generation TOLERATE them..
      You need to tolerate other cultures and there acts based on their own religious/cultural beliefs, otherwise world has to be divided into very small pieces .. Humans are imperfect but it is the beauty of their existence….
      — fact: Australian government allocates considerable amount of money to help migrants to preserve their cultural values..
      Anura

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        Simple meaning of Yellow Robes (disinfected with saffron and getting monks closer and linked with impermanence, death) in Buddha’s view is not what present monks are wearing… Just clarification….

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    .
    Many Muslims are against Niqab too. Unfortunately they don’t have the guts to say that in public. .
    .
    :-)

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      is partaking Alcohol and eating the flesh of swine permissible in Buddhism, Christianity and Hinduism? NO but do ALL live by it? heck NO…

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    All decent women Muslim or not must cover themselves.

    Otherwise they become prostitutes. (Except when Anti-Islamic forces invade Muslims countries. There are 500,000 Muslim widows in Iraq and Afghanistan alone.)

    If Tamil women covered themselves as Muslim women, army men would never have gotten to them.

    Fools never learn!

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      Genesis 21

      1 And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken.
      2 For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.
      3 And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac.
      4 And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac being eight days old, as God had commanded him.
      5 And Abraham was an hundred years old, when his son Isaac was born unto him.
      6 And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me.
      7 And she said, Who would have said unto Abraham, that Sarah should have given children suck? for I have born him a son in his old age.
      8 And the child grew, and was weaned: and Abraham made a great feast the same day that Isaac was weaned.
      9 And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto Abraham, mocking.
      10 Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac.
      11 And the thing was very grievous in Abraham”s sight because of his son.
      12 And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called.
      13 And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he is thy seed.
      14 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba.
      15 And the water was spent in the bottle, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs.
      16 And she went, and sat her down over against him a good way off, as it were a bow shot: for she said, Let me not see the death of the child. And she sat over against him, and lift up her voice, and wept.
      17 And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is.
      18 Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation.
      19 And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink.
      20 And God was with the lad; and he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer.
      21 And he dwelt in the wilderness of Paran: and his mother took him a wife out of the land of Egypt.
      22 And it came to pass at that time, that Abimelech and Phichol the chief captain of his host spake unto Abraham, saying, God is with thee in all that thou doest:
      23 Now therefore swear unto me here by God that thou wilt not deal falsely with me, nor with my son, nor with my son”s son: but according to the kindness that I have done unto thee, thou shalt do unto me, and to the land wherein thou hast sojourned.
      24 And Abraham said, I will swear.
      25 And Abraham reproved Abimelech because of a well of water, which Abimelech”s servants had violently taken away.
      26 And Abimelech said, I wot not who hath done this thing; neither didst thou tell me, neither yet heard I of it, but to day.
      27 And Abraham took sheep and oxen, and gave them unto Abimelech; and both of them made a covenant.
      28 And Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock by themselves.
      29 And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What mean these seven ewe lambs which thou hast set by themselves?
      30 And he said, For these seven ewe lambs shalt thou take of my hand, that they may be a witness unto me, that I have digged this well.
      31 Wherefore he called that place Beersheba; because there they sware both of them.
      32 Thus they made a covenant at Beersheba: then Abimelech rose up, and Phichol the chief captain of his host, and they returned into the land of the Philistines.
      33 And Abraham planted a grove in Beersheba, and called there on the name of the LORD, the everlasting God.
      34 And Abraham sojourned in the Philistines” land many days.

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        Copy and paste job verY creative indeed. Religions are nothing but a whole load of BS.

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        Arun Thambimuththu,

        Here are some ideas and alternative views for your thoughts…. since you are quoting 34 lines from the Old Testament, “Genesis 21 1 And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken. …”

        Christopher Hitchens Destroys The Catholic Church

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3766TOukRo

        Hitchens vs God (god loses by the way)

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nIRJVmZ4K8

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        Arun , Yes Old Bible and Islam is same but Prophet Muhammed Corected some verses here. The Hagar is Hajara and she came to Makka area and water well is ZAM ZAM.. go deep in to Quraan And read then you will get the right story what you have cut and phaste. Well keep it up, we like people belive ien Creator but I againts to Bloody Athiest says all Happnes by time like Bloody Budhist

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      Fartima fuku

      I don’t think you need to cover your face. Your ugly face is enough to repel any advances from even the most hard up of the Sinhala soldiers. As you are a bloke you need to cover your arse as most of what comes out of there stinks the discussion forum of the CT. unfortunately the contributors to this forum are unable to stop your obsenities otherwise they would have used a veil to cover you from top to bottom and suffercated you.

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      Fat Fuk at it again !

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    Covering of the face as done by our Muslim women in recent times is not part of original Islam. This was a corruption after the Saudis
    captured control of the religion worldwide. It is an insistence more in recent times by the Wahabists to remain in control. In more liberal Muslim societies as in Turkey, Lebanon, the Maghreb countries most Muslim women don’t cover their faces in this hideous fashion.

    Moratuwa University authorities cannot be blamed for refusing to yield to what is patently unfair and provocative.

    ADJP

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      Stop ranting mate, the Saud family only came to power in the 1900s, the subject of the veil has been debated(extent+nature) ever since the time of the Prophet.Pick up any decent book of hadith or commentary of the Quran and you’ll find this issue discussed.

      And stop using language which you learnt from some hate monger on the net, ‘Wahabist'(????), do you know its a term which had no meaning, a CIA coined term just like AQ to create fear and confusion among the masses.

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        I do not give a toss about what went on in the ancient times. Sri Lanka has emboldened the Buddhist Chauvinism and cannot take a moral stand on this. This is the problem. I am totally against women covering their faces; purely because it is abhorrent and sheer insult to humanity. This day and age, the world is crying out for gender equality, social integration and harmony. With this in mind, peoples must not segregate themselves by putting obstacles such as covering faces. Islam needs to adjust if it wants to cohabit among diverse peoples.

