18 April, 2021

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Political Buddhism, Political Liberalism & Sharia

By Ameer Ali  

Dr. Ameer Ali

The recent verbal encounter between a government minister, who asked those who want to live under sharia laws to go to Saudi Arabia, and a former Muslim Governor of Western Province, who refuted the minister and maintained that one could live under sharia laws in Sri Lanka, which eventually ended in police arresting the ex-Governor under the Prevention of Terrorism Act, illustrates how deeply and widely has political Buddhism penetrated the realm of national governance and, under the so called one country one law (OCOL) mantra, imposes its own metaphysics on minority communities. This is an alarming trend, which no one wants to discuss in public, and which threatens not only to destroy the very fabric of Sri Lanka’s religious and cultural pluralism, but also signals the end of what John Rawls described as political liberalism with its “political conception of justice” and “overlapping consensus”. Political conception of justice produces fairness and overlapping consensus brings stability. In Rawls’ words, “Such a consensus consists of all the reasonable opposing religious, philosophical, and moral doctrines likely to persist over generations and to gain a sizeable body of adherents in a more or less just constitutional regime, a regime in which the criterion of justice is that political conception itself” (John Rawls, Political Liberalism, New York: Columbia University Press, 1993, p. 15).      

Political Buddhism is a 20th century avatar, although its seeds were sown in the 19th. It came into prominence during the very first parliamentary elections held under the Soulbury Constitution in 1947, when a group of Buddhist priests from Vidyalankara Privena appeared on election platforms to canvass support for political parties of the left. These political bikkus, a term coined by Walpola Rahula Thera and political Buddhism they promoted are obviously foreign to the original teachings of the Buddha, who eschewed politics completely. From the 1950s however, political Buddhism spread its influence and became a crucial element in deciding the outcomes of national political contests. The Sinhala-Tamil ethno-nationalist confrontation added further strength to political Buddhism and instilled its relevance and importance to Sinhalese leaders. After the civil war victory in 2009, political Buddhism completed its conquest of the Sinhala political mindset. Its ultimate target is to make Sri Lanka a Buddhist state in all its dimensions.   

Although political liberalism with a constitutional structure was a gift by the British, the spirit of political liberalism preceded the colonial era. The political conception of justice that prevailed during the medieval period was also a product of Buddhist virtuosity infused into governance by members of the Sangha. It was that Buddhism-mixed-liberalism, which produced justice and fairness which in turn brought an overlapping consensus between the ruling regime and plural entities of Sri Lankan society. That spirit of political liberalism was interrupted under colonialism until the British introduced liberal democracy on the eve of independence.   

As political Buddhism strengthened its hold on national governance since 1950s political liberalism with its liberal democracy began to be weakened, and the supremacy of the former was stamped without any doubt at the two elections, one held for the Presidency in November 2019 and the other to the parliament in February 2020. Today, Buddhist supremacists are in total control of all spheres of governance. Between the ascendancy of political Buddhism and retreat of political liberalism the overlapping consensus that existed between liberal governance and Islam started evaporating. The episode referred to at the beginning illustrated that evaporation. Similarly, the same minister’s announcement to ban the burqa and niqab, which is still to be discussed in the cabinet, the resolve to close down around 1000 Quranic schools, to disallow the import of books on Islam believed to have been authored by radical writers, and to open rehabilitation centres to re-educate suspected Muslim extremists – all in the name of fighting Islamic extremism, is the unfortunate outcome of the progressive retreat of political liberalism and evaporation of that overlapping consensus.

To end this brief note, the issue of sharia laws and their history in this country, deserves some comment. The so-called sharia laws were drawn and compiled by Muslims, for Muslims and when Muslims were in power. Therefore, there is guidance in sharia as to how a Muslim ruler or a Muslim government should treat non-Muslims living under their rule, but hardly is there any guidance as to how Muslims should live as a minority under non-Muslim jurisdictions. Also, the sharia laws that were originally derived by medieval jurists did not remain static for ever. They have changed with changing times and ideas and have become more modern through the application of ijtihad or human reasoning. Even today, through the same process, Muslim scholars are working on an ongoing project called Fiqh al-Aqalliat or Islamic laws for Muslim minorities, which originally began in 1990s. This project is not intended to isolate Muslim minorities and encourage them to live in ghettos governed by religious laws, but essentially to integrate them with the majority and create that overlapping consensus between sharia and liberal democratic values.

