23 September, 2018

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Worries Of Bodu Bala Sena: Religious Jealousy Of BBS

By Rifai Naleemi –

Dr. Rifai Naleemi

In this part of our series we shall try to expose some aspects of religious jealousy of Bodu Bala Sena. It is against the very teaching of Lord Buddha to show resentment and envy to the people of any other faith. This is one of basic teaching of Buddhism.   In sharp contrast to this principle BBS and its cohorts express openly communal and religious jealousy.  Lord Buddha felt happiness when he saw the progress and development of other faiths.  Indeed, he accommodated all other religious faiths and practices. I shall argue that BBS acts contrary to this very teaching of Buddhism. It exposes jealousy and resentment when they see Muslims are getting more religious and more spiritually advanced. They expose this bitterness when they Christian churches work within Sinhalese community for fear of conversion. 

It is generally accepted fact that the religion of Islam is fast growing in many parts of world. Against all odds, more and more people are embracing Islam today than ever before.  It is reported that since 9/11 more people are turning to Islam. They turn to Islam to know about Islamic faith and Muslim way of life. It is reported that more copies of Holy Quran were sold soon after 9/11 than any periods of time in American history. It is reported that Islam is the fast growing religion in Europe toady than any other single faith. It is reported that more European girls are turning to Islam today than ever before.

Why famous and high profile people are embracing Islam in Europe? Recently Lauren Booth, Tony Blair’s sister-in Law, Yvonne Ridley embraced Islam in Britain. InSouth India, one of famous Professors Periyardasan embraced Islam. Why is it that despite deliberate distortion about Islam and Muslims more and more people are turning to Islam?  Annually thousands of people are turning to Islam in all part of the world despite all military and media onslaught against Islam and Muslims.

Hundreds of churches and pubs have been converted into mosques and Islamic centres in Europe. The last Friday (17/5/13) The Time News paper published a research finding on the decline of Christianity in theUK.  It is reported that Christianity is in gradually declining with each generation (The Times/UK 17-5-13). While church going people are decreasing in many parts of world the amount of people going to mosques are rapidly increasing in every part of world. This is a universal phenomenon.

Within international Muslim community too many dramatic changes have been taking place. More and more Muslims become religious today than precious decades.   An Islamic awakening has been taking place in many parts of world in recent time.  Despite so called war on terror an Islamic awakening has been taking place steadily across the globe. Some people feel religiously jealousy of this social phenomenon taking place across the globe in Muslim world and as well as in non-Muslim countries.

In Sri Lanka too this Islamic awakening has been taking place. Unlike in the past more and more people are turning to Islam to secure peace and tranquillity. More youth are following Islamic way of life today than ever before.  Mosques are filled with people praying five times prayers. Muslim girls are increasingly wearing Islamic dress codes.  Muslims are observing religious rites regularly in all aspects of life.  Muslims are waking up early mornings prayers. During the Ramadan charitable and religious activities are double and the mosques are full of people. Recently, Buddhist people are being invited to participate in breakfasting ceremonies.

BBS and its cohorts express utter bitterness when they saw these occurrences. Even they argued that Buddhists monks should not sit down with Muslim clerics. What type of racism is this? Did Lord Buddha teach this kind of discrimination? Isn’t it Hitler type mentality of BBS? When do these Singhalese Nazis learn from history?

Unlike in the past, recent times more and more Singhalese people interact with Muslims and come to know about Islam and Islamic way of life.   Each week on Fridays, the entire Muslims villagers are gathering for Friday prayers and religious sermons. These sermons are designed to cultivate piety, spirituality and good manners in human minds.  What more is that during the Hajj seasons more and more Sri Lanka Muslims go on spiritual journey to Mecca?

BBS and its cohorts feel jealousy of these religious awakening that takes place in the front of their eyes. Unlike in the past today, religious activities of Muslims are live in TV and websites. In a nutshell, Muslim’s life evolves around the religious teaching of Islam from birth to death 24 hours a day. Muslims wake up in the morning in the name of Allah and go to bed in the name of Allah.   Thus, Islamic way of life is a dynamic and practical way of life unlike other religious practices.

Please do not take me wrong but make a comparison between day to day functions of mosques and other religious places such as Churches and Buddhist/HinduTemples. Consider for instance, in any Muslim village the entire Muslim villagers wake up early morning and go to mosque each day. Muslims ought to go to mosques not occasionally, not once in month or once year rather every day five times.  Each day mosques are filled with people five times a day.

Whereas, people of other religions do not have such close attachment to their places of worship. They do not have such mechanism to visit their place of worship daily as Muslims do.  They may visit temples or churches in religious festivals and ceremonies but not obliged to go five times as Muslim do. That is why Muslims spend more money in building mosques. When BBS and its cohorts see illuminating tall mosques in each and every township of Sri Lanka rather than they appreciate Muslim devotion in their religion, they become jealous of dynamism in religious activities of Muslims.

Moreover, when they see Muslim girls wearing Islamic dress codes they feel jealous of this religious observation. When they see thousands of Muslims go on Hajj pilgrimage in two pieces of white cloths they feel a bit of religious jealousy. When they see some Muslims have big families they feel a bit of religious and communal jealousy. When they hear that some Sinhalese girls or boys are willingly embrace faith of Islam they feel a bit of religious jealousy.

Today, in our modern world inter-cultural fertilization and interaction is unavoidable.  Because of modern technological advancement most of Non-Muslim people come to know about Islam and Muslims through website and internets. Whether we like it or not today, most of Sinhalese and Tamil youths are familiar with Islam and Muslims. This awareness increases through their personal interaction with Muslims. Moreover modern telecommunication networks facilitate this inter-cultural knowledge increase. Some of youths are beings inspired and influenced by these modern websites and internet propagation.

Today more than 1.8 millions Sri- Lankans work in the Middle countries. Most of them are Sinhalese. Some of them have been living for more than two decades in the Middle East countries and they become more familiar with Muslim culture and religions than Sinhalese if they live these long periods of time in those countries. They might have been influenced and inspired with Arabic language, Muslim traditions, Muslim food and Muslim way of life. Particularly people from Hindu community with the case discrimination might have greatly influence with Muslim tradition of eating all together in one plate or one place without any discrimination.

It may be true that some of our housemaids may have been ill-treated in the Middle East and yet, those are isolated incidents. There are millions of people working in the Middle East and they have been well paid and well treated otherwise, they would have been returned to their native countries. Inter-cultural fertilization takes place with such long interaction with Muslim environment in Muslim countries.  I have read the stories of many English people who converted to Islam through their interaction and long stay in Muslims countries. It is a natural sociological and human phenomenon.   This is what exactly what happened to some Sinhalese/ Tamil house maids in the Middle East. Most of them go to Middle East from poor family background and when they see a true equal treatment at by some of religious Arab Muslims in the Middle East it is natural their hearts incline and lean towards Islam.

