26 September, 2020

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On Muslim Community’s Indifference

By Ameer Ali

Dr. Ameer Ali

A recent article titled, “Sri Lanka’s Unfolding Political Crisis & Muslim Community’s Indifference”, by Latheef Farook and published in this journal (Colombo Telegraph, 20 Nov 2018), raised a very pertinent question regarding Muslim community’s callous nonchalance towards the current political crisis in the country triggered by President Sirisena’s equally callous disregard to the nation’s constitutional proprieties. The author was quite justifiably critical of Muslim parliamentarians escaping to Mecca rather than remaining in the country, like their Tamil counterparts, to confront and tackle the crisis head on. He was also equally critical of the silence of All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU), the so called apex body of Muslim religious functionaries, on the same issue. What follows is a brief exposition of the reasons underlying this indifference.

This is a disease that bedevils Muslim community over centuries and has become crucially problematic since the country achieved independence and adopted a democratic form of government. The indifference Farook identified goes to the heart of a more fundamental question that I raised in my earlier writings. That is, do Muslims consider themselves people OF Sri Lanka or IN Sri Lanka? It is in the pick of this choice depends whether the community is patriotic in its commitment, integrative in approach and participatory in action, or, communal in outlook, exclusivist in approach and selfish in behaviour. 

In fact, the community’s indifference towards national issues emanates from a centuries old Weltanschauung shaped and nurtured by a religio-centric but fatalistic interpretation of life by the mullahs, who, through their educational institutions and pulpit sermons have created a communal mindset that refuses to yield to pressures of a modern nation. Historically, mullah leadership in Sri Lanka had been responsible and continues to be responsible for indoctrinating their students and followers with an attitude that considers life for a Muslim in this world transient, that the Hereafter is the permanent abode, and therefore, that Muslims should not get too involved in mundane matters like politics, economics, rational humanism, natural environment, gender equality and host of other issues over which modern nations and societies are struggling to come to terms with.   A good and pious Muslim living in this mullah designed Weltanschauung is one who conscientiously and methodically keeps observing the prescribed Five Pillars of Islam (confession of the faith, daily prayers, fasting, obligatory charity and pilgrimage), avoids indulging in what is prohibited while embracing what is permitted his religion and prepares to achieve paradise in the Hereafter. In the mullah’s scheme of things one should live in this world as if one is about to depart from it the very next moment. This Hereafter focused view of life received further emphasis in the mullah version of Muslim history and settlement in this country. The fact that Muslims arrived principally as traders and that they are a minority meant, in mullah world view, that Muslims here should mind their business of trade and other economic pursuits to sustain their life, and refrain as far as possible from getting involved in worldly affairs such as politics, which are distractors in a Muslim’s journey to the next world. At worst they should remain indifferent and make the best use of any situation that is presented to them.  One only has to attend any of the Tabligh Jamaat gatherings and listen to what those preachers advocate to understand the essence of this other-worldly philosophy. It is therefore unfair to expect a community that has been indoctrinated over centuries to think along this line to commit itself on national issues that would test its depth of patriotism and civic responsibilities as citizens of a modern state.      

This mindset nurtured by religious leadership has not changed even with the spread of modern secular education in Muslim schools, colleges and universities; and it was this mindset that naturally prompted Colvin R. De Silva in the 1960s to remark that Muslims in Sri Lanka are like a cow and the grass. The animal eats the grass without any concern about how that grass is grown and cared for. There were other national leaders from Anagarika Dharmapala to JR Jayewardene, SWRD Bandaranaike, CP de Silva and more who had questioned Muslims’ commitment to the national effort of the country. It is pointless to blame ordinary Muslims for this indifference because they are the flock shepherded by the mullah. How to live as a patriotic Muslim in a non-Muslim country is a question yet to be answered by Muslim theologians. This is an issue confronting Muslim minorities all over the world. 

Given this mind set Muslim politicians, who are also products of the same milieu, have learnt the art of exploiting it for their own personal advantage. They know that issues such as constitutional changes, democracy, rule of law, human rights, environmentalism and so on are non-issues so far as Muslim voters are concerned.  As long as politicians are able to deliver a few benefits to their electors, such as government jobs, trading facilities, dates during Ramadhan and less obstacles to travel to Mecca for umra and hajj, they can capture Muslim votes. This explains the embarrassing indifference of Muslim political leaders not only in relation to the current political imbroglio but also in other matters affecting the nation as a whole. Even in the parliament when the government and opposition debate over issues concerning economic development, sovereignty and the future of the entire nation and so on, Muslim representatives rarely contribute to the debate and mostly remain silent except when raising issues regarding their own community.   

