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Sri Lanka’s Hide & Seek Honeymoon With Israel Spells Disaster For Communal Harmony

By Latheef Farook

Latheef Farook

Latheef Farook

An Israeli Parliamentary delegation visited Sri Lanka from 24 to 30 of September 2015. According to reports the delegation had discussions with Secretary-General of Parliament Dhammika Dasanayake on areas of mutual interest, security arrangements in Parliament, the public outreach and employing disabled people in Parliament.

However Mr. Dassanayake did not disclose the areas of mutual interest he discussed with the visiting Israeli team. The question is how could Sri Lanka have areas of mutual interest with Israel in view of its long list of war crimes which has turned the Middle East into a killing field.

Sri Lanka is a country with more than 2000 years old civilization. In the 1960s and 1970s Sri Lankan voice was highly respected in all third world forums from Non Aligned movement to Afro Asian Solidarity Organization for its support to oppressed people worldwide in their struggle for freedom.

On the other hand Israel is an artificial neo fascist racist entity planted in Palestine, in the heart of Middle East, after uprooting the sons and daughters of the soil, by Zionist Jews supported by European colonial powers led by Britain, France, Russia and later United States.

The purpose was to destabilize Middle East which was one of the peaceful regions in the planet earth during Ottoman Turkish rule long before the advent of Zionists Jews who were the godfathers of terrorism and killings in the region.

Israel is an entity established in violation of all moral, legal and ethical principles cherished by humanity throughout the ages. Since 1930s Israel has committed more than 60 massacres of Palestinians.

Now the question is why was an Israeli parliamentary delegation invited and honored despite its crime records. Is it ignorance on the part of Dhammika Dasanayake and his team on Israel’s crime records? While the Israeli team was having discussion here with Dassanayale and going on guided tour, in the occupied Jerusalem illegal Jewish settlers, backed by Israeli armed forces, attack Muslim worshippers at Al Aqsa Masjid which is the third holiest place for Muslims.

Brave Palestinian men and women in Jerusalem struggle to ensure their rights and dignity against the Israeli barbarity backed by the military might of US, Europe and Russia.

The shameful state of affairs is such that there was hardly a word of support of solidarity to the Palestinians struggling to protect Masjid Al Aqsa from the island’s bankrupt Muslim political, religious and civil society leaderships.

What one cannot understand is the haste with which the Israeli delegation was invited to Sri Lanka even before the new government, elected with predominantly Muslim votes, settles down.
When Mr. Dassanayake said that “ Israeli team visited Sri Lanka on our invitation” one has to presume that the invitation was government approved. Is the speaker of the Sri parliament aware of this invitation?

Now the question is whether the invitation is from the present government which claims to uphold justice and good governance or the defeated Mahinda Rajapakse regime under which relations with Israel flourished while racist attacks on the island’s Muslim reached unprecedented scale?

Today under the changed political environment in Sri Lanka much is talked about on reconciliation and communal harmony. Therefore in inviting the Israeli delegation did Mr. Dassanayake ever think of the sentiments of the island’s Muslim community or the feelings of his own Muslim staff?

Muslims constitute more than one fourth of the world population and there are more than 55 Muslim countries .Muslim countries, as proved time and again, remain the best friends of Sri Lanka in times of both prosperity and adversity. Under such circumstance did Mr. Dassanayake ever consider of inviting a delegation from any Muslim country including Malaysia and Pakistan. NO.

Why? Is it the indifferent mindset towards injustice to Muslims worldwide?

By and large in Sri Lanka the present generation of professionals, intellectuals and others including most in the media do not know much about the true face of Zionist entity as the local media depends on the pro Zionist western media for its international coverage. Are we to presume that Mr. Dassanayake belongs to this group?

Already there were speculations that Israel financed Sinhala racists through Norway to whip up hostility towards Muslims during defeated Mahinda Rajapaksa government. It was as part of this hostility that a German Jew donated a building for Sinhala extremist Bodu Bala Sena in Galle at a function attended by former defense secretary Gotabya Rajapaksa.

Under the circumstance the need of the hour is to reestablish the image of Sri Lanka in the international stage by once again supporting the oppressed people including Palestinians who were abandoned by the Arab tyrants too and not by rolling red carpet to Israeli war criminals.

Countries like South Africa and its legendary leaders like Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu were respected because they defend justice all over.

Israelis were trying to penetrate into Sri Lankan since 1950s .Every time they sneaked into the island they were expelled. It was during Prime Minister W Dahanayake’s period in 1958 a non resident ambassador was appointed to Israel, but he was recalled by Prime Minister Mrs. Srimavo Bandaranaike.

During the 1970 general elections expelling the Israeli mission in Colombo was a pledge by the United Front which attracted sizable Muslims votes. Fulfilling her promise Mrs. Srimavo Bandaranaike closed down the Israeli mission in Colombo despite threats of economic boycott. The island’s fiercely independent and dignified policy and the overall attitude towards Israel was such that in 1979, Sri Lankan Cricket Team refused to play its match against Israel in the 15 nation qualifying competition in the 2nd Prudential World Cricket Competition in England.

In the aftermath of 1983 anti Tamil pogrom President Jayewardene turned to Israel to deal with the rising Tamil militancy in the north as both the United States and Britain refused to help. Israel which thrives on others’ misery grabbed the opportunity and an Israeli Interest Section was established in the US Embassy in Colombo with David Matna, later reported belonging to Israeli intelligence service, Mossad, as resident head.

Muslims opposed the move. Leading a delegation respected senior Muslim politician and Chairman of UNP Dr M.C.M. Kaleel met President Jayewardene to express Muslim concerns. But dismissing them President Jayewardene stated “well, if the Muslims wanted they can remain in the government, otherwise they can leave”.

This was one of the reasons why the frustrated Muslims, especially those in the east, turned to Sri Lanka Muslim Congress for a forum of their own to raise their voice, though it later ended up as a disaster.

