29 September, 2020

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The State Of Denial: Collective Myopia Of The Muslim Community Of Sri Lanka 

By Sean Sathkorale –

The terrible events of 04/21 are now a part of our national psyche. We now know that a team of radicalized Muslim youth led by a maverick Salafist Jihadist preacher in the East has committed these dastardly crimes against humanity. It goes without saying that a lion’s share of the blame of Easter attacks rests squarely on the shoulders of the incumbent government, particularly on its pathetically inefficient and apathetic leaders, namely the President and the Prime Minister. It is these people, with their eye on the Muslim block vote, and in the name of political expediency, ignored the dire warnings issued of the growing Salafist threat, living in a cuckoo land, that allowed this cancer to pester in to its eventual eruption in a horrifying manner. These two utterly inefficient leaders have blood of the innocents in their hands and they cannot shirk from the responsibility by passing the buck like clowns in a circus. The current Opposition Leader too must bear some responsibility. It was during his regime that we saw the birth pangs of this menace. While his regime took some actions to combat, it used wrong tools towards the end. Like propping up the nationalist Bodu Bala Sena, which may or may not be a false flag operation by the certain powerful Yahapalana political entities in order deny the then President the Muslim vote. While acknowledging the overall culpability of these parties, we should not lose sight of another stakeholder, namely the Muslim Community of Sri Lanka. 

Pic by Tharindu Amunugama

The Muslim community of Sri Lanka goes back at least 800 years. They prospered under Sinhalese kings and were their allies when they confronted Portuguese invaders and were in turn helped by the generosity of the King to escape the wrath of the vengeful Portuguese and were settled in Kandyan Provinces in the East. Even today we find Muslims in Kandy with traditional Sinhalese surnames that denote the affinity they enjoyed under native rulers. As another writer pointed out recently, Muslims are true “Bhoomiputhras”, part of the rich cultural heritage of this exalted island. However, the responses by the Muslim community regarding the Easter Tragedy, is hardly encouraging. There seem to be a worrying thread running through all these utterances. That is the reluctance to confront the menace Islamic fundamentalism on their midst. A child of the expansion of Wahabism under Saudi patronage with petrodollars, it first ensnared East during late 1980s and then spread like wildfire to rest of the country. It suppressed moderate voices and today is a dominant strand among the Muslims. We have been seeing its effect on the Muslim community for decades. Their increased isolation, their attempts at expansion into suburbs, changes in their dress and manner all emblazoned the increasing Arabization of this native community. It is also well-known influx of narcotics into the country is mostly at the behest of the Muslim underworld and its close links with the Islamic fundamentalists is another worrying development. 

However, apart from offering lame excuses like “Terrorism has no religion” (were they thinking of irreligious terrorists?) the Muslim community is yet to take meaningful steps to confront this menace that devours the minds of their young. Patrons of the Community like the ACJU and the Shura Council should take the initiative to wean the young generations away from the destructive Salafist interpretations of Islam. The young generation should be taught that the Qur’anic verses that incite violence against the non-Muslims should be interpreted in the context of the time of Prophet Mohammed when he had to confront the numerous enemies to his nascent religion, as diverse as the Arabic tribes who were anti monotheistic to the Byzantine Christian armies. Faced with such enmity in all fronts Prophet Mohammed perhaps had to adopt harsh methods in order to prevail in an extremely hostile environment. Therefore, literal interpretations of Quran and Sunnah hardly do justice to the context within which such verses were first uttered. Therefore, it is up to the community leaders to lead their flock out from the darkness at noon and show them the true meaning of Islam, that of pious living in harmony with other communities of Sri Lanka. 

The failure in part of the community leaders and indeed the entire Muslim community to rein this cancer of fundamentalism would only embolden the extremist elements within other communities and would help to plunge this beautiful island to a blood bath of a race war. Let us all hope and pray that sanity would prevail and such horrible eventuality would not come to pass.  

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    Visa on arrival to all Muslims nations must be suspended. South Asia’s Biggest Islamic college built with Saudi Money in the Eastern province must be cancelled. Otherwise – there will be an endless supply of Middle-eastern, Paki, Afghan types maundering all over the countryside demanding an Islamic state and sharia law.

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      Thank you.
      Excellent insight.
      Sirisena and Ranil must read this comment.

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        Sirisena can’t read English

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      Is this “Sean Sathkorale” a real name?
      Or is this another “Jay Chambers” ?
      CT editors should stop this sort of thinly disguised collective demonization of communities for actions of some individuals.
      Nowadays every three wheeler driver and his brother have become experts on terrorism.

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    Just shut up. Muslims are not in denial because we have nothing to do with this. They weren’t Muslims since the day they started to think of killing other people in Allah’s name. Would you say the same if a “buddhist” blast a Mosque in retaliation? Nope! You’ll say that Buddha teaches nothing but love. so please stop demonizing the Muslim community.

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      Can you get out of this mindset. Even in TN highly educated muslim take hardline views which is concerning. Atleast i had to disconnect with few such people. South india slowly is slowly becoming breeding centre for ultrahardline views.

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      Your offense seems suspicious..🤔

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    JFC dude, stop blaming them. There are the real victims in here. JEEEZ!