Like the Muslim politicians, ACJU is also noncommittal on national issues and remains embarrassingly indifferent when situations demand a Muslim voice to be heard. It is not surprising that its members did not utter a word about the current crisis. (On another matter, it is shocking why ACJU has said nothing so far about the Saudi engineered murder of Jamal Kashoggi, which has outraged the entire world. Is it afraid of the paymaster?)  ACJU hierarchy, like Muslim politicians, waits to see which political faction wins the government to join hands with the winner. It is an institution that has little to contribute on matters of national importance. This is regrettably in contrast to the dynamic message of the Quran and its Prophet. I shall not go into this comparison for sake of brevity. Just on one point, didn’t the Prophet say that love of the nation is part of one’s faith?  

What the community needs today therefore is a radical change in its calcified mindset and narrow word view. Muslims may be a minority but they must be a committed and lively minority engaging vigorously and productively in every aspect of the country’s life. There is no room for being indifferent on issues of national importance, which only makes the community appear a collection of parasites in public eye. In short, Muslims must be a people OF and not IN Sri Lanka. There is however a glimmer of hope for positive change in the future with the emergence of a class of intellectuals who are aware of the need. It is this class that should spearhead a radical transformation of the parochial mindset that is promoting an aloofness endangering the plural polity. The community desperately needs quality political leadership. The responsibility of producing such a leadership rests squarely on the shoulders of its intellectual class.   

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    I humbly request Dr Ameer Ali to stick with economics and political science that he knows best not to comment on religion and religious leaders branding them with the slang ‘Mullah’. Politics is a dirty game now. For example Muslims overwhelmingly voted for MS against MR in the last presidential election. Today MS has teamed up with MR. Who do we trust now?
    What Muslims believe is that when they are true to their worship of Allah He will install a compassionate ruler to this country.

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      Dr Ameer Ali,
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      When Nakeeb M Isadeen says ” stick with economics”, he is correct. You have to understand that your can not depend on desk research for certain topics when they need real research. That is the reason some of your articles do not go along with present day Muslim lives in SL

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        Mohamed the infidel, please explain what do you mean by present day Muslim lives in SL. If you ask an ordinary Sinhalese he will say it is overbreeding, not bathing, Black marketing, Thoppi turning, ganja trading etc.

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          Al-faqurlah,
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          Long time no see? We over breed to create revenue centers to make up the losses of tax wasting cost centers of the land. Sorry, we aren’t the perfume sprinklers by the road-side with “gal gandha” and “bulath kata”. We have to be clean, for which we even sacrifice a piece. Why not clarify from your relatives return after servicing Arabs? I bet these women keep SL hubbies meters away on vacations?
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          Bro, as I often say, your low IQ father forgot to carry a rubber in his wallet, please don’t do the same mistake if you love the country…

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          There the Al-fuqqa writing usually what his people are doing as that of Muslim. Stinking polkuddu tip and stinking jungle down in their women, a good natural medicine you have to stop over breeding. Not only black marketing but selling the county wholesale for profit eg. MR and his cliques. Thoppi turning is in your blood eg. your President.

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          Al,

          Well said. You haven’t included many of their other nefarious activities. Like running abortion clinics, stealing Sinhalese people’s land, running brothel houses etc.

          This is why I say, a Black July is the need of the hour. And unlike the last time in 83, this time we won’t miss anyone. The burqas will come off in no time.

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            Dumb Rtd. Lt. Reginald Shamal Perera, what your people are doing in Sri Lanka you are writing. Income from any sources is okay for your people.

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            Rtd. Lt. Reginald Shamal Perera,
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            Pissu puusek .he..he, thota pissu bang. (Poor fella, not yet ready for community integration, no point in arguing with him – govt should have done something about these ex paid-fighters integration into society)

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      Najeeb, who are you to limit the author to Economics alone. He has put forward his points cogently and you can refute his points if you can. I think, you are one of the obedient follower of Mullah/s and they actively discourage critical thinking.

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        Dear Shifan,
        Critical thinking is good when it is presented without insulting others. In Islam critical thinking is allowed except on the fundamental concept which is the belief in the Hereafter. Politics is now an area that only breeds hypocrisy and deception. Therefore, a true Muslim prefers to stay away from it.

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        Dear Shifan,
        Critical thinking is good if presented without insulting others. Politics today is an area where one can not practice without hypocrisy and deception. Therefore, true Muslim prefers to stay away from politics. Moreover we believe in prayers and supplication to change the conditions rather than manipulation and slogans. Having said that we also fulfill our civic duties by casting our votes during elections and participating in social and welfare projects.

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      N M I.
      Dr. Ameer Ali has hit the nail on the head.

