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Muslims, Coexistence & The Media

By Mass L. Usuf

Mass L. Usuf

Mass L. Usuf

On 20.07.2016 TV Derana in their programme Aluth Parlimenthuwa (New Parliament) discussed the subject “Is global terrorism a challenge to co-existence in Sri Lanka?”. The panel featured Mr. Ali Sabry, President’s Counsel, Mr. Mohan Samaranayake, Mr. N.M. Ameen and Mr. M. Dahalan.

The entire panel did a wonderful job analysing the subject under discussion with clarity and precision. There was no ambiguity or vagueness in the position of each of the panellists. Most importantly, they disassociated Islam and Muslims from this murderous, blood thirsty, barbaric terrorist outfit which calls itself ISIS, ISIL, IS. The panel was unequivocal in their condemnation. President’s Counsel Mr. Ali Sabry said that the meanings of the word Islam is ‘Peace’ and ‘Submission’. Therefore, these inhuman terrorists have nothing to do with this religion of ‘Peace’. Mr. Mohan Samaranayake dismissed as nonsensical the exaggerated false claims by some vociferous fringe groups that Sri Lanka was a hub for these terrorists.

In relation to coexistence, the ensuing discussion revealed that the Muslim community is seriously lagging behind in this effort. The proverb that it takes two hands to clap is apt here. It is not enough that the Muslim community keeps whining about being targeted. True, greater responsibility lies on those who are numerically larger but that does not exonerate the numerically lesser folks from taking that extra step to bridge the gap. The incisive, timely and smart questioning by the programme anchor, Mr. Sanka Amarjith should make the Muslim community to sit back and take stock. He even mentioned that nothing much is known to the people about Prophet Muhammed (Peace be upon him). I had earlier emphasised in these Columns the need for openness and less insulated inclusiveness. See, “The Tide Is Turning, Muslims Cannot Live Cocooned” (CT : 05.11.2015). Below is an excerpt:

“In this milieu, the Muslims, apart from a few activists, have held themselves aloof from the mainstream of almost every activity. Their distinct religious needs compel them to live in community. Historically, they were a contended people with their main focus on business, religion and their community life. The Muslim community is not organized and matured enough to engage in civil activities. Most are indifferent to their civic roles or those who are knowledgeable keep away without attracting trouble to themselves. These factors have contributed to the failure by the Muslim community to demonstrate their presence in society effectively. The Muslims are cocooned within the confines of their community resulting in alienating themselves from inter-communal interaction and on national issues.

The time has come for the Muslims to shift their mind-set to be inclusive and, if they are as some may argue, then to be more inclusive. Little wonder they have been mistreated not only by the majority community but by the Tamil minorities too. Their cocooned disposition has not brought to them any positive yield except disappointment and hopelessness. Come out of your cocoons, the tide is turning, is the call for them”.

Dialogue

This cocoon mentality paves the way for speculation in the minds of others due to uncertainty. Misinformation leads to misconception which in turns leads to misperception. All of these are not helpful for reconciliation and coexistence. They comprise the negative tools that sow the seeds of suspicion from which germinates distrust between two peoples. This fact is very well known to the anti-social forces which continue to deliberately and maliciously indoctrinate the innocent people through misinformation.

Among the different types of biases listed in psychological studies, cognitive bias is considered to be the tendency to think in certain ways that can lead to systematic deviations from a standard of rationality or good judgment. The forming of misperception emanates from such bias. This phenomenon when applied to what again in psychology is called the ‘herding behaviour’ – the herd mentality, it disseminates fast. The source of this cognitive bias is extremely relevant. If it is directed via a religious institution or a religious personality or a socially accepted person, then naturally it adds value. Herd mentality works very well in this case. Here is a classic example.

Slaughter Of Cow

Twice, within about three months, I was asked about the killing of cows. Once by a three wheel (tuk tuk) driver and lately by a Barber. The same question from two different places and in two completely different circumstances. This was a very disturbing to me. I was wondering how many more are out there with the same question in their minds. My worry was not the question per se but the wrong perception based on which the question arose. On both occasions I answered each of them.