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      Sean Sathkorale:
      :
      For your information, Daily Mirror reported below:
      :

      “Individuals or groups spreading false and sensitive information that could stir up inter-communal violence would be punished severely under the prevailing Emergency Regulations, Military Spokesman Brigadier Sumith Atapattu said.”
      :
      “In the statement Brigadier Atapattu said in view of current security concerns, the public was warned to desist from engaging in any activity that could provoke sensitive human passions.”

      :
      With this article targeting the same, you could be jailed. CT should screen the articles before publishing them. It is okay in normal circumstances, but not at this moment. Because of few extremist animals, every Tom, Dick and Harry has become a security advisor and terrorism analyst.

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        Notable, this is the very first article to CT by this writer. COLOMBOTELEGRAPH should check the motive, or whether the guy is hiding the identity also.

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        Yes. So true. Idiots of all sorts are just coming out of the woodworks to be security advisors and point fingers. 99.99999% of Srilankan Muslims do not want to even hear of the extremists who did this, but yet there are idiots trying to put the whole Muslim people on trial. This has got to stop in its beginnings itself.

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    Sean Sathkorale ,

    RE: The State Of Denial: Collective Myopia Of The Muslim Community Of Sri Lanka

    “The failure in part of the community leaders and indeed the entire Muslim community to rein this cancer of fundamentalism would only embolden the extremist elements within other communities and would help to plunge this beautiful island to a blood bath of a race war. Let us all hope and pray that sanity would prevail and such horrible eventuality would not come to pass. “

    Thanks for the succinct narrative of the current state Lankan Muslims are in. They are not prepared to call a spade, a spade, to call the Wahabi-Salafis and their clones, the followers of the Devil, Satan, Iblis as, presciently predicted by Prophet Mohamed 1,400 years, ago. Why? Wahhabi-Salafi petrodollars and Wahhabi brainwashing.

    From Islamic sources:

    Ref: Hadith of Najd

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadith_of_Najd

    According to two narrations in Sahih Bukhari, Muhammad asks Allah to bless the areas of Bilad al-Sham (Syria) and Yemen. When his companions said “Our Najd as well,” he replied: “There will appear earthquakes and afflictions, and from there will come out the side of the head (e.g. horns) of Satan.” In a similar narration, Muhammad again asked Allah to bless the areas Medina, Mecca, Sham, and Yemen and, when asked specifically to bless Najd, repeated similar comments about there being earthquakes, trials, tribulations, and the horns of Satan.

    Scholar from al-Azhar: Wahhabism is a Satanic Faith, the Horn of the Devil that Muhammad Predicted

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UDy_apXW3E

    How to debate with the so-called Wahhabi-Salafiyyah and their clones such as ISIS and NTJ.

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      Sri Lanka IQ 79.

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        maalu,
        Don’t worry. 4 million useless, terrorist Kallthoni Muslims are going back to fishing villages of Tamil Nadu whether they like it or not. Then the IQ of Sinhala-Buddhist Sri Lanka will increase to 180.

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      Amarasiri
      //
      “They are not prepared to call a spade, a spade, to call the Wahabi-Salafis and their clones, the followers of the Devil, Satan, Iblis”
      //
      There are reports including DailyMirror the area Muslims have warned and alerted the government officials and the authorities on rising extremists in writing years back. But those were not taken serious. I don’t think anyone will come up with lies at this time on such a serious matter because definitely they will be asked to provide proofs.
      //
      Say the authorities didn’t have enough evidence to arrest at that time, these extremists could have been closely monitored. It happened just like tsunami we waited the worst to happen in order to take action.

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    I do not know Sathkorale is from which religion. Except buddhism, every other religion is the same way. buddhism is built on Non-violence,Avihimsa, compassion, Kindness etc., etc., but, recently, Sinhala buddhists were bashed for no reason and simply because they were becoming assertive but not aggressive.Because of the political interests of the west, they were bashed highly, their culture is destroyed and stays only in remnants.

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      Poor JD! Ignorance and stupidity must be such a comfort to you !

      I can remember many non-reasons from 1983 – Sinhala / Buddhist actions that set the whole country aflame for 30 years

      More recently like the actions of Sinhala-Buddhist “monks” like ‘effing Gnanassara.. And only yesterday, some rabid Buddhist “monk” threatening to go into the street and strip Muslim women of their clothing – on the grounds that weapons were transported hidden inside the garment.

      I can see how that can be mistaken for Non-Violence, Ahimsa and Anukampa, yes.

      He obviously overlooked that a gun, bomb or knife can be hidden inside a “sivura”, just as easily as it can be inside a burqa or a cassock. What a Modaya !

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      “buddhism is built on Non-violence,Avihimsa, compassion, Kindness etc., etc., “
      *
      Sadly, there are only a handful of such Buddhists in this Country.
      *
      Do you suggest that all their violence against minorities is because “their culture is destroyed and stays only in remnants”?

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    “The failure in part of the community leaders and indeed the entire Muslim community to rein this cancer of fundamentalism “

    what nonsense are you talking you stupid or cunning ass.Read about the many times that muslims have warned the government about zahran.Did the government do anything about him?This is the million dollar question that has to be asked.Why the inaction?Who was protecting him?

    Muslims are not governing this country.The minorities have been sidelined and since the attempted alleged coup by the christians against sirimavo,the sinhala bhuddhists have been governing this country and the 30% minorities have to just watch while bhuddhist monks and politicians who are looked after by the gullible masses bankrupt and plunder the country.

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    Well described!