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          Burning_Issue, Though I was offered a good job in Saudi, I never went there because I didn’t like its culture and moreover I wouldn’t have peace in my mind. Likewise, if you don’t like Buddhist Chauvinism here I suggest you get out as fast as you can and have a peaceful mind for the rest of your life because Sri Lanka will remain Buddhist as it was for over two millennium. Colonialists tried to proselyte us for around 500 years but they were barely successful. So, how can you change us Buddhists?

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            mechanic

            “Though I was offered a good job in Saudi, I never went there”

            Instead, you sent your wife. You are lazy fellow.

            You had a choice whether to stay here or sent your wife to Saudi because you were born here.

            If you don’t like Burning_Issue making all kind of stupid statements then you leave. Your brethren in Tamilnadu would welcome you with open arms.

            PS:

            You’re no different than Burning_Issue is.

            You are not authorised to evict people from my ancestral land.

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              I see that you kallathoni vedda think others also do depraved things like you do. [Edited out]

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                mechanic

                “[Edited out]”

                What?

                I can’t read.

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            Mechanic,

            Whether the whole country was Buddhist is debatable. Presence Hinduism in the island since the recording of history is amply evident. No one has asked you to stop being a Buddhist; all what is asked of you not to institutionalise the concept of Buddhism and render the rest of the religions as second class. This is exactly what has been done by giving Buddhism a foremost place in the constitution. The Sinhala Buddhist chauvinists have been emboldened by this clause and causing havoc in the country. This is my point.

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              Burning_Issue, You can have your point but read others comments diligently at the same time. I have never said Sri Lanka was ever a 100% Buddhist country. But all the historical information shows that Buddhism has been institutionalized in Sri Lanka. I mean the king has almost always sponsored Buddhism as the official religion. That doesn’t mean to say there was no freedom to follow other religions in ancient Sri Lanka. Indeed Hindu Gods had been absorbed in to popular Buddhism and even Buddhist temples at many instances. That has been our way even to date. Is that the Muslim way?

              Remember, MSM Abdullah’s (Rah) ideological rift with ACJU that led for its Wahhabi thugs destroying many a Abdullah’s Sufi mosques and even maiming and killing his followers and even digging his grave out of his mosque when buried. Clearly, Saudi trained Wahhabis and Salafists like this writer wanted to force transform Ahamadia like traditional Sufis of Sri Lanka to be Taliban like fundamentalist Wahhabis.

              We have not seen this full body cover dress called ‘niqab’ in Sri Lanka even as late as a decade back. This billa type dress is an import from Saudi as a part of ACJU strategy to transform Sufi Muslims of this country to Wahhabism.

              What you guys want us to do is to retract the traditional place for Buddhism in Sri Lanka while you are hell bend to install extreme traditions of Saudi Arabia in Sri Lanka. This type of game will be the beginning of your down fall here. See, even with the backing of the neocons, extremist Wahhabis are failing even in Syria.

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                Mechanic,

                You should also read what I have written; I expressed my objection to people covering their faces on religious or customary grounds. I object because it is abhorrent and an insult to human dignity. In this case it is done by some Islamic women so there is an issue with gender equality as well.

                My other point is to do with institutionalised Sinhala Buddhism in Sri Lanka. I say such lopsided constitutional position emboldens chauvinists and bigots. It also inhibits heathy discussions about religious and customary practices impinging on national discourse. I say that Sri Lanka cannot hold a moral high ground on any issue that stems from other cultural practices while projecting the majority religion and language! There were many kings in Sri Lanka from both Buddhist and Hindu back grounds. Both religions enjoyed freedom and harmony; this fact is indisputable. Later we saw both Islam and Christianity introduced to the island respectively. The county was liberal enough to accommodate and adjust though there were various kingdoms in the island.

                The issue with Niqab is an issue we need to debate and win the argument on a liberal platform. This can only be done on a secular platform. What do you say?

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                  I agree with you politicians in SL especially Sinhala ones use buddhism as a tool to achieve their objectives. but saying, “institutionalise the concept of Buddhism and render the rest of the religions as second class.” is wrong. SL is far far ahead than countries like KSA when it comes to religion and freedom.
                  1. What ever limitation is there in SL constitution, it is still a secular one. The state and the religion are seperated.. There is no body that enable buddhist monks to influence policies in SL. Officially religion is seperated from state.

                  2. And about Buddhism being granted foremost place sentence in constitution is exaggerated by you. SL is a historical buddhist country. True there was other religions like Hinduism, (which had close to zero existance in Anuradhapura time and its influence started rising.)But none had been bound by SL like buddhism.

                  3. That sentence was added by politicians to manage the buddhists and sanga otherwise there is no practicality in that sentence it. In otherwords it is a method of hoodwinking the buddhists.

                  4. The flag of Britain, England and many other scandinavian countries have the cross in their flag. The coronation of kings in these countries including England is done in church. But these countries are secular countries.
                  5. In USA the notes carry the sentence, “In God we Trust”. But still these are secular countries.

                  The same way that sentence in SL only have a ceremonial significance. As a Lankan i dont support itm but it is not what you say.

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                    Such,

                    It is a pity that you have not read many debates on the Groundviews on this very point. Sri Lanka is not secular far from it. The 1948 Soulsberry constitution was a secular one. The clause giving Buddhism the foremost place was purposely included and it was not an accident. By which, the state is duty bound to protect Buddhism. The issue with the illegal Buddha statue in Trinco town is a very good example. The district council ruled along with the Attorney General deemed it illegal demanded its removal. But the Supreme Court judge lent on AG to have his way.

                    The organisations like BBS and Sinhala Urumiya are emboldened by the clause. This is why the police and armed forces are powerless to stop mops attacking the mosques and kovils. Such, this clause is in place for a reason and I am afraid that you do not understand the nature of the Sinhala Buddhist fundamentalism in Sri Lanka. It is a destructive force that wants to marginalise the subjugate the minorities. This is the very force that derailed the bunda/chelva pact and Dudley/chelva pact. If either of those pacts had been implemented, we would have seen the LTTE!

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          Burning Issue,

          “I do not give a toss about what went on in the ancient times. Sri Lanka has emboldened the Buddhist Chauvinism and cannot take a moral stand on this. This is the problem. “

          Well articulated.
          Sri Lanka Buddhist Chauvinism and Racism has its roots in Mahanama Buddhism, that is an Insult to True Buddhism.

