27 May, 2019

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Stoking The Tinderbox Of Extremism

By Sharmini Serasinghe

Sharmini Serasinghe

As a Sri Lankan and as a follower of the Buddhist philosophy I have every right to take umbrage at what is going on in our multi religious country under the guise of a “Buddhist nation”.

First and foremost the Sinhalese in Sri Lanka do not own the Buddhist philosophy. Lord Buddha was not a Sinhalese and neither was he a Sri Lankan. And he certainly did not appoint the Sinhalese as the guardian of his philosophy!

In this context not everyone who drapes himself in a sacred saffron robe and shaves his head is a genuine representative of the Buddhist faith! Not every Buddhist in Sri Lanka regards this country as a “Sinhala Buddhist” nation! Not every Sri Lankan regards other religions and ethnic groups as inferior!

What we are now beginning to see is the Idiocracy stoking the tinderbox of ethno-religious extremism by manipulating Buddhist extremists to distract voters from mounting burning issues facing them today. If this trend continues unabated we are looking at another protracted war, this time on ethno- religious grounds, which would make the 30-year ‘War on Terrorism’ look like a cakewalk.

In this scenario I dread to think what might have happened if Rizana Nafeek had been a so-called Sinhala Buddhist!

The psychology behind using the sacred saffron robe and a shaved head is because to the gullible “Sinhala Buddhist” voter out there almost anything and everything draped in a saffron robe is worthy of falling flat on their faces and worshiping. Such is their reverence for the saffron robe. The demagogues know this only too well and therein lies the danger!  Only a real bankrupt demagogue will resort to using religious extremism to save face.

In the event these extremists are enjoying state patronage, then the demagogues fuelling the fire would be well advised to watch their backs, as these very same demons they are creating will end up strangling them with their own ‘satakayas’. Remember what became of President Premadasa after he gifted arms and weapons to the LTTE? Remember what Somarama did to Prime Minister SWRD Bandaranaike?

Some would regard this as a blessing in disguise in order to get rid of a current headache without looking at the bigger picture. We have all collectively suffered a 30 year war seasoned with a JVP insurrection in between and the last thing we need is an ethno-religious war which would undoubtedly be of much greater mind boggling dimensions.

There are extremist pyromaniacs standing by waiting and watching to ignite the tinderbox of another protracted war. There may also be ‘other’ extremists waiting to hop on the bandwagon in order to create mayhem and they wouldn’t think twice before camouflaging themselves in saffron robes and taking up arms. In such a situation when the army is called upon to subdue them, how would they differentiate between a genuine Buddhist monk and a terrorist? Would they be required to turn their guns on the entire Buddhist clergy? Absit Omen!

The government’s decision to set up a special Committee to look into this issue will sound good only to the gullible but from experience we know how effective these committees really are. This is not just ‘another issue’ to be brushed under the rug!

Politicians may come and go but it is the legacy they leave behind that we the citizens of Sri Lanka must endure. May we not end up as a ‘Sinhala Buddhist Saudi Arabia’!

“With the destruction of the country as a peaceful one foremost in his mind, Satan Racism’s master plan was to eliminate all Men and Women of Letters who posed a threat to his objective – to create a breed of blundering idiots in the country who would finally destroy each other”- Where is the Miracle?

*Sharmini Serasinghe was Director Communications of the former Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP) under Secretary Generals Jayantha Dhanapala and Dr. John Gooneratne. She counts over thirty years in journalism in both the print and electronic media.

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    The British governed the nation for 150years. How was that?? They kept the Southern Sinhala Buddhist under constant observation and subdued.
    You reap what you sow. Ad Infinitum

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    S.S.:”May we not end up as a ‘Sinhala Buddhist Saudi Arabia’!”

    SL is under the control of AlCIAd funded by US(world bank) and China (sovereign fund).Main export item women workers- tea, garments and housemaids.

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    buddha being a mongolian, sinhala people have to find a black god. yellow god is meant for yellow skinned mongolians. what has the black sinhala people got to do with mongolian buddha. why has so much blood being spilt over mongolian buddha and mongolian buddhis. if sinhala people can’t find black god, after all there is voodo which is as good as mongolian buddhism if not better.