Here in Sri Lanka, instead of helping Jayewardene’s government Israelis trained both. For example disclosing Israeli hypocrisy in his book “By Way of Deception; The Making and Unmaking of a Mussed Officer” Victor Ostrovsky and Claire Hoy disclosed that;

“The Israelis trained elite forces, for both sides-( Tamil militants and the government forces) without either side knowing about the other and helped Sri Lanka cheat the World Bank and other investors out of millions of dollars to pay for all the arms they were buying from them”

This book came out with startling revelations of Sri Lanka’s secret relations with Israel and President Ranasinghe Premadasa appointed a presidential commission of inquiry into allegations. He later closed down the Israeli Interest Section in Colombo on 20 April 1990 and discontinued diplomatic relations with Israel.

Once again Secret talks between Israel and Sri Lanka began in 1996 when the then Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar was hospitalized in New Delhi for a kidney operation. The Israeli ambassador in New Delhi, accompanied by the then Indian Ambassador in Colombo Sivashankar Menon who was earlier the Indian ambassador in Israel before coming to Sri Lanka and later Foreign secretary in India, visited Mr. Kadirgamar in the hospital.

According to reports the Israeli ambassador had visited Mr. Kadirgamar frequently in the hospital and these secret contacts led to the resumption of diplomatic relations between the two countries in June 2000.

Once again Israelis entered Sri Lanka like midnight thieves during the Rajapaksa regime and began spreading their tentacles from politicians, media, business establishments and other fields.

Israelis were so successful that they got President Mahinda Rajapaksa, then Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake and a parliamentary delegation led by then Leader of the House Nimal Sripala De Silva to visit Israel. Since then several ministers and top officials visited Israel. Certainly a great achievement for Israel.

The recent visit of Israeli parliamentary team indicates that ties between Sri Lankan and Israel continue to flourish to the detriment of the island. What most people who hob knobs with Israel fail to understand is that Israel is not a Muslim but a national issue.

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    Imagine if we go back to the Moghul days before Jehangir Khan. People were forced to Convert. Same in Indonesia if you can see the FACTUAL evidence at Borobudur. Yes at one time a Muslim empire was there; before that there was Hindu empire. Imagine the jihadis coming to SL: imagine what they will do to Hindus and Buddhists. Look at the following news report.

    Islamic militants captured thousands of Yazidi women and children, and killed the men. ISIS claims the Quran justifies taking non-Muslim women and girls captive, and permits their rape.

    The Yazidis, a small Iraqi minority who believe in a single god who created the Earth and left it in the care of a peacock angel, have been subjected to large-scale persecution by ISIS, which accuses them of devil worship.

    The United Nations has accused ISIS of committing genocide against the Yazidis.

    The families of many of the missing have reached out to Hasan for help.

    “People know me,” she explains. “I am from Sinjar and also I am Yazidi. I know many people who were kidnapped. Some were my relatives, my neighbors, and they called me.”

    Together with her husband, Khalil, Hasan manages a network to smuggle the women out: she takes the calls, and Khalil makes the dangerous journey to the Iraq-Syria border to bring them to safety.

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      Ha,ha,ha……Scumbag…you are a Tin-Pot-Jihadi of the Zionists of course.Good title for you….it deserves you.

      Look the world is very different than the 70′ and the 80’s where the Zionist media (CNN/BBC/FOX/CNBC/SKY etc, etc) are the only way of knowing the world affairs to a far away located country and its people.

      Today, the game is changed. Internet has exposed everything the Zionist bastards were hiding from the general public.

      Don’t you have any shame in yourself to sing the same songs of the dumb Zionist by linking the ISIS to Islam?????

      The whole world knows that all the so called Jihadi’s/ ISIS and Terror outfits were created by the CIA/MI5/Mossad evil axis.

      If you still deny…..let me show you the clips that proves 1000% uttered by the acceptable sources….

      1. ISIS In Greater Israel’s Scheme
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGRET8c7xNw

      2. GENERAL WESLEY CLARK ON ISIS- explains ISIS was created by U.S. Allies
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojcoKnTGf4s

      3. Putin Crushes BBC Smartass – Putin’s own words on ISIS and its creators..
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KHCNk9BYy4

      4. CrossTalk: Putin’s United Nations (pre-recorded)
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbrU-4R90pU

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      More on the subject that you are scared to see….ISIS and its backers (CIA/MI5/Mossad) and its covert operations…

      Well, Obama and his gay policies have weakened him too much. He is the biggest joker of the century. The Zionist policy maker is none other than the Dirty Polish Jew Zbignew Brazinski. This is the bastard masterminded according to his superiors (Rothchild Banker cabal/ Bilderbergs etc.)

      With the Russia entering the scene in the Syria, the Zionist puppets and its collaborators (SAUDI/JORDAN/QATAR/BAHRAIN) are peeing in their pants/robes.

      US through Saudi threatened Russia with ISIS of taking the Terror into Russian territory. WHAT A BLOODY JOKE….Saudi Jewish King Salman is a mountain goat who can’t fight a super power like the Russia.

      Now the game is turned on them, Russia can send their own proxy to destroy SAUDI or YAHOODI ARABIA.

      1. Weak Obama Turned Putin into World’s Most Powerful Leader
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rk9U50JchDw

      2. The Real Reason Putin is Fighting ISIS
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lX_mSGXRlsI

      3. US policy on Muslims an insult – Chechen Head
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7xZiwVobjI

      4. CrossTalk: Blaming Russia
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLLBxDs-aAg

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        There are many theories regarding the sudden appearance of ISIS, obviously the result of the US attacking Iraq for no valid reason, and it is worthwhile trying to find out. But Alex Jones is hardly the person to get information from. He is a right wing conspiracy nut, who is notorious for making wild accusation that go nowhere:

        “Alexander Emerick “Alex” Jones (born February 11, 1974) is an American conspiracy theorist,[1][2] radio show host, documentary filmmaker, and writer.[3] His syndicated news/talk show The Alex Jones Show, based in Austin, Texas, airs via the Genesis Communications Network[4] and shortwave station WWCR[5] across the United States, and on the Internet in video form.[6][7]