      Agree that “Politics is a dirty game,” and “Mullah” is a slang but the practice of “Islam” in S L is a “Bedouin Desert Culture”; very different from the true message of Islam. To the S L Muslim wearing a white “thoppi” and sporting a beard seems to be a very important priority for identity.
      “Muslims must be a People OF and Not In Sri Lanka” is very apt.

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      Dr. Ameer Ali

      RE: On Muslim Community’s Indifference

      1. “A good and pious Muslim living in this mullah designed ……while embracing what is permitted his religion and prepares to achieve paradise in the Hereafter. In the mullah’s scheme of things one should live in this world as if one is about to depart from it the very next moment. This Hereafter focused view of life received further emphasis in the mullah version of Muslim history and settlement in this country.”

      2. “This mindset nurtured by religious leadership has not changed even with the spread of modern secular education in Muslim schools, colleges and universities; …that Muslims in Sri Lanka are like a cow and the grass.”

      Thanks for the write-up. The Muslims suffer from a lack of critical mass of free-thinkers, intellectuals and other who can use reason in addition to revelation, to counteract the Ulama and their interpretations.

      To begin with, has there been any evidence, not belief, substantiated by demonstrations, of the Ulama version of life after death, that is permanent? So far no confirmation.

      Anyway, in the current SL constitutional Crisis, the Muslims should support the Constitution, as interpreted by the Supreme court.

      Over centuries, the Ulama battled with the Mutualizes, Philosophers, and using politics, the Ulama prevailed. Philosophers and intellectuals were looked down with disdain, so that the Ulama Hegemony could prevail. Now we have Ulama-ism, and the Muslims are like sheep.

      Ibn Rushd in his darkest hour.
      Despite his philosophical brilliance Ibn Rushd was banishedand his writings burnt.

      https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/artsandculture/2015/4/9/ibn-rushd-in-his-darkest-hour

      During that period, Ibn Rushd (126-1198) and Arab civilisation suffered two tragedies. The first happened when Ibn Rushed was exiled from Cordova to Marrakech, and his followers were persecuted to the point where they hid their knowledge for fear of being killed.

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      Nakeeb M Isadeen,

      ” For example Muslims overwhelmingly voted for MS against MR in the last presidential election. Today MS has teamed up with MR. Who do we trust now?”

      Now we have the data, the demonstration that Sirisena is a Traitor, Quisling, Sevalaya,(sleaze)Patholaya (backboneless unprincipled person) Mala-Perethaya (living off the dead) and Pachaya.(liar)

      “Historically, mullah leadership in Sri Lanka had been responsible and continues to be responsible for indoctrinating their students and followers with an attitude that considers life for a Muslim in this world transient, that the Hereafter is the permanent abode,… . ..In the mullah’s scheme of things one should live in this world as if one is about to depart from it the very next moment.( For that , one must die First) This Hereafter focused view of life received further emphasis in the mullah version. “

      Any demonstrations, any evidence, so far from those who have departed?

      After Life Goodies and beliefs SADHGURU DESTROYS Zakir Naik’s SHIRK Branding

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPfP6w6j-hU

      Caveat Emptor

      Why do Muslims allow themselves to be fooled by the so-called Ulama-Scholars, including the ACJU, and the many un demonstrated promises of afterlife?

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    “That is, do Muslims consider themselves people OF Sri Lanka or IN Sri Lanka? “
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    Politicians choosing to go to Mecca during that period is never a part of parochialism, but it is selfishness and short-sighted cunningness.
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    The religio-centrism infused by mullas has lesser impact on Muslims’ patriotism compared discrimination and sidelining tactics of certain elements in majority. Tamils have no mullas in their lives, ask them the same question. Don’t forget the selfishness of Muslims also contribute to this issue

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    Dear Nakeeb Issadeen, Let Dr Ameer Ali expresses his view, let L.Fareek expresses his view. I see there are truth in what they say……First of all these clerics who speak for Muslims in SL do not have knowledge on politics, geopolitics, diplomacy, Inter-relations, economy, and any contemporary issues. These Mullha do not learn and do not read, No longer an angel comes to reveal them the truth… Like every one else, they must read, and learn about modern issues but they do not… 7 years course they have done in Arabic colleges not enough..
    I was following one Sinhalese Bro in this CT news paper. His name is Mr Amarasiri, He knows about Islamic history, Islamic philosophy, About many Islamic scholars such as Ibn Rushd, Ibn Taymiah.. and so on. He knows more than our Muallha.. Knowledge is like a light.. So, if our Mullha do not know…what can we expect…
    Now, Arabic colleges must change the way they teach, the subjects they teach, they need good teachers too. they need a good syllabus too. otherwise, Sri Lankan Muslim community will be fooled by these Mullha.
    let Dr Ameer Ali do his job on behalf of Muslims. I’ve been following him for many years, Although disagree with him in some issues and some points I see him well versed in his argument.

