22 August, 2019

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Ugly Muslim Politics

By MYM Siddeek

Dr. MYM Siddeek

Dr. MYM Siddeek

I am one of the keen observers of the Muslim politics from the time the Muslims felt sidelined and realised the need for a separate Muslim political party to raise their concerns in the parliament since mid-1980s. I am also closely listening and watching the election campaigns by the Muslim political parties’ candidates since the nominations were called for the 2015 general election. In the campaign meetings I hear the pathetic stories of the Muslim candidates who contest in various political parties – Muslim parties and major national parties. These Muslim candidates are mainly trying to attract sympathy votes by stereotyping their personal grievances and using other tactics such as creating regional and communal feelings, character assassinations of opponents and promising national list MPs. I can give a few examples to demonstrate how ugly the Muslim politics is. One of the Muslim candidates is repeating in almost all the meetings why he left one Muslim party and joined the other. He was also telling the audience, as the major component of his speech, how he was ill-treated by the party he had just left. Another leader of a Muslim political party who was overwhelmingly received by the people of the village and so excited by the reception suddenly declared and promised a national list MP to the candidate who organised the meeting. I am sure this candidate will cross over to another party if the leader does not deliver the promise. This party leader was also promising to the audience that he would obtain the so-called Kalmunai costal district if his party secured two seats from Digamadulla district and asking the voters to vote for his party. To give such a false promise, he may be certain that his party will not secure two seats from the district and therefore, he will not need to demand for a costal district from the government after the election. It also implies that the services he is going to provide to the people of this region depends on the number of seats his party secures in the election. Isn’t he going to demand for the Kalmunai costal district if his party does not secure two seats in Digamadulla district? The leader of this very small regional party has made the similar promises in many other districts wherever his party contests!.

HakeemIn-fighting within each political party is also getting worse day by day. A meeting of a Muslim political party was abruptly interrupted because one of the participants criticised the party leader for not nominating the former MP of his electorate in the national list ! Further, the candidates of the same party are critical of each other in the contest of getting the highest votes in each district they contest. In another meeting, one of the Muslim candidates was making a thunderous speech to get a local council for the village he was born as the main task if he was elected as an MP and asking the audience to vote for him. He was also blaming another party leader for his inability to get it done in the past. But he failed to explain how it would solve the burning issues facing the people of the area. He was also pleading the audience to caste one vote for the main candidate in the district list and another vote for him. In most of the election campaign meetings, I could also hear their calculations of securing two or three seats in parliament in respect of each district they contested. In every meeting there were character assassinations of the opposite party candidates. Further, regionalism plays a major role in attracting the local voters. The campaigns target even chasing the Muslim politicians/leaders out of the region/district who come from other regions/districts and campaigning for their candidates. The Muslims are now divided very much by their party affiliations, regional biases and on personal grounds. Offensive, filthy and vulgar languages are limitless in these election campaign meetings. The ugly inter-party and intra party rivalry among the Muslim candidates is becoming worse day by day since the poll date is nearing closer.

In the mean time, the main stream parties including JVP have released their manifestos explaining their policies and programmes if they are elected to the parliament and form the government. Even the small parties mainly targeting voters in the South and the Tamil parties targeting voters in the North and the East have released their manifestos and it is very clear what they intend to deliver to the voters if they are elected to the parliament. The manifestos contain some clear policies and programmes and the strategies how they are going to implement them. Therefore, in the lack of any credible policies and programmes with the Muslim political parties and their candidates, how are the Muslim voters going to choose a party and their candidates? Are the Muslims going to vote for these parties and their candidates on the basis of the above mentioned their rivalry, nasty in-fights and false promises? I believe that the Muslim voters are more mature now than ever before and therefore they will study and evaluate the sole motive of these candidates for contesting in the election and cast their very valuable votes wisely. It is also very important for them to vote for only one party in large number to restore their identity and bargaining power which they have already lost. Therefore, when choosing a party and a candidate the Muslim voters may consider the following:

First of all the individual voters should know the problems facing the Muslim community today regionally and nationally. In other words, what they are looking for from a candidate. There are some problems that are specific to a particular province, district or electorate. There are also problems affecting the Muslims nationally. They should also evaluate the past performance of individual candidates and trust worthiness and elect the candidate who can deliver the ‘goods”. From their experience as voters, they must know the position the candidate will take if he is elected on each issue they are concerned with. It is also very important to elect the experienced and honest politicians who can really deliver their promises. In addition they should also consider the leadership qualities of the candidates. They should not vote for a candidate if he does not possess the qualities and experience they expect from him. When considering the national issues, one of the main issues facing the Muslim community today is the freedom to practice their religion. The Muslims should have similar freedom and opportunities like other communities living in the regions and in the country. This is their right guaranteed by the constitution. Today the Muslims fear to practice their religion freely. There are obstacles and criticisms from some racist elements. Therefore, they feel insecure when they practice their religion.

Also there are numerous other problems nationally. For examples, youth unemployment, slow economic growth, poor education policies, sky rocketing cost of living, deteriorating standard of living, poverty, inflation, fiscal and monetary policies related other issues, international relations etc. Regionally or locally, there may be numerous specific problems such as lack of resources in the schools, land and colonisation problems, loss of political representation, irrigation problem, local economic and industrial development etc. Further, there is no equitable allocation of government resources and therefore underdeveloped Muslim areas continue to be underdeveloped. But the voters can clearly note in the election campaign meetings that the Muslim candidates are evading these burning issues and talking about unimportant factors to the voters.

With regard to the leadership qualities, they consider the honesty, reliability, trust worthiness, intelligence, personal character, free of criminal convictions, communication skills specially who can raise the issue in parliament effectively and efficiently.

The most important factor here in selecting a candidate is seeing through distortion techniques. All the candidates are trying to sell themselves to the voters. In many cases, they use the languages that they are so skilfully crafted that they distort the truth in a way that is difficult even for the most careful observer to detect. They attack opponents based on characteristics that may not be true. They also make references to region, for example. The region of a leader where he comes from will not affect his performance. At the last minute, the opposite candidates may also spread rumours about withdrawals or supporting the opponent. This is not a factor at all they should consider in electing a candidate as their representative in the parliament.

The popular magic words such as ‘good governance’, ‘rule of law’ and ‘justice’ should not influence you to choose a candidate because you have not seen such things in practical Sri Lankan situation so far although the politicians use those terms even without fully understanding their meanings.

