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Neutralizing The Conflict Between The Buddhist Extremists And Muslims

By Ayathuray Rajasingam

Ayathuray Rajasingam

Ayathuray Rajasingam

The conflict with the Muslims throughout Western democratic countries including some Asian countries has taken a new dimension due to the impact of Wahabbism with the creation of ‘no-go zones’. While the short-sighted policies of the Sri Lankan politicians laid the foundation for Sri Lanka to march towards a religious-centred State, the rise of Muslim fundamentalism made it a complex issue after experiencing the intolerance of Tamil militants. Meanwhile India which was aware of the new developments of the Muslim fundamentalism eventually stepped into Sri Lanka with the signing of the Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Accord. The consequences of razing Kathankudy by the IPKF saw the rise of Muslim fundamentalism with the formation of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress.  

Conflicts have arisen between faiths in countries practising pluralism and Religious-centred countries after the 2nd World War. In religious-centred countries, the rights of the minority religious community will be a questionable issue. However the recent establishment of the so-called ‘no-go zone’ carried out by a specific religious group have become a challenge to democracy in countries where pluralism is practised. Conflict do arise when a specific religious organization is criticized and amounts to hate propaganda. But there is justification when allegations are found to be true and made in good faith in the best interests of avoiding the threat that are likely to cause damage to the sovereignty of a country.

While the UN ensured the rights of the minorities, Europe also saw the formation of a European Union by which democracy was strengthened with the enshrinement of Human Rights. However, Asia confronted the problems of the emergence of Islamic political movements in the Middle-East countries, Pakistan and Bangladesh, the impact of which had affected the democratic countries in Asia, Europe and America. Such Islamic political movements gave birth to the Religious-centred State like in Iran and eventually culminated as Theocracy against Democracy.

BBS MuslimIn Sri Lanka though the constitution provides safe-guards to all the religions, the government created a separate Ministry for Buddhism for the preservation of Buddha Sasana. Lord Buddha established the Sasana for the benefit of all human beings who aspired for liberation. This is a concept that upholds human freedom and dignity in substance and eschews superficial distinction. Lord Buddha was a great preacher of equality whose teachings displace all social barriers of race, language, class and religion. He treated all alike and found for them a way of release from suffering. It is unfortunate that Buddha Sasana failed to show any concern for the murdered innocent Tamils (who surrendered) by inhuman political leaders in Sri Lanka something similar to the massacre of Zoroastrians in Iran by the Muslim invaders. One ponders whether it is the impact of democracy or theocracy?

However, there are some contradictions when it comes to practice of the Buddha’s teachings. The word ‘Sasana’ in Pali refers to the existence of Buddhas’s teachings. Generally Buddhists are a peace loving community. But religious and political figures throughout Buddhist history has justified many violent exclusionary acts by claiming to be acting ‘in defence of the ‘Sasanna’. Religious and political leaders have also employed ‘defence of the Sasana’ arguments in contemporary contexts in order to justify an anti-democratic policy, especially violence against non-Buddhist religious groups perceived as a threat to Buddhism. For instance, Buddhist monks joined Dutugemunu’s army and went to the extent of disrobing.

While the Sinhalese political leaders were busy in engaging their policies towards a ‘religious-centred State’ in spite of the guarantees in the constitution, the Buddhist extremists and the average law-abiding citizens confronted the establishment of ‘no-go zones’. The creation of ‘no-go zones’ by Islamic extremists have become dangerous for non-Muslims to enter which was witnessed when the Vesak procession went through a street in Kandy in 1917. Even when the Twin Tower was attacked some roads in Colombo in front of the mosques were closed on Fridays in support of the attack led by Bin Laden. This is not scare-mongering or intolerance, but alertness of a forthcoming restlessness in countries where democracy is practised in its true perspective.

Such creation of ‘no-go zones’ are unacceptable in the eyes of the law abiding citizens. No-go zones are viewed with suspicion as it implies an autonomous Islamic micro-State under Sharia Law at a time when Muslims behave themselves as a self-alienation community. Moreover, the lack of control in such areas would eventually become urban war zones as occurred between the Wahabbists and the moderates in Sri Lanka. One ponders when people from Sri Lanka are going abroad as refugees, the presence of 141 Pakistanis in Sri Lanka and their over stay has been a questionable issue. Further, the arrest of a Pakistani citizen at Chennai Railway Station prompts any ordinary citizen to think whether these foreign nationals were masquerading in the ‘no-go zone’. If this is the situation, even the ordinary Buddhists will have a fear whether such creation of ‘no-go zone’ which are suspected to provide safe-houses for Islamic terrorists and eventually have the force of taking over those countries and end up in Islamic micro-State.

