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    Assalamu Alaykum W W. Voters List details required for 2019 Government Schools Admission for Grade One (I.e. From 2013- 2017) could be obtained from below link of Elections Department : http://eservices.elections.gov.lk/myVoterRegistration.aspx
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  • Facebook staff to learn Sinhala insults after Sri Lanka riots
    Three months after Sri Lanka was rocked by deadly anti-Muslim riots fuelled by online vitriol, Facebook is training its staff to identify inflammatory content in the country’s local languages. The social network has been seeking penance in Sri Lanka after authorities blocked Facebook in March as incendiary posts by Buddhist hardliners fanned religious violence that left three people dead and reduced hundreds of mosques, homes and businesses to ashes. Until the week-long ban, appeals to Facebook to act against the contagion of hate speech had been met with deafening silence, at a time when the California-based tech giant was reeling from unprecedented global scrutiny over fake news and user privacy. “We did make mistakes and we were slow,” Facebook spokeswoman Amrit Ahuja told AFP in Colombo. The dearth of staff fluent in Sinhala...
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  • Time-tested bond of Sinhala-Muslim Friendship
    The Muslims of Sri Lanka, since ancient times have been in peaceful coexistence with the other communities of the Island and has proved to be an integral and inseparable component of the Sri Lankan society.



    According to ancient chronicles, traders from countries like Rome, Greece, Persia( Iran ), China, India etc visited Sri Lanka on trade missions. Arab merchants having maintained friendly relationship with natives, had ventured into the interior and coastal areas of Ceylon for trading, even before the advent of Islam. Arabs were only interested in trading and commerce in Sri Lanka in an honest and a just manner The present day Muslims of Sri Lanka, could therefore be considered the descendants of many of these Arabs, Persians, Indians, and Malays etc.  

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  • ‘වඳභාවය ඇති කළ හැකි පෙත්තක් මෙතෙක් සොයාගෙන නැහැ‘

    (ශාන්ත රත්නායක)

    බටහිර වෛද්‍ය ක්‍රමය අනුව වඳභාවය ඇති කළ හැකි පෙත්තක් සොයා ගෙන නැති බව ප්‍රජනන වෛද්‍ය විද්‍යාව පිළිබඳ මහාචාර්ය චන්දිකා විජේරත්න මහත්මිය අද (15) ශ්‍රී ලංකා වෛද්‍ය සංගමයේ මාධ්‍ය හමුවක දී පැවසීය.

    ආහාර සමඟ වඳ පෙති මිශ්‍ර කිරීමෙන් වඳභාවය ඇති කළ හැකි බවට අනියත බියක් සමාජ වෙබ් අඩවිවල ඇතිව තිබෙන හෙයින් ඒ ගැන...
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  • ආණමඩුව හෝටලයට ගිනි තැබු 7 දෙනා රිමාන්ඩ්
    ජුඩ් සමන්ත

    ආණමඩුව නගරයේ පිහිටි  මදීනා හෝටලයට පෙට්‍රල් බෝම්බ තබා ගිනි තැබීමේ සිද්ධියට සම්බන්ධ සැකකරුවන් 7 දෙනා මෙම මස 19 වැනි දා දක්වා රිමාන්ඩ් කිරිමට ආණමඩුව වැඩබලන මහේස්ත්‍රාත් සුනිල් ජයවර්ධන මහතා අද (13) නියෝග කළේය.

