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Political Bankruptcy Of Sri Lankan Muslims Threaten Community’s Future & Country’s Stability

By Latheef Farook

Latheef Farook

Response of Muslim politicians, religious organizations and even civil society to the failure of the government to prevent violence against Muslim in the central hills early this month is deeply disturbing.

The senseless destruction of Muslim owned property and their commercial establishments striking at their very survival are enough for any Muslim politician with an iota of self-respect to leave the government as a mark of protest against its failure.

However it was wishful thinking. Muslim parliamentarians prefer positions and perks to the security of the community. The Sinhala leadership was aware that Muslim parliamentarians would cling on to the government whatever the harm  and however much insult they cause to the community.

True to this image some Muslim parliamentarian accompanied President Sirisena in his visit to Pakistan this week helping to cover up the crime against Muslims in the central hills and hoodwink the world. This include S.M. Marikkar, Hisbullah, Ishak Rahim, Mastan Cader and Ali Zahir Moulana.

They are so shameless and willing tools serving the government that Minister Faizar Mustapha gladly went to Geneva this week to defend Sri Lanka at the 37th UNHRC session. As a Muslim did he speak a word about the misery caused to the Muslims in Sri Lanka? 

However still there are silver line of hope as parliamentarian such as Mujibur Rahman refused to be part of president Sirisena’s team to Pakistan as a protest at government’s failure to protect Muslims. He was one of the few Muslim parliamentarians who vehemently condemned the attacks on Muslims in central hills despite bringing to the knowledge of president, prime minister and even the IGP of the anticipated violence against Muslims.

While politicians failed to protect Muslims, the role of religious leaders and civil society equally disappoint and threaten the interest of the community.

For example a delegation of about fifteen civil society groups led by the religious body All Ceylon Jamiathul Ulama, met President Sirisena on Thursday March 8, 2018- fifth day after the attack.

This is a political issue and not a religious matter. Thus the question why the ACJU get involved in such burning political issue. This also demonstrates the overall political bankruptcy of the community

During the meeting none of the participants asked President Sirisena “why he failed to stop the attacks despite numerous reports about this anticipated attacks.” Perhaps they did not want to antagonize the president.

On the other hand what is the use of this meeting after the damage was already done. Instead the ACJU led team, according to Ceylon Daily News report on 9 March 2018, extended their fullest support to this very same President Sirisena to establish a peaceful atmosphere conducive to all Sri Lankans to live in peace.

Support for what? Allowing racists to burn and destroy mosques and Muslim properties?

It is true that there are some issues such as black abaya, face veil, using loud speakers during call for prayers especially in predominantly areas where non-Muslims live, remain source of irritants to non-Muslims.

Many fair minded non-Muslims who are keen on communal harmony were urging Muslims to address these issues. However the ACJU has miserably failed the community and thus the country on these issues.

Instead in a statement issued more than a year ago and published in the Tamil Muslim daily Nava Mani the ACJU president stated that face cover and black abaya are compulsory. However he failed to quote any source from Holy Quran and Hadeeds to justify his claim. 

In this regard it is worthy to note that in his book “HIJAB or NIQAB-An Islamic Criique of the Face Veil” London based late Egyptian Islamic Scholar Syed MutawallyAd-Darsh had this to state;

“I disagree with the statement that niqab (face-veil) is an obligation and have been at pains to explain this from the outset. There is no hard or unquestionable proof in the holy Qur’an or Sunnah to that effect. Otherwise we are going to question the integrity or scholarship of the overwhelming majority of the learned community of Islam? I find myself amazed by the claims of latter day scholars who say” But we live in bad times… or society is bad…. Now women should observe this or that…..”. This is illogical attitude which opens the door to discarding Islamic rules, such as the government controlled muftis who say that modern banking is different from the lending and usury of time past. This is very dangerous trend indeed”.

What the ACJU need to understand is that we are living in a different era where there is a powerful global military campaign, the worst ever in known Muslim history, against Islam and Muslims. This well planned and coordinated campaign has been unleashed by Israel, sworn enemy of Islam and Muslims since the time of Prophet Muihammed (PBUH) and its United States, British, French and Russian  collaborators backed by their Arab tyrants in the Gulf.  India’s anti-Muslim RSS front BJP government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has joined this war mongers.

These forces which rape and ravage Muslim countries in the Middle East and beyond supported the recent genocide of Rohingya Muslims are here in the island with their own agendas against the island’s Muslim community. There are willing mercenaries among the Sinhalese to implement their evil agendas on the Muslim community.