In many cases the voters can see these politicians are passing the blame to the opponents for not doing certain things. In that case the voters should pose a question to these candidates that what they themselves have done for your community in the past? This blame game they can see in a stereo type in all the campaign meetings of all the candidates.

The voters can also see some candidates or political party leaders are promising the ‘Sky’. They should not believe in this. For example, one of the Muslim political party leaders said ‘he will obtain Kalmunai costal district before Ranil Wickremesingha sits in the Prime Ministerial seat if his party secures two seats in Digamadulla district’. But he failed to tell the voters how he would be getting this! The voters were well aware that this demand was opposed by both the major political parties of this country vehemently in the past before the presidential election. Another Muslim party leader lauded that his party would secure 10 seats in parliament in the general election. These are unrealistic promises and assertions that the voters will realise if they study the ground situation well.

Therefore, in brief, the voters should consider the leadership quality, character, past experience, communication skills, reliability, trust worthiness and ability to address the real issues, clear objectives, policies and strategies for the wellbeing of community, realistic promises and ability to deliver them when voting for a candidate/party. The Muslims should reject the politicians who gave broken promises in the past elections and deceived them to secure parliament seats and enjoy perks. This is their very important and esteem responsibility for their community and for their nation. They should use their intelligence, knowledge and experience for this. In fact those who can preserve the good image of the Muslims should be elected to the parliament.

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    Rauff is doing Monkey politics. after the election he will jump to get minister post.

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    This a clear description of Muslim political dilemma in Sri Lanka today. Muslim politicians really with games of politics in Muslim community. all greedy Muslim politicians only care for their families, friends and their inner circles. Today, Sinhalese community is matured enough to know dirty politics of MR and Ranil and others, Sinhalese people have been politically educated BY JVP today. Thanks to JVP. it has greatly contributed to the political awareness in SL. Yet, Muslim people have not done. Because we do not have any AKD type of politicians among us. of course, NFGG is doing its best to come up? it will take time for that. Can NFGG be an alternative politics in SL. Dr Zawahir, Abdul Rahman, Siraj Masoor and some others are some talented, skilled and dedicated. They are of course, honest and trust worthy people. There is no point just blaming every one for every thing. There must some alternative. we have been blaming our current politicians: yet, we do not give alternative politics. It is my humble view that NFGG is best alternative for Muslim today. They have good educational background, they have good qualities,
    they have dedication to serve all community in SL. They are not exclusively for Muslims like JVP they want to serve all community.
    Of course, we national and local problems and these problems are not addressed by previous government intentionally and they used our politicians with perks to shut their mouths.
    Alternatively to this problem. join hands with JVP and join hands with NFGG in Muslim areas.
    No other alternative. Clean up Muslim politics Like that of JVP is doing now.
    it will take time but do it gradually.

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      JVP at the moment is the only party doing sensible
      politics. In the last provincial council election
      Matara district Muslims largely voted for JVP.
      Muslim congress received below 500 votes out of
      more than twenty five thousand votes. JVP has a
      considerable support base among the Muslims of
      the south . And in the East , in the last
      presidential election, Muslims were surprisingly
      well ahead of their Muslim parties in deciding
      their votes against Mahinda . Muslim parties for
      the first time , had no control over the voters
      and rather they were under voter’s control.
      The tendency shows that the voting pattern of
      Muslims has started changing and in the future,
      depending on Island’s political landscape,
      radical changes could be expected.

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        MR whywhy. I totally agreed with you. Muslims people know this dirty tricks of Muslim MPs. They are useless. Look many of them, just fill in their pocket. Only JVP AND NFGG ARE not people. all others are selfish

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    Such ugly Muslim Politics will continue as long as the Muslims do not challenge the responsible politicians and political parties. There should be more exposures of this nature so that the Muslim community is made aware of misdoings of politicians in the community and see to that they are made to exit from politics. Otherwise the community will be lagging behind the other communities who are becoming more and more alert to realistic politics.

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      MOHAMED MARZOOK

      Well said. I am very proud of you. We must meet and discus over a cup of tea.

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    There should not be “Muslim” or other ethnically based political parties in a multi-ethnic country.

    Especially when the party is associating with Islamists and accusing the Buddhists of a hard to “persecution” and “carnage”.

    Sri Lankan Muslims are no angels and they are just selfish middle men. Otherwise they would not turn against Mahinda Rajapakse who is suffering the global Zionist attacks due to his support for the Palestinians.

    Shame on this selfish garbage.

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    Dr. MYM Siddeek

    RE: Ugly Muslim Politics

    This is just Ugly Politics. You might have said Ugly UPFA Politics.

    Muslims, Buddhists, Tamils, Sinhala, and Christians are not immune from Ugly Politics.

    MaRa MaRa Chatu MaRa Ugly MaRa Dhushana MaRa

    An Example from the grape wine from the bulath wine…

    Racism driven conspiracies planned after defeat pulverized: Susil and Anura Yapa out ; Duminda and Prof. Warnapala in

    By virtue of the powers vested in president Mathripala Sirisena as president of SLFP and UPFA under the constitution , Duminda Dissanayake has been appointed as acting general secretary of SLFP and Professor Vishwa Warnapola as UPFA acting general secretary. Accordingly , Anura Priyadharshana Yapa and Susil Premachandra have been dismissed from those posts .It is significant to note that this bold step was taken and these sudden changes were effected by the president just after addressing a most crucial and decisive letter to Mahinda Rajapakse and coinciding with the concluding day of the election campaign .

    The SLFP membership of Susil Premajayantha and Anura Priyadharshana Yapa have also been cancelled.

    The new secretaries Professor Vishwa Warnapala and Duminda Dissanayake thereafter requested an injunction order from the Colombo district court to ensure that they will not be hindered or hampered in the performance of their new duties by ex secretaries Susil Premajayantha and Anura Priyadharshana Yapa .The judge Harsha Setunge issued the injunction order valid until 28 th August.

    A team of lawyers including Charaka Jayaratne , K. Kanageswaran , Chandika Jayasundara and Pulasthi Rupasinghe appeared on behalf of Duminda and Prof. Warnapala in connection with the injunction order .

    Anura Yapa and Susil Premachandra the two political slavish pimps put the machiavellian moribund Rajapakses on the pedestal to worship them and theirs from down under , while at the same time were impeding and derailing the progress of the government of good governance .