          By the way, the Burning Issue could have been nipped in the Bud by Moses, with the Burning Bush. Unfortunately, the Burning Bush, waited about 97,000 years from the time the modern humans showed up, to communicate, to desert tribes, when there were literate tribes in China and in the Indus Valley at that time…..

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        Time Muslim bigots like Shezard begin to learn Islam as seen by
        20-21st century intellectuals. As I noted earlier, try to get hold of the book “Islam without extremes” by the celebrated Turkish Islamic intellectual Mustafa Akyol. Also, read Karachi’s “Dawn” OnLine and find out what educated Muslims in Pakistan do to veer away Muslims from the danger that can very well destroy them.

        ADJP

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    Muslims in western countries cover their heads and wear tight pants leaving nothing to the imagination. When non-muslims go to muslim countries how tolerant are they. Buddhists cannot take a statue or a pirith book, Christians cannot take statues or a bible. In muslim countries there is zero tolerance for other religions or religious practices.

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    This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.For more detail see our Comment policy https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/comments-policy-2/

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      ela kolla

      I agree the Sinhala/Buddhist and Tamil Saivaites can’t stand Muslims.

      It doesn’t not mean Muslim women cannot exercise their right to wear whatever clothes they chose.

      Just because you don’t like their dress code you do not have the right to protest in front of Mosques in naked.

      Police will deal with you and like minded people, Banda, Jimmy, Abhaya, Max, K A Sumane, ……… and flashing monks in BBS,JHU,Ravana………..

      Sorry its not a good idea, please drop it.

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    Oh ye religionists, take a break for heaven’s sake.

    All this solemn and grave debate and talk of civilised man and his religions.

    We humans are nothing short of a joke. What fools we are to believe in all that mumbo jumbo woven so so many years ago by mad men in the desert sands of the Middle East.

    It is even a greater joke when we call ourselves intellectuals, learned and civilized, when even without an iota of evidence or reason, we believe in all that medieval mumbo jumbo.

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    I think some Muslims do not have commonsense and try to create unnecessary communal tensions. Wearing niqab is not a Sri Lankan Muslim’s culture; it is an outcome of high religious believe. The students at the universities, when become too Islamic, tend to wear niqab. It is a welcome move to the Muslims, but the question is if they are so Islamic, what the hell are they going to do with un-Islamic education? They should go to Madhrasas and learn Islamic education. They should not go to Non-Muslim’s universities and create a scene. A veddah student will not go to the university in plant leaf costume, but will wear what the others do. Similarly, if a Muslim student wants to study at a Sri Lankan non-Muslim majority university, should use moderate clothing. In the meantime, attaching security issues to inqab is not true; they are just non-tolerant towards Islamic practices. Hence, the universities should also ban the robes!

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      Ahamed,

      That stylish and attractive Foreign Minister in the Zardari Govt
      Hina Rabbani Khar did not cover her face – in Pakistan itself where Fundamentalism is strong. And in the home of the Taliban – Afghanistan – Minister Husn Banu Ghazanfar does not do it. In Sri Lanka it is done mostly by women from the Batticaloa District – said to be very much under the influence of Saud Wahabist money. A few months ago when this matter became a divisive controversy when responsible elements of civil society held a Unity meeting at Vihara Mahadevi Park (former Victoria Park) in Colombo several ladies from elite Colombo Muslim families attended – dressed decently covering their head and neck in pastel colours – and not the face.

      It is, therefore, time the Muslim leadership look into the matter so that the Muslim community does not get further alienated in an issue where the rest of the country appears to be on the other side.

      ADJP

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        A D J Perera,

        “Foreign Minister in the Zardari Govt Hina Rabbani Khar did not cover her face – in Pakistan itself where Fundamentalism is strong. And in the home of the Taliban – Afghanistan – Minister Husn Banu Ghazanfar does not do it”

        Here is a talk by Hina Rabbani Khar, a Pakistani Muslim Minster, with no Niqab, an invention of the desert Tribals, especially the Wahhabis and Talibans.

        Hina Rabbani Khar at Oxford University

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znqeqA_DAMU

        Dr: Zakir Naik about Hijab http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EH3zJy_Uq0

        So the question is Who is promoting the Niquab?

        The Wahhabi, The Salafi and The Taliban (Deobandi) Tribals who wants to preserve their tribal traditions, so that the Tribal Elders and the Ulama can maintain their hegemony over the women.

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          See, Amarasiriya handles Islam with a kid’s glove. But he criticizes Sinhala Buddhists severely at every opportunity with no shame whatsoever. What more proof than that to show Amaraya is a covert Muslim and a TRUE Jihadi.

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            I am no muslim Sinhala Mahanama Buddhist,

            So, you must be a Mahanama Educated Sinhala Buddhist who believes in Monk Mahanama Imaginations, that makes many Sinhala Buddhist Monks run Amok!

            1. Amarasiri is no convert,no Jihadi, and is an Egalitarian, for the Separation of Church, Temple, Mosque and state, (like USA, France and Turkey) disgusted at the the so-called socialists who sold their principles for ministerial portfolios, in this Racist Monk Mahanama of Mahawamsa Dhamma Depaya with his Imaginations, resulting in hardly any Tamil Buddhists in Sri Lanka.

            Read more, about the LSSP “socialists” and how they sold their principles…..

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

            Later that year, the LSSP joined the coalition government of Sirimavo Bandaranaike. Three of its MPs became Ministers; Dr N. M. Perera (Finance), Cholomondely Goonewardena (Public Works) and Anil Moonesinghe (Communications). The LSSP was expelled from the Fourth International, and the membership was passed on to LSSP(R).

            2. Mahavamsa- An Insult To The Buddha!
            By Sharmini Serasinghe –

            Caution- The following is more suitable for the broad-minded and the wise. Others are kindly advised to pass!

            Tehre were over 500 posts more than 95% positive on this write up!
            https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/mahavamsa-an-insult-to-the-buddha/

            In this “wonderland” called Sri Lanka, and in this day and age, one still comes across ‘academically’ educated, and supposedly intelligent ‘Buddhists’, but sadly lacking in wisdom, who reverently believe, that the Buddha walked out of his mother’s womb, and walked seven steps, while lotuses blossomed, under his feet!