Andrew March, a political scientist from Yale University and an expert on Islamic political thought, has gone deeply into the issue of overlapping consensus between political liberalism and changes in the interpretation of sharia laws and found that the inter-accommodative capacity between the two is quite spacious, which enables them to coexist without much conflict (See, Andrew March, Islam and Liberal Citizenship: The Search for an Overlapping Consensus, Oxford University Press, 2009). “Islam would prefer to be expressed through a community”, says March, “where politics and metaphysics are fused” (p. 272), as was under Buddhist monarchs of yore; but he also warns that “were non-Muslim states to make wider claims to metaphysical truth, then it might be more difficult for Muslims to affirm citizenship within them” (Ibid).

It is this claim in Sri Lanka emanating from political Buddhism and asserted by leaders of the current regime that is causing problems with the Muslim minority. To the Muslims, the Quran is explicit in commanding them to “obey Allah, and obey the Messenger, and those charged with authority among you” (Q: 4-59). Yusuf Ali, in commenting on “those charged with authority among you”, notes that “As Islam makes no sharp division between sacred and secular affairs, it expects governments to be imbued with righteousness. Likewise, Islam expects Muslims to respect the authority of such governments for otherwise there can be no order or discipline”. It was this righteousness that prevailed from medieval times until recently that kept the equilibrium between Muslim allegiance to national governments and their freedom to conduct their personal life according to sharia. The Muslim Marriage and Divorce is the best illustration of this equilibrium. Of course, it needed reforms to keep pace with changing times and values of Muslim society, and that was why the Justice Marsoof Committee was appointed more than ten years ago to propose suitable changes. But to call for total abolition of Muslim personal laws under OCOL mantra is travesty of justice to satisfy the demands of Buddhist supremacists. Muslims were at peace when Buddhism infused virtuosity in governance, and they are in trouble, because political Buddhism infuses bellicosity.

Thus, it is the evaporation of that overlapping consensus caused by the erosion of liberal democratic values, that is causing conflicts between Muslims and a regime beholden to political Buddhism. OCOL, endorsed by the President, his viethmaga and political bikkus, goes against every grain of Sri Lanka’s inherited heterogeneity and plunders the human rights of minorities. The forced cremation of Covid-19 Muslim dead was a classic example of this encroachment. UNHCR was quite right in picking up this issue as one of the charges against the regime. Unless the political structure becomes more liberal and democratic, stability would be the order of the day. It is unfortunate that even parties in opposition do not want to distance themselves from political Buddhism. 

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    OCOL is the mantra of SLPP policy lead by Gotabaya Rajapaksa regime. But the regime do not explain or define what is one country and what is one law. What is one country. Sri Lanka never had a constitution before British rule in the island. One country rule came only after British. Even before The invasion of Portuguese and Dutch there were Tamils, Muslims and Sinhalese living in this island. In other words, there are different languages, different religions are practiced by these ethnicities. So, the one country law should be equal to all not for a group. The country has to accept this fact in bring one law for all. Nobody has the right to restrict or prioritise any religion or language or culture unless all agree that it has an affect on the right of another one. For example, killing of a cow is not acceptable to Buddhists and Hindus but not by Muslims. We should not have a law to ban kill or eat cow meat because you have the choice to make to kill or not to eat cow meat.

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      Dear Sensitive Readers,

      In today’s context:
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      You talk about religious rights, but alarming issue is that fundemental human rights, aka citizen rights are hugely being violated by incumbent GOSL today. That was mainly focused on the UN resolution introduced by UNHRC last week. Whatever they within the country spread, it was a greater defeat to srilanken nation.

