25 June, 2022


What’s Wrong With The Muslims Of Sri Lanka?

By Nishthar Idroos

Nishthar Idroos

Nishthar Idroos

Oh Muslims of Sri Lanka time is abundantly opportune for you to respond positively with a loud and clear message. Try and deafen ears with your choice for president in the forthcoming Presidential elections. Do try and come to your senses and reassert yourself with a bang. It’s enough you got slapped, punched, tied to trees, berated, intimated, coerced, disparaged and your modesty outraged. You continue to admire, adore, applaud, relish and cherish your own humiliation, ignominy, indignity and downfall. What’s wrong with the Muslims of Sri Lanka? You’re being duped, deluded, deceived and defrauded by everyone including your own Muslim politicians yet you know not what to do. Each one of those who claim to represent you is either working against you or busy negotiating kickbacks, compensations, recompense from individuals and faceless organizations. You simply have no idea. You think your vote matters yet there is no group more glaringly disenfranchised than the Muslims of Sri Lanka. Don’t you think your blind faith in people and a skewed political system has led you to a dead end possibly heralding your own gradual marginalization?

Sri Lankan Muslims protest after Friday prayers outside a mosque in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, April 27, 2012

Sri Lankan Muslims protest after Friday prayers outside a mosque in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, April 27, 2012

The other day a Buddhist friend made a moot point. He said “the irony is that the more you advocate Muslim unity the greater is your division” I had to agree with him 100%. This is plain and clear for all to see. We owe a token of gratitude for the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) for making this happen. They’ve given exemplary leadership to foster a morbid strain of disunity. Just look at how the SLMC has divided since its inception? It can certainly get into Guinness World Records. Splinter groups proliferating like puppies. Enamoured and enticed by plenitude. Lucre dangled with Pavlovian vigor by the exchequer or his deputies for industrial scale salivation. Leaders created overnight prostituting the term Muslim with absolute disregard. Willing to sacrifice the soul of the community for the right price. This is the palpable and indisputable reality. This is tantamount to both physical and moral nudity of the entire Muslim political leadership. They’ve become a bunch of crooks who would dare to effect horse trading close to the corpse of their Muslim brother. They would also not fail shed tears like those professional mourners from Negombo. They have no idea as to what constitutes principles, probity or moral rectitude. Muslims are crushed, agonized, aggrieved and humiliated by their own political leaders. The Muslims of Sri Lanka feel abandoned and betrayed by their own politicians. Can it get worse than this?

We’ve got a bunch of self-serving legislators elected by the people to serve themselves. This is the bitter truth. Please do not give into sanctimony. They are assiduously working for their self-aggrandisement, using various pretexts. Democracy does not mean you got to be everyone’s pawn. A wise guy once said Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people. Unfortunately the Muslims are taking a lot of bludgeoning not knowing the way forward. Enough is enough. Let the perpetual disappointment of representative democracy get a re-examination. Let a new leadership evolve uncorrupt and civilised, those who could resuscitate and restore the lost dignity of the Muslims of Sri Lanka. This calls for a new kind of leadership based essentially on strong faith and strong vision. Let’s get rid of the unprincipled, rapacious gluttons. Such a movement need not necessarily have any politicians or political patronage. It can be a grassroots movement willing to work with any political organization who can ably partner to uphold the dignity and integrity of the Muslims. Let’s follow a clear path based on these values and scale down. The following amply demonstrates the predicament of Muslims and why things have to change. Affirmative action today may yield a better tomorrow for the Muslims.

  • A group led by the most learned and most venerable Gnanasara was unleashed to destroy the Muslims, none were charged or punished. The destruction happened under the watchful eyes of the law enforcement.
  • Places of Muslim worship were purposefully destroyed and its premises contaminated with filth. Perpetrators went scot-free.
  • Another Buddhist monk called the most learned and most venerable Wirathu of Myanmar who killed hundreds of Muslims was brought to the land to intimidate the Muslims.
  • The modesty of the Muslim women was outraged by trying to undress them.
  • The noble and scientifically proven Halal concept was distorted and demonised.
  • Racism, vitriol and deafening profanity proliferated and flourished by courtesy of the most learned and most venerable Gnasekera.
  • Muslim businesses were systematically targeted and destroyed just for political gain.
  • The good name of Buddhism with its unrivalled history was terribly disfigured much to the consternation of discerning Muslims and enlightened Buddhists. All this ably aided and abetted by so called staunch Buddhists of princely heritage.
  • Trying to live a life based on Islamic principles became a huge challenge, whether it was praying the five daily prayers, fasting the month of Ramadan or just having children and increasing the family size.