    Maithripala had got rid off these crooked politicos before the selections are made so that rogues will not stand in the way of good governance . It is the aim and objective of President Maithripala to go for elections after purging the party of all crooked and corrupt characters by making these new appointments . Indeed many honest SLFP leaders advised Maithripala to take this measure , but at that time he did not heed them.Nevertheless when defeat is now certain of Rajapakse and his den of thieves , the president at last has taken the step to purge the party of the undesirables .

    At the 1994 presidential elections when Chandrika Bandaranaike openly declared that in order to end the war , discussions shall be held with the LTTE , and was ready to grant them an interim administration , 62 % majority of the people voted for it without thinking in terms of racism. SLFP was sans racism then. Later , Mahinda Rajapakse who became SLFP leader and his small group within the SLFP toed a communal line and led the party towards defeat and despair.

    After Maithripala Sirisena who is good governance prone became the SLFP leader , Susil Premajayantha and Anura Priyadharshana Yapa who served as politcal pimps and slaves of most despicable and discarded racist leaders like Wimal Weerawansa , Dinesh, Gammanpila and Vasu , sought to lead the SLFP towards humiliating defeat .

    If this SLFP’s doom and gloom towards which it is heading fast is to be averted , instead of abjectly surrendering to grade nine qualified crooked moron whose mouths stinks worse than a spittoon when he makes hollow speeches ,and unhinged politicos suffering from senile decay who use obscene language hurling words like f….k in public at opposing politicos , decent disciplined qualified politicians who accord with good governance need to be appointed as the new secretaries . Maithripala ‘s bold action is apparently a step in the right direction

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    “Ugly Muslim Politics”
    True; But the Muslim Politicians are even uglier. Just look at the parade of shameless, self-seeking, sychopants who will cozy up to any party in power during the last 20 odd years and you get the picture. Me, Myself & My Family; To Hell with the Community.

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      Paisa Must Appah

      ““Ugly Muslim Politics” True; But the Muslim Politicians are even uglier. Just look at the parade of shameless, self-seeking, sychopants who will cozy up to any party in power “

      Sri Lankan Muslims are not unique here.

      What is Unique is that they All are Sri Lankans, Para-Sri Lankans. Check their DNA.

      SWRD Bandaranaike left UNP in 1951, because DS Senanayaka wanted the Senanayaka Dynasty, and Made Dudley the Primer Minister.

      LSSP Sold their socialism and Joined SLFP in 1964.

      The Other Leftists loike Vasudeva Nanayakkkata, Witharana etc. sold their principles souls to MaRa MaRaCgara.

      Wimal Weerawansa and Many other did that, including those from the UNP who crossed over..

      MaRa MaRa Chatu MaRa Amaa Ma Ra Dhushana MaRa

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    Execellent write up.

    Don’t worry as to who will win. Whoever wins the muslim parties will be enjoying ministerial perks?

    This has happened since 1977 and I’ll continue to happen under the present electoral system.

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      Certainly Muslim politicians who resort to ugly practices must be exposed but it must also not be forgotten that ‘ugly politicians’, whether they are Muslims are of any other community are encouraged by those in the majority community who go after the support of any ugly politician to keep themselves in power. Wimal, Mervyn etc. are also much sought after.

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    It took a thesis to explain what every Sri Lankan already knows. Muslim political hacks have never cared about their people , starting with Razik Fareed. They have feathered their nests and provided the left overs for the rest. Nothing has changed in the last 60,years. The only difference now is that it can all be exposed for all to see.
    Until honest…Yes honest Muslims come forth as leaders, the community will still be in the backwoods, no matter the tons of black money in some hands.

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      Their politics is ugly as they have built their history on a lie and a myth. They all claim a fake Arab origin either full or partial, which only a very small microscopic minority of them partially have. Arab or other westers Asian traders/travellers never came to this island on a mass scale and settled. only of few came at times over hundreds of years. They had their own wives in their own land, but took low caste Tamil women as their keeps and had children through them. They also converted many of their servants and other low caste Tamils. At that time the coastal population was Tamil. Over time these part Arabs part Tamil half castes and the Tamils converts had all intermarried and formed a Tamil Muslim community living along the coast. These were the so called original Muslims in the island and they were very small.
      Around 700-500 years ago there was a large scale migration of Dravidian Tamil Muslims to the island from what is modern day Kerala and Tamil Nadu. They came here as traders and many fled persecution, especially from Kerala, as they were Muslims and Tamils and came to the island in wooden boats called in Tamil Marrakalam( which literally means the wooden boat. To this say the Sinhalese still call the Muslims Marrkala minissu basically people from the wooden boats). The Ethnic Malayalam Muslims are called Mappilas, however the Malayalees derogatively called the immigrant Tamil Muslims from TamilNadu living amongst them as Thullukans and poked fun at them. This name has still stuck to the Sri Lankan Muslims. More than 90% of the so called present day Sri Lankan Moors or Muslims are descended from these immigrant Dravidian Tamil Muslims from India. Even the rest have only small amount of Arab. Other than the orginal Arab ancestor all their other ancestors have been Tamils. Now for political and economic convenience they are denying their Tamil Hindu origin and heritage and pathetically claiming a fake Arab origin. A little bit of Arab amongst a very small minority does not make them Arab. Ignoring the 99% Tamil blood in them and only claiming the 1% Arab blood in them. Even the Arabs do not recognise them as of Arab descend but classify them as descended from converted South Asian/South Indian Hindus.
      The Muslim elite living in the Sinhalese South are the biggest culprits. Just for their selfish ends and to retain economic power and also thinking by distancing themselves from their fairly recent immigrant Indian Tamil origins they can win more favours from the Sinhalese. The British and the Sinhalese have cunningly used this myth to divide and weaken the Tamil people in the island. By brain washing the Muslim masses in the island to deny and hate their actual Tamil origin and to worship a fake Arab origin they have created chaos. That has only benefited this microscopic rich Muslim elite and the Sinhalese racists. The Muslims masses have not benefited from this lie and have become totally estranged from their Christian and Hindu Tamil ethnic kindred. This has lead to so much of chaos and hatred in the north and east and is still. Now the new fad is to completely renounce their Tamil Muslim names dress customs way of life and to dress like Salafist Wahhabi Arabs take Arab names etc. Women have now stopped wearing saris only covering their heads ( Tamil Muslim style) and now wear some black Arab dress. Men do the same. They are already fast discarding their ancient Tamil language and will very soon will be speaking in Arabic or Urdu. So when did becoming Muslim is being an Arab or imitating Arab culture and discarding and despising your ancient rich Tamil culture and language? Other Muslims belonging to other races and ethnic groups do not do that. They still remain Malays Chinese Punjabis Malay Slavic, Tamils Malayalee’s etc. Goodness Islam is a religion and a of life. Not a race of ethnic group. Any person belonging to any race can change their religion not their ethnicity, Only in Sri Lanka has Muslim become an ethnic group. Only here a Tamil who changes his or her language to Sinhalese becomes an Aryan and a Tamil who converts to Islam is no more a Tamil but Moor/Arab. What nonsense. It is these selfish Muslims politicians who with the Sinhalese racists do want the ethnic issues to be solved. As they will loos their power. They just sat their and connived with the Sinhalese to deny the Tamils their rights and land forcing the Tamils to take up arms. Then when ever there is a solution or peace arising, they put a spoke in the wheel by stating what about us we are not agreeable to anything. The indigenous Tamils must die suffer and have genocide commuted on teem, especially the ones in the east, who gave these Tamil Muslims refuge. These fake Arab immigrant Tamil Muslims from India will sit do nothing connive with the Sinhalese backstab and then demand everything for them. Especially Tamil land. Over 70% of the Muslims in the island live in the Sinhalese south. Only 29% in the Tamil areas, however all these Muslim politicians will never dare to ask for Islamic homelands for Muslim enclaves in the South. Only in the Tamil areas, as they feel the indigenous Tamils are now helpless and weak so their immigrant community that was chased away from TamilNadu/Kerala and found refuge in the Tamil areas in the island originally can steal their lands.

