27 November, 2022

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Why We Should Boycott Halal Products?

By Kasun Adikari

Kasun Adikari

“Do not go upon what has been acquired by repeated hearing; nor upon tradition; nor upon rumour; nor upon what is in a scripture; nor upon surmise; nor upon an axiom; nor upon specious reasoning; nor upon a bias towards a notion that has been pondered over; nor upon another’s seeming ability; nor upon the consideration, ‘The monk is our teacher.’ Kalamas, when you yourselves know: ‘These things are bad; these things are blameable; these things are censured by the wise; undertaken and observed, these things lead to harm and ill,’ abandon them.”- Kalama Sutta: The Buddha’s Charter of Free Inquiry

Introduction

Violence in the name of religion has become the predominant model for politics in the modern world. In the present context, has increased in its frequency, scale of violence, and national reach in Sri Lanka.  Too much emphasis is wrongly placed among the majority on various aspects on the practice of other religions especially on the concept of halal. It’s telling that more verbal and political energies are being channelled to create anxiety about this.

The purpose of this article is to provide a basic understanding on the concept of halal and how it operates internationally, to people from my own community since they often tend to be provided with inaccurate, lacking and sometimes simply fabricated facts of the same. Hence, right understanding of the concept may help to alleviate vague or poor understandings and in some way enhance peaceful relationship between Sinhalese and Muslims which we have been maintaining it for more than thousand years without any cracks.

What is halal?

Twenty years back when I was reading for my first degree at University of Moratuwa, I raised this question to one of my batch mate and now it is at the heart of a controversy for the majority Sri Lankans.

Oxford dictionary defines ‘halal’ as ‘religiously acceptable according to Islamic law.’ The word halal refers to anything that is considered permissible and lawful under religion. Muslims are supposed to live their lives by this concept, with its connotations of cleanliness, integrity and self-restraint. The opposite of this word is haraam. The term halal is widely used to designate food seen as permissible according to Islamic law. In fact, it refers to permissible behaviour, speech, dress, conduct, manner and dietary. In a Muslim’s life, every aspect of life is regulated by Islamic law; therefore, the Halal-Haraam dichotomy almost always applies to everything, and Muslims make sure they understand what is what since saying or doing Halal will lead to Paradise and Haraam to Hell.

Halal Foods

Halal foods are foods that Muslims are allowed to eat under Islamic dietary guidelines. The criteria specify both what foods are allowed, and how the food must be prepared. Why Muslims want halal foods at all? “the logic behind this is that remaining blood in the body may become polluted and harmful to humans”.

The foods addressed are mostly types of meat. In order to be halal, permitted animals must be slaughtered according to prescribed methods of slaughtering (halal slaughtering), which emphasised on the aspects of hygiene, health, safety and humane treatment.  A study conducted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Humane Society International concluded that the animals that are slaughtered according to halal method complies with the hygiene and environmental health issues and halal  meat should be labelled when it is put on sale, so that members of the public can decide on the choice.

Halal Certification

Halal is not only concern on meat foods, it emphasise that Muslims must ensure that all foods, particularly processed foods, pharmaceuticals, and non-food items like cosmetics, are also halal. Frequently, these products contain animal by-products or other ingredients that are not permissible for Muslims to eat or use on their bodies.

Halal certification tells Muslims that their ingredients and production methods have been tested and declared permissible by a certification body (i.e., internationally or locally recognised halal certification bodies certifies the product as halal, preferably with a trademarked and unique symbol). It also allows companies to export products to most Middle Eastern countries and South East Asian Countries.

Since the introduction of halal certification, many mainstream manufacturers, especially pharmaceuticals, prepared foods, and other products, as well as hotels, restaurants, airlines, hospitals, and other service providers have pursued the halal market. These companies purchase halal-certified products.

International Perspective

Halal Food Authority (HFA) is one of the UK’s largest regulators of halal foods. HFA is well established, both within the halal slaughter and wider food industry. Today, from Kelloggs cereals to KFC; from ASDA to British Airways, the HFA logo can be found on food products declaring them to be approved as halal.

The oldest and most well-known halal certifier in the United States is called the ‘Islamic Services of America’. In 2011, ‘Halal Products Certification Institute’ was established in California and became the first worldwide corporation that certified halal consumer products such as cosmetics, personal care products and perfumes & fragrances. The institute was established by Islamic intellectual scholars and Muslim scientists to assure the dissemination of halal consumer products.

Also in Europe, several organizations have been created over the past 20 years in order to certify halal products. A survey recently published by a French association of Muslim Consumers (ASIDCOM) shows that the market of halal products has been developed in a rapid way.

In South Africa, most chicken products have a halal stamp. The South African National Halal Authority (SANHA) issues certificates and products bearing this logo range from water, snacks, and even meat-free products (which may contain non-halal ingredients). The South African National Halal Authority also licenses the usage of the Halal logo in restaurants where the food is halal in addition to no alcohol or pork products being served.

McDonald’s and Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) have been declared to be halal in most of the countries. In the United Kingdom, China, Malaysia or Singapore, halal fried chicken restaurants having thousands of outlets serve halal foods, such as the ChicKing Fried Chicken, Brown’s Chicken, and Crown Fried Chicken companies.

Also, in New York City there are numerous halal food carts in business which serve gyros, chicken platters, and other halal fast foods, whereas in Europe, there are many of halal certified Doner kebab shops. Very recently, twelve stores in the Mary Brown’s chain in Ontario and Alberta became 100% halal.

Thailand and Philippines also has a noticeable population of Muslims and halal meat shops country wide. Within the People’s Republic of China, which has a sizable Muslim minority population, halal food is known as ‘Qingzhen’ means ‘pure truth.’

Charges justifiable?

Almost all the halal certifying institutions around the world incorporated as non-profit organisations and they are categorised under service sector. Besides, Halal certification is a long and meticulous process that requires investment in expertise, equipment and manpower. Therefore, organizations certify halal products are compelled to charge a fee to meet their expenses. Like any other certification process, halal certification also has a management cost involved. For example, when a company obtains the quality standard, the system standard or the risk management standard certification, it is charged for various costs with regard to logistics, communication, human resources, professional services and consultation fees. In addition to that, halal certifying institutions has to bear the costs in relation to  technological testing and research, human resource costs as they are obliged to maintain a dedicated team of food scientists, administrators, Halal auditors and a large team of supervisors based at certified plants.