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      When Buddhist monks and Fathers get involved in politics, you guys complain they should do what they are supposed to do. When Mullas do just what they are supposed to do also you complain…so what is the solution?

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        There is a big difference between a Buddhist priest and a Mullah. Vast majority of Buddhist priests preach peace and compassion while only a stray section resort to sinful activities. In contrast almost all Mullahs preach hatred and violence against non Muslims and you could hardly find a decent Mullah. So whether Mullahs take part in non-religious activities or not makes no difference.

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          Al-faqurlah,
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          Wish you had a mulla neighbor, so that your father could have started and handed over to mulla to finish it, so at least you would have been born with a brain. What you say?

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            Even now the name Al-faqurlah sounds like a Mulla’s son.

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          Al-fuqqa again you are writing like an idiot. All priest irrespective of their religion
          are requested to preach compassion and peace. Only a stray section resort to sinful activities is true in all religions. When it comes to sex vast majority of Buddhist priest and Roman Catholic priest carry out sinful activities. No need for me to give example here since you can see ample of them in news. Your priests’ junior residing down is tied to give up family life. Thanks god Buddhist are not following 100% of Buddha’s teaching, otherwise the Buddhist population in the world would be lesser than 1%.. Just think if there were no Buddhist who wants to earn more money, try to achieve what they dream and have wife and children? Are residing in Meetamulla refuse yard?

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    We should all be glad that a Muslim academic has raised this important issue. The question of indifference arises from whether we members of the minorities have a role to play? I am only certain that we minorities should be principled in not making matters worse and should not fish for advantage in these troubled waters.
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    The question whether we minorities want to be part of political Lanka and be deciders was emblazoned across our firmament in 1948, when the Citizenship Bill was before Parliament: Would we stand by the Plantation Tamils or betray them?
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    The bulk of the Tamil leaders and the Muslim leaders without exception betrayed them. In doing so we placed ourselves in a cast iron Sinhalese majoritarian polity, where we had no role, except when the leaders found a few of us useful in public relations, to tell a skeptical world that we were in fact a parliamentary democracy where equality was the norm and the rule of law prevailed.
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    We have suffered the consequences ever since.

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    Muslims are to be admired for practising their religion and avoiding the dirty politics in Sri Lanka.

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    The general perception among progressive Lankans is that All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU), is showing little interest, bordering on indifference, to the recent ‘happenings’.
    Amongst others, Prof Ameer Ali and Latheef Farook do not want you to be left behind. Please listen.

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    Ameer Ali lost his dream to be someone the west. Yet you write to make the international dream true, but the version. Just the like the Mohammad was, muslim dream is religious, economic and oppressuin in the name of and by submitting to the almighty. MMDA is there to keep women subjugated so that mullah can have four wives and their cohorts can divorce and treat the women they want. women are there produce snd send children along the conveyor belt. Anyway, LAtheef Farook is a MISLIMS RACIST. MUSLIM COMMUNITY IS A DIFFERENT. RISHAD BATHIUDDIN and RAUF HAKEEM, both of whom Srilankan prominent politicians handsomely, thanks to QATSAR SHEIKs who does Charity to spread Islam, are this united beczause THREE WHEELER parties do not make sense. So, every one is grouping and they had accumulated wealth too by what ever possible way. SOme how Sri lankan presidents and PMs this time also bend because all are organized. Anyway, what I said, MMDA is nothing for those muslim politicians because if work onthat Muslims ACJUs preqach against them. but they are politically organized so the politics work for them. BUT WILL THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY WILL GET HELP. No, only thing they want increase the muslim community by size. women are working on that. So, the Halal is collecting money to spread the Allah’s message. Will the people be better off. that is any one’s guess Definitely, Rishad Bathiuddin who came to Colombo during the LTTE just with a plastic bag full of stuff is now a wealthy land owner and even his family own lot of lands every where. Bathiuddin has established a dynasty in Wilpattghu upto Kilinochchi. He speread his wings even to Batticolas. Rishad and this time Hakeem too gave lot of DOUGH even to Ranil. So, Ranil is sympathetic to two of them. Ranil knows the last time they gave rewards to previous prominnet politicians.

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    You again Professori? Why don’t you spend the last stretch of your life in prayer and meditation to earn the Pleasure of Almighty Allah who has given you so much goodies in this worldly life instead of wasting our time in Sri Lanka by ALWAYS Blaming the Muslims here?

    Please understand that we can very well take care of ourselves without unsolicited and unwanted comments from a person who ran away from the country in search of greener pastures.

    For now, let me ask you what is wrong with a dozen SLMC and ACMC Muslim MPs going to Makkah for 3 or 4 days to perform Umrah? Is there anything they could have done here to solve the problem which the President and more than 200 Parliamentarians remaining in the country could NOT solve and are still far away from finding a solution? Get Real man.