Sri Lankan government’s failure to condemn this genocide indicate its changing policy towards Muslims. This also indicates that Maithri-Ranil government has been absorbed into this war mongers axis. This perhaps may be the reason why the government gave a free hand to racists to attack Muslims in the central hills early this month. Inevitable result is the political instability of the island.

The irony is that reports now emerge that besides the mob, the Special Task Force also terrorized people when they entered into mosque with their boots and attacked Muslims at prayer.

For example, according to reports, they entered the Hijrapura Mosque at the peaceful Muslim village of Kumbukkandura adjacent to Digana, and attacked those praying including elderly and taken with them two persons who were inside the mosque. They were beaten, terrorized and saved only because of the timely interference of a compassionate Buddhist Monk.

Muslim votes played a crucial role in Mr. Maithripala Sirisena becoming President and Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister after he lost more than 28 elections. The tragedy is that these violence against Muslims are taking place under this very same Maithri-Ranil government.

Meanwhile in one of the most disgusting statements, never expected from a man of his standing, Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya claimed most Sinhalese seemed happy about recent attacks on Muslims in Ampara and Central Hills.

What has the peaceful Muslim in central hills have done to deserve this punishment and how could people who claim to follow Buddhism be happy about inflicting misery on others? Isn’t this sheer sadism?

Betraying his racist mindset and displaying his ignorance, he threw a challenge to Muslims with a question whether they would invite a Buddhist monk for a lecture in a totally Muslim institution. Inviting Buddhist monks as chief guests and chief speakers in many important Muslim functions have been common occurrence.

He said embracing some aspects of Arab culture by Muslims in Sri Lanka is fanning fires of distrust. He referred to the changing dress code especially of Muslims women such as black abaya. This is a matter the ACU should have advised the community years ago.  However ACJU failed miserably.

The time has come when Muslims need to return to Islam, Islamic way of life and take precautions to protect their families, properties and livelihood.

Time has also come for the ACJU to wake up to the realities and prepare itself to guide the community and bring about better understanding among people of all communities. Thus the need of the hour is to overhaul the entire ACJU to bring in ulemas with integrity and whose images were not tarnished, who are not controversial and who feel for the community and respected by the community 

In the absence of a proper media, it is essential that Juma sermons in every mosque be devoted to subjects which would educate the Muslims of the precarious environment we live in, the powerful and sinister forces   conspiring against the community and the need for the community to be vigilant.

Indications are that the attacks on Muslims in central hills were not isolated and the predictions are that worse is yet to come.

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    LATHEEF FARooK: Catholics/Christiand passed their peak. So, it is now your term. No point of blaming everybody. IT began with you, there was a outside influence. that goes very well with the buddhism, well predicted. Only thing you can do is escape termination by nuclear bombs.

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      Muslim politicians, organisations and civil society did not make any response to the violence because Muslims are mortally scared of Sinhalese. They know that if they make any noise they will be marked and punishment given, not necessarily by violence. Government can easily go through tax default, business irregularities and money laundering. How many of these Muslims can account for the wealth they have acquired. Look at what happened to Rishard Badurdeen who was vociferous and when he was put on surveillance, he has gone silent. Same thing will happen to other racist Muslim politicians. You are right that worse is to come. Sinhalese feel that Muslims have gone too far exploiting their tolerance and need to be brought to book. Sinhalese are bound to take the law into their hands if the government ruled by any Sinhala party, fails to curb this Islamic inroad into culture, economy and even political power. Unfortunately mosques instead of educating Muslims not to antagonise Sinhalese, are by radicalisation of Muslims, flaming the fire of hatred,

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        “Government can easily go through tax default, business irregularities and money laundering. How many of these Muslims can account for the wealth they have acquired”

        And you expect to see all other Sinhal business are doing everything legally? If all Sinhalse and Muslims stop doing businesses, that will increase joblessness in SL, and default choice of certain community will be to rob, steal or threaten for state sector jobs. You and me will end up fixing additional locks for extra safety for our houses, and be prepared to pay higher taxing since the government has to pay wages the perks for nearly double the number of already world’s largest state-sector of worst lethargic lot.

        On the other hand, declined tourist arrivals (as you saw what happened during Kandy), no foreign investors, possible stop to already declining Middle-East job markets even our maids returned home will think of robbing and stealing to feed the kids.

