21 October, 2020

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So-Called “Causes Of The Sinhala-Muslim Conflict”

By Laksiri Fernando

Dr. Laksiri Fernando

There is a slang term in Australia, some people calling others ‘going troppo’ to mean going crazy. The origin of this slang is supposed to be the tropical heat in the northern parts of Australia driving people crazy.

I am not sure where Mr Tilak Samaranayaka exactly lives in Australia, but when I was reading through his article, “Understanding the Causes of Sinhala-Tamil Conflict in Sri Lanka,” it was this saying that came to my mind instantly. If he were living in Sri Lanka, I would not have said this, although I feel he is in fact affected by the Sri Lankan heat more than the Australian one.

Issues of Buddhism

His very first sentence itself is misconstrued to say that there is an “on-going conflict between the Sinhalese Buddhist organizations and Muslims over a number of issues.” On the part of the Muslims, the whole community is accused but on the part of the ‘Sinhala Buddhists’ there is a clear admission that only ‘organizations’ are involved. To be more precise, only two three organizations are involved directly and even indirectly.

The so-called ‘conflict’ is obviously a created one with some political backing and for political objectives. Although there are prejudices, fears and apprehensions being created, so far it is more correct to characterize the situation as ‘thuggery, intimidation and hate speech’ against the Muslims, rather than a conflict. It has overwhelmingly been one sided except some exposure of intimidation of the BBS by people like Azath Salley. Now the victims are persecuted instead of perpetrators being brought before the law.

The language, the tone and the pretended and concocted facts presented by Samaranayaka are more dangerous than the hate speech carried out by the BBS in the recent past. He appears to counter the arguments of those who rejected the ‘hate speech’ and denounced the violent attacks against religious and business premises of the Muslim community, also correctly pointing out that these were against the Buddhist principles. The last matter was highlighted by many because all these injustices were done in the name of Buddhism.

But Samaranayaka unashamedly says that “the argument that we should follow Buddhist principles and live accordingly has no relevance when there are two sides to a problem.” Why? The following is his strange explanation.

In fact, we are dealing with real people and real issues, and these issues involve two cultures, two religions, two languages, and two different life styles. Religion, cultural practices, and social values of Muslims are poles apart when compared with the Sinhalese.  It is an absurd assumption to accept that by living according to Buddhist principles, these problems can be automatically solved.

I am not sure whether he is a Buddhist to talk like that, but frankly I am not a Buddhist by birth although I have all respect, fair knowledge and considerable influence from Buddhism. But to him Buddhism has no relevance here because we are dealing with “real people and real issues” as if Buddhism applies to ‘imaginary people and imaginary issues.’ Then he says “religion, cultural practices, and social values of Muslims are poles apart when compared with the Sinhalese.” Has he discovered this only now? How come that the two communities managed to live peacefully in the past? Poles apart undoubtedly are not correct as there is so much rapport between the two communities.

No one would argue that ‘living according to Buddhist principles would solve any social problem automatically.’ There are other ways of dealing with our social problems through democratic means (not majoritarianism), nonviolence and most importantly respecting human rights of each other. But Buddhism is a profound philosophy which enunciates the Middle Path when exactly there are two sides or extremes to a problem. But artificially creating an antagonism or conflict when there is none, is not the way to practice the Middle Path. It is unfortunate if the Buddhists openly reject practicing Buddhism and criticize Muslims for practicing their religion, only on the pretext that they are poles apart from us. I think Samaranayaka should re-read what he has written.

Rights Issues

Samaranayaka talks about rights issues a lot. But his perceptions are completely misplaced. He creates victimhood to the Sinhalese as if Sinhalese are colonized by a Muslim empire. He says, “It is very unfair to suggest that only the Sinhalese should sacrifice their rights and values and provide a solution to this problem. Since the Sinhalese are beginning to take action to protect their culture, religion, and fundamental rights, they are branded as ‘extremists.”

See the words “very unfair.” No one has suggested that anyone should sacrifice ‘their rights’ unless those are privileges or ‘rights’ against the others. Since 1948, this country Sri Lanka has been governed by the Sinhalese and quite discriminately against the other communities, both ethnic and religious. We should have the rationality and modesty to accept that. The colonial period was a different story and it ended 65 years ago. What are the actions that the Sinhalese need to protect their culture, religion and fundamental rights when there is a Sinhala supremacist as the President with two thirds majority in Parliament? Why the religious and business places of the Muslims community are attacked to protect the rights of the Sinhalese? Samaranyaka should answer these questions.

