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Muslims Are Deeply Disturbed At Religious Scholar Hajjul Akbar’s Detention

By Latheef Farook

Latheef Farook

Demonised, battered and ostracised Muslim community of Sri Lanka is deeply disturbed at the detention of respected Islamic scholar Usthaz Rasheed Hajjul Akbar by the CCD since 25 August.

Known for his simple life religious scholar Usthaz Hajjul Akbar has been the president of intellectually oriented Sri Lanka Jama’athe Islami with around 85 branches all over the country for 24 years-from 1994 to 2018, 

 His record of service to community and the country has been so impeccable that he sacked his own brother and his two children due to their extreme views.  

He has been taken for questioning several times ever since two of his nephews were accused of involvement in the defacing of Buddha statue and since the Easter Sunday bombings and killings with which the Muslim community as a whole had nothing to do.

Religious Scholar Hajjul Akbar

According to his sons he had so far given seven statements to different authorities. He had answered all their questions and cleared doubts. 

Jama’athe Islami head office at Dematagoda Road in Maradana, Colombo was inspected more than 21 times by different authorities .They could not find anything to associate Usthaz Hajjul Akbar or Jama’athe Islami with violence.

Yet Usthaz Hajjul Akbar was taken for questioning on 25 August .Since then only his two sons were allowed to see him for about fifteen minutes in the presence of officials.

In view of the devastating impact of his detention on the morale of the community, seven leading civil society organisations have written to President Maithripala Sirisena, with copy to Prime Minister Ranil wickremesinghe, urging to release Usthaz Hajjul Akbar assuring that he would be available to assist further questioning and investigation on any date at any place.

This include National Shoora Council, All Ceylon YMMA conference, All Ceylon Union of Muslim League Youth Front, Muslim Council of Sri Lanka, Muslim Media forum and All Ceylon Jamiathul Ulema. 

As it is commonly known and repeatedly stated by Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith the Muslim community   has nothing to do with Easter Sunday bombings and killings. Some described the handful of Muslims involved as contract killers who were used scapegoats to implement evil designs of international forces on the island’s Muslim community causing immense damage to communal harmony.

The JVP leader Anura kumara Dissanayake disclosed in the parliament that as early as March 2007  several Muslim organisations in Kattankudi and other places informed President Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, intelligence services, police and all others concerned about Zahran ,his associates and their planned attacks.

Unfortunately no precautionary measures were taken to prevent the carnage and the Muslim community is paying the price. 

Yet to help ensure the security of the country, Muslims fully cooperated with security officers in their search operations. Some Muslims even informed their own relatives suspected of any involvement. 

In a statement Muslim community   has vehemently condemned this massacre and issued a statement signed by prominent Muslims.

Almost five months later today  many speculate that  the Easter Sunday carnage was a meticulously planned and implemented conspiracy aimed  at  destroying the Muslim community  in keeping with the racist slogan that” we will first  deal with Tamils and then deal with Muslims.  

Many suspect that this conspiracy involves the government and opposition combined, racist monks, racist media, racist bureaucracy, racist businessmen and others hell bent on crushing Muslims. 

It appears they prepared their conspiracy, in collaboration with global anti-Muslim forces, in the hope of pitting Christians against Muslims. However timely interference by Cardinal Malcolm Ranith declaring that the Muslim community has nothing to do with this massacre shattered the conspiracy preventing conspirators from implementing their evil design.  

From the very inception Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith demanded the government to disclose the international forces executed the massacre. Several ministers including Lakshman Hulugalla said “this was done by international forces using local Muslim scape goats-(zahran and his   team).

However government has so failed to respond to this request. Local media mercenaries, hell bent on demonizing Muslims with lies and deception poisoning innocent Sinhalese minds, refused to raise the issue of foreign forces involvement up to date.

President Sirisena imposed emergency laws and declared a campaign which ended up persecuting Muslims as every Muslim was projected a terror suspect.  As part of this campaign the government deployed forces to search Muslim owned properties from mosques, houses and business establishments to all such places. Muslim men and women were taken to custody on ridiculous allegations and produced before courts after keeping in custody. 

