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Muslim Civil Society Was In Full Swing Helping Flood Victims

By Latheef Farook

Latheef Farook

Latheef Farook

Muslim Civil society was in full swing helping flood victims:Many criticised mainstream media’s failure to highlight sufferings of Muslim victims

It is a welcome sign that Muslim civil society went into action in full swing to help the victims of torrential rains, widespread floods, landslides and gale force winds wreaked havoc since 14 May 2016. Hundreds of thousands were turned overnight into homeless and penniless destitute.

While wheeler dealer Muslim politicians disappeared from the scene, enterprising Muslim individuals, institutions and organisations, companies and many others rushed to the affected areas in their drive to rise to the occasion to rescue those floating in water to safer areas. In doing so they too floated with the victims in the flood water. Some carried the elderly ones in their shoulders and walked in the rising flood water to safe places.

It was prompt and spontaneous Muslim civil society response.

They treated all alike and helped all affected families without any discrimination which touched the hearts and admiration of many non-Muslims. This is a humanitarian disaster and national tragedy affected all alike in different areas. They were in the scene long before even politicians came with their television crews.

Health clinic Wellampitiya on Saturday 21

Health clinic
Wellampitiya on Saturday 21

One volunteer who was helping victims from the very first hours said “ hours after the tragedy Muslim volunteers went into action on their own to ensure that the victims were first recused and then fed and clothed as they all left their homes high and dry to save their lives from rising flood water. One elderly lady said that it so happened and the house went under flood water so fast that she could not even find time to collect her valuable documents including birth and marriage certificates, deeds and the like.

One after the other almost all organisations gathered their volunteers, equipped themselves with cloth, food, water and other essentials and went to the affected areas.
First to enter the affected areas were All Ceylon Tawhid Jamaath, All Ceylon Jamaathe Islami and All Ceylon Young Men’s Muslim Association, YMMA. Jamaathe Islami also opened a health centre providing emergency health care service.

Meanwhile National Shoora Council, NSC, umbrella body of 18 national Muslim organisations, appealed to all Muslim organisations and individuals to do their best to alleviate the sufferings of ever increasing number of victims.

Later National Shoora Council, All Ceylon Jamiathul Ulema, Colombo District Masjid Federation, Muslim Council of Sri Lanka and other organisations jointly formed a Relief Coordinating Committee, RCC, to ensure relief works were undertaken in an organised manner and reach the needy in time.

The RCC which deals with all relief related activities have formed different committees and entrusted different tasks such as fund collection, distribution and the like to ensure relief work continues smooth. As a result there is no duplication of work and each committee concentrate only on responsibilities entrusted to it.

The RCC is also planning to set up counselling centres all over to help people traumatised by the flood and the loss of their belongings not knowing what to do and how to start their lives.

Meanwhile on Friday 19 May 2016 the weekly sermons in all mosques at noon time prayer were confined to helping the victims. They also explained the importance of charity in Islam and the need to generously help all affected people alike. They also emphasised the need to exercise caution in distributing aids to ensure that these aids do not fall into the hands of frauds.

The preachers also explained to donors of the facilities they had arranged to collect and deliver to the proper people.

In fact almost every one stood up to the occasion. For example Zahira College Group 2009 together with retail outlet Factory Outlet began collecting clothes for men, women and children for immediate delivery. Meanwhile individuals, businessmen and others alike were busy collecting food, clothe and water besides arranging accommodation.

In the affected hilly areas in and around Aranayake, Mawanella and several other areas both Sinhalese and Muslims worked together like one family. In several places Buddhist monks were seen coordinating with the volunteers and distributing food to all. The disaster in fact brought the two communities together.

However the major rescue efforts were undertaken by the armed forces whose yeomen. service won the hearts and praise of all alike.

Meanwhile many criticised the mainstream media for not highlighting the sufferings of Muslim flood victims. They said the overall coverage in general ignored the plight of Muslim victims especially in areas which went completely underwater. Their criticism was levelled more at electronic than print media.

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    Muslim civil society groups’ service during the flood and the manner they corporated with sinhalese is commendable. Both Sinhalese and Muslims stood for each others like brothers and sisters in this difficult situation.

    Hats off

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      Latheef Farook

      RE: Muslim Civil Society Was In Full Swing Helping Flood Victims

      Thank you highlighting the good work done by the Muslim civil society and the many individual Muslims, along with the other communities.