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        “Their politics is ugly as they have built their history on a lie and a myth”

        True, but this article is about Muslims, not We Thamizh politics and history :D

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          D
          Honestly you are mentally ill. [Edited out]
          Hope Budha will show you the light to overcome your illness.

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          Yes Sinhalese racist who has stolen Siva Sankaran’s identity

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        “They had their own wives in their own land, but took low caste Tamil women as their keeps and had children through them.”

        This silly fool Paul is distorting facts. History records that these Arab traders took Sinhalese women & NOT Tamil women as their keeps. Wow, so rotten was the taste of these fastidious Arabs that they even chose to go after “low caste Tamil women” when there was a preponderance of bare-breasted Sinhalese women at the time. Next, this dumbass is going to change the demographical makeup of the country for his own benefit and play into the hands of those keen on maintaining that Lanka rightfully belongs to Mother India.

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          The so called coastal Sinhalese are all descendants are all descended from Tamils. When the Arabs arrived there were no such thing as Sinhalese, Living along the coasts they were all Tamils. Their descendants may now call themselves Sinhalese but not at that time. Arabs fastidious don’t make me laugh. They will fornicate with anything. SO fully covered low caste Tamil women are horrible but bare breasted low caste Sinhalese women were fine for these fastidious Arabs don’t make me laugh with your stupid comments.

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        Mr Paul. Let me tell you how your forth fathers of Christians came to this country? they were butchered in the time of Chankilyan? more than 600 of your people were butchered in Mannaar? Do you know why? it is because, crafty Missionary forcefully converted poor Tamils with money? Do you want to know more about how Christianity came to Kerala and so. If you do not know about Muslim history into Sri Lanka I suggest you read this book before you come up with own lies with your devil thought about Muslims history: it is because of Kandian Kings Your people survived. Please read this book, (The Muslim of Sri Lanka: thousands of ethnic harmony 900-1915) by Lorna Dewaraja. Before you come up with lies you should know the historical facts.I could how show you how christian missionary is still working to convert poor Tamil and Sinhalese. This is your history.You said We came here to steal Tamil lands. I can show evidence for Muslim settlements of Arabic traders of silk rout time in history during the Roman Empire. How did Arab know about Sri Lankan spices. Poets of pre-Islamic Arabs used to mention Sri Lankan spices such as Cinnamon and peppers. How did they know that? they have used silk routs to come and settle in SL? Sri Lankan Muslims are a mixture of Arab, Sinhalese, Malay, Moors, Memons, Borahs, Afghani and coastal Tamil. DO not you see features of Muslims in some part of Sri Lanka. Go to kalmunai, Katankdudi, Beruwala, Akurana,and some part of inner Island to see the difference in complexion? you will see the difference, You will see difference in foods, cloth and cultures. of course, Some Tamil may have become Muslims . it may be less than 10%. It is not new to make such false claim. Ponnambalan before you did try and he failed in his false claim. Do not make up with false stories. You like spread hatred among community and you created LTTE and killed thousands because of your hatred to humanity.

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          I know the truth hurts and ranting and raving at me does not change this. For your information the Malays are classified as a separate ethnic group from the Sri Lankan Muslims/Moors. SO are the Memons and Borahs. The mixture of everything else Sinhalese Arab Afghan is very negligible. They are basically coastal Tamils and the immigrant Indian Tamils. Just trying to highlight and claim every other origin and completely ignore the more than 95% Tamil Origin and heritage is laughable and pathetic.
          Even many Sri Lankan Tamils and Sinhalese are mixture of Portuguese Ditch British Arab and everything else but they do not claim these miniscule amount of DNA they inherited from these populations and completely ignore the 99% Indian heritage they have. Only the Sri Lankan Muslims pathetically do this. Proves how much their selfish elite have brainwashed them to hate their Tamil heritage. There is even lots of colour variation amongst the Sinhalese and Tamils in the island. However they all including the Sri Lankan Muslims look very similar and as per research there no DNA variation between all major Sri Lankan ethnic groups and their DNA is the same as the people of Southern India. SO where is the Arab Afghan stop being pathetic

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            Go to all Muslim village and trace their Sinhalese and Arab lineages. you will know the facts. Muslim complexions in most Muslim villages are different from that of Tamils. Do DNA to find out all. You try to prove Muslim ethnicity and it looks that you are one of this low cast people that is why you obsessed with it. I will give you some evidences from Sinahalse and Tamil writers to prove this and wait and see. I’m not diverting you? you should bring DNA to prove this? any way. according to your estimate only less than 10 People are Brahmans and 90% of Tamil Hindus are low cast and you are one of them?.

