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SL Muslims At The Cross Roads – XIII – Muslim Extremism

By Izeth Hussain

Izeth Hussain

Izeth Hussain

I have in mind a few more articles before I conclude this series on the SL Muslims at the cross roads, which will inevitably take some weeks. In the meanwhile there could be a case for urgent action because further violence along the lines of what we witnessed at Aluthgama – on a wider scale, which some extremist groups evidently desire – could well transmogrify the Muslim problem into something resembling the Tamil one. In this situation one question acquires priority over everything else: What should be done?

I believe that our first priority should be to address the issues that have been bedeviling Sinhalese-Muslim relations, sometimes for decades. In the remainder of this series I will address those issues, not in depth which will require much space and time, but in a limited way trying to get at the essentials. The in-depth studies can follow later. This is the prerequisite for meaningful Sinhalese-Muslim dialogue. Unless the ground is prepared by identifying the issues and trying to work out solutions for them, what is meant to be dialogue could end up in polemics. This already seems to have happened over some recent well-meaning civil society initiatives for dialogue.

MuslimI cannot see that there are any intractable problems between the Sinhalese and the Muslims, or even anything that should prove really recalcitrant to solution provided that there is a will to solve bilateral problems on both sides. Very probably there is a structural reason for this. It arises out of the fact that there are two distinct kinds of ethnic groups, one of which has an authentic claim to a homeland and the other hasn’t. This is a distinction to which crucial importance has been given, as far as I know, only by Walker Connor, one of the early theorists of ethnicity. By homeland is meant much more than an area of traditional habitation, which our Muslims can legitimately claim in the Eastern Province. By homeland is meant an area to which an ethnic group is indigenous, not one to which an ethnic group migrated in historical times. It provides the basis for claims to autonomy and even to separation, and it is the source of most of the major ethnic problems of our time. If the Muslim ethnic problem really becomes a major one comparable to the Tamil ethnic problem, it would be an anomaly. We must bear this firmly in mind in dealing with Sinhalese-Muslim issues.

Of the issues bedeviling Sinhalese-Muslim relations two, namely alleged Muslim extremism and population increase, have to be put in a special category as they are seen as posing existential threats to the Sinhalese. These really require much more substantial treatment than can be given in the present series of articles, while most of the rest can be disposed of fairly briskly.  I will now deal with alleged Muslim extremism. At the root of this issue is confusion on the Sinhalese side about religious extremism and political extremism.

What prevailed among Sri Lankan Muslims over the centuries was orthodox Sunni Islam. Wahabism which arose in Saudi Arabia in the eighteenth century made an impact on Indian Muslims in the next century through the Deoband movement, but not in Sri Lanka. Its spread in Sri Lanka was well after the Second World War, the consequence of the Saudis spending their oil billions to propagate it. Even so the Wahabis remain a minority in the totality of the Muslim world. I and others have found it practically impossible to establish what percentage of SL Muslims is Wahabi. Part of the problem is that the Wahabis or Salafis themselves eschew the use of those names since they claim that they are simply Muslims who practice Islam in all its pristine purity whereas others have deviated from it. I myself identify the Wahabi by the following: he wears a long beard, his wife and daughters wear the burqa with openings only for the eyes, and he eschews music and television. The strict Wahabi is in a minority, and so are Wahabis in a broader sense, meaning Muslims who are influenced to some extent by Wahabism. The mainstream Sri Lankan Muslim remains resolutely Sunni.

Many non-Muslim Sri Lankans, perhaps the majority of them, could have the impression that since Saudi Arabia is the land of the Prophet and Mecca is the center of the Islamic world as symbolized by the Hajj pilgrimage, Wahabism with all its associations rightly or wrongly with fundamentalism and jihadist terrorist groups, is mainstream Islam commanding the allegiance of the great majority of Muslim. The truth is that the great majority in the Islamic world, including the Muslims in Sri Lanka, practice Islam in the Sunni orthodox form, not in the Sunni variant form of Wahabism. I am insisting on these facts because it is important not to over-estimate the extent of Islamic fundamentalism and its progeny, the jihadist groups.