      “It is a welcome sign that Muslim civil society went into action in full swing to help the victims of torrential rains, widespread floods, landslides and gale force winds wreaked havoc since 14 May 2016.”

      “While wheeler dealer Muslim politicians disappeared from the scene, enterprising Muslim individuals, institutions and organisations, companies and many others rushed to the affected areas in their drive to rise to the occasion to rescue those floating in water to safer areas. In doing so they too floated with the victims in the flood water. Some carried the elderly ones in their shoulders and walked in the rising flood water to safe places.”

      “It was prompt and spontaneous Muslim civil society response.”

      Left to themselves, without the politicians, the Muslims took care of Muslims and non-Muslims, their fellow citizens, alike. The Sinhala people did the same. Both communicators did not depend on the politicians and did what they could. Amarasiri was very impressed by the way the Ada Derana got the message across to the people to help out with the “Manusath” drive, and donors had the confidence that the help will get to the needy.The 2004 Tsunami issues were still in their minds.

      Minister Rauf Hakeem visited Wellampitiya 5 days later, and by the time, the Civil Society in the area had already helped the victims, and based on the negative comments directed at the Minister he had left.

      From the Bulath Vine.

      “Hakeem attempting to visit flood victims chased out”

      “The businessmen in the area, which is considered a strong voter base for the SLMC, had for five days carried out relief work using several boats and were angered and used unprintable words against the Minister who depended on their votes visited the area when rescue operations were almost over.”

      “The security personnel of the Minister had taken away the Minister when more and more people started expressing their anger at the Minister.”

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      the problem is one Islamic fanatic is quick to show it off.

      When you show off what you did that becomes cheap.

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        Jimsofty

        “the problem is one Islamic fanatic is quick to show it off.”

        Even, if this was the case, at least these guys are doing Useful Relief Work, compared to their normal Useless work.

        Where the MPs, and other Ministers. They were slow to respond.

        What about the MaRa MaRa Chatu MaRa and his cronies?

        Where is the so-called Nil Balakaya, Blue Brigade? In Uganda?

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        Jimsofty

        For Your Information and Edification.

        Sama wita pawasanu muwin obe buddan saran gachchami

        Mohideen Baig Reborn to Sing Again

        https://www.facebook.com/slmachan/videos/1034134830001721/

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      Latheef Farook

      RE: Muslim Civil Society Was In Full Swing Helping Flood Victims

      Do you think that you can get the Muslim Civil Society Groups to Educate the Muslims to reduce In-breeding that results in lower IQs and more birth Defects?

      In the UK. South Asians are 3% of the population, but 10% of the Birth Defects.

      In India and Pakistan, the Lower IQ masses are dragging the High IQ fraction.

      The Heritability of World IQ Differences by Philippe Rushton part 5

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbpAnEAfqx0

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    The Island reported that the Memon community purchased 4 boats to help rescue people in the Wellampitiya area.

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      Latheef Farook

      Should think twice before typing what he has been typing.

      Natural disasters do not respect race, religion, region, sovereignty, borders, ….. .

      Whatever little help there is it comes from goodness of the heart, not out of racist politics.

      Latheef Farook should learn to take his parochial politics and making score out of suffering of the people. It is difficult but it is doable.

      It was up to the victims irrespective of their racial divide to praise or remember the timely help that was provided to them by fellow human beings, not on racial lines but on common decency and duty.

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        FU native. If you can’t stand the truth go to hell!

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          Funlover

          “FU native.”

          We all know FU are the first two letter of your pseudonym. Why have you prefixed it to native?

          “If you can’t stand the truth go to hell!”

          In this case, the beneficiaries should come out and tell the truth.

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            I know you as the moron who covers his naked ignorance with cut & paste. What have you ever done on your own Native, except criticize something some one else has done. Latheef Farook is praising his community; if you dont like look away; dont read. What right do you have to say ‘no’? Why are we so jealous when other communities talk about the good things they do? Who are our heroes? Bandaranike? Rajapaksa? Bodhi Sira? Weerawansa? What hosannas can we sing for them? A year ago you sounded reasonable. But lately I notice your bestial genes (lion or monkey? no matter, both are qudrupeds) are showing.

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    Great article Latheef. Solidly informative.It is not surprising that the Muslims rose so splendidly to the occasion. No other religion places so great an emphasis on charity.- IH

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      Proof of the Sinhala saying @Balallu deekirata sakki kiyanawa”. Latheef praises the Thambis, and Husein claps from the sidelines.

