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Muslims Should Stand Tall As Equal Citizens; They Aren’t Political Footballs!

By As-Sauthul Mazlum –

As-Sauthul Mazlum

In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics.’ All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia. George Orwell

Like the proverbial dog returning to his vomit, Rajapaksas appear to go back to racism to win elections. Racism has been a running motif of them. Many analysts believe that their strategic racism is a shrewd play. The electoral potency of racism has been tested in Post-war elections and these days, racism is seen to be energizing the predominantly Sinhala Buddhist Sri Lankan electorate, as never before. Anti-Muslim hatred based racism thus became a litmus-test issue in the November Presidential elections, and it won the elections for Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Today the same strategy is being tested out, as the country is preparing to face the next parliamentary elections. The fact that the Rajapaksas lost in 2015 due to their obnoxious racist and corrupt policies has been forgotten by the same people who voted them out, in the backdrop of a shoddy track record of the opposite Yahapalanaa camp. In this context, has anti-Muslim hate come to stay as a viable election winning strategy in majoritarian Sri Lanka? 

A climate of fear a cultural mistrust does not happen by accident. Hatred sells; it can provide both money and power to those who profit from it. Anti-Muslim sentiments and hatred too does not fall from the sky. It is manufactured by a network of funders, pundits, preachers, politicians and media outlets. How deep the rabbit hole goes is anyone’s guess in a world where people purposefully nurture it use it as a political strategy. In Sri Lanka, anti-Muslim hate has already been corroding the tolerance which once characterized the Sri Lankan society. Yes! It is feared that the virulent Islamophobia has already become an effective political and election strategy in Sri Lanka, similar to Modi’s India.  

Repeat a lie often enough and it becomes the truth”, is a law of propaganda often attributed to the Nazi Joseph Goebbels. This is what has been happening particularly in the Post-war era, creating a climate of fear and insecurity for the minorities in general and peaceful Muslims in particular in Sri Lanka. Canards after canards as well as lies and fake stories were propagated by the politicians in Rajapakse government, as well as racist sections of the Media and some ruffians in saffron clothing to demonise the community in the eyes of the majority. Today, a decade from the end of the war, Tamils have been silenced, their political forces have been paralysed and their morale subdued. Muslims on the other hand were systematically demonised. Both these minority communities were stigmatized and marginalized as the ‘other’,  and ‘guests’, There had been systematic impunity over the racist crimes committed by these racist forces from 1983 anti-Tamil pogrom to anti-Muslim communal violence in Aluthgama, Digana, Ampara and Minuwangoda (after the barbaric Easter Sunday attacks). No perpetrators were punished. Still those racist forces operate without fear or sanction and their hate speeches are tolerated, despite ICCPR and Penal Code provisions to punish them.         

Today, the much elated Sinhala Buddhist electorate which voted President Gotabaya Rajapasa (GR) to power last November have begun to call him the saviour of the nation with many treating him as a deity; just the same way his brother President Mahinda (MR) was called Maha Rajaanoo (King) after his historic win over the Tamil Tigers. Like what happened in US, UK, and India, GR was elected by a predominantly Sinhala Buddhist vote base whose emotions were whipped earlier by scheming politicians in the MR Regime to show that they were marginalized by the minorities. Naturally, when the majority feels that their influence and powerbase is gradually getting eroded in the political power struggle, thanks to a well orchestrated hate campaign against the ‘other’, then such feelings and frustrations get converted into votes for the contender promising them a ‘Sinhala Buddhist State’. This is what happened when the waning support for the Rajapaksas seen in the face of the failed constitutional coup in October 2018, received a dose of adrenaline, after the infamous Easter Sunday attacks. Rajapaksas quickly exploited the explosive situation and Gotabaya immediately announced his desire to contest the Presidency to strengthen national security. Majority fell for this ploy devised by the Rajapaksas, supported by rogue sections of the media and the Maha Sangha and voted ‘Yes’ to him and the rest was history. Racist media like Hiru and Derana helped this campaign to grab power. 

Muslims are facing Corona racism. While, the people and the world stood aghast about the intentions of the government of Sri Lanka in denying the right of burial to the Muslims, the cat slowly came out of the bag. One Dr Channa Perera purportedly representing the Ministry of Health, expressing his view to the BBC on the cremation vs burial controversy in Sri Lanka stated, ‘We have nothing against Muslims, but we have small fear,…unwanted persons could have access to the body and use it as a biological weapon’. Exactly, what was he referring to, here? Isn’t the innuendo obvious which laid bare the reason (however absurd and humorous it may be) that the government refused to agree to the burial request made by the Muslims supported by scientific evidence submitted both locally and internationally, was due to the lack of confidence in the community? Shame on the rulers!