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      Maybe they could dress you up as monkey god Hanuman (it wouldn’t take much dressing up since most of the features are there already) and put you in a temple. They’ll get the added bonus of you contributing the black part all by yourself! :)

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        oi black fat slob, what’s going on. there are hundred thousand hanumans in the northeast dressed in military fatigues.

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          You mean there WERE. Post 2009 they’re mostly prawn food and mangrove fertiliser. Oh by the way, only a small fraction of them wore military fatigues – the rest went native to blend in with the local wildlife hoping that’ll save them from the impending spanking by the SLA :D

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            oi black fat slob, do you have difficulty in understanding past and present tense. when i talk about black monkeys i mean the primitive sinhala savages who are occupying our land . these black monkeys are killers, rapists, child molesters and have sex with corpses. is that clear black fat slob.

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    Well written, Sharmini Serasinghe. Eventually it is the Buddhist extremists who will lay hand on MR & Co. It is difficult to predict how these Buddhist extremists will react to the pressures of UNHCR, Commonwealth, UN, and other Western democratic countries, etc. MR should have realized the dangers when touching the tail of the tiger (Judiciary) without realizing the consequences in the coming months. He can encourage these mad Buddhist extremists for some time, but not always. MR should also realize that relying on military will not pay dividends, because they are not familiar with the civil administration. I think the Buddhists have failed to realize the significance of the saffron colour. May God save Sri Lanka from the tentacles of these demons who brought utter disgrace to the country.

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    Sri Lankan Majority culture and the people are Sinhala – buddhist.

    So, non-buddhists are against that culture.

    Those from that culture are fighting the reverse discrimination by the minority cultures.

    Author should not mix up buddhism and the Sinhala – buddhist civilization. If the writer is christian, she should understand the sentiment among concerned Sinhala -buddhists.

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      Read the article man before you shoot your mouth. In the first sentence the writer says she is a Buddhist.

      For you, anyone who criticises Sinhala Buddhist racism and extremism is mixed up. That shows your own extremist Sinhala Buddhist mentality.

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        The writer is deliberately being biased and of course any body will start with the popular notion that they are Sinhalese Buddhist. Though the writer claims 30 years of Journalism, her knowledge in Sinhalese and Buddhism is mediocre . I can point out so many mistakes
        From the very first sentence she deliberately starts lying. Sri Lanka is not a Multi Religious Country. Buddhism is the state Religion as per Constitution .

        Second sentence no body owns any religions. Religions are not for sale. they are either followed or worshiped.

        With such ignorance it is a waste of time to read the rest of the story.

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      It’s because of dirty and arrogant Buddhist racists like you, the Sri Lankan society is heading for troubles. I myself is a Buddhist monk, who lived in Sri Lanka for several years, studied Buddhism in two prominent universities in the island. Do you think after so much of that a person will speak against the people from whom he got so much. People do like that only when they are frustrated with such dirty things they do and show golden and the most purest faces to the ordinary people, ultimately the people who are tricked and cheated. I have seen how the majority of the Sri Lankan monks live; most of them sleep with women, most of the adult monks go out with lay clothes at night, most of them run away when they are given to do meditation, most of them are greedy for material donations for which they emphasize blind faith to the innocent people. I have seen the university monks’ dirty lives.

      I don’t disgrace Buddhism by revealing these truths to the public, and neither am I ungrateful to the Sri Lankan Buddhist community as well as Sri Lanka at large, where I grew up and got so much. I criticize them because I want to see them live righteously and guide the ordinary citizens towards the right path, the path prescribed by the Buddha himself. The ancient Sri Lankan monks have done great services to protect both Buddhism as well as the Sri Lankan society. The contemporary monks should follow their past generations.

      Most of you claim to be real Buddhists, pure Theravada Buddhists? SUCH A SHAME! You even don’t have the guts to accept your own mistakes humbly and correct yourself.

      The commenter is Theravada Buddhist monks, presently engaged in graduate Buddhist Studies in a prestigious university. He has lived and studied Buddhism in Sri Lanka for more than ten years.