      God save our country from these thieves.

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      “No other religion places so great an emphasis on charity” jubilantly declares the old local anti-Tamil war horse. But where is this great Islamic charity where it is required more – in the scarred battle fields of Syria where chemical bombs are freely used by Islamic Bashir Assad’s Islamic Syrian forces. What have the super-rich Islamic Saudis, Omanis, Qataris to show their Islamic charity when tens of thousands of refugees, chased away more by Sunni-Shia savagery, run to the arms of a reluctant Christian Europe. Many perish, including babies and children, in the seas while Islamic propagandists, against every other religion in the world, talk of a non-existent Islamic charity while millions of their fellow “brothers-sisters” die by the multiple thousands.

      “Hypocrisy is thy name”

      Nettabomman

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    Brother Latheef Farook

    Floods, like all natural disasters, are no respecter of race or religion. The recent floods have adversely affected all Sri Lankans residing in the vicinity of the Kelani River. It devolves on the shoulders of those unaffected by this disaster to help the victims quickly regardless of social divisions. The fact that a host of Muslim Organizations as listed in your article did so spontaneously speaks volumes for the humanity of these pious people.

    You have stated “ … both Sinhalese and Muslims worked together like one family. In several places Buddhist monks were seen coordinating with the volunteers and distributing food to all. The disaster in fact brought the two communities together.” In this single paragraph you have captured the essence of national unity – that when faced with a common disastrous situation, the Sinhalese and the Muslims are ready, willing and able to transcend their narrow sectarian boundaries and assume their true national identity as Sri Lankans – brothers and sisters helping each other.

    Unfortunately, your complaint regarding the poor media coverage of Muslim victims left a bad taste in my mouth. Why should the media have focused a segment of their coverage on Muslim victims specifically ? Was the plight of Muslim victims any different or worse than that of non-Muslim victims ? Should the media have ensured that the Sinhalese victims got 70% of their coverage, while the Christians, Hindus and Muslims received 10% each of media attention in keeping with national statistics?

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    I greatly appreciate what the Muslim community is doing. Especially as they do not use this tragedy as an opportunity for conversion.

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      paul

      “I greatly appreciate what the Muslim community is doing. Especially as they do not use this tragedy as an opportunity for conversion.”

      That is the difference between the Christian Evangelicals and Muslim Social services.

      There is no Compulsion in Religion.

      Quran Chapter 4 Verse 85 Yusuf Ali Translation

      Whoever recommends and helps a good cause becomes a partner therein: And whoever recommends and helps an evil cause, shares in its burden: And Allah hath power over all things.

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    you don’t need to emphasize on what muslims are doing. it’s the whole country. some para muslims belonging to thaweed jamath are only saving muslims in wellampitiya areas.

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      ela kolla

      “you don’t need to emphasize on what muslims are doing. it’s the whole country.”

      I never thought I would ever agree with you.

      Why the sudden change of heart? Did you spend a spell in the jungle? You need to spend more time there if you want to change 100% or probably a heart transplant might help you.

      “some para muslims belonging to thaweed jamath are only saving muslims in wellampitiya areas.”

      Why don’t you send in the armed forces to stop them from what they are doing in Wellampitiya if you don’t like Muslim are being helped by Muslims?

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    “Your left hand shouldn’t know what your right hand gives”!

    Does that ring a bell LF?
    Should we not be humble in our good deeds and be embarrassed about others knowing about it? If Muslims have helped, let others talk of it please.
    As for IH, I’m truly ashamed of your comment. All religions preach kindness to others, including charity. Please don’t trumpet!!

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      Fathima:

      both Latheef and Izeth became cheap.

      You showed what ever the religion is, there are great human beings.

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    I too am a Muslim but feel ashamed . IBADA is not only praying 5 times a day
    good deeds is ibada too Mr Farook dont write stupid articles.this is a collective humanitarian effort no one should take credit

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      razi

      ” IBADA is not only praying 5 times a day good deeds is ibada too Mr Farook dont write stupid articles.this is a collective humanitarian effort no one should take credit”

      Ibadah in Islam

      http://islam1.org/khutub/Ibadah_in_Islam.htm

      Praying 5 Times a day is a selfish act of Submission to God, so that the person will have a better after life, based on belief. (While praying make sure you do not associate anybody with God. Otherwise the Wahhabis, Salafis and Tauhidis will get you, in this life.)