Though it is a debatable issue as to the existence of ‘no-go zone’ in Sri Lanka, there is a fear that such ‘no-go zones’ are likely to promote Talibans who are detrimental to the national interests of Sri Lanka. This fear of being threatened is due to the impact of some reported incidents where in East London a Muslim named Abu Izzadeen challenged the Home Secretary John Reid with the statement ‘how dare you come to a Muslim area?’ together with the protests staged by the Muslims in support of Sri Lanka Muslims in England and an incident where an innocent British soldier was chopped to death by a Muslim. Even France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden have witnessed such ‘no-go zones’ because of the concessions gained by the Muslims who have gradually encroached on democratic freedoms with the motive of establishing Sharia Law.  Such creation of ‘no-go zone’ for Islamic terrorists tend to pave way to encroach in democratic countries on false names with the view to cause destruction. The Boston Bombing and the sabotage of causing damage to railway tracks and trains are some cases in point. In addition, Libya’s Gadaffi once stated that Europe would become Islamic, it tempts to think whether Islam is a religion or political ideology. One ponders whether these attacks implies that the goal of Islam is to infiltrate in every country that practises pluralism and subverting to Islam.

The attack on the Mannar Magistrate’s Court, which is similar to the incidents of pelting stones at the patrolling Police in foreign countries, need to be scrutinized for the maintenance of law and order. Such ‘no-go zones’ have the force of promoting violence. The root cause for creation of ‘no-go zone’ was to allow the Muslims to remain segregated. Upon a consideration of the aforesaid incidents everyone is aware that the goal of all political Islamists is a State founded upon a version of Sharia Law that systematically discriminates against women and other religious communities. Hence there is reasonable justification for the Buddhists to fear about the evil interests that germinates in those ‘no-go zones’, would be a challenge to Sri Lanka’s national interest.

The behaviour of Muslims as a self-alienation community is complacent with the attack by the Islamic Terrorist Organization, thus making themselves as part and parcel of the Islamic extremists and not as innocent by-standers. Sri Lanka Police cannot be blamed fully when there were attacks in the Muslim areas because it was alert in not losing its control over their calculated and systematic move in introducing the Sharia Law which paved way for the march towards theocracy by the Muslims. Mention should be made that an honest Police Officer was transferred from Colombo to another Province no sooner he detected the activities of the Islamic terrorists on the instruction of a prominent Muslim Minister. As Provincial Police are aware of the whereabouts of the people within the Province, the Provincial Police in collaboration with the Federal Police with its motto ‘to protect and serve’ can weaken the religious extremist group in the ‘no-go zone’ with its power and call for transparency and accountability of its activities with the view to prevent terrorism and violation of human rights.

The failure to speak up against the activities of the BBS by the Maha Sangha sends the message that ‘religious-centred State’ is been encouraged by the Buddhist political rulers. Perhaps Maha Sangha would have recollect the incident of shooting an innocent Sinhalese youth who was in the Perahera procession (considered as a national event) which went through a street (considered to be a no-go zone) in Kandy. Here lies the vital issue of whether such a silence maintained by the Maha Sangha tantamount to preserving the Buddha Sasana, leads to the path towards  religious-centred State. There is also justification on the Buddhist Sinhalese fearing a conflict between Buddha Sasanna and Sharia Law, which will eventually cause confusion with the passage of time. Simultaneously, the maintenance of silence of the Muslims also signals harbouring of the idea of encroaching into areas of other faiths. Therefore, when Islamic radicals create evil for them to rally around all Muslims, a careful ethically based ideological strategy to create a unifying vision of peace is required, which is possible only in Federalism. Federalism stands as a checkmate for ‘no-go zone’ where the Provincial government denies any group to isolate themselves from the mainstream society and prevents disaster.

Moreover if the mission of the BBS were to succeed, it should have abide by righteousness, patience and courage together with the creation of an atmosphere to weaken its opponent. But the attachment to the Buddha Sasana and its struggle to preserve it appears to be a suspicious issue. The vital issue is whether BBS had achieved their objective in a justifiable and reasonable manner. Since the BBS had carried out their mission with the aid of State machinery, it had failed to carry out their objective with righteousness, patience and courage as it failed to seek the advice of the Maha Sangha. Neverthless the silence maintained by the Maha Sangha implies that their blessings are in favour of religious-centred State to be carried out by the ruling politicians, demonstrating a message that Sri Lanka is on the verge of marching towards ‘religious-centred State’ on the pretext of democracy. The concessions gained by the Muslim politicians created a fear in the minds of Buddhists because they have encroached on democratic freedoms with the motive of establishing Sharia Law. This is where the ‘protection of the Sasana’ is twisted with the call to ‘defend the motherland’