This is what exactly happening to Sinhalese when they come back to Sri Lanka after long stays in Muslims countries.  Some of them marry Muslim boys in the Middle countries and stay there permanently. Rather than examining these sociological changes there is no point in blaming Sri Lankan Muslims for the conversation of Singhalese people into Islam.  It is one basic teachings of Islam to proclaim that there is no compulsion in Islam. No one could force any one to embrace Islam. It is a personal freedom of each person to choose their faith and way of life. BBS should not be jealous of these sociological changes rather they should take some necessary steps to stop sending Sri-Lankan housemaids to the Muslim countries. Can they do that? Do they have political and economical power to do so? I challenge BBS that if they could let them stop sending housemaid into Middle East countries. That is one of the viable ways to stop inter-cultural fertilization and conversion.

There are so many issues related to Sinhalese extremism. There is a genuine fear among some Sinhalese people that Buddhism and Sinhalese culture are in decline. It could be for many reasons. It could be because of western influence. It could be failure of Buddhist religious leadership to provide proper spiritual training and education for children from early age. It could be because some do not have faith in Buddhism at all. It could be that we live in a secular and materialistic world that is different from Lord Buddha’s times. It could be that with advancement in technology people learn more about faith.

It could be because more than 1.7 million Sinhala people work in Middle East and Webern counties and they become friendly with Muslims and Christians and end up as Muslims or Christians or it could be indoctrination of some people as Christian missionary do in Sri Lanka: almost 1.2 millions Christians we have in Sri Lanka most of them previously Sinhalese Buddhists or Tamil Hindus.  All of these people converted for good jobs and education: this did not happen in Muslim community.

Now BBS have jealousy of Muslims for their devotion in faith.  BBS may constitute only 5% of Sinhalese population in Sri Lanka and the rest of   95% Sinhalese do not have any ill feeling of Muslims. . It is the failure of government and law enforcement made this matter to go out of control. I could argue that BBS and its cohorts are directly and indirectly educating Sinhalese public about Islam and Muslims. Their relentless campaign on Halal food logo made a great awareness about Islam among Sinhalese people.

I think that BBS is taking Islam into each and every Sinhalese house through their negative propagation machineries.  Let them do the job for Muslims and Islam. Every action has its reaction. The actions and activities of BBS will certainly backfire and we have seen that the backfiring has as already begun.

To be continued next week

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    Rifai Naleemi has taken every thing wrong.

    He thinks all the aggressive conversion practices, protectionism of not allowing other religions in to their territory, conversion by marriage, building more mosques to cater to the expanding devotee base etc., etc., are considered by him to be spirituality.

    Actually, what you call spirituality, are aggressive conversion and religeous – protectionism.

    If you think about spirituality first stop harming animals. Think whether it is your life or animals life is simply life.

    By bleeding to death animal is nothing spiritual. You have simply the almighty, if he/she/it exists wrong.

    Why discriminate against animals and favour humans. Because their lives are not worth ????

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    “Dr.” Rifai Naleem exposes the true face of Islam.

    Lord Buddha felt happiness when he saw the progress and development of other faiths. Indeed, he accommodated all other religious faiths and practices.

    The best disciple of Buddha who ever lived is Gandhi. Gandhi formed an alliance with Jinnah (a Muslim). What did Gandhi and Hindu India get in return? Pakistan.

    It exposes jealousy and resentment when they see Muslims are getting more religious and more spiritually advanced.

    Islam demands blind obediance from it’s followers; Buddhism does not. One can be atheist and still be Buddhist. A Buddhist can visit Hindu temples or Christian churches; there is no punishment for “idol” worship. Buddhism does not believe in “sin”, “punishment”, and the afterlife. Why should Buddhists be jealous of people who blindly believe in these things? Buddha rejected Vedic Hinduism for a good reason.

    It is generally accepted fact that the religion of Islam is fast growing in many parts of world.

    This is yet another falsehood. What is happening is that Muslims, for religious reasons, are having large families, compared to non-Muslims.

    Hundreds of churches and pubs have been converted into mosques and Islamic centres in Europe.

    It is part of the religious duty of the ummah to fund the construction of new mosques. Most of these new mosques are funded by rich Muslims, especially those in the Gulf. The mosques are funded by Muslims, and they are for Muslims, exclusively. It has nothing to do with Westerners growing tired of Christianity. What has happened with Christianity? The standard of living is very high in Western Christian nations. Consequently, there is a tendency towards atheism and other more liberal values. Western Christians do not feel the need to beg a sky-god every Sunday of the week. There is a similar thing going on in India with caste. When the majority of Indians were poor, caste was still very popular. As the average Indian became more wealthy, there was less obsession with caste. These days, caste is strongest in poor rural communities in India, especially in the North, which just confirms what I said earlier.

    Consider for instance, in any Muslim village the entire Muslim villagers wake up early morning and go to mosque each day.

    There is no value in performing the above activity. Much better to wake up in the morning and exercise. If going to the mosque was so beneficial, Islam would have many, many willing converts.

    I have read the stories of many English people who converted to Islam through their interaction and long stay in Muslims countries.

    No doubt, these people were lacking in intelligence or possessed some kind of mental defect. Or else, the author is just making up stories. Western people (with a few exceptions) are open and free. They do not embrace extremist philosophies that impinge upon the freedom of the individual. That is why Hitler and fascism were put down with such force. That is why Communism has been abolished from the West, even though it still lives on in the East.

    There are so many issues related to Sinhalese extremism.

    Sinhalese are not extremists. They will never strap bombs to their backsides in the name of a sky-god or Mahavamsa. Anyone living in the West knows how easily Sinhalese integrate. But, Sinhalese know how to fight. That is why they fought the LTTE curse for 30 years. If Al Qaeda comes to Sri Lanka, that will be the end of all Muslims on the island. Do not expect the “Lion Race” to hide in the closet.

    Because of modern technological advancement most of Non-Muslim people come to know about Islam and Muslims through website and internets.

    Yes, non-Muslims come to know about Islam and REJECT it. Go to youtube or check the comments board for a Western news website. No Westerner is crazy about hijab or Sharia Law. Of course, there are some women who become interested in Muslim men, marry them, and convert to Islam. That is a different story. These women are infatuated with the man – especially if he looks “exotic” – not the religion. Not just Muslim men; as anyone who lives in the UK knows, the girls there are also infatuted with black men.

    Now BBS have jealousy of Muslims for their devotion in faith.

    BBS has no jealousy of Muslims or Islam. If any Sinhalese has any jealous of Muslims, the only possible reason is economic. Those who have the most businesses control the economy.

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      Another BULL SHIT from a fake Internet site by fake atheist!

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      Lester,
      You can add this also. Yesterday the chopping of a soldier’s throat in London appears to be a reflection of brainwashed teachings of Islam. Isn’t that an act of terrorism. If one observes his statement only indicate that they are not practising tolerance. How will the author account for this terrorist act.
      I don’t think BBS has any jealousy of Muslims. They fear that BBS is about to reach a friendship hand with the Tamils which might be a turning event after the Vesak.

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        Citizen, ask him to add this as well: A couple of month ago a Buddhist , who always ptavtice non-violence, has killed his own daughter and wife by putting them into burning fire to run away with his young pretty love.

        Tanils are very soon going to get the Elam. It will be a reality very soon! That is why BBS is worried!

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          …practice…

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            Dear DODU,
            In every religion these bad elements are there. No one is certain about the next turn of event. Let us wait. One thing is certain – the downfall of MR has just begun. Unless MR rectifies, I have my doubt he can remain in power.