The question was why are the Muslims killing the cow in violation of the Quran. I was surprised and said that we slaughter strictly according to the Quran. The questioner told me that if you kill according to the Quran you will never be able to kill. He said as per the Quran the person who slaughters can do so only standing on a red hot iron plate. I told him that this is absolutely false and nowhere in the Quran can one find such a statement. Here is an open challenge to prove if there is such a statement in the Quran.

Then he asked why do you eat beef. I responded by asking him what is wrong in eating beef. He said you are killing a life. I said that the answer to this can be given from varying perspectives but that I will stick to some basics. (1) Islam does not say that Muslims must eat beef. Among the thousands of varieties of food beef is just another one. (2) As humans we need to survive and God has created everything in this world to facilitate human existence. (3) If I eat beef today may be I will eat fish or chicken tomorrow. In this case, I should not eat these also because they too have life in them. (4) I have to then only eat vegetables but then plants also have life in it. Then I will not be able to survive. (5) The Arctic Eskimos will die if they do not hunt for Seals, caribou, polar bears, fish etc. for food. Vegetables do not grow there (now they are experimenting on greenhouse gardening).

I asked him do lions eat grass or the cows eat animals? He said, “no”. I told him that is because God has created these two animals in two different ways. The lion is a carnivore and therefore, his dental structure is that of a carnivore (canine teeth) and the cow has a set of teeth befitting a plant eating animal, a herbivore. Both the carnivore and the herbivore also differ in their digestive systems. Humans have teeth for chewing, crushing, and grinding and also canine teeth. The human digestive system can take in meat and vegetables. Humans are omnivores. In addition, I said that the Quran and Prophet Muhammed (Peace be upon him) has taught us to respect the environment, the ecosystem and be kind to all animals not only the cow. Each of them was happy and said, ‘we were not aware of all of this’.

Blatant Lie

The cascading effect of this misperception was what we witnessed when Mr. Amarjith the anchor of the programme asked for some valuable clarifications. He was sincere when he said that these questions represented the common notions of many people. Very true. Reference was also made to the Friday prayer and the alleged preaching of hatred etc. in the mosque towards other communities which is, of course a blatant lie.

Anyhow, this should be an eye opener to the Muslim community. The Muslim community in fact, should be grateful that explanations for various misunderstandings as above were called for in the Aluth Parlimenthuwa. More questions have to be welcomed and explanations given to create proper understanding and to expose the inveterate liars. Such open dialogue befits the quintessence of a pluralistic society. This is a reminder and an opportunity for the Muslim community to get back to the drawing board and find out where they have lapsed. The Muslims must engage in an exercise of introspection as individuals and look inwardly as a community to determine how best they could enhance their interaction with their coexistence partners.

Mr. Mohan Samaranayake’s excellent exposition of the responsibilities of the media in a pluralistic society and towards harmonious living could not have been more succinctly articulated. I hope like TV Derana has showed the way, the other media too, both the print and electronic will help in creating a society where all the citizens in unison will be proud to call this as, ‘MY COUNTRY’.

“Act well your part, there all honour lies.” – Alexander Pope

Congratulations! TV Derana. Great job!

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    There is no problems in coexistence of any communities in Srilanka , the media is of course is an issue ,the worst is people like “carnivore” Gnasaravru the dangerous elements used by some politicians should be wiped out ,before they can ignite racial hatred which will destroy mother Lanka.
    Hope these idiots won’t turn Srilanka into a Burma bringing women into prostitution and hardship.

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    The civilizational responsibility of the unbelievers and other religionists is to phase out Islam without harming Muslims. This is a challenging exercise as the brainwashed patients are likely put up a ferocious resistance and may take another 500 years. In the meantime UN should adopt a two children per family policy for all humanity.

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    Thank you Mr Usuf for beautifully summarizing the Aluth Parlimenthuwa programme. Let this be the forerunner and more and more electronic media get involve in airing similar programme to enlighten the ordinary people of this country who have or harbouring misconception of Islam.

    I too wish Derana TV all the best for their bold steps.

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    muslims can’t co-exist with anyone…they fight with buddhists, hindus, christians, sinhalese, tamils, jews…etc….they kill among themselves too….they don’t spare animals and nature as well….

