15 June, 2024


Muslim Council Slams Wijeyadasa’s Inflammatory Speech, Says It Will Give Rise To More Tensions

The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka (MCSL) has strongly objected the statement made in Parliament by the Minister of Justice Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe about the Muslim community.

The minister has implied that 32 Muslims have joined the ISIS recently.



Issuing a statement today MCSL president N M Ameen said: “We strongly object to this misplaced statement. The facts given by the Honourable Minister were reported in the media more than one year ago when a Sri Lankan combatant died fighting with ISIS”.

He has pointed out that there have been no new reports of any others involved since this was reported last year.

“It is believed that one family had gone to Syria to provide humanitarian support to the war wounded and refugees. Some of the men are alleged to have joined or forced to join the fighting forces of ISIS. The Muslim community, including the Muslim Council, Jamiathul Ulema and other organizations cooperated with the government in identifying the families to provide the necessary support for the intelligence agencies to investigate. Those who have gone to Syria as quoted by Hon. Rajapakshe include women and children.” he said.

Amen said: “Hon Wijedasa Rajapakshe’s statement comes at a very opportune time to certain extremist elements bent on tarnishing the image of the Muslim community for reasons only best known to them. The Thableeq Jamath, Sunnath Jamath, Thowheed Jamath and Jamaithe Islam and several other organizations are all Muslim religious and social service organisations.

“They do not promote any form of violence as implied by Hon. Wijedasa Rajapakshe. Certain parts of his statement are verbatim of the hate speech spewed by the extremist priest Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero.

“The Muslims of Sri Lanka has a long history of peaceful co-existence and have stood with the Sri Lankans at good times and at times of adversity. The entire Muslim community has condemned the un-Islamic comments of the Secretary of the Sri Lanka Thowheed Jamath, Abdul Razick. Twenty-three Muslim Religious and Civil Society organizations headed by the All Ceylon Jamiathul Ulema issued a statement condemning the speech made by SLTJ’s secretary.

“A little known fact that did not attract any media attention in July 2013 was that the All Ceylon Jamiathul Ulema and Muslim civil society intervened in court in support of Ven. Soranathota Chandrarathana Thero who filed action and pleaded with the magistrate to sentence Abdul Razick and six others with maximum punishment. This is something that we would do irrespective of race or religion as we would expect from our governments in power.

“As alleged by the Hon. Minister, no Muslim international school invites extremists to indoctrinate its children with fundamentalism. Such has been the language of certain countries who created terrorists out of Madrasas in Pakistan to achieve their own ends. We urge Hon. Wijedasa Rajapakshe to provide the evidence and take immediate action against anyone may have violated the laws of the land irrespective of ethnicity or religion.

“The Muslim community is seriously alarmed about the re-emergence of the racist campaign that was carried out by extremist Buddhist monks since the end of the war in 2009. Many youth too have started social media campaigns against the Muslim community. The statements made by the Hon Minister would only help to disturb peace and promote the interests of certain vested interests to destroy our country. We urge the Hon Minister and the Government to investigate this and take appropriate action. We urge the government to take immediate steps to halt all form of extremism and restore peace and harmony for all Sri Lankans.”

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  • 9

    Pen should not be used to lie


    Unless Proven by DNA none of the Ceylon Moors are obliged to accept it. Not one rizana even 10 rizanas can write what they want and

    BTW -Pen should not be used to lie . What has the Koran got to do with yo8u trying to drag us into your LTTE resuscitation ?

    She may be an Indian Moor ,(Rizana) in her case it may be correct ,but to call them low cast , how to you explain that ? or is it your culture ? or upbringing >? or you are just a dickhead?

    We are Ceylon Moors until Proven by DNA ,Nothing is going to change that so keep ranting as Much as you want , including Wikipedia scholarships.

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      There is a saying You can take a horse to the water but cannot force it to drink. It is the same with you and many other Muslims stubbornly and shamelessly keep on stating that you are Moors and not Tamils, despite ample evidence to prove that Sri Lankan Muslims are Dravidians from South India. Just like Siva states ” a little bit of Arab or other blood does not make you Arab or Moor” . This was a incorrect classification by the Portuguese only referring to your religion.
      “Sri Lankan Moors are not a distinct or self-defined people and the word (Moors) did not exist in Sri Lanka before the arrival of the Portuguese colonists. The Portuguese named the Muslims in India and Sri Lanka after the Muslim Moors they met in Iberia. Moreover, the term ‘Moor’ referred to only their religion and was no reflection on their origin.” courtesy Wikepedia.