    මෙලෙස රිමාන්ඩ් ගත කරන ලද්දේ ආණමඩුව සහ ඒ අවට පදිංචිව සිටි තරුණයින් 7 දෙනෙක් වේ. ඔවුන් වයස අවුරුදු 18 - 22 වියේ...
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  • ජීවිත බියෙන් දිව ආ මුස්ලිම් පවුල් පන්සලේ හංගාගෙන නවාතැන් දුන් ගොමගොඩ හාමුදුරුවෝ
    ජීවිත බියෙන් දිව ආ මුස්ලිම් පවුල්
    පන්සලේ  හංගාගෙන නවාතැන් දුන්
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  • මහසෝන් බලකා කාර්යාලයෙන් ප්‍රචණ්ඩත්වයේ වැලගිය මුලගිය තැන් හමුවෙයි
    මහනුවර ප‍්‍රදේශයේ ඉකුත් මාර්තු 4 වැනි දා සිට  මේ දක්වා සිදු වු සියලූ ප‍්‍රචන්ඩ  කි‍්‍රයාවන්ට මුලිකව කි‍්‍රයා කළ  බව කියන සිද්ධිය සම්බන්ධයෙන් අත්අඩංගුවට ගෙන රැඳවුම් නියෝග මත සිටින මහසොන් බළකායේ  ප‍්‍රධානී බව කියන විදානපතිරණයේ අමිත් ජීවන් වීරසිංහ නැමැති සැකකරුට අයත් මහනුවර නත්තරංපොත කුණ්ඩසාලේ පිහිටි කාර්යාලය අද (13) සෝදිසියට...
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  • UN condemns anti-Muslim attacks in Sri Lanka
    2018-03-12 11:10:35 4 2109 The UN's political chief on Sunday condemned anti-Muslim violence that has targeted mosques and businesses in Sri Lanka as he wrapped up a three-day visit to Sri Lanka. Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman urged the government to bring the perpetrators of the violence and hate speech to justice. Feltman, who met with Muslim leaders to show solidarity during his visit, "condemned the breakdown in law and order and the attacks against Muslims and their property," a UN statement said. Sri Lanka has been rocked by a week of violent riots by Sinhalese mobs who have attacked 11 mosques and at least 200 Muslim-owned businesses, prompting the government to declare a state of emergency. Three people have been killed and 20 wounded in the anti-Muslim attacks. On Sunday a Muslim-owned...
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Fingers Crossed: Religious rifts in Sri Lanka’s Dambulla area, not affecting tourists

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May 01, 2012 (LBO) – Foreign visitors continue to tour Sri Lanka’s central regions, despite ongoing religious tensions where Buddhist monks have demanded a 60-year-old mosque be relocated, a tourism industry lobby said.

"It’s not that much of an issue yet," NilminNanayakkara, president of the Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO) told reporters.
The central regions which hosts some of the island’s former royal kingdoms and historic Buddhist temples, has been in the news since the dispute flared up recently. The area is one of the key cultural and heritage sites for visiting foreign tourists.
The Buddhist clergy point out that the mosque in Dambulla, some 150 kilometers north of Colombo, are situated inside temple land and should be demolished. The minority Muslims argue that they have been praying in that mosque since the mid-1940s.

Last week, the state offered three alternate locations for the mosque and also offered tax money to fund a new building, an offer firmly rejected by the SLMC.

"We will not agree to any compromise of taking land elsewhere," Sri Lanka Muslim Congress chief and Justice Minister RaufHakeem told reporters.

"We are very, very firm on that.”

Hakeem alleged that "extremist forces" were trying to stir trouble, to fan religious tensions across the island that is emerging after the end of nearly four decades of ethnic bloodshed.

"A strong government must protect the weaker minorities," Hakeem said. "We appeal to the government to ensure that they do not allow xenophobic forces to hold the country hostage."

Sri Lanka is recovering from a 30-year ethnic war which ended in 2009. In 1983 the state failed to protect thousands of minority Tamils who perished in ethnic riots, in landmark breakdown of rule of law and justice.

Sri Lankan citizens have taken up arms against the state three times, the Sinhalese majority twice and the Tamil minority once as the country was buffeted from both state intervention and nationalism.

Courtesy: LBO.lk

 

Fingers Crossed: Religious rifts in Sri Lanka’s Dambulla area, not affecting tourists

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May 01, 2012 (LBO) – Foreign visitors continue to tour Sri Lanka’s central regions, despite ongoing religious tensions where Buddhist monks have demanded a 60-year-old mosque be relocated, a tourism industry lobby said.

"It’s not that much of an issue yet," NilminNanayakkara, president of the Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO) told reporters.
The central regions which hosts some of the island’s former royal kingdoms and historic Buddhist temples, has been in the news since the dispute flared up recently. The area is one of the key cultural and heritage sites for visiting foreign tourists.
The Buddhist clergy point out that the mosque in Dambulla, some 150 kilometers north of Colombo, are situated inside temple land and should be demolished. The minority Muslims argue that they have been praying in that mosque since the mid-1940s.
 

Mosque issue: Hakeem happy after talks with MR

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Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) Leader and Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem said yesterday he had discussed the Dambulla Mosque dispute with President Mahinda Rajapaksa and that he was confident it would be resolved with justice to all.