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      srilanka itself is a ample example of coexistence muslim lives here more than 1000 years they did not always fight with other community except few minor things so i regret the guy who writes irrational comment

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        niyaz, muslims are here for 1000 years…must be in your dreams…don’t try to create a false history…you are allowed to live here by sinhalese kings when Portuguese were trying to kill all of you. you ungrateful muslims should worship King Senerath !

        How correct Portuguese were even 500 years ago !

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        Muslims with Islamic religion came here in 14th or 15th century from India not from Arabian peninsula. but yonas or yonakas or ye monist came here as traders even in 1500 BC. they were given rest houses just out side capital cities as gesture of good will.they collected goods they wanted paid government levies at galle and maha thiththa and gone back to their country.no settlement here.they were idolaters.stone fillers were worshiped as per chronicle records.not Muslims. they brought here yakka riree concept as well. yakka riree said to be from desert with apes like face with human skull garland, on a red cow. yonakas displaced by actions of Mohammad might have treated him as demon even after his death.it fear darkness like north Arabs. haunt only in day time. a great womenizer. other than that no records on Arabs presence here with Islam. even throughout history birds flew around the Island with numerous poetry letters.but nobody saw Islamic mosque any where but kokila saw one Cristian church in bolawalana area even before European arrival here. that may a church yonaka Cristian trading community expelled by Mohammad worship on their stay here.

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      your name says what you are. If you are already what you are I am sorry I can’t do anything. If you are human and can read this. Do not undermine Muslims, if there is no Muslim countries or Muslims in the world. People like you will not exist. Better Shut up and keep quiet.

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        if there are no muslims, muslim counties, or islam…then world would have been a lot beeter and a peaceful place to be

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      ballah

      “Religion is the Opium of the Masses”- Karl Marx.

      Look at Black July 1983 and other riots, and the other Para-Sinhala “Buddhist” inspired riots and killings against their Para-Tamil Hindu Cousins in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho.

      Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism all practice the killing of others and their own based on caste, race, color, sex etc.

      Karl Marx as prescient!

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        there is no scientific or historical evidence to prove that a particular races native to particular land. for instance Germans are not native to Germany,French are not native to France, Englishmen are not native to england Russians are not native to Russia like wise Americans black or white or red are not native to America.Australians are not native to Australia except aborigine community. Indians Aryans or Darwinians are not native to India. They all are parayas but established or built great civilization on those land and now claim as theirs.it is so with here.even vannila aththo is not native to this land. as per scientific evidence available they might have migrated here from Australia as Australoid but kept their uniqueness not admixing others. fishing community live around the Island may fall in to same category but admixed with others.but still keep their age old identity as hunter gathers . vannila aththo hunted in the jungle but fishing community hunted in sea. there is no difference whatsoever.as such paraya theory does not applicable now. yes killing is prescribed for you by mother nature though you are Buddhist whenever your existence is challenged .through out the history that has been so.but not for expansionism but for very survival as a nation in their adapted mother land.coexistence only possible if you respect local culture and existence of people who made that particular land a rich civilization.otherwise mother nature will punished all parayas in the hand of locals.no matter how strong or rich their fathers lands are. ..

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      Are you para Ballah?

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      Which countries fought in the 2 world wars where over 180 million human beings perished were they Muslims?In the partition of India and even to this day the Muslims are being killed by whom? In Sri Lanka in our ethnic conflict where over 100000 perished which two communities killed each other was it the Muslims?In Myammar where over 30000 Muslims perished and whom were they killed by?
      Before rash statements are directed at any community we should sit back and think whether we have the right to focus on any community when the community I belong to is also tainted.
      Killing other human beings has been happening in all communities not only by the Muslims as history will show

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        Apostle Mohammad,chancellor Bis Mark and Adolf Hitler All three wanted to conquer the whole world. they adapted their agenda to suit their ultimate goal. Islam ism Nazism are their ideologies to motivate their followers to achieve their malicious goal. I see no difference on these ideologies.people of their own cult or race was boosted to be supremacists. other were condemn as subhuman or wild beast in order to remove mental barrier in human being’s mind killing fellow human being.but in other cases there is no such ideologies visible. human nature is to fight their political rights heritage rights that is the difference.fighting wars with ideologies behind holocaust ethnic cleansing are on the card, but other cases just a vengeance for previously committed crimes against their own race or heritages so on.