Conclusion

From the above, it appears that the concept of halal has a global recognition and is wider in its scope. Specifically as far as Muslims are concern, the concept of halal is embedded with their day to day life and is considered as one of the significant aspects of practicing there religion.

As Buddhists, we must know how to regard other religions and their practices as we belong to the religious group that accepts and appreciates the reasonable teachings of every religion.   Buddhists can also tolerate the practices of other religious, cultural traditions and customs, although they may not necessarily wish to emulate them.

In other words, Buddhists respect the other man’s views and appreciate other practices without harbouring any religious prejudices. If there are certain Buddhists who feel they are unable to appreciate the ways of other religious practices, then the least they could do is to maintain their silence and refrain from any undue criticism: this attitude is very important for peaceful co-existence. If we study the teachings of Buddhism, then we can understand the basis of our religion and our attitude towards the other religions. To practise a religion we must be honest, sincere, truthful and kind to others: we must avoid deceit and cruelty: and in our relation with others we must be broad-minded.

According to the Buddha, if we adopt aggressive and violent methods to solve our problems, we cannot find the real solution to overcome them. No doubt, we can suppress some troubles and temporarily win the battle as long as our opponents remain weak. But when our opponents get the chance, they will not keep quiet and will not forgive us.   Therefore, if we act with violence, we can never find lasting peace.   This is why the Buddha once said:  “Hatred is never ended by hatred, but only by loving-kindness.”  Buddha also said:  “It is not that I quarrel with the world but the world quarrels with me.  A  teacher of truth never quarrels with others.

Accordingly, non-violence is at the heart of Buddhist thinking and behaviour. Nothing in Buddhist scripture gives any support to the use of violence as a way to resolve conflict. One of Buddha’s sermons puts this very clearly with a powerful example that stresses the need to love your opponent no matter how cruelly he treats you:

“Even if thieves carve you limb from limb with a double-handed saw, if you make your mind hostile you are not following my teaching.”Kamcupamasutta,  Majjhima-Nikkaya I – 28-29

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    except ambewela yourget others are halal.

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    THANK YOU FOR ENLIGHTENING US. AT LAST I FOUND THE FOLLOWER OF THE
    BUDDHA’S DHAMMA, I WAS LOOKING FOR.

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    Thank you for a well structured, well informed article.

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      I would also like to know your views on the following,

      Halal in all aspects ensures to a Buddhist that the product they are consuming is free from Animal ingredients EXCLUDING meat products (which is anyway HARAM (not Allowed) for Buddhists), the general theory presented by BBS regarding this is why do you need Halal for water and paint brushes and few other items like that. JAT Holdings one of the manufacturers of the so called Halal Brush gave a good explanation regarding this, majority of the brush manufacturers today use Hog hair for the bristles JAT Holdings (a Buddhist owned establishment) went on to explain that this is not acceptable even to Buddhists (I am sure you agree), with regard to water it is a known fact charcoal derived (by incinerating) from Animal bones is used in the purification process which I am sure is not acceptable even to Buddhists

      Do you agree with me on this? As such is not halal/haram (allowed/not allowed) becomes a common interest for both Buddhists and Muslims alike excluding of course meat products. Why not have a joint certification body that represents both the communities (Buddhists & Muslims), and looks after concerns of both communities that will be a worlds first.

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        Arsath,

        There is nothing Restricted for Buddhists,.
        Only thong is not suitable for a noble humane to consume, eat,or or use as they sinful.

        But For Muslims, Quran says, it is permissible to kill,

        But in Buddhist Philosophy it is not permissible or allow for killings and other sins..

        As Mr Kasun Adhikari Quote From Lord Buddha’s Teachings in Suttas,
        “””when you yourselves know: ‘These things are bad; these things are blamable; these things are censured by the wise; undertaken and observed, these things lead to harm and ill,’ abandon them.”-

        Kalama Sutta: The Buddha’s Charter of Free Inquiry”””
        And
        Again He Quotes:
        ““Even if thieves carve you limb from limb with a double-handed saw, if you make your mind hostile you are not following my teaching.”- Kamcupamasutta, Majjhima-Nikkaya I – 28-29”

        That is Enough For Us, laymen Buddhists , Muslims, Christians, Hindus or any Philosophy follower to understand and follow, if one willing to accept.

        We Expect all living being to be Enlighten from Buddhas’s teaching and Attain NIBBHANA.

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          Dear Julaampitiye Amaraya,

          Thank you for your kind clarification, Buddhism is truly a path of Ahimsa that is unquestionable. Yes Quran does say it is permissible to kill for the purpose of food and self-defense. Many a times the Quran verses that call for killing are misquoted/or quoted out of context, it is ONLY permissible for the purpose of self-defense and food. I wish people of all ethnicity would think like you, I quote Kasun and you,

          “Even if thieves carve you limb from limb with a double-handed saw, if you make your mind hostile you are not following my teaching.”- Kamcupamasutta, Majjhima-Nikkaya I – 28-29″

          Today the way the so called Buddha Putras behave in this context is not acceptable to any Buddhist or for that matter anyone who is peace loving, Buddha never preached “Sinhala Buddhism” which is constricted rather he preached “Buddhism” which is universal and accommodating everyone.

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          Namo Buddha, meththa karuna and everything associated. But change your name.

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            The above comment is for julampitiye amare.

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          Julampitiye amare

          It seems Sharmini Madam has done her wok well on you , but you must improve your English more, to be effective. Good keep up the good work, as I said in my other reply change your name too.

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          AMARAYA

          I wish to raise a simple question to you. can you classify the living and the dead for me? if you would say that all human and animals are the living beings then what do you call the plants, trees and all other things which grow on soil? they do have life too. better not kill them.

          as for me, what you propose is that it’s not permissible to kill an able child who can talk,walk and who is activity to do anything and to kill the disabled child who cannot talk,walk and who looks lifeless. the description is related to lively animals and plants respectively.

          with all due respect to the teachings of Lord Buddha, who we muslims believe that he could be a prophet of us.i would like to say that there is a depth meaning in every word that these great people quote. the Buddhist philosophy says that it is not permissible to kill and do other sins. In relative terms. Lord Buddha did eat meat but only if the animal was not killed for him. He did emphasize non-violence, but not to the extent done in Jainism.There is no strict rule in Buddhism that the followers of the Buddha should not take fish and meat. The only advice given by the Buddha is that they should not be involved in killing intentionally or they should not ask others to kill any living being for them.