      Helping a person in need is an Altruistic Act, Humanistic Act, helping a fellow human being, so that the person who was being helped will have a better life now, but the better life for the helper will vary based on his beliefs.

      It is my understanding that Muslims are required to help their fellow man, because they all are Gods creatures. That should be the driving force to help the fellow man. Those who do not help the fellow man, must be following Iblis, Satan, Devil.

      “In the affected hilly areas in and around Aranayake, Mawanella and several other areas both Sinhalese and Muslims worked together like one family. In several places Buddhist monks were seen coordinating with the volunteers and distributing food to all. The disaster in fact brought the two communities together.”

      “However the major rescue efforts were undertaken by the armed forces whose yeomen. service won the hearts and praise of all alike.”

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        razi

        “Helping a person in need is an Altruistic Act, Humanistic Act, helping a fellow human being, so that the person who was being helped will have a better life now, but the better life for the helper will vary based on his beliefs. ”

        “It is my understanding that Muslims are required to help their fellow man, because they all are God’s creatures.”

        Reference:

        Quran 4:85

        Yusuf Ali: Whoever recommends and helps a good cause becomes a partner therein: And whoever recommends and helps an evil cause, shares in its burden: And Allah hath power over all things.

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    Stop criticism.
    Thank you for the effort.

    Its should not be Muslim Civil Society INSTEAD it should be Sri Lanka Civil Society.
    Does this MCS condemn Muslims indulging in Narcotic trade or making money from it?

    In times of calamities, it does not matter who you are.
    While the good work is appreciated LF need to be aware as you will not know who will come forward to assist you in times of your own need.

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    An year ago when Tamilnadu, especially Chennai, was badly hit by floods, the Muslims came to the rescue. The ordinary people, both beneficiaries and others, are still thankful.

    People readily forget good things.
    So it needs to be said and said again.
    It would have been even better if a Sinhalese or a Tamil said it.

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      SJ/sekara

      “It would have been even better if a Sinhalese or a Tamil said it.”

      Finally you got the point.

      Thanks keep your good work.

      In one incident a Hindu couple from Tamil Nadu named their child the name of their Muslim saviour. The Muslim young man risked his life, brought a boat just in time to save the mother who gave birth to a child at the hospital.

      In another separate incident a Muslim women from North India gave birth to a child in a Hindu temple compound. Devotees and temple authorities helped her deliver the child. The couple named their son Ganesh after the deity.

      This is how they showed their gratitude, rightly so. The benefactors never publicized those incidents however the beneficiaries let the media know about these good deeds.

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      Unlike the Muslims in Sri Lanka, the Muslims in Tamil Nadu consider themselves Tamils first and Muslims second. The common Tamil identity takes precedence over whether you are Hindu Chrisitian Jain or Muslim. People there helped each other as fellow humans and Tamils and not as Muslims Christians or Hindus. Muslims took refuge in Hindu temples and Hindus in Mosques.
      However in Sri Lanka these very same Muslims who are descended from these TamilNadu Muslims deny their Tamil identity. That the Muslims helped their fellow Sinhalese brethren is something good but you do not have to come here and crow about it, unless it was done with this motive of winning future brownie points for their community. It is the Sinhalese who should state that the Muslims helped us and not the other way around.
      Lastly where were these very same Muslims who are generously helping the Sinhalese and coming here and crowing out aloud ,also join with the Sinhalese in the Tamil North and East to steal their fellow non Muslim Hindu and Christian Tamil’s land and help the Sinhalese to marginalise them. So where is their co called Muslim compassion and charity towards their own fellow Tamils? After all Charity begins at home not elsewhere. They are only helping their partners in crime the Sinhalese and they come here and crow about it to gain brownie points.
      Correct form of charity you should not let your right hand know what the left does.
      When the Tamil Muslims in Tamil Nadu helped their fellow non Muslim Tamils they kept quiet about this. It was only their fellow Hindu and Christian Tamils who praised them. This is how this works.
      These sort of articles only brings disgust from you . ” Look what I have done helped some poor girl or some poor Sinhalese family aren’t I great? Aren’t my family/community great and we deserve lots of praise and brownie points in the future

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        Paul : Unlike in Tamil Nadu the TAMIL from the Sri Lankan North is NOT trying to merge the MUSLIM identity into the TAMIL identity and call everyone TAMIL for their own benefit. Muslims will never FORGET the massacres and plunder of their LAND and PROPERTY by the LTTE. That is why LANKAN MUSLIMS stand more closer to the Sinhalese people than with the tamils. So stop your warped whining.