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              Stop lying posting pathetic comments and make a fool of yourself. There is not such thing as a Muslim DNA Christian DNA Hindu DNA or Buddhist DNA. These are religions and faiths not a race or ethnic group. Only in Sri Lanka have the Tamil Muslims have become a Muslim ethnic group nowhere else in the world. If they have Arab and Sinhalese lineages and nothing to do with Tamil why ever in the world do they speak in Tamil, even in the deepest part of the Sinhalese heartland, until very recently took Tamil Muslim castes names like in South India Eg Rawther Lebbai Marrikar Pitchai followed Tamil Hindu customs . Wore this Thali. There was nothing Arabic or Sinhalese about them. Even their spoken Tamil dialect is South Indian Tamil, Who the hell are you trying to deceive. It is only new they are have been brainwashed by their elite and the Salafi Muslim Wahabi fundamentalists to discard anything and every thing Tamil from language dress names etc do become a carbon copy of the Arabs. Go and look at your face in the mirror and see how Arab it looks. More than 955 Of the Muslims in Sri Lanka will look exactl like the Tamils as this what they are. Arab and Sinhalese heritage my foot. Disgusting. This is like someone shamelessly disowning there own parents and running and claiming someone else as their parents thinking that it will benefit them. No wonder you people got kicked out of Kerala and Tamil Nadu and came fleeing to the then Tamil western and north western coasts for refugee and ultimately landed in the east as refugees thanks to the Tamil Naicker kings of Kandy. We Tamils have only given refuge and milk to a bunch of vipers that were chased out of India. Feeling sorry for them as fellow Tamils. Now that they have established themselves they have disowned us and started to claim a Fake concocted Arab origin and new Sinhalese origin ( there were no Sinhalese in Kerala Tamil Nadu and the coastal parts of Sri Lank0 and are conniving with the Sinhalese racists to steal out lands. Especially in the east.
              This is why the west is also wary about Muslim asylum seekers, as they have learnt from bitter experience that unlike the others, they come and claim asylum and once they get established start creating problems, clamour for Islamic rights Sharia Etc.

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                Paul, it is time someone told you that you descended from low caste Tamils, who in their shame of being humiliated for being of low caste, converted to Catholicism. The Portuguese priests also grabbed sexual favours when they made “family” visits to homes of the converted, including those of your ancestors, in exchange for government jobs.

                Paul, you will do well to drop your ‘holier than thou’, superior attitude, before you get stripped naked.

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        Paul

        Tell us why you are so proud to call your own Tamil
        bothers and sisters , mothers and fathers ” low
        caste ” or untouchables ? Yuvan Shankar Raja a low
        caste ? How much low ? Former Prime minister Desai
        drank his urine ! How do you feel ? You were , I
        mean Tamils, of Tamilnadu was under a low caste
        president of India once ! Felt suicidal ? How come
        someone like you , with the ability to read and write
        an International language , failed to read a bit
        about humanity , evolution , cultures and
        civilizations etc just to keep in shape with the
        constantly changing world ?

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          DO not try to divert attention from the topic by stating that I look down on low castes or untouchable. Why did I ever state any where that I hate people from the lower castes or I consider them inferior. Most probably you are inferring a lot or projecting your own prejudices and cunningly try to belittle me so that the truth of what I state will not be taken seriously, as you do not like the truth but want to believe in the myth and fairy tale that all Sinhalese are Aryans and the Sri Lankan Muslims are descended from Arabs. The truth is the Sinhalese are not Aryans and the Sri Lankan Muslims are not Arabs. There is very little Aryan amongst the Sinhalese and very little Arab in the Sri Lankan Muslim genetic make up. Both are Dravidians largely descended from immigrant South Indians/Tamils. It is you and not me you has to keep in touch with evolution the truth and the constantly changing world instead of believing in myths.
          The Sri Lankan Muslims are largely descended from Low caste Tamil Hindu converts and that is the truth, There is nothing to be ashamed about this and start claiming a fake Arab origin to hide this truth. If they were descended from upper caste Tamil Hindus I would have stated they are largely descended from Upper caste Tamil Hindu converts. Some of them may be. Stating this truth does not mean I running down low casts or praising the upper castes. You are inferring this because, in your subconscious mind you consider people from low caste background as inferior and then think I mean the same.

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            Dear Pual.[Edited out]

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            Paul

            No need to waste time trying to read my
            subconscious mind. I’m very open with my questions
            and my views on your post. I’ve got your answers to
            my questions from you, some are direct and some are
            not. Thank you for that. Back to your main point of
            Muslims of Srilanka being Tamil Hindus of low caste
            conversions from Tamil Nadu . Your description of
            ” low in caste ” was, in my view, a clear indication
            how you look at Srilankan Muslim, from your version
            of their history. It is true , no argument but even
            you agree that it is not the whole truth. Muslims
            did come from south India at a later stage than
            those who were of Arab origin from Yemen and
            Syria. Muslims also came from North India. As for
            the case of conversions into Islam, for that to
            happen , there must be Muslims . Who were these
            Muslims ? How did India get Muslims ? Better dig
            deep for more treasure ! I just can not fill this
            forum with history lessons to prove a point. But
            unfortunately, your post does have a smell of
            hatred of Muslims. Correct me !

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            Paul, it is time someone told you that you descended from low caste Tamils, who in their shame of being humiliated for being of low caste, converted to Catholicism. The Portuguese priests also grabbed sexual favours when they made “family” visits to homes of the converted, including those of your ancestors, in exchange for government jobs.

            Paul, you will do well to drop your ‘holier than thou’, superior attitude, before you get stripped naked.

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    Remember that foul-mouthed ass Azwer? He is a first class example of what this title means; Of course, there are also plenty of other Muslim asses who qualify. Money, money, money……. is all they seek. So,they jump when they see the rats leaving the sinking ship and desert the community for their own personal benefit.

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    Dear Paul,

    Jews, Druze, Copts, Yazidi, and Serer are identified as ethnic groups by their religion. The question is about the identity of the Sri Lankan Muslims. If a group of people who have certain common characteristics want to identify themselves as a separate ethnic group from that of the Tamils, why should you deny that? You deny that because it benefits you politically! The Muslims do not share a distinctive culture and religion with the Tamils to classify them as Tamils.