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        Really, have you studies Buddhism for ten years? What a waste of time. I did not see a single teaching of Lord Buddha in your comment. “By hatred never appeased hatred”. Where did you learn those harsh language in your ten years of Buddhist study?

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      Idiotic mentality,

      get a brain wash,

      Have You Any understanding of the sentiments among concerned Sinhala -Buddhists ?.

      Are there any Buddhists civilizations apart from your Sinhala Buddhist civilization?. anything like tamil Buddhist civilization,American, Russian, Nepali, Burmese, Thai etc.

      can you elaborate what/WHO is Sinhala Buddhist?.

      ARE YOU BURGER BUDDHIST OR SINHALA BUDDHIST?.
      or somebody [a namesake Buddhist] on a agency pay roll.

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    Buddhism and Buddhist clergy lived in Sri Lanka for ages and the Buddhist diet was the most healthy.If so it was only after Rajapakse Government that they started getting sick and by looking at their boddies one can say they are not consuming a Buddhist diet. Most of their boddies(compared to other countries) show of consuming a high protein and a diet comprised in excess of calories. This is all because President and the society organising endless DANA to buddhist preletes and the highly rich desserts which builds excess calories and energy.

    Excess energy coupled with building of enzymens could lead to unblanced mind and body if there is no outlets such as exercise and physical activity to release them. Now we see most Buddhist preletes go in luxury cars than walking and as a result the energy is blocked in their bodies.

    Therefore the blocked energy could be burst either through violent means or as sexual means.

    this is the problem the Buddhist clergy face today.

    If the Govt. could introduce a means of an applecable outlet such as tread mills, soccer, cricket , running, swwimming and other outdoor activities. Growing plants and agriculture etc.. to release this blocked energy will eventually help the society.

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    The essence of religon is lost on the hoi polloi. The need to spritually develop ones own self and attain a higher state of existence is replaced by a tribal culture where we want to compete with each other for worldly status and material weath.

    Today religon is portrayed as a means of worldly development and achievement. It is not only the clergy that is to blame but also the lay people. After all the clergy is from the society. The govt panders to extremism to gain popular support. This is the rule of the mob not governace.

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    Jim Softy,

    You have softy brain, no?

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    Would our new mate,British Burt tick all the boxes ,had he seen any Satans?.

    Even our Mahavansa didn’t say Buddha was a Sinhalese.

    Neither was he a Mongol although Mongolian people did welcome him with open arms,the same way our Kuveni decendents did,

    It was his own Brahamin brothers ,who confined him to the dust bin in his own Homeland.

    While the Sinhala Buddhist monks whom this writer refers to as Saffron clad Baldies protected his identity and propagated his teachings.

    75 % of the current inhabitants, who are rural Sinhala Buddhists , are well aware of the treatment that was meted out to them by the British and their loyal servants in Colombo.

    If the Mission Statement of these Elite anti Govt fronts ,such as the Dhanapala Club where this journalist has been a loyal director, is ” Roll Rajapaksa and Change the Regime”,they are travelling on the wrong track.

    If the Colombo Elite wants to give TNA the Homelands and keep the Capital under their rule, still they have to get the 75 % Sinhala Buddhsts to tick their” Box” in the Ballot paper.

    Is this continuous Buddhist bashing even by self confessed Buddhist Philosophers going to convince them that the Elitist’s box is good for them?.

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      K.A Sumanasekera.

      calm down, calm down,
      we all know you are NOT A SELF CONFESSED BUDDHIST PHILOSOPHER LIKE OTHERS,

      WE LIKE TO ADMIRE YOU AS YOU ARE A REAL, GENUINE BUDDHIST PHILOSOPHY FOLLOWERS LIKE YOU,
      NEVER GET ANGRY, AND HATE OTHERS.

      WE KNOW ,YOU LOVE YOUR FELLOW COUNTRYMEN, FROM ALL RACES AND CLASSES.
      WE UNDERSTOOD THAT FROM YOUR ANSWERS AND LETTERS TO THIS BLOG C T.
      AND YOU AND YOUR BOSSES ARE ON THE VERY RIGHT TRACK ,AND GO ON.