            These very same supposedly educated, and intelligent ‘Buddhists’ also believe, that the enormous indentation, resembling a footprint on a boulder, at Adam’s Peak (Sri Pada to ‘Buddhists’), to be that of the Buddha. This would be in keeping with the conviction that the Buddha, was as tall, or perhaps even taller, than the Avukana Buddha statue, which stands above 40 feet (12 meters) in height!

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              I have written why I think you’re a Jihadi. As for Mahawamsa, it is not a religious book like Torah, the Bible cum history book. Mahawamsa has nothing about Buddha Dhamma as many a fool like you have been suckered into believe by dim witted writers like Shamini. But for serious scholars like Geiger, Wilhelm, Bode, Russel, Guruge and Ven Nanamoli and etc, Mahawamsa is an epic poem in the Pali language that deals with the history of the island, from legendary beginnings up to the reign of Mahasena. It’s good that CT allow us to respond their absurd allegations.

              Anagarika Dharmapala wrote in his diary in 1931 that “Keep in mind, someday the white man would leave this country. But they would leave only after breeding some thirty to forty thousand whitened blacks that are much like their children….” I see Sharmini is a descendant of that lot who is determined to carry forward her ancestors’ unfulfilled mission.

              We have been trying to communicate to Shamini and her elk on this blog that Mahawamsa is no religious text but to no avail. Their aim is nothing but to sling mud at the Sinhala Buddhists. Sinhalas have no choice: They’ll have to unite and protect this government at all cost as the only way to defeat the evangelist clique.

              If you want to learn the essence of Buddha Dhamma then you should read Visuddhimagga which was written at the Maha Vihara of Anuradhapura in the 5th century by Ven Buddhagosha. It is freely available now through www. Most learned Sinhala Buddhists have a copy of it. I doubt Shamini or you can understand it in essence.

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                Anagarika was a bitter man whose family bred more kalu suddhas than any other. These guys sought
                power for themselves at the expense of other people. They must be confined to the rubbish heap of history if there is to be a new beginning for out people.

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                I am no muslim Mahanama Sinhala Buddhist,

                https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/mahavamsa-an-insult-to-the-buddha/

                Here I am Quoting a comment by gamini
                December 24, 2013 at 8:36 pm in reply to a post Reply

                Sharmini you have hit the nail where it hurts most on these Labeled Olcot/Anagarika Buddhists in this country. If these Buddhists lived during the time when Buddha was living, I wonder what they would have done to Devadatte? Probably they would have killed him, much to the surprise of Buddha himself. What a thread with over almost five hundred comments, a record for you to be proud off.

                If I may add a few more points to what you have said, Jainism is much older to Buddhism and even Hinduism. Many practices of Jainism has filtered down to Hinduism and Buddhism. It has been a practice of the early Jaine’s, when their cult leader died to eat a small piece of the dead body to draw inspiration. This practice has been abhorred after some time and the habit of retaining relics of the dead, teeth, hair or pieces of bone for veneration has been adopted.

                Therefore the present practice of venerating a supposed canine tooth of the Buddha is purely a Jaine custom. Buddha was a Nepalese. Nepalese were a short mountain race with an average height of around a five feet then. Therefore the canine tooth supposedly believed to be that of the Buddha, his bone structure should stand over at least over fifteen feet in height. There is no such height of a person leave alone the Buddha, in the recorded History of mankind.

                As Sharmini states, it is common to see during Wesak, seven Lotus flowers starting with a smaller flower to a large one where stands a small infant in the centre in robe. As we all know, Prince Siddhartha wore a robe when he left the lay life at twenty nine and not before. So what a hoax and fibs are believed to be part of Buddhism?

                gamini
                December 24, 2013 at 8:36 pm

                Comments by Janaka Fernando

                Banda, John, sach, Kirthi, and JimSofty are harping over and over to tell us that Mahavamsa and Tripitaka are two different things, one is the Buddhist history and the other is the Buddhist scriptures and not to confuse between the two.

                This is exactly what Sharmini Serasinghe is very clearly elaborating in her article. She is also telling us that even though both Mahavamsa and Tripitaka are written in a language (Pali) that the Sinhala-Buddhist laypersons cannot understand, in the name of Theravada Buddhism, the Sinhala-Buddhists have adopted various beliefs and practices that are not found in the Tripitaka but only in the Mahavamsa.

                A few examples are, the Sinhala-Buddhists believe that Buddha visited Sri Lanka thrice, he blessed the island (Dhamma Deepa), he chose the Sinhala race as the sustainers of Buddhism for the next 5000 years and he chose God Vishnu to protect the Dhamma Deepa for 5000 years until the next Maithree Buddha arrive. God Vishnu is supposed to be born as the next Maithree Buddha. They also believe in Buddha’s huge footstep on Adam’s peak and the tooth at the Dalada Maligawa.

                What Sharmini is advising the Sinhala-Buddhists is to adopt pure Buddhism (Tripitaka) and not Mahavamsa-Buddhism (a hybrid of both Mahavamsa and Tripitaka) as they are doing now. Buddha has very clearly said, worshipping his Dathu (tooth), the bo-tree (bodhi puja), his footstep at Adam’s peak, the Bramanical Gods (Devale), etc are all useless, it will not give any kind of salvation. Buddhism is not a belief system like other religions where you expect God to perform miracles.

                Unfortunately, the Sinhala-Buddhists have converted Buddhism into just another belief system and the main cause for this the Mahavamsa. Unfortunately, those who are NOT broad-minded and wise and unable to understand the pearls that Sharmini has casted, people such as Banda, John, sach, Kirthi, and JimSofty are feeling hurt and acting like bulls in the china shop and unnecessarily bashing Sharmini for the good work she has done in trying to enlighten the Sinhala-Buddhists.

