3 October, 2022

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Sri Lanka, Without Sri Lankans

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“Are we so morally sick, so deaf and dumb and blind, that we do not understand this?” Ariel Dorfman (The Washington post – 24.9.2006)

Finally, in a cauldron of insanity, a few grains of sense!
The willingness to compromise displayed by the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) has opened a path away from a new war. We can now discard the bogus ‘Halal issue’, and focus on real problems, such as the ricochet-effect of fuel price increases; or Sri Lanka’s tumbling international reputation.

Champika: Hopefully he can find other, less deadly, alternatives to twiddling his thumbs than fanning the flames of religious disharmony

Faced with an incendiary campaign aimed at provoking a new conflagration, the ACJU has acted with mature good sense. Its proposal enables Muslims to have halal-meat and non-Muslims to have ordinary meat. It also opens the door to the introduction of humane methods of slaughter in most Lankan abattoirs.

Do Sinhala-Buddhist fanatics possess the sense to be appeased by the ACJU’s moderation? Or will they continue to insist on their maximalist agenda?

The initial signs are not hopeful. The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) is maintaining a stony silence while Minister Champika Ranawaka has declared himself dissatisfied with the ACJU’s moderate proposal. According to this Christian-basher of yesteryear, the ACJU’s position of differentiating between halal and non-halal meat smacks of ‘separation’.
The JHU-BBS types believe that Tamils, in order to be deemed anti-separatist, must oppose not just the Tigers and Eelam but also devolution. In their maximalist-eyes even limited devolution is akin to separation.

The same fundamentalist criteria are now being applied to Muslims. Muslims can be anti-separatist only if they abandon those parts of religio-cultural identity which Sinhala-Buddhist fanatics deem objectionable. Thus it is not enough to create a separation between halal and non-halal; halal must go.

Minister Ranawaka not only rejects the ACJU’s compromise; he is single-handedly striving to open a new frontier in the ‘war of the religions’. Marking a new inane-low (even for the JHU) he has stated that his ministry and the All Ceylon Buddhist Congress are discussing with the Sri Lanka Standards Institute to introduce “a new food quality certificate for non-Alcoholic food and beverages” (Daily Mirror – 23.2.2012). Granted, that his recent demotion from the important portfolio of Power and Energy to the inconsequential one of Technology, Research and Atomic Energy (there is already a Minister of Technology and Research) would have left Minister Ranawaka with eons of free-time. Hopefully he can find other, less deadly, alternatives to twiddling his thumbs than fanning the flames of religious disharmony.

The silence of moderate Buddhist organisations and leaders is distressing. If the moderates can speak out, step forward and accept the ACJU compromise, the hardliners can be consigned to the margins and prevented from imposing their deranged agenda on the country.

The silence of the regime about the ACJU proposal is equally puzzling. Will the Rajapaksas step forward to end the spurious ‘halal controversy’? Or will the Siblings permit their JHU-BBS-SR acolytes to feed the embers of religious-disharmony with more malevolent rhetoric and other spurious issues? Is this a way to make the Sinhala masses forget the bleak economic outlook?

The Human Rights Watch is to issue a new report claiming that Lankan forces raped/sexually abused Tamil detainees not only during the war but even afterwards. The HRW Report is said to “chronicles 75 cases of alleged rape and sexual abuse which occurred from 2006 to 2012 in Sri Lanka” (One India News – 22.2.2013). If true, this should be of paramount concern to the Sinhalese, not only for moral-ethical reasons but also in self-interest. If, as the HRW claims, “politically motivated sexual violence by the military and police continues to the present”, it can victimise Sinhala opponents of the regime too, ere long.

Do the Rajapaksas think that a new religious enemy will enable them to sweep even this outrage out of international-sight? And be welcomed at the White House, Downing Street and Élysée Palace, as leaders of the new frontier nation in the war against ‘Islamic Terrorism’?

Pro-Sri Lankan ACJU and Anti-Sri Lankan BBS-JHU

In the spurious ‘Halal controversy’, the ACJU represents the moderate centre while the JHU-BBS-SR combine occupies the destructive/self-destructive extreme.

The spirit of moderation displayed by the ACJU on the ‘Halal issue’ and about the impending removal of the ancient Sufi shrine at Kuragala exemplifies the politico-psychological attitude necessary for the creation of a Sri Lankan nation.
Because, a Lankan nation, though a good idea and a necessary idea, is still an idea. Sri Lanka is a politico-geographical reality, with a surfeit of Sinhalese, Buddhists, Tamils, Christians, Hindus and Muslims. Conspicuous by their dearth are citizens or leaders who can transcend their primordial identities and their particularist concerns to think and act as Lankans.

The Tigers were enemies of the idea of a Lankan nation; they regarded it as undesirable and impossible. The BBS-JHU-SR combine share this belief. The Tigers said Sri Lanka was a Sinhala/Sinhala-Buddhist country; that was their main rationale for a state of Eelam. The BBS-JHU-SR combine also believes that this is the country of Sinhala-Buddhists and that the minorities are here because of the generosity and the hospitableness of Sinhala-Buddhists; the minorities can either accept this subordinate place and take care not to cause ‘stress and concern’ for Sinhala-Buddhists – or get out.
According to this ‘Hosts and Guests concept’, Sinhala-Buddhists are the sole owners of Sri Lanka; the minorities are guests here on sufferance, rather than co-owners. This particularlist definition of ‘nation’ as the sole-property of the majority community is not a Sinhala-Buddhist invention. It is a belief common to all racial and religious fanatics. The counterparts of the BBS-JHU-SR combine range from Republican right-wingers (who hate Barack Obama because, in their racially jaundiced eyes, he is a ‘foreigner’) to European Neo-Nazis, from Hindu fanatics to Taliban and its many offshoots. These extremist elements are united in their hatred of variety and in their belief that a nation should be a homogenous entity which takes it hue solely from the majority community.

This vision is dangerously out of place in today’s world. Attempts to impose it, through discriminatory laws or violence, can lead a country along self-destructive paths, as we have witnessed in Sri Lanka.