        Jones has been the center of many controversies, including his controversial statements about gun control in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.[8] He has accused the US government of being involved in the Oklahoma City bombing,[9] the September 11 attacks[10] and the filming of fake Moon landings to hide NASA’s secret technology.[11][12][13] He believes that government and big business have colluded to create a New World Order through “manufactured economic crises, sophisticated surveillance tech and—above all—inside-job terror attacks that fuel exploitable hysteria”.[14] Jones describes himself as a libertarian, paleoconservative and an “aggressive constitutionalist”.[15][16]

        New York magazine described Jones as “America’s leading conspiracy theorist”,[17] and the Southern Poverty Law Center describes him as “the most prolific conspiracy theorist in contemporary America.”[18] When asked about these labels, Jones said that he finds himself “proud to be listed as a thought criminal against Big Brother”.[17]” Wikipedia

        He obviously is an Obama hater, hates governments and organized religions. He is considered a bit of a loony, and ends up yelling during interviews.
        Not a very credible source.

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        Questions about where ISIS comes from is valid, and it is interesting how they sprang out of nowhere, although obviously the result of the US attack on Iraq, which was totally unnecessary and arrogant.
        Alex Jones is a right wing conspiracy nut, and should not be taken seriously. I don’t understand what the motivation is linking his videos here, like Mervyn Silva, no one over there in the US takes notice of him:

        “Alexander Emerick “Alex” Jones (born February 11, 1974) is an American conspiracy theorist,[1][2] radio show host, documentary filmmaker, and writer.[3] His syndicated news/talk show The Alex Jones Show, based in Austin, Texas, airs via the Genesis Communications Network[4] and shortwave station WWCR[5] across the United States, and on the Internet in video form.[6][7]

        Jones has been the center of many controversies, including his controversial statements about gun control in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.[8] He has accused the US government of being involved in the Oklahoma City bombing,[9] the September 11 attacks[10] and the filming of fake Moon landings to hide NASA’s secret technology.[11][12][13] He believes that government and big business have colluded to create a New World Order through “manufactured economic crises, sophisticated surveillance tech and—above all—inside-job terror attacks that fuel exploitable hysteria”.[14] Jones describes himself as a libertarian, paleoconservative and an “aggressive constitutionalist”.[15][16]

        New York magazine described Jones as “America’s leading conspiracy theorist”,[17] and the Southern Poverty Law Center describes him as “the most prolific conspiracy theorist in contemporary America.”[18] When asked about these labels, Jones said that he finds himself “proud to be listed as a thought criminal against Big Brother”.[17] Wikipedia

        He obviously is an Obama hater, hates governments and organized religions. He is considered a bit of a loony, and ends up yelling during interviews.
        Not a very credible source.

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          Dhaksha, You are defending the US and the evil Obama and his puppet masters…..?

          We know who you are….. Keep on believing the scumbags….time will solve everything. Which also means that you are one of them…

          Watch the videos i share and then answer to them one by one.

          Forget about Alex Jones…. Obama and the Zionist gangs are far more dangerous to ignore….they have already massacred millions…. Alex Jones is only an eye opener to many.

          Zionist’s credibility is ZERO to defend them.

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      RAND PAUL TELLS US THE TRUTH “CIA FUNDED ISIS UNDER OBAMA ADMIN TO PROMOTE MORE WAR IN MIDDLE EAST”

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

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      Why The CIA Created ISIS
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfBBF4_hkDQ

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      From : RT (Russia Today)

      This is why the US created ISIS
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPkPGBodJM4

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      Look at all the weapons the US gave to ISIS !

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

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    Old Codger,

    Can you let us know when did Palestinian origin come about. British mandate Palestine was Jewish Land. If you don’t know don’t crow about it. There was no race as Palestinians. It was a myth. It was created by the well known terrorist Yaser Arafat. Why are you burying the truth.

    God has given the land of Israel to Jews and no one can lay claim to it. They were driven from their land from Romans first and the Muslims ( Descendants of Ishmael. The land they live is their legitimate land and Muslims were invaders. Why do they want a small piece of land? They have Muslim countries such as Saudi Arabia where they can live. Why Israel, because Jews transformed a desert land into a thriving and fertile land. How did it happen? The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob did it to them.

    Now you better get your acts together. Muslims are not going to be friendly or sympathetic towards you. Islam is a religion of hate and violent. Quran states that it is lawful to kill an infidel (non believer) so that the killer will be rewarded with 72 virgins. Is Islam based on sex and slavery? If you want to become one of them all the best to you.

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      Food for thought. People in glass houses must not throw stones:

      Bruce Feiler writes that “Jews and Christians who smugly console themselves that Islam is the only violent religion are willfully ignoring their past. Nowhere is the struggle between faith and violence described more vividly, and with more stomach-turning details of ruthlessness, than in the Hebrew Bible”.[8] Similarly, Burggraeve and Vervenne describe the Old Testament as full of violence and evidence of both a violent society and a violent god. They write that, “(i)n numerous Old Testament texts the power and glory of Israel’s God is described in the language of violence.” They assert that more than one thousand passages refer to YHWH as acting violently or supporting the violence of humans and that more than one hundred passages involve divine commands to kill humans.[9]

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

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      Christian

      I cannot help it if you don’t know how to look up the history of Palestine (or the Holy Land). It is freely available and cannot be hidden.It was the Christians who drove out or converted the Jews in the Holy Land,before the Arabs arrived in the 7th century.Before the British got their Mandate, all the area from Damascus to Jeddah were Provinces of the Turkish Ottoman Empire. Jews were not persecuted and there were a small number of indigenous Jews and Christians in Palestine.
      It was the CHRISTIANS (YES, CHRISTIANS -Hitler was one)who persecuted and murdered European Jews, who therefore wanted to go back to their ancient homeland (promised by God if you say so)in Israel. So the perfidious Brits looked the other way while lakhs of Europeans arrived in Palestine and uprooted the Arabs. Simple history.
      I am not supporting any of Mr. Farook’s more extreme arguments, just stating bald facts. Leave religion out of it.
      You can look up more information here:
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Palestine

      Even I used to be a hurrah-boy for Israel until I started READING and UNDERSTANDING.