                Janaka Fernando
                December 25, 2013 at 11:26 am
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          Mr. Amarasiri,

          It is the Wahabis and Salafism that is creating all the problems for our Muslims in recent times. The vast majority of peaceful
          Muslims are trapped and blackmailed by a microscopic minority of militant leaders in the community – a situation similar where Sinhalese under the JVP and Tamils under the LTTE were condemned to suffer for decades.

          It is in the interest of the Saudi Royal family to rule by medieval and tribal falsehoods. If they allow democracy they know they will be overthrown by poplar political rule within their own country and people. It is learnt recently they authorised
          a sum of US$250 billion to infiltrate Muslim societies in the Afro-Asian world to keep the Wahabist agenda with more Madrasas
          and other violent programmes calculated to undermine societies
          where Muslims live as minorities. In Africa the programme is in an advanced stage where they have set in flames countries like Kenya, Central African Republic, Nigeria, Lebanon where there Christians and Muslims have lived in peace for centuries.

          ADJP

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    Muslims have been living in Sri Lanka for a long time side-by-side very harmoniously with the Sinhalese and Tamils for centuries. Its the duty of the government, especially the defense establishment to protect the Muslims from the new radical extreme Muslim fundamentalists emerging all over the world backed and funded by Saudi Fundamentalists.

    This radical Islamisation development is a bigger threat to the Muslims themselves than for the other communities. Therefore, the decision of UOM is a decision in the right direction to protect the Muslims from the radical Muslims and prevent the radicalization of Muslims that will be a threat to our national security as well.

    Defense Secretary – Over to you, once again to protect the country as well as the ordinary Muslims from extreme radical Muslim fundamentalist elements …..

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      Muslims?

      No. They were not Muslims. They were Hindus with a trace of Islam.

      Stupid SL Muslims worship Jilani! What madness!

      Kathankudi Muslims have Hindu burial practices.

      These foolish practices must stop for true Islam to emerge.

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        Fart fuku

        I will prefer sufism to Wahabism any day.Are you saying the Ahamadis are not muslims and locally the followers of Payilvan in Kathankuddy are not muslims? hindus also belive in the spirutual powers of the Fakkirs.

        you are not a true muslim Fartima you are a fundamentalist fool.

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          Leave Fathima to write what she want. I say all Mulims must compel their women to wear ‘niqab’. They’ll find their women more beautiful in bed. And they can have more children.

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            Mus

            “They’ll find their women more beautiful in bed.”

            You mean in the darkness of night.

            “And they can have more children.”

            You don’t need to remove ‘niqab’ to produce more children, all you have to do is the right thing without contraceptive.

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              Native Vedda Your lot are 99% nude almost all the time. So how can I expect you to appreciate the beauty when opened to light from the dark.

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                Muslim

                Have you ever seen a 99% nude Veddah. I too want to see them.

                You must be watching too many South American documentaries.

                Beauty is in the eye of the beholder not inside a ‘niqab’.

                No one in this thread is able to scientifically defend as to why the Muslims women in this island need to cover up their body from top to bottom including their faces.

                I am still awaiting to read a rational argument.

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                  Native Vedda We Muslims like our women to cover themself fully. My grandfather says, he has seen 99% nude Vedda women in Bintenna in the 50s. He says they couldn’t read, write or even do simple farming then. They were dirty as pigs. We were told it is Senanayakes who civilised Vedda. Do you deny it? Ask old UNP folks if in doubt. South American and Australian aboriginals are older races so they had their own inventions. What is your’s?

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                  Native Vedda Is there any logic or scientific reasoning for carrying an axe on the shoulder by vedda even when going to the toilet? Wearing niqab is not done for the sake of stupidity like that you idiot. I know you have no writing or books. But read our holy books and find out the reasons hard way if you want.

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                    Mus

                    “Native Vedda Is there any logic or scientific reasoning for carrying an axe on the shoulder by vedda even when going to the toilet?”

                    Yes we do carry Axe for practical purposes. If you cannot find the reason that’s your ignorance and my responsibility to educate you.

                    I asked you a sensible question and I copy it here for your information

                    “No one in this thread is able to scientifically defend as to why the Muslims women in this island need to cover up their body from top to bottom including their faces.”

                    It is not about my people it is about your attitude to women. If you cannot rationally argue your case I understand your problem.

                    “My grandfather says, he has seen 99% nude Vedda women in Bintenna in the 50s.”

                    Your grandfather must have gone to his local brothel to have bit of fun on the side after covering up your grandmother from top to bottom and probably helped by bit of opium. I am not saying he did but there had been always the possibility. Similar to Mahawamsa, he must have explained away his perversion with the Veddah yarn.

                    I am not sorry for your grandfather but about your ignorance.

                    By the way you say “I know you have no writing or books”. We didn’t need books nor writing to preserve our knowledge and wisdom.

                    You have never met a Veddah nor learnt about them yet you are making a sweeping statement as if you too were carrying Axe.

                    “We were told it is Senanayakes who civilised Vedda.”

                    If you believe what the Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims say you will believe anything.

                    This discussion is not about Veddah wearing an Axe. We will discuss it some other time.

                    Why do you insist your women wear ‘niqab’?

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        Fat Fuk again talking nonsense with his non existence brain !

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    1. The writer seems to have an opinion that the Niqab is an absolute necessary in Islam. he/ his ally (sowden edward asagne) was trying to give some websites to support the idea. but in fact there some other websites say wearing Niqab is optional in Islam. so Mr. writer please don’t hasten to deliver judgments based on your opinions.
    2. 3 student or 300 no matter for an university to act on its affairs ; DTRT.
    as u mentioned there was only one student wearing Niqab in 2011 in University of Moratuwa and 3 now. oops! this clearly shows Muslims in my island are on a blind following vigorous march towards Arabs dress code.
    The perceivable outcome will be uncomfortable public spaces created by the presence of Niqab . ( if you want to wear Nikab in private who bothers ) do we need to create laws for maintaining the psychology of public spaces, ridiculous right?
    ( think of a situation where University of Moratuwa has hundreds of student running around with Niqabs soon, wouldn’t that be a disaster? )
    3. “The Vice-Chancellor of University of Moratuwa, Prof. Ananda Jayawardana was interviewed by the BBC. While I was listening to his interview I realized that how an intellectual mind was duped to believe an unnecessary issue.”
    you must be kidding mate. in 2 years time wearing Niqab became 300% in his university and you think it’s not a serious issue to VC being the top administrative personnel of that Uni.
    4. If you think that the university senate has made a wrong decision on the grounds of Muslim girls human rights; you have a point to argue .
    but I doubt to what extent on the religious grounds.