      OCOL has now turned out to be One Country Rajapakshe Law (ONRL).


      No matter you bring all the required documents with you, passengers are treated as if they are COVID 19 bombs. Telling the palatable tot he world, they govt men have been on a most lucrative business targetting those passengers entering the country.

      It is seen as ONE man’s govt, as if srilanka belongs to their own property WITH no resistance from the public.

      We have to bend down to abusive millitary men, who are appointed by govt. Most oft hem are not fed with updated information based on due changes eventually being made by govt. Nor do the embassies have the most upated information.
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      Just imagine, those travel back home from farther destinations to BIA these days, have to go through all the unexpected, even if huge sums are charged from them for so called qurantining measures and PCR test perfromances.

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    The last sentenceof the article brings great despair to the minorities as Singhalese Parties in oppostion too uphold the Political Buddhism. They have a dilemma in that they too have to uphold PB in order to get elected to form a government. The Radical Buddhism has brought in suppressing the minorities rights and disaster to the country as a whole. GoSL have spent huge National Wealth on defence for the last 50 years. It could have been used wisely in developing the infrastructure of the country as well as kept our country safe from predators be it China/USA/India.
    Religious extremisms needs to be kept under check. The Rulers have so far been successful in dividing the minorities in order to keep their Power grip.

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      The laws enacted against speaking ill of religion are applied only for the minorities. You know a thug in robes called Quran a cancer and nothing happened to him and he is free. Can anyone say the same back to him? NO will get arrested and sent to jail. These laws are for minorities to take all the beating but not to give back.

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        It is the same in Muslim countries. Only non Muslims are sent to jail for Blasphemy. Muslim thugs can preach hatred interpreting Kuran to kill non believers.

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          Our problem is how we deal with religious rights in this country.
          It cannot be a tit-for-tat approach.
          Muslims are killed in Kashmir by the Indian state and elsewhere in India by Hindu bigots, Would that justify killing of Hindus by Muslim bigots?
          Hindutva thugs quote the Gita and kill Christian and Muslims. Does GS not object to it?
          The irrational anti-Muslim hatred among CT readers is registered against the green box.

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            SJ,
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            Not just relgious rights, but they have been violating all the fundemental rights of the citizen today in SRILANKA. Unfortunately, we can t see the light the end of the tunnel regarding a ray of hope.

            Muslims were brutally attacked in the aftermath of EASTER SUNDAY DISASTER, by MOBS set by Rajapakshe crime networks, who spoke in favour of the victimized innocient muslims ?
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            That was the most known fiction stammered by SRILANKEN media against that Dr Safi, who should have spent pressing the falopian tube of pregnant mothers while a group of medical doctors performing the CESAREAN SURGERY CUT. THis I happened to discuss with a MEDICAL Researcher (BMJ) lately, he went on saying, the kind of stories could only mislead gullible masses.

            I think this has lot to do with civilized societies. I have seen some countries in Europe have allowed Hindu Kovil to be set up safeguarding the rights of those hindu adherents. There also a number of mosques also in cathelics dominated provinces.
            We all know religion-based violations are unstoppable any country in the world, but the kind of violences are least only in Europe.

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          Well said “Dr”.

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    So long as the average buddhist thinks in their hearts that by supporting political buddhism they can establish a buddhist state where they can have superiority over minorities (definition of racism) and keep supporting and acting like entitled sad pricks (from personal experience where a nasty buddhist woman in my same office refused to let me take a bottle of water that was left for office personnel) then you can best believe this country will go down the path of self destruction further and further. The like of sarath the lowlife weeraseraka, wimal boorowansa and that fool who doesn’t understand how voting works or the rest of the crack pots will open their mouths and set the tone for this country.
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    Understand one thing sinhala buddhists, if you keep supporting the extremist elements within your societies in injustice and oppression towards minorities then you will meet your destruction at each others hands. myanmar is not an anomaly, it is a promise of what is to come if your continue down this road. This is the law of God. oppressors will not have any Light.