Then, another strategically significant move was made, which too had an eye on the Parliamentary elections. An year after, Sri Lankan police claimed to have made two high-profile arrests in the 2019 Easter Sunday attacks by arresting a prominent HR lawyer and a Muslim political party leader’s brother who allegedly had links with one of the suicide bomber. The question was not the arrests; but the timing. The Easter Sunday bombing was a major election issue at the presidential election held in November and few more arrests made in that regard will certainly help garnish more votes for GR’s ruling party. The previous government headed by Sirisena and Wickremesinghe was blamed for ignoring prior intelligence on the attacks. There have been at least three separate probes on the attacks in addition to the police investigations. But, there seems to be no arrests of those who deliberately ignored such warnings, which led to this preventable tragedy . Cardinal Malcolm too referred to the failure of the law enforcement to prosecute big sharks responsible for ignoring the prior warnings. BASL has already raised concerns over the arrests of one of their members who was acting in his professional capacity in dealing with clients. Many observers point out that this lawyer Hijaz Hisbullah appeared for a high profile case relating to the constitutional coup in October 2018 which ended in Supreme court rendering the interim government of MR appointed by Sirisena as unconstitutional. Yes! many more dramas to come to the limelight and will be enacted before the Sinhala Buddhist voters go to the polls!  

These type of Muslim-targeted racist dramas as seen in Post war Sri Lanka is neither a novel phenomenon or surprising. In Sri Lanka, after the death of DSS, almost all Heads of State from SWRD to  GR (except the likes of Dudley and Dahanayake) have stooped to such cheap political game plans to come to and stay in power. Until now, there has been no national plan for development and bringing the nation together. Unfortunately, the people of Sri Lanka fell for their ploys and dubious machinations whether it was political like SWRD’s Sinhala Only policy, JRJs executive presidency, or MR/GRs Chinthanaya (vision) to establish a Sinhala Buddhist State; economically there were Chanda Gondoos like rice from the moon or JRJs ‘Eta Ata’(8 measures of cereals) or totally unrealistic economic welfare packages, all of which spelt disaster for Sri Lanka. Thus, these leaders should be called out for what they were and are: political opportunists who furthered their petty causes or fattened their pockets and/or established personal dynasties at the expense of the tax payers money. They were not statesmen. There were great politicians of course such as the likes of DSS, Dudley, Colvin, Dahanayake, CWW Kannangara, to name a few, whom the nation should be proud of. However they were few and they could only influence national politics to a little extent. However, more than 7 decades after Independence, Sri Lanka is worse off as a nation; with their  so-called leaders of all party colours (Green or Blue)-corrupt to the core, and adopting all the lowest tricks under the sun for narrow and petty gains. Racism is one powerful tool these political cheap-stakes adopted, to keep the nation divided. Divisive politics has today become very popular, as seen by the extent to which the Sinhala Buddhist people believed MR and GR to ‘save’ and ‘liberate’ them from the ‘invasive’ tendencies of the minorities; especially the Muslims in the Post war era. This illusion brought GR and MR back to power, voting out another illusion –the Yahapalanaya. Today, a cursory glance of the discourses in the public fora and social media will reveal that the concept of Sinhala Buddhist State being made into a reality, courtesy GR/MR, has got into the Sinhala psyche big time. People still live in illusion. Aren’t they?

Muslims today are facing perhaps the most challenging time in Post-Independence history of Sri Lanka. With racist politics in full form and a well-orchestrated demonization being waged against them which increased in tempo after the Easter Sunday, their psyche appears to have gone into a defeatist and victim-hood mode and mentality. They should know that this is not unique to Sri Lanka;global Islamophobia is a powerful industry and a cottage industry in most countries. In the West, Islamophobia has passed the dinner table test and normalized. Thus, Sri Lankans Muslims should not get disoriented or feel depressed at all. There were many events in Islamic history where worse developments have happened and the Muslims have bounded back due to the positive influence of the faith they follow- a faith which stresses on peaceful co-existence, respect for life ,spiritual integrity, social justice and economic probity, and which inspired a great civilization in which others besides Muslims too lived creative and useful lives and which, by its achievement, enriched the whole world. 