          I raise another simple question to you. to all those people who oppose about slaughter, including your self, tell me if you have really not had any meet in your life? and if you are following the right reaching of Lord Buddha as for what you quote? ask your own self! the reality is, that these issues are been pulled up just to bring violence within the community. it’s evident. it’s not about halal, it is not about slaughtering, it is not about hijab. it’s about muslims. id not be surprised if these extremists would come up with something else that muslims do, just to create chaos.

          i’d finish my comment with a saying of lord buddha;

          ‘Neither meat, nor fasting, nor nakedness,
          Nor shaven heads, nor matted hair, nor dirt,
          Nor rough skins, nor fire-worshipping,
          Nor all the penances here in this world,
          Nor hymns, nor oblation, nor sacrifice,
          Nor feasts of the season,
          Will purify a man overcome with doubt.’

          ‘Amagandha Sutta’

          Explanation – Taking fish and meat by itself does not make a man become impure. A man makes himself impure by bigotry, deceit, envy, self-exaltation, disparagement and other evil intentions. Through his own evil thoughts and actions, man makes himself impure.

          Cheers!

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    Even if people dont want to buy halal there are enough and more brands and alternatives available in the market. Everything from pork, whisky and gin is available. Even illegal substances like Kassipu, Ganja and Heroin is available. Dhada Mas, Venison, tortise flesh is available. Why doesnt BBS / JHU protest about people like kudu vermin who takes kappan. BBS has some other ulterior motive in asking people to boycott muslim owned businesses etc.

    The ACJU have offered the govt to take over the halal certification processs. Even this has been rejected by BBS. We wonder if BBS is a govt spokesman or mouthpiece? What authority has BSS to accept or reject when they are not even a govt organisation or elected political party? Govt dancing to the tune of these extremist racist is a joke.

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      Dear Safa,

      What I also cannot understand is that why the Muslims who claim to have been living in this country for centuries, want “certification” of halal when their ancestors just avoid anything that was haram without certification. Exports to and imports Islamic from countries requiring or having halal certification could be understood.

      A friend of mine who is a “Born Again Muslim” likes everything that you have mentioned as haram and to me he is as good as other “Previously Born Muslim” friends of mine who prefer only halal things. At his daughters wedding he treated us with everything that is halal but without “Shabdi”.

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        Dear Proff

        I think muslims can manage even without halal logo as they did for centuries as you say. However what is of concern is that the halal issue is merely an excuse to attack many of their beliefs and practices. Demonizing and attacking people based on race, religon cannot be condoned whether the people concerned are muslims, sinhalese or tamils.

        There are various shades of muslims, christians, buddhists, hindus, atheists who practice or do not practice their religons to various degrees. That is their personal right which has to be upheld. We cannot say anyone has sole rights and ownership to this country. BBS is the buddhist version of the Taliban and Al Queda who are intolerant of others.

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          Also you may understand the need for SLS, ISO 9000, 14000, 18000, CE mark, HACP, Global Compact, Green Standard etc which were not here 100 years back. Halal is also a scientfic quality system based on religous guidelines. The world has progressed and so have the muslims.

          An interesting example is the present consumption of horse flesh in the west. This would never happen under halal certification. Mind you all the parties involved are ISO certified.Interestingly a vegetarian standard devoid of animal based additives or processes would be acceptable to muslims.

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          ISO 22000 is with regard to food safety. Also there are standards for organic, halal, kosher etc. Buddhist could also have a standard based on the four precepts and the eightfold path. BBS should do something constructive instead of destructive.

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        Proff One more observation

        Consumerism and convenience hadn’t set in then. Today Fast Food and products like sausages can confuse Muslims.

        Even as early as the 1900’s Biscuits were made out of pure butter and wheat flour. Today lots of additives go into basic biscuits and confectioneries.

        Muslims have to choose between avoidance if they are not sure or have a credible alternative. In the modern world avoidance is not practical. A billion Muslims have the privilege of Halal certified products wherever they live.

        Perhaps Sri Lanka must be among a few countries that have an issue with Halal certification. Your meal on a flight can be specified as ” Muslim /Halal” and airlines will oblige.

        While Sri Lanka debates Halal the issue the rest of the world has no problems with it and is moving ahead.

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        Dear brother..
        I dnt knw why u all are sooo ignorant. How many times did acju answer dis question on da media.. a person with a real sense wud understand..

        da world is developing and is globalising.. so unlike bfor dere are food imports.. so we dont knw wat it contains, dats y da certtification is needed as lots of products in da market are imported and repacked and supplies here… and Anthr thng is wen we c da abattoir section.. bfor we onli had shops to buy meat thus muslims trusted others and bought.. bt nwadays da meat is available in supermarkets and is packed and is manufactured in high scales in companies.. Thus there is a requirement fr halaal certification wen v buy dese..

        Please understand and dont ask da same stupid question again and again.. thnk well and u will undertand.. Thank u.. sorry if my words hae gone wrng on u

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        Dear Proff,

        I take your point about the need for Halal certification now, when our forefathers did not require it then.

        I am sure you will agree that the world has changed in many ways. Our forefathers (of muslims, buddhists, etc) predominantly ate off their own cultivation, slaughter, catch, etc; However, in the modern world, food supply and sourcing has become commercialized and every single one of us are of the habit of shopping for our food.

        Where and how it is processed is unknown. What ingredients go into making of a particular food in unknown. This leads to the need for verification. Therefore certification for Halal is significant in knowing that the food we consume is verified by a particular body and certified as acceptable.

        To your good self and all other readers; I’d like to raise two points.

        1 – As mentioned, but not sufficiently explained, by the author of this article; Halal constitutes many aspects, while food is only a part of it. For example, if I were to illegally encroach my neighbors land, OR, cheat another person by any means, that is Haram (i.e. Not Halal). Therefore Halal is actually a manner in which one should conduct himself, living with ethics. it is a much broader subject.