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    Balla, Are you really a dog ?

    Just for curiosity sake.

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      As per your holy book Koran all non believers are dogs or cows or wild beast or wild animals. as such if you are true believer in your holy book said to a revelation of your almighty god and spoken by your messenger, please do not expect any kind words or any kind deed from non believers.you have no friends among non believers. you are to lie them and deceive them until you overcome them.yes if you are real human with thankfulness in your heart you should worship king senarath for his kindness. ballah is telling absolute truth.make king senarath idol in all your mosques for that purpose.

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    Coexistence is defined as ‘a state in which two or more groups are living together while respecting their differences and resolving their conflicts nonviolently’.

    ‘Respecting differences’ and ‘resolving conflicts non-violently’ can never be achieved if one or both parties adopt hard and extreme stances.

    A necessary condition for the successful implementation of a state of Coexistence is the ability and willingness on the part of both parties to be empathetic towards each other.

    Are the Muslims willing and able to take the initiative towards establishing states of coexistence with the other religious groups by demonstrating that they are not victims of Empathy Deficit Disorder (EDD) ?

    Or are they seeking ‘coexistence’, while insisting that all their rights are non-negotiable ?

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    There were no cows in the Arabian dessert during Prophet’s time. Arabs even todate eat sheep, camel and goats in the Middle East. Eating cow is something that is practiced in Sri Lanka may be due to shortage of goats and sheep. The sensitivity of the cow in the Sri Lankan Buddhist society comes from the love and affection of “Kiri Ammma” attributed to the cow. If muslims in Sri Lanka eat goat and sheep I will not think there will be any issue with the Buddhists. I feel the Muslim society should encourage entrepreneurs to grow and sell goats and sheep that will stop the necessity to kill cows. Sadly the Muslim society is in a cocoon may be they need another prophet to pull them out of that self defeating cocoon.

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    Coexistence is possible if people respect the rights of each other. When people disregard rights of each other, that’s when the problem begins.

    Live and let live. Do as you would be done by. Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.

    Nowadays people are selfish, self centered, talk only about themselves, do not help others, wasteful luxurious living, only concerned about earning money etc. As a result conflict, war, killing. What we sow we reap.

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    Hi Ballah

    So what you suggest to do with the Muslims worldwide?

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      solution is what Israel has been doing…send these muslims to where they deserve to be

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    I think with his last spoken Quaranic verses known as sword verses so called apostle of Allah or Mohammad abrogated all previous verses that facilitated Muslims to coexist with people of other faiths. these verses laid foundation for holy war or Jihad that has to be waged against all other religions in order to make Islam superior to other religions and get whole population in the world to submit to Allah.At the same time this sword verses enhanced wickedness of previously spoken evil verses like 8;55.At the time of revelation of this sword verses 2/3 of entire Arabian peninsula had bent down on knee to Islam as such there was no danger of holocaust or mass destruction to Islam by the hand of unbelievers or pagans or idolaters.As Muslims apologist described this verses is not defensive verses. it is very much offensive verses that command war against all unbelievers

    look at treaties entered in with pagans or idolaters tribes by Mohammad cousin. that clearly indicated that with terms and conditions pagans or so called idolaters almost converted to Islam. there were few tribes who worshiped their own cult that angered Mohammad and. sword verses spoken. got his men to killed almost all non believers.this was because his world Arabian peninsula he did not know anything other than that should be exclusive Muslims land as per his wish. that shows his egoism and despotism. he did what he wanted trough his cousin his successor who was very faithful follower of Mohammad and his revelations. as such those who believe in Mohammad and his revelation take to arms and violence in order to fulfill his dream.Islam only rein in the world. All inhabitant should submit to Allah. that is jihad.no coexistence possible with such mind set.. . ..

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    Sure they want to co exist until they have become the majority and then they start to cut off non believers heads , they breed like Rats to have majority power , they sell drugs to non believers , they never sell land to non Muslims so on , only game is to become majority in Sri Lanka,

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    Mr.Usuf

    What is your take on street signs in Arabic ? Does it not set off alarm bells ?
    What’s the next move , Arabic as an official language ?