Sri Lankan Muslims can be proud of their rich past , It was unthinkable that Muslim people would have settled in then and lived for more than ten centuries in Ceylon without the hospitality and magnanimity of Sinhalese kings and people. The Muslims did not come in as invaders ,but as traders who brought innumerable economic benefits to the Island. It was mutual interests of both communities that made Muslim settlement possible in Sri Lanka. They gave crucial support to the Independence struggle and stood with the majority community to safeguard the territorial integrity of the Island against both internal and external enemies. Many still remember the leading role played by Muslims leaders such as Dr. T.B.Jayah, Sir Razik Fareed, Dr. M.C.M. Kaleel and Dr. Badiduddin Mahmud for their enthusiastic support for the demand for independence and never obstructed the political progress of the country. The Muslim role in intelligence and anti- Tiger operations cannot be devalued as confirmed by Karannagoda, Former Navy Commander and Major General Kamal Gunaratne, Secretary to Ministry of Defence. They were ousted from the North and massacred in the East within mosques for opposing the Tiger’s Eelam dream. Little is it known that Sri Lanka’s Muslims have made a big contribution to Sri Lanka’s cultural life. They significantly influenced local culture in matters of food, dress, jewellery and pastimes, testifying to the close relations that existed between Muslims and other communities of the island, especially the Sinhalese and Tamils. Muslim contribution in the economic field was enormous. 

Thus, Muslims should not be pessimistic about their future in their own motherland. Sri Lanka is their land as much as the Sinhalese or Tamils. They should not be falling prey to the machinations of the self-centred communal politics like Hakeems and Richards. Communal politics and politicians have become a liability to Sri Lankan Muslims. Be inspired by the likes of TB Jayah, Razik Fareed, Baduideen Mahmud and Sir Mohamed Macan Markars. They showed us how our rights and out identities can be won and safeguarded through non-violent struggles. Muslims should stand tall in safeguarding their hard won rights to religion and culture. At the same time, like the past leaders, Muslims should also be conscious of their national responsibilities to build an inclusive nation. Muslims should relive those past glories and reflect where they have gone wrong and take all action to regain the lost credibility. The racist minds are still in the minority. They must join hands with the progressive majority among all nationalities and work for the common good and fight against injustice as they all have a common destiny. As Martin Luther King Jr said,“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”. Yes! Intellectuals should lead!

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    As-Sauthul Mazlum:
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    Yes Sir ! … You stand tall and kick all the racists and fundamentalists off the political football field … … better, off the social arena altogether. People playing identity politics are not true sportsmen in the game of life in which we all humans are embedded. Peace be with you.

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      As-Sauthul Mazlum,

      RE: Muslims Should Stand Tall As Equal Citizens; They Aren’t Political Footballs!

      Yes, but Muslim women and girls are not equal citizens. They are chattel of men per MMDA, and they can’t stand tall.

      Can you focus of the Wuhan China -19 virus, renamed as COVID-19 virus, and announce every where this is the China virus, and not the Muslim virus, as claimed by the racist Sinhala “Buddhists”, who are distorting Buddhism and insulting the Buddha?

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        “Muslims should stand tall” – Is this the reality. When a fellow Muslim lawyer has been arrested for a charge of helping terrorism, which may or may not be true , all Muslim lawyers have crouched low and gone into hiding, and it is left for a brave Tamil lawyer to file a case in Supreme court in support of that Muslim lawyer.

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          “all Muslim lawyers have crouched low and gone into hiding”

          Did you expect bravery from SL Muslims? I think the lawyer has to undergo full investigation and come out clean or be punished. Muslims trying to show victim cards should not be applicable any more.

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        As-Sauthul Mazlum.

        RE: Muslims Should Stand Tall As Equal Citizens;

        Muslims Should become Rational. See what Ibn Rushd, aka Averroes, said 900 years ago. The Ulama . like the Priests and the Monks are stumped.