        2. Second point I’d like to make is, the manner in which this topic is being debated in this forum by Muslims and Buddhists. I find each party placing their arguments in a very respectable manner to the other. This is proof that not all of us Muslims and Buddhists are morons, like a few others outside of this. We can afford to debate on something with dignity and maturity, without losing harmony and our unity.

        May God bless Sri Lanka (be you a Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu or Christian)!

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      I have quite a bit of experience with Vegetarian and vegan diets and was working in an office promoting them.

      I could bet with anybody on those buddhist monks of BBS that 80% (eighty percent) of them look like meat eaters.

      I know how vegetarians bodies look like, their behaviour, their talk and their actions.

      Anybody could smell the armpits and say if they are vegetarians or not.

      But for me most of them look like heavy animal protein takers…..and are well nourished and well fed.

      Also Halal way of killing is the most healthy way…..as the hi-voltage shock given to animals make their blood clot and dry in their vains and bodies and it’s not healthy.

      Only education and exposure to the world makes a person understand the world and bring him knowledge.

      One without knowledge, education and exposure will never learn and cannot be taught or corrected.

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        Thank you for your comment

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      Government is the one who backs this Bodu thalaban sena and hela karumaya dance.

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    well i propose that we should open non halal outlets,the first non halal restaurant will be opened very soon ,so all of you who a making a big cry
    please do patronize my outlet.

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      Good marketing strategy to target the 90% of the population. Let the rest go for the healthy ethical more expensive choice. There is always a price to pay for clean cut products.

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      Be watchful, your Halal outlet will be marked for destrucyion as soon as some slightest provocation happens. These BBS/JHU/SR goons can never be trusted to keep their word.

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      Sorry, I misread your comment as ‘open Halal restaurant’. Whereas it happens to be the opposite. So my comment does not apply for you, but certainly welcome and support your idea. Anything to diffuse the crisis, we are with you.

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    Excellent and well balnced presentation. Couldn’t have said it any better, specially coming from a non-Muslim viewpoint. A chance for all to understand to truth from canard spread by BBS/JHU/SH combine.

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    Full marks to Mr. Kasun Adikari’s analysis of this issue.

    We should boycott Halaal products so that the country could fall behind exports to Islamic countries and boost local Muslim traders and create a strong psychological division with them. Finally discourage tourist from Islamic countries visiting the Island due to the unwarranted bad publicity created by the saffron robed atheists. The economic and social damage will be apparent to the Sinhellists (BBS/JHU/SR) in a few short years time. As they felt the effects of Sinhala only and the painstaking process of now reintroducing English to win back the competitive advantage in the International Market place.

    The positive effect of this issue is the Muslim are increasingly aware of the ethical and Divine injunction towards Halaal. Thus the mindset is to adhere to its requirements more than before.

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      I agree with you fully. Now my food choices and outlets to go shopping are going to be limited. I am also extremely conscious of my ethnicity which was not there 6 months ago. Somehow even before certification goes out, I am beginning to patronize brands I believe I can trust. So much for BBS Bullshit

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    Halal issue is a Government generated issue to threaten the Muslim community in Sri Lanka and to control them. When Halal is not an issue in other parts of the word, why should it be an issue in Sri Lanka. It is only because the Government of Sri Lanka is using one of its militant groups Bodu Bala Sena to threaten the Muslim community. “Kottoruwa kotala kotala kehel gahath kotanna avilla”. Sri Lankan Government wants to control all the minorities. Since the Muslim community did not support the government 100% recently, and especially the Muslim community is not happy with Rauff Hakim who is a supporter of UPFA, with the blessing of Rauff the Government of Sri Lanka is trying to use Halal and threaten the Muslim community with a view of controlling them. If Rauff is truly a Muslim community leader by now he should have resigned his post!

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      Park,
      this has been with lanken muslims since then. But none of them caused to hype up the issue. Almost every country in Europe, there are halal products for muslims that chase for halal goods. It is upto them go after those products, even among some muslims there are also ones who are not that fanatic with labels but trying to adhere islamic views since the latter feel, as muslims they dont own bigotted in this regard. I am known to many muslims from nothern africa but living in Europe. I know Turks that search for particualr halal food. I have even met black african muslims afraca and the states, some dont go after those lables while the others do. This is common with buddhists too focusing on eating meat. There are buddhists that would not even eat an egg to fele them very adherent to buddha´s views, while they are increasing buddhist monk poulation that suggest to contain meat, fish and eggs for their DANAYA -meals. So, the rulers should have to have the vision to make clear muslims and buddhists, that no particular fractions allow name of the halal to create new problems to a folk who have enough grivances on their list.
      In German “Jedem das seine” = each his own- but within the social norms. So long the rulers can bring laws that are comfortable with all communities, nothing could go wrong. Those who go pro and against halal labels seem to be trying to achieve something else here. That is the nature of lanken way. They dont try to search remedies instead of trying to creat the new problems.

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      Who would be happy with Rauff Hakim ? Is he the current minster of Justice ?
      If it is the case, I did not hear a word from him at the time alarming issues ended up or interupted without them being properly investigated. As it is the case with BRITISH MURDER at Tangalle, a year ago – now the the accused is reported to be scot free, or the cases with Juliampitiya amare not being caught even if court had issued over 100 warrants – where has been the justice minister or lawyer collectives. All these occured as in a country where no Justice is at all there. That is the bitter truth, is not that so ?

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    Where were these halal Muslims say 2 decades ago. This is Muslim “Extremism” that they try to force on all others. To my knowledge in the olden days the Muslims were only concerned about Halal meats and nothing else. For the said reasons I do not agree on Halal label coming on consumer goods.
    Srinath

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      Srinath

      You are either closeted in your own world and have no idea whats happening outside Sri Lanka or you are in Cuckoo land.

      There is no extremism. The writer has clearly made a his case outling why Halal need not be an issue. Even if after reading the article which is very well presented, you have questions like this, I can only feel sorry for you.