Federalism has the force of educating the people of all races and faiths to love and show compassion towards others from their childhood and not to hate. Radicalism, which has no place in Federalism, is detrimental to the interests of a country would be wiped out from the minds of the people, because such radical ideologies give birth to self-alienation from the rest of the community. Radicalism has the force of fuelling terrorism and supremacist ideologies. Both military dictatorship and religious extremism undermines the concept of rule of law and gives birth to a culture of violence. Both the BBS and the Islamic terrorists impose their own brand of politics which they falsely attempt to justify on the pretext of their respective religions. Federalism is certain to prevent the fracture that will be caused to Sri Lanka by the religious extremists. Federalism promotes and recognizes the right of co-existence which symbolizes the sense of unity. The march towards ‘Theocracy’ or ‘Religious-centred State’ should not be an obstacle for the right of co-existence. The march towards ‘Theocracy’ or ‘Religious-centred State’ becomes a blind path leading to destruction. It is this march towards ‘Theocracy’ or ‘Religious-centred State’ becomes a challenge to countries where pluralism is practised, but can be neutralized in Federalism. India, Canada and a number of Federal countries stand as examples where Federalism remains as a checkmate to approaches towards ‘Theocracy’ or ‘Religious-centred State’ and fulfill the right of co-existence.

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    ” razing Kathankudy by the IPKF saw the rise of Muslim fundamentalism “

    This event took place AFTER the imposition of what you describe as the Indo-Lanka Peace Accord. It was no such thing, and what’s more it brought Wahhabism to Sri Lanka. The no-go areas that the Muslims claim whether in London or Aluthgama is reminiscent of what took place in the North and East of Sri Lanka. The Sinhala were unwanted in their OWN land. One was ethno-centric, while the other was religiocentric. The BBS must be seen for what it is. It is a REACTION to Muslim extremism which has taken root as confirmed both by Indian Intelligence and the Interpol. The ethnic and religious amity that we yearn for seems to be getting further and further away.

    Some Muslims, recent arrivals in Britain, are now yearning to live under Sharia or so they claim, when the initial reason for arriving in Britain was the opposite. I believe that they should be given the opportunity to do so, but only after surrendering their passport and all rights that go with being a citizen. They cannot be allowed to undermine the well being of others amongst whom they’ve taken abode under false pretences.

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    Ayathuray Rajasingam –

    Good write up. A few Corrections.

    “Lord Buddha established the Sasana for the benefit of all human beings who aspired for liberation.”

    Can you get it Right. Buddha is no lord. He did not claim to be Lord or God.

    “But religious and political figures throughout Buddhist history has justified many violent exclusionary acts by claiming to be acting ‘in defence of the ‘Sasanna’. Religious and political leaders have also employed ‘defence of the Sasana’ arguments in contemporary contexts in order to justify an anti-democratic policy, especially violence against non-Buddhist religious groups perceived as a threat to Buddhism. For instance, Buddhist monks joined Dutugemunu’s army and went to the extent of disrobing.:

    That is correct. This is called Buddhist Jihadism or Sinhala Buddhists Jihadists.

    They all follow Religions, the Clan.

    Re Buddhism — ATHEIST POWER!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsgcP65dDOg

    Want to know more about Buddhism, Religion and the Buddhist Cults?

    #Buddhism #SriLanka #Cricket #lies

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsgcP65dDOg … … … …
    and
    https://www.youtube.com/watchv=wNOfTGSADdY … … …
    and
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clcs2PSze0I … … …

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    Good analysis.Yes there is no smoke without fire.Muslim extremists work tirelessly to subdue other nations and religions because they do not believe there should be alternative options against their beloved.This is huge course for concern worldwide and BBS is a reaction rather than the cause.What they do is completely against buddist fundamentals but that is different issue.If moderate leadership of mudls standup and teach their people how to co exist with no believers this problem can be resolved at least to some extent .

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    Good account. I think Federalism is the remedy to alleviate such a fear caused by ‘no-go zone’ created by Muslims. Why not think about the suitability of Federalism in Sri Lanka.

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    This Article is very shallow without any depth

    We must analys as to the reason for the Mulims to come to Western countries leaving their rich cultural and resourceful countries

    Western countries,force the wandering Jews on the proud Arabs making the palesinians upto today homeless ,They enter peaceful Afganistan first by the Russians and than Americans than destroy that nation making many homeless and refugees,they enter Iraq which was a stable country both Rich in history,culture and wealth rop the country apart making many homeless,stateless refugees ,They enter Syria which has become a tug a war for Russian backed Asad and American created ISIS once again a diverse cultured and Rich country and I can go on and on How the are droning Pakistan to take control of their Nuclear weapons,ousted the democratically elected governments of Egypt and Algeria Etc

    What to you expect these homeless rufugees to go to?obviously they will go to west who first and foremost created them homeless