      K A S TA, THISARANA SARANI,

      AT LAST, YOU MAY ATTAIN NIBBAHANA.

      PS: Remember
      Buddhist TIBET is under the Atheist Dictatorial CHINESE GOVERNMENT and Buddhism is fading very fast in China,

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      Be happy if

      “Even our Mahavansa didn’t say Buddha was a Sinhalese”

      As you behave here, I as a buddhist am so happy, that buddha^s origin has not been related to Sinhalaya.

      Out of around 14 mio sinhalayas, how many of you guys belong to the category of rational thinkers – why should it be always – if anybody would criticize what Rajapaskes – you people always against to them instead of trying to realize why ENTIRE world is criticizing them today.

      If he is licking the stem of Bo tree going to Anurapura means not that MR is a strong buddhist. He is the most dangerous buddhist I have ever come to know at this juncture.

      All these are tricks to manipulate – you and the like ilk who make up the majority in SL. All these to stay in power. He is power greedy leader as no other in the past.

      I challenge you the ilk, if you are that honest with development of the country, ask your beloved leader to declare his ASSETS collected over the years.

      This can then bring all of us in the country to feel he LOVE the country and the nation whatever the illegal manner he applys to stay in Power.

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      This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.For more detail see our Comment policy
      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/comments-policy-2/

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      You’ve said it to this elite woman who is represnting the Colombo anti sinhala club. Thanks.

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    K.A Sumanasekera,

    You, that fellow Leela Villager from Horana and Sudu Akka belong to the same ilk- Rajapaksa sycophants! How much does your trio get paid from the tax-payers money for your bum-sucking services?

    The three of you suffer from a huge inferiority complex on behalf of your masters.

    If you are the caliber of writers engaged by those at MARA’s head office to counter the views of writers perceived as anti Rajapaksa, then his downfall is nearer than anticipated.

    And you along with the rest of your ilk will be tried for treason against the country!

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    Dear Mr. K.A Sumanasekera,

    Could you please, for my reference indicate exactly where I have referred to the Buddhist clergy, according to you, as “Saffron clad Baldies” in my article above titled ‘Stoking The Tinderbox Of Extremism.’

    Yours sincerely,

    Sharmini Serasinghe

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      Miss Serasinghe,

      K A Sumanasekera is hallucinating. He sees things that are not there.
      He is a good example of a paranoic racist sinhala Buddhist who sees danger to his ilk emanating from everywhere. He is simply a nut case.

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      Dear MS/Mrs Serasinghe,

      Doesn’t Baldies sounds more Cool than Shaven Heads?.

      “Three decades of Tiger Terrorism is a Cake Walk”

      Is this real?.

      What a coincidence that you mentioned Somarama.

      He must have been more skilled than Pottu Amman to finish off our PM with an old Brownie.

      Poor Soma had Buckley’s under the Elitists who controlled our inhabitants full on.

      Current bout of Elitists Vs the Rest is in fact a Replay, Isn’t it?.

      But I can assure you there won’t be any Saffron clad Badies carrying AK 47s.

      Even the new recruits to the Elitist camp, the JVP haven’t a chance to fullfill your dreams.

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        K.A. Sumanasekera.
        One thing you certainly do with your idiocies is provide a great deal of amusement to readers of CT.
        The only problem with all this is that the IQ of your “handlers” appears to be equivalent to yours and they are our rulers who are making life-and-death decisions for all of us every day while padding their bank accounts!
        By the way, while no one in his right mind is about to justify imperialism, could you please tell us how many Sri Lankans were “disappeared” by the Portuguese, Dutch and British COMBINED in white vans, bullock carts or horse-drawn carriages and how many journalists were killed or had to seek political asylum in other countries during the 400+ years of colonial rule?
        In any event, you should be given an A+ for your efforts to justify a government that Emperor Caligula would have been glad to call his own.

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      Sharmini just don’t worry about words, how they are coined and where the comma is, the idea is the core of the matter. You are nothing but playing and writing to a certain segment. The high class Colombo party goers who don’t care about what Sinhala is, or who is in power as long as you have a good comfortable life style. You will allow any other country or community to even sell your mother as long as your positions and the dollars rest assured.