        ‘God Created the Virus. But Now He Has Lost Control.’- Opinion by Mohammed Hanif

        https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/17/opinion/pakistan-coronavirus.html

        KARACHI, Pakistan — Is the coronavirus an expression of God’s wrath, a punishment for our sins or, as some of us believers like to think, merely another sign that He is testing us? I’ll address later the godless anthem that insists this epidemic is about nature healing itself, because matters of God are urgent and they might be getting us killed at the moment.
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        Until a few years ago, Fridays in Pakistan were an occasion to remember God’s grandeur and His kindness, as well as the terror exacted in His name. We used to get together in mosques for weekly prayers, and regularly mosques used to get blown up. Security guards were posted at the entrances, and the terrorists were hunted down or made peace with. But the mosques were never shut down.
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        And so last month, as the first Friday after the coronavirus’s arrival in Pakistan approached, the government dithered: Can you close the mosques during an outbreak? You can shut down McDonald’s — yes, even home deliveries — but the mosques? Wouldn’t that be like declaring war on God?
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        But maybe it’s God who has declared a war on us? Or is this epidemic just a test? How can anyone be sure?

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      As-Sauthul Mazlum:

      RE: Muslims Should Stand Tall As Equal Citizens; They Aren’t Political Footballs!

      Yes, but the problem Muslim have is that there are too many imbeciles, mean IQ 79 in their community, brainwashed by the Ulama, just like the Sinhala “Buddhists” , mean IQ 79, who are brainwashed by the monks, to whom they prostrate.

      “Religion is the opium of the masses”:- Philosopher, lover of wisdom Karl Marx.

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    Mr . Mazlum
    For Muslims to “stand tall as equals” let’s start off with a level playing field . One country , one legal system.

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      How is it not One Legal System now?
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      Shouldn’t religious freedom as a fundamental cornerstone of democracy and as set out in our constitution be equally availed to all citizens? Isn’t that equality?
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      Is your perceived concept of one legal system founded on oppression of religious freedoms of others, just because your side is not being oppressed?
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      You need to figure out why you think this isn’t one legal system now and whether in fact it is not the same legal system for the entire country.
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      Doesn’t our constitution require one equal legal system for all? Can’t democratic principles of religious freedom and individual rights be respected within a single legal system?
      We should all have clarity.
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        One law for all. No Sharia law. No Vesawalami law. No Kandyan law.

        Until that is done racism will continue.

        Muslims should also stand tall like all others but no Jihad. If anyone threatens Jihad he is a terrorist.

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          That would tantamount to denying religious freedoms which is a fundamental right of individuals.
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          Religious customs are given due course within the legal framework with the right to religious freedom being granted equally to all religions.
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          Are you suggesting that religious identities should be erased in their entirety or just within the legal system? How’s the latter even possible without denying the right of religious freedom?
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      The Oracle, just because everybody shouts “One country , one legal system”, you’re also shouting here without knowing what it is. Right now, if a Muslim murders or a non-Muslim murders, are there different verdicts? No, so we still have the common criminal justice system working. Again, regardless the religion, if a poor guy steals something at a super market and a big-shot steals something huge, who gets punished most of the time? Your ignorance barks at wrong tree clearly.

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        Clearly you’re ignorant about the plural legal system in Sri Lanka. It’s true that we have a common criminal jurisdiction but Muslims enjoy a host of privileges when it comes to polygamy, child marriages, and having exclusive courts for civil matters. Isn’t it the epitome of hypocrisy when one community criticise the other for identity politics and allowing special concessions by the law? How do you expect to be treated equally when you consider your religious rights to be more superior than the national laws?

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          That’s an incoherent, nonsensical argument for the following reasons;
          (1) The national law permits religion based lawful acts. Are you suggesting polygamy and child marriages as privileges that should be availed to all regardless of their religion?
          (2) There’s more than one religion that enjoys acceptance of certain religious traditions and laws thereof. If your intention is anti-Islamic propaganda, then just say so and let it be your racist hypocrisy.
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          (Aside: I am personally against both polygamy and child marriages. As for polygamy, the particular religious group should determine whether that tradition should continue to be lawful and acceptable in the contemporary context. As for child marriages, we must approach it from the perspective of children’s rights).

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      Wipeout completely these Terrorists Oriented Muslims in our country as soon as possible. This invisible Terrorists Oriented Muslims killed innocent Catholics during the Ester religious festival day inside the Catholic Churches. In Russia, Putin wipeout Terrorists Muslims from Chechnia.

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      One country, Heladiva, Helayans living country we called Heladiva (later Sri Lanka). 8% Muslims living in this Heladiva. One and only country for Sinhalese Aryans. Live and let live others. Golden old age we had patriotic and very good Muslims leaders. After diminishing good Muslims now and then this country most are Terrorists Muslims, they prey first and killing innocent people also

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        You would not *live and let live others* – That’s Englishmans, Arabs, Indigenious peoples traits

        The Sinhalas are intrisincly Jelous about *others* specially in materials, assets, etc…. that’s in the DNA

        Some communities are stingy some are extravagant…The Sinhalas have inferiority complex and Jelousy factor too much

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      The Oracle

      “One country , one legal system.”