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    MirakRajBanda

    Don’t write things that you do not know. You are day dreaming. Israel cannot be eliminated nor can it be defeated. Just go back to previous wars and the ingenuity of the Jews. Yes Zionist regime will remain because Yeshua (Jesus Christ) will set foot on Mount Zion to rule and rein. Your Mahdi has to go to hell. Alaqsa where Solomon’s temple was will be razed to the ground. Your Mohammed never spoke about Jerusalem all of a sudden you have fallen love with Jerusalem. Bible says Jerusalem will be the undivided capital of the eternal Kingdo of God Almighty.

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      Born Again christians believe ISrael will go, George W Bush was one born Again christian.

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    There are 55 Muslim countries in the world according to the writer. Sri Lanka would have been the 56th if not for Portuguese and Dutch who arrived in 16th century and chased away the Arabs from maritime areas.

    Thanks to Israelis and LTTE we have a professional army now.

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      Really??? better talk this inside your Mosque … but be careful just 900 km away in Diego Garcia US drones are waiting to blast your skulls ..even your mighty Allah can’t save you

      Soon Muslims in this country will float on mid seas requesting refuge states ..but no Arab country will take you because all you are converted Hindus

      Centuries ago when ruler changed his religion uneducated population followed this ….not now

      In Colombo Barber street there is a 90 years old Hindu temple ..now Thoppies who are in this area just for 25 years are threatening the activities of this Hindu temple how is this….???

      Can they dare to do this to a Buddhist temple?

      One trustee of a Hindu temple in Colombo offered a site belong to temple to Muslims to built Mosque..absolutely FREE ..now look how this ungrateful thoppies paying their gratitude

      Cheers .

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    Christian

    I cannot help it if you don’t know how to look up the history of Palestine (or the Holy Land). It is freely available and cannot be hidden.It was the Christians who drove out or converted the Jews in the Holy Land,before the Arabs arrived in the 7th century.Before the British got their Mandate, all the area from Damascus to Jeddah were Provinces of the Turkish Ottoman Empire. Jews were not persecuted and there were a small number of indigenous Jews and Christians in Palestine.
    It was the CHRISTIANS (YES, CHRISTIANS -Hitler was one)who persecuted and murdered European Jews, who therefore wanted to go back to their ancient homeland (promised by God if you say so)in Israel. So the perfidious Brits looked the other way while lakhs of Europeans arrived in Palestine and uprooted the Arabs. Simple history.
    I am not supporting any of Mr. Farook’s more extreme arguments, just stating bald facts. Leave religion out of it.
    You can look up more information here:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Palestine

    Even I used to be a hurrah-boy for Israel until I started READING and UNDERSTANDING.

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      old codger

      Waste of time trying to teach fundamentalist “Christians” about history. They still believe in the creation myth…

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        Maalumiris,
        I have lots of time to waste, so I keep on trying.
        If some of these people, like Christian and Soysa were around in the 50’s , they would have been ardent defenders of South Africa , Rhodesia and White Australia, all racist settler regimes.
        Why do our people prefer white racists over non-white ones? Is it because we consider ourselves Aryans?

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      You are right, this is not about religion, but certain Jews in Israel (the zionists) are, with some right wing Christians, making this an anti Muslim issue. For Israel to keep this brutal occupation going for 60 years, and to keep stealing more land, they have to demonize the Palestinians, and vilify the Muslims. That is the only way to justify the on going massacre against civilians. Millions of dollars are going in for this campaign. Unfortunately the Muslim (especially the Arab) countries cannot get their act together, are fighting among themselves, and cannot fight this false propaganda. Their religion has been hijacked by Islamic extremists and these Jewish/Christian entities.

      Just take a look at the comments in this article. There are certain commenters here who show Islamaphobia, but mostly praise and support Israel, a nation that is apartheid in it’s policies, and have used the holocaust to perpetrate human rights violations against unarmed civilians. Israel has organized Jewish students around the world, paying them to deflect from the criticism of Israel (which is plenty) by attacking commenters, the writer of the article, attacking Muslims, lying about Israel’s crimes (which if one bothers to do some research one can easily find on the internet), and basically hijacking the focus from Israel’s crimes, by false propaganda.
      This is all too familiar now, and it stands out in our local articles written by Muslim writers.

      Hasbara Troll attributes

      Supreme point of view
      The Hasbara troll knows best
      Condescending & Patronising
      Socialist (Smart and ‘caring’)
      Do not have to be Jewish but Pro-Israel
      Internet experts
      Narcissistic
      Provocative
      Dis-ruptive
      Like to ask the questions, not answer questions
      Control freaks
      Inflamed by anyone being critical of Israel
      ‘Moral’ Guardians
      Classic insults: Anti-semite, Neo- Nazi, White Supremacist, Holocaust denier
      Adept with social networks well trained on IT

      They swarm the American websites and unfortunately have poisoned our websites too. Some pretend to be Sri Lankan, and I suspect some Sri Lankans are also trained to do Israel’s dirty work. Many Muslim friends have told me that they suspect a link between these zionist elements and the BBS. It is something worth thinking about.

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    Lateef brother, How about making an unequivocal condemnation of Savage ISIS/ISIL/TALEBAN and make a statement condemning their attitudes towards women and educating women and their taking sex slaves please? I think a lot of us will be happy if you are genuine about it. In the meantime your bankroller Saudis are doing this sort of this…Do you see Christians or Jews doing this?

    Humbly request you to reveal your stands on the following.
    1. Freedom of religion in Sri Lanka vs. Arab lands
    2. Right of women to go to school beyond 4th grade
    3. Condemn savagery of people who rape non-muslims.
    4. Right of worship in Sri Lanka for all faiths
    5. Right of worship of all faiths in Saudi Arabia.