    Please do not write shallow articles without proper depth and study

    Once again Sri Lanka the Muslims were marginalized and they were buffer between LTTE and GOVERMENT Forces and if the Muslims had joined LTTE,it will be Prabakaran Eelam today

    If there were minor issues than it was between individuals belonging to different ethinicities but for that you do not blame the entire race

    My family and self was saved by a Muslim family in Badulla and accommodated us along with over another 10 families during the 1983 Riots when we had no place to hide

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      James,
      ‘My family and self was saved by a Muslim family in Badulla and accommodated us along with over another 10 families during the 1983 Riots when we had no place to hide’
      Now do you know that the writer’s house was looted by Muslims during the 1983 riots on the pretext of Sinhalese hooligans.
      Now I will reveal another truth. Do you know how the writer saved lives of prominent citizens both in Sri Lanka and South India from the terrorists by alerting them. They are languishing in jail now. There are good people in every community. One cannot forget that majority of the Sinhalese had helped the Tamils when they were affected during the riots.

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        My point is the article is shallow and does not have any depth or analysis

        As for your comments,it is mere accusations as for those effected 1st hand know the agony of 1983 ,it was an organized genocide,please read all events well documented by victims/ witnesses before any accusations and noone could have ventured out without the blessings of the forces,who failed to uphold justice

        We should not accuse and twist justice,I have never claimed that Sinhalese were responsible for 1983 but JRJ Government and the police/Armed forces who did not uphold justice are responsible,this has nothing todo with the majority race

        We should Simply go on rumblng on acusing people because they belong to a particular ethnicity

        Believe uphold the Righteous Humanity(Not by ethnicity)

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    Tamils preaching ethnic and religious harmony.

    check how many times this author has preached Tamil nationalism in this web page alone.

    Why don’t they work against Casteism in their group first ?

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      Jim softy, Lorenzo, Sumanasekera, Leela, etc.

      “Tamils preaching ethnic and religious harmony”

      Only Agnostics and Atheists can preach Religious Harmony.

      #Buddhism #SriLanka #Cricket #lies

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsgcP65dDOg … … … …

      and

      https://www.youtube.com/watchv=wNOfTGSADdY … … …

      and

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clcs2PSze0I … … …

      At least CT posts your opinions, but Amarasiri is NOT afforded that at Lankaweb. Why Double standards?

      It was like the Church banning the Copernican Heliocentric Model.

      Post Script:
      Are there liars at Lankaweb? Why is that Amarasiri’s posts give indigestion and constipation to the moderators of Lanka Web when Amarasiri points out the lies and distortions? Is it because Lankaweb is a lie and distortion spreading media of the para-Sinhala Buddhist racists, and there is no room for alternate opinions from Agnostics and Egalitarians? So Lankaweb’s following claim is a lie, and therefore they are liars.

      THE LANKAWEB LIE, GIVEN BELOW:

      “We believe in Free Speech, Right of Expression that Creates Platform for Dialogue. Therefore we do not moderate every comment posted on this web site. Once filtered through the initial registration process, any subsequent comments can be posted directly on the website to make it truly interactive. However, any abusive comments will be deleted forthwith and contributor’s membership will be cancelled immediately.”

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      James & Jim Sothy,
      The writer had all the experiences (including nasty experiences) and confronted all the problems. No one can deny the activities of the Islamic terrorists and the LTTE. He has friends from all communities and was aware of all developments. In fact, Muslim politicians had secret dealings with these Islamic terrorists who were operating on various pretexts. He and his Sinhalese friends were aware of how an Inspector of Police was transferred to Eastern Province after he went to arrest the three Muslim criminals in order to suppress the case. It appeared they escaped because of the interference of the Muslim politician. This is why the writer is considering of the role of Provincial Police who can call for transparency and accountability from religious extremists because the Provincial Police will be under the administration of the Provincial government. Provincial governments are a boon to the Central government.

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        My point is the article is shallow and does not have any depth or analysis

        As for your comments,it is mere accusations as for those affected 1st hand know the agony of 1983 ,it was an organized genocide,please read all events well documented by victims/ witnesses before any accusations and none could have ventured out without the blessings of the forces,who failed to uphold justice

        We should not accuse and twist justice,I have never claimed that Sinhalese were responsible for 1983 but JRJ Government and the police/Armed forces who did not uphold justice are responsible,this has nothing to do with the majority race

        We should Simply not go on rambling on accusing people because they belong to a particular ethnicity

        Believe uphold the Righteous Humanity(Not by ethnicity)

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      Jim softy . lorenzo, leela and Avatars,

      Your Comments:however, Amarasiri cannot make comments. Double standards.

      http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2014/08/15/buddhists-victims-of-hate-speech-and-media-manipulation/

      Piyadigama Says:
      August 15th, 2014 at 7:54 pm
      Let me copy paste an email that is going rounds. This is now in Facebook, Twitter and many other websites too.