      For the benefit of ONE CLAN!!!

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    Dear bro Mazlum,
    You write about the symptoms and effects only conveniently forgetting the root cause! Expand your research to the roots if you want to know the truth as to why your community is in this predicament today. Identify the issue objectively first!
    That’s why your essay is another far cry from reality.

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      Richmond, true. Mazlum & other writers should see the differences in Muslims before and after arrival of Tabligh organization from India. Dress code, isolation started from there. Reform is needed, and hope these writers focus on those.

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      They all harping about the same thing whike trying to bite their own tail

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    In order to get citizenship in the USA one has to pass a written test in English. Many people fail it because they lived in the America without learning the language. The same principle must be used for obtaining the identity card . A written test optional in either sinhala or English. Sinhala being the language of the land and English being the universal language. If people fail this test there will be no ID and No ID means no voting at elections. No voting meanings no Muslims in parliament. End of the problem. THE ID number can be used as entry mode for free education, bank account, government hospitals etc. The muslims can be frozen out of Sri Lanka and into the Muslim world. Getting rid of the muslims will be quickly.

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      Great idea Einstein, but don’t you think keeping English option is dangerous because Europeans and Americans will flock here for IDs?

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      But there’s a little problem in your social engineering plan, my dear fiddle player. What I find in my social interaction at various levels in the country is that most Muslim people are much more fluent in both Sinhala and English (and Tamil as well) than the average Sinhalese. If you conduct the tests without the usual ‘fixing’ that goes on in everything in Sri Lanka, it would negatively impact the Sinhalese more than the Muslims. Are you trying to facilitate the take over of our country by the Muslims. You must be charged for treason.

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      When did Sinhalese that is 40% Tamil in vocabulary and 100% Tamil based in grammar, lexicon , syntax and alphabet and only come into existence around the 9th century become the only language of the land ? When all the hundreds of thousands of Tamil low castes and untouchables and their descendants , who were imported into the island by the Portuguese and Dutch took on a Sinhalese identity and now make up half the present so called Sinhalese Aryans? Whilst Tamil that is more or less the mother of Sinhalese and had existed in the island for more than 2500 years and the mother tongue of 25% of the island’s population , the majority spoken language in 10 of the 24 districts in the island is not . The native language or dialect of the island was Elu and it was a simple semi Tamil Dravidian dialect understood not Sinhalese, prior to Sinhalese becoming fully evolved Tamil ,Sanskrit and Pali were the three languages that were used in the island. The royal courts, the Buddhist monasteries everywhere. To become a monk in the ancient Mahavihara in Anuradhapura , you had to have a thorough knowledge of Pali, Tamil and Sanskrit . No Sinhalese as nothing called Sinhalese existed. Even long after Sinhalese evolved , many so called Sinhalese monarchs used to patronise Tamil in their courts and many Tamil poets used to grace the courts of these so called Sinhalese monarchs ( who were Tamil) and were welcomed. The court languages of the kingdom of Kandy was Sinhalese and Tamils and your so called Sinhalese lion emblem holding the sword , is the emblem of the Tamil speaking Naickers who originated from Madurai Tamil Nadu and has nothing to with Vijaya or anything. It was these Tamil kings who built Dalaga Mailgawa( Palace or Maliagai in Tamil) .

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        Nayakka kings of kandy came from cochin. Kerala state and spoke malayan

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          Nayakka kings of Kandy of Telegu origin came from Arcot, Tamil Nadu state and spoke Tamil. Kandyan kingdom was administrated in Tamil and that was the reason why Kandyan chiefs signed Kandyan convention in Tamil and not in Sinhala.

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      niro,
      What a bright idea!

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      At what age one has to sit for test to obtain the ID. Your greatest idea will disfranchise about 50% people of Srilanka that will definitely include the Sinhala people too. Then Rajapaksas cannot rule the country.They all have to runaway to countries where they have invested/deposited the Tsunami fund and other illegal earnings such as commissions and laundered money.Good luck with your Test to obtain ID.

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      There by itself is the definition of discrimination. Imagine if the Arab nations only wanted English speaking maids, drivers, and laborers.
      Where would our wonderful country be? After all those remittances from the Middle East gives us the most in foreign exchange, and without it we will be sunk. Getting rid of non english speaking Sri Lankans will be quick too. You don’t seem to be a very deep thinker.