“The President assured me he would not let the dispute get out of hand and will resolve the contentious matter without harming the interests of any individual or community,” the minister said

 

Sri Lanka's road to peaceful co-existence

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The intent to demolish Dambulla mosque tears at wounds of ethnic violence which are in the process of healing

By Tariq A. Al Maeena

Following a protracted and violent civil war that lasted for more than 26 years costing thousands of lives and destruction of property, it would have been natural to assume that Sri Lanka would set itself on the path of healing through national reconciliation with all its peoples; Buddhists, Tamils and Muslims.

Yet, within many Tamils there exists a widespread belief that the Sri Lankan government is trying to wipe out their Tamil culture and religious identity by constructing Buddhist temples in Tamil areas. Now many of another ethnic minority feel recent moves have taken another dimension.

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Sri Lanka's road to peaceful co-existence

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The intent to demolish Dambulla mosque tears at wounds of ethnic violence which are in the process of healing

By Tariq A. Al Maeena
Following a protracted and violent civil war that lasted for more than 26 years costing thousands of lives and destruction of property, it would have been natural to assume that Sri Lanka would set itself on the path of healing through national reconciliation with all its peoples; Buddhists, Tamils and Muslims.

Yet, within many Tamils there exists a widespread belief that the Sri Lankan government is trying to wipe out their Tamil culture and religious identity by constructing Buddhist temples in Tamil areas. Now many of another ethnic minority feel recent moves have taken another dimension.

In a dangerous precedent reminiscent of another time and place, the Sri Lankan Prime Minister D.M. Dayaratne ordered the demolition of a 65-year-old mosque in Dambulla stating that the area was sacred to Buddhists. He tried to appease local sentiments by saying that the mosque would be relocated to another area. This public statement followed events recently when Buddhist agitators stormed the mosque and vandalised it, threatening its destruction.

The incident undoubtedly angered the island's Muslim community who have seen enough suffering and were severely victimised during the civil war for which they had paid a heavy price. During the civil war, caught in the crossfire between the government and the Tamils, they were attacked and slaughtered in village after village, even while offering prayers in the sanctity of their mosques. Their paddy lands were looted, businesses closed and had their very means of survival taken away. The entire Jaffna Muslim population was booted out of their homes and their belongings and property were stolen from them.

They are shocked and hurt that the demolition order strikes at the very core of religious freedom in a country attempting to heal itself. Muslim Congress Secretary and parliamentarian Hassan Ali said the "community will not accept a mosque in another place even if it was built of gold".

He also added that "If the places of religious worship of the minorities are being attacked while the police and army are idly watching, it implies that they are
supporting the marauders and providing security to them, instead of the law abiding people". Faced with the initial opposition, the prime minister claimed that this decision was taken after consultations with Muslim politicians. However, it was immediately debunked as a ‘blatant manufactured lie' and strongly rejected by leading Muslim politicians: Senior Minister A.H.M. Fawzie, Deputy Minister M.L.A.M. Hizbulla, Western Province Governor Alavi Moulana and Parliamentarian Abdul Khader, all of whom categorically reject the prime minister's claims. They assert that the mosque was built on land legally bought in 1964 and simply dismiss the allegations of militant Buddhists who claimed this area was sacred just two years ago.

Misleading people

Asad Sally, chairman of the Islamic Solidarity Front (ISF) and former deputy mayor of Colombo, stated that "it is misleading to say that the mosque was in existence for two years as it has been there for more than 65 years. We have all the documents to prove that it is a legally constructed mosque under the Waqf Act. Therefore the statement by the prime minister claiming that the unauthorised construction of the mosque has been stopped is totally false. The land on which the mosque was located was bought by a Muslim lady in Jaffna from Englishmen. This mosque has existed since then.

"Later the adjacent land too had been bought by mosque authorities in 1995. This statement by the prime minister is misleading the Buddhists in the country. The prime minister should not make such irresponsible statements as the Waqf Board comes under him and he is contradicting his own statement. Besides statements like Muslims will not have a place to urinate are not only irresponsible but very dangerous too."

Though the leader of the United National Party Ranil Wickremasinghe is yet to make a public statement on the tense situation, his deputy Sajith Premadasa described the prime minister's order as "law of the jungle and nothing to do with Buddhism". Sajith wondered "how could we develop the country when the prime minister's
office issues such false statements?"