Search operations resembled Israeli search operations in the occupied Palestinian areas while violent attacks burning Muslim owned properties and even killing innocent Muslims resembled the Hindu fascist RSS, BJP, VHP, and Shiv Sena and Bajrang Dal attacks on Muslims in north India. 

Organized racist thugs were given free hand.  Muslim houses, business establishments, hotels and other such places were burnt during curfew while an innocent fasting Muslim was chopped to death and another battered Muslim man was dragged in the street to hospital where he died.

Every Muslim man, woman and even children, were treated with suspicion, hatred and bitterness almost everywhere.  So called search operations using emergency regulations have become nightmare for innocent Muslim families who remain frightened. Not only hospital security but even shops and super markets force Muslim women to remove traditional shawls.

The community as a whole resist security forces entering Mosques and houses with their boots taking dogs. Mosques usually comprise of large prayer halls with one or two rooms. Thus there is no need for forces to enter with boots and take dogs inside.

To Muslims worldwide there is nothing more sacred than the holy Quran which was revealed to the entire human being through Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Muslims always read the Quran with ablution.  Fear driven on the community was such many Muslims burnet their copies of Holy Quran.  

Mobs laid siege to the Kuliyapitiya, Hettipola, Aukana, Kottampitiya, Nikaweratiya and Minuwangoda town area driving Muslim families, in the midst of their Ramadan fast, into paddy fields for hiding.

 The police curfew meant nothing to the mobs who roamed free as Muslim families fled their homes fearing for their lives. Muslims have lost all faith in the police, security forces and the government to provide them protection.   

 Mob of around 500   with iron rods, swords and other such items began their killing and burning spree under the watchful eyes of the police and the army which became irrelevant.  Mob were free  when they started  to burn houses, shops, and business establishments, mosques .They burnt and destroyed around 500 units in around 30 Muslim villages.

Fasting Muslim women grabbing their children ran to Sinhalese neighbors for safety. Some accommodated and even provided food while others chased them out. Sinhala three wheel drivers refused to take a severely beaten and battered Muslim being dragged on the street to hospital. In the process he died.   

This was the plight of Muslims in almost around 30 villages which were virtually burnt down. Multi million rupee businessmen were made paupers overnight.

One columnist pointed out that “Life has become a nightmare in their ordinary day to day living and virtually changed every aspect of life in the island’s Muslim population. Harassment, discrimination and a well-orchestrated hate campaign has been taking shape in the public domain, demonizing, alienating and fostering a besieged mentality towards Muslims.  He added that racism has found a new meaning in Sri Lanka. And everything Muslims are being targeted. There is total harassment of Muslims in public places, buses and trains, taxis and even in work places

In this tense atmosphere, tearing apart the communities, came the shocking call by Ven. Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana Thera, the incumbent Mahanayake of the Asgiriya Chapter, for stoning to death of Muslims and urging Sinhala Buddhists to refrain from frequenting Muslim-owned shops and consuming food offered by Muslims.  

More than a thousand year old Muslim community in the island was destroyed within 20 minutes. These attacks, began at 8.45 in the morning on 21 April and ended at 9.05, dealt a death blow to Muslims who have nothing to do with this massacre.

In an interview with Daily Mirror on September 5 Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka who exploited the opportunity to dump Colombo garbage in the Muslim area of Aruwakkal in Puttalam said” today, Muslims have been cornered in society. Their businesses have collapsed. Muslim professionals find it difficult to perform their jobs,

It was under this atmosphere that the Muslims were deeply concerned about the detention of Hajjul Akbar.

The unanswered question how will these atrocities help unite communities and create a peace and harmony which remains myth in the island today.

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    Muslims: here’s a great opportunity to do want the Tamils did and migrate en masse.
    Step one : visit any western embassy and claim refugee or assylum status. Claim that the sinhalese are trying to kill you and your family.
    2: make sure you make some documents. For example visit multiple police station and state that guy named saman Silva has threatened to kill you and you family. You have to do this for About year. Then go to the swedish or Danish embassy and file your application. you should be out of Lanka in about a year.
    One more thing make sure you sell your land and business to a sinhalese Buddhist.

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      Why should we leave? We are the same Sinhala blood as you? Why don’t you personally do us all a favour and leave with your poisonous and divisive talk?