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    Contrary to the writer’s opening argument, there is no problem with adopting Buddhism as one’s philosophy of life even if its origins are foreign.

    Sri Lankans can also adopt the role of protector of the dhamma if they use Buddhist principles to do so.

    What they must not do, is to hijack Buddhism as a proxy for distracting attention from issues that impact Sri Lankans of all colours and flavours.

    Bigotry and racism will merely feed the interests of whoever has instigated these processes and enable free reign for them until they have secured their needs.

    By the time these misguided fools wake up, the perahera would have proceeded, and only the foul smell of elephant droppings and burnt copra will be there for them to discuss about….

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    Well articulated and bears hallmark of genuine concern for welfare of this island nation and all of its citizens. Multi racial, multi cultural (ethnic diversity) and multi ethnicity are the only way forward if we are to see any real progress in this country. Just look at Singapore and Malaysia (which are at least 25 years ahead of Sri Lanka), and discover the reasons for their success. You cant be at peace by harming another community, since hatred only begets more hatred. Muslims in Sri Lanka have been living with amity with all other communities, sharing in the joys of success (sports, education, employment etc.), whilst also sharing the grief of disastor and hardships, (tsunamis, floods and victims of war – becoming refugees in their own country). They came forward to serve the nation in times of war (serving proudly in the Forces under the Sri Lanka flag), when the country was at its most vulnerable, with absolutely no help even from neighbouring countries. They brought with them the distinct advantage of liunguistic capabilities which helped to expose the enemy on every move they made. They laid down their lives for this nation, just like everyone else who died in the battlefield, and asked nothing in return. Now that this mindless killing is now out of the way, is it fair to treat them as some kind of alien entity, and make them feel they dont belong here in this country, inferior by reference as minority and an insignificant force to be rekoned with? I ask all those irrational people who write hate mongering views against Muslims, specially those BBS protesters, are they justified in carrying out such protests if they just thought of the many sacrifices made by Muslims in this country. They dont expect anything in return, but simply the freedom to practice and observe their religion in peace

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    Buddhists have every right to be alarmed by New mosques sprouting everywheere and women in black covered balaclavas going about?

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      Chance of a women wearing Black covered balaclavas going about been raped, pick pocketed or been abducted in almost nill compared to other women.

      Chances of a women weraing a mini skirts or a deep cut blouses been abducted and rape is high.

      The only alternative we have at the moment is either wear these Black balaclavas covering half face or……..Giving the rest of the women Marshall arts training with attacking intruders with swiss knife techniques……or easy access to purchase Pepper spray canisters, taser guns or pocket air sirences etc….

      These techniques could be trained in schools as a PT leaason.\

      Also I personally agree that out door Loud Speakers used by any religion at any temple should be stopped. This is a nuisance, inconvenience noice polluter and unhealthy. Sri Lanka is one of the highest noice polluters in the world……and this should be stopped.

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      Muslims are supposed to pray in gatherings called congregations (Jamath), be it snall (2 people) or large (millions). Have you seen Mecca congregations during the season of Hadj? You need to see it to believe. Two million people bowing and prostrating in unison following the leader (Imaam in Arabic). It is sea of humanity (Muslims) gathered from around the world, a sight to behold. So when you have a snall Muslim community living in some remote place, they too will need a common place to congregate and conduct prayers. Inevitably that common place turns out to become a Masjid (Mosque in English). As time goes on, more Muslims will into residence closer to the Masjid, and eventuakky a whole community is built aeound the Masjid. It is quite rare to see Muslims living in isolation and spread far away from a Masjid. It is quite different when in comes to other communities, where they are willing to live isolated, even if cut off from their places of worship. I hope this explain your concern on ‘why so many Mosques in this country.