Oh Muslims why don’t we sit and talk. Let’s make an attempt take a stock of the situation at the same time understand our religion well. For a Muslim the two are inextricably connected. These kinds of trials and tribulations are nothing new for the Muslims. Let’s list our legitimate grievances and seek solutions in an objective and pragmatic way. First and foremost Muslims must fully comprehend their purpose in this world. Our success will always come from Allah and not from a political personality or party. This is the genesis and nothing else can replace it. Our collective humiliation has been due to the inadvertent yet monumental neglect of this cardinal issue. We’ve been trusting people for far too long. Our purpose is clearly defined and delineated in the Quran: For the benefit of the non-muslim I am citing the exact verse of the Quran and its explanation. The creator of mankind said “I have created the jinn and humankind only for My worship.” (Quran 51:56) Thus, the essential purpose for which humankind was created is the worship of God (Allah).  Shaykh ul-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah (d. 728H) – rahimahullah – said: “Worship (Al-‘Ibadah) is obedience to Allah by following that which He ordered and upon the tongues of His Messengers. Worship (Al-‘Ibadah) is a comprehensive term covering everything that Allah loves and is pleased with – whether saying, or actions, outward and inward.”[Majmu’ al-Fatawa (10/149)]

Muslims today are scattered all over the world. Some live in Muslim countries others in non-Muslim countries. Democratization of the world is taking place at alarming rapidity. It’s dished out by the west with evangelical reverence. There is nothing Buddhist, Christian or Islamic about democracy. It’s essentially a distinct and integral part of the secular and west. No political system especially coming from the west can be supplanted in a third country without radical changes consistent with its values and social mores. Direct implanting has huge consequences especially when power is transferred to the wrong people. The current Presidential system is one such example. Professor Zhang Weiwei says that liberal democracy can either lead from euphoria to despair or euphoria to anarchy. How many Muslims in Sri Lanka had taken the trouble to study democracy in the light of Islam? There is a very clear command in the Quran to ask from those who posses’ knowledge if one does not. Our noble scholars time and time again have strived hard to clarify this for us. They’ve demonstrated clearly how one living in a non-Muslim country should conduct themselves in their day to day affairs.

Shaykh Salih al-Fawzaan a renowned scholar of Islam said, “… And as for elections [that are] well known [and implemented] today in various nations, then they are not from the Islamic order. Chaos, personal aspirations enter into them, as do greed and favoritism (bias). Tribulations and the shedding of blood result from them, and the desired goal is not attained by them. Rather, they are just a ground for bids (i.e. campaigns), buying and selling and false claims.” The personal aspirations Shaykh Fawzaan mentioned are the candidates’ desire and putting themselves forward for leadership and authority – an act the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) vehemently prohibited. Abu Musa narrated: Two of my cousins and I entered the apartment of the Prophet (Peace be upon him). One of them said: Messenger of Allah, appoint us rulers of some lands that the Almighty and Glorious Allah has entrusted to your care. The other also said something similar. He the prophet (peace be upon him) said, “We do not appoint to this position one who asks for it nor anyone who is covetous for the same.”  It’s extremely clear that the one who ask for positions in Islam is not obliged nonetheless in a democracy this is exactly what’s sought. In a democracy anyone and everyone regardless who they’re has the right to project his or her opinion and demand our vote. This is a calculated affront on the intelligence of the discerning.

Shaykh Al-Jabiree another Islamic Scholar added that Muslims should desist from taking part in this. The only exception to this is if Muslims were forced – meaning if they don’t vote, they would not receive any rights. In that case, they could select a pious, knowledgeable and wise man amongst them to speak on their behalf and look after their rights. Then he concluded by advising its better, saying, “But if the Muslims were patient upon the hardships and loss of their rights in the way of abandoning this innovated matter, it is better for them and more desirable. And Allah knows best.” The Muslims of Sri Lanka know best how many so called “pious, knowledgeable and wise men” took the Muslims on a ride. They improved their own economic position in great style. Finally another minority of scholars hold the view to work with anyone Muslim or non-muslim who commit to equity and fair-play for Muslims. They say the Muslims could work with those that are genuinely receptive to the legitimate needs and aspirations of the Muslims. Muslims can cooperate with such people and work together provided they do not prove treacherous. They’ll have to contractually guarantee the permanence of religious freedom and hindrance free access to observing all religious rights and hassle-free support for improving social infrastructure.