    What is bothering a lot of us is the hateful anti anything and anyone who is not a radical muslim while living in a vibrant albeit faulty democracy where freedom of worship has been practiced for centuries BECAUSE the majority are buddhists. Even the Christian nations in the 21st century. This is sad because Arabs (not all muslims) still live 500 years back dreaming of a Caliphate based on dubious history like how eelam was claimed.

    News
    A Saudi employer chopped off the right arm of an Indian domestic worker after she complained to police that the employer was mistreating her, the woman’s sister said Friday.

    Kashturi Munirathinam, 58, was employed by a Saudi household in Riyadh three months ago, her sister S. Vijayakumari told CNN on the phone from the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

    Vijayakumari said the family was told about the attack on September 30.

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    Right wing Buddhists., Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Christians are all nuts but at least Buddhists and Hindus do not go around saying “if you are not my faith you will go to hell” .In the 21st century the biggest problem to world peace is radicalized Sunni Wahabist rapist beheader terrorists. Add to that a few Buddhist thugs in Burma. Add to it the Christian born again whackos like George W Bush and the ultra orthodox jews. I hate religiosity for that reason. All you folks who think you are “Saved” or “go to heaven” should watch Religulous by Bill Maher. He makes fun of idiots. But he himself is a bigot who defends Jewish crimes against Palestinians all the time/.

    But Brother Latheef is either a Malay Muslim or a Tamil speaking Dravidian muslim. His dangerous lovefest and appeasement of rapist Taleban, Jihadi, ISIL is disappointing. He never spoke out against Taleban towel heads with 4th grade education blew up Bamiyan Statues. He never condemns them for forcing women to be slaves and not get an education beyond 4th grade. He never condemned taleban jockies cutting nurses of girls for daring to go to school. HE NEVER CONDEMND the attack on little Malala. So does he want that sort of Islam in Sri Lanka? Latheef YES OR NO? GIVE A STRAIGHT ANSWER. HILMY AHMED had the courage to condemn ISIL savages.You have not. that is the simple fact.

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    You idiotic writers if you do not know, Israel is apple of God’s eye. Only the fool will think that creation is a myth and only and idiot will claim that Israel had taken the land of mythical Palestinians. Will you all shut up. When the Lord comes in spledour and glory you who doubters will have to look up the sky and think what on earth is happening.

    Don’t worry the end is so nigh all the malumiris, old codgers and Latheef’s will have to gasp for breath. Latheefs and Mohammeds are waiting for Mahdi to come to their rescue but remember Mahd

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      Dear Christian
      Even by your own logic, God promised Israel to the JEWS.
      You are a CHRISTIAN, not a Jew. Are you with me so far?
      Therefore in God’s eyes you are an infidel.
      So what are you getting all hot under the collar for?
      The Lord has been reported to be coming soon for so long that I am taking it with a pinch of salt.
      CHRISTIANS are supposed to turn the other cheek to their tormentors, not call them idiots.

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      ha! ha! Christian !!

      Stop!, Please Stop !! I am laughing so much it hurts !!!

      And all this While you will get caught up in the rapture and be Teleported to Heaven, no doubt !!!

      Last couple of years, lot of “End is Neigh” fellows came out of the woodwork proclaiming exactly what you did.. three weeks later when the world did not end and expected people did not appear in the sky., they quietly disappeared, claiming a maths-error

      By the Way, just in case you haven’t figured it out yet, in a monotheistic faith, there is only One God.. Judaism, Christianity and Islam all acknowledge this One God so it follows that God., Yahweh and Allah must be one and the same..

      Yet you persist in insulting the God of the Muslims even though he is your God also..

      What idiocy !

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    Having followed the many comments after Mr. Farook inserted his article a few days ago, my sincere advise to all is, if you do NOT KNOW the Holy Bible from the very beginning (Genesis Chapter 1, Verse 1) to the very end (Revelations Chapter 22, verse 20) do not speak or write on the subject.

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      A simple quiz for all you true believers:

      Q. Who killed Jesus Christ, the Jews or the Muslims?
      A. The Jews
      Q. Do the Jews respect Jesus Christ?
      A. No, in Judaism Christ is a heretic. No status at all
      Q. What is the status of Christ in Islam?
      A. He is regarded as one of the Prophets.
      Q. Can a Christian become President of Israel?
      A. Only a Jew can become President
      Q. Who was George Habbash?
      A. A palestinian CHRISTIAN who resisted Israel.

      Should Christians be supporting Israel?
      Simple, isn’t it?

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    Re. Q. 1 “Jesus said, “No one kills Me. I lay My life down so others may live”
    Q. 2. There are many Jews who do not believe that Jesus is the Son of God or Messiah just as there are many Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and athiests who likewise do not believe. And there are millions of Jews who are Believers in Jesus in Israel and elsewhere.
    Q3. Yes, The Islamists think that Jesus is a Prophets. He was indeed a Prophet, as Moses said this many years before the Advent. But He was also the Saviour.
    Q.4 IF a Christian were to contest, he can be accepted. But like in any other country, the candidate has to be born in the country of Israel.
    Q. Hitler was also a Christian.

    Colombotelegraph, thank you for your patience. I think I have said enough !! Finally I say again read the Book before you comment.

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      My dear ksoysa
      As expected, you have not provided direct answers.

      1. The Bible itself says Jesus was condemned at the instigation of the Jewish high priests
      2. NO Jew believes in Jesus Christ, because by definition he would be a Christian, not a Jew. Kindly supply the names of any such Jews if they exist.
      3. Muslims do not recognize Jesus as the Saviour.But even ISIS does not publicly insult Christ as some Christians do to Mohamed.
      4. In practice a Christian would never be selected as President.

      Dear lady (I believe you are a lady), you must keep religion separate from politics. Israelis are not Israelites. Israel is a white European settler state as much as Apartheid South Africa and Rhodesia.If you are old enough, you will remember that these countries claimed legitimacy through Christianity, as White Australia did.

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        Dear Old Codger

        Just saw this.

        1. The Bible also says, that Jesus Himself said that “No one takes My life. I lay it down for My friends (meaning all who come to Salvation)Also, there were Jews as well as Gentiles in the crowd.