Samaranayaka pretends to be fair for both sides and claims that since the Muslim side is presented that he wants to present the Sinhala side. The following is what he presents.

Muslims live everywhere in the country. In some regions, there are more Muslims than the Sinhalese. They not only live with the Sinhalese, but also carry out most of their economic activities with the Sinhalese and supported by them. Furthermore, they practice their religion the way they want despite the inconvenience caused by their religious practices to others living in the area.  Evidence that the Sinhalese are a tolerant community is that they allow Muslims in their neighbourhoods, contribute to their economic base, and allow their religion to practice. This does not mean, however, that there is no limit to their tolerance. Can the Muslims be considered a tolerant community, if they are placed in the same context?

Muslims living everywhere in the country (which is not completely correct) is a grievance for Samaranyaka. He does not even casually mention that the Muslims were evicted from the North and the East by the LTTE. Then it is a grievance for him that in some areas they are concentrated and more than the Sinhalese. The genuine ire perhaps is that ‘they not only live with the Sinhalese but carry out their economic activities with the Sinhalese and supported by them.’ This is not a Sinhala grievance but a grievance on the part of some Sinhala business groups.

He further says that “they practice their religion the way they want” as if they should practice their religion according to what Samaranayaka wants. Of course if there are inconveniences to others those could be placed before the legal and judicial authorities and there are courts and mediation boards to deal with them. But no one has any right to interfere with their religious dress or any other practice. Samaranayka claims that Sinhalese are a tolerant community, which is largely correct, not because that they ‘allow’ but they live in the same neighborhoods and engage in common economic activities. The tolerance is also mutual because Muslims are not aliens to have special permission to live among the others, the Sinhalese or the Tamils. This is a wrong conception in anyone’s part.

Then the real attitude or the motive of Samaranayaka comes out when he says, “This does not mean, however, that there is no limit to their tolerance.” This is in fact a threat which he repeats at the very end of the article again. I don’t know who this Samaranayake is and what connections that he has with extremists organizations in Sri Lanka. We should ask the question from him, however, when and at what point that this limit would reach?  At the last paragraph he says “The Sinhalese feel that they have been pushed beyond the tolerant level by the activities of the Muslims,” but does not explain what activities, except the population growth and non-participation in sports!

There are so many prejudices that Samaranayka has propagated in the article although he started by pretending to be an unbiased observer and objective analyst of the causes of the conflict. Even he uses the term ‘root causes.’ Even if there is any serious conflict then what he highlights cannot be the roots causes at all but some superficial subjective reasons on the part of some Sinhalese at most. It is ridiculous for him to accuse that Muslims are not participating in national sports or social activities, which is not correct, and even if it is correct, it is not a reason for a conflict other than for a for prejudicial mind.

Statistics

Perhaps with an economics background Samaranayaka has some ability to manipulate population statistics. There is no question that the population growth rate of the Muslim community is higher than the other communities as at present. But some of the figures given by him are not correct at all. He says, “During the thirty-year period from 1981 to 2011, the average growth rate of the Sinhalese has been 0.94% compared with 1.8% growth rate of Muslims.” The average growth rate of the Sinhalese for the period was 1.04% and not 0.94%.

Although I have no intention to go into details of his figures or calculations, if he has made his population projections on the above basis, those are then simply incorrect and exaggerated. It is a known fact even in Australia that population growth of the Muslim community is higher than the other communities. This is the case in Sri Lanka. What he does however is scaremongering without understanding the reasons. Before my retirement from the University of Colombo in 2010, I recollect that the issue came up during a seminar and a prominent demographer explained that further studies into the matter reveals a downward trend already among the Muslim community in certain areas where women acquire education and participate in the work force in addition to urban migration. As Dasun Edirisinghe reported to The Island on 18 March 2013, a senior officer from the Census Department, Mrs Bandara, had expressed a similar view.

Samaranayaka pretends to be a friend of the Tamil community. He on the one hand says, “There is no animosity between an average Sinhalese and an average Tamil. The two communities share long standing social and cultural links, and have common cultural and social customs.” On the other hand he says, “The ongoing conflicts throughout the world are either directly or indirectly related to Muslims whose ideologies are based on the rigid form of Islam.”