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      sitrep24,
      Tamils and Muslims who committed heinous crimes against Sinhalayo put the blame at the end on Sinhalayo.
      Muslims who came to Sinhale from Hindusthan as refugees were saved by Sinhala Buddhists when faced persecution by Portuguese and them gave asylum. But in 1915, Muslim extremists stabbed in the back of Sinhalayo by attacking a Buddhist procession in Gampola which eventually led to the killing of hundreds of Sinhalayo by British.
      Tamils who were brought to Sinhale by colonial rulers were given asylum by Sinhalayo when colonial rulers abandoned them. But Tamil racist extremists attacked Sinhalayo in Yapanaya in 1958 when Sinhalayo changed the English letters in car number plates to a Sinhala letter.
      In Sinhale/Sri Lanka majority is not oppressing minorities but the minorities oppress the majority Sinhalayo.
      Now you can decide who are the extremists?

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        Evil. I understand you are incapable of understanding or writing any thing different from ( not even the words) what you parrot here 24 × 7. If there was there was Tamil and now Muslim extremism then the SB terrorism has been there prior to both and is the primary cause of this cancer. And you are one of them. Can we expect anything different from you.

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        People who are distressed by recurring, unwanted, and uncontrollable thoughts or are driven to repeat specific behaviors may have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Some of CT’s correspondents show signs of such disorder when championing the Sinhalayo doctrine. Sad.

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        Senile Eagle, where is this place called Sinhale, we are all awaiting the incontrovertible evidence from you that there ever was such a place! Most on this forum feel sorry for your plight that with so many red thumbs down for all your comments, you do not seem to have the capacity to comprehend that you have lost your thinking faculty.

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        Among 10 men, 8 men can hold the other 2 and control their movements.
        What would the 2 men have to do to come out of the clutches of the 8 holding them.
        If talking does not work, They definitely would have to kick some balls of the 8 to escape.
        Now tell me who is morally right or wrong.

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        (Part 1)
        EE, Blind Eye and Forgetful.
        You have missed another timeline – 1956 – Dunking of FP members on the shores of Beira near old parliament house in the process of “Sinhale” Only act. Good thinking though convoluted, to establish coherence to prove your mythical point. What levels we descend. You are not alone. They who invented this phenomenon was known as the Daily Noise AKA “unofficial government gazette”, which enabled the publishing of the death of D E M O’Crazy in 1977/78. You would be only too familiar with that establishment, I believe, they are in the forefront of all campaigns by those who claim they are the sole defendants of Patriotism in SL Bullocks – That may have been true when D R Wijewardene was owning the establishment and definitely not after becoming GOBU in 1970. It is very hard to change history (Truth eventually surfaces in many ways) and it is further degrading one to attempt to do so.

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        (Part 2)
        EE, Your quote,
        “Tamils who were brought to Sinhale by “colonial rulers” were given asylum by Sinhale when colonial rulers abandoned them”.
        Oh, what did you expect them to do, to annihilate and “dethrone” the natives (government of the time) and get brides from Hindustan and proliferate their progeny, likeness to what happened 2500 years ago. Cannot remember History or an effort to rewrite “The Mahawansa”. Which is your choice. Good try. If only Kuveni was able to tell us the story. You make me distrust the Mahawansa too. Whether there is any more “Doctoring” in that historical record too.
        In all the melee of convoluted words, you forget King Tissa (Devanampiya Tissa of Anuradhapura – God Loving Teesan), Chera, Chola, Pandiya invasions, Chola Kingdom of 1000 AD and the chores of South Indian support fighters from the 3 South Indian Kingdoms propping up the Sinhale governments from being overrun by their enemies including Portuguese, Dutch et all. Don’t forget the Tamil inscriptions of the Pollonnaruwa period by the Cholas. Well well EE you have a lot of history to study and imbibe in to come up to the level of standards required for this position to write on DT. It is not easy, isn’t it?