      Nice logic and the truth no one dares to tell. Copied from Facebook account We Are One Country.

      A very interesting comment on a website by a Tamil Christian (using the name Lorenzo) is being shared to convey who the real owner of Sri Lanka is in very simple terms.

      Here is what he writes:

      “Being a Tamil Christian, I believe Sri Lanka is a SINHALA BUDDHIST country.

      Let’s play a game.

      1. Show me where is Tamil Hindu country?

      Tamil Nadu. Good.

      2. Show me a English Anglican country?

      England. Good.

      3. Show me a Hindi Hindu country?

      India. Good.

      4. Show me an Islamic Arabic country?

      Saudi. Good.

      5. Now show me the Sinhala Buddhist country?????

      It is now called Sri Lanka. Correct name Sinhela.

      Did God Jesus Christ visit Sri Lanka? NO.

      Did Prophet Mohammad visit Sri Lanka? NO.

      Did Krishna visit Sri Lanka? NO. (Rama did visit Sri Lanka but to destroy it.)

      Did Buddha visit Sri Lanka? Oh! Yes!( Amarasi Comment: Myths of Dipawansa and Mahawansa)

      So it is a Buddhist country. Sri Lanka is the ONLY country Buddha visited BY CHOICE. He was in Nepal/India so he had no choice there. But the moment he got a choice, where did he visit? Sri Lanka

      So this is why Sri Lanka is the Sinhala Buddhist country.

      But some foolish Sinhala Buddhists have out of GENEROSITY given up their claims.

      So all the cats and dogs have started to claim it as theirs.

      If you still don’t believe it let me explain from the Bible – Wise King Solomon.

      Once upon a time there was a very wise king by the name Solomon

      He was the king, army commander, the judge and the jury and the parliament. Somewhat like MR.(I like this!)

      One day 2 women came to him claiming ONE baby as theirs. 2 mothers, 1 baby!

      King asked, “Yako, whose son is this?”

      MINE! Screamed both women.

      Then the king asked, whose son is this?”

      MINE! Screamed both women.

      hmmmm…thought the wise king. He ordered a soldier to cut the baby into half and give each half to each woman. Then ONE woman came to the baby’s rescue and stopped the king. She begged to spare the baby.

      So the king found the OWNER of the baby!

      And he hacked the other FAKE woman to death.

      When Norway, UK, India, USA, UNHRC, LTTE, PLOTE, IPKF, Tamil MODA-RATES, etc. tried to CUT SL into halves, who came forward to defend it?

      Muslims? NO.

      Tamils? NO.

      Europeans? NO.

      (Well VERY few of them DID come forward UNDER the leadership of real owners).

      Sinhalese. YES. Like the REAL mother of that baby, Sinhalese came forward to defend their baby – Sri Lanka

      That establishes who the REAL OWNER of Sri Lanka is.

      (I know we are not as wise as King Solomon, but we are intelligent enough to get it, aren’t we?)

      Lorenzo Says:
      August 16th, 2014 at 4:46 am
      Anti-SL writer Shyamon Jayasinghe also known as “Native Vedda” has got jitters reading Champika Ranawaka’s book!

      Some LOSERS think Ranawaka will help Run-nil and the crowd to win the election. UNP has already launched its presidential election campaign.

      With this type of LOSERS, UNP need no more winners.

      Lorenzo Says:
      August 16th, 2014 at 4:50 am
      “using the name Lorenzo”

      That is me. Glad to hear that Piadigama.

      The speed SLs fall out with MR is a BAD OMEN for MR. Hope he REWARDS his voters and NOT the losers.

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        amASSiri the altar boy, stop ruining CT space with your copy-paste crap

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    Hello Mr Ayathray where are you living , Have you heard about a country called sri Lanka ?
    How were you paid to utter these idiotic words

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    There he goes again. This writer has always been critical of Muslims living in SL as being a hostile force, in spite of the absence of any evidence to prove same.

    He writes crap about rise of Muslim Fundamentalism without even knowing what exactly it means, connecting it with the spread of Wahabism, which in fact is more to do with extremism than fundamentalism. He even claims that ‘India was aware of the new developments of the Muslim fundamentalism, and eventually stepped into Sri Lanka with the signing of the Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Accord’. What a misleading and unfounded statement this is. Anyone who lived through those times would know that the said Peace Accord was agreed and signed in a rush by both parties Indian and Sri Lankan leaders at the time, to stave off a crisis due to rising tension between Tamil LTTE forces and the Sri Lankan army. There was no Muslim factor at all in the whole saga. This is like our matchan Gnanasara saying those guys who attacked the SL Buddhist monk in India were Muslims and not Tamils, whilst the whole world was privy to what exactly happened.