But he is clueless in explaining the drastic population decrease within the Sri Lankan Tamil community between 1981 and 2011. The percentage position has dropped from 12.7 to 11.2 between the two years. Hill Country Tamil percentage also has dropped from 5.5 to 4.2 between the two years. I am saying these to show that the superficial statistical explanations are misleading. But he believes “that the growth of population of the Sri Lankan Tamils is quite comparable with the Sinhalese.” This is hilarious and the explanation given is the following.

Although an increase of 1.7 million has been recorded under Sri Lankan Tamils in the 2011 Census, it cannot be considered as a net gain because the coverage of the 1981 census was limited to few parts of the Northern Province due to the ethnic conflict that was emerging in the North at that time.

In the first instance, if the coverage of the census was limited in the North then it should be an ‘underestimate’ in 1981 and then 2011 census should show a higher growth. Secondly as far as I am aware, the 1981 census was not limited to few parts of the Northern Province as he claims. That happened at the 2001 census but not at the 1981 census.

My conclusion remains, and even reinforced, that Samaranayaka has gone ‘troppo’ by trying to defend the Bodu Bala Sena.

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    Sir, I salute you for this article.

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      Laksiri trying tobe the best friend of Muslims … Not because any love of them … Only because he wants to bash Sinhalese Budhists and significant culture of the land … His long arms would reach any height if he could bash Sinhalese Budhists and the culture .. .. Some people wants to portray them as the best of humanity by bashing their own culture ….
      Balance and wisdom does not necessarily come into existence just because they are bashing their own ethinicity and the culture of their birth ….

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        Bashing and Reasoning are diametrically opposite things:

        Bashing is what Samaranayake did.

        Reasoning is what Dr Laksiri did on the other hand, has selected his language with precision and can easily be disected even at a court of law

        YOU JUST CAN’T STOMACH THAT!

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        He is a pragmatic man talking facts. Whats wrong wth it. Any body talking the truth today had been given a ‘Traitor’ lable’ and any one talking for Tamil are called an NGO or a Diaspora. Now, anyone talks for Muslims getting the same treatment.

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        Bruno Umbato, What the write has expressed is a very salient piece of work. People like you who see things with one eye, fail to see the truth and facts. For the likes of you any one speaking the truth is like as Orwell put it………….. ‘In a time of universal deceit,telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act’

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    was waiting for a rebuttal to that arse-clown! :D

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      :)fully agree

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    Dr. Laksiri Fernando is missing the larger picture, which is that there is no “Middle Path” in Islam. Whatever is done, is done “absolutely”, in adherence with “Islamic principles.” Dr. Laksiri should explain why the Muslims chose to have their own nations – Pakistan and Malaysia – rather than remain as part of India and Malaysia-Singapore. Where is the Middle Path here? He should also explain the failure of Muslims to integrate into societies in Northern and Western Europe. Where is the Middle Path here? Has Dr. Laksiri been to one of the ghettoes in Paris, full of immigrants from North Africa, ghettoes which even a Frenchman dare not go. Where is the Middle Path, when natives face exclusion in their own land? Soon, the East of Sri Lanka will turn into a ghetto, subject not to Common Law, but Sharia Law. Is Dr. Laksiri aware that Muslims in Britain have already demanded recognition of special “Sharia Courts?”

    The problem with Dr. Laksiri’s analysis is that he only focuses on Sri Lanka. It is like gauging the state of the economy by analyzing the ups and downs of a single shop. Islam is a global community. They call themselves the “ummah” and make preservation of their faith a religious duty, via “jihad.” There is a reason why the Americans with their billion-dollar weapons and well-trained army have been unable to defeat the ragtag Taliban.

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      We are highly impressed by your social standing. You could discipline in the final clubs of the fraternity or an Odin fellow; you choose!

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      Lester, you are a classic example of what the good doctor has described as a ‘troppo ‘. Get an authentic translation of the Quran,the Bible and the dhammapadha (the teachings of the Lord Bhuddha and the philosophy)and find the teachings of unity,peace and good governance and co-existence. Peace is universal, no religion teaches hatred. The so-called lacking ‘middle path ‘ and the modality of the Muslim nations which are in existence today(like Indonesia,Malaysia,Pakistan,Eygpt etc) are creations of the divide and rule policy and leagacy of the British and Allied task masters who colonised these nations and left them in chaos after literally raping their wealth, culture and unity. in response to your last line…. tell me when has America fought a lone war and if they did when did their troops ever succeed in invading a nation and win a battle alone.Nay, they always seeked an ally..remember the shame in Veitnam! Even with their proxy Israel in the Middle East, they have not vanquished the Palestinians or the others,but are successful in creating turmoil,rape and murder. Remeber…Religion gives meaning and purpose to human lives..but today the animals are more at peace than us.