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    The problem of the country is the current Government, not the people. The Government is in the hands of terrorist Rajapakse family who try to establish his family as the royal family. The method they use is terror. Unfortunately, the people including muslims and governments around the world have to take part of the responsibility because they miscalculated the agenda of this terrorist drama (cheat)and allowed them to use terror without any restrictions. It is not easy to get rid of this terrorism because it is closely associated with Buddhist Fundamentalism.

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      Ajith Rajapakses eradicated terrorist Velu and his vile clique in toto who not only chased Sinhalese out of the North but tens of thousands of Muslims with just 24 hour notice as well. What more, LTTE even shot Muslims that were praying in mosques? So, instead of calling Rajapakses terrorists, you should be praising them for destroying the beast. You should learn the meaning of fundamentalism.

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    As a former student and subsequently a senior lecturer at the University of Moratuwa, I am a bit disturbed by this news. I don’t remember Muslim students wearing the Niqab in my time, but if there were, it wouldn’t have been an issue for me and many others to be interacting with them as fellow sisters in the community, because we mostly interact with ideas and voices than exposed parts of the body or muscle power. A more dangerous hindrance to interaction is the “Mukavadama (the mouth wrap)” that a lot of Sri Lankans volunteer to wear in civil society. So, this hindrance to interaction argument is just rubbish.

    I understand that there is a security issue with any form of covering of the body. But, there are technological solutions for that all over the World. University of Moratuwa being the flagship institute for technology in Sri Lanka, should give an example to the country by adopting right technologies to detect security threats, rather than falling down to primitive arguments about security.

    Correct me if I am wrong. My gut feeling is that Muslim women increasingly wear the Niqab partly as a form of expression than a religious obligation. The urge to express intensifies when obstacles to religious freedoms are thrown at them. A core teaching in Buddhism is the principle of dependent co-arising. That is, the nature of things arising in pairs or clusters. One exists because the other exists – like “music” exists in “silent backgrounds” and how they grow together. I can see that the absence of LTTE has made one remaining form of Sinhala-Buddhist extremist Nationalism to feel threatened. To exist, they need an enemy counterpart. They are turning towards Muslisms making Muslims more and more radicalized. The former may or may not realize this consequence because they don’t confess to be extremists themselves. However, rising extremism from all sides justify the formers’ existence. So, if there is an element of expression in the upward trend of wearing the Niqab, express yourself with care. Fight for your freedoms. We are with you. At the same time, be conscious about this dependent co-arising phenomenon. Don’t let it provide a breeding ground to any form of extremism. The best way to do that is by being clear about what you express.

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      Brilliant! Balanced! Bravo!

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      Thank you for exposing the racist in you. What else can you expect from a ministry of defence advisor of war time!

      Then Tamilians. Now Muslims!!

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        Thrishantha grumbles left right and centre for he is a failed man.

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    Many staff members in Moratuwa converting Buddhist poor students to catholic by giving many financial and other things such as staff recruitment high marks awards with high grade passes. Go and see Transport and Logistics and Civil Dept catholic teachers doing it well.

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      Can you get them to revert by giving them more money than whining? If we can take a stand against corruption and waste I am sure there will be enough money to spend on the poor. Don’t blame others for your foolishness.

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      Dr. Shamila Fernando,

      “Many staff members in Moratuwa converting Buddhist poor students to catholic by giving many financial and other things…”

      May be they, want to be saved from their Sins by Jesus, and end up in heaven, as Christianity promises, as opposed to eternal rebirth, like what Buddhism promises, and after all all are promises with no proof..

      Do you know that…….

      Many Mahinda Rajapaksa staff members in the UPFA State are converting UNP, SLMC, JVP and LSSP(R) poor politicians to Rajapaksa cronies by giving many financial and other things such as ministerial portfolios, Benz cars, laptops, free-rapes of women, girls and boys and other perks? Rajapaksa delivers to the few selected cronies…

      After all, the Portuguese did that 500 years ago, by giving perks o those who became Portuguese Catholic various perks including naming rights such as Fernando, Perera, Silva, Rodrigo, Corey,…. and more in the Colombo Telephone directory.

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    The wearing of the full veil is a new thing. Does it mean that there were no Muslims in Sri Lanka before? Obviously, this arises from new teachings that are foreign to Sri Lankan Islam and the teachings that existed in the past. The reasons for this have to be sought. In the University context, there is no case for the wearing of the veil. How is a teacher who uses class participation as a form of assessment to know who is talking and how is she to judge the mannerisms such as confidence of a participant when the whole face is covered? People cover their mouths when they speak because they have bad breath. Why do people, some of them old women, cover their faces? This remains a mystery to me. Our Muslim brothers have more explaining to do if these matters are to be accepted, In an Islamic country like Malaysia, the full veil is not permitted when a person is offering a public service, such as at a post office or is a police-woman or is a university student. The reasons are obvious. If a Muslim women wants to wear a veil at home, no one can object but if she is participating in public activity, she must reveal her face so that the rest of us know whom we are dealing with.