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      Halaal has been existance since the Abrahimic faith. The certification became necessary when the non-Muslim manufacturers decided to compete for a piece of the pie. FYI the Islamic market share for goods and services set to grow for AED 7 Trillion around the world and we are all ready in the Emirates.

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    Dear Professional,

    You are making a good point here but being a professional I urge you to do bit more research on your own rather asking in public why is this/ that,

    Cut the story short those days I mean centuries or many many years ago there weren’t any complicated ingredients on the food products like alcohol mix animal by products such as Certain E numbered in the ingredients that an ordinary citizen can not understand, so the need of a clarification whether it is halal or forbidden to consume.

    Another good example would be those who lived centuries ago did not consume bottled water that has used animal bones on its purification process rather just drank it from rivers of Kalu & Walawe, hence the need of a clarification arises.

    Centuries ago people in Sri Lanka didn’t eat Pizza Hut or Mc Donald’s but roti Saha Idi aappa hence the need of an investigation arises as to what secret ingredients they use.

    Centuries ago people in our country didn’t use painting brush that are made out of animal fur so that a need Of a institution that checks the process as to how it has been made without killing animal for the purpose of making paint brush.

    Centuries ago people respected each others values and trusted each other much better way so the hesitation of they would sell or serve me Pork or horse meat as if halal never existed. when a Muslim visit a non Muslim place they made sure they gave or treat them with max dignity and vice versa.

    Finally, I would urge Mr Prof to Learn bit more history as you mentioned that Muslims claimed to have lived here for centuries. It is not an empty claim but the fact though it is been mentioned or known to be lived here over 1300 years ago but exact no of years not known “According to S W R D BANDARANAIKE Muslims has lived here as long a Singhalese”

    I”m an ordinary citizen not a Proff and my knowledge is far less than a Proff so I would appreciate if you could educate those of a lesser knowledge with a bit more of a professional manner.

    Thank you & Kathi hothe….,!

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      Should I call you peter or should I call you ignorant I do not know. After reading your last paragraph for a moment I forgot everything else, may be it is time that we tell who Sinhalese people really are!

      You know when Islam began and where? Do you know the origin of your religion? I doubt it. I doubt whether you know what is the original and what are the additions to your religion, so may be it is time that you learn about your religion first of all. Because I doubt it.

      Do you know why you are so attracted to your black robes and the style of living that you are following now? I doubt it. Do you know why Arabs do it? I doubt it because even though you are good tradesman and merchants you were never born with that intellect, that is the reason that you added it to your religion, because the reason of Arab women wearing these black robes and all is the heat in the middle east where the Arabs started their journey in selling and buying things. Do you know the reason at least why you are circumcised? Do you know that it is another one habit of Arabs to keep themselves clean? I doubt it because you were never born with that intellect.

      Some say women arouse feelings etc, that is why they wear like that but when you see other women do not you get feelings? Your stupidity clearly goes beyond my imagination.

      Shall we talk about, Afghanistan, and other countries which were Buddhist countries before Muslim terror created havoc there, and about Bangladesh ?? I would not waste my tongue telling about our golden history starting back from the days of King Ravana and his fathers’ age. I would not tell you his powers that he held and the stories about his ten heads because you are not worth it and because your intellect is not in a state to understand. I would not tell you of Ravana whose architecture have created the master piece ‘Sigiriya’. I would not tell you of his technological mastery of taking water in to that height.

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        Dude, Ravana and Seegiriya masterpiece? Get a life.

        And tel us more about your fabulous history..

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        Please keep writing! Albert Einstein once said- “We all know that light travels faster than sound. That’s why certain people appear bright until you hear them speak.”

        Just so that you can put your brilliant mind to work; the little I know of Physics says that black absorbs light and heat and is not the preferred colour in hot climates. Also have you noticed that men where white in those countries? Now can you expound a brilliant new theory around this apparent contradiction?

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    Halal issue has been created by this regime to divert people’s minds from the burning issues like cost of living and unemployment. That is what successive governments is during the Elam war. They did not want to end the war as they can use it for their advantage and use it as an excuse to rob the country. Now war is over these thugs in the government wants to create disharmony among the society change the focus.
    Every religion should have right to practice their customs without fear, the propel who are behind this are not Buddhist or monks they are just thugs who wear saffron. If they are Buddhist they should not create disharmony as it is against teaching of Buddha

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    Kasun,

    Your effort to educate the readers of CT is laudable. You assume that we have enlightened readers here, that they are open to new ideas and intellectual debate. You also trust in their innate goodness. Disappointingly, none of your assumptions work in this tripled blessed Island of ours.

    Halal is an excuse to pick a fight with the Muslims. It is important that the majority point of view is pushed down the throat of the minority, and the argument goes like this ” we have been able to teach the Tamils a lesson, now even the mildest assertion of Muslim rights must be put down with an iron fist”

    They will not stop at Halal. they will go on to other areas of our lives like schooling, Mosques and then our dress code.

    All they want is a flash point to attack and we Muslims have begun to accept that reality and bracing for another pogrom like 83

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    No Kasun

    stick to your guns – if you know what I mean. There are always people with good sense and your words cannot be repeated too much

    thank you

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    Dear Nabil,

    Do nOt be put off by few of the idiots you are associating or trying to educate these are Tini minority so don’t generalize the entire sinhalese community by few of these people.

    If anyone up to find out the truth he or she will do so but people with closed mind sort of mentality never would UNDERSTANT that and carry on with what you do, all the best.

    And to KASUN, thumbs up to you and you are a real star & wish more of you would be produced by our motherland.

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      Leelawathi your abaya is seen even in the print media. So keep your two cents worth in your community. Thanks.

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    “Do not go upon what has been acquired by repeated hearing; nor upon tradition; nor upon rumour; nor upon what is in a scripture; nor upon surmise; nor upon an axiom; nor upon specious reasoning; nor upon a bias towards a notion that has been pondered over; nor upon another’s seeming ability; nor upon the consideration, ‘The monk is our teacher.’ Kalamas, when you yourselves know: ‘These things are bad; these things are blameable; these things are censured by the wise; undertaken and observed, these things lead to harm and ill,’ abandon them.”- Kalama Sutta: The Buddha’s Charter of Free Inquiry” KALAMA SUTTA

    – Good. This verse from Kalma Sutta is the very reason why I don’t accept the bleeding heart nonsense the writer has written here.