    He even refers to calamities in Muslim countries, events triggered by political upheavals rather than religious intolerance, and then connects those disturbances to our local scene. His main objective being to invite suspicion, mistrust and hatred towards peaceful Muslims living in SL. All this in support of his claims of the presence of Islamic fundamentalism in SL.

    It is obvious this writer has been ‘bought over’ and is a lackey of the anti-Islamic forces now creating havoc in the country. His praise of Buddhist virtues and its Leader Lord Buddha, whilst his contempt of ‘brutalism’ by Islamic forces (quoting incidents in Iran during its formative days after the deposing of the Shah) is way too obvious to prove his allegiance to the enemies of Islam.

    He writes of no-go Zones established in front of Mosques on specific days and dates which are purportedly, quote ‘viewed with suspicion as it implies an autonomous Islamic micro-State under Sharia Law at a time when Muslims behave themselves as a self-alienation community’. This has to be most pure and unadulterated rubbish. Height of absurdity. The only no-go zone that I know of is on Friday Jumma prayers, when (1) parking space gets acute and scarce specially close to the Masjids and traffic swells, the immediate roads that lead to the Mosques are closed to prevent gridlock and traffic jams when getting out after prayers. Further reasons (2) it may also become necessary to reserve or create space to accommodate crowds of worshipers who spill out onto the streets in order to follow the congregation. This happens only on Fridays and mainly due to the lack of space or prayer facilities inside the Masjids.

    These are the only reasons I know of when so called ‘no-go zones’ are established, where roads are temporarily cordoned off, and it is done by the Mosque attendees or volunteers themselves with police permission. Since this is repeatedly done on a regular basis every Friday, the police never get involved and by proxy, people concerned usually agree on a set plan, and decide to take care of this traffic control for Muslims by Muslims. I really don’t know where Sharia Law plays a part is all of these arrangements. It shows the level of this writers mental state and borrowed stupid BBS thinking process.

    This somehow reminds of another BBS stupid claim that Muslims serve free sweets as welcome gifts in Muslim shops, tainted with drugs which somehow reduces fertility in their people.

    There are so many such unsubstantiated claims this this writer has made against Muslims living in SL. Each of which can be challenged only to prove the obvious which we all are so familiar with, except of course this ‘paid to write’ agent of dark forces. He has done it before, he has done it again this time, and he is bound to do it again in the future.

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    Enough is enough. Pls let us leave behind all this rabble rousing communal ill feelings and let us Muslims, Christians and Buddhists get on with our lives. There is so much to be achieved and so much to be done. These rubbish talks of religious supremacy is not going to take us anywhere except to hell. This writer should never be taken seriously, but the only reason we raise issue is when he fibs and castigates Muslims and Islam as being a threat and a danger to existence of other equally important worldly religions. Of course, religion is very personal and should be treated that way, and I hope it will never interfere in our social and political arena, and we keep it as far as possible to ourselves. May our prayers be accepted and answered by those whom we called God, on Whom we believe in and on Whom we place our trust in.

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      We also need to seriously consider one thing.Call for
      unity and efforts must come from the majority for the
      call to be effective and the disunity to slow down.
      The majority is the authority to make or break.Muslims
      had always been a part in making and not breaking.Our
      part is now being challenged for false reasons.
      However much they are trying to hide it,it is now too
      big to hide.There seem to be no shame of the exposure
      either.It comes now with a brave face especially with
      those so-called All Muslim guys are ready to live the
      last bit of remaining ruins.Racism is also a part of
      their development projects,it looks now.Like,new air
      ports,sea ports,roads and buildings,Racism
      development is carried out to satisfy the needs of
      racists.So,the call for unity must originate from
      the planners with actions.

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      The writer is not fair or even his facts are correct in most of his article. That is for sure. But your claim for asking to keep religion a personal affair and no one should intervene other’s religions and practices is a joke.

      Unlike what many urban sinhalese and Tamils used to think, in SL muslims are pretty extremist. Need more evidence,read the comments made by muslims in CT. They hardly condemn violence done in the name of islam and barbaric out of date arabic cultural practices in among muslims.

      Muslims in SL came to street to protest against israel but i see not even a word said against ISIS for their cruel acts in Iraq, murdering even burying alive Yazidi men, women and children, taking away shia women and chritisan women as sex slaves (one wonders whether this ISIS is the return of prophet mohammed according what we’ ve heard abt islam. )

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    Is Allah using drones?

    “The Vavuniya Namalgama Raja Viharaya Chief Incumbent Ven. Galle Sirinanda Rathana Thera (65) and temple attendant R. M. Piyatissa (49) died this evening after being struck by lightning.”