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        Indeed. Rizana Nafeek then wouldn’t have been able to go on her murder spree.

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    This writer, As-Sauthul Mazlum is never seen anywhere else even after heavily googling, and seems to have great concern about “prominent HR lawyer”. Is he a family member of the lawyer? Also, it is not healthy that people popup from nowhere and criticize each other’s community & govt as and when need arises. CT, please publish articles from known or profiled writers on matters that involve crucial and sentimental topics.

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    Muslims are entitled to be treated equal to the same extent as non Muslim minorities are treated in Muslim majority countries. Muslims must fight for that.
    NONE of the Muslim writers on CT are making any attempt to educate the non Muslims in this country on this aspect, the only way the non Muslims can be made to understand their discriminatory behaviour and feel ashamed.
    Mr As-Sauthul Mazlum please keep this in mind when you write next.

    Soma

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      somass

      “Muslims are entitled to be treated equal to the same extent as non Muslim minorities are treated in Muslim majority countries.”

      To make all feel equal, are you planning to ban Circumcision among male Muslim population in this island?
      Is this another cunning plan from Sinhala/Buddhists?

      When you lot take measures to make people feel/act equal, there is always a hidden agenda or need others to live with a lurking fear of what is nex, as Sinhala/Buddhist (fascists) do not live and let others live.

      Sinhala/Buddhists have run out of campaign, Sinhala only language, Halal campaign, war on terrorism, Singa Le, hijab, …… birth control tablets, sterilization, … Easter Bombing, corona burial, …………………… beef eating, …..

      I suggest start another Sinhala/Buddhist campaign against “Circumcision” else you could die before reaching natural death.

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    I thought the Muslims Stood Tallest ever in Lnkawe in 2015 and joined the UNP and the SLFP Sira Faction to to Terminate Rajapaksas and Eliminate Corruption and Racism.

    That was after Hakeems & Rickards and a hole host of others doing extremely well under Rajapakasas for over 10 years .
    And made the Muslim the richest Ethnic Group next to the UNP Elite Anglican and Vellala Faction..

    They were all in Kotte like Blood Brothers working so hard to fulfill their Goals .

    They were well rewarded there ,And made good fortunes themselves too, with extra LKR 100 thou a Month on top of the Free Accommodation and normal Wages .
    Plus most importantly up to LKR 34 Million worth of Car Permits each.

    I am not sure what happened their to Goal of Terminating Rajapaksas and Eliminating Corruption and Racism.

    But I know the Corruption Index went out of Scale if we had a an Analogue Instrument to measure it.
    And Muslim Terrorists Blew Up Kochikade and the Catholic Church using Suicide Bombs..
    And the Good Old UNP snapped into two creating real time Elite and Dalit Factions for the first time in the UNP’s long Party history.

    So the Muslim Leadership has covered pretty much all the .Political Bases from Capitalism to Terrorism which used to be the trade mark of one brand of our Socialist and Communist Politicians .

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      KASmaalam K.A. Sumanasekera


      “And made the Muslim the richest Ethnic Group next to the UNP Elite Anglican and Vellala Faction..”

      Can be true only until 1983.
      However, the fortunes changed thanks to your brethren VP.
      When war intensified the war economy created a new class of Sinhala/Buddhist rupee billionaires and after 2005 a few dollar billionaires. Probably you too would have enjoyed a few crumbs.

      By the way with the complete support of Gota’s goons Basil (one stop shop) is planning to streamline and take total control of retail trade while the chief expert on Corona the single handed General Shavendra Silva, WWV, RWP, RSP, VSV, USP, ndc, psc is planning to deploy his agriculturalists/ pastoral aryan army to work the field.

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    It is not a secret that the majority Muslims in Sri Lanka are drifting towards a fundamentalist line. It is very visible in the last 20 years. It is no secret that the fundamentalists coerce the people to follow them. That’s what happening in SL. You talk about your rights and what about the rights of other people you violate?

    What the educated Muslims like you should do is to protest against the fundamentalism and not embrace it ,and get the Muslim community to engage with the majority, not promote wearing the Burka or female genital mutilation (FGM). Instead you re doing the opposite. When you keep the masses in ignorance, I think people like you benefit.

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      You must know some fundamentalist Muslims, please go ahead and inform our CID and other law enforcement officials about it.
      The majority Muslims here are peace loving, do not like violence, contribute to the country, have fought for our country and died, have done plenty of charity work, hires Sinhala workers, and are proud to be Sri Lankans.