However, though in a minority, Wahabi and other fundamentalists have been making a far greater impact than their numbers warrant. This is partly because of Middle East oil billions and partly because of Western backing. For instance the spectacular performance of the IS, formerly the ISIS, has had behind it not just oil billions but Western weapons and Western military training. Happily those political factors don’t apply in Sri Lanka. Here what apply are the traditional extremism and militancy that have characterized Wahabism right from its inception in the eighteenth century. That has led to serious divisions and conflicts between the orthodox Muslims and the Wahabis, particularly in the Eastern Province. The death of Pailuwan, a Sufi mystic and I am told theologian of above average ability, led to very horrible developments in the Eastern Province. Dehiwela where I live seems to have a high concentration of Muslim females who wear the burqa, refugees I am told from the EP who are unable to return because of opposition from the Wahabis. In Beruwela some years ago there were deaths caused by orthodox Muslims consequent to intolerable provocations by Wahabis. And so on.

There are two things to be emphasized here. The dissensions between the orthodox Muslims and the Wahabis are of a purely religious order and have no political dimension to them at all.  Secondly the Sinhalese don’t enter into the picture in any way. There has been confusion in the Sinhalese mind about religious extremism and political extremism, caused by the activities of jihadists abroad. In Sri Lanka it makes sense to talk of Muslim extremism, meaning the religious extremism of the Wahabis; it makes no sense at all to talk of Muslim extremism in the political sense. It is therefore preposterous to hold that Muslim extremism in any sense poses an existential threat to the Sinhalese. It would be a good idea for the government to declare that charges of Muslim extremism in a political sense amount to anti-Muslim hate speech, which is punishable under the law.

This is the situation at present, but it can change. I have in mind the sudden emergence into public prominence of the Thawhid Jamaath some weeks ago after its public debate with the BBS, in the course of which its leader made some utterly bizarre pronouncements on Buddhism, including the detail that it encourages cannibalism. No Sri Lankan who knows anything about our Muslims can believe for an instant that any sizeable body of them can entertain such bizarre notions about Buddhism. More recently the TJ shot to public prominence again over the Gaza horrors. Muslim demonstrations on Gaza had been going all over the island, but the TJ project to hold one led to counter-action by the BBS and the banning of the demonstration. The last Political Watch column in the Sunday Island gives prominence to the TJ. It could be that the TJ is emerging as a significant force, whereas just some weeks ago it seemed to be negligible as a political factor. The question in my mind and that of some other Muslims is this: Is the TJ being promoted by a sinister group to bolster the image of Muslim extremism?

(To be continued)

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    This was on Indian Express:

    Islamic Terrorism Threat to SL : Gotabaya
    “There is information that some of these Muslims groups have even tried to link up with global Islamic terrorist organisations. This is a situation that requires careful monitoring,” Gotabaya said. “Some Islamic groups in Lanka have started to establish ties with LTTE-linked agents to create further problems,” he further said.

    :-)

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      aratai

      “This is a situation that requires careful monitoring,” Gotabaya said. “Some Islamic groups in Lanka have started to establish ties with LTTE-linked agents to create further problems,” he further said. “

      Gotabaya is a liar

      The President is a liar

      The Ministers are liars
      The Shills are liars,
      The monks are liars,
      The Sinhala “Buddhists” are liars.

      There lie scan be proven with evidence.

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      Izeth Hussain –

      The core sickness in Lanka, the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, is the Para-Sinhala “Buddhism” and its lies and imaginations from Dipawansa and Mahawansa. These lies and imaginations were there even BEFORE ISLAM.

      So start from there. Of course the Devil, the Satan Following Wahhabis and their Clones, and the Mara, or MaRa Devil following Para-Sinhala “Buddhists” are the same. They follow the Devil, Satan and Mara.

      http://groundviews.org/2013/10/09/isnt-the-nationalist-a-mental-patient/

      Isn’t the Nationalist a Mental Patient?

      By Dr E W Adikaram

      Are you a Sinhalese? If you are a Sinhalese, how do you know that? I have asked this question from many who call themselves Sinhalese. I have so far never received a satisfactory reply from any of them.