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      I see absolutely no harm in learning Arabic. Every Muslim all over the world must learn Arabic to at least read their holy book, the Holy Quran which is read only in Arabic to maintain its authenticity. Learning to understand what they read involves further study to become an Islamic scholar, also referred to as an Aalim or Moulavi. Further, a Hafiz is one who memorizes the Holy Quran and recites verses from it in his daily prayers. The Quranic Arabic is very different to the commonly spoken (colloquial) Arabic, which many of those going to work in Middle Eastern homes become quite adept at over a short period of time. Arabic need not be an official language, but a language well worth learning to communicate and enrich one self whilst dealing with people from those oil rich Arab countries.

      What Muslims of SL would like for themselves is to be on par, in other words, considered equal with the rest and recognize our talents. They do not want to be considered inferior due to minority status and unique religious practices and beliefs. Equal opportunities must be provided to represent country in sports, in which case Muslim support for Pakistan will wear off and loyalty to our own team and country will return. Administrative positions in government sector. Until all of these issues are addressed, most of us Muslims will stay aloof and not play active role in country’s development, but sit on the sidelines and watch what is happening, going to happen.

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    APOLOGIST:

    What crap muslims have to go through with western educated muslim writers.

    Lets see, who bombed IRAQ, AFGANISTAN,SOMALIA,LIBYA,SUDAN,PAKISTAN,YEMEN.
    IS IT ISIS OR US/UK/FRANCE/RUSSIA/GERMANY/ETC…
    Lets be clear war has been declared by the Crusaders , and retaliation is normal.
    Most panelist who come for the media circus, have there children studying in western capitals, so who will they support.(Musharaff syndrom)- musharaffs son works in the city of New york, reason for him to support the bombing of afganistan.

    4million deaths and counting-

    Isis for once are fighting back, if there was no fighting back, the same thing
    which happend to the aborigines in australia waits the muslims.

    There is only one Allah, and Prophet Mohamed is the messenger of ALLAH.
    Qital is neccessary when kuffar are fighting the muslims.

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    Peaceful co-existence between communities is possible only through Federalism. Federalism is an expansion of democracy where all races or communities can live peacefully on a mutual understanding. Expansion of democracy denotes respect for rights of others.
    As for the slaughter of cow, why can’t everyone think that it is the cow that gives milk to all persons irrespective of age.

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      Hi Citizen;

      First of all you should know what is
      “FEDERALISM” and where it can be applied and useful. You do not use Federalism as a tool to disintegrate a state which has been a sovereign and unitary state since the day it was founded and officially declared as the only land mass with NO divisions alone the lines of ethnicity or religion. Because there were only two distinctively different ethnic group were present. They were totally responsible for the island nation, today known as Sri Lanka. They are; HELA and SINHA. It is the State of SINHALA people. So just don’t b…S..t. With Federalism.

      Federalism has been used successfully to amalgamate independent countries, independent territories, independent fiefdoms to form a single state mainly for the economic and trading benefits and sometimes to avoid war. Examples: INDIA, USA, CANADA. Sri Lanka is a single contiguous state (Land Mass). It does not share borders with any independent Fiefdom or state. So with whom are we going to establish a FEDERAL state.
      Avoid B…S..T arguments on this matter. I hope those illiterate and show-off politicians will understand what is the real meaning of a FEDERAL state. Sri Lanka will and should remain a sovereign and Unitary state until eternity.

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        Ranbandu,
        I think you are under the impression that Federalism is separation. There were number of articles on the suitability of Federalism in Sri Lanka. If the Sinhalese rulers will only declare that Federalism is the only solution for Sri Lanka’s illnees, you can witness all democratic countries will hail such a suggestion. The result of rejecting Federalism has left Sri Lanka to witness three constitutions since and still bleeding and also facing a deficit budget.