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        Ashan
        How do you identify a fundamentalist Muslim from a liberal one?
        I thought a liberal Muslim is a contradiction in terms.

        Soma

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    Muslims need to realise that they’re not the only people giving up funeral rights during COVID. all the other religions are sacrificing burial rights, for example buddhist can’t hold pansakulaya. Stop using self aggrandized victimisation for utterly selfish and destructive purposes.

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      I am sure they do. What exactly are they doing to be using “self aggrandized victimizaion” and do explain how going to meet the Prime Minister to peacefully explain their side, and writing articles, is “utterly selfish and destructive?” Are they having violent protests? Are they disrupting this nation?

      Do explain your rather exaggerated accusation here against Sri Lankans from another religion. You cannot make accusations without any proof now can you?

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    As-Sauthul Mazlum,
    Instead of talking ‘BIG’, please give your answers to these questions:
    • What is it that the Sinhalayo are enjoying that the other communities are not enjoying because they are not Sinhala?
    • What is it that the minorities do not enjoy because they are the minority which the majority enjoys because they are the majority?
    • What is legally, constitutionally and legislatively given to the majority that is not given to the minorities”?

    The problem in Sri Lanka is ‘Para’ minorities want to stand ‘TALLER’ than the majority ‘Native Sinhalayo’ who accommodated these ‘Para’ BPs and gave citizenship to their ancestors.

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      Lets answer all your questions in one go
      Double standards and impunity

      Can;t you see how the racist media is reporting the events by racially profiling covid victims. Did you listen how racism is propagated by racist media like Derana and Hiru? Were ICCPR and penal code applying for spreading racism?

      Were ICCPR and penal code applied to arrest or punish many who were responsible for so many anti Muslim communal violence which happened from Aluthgama to Minuwangoda? No. .there is widespread impunity crisis in Sri Lanka as per International Commission of Jurists where many people accused of corruption and racism are operating without fear or sanction. Impunity was seen even in 1983 riots

      In SL, racism and majoritarianism is institutionalized. So in the Paradise Isleof SL, some are equal and some are MORE equal .

      When COVID burial is allowed in over 182 countries as per WHO guidelines and as per local medical experts including GMOA , govt does not want to allow it. What else other than racism.

      I agree many Sinhalese too are victims of impunity of the govt. when political victimization is concerned.
      Be fair to all.

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    While uniting under an honest leadership to demand their fundamental rights in a democratic country Muslims in Sri Lanka and India must go back to the spiritual guidance given by their eminent religious leaders in the past.
    At the end of every Friday sermon following words from Quran are recited for our action:
    God commands justice, and goodness, and generosity towards relatives. And He forbids immorality, and injustice, and oppression. He advises you, so that you may take heed. (16:90)
    This is the way to stand tall in the time of adversity,

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      Whenever I hear this my prayer is ‘Allah, please save us from the loudspeaker.’

      Soma

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    The quality control checks any item then make Stamp signaling Genuine Product.
    Same any food items is checked and food stufs and see if it is permissible item to eat or is mixed with iferior product and with government authority it is stamped halal food. as the main cause of the virus emerged not eatable animal unsutale to eat in this case Having the goverment approval eradicating such stamp itself is suppression to Stand Tall As Equal Citizens,

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    sinhalese are not racists but want to be united under a strong government. That is why GR was voted in. Please do not spread the corona virus. it affects everyone regardless of social status, ethnic group, religion . etc. there is nothing wrong for Muslims to be law abiding. Honesty is not a crime.

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    My take on this, is that it is the idiotic writers who fan the flame of racism. They believe by refering to the majority as “as Sinhala buddhists” as a look down on the majority, as they believe they are the ‘Chosen Race”. They want to dress differently, shout over loud speakers in this modern age when communication equipment is within the average person’s domain (specially muslim), assuming that non believers (majority) will follow, they do, as some of the buddhist temples too now follow the crappy patterns of shouting at “Godforsaking” hours of the day in a language most don’t know , treat their women less than animals like their bretheran do, in parts of the middle east.
    Although it may look and sound like it is a good idea, one must be concise of the fact that it is the majority even by a slender margin that eventually rule. If one has aims of trading with the majority and want to be respected in return, antoganizing the majority certainly is not the way to go. Muslim writers please be aware of the long term repercussions! In all civilizations masses are lead by a few!
    Aim should be to reconcile and not devide.