      I have also asked those who say that they are Tamils, Telegus, etc., as to how they know that they are Tamils, Telegus and so on. From them too, I have never received a satisfactory reply.

      When this question is asked, some get annoyed. Some ask back why I should ask this question when the reply is so obvious, some consider that the question is asked merely for fun. Still others reply that they have never given thought to this question. Anyway a satisfactory, a logical and an acceptable reply does not come forth from any of them.

      “I am a Sinhalese because my parents are Sinhalese.” This is the argument of many. This surely is not a reply but only shifting the question a little further, as the next immediate question would then be “How do you know that your parents are Sinhalese?” This shifting can go on further and further, but the question will not thereby be solved.

      “A person is Sinhalese because he speaks the Sinhalese language.” This is another argument that is usually adduced. But there are people of other nationalities who speak only Sinhalese because they happen to be brought up from early childhood in homes where only Sinhalese is spoken. Simply because they speak the Sinhalese language they do not thereby become Sinhalese. And also there are Sinhalese people who speak a language other than Sinhalese because they were brought up in non-Sinhalese homes. They are not considered non-Sinhalese simply because they cannot speak Sinhalese. It is therefore clear that one is not a Sinhalese just because he speaks Sinhalese. Similarly a person does not become an Englishman simply because he speaks English.

      If so, how can one conclusively know that a person is Sinhalese, Tamil, English, German or Japanese? There is no reply that could be given to this question. A right reply can be given only to a right question. A right reply cannot be given to this question because the question is wrong. When in truth there is no such thing as a nationality, how is it possible to give a right reply when one is asked to which nationality a person belongs?

      If you have an infant child, please examine its entire body as carefully as possible. Is there any special part of its body or mark which differentiates it as a Sinhalese child? However much you may search you will never find such a distinguishing characteristic. There are people different in colour of skin such as black, brown, white, yellow etc. That is due to the fact that their ancestors lived for thousands of years in places differing from each other in climatic and geographical conditions. But that colour does not give an indication as to what nationality a person belongs. As that child who is common to the entire human race grows up he will be given a name and will be deemed to belong to a particular race or nationality. That child who at the time is incapable of logical thinking, who cannot discern fact from non-fact and who hasn’t the ability to compare and contrast, accepts unthinkingly and unknowingly the nationality that has been thrust upon him. Having accepted it he gradually comes to believe that he belongs to that particular nationality. Please think over the fact that you become a Sinhalese not because you had some thing naturally Sinhalese but because of the belief created and imposed on you by the environment and society including your parents.

      Species of birds differ by birth from one another. Between the eagle and the dove, between the quail and the peacock there is a natural difference. Is there such a difference between the Sinhalese and the Tamil, between the Englishman and the German?

      So are the other animals. They have species differing from one another. There are natural characteristics that differentiate the tiger from the bear and the horse from the bull. Is there such a difference between the Japanese and the Jew or between the Chinaman and the Eskimo?

      Unlike birds and animals, all human beings in the world belong to one species only, the human species. In truth there is only one human race: what goes as Sinhalese, Tamil, English and a thousand other nationalities are only designations born out of belief and having no intrinsic significance whatsoever.

      If one sees things that do not exist and believes that they do exist, such a person we call a mental patient. On one occasion when I went to the mental hospital at Angoda to visit a friend who was a patient there, a person calling himself His Majesty Diyasena the King of the Sinhalese spoke to me and got into conversation with me. Not only did he firmly believe that he was King Diyasena but in his behaviour he even showed an affected regal demeanour. If any one told him that he was not Diyasena, he would naturally consider that person a lunatic.

      If we consider as insane a person who calls himself a non-existent King Diyasena, how can we consider as sane those people who call themselves Sinhalese, Tamils, English when in truth there is no such thing as a Sinhalese nation, a Tamil nation or an English nation.

      There is only one human race. We are human beings and not Sinhalese, Tamil or English. Biologically this is so. But those who are fettered with the belief that there is racial difference are incapable of seeing this fact.