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    I am yet to hear from the muslim women who used to post articles on CT about MMDA, marriage laws and hijab.

    Why are they silent now?

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      Sinhalese Buddhist,

      Perhaps, they do not want to be killed , and perhaps even if they complain about the ISIS terrorists, to the authorities and Sirisena, will do nothing. See What happened to the secretary of Kabil Hashim for complaining about the Jihadi Satanis. He was killed.
      Even ACJU, complained about the terrorists to the authorities. Nothing happened.

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    you are right. However it is clear that from 2015 onwards the easterners have been complaining to the relevant authorities of a growing violent extremist agenda of a few Muslim youth. It was discounted as a fight among the Muslims who were moderate and a few extremist youth. There were allegations that the youth were using violence in the east to combat any resistance to their ideology. Perhaps the authorities thought it was an intra Muslim problem and they would kill each other (like in some parts of the Middle East) and therefore it is not our problem.

    Well, extremism and violence knows no bounds. It transcends religious, ethnic, national divide with ease. Let us unite!

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      chinthaka ,

      Yes , all complaints and warnings were then ignored and now
      all Muslims are indiscriminately subjected to house-search
      for the security of the country ! On one hand they are saying
      it is only a handful of the community members that have
      been misled by foreign elements and on the other hand every
      Muslim household is being searched for terrorists ! Sniff dogs
      have been taken into Mosques , Burka have been banned and
      quite a few other unpleasant incidents that SCARED large
      number of innocent Muslims , all in the name of country’s
      security but at the cost of largely peaceful Muslim’s dignity !
      Actions taken by Sirisena in the name of security were aimed
      at balancing the security lapse of the government he leads !
      He is trying to save his face from a very serious negligence
      by his actions of subjecting victims themselves to further
      harassment and humiliation ! When JVP second uprising took
      place , door to door search didn’t happen . Suicide attack
      happened in the UK , were Muslims singled out and door to
      door search took place ? If you say a large majority of Muslims
      are peace loving then you need to prove it wit due respect !
      CATCH THE CRIMINALS WITH YOUR INTELLIGENCE AND
      TAKE ALL CAUTIONS TO PREVENT A REPEAT BUT ALSO
      KEEP IN MIND THAT WE ARE A DEMOCRACY WHERE PEOPLE
      ARE MASTERS.

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        Dear whywhy

        Sniff dogs
        /// have been taken into Mosques// but also aren’t we finding large caches of sharp weapons thanks to that – because homes are being searched we also find links to extremists as well – we don’t have the sophisticated surveillance apparatus to monitor people like UK – so we have to use these methods – this is a temporary inconvenience for greater good of the country

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          Srilankan ,

          My dear Srilankan , thank you for your reply and concern . I agree with
          you that the measures taken are temporary and it is for the greater
          security of the country . My point is , the whole world , let alone the
          wider populace of the country knows and agrees that nearly the whole of
          Muslim community of Srilanka has a peaceful history with the majority
          and other minorities up until this very unfortunate . tragic and horrible
          attack which has been thrust down the throats of some vulnerable or
          dangerous guys ! And also now it is not a secret that this could have been
          prevented ! In other words one can accuse those who ignored warnings , to
          have allowed this to happen ! What immediate action ? Is it any better than
          the sharp weapons hidden in a few Mosques or few houses ? How come
          they are still safe and innocent people are subject to suspicion ? Please
          note that both the Christian and Muslim communities are in fear as well
          as the Buddhists ! In a real world , for everybody’s safety, the whole country
          must be searched because threats exist against Muslims ! Within hours
          criminals were caught and their houses raided ! Well done ! There was
          little need for a countrywide hunting other than for face saving of a few
          individuals who didn’t worry when the worst happened ! Muslims became
          their scapegoat for their failure ! That was my point. Srilankan , also please
          note extremists killed their fellow Muslims in Mosque at Beruwala before
          it developed to this height and no need to find new links through Island wide
          home search. Muslims had already provided enough information about
          trouble making links .

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    Thank you Sean for the well writtenn article, you don’t mince your words .

    But don’t you think there was a high level conspiracy to suppress the security information?
    It’s seems not fitting to think the government had anything to do with it, do you really think the Government would have risk sabotaging at a crucial time like the election closing up ?

    Why is JVP suddenly taking a racist turn?

    Too obvious the way some politicians and ex-defence staff talking on a particular TV …

    But be sure this war will only become worse and never end.

    This is wild ideology fabricated to an extend that it was even able to convince the most educated.
    And omg ,by no means The ACJU, it is one of the causes .
    You see Terororism is like cancer , initial stages can be treated if not fully healed ,controlled the latter stage is total elimination .
    Change of government will not win the war there will be rivers of blood flowing The Muslim youth will be eliminated .
    The present harassment by some(not all).MEMBERS Of the society ,especially the thuggish security guards at malls will only isolate the community more and drive the young confused and already in distress to the nest of The Teroror group .
    With ample financial resources from the source behind this group this war can never be won and with powerful nations backing the source of the group ,nations who have more to gain as Arms dealers including whoever comes to power.
    But one thing is sure alot of Innocent Muslim blood will flow and most of the Educated Muslims will vanish , the sensible ones will quickly leave the Island and those who have plenty of money will use as protection money and those who have no money or no outlet will either end up in the hands of the Terororists or you know what is next ,ask The Tamils they will be able to explain it best.
    This war will.never end
    Period .