        The word is not what it was few years back, unlike SL. Everything has its links and consequences – Those mobs attacking Muslims does not seem to have the capacity to think of this, but if both community starts to attack each other, we are in the making of another Somalia or Congo.

        10 days violence is a good sample piece of its negative effects on everything as whole. Decide if you want a better SL, or a land competing with Congo and call it your home.

        For your brain with limited capability, this is enough for a week, now go and concentrate on what you know better,

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          Mohamed,
          //And you expect to see all other Sinhal business are doing everything legally? If all Sinhalse and Muslims stop doing businesses, that will increase joblessness in SL, and default choice of certain community will be to rob, steal or threaten for state sector jobs. You and me will end up fixing additional locks for extra safety for our houses, and be prepared to pay higher taxing since the government has to pay wages the perks for nearly double the number of already world’s largest state-sector of worst lethargic lot.//
          Not many people in Sri Lanka do their businesses legally. But are you advocating that people should continue there illegal practices? I think that you supported Yahapalanaya to curb corruption and financial crimes. So, why are you people get agitated when Muslims are targeted for the same allegations?
          Besides, you act like there are no Tamil or Muslim state sector workers. Majority community holds the largest share of government sector jobs should not irritate a person like you.
          //On the other hand, declined tourist arrivals (as you saw what happened during Kandy), no foreign investors, possible stop to already declining Middle-East job markets even our maids returned home will think of robbing and stealing to feed the kids.//
          Now you have changed the subject for your presumption that Sinhalese and Muslims will go to war just like Sinhalese and Tamils were at each others throat once. In my humble opinion that is a very far fetched scenario concocted by bigots. Sinhalese have learnt their lesson of the black July and will not repeat such a scenario again. Even then, I do not think that Arab Muslims would look upon the Sri Lankan Muslims as their equals and take their side. Indians and Philippines do better in M-E countries even while their own people wages wars upon native Muslims.

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            Shenal:

            “Not many people in Sri Lanka do their businesses legally. But are you advocating that people should continue there illegal practices”

            Seems like you and me already know many people are doing businesses illegally. Sure many, just like us too know about it. What is there to advocate in there? Put them in the right track, rather than discouraging someone doing businesses and create joblessness.

            We supported Yahapalanaya to target the corrupt and the criminals – Why did you even think for a moment Y’palanaya should see if it is Muslims or Sinhalese? Just seeing a Muslim name commenting makes you a racist? LOL

            “Now you have changed the subject for your presumption that Sinhalese and Muslims will go to war just like Sinhalese and Tamils were at each others throat once” –

            Otherwise, do you think these types of intermittent one-sided violence will not have any negative impact on tourists, investors or other development related areas? A week violence in Kandy and its impacts are good examples.

            Agree that Arabs will not take our side – But remember, this is the way Arabs preference list goes 1: Another Arab 2: Europeans and Americans 3: Other Muslims 4: the rest

            Speaker Karu, already warned on possible repercussion on the employment opportunities during the last violence. For them it is just changing the country in the Visa application from Sri Lanka to another Dependant labour supplier.

            Cont..

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            Senali,

            Contine…

            “Majority community holds the largest share of government sector jobs should not irritate a person like you”

            It is your racist / guilty mind that thinks I am talking about Sinhalese only when I talk about state-sector in general. It does not matter how many Tamils and Muslims included in the state sector.

            I am a tax payer and it does irritate me when out of each rupee I pay as tax, over 60 cents is spent on the wages of state sector workers. I want to see it working for me, working for the country’s development at the end. Not to give a charity to someone whose half the tenure is spent on protests and strikes putting innocent public lives into more miserable on a daily basis.

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        Al-faqurlah

        “Unfortunately mosques instead of educating Muslims not to antagonise Sinhalese, are by radicalisation of Muslims, flaming the fire of hatred,”

        The average IQ of the Muslims is 79 , and the Ulama and the politicians are exploiting it. The Ulama are exploiting it to their own advantage as they have always done, 1,000 years ago, when the Muslims were in political control, and keep forgetting that Sri Lanka is a non-Muslim country and that Sri Lankan culture and environment is different.

        This became worse since the 1070’s when Wahhabism Salafism and the Arab cultural dress code was introduced., and they went BACKWARDS. The Muslims have let the Ulema introduced their agenda into their lives, aided and abetted by the Wahhabi Salafies, who follow the Satan, per Hadith of Najd.

        It was the Ulama who got the ruler to burn the works of Ibn Rushd, the foremost Islamic Scholar and Philosopher, 900 years ago.