Now let’s examine the systematic and violent erosion of the much taunted democracy that Muslims are so gleefully rejoicing in paradise land. The most important pillar of Islam next to affirming the testimony of Monotheism is Salah (prayer). Non- Muslims all over the world have no idea what we Muslims do five times a day in congregation. We stand in front of the Creator of the Heavens and earth, acknowledging and extolling His Names and Attributes given by Himself and through the tongue of His Messenger. This is a solemn meeting. Muslim males pray five times a day in the mosque and females in their homes. It was the last will of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and the first act that we will be judged by on the Day of Judgement. A sincere and devout Muslim is meticulous to obey and observe these rituals. Unfortunately Muslims witnessed to their absolute horror dastardly acts of terror within the precincts of these very sacred places. Mosques were wantonly vandalised and destroyed by supposedly ultra-Buddhist elements with tacit support from those in power. The noble Quran was desecrated, ablution ponds contaminated and congregants shot and killed with impunity right under the eyes of the law. How could this happen? So much for religious freedom in Sri Lanka.

What’s indigestible is that these acts were purely aimed at appeasing one section of the populace at the expense of the other. The objective was cheap politics. To strike alignments and secure votes. Is there anything more despicable than this? With what kind of conscience can one catapult himself or herself electorally at the expense of blood-letting, death and destruction? Yet this was the truth and the attendant macabre reality. Muslims and other minorities were used as pawns. There is something excruciatingly “Benjaminian” about this sordid strategy. Benjamin Netanyahu the present Prime Minister of Israel employed a similar strategy to good effect. When he wanted to prop his electoral numbers he would precipitate unprovoked acts of belligerence that would merit a response from the so called terrorists from Gaza. Then he would unleash his killing machine with dire and bloody consequences. Muslims of Sri Lanka should not be allowed to be made pawns. Muslims should understand this vulgar strategy and hence exercise restraint and not fall prey to entrapments. How many Muslim leaders can seriously say that they tried to pre-empt such attacks. How many resigned from their positions, perks and privileges for the sake of Allah and for the sake of the community?

Freedom is our natural heritage boldly enshrined by our creator not by civilizations, empires, nations or their constitutions. The fundamental freedoms are freedom of expressionfreedom of religionfreedom of thoughtfreedom of belieffreedom of peaceful assembly, and freedom of association are all a part of our heritage to be used judiciously and with wisdom. Freedom obviously has limits and these limits must be clearly and legally demarcated. From a secondary point of view the Sri Lankan constitution also guarantees religious freedom, including the right to entertain religious beliefs as a person chooses the right to declare religious beliefs openly and without fear of hindrance or reprisal, and the right to manifest religious belief by worship and practice or by teaching and dissemination. A fundamental freedom theoretically applies to everyone in Sri Lanka yet Muslims are struggling to build a mosque, they’re struggling to start a religious school. How many Muslim politicians sincerely strove to resolve these issues? Mosques in Colombo and suburbs are overflowing, this is apparent on Fridays yet it’s a formidable task to build a new mosque. Leaving aside constructing new mosques Muslims are faced with the mundane task of safeguarding existing ones. This is the pathetic situation of minorities in this country! This has to change and Muslims can make it happen.

Never in the history of Sri Lanka did the Islamic dress code pose such a challenge. It’s been subject to such harsh ridicule and controversy. The present regimes antipathy to Islam and Muslims will be etched in bold letters and will not be forgotten for a long time to come. Hijab is a divine injunction and a religious obligation and is not negotiable. From the dawn of civilization, flowing dresses and headscarves have always been associated with Godliness or God consciousness. Even the Christian pictorial representation of their womenfolk bear familiar likeness to the dress ordained for Muslim men and women (e.g. Mary). This tradition of modesty is reflected in the Quran. Hijab on the Muslim woman to protect her from harm. This dress is for all women not just for Muslims. It was not designed by Ralph Loren or Kelvin Klein but by the Creator of humankind for their own safety and security. To look at one’s own religious or cultural history and then to pass a judgment against another religion is, on the milder side, an intellectual miscalculation, and, on the harsher side, outright cultural imperialism! When Europeans penetrated Africa a century ago, they found some tribes naked. They forced the tribes to wear clothes as mark of civilization. “Now those advocates of ‘civilization’ and their crusader partners are themselves discarding their clothes. How ironic?