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    First off if Niqab is a ‘religious’ requirement is debatable. the question is how far does freedom go where are the lines drawn. Would an ‘islamic’ school/college insist that its pupils wear niqab or any other sort of covering? on the other hand would it prohibit people from wearing short skirts or short sleeves? is not the same thing forcing someone to wear something and asking them not to wear something? as long as the rules are fair and reasonable they should be followed. after the all the pupil is also free to choose where she takes her education. I am not saying this decision is correct or that it was done for the right reasons but us muslims should also look at our own practices before we start shouting racism

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    Allah kmows best and He will help them ,as there intentions to cover there face is with sinccerity,not to encourage men from any bad thoughts, as srilanka is the place where raping ,and low ethic values,we have to be cautious,even an old person cannot walk,oh the foul comments and glances,to safeguard our women from temptations are important,may Allah help them and guide us all to goodness,patience,tolerance,forbearance and make us all modest

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    The Writer is in total delusion- The Nikab yes may be good today to help one protect oneself from pollution especially in a country like Sri lanka , where many will soon start dying from mercury Poisson partly from the heavy sea food consumption , tube lights and street lamps , but definitely mostly from the vehicles on the road. If we look at this way yes it must be supported, but to fabricate a lie and attribute it to God almighty’s command is the worst sin and also a continued damage to the religion ,no where it is commanded for women to cover their faces in Islam ,yes may be in some new cult break a way off shoot of Islam after the demise of The holy prophet may have adopted it ,so it is a baseless and an unwarranted religious agitation ,besides if you want such an education try Medina University , I am sure even any other Muslim Country including The Islamic University of Malaysia wont permit it.

    Be realistic. do not give Islam and the Prophet a bad name which is all what some of you modern day cultists of Islam off shoots have done with all your modern day bibles (according,according ,according)like the bukari and the book of an Indian who is the Muslim version of Paul who wrote the thar lim humiliating the Prophet , whenever you are confronted it is not what God’s book which God confirms that he has not left anything out of it and it is complete , but it is Bukari, Bukri Bukri, nothing form god almighty ,, so what is the different from the Born again and you? Born again says it is Paul , Paul ,not Jesus , and what did God say Via Muhammad not the quran , Bukari,bukari , or Thalim ,or abdul wahab , ….

    This is a multicultural country try to live in harmony and do not go to extremes in your religions and do not follow books written to justify by your cult leader’s laws and to attribute to God and create unwanted hate and suspicion and cultural conflict , rather be moderate as per The Quran.

    Live and let live..

    The University has acted correctly and has been fair to one and all of this Country .

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    @ Medical doctor can you lease provide your true identity in full details so we can expose your fabrication and sue you ? you damn lair.
    It is people like you The White van must pick up , for people like you deserve it ,it is bigots like you who a screwing this country ..

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    Some people are against Niquab , for it represents Muslim extremism and Arab culture.Nobody questioned when Sri lankan Muslim ladies covered only their heads for centuries.
    People here are angry with Muslim extremists since Bahamian Buddha statues were destroyed by the extremist Muslim government in Afghanistan.And many hate Saudi Arabia since the day they beheaded a Sri Lankan Muslim girl.
    So Muslim friends! it is better to give up Niquab for the sake of ethnic harmony.
    Also I must say that the BBS, one of the Sinhala Extremist groups, is no different from Muslim extremists. By attacking Muslims or their religious places Buddhism cannot be promoted .Both extremism is harmful for the fragile harmony , peace and unity of the island.

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      Sir pray what WILL you give up for ethnic harmony?

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    @ SRI LANKAN ,now stop being an idiot of the highest caliber – we are talking about citizens rights of a country not expatriates you fool.

    countries like Malaysia,Indonesia Bangladesh to name a few have given full religious freedom to Citizens of other faiths of their country unlike Burma where they trip the citizenship of other faiths and persecute them mercilessly.

    stop being a jack Ass.. you are more a Silly Lankan than a Sri Lankan.. if you have not traveled or a person who knowledge first seek advice from those who are well informed and who are not freaking bigots before you put your foot in your mouth. Modaya

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    I witnessed an interesting incident recently at an exam conducted by the Open University.

    Venue was Madina Central,Polgolla,Kandy.

    A candidate came wearing a niqab.When the examiners (among whom was a muslim lady wearing hijab)asked her to show her face to verify her identity,she protested and produced her ID and Admission card instead.When examiners told her how would they know if she is the same person in the ID,she reluctantly lifted her face cover and showed her face.I think the presence of the Muslim lady helped in that moment.The incident clearly shows the trouble this form of dress could cause.

    As Thrishantha says and Mr Izeth Hussain said in an earlier article it is the sense of security one feels being with a group that drives the Muslims to this type behavior.We may see an increase of this in the future. After all humans survived the 40000 years they spent in the wild because they formed groups.It is the Muslims’ reaction to Sinhala racist onslaught.

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    1,200 niqab-wearing teachers were transferred to administrative duties in the summer of 2010 in Syria because the face veil was undermining the secular policies followed by the state as far as education is concerned.[37] In the near future, other ministers are expected to do the same as Ali Saad, the Syrian Minister of Education.[37] Also, in the summer of 2010, students wearing the Niqab were prohibited from registering for university classes. The ban was associated with a move by the Syrian government to re-affirm Syria’s traditional secular atmosphere.[38]
    Since antiquity, the Arab tradition of wearing the niqab has been practiced by women living in Yemen.[40] Traditionally, girls begin wearing veils in their teenage years.[41] [42] Acceptance of the niqab is not universal in Yemen. Senior member of the Al-Islah political party, Tawakel Karman, removed her niqab at a human rights conference in 2004 and since then has called for “other women and female activists to take theirs off”.[43] Also it depends on lifestyles and we’re not commonly worn amongs nomadic and pastoralist tribes as it was incompatible with animal shepherding.The niqab is outlawed in Azerbaijan, Tunisia and Turkey, where the overwhelming majority of the population is Muslim. Niqabi women, just like women wearing hijab, cannot work as public servants, neither can they continue studies at schools, including the private schools. Although there is no single law banning niqab at private companies, it would be nearly impossible for a niqabi woman to find work[citation needed] .
    In February 2010, an Arab country’s unnamed ambassador to Dubai had his marriage annulled after discovering that his bride was cross-eyed and had facial hair. The woman had worn a niqab on the occasions that the couple had met prior to the wedding. The ambassador informed the Sharia court that he had been deliberately deceived by the bride’s mother, who had shown him photographs of the bride’s sister. He only discovered the problem when he lifted the niqab to kiss his bride. The court annulled the marriage, but refused a claim for compensation
    (Extracted from Wikipedia)

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      “marriage annulled after discovering that his bride was cross-eyed and had facial hair.” What a big fuss he is making.He can still have sex with her no.That is the reason he married her even without looking at her face. He should be thankful that when he lifted the niqab and tried to kiss the bride he did not find that she was a chimp.Then of course it will be a bit difficult to have sex but even then not impossible,but a divorce IMHO would be reasonable to grant,but with some sort of compensation payable to the chimp’s owner because of the let the buyer beware principle in law but in this case somewhat mitigated by the goods not serving the purpose intended for principle in law.