        2. Go to sites called “Jews For Jesus”, Messianic Jews”. There are several Jewsish Christians and churches in Israel.

        3. The Muslims as well as the Hasdick Jews and several MILLION Jews do not accept Jesus as well as Aethists, and people of other religions. This does not by any means make Jesus Christ any less than who He is.

        4. This is left to be seen. No Christian has come forward to contest for this position. But there are SEVERAL CHRISTIANS IN THE KNESSET (Parliament). So that answers your question and also the fact that this all started by Mr. Farook’s letter regarding the visiting Parliamentary Delegation who were all Christians !!

        Old Codger, you are wrong. Netanyahu himself said he is from the tribe of Benjamin (from which he gets his first name), and there are Ethiopean Jews, African Jews, Indian Jews, Burmese Jews as well as Ukranian, Polish etc. Go toisrael, my friend and see for yourself and understand. Read the Bible as you would a novel. You will be blessed. Finally, Old Codger you are wrong again!! I am as much a male, a “he-man”, a father and husband as you are !!

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          Dear ksoysa
          Confusion again.
          1.There were mostly Jews in the crowd. No Muslims of course.This of course was the basis for persecution of the Jews by CHRISTIANS.
          2. To say “Christian Jew” is as much a misnomer as “Christian Buddhist” or Muslim Hindu”, whatever your websites might claim.
          Judaism is a RELIGION, not an ethnic group, so of course there are Ethiopian and Yemeni Jews.
          3. The Muslims DO accept Jesus (Isa) as a prophet. The Jews certainly dont.
          All I am saying is that the Muslim religion has more in common with Christianity than Judaism. I cannot understand why Christians, after persecuting Jews for two thousand years, now find it convenient to support a racist state like Israel, whose greatest buddies were South Africa and Rhodesia.
          I am not questioning your faith, just questioning your irrational support of Israel . I am not supporting Mr. Farook’s extremism either. But when an injustice is being done, I think one has to take a stance irrespective of whether the victims are Jews or Muslims.
          Christianity has been used to justify everything from slavery to witch-burning.

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    Dear Codger,

    I am not confused. I was just answering your questions to the point. There were Jews in the crowd outside the Roman Praetorium comprising of Jews and Gentiles. Gentiles are all non-Jews. Of course there were no Muslims because the Muslim religion was unknown then. There were Greeks, Ethiopeans, Arabs, etc. The Lord Jesus was not condemned by the Jewish High Priest but by Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor. But my all-encompassing point is that when Jesus’s Disciples wanted to “make a break” He said that He came to the world to lay down His life for the salvation of mankind. He said if He chose He can ask for a Legion of Holy Angels to defend Him but that was not His agenda. If you were to read the Books of Mathew, Mark, Luke and John you will understand.

    2. Again, I was answering your question! Let me be more detailed. The Jews are all direct descendants of Abraham, like the Sinhalese are descended from Vijaya (as they say). Most Jews do not believe that Jesus is the messiah. There are also other Jews who do believe Jesus is the Messiah. So you can certainly identify Christian Jews or Jewish Christians as you can identify Tamil Christians or Sinhalese Christians. Of course it would be wrong to say “Buddhist Christian” or “Muslim Christian” though there are many Muslim converts as there are from other religions.

    Muslims merely accept Jesus as a Prophet but NOT the new Testament of the Bible. The Islam religion on the other hand has more in common with Judaism (Jews do not have the New Testament). My friend, many persecuted the Jews. Hitler was also a Baptized Christian and butchered six million Jews. The Spanish Inquisition accounted for the death of several thousand Jews as well as Christians. The Crusaders from England and Europe butchered thousands of Jews, for the very reason you espouse that “Jews killed Jesus”!! All these events by no means make Jesus’s Divinity any less. That is what you will understand if you read the Bible from start to finish. There are many instances where in the name of Christ much harm has been done. We see that happening even now. Christ never espoused slavery, arson, murder etc.

    Christians stand with Israel today because Israel is the land where Jesus lived, died and was resurrected and His feet will touch the land of Israel on His Second Coming. You will think I am a lunatic but my humble suggestion is to speak to a good Christian teacher.

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      Dear Ksoysa,
      “There are many instances where in the name of Christ much harm has been done. We see that happening even now. Christ never espoused slavery, arson, murder etc. “
      Many things are also done in the name of Islam and Buddhism. Christians have only recently taken to espousing human rights.
      The US prohibited even Catholics from aspiring to the Presidency in the 19th century.
      “The Lord Jesus was not condemned by the Jewish High Priest but by Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor.”
      Correct, but WHO instigated him?
      2.Confusion again. An Ethiopian Jew is no more a descendant of Abraham than a Sri Lankan Muslim is a descendant of Mohamed. Ethiopian or Indian Jews are indigenous people who have been converted to Judaism. Just as your ancestors were converted to Christianity. That does not make you a Portuguese, does it? The Jews of Christ’s time WERE mostly a SEMITIC (NOT European) ethnic group.

      Anyway, this is not about religion, a subject on which we can argue till the cows come home.BTW, I HAVE read all the Gospels.
      The issue is modern Israel. How would YOU feel if a Veddah turned up and claimed your property by force of arms on the grounds that his ancestors lived there 1500 years ago?
      Again, I reiterate: Israelites and Israelis are NOT the same people.
      Neither are Arab Muslims and Sri Lankan Muslims.
      The land of Israel is sacred to three religions. But that does mean we must approve of its current regime.

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    Dear Old Codger,

    This Refers to your comment on the 17th.

    This discussion started following an article by Mr. Latheef Farook under “Sri Lanka’s honeymoon with Israel”.

    Indeed, the name of ‘Christ’ has been used by many generations over centuries for all kinds of wrong-doings. It started with with the Roman emperor in circa 80 AD and continues even today. But then, so much wrong is done by Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus etc who have misunderstood the doctrine of that particular religion. We cannot blame Jesus Christ. He never spoke evil of anyone neither asked for disaster to come on His enemies. He said to love one’s enemies, do good to those who harm you. We cannot and must not blame the “Christians” but strive to be what Jesus taught us to be.