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              Citizen

              “No one is certain about the next turn of event. Let us wait.”

              DODU Bala Sena is preparing to challenge Bodu Bala Sena.

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        @ Citizen,

        I have read of that attack. One thing to note: the attacker converted to radical Islam while living in a Western country. This proves how truly insular Islam is: one can go simply go to a mosque and pick up radical views, even though the larger society is multicultural, secular, etc. This is not an isolated incident. Right now, many young Muslim men in Western countries have gone to Syria, to fight with Al Qaeda against the Shiite Assad. This is jihad, a religious duty.

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          Lester, when you utter your lies, abuses and hates on others and other religios, you are not a radical! From where did you learn this BUDHIST radicalism?is it from the London Thames Vihara? Can’t ! You were in North America, a junior school teacher. I got to learn that you were chased from there because of your radicl views.

          For you guys: if a pot is broken by daughter in law it is a Gold Pot! if same was done by mother in law it is a clay pot!

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          LESTER,
          PLEASE BE CAREFUL ABOUT WHAT YOU TALK OF MUSLIMS AND MOSQUES.PL.
          DO NOT THINK THAT YOU CAN SAY JUST WHAT COMES TO YOUR IDIOTIC MIND.
          MOSQUES ARE THERE FOR CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS, SINCE MUSLIMS HAVE TO OBSERVE PRAYERS FIVE TIMES A DAY. AGAIN WE HAVE FRIDAY PRAYERS.
          MOSQUES ARE NOT THERE TO TEACH RADICALISM OR TERRORISM. JUST BRING PROOF OF ONE INSTANCE WHERE THIS HAS HAPPENED.YOU CAN HATE ISLAM AND MUSLIMS.LET ME TELL YOU THAT NO MUSLIM PAYS ANY ATTENTION TO THE WHINING OF PARIAH PUPPY DOG.
          YOU JUST MAKE IDIOTIC STATEMENTS AND WHEN CHALLENGED TO BRING PROOF, YOU SLIP AWAY WITH YOUR TAIL BETWEEN YOUR LEGS.
          YOU HAVE NO SHAME!!!!

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          Lester,
          It is unfortunate that these radical Muslims think that violence is duty and then kill their own brothers. I think it is time that the Muslims bring changes to Sharia Laws, otherwise I am sad to comment that they themselves will disappaer.

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    Rifai Naleem also fails to mention that Western civilization did not begin in the Middle East, but in Athens. Athens, of course, was “pagan”; the Greeks believed in multiple gods, did not mind homosexuality, and also believed in women’s rights. The Romans (from who Western law is derived) shared similar liberal values. It is only when Rome fell and the Catholic Church rose that there was any significant Western infatuation with religion. This infatuation was eventually tempered by more pressing economic concerns (French Revolution), the Industrial Revolution, and the rise of science. Now, the West has come full circle. If churches are empty, it is not because Westerners are taken by Islam. It is because many of the “pagan” values have returned. Christianity belongs in the desert with its Abrahamic cousins, Islam and Judaism. It has little practical value, as far as the modern world is concerned.

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      Buddhism does not have a practical value at all!

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        If you mean Buddhism is suffering from a lack of suicide bombers, then you are correct. Unfortunately, Buddha did not promise the Buddhist jihadis 72 houri in some fake afterlife.

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          Buddha promised immediate enlightenment for killing. Let it be sucide bombing or genocice!

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        LOL!

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          BULL!

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    Please read this news item and make your judgements. I have my doubt whether any UK citizens to convert to this violant faith after reading these news items.

    “A man has been hacked to death and possibly beheaded in an apparent terrorist attack outside a military base in south-east London.

    Eyewitnesses say two men used a car to run the victim over in broad daylight on a street about 200 metres from the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich.

    Key Points
    Cleaver murder victim believed to be soldier
    Mobile phone footage shows attacker attempting to justify attack
    Alleged attackers shot by police
    Witness: “They were just animals.”
    PM David Cameron cuts short France visit

    The men then attacked him with knives and a gun and then remained at the scene, asking passers-by to photograph and film them.

    Footage shows one of the men carrying a blood-covered knife and meat cleaver and saying to the camera: “We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you.”

    Watch the ITV footage (warning: contains graphic images).

    Armed police shot and wounded the two attackers after being called to the incident by bystanders.

    There are reports the dead man was a serving soldier who was wearing a t-shirt with the logo of the Help for Heroes military charity.

    Reports from the UK say police are on alert for reprisal attacks.”

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      The frog seems to be out and about – watch Sky, BBC or CNN for better analysis !

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      Have you heard of Most Ven . Pahalagama Somarathne Thero, chief priest of London Thames Vihara, who is in London jail now?

      If you are in UK let me tell you something that you may not know; A politician of Sri Lanka, who was a drug dealer, who killed 4 person on a public road was granted bail without being a single day in remand prison! Wasn’t this in BBC or CNN?

      Another politician tied a Govt. employee into the tree outside Colombo and beat him.

      Some Buddhist thugs (monks) destroyed a shop belongs to a minority community in just outside Colombo!

      Son of our King hammered the rugby referee in public while the games is in progress !

      A ruling party politician who is very close to the Royal family here was raped a foreign tourist and killed her boy friend in Thissamaharama!

      A Buddhist monk (thug) was caught by the police for driving without License and under the influence of Kasippu and fined the court here is now the general secretary an organization which is fighting for the cause of Buddhism in Sri Lanka.

      ………. There are more of this nature in this Buddhist country?

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    Rifai Naleemi:

    You talk about spirituality.

    How many places in the Quran talk about killing infidels ?

    When you kill those who do not believe your religion what kind of spirituality is there ?

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      Killing is justified in Buddhism more then any other religion and Buddhists are practicing it even today.

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        well said

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        DODU

        “Killing is justified in Buddhism more then any other religion and Buddhists are practicing it even today.”

        Is it in theory or practice?

        You should be learning Buddha’s teaching and not listening to Theravadhists.

        Where on earth did Buddha teach the Theravadhists to kill?

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          It is in theory and practice. For me let it be Theravada or Mahayana or Vajrayana or Darmaguptaka or Mulasarwastivada all are same and Buddhism! I have quoted several sutras from Mahayana (Nirvana Sutras) which advocate violence. If you need I can quotethem again. This is theory.

          Practical is starting from Ashoka, after he became Buddhist, then………countless , in the recen past 2nd World War Japan, Vietnam War, Korean War, Pol Pot of Camodia…. Very recently genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka and still in practice are Thailand and Burma. Some of your brothers here are pointing fingers at others without knowing other four fingers are pointing at them.

          If I listen to Budda’s teaching I will go mad! I only. I did learn Buddha’s teaching from my childhood days and I am more familiar with it now.

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            Dodu:

            You are talking things that you can not comprehend and certainly you don’t understand.

            b

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              I do understand things better then you. I hope I am more matured then you as well. I am fully aware of what I am writing.

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        LOL! Again.
        A little learning is a dangerous thing my ignorant brother.

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          I know Buddhism better than some of the BBS monks. Sorry, Your advice should go to Leela, Lester…..