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        Lester, Leela and few others just attack muslims for not good reasons. Most of their comments are not connected to any refereces either. They are sick people that may respect not even their domestic animals, so about their treatements towards human beings.

        Right at the moment, BBS are like a deadly virus found by Gota fraction within the last two years. They seem to be good at hate speeches. I even heard some monks being on BBS stages stammered stories about muslim kitchen and how they serve meals to the sinhala customers. All these were to make new conflicts between buddhists and muslims. If these type of monks led by BBS intend to create peace in the country is questionable to every 5 year olds, but not to leela, lester or the faction.

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        Dear Mohamed Fazly Ilyas,

        Where were the British and Allied task masters when Muhammed conquered Mecca, Medina, and Jerusalem by the sword? When the male captives were executed in the public marketplace, and the females were distributed among the harems of the jihadis ?

        Muhammed drove the Jews, Hindus, and Pagans out of Arabia; they have still not come back. Can a Jew build a synagogue in Saudi Arabia? It is not because of the British and Allied task masters, it is because your Prophet said no. It is because in the Quran, Jews are turned into apes and pigs. Do you deny any of this?

        tell me when has America fought a lone war and if they did when did their troops ever succeed in invading a nation and win a battle alone.

        America defeated Japan by itself.

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          Lester, 1400 years ago, the British were mining coal, tilling their fields and more concerned about protecting themselves from the invading Romans, Saracens and Scots and the Irish.
          Muhammad(OWBP) was a prophet of good carrying out a mission in the name of God. Every word and deed is by the command of Allah. You have anyhow failed to fathom the insults and sufferings he and his followers underwent during the advent of Islam. What happend in that era has no comparison to the subject on discussion.Please take some time to read the teachings and the ‘ sunnah’ and hadith(teachings) of the prophet of Islam on the method of war and treatment of the victims and their wealth and women. then you will be cleansing you brain of misguided notions.
          Jews are eternal trouble makers, the never heeded the words of God and and their Prophet Moses. Remember, for forty years they were made to wonder in the wilderness due to wrath of God, Hitler was so incensed by their behavior and went crazy to the extent of exterminating a few millions(my sympathy for the victims). If given an option the Jew will build a Synagogue even in Iceland!As for
          the Americans, they flew two planes with a few atomic bombs without a declaration of intent, bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killed and maimed its citizens, if you call that a victory,by today’s standards that would be Genocide! but then it was heroic to the British and the Allies.But Japan and its citizens woke up and built a nation which today is the envy of the World.

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            Jews are eternal trouble makers, the never heeded the words of God and and their Prophet Moses. Remember, for forty years they were made to wonder in the wilderness due to wrath of God, Hitler was so incensed by their behavior and went crazy to the extent of exterminating a few millions(my sympathy for the victims).

            This is why Islam is looked down upon by most non-Muslims. You still believe this nonsense about Jews being “children of the devil.” In Iran and Gaza, Hitler is seen as a hero. Hitler was a fool whose body went up in smoke. Thanks to him, the Jews have their own nation today, with one of the best militaries. Your Arab brothers can only throw rocks and shout “Allah Akbar” with their 1980’s Russian-made Kalashnikovs. That is why House of Saud lets kufir Americans live in the Kingdom, defiling the Holy Land with alcohol and prostitutes.

            Muhammad(OWBP) was a prophet of good carrying out a mission in the name of God. Every word and deed is by the command of Allah.

            Muhammed was a caravan driver, not a prophet. After he captured a few cities, his Bedouin brothers began calling him a prophet.

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              Lester, To reason with you, would be like managing to take a wild horse to water and trying to tell it the water is crystal in color and then trying to make it drink it. Evidently, you are anti-muslim as we can see the vile in the reply.
              I have not mentioned that Jews are children of the Devil, Whether Hitler went up in smoke or gas is not yet a concrete proof,Tell the Sauds about their misdeeds, so they can repent and seek forgiveness… you know from Whom!
              Learn the truth about Prophet Muhammad-owbp, before you further your abuse.
              He is the number one in the list of most 100 Influential men who lived on this Earth…. that finding did not come from thin air.

