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Motives behind Dambulla Mosque demolition demands

by Dr Sulaiman Rifai, Naleemi (London)

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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.

அஸ்ஸலாமு அலைக்கும் வரஹ்மத்துல்லாஹி
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.

 

Understanding the Qur’an: Some Initial Conditions

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By Amin Ahsan Islahi

Cleanliness and ablution are the initial conditions for the prayer. One can obtain its true blessings only if one fulfils these initial conditions before offering it. Similarly, there are some initial conditions for understanding the Qur’an. One can be blessed with this understanding only if one tries to grasp the Holy Book after fulfilling these conditions. This writer will now attempt to explain these:

Purity of Intent

Purity of intent is the foremost of all conditions. It means that one should read the Qur’an only to obtain guidance from it and not for any other purpose. If a person has some other purpose in mind, he will not only remain deprived of the blessings of the Qur’an, but he may also get further away from the Qur’an than he formerly was. If he studies the Qur’an in order to be an exegete so that he may get some fame and mundane interest, he might achieve this target but he will never get to the true comprehension of the Qur’an. Similarly, if a person studies the Qur’an to notch up some arguments for his preconceived notions, he may succeed in getting some distorted testimonies for them, but at the cost of understanding the Qur’an.

 

தம்புள்ளை பள்ளிவாசலை அகற்ற பிரதமர் உத்தரவு; 'வேறு இடத்தில் காணி வழங்கப்படும்'

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Prime Minister orders to remove the mosque and provide a suitable alternative place

[Dambulla Incident Updates - Translation in brackets]

தம்புள்ளையிலுள்ள சர்ச்சைக்குரிய பள்ளிவாசலை அகற்றுமாறு புத்தசாசன மற்றும் சமய விவகார அமைச்சரும் பிரதமருமான டி.எம்.ஜயரட்ன இன்று ஞாயிற்றுக்கிழமை உத்தரவிட்டுள்ளார்.
[Prime Minister and Minister of Buddasasana & Religous affairs, D. M. Jayartne ordered to remove the controversial Mosque in Dambulla.]

 

Tense situation in Dambulla

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A tense situation has erupted in Dambulla following clashes over the issue of a temple and a mosque. According to sources in the area, angry mobs have now surrounded the mosque where at least 50 Muslim devotees have gathered for the congregational Juammah Prayers today.

 

Sri Lankan mosque forced to abandon prayers by protesters

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A mosque in Sri Lanka has been forced to abandon Friday prayers amid community tensions in the central town of Dambulla. About 2,000 Buddhists, including monks, marched to the mosque and held a demonstration demanding its demolition. A mosque official told the BBC he and several dozen companions were trapped inside and feared the crowd would destroy the building.

Overnight the mosque had been targeted by a fire-bombing - no-one was hurt.

The BBC's Charles Haviland in Colombo says the tensions have been growing in the neighbourhood. Shortly after the protest the mosque was evacuated and its Friday prayers cancelled.

 

'Hassen worked tirelessly to develop Muslim programmes'

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Parliamentarian A.H.M. Azwer issuing a condolence message on the death of SLBC Marketing Unit Director Nooraniya Fouzul Hassen said, 'It is with a deep sense of sorrow I condole the sudden demise of SLBC Marketing Unit Director Nooraniya Fouzul Hassen.

'He met with a fatal accident at Rambawa yesterday morning while travelling to Jaffna with his colleagues on an official assignment.

 

Accident kills SLBC director Hassan

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A Director and announcer of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) Nurania Hassan was killed this morning while five others were injured when the vehicle they were travelling in collided with a lorry at Rambewa, according to the Police.

The group of six media personnel was travelling to Jaffna when their van hit with the stationary lorry around 4.30 am. Two of the injured are in critical condition while the other three have been admitted to theAnuradhapuraHospital. (Sanath Desmond)

Courtesy : DailyMirror.lk

   

Prof. Dato’ Sahol Hamid inaugurated Fatayaat Leadership Program (FLP)

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Fatayaat Leadership Program(FLP) with the slogan, ‘Empowering Tomorrow’s Family Leaders’ commenced on the 16th April 2012 and is in full swing at Ayesha Siddeeqa Educational Institute (ASEI).  Forty eight ladies in the age range of 18-25 are actively participating.  Prof. Dato’ Sahol Hamid, President / Vice Chancellor, University Teknologi MARA, & Assistant Police Commissioner of Malaysia, who graced the occasion as Chief Guest, delivered the keynote address on ‘My Mother’.  He related his life story, on how as the first child of a downtrodden family, his mother painstakingly helped him to rise to the position he is now in.  The story contained full of inspirations and emotionally touched the hearts of the listeners.

 

Foundation laid for WITCOM at Ayesha Siddeeqa

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Dato' Prof. Sahol Hamid, FASc, President, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia and Assistant Police Commissioner of Malaysia laid the foundation for the construction of WITCOM - Women's Islamic Training Complex at Ayesha Siddeeqa Educational Institute (ASEI), Mawanella, Sri Lanka.

WITCOM is concept designed eco-friendly Islamic training facility exclusively for women.  The facilities available in this three storied building include Main Lobby, Library, Lodging for 70 participants, Gymnasium, Lecture Theater, Media Centre, Swimming Pool, First Aid & Sick Room, Home Science and Sewing laboratory, class rooms, Dining, Servery and Kitchen etc.,  The project was developed by Br. Riza Yehiya, built environment & sustainability consultant.

   

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