    There is a point in what you are saying about the origin of the Sri lankan Muslims. But you cannot deny the historical fact that the origin of the South Indian Muslims is Arab. I agree to what you have said about the Sri lankan Muslims living in the East and the North. Can you explain why the accent of the Sri lankan Muslims living in the South is different from that of the Muslims living in the North and the East? Do they speak Arabic Tamil which is different from the Tamil spoken by the Muslims in the East and the North? Why is only one thirds of the Sri Lankan Muslims live in the North and the East? You have rightly pointed out that over 70% of the Muslims in the island live in the Sinhalese south.

    If the Muslims are also Tamils, why did the LTTE expelled them from the North?
    If the MUslims are also Tamils, why did the LTTE massacred more then 100 Muslims in the Mosque in Kattankudy why they were praying, cowardly?
    If the Muslims are also Tamils, why did the LTTE surrounded the Muslims villages and killed innocent Muslims including pregnant women and children including the child in the womb ? The LTTE proved to the world the Sri Lankan Muslims are not Tamils by those atrocities. What is the need now to deny their ethnicity?

    You said ‘They are already fast discarding their ancient Tamil language and will very soon will be speaking in Arabic or Urdu’ This may become true. In the South it was very rare to see a single Muslim family which did not have Tamil as their ‘home’ language until 1980s. Now 1000s of Muslim families adopt Sinhala as their ‘home’ language in the South. Why? Is it because of the atrocities committed by the LTTE ? Not a single Tamil politician raised his voice against these atrocities. Why? Because these affected Muslims are not Tamils!!!

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      The original Jews were an ethnic as well as a religious group. Modern Jews are mixture of many races, as they are descendants of the original Jews who fled and intermarried, however they are largely descended from the original Jewish population. Therefore being Jewish is an Ethnic and religious identity.
      The Druze and Copts are religious communities but they still call themselves as Druze Arabs or Coptic Egyptians ( The Coptic identity is far older than the Egyptian Arab identity that came much later and they still use their old language Coptic for religious purposes but now call themselves Coptic Arabs) As for the Yazidis it is a religious sect amongst the Kurds and they still strongly identify themselves as Kurds, speak Kurdish ( their religion is far older than Islam) This is the reason their fellow Muslim Kurds rose up to protect them against these Arab Salafist Sunni Islamic fundamentalist ISA.
      Like in Sri Lanka Islam came to South India through the Arabs, however the origin of the vast majority South Indian Muslims, like in Sri Lanka is not Arab, again like is Sri Lanka it is only a very small section of the population that has some Arab blood.
      This is like Christians in India and Sri Lanka claiming a European/Jewish heritage just because Thomas the Jewish apostle of Christ came to then Tamil Chera Nadu (Modern day Kerala ) and converted many Chera Tamils to Christianity(Modern day Syrian Christians in Kerala) and then got martyred in Chennai in modern day Tamil Nadu, or when later European Colonialists and missionaries later converted many Indian and Sri Lankans to Christianity. Just because they later left a very small part European Anglo Indian in India or Burghers in Sri Lanka numbering a few hundred thousand, does not mean the millions of Indian or Sri Lankan Christians are all now descended from European or Jewish heritage. The Sri Lankan Muslim claim to Arab descent is as stupid and flimsy as this. Showing a small microscopic minority of part Arabs as proof of Arab descent for the entire community is ludicrous. Even in South India from where more than 95% of their ancestors came from ( Not from Arabia) the Muslims of Kerala and Tamil Nadu identify themselves as Malayalees or Tamils with a small minority of them having some Arab ancestry.
      Many of the modern day Sinhalese Tamils have some European ancestry, however that does not make them European or the rest of the vast majority of Sinhalese and Tamils who do not have any European blood European.
      When the Arabs came to the then Tamil country of Chera Nadu ( Modern Day Kerala) and to the Chola and Pandian country . They did take some local Tamil women as their wives, Just like they did along the coastal parts of western Sri Lanka. However the descendants of these part Arab part Tamils numbered very few. The vast majority of the South Indian Muslims are low caste Dravidian Hindu converts to Islam. They are make up around 95% . Even the part Arabs heavily intermarried into these Dravidian Tamil Hindu converts. So that the so called Arab blood is now very very negligible. Just like in North India. Very few of the modern day North Indian Muslims are descended from the Mughal, Arab, Persian or other Central Asian invaders. Even if they are they are now only partially descended. The vast majority of the North Indian Muslims again are descended from low caste Hindu converts or Hindus who were forcibly converted to Islam, during the Mughal rule.
      When Tippu Sultan captured what is now Northern Kerala and parts of Tamil Nadu, he forcible converted hundreds of thousands of Hindus to Islam. Many upper caste Brahmins Nambiars Nairs Menons as well as other Tamil upper castes together with the lower castes were forcibly converted to Islam and forced to eat beef. This is the reason now northern Kerala especially the Kasorad area become an Islamic stronghold. Therefore when Tippu Sultan was defeated and killed by the British the Hindus in Kerala and parts of Tamil Nadu rejoiced and took revenge on the Muslim population in these areas. Especially in Kerala, where most of this forced conversions of Hindus took place. In Kerala it took a religious and ethnic colour. They did nothing to their own Malayalam speaking native Kerala Mappila Muslims,( may they could not as they largely lived as majority in their strongholds in northern Kerala) But took their revenge on the ethnic Tamil Muslims, whom they derogatively called Thullkans largely living in the southern parts of Kerala. It is these ethnic Dravidian Tamil Muslims who fled persecution from the Malayalee Hindus, and came to the island in wooden boats called Marrkallans are the ancestors of most of the modern day so called Sri Lankan Muslims.
      Sri Lankan Muslims families originally took Tamil Muslims caste names like Lebbe, Pitchai, Marrikar,( The former Tamil Muslim Indian president, Abdul Kalam who recently died was a Marikar) Rawther etc.
      The title Nainar commonly used by Sri Lankan Muslims like Nainar Marrikar is a pure Tamil word. Nainar in Tamil means a person of high standing or respect. The former Minister Mahmood’s family name was Nagoor Meera. Nagoor is the centre of Tamil Muslim culture in Tamil Nadu. This is the ancestral home place of most of these Sri Lankan Muslims, including the ones whose ancestors fled from Kerala, as they originally migrated from Nagoor to Kerala.
      Now all this is denied for a fake Arab origin. You can be a proud Muslim but that does not mean you spurn your real origin or culture to Shamelessly claim a fake Arab culture. Being Muslim does not mean being Arab. Just like being Christian does not mean being European or Jewish. Arab and later Indian traders and invaders spread Islam to many parts of the world, However none of these people who converted to Islam now claim an Arab or Indian/Turkish origin. They are proudly Muslims and Proudly Malay African Slavic.
      Tamils in Sri Lanka do not deny the Sri Lankan Muslims their religion, they are far above that. but we definitely despise them for denying their Tamil heritage language and culture and hating doing everything to destroy it by conniving with the Sinhalese racists( not ordinary Sinhalese) whilst claiming a fake Arab origin.