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      Wikipedia is NOT a reference to go by, u and I can do edits as and when one wants…sadly u chose Wiki instead of a concrete reference…

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      Punchi

      You will remain “punchi minded” as long as you live if you can’t discern the issue from below;

      “The ambassador informed the Sharia court that he had been deliberately deceived by the bride’s mother, who had shown him photographs of the bride’s sister”

      There is a pithy Sinhala saying ” Nangi pennala akka deneva”, that of deliberately deceiving someone who trusts you!

      the test was the mother’s intention to deceive> Nikab or no Nikab

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      Umar,

      NIQAB: IS IT OBLIGATORY OR NOT IN ISLAM?

      THE SUN AND THE EARTH: IS IT OBLIGATORY OR NOT FOR THE SUN TO GO AROUND THE EARTH OR NOT IN ISLAM?

      WHAT DOES THE REVELATION SAY IN ISLAM?

      WHAT DOES REASON AND OBSERVATION SAY?

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        As far as the issue of Niqab is concerned there is a difference of opinion among the scholars of Islam. Some say that it is obligatory for a woman to cover her face citing evidence from the Quraan and the traditions of the Prophet (SAW). Others who are of the view that it is not obligatory back up their claim with an equally amount of substantial proof and authentic evidence. I believe that the opinion of the Scholars who say that it is not obligatory to wear the Niqab carries more weight, and God knows best. But if a sister wants to wear the Niqab-well and fine; we have no objection to that.

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          Sister can do what she wants provided she stays at home. If sister comes into society, then, sister must reveal her face so that the rest of us know whom we are dealing with. No one wants to interfere with sister’s freedom to do what she wants in private.

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          Prophet’s first wife was 35 years older than him and looked like his GRAND MOTHER. Once she died when the Prophet was young and was sexually active

          HE married a WIFE WHO LOOKED HIS GRAND DAUGHTER and that marriage was AN INCESTUOUS RELATIONSHIP IN THE MODERN LAW.

          So, the prophet did not aked men to behave as civilized individuals instead he asked women to cover so that they would not behave like ANIMALS BY MARRYING GRAND MOTHER OR THE GRAND DAUGHTER.

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            So, Now muslims are popularizing the Prophet’s word and are spreading the muslim clothing styles of the middle eastern deserts’ all over the world.

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              yes just as much as the BBS is spreading the word of the Buddha! :)

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            JimSofty ,

            Prophet Muhammed is the most successful man in the universe. It is written by non-muslim, not by muslim. read it and find out the truth unless acting like a fool.

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_100:_A_Ranking_of_the_Most_Influential_Persons_in_History

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    Is it obligatory to wear clothes at all?What if male students come to moratuwa uni in their birthday suits.Will the women in Niqab object to that?If they do then others have a right to object to them being fully covered too.If they don’t object to it then they have a right to be fully covered.So the best way to sort this out is to get a male student to come fully naked and sit next to the women who is fully covered.If she can stand it then she has passed the test and can be given permission to wear the niqab.If she gets up and goes then she can’t wear the niqab.I have been to nudist colonies where people are just like what nature intended them to be.Entire families are there just like how they were when they were born.IF anyone wants the freedom to be fully covered they should not deny anyone the freedom to be fully uncovered.

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      Despite the sarcasm, I like the point you make; the question is one of choice. Just as much as you have the choice to bare, the other must have the choice to cover. Can you live with the contradiction?

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        No sarcasm intended.A genuine test.If i was a moratuwa uni student i would have volunteered to sit next to her in my birthday suit.Ah,those carefree days.We will never get it back.I yearn to get on the yamaha sports and rip through duplication road at 200kmh after midnight again.Once, the bastards had dug up the road without putting a warning light and i nearly died.

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    A very good discussion. Allow others to express freely. Then we can have wider discussion about this and get right decision on this issue. Thanks Colombo telegraph allowing people to express various views and others have to know how (Matured)to tolerate it.

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      The debate appears to be heading towards Religious identity vs National sentiments. Islam does not promote art and culture. Otherwise the walls in mosques would be full of paintings with human figures with or without Niqabs making it easier for the followers of Islam to identify the sect of mosque’s affiliation like in catholic and protestant churches. Truth is said to be one but there are hundred ways of realizing it. If so let the Niqab wearing followers of Islam see the truth through Niqab and the others who oppose it to see the truth with or without clothes.

      I am no scholar of religions but that does not prevent me from expressing opinion. So may I pose a few questions? Why the dresses of inhabitants of mid-east deserts, meant for protecting nose and eyes from sand storms, are being used to express fundamentalism in Sri Lanka? And why black clothes in hot tropical climates? Why black clothes for Muslim women only and white for Muslim men?

      Whatever the answers those may be, I salute my good friend Prof. Ananda Jayawardena, the VC of UOM for preventing a possible problem of religious disharmony in the UOM with a simple and straight forward solution.

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        You don’t sound professional at all. Your loaded questions are to validate your own bigotry.

        if you would care to drop your blinkers you might discover that Islam has an illustrious history from architecture, science to astronomy.

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          Thanks a lot for your informed opinion. No argument in regard to Islam having an illustrious history from Architecture, Science and Astronomy. No wall paintings but only mosaics in Mosques.

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    Seems like today only place available people to express their views Colombo telegraph. All other media personnel under ruling party directly or indirectly by taking permits, lap tops, monthly payments, etc from government. Long live Colombo telegraph

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    There is NO Islam in SL.

    What they call Islam is a defective form of Hinduism. This is an insult to true Islam.

    Without knowing true Islam some fools try to compromise. May Allah curse Muslims of this country.

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      Fathima Fukushima
      What then is the true Islam?One that is practiced in Saudi Arabia?(Where people are executed without giving them a fair trial)

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      here again “Fat Fuk” is swimming with fools !

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