The latest myth vigorously propagated in Sri Lanka is that Muslims are disproportionately breeding. Something not substantively corroborated. Latest census figures released by the Department of Census and Statistics paint a different picture. Why are elements in majority Buddhist quarters so concerned about our numbers? Don’t they know how to increase theirs? How absurd can this dialogue really get? In Canada where the writer lives mosques are becoming increasingly more commonplace. Women wear the niqab; there are growing debates about religious accommodations. True to the character and credo of Canada it is doing all it can to maintain the multi-cultural character of Canada. Most of the Islamic centres in Canada are becoming very crowded. Across the country, the Muslim population is growing at a rate exceeding other religions, according to Statistics Canada. It is even growing faster than the number of Canadians identifying as having no religion. I am yet to see a Canadian who has spoken against this growing trend. Maybe Sri Lanka has to do a lot of catching up.

The city of Toronto does all it can for Muslims to get their   religious obligations fulfilled. The Friday services are sometimes split in two so that local streets aren’t clogged with traffic. City officials and nearby residents work with Islamic centres to answer questions like where to put more parking etc. This is how Canada goes about building confidence with its people. It’s a confidence based on trust and respect. Muslims of Canada stand firm against all forms of extremism and radicalism yet when it comes to religious freedom there is no country like Canada to affirm the freedoms enshrined in the constitution.

Oh Muslims of Sri Lanka you alone know what you went through and you alone know which of the two candidates could best address your needs and aspirations. Do pay attention to what the true and trustworthy scholars have said about situations like yours. Understand well those who claim to represent you. A Muslim does not get tricked twice by the same gimmick. If you do bother to do your research you’ll find conclusively that the so called Muslim politicians always put their needs ahead of yours. Fear Allah as He should be feared. May Allah improve the condition and situation of the Muslims, Ameen. “Allah (Glorified is He) tells us in a very profound ayah (verse): Verily with hardship comes ease.‘ (Qur’an, 94:5).

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  • 9

    Good good., all this is infact true,
    but what is the so called Muslim leaders of youlrs ike Hakeems/Musthapas/Muzammils/Azwers/Fauzis are going other than going after the Satakaya which is Haram with the blood of the innocent Muslims killed in Aluthgama by the BBS goons?

    Even that dirty bastard called MADU-Madawa who sings those verses of ven S. Mahinda to arose the Buddhists after a bottle of whiskey was taken to Rajapaksa camp from JHU and this is the people that Musthapas are sleeping with and then ask us to prove if BBS is a product of the Rajapaksa regime.

    BBS is a creation of that Goat the white can killer and Muslims should chase these Rajapaksas if they need to live peacefully with other religions in Sri Lanka.

    • 11

      Hakeems/Musthapas/Muzammils/Azwers/Fauzis/ Bathudines etc…..

      I don’t think they are relevant to the Muslims. They have no self respect, shameless, opportunists. This is the time you take a decision and stand by it.

    • 1

      matilda, have you tasted some free buriyani offered by a nana?

    • 6

      Nishthar Idroos

      RE: What’s Wrong With The Muslims Of Sri Lanka?

      You can ask the same question from the other communities as well. They are in other communities as well.

      What’s Wrong With The Sinhal Of Sri Lanka?

      What’s Wrong With The Sinhala Buddhists Of Sri Lanka?

      What’s Wrong With The Sinhala Christians Of Sri Lanka?

      What’s Wrong With The Tamils Of Sri Lanka?

      What’s Wrong With The Tamil Christians Of Sri Lanka?

      What’s Wrong With The Tamil Hindus Of Sri Lanka?

      What’s Wrong With The Muslims Of Sri Lanka?

      They all have one thing in common. They have listened to extremists too much , it was the extremists, who do not value humanity, law and order for their own self-interest ,is the core problem.

      This election is about Democracy Vs, Dictatorship.

      It should be independent about communities.

      • 7

        Stop drinking licomalt like the croak_et crazy islands.
        West Indies/Ceylon (agricultural economy still geared to west)

        Is democracy just majority rule of the begging bowl half/half animal??

        Wealthy women have rights in every country. And poor women don’t.
        Common sense, in so far as it exists, is all for the bourgeoisie.
        Nonsense is the privilege of the aristocracy.
        The worries of the world are for the common people.

        From Picture Book Island to 66 years of Sinhala Buddhist Rule –
        Amma natnam Tatthi Stupid Sinhala Buddhist Scum Rule-

        Please don’t tear this world asunder
        Please take back This fear we’re under…..

        Hillary Clinton could say she was a woman and running for president.
        And Sarah Palin could say she was a woman and running for vice-president.

        But Obama couldn’t say, ‘I’m black and I’m running for president.’
        It couldn’t come out of his mouth.
        He couldn’t say that because, if he did, he’d lose votes.