      As the idea of nation has come into being by assuming as existent something which does not exist, nationalism has to be necessary considered a form of insanity. Not only here but in the whole world the vast majority of people are tethered with that belief, with that delusion.

      The main cause for all the wars that took place in the world in the past was this psychological aliment, namely nationalism.

      Even in the modern world which, due to advancement in Science, has all the opportunities for comfortable living, man has to suffer because of this disease of nationalism and its inevitable political tentacles.

      In big countries those who suffer from this madness contrive to bring about murder on a big scale with nuclear weapons etc. In small countries like Sri Lanka they kill human beings on a smaller scale and they hurt people’s feelings with various ridiculous mad activities such as the defacing of name boards written in languages other than their own.

      Mankind today is living in a most critical stage. Many do not understand how dangerous the present situation is. We should understand that the forces that work in the world today are different from those that existed in the past. Even a slight mistake can make the entire human species disappear from the face of the earth. We can avoid that catastrophe and survive this critical period only if we act sanely with the feeling that this is our world and not by murdering each other saying that this is our nation and our country.

      Shouldn’t we therefore be free of this insanity of nationalism and thereby cease to be enemies of mankind?

      Nationalism is not the road to peace.

      Truth alone will bring us peace and freedom.

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      This is something Gota and the clan want to see happening.
      Even prominent monks agree that BBS enjoys govt backing.
      Gota and MR are anti Muslim and they don’t shy to show it
      off.The Palestine-Srilanka friendship committee founder’s
      silence on Gaza and the show of gratitude by the Tawheed
      Jamaat to MR’s one million dollars palestine aid is ample
      evidence for Izet Hussain’s doubts.”Let the Israel punish
      the Palestine and I’ll give them some money for Gaza
      damages,” like I did to Aluthgama-Beruwala,BBS for mayhem
      and MR is for innocence!

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    Until very recently local Muslims were generally unaware about the schisms in global Islam where Wahabis, Salafism, the Deobandy and so on are now playing an increasing role. To some extent, they remained detached and disconnected to the in-fighting among these conflicting forces.

    In fact, although most of our Muslims fall within the Sunni category many of them, in ignorance, named their sons with Ali coming in e.g. Ali Mohamed, Ali Akbar, Mohamed Ali, Sadak Ali and so forth.
    Ali, after all, is a name associated with the breakaway Shia grouping in the Islamic tradition. The coming of the huge oil revenues in the Gulf (Arab or Persian??) took multiple thousands of our Muslims there – who also got immersed into this growing division – some of which to become very violent later. Some activist local Muslims, reportedly due to financial considerations, brought this virus here. This is now a cause of great concern among our hitherto peaceful and religious tolerant Muslims.

    The more recent phenomenon of Thawhid Jamaath is the most dangerous and is believed to have been behind the recent near “war” between Muslims and BBS-inspired Sinhala extremists at Dematagoda. Able Police intervention prevented a showdown that day. But the TJ, in order to steal the thunder of Muslim recognition, is likely to attempt further showdowns. What we witness, therefore, is a scenario where the new element of local Islam has to chose between Islamic Fundamentalism and the former peaceful and conservative Islam minus the new appurtenances like Halal, the Black Burqah etc. which many sections of Lankan society object to as unnecessarily divisive and provocative.

    Backlash

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      Backlash
      The name “Ali” does not belong to any group of Muslims.
      Ali belongs to all Muslims and Ali is not the founder
      of Shiaism. And the SLTJ’s objectives are not yet clear.
      They have picked up bits and pieces here and there from
      the Koran just to be different from other Islamic groups
      like Tabligh and Jamath e Islami and their entry had
      been quite forceful with some cosmetic changes, like in
      day to day lives of vulnerable,non-social and
      hypocritical elements which had been the usual profiles
      of other groups too.I can personally challenge them that
      they are not for justice,even when a victim’s life is
      taken away.And not only that,they will not do anything
      to protect an innocent Muslim neighbour who could even
      be their relative,from visible dangers.All they are
      doing is fighting for power among Muslims at any price.
      Power for what?This is the question Muslims must ask
      them.