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        Paul, it is time someone told you that you descended from low caste Tamils, who in their shame of being humiliated for being of low caste, converted to Catholicism. The Portuguese priests also grabbed sexual favours when they made “family” visits to homes of the converted, including those of your ancestors, in exchange for government jobs.

        Paul, you will do well to drop your ‘holier than thou’, superior attitude, before you get stripped naked.

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          What makes you think I Am Catholic. I am not. I also belong to the highest Hindu caste.

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            Thank you very much Fun lover. The cat is now out
            of the bag !Paul says He’s UPPER CASTE HINDU !
            So concerned of LOW CASTE converts, your brothers ?
            What a pity !

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    If the Muslims wish to live as Muslims let them live as Muslims. That is their right particularly in the modern days when democratic rights are being more and more respected. So can the Sinhalese, Tamils or any other group identify themselves as they choose. Further, t,he issue of the identity of Muslims arose in a situation when the issue of the rights of the Tamil people came to the political stage and developed into a war. That issue was a part of the divisive political culture practiced by the old thinking politicians who were the cause of the tragedies of Sri Lanka. Muslims wer also sometimes times misled in that culture and they too suffered. Those event are bygone matters, a new political culture is in the process of developing at least since last 08th January 2015. Muslim thinkers such as Sideek have come forward to create awareness into the minds of the Muslims the need for the community to also be a part of the new political culture. His views in the circumstances to expose the misdoings of the outdated Muslim politicians is a worthy effort. Everyone’s thought must be directed to the expected good future and to be going round and round the tragic past.

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      We Tamils do not begrudge the Muslims to live as Muslims and have a separate identity however we despise them for lying about their real origins and creating a fake Arab identity that only a very small minority of them partially have. Even these part Arabs are more than 85% to 90% Tamil be heritage. Further we resent the way the Southern Colombo Muslim elite, for their own selfish power and political ends had brainwashed the Muslim masses to deny and disown their actual rich ancient Tamil Hindu identity. To hate it and to worship a fake Arab identity. The way the Muslims connive with the Sinhalese racists and armed forces to backstab their fellow Hindu and Christian Tamil, especially in the east and try to steal their land. The very same people who gave them refuge from European colonial and Sinhalese persecution. Only in Sri Lanka due to politics and to divide the Tamils by religion and regions has the Muslim population been made into a separate ethnic group instead of correctly being called Tamils who are Muslims . In any other country Islam and Muslim is a religion and not an ethnic group. Even in Pakistan formed for Indian Muslims. there is no such thing called a Muslim ethnicity. You get Punjabi Muslims. Sindhi Muslims Baloochi Muslims. Padsgtun Muslims. Memmons etc. Even is Bosnia the are called Slavic Muslims , denoting their European Slavic origin separating from the Albanian Muslims, and their language is Bosnian( a form of Serbo/Croat.
      Other than a few crumbs, largely gone to the Muslim elite have the Tamil speaking Si Lankan Tamil Muslims gained from backstabbing their fellow Tamils to the Sinhalese and denying their real Tamil origins and language. The Sinhalese have only used them to commit genocide on the Tamils and now are doing the same to them. The Arabs look down on them and correctly call them low caste South Asian converts and still treat them like dirt. Like the poor Muslim housemaid from Moothur who framed by her Arab masters and hanged. nobody likes them

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    I wish there is only one ‘ethnic’ group or ‘race’, which is the human race in Sri Lanka and in the world!

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    Dear Paul.
    You look one who hates Arabs and Muslims. This is one of dirty tricks of Christian missionary to divide people in line with cast. Why it is because, they cannot convert any single Muslim family into their religion of Christianity. In Sri Lanka we have seen a lot of Tamils and Sinhalese are converted into Christianity. That dirty trick does not work among Muslims:

    What is the problem if Sri Lankan Muslims hail from Arab, Tamil or Sinhalese? What is the problems for you about it? I know that unlike Sinhalese, Tamil people are cast oriented. Tamil Brahmans made People like slaves. Brahman for their personal interest divided people low cost and higher cast. There is no s such like that in humanity. Even Your Lord Christ tells that. Humanity is one family.
    Coming back to Tamil cast. Do you know Tamils are still divided into cast system? Thanks to Praba. He tried to wipe out it but could not do it. Tamils in North and East are divided in terms of families, cast, jobs they do and even in some part low cast did not go to high cast people’s schools. People are branded into many groups on the basis of what jobs they do? What religion gave such instructions to divide people?
    Brahmans for their selfish interest did not allowed low cast people to go to Brahmans houses, low cast are not allowed to eat or mix with high cast, let alone to marry or mix with them. This is psycho of Hindus in India and Sri Lanka. What a crime is this? What a racism is this? Even do today, they feel proud in doing so? That is why a lot of Indians who come to Europe prefer to marry other community people. This is social stigma. This division of people like this hurts people of people? Jaffna people feel that Baticaloa people are inferior to them in status? Which God said that? What lie is this? Upcountry Tamils are looked down by Jaffna Tamil or Baticaloa Tamils. Why is this? Which God said? Who have the authority to do this? It it but nothing a devil thought; this came from India to Sri Lanka? Indian community is divided like this. Low cast people cannot go to high cast people temples: They feel proud in this division of humanity?
    In modern world dividing people like this or humiliating people like this is a racism and it is worse than killing them all. Do not you read news or watch TV. Just a week ago. Indian websites published a shocking News. That is more than 50 Dalit families embraced Islam in front of Indian Parliament. Why is that? it is because, you and so called high class have divided people into high and low cast: There is nothing but devil thought whispered by your Satan in your head and from heads of some so called Brahman.
    God did not create people like this. If you do not know look at Islamic history? all over the world different tribes and ethnic groups embraced Islam: simply because it is only faith that does not divide people into low and high cast. (The most respect in the eyes of God among you are most pious among you) This is how Islam value people not from which family one is born: Do you have rights to choose your father or mother? You did not select your father or father or your complexion? What crime a child to blame him with low or high cast? It is your evil thought?
    Look in Islamic history that these converted Muslims become kings in India? India was ruled for 800 hundreds by Muslims. If you claim that all Muslim Rajas of Indians are from low cast, produce you historical evidences, if so, do you think people of India, would have approved it?
    In Islam there is no superior or inferior human beings; all are one and equal in the eyes of God: God pious are best among you: not your money or wealth, family linage or your tribes; in so called slaved of those time become in Kings: it is unimaginable in your Hindu culture. it is unthinkable in your divide and rule system: In your temple some low cast people as you claim are not allowed to go inside temples it is very sad some Buddhist always follow this system. You become Muslim next day to can go to most sacred Mosque in Islam and go into front line of mosque. You can pray next kings and president or rich man. There is no barrier. Only God knows what is in your heart and only God knows if you are good or bad? Only God knows if you are going get salvation next life or not. If you have a brave man? If you have manhood write an academic article with evidences. I could give you historical evidences to show how your Christian converted millions of your low caste Hindus into Christianity? But I do not believe in dividing people like you. Your evil thought tells you like. You look like an incarnation of that Devil thought.