        Native of West Indies= Arawak
        The rest are the slaves from Christopher C to British took (West Africa DNA)

        Natives of Ceylon = Veddha
        The rest are the slaves/hora oru from Vasgoda G to British took (South India DNA)

        If a country doesn’t recognize minority rights and human rights, including women’s rights, you will not have the kind of stability and prosperity that is possible.

        Democracy is still a radical idea in a world where we often confuse images with realities, words with actions.

      • 0

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      • 0

        It is wise That You did not Ask;

        What’s Wrong With The Buddhists Of Sri Lanka?.

        As you are an Atheist, who does not believe in Buddhist philosophy
        Because I think that You know the Buddhist of Sri lanka,
        [Not Mal Watti Buddhists]
        are a community of well behaving, caring of society, Respecting Other’s beliefs,and Followers of a real philosophy.

    • 3

      Nishthar Idroos –

      RE:What’s Wrong With The Muslims Of Sri Lanka?

      Nothing. Thank you for the write up.

      You should ask the question What’s Wrong With The Sinhala Buddhists Of Sri Lanka? Monk Mahanama of Mahawansa?

      Why. The problems of Sri Lanka are independent of the presence or absence of Muslims in Sri Lanka, even though the Yonas, the Greeks, the Persians, Arabs and North Indians were trading and were present well before Islam.

      Anyway, you Should Include your points in a Phamplet, Common Sense Phamplet for Sri Lanka Muslims, 2014, just like the Common Sense Phamplet of Thomas Paine of 1776.

      Then have it in Sinhala, Tamil and English, and let it be read for a long time preserved for posterity.



      As a long and violent abuse of power, is generally the Means of calling the right of it in question (and in Matters too which might never have been thought of, had not the Sufferers been aggravated into the inquiry) and as the President of Sri Lanka hath undertaken in his own right, to support the Parliament in what he calls theirs, and as the good people of this country are grievously oppressed by the combination, they have an undoubted privilege to inquire into the pretensions of both, and equally to reject the usurpation of either.

  • 11

    This article should be translated into languages that ordinary Muslims understand and widely distributed among them.

    Sengodan. M

  • 4

    Oh Muslims why don’t you sit, talk and get lost forever?

    then we can live happily in this country

  • 1

    [Edited out] you’ll always be 3rd class citizen in SL. option is with you to have your freedom…

  • 2

    Muslims have a choice between ‘Dunya’ and ‘Akhira’ and the non Muslims choice is between ‘Family Rule’ and ‘Change’. ‘Family Rule’ once again will destroy Buddhism through their own creation of the radical Bhikkus aka BBS. A society whose citizens refuse to see and investigate the facts, who refuse to believe that their government and their media will routinely lie to them and fabricate a reality contrary to verifiable facts, is a society that chooses, DESERVES the Dictatorship it is going to get.

  • 4

    Tamils be aware and be careful of danger and the continued deceit.

    Even 5 years after Mullaivaikkal, there is nothing for the Tamils to vote for in this election, and don’t be caught in the long term “collateral” damage that is coming.

    Let the Singhalese decide their future, if they want to live and let live in a united or divided Sri Lanka.

    It would be good political strategy for all Tamils (Hindus, Christians, Muslims, Colombo Tamils, NorthEast Tamils and Upcountry Tamils) to abstain and keep out of this presidential election. Heads they win, Tails we lose.

    MR is wobbly in the IC ring, the weakest link, and through them we can force and achieve our liberation.

    If we are honest to ourselves, to our conscience, and if we want a permanent political solution to our aspirations to our Homeland, to live in peace and with dignity, and for our future generation to maintain our culture, our heritage. our religions and to prosper in a united Sri Lanka, we need to force a structural change in the constitution and implant it into the majority Sinhala thinking.

    Without our combine votes, hopefully both will not achieve 50% plus one. It will force a second round and both need to negotiate and concede to our basic human rights and Tamils aspirations, such as de -militarization, devolution of police, land and financial powers to the NPC and EPC, release all Tamils prisoners in police and army custody, open all doors to the UNHRC investigation team and to international media, stop land grab and structural colonization, allow displaced Tamils to return to their own homes and farms, and call for a UN conducted referendum within 3 years for the Tamils to decide their future destiny.

    By exercising our right to abstain, non-involvement, both candidates will lose, Sri Lanka and Tamil Eelam will win. This election is for the Sinhalese to learn and correct their wrongs. Keep out of it.