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        “Shi’a is the short form of the historic phrase Shīʻatu ʻAlī meaning “followers”, “faction” or “party” of Muhammad’s son-in-law and cousin Ali” is the universally accepted definition.

        In any society where Sunnis and Shias are proportionately
        divided e.g. Iraq – it is very unlikely for Sunnis to name their sons with the name of Ali. With the Sunni-Shia wedge sharpening in today’s Islamic world, it may not be an exaggeration to say presently it is almost impossible.

        Backlash

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          There is a highly disinguished professor of engineering in the US by the name Ali Hasan Nayfeh. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali_H._Nayfeh

          He is of Palestinian origin and his son has been my friend for a long time; I know they are Sunnis. Though I have seen the name Ali with much higher frequency among my Iranian-American friends, who are all Shiites, it not limited to them.

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          What I am saying is,Sunni-Shia divide is neither the
          creation of prophet Muhammad nor his cousin Ali.How
          it came into existence and survives till now is,a
          long story.Even naming children after Ali or Muhammad
          is not a “must” either for Sunni or for Shia.
          Srilankan Muslims are Sunni and I as a Muslim did not
          know until recently that I am a Sunni because we are
          not taught at any stage on that line as it is not
          bearing any importance to us,although it is do or die
          issue in Iraq.How these differences were created and
          later got deep rooted is,in the history of Middle East.

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            “I as a Muslim did not know until recently that I am a Sunni..”
            This confirms my earlier comments. In fact, in Maldives, which became 100% Muslim in recent decades, you see much less Ali and
            Mohamed.

            Sunnis in Sri Lanka were reluctant to call them such
            as the other side had made the term derogatory identifying it with the male organ. Our Sunnis, therefore, prefer to use the
            name Sunna, while in the outside Islamic world it is different.

            Backlash

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              Sorry man,I took you serious and went on explaining
              the real situation.I now understand what you are
              after.Go on, tell us more about your knowledge of
              Islam and Muslims,Shia and Sunni,Muhammad and Ali
              What else?I also remember one Israeli man wrote in
              his creation that “Srilankans are like monkeys just
              off the tree.” Get inside if you happened to see
              any stranger staring at you.

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                See no reason for Whywhy to lose his temper. It is this unnecessary aggression and intolerance in the nature of the Muslims that is now under attack universally. First of all,
                learn to live peacefully with other communities if you live in a
                plural society. The hatred of the Jews you show here is not
                warranted. But then, there is so much of hatred and venom
                in the Muslims – the religion of blood, sword and revenge.
                Do you condone what is happening in the Iraqi-Syrian area in the name of Allah – controlled by the ISIS. They are putting to death those others who are not Sunnis – and that is other Muslims. With this record of bestiality are you surprised the world has risen against the violent creed of Islam – with due respect to the few of peace following the religion who are just as shocked and speechless.

                BTW, keep the “man” expression to your type – if you are unfamiliar with decent courtesy and salutation.

                Backlash

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    SL Muslims At The Cross Roads – XIII
    thirteen is an unlucky number. You should have stopped at XII now you must find something yet again to write for series XIV if not Musims in Sri Lanka will be doomed.

    However sorry mate it’s not Sri Lanka muslims who are at the cross road. Now it appears that Muslims all over the world are at cross roads, with whats going on in Syria, Iraq, Gaza etc

    why cant you guys be like the muslims in Bahrain, Dubai, Saudi Arabia…and enjoy life …dont pretend to be strict muslims and then indulge in guilty pleasures privately

    No one will read it any way as we are tired of your cross roads.
    I read all XII you have not provided a solution to the Muslims how to cross the cross road

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    Izeth Hussain –

    RE: SL Muslims At The Cross Roads – XIII – Muslim Extremism

    “What prevailed among Sri Lankan Muslims over the centuries was orthodox Sunni Islam. Wahabism which arose in Saudi Arabia in the eighteenth century made an impact on Indian Muslims in the next century through the Deoband movement, but not in Sri Lanka. Its spread in Sri Lanka was well after the Second World War, the consequence of the Saudis spending their oil billions to propagate it. Even so the Wahabis remain a minority in the totality of the Muslim world. I and others have found it practically impossible to establish what percentage of SL Muslims is Wahabi. Part of the problem is that the Wahabis or Salafis themselves eschew the use of those names since they claim that they are simply Muslims who practice Islam in all its pristine purity whereas others have deviated from it. I myself identify the Wahabi by the following: he wears a long beard, his wife and daughters wear the burqa with openings only for the eyes, and he eschews music and television. The strict Wahabi is in a minority, and so are Wahabis in a broader sense, meaning Muslims who are influenced to some extent by Wahabism. The mainstream Sri Lankan Muslim remains resolutely Sunni.”