Whatever we, Sinhalese/Buddhists, feel about the pluralist nature of Sri Lanka, the only realistic choice is to accept it, because that is the really existing reality. Whether we celebrate the plurality and the diversity of Sri Lanka or whether we fear and bemoan it makes no difference to its existence. The sensible thing to do is to accept the Tamils, the Muslims, the Christians and the Hindus of Sri Lanka as equal citizens and owners of this country. They are not guests living here on our grace; they belong; this is their country as much as it is ours.

A lasting peace can come only on that basis.

Sinhala supremacist politicians, monks and ideologues never tire of repeating that Sri Lanka is the greatest land in the world. Perhaps Sri Lanka has the potential to become one of the best, but only if it succeeds in creating a peaceful, compassionate and prosperous nation. A truly Lankan nation, which manages to achieve an imperfect but viable and dynamic unity of its many differences.

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    A lasting peace in Lanka will not be possible with Sinhala Buddhist chauvinistic politicians at the helm. We need to import a President like Lee Kuan Yew and a like minded government if we are ever to realise a lasting peace in this country.

    This is because unlike in the post-independence era when we had educated and worldly politicians (until the Bandaranaikes arrived on the scene like bulls in a china shop)today we have a bunch of donkeys as leaders top down.

    Strangely it is almost always the UNP (destined to be in the opposition) that attracts the brains in this country and the SLFP the mutts. And the few brains in the current administration are turncoat UNPers.

    So sad!

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      What is this fetish with Lee Kwan Yew?

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        @padraigcolman

        Lee Kwan Yew did not think solely about his family or his race or religion when he went about developing Singapore, unlike that blood sucking leech MR and his family of 300 plus. That is why people around the world respect Lee Kwan Yew even though he was autocratic in his governance. That my dear padraigcolman is the ‘fetish’ that some people have towards Lee Kwan Yew. Plus he was educated and not an illiterate sob like MR.

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        padraigcolman:
        Even though I am no fan of Lee Kuan Yew, I will admit to his having been honest and beyond financial corruption which is a hell of a sight more than can be said of the people who must be glad of your presence in this country! In any event, does ONE COMMENT here constitute a “fetish?” As one who claims a mastery of the English language you can, perhaps, explain this to us wogs or whatever!

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        Padraig
        I bet you got Ajits “juices flowing” now

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        There is one persons in Lanka who has the right profile to be the next executive president of the country to turn the country around. As an outsider to politics, a household name and a national figure with enormous popularity he would “do the right thing”: Kumar Sangakkara, as President, would abolish the executive presidency which none of the current corrupt politicians in the parliament of morons, thugs, goons, particularly the SLFP and UNP now headed by 2 dictators can or will do.
        Before it is too late, the time has come for Sri Lanka to wake up, think out of the box and recognize TALENT, youth, honesty, integrity, intelligence, and start the citizen’s campaign for Kumar for President and joint opposition candidate of the people of Sri Lanka, professionals, workers, trade unions, business community and all the ethnic communities will and can unite to make this happen if the young man is agreeable..

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          I think if we Sri Lankans seriously thinking of developing our country, it should be given to a group of Foreign and local highly qualified business executives with ample knowledge on the respective fields.

          This will cut all the Govt. Red tape, Bribery, stealing, bad decisions, commissions, party goons, party preferences, favourations, unnecessary wasteful projects etc…etc…

          Toyota Motor company annual turnover is three times of our GDP and they are the world market leaders.

          Surely if our Parliament Pin Padi Gon Harakas want to learn Business…..they could learn from These Internetional business professionals without taking our country further dow the precipice.

          Country is run by nobody but a bunch of Alibaba thieves…..and this should be stopped…..and the best way is to give it to a Foreign Bench of hired business partners. They will run the country with high efficiency, cut down losses and pilage, and bring up to a Pre Independent British Governing Era……so that our children do not want to go to west anymore……..and rizanas do not need to go to Saudi.

          THE CHOICE TO SELECT IS ON OUR EDUCATED THINKING CITIZENS……AND NOT THE UNEDUCATED VILLEGE GAS GEMBAS……WHO ARE BEEN DUPED WITH FALSE LIES AND SCREWED BY OUR PARLIAMENT CROOKS.

          Mattala Ariport is going to be the biggest white elephant in our history………..with each transit landing/ lift off going to cost additional 2 million rupees (burning 4000 gallons per each land/take off( X ) times 450 rupees per gallon of jet fuel.Addition to this there is tire waste, additional service fee, logistics, re-feul, cabin expenses and passenger inconvenience…..etc.

          http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1130117
          http://www.sundaytimes.lk/120219/BusinessTimes/bt02.html
          http://www.sundaytimes.lk/121125/business-times/katunayake-duty-free-airport-traffic-slows-to-18-this-year-21153.html

          Maintain Mattala Airport with daily operational costs will be 25 million rupees per day minimum….
          http://www.dailymirror.lk/top-story/25698-flights-from-bia-via-mattala.html

          How many planes should land per day to recover the operational cost at Mattala is anybody’s guess.

          I feel the customers who used Sri Lanka and Mihin previously will avoid going in them in future if they land en route transit at Mattala due to inconvenience after 10-15 minute flight from Colombo……sitting in tarmack for one and half hours more in Mattala….and adding three more hours to the journey.

          My servant gave this information to me…..and I think he is correct than our Mahadena Muttha in the top seat.

          Some one has to intervene to take over the administration of our country before Mahadena Muttha, further ruin our already ruined country…….which will be worse than what VP did to tamil community.

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      There is only one way to deal with either “Balu Sena” or Champuka’s JHU.

      Challenge them on the public platform.

      Defeat them ideologically.

      Sri Lanka must do it. Before these ethno-religious bigots of “Balu Sena” and Champuka’s JHU rip our country apart one more time.

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    Beginning to detect a parallel between Zionism and Sinhellism. Hope it is only my imagination.