    – Will the Muslims accept “Buddhism approved food” in return ? If so I will accept halal food. Fair enough ??

    – That is how I follow the advice given in Kalama Sutta

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      WHAT IS BUDDHISM APPROVED FOOD- PIGS WHO LIVE ON SHIT, DEAD ANIMALS ETC
      PLEASE EXPLAIN.
      WE ALWAYS ATE SINHALA FOOD LIKE KAVUNG,KOKIS,ATIRAHA,”GALKISSE BIBIKKAN”
      ETC AND THE TAMIL DOSAI IDLI VADAI ETC. WE HAD NO PROBLEMS.
      AMERICAN MAMA ARE YOU A RAJAPAKSE ?

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        You have already shown that you don’t like pork ( ‘shit eating pig’ to quote your own words ).

        So what if some section of the society insists that they can eat only food that is “certified” as having been cooked with pork fat.

        Would you be willing to be forced to accept such a certification ??

        No. Because as a Muslim you do not want to eat anything with pork fat & therefore you will not like to be forced to accept such a certification based on some others requirement.

        Same thing applies to others. For WHATEVER REASON they are not interested in accepting any “certification” based on some other groups needs, Be it Muslim, Christian Buddhist or whatever.

        I know U will say “halal food is not contrary to Buddhist requirements.” That is NOT the argument. It is just that in a free society one group cannot force their conditions on every one else.

        If muslims want halal they must find a way to supply their people with those needs without loading it on everyone else

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          I should call you Timbuktu Mama. No I am sorry Americans are better racists than you are :)

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      Please elaborate this “Buddhism approved food”, I never heard before. May be your on imagination, but still need some explanation.

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      Mama,

      That noise you are making is not coming from your mouth, does it? It does not make sense. It stinks.

      You eat whatever you want to eat. No one is interfering with your choice. Halal labeling is there so that Muslims would know that it is something that is allowed for them!

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    I cannot understand what all this fear is about ! .. It looks kike ti BBS/JHU are paranoid … isn’t it clear to everyone, that the HALAL certification if for the Muslims ONLY ? No one has forced non-muslims to use ONLY HALAL certified products ! ….. I am sure there is no restriction to sell non halal products by any trader. …. The HALAL certification is an internationally accepted process // can someone , Please put some sense to the Heads of the BBS /JHU clan, before they embark on any senseless action, which will eventually put Sri Lanka back another few decades. … We are just trying to raise our heads after 30 years and now some “idiotic” so called experts are trying to reverse everything without realising the end result. .. Thanks to the well written out factual article by Mr Adhikari. … I sincerely hope the Government and the persons behind this new attack on muslims will read all the comments above. btw, as someone mentioned above, the HALAL certification body had requested the Govt, to take over the issue, BUT the Govt. has refused ! .. oes this prove the Govt. is backing the BBS/JHU ? .. what alternative has the govt offered here ? .. Do they know the international consequences they would face from the SRI lanka support group – the Arabs and the OIC / middle east ?

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    My brother enjoys a good and whopping masterbation in public.But his ilk talks about halal.He also buggers boys.He is a BBU m ember

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    Masha Allah! very nice explanation brother. Regards!

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    Dear Kasum
    May God guide you in the right path…
    You proved the knowledge in religious concept and i understand well about halal and haram and in english lawful and unlawful… we are also not allowed to consume pork or anything with made of pork and we are not aware what we consume and how to live lawful way as per our religious teachings… So start a campaign to educate our people how to live in lawful and avoid unlawful way in buddha’s teachings rather then pointing finger at other religion which they practice according to their religious concept…. so let us respect others and live peacefully…
    Regards
    Weera

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      Thank you Kasun,

      Yes I strongly suggest that people like you who could unite both communities at this crucial stage.

      There are many people who are looking to create trouble in every issue…..than looking to heal and to compromise in any issue.

      Therefore guys like you could help both communities to understand their differences, and how to agree on a friendly manner.

      Create more positive environment where they are in a negative mindset now.

      you could open your web page, send news letters to press and to communities, to schools and have public meetings.

      Have your own NGO or Non Profit Organization on this Hallal issue to educate public. Both education and knowledge is power.

      Good luck.

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    We are fortunate to have a set of young people among us to enlighten us with the true teachings of Buddha when Budda’s teachings have been diluted with half baked truths and damn lies by religious bigots like JHU,BBS etc.It is the responsibility of the learned young to join the erudite Monks and open the minds of those blind followers before the impending calamity.The Halal issue has a hidden agenda of winning the next election by hook or by crook. The best way is to create an issue out of a non-issue and make it the election manifesto for the Buddhist majority to bring back to power the FAMILY.

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    One thing is for sure, the Islamic concept of Haram and Halal has caught the public imagination due to this upheaval, and in that sense has done Islam somr good by bringing it to the fore. Otherwise, it will always be under skepticism, unaware of the underlying factors that govern these concepts. A lot of the views (pro and con) are real eye openers to the way people think, judge and assume various positions to justify their thinking. It looks like more exposure will come in the near future with regard to Islamic dress code, Islamic banking and necessity of Masjids to serve Muslims. It can only gain acceptance as a good concept to have, rather than reject purely for no reason, but for sake of rejection.

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    Count the comments for halaal & nonhalaal, including the presenter of this article, how sound the intellectual points, except one or two ignorant comments.

    I wonder BBS & JHU is reading these comments.

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    Dear Mr. Adikari:
    I am no fan of BBS. As Buddhists we cannot or should not get involved in violence. However, I have certain observations to make. My understanding is that what is expected of “Halal” certification is to avoid mixing with pork, pork products and alcohol. Certification of any other standard is not the duty of “Halal” certification. It is the SLSI.

    I can understand the need of Muslims for “Halal” certification for meat or any meat product use of any animal product in food. I found that almost all brands of packeted Chillie Powder having “Halal” certificatio in Super Markets. Why does the chillie being powdered need a “Halal” certification when nothing is added to chillie for the process when powdered? What is the choice available for me. Even bottled water carry “Halal” certification.