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    If you’re family sells drugs, you can either join their business, run away and mind your own business or expose them in the name of humanity.
    ..
    I believe all of us have the same choice, not only the Muslims.
    ..
    Rawana balaya, bodhu bala sena, ISIS and other extreme groups, knights Templars and the secret groups.
    ..
    These people continue to tarnish our respective religions and most of us our selfishly running away.
    ..
    It’s time to expose them

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    The author rightfully places the blame for the growth of radical Jihadi menace in Lanka on the politicians. However, Lankan politicians are not alone in endangering their people to win votes and in some cases to try and get the world to see them as all encompassing compassionate crazies. This is what happened in Germany with Angela Merkel, when she opened the borders to fanatic Moslems who promptly turned around and started raping and killing after they were inside Germany. Innumerable sleeper cells in Germany are waiting to go off any day, and Germany’s ability to do anything about that is limited because they are now controlled by the lunatic liberal fringes and not its own people.
    Lankan people now know what they are dealing with. No terror compares to Moslem terror. Ancient Buddhist edifices like Nalanda and millions dead with Moslem invasion, and recent destruction of Bamyan Buddhas were all in the psyche of the educated Lankans but the acts of April 21 are the ones that gave them a taste of what the future really holds. Lankan voters should vote for a leader who would promise to wipe our Moslem terror, put all Moslems ages 12- 65 in database with DNA fingerprints, their faces in a face recognition database and monitored around the clock. The mosques should be recorded in cameras at all times, inside and outside, using infra red cameras for night vision, no new mosques should be allowed to be built. Moslems owned commerce should be levied a special tax for rebuilding Lanka and a tiered taxation method should be imposed so that no Moslem business is allowed to grow beyond set limits. SInhalese and Tamil people should be given priority over Moslems for ownership of commerce and current disparity in economic power should be reduced dramatically.

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      “SInhalese and Tamil people should be given priority over Moslems for ownership of commerce and current disparity in economic power should be reduced dramatically”. You are right, otherwise these donkeys can never take commerce into their hands.

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    Great well written article.. refreshing to see these in Colombo Telegraph

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    Lots of untruths. A few Arab emissaries at the courts of Sinhalese kings has nothing to do with the present Dravidian converted Muslims who migrated to the island from South India a few centuries ago. They are indigenous but not the Tamils who have been here from prehistoric times and lived and ruled the north and east continuously until European Colonisation. Typical Sinhalese racist, ironically with a Tamil origin. Very few Arabs arrived in the island and even fewer took local women as their keeps. If any Arab mixture occurred amongst the Sri Lankan Muslims it occurred in their original homeland in South India, Tamil Nadu and then Tamil Kerala, not here . The Mappila Muslims of Kerala have the most amount of Arab admixture amongst all Indian Muslims and even amongst them the Arab element is 15% the most. The rest is all Indian. More than 90% of the Sri Lankan Muslims originate from Southern Tamil Nadu and the Arab element in them will be the most around 5% . They are Dravidian largely low caste( not meant to be an insult) converts to Islam with a bit of Arab amongst some. This little bit of Arab and other north Indian or other blood can make vast difference in their colour or looks, Selective breeding by rich Muslim families over the generations of only taking light skinned Muslim women as brides for their sons also contributed to the lighter skinned looks in these families. You find many light skinned Sinhalese and Tamils with a very distant European or other ancestor. This does not mean these people are Europeans.

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    Contd: When the Delhi Sultanate and Islamic rule fell in South India , the persecuted Hindu majority started to turn on these converted Tamil Muslims and many of them fled to the island on shallow wooden boats called Marrakallam in Tamil . Hence the Sinhalese term for the Sri Lankan Muslims “Marrakalla Minnisu.” . They migrated either as traders to better themselves or as refugees and they never landed in any Sinhalese areas but in the then Tamil North East that was part of the Tamil Jaffna kingdom , Puttalam, Chilaw , Mannar areas where many still live. It is natural, they are ethnic Tamil Muslims , who will prefer to live amongst people belonging to their own ethnicity and speaking the same language and the same culture. Just because other than Mannar , the then Tamil population of Puttalam and Chilaw/Negombo now largely speak Sinhalese and call themselves , Sinhalese , from the last century , does not mean the Muslims landed and lived amongst Sinhalese . These areas were Tamil until the beginning of last century. They moved further south along the coast much later but even these areas along the western littoral including Colombo were all Tamil at that time. So prospering under Sinhalese kings and Sinhalese is a joke, they prospered under the Tamil kings of Jaffna.. Do not lie and distort history. The Tamil north west coast was a trade hub and a centre for pearl diving.

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    Contd: They only started to move to the interior Sinhalese areas during the Portuguese era, as the Portuguese started to persecute and kill them , as they refused to convert to Catholicism but largely due to trade rivalry. Not that the Sinhalese and Tamils living in the captured coastal areas fared much better, despite many of them forcibly converted to Catholicism at gunpoint. They first ran to the interior Kandyan areas , as this was the only independent kingdom, as the Tamil Jaffna kingdom and the coastal Sinhalese Kotte kingdom had fallen to the Portuguese. Unlike the Tamils from the former Jaffna kingdom , the Sinhalese never welcomed them , as they spoke a different language Tamil and followed a completely different religion , from the Buddhist/Hindu religions that the Sinhalese were used to. There was nothing common, at least the with the Tamils they shared a common language origin and ethnicity. The Sinhalese only tolerated them, but however when more and more of them started to arrive from the north west coast , fleeing Portuguese persecution , the Sinhalese started to get alarmed and started to attack and kill these Muslim refuges.