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      The present crisis, that the Muslims have been forcibly pushed to as we see today, is an expected one on a GLOBAL level. To simply put, this is WAR ON ISLAM as the Zionists/Freemasons/Illuminati/Satanists/Anti Christ team have been planning throughout a span of 300-400 years. The Prelude to this present day WAR ON ISLAM was the CRUSADE. From the time of the CRUSADES they sent a message to the world, but in a coded message, that in the close stage where the ROTHSCHILDS and the Zionist Jewish cabal reaches the take over of the WORLD POWER after the illegal take over of the Palestine from the Muslims. The WAR ON ISLAM will be intensified, by forging allies with the similar kind of enemies of the Muslims to create a climate where Muslims will be persecuted by all non Muslims and by the DONME Muslims (secret Zionist Jews living openly as Muslims). This is the stage that we are seeing on full display today to our naked eyes. The Sri Lanka’s GOVIGAMA RULING ELITE MAFIA families are a bunch of criminals who are working as the agents of the above said ZIONIST system, and the very same UNGRATEFUL one’s who are conducting this WAR ON ISLAM without any fear nor any remorse for the very same people (Muslims) whom have contributed greatly in the development of this shitty HELL called Sri Lanka that they have fakely branded as a “PARADISE”.

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        It is due to the partnering with the ZIONISTS that the GOVIGAMA ELITE criminals (Rajapakses/Jayawardenes/Bandaranayakes/Senanayakes/Ratwattes/Dissanayakes/Wickremasinghes/Jayasuriyas/Wijewardenes..etc, are given a FREE HAND to do what they like. As members of the FREEMASONS they are programmed to help each other and not to betray the brotherhood and always should come to the rescue of their fellow brother or the clan member. Thus, the people thought, that after the change of govt in 2015, the Sira and Ranil buggers will apply the laws to apprehend the RAJAPAKSE criminals whom have robbed, raped and pillaged the entire nation and are still left to remain SCOT FREE. Then they have even shown openly that they will not allow anyone or any system to bring the RAJAPAKSE criminals to the books. Ranil said this openly and Sira bugger still doing it by action. They both betrayed the nation as for them what is important is not the country or the constitution. Their PRIME OBJECTIVE is to safeguard and the GATE KEEPERS of the CLAN (GOVIGAMA) and its Elite members. Vasudeva confirmed this by declaring that only a GOVIGAMA ELITE MAFIA can become the next President and no one else.

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        Let us examine as to why the GOVIGAMA MAFIOSIS want the MUSLIMS to be put under the sword??? What’s the real need and the hurry??? The Rajapakses, soon after the destruction of the LTTE, by overnight, to the dismay of everyone alike, launched the WAR ON ISLAM in a deceitful ways in the beginning. GOTA the ZIONIST agent created UNDERCOVER ARMY units for this special operation purposes and he is the one started a multi pronged attack on the MUSLIMS that they launched the GREASE DEVIL ( Greese Yaka ). At the same time they were gearing up the MIND WARE-FARE by launching the BODU BALA SENA and other SINHALA RACIST elements providing them training, the know-how, the protection from retaliatory attacks by fielding the STF/Army contingents to be present in all locations where BBS launches its attacks. The Police stations were given strict rules to follow FOR NOT TO PREVENT any attacks by the GOVI Proxy Goondas (Sinhala Terrorists). That’s how they began their operation against the Muslims by burning down FASHION BUG store and then expanding it to cover NOLIMIT. Champika Ranawaka and his JHU team are the FIELD MARSHALLS as they know how to conduct riots and arson. Then they TESTED the ground to check what type retaliation might come from the MUSLIMS in general and from the MUSLIM COUNTRIES. Because, the entire GOVI GAM is dependent on a steady economy. If they find World Muslims have been angered, they might change the game plan. So, it was conducted based on controlled trial pogroms and keeping an eye on the reaction of the Muslims at the same time. Not Upsetting the world Muslim public opinion.

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      you typical sinhala Buddhist …what can i say…..curse of srilanka shit land continue as long as sinhala Buddhist rules…

      • 0
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        Hello j. mutt how is the latrine cleaning going?