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        DODU, I’m trying to find out where killing is justified in Buddhism.
        What does Quoran 8:12 mean?

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          That men you do not know about Buddhism. You are just a Buddhist by name! Let us first sort out the sutras in Buddhism which advocate violence.

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          [Edited out]

          Please write, instead of posting links – CT

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    As a community becomes more and more educated liberal, they tend to be less religous. In the development of human society, we passed many stages. One is the kings rule, religons and now we have liberal democracy. Religions offer several things to people, one is a feeling of belonging to a certian community, to help one self from the fear of an imagined after life. Also there is a political element in religion and vice versa. The truth is it has been so for almost all the religons even including Buddhism though hailed as an athiest form of religion. As people evolve more and more scientific dicoveries and inventions occur, people realize the nature of the world so in such societies religion tend to take a back seat.

    That is the same reason christianity is going down in Europe and especially in UK. Even Sinhala ppl tend to be liberal and modernised that is why they stopped practising caste system and Kandyan/ low country divide.

    The reason u see muslims being more religious is their societies are not evolved enough. In a society where free speech, secular education is promoted, islam would fade away like mist before the sun.

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    Though I am buddhist, I do not go to buddhist temples regularly, wear pirith nool around wrist, keep buddha statues in the car. But I have a good understanding of Buddhism and its philosphy and have high respect for Buddha.
    It is evident religosity among muslims in SL is rising. But it is wrong to say it is not so in Buddhist and even Catholic sections in this country. When our parents were young, ppl didnt go to temples much often, but now if u go to a temple u will see many young ppl. It is the same case for Catholics and the same for Hindus.
    Actually we see a rising religosity among buddhists that I myself find troubling.

    For a multi cultural and a multi ethnic society high religosity of any religion is disastrous. If we had a responsible gov, they would have handled this situation in a responsible manner.

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      sach,
      Why talk nonsense, Sinhala people never killed anyone on Cast.Show us one verse in Tripitake if you can where it ask its adherents to even to degrade non-adherents. But look t Quran, there are at least 99 verses in the Koran that degrade or asked Muslims to kill non-believers. So its bad when religiosity rises among Muslims. But is so far as Buddhism is concerned that is not the case.

      Of late, we haven’t seen Christians seek to harm or destroy other religions either. They have mellowed down their acts from their dark ages and wild past. Same goes for Hindus and other religions. But that is not the case for Islam.

      Islam is peaceful only as long as the Muslim population remains around 1% of any given country. eg: Norway – Muslim 1.8%. Absolutely peaceful among Muslims and with others.

      At 2% and 3% they begin to proselytize from other ethnic minorities and disaffected groups with major recruiting from the jails and among street gangs. eg: Germany — Muslim 4.0% Friction start to come in to open.

      From 5% on Muslims exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population. They will push for the introduction of halal foods. They will increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature it on their shelves as they did in Sri Lanka. They’ll aim at establishing Sharia law in areas where they are the majority.

      That peace-loving minority and not a threat to anyone when they were at 1% is no more. They will gradually become a nightmare for the majority community. That’s where we are now.

      The moment they pass 10% as in Kenya they will increase lawlessness as a means of complaint about their conditions (Paris car-burnings). Any non-Muslim action that offends Islam will result in uprisings and threats ( Amsterdam – Mohammed cartoons). That’s where we are heading now.

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        Truth Seeker, do not try to escape chellanging for others to quote from Theravada. For us let it be Theravada, Mahayana, Vajrayana, Dharmaguptaka…… all are same and Buddhist!. I can give you number of sutras from Mahayana (Nirvana Sutras) which advocate violence.mviolebce was practiced by Buddhists from the very begging of Buddhism. Ashoka was the worst among them. Read Asokawardana. It is practiced 100% in all Buddhist countries: Sri Lanka, Thailand, Burma.. Do not try to butter Christians. First put yourself in order.

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        Leela, Buddhism preaches violence and it is practiced even today by Buddhist all over the world including Sri Lanka! There are number of sutras in Buddhist text which advocate violence. Buddhist are trying to cover it by bringing Tripideka as an evidence to prove non-violence, but there are many other Buddhist texts which strongly support violence and ask Buddhist to kill.

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          The mahayana sect is not a part of mainstream buddhism. Actually Mahayana ppl are very tolerant set. Buddhism has never ever PREACHED violence. It doesnt mean buddhists do not engage in violent acts They are many notorious cases, but they are not supported by their religion.

          As u mention Asoka, he was NOT buddhist when he was a violent guy

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            Sach, This shows that you know nothing about Buddhism! You read Ashokawardana it will tell you how Asoka killed 18,000 followers of Ajivika sect, just (a person of the same sect ) for drawing a picture showing Buddha bowing at the feet of Mahavira (the founder of Jainism). He also killed another person of the same sect by putting him into the fire with his entire family for drawing the same picture. This all happened after he became Buddhist! I can quote several Sutras from Buddhist texts which preaches violence. Buddhist monks all over the world are practicing it even today!

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              “I can quote several Sutras from Buddhist texts which preaches violence”

              So what are they?

              betwen Ashokawardana has nothing to do with Theravada actually i m not sure if such a thing exist even in Mahayana!
              This is the first time I heard such a story abt Asoka. There is no scholarly research that says he did that.Even the historians say he was a great king who tolerated every religion.

              Even if Ashoka did this or that u cant say he acted according to buddhism. Because whatever it is nothing in Buddhist script support violence. A buddhist can kill a human or even an animal for what ever reason. I knw there are many buddhists contrary to that but still he cant get any support from buddhism.

              I knw u re religion is getting a battering both internationally and locally (now). But dont act childishly by cooking up stories

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              my below comment should be corrected as “A buddhist cant kill a human or even an animal for what ever reason.”

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              Each, For me Therawada, Mahayana…… All are Buddhism. In fact you are notvsure whether they exists or not. i am not worried about the different sects. I have quoted some of. Those sutras in another comment. You better check and read. Asokawardana tells the history of Ashoka. Ashoka was a killer even after he became Buddhist. You are telling me you did not know this. So better read Ashokawardana! You religion is getting vavushed from this world. Wait and see.

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              Sach, Buddhist are killing everywhere. In Cambodia Buddhists eat crow meat, dog meat, in China they eat snake, worm, frog, pig….. , in Korea you eat dog, pig… So, without killing how are they eating? You killed Tamils here, in Burma and Thailand you are killing Muslims. You mean, these are not hillings.

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        Sinhalese had caste, but it was for purely economic reasons. It was not oppressive in the sense of the caste system in India. Let us also remember that at the same time, the rest of the world was practicing slavery. This again shows how enlightened Sri Lanka was, compared to most of the rest of the world.

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          Sri Lanka was so enlightened ! 2009 genocice of Tamils was a great evidence.

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            Fishing in the troubled waters? I see

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          LESTER YOU SAY

          “Sinhalese had caste, but it was for purely economic reasons. It was not oppressive in the sense of the caste system in India”

          Sinhalese still have caste- even among the Sangha.

          CASTE SYSTEM IN BUDDHISM JUSTIFIED

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            Sanga in SL unfortuanetly practice caste but still it is not in buddhism. One of the highly respected monks in Buddha’s times were low caste people.
            In Dammapada itself, it says, a person would be high or low depending on his acts and not on his birth.