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    Hi Balu sena

    No wonder your race of people are known as modayas the world over. “This silly fool Paul is distorting facts. History records that these Arab traders took Sinhalese women & NOT Tamil women as their keeps”. —If this statement is true , are you saying that ARAB+Sinhala = Tamil( muslims speak Tamil only) you idiot. no wonder your race is known as modaya race all over the world.

    You and people like you who wish to distort the Tamil, Tamil muslim history in the island of ceylon are pathetic liars . They are the desperate sinhala racist fools. The island of ceylon is part and parcel of Tamilnadu, go and see the nasa stellite map. Don’t believe in some mahavansa mythical stories. They are good for bed time stories for the mentally retarded Sinhala kids but even normal children these days will reject these as popy cock nonsense. A ten year old child with an inquiring mind will ask how come people in a small island barely separated by a small channel of water couldn’t have been peopled by the people from the mainland but people from many thousand miles away?. answer this truthfully you ignoramus fool?/

    Don’t live with the mythical Mahavansa mindset use your nodules in between your ears if you have any.

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    Dear DR.MYM Siddeek

    “If the Muslims are also Tamils, why did the LTTE expelled them from the North? If the MUslims are also Tamils, why did the LTTE massacred more then 100 Muslims in the Mosque in Kattankudy why they were praying, cowardly? If the Muslims are also Tamils, why did the LTTE surrounded the Muslims villages and killed innocent Muslims including pregnant women and children including the child in the womb ? The LTTE proved to the world the Sri Lankan Muslims are not Tamils by those atrocities. What is the need now to deny their ethnicity?”

    Sir, I am somewhat disappointed to note the above comments as part of your response to Paul’s post in the CT . I feel aggrieved particularly when it comes from someone of your ilk. Islam arrived amongst the Dravidians some 12 centuries ago or even a little earlier than that from about two centuries after the holy prophet’s time. The holy Quran was translated in to Tamil soon after wards. Dravidians i.e. Tamils, Malayalees, Telugus,kannadas etc embraced islam through marriage connections as well as through peaceful interaction with the Arabs. unlike in the North of India Islam was not spread in the South of India by sward but by peaceful indoctrination.

    I am a Tamil hindu who also reads the holy Quran for guidance and I ascribe to sufism . When Tamils have firm connections to islam for nearly 12 centuries and there is a vibrant Tamil islamic community in India, Srilanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and other parts of the world, your reference to atrocities allegedly committed by Ltte a Tamil terrorist/ militant group which came and went to this planet only for thirty years,-to disprove the ethnicity of the Tamil muslims is illogical and lacks in intellectual prowess.

    I agree with you when you say that Muslims in the Southern part of Ceylon speak arwi or arabic Tamil unlike the muslims in the Northeastern part of the country where they speak the standard Tamil. However, the fact the Southern Tamil muslims speak arwi doesn’t alter the fact that their ethnicity is Tamil mixed with a few percentage of arabic blood. The point Paul and I are making here is that the Arabic admixture of the Tamil muslims is so negligible and they can therefore be called Tamil muslims. By this I mean no offence to my Tamil Muslim brethren in Ceylon.

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      These people have been brainwashed by their selfish elite so much to hate their real origins and history and to worship a fake Arab history. They do not realise how old Tamil Islam and it extremely rich literary and poetic Sufi tradition. They have never been to the huge rich ancient Tamil Islamic centres in Nagoor and other parts of southern Tamil nadu from where their ancestors originally came from centuries ago. Now they are brainwashed to discard this rich ancient Tamil Muslim Sufi tradition and Islam that is so tolerant vibrant and rich and became pale imitations of fundamentalists Salafist Wahhabi Arabs and think this is great. This is because of all the funding from Saudi Arabia and Pakistan

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    Mr Paul has tried his best to divert attention of readership. This crafty converted man from Hinduism into Christianity is playing the game of tricks.
    Sri Lanka does not need such arguments. Rather people should be united as one family. Religion is a personal choice. let be any religious people, It is people right Paul tried to divert people attention from major issue.
    60% of Lankan live below poverty line?
    employment is high? No good health service. No good educational service?
    No good hospital for poor and needy.
    So many widows out of 30 years war.
    This Paul is trying catch fish out of this situation. Let him do it as long as he likes it. It is crafty nature of his theology and faith.

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      These dialogues can go on never-ending depending on the language fluency of the persons engaged but will not convey sensible messages to reader to enlighten him to contribute towards reconciliation and unity to live in peace and harmony which is the much wanted need of the day. It is in that context there is a serious need to bring to light the ugly politics of politicians whoever it may be. The article in that respect dealing with Muslim politicians is timely when there are good indications that the political scenario in Sri Lanka is moving towards progressive changes and, therefore, the need to take the Muslim community to be a part of the impending chages and away from their old political path shown to them by the majority of Muslims politicians. Discussing origins of the Muslims will not serve any useful purpose when the need is different.

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    Let us think and talk about the ways the Tamils, Sinhalese, Muslims and other Sri Lankan communities can come together and build up this beautiful small nation.

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      Exactly, and make Sri Lanka truly as Pearl of the East.

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