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      Normally fireballs!Rarely Tsunamis!Occasionally
      lightening but with early warnings to stay in!
      But these two monks,why don’t you check with the
      BBS and the Diaspora?

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      Yes. both he and his abiththa – both died after being struck by lightening.

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      Meanwhile 150 Muslims died in a US drone strike in Iraq!

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    Muslims should be very careful of Tamils.

    Tamils are trying to pit Muslims against Singhalese and benefit from the spoils.

    Yesterday marked the 24th anniversary of Tamil attacks on Kathandudy mosques (Black August 1990).

    I was in Amparei that day. I know the suffering.

    Never trust them ever again.

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    This Hindu.. conveniently forgot to mention the Hindu no go areas.. and the Hindu fascism right here in Sri Lanka and elsewhere..

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      Alan.K
      Do not worry. Hinduism is a universal religion. It will accept all religions within its fold. There is a news item that ten Muslims were arrested for murdering Hindu leaders in India. Anyone from any faith is allowed to enter a Hindu temple.

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      Head of state is no-go area to non Buddhists.So many
      cities no-go areas to largely minorities and to the
      majority.Residential areas,same fate.In short,the
      country as a whole is a racist den where there are
      only a handful of exceptions like kissing the hands
      that couldn’t be chopped.Hindus and Muslims should
      not try to escape from the blame as if they were
      just born.If there are any good ones in the Island,
      now is the time to prove it or perish at the hands
      of the racists.

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    Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think- Martin Luther King
    And here is a man who seems to treat us to “easy answers and half-baked solutions”. I must confess that I haven’t seen a muddled piece of writing in a long time. I was expecting the writer to share some insights on how we could neutralize “Buddhist extremism” directed against Muslims. Alas that was not to be!
    Here’s why.
    This confused man lures readers with a newsworthy subject but has noting important to say. What comes through quite clearly is his hate filled rhetoric. In his haste to malign Muslims and Islam he presents insinuation, and guesswork as fact, without substantiating his claims.
    Here are examples of how confused and muddled his thinking is! Could you make out a connection between his topic and his writing? If you thought that the conflict between extremist Buddhism and Muslims was what he was discussing, you would be disappointed. Other than in the lead his entire article deals not with the topic of Buddhist extremism on Muslims! He could have tried “Islamic extremism against Buddhists” instead, because ultimately that is what he is getting at!
    Since he has no facts he rambles on about the spread of “Wahhabism” and “no go-zones”. It does not matter to him that the MOD has categorically stated that there is no Islamic terrorism in Sri Lanka. He has also not presented a single case of a Muslim who has been arrested with seditious materials or for the possession of arms. Clearly the government thinks Muslims are not a threat to anybody. Yet this xenophobe must invent one and he conveniently uses the bogey of “Islamic fundamentalism” to make his case.
    This is not my place to put the ongoing violence in Muslim majority countries in context, and therefore let me focus on our own country and dwell this one example of Muslim extremism as perceived by the author, the incident in Mannar.
    I submit that the attack on the Mannar judiciary has nothing to do with the subject he purports to cover. This was a Muslim politician who was throwing his weight around with impunity because of political patronage. Has he not noticed that Tamil politicians from the upcountry as well as Jaffna behave boorishly because of the same political patronage? Is he willing to label all Tamils extremists, because of a few politicians? I guess not! So how come Muslims are labelled as such?
    I hope readers can see this man for who he really is a rather sad and confused racist. I deliberated long and hard before I chose to debunk the author’s diatribe because I didn’t want to dignify him with a reply. However if we do not expose the true motives of fear mongering racists like Ayathuray Rajasingam, the magnanimity that is required of all citizens to build a just Sri Lanka would remain a pipe dream, So my commitment to do everything I possibly could do to expose people like him.

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      Nabil & Marwan,
      Time and again I wish to reiterate that the writer is not a racist. It is the failure on the second attempt on his life by some criminals known to Muslim politicians compelled the disclosure of the activities of the Islamic terrorists which the Police Officer and some his Sinhalese friends had come to know. Moreover he has frustrated their illegal activities of their evil mission with the help of the Police. Briefly he has saved the name of the country. One should know who is a racist. The writer is only concerned whether Sri Lanka is marching towards democracy or a religious-centred State policy and the remedy to rectify it.

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        Dear Kums

        Here’s how the dictionary defines racism

        1. The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others.
        2. Discrimination or prejudice based on race.

        Hope this explains my point of view
        Nabil

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    “It is unfortunate that Buddha Sasana failed to show any concern for the murdered innocent Tamils (who surrendered) by inhuman political leaders in Sri Lanka something similar to the massacre of Zoroastrians in Iran by the Muslim invaders. One ponders whether it is the impact of democracy or theocracy”

    innocent tamils surrendered? are you talking about Pulidevan and Nadesan? The LTTE fellows who were afriad to face the bullets?
    The innocent (?) tamils numbering 320000 crossed lines and came to gov side. Not only were they treated well by gov they were provided with food, shelter, healthcare and even education for close to 3 years.