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    Everyone has the right to express their opinion. But no one should use that to ignite racial feeling within their own community against another community.
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    So I want to know from where this writer suddenly popped up, and if it is the work of that lawyer’s family (they’re known to be cunning)

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    Where are you .Are ou tring to become a nother $ kaputa. Yes you are correct .Give and invited all Sri lankan’s to come to East and give them to live happily like all majority Buddist Sri lankans mix with others .Keep your identity with others .

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    those who stood tall after the Easter Attack last year had links with Terrorists. Killing hundreds of innocent people and injuring another 500 odd is no a joke. While investigating it is quite obvious that suspects have to be taken into custody.
    Those who rise again at this juncture are also having links with Terrorists. Its high time investigate into these writers trying to stand tall.

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    First of all this writer should apologise to the nation for the massacre of worshipers in churches one year ago. in the name of Islam.
    He also should realise that muslims should not have privileges on grounds of their religion. Muslims are the only people in the world who insist on a separate identity where ever they live on grounds of their faith.. They refuse to integrate with the rest of society.. . For example Christians in UK or Italy or France identify themselves as British or Italian or French not as Christians. Buddhists or Hindus living in western countries do not demand special treatment on grounds of their faith.
    Rather than attempting to assimilate in integrate over the last century they have sought to isolate them selves as a ‘distinct race’.
    The writer also should be reminded that all so called Muslim countries continue to persecute minorities of all other faiths.
    When 2500 year old giant Buddha statues in Afghanistan were blasted by the muslims this writer and his elk were quiet. It was only 65 years ago when muslims in Bangladesh burned alive several buddhist monks and the government did not take any action. In Nigeria the muslim extremists abducted two hundred young female Christin pupils from a boarding school. In Pakistan Christian minority leaders was killed in broad day light and no action was taken by government.

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    Dear Mr Mazlum

    I think you touched a complex subject but only superficially. Islamaphobia and Jihadism (terrorists in the name of Islam) are problems all over the world as well as in Sri Lanka. We see this mainly from the day of Ester Attack in our land. Trust is gone, and suspicion is high. The biggest problem I see is the divergence shown by the different religious groups with the changing circumstances and transforming to new civilizations. If you take Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, there is a significant separation of religious practice and social/economic/political life. Yet Islam, to a considerable extent, is the way of the entire life. In Islam, religion covers economics, law, social life, etc. As a result, while we have very good Muslim friends, yet as a community, they are very much isolated. I have noticed this separation virtually in every country that I have lived so far. As a result, there is no collective bond between Muslims and other communities. As I see, there is no mutual bond between Sinhalese and Muslims and also Tamils and Muslims. You can understand that if the Tamils had such a bond, the Muslims would not be evicted from Jaffna. Therefore all that we got is superficial relationships between politicians of different religions for power. Those relationships won’t last, will not bring the wider community together. The situation is not that we like or love each other, but we just tolerate each other. On top this, I think Islamic religious leaders for their benefit push the Muslim society further seclusion. The trend with other religions is that the faith is personal and the social life is separate (even if it can have religious influences). Until such time such change happens in Muslim society this issue will persist all over the world. Sad but I think it is the reality. We cannot move away from that; as long as the cause exists, the problem will persist. It can be Lanka or any other country.

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    I contacted some of my lawyer friends to get some backgground information about this great HR lawyer who was arrested. None of them knew about this lawyer. When I persisted in my effort I came across a lawyer who confided that the great HR lawyer was going around the country after 21st April 2019 specially to Batticaloa and Kalmuna courts to defend and bail out Jihadi terrorists arrested over the Easter Sunday attack. He was quite successful as most of the judges in the East are Muslims and so acquittal/bail was merely for the asking. This is the lawyer who is touted as prominent HR lawyer and being only next to the legendary Colvin R de Silva.(see lanka enews for details.)

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    20 years ago, there were no FGMs in SL except in the Farsi community. Now half of the Muslim females are subject to this degrading and unsafe act.
    Liberate your own women first, before standing tall.

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    SL muslims are trying to divert attention away from the anniversary of the easter attacks.
    They are also saying their religion is more important than anything else. No fuss from christians who also bury their dead. I believe buddhists and hindus have also willingly foregone certain rites for safety reasons.

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    Hi Juliano,
    Kindly look for this guy( As-Sauthul Mazlum) also to find out where his roots are.

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