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    “The silence of moderate Buddhist organisations and leaders is distressing” You’re spot on Tisaranee. Where is the voice of the moderate Buddhists & intellectuals? Where are they and where are they hiding? Are they willingly allowing these BSS-JHU type to suppress & control them? I don’t understand why but I am really disappointed by their silence.

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    Thanks Tsaranee I am proud about you as a Srilankan we still have right thinking people who are not afraid to tell the truth and tell it clearly and loudly

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    “Are we so morally sick, so deaf and dumb and blind, that we do not understand this?” YES YES and YES! A majority of Sri Lankans cannot comprehend this due to a lack of brain cells in their heads. There are plenty of Sinhala Buddhists including educated ones who are closet racists who believe that Sri Lanka belongs solely to SBs and the other minorities should either STFU and live with their heads bent low or GTFO of this country. That’s the bitter truth.

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      Unfortunately it is true for most societies in the world.

      While we must fight this menace with all we got, the situation is hardly unique to Sri Lanka.

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    Helping Hambantota attempt to steal tsunami donations was the biggest blunder by the fat uneducated thief Mahinda as exposed by Lasantha whom they had killed.
    Greed will bring them down for sure.

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    Silence is Consent..
    Wake up Bauddhayo.. Take back our country from the brink of ANOTHER WAR..

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    Tisarannee you are stating the obvious, the most logical conclusion. But this is not the first time this has been spelt out in the open. Ever since independence sane minds kept repeating it. Dr N M Perera, Colvin R D Silva, SA Wickramasinghe, Peter Kenuman Edmund Samarawickrama… there is a long list… But none of them ever managed to capture the imagination of the majority with all their intelligence and eloquence! therefore here is something that is wrong in this majority..what someone very lucidly pointed out elsewhere in this news on line. This is a majority with a minority complex engulfed in a pseudo state of fear of persecution. That is why even the moderates are deafeningly silent. How can we rouse them from this dangerous state of mind? Before it is too late. With a monolingual population it is so difficult to open their minds. The country is on an auto pilot towards self destruction! How can we save our cherished country?

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      Mahen,
      It was Palitha Kohana who revealed this in New York recently to an audiance.
      “Singhalese althogh a majority in Sri Lanka live with a minority complex”

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        Who created the complex? The white masters who ruled us for centuries!

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    Since the objections raised by BBS,JHU,SR are not limited to Halal it seems the overall objective is to crush the minorities. Objections also include the dress, population etc. Minorities have always faced such difficulties even with education and employment and will adjust to overcome and get around such impediments.

    These threats have made them all the more resilent and able to overcome challenges without the help of the govt. The sinhala only language policy, backfired and the victims were the sinhalese themselves who were deprived of the knowledge of english. On the other hand minorities are well versed in all three or more languages.

    The 83 pogrom against the tamils resulted in what is now known as the diaspora with tamils spreading throughout the world and the next generation becoming highly educated, influential and prosperous.

    It is in this background that BBS, JHU and some elements in the government resort to racism to prop up their falling egos. Sri Lanka is now more isolated than ever due to these short sighted policies. A country respected for its civilised behaviour is now joining the ranks of myanmar and polpot.

    The proud boast that we dont need GSP has been completely nullified by the closure of hundreds of garment factories and loss of employment. They say we dont want the IMF and go begging for loans from commercial banks. They say we dont want India, we have China. Now they risk isolation from the Islamic countries as well. No end to the stupidity of these people.

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      Safa,

      I totally agree with you. Rajapakse Regime is keeping BBS,JHU,SR as the third force……similar to Saddham Husain’s Republican Army to hide behind during an International assault.

      Both the MR regime and BBS are geared of Maintaining Sinhala Buddhism as the only Sri Lankan identity……while supressing all other religions and Races.

      In front of International humiliation and LTTE war atrocities, MR is seeking help of BBS, JHU ,SR to hide behind and seek shelter in case of a Sri Lankan uprising against regime as well as International war crime charges.

      Let’s see how everything unfolding……..but for me MR regime is already on it’s own down fall.

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    NEITHER WE NOR THE BUDDHA WERE SRI LANKANS

    WE MAY HAVE HITCHED A RIDE ON AN EARLIER BOAT

    THEN THE VILE WAS AGAINST THE DRAVIDA-VADDHA

    THEN AGAINST THE DRAVIDA-DEMALA

    BOTH HAD THE PRETEXT OF RELIGION & CIVILIZATION

    THESE DARK SKINNS DRUNK ON ARYA-SUPREMACY & FAIR ‘N LOVELY !!

    BMW DRIVING GODAYAS DISTORTING THE MIDDLE-PATH INTO AN ABSALUTE PATH

    ANY REAL ISSUES WITH MUSLIMS HAS TO BE SOLVED WITH A CIVILIZED APPROACH, NOT TALIBAN-BUDDISM

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      Renuka, What a Racist you are! Every word you utter is Racist and aimed at creating racial Disharmony in Sri Lanka. It is your type of mentality, based on a misunderstanding of Genetics and Anthropology that is creating this rift in a country that was at one time Peaceful.

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    The JHU-BBS should get outside help the best bet is VHS-RSS axis of Hindu evil.

    BJB is actively seeking fellow saffron clad thugs from this island. This is the god sent opportunity the JHU -BSS axis of Sinhala/Buddhist evil should not miss.

    Modi must invite all members of JHU-BSS to Gujarat on one way ticket.

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    well written article which reflects the views of the silent majority ,but afraid to confront these die hard extremists . The silence and the indifference on the part of the majority can be suicidal to the country.

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      Current circumstances are extremely sad state of affairs for the Sri Lankan politics.

      Look like it is suicidal, self inflicted damages, leadership themselves to be blamed for bring the country to this sad situation.

      Nothing can be done to save the nation. Leadership is crumbling, who advised to bring an impeachment prior the UN sessions, can’t we reestablish the independence of judiciary at least in the last moment.