            U ask many commenters here to learn abt islam before talking abt it, I suggest u the same.

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        Ya, ya,ya, Leela hiding in truth seeker to show the different faces of violent Buddhism! Dirty Buddhism!

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          It is wrong to insult a religion jst because u have a problem with some of its followers.
          After all islam is a beatiful religion. I hope it gets a good name around the world being able to overthrow the terrorist label.

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        I have never mentioned buddhists kill ppl based on caste. Actually i am a buddhist. Read a comment before replying it.

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          If you respect others, they will also respect you, I do not know whether this will applies to you!

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    Why the paranoia ?

    This is Prophet Muammed’s (PBUH) last sermon – there is no evil here ?

    After praising, and thanking God, the Prophet, may God send His praises upon him said:

    “O People, lend me an attentive ear, for I know not whether after this year, I shall ever be amongst you again. Therefore, listen to what I am saying to you very carefully and take these words to those who could not be present here today.

    O People, just as you regard this month, this day, this city as Sacred, so regard the life and property of every Muslim as a sacred trust. Return the goods entrusted to you to their rightful owners. Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you. Remember that you will indeed meet your Lord, and that He will indeed reckon your deeds. God has forbidden you to take usury (interest), therefore all interest obligation shall henceforth be waived. Your capital, however, is yours to keep. You will neither inflict nor suffer any inequity. God has Judged that there shall be no interest, and that all the interest due to Abbas ibn Abd’al Muttalib shall henceforth be waived…

    Beware of Satan, for the safety of your religion. He has lost all hope that he will ever be able to lead you astray in big things, so beware of following him in small things.

    O People, it is true that you have certain rights with regard to your women, but they also have rights over you. Remember that you have taken them as your wives only under a trust from God and with His permission. If they abide by your right then to them belongs the right to be fed and clothed in kindness. Do treat your women well and be kind to them for they are your partners and committed helpers. And it is your right that they do not make friends with any one of whom you do not approve, as well as never to be unchaste.

    O People, listen to me in earnest, worship God, perform your five daily prayers, fast during the month of Ramadan, and offer Zakat. Perform Hajj if you have the means.

    All mankind is from Adam and Eve. An Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab, nor does a non-Arab have any superiority over an Arab; white has no superiority over black, nor does a black have any superiority over white; [none have superiority over another] except by piety and good action. Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood. Nothing shall be legitimate to a Muslim which belongs to a fellow Muslim unless it was given freely and willingly. Do not, therefore, do injustice to yourselves.

    Remember, one day you will appear before God and answer for your deeds. So beware, do not stray from the path of righteousness after I am gone.

    O People, no prophet or apostle will come after me, and no new faith will be born. Reason well, therefore, O people, and understand words which I convey to you. I leave behind me two things, the Quran and my example, the Sunnah, and if you follow these you will never go astray.

    All those who listen to me shall pass on my words to others and those to others again; and it may be that the last ones understand my words better than those who listen to me directly. Be my witness, O God, that I have conveyed your message to your people.”

    Thus the beloved Prophet completed his Final Sermon, and upon it, near the summit of Arafat, the revelation came down:

    “…This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My Grace upon you, and have chosen Islam for you as your religion…” (Quran 5:3)

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    I must say in our area we have lived peacefully with Muslims and others for many years. We have no problems with them. The trouble is the new young men who return from Mecca and the middle-east with violent political agendas. I recently went to see the meeting at Vihara Mahadevi Park where people of all religions gathered against the Hate programme. I noticed many decently dressed Muslim ladies with their heads decently covered and they were respected. They did not fully cover their face and eyes in black, that irritates everyone and scares the little children.

    I must also say some of the Muslim commentators on different blogs use
    unacceptable language on the BBS like Balu, Booruwa – which infuriates
    ordinary Buddhists. It is some Muslim writers go slow in their campaign to vilify others on the prtext of defending Islam. The prejudice against Muslims is now below surface and it is the Muslims who must not allow this to come up again.

    AJP
    Rajagririya

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      My Dear Brother, please read some of the comments your brothers like, Leela, Lester, Jimsothy …. makes in this site under several fake names. I am sorry, we have to adopt the same tactics. As far as I am concerned I respect all religions and my good friends are all Buddhists. I am against violence let it be from the followers of Islam, Buddhism,Chiritianity, Hinduism or any other religion.

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    1. In a world that depends on science for it’s very existence, GOD remains only a concept that can neither be proved or disproved.

    2. Just be thankful to the scientists who work tirelessly behind the scenes in dark corners of laboratories doing a thankless job to keep the rest of the world in creature comfort ( that technological advances have made possible ) so that these idiots can keep on praising God and splitting hairs about religious theory.

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    sorry

    correct as ” neither proved nor disproved “

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    Hundreds of Muslim youths riot in Stockholm, Sweden for 4 days, starting 20th May:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvmLl331Y0Q

    According to Rifai Naleemi, we infidels are all jealous of these youths. Perhaps we should start rioting to enhance our “spirituality.” Using Rifai Naleemi’s logic, these riots never even took place, because the youths were too busy going to the mosque, praying, and attending to other religious duties: More youth are following Islamic way of life today than ever before. Mosques are filled with people praying five times prayers.

    Watch the whole report. These immigrants, all from Islamic countries, are abusing the rather generous Swedish system of welfare benefits. Perhaps this is what Rifai Naleemi means when he says: An Islamic awakening has been taking place in many parts of world in recent time . Free money will awaken even those who have been languishing in comas for 25 years.

    These immigrants are nothing more than opportunists. They do not make any positive contribution towards the enhancement of the larger society. There is no difference between these immigrants and the Sri Lankan Muslims. They will only attend to the needs of their own (Muslim) community, which is why, as Rifai Naleemi says, the first thing they do in the morning is go to the mosque, then after that pray 5 times a day, and have no qualms about wearing hijab. Where is the desire to integrate?

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      What about buddhists? They migrated from Idia and occupied this country which belongs to Dravidians! “Immigrants are nothing more then opportunists. So this applies to you as well. There are number of Buddhist immigrants in various countries. A fake atheist!

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        I never said every immigrant is an opportunist. Only the Muslim immigrants to Scandanavia, who take advantage of the welfare benefits. If you can’t read properly, don’t comment.

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          For ne immigrants are immigrants. I do not differentiate them as Scandanavian, Asian, middle eastern…. They all wen there for economic reasons. I did read it properly and wrote my comment. Not like you, picking from a fake site.