      Women in black dress (Abays in Arabic) are ordered so by God through Qiranic message, which came through our beloved Prophet of Islam Prophet Muhammed (May peace be upon him – PBOH). They are supposed to lower their gaze of other men, and cover their beauty to prevent temptations in the hearts of men. When taken literally, where is the beauty of a woman to be found? Obviouly her face,hands, legs, shape of her body, voice, colour and fashion of clothes etc., So it covers all features of a woman. So women willingly (no force or compulsion) who obey this command will dress loosely in black colour over their normal dress, covering from head to toe, and sometimes cover even their faces, leaving only eyes exposed for visibility. Men usually keep away from interacting through speaking or passong remarks, out of respect for this garb. Is this dress code good or bad? In Islam, the only male a women can only expose hersef (i.e. without Abaya) is strictly only to her father, brother, don, grand son, maternal and paternal brothers. Vasically they are males that Islamic women cannot marry. All other males are marriagable and so they are expected to shroud themselves in their presence. In contrast, the scantily dressed (as non-Muslim) women, heavenly perfumed, draws so much attention that sexual crimes get committed in the hearts of men, and even sends wrong message ‘get ne if you can’ which turns out to be a challenge which men out of nature – a hunting man) will never fail to physically attempt. Islam recognizes that all women (in general) need protection from physical harm, and calls upon them to address it by a modest dress code which mitigates such harm. Still I know many Muslim women who dont subscribe to this command, and clearly they are in the wrong.

      There is absolutely nothing that needs to be done to appease the Buddhist thibking on any of these issues, except to be educated on Islamic laws, as it is internal matter about observing their own tennets, and not to spite onlookers who stare aghast and wonder ;what on earth is going on with Moslem men and woment. Building Masjids abd women dressing up in ‘balaclava’. A balaclava, also known as a balaclava helmet or ski mask, is a form of cloth headgear that covers the whole head, exposing only part of the face. .

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        Correction:
        In Islam, the only male a women can only expose hersef (i.e. without Abaya) is strictly only to her father, brother, son (typo ‘don’), grand son, maternal and paternal brothers.

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          Ilthi,

          I understand everything you say. Also when I was in Saudi I saw their whole culture which I think the whole Saudi Culture, lifestyle, behaviours and everything others based on the foundation of Islam.

          But I aso saw few things which I do not agree upon…..they are

          1) I saw many times many young women (many times seven or more) following behing a old looking man, and I presume they are his wives and daughters….If they are house maids, we could guess them the way they walk, their complex and behaviour.
          The point I want to say is I was told if the Saudi man is rich enough to marry upto seven women,no matter how old he is, he could do so by paying a dowry to the intended wive’s father…..by paying whatever he wants. Therefore I was told many rich old Saudis marry young girls….while you boys marry Egypt, lebanon, jorden or other outsiders due to not been able to find the necessary dowry.

          Also I think women should be allowed to drive as they work in other Govt.institutions.

          But in Sri lanka it is our girls who have to pay a dowry….except in a love marriage. Therefore they have to be open to show their beauty to be attracted to possible mate.

          But my only concern is that God created us with a higher being and with a Brain and conscious of good and bad. We are not animals to behave like them. We also have the freedom of expression and to enjoy beauty as it it without hurting…..and not to exploit it.

          Those who are sick perverts should be taught, punished and corrected.

          Also girls should be taught how to avoid danger and taught self defense methods.

          Also in schools the bodies, mind, spiritual and physical abilities of different genders should be taught in schools as part of social science.

          In west people are so free…..but everyone know their boundries……other than those who sell their bodies for money and prestige celebrities.

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            Mahela, I agree with you on many things as happening today. But my view is that some of these incidents (old men marrying young girls) is not wrong, or as such – criminal offences, since the law allows same. If the law does not permit it, then what are their options? Sinful acts of sexual nature, abuse could happen, and when caught on the act, could be punished and thrown in jail for polygamy. In Islam, man is required to do justice to all his wives equally, with love, affection distribution of wealth, provide security, shelter, clothing et all, and if he cannot do all of that, he is supposed to marry only one. There may come a time in the future when there will be more women than men in the world, then what will become of those excess women if the law permits man to marry only one. Islam recognizes this possibility, and the law is already in place to address this situation if or when it does arise. The major age differences in the age factor could be explained as poor parents willing to give their young daughters in marriage in order for them to inherit part of enormous wealth. Who knows, there may be other fancy motives, but they not committing offence through one night stands and such, but get legally married to enjoy their companionship. Because God created everything in the world in pairs, animals and plants, (as revealed in the Holy Quran). In mankind men and women were created so that they will be companion to each other.