      If everything crumbles the political leadership, they themselves have to take the responsibility, generally a procedural resolution cannot be vetoed.

      China is also not capable of saving Sri Lankan politicians. If passed in the United Nations legal procedures cannot be prevented.

      This is very sad and grave situation. Politicians themselves asked for this, they might receive what they have asked for from the UN.

      Can anything be done to avert the situation in the judiciary and in many other aspects at the last moment?

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    Paddy,

    Re. the LKY fixation, this may be because psychologically, when one
    criticises another/thing, the mind is eased when you have an alternate – the ideal symbol – to point out as your defensive tool.

    I am no Freud. But I think you get the message. Perhaps it can be described in better prose.

    Senguttuvan

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    The ACJU had to give in – because many felt they were going too far.
    But where the Sufi shrine at Kuragala is concerned, I think the Muslims are wronged there. They have been worshipping there for centuries – and, if we are to call ourselves a liberal (we are not secular) society respecting the feelings of other adherents Muslim susceptibilities should be respected and encouraged. It is acts such as that which makes ours a tolerant society.

    Senguttuvan

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      Senguttuvan, you say ACJU should give-up giving the impression that it is the ACJU that enforced the Halal certification. It is not so. This certification process started with the need of the Muslims ensure that the drinks and food they consume are Halal (clean and pure according Islamic requirements, then it was extended to the items exported to Muslim countries as they made it a condition. Therefore the ACJU cannot be solely held responsible on the issue, it is more of the need of the business community.

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    This is a ridiculous nonsense. Talk about the real issue. This fundamentalist dogmatic author ignore even the real issue. Does not this so-colled writer know that halal is not limited to meat? Does not he know that even tooth brush is Halalalized? Why this one cannot see the dogmatic of Jamiyyatulla Ulama certificate? If you want eat hahal you eat it. But we never want halal food or any such funadamentaly sick peoples’ food. Author has a anti-Buddhist, anti-srilanaka emotion. Having such can you say others to be moderate? Do you think Sinhalese eat grass?

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      “Do you think Sinhalese eat grass?” Nimanta,you mean
      before 1977? Well,we had Haal polu at the time.By the way
      Halal is not an ingredient of any food and only a process
      to make sure that a particular product is free of lard and
      in some cases,free of any animal fat,like in gelatin.Businesses
      that want to sell and people who want to buy,are not restricted
      by the system.Anybody can import or produce anything and market
      it to anyone and if you think Sinhalese not only eat rice,why not,
      you are perfectly free to eat anything you want and Muslims are
      no hindrance.Just one very trouble free question.Why you don’t want
      Halal and suddenly after all these years?And suddenly after this
      anti Buddhist BBS!All these years you all enjoyed all these foods.
      Don’t you ask these sudden magic BBS any question before you
      surrender to them simply because of the robes?Be warned!It’s your
      own people that are trying to take you for fools.Not Muslims.

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        ‘Halal’ in legal terms mean ‘it is legitimate for the Muslims’ according to Islamic teachings. Is the Boda Bala Sena that sprang as coming from the blues is a legitimate organisation of the Buddhists in Sri Lanka?

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      I watched a Hollywood movie in which a characters says ” Don’t hit me for something that is in your head”. Nimantha what can Muslims do if you get worked up for reasons that are in your head?

      World wide a Billion Muslims consume halal food and we have avoided products and places that are suspect, with or without certification. When I travel I eat fish and no other meat. Go to Singapore and there are many restaurants that serve Halal food. It is the same in India.

      Both these countries have Muslim minorities and they are accommodating, and willing to live and let live. Nimantha will you look outside Sri Lanka and see for yourself how it is possible for peoples to co-exist?

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    BBS AND JHU FIRST GET YOUR BUDDHISM RIGHT.ARE YOUR PRIESTS BY ENGAGING IN POLITICS, NOT VIOLATING YOUR OWN “VINAYA” RULES.
    DID LORD BUDDHA IN HIS TEACHINGS ANYWHERE GIVE APPROVAL FOR THE
    CRIMINAL ACTIONS, ROUSING COMMUNAL TENSION.
    THE HALAL ISSUE IS A “FACADE” FOR CARRYING OUT THE BOSS’S AGENDA AGAINST
    MUSLIMS. WELL, I THINK YOU ARE “PECKING” ON THE WRONG TREE.
    MUSLIMS ARE ANGRY BUT ACTING WITH RESTRAINT,WHICH IS HOW CIVILIZED BEINGS
    SHOULD CONDUCT THEMSELVES IN THESE SITUATIONS.
    BUT BE WARNED, THAT THERE IS A LIMIT TO ANYTHING.
    MUSLIMS BELIEVE IN AN ALL POWERFUL GOD.
    WE ARE ALREADY SEEING SIGNS OF DIVINE RETRIBUTION!!!!!!

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      Muslims are acting with restraint. True. But then they must, as they will suffer badly if there is another ethnic war in SL. They have everything to loose. So it makes sense no? But realize that currently the minority are indeed dictating terms to the majority. Why is Halal all pervasive in SL? Because most business is dominated by muslims who are a minority of 9% of the population. Terms are dictated because of the economic disparity between muslims and non muslims. Why should we the majority accept this nonsense? This “everything must be Halal” policy has to end. SL is not a muslim country and will never be so.

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        Muslims were the pioneers of mathematics and numbers
        came from them and only the zero is said to have come
        from Gandhi’s India.When Tsunami strikes people must
        run for safety and when mad dogs let loose you don’t
        look around for calculators buddy.Why do you work your
        kindergarten mathematics here?If most businesses are
        dominated by Muslims and the economy is in their hands,
        give them protection and save them from malicious and
        evil forces.That’s what a healthy economy must do and
        not exposing them to dangers.Open your eyes my friend.

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        well I don’t see any Gandhian ideas, I am sure the Mahatma is turning in his grave.

        Never mind Muslims dominating the economy, why are you so liberal with conjecture. It would be interesting to learn from you why and how Muslims have come to dominate Business.