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      Sach,
      Do you know when Pakistani soldiers surrendered to the Indian Forces during the Bangladesh Independence war, General Maneksha treated his rival in a decent manner and all those soldiers were sent to Pakistan. This is a lesson that all political leaders learn.

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        how do the pakistani surrender make Pulidevan and nadesan innocent civilians?

        And pakistani soldiers surrendered 96000 same way LTTE cadres surrendered 14000. All LTTE cadres were rehabilitated given education at SLn tax payer’s expense.

        LTTE hiearchy that has ordered to kill thousands need no sympathy. And who knows whether they were surrenders at all. Many LTTE fellows surrendered later fired at the army when surrendering

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    Nabil & Marwan,
    Racism denotes non-equal treatment on grounds of colour, creed, sex, race, etc. Racism produce an inherent superiority or inferiority of a specific racial group. Racism accounts for differences in human character and that a specific race is superior to other. Fanatic is one who cannot change his mind for a cause or motivated by an extreme unreasoning enthusiasm. Race is to racism as religion is to religious intolerance. Religious fanatic refers to a person who believes that only his religious truth is actually true while others are false, and every person who does not follow his religion as being an infidel. About 180,000 Kurds were oppressed and persecuted by all successive governments initiated by Saddam Hussain because they were non-Arabs. Now the ISIS is about to target the Kurds. Israel is supporting the Kurds for a just cause. Don’t the Kurds have a right to co-exist with their neighbours? Will Sri Lanka Muslims support the cause of the Kurds? Why not think like the Westerners that everyone has the right of co-existence?

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      Dear Citizen/Khums
      Please think of answers to these questions.
      01. Just because Tamils didn’t condemn the atrocities committed by the LTTE, does it mean that Tamils are terrorists?
      02. When the President of SL tried to speak at Oxford, did Tamils give him the chance to be heard? Was democracy in action when protesters threw rotten eggs?
      03. Do you all become terrorist sympathizers because you are tarred with the same brush?
      04. How would you feel if every time you are met by a non-Tamil and he asked you if you were a terrorist?
      05. Why can’t the Tamils even at this late date condemn the atrocities committed by the LLTE
      06. Why haven’t Tamils protested the killing of Muslim in Myanmar, Central Republic of Africa? Does it mean that the Tamils endorse the killing of Muslims?
      07. The killing Muslims in Myanmar by winthus’s mobs happen regularly. Have the Buddhists condemned the killings? Does it make Buddhists terrorists?
      The answers to these questions depend on who is asking. My point is that just because the LTTE used terror, and the Tamils largely kept quiet, doesn’t mean that Tamils support terrorism or they are violent or that they are monsters.
      Similarly there are nearly 2 Billion Muslims who are largely peaceful. I would guess that there are not more than a 50,000 men who are terrorists functioning in the Muslim world. So how is it that you choose to condemn Muslims for the acts of a miniscule of insurgents?
      Do you expect me to put a notice board that I am against violence? Do you expect me to start every conversation by saying that I am against violence committed by Muslims because I am a Muslim. Do Hindus, Christians and Jews start conversations by saying that they are against violence whether state sponsored or otherwise?
      If you answer the questions above honestly, I am sure you will find the answers troubling, because it does not matter who breaks the law, who unleashes violence, or which cause they are fighting for; violence on another human being must be condemned.
      Until as such time I stand by my assertion that this writer is a racist and needs to be condemned.
      Nabil

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        Nabil,
        Who said that the writer has not condemned the activities of the LTTE. The writer has condemned the activities of the LTTE and he paid the price for it (lost his friends & relatives). Even the Muslims got caught red handed not once, but twice. But he had overpowered it by God’s grace. It was after the second incident the Police was alert and found some Muslim politicians were behind. He believes in a negotiated settlement, not violence.

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    Nabil,
    This was a reported news item that UK supermarket Sainsbury’s stripped its kosher food shelves fearing the products could be damaged by protestors calling for a ban on Israeli products. Don’t you think that this demonstrations send the message that hate propaganda against the Jews is been directed by Muslim immigrants in UK. Why can’t Sri Lanka Muslims in UK oppose such demonstrations. This is one instance of exposing the motive of the Islamic terrorists and their supporters. I think the writer is correct when assert that the Muslims who have gradually encroached on democratic freedoms with the motive of establishing Sharia Law, after gaining concessions. Isn’t this an impact of ‘no-go zone’? No double standard please.

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