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    Contd: Many Muslim families only took on a Sinhalese name during this time , to escape detection and not because they loved the Sinhalese or wanted to be part of them. You can see this trend amongst many Tamil families now living in the south , Sinhalising their family names or taking on Sinhalese names to escape persecution and blend in. Fernando Pulle/Pillai becomes Fernando. Gunaratnam becomes Gunaratne so on. Due to this violence against these Muslim refugees , the then king of Kandy Senarath in desperation , asked the Tamil Vannimai Chieftains in the east whose territories only came under his loose control, note these eastern Tamil areas were not part of the Kandyan Kingdom , but only came under the loose control of the Tamil/Sinhalese kings of Kandy, after the fall of the Tamil Jaffna kingdom , that traditionally protected them. These Tamil chieftains had no one to protect them and requested the protection of the Tamil/Sinhalese kings of Kandy. This did not mean they were part of the Kandyan kingdom proper or its territories . The king of Kandy had a loose control over these eastern Tamil chiefdoms south of Mahaveli river in the Trincomalee district. North of it was Jaffna kingdom proper. This is the reason the Trincomallee Tamils are very similar to the Jaffna/Northern Tamils and come under the Thesavalamai law. The Tamils of the east . had no objection to the loose overlordship of the Kings of Kandy , as they regarded these Tamil speaking Tamil/Sinhalese kings of Kandy as a Tamil Hindus. These kings were of Pandian Tamil lineage and took Pandian Tamil princesses as their Mahesis/first second and third queens. Later when the Pandians vanished , and were replaced by the Nayakars, they started to take these Tamil speaking Nayakar processed from Madurai/Thanjavur as their queens.

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      The court language of the kingdom of Kandy was Tamil as well as Sinhalese not just Sinhalese and these kings protected Tamil and Hinduism in the east and in the Tamil areas within the Kandyan kingdom proper. When king Senarath requested these eastern Tamil chiefs to provide asylum for these Muslims. mostly men fleeing Portuguese persecution , as the Sinhalese did not want more of them in their lands, they obliged and gave them lands at specific areas and even gave them Tamil Mukkuva Hindu women to start a family. This is the reason the eastern Muslims follow the matriarchal Tamil Mukkuva low just like the eastern Tamils south of Trincomallee , as on the inherited this from their Tamil Mukkuva female ancestors. Muslim soldiers may have fought for the Kandyan kingdom against the Portuguese who persecuted them , but from the very beginning it was the in the Tamil areas and amongst the Tamils , they thrived without persecution from the time they first arrived from their original South Indian homeland to then Tamil North West coast and gradually moved to the east. The reason is the Tamils considered them as fellow Tamils and did not discriminate or differentiate them. They were appreciated for their industriousness, hard work and business acumen. When absentee Tamil landlords in the east wanted a care taker to look after their estates , they always preferred this person to be a Muslim , due to these traits. The Muslims in the east and north also traditionally regarded themselves as part of the Tamil nation. Just like the late Muslim Politician from the east Mudaliar Kariappar stated , the only difference between the Muslim and the Tamil is their religion but other than that they are the same people. It is the politicians and elite for selfish economic and power hungry motives started the brain wash the island’s Muslims masses against their own Tamil heritage.

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        All what this Australoid crow SSS writing above were bullshit. He is only trying to lift Tamils with unproven history and bring down Muslims who civilised them. That his inferiority complex.

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    Really. So all Muslims are responsible for what these terrorists did? Many Muslims warned the government about the activities of this group, and yet all Muslims are to blame?

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    Are you Sean or Shone?
    \
    By the way, the Muslims in Sri Lanka, though they initially quarreled with the Portuguese for the control of the spice trade in the Coromandel coast, were persecuted violently by the Dutch in the 17th century.
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    King Senerath allowed them to settle in areas around Kandy (Gampola, Mawanella, Pilimatalawa, Kadugannawa and the interior villages around these cities) where they took Sinhala names attached to their generic name Mohamed.
    \
    However, their loyalties to the Kandy royalty ended in 1815 with the British stealing of the Kandy kingdom. Their British Jewish cousins rewarded them with wholesale trade privileges. Historically, up country and southern Muslims (middle men in the gem trade) became rich and the eastern Muslims engaging in fishing remained poor until M.H.M. Ashraff gave them violent leadership in the 80s.
    \
    At the root of the Muslim behaviour historically is the result of a belief system that allows ‘any thing’ to secure advantage of a situation and the ‘eye for an eye’ principle.
    \
    As an advice, read the Muslim history of Sri Lanka before writing again, and may I suggest ‘Atakorale’ as a more appropriate surname for next time?

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    It is a fact that most of the refugees going to so called godless Europe are Muslims ! They run away from brutal Muslim rulers. Their corrupt leaders hide their ill gotten wealth in Switzerland and real estate in the West. There is no democracy in the Arab world. In every index showing quality of life Muslim countries score very low ! But they want to convert the whole world to their life style ! What a comedy !

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    ” Muslims are true Boomiputhras to the Island”

    In another 800 years of time Rohingia & Pakistani refugees also become true Boomiputhras of our country.