    Well summarized above. Thank you for the Series, SL Muslims at the Cross Roads.

    1. While it is true, the Saudi funded Wahhabis are small fraction in Sri Lanka, they have become a virus. Based on Abdul Wahhab’s teachings, The Devil from Najd, they are mocking the traditional Muslims, and destroying the Muslims from within. They are truly the followers of the Devil, Satan or Shaitan.

    Hadith of Najd

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadith_of_Najd

    “A number of authors have claimed that the hadith refers to Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, the patronym of the Wahhabi movement. It is accounted that the origin of Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab is from the modern day Najd region of Saudi Arabia,[14] which happens to be the only surviving region that carried on the title of ‘Najd’ after the geographical codification regardless that there were several distinct locations known previously as ‘Najd’. This theory is generally supported by adherents to other various sects in Sunni Islam that have disdain for Wahhabism.[15] This is often speculated to be due to the revival of prophetic traditions, strictly clinging to hadith and negating what was seen at the time to be bid‘ah or ‘heretical innovations’, instigated by Ibn Abd al-Wahhab and later carried on by his followers.[16] as well as Twelver Shi’ism.[17] Contrary to the accusations there are numerical hadith that discredit this argument due to praise of the ethnic tribe of Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, being the Bani Tameem tribe, and praise for the region of what is now known as Najd and its peoples. Through anthropological records it is accounted that the Bani Tamim are the majority of people inhabiting the land of modern day ‘Najd’ in present day Saudi Arabia.”

    The Muslims are equally at Fault for nor property challenging and confronting the Devil Followers. the Satan Followers the Wahhabi, The Salafis and and Deobandis. They should be challenged intellectually, and point out they are Devil and Satan Followers, when in fact they are the Satan Wolf in Muslim Sheep clothing.

    2. Now to Para-Sinhala Buddhism,

    They are Paras from South India and India, Test their DNA Challenge them. They believe the lies and imaginations of Dipawansa and Mahawansa, with Flying Buddha etc.

    The Para-Sinhala “Buddhists” would have gone after any group who are not Para-Sinhala “Buddhists”. The Tamils, the Muslims and Christians are nor Para-Sinhalese and therefore ‘Them” not “Us”.

    So, the Para-Sinhala claims need to be challenged. The Native Veddah are the true Native of Lanka, the land of native Veddah, who walked 30,000 years ago to claim their land.

    It does not belong to the Paras. The Land belongs to the Veddah Tribe.

    The Vedda Tribe

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f89NuukY32U

    Tamil-speaking Veddas of Vaharai await war recovery support

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

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      After Qaddafi, and Syria, Izeth Hussain is nowhere man.!

      Pan Islam is Wahhabi which was promulgated to counter Pan Arab
      Now both in limbo state with another 30 years of oil.

      It makes him paradeshi not even pakistani.
      He had better turn to the weeping wall and confess
      that he was/is a conformist trying to look like
      the fashionable non conformist.

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    Izeth Hussain you continue to dissapoint me
    I quote “…. – could well transmogrify the Muslim problem into something resembling the Tamil one” unquote

    are you a Tamil or Muslim or Sinhalease or have you lost your identity? you Muslims dont know who you are?

    in what language do you communicate with your family, your children and your fellow muslims in Aluthgama?

    Muslims in Sri Lanka are indeed at a cross road.
    they dont know what is their mother tounge is Tamil or Sinhalease?

    You are trying hard in your series to differentiate Muslims from Tamils

    you are a Tamil speaking Muslim.Be proud of it and accept it.