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              @Lester states Muhammed was a caravan driver, not a prophet. After he captured a few cities, his Bedouin brothers began calling him a prophet.
              For your information he was in charge of the Caravan in his trade mission – He was accepted as a Prophet before Islam expanded is well known fact except for Lester who buries his head in the sand.

              “The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

              “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” – George Orwell and Lester is an ideologue of this philosophy which is bound to fail.

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          THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD WAS BORN IN MAKKAH,WHEN 40 RECEIVED REVELATION AND ATTAINED PROPHETHOOD.AFTER PREACHING FOR 13 YEARS AMIDST ALL THE OPPOSITION FROM HIS OWN TRIBE AND EVEN CLOSE RELATIONS,HE
          MIGRATED TO MADINAH AT THE INVITATION OF THE PEOPLE OF MADINA.THE YEAR OF HIS MIGRATION IS THE YEAR 622 AD. AND FROM THEN BEGINS THE HIGRI CALENDAR
          Mecca was conquered by the Muslims on 11 December 629 AD (18th of Ramadan, 8 AH).
          AFTER 19 DAYS HE RETURNED TO MADINAH AND MADINAH BECAME THE CENTRE FOR
          SPREADING ISLAM. AFTER HIS DEATH HIS SUCCESSORS TOO RULED FROM MADINAH.
          JERUSALEM WAS TAKEN OVER DURING THE PERIOD OF THE CALIPH UMAR

          The Siege of Jerusalem was part of a military conflict which took place in the year 637 between the Byzantine Empire and the Rashidun Caliphate. It began when the Rashidun army, under the command of Abu Ubaidah, besieged Jerusalem in November 636. After six months, the Patriarch Sophronius agreed to surrender, on condition that he submit only to the Rashidun caliph. In April 637, Caliph Umar traveled to Jerusalem in person to receive the submission of the city.

          Upon Umar’s arrival in Jerusalem, a pact known as The Umariyya Covenant was composed. It surrendered the city and gave guarantees of civil and religious liberty to Christians in exchange for jizya. It was signed by caliph Umar on behalf of the Muslims, and witnessed by Khalid, Amr, Abdur Rahman bin Awf, and Muawiyah. In late April 637, Jerusalem was officially surrendered to the caliph.[16] For the first time, after almost 500 years of oppressive Roman rule, Jews were once again allowed to live and worship inside Jerusalem.[2]

          It has been recorded in the annals of Muslim chronicles, that at the time of the Zuhr prayers, Sophronius invited Umar to pray in the rebuilt Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Umar declined, fearing that accepting the invitation might endanger the church’s status as a Christian temple, and that Muslims might break the treaty and turn the temple into a mosque.[9] After staying for ten days in Jerusalem, the caliph returned to Medina.

          The Siege of Jerusalem took place from June 7 to July 15, 1099 during the First Crusade. During it, the Crusaders stormed and captured the city from Fatimid Egypt. The Siege is notable for the massacre that followed, during which much of Jerusalem’s population was slaughtered.

          Meanwhile, a ray of hope arose for the Christians in Jerusalem. Baron Balian of Ibelin had entered the city, with the permission of Saladin, to collect his wife and children. He took an oath to Saladin to remain in Jerusalem for only one night to carry out his task. But when Balian witnessed the hopeless state of Jerusalem for himself, he was moved to ask Saladin to free him from his oath, so that he could stay in Jerusalem and help in its defense. Saladin agreed, arranging for an escort to take Balian’s wife and children to safety. This action among many others has contributed to Saladin’s reputation in history as a chivalrous and heroic figure.

          But Balian could not succeed, as the city was simply too weakened and the Muslim armies too strong. On October 2nd 1187, Saladin’s armies broke through the walls of Jerusalem and made it their own.

          It was ultimately a bloodless conquest—Saladin had sworn an oath that no Christians would be killed once the city was taken, and that oath was kept to the letter. The Franks were banished from the city, leaving only the eastern Christians behind. Though the Crusades were to continue for many years to come, never again would Christian armed forces succeed in capturing Jerusalem.