        Despite his philosophical brilliance Ibn Rushd was banished and his writings burnt.

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

        In all the struggles endured by free thinkers in which they were either killed or exiled, we find the same elements of decline no matter the time or place. This includes the time and place of the struggle of Abul Walid Muhammad Ibn Ahmad Ibn Rushd (1126 -1198), or Averroes in the Latinised form of his name.

        Ibn Rushd is the most capable rationalist philosopher in the history of Arab civilisation, and the best versed on the achievements of his age and the ages before him.

        His various commentaries on Aristotle revived Aristotelian thought in Europe. Al-Kulliyat, a medical encyclopedia he wrote was the first of its kind and explains the role of the retina and other human organs.

        He also wrote The Decisive Treatise, Determining the Nature of the Connection between Religion and Philosophy.

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    mufti has made muslims weak with sheepish lectures. un islamic muftis acuj to blame.

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    Latheef Farook

    RE: Political Bankruptcy Of Sri Lankan Muslims Threaten Community’s Future & Country’s Stability

    (285 Words)

    “It is true that there are some issues such as black abaya, face veil, using loud speakers during call for prayers especially in predominantly areas where non-Muslims live, remain source of irritants to non-Muslims.”

    “Many fair minded non-Muslims who are keen on communal harmony were urging Muslims to address these issues. However the ACJU has miserably failed the community and thus the country on these issues.”

    Now, the average IQ of the Paras in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, Para-Sinhala, Para-Tamil;s and Para-Muslims is 79.
    “However the ACJU has miserably failed the community and thus the country on these issues.”

    ACJU wants to keep the MMDA Act, intact, and DO NOT WANT non-Muslim Politicians to reform the MMDA because ACJU still treats women as chattel, and wants to keep legally raping 12 year-old girls.
    Dr. Ameer Ali, a Sri Lankan Muslim academic says “The most disquieting aspect of Wahhabism is that, because of its advocacy of strict puritanism not only in practising religious rituals but also in external behaviour, it is psychologically isolating the Muslim community in plural societies”

    From where did the so-called Wahhabism, Wahhabi-Salafism and its Islamism clones, who have become catalyst for PARA-SINHALA BUDDHIST RACISM, – come from?

    Najd, Saudi Arabia, presciently predicted by Prophet Mohamed, in the Hadith of Najd, that the Horn of Satan, Wahhabies and its Clones will arise from Najd.

    Al Azhar Scholar: ‘Wahhabism/Salafism is a Satanic Faith, the Horns of Satan’

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZOA3Ho9AUk

    PS. Latheef Farook, what happens to a Muslim when he dies? What happens to a Buddhist when he dies? Is there any independent support for their beliefs?

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    Farook you are right the muslims are bankrupt due to these politicians and the ACJU. ACJU should employ professionals to avail themselves of proper knowledge. Also we should have level headed politicians in the Mujibur Rahman mould.

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    Well written article by Latheef. Since when did our Muslim politicians sat in the opposition .? Most of them are after perks. Successive governments failed to address the issues. ACJU needs reforms. They are out of date to address the issues. A new thinking and a new beginning is needed to guide the society from grass root level.. Professionals, intellectuals. , trade unions , organizations etc should come forward , work hand in hand and encourage and insist the Govt to address the issues facing the society.Otherwise future of this country is bleak .Youths are unemployed and disillusioned . Interested groups can make use of them for anti social activities. One more incident of recent nature can ruin this country. Politics to blame.

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    The fact is that the Muslim community in Sri Lanka does not have any leader who is genuinely interested in the welfare of the Muslims. They are only interested in the perks they get as MPs and Ministers. Be that as it may, can any true Buddhist justify the manner in which the racist Buddhist priests conducted themselves during the attacks on Muslims. Can anyone say that Sri Lanka is a truly Buddhist country when a majority of those in the Buddhist clergy act contrary to the teachings of the noble Buddha ?

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    Pointless blaming Israel. I do not see any Israeli in sight. The blame lies well within you. The Muslims can stop all this by behaving like normal Sri Lankans- do not torment women, do not keep yourselves apart, do not think that you are Arabs and dress like them (why not take to riding on imported camels and live in tents).

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      The Muslim politicians always have sided with the ruling party for the benefit of the Muslim community. But it is high time that they follow the TNA´s example and sit in the opposition. Mark my words not a single person arrested will be punished.