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      Muhandiram, although you are not writing in an attacking way but what you are writing her should split the brain of that nutty Professor.

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      If one looks at this Dr. Ameer Ali’s profile, would realize that the bugger is utter selfish and been acting almost a traitor for his own community in many occasions in Australia just to keep his residence, his post as President of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils and status safer.
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      No idea from where he originates, but the bugger shows some “mattakalappu” attitudes here in CT. In the earlier articles he wrote favoring Muslims, then when he got from all sides by the Muslim haters, he changed his strategy and started to blame Muslims, instead

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    Ameer Ali doesn’t understand what he went . He thinks that was normal and natural. International community wants, in Asia, conflicts between muslims and buddhists. They want you to be united. So that they win what they want. But, you won’t win. Eithet Tamils or muslims will not win. Mark my words and watch how it unfolds. Then believe it. Even Wahabism which originated in Saudi Arabia is a result of western harassing. They, Saudi, could not control it. That is a very intersting story. Even you do not follow it.

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    I am speaking as a former Muslim who recently left the heathenism to seek refuge in the Buddha Dhamma.
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    You can cry all you can about “President Sirisena’s equally callous disregard to the nation’s constitutional proprieties” other grievances. But there will be no result until you purify yourself.
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    Muslim Hamba Thambis need to first of all get civilised and stop forming ghettos wherever they go, doing business only with themselves and eat beef without control, like hyenas etc.
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    They should all then converted to the civilised religion of Buddhism.

    Then all your conspiratorial complaints will be resolved.

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      I know you are a cheap Tamil trying to create problems between 2 friendly communities. Muslims never dump a ‘nut case’ like Kamir Nizamdeen to us.

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    Unlike most of the Muslim commentators and columnists here, Dr. Amir Ali is one of the most reasonable sane voices amongst the Muslims here. Although I do not agree with all his views , I admire him and respect them and he is the only Muslim columnist here , who has the gumption to call a spade a spade and not kowtow to these Wahhabi Mullahs and opportunistic Muslim politicians , who have enriched themselves immensely , at the expense of the Muslim masses and also created immense damage to the island’s Tamil/Muslim relationship for their own economic benefit and political advantage. Dr, Amir Ali is a respected person in Australia and had held important positions in Australia for Muslim organisations,. therefore brainwashed Wahhabis trying to belittle him is pathetic. A generation ago, despite the different identities for the island’s Tamils and the Muslim Tamils , that was based on religion , deliberately done by opportunistic politicians and the establishment, the British and then the Sinhalese to create a wedge and divide and rule , there was still a closeness and cordiality between both people due to the common language, culture and origin . There are certain sections amongst the Sri Lankan Muslims that has some distant Arab ancestry, they are a very small minority and are not representative. The vast overwhelming majority of them are Dravidian Tamils , who until very recently were practicing Tamil culture and their ancient 1000 year old tolerant form of Tamil Sufi form of Islam. This bonded both these people together , as they were both aware that basically they one and the same people , despite two different identities and opportunistic politicians and the establishment trying to create a wedge between them. Muslims and Tamils lived very cordially in the north , east and even in the south , as they knew that they were basically one people , with two different identities, solely based on religion.

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      There the Australoid crow SSS cawing again. Did you compile a new book with many crow history? Idiot Sufism started in Turkey and later spread to other places. Tell me the name of one Indian who started Sufism (not Those who followed)?

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      Siva Sankaran Sharma,

      Were you a stubborn child that your grandma had to do a lot of storytelling to feed you?

      Instead of wasting time on fighting if SL Muslims are Arabs or not, why not focus more on helping your Brahman community uplift their lives in this modern world where they become Dalits due to poor education and self-isolation? Nowadays they clean toilets, pull rickshaws and do all other menial jobs as per Hindustan Times.

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    As long as the local followers of the Islamic faith perceive themselves as ‘Sri Lankan Muslims’ (or Muslims who are Sri Lankans), they will not be motivated strongly enough to engage with other Sri Lankans to resolve national issues and will thereby “appear as a collection of parasites in public eye”, who are indifferent to and apathetic about the political upheavals affecting the motherland adversely.

    If however, the community does undergo “a radical change in its calcified mindset and narrow world view” and see themselves as ‘Muslim Sri Lankans’ (or Sri Lankans who are Muslims), then and only then would their concerns regarding any political upheavals affecting the motherland adversely be so strong as to motivate them to participate actively in joining hands with the other communities in seeking pragmatic solutions to such national issues.