    I also found whole range of items that (to my knowledge) that has nothing to do with any animal product with the “Halal” certification. Some brands of Tumeric Powder, Curry Powder, Cardamoms, Cloves, Cinnamon Quils, Kitul/ Coconut Treacle, Coconut Milk Powder, Sauces, Papadam, etc. also carry “Halal” certificate. Specially Cardamoms, Cloves, and Cinnamon quills do not have anything added. They are in pure form. Why did ACJU issue “Halal” certificate for those items. It shows that Ulemas Council has used this certification for making money. Otherwise there is no need to charge money and issue certificates. Many milk powder imported from Australia / New Zealand and only packeted in Sri Lanka too carries the “Halal” certificate issued by local Ulema Council. How can they certify something that they are not aware of its production in another country.

    At a Super Market I checked the sauces. The tomato sauce available there had one brand without “Halal” cert. Comparatively it was cheaper than the other products with “Halal” cert. Why should I pay more for “Halal” certification, when I don’t need that.

    If this “Halal” certification is a must for all food items, then the Sri Lanka Standard Institute becomes obsolete.

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      Pandith
      The reason why some products like turmeric carry the Halal certificate is that some packers add a pigment extracted from animal matter.

      Muslims will not eat such products. It is well know that lots of condiments in Sri Lanka are adulterated. You could check with the Colombo Municipality- they raided a few outlets selling adulterated Chilli powder.

      About not being able to buy non-Halal Chilli, supermarket management is smarter than you think. They have software that tells them the popular products and will stock items that move fast.

      Looks like Halal certified products get picked up faster. You could always lodge a complaint with the manager about the lack of choice and I am sure they will respond next time you visit them

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    Dear Pandith, The term halal is widely used to designate food seen as permissible according to Islamic law. There is no difference between Halal and non-Halal food except that the former does not contain animal by-products or other ingredients that are not permissible for Muslims to eat or use on their bodies.No one forecs you to buy Halal certfied food. If you do not want it do not buy. It is simple. Stanley

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    Peter, who writes to Professional states: It is not an empty claim but the fact though it is been mentioned or known to be lived here over 1300 years ago but exact no of years not known “According to S W R D BANDARANAIKE Muslims has lived here as long a Singhalese”

    Muslim is one who professes Islam. Prophet Mohamed, who created the religion of Islam, lived only in the 7th century A.D. Muslims would have come to Sri Lanka in the 11th or the 12th century. How can SWRD say that the “Muslims has lived here as long a Singhales” This shows that SWRD did not know the history of Sri Lanka, or else you have quoted something he never said. It is not Muslims but their maternal ancestors would have been in Sri Lanka as Sinhala prior to that not as Muslims (but as Sinhala Buddhists.) Are you contesting the fact that Sinhalese started living here only after the 11th or 12th century only from the time Muslims came? Please do not twist facts quoting SWRD.

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    Stanley Weeraratne,
    You have not understood me. What I said is that I don’t have to pay more to have that “Halal” certification. You go to a Super market and check whether you could find any non-Halal Chillie Powder, Tumeric Powder or like wise. I could not get from Super Markets (It is unethical for me to name them)such. I know that the fees paid to JU are included in the product. The money they pay for Halal certificate in passed to the consumer. With out “Halal” we should be able to get that product cheaper. I gave an example earlier on sauce.

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      G.Pandith,

      In the market economy where manufacturer has freedom to mark up his price (other than the raw vegetables, rice etc…. which govt. regulates, but still there could be a different price for the same vegetable) ultimately it is the consumer who decide either to buy or not. .

      Similarly some manufacturers could be using Halah certificate to jack up their prices. But ultimately it is consumer who decides which product and at what price to buy.

      This is the beauty of market economy where there should not have a sole manufacturer to monopolise the market but many of them. This is why when private bus operaters charge the same fare as the govt. public bus operaters charge. But the Public CTB is running at Billions of losses to the economy. Similarly Electricity board, CPC, Sri Lankan, Mihin etc.

      Therefore Halal or not….it is the consumer who buy the products decide from which manufacturers product to purchase unless theres a monopoly.
      The manufacturers who over priced their products using Halal logo will have to bring down their price one day to be with competitors prices.

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    Awell written mind opener for all non Muslims about halal and haram. A friend of mine, a Sinhala Buddhist, told me, “why all this fuss about Halan certification? No one can poke halal food into my mouth. The choice is mine”

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    @Lionel, Leel and Nabil

    – I can give U facts but I cant give you a brain

    – Muslims are all nice and kind & preach religious and ethnic harmony when they are in the minority don’t they.

    – Answer this. Muslims want “Halal” meaning “approved for muslims” food.

    – Now what if Hindus want “approved for hindus” food, Buddhists want
    ” approved for Buddhists” food, & Christians want “approved for Christians” food. Where is that going to end ??

    – Now some idiot here will jump up & say there is no such situation and never will be because ONLY muslims have this religious requirement.

    That is because U don’t get the rationale that in a free society one group cannot have it’s own way

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      Maame, you are contradicting your own statement- in a free society no one imposes anything on anyone else. Only those with a sense of insecurity and inferiority complex will make the kind of racist statements like the one you make.

      The America that you ape is plural and allows “Halal”, so does UK and many western countries. A billion people eat Halal Foods. A piddly few may not get it, and that is their problem.

      I can assure you that it certainly is not the problem of Muslims

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        Sure. Sure

        I have never seen any halal certified products such as toothpaste, soap etc etc in the super markets I have visited here during the last 30 or so years. I did see a very limited volume of goat meat marked ‘halal’ in one of the freezers.

        How do U propose manufactureres separate 10% of products for halal without alteringtheir manufacturing processes significantly.

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          There is a big difference between availability which gives one the choice and being banned. Muslims know where to find Halal products and the USA doesn’t have a problem with importing Halal foods as long as importers comply with US FDA regulations.

          Hope you have clarity now :)

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      Maame

      Here are examples of diversity for you.

      01. Kosher – Jewish people have specially prepared food for them considered Kosher

      02. Halal food for Muslims

      03. Organic Food for anyone who cares about the environment

      04. GM Foods for those who don’t care about the environment

      05. Vegetarian food those who are averse to eating animal based food

      06. Vegans if you are not averse to eggs with your veggies

      See, if you open your mind instead of your mouth you might notice that the world celebrates diversity.

