The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka (MCSL) has called upon the government of Indonesia to ensure the safety and security of Borobudur against the threats that have been posed on the religious establishment by Islamic State militants (ISIS).
In a letter to Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, MCSL President N M Ameen has referred to the reports of the threats posed by the ISIS to the ancient and historical temple Borobudur, which is the largest Buddhist temple in the world.
It has been pointed out by the MCSL that the ISIS threat that has been levelled against Borobudur has been carried out with the sole intention of targeting places of religious significance in order to create turmoil across the world in the name of Islam.
“It is an act against the Holy Quran and the teachings of our beloved prophet Muhammad,” Ameen has asserted in his letter.
The MCSL has called upon the Indonesian government to ensure the safety and security of the temple and other Buddhist sites in Indonesia and to protect these places of religious significance from any harm.
Emphasizing on the fact that Islam is a religion of peace where no space is allowed for terrorism or violence, the MCSL has stated that these threats and violent actions carried out in the name of Islam are funded and armed by vested interests to destabilize the Arab and Muslim regions.
Furthermore, they have pointed out that Indonesia – the country with the largest Muslim population is duty bound to protect all religions’ places of worship as required by their noble religion.