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        (Part 3)
        The point that the above 2 parts make is that the Tamils were in the “Resplendent Isle” long before what the Ceylonese Leftists popularly chorus as the Imperialists, Neo colonists, Reactionaries advent. very much longer than that episode. May be earlier than the advent of Buddhism to Sri Lanka and Pallawa empire. So “let lying dogs sleep”, as i do not want to disturb the nest.
        However, reiterate your reference as to asylum seeking during Portuguese times is incorrect, invalid and inconsistent with historical and available archeological evidence. rest my case.

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        You have such twisted mind. Just look yourself in the mirror when you get up in the morning. You would pass yourself as a Jaffna man in minutes. Then who are you?

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    Commission got one thing right that is right now there is more of SB extremism than Muslim and others .Accept it

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      Chiv,
      Which bloody Commission found right now there is more of SB extremism than Muslim and others?
      Sri Lanka is flooded with Muslim and Tamil extremists. They are the guys who massacred Sinhalayo using suicide bombers, claymore bombs, AK47s and chemical weapons. You better accept that without bombarding blatant lies.

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      Chiv, we get your point these two extremists group are competing to out do each other, but SB had a good head start and thus well ahead on the road to hell!

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    It is always such a pleasure to read any of Dr.Ameer Ali’s articles , such
    eloquence,.and this one is no different and with cogent reasoning, with such orderly analytical.
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    To start off with Madarasa, in reality Madarasas were established to do away with the rationalist Islam and to merge both Religous Scripture learning along with secular education and to maintain a balance to not let secular education to negate the Scriptural interpretation by the scholars who
    replaced independent reasoning by using science and other sources, including anything that is rational and factual from other religions and philosophies.
    for an example , the all time creationist stance of the more orthodoxy and mainstream Islam of both Sunni and Shia. This was adopted by The Asharites ( which was to become the the root of Sunnism) in opposition to Ar Ray muslims which evolved to the later known as the Mutazilites ( Those who set themselves apart or left, ) They disagreed with the Asharites , especially in total freewill, where Asharites stance was predestination, however later Imam Ahmed Ibn Hanbal’s thought of Hanbalism, was widely adopted by all three other Sunni Schools with a small number still holding on to reasoning and freewil among Hanafis.

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    The one and the ONLY political leader who “Recognized” this “BRAND” of “Political Buddhism” was Sir John Kotalawala. He, even at the risk of losing his political leadership said: ” I will disrobe these thugs and apply tar on their heads and chase them away”. That was in 1956. See where we are after 65 years. Hasn’t that “BRAND” (Political Buddhism) taken over the entire system of Governance? Now the President, publicly declares, ” I am the President of the Sinhala Buddhists”. With that “Declaration” he has “SEALED” anyone other than a “Sinhala Buddhist” working his/her way up to be the President of the country. The worst scenario now is the introduction of a brand new terminology in the name of the Great Teachings of Gauthama Buddha is “Political Buddhism” another “CULT” that would escalate to “Extremism” and “Fundalism”. It is time for the “SANGA”- the TRUE disciples to realize the “DANGER” and take remedial measures to “SAVE” and “PROTECT” the Great Teachings being “Userpered” by “Miscreants” who have “Disguised” wearing “Saffron Clothes” and “Infiltrated” into the Governing System of the country.

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      Agree, had SJK treated this SB menace then, we as a country would have been in a better place now!

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      @Simon .
      He said , that to fake Monks .
      There were a few pretending to be monks and creating problems to his goverence, they were set up by certain political opponents.

      D

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    That was an absolute treat read and get an understanding of Sri Lankan political landscape for the period 1948 to date – 73 years of independent thinking by the erudite elixir of SL citizens. They have done very well indeed, in massaging the system to this level and heights.
    Negative is that they the majority of SL citizens – 6.9 million of them to boot – seem to be clueless of the teachings of Gautama, The Buddha, failing to follow his precepts, specially others in the community.
    Another example of obnoxiousness is that the majority wants to barricade the processing of Beef (Killing and distribution) in the country, which is consumed in the main, by the Muslims, because the Singhalese Buddhists appear not to have the “strength of mind or conviction to abstain on their own”, to follow the teachings of the Buddha, without the government enforced ban even on Poya. It is no secret that they still consume.
    My question is also, Do we have a system to monitor religious education – Madrasas and the equivalents in Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity for starters. If not, why not? Why, only Madrasas afforded this special privilege.
    That is unequal justice. “One country one law” goes to “smithereens”, at the behest of Political Buddhism. No more oneness. There are other examples too, one too many to quote herein.
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    Cont..
    As for your information of scholars trying to readopt Ijtihad, the hanbalis rejected it totally and others followed suit , except Shias and the small group of Hanafis whose creed is still Matrudi, mostly in central Asia.