            Yes, Islam promotes marriage through proposals, where parents decide suitability of marriage partners based on religious values, education, beauty and parents family and backgrounds.

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          Ilthi

          Is it stated in the Quran that Muslim females should only wear BLACK Abayas ?

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            Ifthi’s statement about black abayas is misleading. Any colour as long as it is not bright and eye-catching is ok from Islamic point of view.
            Muslim men are not permitted to marry seven wives.Even the four they are permitted is only under conditions- they are not encouraged to marry more than one.

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            Ifthi’s comment regarding black abaya are misleading. Black is not the only preferred colour. Any colour that is not bright and eye catching is accepted.

            Muslim men are not permitted to marry seven wives. They are not allowed to marry more than four women. Even the permission to marry four is subject to conditions.

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          I think Muslim women should be clothed in a abaya and sprayed with some very pungent smell so no human can get near her. If the abaya is not washed the smell would always be there and people may avoid getting near without spray even. Great. What a life.

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    This fellow K.A Sumanasekera appears to have a good vocabulary but lacks the brains to go with it.

    He’s like a blind man with a machine gun guarding his master.

    He shoots at anything and everything that his little brain perceives as a threat to his master.

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      Yes indeed, he brings everything mixed in. Most likely be coming from Mulleriyawa or Angoda. His views cant be the common one with those of village folks according to him 75% that are against

      For him Somarama should be that intelligent. That is his mind set. Anyway, as a born buddhist, I believe if we want to be bound with violence why to become buddhist monks ? Violent way of life you could better practise without wearing safron rbs.

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    See what the monks do, preach and what their devotees do.

    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/police-refuses-to-arrest-monk-accused-of-raping-a-woman/

    When I was studying in Peradeniya University I came across very bad incidents concerning the monk student there. Their hostel, Sangharama, was the noisiest hostel among among all the hostels in the university. Once when I was in the library,I over heard a student girl inviting a monk student (they must be girlfriend and boyfriend)to come over to her place in the evening and she would arrange lay clothes for him. I felt so ashamed and sad to hear such things even from the lay society. Many foreigners, both monks and lay people who pursue their Buddhist Studies in Sri Lanka and have connections with monks and temples, tell that 70-90% of the Sri Lankan monks are corrupted, many of them having wives.

    Not all monks are bad, there are good monks to. In Sri Lanka, monks were given too much power, which in the contemporary time has become very dangerous and critical. In the Buddhist Vinaya there are rules that governs the physical behaviors of the monks and there are also guidelines given to lay followers concerning what they should do when monks don’t live their purposes. It is very unfortunate in Sri Lanka that the monks use their power and suppress the majority people.

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      One should not offer Dana to those so called Monks if they cant behave well. It is better to decide for the homes for aged or children rather than going to continue with Dana to those pseudo monks. It is the lanken system that should change a lot not to allow these pseudo monks or all forms of criminals to get caught easily. Day before yesterday while watching a German program, I was thinking how decent and the German police has been. THere is no body behind them when it is to react independently. I dont mean Police to take the controll over everyone – but lanken state should invest more in the areas where there exist huge deficits. Police would be ready to work hard, if for example the state would improve their incentives to a fair manner. Asian tiger countries can give us better examples than any others from south asia. I have seen Bangkok traffic police men have no time for breaks (no time given for them to go to toilets for example). That is how hard they have to work to safeguard the day today life of the general public.

      Record high corruption in srilanken police can surely be reduced to significant levels, if they would be given better trainings and good salaries. All these the rulers would be able to do if they are genuine minded. So long ruling bunch would only focus on their pockets nothing would be changed in the poor country.

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        Ever since 18th Amendment was passed, MR politicised every Institution. In addition to installing closer to 600 uneducated, uncultured relatives, party goons and friends specially from Hambanthota district to all Govt. posts MR also politicised all the security forces, police Dept, corporations and the Buddhist clergy.