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    Sean Sathkorale’s write-up cannot be rejected wholesale as it covers important aspects in Islam though it puts the burden of blame on the Muslim community which is completely wrong and unacceptable. The heading of the write-up appears more vicious than the body. To use Salafist / Wahabist in a general context is harmful to the writer and the readers as well. I have sent a write-up to Colombo Telegraph on ‘LET SERENITY PREVAIL IN THE AFTERMATH OF EASTER MASSACRE’. If u message ur email to 0776138268, I can send my write-up.

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    Muslims are descendants of refugees from south India after collapsed of Delhi sultanate rule in south part of India. They were base born lot. Dalit prostitute plus occupied Afghanistan Soldiers . Afghanistan soldiers were Caucasoid Afghan plus Mongoloid around Afghanistan like Uzbekistan & Kirghistan like that.Look at two Muslims MPs of Colombo district . One is Uzbek (Marikkar) & the other Kirghizy (Mujibar Rahuman ). There are few Javanese & Malays as well Descendants of Dutch slaves from Java & Malaya. But Colombo MPs are Uzbeki & Kirghizy. Descendants of South Indian Refugees came hare with help of Gujarati & South Pakistani Marine traders who were doing trading as well as Islaminizing East Indies. Until arrival of British building of any single mosque not allowed As their apostle destroyed Buddhists temple in north Yemen when he was the ruler of Medina. This south Indian lot should be chased out to south India as soon as possible alone with south Indian Tamil lot in tea & Rubber Estate.

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      Why dont you ask your Mother and Sister working in Saudi Arabia sucking Arab eggs, to come back and be with you.

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        Gobba None of my relatives are or were working in Middle east. Yes some Sinhalese are working there as per the understanding reached in early seventies with then middle east leaders with our Prime minister Mrs. Bandaranayake. They are providing services for their salaries. Not collecting money as charity payment. They are going there as Those countries need their services. Not going there by force.Local Muslims, Tamils & others are going there same manner.If they do not need their services they can send them back. That is not relevant to F…king Muslims brutal behavior here. Refugees trying to take over entire country. West Europe little by little experiencing same thing with recent Arabic refugees from Libia & Syria. That is the Nature of Islamist. Make whole world adhere to their so called Almighty God or Allah. South Indian Refugees have nothing to do with middle east countries. Their fathers were Afghan & its Vassal Soldiers like. Uzbek, Kirghes ,and ex soviet union countries. around Afghanistan. When None align movement were powerful Most beneficiaries were middle east countries. They were able to take over control of Oil reserves held by American & west European Nations. Now benefit fruits of It. They owe lot for countries like us. That is why they still provide Jobs opportunities for leading none align countries at that time. Help to help basis. Otherwise still those middle east countries Vassal of America & west European nations. Learn history before talking like Lord or god.Idiot. . .

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    Islamism founded in 7th century AD. As such present lot of Muslims can not be descendants of Early Arabs traders came here for Trading with Lankens & Chinese. After 7th century Muslims Arabs were prohibited here due to destruction of Buddhist Temple in North Yemen by Founder of Islamism. But Christian Arabs were allowed. Building of Christian temple for them allowed as well. Refer Kokila Sandashaya 73 rd Poem written in Kotte era. It is famous as Thalaville Church. As such present day Muslims are not Arab descendants.

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      Mr. sorrow Ranjith
      Maybe your relative woman is not working in middle East, but I hear some Patabendige Weerasingha fellows are working in fishing wadiya owned by Mukkuwa from Mozambique. I hear they clean fish very well.

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      The low caste kochi menial labor brought by the Portuguese and settled in Matara got converted into Sinhala Buddhist to hide their low caste Kochi identity. The Malayali Kochi fisher woman by the name Pennkutti Patabendige married a Sinhala man and settled in Matara. Her son Arukatti Patabendige was a very good fish cleaner/cutter who married a Sooriya, a woman from the Malayali sorcery community of Kochi who was settled in Matara during the Portuguese period. One of their descendants is Ranjith (SPARROW), a good fishermen and also a good Sorcerers who can chant the Malayali Manthara in Sinhala. Sinhala classical poems such as the ‘Kokila Sandesaya’ also bear the Kerala/kochi stamp.

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        Karawasooriya Do you know the meaning of Karawa. It’s drinkers of Karadiya or Karadow. Salty water. Do you know when Kochi or Kerala or Malabar came to light ??? It was 6th or 7th century AD. Go and see Abayagiri Temple built by Karawo in 1st century BC. Body guards of King Walagamba.At that time Portuguese or Portuguese language even not in existence in the world. Portuguese had a colony called Gova but they were not strong in Malabar coast to do slave trades but they brought slaves from Mozambique but had to chained like dogs. Portuguese did not want sea farars They themselves were good sea farars. They were not here to do dry fish trading. they were here to do trading of spices ,gems and the other trading.When Portuguese landed here chief minister of Kotte kingdom was Sooriya Patabendigei Nilamay. grand father of Vithiya Bandara & Thammita Bandara. nephew of King Buwanakeba. Karawa cast lot .Vithiya & Thammita Bandara’s mother was king’s Sister. We do not chant mantra in Sinhala it is either in Sanskrit or in park-rite. Kokila Sandesaya was written by monk lived in Mulkirigala Pirivena. Kokila flew from Devinuwara to Yapapatuna. Yes I am Karawa cast man I am happy about it & proud of it.Our ancestors served & saved this country as well as Sinhalese race from evils.since at very beginning Even in prehistoric Era. . .