    MR will win by hook or by crook, he had said so. Postpone of the election, a Coup or a Martial Law is likely, if there is going to be a massive swing against him.

    Or if he loses, he will continue until his current term expires in two years’ time, and if he wins, his term will commence after the expiry of the current term in two years’ time. Again heads he wins, tails we lose as Tamils in Sri Lanka. The politics, army and the Supreme Court is under his control. Why would he give up a lucrative family business?

    Now, as suggested by some, the Tamils should use their democratic right and vote for the Common Candidate to change the Globe, without any “returns” or assurances for the Tamils, and if MR wins, then what? 1983?

    Will the UN organize an “invasion” to safe the Tamils?

    Don’t be fooled again and again.

    Manicka Vasagar

    • 5

      Don’t be fooled again and again.!! WhoooHooo?? village gospel
      this is the national for a seat at the royal Ascot next to HMS.

      ¬Without our combine votes, hopefully both will not achieve 50%
      plus one. It will force a second round and both need to negotiate
      and concede ¬Good reasoning but poor stratagy.

      “to abstain and keep out of this presidential election.”
      You would be thrown to jail in a democracy for uttering
      those words `don’t vote`- your village terror is showing.

      (you dont need to tell a muslim which horse to back they ran
      them all till M/s jailed them and stole it for Sihala Buddhist
      as Turf Accounts.

      You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.”
      but there is pride in what we do with our sovereignty
      which the satayaka has hijacked.

      rather visit the booth like kings/queens/spiders/pandas etc
      that is the feeling of universal franchise we got in 1932
      for all yes all ethnicities from the British Raj.

      all politicians speak the truth and sandwich them with lies!!

      66 years of Sinhala Buddhist Rule –Amma natnam Tatthi Why So??

      From a picture book island to No Halal…to arson,
      the worse is yet to come.

      Satakaya Hato!

      Mara Maitri, Modi Moot Maro||;)

  • 3

    The Muslim Community jumped to bed with the Govt and got hammered.

    The Tamil’s have no respect for you, they say you can’t be trusted. The Sinhala community thinks, What ?

    Your political leaders are useless, feathering their personal nests, your community be damned.

    Look at your buggers still in the Govt; don’t they have any shame ? and what will you do about it, vote the same lot back ?

    • 1

      People of other religions in Sri Lanka watch with horror about what has
      happened in neighbouring Maldive Islands – where once lived those
      professing other faiths also. It is now forced into 100% Islamic with Sharia, to boot. We naturally don’t want this terrible fate to befall on the people of many faiths in this island. Look at what has so far happened to Batticaloa.

      The treachery the author describes taking place between Muslim politicians for their personal gain, in the name of their religion,
      is clear example of what is in the BOOK and what is practised on its name. Surely for nearly 9 decades there was no serious trouble to Muslims here. The trouble began only when they went beyond acceptable limits.


      • 0

        Thanks for your response RJdeS.

  • 0

    I think the Muslims know quite well how corrupt their leaders are and do not follow their lead in general. However, in the east it is difficult to ignore them because one needs to go through them to get anything from a birth certificate or passport done.

    The Muslims at large never formed the SLMC or ACMC. The characters who created these entities chose to follow the CWC model so they can be personally benefited. That is true until today.

    Badiuddin is an uneducated lowlife who thinks his suits cover up for his emptiness. Last week he was trying to get MR to sign off on an agreement that would have created a headache with BBS and Gammanpila. Obviously MR ignored him and here we are today seeing him at Sri Kotha

  • 0

    With due respect to all the scholars whom you have quoted in this article, Muslims in Sri Lanka has a duty towards the state – a civic duty – to vote in this Presidential election. No matter what the leaders of various Muslim political parties advocate Sri Lankan Muslims should vote for a candidate who will uphold the democratic tradition of this country and will revive the rule of law.

    Muslim politicians always act with vested interests whether they are in the Government or opposition. It is their livelihood, their profession and they have to make the best out of their position for wealth, power and survival. Political affiliation is inevitable for any Sri Lankan. However, a true Muslim will cast his vote with conscience and for the better future of his country and community.

    This is the guiding principle for the sake of humanity as well as religion.

  • 0

    BBS is there to protect the Buddhist religion as Buddhism is the religion of the majority.The Aluthgama,Dharga Town aad Beruwela incident is unfortunate.We can’t blame BBS directly.There is religious freedom in Sri Lanka as enshrined in the constitution. The problems between the Buddhist and the Muslims have long existed.It can’t be solved overnight.