      Let me also submit to you that all of these are consumer segments, as we in business like to call, are purely commercial and has nothing to do with religion and we don’t care if they pray to one god or multiple gods or where yellow robes or black burkas.

      Its only bigots like you who professes not to believe in a god, but is happy bashing others thinking you are smarter than the other man. The fact that you don’t believe in a god itself is a belief system, like the guy who chooses to believe in a god.

      All I can tell you is that fools rush where angels fear to tread! :)

      I hope some more idiots will join U so that we can have more idiot conversations! :)

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    Thank God we still have a handful intellectuals who are not prejudiced & blind around in this country.
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    Amr Rizwie postponing happens in Sri Lanka same as the way they say that the high way is about to open #ayyosalli
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    فهيم حميد Sri Lanka postpones all evil commodities & products that does the same damage to mankind in a slow ,prolonged period as much as heroine ,cannabis (ganja) or moonshine(Kasipu) would do, only difference is these are more refined using modern teleology, packed in classy eye catching packages a marketing strategy well calculated and designed only to destroy a un suspecting huge part of the society who has been hijacked and have become milking cows by a group of dangerous, ruthless cartels who are being protected ,nourished ,and promoted freely by a group of goons who have been portraying themselves as the modern day crusaders of the of majority’s religion and patriotic of the country by expressing fake devotion vigorously defending the country and cult from the day we happen to get our so-called Independence and freedom which we blindly handed over to this lot, and today we live with no such independence nor freedom.
    Prejudice is a self consuming fire and an invisible veil that has blinded even some of the intellectuals of this country that they would rather allow these goons to carry on injustice towards a helpless minority by preventing even the right for their daily dread permitted by their belief and deny their religious freedom.
    To conclude it is not the sweets that is handed out at shopping centers that sterilize the majority women and prevent from conceiving, it is most probably by be passive smokers who may be inhaling the toxins on daily basis by their smoking spouses or on the other hand may be their spouses have ended up with a drop of sperm count or even become totally sterile by the frequent consumption of alcohol.
    First and foremost these are what that should be banned if they are sincere , and stop bullying small terrorized & traumatized group of minorities by preventing their religious rights that promote good not only for its community but for the whole society at large.

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    A piece of work very well done at the right time.

    When our priority should be protecting the a noble race and thereby the nation from impending grip of the western powers, we seem to be giving into them with ethnic hatred which unfortunately now leading to scattered violence which could end up in blood shed.

    Subsequently by the 22nd of March we will face economic/ trade embargoes and sanctions imposed by the world powers on us where all citizens of mother Lanka will be affected equally other than the Dollar Mongers who will probably migrate to their funding nations leading a better life.

    Any person with the right senses and the right mental attitude will no doubt agree that it is not “Buddhism” that is endangered but the Sinhalese race. In fact Buddhism is the fastest growing religion in the USA and other developed countries.

    If you take Sinhala as a race it is only existing in just one country that is Sri Lanka “Lokayatama Ekai” but if a Sinhalese person can honestly think and do a little fact finding or a mini survey will agree that it is only by the Sinhalese themselves and the modern day electronic media are contributing towards diminishing the race by killing this beautiful language.

    Just tune into a Sinahla medium FM channel they neither speak Sinhala nor English but utter in Sin-Lish, consequences of this after a decade or so will be that we will not have Sinhalese community existing in the pearl of the Indian Ocean but a Sin-Lish community who do not no the fundamentals of their own mother tongue.

    Because of these the cultural and Buddhist values are fading away, for example take the so-called Valentine’s day

    There was a love train promoted and chartered by a FM channel – what is happening to ” Kamei Suchcha chara”
    Those who traveled in the train wouldn’t have told the truth to their parents and surely would have lied – “Musa Wada” ???
    Another social group calling for steps to “educate youth of safe sex during the month of lovers” is this promoting Buddhist values? No! It is disgracing the lord Buddha and his teachings.

    Those who are absolute patriots and who want to stand steady and protect the race should be fighting to upkeep the the language and richest cultures of the Sinhala race aging back to 2500+ years.

    Let us unite and promote Sinhala Language among other races of Sri Lanka making a Sinhala fluent Sri Lanka in the near future so that UN classification will be forced to be lifted.

    Pitiyegedera Mohammedh Fouzer

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      Petiyagedara,

      You say…”When our priority should be protecting the a noble race and thereby the nation from impending grip of the western powers, we seem to be giving into them with ethnic hatred which unfortunately now leading to scattered violence which could end up in blood shed”.

      I don’t know if you know this……that is the western nations are the ones that help and fund to preserve all the historical sites in the world. Through UNESCO and World heritage fund, National Geographical council and others…they all fund to preserve world heritage, cultures, animals, jungles and archeaology etc. So please don’t fool people with false information…..like Govt. goon Prof. Nalin D. Silva.
      [Edited out]

      Is it the grip of Western powers that you send our under age girls to Saudi Arabia to work as slaves……..while Ministers sons and rich Buddhists go to USA, UK and West to study….

      Who instigate scattered violance…..other the Politicians and their goons…..

      You say….” In fact Buddhism is the fastest growing religion in the USA and other developed countries”.
      It is not our Theravada buddhism USA and West follows….but Japanese and Chinese Mahayana Buddhist philosophy. There is a difference between the two sects.

      It is Govt.and Biddhist mafia that want to erase tamil race from Sri Lanka…..and not the west ereasing Sinhala race. Infact it is Sinhala race that always run to West to settle down there.

      You say “Because of these the cultural and Buddhist values are fading away, for example take the so-called Valentine’s day”

      I say Valentine’s day should be celebrated every day…..and not limit to one day in an year. It make people happy with positive mind and thinking and not the negative thinking.

      Infact your Buddhist philosophy is based on ” Everything leading finally to Dukka” which is Sad and sorry state. But in West….they believe in hard work, and to enjoy life. Only through hard work one gains true happiness……and not wondering on DUKKA.

      Promoting Sinhala language without proper knowledge, education, wisdom and development is a mere Mirage.

      Knowledge and wisdom is power…..nothing else.

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