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          Stupid racist person they are descended from Indian Tamil Hindu converts and there is hardly any Arab or Sinhalese or anything else in them . Everything about them reeks of Tamil and Tamil Nadu even their family names are Tamil Muslim caste names. Yes they are very similar to most of the Sinhalese as most Sinhalese like the Sri Lankan Muslims are descended from low caste Indian Tamil immigrants. Nothing Aryan about them too. One faking an Aryan ancestry and the other Arab to hide their real low caste Indian Tamil origins. Both are largely sly untrustworthy and evil. Sorry you asked for it

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            Are you saying you are a high caste Tamil? Sorry for asking, but the curiosity got the better of me. A truthful answer please, if you choose to reply.

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              Well you should have known from my family name Sharma/Sarma I am Brahmin

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          Gobba

          “Muslims will never FORGET the massacres and plunder of their LAND and PROPERTY by the LTTE. “

          Eastern Tamils also will never forget the massacres of their kith and kin by Muslim Home Guards.

          Hope both the stupid Muslims and the stupid Tamils would forgive each other over a period of time.

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    Mr Latheef Farook, Bravo! Certainly what has been done by his Muslim community has to made known considering the hate muslim campaign that is currently on.Looked at in this perspective the adage ” Let not the left hand knoweth what the right hand giveth” has been rightly dispensed with for a worthy cause.The majority Sinhalese like us need to know that our Muslim brothers are not the Shylocks that the BBS seek to convey for narrow ends.Dr. Christopher Weeramantry’s book on “Islamic Jurisprudence” sheds much light on the Islamic emphasis on charity among other lesser known facets of that religion as far as non Muslims know it.

    Mr. Farook’s superb article has unsurprisingly drawn the anger of some of our Tamil brothers who would wish that the Sinhala -Muslim rift remains or grows even wider, so that it could be shown that not only Tamils but All Tamil SPEAKING people( see notorious Vaddukodai Resoultion 1976)are been harshly dealt with by the Sinhalese.

    Well done Mr. Farook.You are a distinguished Lankan journalist.Do please keep writing, just as veteran diplomat Izzeth Hussein does in the columns of the Colombo Telegraph.

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      Bandula Senanayake – thanks for your enlightened comment. I must make a clarification for non-Muslim readers. I wrote that the Muslim performance highlighted by Latheef was not surprising considering that Islam places a greater emphasis on charity than any other religion. The Five Pillars of Islam are listed as follows in order of importance – 1/ Declaration of belief in the one true God 2/ Prayer. – 3/ Zakat – charity.4/ Fasting 5/ Haj pilgrimage.
      The first two have to do with the individual’s relation to the transcendental. When it comes to action in the world, charity is placed above everything else. I was not surprised last year when on the occasion of the Ramazan Festival Prime Minister Cameron stated in his official message that when it came to charity the Muslims were above everyone else in Britain.
      I am not implying that therefore Islam is a better religion than any other. It is simply that different religions place different emphases on the virtues.Buddhism places a central emphasis on compassion, the compassion that I wrote some time ago is the greatest strength of the Sinhalese people without their knowing it. But that doesn’t make Buddhism superior to all other religions. – IH

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        “Islam places a greater emphasis on charity than any other religion”
        THAT IS IN THEORY, WHAT IS THE REALITY.
        Has any islamic country helped the refugees from the middle east??
        The answer is NO.
        Those refugees are catered by the west, Food, Medicine and education provided by the European countries inspite of their problems. So wake up and face facts Hussein

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        Izeth hussain

        ” Islam places a greater emphasis on charity than any other religion.”

        How so?

        Could we have some scientifically proven evidence to support your extraordinary claim.

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          NV:- In reply to yours above,

          I have attended several Muslim Weddings during the Time I spent in Galle.

          They will not accept wedding gifts, but give you presents instead!

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            Hamlet

            “They will not accept wedding gifts, but give you presents instead!”

            I wrote:

            Could we have some scientifically proven evidence to support your extraordinary claim.

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          Izeth hussain

          “Islam places a greater emphasis on charity than any other religion.”
          How so ?
          How so indeed

          Of the major religions, isn’t Islam the only religion that confines the distribution of obligatory charity (aka Zakat = Minimum 2.5% of an individual’s wealth) to only Muslim recipients ? Voluntary charity (aka Sadaka) can of course be distributed to any deserving individual irrespective of his/her religious beliefs.