Some public figures deplored the political pandering of the prime minister to a few Buddhist thugs, stating that in any civilised society one would expect unruly elements who vandalise places of worship to be arrested and brought to justice. Instead they have been rewarded in violation of all principles of human decency.
Following Sri Lanka's recent and turbulent past, Tamils, Muslims and others had been looking forward to a period of peace and harmony. However the intent to demolish the Dambulla mosque tears at the wounds of ethnic violence still in the process of healing, and only serves to prove that reconciliation, peace and progress are nothing but distant dreams. The historical co-existence of Tamils and Muslims among the Buddhist Sinhalese people for more than 1,000 years is under threat.

Tariq A. Al Maeena is a Saudi socio-political commentator. He lives in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

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Dambulla mosque dispute now in President’s court

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Amid claims and counterclaims, deadlines and discussions, the crisis awaits speedy solution

By Wasantha Ramanayake

As the dispute over the mosque in Dambulla continues for the second week amid local and international media focus, a solution to it may come in the coming days with the intervention of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The President returned to the country on Friday after a five-day official visit to South Korea. During his stay in South Korea, Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne tried to solve the dispute. But his attempts created a fresh controversy with Minister A. H. M. Fowzie and Western Province Governor Alavi Moulana denying his claim that they took part in a meeting where a decision was taken to shift the mosque to another place.

 

Latest hooliganism under organized “hate Muslim” campaign

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Attack on Dambulla Mosque

By Latheef Farook

The   attack to demolish the Dambulla Khairiya Jumah Masjd Friday 20 April 2012 is not the “beginning” as stated by the pro government Buddhist monk who led the mob to attack the mosque in an act of sheer lawlessness.

This unfortunate incident in fact is the latest in the series of provocations unleashed to set the Muslims, who pose no threat or nuisance to anyone, against Sinhalese. Most Sinhalese, especially those in the Dambulla area, distanced themselves from this vandalism stating that “we are living in peace with Muslims and this was done by people brought from outside”.

 

Jummah Sermons about Dambulla Mosque Issue

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Past week has been a historic one for Sri Lanka Muslims due to the unpleasant Dambulla mosque incident occurred on 20th April 2012. Sri Lankan Muslims not only in Sri Lanka but all over the world were focussing on the post attack development around the country. While some associations organised protests to show their anger and refusal of government's decision to remove the Masiid, All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulema (ACJU) releasing an a statement last week requested Muslims to avoid protests and not to distrub the law and order of the country. The statement also recommended Muslims to engage in supplications, observe fast and make Dua seeking Allah's (swt) assistance for a peaceful settlement to the matter.

In this backdrop, yesterday's Jummah sermons in most of the Masjids in Sri Lanka were around this subject. These sermons were addressed in several angles to the issue however all of them with particular emphasis on how Muslims should take up such difficult times and how Qu'ran and Hadeeths guide us in this respect. Special Duas were also recited in some mosques.

 

 

Motives behind Dambulla Mosque demolition demands

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By Dr Sulaiman Rifai, Naleemi (London)

20/04/2012 is one of the darkest days in Srilankan Muslim history. Muslims have been living in this country for more than 1000 years peacefully with all communities and indeed, they have contributed immensely for the integrity and sovereignty of this Island since ancient time. Yet, in recent time, some extremist Buddhists with collaboration of some politicians have been trying to destabilise the communal harmony between Muslim community and Singhalese community.  Recent attacks on Muslim mosques, increasing racial abuse and discrimination against Muslims people justify such claims. There seems to be some hidden conspiracies to wipe out religious identities of minority communities in Srilanka. Otherwise, how on earth these extremists Buddhists people under the leadership of their chief monk could attack this mosque in a day light while hundreds of army and police officers were looking at them doing nothing to protect this mosque from these mobs. It may be they are under greater political influence and been instructed not to upset the crown for fear of more communal tension. It is pathetic that some extremist elements take laws in their hands as if Srilanka is lawless land.

 

ACJU Appeal to Muslims of Sri Lanka

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In an important statement issued to the public by All Ceylon Jammiyyathul Ulma (ACJU) on the prevailing situation in country after the Dambulla Mosque incident, they appeal to all Muslims of Sri Lanka to maintain peace and calm without disupting law and order by holding improper demonstrations causing inconvenience to public and damaing public property. ACJU reminds Muslims of Sri Lanka that they should not forget the fact that the majority of the Buddhist poepl are peace loving, rational and fair minded; and they do not approve such acts.