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    NIRO do not make this like that.. . So many Sinhalese are migrating in this way and claim asylum. how many of them have done in the name of LTTE. so, why do you connect this with Muslim migration..

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      tamil/lankan – Dumbo, are you “tamil” or “lankan” or BOTH?

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    He is one of best Islamic scholars in Sri Lanka. He has been a simple man. He has been a leaders of Jamath for more 20 years. Never spoke a word against this government or any Sinhalese community. unfortunately, he has become victim of some Muslim radical who did this barbaric Easter Sunday. He condemned it many times. He has spoken about Sri Lankan many times in very good way to promote Sri Lankan national identity, peace and community harmony.

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      Only in Sri Lanka people believe this kind of diatribe.

      The people who attended easter sunday church prayers on April 21st decided to kill themselves en-masse?

      All those who died in that carnage were faking?

      JP – USA

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    In this tense atmosphere, tearing apart the communities, came the shocking call by Ven. Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana Thera, the incumbent Mahanayake of the Asgiriya Chapter, for stoning to death of Muslims and urging Sinhala Buddhists to refrain from frequenting Muslim-owned shops and consuming food offered by Muslims.
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    Not a fan of Buddhist monks, but still the monk did not advocate stonning of any Muslim. He said, some of the women who met him, did said something similar to that.

    And I have heard a lot of serious accusations against this scholar, whom Latheef is trying to defend.

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      Pl.Come out with those accusations! You all boast and seems to be pious Buddhists sans no knowledge of Buddhism.How reverence is Asgriya Lokka for you , so as our priest for the Muslims.

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    Shock! Horror!!
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    Mr Lathief, what an outrage? An arrest of an Islamist cleric whose sons have defaced a Buddha statue? This should bot be the normal, the way you seem to see things!
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    For your information, if he was in a so-called western ‘democracy’ he would have been put in maximum security prison indefinitely.
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    Your long article will not make many shed a tear. The man can’t be trusted.

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      Hello Titus-
      So you are saying – if your sons deface a religious statue, in a so-called western democracy you (the father) would be put in maximum security prison indefinitely.
      Wonderful!

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      Titus Fernando ,

      ” Your long article will not make many shed a tear .” What a line !
      You think there are fools to believe crocs have tears to shed ?
      Take it from me bro , Majority of Muslims , Sinhalese and Tamils
      don’t trust each other and on the contrary , there’s hatred on a
      massive scale that is ever ready to explode at the shortest notice !
      We have experience from the history both positive and negative.
      Take a little time to read Dark ages in Europe = Age of Faith !
      Age of Religion belongs to the Dark age according to historians and
      that’s where we are in today on the 21st century .

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    Latheef Farook

    Anybody (including you) with doubtful behavior can be detained for questioning, whether Sinhalese, Tamil, Muslim or any other.

    As the gravity of the offence of what’s been done by an extremist Muslim group here in SL is high, its impact upon that particular community is also high.

    It’s sad but inevitable.

    Silence is the best response for it rather than making irresponsible statements to media & cultivating hatred.

    It’s good for everybody especially Muslims to know that 250 people were killed on that day mainly in places of worship.

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    It is unfortunate that some in authority particularly the juniors are color blind. Many have witnessed and commented that if a guy with a beard drives a BMW passing a checkpoint he is immediately stopped, searched thoroughly to the extent that even the National Identity Card is rotated several times to see whether there is some flaw to pounce. Why? Because the main suicide bomber had beard and drove a BMW. Therefore all chaps wearing a beard driving a BMW is a (potential) suicide bomber. It is out of place to comment on a lighter vein in a serious matter but as revealed in the YES MINISTER series “All cats have four legs. My dog has four legs. Therefore my dog is a cat.”

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    Sinhala and Tamils people in Sri Lanka will be in deeper trouble in a decade or half due to Islam fundamentalism which is well funded and in full gear .So Muslims shouldn’t be worried too much as the writer tries to portray. Its deliberately misleading theory by Farook that 4/21 attacked by Muslim was a conspiracy to instigate Christian against Muslims. Suicide bombers were well educated, rich and from elite families. Have they been so stupid to sacrificed their own lives and families? Definitely not. That how their religion is…..Make no mistakes…..Beware of Al-Taqiyya

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    Mr. Farook

    In the aftermath of the carnage that took place on 21st April , the security forces are duty bound to protect all Sri Lankans irrespective of caste , creed , or religion . In this backdrop it is critical that everybody even remotely connected to the mindless thugs who perpetrated those heinous crimes be apprehended and interrogated until the authorities are convinced that they are innocent . We owe it to those innocent men , women and children who were slaughtered and maimed for life on that unforgettable day .