    Regarding Pilate condemning Christ, my point from the very beginning is that Christ came, as the only begotten Son of God to be a living sacrifice for the sins of the world. He said that no one takes His life and that He lays down His life for others. You say you have read the Scriptures but you may read them again and you will clearly see where He said if He wants, He can ask for a legion of mighty angels to save Him from the Cross. That was not His agenda. You are right that in Jerusalem the majority who was in the crowd were Jews, who were misled, despite having seen Jesus’s miracles and listened to Him, by the Pharisees who were jealous of Jesus. This does not mean that Jesus was crucified by the Jews. He died as a propitiation for the sins of the world, for you, for me and for ALL. And suffered and died and shed His blood willingly. For ALL.

    All Jews, whether they are Ethiopian, Indian, American, European etc are JEWISH and are carriers of Abraham’s genes. They were disposed, as God required following their captivity by the Assyrians and the Babylonians. (Read I and II Kings and I and II Chronicles), God allowed them to be taken captive because of their sinful life-style. As Prophesied, all Jews are now returning to Israel (Alia). So, yes there are Ethiopian Jews. Mr. Codger, you cannot compare my ancestry with that of the Jews: The Jews are, as I said earlier the ‘Chosen People’ and called to be special. We cannot question that as that was God’s purpose. No one can question God. You say you have read the Bible from beginning to end, so I am surprised by these issues you raise.

    Re. the Veddhas (I have a deep respect for them), they never lived in Colombo so they have no claim to my property!

    Finally, if having read the Bible from start to end and you still say that the Israelites of the Biblical times and the Israelis of today are not the same, then I have nothing more to say to convince you otherwise.

    As for the Muslims in Sri Lanka, they are I believe off-springs of Arab and Moor traders and sailors who came and settled in Ceylon. An interesting account of this can be seen in Mannar where a giant Baobab tree supposed to be about six hundred years old planted by an Arab trader who settled in this country.

    As for the current regime of Israel, they are protecting themselves from attacks just as we were compelled to do in the past.

    Incidentally, if not for the Kfirs and the Dvoras……. !

    Take care and God bless you sir.

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      Dear Ksoysa,
      You have avoided the point again.
      If you wish to believe that White Europeans, Black Ethiopians and Arab Yemenis are all descendants of Abraham, I cannot stop you. But just a small question: Whose descendants were the people who lived in Balangoda 30,000 years ago? I am sure the Bible has a GOOD explanation.
      You may not be aware of this, but there was a thriving Jewish community in India. They were converted by Jewish traders, just as the Muslim Indians were converted by Arab traders.
      There is also the Syrian Christian community in Kerala, who were there long before the Portuguese. These people are completely Indian.

      “This does not mean that Jesus was crucified by the Jews. He died as a propitiation for the sins of the world, for you, for me and for ALL. And suffered and died and shed His blood willingly. For ALL.”
      Whoever Jesus might have died for does not change facts.
      Generations of Christians have believed the Jews were responsible. Are you saying they were all wrong? Not that I condone it.

      “Re. the Veddhas (I have a deep respect for them), they never lived in Colombo so they have no claim to my property!”
      Point avoided again. The Veddahs or their ancestors did occupy the whole island prior to the Sinhalese. Would you give up your property without a fight to a descendant who has just returned from, say, Poland?

      “Finally, if having read the Bible from start to end and you still say that the Israelites of the Biblical times and the Israelis of today are not the same, then I have nothing more to say to convince you “
      The Bible is not a journal of Anthropology or History any more than the Mahavamsa. Some parts of are demonstrably pure fiction.
      If you are prepared to believe that the world was created in 6 days, then you would believe anything. What would you say about the justifications for slavery in Leviticus?

      Anyway, as I said before,leave religion out of this. It is about Israel.
      As for Dvoras, You might be aware of the South African Buffels which arrived earlier. Should we support Apartheid because of that?

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    To understand the uniqueness of the Jewish Nation, read Genesis, Exodus, skip in between and go to Joshua. Then read Ruth, I and II Samuel. Ester, Ezra and Nehemiah. This gives a BIBLICAL perspective of the Jewish history. Then its important you read Isaiah, Jeremiah. Daniel is important and finish with The Book of Revelation.

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    Dear Old Codger,

    You keep repeating that I have avoided the point or ignored what you have said. My thoughts on this subject is not based on what we see and what science tells us but what is said in the Bible. It is hard to take it as it is written in the Bible, but as Paul quoted in I Cor. 1:18 to 19, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing……. I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent”. I say that the Ethiopians Jews and European Jews and all Jews are indeed the descendants of the Patriarch Abraham because the Bible says that following the Babylonian invasion of Israel, all twelve tribes were taken in captivity and in the intervening years, they migrated to all parts of the planet, including to India, Burma and the very North of Europe. And now they are returning to Israel (Aliyah) as also Prophesied in Scripture. That is the Jewish community that you speak of in India and in fact there is still a remnant in India. In a visit to Israel, I met several Indians who were Jews and who moved to Israel in the late 1970s and early ’80s. Even the Jews who live in Syria, Iran, and other M.E countries were not “converted” but are a remnant of those who migrated from Israel after the Babylonian Captivity.

    As for generations of Jews being responsible for Christ’s death, I have already said that the Crusaders as well as the Spanish during the Inquisition also held them responsible and punished them! But that is not right. Some Jews did say, “Let His blood be on us and our children….” but I and many of us will never hold the Jews responsible.

    The “Veddhas” of Sri Lanka cannot be compared, Mr. Codger !! Come on. Israel came about by the spoken Word of God. The Veddhas like the Natives of North America, the Aboriginals of Australia and new Zealand were there for generations and we have no clear idea of their ancestry whereas we have re. Israelites.

    The Bible is certainly not a book on anthropology and history. It is the inspired Word of the creator God. Read II Peter1:21 and II Tim. 3:16. But certainly, historical facts can be cross-checked from the Bible.