        If you recall this was the same argument that was used to put down the Tamils, that they dominated professional jobs, and Sinhala only was to bear on the minorities.

        We Muslims are aware that we are being targeted for our perceived economic prowess.

        Both these arguments are blatant lies. What happened with Sinhala only is known to all. What will happen when you hit Muslims for their business need not be predicted.

        Just to counter your argument, McDonalds is NOT Muslim owned, so is Nestle yet they don’t worry if it is a Sinhala country or not. They do offer Halal products when it makes commercial sense.

        Go tell them that this is a Sinhala Only country and you don’t want Halal. Don’t blame Muslims for what Multinational Giants do!

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        Multi-National Company Unilevers are not owned by Muslims or it allows Muslims to dictate terms to it, but the Company’s products carry the Halal label issued by the ACJU which done at the request of the Company to attract Muslims customers. That is part of the Company’s business strategies in the competitive business world. So how can anyone blame the ACJU or the Muslims. They should take it with the Company. But the Govt. will not like it as it will lose tax collected from Unilevers.

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      WE ARE NOT CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR GOD, OR THEIR GOD
      THIS ABSOLUTE GOD BUSINESS IS SOME EVIL RUBBISH
      JUST LIKE ABSOLUTE BUDDISM

      MUSLIMS, BUDDISTS, WHOEVER, ALL YOU FELLOWS TAKE YOU ABSOLUTISM SOME WHERE ELSE

      SL IS AN ISLAND, ITS ABOUT PEOPLE, WE WANT TO GET ON WITH LIFE, TOADAY’S LIFE
      MAN CAN AND HAS EXISTED WITHOUT GOD OR A SINGLE DOCTRINE, IDEOLOGY, WHATEVER
      BUT THESE GOD, GODS AND ENLIGHTENED ONES ARE NOTHING WITHOUT THE MEN THAT CARRY THEM AND THEIR HYPE.

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    Sinhalese are not eating grass,but few eating carrion(ignorance make them to eat dirt).moreover some tooth brush’s are made of animal hair’s,so it’s too required halal certificate.(it’s solely for Muslims).all those certificates are demanded by producers not by ACJU.I am challenging you people,if you could make an advert,that Sri lanka forbid all halal products.(immediately Tourism will down by 35% and export will be down by 60 %).this is globalized world,we cant live alone.”live and let live”.

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    Most serious issue facing the Sri Lankans at the moment is international legal procedural action against their leadership.

    Unfortunately politicians try to misguide the people by suggesting that procedural measures can be vetoed.

    Sadly, nothing can be done by the politicians if these measures are to be adopted.

    Political leadership can only try and prevent those intuitions adopting resolutions by taking permanent and solid measures capable of convincing all UN bodies concerned.

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    Native V – my man:

    It is not often you are out of your tree – in matters of the mind, that is. It is Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and there is no Axis of Evil there. Who is the third you have in mind?

    Do some reading on Narendra Modi. You would have been at home in the Kumba Mela with your amude, ravla and axe. The Mela drew the largest crowd ever this year, which many analysts see as a swing to a BJP victory – going by current trends. Modi is not as diabolic as the media tries to make out. He is no chicken either. In Gujarat’s Salaiya (Jamnagar) local elections the BJP is said to havfe fielded 27 Muslim candidates, in electorates with substantial Hindu concentration, and won all 27. In Kodinar/Junagad Hindu candidates won in Muslim-majority electorates. The Spokesman for the BJP in the elections was a Muslim – Asifa Khan. Modi has transformed
    the face of Gujarat. His call was “Do you want development or remain communal” Both Hindus and Muslims voted for development and they got it from Modi. He is reported to run the cleanest, corruption-free administration seen in recent decades. No wonder Gujarat is industrially developing with the highest inflow of FDI. Adhmedabad is recognised as the best run Capital – with a smooth transport system that other States are sending delegations to follow. Time Milinda Moragoda, said to be a buddy of Narendraji takes a delegation of the CTB there.

    By the way, I am no Modi-buff. I have my own reservations.

    Senguttuvan

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      Senguttuvan

      “Do you want development or remain communal”

      Does this ring a bell elsewhere in the neighbourhood?

      “The Spokesman for the BJP in the elections was a Muslim – Asifa Khan. Modi has transformed”

      So was true with MR, Dough, Tamara, …………..

      Where is Maya Kodnani now and how close was she to Modi?

      Siddhars are my favorite Gurus. Probably I will attend next Kumb Mela to meet some of them. Keep it to yourself, they are the best anarchist money can’t buy.

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    JHU leader Champika in his media presentation opposing Halal certification and issuing an ultimatum, painted a gloomy picture on Sri Lanka Muslims in very derogatory terms. (Youtube) He repeated the lot of lies about Halal as told by misinformed BBS, even went to the extent of quoting from Holy Quran completely out of context, and implied that Muslims are going against its own teachings. It makes any Muslim’s blood boil watching him talk like an authority on anything and everything Islamic. He made mention that even the Muslim countries support at last years Geneva resolution was not because of ACJU canvassing, but because MR’s friendship and leadership for Palestinian cause. Nothing substantiative in all of his hate speech, but playing to the gallery. I fear that these extremist groups will cause immense misery for all Muslims living peacefully in this country, and willfully fuel the fires pf racial tension to the detriment of their own kind. May God save us from this calamity.

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    Is the Minister saying ‘Halal Sellamanang hithupuvidiyatath vadaa serata yanawa, apey yakkun niyamatama avissala’

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    This Halal issue is not over yet and even if it fizzles out the BBS and the JHU will find something else to pick a fight with the Muslim community. As long as Rajapaksa feels the need to divert public opinion away from the burning issues affecting the people he will encourage these fringe groups to foment trouble.

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    Mohamed Marzook – “Senguttuvan, you say ACJU should GIVE-UP giving the impression that it is the ACJU that enforced the Halal certification”??? Pray! Tell me, where did I say this. Suggest read my comments again.