    However the Hanbalis later agreed to permit Ijtihad on condition that it be used only with Quran and Hadees.The hanbalis are Ahel Hadeedist, and the Quran is always and exclusively interpreted by them with the use of Hadees.

    The Neo Hanbali Salafis are more rigid than their predecessors when it comes to Hadees.

    So the effort of Ijtihad by present day sunnis will not make any progressive changes to muslim minorities.

    maintainece and polygamy need strict reforms , where it is to be allowed only to serve the vulnerable divorcees and widows and not to marry young none married and of cause the total freedom and right to Religous dietary

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    Cont..

    The whole idea of Ijtihad is to be able to conclude based on independent reasoning, which I believe to a great extend is only followed by The Fathemed dawat of Agha Khan Ismailis today.
    Sharia the term itself is totally messedup , the people of other faith only connect it, to some totally barbaric practices of certain dictatorship and ofcause the modern day Kawarijs, whose uncompromising creed is based on none compassion, what is more frustrating is when both Muslims and people who are not Muslims parrot the terminology Wahabism, Such ignorance is disgusting .These are people who have zero knowledge about any thing to do with Islam, just because opponents of Neo Hanbalism Salafis, fabricated a term after the name of Muhamed The Son of Abdul Wahab a Student of Hanbali school , and in his short lived life,he did almost nothing to extremely reform the Hanbali school, which was mainly practiced in Today’s Saudi.

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    Cont

    Next time someone parrot this terminology wahabism ,need to be called upon a public platform and asked to detail and explain what wahabism is .

    However , Sharia has to be done away with , no need to drag the community into conflict , Sharia is erorrnessly induced to the minds of other religions , that it’s a part of devine revelation and thus they connect all the punishments some Muslim majority nations and the Islamic Rebels, terrorising the world with it, as Islam.

    T R A G I C

    What is needed is to assimilate what is Islamic mandatory into the local law .

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    Cont.

    Especially when it comes to marriage and divorce and polygamy , they can not be completely abolished , but must by all means be reformed.

    Polygamy is an integral part of Islam to protect divorcees and Widows from being exploited and also their children, it’s a sound and rational mechanism that serves good for the entire society.
    Along with marriage age of concent raised , divorce & maintainece to be strictly reformed ,While polygamy need to be allowed only to serve the vulnerable muslim women amomg the divorcees and Widows.

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    As soon as the disgraced politician said that he did not accept the national law of the country but an alien Sariya law, his citizenship must have been revoked, his driver’s license and firearm license must have been revoked, and the assets confiscated. Now his status is similar to that of an illegal immigrant. He should know that the driving and the firearms licenses have not been given to him in accordance with Sariya law. So if he wants the Sri Lankan citizenship back, he must take the citizenship oath.
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    Only ‘the political Buddhists’ can fend off terrorism-Islam.
    As a community, Muslims are still to explain why they killed 300 innocent people and injured more than 500.
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    The issue of blanket ban on niqab/burka may be handled carefully, because of visiting foreign Muslim women. But all terrorist breeding factories (Madarasa) must be closed for the safety of Sri Lankans. And ‘the terrorism for dummies’ manuals should also be banned.