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          Sparrow brained Ranjith,
          Mr. Karawasooriya has set you off, has he? Even my pooch Ranji ( who eats a lot of fish) is happy! Mr. Ranjith, a true Sinhala Buddhist does not need to deny that his ancestors cleaned fish. That is an honourable profession. You just have to take a bath five times a day.
          Oh by the way, Karawa comes from Tamil “karaiyar” which means a coast_dweller. There are karaiyars in Malabar but not in Mozambique. No problem, really but you will newer become Asgiriya Mahanayaka.

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            Shiam Rasak or LA Buddhadasa F…k off man Nobody can set me off. I know my history well.First you learn your History Muslim idiot.How many times you read your Shis Bokhary to become Terrorist leader ??? I never name even my dog with Muslim name as they become Idiot.You Tamilnadu refugee lot. Now trying to be Sri lanken. You f…king Idiot should be exported to Somalia. it is curse to have you Muslims here. Wait and see what will happen to you all.like in Myanmar You have to be in refugee camps all together.beware of it.

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              Still, you can’t become Asgiriya Mahanayaka, can you, Ranji Sparrow ? How sad, in spite of all the fish cleaning services your people have done for the real Sinhalese.

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                Idiot Shiam Rasak I think these terrorist attacks were well organised. Every Single Muslim community leaders knew about it. That is why police can recover Swords from everywhere. You may be having lot in your house as well. I do not want to become Asgiriya Mahanayaka but I want to inform Sinhalese about the Danger caused by Islamist here. Refugee lot came here with help of Gujarati Mariners. Beggars at one time eating food donated by general public. Now killing them. You will regret very much soon.Same fate like Rohingya in Myanmar going through will be your order of the day soon. Our grand fathers made terrible mistake advising kotte king to accept refugees from Tamilnadu. Your Good friend Saharan’s wife & Child still alive it seems go & accept them. Your friend got blasted to achieve you all final goal. To make whole world adhere to Allah. your almighty. Yes I am Karawa cast man I am proud of it.We never killed people on behalf of any God. but for the shake of our mother land. 359 people killed will follow you all. Revenge is possible anytime. Beware of it.refugee Idiot. Your Allah or Any god can not prevent it. .

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              Donkey Ranjith don’t twist history. According to history south Indian and Sri Lankan women did not know how to make a blouse and wear. Those days all of them covered below the naval and showing off their breast (Boob). You can see these in old photos in Museum. It was Arab traders who brought cloth and taught them to cover with 6 yards of cloth which became saree and for the men to wrap around with 4 yards of cloth which became Vesti. So be thankful to Muslims who brought trade and civilized you. Portuguese, Dutch and British came later. Like the differences in Sri Lanka you can see the differences of Tamils and Muslim if you visit a Muslim Village there. Don’t be a frog in the well and comment but go yourself and personally see everything and comment. Of course there are recent converts and you cannot see much differences between them and Hindu.

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          Very sadly the Kochi Karawa people (fisher folk) to which Sparrow brained Ranjith belongs are not taken into Malwathu and Asgiri. Suppose if the Kochi Karava Ranjith wants to get ordained as a Buddhist monk. He has to select a Nikaya depending on his caste. A Karava Ranjith cannot select the Siam Nayaka (Malwathu and Asgiri) which are reserved only for the higher caste.

          The Sparrow brained Ranjith seems to be confused between Malabar and Mozambique. Sooriya Patabendigei are very good fishermen and fish cleaners from Kochi/Malabar. Without any knowledge he is talking about Bandara. Bandara and Banda are not Karawas from the South.
          The last king of the Kandyan kingdom Kannasamy Nayakar Pandaram aka Sri Vikrama Rajasinha did not have any children to his official Dravidian wife (Queen) Rajammal Venkatamma. However he (King) had hundreds of children to his upcountry Sinhalese anthapura wives (as a king, it was his privilege to have any woman he found attractive as his anthapura wife). The children of the king born to the anthapura wives were called Pandaram who later became Bandara and Banda. Today there are an awful lot of Bandaras and Bandas in the upcountry. They all have Kannasamy Nayakar Pandaram’s royal blood running in their veins.

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            Narayana Patabandige Kotte Kingdom is older than Kandyan Kingdom.Kotte Kingdom had lot of Bandaras like Vithiya bandara, His Brother Thammita Bandara. As such Bandara is carbon copy of Kotte kingdom people’s name. Bandara is low country Kotte kingdom name. Not Kandyan Kingdom name. Patabandige too is a Kotte Kingdom name as well as first kingdom of Anuradapura name. It derived from Title medal given to each & every minister as per their works.Tamils were enemies of all the Kingdoms. As such Sinhalese title names can not be carbon copy of traditional historical enemies. That is a bullshit. I know difference between Malabar & Mozambique very well. I know where sorcery systems started place as well. Malabar sorcery system is a mixer of Hindu gods & Goddess praying and some evil spirit praying but African sorcery system entirely base on dead souls praying system. Which is originated in south east Africa. No gods or goddess involved. no religion behind it at all. for them gods or goddess praying is a bullshit. Only dead ancestors souls involved.Our sorcery system too is in line with south east African sorcery system. Malabar sorcery system base on Hindu gods & goddess.& few Hindu spirit like Kali. sometime it is a goddess That system came here with Queens brought here for Kandyan Kings.That system masters still live in Rathnapura or Sabaragamuwa province.When Darvidians came to Godavary they did not brought sorcery system.That was developed in Malabar when trading started with Egypt..South Part of Egypt was black or negroid Sudan. as such Malabar Sorcery system From them Malabar people learnt sorcery system & got it mixed with Hinduism. But our system is native south east African system. Latter Yakkas clan became experts. With Ravana’s influence. Yakka clan replaced their dead leaders souls.