    I hope we can leave this subject now. One point, however need to be mentioned.

    Pontius Pilate stood eyeball to eyeball with Jesus at the “trial” and he heard Christ refer to everyone who is of the truth, to which Pilate replied “What is the truth?”

    That question hangs heavily on the thin wire of reason on many minds at this very hour. Unfortunately, Pilate never waited to hear the reply of our Lord Jesus and just turned away as he was confused and did not need to go too deep and was in a hurry.
    If Pilate waited, he would have heard Jesus say, “I am the truth, the way and the life.

    The Bible does not teach mere history, philosophy, or even a religion: It is the Way, the Truth and the Life. A transformation.

    Rest easy, sir.

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    Dear ksoysa,
    It seems to me you are some kind of pastor, am I right?

    “The Bible does not teach mere history, philosophy, or even a religion: It is the Way, the Truth and the Life. A transformation.”
    That is what they say about the Koran too, and the Buddhist scriptures.And of course the works of Marx and Engels.
    Which is correct is a matter of personal opinion (or brainwashing).
    Science on the other hand provides evidence. So there is no way that a black Ethiopian Jew and a white Polish one can both be descendants of a Semitic Hebrew Abraham.Even if the Bible says so.
    This of course is what the current Israeli state would like us all to believe.
    “The “Veddhas” of Sri Lanka cannot be compared, Mr. Codger !! Come on. Israel came about by the spoken Word of God. The Veddhas like the Natives of North America, the Aboriginals of Australia and new Zealand were there for generations and we have no clear idea of their ancestry whereas we have re. Israelites.”
    We do have a clear idea of their ancestry through genetics.The Veddhas are related to the Australian aborigines.
    The Bible does not explain where these people came from, leave alone the Chinese or Polynesians. For that , you have to look up anthropology, which clearly states (with proof) that the human race a originated in Africa and not a Middle Eastern Eden.
    By the way, Israel has a Right of Return law for Jews only.But you,sir, are a Christian, so I really don’t understand your dogged defence of Israeli colonization. Christianity itself is an Eastern religion hijacked by Western attitudes (like a blue-eyed and blond Christ), which currently favour Israel.

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    Sorry, Old Codger. Its no use going further with you. No, sir I am NOT a Pastor! Anyway, thanks for the compliment!!

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      I admire your unquestioning faith. I wish I could be like that , but I am rather less unquestioning.Maybe we’ll meet on some other forum.

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    Thanks, Old Codger. I too would like to meet you sometime, if I can. In closing I suggest you read The Book of Romans, which deals with the Christian Doctrine. You may get a different insight that may be useful After all, we are all seeking the truth. Actually, my faith is NOT unquestioning. I had many questions. There were many who asked Jesus questions and He gave the answer clearly. The last person to ask was Pilate who did not wait for THE answer. So, please ask and you may be enlightened if you speak to people you know who are good teachers of Scripture.

    CT, thank you for your patience.

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    Dear all,
    I have lived for the last 61 years of my life. I learnt the bible and the final testament (Koran) due to curiosity, I studied the quran, translated into English by a British noble named Marmaduke Pickthall
    and ever since reading the Koran I have found that the messages from God Almighty from Adam to Muhammed (peace be upon them all) to be perfect and no room for vain argument. Here is what baffles me
    Quote
    124. And (remember) when his Lord tried Abraham with (His) commands, and he fulfilled them, He said: Lo! I have appointed thee a leader for mankind. (Abraham) said: And of my offspring (will there be leaders) ? He said: My covenant includeth not wrong-doers.

    125. And when We made the House (at Makka) a resort for mankind and sanctuary, (saying): Take as your place of worship the place where Abraham stood (to pray). And We imposed a duty upon Abraham and Ishmael, (saying): Purify My house for those who go around and those who meditate therein and those who bow down and prostrate themselves (in worship).

    126. And when Abraham prayed: My Lord! Make this a region of security and bestow upon its people fruits, such of them as believe in Allah and the Last Day, He answered: As for him who disbelieveth, I shall leave him in contentment for a while, then I shall compel him to the doom of Fire – a hapless journey’s end!

    127. And when Abraham and Ishmael were raising the foundations of the House, (Abraham prayed): Our Lord! Accept from us (this duty). Lo! Thou, only Thou, art the Hearer, the Knower.

    128. Our Lord! And make us submissive unto Thee and of our seed a nation submissive unto Thee, and show us our ways of worship, and relent toward us. Lo! Thou, only Thou, art the Relenting, the Merciful.

    129. Our Lord! And raise up in their midst a messenger from among them who shall recite unto them Thy revelations, and shall instruct them in the Scripture and in wisdom and shall make them grow. Lo! Thou, only Thou, art the Mighty, Wise.

    130. And who forsaketh the religion of Abraham save him who befooleth himself ? Verily We chose him in the world, and lo! in the Hereafter he is among the righteous.

    131. When his Lord said unto him: Surrender! he said: I have surrendered to the Lord of the Worlds.

    132. The same did Abraham enjoin upon his sons, and also Jacob, (saying): O my sons! Lo! Allah hath chosen for you the (true) religion; therefore die not save as men who have surrendered (unto Him).

    133. Or were ye present when death came to Jacob, when he said unto his sons: What will ye worship after me ? They said: We shall worship thy God, the God of thy fathers, Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac, One God, and unto Him we have surrendered.

    134. Those are a people who have passed away. Theirs is that which they earned, and yours is that which ye earn. And ye will not be asked of what they used to do.
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    What you earn is for you and what they earned is for them God will Not ask you about what they did.
    I hope all vain arguments supporting anyone who has caused injustice to the creations of God Almighty whether they be Jews, Christians, Muslims, Hindus, or what ever. all shall have their shares of punishment as God Almighty is Just. Any one who does good deeds as has been commanded, shall have their rewards preserved. These wonderful verses from the Koran baffled me and since I began to read more and more I get more and more guidance, tranquility and peace of mind. After all we are all created by One and the Same God Almighty.

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