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      Rajash

      “are you a Tamil or Muslim or Sinhalease or have you lost your identity? you Muslims dont know who you are? in what language do you communicate with your family, your children and your fellow muslims in Aluthgama?”

      Here are some answers for you…

      This is the Core sickness of the Para-Sinhalese “Buddhists”.

      Isn’t the Nationalist a Mental Patient?

      http://groundviews.org/2013/10/09/isnt-the-nationalist-a-mental-patient/

      Reproducing historic article by Dr E W Adikaram

      At a time when few practice what they preach, Lankan scholar, writer and social activist Dr E W (Edward Winifred) Adikaram (1905-1985) was an illustrious exception. As a public intellectual, he had the courage of his convictions to speak out on matters of public interest — even when such views challenged widely held dogmas or went against populist trends.

      Read on the link…

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        Amarasiri

        Great work by Dr E W (Edward Winifred) Adikaram . Every one need to read it including Izeth Hussain .

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    Not crossroads anymore. It is crosshairs and crossfire.

    SL version of Islam is not true Islam. It is corrupted form of Islam due to Hinduism. SL Muslim are Saiva-Islam people.

    True Islam is only Wahab teachings.

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      Blamestorming, Intubate Willy,Fat Imam bat breath,
      the Regime sponsored `wowla boots` වවුල් of fucktown The Usual Suspect.

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    Gota tells defence experts from 66 countries that there is Islamic terrorism in SL.

    Good to keep them informed.

    We all know there are Islam terrorists in SL. But what action does the government take? Nothing?

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    It would be a good idea for the government to declare that charges of Muslim extremism in a political sense amount to anti-Muslim hate speech, which is punishable under the law

    This is surely a very bad suggestion repugnant to anyone used to basic democratic rights. Trying to prosecute someone who says that, say, the Thawhid Jamath is an extremist political movement is not only a limitation of free speech, but also an attempt hid the truth. Furthermore, it will lead to a back reaction where the people will disobey this law deliberately.

    Furthermore, this writer thinks that the conflict between the Wahhabi and the older orthodox Muslims is merely an Islamic (religious) division and not political. Then what does he mean by political? Does he not accept that this is an attempt by one group to dominate and even eliminate the other group? It is a power struggle. Is that not political? Would he say that the struggle between the Catholics and the Protestants, from the time of Luther and Kelvin was just religious (doctrinaire) and not political?
    This is a strange viewpoint to come from a Muslim where there is no valid distinction between the right politics and the right faith.

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      So you are coolly the parasite surviving on slander.!

      ` Luther and Kelvin was just religious (doctrinaire) and not political?¬

      it is/was economic katte pittu.! the 2nd largest yacht design and build in the world is at Belfast. UK strength was derived from its navy stolen from the VOC.

      Tree worshiper all wars are economic .

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    Very careful monitoring of this threat is needed . Given the global terror network it could be a threat to any country . Tamil terrorists will look likes kids in a sandbox in comparison .

    Cheers

    Abhaya

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    The rise in popularity of TJ or Tawhid Jamath was in response to the hate campaigns carried out by BBS and its cohorts. Otherwise it simply was just another NGO like so many other Muslim Organizations around. They participate and serve in many social service activities, organize religious programs and offer scholarships for higher studies, etc. Their appeal is mostly towards young and energetic youth (both males and females) who lack the maturity and patience of the more wiser and experienced elders in the community. Of course they have made blunders along the way and have accepted their faults, which must be considered in the same light as the preposterous claims made by BBS Gnanasara and his troupers purported to be Quran and Hadeeth statements. Can we ever expect a public apology from them for all those false and misleading claims, not only against Muslims living in SL but for all Muslims living around the world? For the first time and if Allah wills, TJ’s opposition to growing militancy against Muslims living in SL, to stand its ground with a more aggressive response, is bound to gain popularity and is set to grow more rapidly in the future either for good or for bad, since all other Muslim Organizations are playing a more passive role of appeasement through patience and prayers.