    The Muslims must stop focusing on what differentiates them from the other communities i.e. their ‘Muslim-ness’ and start focusing on what they have in common with the other local communities i.e. their ‘Sri Lankan-ness’. The Muslim Political Parties and the Islamic Scholars are for their own parochial reasons hell bent on ensuring that the Muslim community remain isolated from the rest of Sri Lankan society and do not become an integral part of it.

    Brother Ameer Ali is spot on when he states that “The community desperately needs quality political leadership. The responsibility of producing such a leadership rests squarely on the shoulders of its intellectual class.”

    But this then raises the question : Why are the Muslim Intellectuals indifferent to their responsibilities to the community and to the motherland ?

    What is preventing the elevation of their consciousness from being a Muslim to being a Sri Lankan ?

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    Ameer Ali:

    You were never part of the Freedom Struggle. You used to flip and spy on the Freedom Fighters and report to the army and that is why Praakaran took the action he was forced to take. If not for the atricities by BBS you will be with the Sinkalams. Too little too late.

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      Muslims are Loyal citizens of Sri Lanka and are Totally Against the Division of the country. When the Tamil Terrorists realised that they could not get the Muslims to join them on their plan to divide the country, they Unleashed Terror on the Muslims. The Terrorists stooped so low as to kill Muslims praying inside Mosques in Kattankudy, Eravur etc. and murder Haj Pilgrims returning after performing Haj. Several other acts of Terror were unleashed on the Muslims in the North and East, the worst being the eviction of the entire population of the North in 1990 with Nothing but the clothes they were wearing giving the Muslims just a few hours to leave. They are yet to return to their homes and lands.

      Muslims are neither with the Sinhalese nor with the Tamils. They are for Sri Lanka and for justice for all for which they paid a Heavy Price at the hands of Tamil Terror Groups and have also been exposed to BBS Terror. But please note that Nothing will shake their loyalty to Sri Lanka.

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    Dr. Amir Ali,

    The Muslim community should take the higher ground and state that we are for the constitution and the constitutional process.

    ACJU cannot state that, because they are an unelected religious body, followed blindly by the ignorant Muslims. For them, MMDA is perfect, because it allows Muslim men to legally rape and own 12-year old girls.

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    Actually this idea that most Muslims today are descended of Arab traders is simply not true. It may have been correct that the Initial Muslims who arrived in Sri Lanka were Arab traders. However later on these traders converted many of the locals. Most of these new converts were low caste Tamils. As a result the bulk of the Sri Lankan Muslim population today are descendants of low caste Tamils and I mean this as a fact and not as a insult.

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      Has SL ever had high caste Tamils or native Tamils? All Tamils were brought in by the colonial masters for tobacco plantation. Only advantage Tamils have is there are no proper history records and Tamils are masters in inventing history and invest in it. Do you have archaeological findings to suggest that you people lived more than 2000 years there in the north? If we look at Muslims, we can tell who are Arab descendants and who are Indian descendants. Likewise, we can also differentiate Sinhalese from Tamils in SL itself. But there is no difference between Tamil Nadu Tamils and any Tamils in Sri Lanka including north, east and central provinces

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        Oh really another Arabian night fairy tale told to you by the brainwashed Wahhabi Mullahs , about the Arab/Moor origin of the Sri Lankan Muslims. Listen brainwashed , the Sri Lankan Tamils largely belong to the upper and middle castes and low castes amongst them is few. It is a fact and not fiction. They are largely descended from the indigenous Dravidian Naga tribes who adopted Tamil as their mother tongue around 3000 BC. and the immigrants who arrived from NE India 2500 years ago. They also have some South Indian Tamil blood that arrived with the Chola invasions during the 10Th century. This is reflected in their DNA they share a common DNA with the original Sinhalese 55% , as both these people largely originated from the indigenous Dravidian people and were one and the same, until Buddhism arrived , speaking the local semi or proto Tamil Elu dialect, that later evolved into Hela( Elu+Prakrit) in the southern parts but became proper Tamil in the north and east. The Sri Lankan Tamils have a marginally higher rate of Bengali descent than the Sinhalese 28-30% compared to the Sinhalese who crow around of their Bengali origin have only 25%. The Sri Lankan Tamils share a 17% DNA with Indian Tamils , as a result of the 10Th century Chola invasions. It is the Sinhalese and Sri Lankan Muslims who are largely descended from low caste Indian Tamils and other Indian Tamil immigrants and invaders , so stop posting garbage. Most of the present day so called Sinhalese are largely descended from Indian Tamil invaders and immigrants , from ancient to modern times. Their DNA proves this 70% DNA shared with Indian Tamils. You can lie but DNA will never lie. Half the present day Sinhalese are descended from low caste Indian Tamil slaves who were imported into the island during the Portuguese and Dutch era and settled along the south.