          If therefore any comparison is made of the degrees of charity practiced by the adherents of different faiths, one has to use the amount of Sadaka distributed by the Muslims for purposes of comparison and not Sadaka + Zakat.

          Is it then correct to claim that “Islam places a GREATER emphasis on charity than any other religion.” , when such compassionate acts are circumscribed by religious edicts ?

          Your statement should have read “Islam places a greater emphasis on charity to it’s own followers than any other religion.”

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    I thought there was a saying in Islam which says, “what the right hand gives the left hand should not know”. This article to invoke appreciation of Islamic charity is in poor taste. Charitable acts though praiseworthy must not be done to invoke praise.

    I am sure there were as many Sinhala and Tamil people who helped the Muslims as well.

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    The Tamils who have commented here are clearly trying to enforce their “rules” on how the Muslims should project themselves vis a vis Sinhalese and Tamils. That type of dictatorial attitude I thought ended rather ingloriously in May 19th 2009, shattering the Vaddukodai Resoultion into pieces in the process.

    Significantly an overwhelming majority of Tamils have moved away from those like Paul and voted for peace and amity, as amply seen in their overwhelming confidence placed on the reconciliatory Tamil National Alliance led well by the Hon. R Sampanthan.

    Like the Sinhalese and the Tamils, the Muslims in an undivided Sri Lanka are free to strategize their own destiny and in this they surely don’t need to depend on either us Sinhalese, among whom they have an exceptional record of amity or the Tamils, who treated them badly. Lets not forget that Prabhakaran the Monster drove the Muslims out of the North overnight, with just what they wearing and those people ended up in the South, just like the moderate Tamils seeking safety in Wellawatte and Kotahena when bad old Prabhakaran ran riot.

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      The basic cause for all this problem is not Pirapakaran but Sinhalese racism and Muslim back stabbing and opportunism nothing else. Pirapakaran is a by product of this. He was not the cause and still is not the cause, as even after 7 years after his and the LTTE demise the problem still continues as the Sinhalese are still chauvinistic and the Muslims still opportunistic.