      The recent mob violence has nothing to do with what Muslims wear or Azan from the mosques. This is Sinhalese Racism and Majoritarianism against minorities and nothing else.Based on their mentality they taught a lesson to the Tamils and now they want to teach a lesson to the Muslims.

      Those who say that the wearing Arab dress is a reason should first question themselves as to why it is ok for the Sinhalese to wear western clothing but it is not ok for Muslims to wear what ever they want.

      The Sinhalese accuse the Muslims of extremism but for the past few years what we have seen is Sinhalese Buddhist extremism.

      Extremist will come up with all sort of excuses to justify their behavior.If Muslim women stop wearing Burqa or Nikab, If the Mosques stop the Azan even then they wont be satisfied. They will come up with more reasons to justify their rhetoric.

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      Kabaragoya

      Is the problem Only with the Muslims? What about the Majority community – the Sinhalese – over 70% of whom are Buddhists and who have been ruling the country for Seven long Decades since independence? Are we better off now than then? What is the political situation today? Isn’t the country leaderless, directionless with corruption and lawlessness more the rule than the exception?

      You blame the Tamils for the war and are Blaming the Muslims now and are sure to Blame them should, God Forbid, things get worse. If the Sinhalese Don’t put their house in order, what will happen to this country? Think about it, man.

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        Muhandiram,

        Yes we are better off than in the 50s. Our GDP has gone up, individual income has gone up, all most everyone have the access to electricity and water. Sanitation system is good. Infrastructure network is world class now. I can’t believe that why you people accept we are better off than the 50s. Maybe you like the olden days where Wallawwe Hamu who mimicked the Sudda fellow ruled the village.

        However, we had several hiccups along the way and we should learn from those and move ahead for a better future. Lawlessness and corruption was always there. What has happened today is that they get more public exposure than before.

        Finally, we should blame the people who had perpetuated the violence in the first place. Just fooling over selves for the political correctness will not bring us far.

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    Bankruptcy is far from being a monopoly of Muslim politicians. I am also certain that the writer has drastically misunderstood Mahinda Deshapriya’s comment. The original report may explain things better (http://mirrorcitizen.dailymirror.lk/2018/03/20/sinhalese-happy-about-recent-riots/ ). No one who knew him from university days doubted Mahinda’s tolerant and progressive outlook.
    Bankruptcy, to a greater or lesser degree, extends to all political parties at the time of independence. For much of the State Council days we had two great statesmen in the persons of T.B. Jayah and Natesa Aiyer who stood for a politics that was generous and non-communal. Up to a point the LSSP and the influence of the Indian Congress contributed to this outlook. That too I think was the intention of the Donoughmore Commissioners. By about 1941, faced with among other things, the pressures of war, the British rulers were ready to capitulate to Senanayake and Bandaranaike, politicians in whose narrowness, this country has been extremely unfortunate. The Partition of India was the final nail on Sri Lanka’s coffin. Nearly all other politicians and political parties panicked and came to humiliating arrangements with the Senanayake – Bandaranaike duo.
    That is how from being a minority government they pulled off the Citizenship Act with crucial support from bankrupt Tamil and Muslim MPs. The LSSP took several more years to succumb. We are paying the price for that Act even today and I see no end to our remaining an anarchy-ridden, third rate country in the Third World.
    Our Independence is properly characterised as a shipwreck. Everyone rushed to hold on to a piece of floating wreckage.

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      Rajan Hoole,

      “That is how from being a minority government they pulled off the Citizenship Act with crucial support from bankrupt Tamil and Muslim MPs. The LSSP took several more years to succumb. We are paying the price for that Act even today and I see no end to our remaining an anarchy-ridden, third rate country in the Third World.
      Our Independence is properly characterised as a shipwreck. Everyone rushed to hold on to a piece of floating wreckage.”

      Wow! Succinctly stated.

      Well add to that Para-Sinhala “Buddhist” racism, Para-Tamil Separatism, and since the 1980’s, the Para-Wahhabi-Salafi ideology and culture, and we certainly have explosives mixes.

      Who are the winners and who are the losers?

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    Why are you always finding someone, something to put the blame on when the root is not right?

    First, blame the selfish Muslims. Blame irresponsible Muslim fathers who always think of making money either way, blame the lazy Muslim mothers who spend most of their time spending in front of TV and least worried about how to better raise the kids, teach Muslim children how to be generous at their learning ages – This is the root-cause. If Muslim politicians are raised by fathers and mothers of these types, what could you expect?

    Get along and find a way to kick this bloody useless Mufthi Rizvi who is a disgrace.

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