    • 1

      how can a bunch of priests who themselves doesnt follow the buddhist principles can protect buddhism in srilanka? ( drinking and driving and hitting a man , spreading false information about muslims- muslims spit on the fud before serving it in restuarants, no polite way of speaking but shouting with slang etc.. I think all these are away from buddhism !!)

      • 0

        About a bunch of priests,I don’t deny there may be one or two but these are isolated cases.We should listen speeches made by members of BBS in a positive way.No way they have ask to attack their Muslim brothers and sisters.Buddhism is a religion of peace.

  • 0

    Thought-provoking views which every Muslim in Sri Lanka should consider in the present circumstances excepting the following –

    ‘No political system especially coming from the west can be supplanted in a third country without radical changes consistent with its values and social mores. Direct implanting has huge consequences especially when power is transferred to the wrong people. The current Presidential system is one example’.

    If the above is said in the context of the Presidential system in Sri Lanka, it is my humble opinion that it is in correct. Firstly the Sri Lankan system is not one that is totally in practice in leading countries like the USA and France where, although the President is allowed to exercise certain powers he cannot do so outside the ambit of the laws that regulate the use of such powers. There are institutions to which the President is answerable if he acts disregarding such laws. The Watergate Issue on which President Nixon was impeached is a good example. The system in Sri Lanka is a distorted version of the system functioning in the leading Western countries by which the President is given absolute executive powers in the event of the abuses of which the Parliament, which consists of elected representatives of the people, too cannot question. This difference between the Presidential systems prevalent in the West and what now in place in Sri Lanka should taken note of.

    • 4

      “Sri Lanka is a distorted version of the system “

      for once i heard sense or may be this is just one of those things.

      Even your religions, caste, ethnicities, are all distorted because because all yes all you 2 legged are hora oru/kallathoni (check your dna its all from east to west of south indian )at one time or the other therefore i notice the incessant bleating about colonial rule which left us with a picture book island- its called greedy nationalist animals. There is no point listening to scum historians when DNA and touching places in india proves it.

      Democracy is a European concept. Democracy is charity for all (father forgive them for they do not know what they do- when you cross the limit you can die too- puta madare terrorists)not begging bowl culture or giving charity only to Islamic sharia law no interest (get % in the sly if caught chop the hand animal).

      Democracy is still a radical idea in a world where we often confuse images with realities, words with actions.

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    Shaykh Salih al-Fawzaan and Shaykh Al-Jabiree may a good scholars. But they said people in west should migrate to Muslim countries if they can’t do Islamic rituals in those countries and they protect Non-Muslim countries are Darul hard.
    They may be good Scholars and yet, their thoughts are formed and shaped in the social environment thy are living in? do not try to copy them into Sri Lanka. They do not know our issues and our problems: to copy their ideas to our problem will be stupid thing. Let me consider your argument now. They said voting is Haram. Then tell how four righteous caliphs were elected: They used their methods to select people and now we could have our own systems; It is just means and not objective. As you if voting is Haram as you claim based on these scholars verdict tell 2 million Muslims to boycott election? IS it practically possible today? what would be consequences?
    Today, Islam is more practiced in Western countries than Muslim countries
    In Islamic countries Muslim scholars do not have freedom to write, freedom to preach, freedom to speak and yet, they claim Islamic state by chopping hands of some thieves or beheading some poor Asians. yet, Kings, Princes and royal family loot billions and escape any punishment
    Tell me where did kingship or princess come from? It it from Quran or prophetic methods, it is pure secular political system created from Romans, Greek and then English and these Arabs copied them or you could tell these are created by British one oil discovered in Arabia: The Shaykh Salih al-Fawzaan and Shaykh Al-Jabiree will not talk about this, They do not have any clue about Islamic politics Because for them Prophet Muhammad Was just a religious figure who came to destroy SHIRK AND BIDA: HE was not a ruler, not judge and not Imam of Ummah: FOR them politics is not from Islam: As same in Christianity in which politics and religion are two different things:
    For these Scholars Migration to Medina or establishment Islamic state over there is nothing but symbolic. For them Political struggle of prophet is not sunnah: Just a history:
    You copy them without knowing the relevant of their ideas to our Sri Lankan contexts as minorities. These Shaykh Salih al-Fawzaan and Shaykh Al-Jabiree would have changed their verdict had they lived with us.

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      Agreed with Dr Nass. It would be advisable not to quote these eminent scholars out of context when writing an article in political perspective at different geographical location.