      Yes Pirapakarn should not have chased the Muslims from the north it was a mistake and most Tamils acknowledge this. However these Muslims were not innocent as they were caught conniving with the racist Sinhalese armed forces, who asked them to do this. They as usual were trying to be opportunistic and take advantage of the situation at the expense of the Tamils who until then treated them well. Despite being ethnically Tamil and sharing the same language culture and heritage they behaved like an enemy fifth column.
      You are very silent about what the Muslims and the Sinhalese did to the Tamils of the east. Shown you racist bias.
      The eastern Tamils and the Tamilised Veddhas of the east are the real original population of the east not the Sinhalese who were only illegally settled there in the past 50 years using the might of the Sri Lankan government and armed forces on ethnically cleansed lands nor the Muslims who only came there a few centuries ago begging for refuge and are now using these illegal Sinhalese settlers and conniving with them to steal the land off the eastern Tamils who gave them refuge and women as fellow Tamils. Shows what an ungrateful bunch they are. Was just waiting for an opportunity to steal the land from its real owners.
      Thousands of Tamils were ethnically cleansed and killed by the heavily armed Muslim home guards and the Sinhalese settlers and the Sri Lankan STF. Many of them now live in the north or in refugee camps in India. If these people return the ethnic balance in the east will change. Their villages lands homes and farms are still occupied by these Muslims and Sinhalese and these Tamils are not allowed to return and they are supported by the occupying racist Sinhalese armed forces who are in the north and east just for this purpose. This large scale killing and ethnic cleansing of Tamils was one of the causes the LTTE chased the northern Muslims, as when they were caught conniving the occupying Sinhalese armed forces, Pirapakaran did not want a repeat of what happened in the east to happen in the north too.
      Other than the northern Muslims who numbered around 60000 the most, out of a population of 1.9 million Muslims in the island, the rest of the Muslims greatly benefited from the marginalisation of the island’s Tamils. especially the eastern and southern ones, to which they immensely contributed and they still want this marginalisation to continue and do not want any form of self rule to be given to the island’s Tamils, as they feel this will thwart their plan to steal the east from them for their future Salafist homeland that will become a thorn to the entire region. especially the southern ones. That is why more than the Sinhalese they come here and post many articles vehemently opposing self rules to the Tamils with all sorts of lame excuses.
      For your information most of these northern Muslims were dirt poor and hardly owned any land or wealth. That is why the LTTE found it very easy to expel them. They largely lived in Mannar and not in the other four northern districts. They just moved to the next district Puttalam that has a huge Muslim population and with a very high percentage Tamil speakers. All these southern Muslims who are now crying crocodile tears about these northern Muslims and using them as political pawns never bothered to help them. No one is stopping them from returning to their original lands. Definitely not the Tamils. Only the occupying Sinhalese army is now stopping them from returning. Lastly there was a Muslim minister who was in charge of settling displaced people. he never bothered to resettle these displaced northern Muslims but was very busy settling thousands of out of area southern Muslim hardliners in many parts of the North to form future Muslims majority enclaves in the north that had never existed, so that a Salafist Islamic homeland can be claimed in the north just like in the east.
      Other than these 60000 Northern Muslims who make up around 3% of the Island’s Muslim population hardly any other Sinhalese or Muslim in the island were affected in this war. In fact most of them benefited immensely, especially the Muslims. However over 300000 innocent Tamils civilians were killed and around 1.2 million indigenous Tamils were displaced and chased out of their land and many fled to the west. All because of state sponsored Sinhalese racism Buddhist chauvinism and Muslim opportunism and this still continues. You and that rest of the Sinhalese and Muslims never talk about this or even what to acknowledge this but go on crying about the 60000 northern Muslims ,as an excuse for your genocidal dance that you still want to continue.
      Muslims in the island have every right to strategize their destiny no one is denying them that but not at the expense of the ancient Eelam Tamil nation that had lived in the island for thousands of years in their own land and ruled it just like the Sinhalese. We are an ancient indigenous nation in the land they are basically an immigrant Dravidian community from South India(not the Arabian gulf or anywhere else) that only came to the island a few centuries ago and never had a history or owning land or ruling any part of the island. Do not try to compare them to us. You will not do that to the Sinhalese.
      If part of their strategy is to create fake Arab origin in order to please the racist Sinhalese majority and connive with them to marginalise us and steal our lands we will never accept this.
      If they want to remain separate and form a separate identity from the rest of the Tamils that is their right and no one is stopping them but it should be based on truth and their real heritage not a fake Arab origin. They should be correctly classified as Tamil Muslims not Moors there is nothing Moorish or Arab about them. If there is, it is so miniscule, that is nothing to write home about.
      The Slavic Muslims of Bosnia wanted a spearte identity from their Christian Slavic Serb and Croat brothers and sisters. Despite speaking the same language and having the same southern Slavic origin(Yugoslavia meant the land of the southern Slavs)however they correctly classified themselves as Bosnian Slavs and did not call themselves Turks or Arabs despite some of them having Turkish/Arab origins, like these Tamil Muslims in Sri Lanka do.
      Parent population in Tamil Nadu from whom these Sri Lankan Muslims descended are Tamil and Muslim but they are not Tamil but Moor/Arab what sort of nonsense is this?

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        Paul_Real Siva sankaran Sarma

        “The basic cause for all this problem is not Pirapakaran but Sinhalese racism and Muslim back stabbing and opportunism nothing else. Pirapakaran is a by product of this. He was not the cause and still is not the cause, as even after 7 years after his and the LTTE demise the problem still continues as the Sinhalese are still chauvinistic and the Muslims still opportunistic.”

        The basic cause is that the Paras came from India, to the Land of Native Veddah Aethho.

        Looks like the Tamils are perfect. They did not want 60/40, courtesy pre-Independence Tamil “Leaders”, but were very happy to follow the Vellahala Trtinityism, comprising Hinduism-Savism, Castism and racism.

        Furthermore, the Tamil IQs are bi-modally distributed, so that the Tamils Society become confused.

        Now getting a better understanding of the bimodal IQ distribution of the Tamils, as published in CT.

        The Story Of Two Graphs drawn by A Tamil Man: By Mahesan Niranjan Onion Prices and Tamil IQ Distributions

        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-story-of-two-graphs-drawn-by-a-tamil-man/onioniqdistributions/

        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-story-of-two-graphs-drawn-by-a-tamil-man/

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    All those who rose to the occasion to help the needy deserve appreciation. They all became human beings shedding differences.