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          SSS,
          Wow, with your narration skills, if you go back to your homeland, TN, you will have good opportunities for becoming a film maker. But your bullshitting saying you are a Brahmin won’t work there, as they will trace your Dalit root, but don’t worry about it, these days Dalits are the bosses of Brahmins who got fed up of 100 Rs a day as Hindu Kovil priest and started to clean Dalit’s toilets for better pay for survival – Check Hindustan Times, if you don’t trust me please..

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          SSS Australoid crow, 90% of Sri Lankan Tamils were beggar Kallathonis who crossed the straights to come and earn in Sri Lanka even by begging. Even now it is going on but in a small scale because of Immigration and laws. You buggers were ever ready to convert or go as slaves for jobs and money. So colonialist gave education and jobs for converts. They took you tree climbers as slaves to other countries but not Moors or Sinhalese because they were unwilling and might rebel if forcefully taken. Naga Tribes belongs to several indigenous communities in North-East India and Upper Burma and they have Mongoloid features too. South Indians were Australoids and later features changed because of mixture with Aryans and Nagas. If you bring a Bengali and put him among Tamils or Sinhalese you won’t be able to pick him as Bengali. So much mixture for these thousand of years. But I am sure you SSS is from a place called Crows Island in Sri Lanka. Do some research but not in Wiki.

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      ABCD you are correct but these brainwashed Sri Lankan Muslims , who are also now being indoctrinated into the intolerant, barbaric Gulf Arab Wahhabi Islamic culture and behaviour will never admit to this truth, although in their hearts they know this is the truth, as they think it will be political and economic suicide for them to admit to their actual largely low caste immigrant Indian Tamil origin. Most of them 72% live amongst the Sinhalese. The Sinhalese hate them and despise far more than the Tamils and look down on them. They only tolerated them and kept them on their side, throwing tit bits and some crumbs from their table to their opportunistic and backstabbing politicians and elite , until they finish off and defeat the island’s indigenous Tamil population, as these were the only people who could challenge them , with regards to the ownership of the island. Not the others , as the rest including the Sri Lankan Muslims are recent immigrants. The indigenous Tamils also owned large amounts of lands as their traditional and historic lands, despite all the Sinhalese colonisation and most of this were in strategic areas. This is why the Sinhalese wanted to destroy them . Now that the Tamils are destroyed the Sinhalese openly show their hostility to these opportunistic fake Arab , low caste converted South Indian immigrant origin Sri Lankan Muslims. Arabs never arrived in their thousands to the shores of the island or South India, only a few hundred over a span of a few centuries. Only a few of them amongst them again would have had some sort of relationship with low caste Tamil harlots and produced a few hundred half caste bastards. These were the original Sri Lankan/South Indian Muslims. Half caste Tamil speaking Arab/Tamil bastards. Their present day descendants will not amount to even 1% of the Sri Lankan Muslim population. The rest are all low caste Tamil Hindu converts to Islam.

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        SSS Australoid crow, history will tell you Moors arrived in Sri Lanka long, long before Portuguese or British. They were prosperous traders at a time you did not know what is trading and 90% of you Sri Lankan Tamils were tree climbers and slaves. Only Keralite Dravidians were little prosperous doing trading. Do you see the shops here? Front open systems with goods displayed in front. That is Arabic system brought by Muslim traders. Nobody came by thousands those days, even Portuguese and British did not come like that. You are so jealous of Moors comparing with Austroloids like you so you are trying to make them low caste Tamils so you can say, “Hi look, our low caste Tamil Muslim so brilliant trader so we high caste Tamils are supper race”. BUT IN FACT INFERIOR TREE CLIMBING LOT. That is what you have proved.

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      Dumb ABCD, can you tell whether caste denotes race or ethnicity? Anyone will tell this was based on the works people do and this division was brought by Hindu priest to keep them on top as Brahmin. Tamil means it is race belonging to Dravidian group. What if a Brahmin going to die without giving immediately blood and if that blood group available from a Dalit donor only. Will he prefer to die or live? So don’t write shit like an idiot. Most people converted few hundred years ago when Islam influenced these areas. How do you know those people were low caste or high caste? Thousands of people are converting to Islam daily from all over world and there is no race or caste system in Islam.

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    Ameer Ali

    This is probably the Worst of your articles which is full of BS.

    1. I pointed out earlier your ridiculous observation about the Muslim
    politicians. Fact is, for the first time, they acted in a principled manner WITHOUT
    being tempted by hundreds of millions and Ministerial perks. In fact, it was widely
    expected that they will be the first to join MR govt. President Sirisena’s reported
    assertion to MR that “more than 12 UNPers will cross over” is obviously a reference
    to the 12 MPs from SLMC and ACMC plus some others. Even the shrewd MR
    fell for that. That they proved everybody wrong by their highly principled
    stand means Nothing to your befuddled, one track mind.