    If you don’t mind, the people of this country have been eating and drinking “clean and pure” stuff for as long as I remember until this
    unnecessary controversy was imposed. By the way, I must contradict you again. The wider business community had very little to do with this.

    Senguttuvan

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      Sengutuwan you say ‘ the people of this country have been eating and drinking “clean and pure” stuff for as long as I remember until this
      unnecessary controversy was imposed.’ I say to you that you know nothing of that which is ‘clean and pure’ from a Muslim’s standpoint. Unlike other religions, Islam is not taken lightly by its adherents. When Muslims are told to eat only what is lawful (Halal), there are no ‘if’ or ‘but’s about it. In the good old days, it was a case of trust from fellow Muslim butchers who carried out the slaughter, or it is done by the Muslims themselves in their own backyard. Muslims were always afraid to eat new or unknown products introduced into groceries due to the Halal Law, which they were keen to hold on to, since it was a divine order. If at all they ate something unlawful, it was done unknowingly, and soon as they realised it, they asked forgiveness from God for disobedience and vowed never to repeat it. This was how Muslims lived in your ‘good old days’. Now, with the free market economy and lots of new imported products, chicken farms have been set up, various meat products such as sausages, meat balls and such have flooded the market, and only if not for the Halal certification logo by ACJU, (not from anybody and everybody) Muslims will be lost in the sea of products and thoroughly confused. Some may print false Halal labels, some may not, some may vouch it is Halal, some may not agree, but in the end abstention would be considered best. I hope you will now appreciate the difference in the way Muslims survived eating Halal products as it is ‘now’ and as it were ‘then.’

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        Not only in food, drinks and clothes, Islam has even prescribed as to the manner in which a Muslim should use toilet, a public bathing places like rivers and ponds so that they are kept clean and pure (Halal) not only for his use but for the use of others as well. There is prescription for every word, action and behaviour. So the Muslims concept of Halal (being pure and clean in everything) should be understood.

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      addendum. For non-Musdlims like you, this issue of Halal may never be fully appreciated, and therefore will question ‘what’s all this fuss about?’

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    My questions is, are the Mahanayake theros of various nikayas going to bed early these days? The ultimate authority of Buddhists in Sri Lanka are the respective Mahanayake Theros of the various nikayas. They being silent and not condemning the stupid, uneducated, barbaric acts of these stupid Bodu Bala Sena, Champika, Wimal and other organizations who are truly terrorists as per the terrorism prevention act, the Mahanayakes have become a part of the stupidity that is prevailing in Sri Lanka today. As a child I studied under a Buddhist monk and I am angry and ashamed that today’s monks are so violent and non disciplined compared to my teacher. I will blame the Mahanayakes for all the wrong things that are happening in the name of Buddhism in Sri Lanka.

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    I don’t agree taking Singapore’s Ex-PM Lee Kwan Yew as an example how to develop a nation. Singapore has one party system and his son is PM now. Bad example I feel.

    However one good thing he did was to make Singapore a financial hub, and not totally depend on one Nation, like Sri Lanka doing now with China.

    LKY had the brains not to let any single nation to use Singapore for their own advantage and becoming a slave to one nation. He did use East and West incredibility well in their favour by linking them geographically and later financially.

    Their principle of tax-free good in 1970s’ were an attraction at the time, and creation of Singapore Air with strategic partners to use their ports.

    LKY for his entire political life maintained religious tolerance and racial harmony message, and use the law effectively to mitigate ethnic and religious violence.

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    Extremism of any form is obstacle for peaceful and harmonious society. We can only image only Sinhala Nation, but reality is, Sri Lanka is belonged to all citizens of that country. Buddhism has always been example for peace and harmony. As a Buddhist monk, I feel shame to see they are using Buddhism to create this separatism. I hope, people with good mind of all ethnic groups will come forward to solve this minor issue through dialogue and mutual understanding.