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      You have exemplified perfectly the sad reality of the extremist buddhist beggar sinhalya. Let’s see.
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      You’re frothing at the mouth like a rabid dog when Islam is mentioned (a known reaction among from extremists buddhist beggars) which lead you to go on to say things like “ban the burka” “ban all madarasas” but then try to make exceptions for tourists who wear the burka. Lol isn’t that the usually policy, harm Muslims in SL then go forth stretching your beggar arms to Arab countries begging for donations 😂.
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      Hiding behind a Judeo-Christian name, a sad strategy employed by many extremist buddhists to hide the fact that they’re lowlifes.
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      You talk so proudly about national law, you mean that law you stole from your colonialist masters who were Christian ?? You national laws are based on Judeo-Christian morals. Because if it was up to monk-eys and fools like you sleep with animals and underage children (a speciality among sinhalese) will be given more importance than free education.
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      Also let’s not forget that the easter sunday terrorists worked for the slpp.

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    India the first neighbor of sri lanka has Absaint form UNHRC voting some muslim countries not had voted No These countries connections builders is not intended to isolate and demonstrated fron of the world. Minorities in one place and majority in other place.

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    It’s now 2021. Still we are a country that is divided and in deep shit.Whom & What can we blame?
    It may be the “INSECURE “ mindset of the majority race of the Sinhalese on one side and the Tamil speaking peoples on the other.
    It will be good for us to have the Canadian System.

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    Another turn in 4/21 inquiry!

    Rascal Aanduwa out there again to the Sainthamaruthu bombed home for Pulasthini’s DNA. Now Aanduwa wants to prove Pulasthini is not an RAW spy, she didn’t run to India, she died in the Rapist Army’s bombing of Sainthamaruthu home.
    Aanduwa is keeping Pulasthini’s mother under its full control. One of her relative seems to be not cooperating. So Aanduwa convicted him that he had sent her to India, because he was working with India to save her. For all these it was Aanduwa’s sheer stupidity that published “Pulasthini is in India”, who is already consumed by Rapist Army.
    Immediately right after, the UNHRC voting, Lankawe scooped up 50 TN fishermen to Lankawe. That is how Lankawe teaches lessons to India for its mistakes. But this time there is TN Assembly election coming. BJP candidates are setting fire to Modi’s administration that they won’t get even one seat again if the Lankawe Army keep punishes TN fishermen for teach lessons to Modi’s administration. So for the first time in history Colombo High Commission told Communist Denesh that “You let them go or else….. …”. That Communist took his second serious diplomatic blow within a week, this is from India. So Fisherman are let go. Now they like to stop hooting that “Pulasthini is an Indian Spy”, after all Rapist Army did something to her.

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    The father of Political Buddhism was Anagarika Dharmapala. The so-called Homeless-One. Born into a wealthy Salagama family [ Don Carolis furniture moghuls] his actual name was Don Simon Hewavitharana.
    Starting his internship with Col: Olcott he soon transformed it a new Brand of Political Buddhism! Col. Olcott whose mission was for the revival of Buddhism went back to the USA, a Disappointed man.
    Like the Covid-19 pandemic Political Buddhism has mutated and there are variants for which Vaccines need to be developed in double quick time!

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    Rajapakse family came to power with the help of SLPP with their slogan “One Country One Law”. It appears that this theory is applied only against Muslims and Tamils. If we are to follow “One Country One Law” system, which I am very supportive of, these laws should not mention any religion or race but should be generic and should govern all races and religions equally. There should be no special status for Buddhism other than recognizing Buddhism as the majority religion in the country. The same rules should apply to Buddhist Monks as it applies to Hindu, Christian and Muslim priests. Similarly all schools should be governed by the same rules that is applied to Buddhist Daham Pasala.

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    Par1:
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    The Buddhism or Politics is not the problem. It’s the people of Sri Lanka who are neutral in situations of injustice, actually chosen the side of oppressor without even realising it. is the problem.
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    Let’s take a look just one example from each of the three communities
    1. Black July, 1983 – The moderate thinking majority is not welcome but help the Tamil in silence by giving shelters & protection, blocking the thugs entering and searching their houses, safely send them to north in ships, etc. If not, the carnage is even worse than imagine. But never voiced loudly enough against the government to stop this menace. Then comes the birth of military insurgency and lost of peace and prosper for all.
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    2. The LTTE without even provide enough time and justification forcibly evacuate all Muslims from Jaffna and other northern parts from their inhabitant and not even allow to take their wealth with them. Tamils are silent at that time and lost the trust and support from the Muslim community as a minority ethnic group.