          LESTER, THIS IS HISTORICAL FACTS NOT LEGEND OR IMAGINATION.

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            It is true that Muhammed did not conquer Jerusalem. But what about the invasion of Banu Qurayza and the execution of the male captives?

            Ibn Kathir commentary of the verse in his Tafsir is as follows:

            Then the Messenger of Allah commanded that ditches should be dug, so they were dug in the earth, and they were brought tied by their shoulders, and were beheaded. There were between seven hundred and eight hundred of them. The children who had not yet reached adolescence and the women were taken prisoner, and their wealth was seized.[2]
            [Ibn Kathir, on Quran 33:26]

            Religion of peace?

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              But what about the invasion of Banu Qurayza and the execution of the male captives?

              The conduct of the Jews during the siege of Medina was high treason against the State. Therefore, when the confederate army broke up and the danger to Medina was averted, the Muslims turned their attention to them.
              The Jews shut themselves up in their forts and the Muslims besieged them. But some days later, they requested the Prophet to raise the siege, and agreed to refer the dispute to arbitration.
              The Prophet allowed the Jews to choose their own arbitrator. Here they made a very costly blunder. They should have chosen Muhammad himself – the embodiment of mercy – to be their judge. If they had, he would have allowed them to depart from Medina with their baggage and their animals, and the incident would have been closed.
              But the Jews didn’t choose Muhammad as their judge. Instead, they chose Sa’ad ibn Muadh, the leader of their former allies, the Aus. Sa’ad was a man who was utterly reckless with life – his own as well as that of others.
              Sa’ad had received a mortal wound during the battle of the Trench, and in fact died soon after he had passed judgment on the fate of the Jews. HE declared treason to be an unpardonable offense, and his verdict was inexorable. He invoked the Torah, the Scripture of the Jews, and sentenced all men to death, and women and children to slavery.
              The number of WARRIORS who were executed was 400. Three of Banu Qurayzah were spared because they entered Islam and they kept their wealth; three others may have been spared because they were protected by some of the companions because of their loyalty to the treaty during the siege. There are many reports dealing with this, but they cannot be taken as valid evidence. The prisoners were detained in the house of Bint al Harith.
              Only one of their women was killed she had killed one of the companions — Khalid ibn Suwayd — by dropping a millstone on him. Boys below the age of puberty were released.

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              Jamal is trying to twist the facts. The Jews did not commit treason. This is what really happened:

              In 627 AD, Abu Sufyan, led an attack on Medina during the Battle of the Trench.[24] The Qurayza did not participate in the fighting – according to David Norcliffe, but they lent tools to the Muslims, to defend themselves in Medina. The Qurayza were deeply offended by Muhammad’s recitation of revelations which strongly attacked Jews.[19] According to Al-Waqidi, the Banu Qurayza helped the defense effort of Medina by supplying spades, picks, and baskets for the excavation of the defensive trench the defenders of Medina had dug in preparation.[20] According to Watt, the Banu Qurayza “seem to have tried to remain neutral” in the battle[26] but later changed their attitude when a Jew from Khaybar persuaded them that Muhammad was sure to be overwhelmed, making them doubt whether they should help and ally with Muhammad[24] and though they did not commit any act overtly hostile to Muhammad, according to Watt,[18] they entered into negotiations with the invading army to reach a settlement. [26] Musnad Ahmad ibn Hanbal no. 22823 also mentions that the Qurayza helped Muhammad by turning down Abu Sufyan when he wanted there help to attack Muhammad, and that Abu Sufyan was not happy with them.[27]

              According to The Sealed Nectar, a modern Islamic biography of Muhammad written by the Indian Muslim author Saif ur-Rahman Mubarakpuri, the Angel Gabriel visited Muhammad while he was washing clothes at Umm Salama’s house, asking that he should unsheathe his sword and to go to the Banu Qurayza and fight them.

              So, Muhammed used his fake vision of some non-existant as an excuse to attack the Banu Qurazya.

              In any case, who executes hundreds of surrendering prisoners. Only a violent psychopath.

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              The Qurayza were deeply offended by Muhammad’s recitation of revelations which strongly attacked Jews.

              Let us examine what these revelations are.