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              Ranji oh Ranji
              So now you have explained your ancestry so well. So you are a Negroid Karawe caste Yakka from East Africa Mozambique . Do you still have to hide your tail in your sarong ?
              But what happens when you wear an amude to clean fish?
              Please do not take this personally. As a descendant of Lewke Nilame and a true Buddhist, I treat all beings with compassion, including fish and those who clean them due to mental deficiency. This only a scientific enquiry.

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        ha…………ha……..ha……………ha………………………………..ha…………..Go and tell this to Chinese women if possible older than 80. As our sorcery books Sinhalese were strictly advise not to marry south Indian women or men due to incurable sannis or deceases. Can you tell me name of brave man who married Kochi fisher woman. Can you tell me race who sail in to Lakadive Islands, Maldives islands & Diyago Garcia Island around 1500 years ago and colonized them with ELU speaking people..?????? As per you fishing community came here Portuguese Era. Why do these Islanders have ruins of Buddha statues. Can you tell me when was Kerala, Kochi came to light. When Darvadians came to Godavary they did not brought sorcery system. then who thought sorcereridm to Kerala or Malabar people. Sorcerer origin was Africa.you like it or not. like hominids spread all over the world sorcererism spread from Africa. Can you explain those points.

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    Buddy no comments. My request to you is to write an article on the myopia of Lankans in general who for some or another enable our criminal politicians. For example MS who willfully allowed the tragedy to take place and GR who went after the community with the help of BBS and all other F—- N Senas in creating a fertile ground. They burned mosques, business establishments, attacked, created riots, implanted fake stories, disrobed women (hijab),picked Fridays and Ramzan for attacks, attacked churches and so on. The same person IS now exploiting a self created human tragedy to create another. Also please do write on myopia of Buddhist and Hindus too. Will you do ?????. Now for Donkeys who start screaming of my religion I do not belong to any one of the above. Buddy just to clarify further I do not fully disagree with you but what is more important is who is turning nonviolent communities into violence.???

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    Myopia, aka short sightedness, is a visual impairment in which objects far away appear blurred.
    Sean Sathkorale is chronically myopic and is in a ‘State of Denial’.
    From mid-forties Ceylonese leaders and now Sri Lankan leaders have been myopic and led us to where we are and what we are.
    JRJ was chronically myopic. MR is very close. His vision was infected with ‘Third Term Presidency’ virus. He took over the rabid SLPP.
    .
    Sean: What the hell is this historical survey “Collective Myopia Of The Muslim Community Of Sri Lanka”?
    It is plain ‘Blind leading the Blind’.

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    A very timely article, but unfortunately, strong reactions are going to be voiced after such an intense incident, because the author appears to bring the problem to the doorstep of one single community.

    Let’s take a deep breath. Communities as a whole tend to slide to the liberal side or the conservative side in certain periods of time, and history is witness to such changes over decades and centuries. However, long periods of time usually see communities become more liberal, as they should, simply because there is more civil and rational education, and the “belief” based instructions get questioned, modified, and adapted to current days.

    Of relevance today is a slide to the conservative end by the Islamic community in Sri Lanka. Is it not obvious that the Muslims of SL have become a lot more conservative since about two decades ago? I had never seen Muslim women wear the burqa in SL prior in the ’80s and ’90s (at the most they might cover their hair), and yet, burqas are the norm today.

    My Muslim classmates (boys) who got married made their wives wear the burqa, whereas even their mothers are walking around today without any face covering!! The previous generation was more liberal than the current one! How did this manage to go backwards?

    It is quite sad that even a centrist, if not mildly liberal country like SL has become subject to conservatism. The statement that most people are not terrorists is correct — factually correct. What we don’t talk about, and should, is the effect such a conservative slide has on those that were already at the most conservative fringe of that society, and are a liability to peace if they should go off the deep end, no matter which community we are discussing at any time.

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    Ranjith [SPRRW]

    Your line……
    As such present day Muslims are not Arab descendants…..
    In fact our Siva Sankaran Sharma has persuasively argued, with several posts in these pages confirming the above.
    But what I am unable to fathom is why are the Muslims[ with exceptions of-course] in this country trying to forge a connection with the Arabs?
    Take Kattankudy for example; Incidentally only Muslims live here.The Sinhalese and Tamils are only in short Transit!
    There are Date Trees lined on the centre of the roads; Street signs are also in Arabic.
    An Arabic college has been established in Punanai Batticaloa which is not populated and is still jungle.
    These moves only confirm that a section of the Srilankan Muslims are moving at a Tangent.

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      Plato,
      Re. the Muslim desire to claim Arab ancestry as opposed to Dravidian, don’t you think this is similar to Sinhalese claiming North Indian ancestry as opposed to Dravidian? It seems nobody wants to be Dravidian nowadays.

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