        Now police officers are mere political thugs who even do not listen to their superiors or public. Many times they talk in filth to public.
        Similarly all other Govt. institutions. All forces, Police and corporations and service sector are mere places to fill up unemployed govt. goons without any disciplene, norms, respect or education.

        The next riots will be among Clergy religious political parties.
        This is the state if Sri Lanka now.

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    It is becoming very obvious that MARA wants to become King of a Sinhala Buddhist Sri Lanka. He first won the hearts and minds of the Sinhala Buddhist voter by claiming that he MARA won the war (not the armed forces). This has silenced the majority because MARA has forced them to be ever-so-grateful for destroying the LTTE Devil. On the strength of that he is now moving forward with his plan to become the King. His name ‘Raja’ means royal so that also gives him strength.

    MARA’s new army are Buddhist monks. Not the armed forces because that would be too obvious. So MARA’s army will clear the way for a Sinhala Buddhist only country with no other religion to get in the way. His family is going around hijacking land from the masses, so in the end the Royal family will own all the land in the country.

    In ancient times any one who dared speak against the King was killed. That is already happening here and now.

    After that our country will have another name change. Wonder what it will be called next?

    Sri Lanka will after that become another lost civilisation!

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    The Buddists monks have messed up our country by getting involved with politics. Now we have tempels supporting PA,UNP,JVP or other political parties country wide. Ordinary buddist do not go to these temples as these places are heavily patronised by politician & their goons. Monks do not preach buddism but go for protest marches or sit in political stages. Like dirty politico’s they too have fun with wine & women.

    All these things happen as our Mahanayakes does not have a control over monks. Even the mahanayake’e are at fault, they entertain every Tom , Dick & Harry irrespective whether they are murderes ,pimps , rapist, drug lords or people who have robbed govt money and accept Atapirikara’s as well as valueble gifts given by these thugs.

    Daily we hear on media many crimes taking place in this counry. Out of all these crimes almost 99% of them are commited by BUDDIST. Also in our jails, about 99% of the convicted criminal are BUDDIST.

    Sinhala Buddist consists only around 70% of our population, but commits 99% of the crimes in this country. Why?

    BODU BALA, HELA URUMAYA & other radical Buddist organizations should be banned. Monks should be asked to preach Buddism and get the masses to be respectful to others and to be more law abiding citizens.

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      I think the next civil unrest in Sri lanka will be a Religious Riots instigated for political power grab.

      The seed has already planted and it’s a matter of a spark similar to 1981 Jaffna library burn which led to a 30 year war.

      There are lot sparks visible specially on Religious front and this time it will definitely lead to a divided country.

      The lines are drawn in sand…….and the sand will wipe off Sri lanka as a one nation.

      Signs of dividing Sri Lanka either through political racial lines or through religious racial lines or through international pressure is imminent.

      Signs of Rajapakse falling to it’s on trap that was ment for others are shown.(remember SWRD Banda)

      Coming months will decide Sri lanka’s future.

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    Very interesting and insightful article. This government is creating a monster by using the most gentlest and peaceful religion on earth and our people are becoming willing and eagre participants. Ultimately, the monster will consume the ordinary Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims and Christians while MR family and close associates live it up to the hilt.

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    Paul Smith, you are either drunk, delusional or downright bloody stupid. “Sri Lanka is not a Multi Religious Country”?????????

    Learn the language first man, before leaving idiotic comments like this.

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    Sharmini Serasinghe’s letteer is very sensible. I believe she is a genuine Buddhist. Even non=Buddhists admire the nobler teachings of the Buddha. Racism, majoritarianism, superiority and intolerance.,does not belong to Buddism. All those who claim to be Budhist, Christian or another Faith must also practice the teachings of that Faith.
    May all beingsbe well and happy. Lakshman Peiris.

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    May all beings be well and happy.

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    The mix of politics and religion is lethal; but when mixed they get on like house on fire – sadly so.

    Your concerns raised reflect those of many, who would want to see religion and politics receiving their own due independently.

    No extremism has been sustainable; anywhere. Mostly it bites the hand that feeds it – we have so many examples across the world.

    We should not let another protracted conflict of any kind to surface; may be it is also time for us to think what we can do as a civil society.

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