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    let police to od the job and no one is worry death of 250 people. here problems muslim people not understnad why their religion make such crimnal act and try to cover up .beter aceept the responsibilty and try to live in peaceful manner.

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    Muslims are been demonized, ostracized and battered due to their own fault.Today news spreads. We know how non-muslims are treated in every muslim country. I mean every.
    No other religions in Saudi Arabia, no Christmas celebrations in Brunei & Somalia. No conversions in every muslim country, blasphemy laws against non muslims – where in the world do non muslim countries have similar laws?
    If there is one muslim country that gives equal treatment to all, irrespective of religion- then the world will be rid of Islamophobia.

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      Ian ,

      Currently , there are 236 churches in Turkey . A grand Synagogue
      in Edirne and there are roughly around 25000 Jews live in Turkey.
      Around 350,000 Christians and 25,000 Jews live in Iran according
      to reports .In Egypt , out of about 95 million population , around
      15-20 % is said to be Christians of various sects ! In Jordan you have
      the report you are hunting for , there is said to be 250,000 Christians
      and enjoy two cabinet ministers and nine seats in 130 member
      parliament . Current Deputy P M is a Christian ! There are too many
      instances elsewhere on this planet in the Muslim world where
      other faiths live in peace with respect but some treasure hunters
      keep digging their heads into one and the same Kingdom simply
      because they are familiar only with those Riyals ! And also don’t
      forget Saddam Hussain’s deputy prime minister , Foreign minister
      and a close advisor was a Christian Tariq Aziz .

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    Muslims are demonized, ostracized and battered for all what that community stands for. Today the world is one village. We know what happens in the remotest parts of Pakistan or Siberia. Unfortunately all muslim countries have a bad record of treatment of non muslims. There are restrictions on religious worship, freedom of conscience, special treatment of muslims, blasphemy laws against non muslims, restrictions on proselyting, conversion, you name it.
    Muslims should show a more humane and tolerant example.
    This is the reason they are ostracized, demonized and looked down upon.
    If they want this to change, muslim countries should show what Islam is all about by recognizing every religion the same, give freedom to people to change religions, marry anyone and not impose muslim beliefs on non muslims whether in what they wear, eat or drink.

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    There is no justice in Sri Lanka today.. One set of justice if you are Tamils and another if you are Sinhalese. This is very much clear in this case too. if a father makes a mistake you do not arrest son in his place. it is not right way to deal with legal case.. you must arrest someone who has done wrong not innocent people. if this man’s relative have done something wrong, arrest them not this man. what a pathetic rule of law is this.

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    A Terro sympathiser trying to white wash a another one.. Laughable.

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    Holy Gnanasara, would you like to have another round of tea with the president, sir?
    No, a bottle of raw Arrak please.

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    Muslims have problems because their leaders are lazy to pray.

    Soma

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    Some of these so-called “clerics” are extremely deceptive. I have listened to Anjem Choudary, the UK cleric who was jailed for instigating terrorism. They do not publicly espouse violence, they deny all links to terrorism. On the surface, they appear calm and rational. But the influence they have on their followers in private is another matter.

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    This fello is a terrorist belongs to Pakistan Militant group of jamaath e Islami of Maudoodi. This group only broke the buddhists statues in Mawanella. Shouldn’t release these terrorist and should ban jamaath e Islami in Srilanka.

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    When Bubbhist statues destroyed in Mawanalla and explosives found in Wanathawilluwa, Asath Sali admitted he & some Muslims leaders met CID Head and told, arrested ones are innocent. We saw what happened after that. People should have a close look at these criminal supporters because similar drama is going to stage.

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    ‘Demonised, battered and ostracised Muslim community of Sri Lanka….’

    Now why is that I wonder? Could it be because of our own stupidity?

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