ACJU futher reiterates that according to Islam the best weapon for Muslims in such situations is Supplication, thus request Muslims to pray and observe fast and make Dua to seek His assistance.

The official appeal reads as follows:

A request from the All Ceylon Jamiyathul Ulama

Muslims of this country are deeply worried over the recent incident took place in Dambulla in which a gang stormed the Jumma Mosque of Dambulla and damaged the place on 20 April, Friday. Muslims along with peace loving citizens of Sri Lanka are fretful if this incident would negatively impact the reconciliation that has started to sprout among communities since recently.

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அகில இலங்கை ஜம்இய்யத்துல் உலமா விடுக்கும் முக்கிய வேண்டுகோள்!

கடந்த வாரம் தம்புள்ளையில் நடந்து முடிந்த பள்ளிவாசல் தாக்குதலையடுத்து நாடெங்கிலுமுள்ள முஸ்லிம்கள் மிகுந்த கவலையிலும் இதுவரை காலமாக நிலவி வருகின்ற சமூக ஒற்றுமை சீர்குழைந்து விடுமோ என்ற அச்சத்திலும் இருந்து வருகின்றனர். சிலர் மேற்படி விடயத்தை கண்டிக்கவும் எதிர்ப்பு நடவடிக்கைகள் மேற்கொள்ள வேண்டுமென்று தூண்டிக்கொண்டும் இருக்கின்றனர். இந்நிலையில் இஸ்லாம் காட்டிய வழிமுறையொன்று இருக்கிறது என்பதை அகில இலங்கை ஜம்இய்யத்துல் உலமா நினைவூட்ட விரும்புகிறது.

 

සමස්ත ලංකා ජමියතුල් උලමා (මුස්ලිම් ආගමික නායකයන්ගේ සංවිධානය)
විසින් නිකුත් කරනු ලබන වැදගත් නිවේදනයයි.

පසුගිය සතියේ දඹුල්ල නගරයේ සිදුවූ , දෙවස්තානයට පහර දීමේ සිද්දියෙන් පසුව ශ්‍රී ලංකාව පුරා පැතිර ජීවත්වන මුස්ලිම් බැතිමතුන්

ඉතා කනගාටුවට පත්වී සිටින අතර මෙතෙක් කල් පැවැති සමාජයීය සහජීවනය බිද වැටෙදෝ යන සැකයකින්ද පසුවෙති.

 

 

Order to demolish Dambulla Mosque

By Latheef Farook

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Why raise this explosive issue now?

By Latheef Farook

Prime Minister D.M. Dayaratne’s order to demolish a 65 year old mosque in Dambulla and instead build a mosque in another place strikes at the very root of religious freedom .It also shocked and hurt the island’s Muslim community. Responding to the order and expressing the community’s mood Muslim Congress Secretary and parliamentarian Hassen Ali said the “community will not accept a mosque in another place even if it was built of gold”.

 

ACJU & MCSL - Joint Press Release on Hon. Hisbullah's Statement on Dambulla Mosque Issue

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A joint press release signed by Ash-Sheikh M.M.A Mubarak, General Secretary, All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama and N. M. Ameen, President, Muslim Council of Sri Lanka strongly notes their deep concern over the misleading statment made by Deputy Minister Hon. M. L. A. M Hisbullah when he met with Rev. Inamaluwa Thero yesterday, 23rd April 2012.

   

Dambulla Mosque attack: Is there a hidden hand?

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Riza Yehiya (Courtesy: GroundViews.Org)

The storming of the Dambulla Mosque on Friday the 20th April and chasing away of the Muslim worshippers attending Friday prayers by a mob led by Buddhist priests is epoch making in modern Sri Lankan history. The majority of the people of all communities are shocked and incensed by the way Buddhist priests lead this violent and destructive mob against the Dambulla Mosque.

 

Sri Lanka government orders removal of Dambulla mosque

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Sri Lanka's government has ordered the removal of a mosque from an area it says is sacred to the country's majority Buddhists.

The order comes two days after Buddhist monks led a crowd trying to storm the mosque in the central town of Dambulla.

Prime Minister DM Jayaratne says the mosque has simply been ordered to relocate to another part of the area.

   

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