              Frederick M. Schweitzer and Marvin Perry state that references to Jews in the Quran are mostly negative. The Quran states that wretchedness and baseness were stamped upon the Jews, and they were visited with wrath from Allah, that was because they disbelieved in Allah’s revelations and slew the prophets wrongfully. And for their taking usury, which was prohibited for them, and because of their consuming people’s wealth under false pretense, a painful punishment was prepared for them. The Quran requires their “abasement and poverty” in the form of the poll tax jizya. In his “wrath” God has “cursed” the Jews and will turn them into apes/monkeys and swine and idol worshipers because they are “infidels”.

              So, after calling the Jews apes and pigs, Muhammed proceeded to execute 600-900 of them, via beheading.

              Religion of peace?

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            Ayman, thanks for the article and a much needed clarification for the dumb and dumber kinds like Lester and Co.,

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            @Lester “Jamal is trying to twist the facts. The Jews did not commit treason. “
            Lester please do not start this BS over again. You are not interested in FACTS but to relay the hogwash you glean from the Internet from known Islamphobe sites. This is very Plain for everyone. You go on in a mindless TROLL day in and day out with the same hackneyed anti-sunni -Islam Garbage. Muslims do not require the services of a MAD IDIOT to do the translation of the Quran for them. If you do not accept the Scholars of ISLAM thats fine. If you believe in whatever you wish to believe thats fine. But please do not insult the intelligence of other people by trying to IMPOSE your beliefs, and Your LIES as what the Quran teaches us and what the TRUTH IS. Of course we know that the tumor in your brain is causing all this and we have to bear with you till it reaches the final conclusion, but it might relieve your pain if you take some sedative with CN cap to end your episode peacefully. PEACE!

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      But why, Heshan/Lester, are none of these issues you talk about apparent here in SL?

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      If Muslims have no middle path that is not an issue for the Sinhalese. How they live in in France or Britain is a matter for those countries and we need not take umbrage due to that. What about Blacks living in ghettos in the U.S.? What about Muslims living in Malaysia, Indonesia, India, and in the Middle East? Are they living in ghettos? Your comment is misplaced and not that of a Buddhist following the middle path but one trying to emulate the extremism of others that you condemn.

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        You are missing the point. Muslims are Muslim first, “Sri Lankan” second. Muslims have a global identity; they are part of the “ummah.” Just like their Jewish cousins who call non-Jews as “goy”, Muslims call non-Muslims as “kufir.” Muslims have little respect for either kufirs or their culture. That is why in England, they chase (white) British girls, who are seen as “loose.” While forcing their own daughters and wives to wear hijab. What you must really understand is that it is acceptable for a jihadi to kill kufirs and forcibly take their women. See Surah 9:5:


        And when the sacred months have passed, then kill the polytheists wherever you find them and capture them and besiege them and sit in wait for them at every place of ambush. But if they should repent, establish prayer, and give zakah, let them [go] on their way. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.

        Do not concern yourself with spiced up translations of the Quran that make Islam look mild… understand the life of Muhammed, because he is the one who Muslims imitate when they go to war or do jihad.

        Tabari VIII:116
        Ishaq:511 “So Muhammad began seizing their herds and their property bit by bit. He conquered home by home. The Messenger took some of its people captive, including Safiyah and her two cousins. The Prophet chose Safiyah for himself.”

        Ishaq:511 “When Dihyah protested, wanting to keep Safiyah for himself, the Apostle traded for Safiyah by giving Dihyah her two cousins. The women of Khaybar were distributed among the Muslims.”

        During Muhammed’s time, only captives who agreed to pay jizyah were allowed to live:

        Tabari IX:75 “He who holds fast to his religion, Judaism or Christianity, is not to be tempted from it. It is incumbent on them to pay the jizyah protection tax. For every adult, male or female, free or slave, one full denarius, or its value in al-ma’afir [fine cloth]. He who pays that to the Messenger has the protection of Allah and His Messenger, and he who holds back from it is the enemy of Allah and His Messenger.”

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          Lester, stupid is what stupid does.

          Kafir means “Non-Muslim”. For e.g. You are a Buddhist, and for other you call them in general “non-Buddhist”.

          So, what’s your Islamophobic rant you are trying to convey this time my friend?

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            The pronoun Kafir is derived for the word Kufr meaning ‘Denial’ or ‘rejection of the Truth’ = Concealing the Truth = Ingratitude = Choosing to live in the darkness of ignorance.

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            Kufir means infidel. You are stupid if you think people cannot discover the truth for themselves.

