The death of a Sri Lankan Muslim in Syria, Sharfaz Shuraih Muhsin from Kandy, known in the Islamic State as Abu Shuraih Sailani who fought along with IS has brought the Muslim religious and civil society leadership in Sri Lanka to unequivocally condemn the IS.
At a meeting convened by the All Ceylon Jamiyaathul Ulama (ACJU), the apex religious body of Islamic theologians in Sri Lanka, lead Muslim organizations adopted a declaration condemning IS and declaring them as un-Islamic and inhumane. Their declaration affirms that Islam is a religion of peace and tranquility. Islam values human life and equates the unlawful killing of a single individual to the killing of the entire human race.
They condemn IS (ISIS) as a violent extremist organization that acts against the fundamental teachings of Islam. It is an absolutely deviant organization, which operates against all the principles and tenets of Islam, their declaration states.
The following is the declaration made by the Muslim Organizations:
Joint declaration by the Muslim Organizations of Sri Lanka on the issue of IS (ISIS) and Extremism:
We, the representatives of the main Muslim Organizations in Sri Lanka, present at the anti-extremism conference organized by the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU), held on the 22nd July 2015, condemn in unequivocal terms all forms of violence and extremism.
Islam is a religion of Mercy for all humanity. It is the fountainhead of Eternal Peace, Tranquility, Security and Brotherhood. Islam attaches such value to human life that it equates the killing of a single being unlawfully with the killing of the entire human race, without differentiation based on creed or caste. Its teachings of peace and brotherhood encompass all humanity. Islam teaches us to treat all mankind with equality, mercy, tolerance and justice. Islam sternly condemns all kinds of oppression, violence and extremism. It regards oppression, mischief, rioting and murders amongst the severest sins and crimes.
The IS (ISIS) is a violent extremist organization, which acts against the fundamental teachings of Islam. It is an absolutely deviant organization, which operates against all the principles and tenets of Islam. Unfortunately, the word ‘Jihad’ has been misinterpreted by the Western media to mean killing or waging unjust wars. Any organization that kills innocent people under the guise of Jihad, it is totally outside the pale of Islam. We endorse the booklet published by the ACJU that explains the correct spiritual concept of Jihad based on authentic Islamic religious texts.
We appreciate the initiatives taken by the ACJU to expose the ISIS as an un-Islamic and extremist organization, in an informative broadcast through the SLBC on the 6thof July 2014 and the statement issued to the media on the 30thof August 2014. Subsequently several International Islamic Institutions and countries have condemned the ISIS as an extremist organization engaged in acts contrary to Islamic teachings.
We strongly and unequivocally condemn any person associated with the ISIS or any other extremist organization operating under the guise of Islam. We do not condone any person or organization that engages in extremism in any form.
We strongly call upon the government to take action against any individual involved in any form of extremism. We also wholeheartedly offer our fullest support and co-operation to all government agencies to identify such anti-social and criminal elements in order to eliminate this menace from our Motherland.
We call upon the media to act with responsibility and objectivity. We also urge them not to sensationalize such issues as not to endanger peaceful co-existence prevailing amongst the communities in Sri Lanka.
We Muslims have, over the centuries, demonstrated our patriotism and loyalty to Sri Lanka. We affirm that we will not act in any manner that it detrimental to our Motherland.
All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU)
Muslim Council of Sri Lanka (MCSL)
Sri Lanka Jamat e Islami (SLJI)
Jama’athus Salama (MFCD)
Jamiyyathus Shabab (AMYS)
International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO)
World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY)
All Ceylon YMMA Conference (YMMA)
All Ceylon Thowheedh Jama’ath (ACTJ)
Colombo District Masjid Federation (CDMF)