    Man is born with a strong feeling; a sensitivity for others.

    Unfortunately after the birth, man’s mind is contaminated with concepts like nationality, race, creed, cast etc. etc. to make him a mixture; a mixture of good and bad.

    The struggle in the world today is to bring this good to the surface.

    In a day the human can forget nationality, race, creed, cast; the contaminating factors, they will again become true humans.

    If they expand on contaminating factors they’ll perish more and become bad only,viz extremists.

    So humans are in their best without nationality, race, creed (religion) and cast.

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      sr

      “So humans are in their best without nationality, race, creed (religion) and cast.”

      Wise words.

      Would you now campaign to remove all border control currently in force?

      Would you now campaign to remove the chapter in the constitution which gives prominence to Buddhism?

      Would you now campaign to remove the chapters from school history text books which promote myth as history?

      ….

      …….

      ……..

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    Armed forces engaged in a silent service as expected. Civil society engaged voluntarily with their capacities and time, which is very commendable. Publicity, politizing & segmentation undermines the good deeds.

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      Commodore

      ” Publicity, politizing & segmentation undermines the good deeds.”

      You are right.

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    In Sinhala culture, there is a saying, don’t talk about once you give it and give it both hands.

    We are not allowed to talk. We believe then we become dogs in the next life.

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    Sad news for Izeth Hussien, Amarasiri et al
    Falujah is about to fall, ISIS is in a bad way mate.
    Muslim Take away owner is jailed for six years in York.
    One bad news after another.\
    AllahU Akbar

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    Not sure why someone has to talk about natural disasters that affected all in absurd parochial terms. LF is this a racist thing?

    SINHALA Soldiers are suffering from foot rot being in the waters rescuing ALL. Sinhala Buddhists from Far Away rural areas are loading up Lorries and bringing it to Colombo. IT DOESN’T MATTER TO LABEL THEM TO PUSH A RACIST AGENDA TO SHOW HOW EFFING great you’re.

    What if I write and say “marvelous to see Sinhala buddhists and Buddhist monks wading into water to rescue people, sacrificed their lunch etc”. All bullshit right?

    Natural disasters DO NOT know race or religion.

    Everyone is helping.

    What you’re doing is maliciously and deliberately putting racial boundaries to show oh so superior Muslims are. That’s a bunch of bovine excrement.

    IT must be that amazing Wahabi Zealot charity that Muslims (not sri Lankans ) that ISIS is exercising when they rape children, chop heads off and bury fellow Muslims alive in vats of Nitric acid to burn to death.

    CHRISTIAN USA and HINDU INDIA responded first. Where’s the wahabi charity.

    Pissu kaththaakaranna epa lamayo.

    Natural disastees, disease etc., doesn’t recognize religion or volunteerism.

    Ordinary people who HAPPEN TO BE Buddhists, Christian, Hindu AND Muslim are ALL HELPING. THAT IS WHAT Sri Lankans do best. It’s not charity to behead people by using passages of the Holy Quran.

    Most charitable people as per per capita donations to charity are western white people in USA etc not Arabs.

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    In Denmark, these new Arab Wahabi Sharia followers are threatening LOCAL CHRISTIAN WHITE DANISH people and demanding they shut down bars or give kappang to wahabi Sharia THUGS. they are outsiders, refugees, immigrants. They need to RESPECT, ADAPT and learn from local Danish culture, not impose their backward primitive savage Arab crap on civilized, secular western nations. Really absurd how some Arab Muslims think their way is the only wqy. Lateef is from that dangerous ilk. Only person to have sense and courage to expose Wahabi radicals is Izeth Hussein.

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    Marrickkar is denying he only rescued his fellow Muslims who were floating in flood waters of Kelaniya .

    Marickkar is a UNP Muslim …Right.

    But Muslim Nazzer in the East who has got the gig as the CM, is now threatening even our Tiger defeating brave soldiers.

    Considering the tragedy faced by many hundreds of thousands of mainly poor inhabitants, who live close to the East.this CM should have shown some decency and etiquette not to display his feral instincts to disturb the racial harmony.

    Where was this Nazeer when Mr Pirahaparan was belting the shit out of Muslims?.

    He was most likely hiding behind Army barricades.

    TNA Leader Mr Sambadan invaded an army Camp in the North..

    Has Muslim Nazeer taken it even further to physically threaten and take on our brave Armed Forces?.

    Wonder which Yahapalana Faction he is from?.

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