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          You have conformed your ignorance about what is federalism again. No country on earth has adopted federalism to please or make the other countries happy. Read again what I said about applicability of Federalism. Yugoslavia, USSR, Czechoslovakia were failed federal states because the definition and arrangement between the participating countries within the federation did not work well. Within the land-mass of Sri Lanka, there does not exist any independent fiefdom, country with there own boundaries. Do not try to identify the present administrative demarcations as boundaries as separate boundaries of various groups based on demographic characteristics.
          You must be representing Enemies of our sovereign and unitary state of Sri Lanka. We, the Sinhala-Buddhists do not have any intention of dividing our country to please either you, Tamil Diaspora or any other foreign country. By the way we don’t have any illnesses in Sri Lanka other than the cancer of terrorism and the remnants of LTTE. The Sinhala-Buddhist have not been able to elect a “REAL SINHALA-BUDDHIST” leader to preserve our values so far.

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    ISIS savages use parts of the Quran and Hadiths.

    An attacker that stormed a French church and slit an 84-year-old priest’s throat has been identified as Adel Kermiche. He was known to police and had travelled to Syria several times. A witness says the killers videoed the act while chanting in Arabic.
    Speaking anonymously, a nun told Le Figaro that the terrorists rushed in suddenly.

    “I left when they began to attack Father Jacques. I do not even know if they realized that I was leaving,” she said.

    Another nun, Sister Danielle, told BFM TV that the attackers “recorded themselves.”

    “They did a sort of sermon around the altar, in Arabic. It’s a horror,” she said.

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      Saudi king made announcement calling for applications to fill vacancies exist in earthenware manufacturing factory in paradise as demand for virgins has gone up as everyday Muslims youth coming there claiming seventy two virgins as coexistence on earth are not providing them at least ten percent of their requirements of virgins. salary is hundred thousand dinar per day.

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    Hi Usuf;

    Your tortuous argument about coexistence is nothing but a useless effort to cover-up the excess that extremists of Tamil speaking minority known as Muslims have done in Sinhala Buddhist country. You and the other newly emerged graduates of The Corruption School of Baddudin Mohammed have never acknowledged Sri Lanka is the Country of Sinhala Buddhists. That is the main issue!!!. That is barring your community to enter into a meaningful dialogue with the founders of the nation Sri Lanka. It has got nothing to do about your insatiable appetite for Beef, Chicken or Mutton or Women or Money. We do not give a damn about what you do in your kitchen, bedroom or in your mosque. But we give a damn when you keep on challenging and attacking our history, heritage, Buddhism and above all our roots. That indicates you have gotten cocky enough to say that Sri Lanka is not Sinhala-Buddhist country. Your have been brazen in recent times to attack Buddhist monks physically and verbally; that is a NO-NO –NO proposition.
    Your community reminds me of a “MONSTER WITH TWO HEADS”. You and your political/community leaders possess these two heads. Right now it is the “Yahapalanaya” head before that “ Mahinda Chinthanaya Head”. You know what I mean. Your community attacks the Sinhala Buddhists and their values and shelters yourself with the help of these poisonous heads.
    If we are genuine about co-existence, first you have to acknowledge Sri Lanka is the land of Sinhala Buddhists. The Sinhala- Buddhist have realized that they are dealing with a conniving “MONSTER WITH TWO HEADS”. So please stop presenting any further concocted stories sugar coated with Islamic virtues.

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    Mr. USUF:

    YOu talk about Co-existence.

    Tell us just one ISlamic ountry in the world, or amjority islamic country talked co-eixstence with religious minorities in their islamic society.

    HEre in Sri lanka, you expand islam by builiding more mosques every where, you get married into sinhala women, you produce children as many as you can. you mistreat other people when you give them jobs. Muslims dsimply don’t respect others’ cultures. YOu simply want everybody to live your culture.

    We consider Mahiyangana as a sacred place as we say Buddha visited there. but, You muslims wanted Sinhala people to stop buddhist ceremonies there, because muslims live there.

    What kind of co-existence you talk there.

    Sinhala people accommodate you, because of that muslims think Sinhala people are fools, can be manipulated endlessly and can be exploited for ever.

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      Jim;

      You are spot on. Thank you for saying the truth about Sri Lankan Muslims.

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      Jim Softy you grudgingly say the Muslims”produce children” so why cant the Sinhala majority out produce the Muslims by producing more children thus keeping their majority in tact.Surely if they do that the fear of being outnumbered will not arise.There is nothing that prevents from doing so isnt it?

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