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    Sri Lanka is a country where the Sinhalese and Tamils were living together over thousands of years embracing religious philosophy, the significance of which is practising tolerance. The influence of Hinduism and Buddhism demonstrated the co-existence of the Buddhist and Hindu traditions in the country without any interruptions. The Muslims and the Christians were peacefully accommodated later as equal citizens. Had the British realized the consequences of violation of human rights and grant independence with the Federal constitution, the separatist problem and the Islamic terrorist problem wouldn’t have cropped up. However, even after the defeat of the LTTE, violations of human rights continued to exist. As for Muslims, their concern is religion. It is a tragedy that politicians used religion as a political weapon to stay in power. It is not a healthy sign to mix politics and religion. The recent developments after the growth of Al-Quaeda and other Islamic Terrorist Organizations make a person to ponder whether Muslims are reliable after a close scrutiny of the following instances.
    Prior to the defeat of the LTTE, there was a Muslim official in the Department of Registration of Persons, was issuing identity cards for the LTTE preferably upon some payment of Rs.25,000/= per card., and now he is languishing in jail. Simultaneously, what is the guarantee that this particular Muslim official was not issuing identity cards to Islamic terrorists coming from Pakistan via Bangladesh. There is reason to suspect about the shooting incident that took place at Kandy during Anuruddha Ratwatte’s period.
    Why should the Muslim politicians always demand the portfolio of Port & Shipping be given to them? How much of convoy of arms been sent to Eastern province during Ashroff’s period. What is the guarantee that Islamic Terrorist Organizations on various pretexts, with the indirect blessings of the Muslim politicians, are not functioning at Kathankudy. In fact, there is a news item that a school by the name Al-Quaeda Vidyala exists at Kathankudy. Why should the IPKF razed Kathankudy. Moreover, if this situation continues, even the Colombo International Airport will be filled with Muslims and be a hub for Islamic terrorist activities. Mention should be made that genuine Customs Officers were murdered who had detected illegal smuggling.
    During Premadasa’s regime when the impeachment motion was processed Mohamed did a U-turn. Likewise the Muslim ministers during MR’s period maintained a dead silence. But in the meantime, there was a news item that the results of Law College Entrance Exam showed the cunningness of Rauff Hakim in whose area alone 22 Muslim candidates from a particular institution got through.
    When Chandrika Kumaratunge was to address a meeting at the CMC, the erection of the stage was entrusted with a Muslim politician. It so happened that after the speech, the speaker usually exits from the rear, whereas in this case, Chandrika has to exit from front, contrary to the usual practice. Why did they reverse the practice of exit from the rear side. Did they allow room for the assassin to fulfil his/her objective of targeting Chandrika. How much was paid for it. These are unanswered questions.
    When the High Court Judge of Colombo refused bail for Pottu Nauffer, he drove behind him and shot dead the judge. But the manner in getting him imprisoned demonstrated a slow process. There were also news item that he was enjoying 5 star facilities even inside the prison or whether he was released at night – no one knows. For all this, he was an underworld drug king who had engaged in business with Muslim politicians in an unlawful manner.
    Amazingly majority of the underworld criminals (engaged in contract murders) are Muslims and hill country Tamils. Similarly majority of the three-wheeler drivers are Muslims and Indian Tamils who have violated traffic rules. I am not targeting these people but the records show it. Underworld criminals also engage as a gang in stealing motor vehicles. If one checks the record at the Magistrates Courts at Puttalam and Manner, which will show the names of the culprit. Even the Police in these areas will immediately identify the person. There can be cases in other courts as well.
    The best instance is the Pettah. Majority of the premises are owned by Muslims and they have their own registry system by form of chit and agreements – all leading to the avoidance of non-payment of taxes. If one can examine the records at the Colombo Land Registry number of truths will emerge.
    When the Twin-Tower was attacked by Al-Quaeda, it was a common scene that there were speeches over the loud-speakers praising Bin Laden after their prayers. None of them have condemned the act, and re-iterate that the Twin-Tower was home to hundreds of races. Likewise even London was home to several Asians. There is reason to suspect that Muslims are employed in front offices in foreign countries and supplying information to the Islamic Terrorist Organizations.
    If this is the case, can a Muslim fall within the purview of Sri Lankan category. One tends to think whether Muslims are opportunists and are people who turned around, like our Tamil brethrens describing ‘Thoppi piraddi’ (meaning changing the hats upside down). It does not mean that Tamils are also better. Soon after the independence, even the Tamil Parliamentarians showed interest in acquiring the lands in the Vanni region for themselves and their relations and even went to the extent of promoting hate propaganda against the Sinhalese, which ultimately sow the seeds to germinate terrorism. Even during Premadasa’s period, everyone knows how the Treasury was emptied.
    Sinhalese people by nature are friendly people. Even in the case of Rizana’s execution, it is the Sinhalese and the Tamils who have raised voices and condemned the act, but none of the Muslims have ever raised an objection, other than offering compensation, and that too, by a Saudi Arabian businessman. It is on the spur of the moment that the Sinhalese react when it affects them. But it lasts only for a short period and again they want to be friendly. This is seen even in Australia where they were friendly with the Australian players. It is the selfish and cunning attitude of the other communities that give birth to Sinhalese extremism. If one associates with the Sinhalese genuinely, then one can find the experience in all fields of life that they are the best. Just ignore the attitude of the politicians. After all, they are 75% of the population and are tolerant.
    Neverthless, upon an analysis of the present attitude of the Muslims who lean towards the line of Islamic extremism, Sri Lanka is unnecessarily been dragged by the civilized nations to check whether human rights are violated as well as Sri Lanka is been utilized as a threat to democracy in the Western democratic countries as Sri Lanka has become a hub for Islamic terrorists to enter on foreign soils on various pretexts. One ponders whether the civilized Nations will treat Sri Lankan as real Sri Lankans.

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      Halucinations, bigotry and at most living in cuckoo land. Muslim or no Muslim commit acts of crime at very level or strata of society. It does not mean it should reflect on the religion they profess, but rather on the the individual who committed those crimes (sometimes in the name of religion). You can fill volumes of pages of crimes committed by those of all religions, but those mean nothing to anyone. So much for your effort to paint Muslims in a bleak and negative way. You truly are a Islambasher. You need treatment from Islamophobia.

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      you take the cake,such ingenious pearls of wisdom and I bow my head in obeisance. I am sure if the Muslims were honest and law abiding Sri Lanka would be the wonder of Asia, perhaps would have over taken Thailand and Singapore which have a significant Muslim population.

      We wouldn’t have had any corruption, no rape, and no murders in our country if we controlled the unbearably licentious rogues. Bravo Citizen!

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    The government has placed restrictions on carrying out irreversible birth control measures, following the spurious concerns expressed by the BBS . Why?. There were no consultations or deliberations involving the larger community and concerns professionals in the field, prior to this decision. Who is using whom? why?

    Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

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      Shouldn’t you be asking the same question of yourself to see if you are being used by MR ? Or maybe you like being used ?

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      SL should have a controlled population growth. If we have an unneccasary population boom and in the current economic crisis i foresee a 71, 88-89 type of insurgency because of disgruntled youth.

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        OH dear me, if you read up a little you will discover that SL population is aging, will stabilize and will go into decline in the next 50 yrs

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    So “One India News” chronicles 75 alleged rapes by the Srilankan Armed Forces since Nanthikadal.

    Where are our own Lankaenews and Tamilnet, especially when the former always gloat that they have spies even in Gota’s neck of the woods?.

    Wouldn’t it be better for the Thsaranee camp’s case in Geneva if our SB chauvinists attack our Muslim brethren before the sessions commence?.

    Wouldn’t it give them more ammunition to call for a pre emptive strike against Rajapaksa and istall the new Ranil Sambandan Mangal Troika?.

    Or this alleged ‘Halal War’ against our Muslim inhabitants is a mischief campaign to upset the Arab Countries who are one hundred percent behind Rajapaksa in Geneva?.

    Would our Arab brothers and sisters genuinely believe that the Diaspora backers in Geneva will come to help their cousins in Lanka to establish separate homelands with full pollice powers and freehold land?.