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    I hold no brief for the Bodu Bala Sena nor its activities. Whilst condemining them, I take exception to Dr. Rifai Naleemi glorifying his religion of Islam at the expense of other “faiths”. He is hiding behind the nefariousness of the BBS to surreptitiously promote his beliefs. Whilst it would take another two part article to fully respond to his statements, I would like to make certain observations within this shorter “Responses” space. If at all there is any jealousy on the part of BBS it is not because of “spiritual advancement” reasons as pointed out by Rifai. What better spirituality can you find than in Buddhism and other eastern (not middle- eastern) “religions”. It could be that the more materialistic and proselytizing religions like Christianity and Islam, which has encouraged material progress and enrichment, maybe a cause for envy. It is the focus on austerity and tolerance in Buddhism and other “Dharmic” religions that as paved the way for “Abrahamic” religions, which are intent on conversions, to take advantage by trying to place strangleholds (or potential strangleholds) on tolerant societies. One can see the absolute intolerance for other’s religious views in most Islamic countries. Even in those muslim countries which are a little bit liberal, there are restrictions placed on other religious practices. Further points, relating to comments made by Rifai, are penned below:
    1) As per Rifai, Islam is fast growing in many parts of the world. This is because of the high degree of tolerance in those countries. The Islamic world would vehemently and violently put down the growth of other religions in their countries. The western world is becoming disillusioned with the brands of Christianity dished out to them and Islam has provided a ready way out. It is not only Islam that they are embracing but they are also turning to the truly spiritual and mystical teachings found in Buddhism, “Hinduism”, Sufism etc. Rifai boasts about the high profile people converting to Islam. I can name any number of such personalities turning to “Hinduism”, Buddhism etc. like Richard Gere, Julia Roberts, George Harrison, Steve Jobs, Roberto Baggio etc. Apostasy in Islam will be dealt with by persecution and death. That is why even if a muslim were to show interest in other religions, they would not go further because of fear.
    2) Those muslim migrants to western countries are not willing to adapt to the laws of that country but want to impose their ways and will. This is reflected in the strong speech given by the Australian Prime Minister calling on muslims to cohabit peacefully with others instead of imposing themselves on the Australian way of life.
    3) It is more appropriate to state that a spiritual wakening is taking place all around the world, rather than an Islamic one, as stated by Rifai. The Muslims (and others) of Sri Lanka have been able to enjoy the full freedom to practice their religions because of the tolerance and generosity of the majority community, by and large.
    4) I do not know what right Rifai has, to state that non-muslims do not have close attachment to their places of worship like muslims do. Buddhists, Christians and Hindus have their own way of practicing their religion. Just because their ritualistic practices are different from muslims does not mean they do not have close attachment to their religion. Maybe they are not as fanatical as muslims.
    5) Buddhists and Hindus have no qualms in visiting each other’s places of worship or for that matter any place of worship. Even some Christian have no issues with this. The doors of a pansala, kovil or church are open to anyone, in Sri Lanka. It is only the muslims who desist from visiting other places of worship and do not permit others into their mosques, other than for some political reason.
    6) What is there to feel jealous about the muslim girls wearing the hijab and other dresses which fully cover them? If at all, the only emotion would be one of pity. These dresses are so inconvenient, especially in a warm country like Sri Lanka. Furthermore, the girls may themselves be under threat from their elders if they fail to adopt this practice. Yet again, what is there to feel jealous about muslims going on pilgrimage to Mecca in their two piece white dresses? Others have their own ways of pilgrimage. This is petty thinking on the part of Rifai.
    7) It is true that muslims have no problems with breeding any amount of children, even with only one wife and in some countries they make full use of the four they are permitted. This is with an ulterior motive of expanding their presence. Has not Muammar Gadaffi advised the muslims of the Eastern Province to produce more children, when he visited Sri Lanka in 1976 for the Non-Aligned Summit. This maybe a cause of concern for other communities, as they have no such ulterior motives.
    8) Please note that the Hindus of India who have been affected by caste issues have not only converted to Islam but also to Buddhism and Christianity.
    9) Rifai mentions that there are many who go to the Middle East to earn good money and some of them convert to Islam. This itself indicates that these conversions are due to monetary reasons. He states that Islam does not teach forceful conversions but in practice this is not true and we have seen in history they try to convert both overtly and covertly. The only difference between Christians and Muslims in this respect is that there are no missionaries in Islam.
    10) One does not have to promote unity by just eating from one plate, especially “non-dry” food. There are more hygienic ways of doing it.
    11) Reactionary forces like the Bodu Bala Sena, Shiv Sena (India) etc. are recent phenomena which happened because of the bigoted and fanatical stand of Christians and Muslims who think that their way is the only way and eventually they will earn merit if they convert other people to their beliefs and way of life. These threatened groups feel that some sort of counter militancy is required to arrest this, though wrongly.
    My response here is not to condone the BBS nor to vilify Sri Lankan muslims (or Islam in general) who have lived in this country amicably for many centuries. It is to clear certain misconceptions and wrong ideas that Rifai’s article could create on the minds of the readers.

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    Thank you to Zaid for posting the last sermon of the prophet. What a dignified speech? The dignity that he demands that should be accorded women is observed in the breach by some Muslim men. I say some men because I know of others who treat women better than us, the Sinhalese.

    The Guinness Book of World Records says that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. Both in terms of growth within and new converts. Dr. Reffai should quote that book without plucking things out of no where. If readers have a problem with this claim then they are entitled to their belief.

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    What Rifai says is that Islam is a complete way of life : it guides humanity in all walks of life: there can be not six religions or 100 hundreds religions on earth: there must be only one religion and one God: we can not have hundreds of gods: it is a wrong perception. How could this universe have more than one God? If there are gods like that they would have fought between themselves. They would be anarchy in the world. It does not make any sense to believe like that. It is wrong to believe that Islam; begun with Prophet Muhammad: Islam begun with the first Man Earth; it is Adam and Eve: Judaism, Christianity and Islam are sister religions: no Muslim is a Muslim unless we believe in all prophet who came from Jewish communities like that of Moss. Noah. , Abraham and others:
    Islam is the culmination of divine message: Muslim believes that Buddha may be one of righteous man or prophet (who was not given any revelation): between all revealed religions there are similarities in theology and laws: for instance. Jewish believe in oneness of God. Paradise and Hell. While Christian believe in life after (paradise and Hell) but they polluted the divinity of God with the concept of trinity: they introduced worship of statues in religion: It is a religious freedom of people whoever they want to worship or whatever they want take as their Gods and yet people should have common sense when they make this choice.
    We all come from communal back grounds. We are Buddhists because we are born into Buddhist families; we are Hindus because we are born in Hindu families and we are Muslims because we are born to Muslim families and so on. But when we are matured enough we should think? Why do I believe in what I believe? Why do I stand in the statue of Buddha? Can this mud statue bring me any goodness? Can it harm me or benefit me? What is in side this statue/ nothing but mud? Same way what is point bowing to hundreds of Hindu gods in the name of religion? Why people are so dump in this modern world? Do not you think that behind this huge beautiful universe there is designer/ planner and maintainer? Do you think that after your death you just become just and your soul does not have any eternal life at all? Do not you dream that you will meet your parent one day? Or do you think that you incarnate into a form of animal in this world?
    I shall clear some doubt you have made in your response.
    1) You have claimed that people in the west not only embrace Islam but all other religions like that of Buddhism and Hinduism But ask most of these new converts into Islam they have experimented all ISM and finally they come to Islam: This is the case with most of new converts to Islam: read history of some converts into Islam such as Abdul Raheem Green, Prof. Periyardasn for instance. There are thousands of people. all these people who you have mentioned them will one day become fade up with these religions and will come Muslims But tell me how many new Muslims who converted into Islam went back to their original religions. Believe me if one tasted true spiritual experience of Islam they well never and ever go back: I could tell you hundred of priests embraced Islam? On the other hands tell me how many Muslim clerics went to any other religions? Muslim people may poor in materialism and wealth but they are rich in their hearts and peace of minds. Why do you see with high rate of suicide in all other communities than Muslims?