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      TJ or Tawhid Jamath was in response to the hate campaigns carried out by BBS….
      These movements started in the Middle-East (where there is no BBS) and arrived in Sri Lanka under the name of Tawhid Jamath. The Middle-eeast shows how easily the Muslims fight with each other. It is a unfortunate that there is a BBS, as that unifies the Muslims instead of allowing them to murder each other as they are doing in their own kingdoms. The yellow-robed gang is limited to Sri Lanka and hopefully they will draw attention to the Tawhid Jamath that might otherwise get ignored. Izeth Hussein is saying, leve the M<uslim to Muslim fights to ourselves, we can deal with it. Even the LTTE said, leave Karuna to us, and we will deal with him.

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    Mr.izath we all know what ur really trying to say with this never ending series of articles. U r simply trying to white wash the Muslims as if they haven’t done any thing wrong. Fathima ur damn ryt Muslims only believe in the teaching of Wahhabi. (Extremism). In May places in srilankan the mosque forcefully imposes it’s sharia law on none Muslims which is unconstitutional to say the least. There is enough evidence given to our defence sector by the FBI n RAW about the Islamic threat to this country. Every mosque in every corner is involved n networked like never before. Therefore mr.izatha please don’t try to say that Muslims r a bunch of harmless peace loving people, ur takiya (deceit) will not work any more in srilanka coz the Buddhist n Hindu communities r well aware of the Muslim world domination plans.

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    IH says: “More recently the TJ shot to public prominence again over the Gaza horrors. Muslim demonstrations on Gaza had been going all over the island, but the TJ project to hold one led to counter-action by the BBS and the banning of the demonstration.”

    My point: Was the BBS simply counteracting TJ, or did their slip show by overtly showing support to Israel who are butchering innocent Muslim civilians in Gaza? Many entertain the view that BBS has a foreign nexus, and hence the show of loyalty to Israel.

    And has the Defence Secretary with his recent comments, wittingly or otherwise, become part of the project?

    It is patent that there has emerged a pattern of destabilisation of Muslims and Muslim nations after 9/11 spanning several countries, and emerged in Sri Lanka about 2 years ago.

    The machinations of Israel via its Intelligence arm “Mossad” often reads like fiction, but they are absolutely true.

    Read such books as “The International Jew” by Henry Ford and “Mossad” by Michael Bar-Zohar and be enlightened.

    Izeth, you may perhaps like to comment or expand on my observations in a future commentary as this appears to be a critical part of the anti-Muslim agenda world-wide.

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    Just ask any American, Brit, Indian or an Australian about Muslims.

    They know best.

    SL modayas don’t get it.

    Where are the peaceful Muslims gone? Hell?

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      Where have they peaceful Muslims gone? You will see in time to come, when they will be running circles round you. They will come in all forms, peaceful, hateful, graceful, spiteful, disgraceful, wonderful, whichever or whatever ‘..ful’ that you can think of you will find them, or they will find you for sure. Why? because everyone will become Muslims, and they will be the Masters of the world, and all that they survey will belong to them, and their intense struggle to survive against all the odds, the aggression thrown at them now, will pay off some day soon.

      Watch George Galloway on Youtube, a British Muslim Parliamentarian of the ‘Respect’ Party. He stands for many of the voiceless millions in all parts of the world, including the helpless Palestinian people living in Gaza.

      Watch Yvonne Ridley and her reason for accepting Islam. She was held captive in a Taliban prison and later released. She lived to her promise to propagate Islam if released unharmed, and now she is happy doing her bit by learning Islam and in the process deciding to voluntarily accept Islam and become Muslim. Presently she is a true ambassador of Islam.

      Be amazed. Watch so many personalities, both famous and otherwise who have reverted to Islam from all walks of life. Another that comes to mind is Hussain Yee, a revert who was born a Buddhist and worked closely under a Buddhist monk in a Temple, then converted to Christianity searching for the only true God. Finally settled with accepting Islam as his religion of choice. Since then after much effort in gaining knowledge, he has attained a higher level as an Imam and even conducts Friday (Jumma) Sermons and leads the prayers. Allah is the greatest.

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    muslims should be deported from SL to keep our sinhalese Buddhist country clean and peaceful

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