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        Bravo Wickramasiri ! Lester and Leela(nanda) have always been upto this type of rabble rousing. Notice that they have assassinated the character of the Noble Prophet and denigrated Islam all in opposition to the teachings of the Noble Master the Buddha. The eightfold path has been trashed and they are trying to destroy his message by their actions. You must have noticed that not a single Muslim said anything against the Lord Buddha or his character. They have if at all only praised hm. These two however have heaped abuse upon abuse at our Leader who is venerated by more than a Billion adherents.They apparently are in the pay of some wicked foreign powers whose aim is to break the unity that existed amongst us.

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      Lester visit http://www.juancole.com/2013/04/terrorism-other-religions.html at least you will learn what it conveys to the ignorant.

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      Hey mann u r talking without logic , take saudi it is 100% muslim country …50% of the wokers from Sri Lanka is none muslims …you should b lucky that a muslim country is allowing none muslims to working in muslim country….don’t try the luck with muslims…we are united and will not allow any harrasment…given like to tamils,

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    Lester you gone nuts not troppo. Dr. Fernando is talking about the non-existing problem over blown by the BBS to create disharmony among communities which lived in peace for centuries. This BBS is created by the Gota, Mahindha Rajapaksa & Co to their dirty works to prolong their stay in power. They failed miserably to deliver all their falls promises to the people instead heap huge burdens on them by their misrule. So to distract the people from making demands on them which they unable to full fill, they use the BBS tactics. I suppose you seems to be a learnt person, please use your common sense and intelligence wisely for the good of you and other human beings.

    But now you Lester is talking about the world, France etc. My dear friend these things wouldn’t solve all our poor people’s issues of their daily living. What you said wouldn’t fill these people’s tummies or resolve their problems.

    It shows, you too might be part of Gota, Rajapaksa & BBS combine.

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      Not worth even to read what Lester drops, whatever the issue is – Lester sees to them supporteldly. He is either brain sick or not capable of seeing further. Anyway, that is just the nature of a society. Lester and the alike folks should also be there.. :(

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    Retribution to Mr Tilak Samaranayaka is swift and decisive. This article by Dr. Laksiri Fernando shows loosely written piece by Mr. Thilak on a very sensitive subject has no place on world of intellectuals. In future I hope he will think twice before manufacturing crap.

    Wonder what usefulness he has to his adopted country ? did he leave Sri Lnaka looking for greener pasture or did he leave because he was not accepted in the society where he was living? At the same time its a shame we have lost people like Dr L. Fernando, but on the other hand he must have had his reasons to leave !,

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    It is surprising that an educated economist like Mr Samaranayake fixes data and miscalculates figures which mislead ordinary people.

    Professional dishonesty cannot be condoned especially when the issues affect innocent people who are struggling to make a living and bring up their children. When we write or speak we must do so with responsibility not to harm or hurt another person. The fires of ethnic and religous hatred have the potential to spread far and wide and affect thousands of people. We must be extremely cautious when dealing with this subject.

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      Safa was this Samaranayake anyway involved with Lee Potter. Looks like he did an infamously splendid job with his partner Leela(nanda).

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    Thank you for placing Tilak Samaranayake’s article in it’s correct perspective. Samaranayake is either out of touch with the situation in Sri Lanka or ignorant. He cannot write to an intelligent readership and not be found out. His writing is foolish and racist.

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    Thanks for correcting the misleading article.

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    Thank you Sir, disected like only a learned man like you could. I think it is the very chauvanistic tone of a few that keeps getting Sri Lanka into trouble time and time again.

    Dr Laksiri, we need to analyze historical accounts of the 83 riots and draw parallels to current conflict. I am sure it would be a real I opener because from my readings of authentic accounts, I have found that it is the EXACT same rhetoric that went around then as it is going around now (ie. the Buddhist relgiion is in danger, another community will overtake the sinhala race, Sinhalese have only this country to call as their own (as if the other communities have some place else) etc etc). BBS knows that this tried and tested rhetoric works with our gulible folks and are using just that and fabricating lies to justify these claims and achieve their racist agenda (agenda which only god knows who is behind).

    And like back then as it is now, the riots was only possible and carried out through government support and insitgation. Today, all signs show this government cannot be trusted to be any better than the UNP government of JR (it is upto this government to prove otherwise).

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