    2) Those who migrated into western countries are assimilated into western culture. That is true that Indians/ Chinese, Africans and Srilankan who came to west most of them they lost they culture and identity and religions: they drink as western people drink, they lost their family life as some of western people lost family life. They become drug addicts as some western people do. Do you want Muslims to follow this path? Muslim people resist all these? They try to preserve their identity as much as possible. Because, life does not end with this short life on earth.

    3) I agree with this point that most of Sinhalese people are good in Sri Lanka and they are pious in a sense that they have fear of God. They fear that wrath and cursing of Muslim God will befall on them if they destroy Muslim places of worship or do not you know that when Muslim started praying in mosques in the last six months because of BBS activities some people thought that will bring divine wrath to SL.
    4) Non-Muslim might have attachment to their place of worships otherwise they would not at least go once a week like Christians or once in a poya days like Singhalese. Do you have a system to go five times or do you have a system to go each morning at 4.30 am? Do you have a system to stay one month? Entire Muslims life evolves around Mosques Do you such systems? What spirituality you are talking about. Human soul’s purification each and every minute I do not think any religion links human hearts with its Creator other than Islam: Islam tells us each and every minute a true Muslim will be in the remembrance of God.
    5) I agree with you that Muslims should allow other people to come to mosques. This is some cultural matter in SL but in Europe Muslim mosques are open to all. but make sure to understand that there is a huge difference between Islam and other religions such as Buddhism and Hinduism: for instance, In Islam you could eat cow but in Hinduism cow is a god? What a difference is this? lots of say on this but I do not have time for that.

    I will continue with other point next time

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      You may believe whatever you have written here. But that doesn’t mean it’s TRUE.

      FAITH = belief without proof.

      For starters your argument about God. God is only a concept. No proof.

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        LOBSTER! / AMERICAN MAMA,

        We believe in God and it is our faith. Few cowards hide under atheism to escape from the reality.

        DOES GOD EXISTS? HOW THIS UNIVERSE CAME IN TO EXISTENCE?

        Answer this question clearly.

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      @Lankan
      Points given below are in direct response to those raised in yours.

      1) I am not disputing that muslims have found Islam to be a complete way of life but so have others found this in their religious teachings. To say that this is the only way and to impose it on others is the issue. Not only Islam but all religions attempt to guide people in the right path. As to whether one is willing to be guided by them or misguided is one of personal intent. Do we not find the most number of religious extremists and terrorist all over the world claiming to follow Islam. You may state that they are misguided elements and Islam has nothing to do with it. This itself reveals that it is not in a religion or a scripture that Truth is to be found but ultimately within oneself. Religion and scriptures can only be used as a guide (or even used to misguide).

      2) Who are you or me to decide whether there should be 1 or a 100 religions. To say that there should be only 1 religion (and I presume you mean Islam), is bigotry on your part. There is no dispute that there is one ultimate Truth or Divinity which you may prefer call God but the One you believe to be merciful can never impose that he has to be approached only in one way. Even a loving earthly mother can be approached in different ways by each of her children and the mother does not impose only one way of approach and still showers her love, so why will God. If it were so then it would mean that he is not merciful and it would not make any sense to think so. Furthermore, the “concept of God” is a different subject matter requiring lengthy discussion and would not be relevant to this article. There are many paths to the same Truth (or God).

      3) Talking of anarchy, is not there enough of this in the Islamic world itself anyway, despite so called belief in one God?

      4) It is not what muslims “believe” about The Buddha that is of importance or concern but what He really taught. Ofcourse, one cannot expect a close-minded person of any religion to study the teachings of another religion with the same degree honesty, integrity and sincerity as he does his own and therefore he has no moral right to pass adverse comments on same. The Buddha was not just a righteous man nor had he claimed to be a prophet. He had realized the Truth on his own and shown a way for others to realize the Truth. What is common sense to one maybe no-sense or even nonsense to another and who is to say who is correct. It is one of perception but ofcourse there should be freedom of choice as you rightly said, which is sadly lacking in practice.

      5) You have also rightly said that as mature human beings we should think (meaning use our intelligence) and this is what The Buddha has repeatedly stated that to seek the Truth for oneself and not just rest on blind beliefs based on tradition, authority of scriptures or priests etc. As to the matter of statues and idols, this itself requires lengthy explanation and I would desist from this as it is irrelevant to the subject matter. However, in answer to your question as to why Buddhists stand in front of a Buddha statue, I say it is because of the inspiration it provides. It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. When one is away from his mother, does not the picture of her provide love, inspiration, comfort and other positive emotional feelings. It helps to focus the mind and in visualizing. One does not think of the frame or glass or the chemical composition of the picture. Even you have not seen God, then how can you worship blank space as God. During prayer the mind is used for imagination God as bearing some characteristics. So, is it not that you are worshipping your own imagination of a God and not God himself. How can one say this is sacrilegious. Everything created by God has to be a part of “Him”. If it was not and if they already exist elsewhere then it is not creation but assembly and manipulation. Beyond the impermanent mud of the statue and the electrons, protons, waves, energy etc. which science says is found in a material object, there is the permanent Divinity that ultimately remains. So a statue is considered a manifestation of Divinity like anything else. However, because of the limitations of the human mind we are not able to perceive this in every object and therefore use a religious statue for inspiration. We not only think that behind this huge, beautiful universe there is a designer, planner, maintainer but the universe itself is his creation and a manifestation of Himself. We do not think that the individual, egoistic soul is a permanent one, not subject to change. I do not see what my dream of wanting to meet my parent one day has anything to do with this discussion. Anyway, the parent’s impermanent identity itself is subject to change. The idea of reincarnation is another matter and you need an intelligent and open mind, time and space to discuss this. Don’t bring that in here.

      6) You say that people have experimented with other ISMS (and to me any organized religion is an ISM or ITY even though they may not have the suffix at the end like in Islam) and then converted to Islam. Well, so have some others done with Islam itself. It is a matter of personal choice. The point is it is easier to convert into Islam but not out of it because there is severe punishment (and I mean physical one on Earth, not in some heaven) for apostates in Islam. Even if people want to leave Islam they won’t because of fear of persecution, denigration and even death. You expose your bigotry once again by stating that those who went to other religions will become muslims one day. What wishful but narrow thinking!

      7) True spiritual experience is beyond any narrow organized religious thinking. So don’t say that true spiritual experience is limited to Islam alone. If a muslim is spiritually enlightened then all narrow thinking of alliance to a particular religion will drop off. This is why I consider only the Sufis to be true spiritualists of Islam.

      8) As to your statement that muslims maybe poor materialistically and in wealth, this is not seen as such by others. In fact, muslims are seen as materially more wealthy than others, especially in Sri Lanka. Regarding suicide rates being low amongst muslims, the proper figures are difficult to be determined because of the tendency to cover up, unlike in an open society. The fear factor is also too strong and may act as a deterrent. If the suicide attempt were to fail, then the resultant punishment will be far worse than the current suffering. It is not only among muslims that you find people who are rich in their hearts and have peace of mind but more among others as well.