      99% of the Muslims look like Tamil, speak Tamil and until recently followed Tamil customs, had South Indian Tamil Muslim caste names and followed Sufi Islam that is practised in Tamil Nadu and not any form of Islam that is practised in the Arabian gulf of by the Moors of North Africa( there is no history of Moors trading with the Indian sub continent)
      Genetic studies done on all Sri Lankans have proved that basically they all are the same people very closely related to the Dravidian population of South India and the South Indian Muslims. Unless you can prove the contrary and provide DNA proof We are not prepared to believe that you are Moors.
      The claim that the Moors were the progeny of the original Arab settlers, might hold good for a few families but not for the entire bulk of the community. This is evidenced by the fact that, the Moors’s Islamic Cultural Home, Colombo were unsuccessful in digging up the genealogical history of Muslim families with Arab descent, in any great numbers.L.M. Abdul Azeez (of the organization) seemed to have accepted the idea, when he observed that:
      It may be safely argued that, the number of original settlers was not even more than a hundred. Again courtesy of Wikipedia.

      Everything points to an immigrant South Indian Tamil origin with a few families having a distant Arab origin. Unless proved to the contrary, You are Tamils, largely low castes ( no insult) who converted to Islam. Not going to argue and debate with you any more as it is pointless, as you will keep on stubbornly insisting that the Sri Lankan Muslims are not Tamils and not Moors under silly and stupid concocted identities.

  • 9

    Rohan – you are entitled to your opinion , unfortunately you are not willing to give me the same privilege , The say prejudice dies hard.

    I did not refuse to claim ,but I am also not willing to accept what is penned in Wikipedia which is an open source that anyone can ,write and edit what they want,

    All I am saying is today in a modern world Even history can be disproved by DNA. show me proof by my DNA am a Tamil and I will happily accept it.

    Bering a Ceylon Moor is my birth right ,you need to get it into your head, without scanning through my comments be fair and read it contextually and try to understand my point of view.

    Give each man his benefit of doubt. You may be a Tamil or Sinhalese because that is the birth right bestowed upon you , will you accept if some some randomly write in Wikipedia that you are a low cast whatever, when you have the great scientific privilege of proving exactly what your ethnicity is by DND? why this venom and bias? one rule for you another for me?

    I am willing to come anywhere you demand me to if you are willing to pay for my DNA test only at a world recognized and approved health Clinic and if my test comes out as Tamil ,I will officially go ahead and declare it in my Birth certificate and publicly too.

    • 1

      Call yourself by anything you like, even Snow White if you want to and be anything you want. That is your privilege and no one is stopping and can stop you. After all what is in a name ” A rose can be called by any name” if I can quote Shakespeare but you still remain a rose, even if you are now called a primrose or a daffodil.
      However neither you nor anyone can deny the truth, that the Muslims of Sri Lanka or Sri Lankan Moors as they fondly like to call themselves. Pathetically clinging on to the incorrect name that the Portuguese gave them and the rest of the South Asian Muslims, that has now been discarded by other South Asian Muslim communities, have very little Arab and no Moorish blood in them at all but are 99% descended from largely low caste immigrant Indian Tamil Hindu converts to Islam.
      Trying now to act look and behave like Arabs and give Arabic sounding names and denying discarding and distancing yourself from your actual Tamil origins and culture does not fool any intelligent person.
      There is this a common English saying” if it looks like a duck and quack likes a duck then it is a duck and not anything else.” This is what Muslims in Sri Lanka are. Everything about them reeks of Tamil and South India however much they deny this and act like Arabs. Arabs have called the Sri Lankan Moors as low caste South Asian converts but they still insist that they are Arabs. Shows how desperate and pathetic your community is with no shame or self respect.

  • 5

    Roahan and Tamil unreal sena And ,you may have to do the same , too at your expenses , like to know what ethnicity you real are , sha if we both are low cast Tamils how nice man , we may even be related.

    cha ,cha .

  • 6

    Remember we are all born naked and for sure we will die naked , we come with nothing and leave with nothing.

    When death comes ,you loose even your name and your race , not even your own kith and kin will be willing to accompany you , Hence race Sinhalese,Tamil or Moor matter ?

    just be ready ,death is always in a hurry , death does not make appointments ,no ,no even with Kings.

    So just live and let live..

    Let me be what I am happy to be ,you be what you are happy to be as, we are all transit passengers , let us each enjoy the space while we have it.,
    “Nationalism and ethnic pride, in the long run, delay human development, and the misery they cause must be recognized. If enough people saw that , maybe we wouldn’t have so many wars.”
    ― Harvey Pekar, Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me

  • 1

    Yes live and let live but tell the truth when you live, instead of a lie and false heritage. If it is not an issue why lie about your origin and heritage in the first place. When caught come out with all this useless philosophies to justify your lie.