    2. You keep blaming the “mullah”. There were very few “mullahs” till about the 1970s
    and they played a very limited role in the lives of Muslims. Though the ACJU was
    formed in 1924, it was struggling to survive till about 2 decades back. When the
    LTTE and other Tamil Terror groups were running wild and making life miserable
    for the Muslims of the North and East from the late 1980’s, the ACJU was neither
    seen nor heard. Only in recent years, the ACJU has come into focus. Still, their
    concern is basically limited to religious matters and nothing more. You seem to
    think that they are or should get involved in political and other matters. How silly
    of you Professori.

    Cont’d.

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    Ameer Ali

    3. How ludicrous of you, to say of ACJU “It is not surprising that its members did not
    utter a word about the current crisis.” Apart from comments from one or
    two Buddhists monks and one or two Priests from Catholic/Christian Sects, has
    any other Priest/s from numerous Christian Sects or any Hindu Priest “utter a word
    about the current crisis”? So, why should you blame the ACJU?

    4. Your comment, ” it is shocking why ACJU has said nothing so far about the Saudi
    engineered murder of Jamal Kashoggi, which has outraged the entire world” is
    simply outrageous. When not a single Muslim country, not even the arch enemy of
    Saudis, Iran, has said a word about the Khashoggi murder, your warped mind
    finds it reason enough to blame ACJU !

    5. You made another idiotic comment about “Muslims” commitment to the national
    effort of the country quoting Anagarika to C.P.de Silva. Didn’t the Muslims fight the
    Colonialists side by side with the Sinhala Kings in the past?
    And, very recently, didn’t the Muslims of the North and East stand steadfastly
    against Separatism and Division of the country earning the wrath of the Tamil
    Terror groups for which they paid a heavy price in lives and livelihood? The
    Muslims of the North were the worst hit with their being mercilessly evicted
    from their homes and lands in 1990 and who are still refugees 28 years later.

    Contd

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    A very good analysis by Amir Ali. Why does Amir think that Sri Lanka is a non Muslim country? What is a Muslim country? Are not the Muslims an integral part part of the Sri Lankan nation and indeed of the Sri Lankan State? Take the case of the UK where some Muslims play a leading role its affairs.
    Bensen Berner

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      Ben,

      Muslims never consider themselves part of any country (not just SL) until the country itself becomes a Muslim country with Sharia Law.

      This is in complete contrast to the Jewish populations scattered all over the world. Jews, where ever they go, they adapt well to their host countries, albeit retaining their own customs and contribute heavily to the host countries.

      To the Muslim thing, the concept of country does not exist unless there is Sharia Law that defines it. Old kings of the Island made the terrible mistake of allowing these scoundrels to settle in the East. The modern govt. are making the same mistake by allowing them to settle in Wilpattu.

      But do not ever underestimate the sleeping Lion. When it wakes up one fine day, the boar (Tamils), swine (Muslims) and the buffalo (Burghers) will run.

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        Rtd. Lt. Reginald Shamal Perera,
        Weak body, weak brain, weak mind with mostly an ugly look, and naturally live in fear are called “hyenas” that usually depend on numbers to attack enemies. They are not called lions.

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        This Rtd. Lt. Reginald Shamal Perera seems a Tamil loser trying to discredit an ex soldier. Real ex soldier with this junior rank are not fluent in English writing

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    First one must ask Mr. Ameer Ali does he adhere to the basic tenets of Islam – offering his 5 times Prayers, Fasting in Ramadhan, performing Haj and giving annually 2.5% of his liable Wealth as Zakaat. Even if he does there is no scope for self opinionated views in Islam. His claim to be a Muslim Scholar is nothing but an absolute deception. Where did he acquire his scholarship. From Israel or Rome? He is treading on dangerous territory and risks losing his Faith (Imaan). His treachery towards Islam on numerous Islamic issues is well known – viz opposing the Niqab and Hijab in Australia, and his writings on the Muslim, Marriage and Divorce Act. He is one who masquerades as a committed Muslim but stabs the community in the back. His usage of the term mullahs in a derogatory manner unmasks his true nature – purporting to be a well wisher of the Muslims but in fact the very opposite.

    Academics like him abound worldwide. Indoctrinated and schooled in liberal western ideology they bring to bear their thinking on Islamic teachings to give fanciful interpretations from the original sources of Islamic learning – the Quran and Hadith. His snickering at the Muslim politicians for performing Umrah when the country is in grave crisis divulges his utter bankruptcy. Further his attempt to ridicule and belittle the status and behavior of the Ulema (who undoubtedly are the Guardians of Islam) when the country is in grave crisis portrays his heretical views

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