      9) There maybe some who migrated to the West who may have imbibed the negative influences of the West and this would include some muslims as well. Even some rich muslim Arabs and others go on holidays to the West to enjoy its pleasures and them come back and pretend to be “good” muslims. The issue is not about adopting the western life style but about adapting to their laws and regulations and not imposing your own on them. There is a big difference in this and don’t confuse these two matters. If you are not willing to live by their laws, then you have no right to be migrating there. Any community which is migrating can still adhere to and preserve their own culture, practices and identity in the new country amongst themselves, without disturbing and imposing their ways on the others. They have to learn to comply with the laws of that country. If they are not able to, then they should not migrate or leave that country and come back. For e.g. if helmet is required to be used while riding then it has to be adhered to.

      10) Your statement that most of the Sinhalese do not destroy muslim places of worship because of the wrath of the Muslim God sounds silly. It is not because they fear a Muslim God but because they know that it is wrong to do so and that they will earn a bad reaction (demerit) for their actions, if they do so. They will not be complying with the teachings of the Buddha if they do so. It is fear of repercussion rather than wrath.

      11) Just because muslims have a system of going 5 times a day to the mosque or at 4.30 in the morning or fast for a month does not mean others are doing wrong by not adopting this practice. They have their own ways of attending to their religious practices and who are you or me to question that and to say that your way is the only right way.

      12) You have asked what spirituality I am talking of. I tell you that true spirituality means trying to purify yourself (as you have said) by meditation, prayer, self-inquiry, inner transformation, cultivating love, truth, compassion etc. It does not mean mere adherance to external religious practices like praying 5 times a day or at 4.30 a.m. or fasting or poojas etc., though these maybe helpful. It is easy to do these and even a terrorist can. To think that other religions do not “link human hearts with the Creator” (to use your own words) is ignorance and bigotry on your part. You can do this anywhere and anytime and not necessarily at a place of worship, even though by visiting a place of worship one feels a collectively positive spiritual vibration.

      13) In Islam you could eat a cow and a Buddhist or Hindu may honour and respect a cow. This is each one’s prerogative. You state that you have a lot to say on this and I too have a lot to say but this is something not relevant to the subject matter under discussion.

      Looking forward to your continuation.

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    I just want to point out to all those who worship the west blindly to read or watch the foolowing:

    1. House of Wisdom- book by Jonathan Lyons. This book takes us to the medieval times and shows how science was developed by Islamic rulers. Before the arab scientists it was the Greeks who who held the torch of enlightnment. They were philosophers and they worked on theories. Then came Islam and the arab scientists questioned every theory of the Greeks. They essentially said one must be able to prove everything by mathematics or by empirimis. Do you know the father of the modern scientific method is an Arab- Ibn-al Haytham. Space constraints prvents me from naming all the scientists of the time. Please read Jonathan Lyons’ book and you will be enlightened.
    Science has been described as ‘a baton in a relay’. The baton gets passed on. First the Greeks had it. Then the Arabs and now the West. One may then ask as to why did not science flourish in the earlier civilisations? The answer is simple- science always follows the money. Now there are signs that the power block is changing. May not be during our lifetime. May be in a few centuries. Signs are that Asia will take over.

    2. Watch on youtube William Dalrymple, a Britisher who is a medieval historian. History from Istanbul to Calcutta. He clearly states how tolerant the Islamic world was to the minorities in theor midst. He reckons the Arabs were more tolerant than the Christian West to its minorities. This is coming from a Britisher who is an unbiased historian. So please read before you jump the band wagon to castigate Islam.

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    “Dr” Naleemi DODU and the rest of the Muslims here can keep praising the virtues of Islam and spreading misinformation about other faiths all they like, but no one can dispute the fact that Islam is disliked by all other faiths.

    . Christians vs Islam ( Crusades, Iraq, afghanistan, Mali, 9/11, Britain spain Philippines )

    2. Jews vs Muslims ( 1948, 1967 and 1973 wars against Israel, The Hamas, PLO etc )

    3. Hindus vs Muslims (India – 1948 partition, Indo-Pakistan wars, riots and bombings in Mumbai Ahamadabad etc )( Sri Lanka -LTTE vs Muslims )

    4. Buddhists vs Muslims ( sri Lanka (1915, 1982, Puttalam & Mawanella riot etc ) (Burma – Rohingyas ,) (Thailand – )

    5. Sikhs vs Muslims (India- partition , Mughal empire (Muslims killed two of the ten Sikhs gurus making enemies of Sikhs forever )

    6. Zoroastrians ( Persia – Mulsim Arabs destroyed the Zoroastrian civilization in Persia )

    7. Bahais vs Muslims ( Bahais were eterminated by Muslims )

    With a record like this It will be impossible for Muslims to maintain that other religions are jealous of them. Most of the 57 Muslim nations are sub-saharan poverty ridden, technologically backward countries. Today muslim nations are powerless against the advanced non-muslim nations like USA RUSSIA, EU, INDIA CHINA JAPAN ISRAEL etc who keep defeating them at every turn

    In my view, it is because of this feeling of powerlessness that Muslims (1)day-dream about the day the whole world will be converted to Islam and (2) accuse other religions of being jealous etc.

    Actually they should get out of the frog in the well “living in the past” attitude and try to modernize and learn some technology quickly (even the rich arab countries survive by seeling oil and are technologically backward) or they will remain powerless And at the mercy of non-muslims forever.

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      American Mamo,

      We will start with Japan. Japan is a Buddhist country which was the main partner in the 2nd World War which killed over 75 Million.

      South, North Vietnam and Loas are Buddhist countries which fought Vietnam war which killed over 4 million.

      South and North Korea which are again Buddhist countries which killed over 4 million fighting among each other.

      Pol Pot, a Buddhidt, killed over 3 millions of his own people in Cambodia which is also a Nuddhist country.

      Sr Lanka Matha, your own Buddhist country in 1956, and 1983 killed the Tamils. some were put into the burning fire with their children. In 2009 you genocide the Tamils.

      Thailand, a Buddhist country, still killing Muslims.

      Burma another Buddhist country killing Muslims.

      Buddhists like American Mamo thinks they are the shadows. Mamo, you religion is getting eliminated from the world. In Korea and Taiwan your Buddhists are converting to other religions.

      In Vietnam and North Korea they are becoming atheist.

      Sure Mamo Islam will grow and grow forever.

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        … The above are the killings just after 2nd World War only. If you start from Ashoka, after he became Buddhist, who killed over 18,000 people just for drawing a picture showing Buddha boving at the feet of Mahaveera, the founder of Jainism (this is the first Buddhist Jihad in the history) then the killings were over a Billion!

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        DODU

        1. Actually I am an Agnostic. NOT a Buddhist. But Believe Buddhism is the least harmful religion.

        2. Instead of wasting time spreading LIES and HATRED, do some service to Islam by teaching muslim children the value of science :)

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    Agnostic: one meaning for this is doubtful or noncommittal.

    So, better clear your doubt it is very dangerous to live with doubt and die!

    Your advice about lLIES and HATRED should go to Lester, Leela……

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