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      Look at the generality of what the scholars have said. The writer does not in any way declare the conclusiveness or universal acceptability or application of the views expressed by the scholars. Democracy is alien to Islam and that’s undeniable and well captured in the article.

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    A thought provoking article (or is it an exhortation?). Nevertheless the writer seems to have been hard-pressed to provide any practical guidance therein. The “leading” Muslim countries are no paragons of virtue either. The scholars quoted in the article are giving advice for their own local societies. Sadly, as foretold in the Quran, in this day and age Muslim societies are generally not ruled by “muslim rulers”, but imitations of them, who are in reality infidels and imposters. Look at the so-called leading Islamic Nation. An examination of the actual implementation of the Saudi socio – economic – legal system will show that the Trinity of the Royal Family, the so-called Sunnah concocted 300+ years after the death of the Prophet by the Islamic Empire, and the Riyal, is sovereign, not Allah.

    Sri Lanka Muslims have a difficult time: not due to any instrinsic hostility they evoke in the majority Sinhala Buddhist community. It is the result of the majority politicians taking advantage of the “fear of the unknown” and brainwashing the majority to do harm to the Muslims. They are enormously helped by the fact that the majority speak only Sinhala. As a result the average Sinhala Buddhist is unexposed, unexposable, and deprived of a balanced “world” view. Their poverty also stands in the way of consciously acquiring knowledge that is available through the English language from the medium of the internet. From 1962, when English Medium education was deprived to the Sinhala youth, successive Sinhala governments have striven to keep the “frogs” confined to their dark well. Regardless of the continuation of Rajapaksa in politics, no doubt, succeeding politicians too will inexorably continue in the same vein.

    Muslim may find temporary relief if the Rajapaksa regime is replaced by the Common Alliance. They may find a little dignity in the space that is required for the Common Alliance to find their feet. There is a small possibility that the institutions of good governance, that lay strangled under the Rajapaksa regime, may be brought back to life. However there is no guarantee of their continued existence. The pervading political philosophy of the Buddhist majority appears to be “let us keep the best for us, and permit them to take what we do not need”.

    Muslims may opt for one of two courses of action available.

    They may support the Common Alliance, trusting, more likely hoping, the Common Alliance will restore judicial, fiscal, administrative, and police institutions with strong legal guarantees to function independently of the Executive. That will work for the benefit of all the citizens of the country.

    Or they may take the view of the Tamil diaspora, who are hoping that Rajapaksa remain in power, which will destroy Sri Lanka as a respected member of the comity of nations. The vocal Tamil diaspora, are largely living well overseas, and what they want is revenge from the Sinhala Buddhists.

    A Muslim who has accepted the Quran for guidance has only one option though: to strive and pray for the improvement of the society in which he lives. It may help to remember that Allah is merciful. If he chooses that path he will support the Common Alliance.

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    Your comment……You should ask the question Whats wrong with the Sinhala Buddhists of Srilanka? Monk Mahanama of Mahavamsa.
    The Mahavamsa laid the foundation for Sinhala-Tamil disunity.The Benificiary of that conflict was the Muslim.

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      Another Tamil Tiger terrorist!

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    Your outburst is in the realms of Rheoterical extravagance.It will be useful if you care to read two Articles given below.

    1] The Dutugemunu-Elhara

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    Your outburst is in the realms of Rheoterical extravagance.It will be useful if you care to read two Articles given below.

    1] The Dutugemunu-Elhara Episode by Prof.W.I.Siriweera

    2]Sinhala-Tamil relationships in the 19th century.by Prof.C.R.de Silva.
    Both these Gentleman are eminent Historians trained in the tradition of Prof.Paranavithana and Prof.G.C.Mendis.
    The aforesaid Articles formed the basis of my commentthat the Mahavamsa laid the foundation for ethnic strife. Cheers.

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    apart from the dirty fellows, like Rauf(the rapist) Fowzie, Faiser, Mowlana & Aswer the grave worshippers, there are these lick-spittle lebbes calling themselves Jamiyathul Ulema while they know nothing about religion, voluntarily joined Rajapakse’s delegation to Geneva, actually created all the problems to the innocent muslims of Sri Lanka for their petty personal gains. Muslims should take note of this and reject these rogues.

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    all of us must understand that the sri lankan Muslims are very dangerous and ever since they have come to sri lanka the problems started, with our brother community tamils, the king Elara and other great tamil kings ruled sri lanka with just and equality, muslims made a division by exploiting small problems wit in our communities for their own benefits . tamils are straightforward people and muslims do not have a language their own in sri lanka, the world is a better place without musulims.

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