  • 6

    Pandifukki AKA Rohan Aka Pen should not be used to lie aka Real Siva Sankaran Sarma

    Grand sum up= WHAT IT THAT ? KOTI DATH

    Delusional Disorder OF RACIAL HATE filled-Real Siva Sankaran Sarma

    For one ,more desperate time to get you out of your delusional sate of mind.

    your desperate crying to make all Muslims low cast Tamils and I also remember reading your comment that the Colombo Chetty are also Tamils who were Pillas and become Pulles , at least you have been a bit more kinder towards them by not calling them low cast, Real Siva Sankaran Sarma it seems your delusion has no boundaries , why don’t you add the gypsies Ahikuntakas ,More the merrier ( YOUR -Only agenda is of wanting to regain your LTTE regrouping by increasing the numbers lost in the war and of-cause not to forget to endorse yours and your ex-Racist Politicians , envy and hate towards these Minority traders for their talent )



    when there is a simple straightforward scientific, DNA system to prove someone’s ancestry , Which is also not 100% correct and could be challenged again, when even scientific proof is also not 100 % perfect ,how do you expect us to blindly accept you Wikipedia and all orally narrated information later written down simply on hear -say? \

    why depend on Wikipedia, and random baseless and give up ones birth ?

    The only one-thing you are desperate here is ,to endorse yours and your ex-Racist Politicians , envy and hate towards these Minority traders for their talent by trying hard to drag them down as a low cast, just because your religious beliefs are today corrupted and taken out of the the pure Vedas and mixed with tribal culture so you can abuse your very own people by separating them by cast to fulfill your filthy low down inhuman agendas , do not dare drag The Muslim community into your garbage of speculations. But you are free to live in your own delusions

    Is it OK to use Wikipedia as a source?
    However, citation of Wikipedia in research papers may be considered unacceptable, because Wikipedia is not considered a credible or authoritative source. This is especially true considering anyone can edit the information given at any time, and although most errors are immediately fixed, some errors maintain unnoticed


    You are basically Tamil Dravidian with slight admixtures from other races. What Siva states is correct. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamil_Muslim
    Nice try


    What’s Wrong with Wikipedia? § Harvard Guide to Using Sources
    The fact that Wikipedia is not a reliable source for academic research doesn’t … the Harvard librarians can point you to specialized encyclopedias in different …


    For the last freaking time get it into your head,I do not care what race or ethnicity i really may be if there is one, I just want to learn to be more human as much as I can and do whatever good to another human ,before I die and that matters most.,

    Try to at-least now be more Human after all the bloodshed you and your entire people have been the cause ..



    No, it’s not al Qaeda or Hezbollah or even HAMAS. The group is called the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) or the Tamil Tigers for short.

    Needless to say, the Tamil Tigers are among the most dangerous and deadly extremists in the world

    FBI — Taming the Tamil Tigers
    01/10/08. As terrorist groups go, it has quite a résumé: Perfected the use of suicide bombers;; Invented the suicide belt;; Pioneered the use of women in suicid


    needless TO SAY, i FOR ONE AS A Minority ,i NEITHER WANT TO BE AN HYPOCRITE NOR AN UNGRATEFUL WRETCHED BEING , WHILE I AM NOT GOING TO SHY AWAY FROM CONDEMNING HON.MP(&Ex President) MAHINDA RAJAPAKSHE for not stopping the hate attract indiscriminately and unjustly against my community when he he could have stopped with all the power he had ,I am not ashamed to bow my head in true and deep respect for the man’s effort in supporting and and fearless crushing the LTTE and freeing the country , if only he had done the same with racism ,bigotry and united the people as one using wisdom and sincerity ,without miscalculating and stopping fear mongering .

    Today we would be marching straight to a first , first world country in south Asia sub-continent


    Please cleanse your heart,and do not expect me to waste my valuable time and my high vat added bandwidth on a lunatic like you anymore ,you may keep ranting Muslims are Tamils as much as you want, that is what normally delusional people do.

  • 3

    Needless TO SAY, I FOR ONE AS A Minority ,I NEITHER WANT TO BE AN HYPOCRITE NOR AN UNGRATEFUL WRETCHED BEING , WHILE I AM NOT GOING TO SHY AWAY FROM CONDEMNING HON.MP(&Ex President) MAHINDA RAJAPAKSHE for not stopping the hate attacks indiscriminately and unjustly against my community when he could have stopped it with all the power he had ,I am not ashamed to bow my head in true and deep respect for the man’s effort in supporting and and fearless crushing the LTTE and freeing the country , if only he had done the same with racism ,bigotry and united the people, as one using wisdom and sincerity ,without miscalculating and stopped the fear mongering . Today we would be marching straight to a first world country in south Asia sub-continent.
    Even USA president candidates have learned from Sri Lanka to use bigotry and racism to win and then go back on their words.

  • 2

    The Karavas or Karaiyars and the Negombo Chettis of Tamil speakers in Sri Lanka do not identify themselves as ethnic Tamils at all. .

    Bilingualism Among the Tamil-speaking Roman Catholic Karavas and Chettis of Negombo

    Steven C D Bonta

    Penn State University Altoona, Division of Arts and Sciences, Instructor in Spanish, English and Linguistics
    Cultural Studies
    Phone: 814 682 7655
    Address: Tyrone, Pennsylvania, United States


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