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      3. The Hizbulla thuggish politician forcibly demolish Hindu temples, occupy Tamil lands and even change the look and feel of the land like a predominately occupied by Muslims in east is not confronted by any of the Muslim politicians including Dr. Ameer Ali, the author or Muslim laymen. As a result, now Govt come up with an equally damaging practice of banning of burqa, religious teaching schools, etc.
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      Secondly Political Buddhism is not the brainchild of the problem rather myth created by a group at some point during the independence… “The country needs to be run by Sinhala speaking Buddhist”

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        Part3:
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        As a result, for the power, authority, and wealth maximising all the converts practising something as religious belief to please a group of religious leaders to be precise. This country is actually ruled by strong Christian believers or people come from that background in the recent past and present. JRJ, SWRD, Don Alwin Rajapaksa (father of MR), Percy Mahinda Rajapaksa, etc and their siblings and children, etc all are strong Christian family background project themselves as Buddhist saviours. The yellow robes and people believe it too.

        But what they essentially doing. To make the masses believe that their newly found love with the Buddhism is unquestionable by oppress the believe of other minority groups either through language or religion in the order listed rather than practicing more sincere Buddhism (which is hard to showcase to people). Therefore, they are not true Buddhist rulers is reality.

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    How many of them belief this? Definitely not the likes of Eagle Eye kind people aren’t it?
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    On a site note to author, the application of ijtihad or human reasoning…. is referred as evolving process at the same time quote Quran as a basis for all these. I am not practicing Muslim therefore please ignore my any dumbness. But explain to me how a spiritual teaching documented as Quran is all time (past, present & future) relevant to human life with modern day living and conditions.
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    Why Muslims need a sharia, or any specific law based on religious belief than a general rule govern by the constitutions? If that the case every religion comes up with a new rule, how a country can be managed in that case? I am seriously sincere here and not have any sarcasm intended.

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    The gap between the communities seems to be increasing rapidly, thus serving the interests of the political mandarins who have been raping Sri Lanka for decades, reducing the country to a marginalised, poverty-stricken and wholly corrupt land which was once the envy of other islands like Singapore. Tribalism is encouraged at every turn, whereas moderation or equanimity are discouraged. While people become malnourished as they have less and less balanced meals, depending more and more on medications or alcohol etc to relieve their woes, the rapists grow fat and lethargic in their positions of power. Politicization of religion is a rather simple ploy to keep people distracted from their real problems, and the power groups are doing it successfully. The people will not realise their folly until it is far too late.

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    I hope the Atlaugama thugs know anything about peaceful coexistence.

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      Regi boy, you are back? Did your handler allow you to roam the streets again? Have you taken your daily dose of prozac?

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    Islam is a total plan besides being a religion with the typical Abrahamic principle of believers and non-believers so deeply embedded within it. Hence, once religiously committed, life for Muslim is a nightmare in a non-Muslim society like Sri Lanka. inevitably therefore they are always pushed into a two-faced situation.
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    You are correct there is no guidance to a Muslim as to how to live as a minority in a non-believer environment. Neither Buddhist or Hindu philosophies have this concept. That why it is a constant conflict for the Muslim population whether it is in Australia, Sri Lanka, India, Britain, France or anywhere else.
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    Catholicism was like that until the commence of Protestant movement and that resulted in a friendlier living with non-believers even though their desire is to convert the local population.
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    Today, Christian societies are the refuge for many who are not Christians.
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    Muslims are faced with two choices: Either change the host society into a totally Islamic society. This is next to impossible in the modern world where one can kill their way. Other option is to learn and adopt to live peacefully with the host society.
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    For this to happen they must learn to truly respect others for their whatever belief system and not for any opportunistic purposes.

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