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      KAS

      Instead of wasting time here, wouldn’t it be better if you could enlighten the BBS, JHU and Leela-types to put a stop to anti Muslim campaign and ask them not to fall into the neat trap set by the LTTE rump?

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    I remember reading somewhere that prophet Mohamed wanted animals bled completely to ensure that they were completely dead before people consumed its flesh to minimize their pain and suffering. This was because in those days without refrigerators and meat getting spoilt quickly with maggots. Also due to the exigencies of the dessert conditions people use to cut off a limb or part of an animal and eat one day and keep the rest of the animal bandaged and patched-up and a live for subsequent days to continue to have fresh meat which was most cruel and painful.

    The above was the original reason for halaal meat and I doubt the subsequent rationalizations are less than scientific and obsolete. Other Major religions too indulge in to say that they were anticipated in advance by their so-called seers and mystics and more scientific than the present day science reaching back a few millennia ago. Such as 98% of most animals’ blood contains urea but the pig has only about 2% urea in its blood etc is questionable as per a slide presentation in circulation which can forward to CT if required.

    Re its scientific accuracy is in doubt and appears more to be rationalisations and justifications to make the 7 or 8th century Islam being up-to-date and modern as the 21st century. When bodies are are like ocean is made up of roughly 75 to 80 water. Where is the 98% urine these claim come from? What about the uric acid inside the smaller blood vessels and the muscles? You cannot be free of blood altogether and to say that the pig’s metabolism is different to man is similar to saying that the pig has no neck to bleed from. The oneness of Life is in all DNA though some details may be different acceding to the environments in which the animal lives; the basics are the same if not similar. Pig is closeest to humans in many ways such as its mammary milk and it’s most useful for human organ transplants etc.

    Halaal and/or Haram are relative to every religion meaning that which is admissible and/or permissible to one religion may not be to another. Religious and other subjective truth is relative whilst Objective scientific truths are repeatable and provable under similar matrix. Some fall between the subjective and/or objective differentiations and beliefs of the experimenter too may influence the outcome of the experiment as in those cold fusions in a test-tube discovery days Pons and Flahsman.

    Today in this modern day and age all major and minor religions and their sub-sects are obsolete founded on mostly mythical delusions. The only good to come out from all these religions is the service aspect of it. That too is riddled with rewards of pseudo and false beliefs and expectations of enlightenment, moksha or heaven or a better after-life and rebirth Islam with an added bonus of 70 odd virgins thrown in for causing mayhem on this fragile and yet resilient planet.

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      Oh! So much for your scienctific analysis on religious guidance, thrown in with a tease of 70 virgins. It truly reflects on your capacity to comprehend the truly amazing and magnificient wonders of creation, ncluding you yourself, and your ingratitude for all the gifts of faculties that you have been blessed with. Science was not meant to prove right or wrong the Islamic religion, but rather the religion to prove science correct or incorrect. The Quranic verses are divine revelations sent down to earth little by little by God Almighty Himself thru Angel Jibreel to an illiterate (cannot read nor write) Prophet Muhammed (Peace be upon him), lest people say that it was his own creation. This happened almost 1430 odd years ago. Just like Gautama Sidharta (Lord Buddha) left his wife Sakunthala and sn Rahula and went into the jungle to meditate, Prophet Muhammed (PBOH) went to the mountain of light (Jabal un Noor) to the cave known as Hira to meditate where he received ‘enlightenment’, we Muslims call it ‘First Revelation’. Nothing comes anywhere close to God’s infinite knowledge, and we Muslims strive to live by those commandments laid down for us to live our lives, and emulate the life practices of Prophet Muhammed (PBOH). What can be more pure in thought and deed when we Muslims only follow the teachings as given to us, without any dilutions, distortions and doubts on who the true God is. If you watch youtube and see the number of people who came to Islam and why, you will get an understanding of the enormity of the impact this religion has created in peoples lives, and see how insignificant this world we live in, in the presence of God Almighty.

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      Spencer,

      Which is why religion is bounded in a set of beliefs, and that some events cannot be explained with our present level of scientific knowledge; So I am willing to live with what Islam teaches, and acknowledge the tension between science and religion.

      Science cannot give me succor when in trouble, religion can, they say when in doubt ‘Trust in God, but tie your camel.’

      In a public forum like this insulting billions of people who have a faith in a greater being doesn’t help now does it?

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        The “Truth” however, subjective, objective or mixture of both though liberating to some is also sometimes hurtful, insulting and painful and neither I nor anyone can do anything about that. You people who chose to attack me are trying to live in the 21st century with a somewhat retarded primitive 7th or 8th century mindset and its well beyond your comprehension and capacity to understand what has been stated.

        This due to the sustained and repeated brain software damages you’ll have sustained over the years in an ongoing basis through your cultures inflicted on you by your so-called all knowing and wise elders.. Are you aware that there are about sixteen thousand cultures on this planet and each and every one of them thinks there is the best? So how can you and your Islam be an exception to this phenomenon?!

        Once upon a time I too had some use of these crutches but not anymore and “The gods or god of the gaps” is of the past and not relevant anymore if one is humble enough to know and be content that there are many things one cannot and will never know and yet there is no need to fill it with delusions for solace and false comfort and enrich the priesthood and their craft.

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          And if I may add in the context of the totality of what has been stated above; without exception all religions have acted as temporary internal and external scaffoldings for numerous civilisations to rise and fall whilst injuring, maiming, and destroying their fellow beings partly due to the basic necessities of life and most mostly due to their beliefs which other animals don’t do.

          I am not sure as to which is the more damaging, viruses, bacteria, protozoa and/or pathogens? There too they cannot help it as it is an ingrained and inherent phenomena in Life that all Life survives, thrives and lives on, off and through various forms of other life through the webs and webbed chain of life where man is but a passing sometimes pleasant f***t through it.

          The above is sure to be beyond your ken but other discerning readers may benefit from it.

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