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  • Sri Lanka MPs hurl 'chilli powder' and chairs in fresh chaosLegislators allied to disputed PM Rajapaksa fight with rivals in second day of clashes
    Legislators allied to disputed PM Rajapaksa fight with rivals in second day of clashes
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  • Sri Lanka MPs pass no-confidence vote against new prime minister
    Lawmakers show their support for Sri Lanka's ousted prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe during a parliamentary session in Colombo on November 14, 2018. Colombo, Sri Lanka (CNN)Sri Lankan lawmakers have passed a no-confidence motion against the country's new Prime Minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa, declaring his appointment "void and invalid" amid raucous scenes in the country's Parliament. Supporters of Rajapaksa refused to recognize the vote as legitimate, plunging the country deeper into crisis, as fears grow that the political dispute could spill into wider instability. The move follows the shock decision last month by President...
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  • Pandemonium in Sri Lankan parliament as MPs hurl books at speaker
    Mahinda Rajapaksa supporters throw books, chilli paste and water bottles at speaker to disrupt second confidence vote.

    Sri Lanka's parliament descended into chaos for a second day on Friday as legislators supporting newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa threw books, chilli paste and water bottles at the speaker to try to disrupt a second no-confidence motion.

    The vote went ahead anyway and for a second time, legislators turned against Rajapaksa and his new government, possibly opening the way for the return of Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister.

    Wickremesinghe was removed by President Maithripala Sirisena late last month and replaced with Rajapaksa, plunging the country into a constitutional crisis.
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  • ජනපතිගේ ගැසට්ටුව තාවකාලිකව අත්හිටුවයි
    පාර්ලිමේන්තුව විසිරුවමින් ජනාධිපතිවරයා නිකුත් කළ ගැසට් නිවේදනය දෙසැම්බර් 18 තෙක් තාවකාලික අත්හිටුවමින් ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ අද (13) අතුරු තහනම් නියෝගයක් නිකුත් කළේය. ජනාධිපතිවරයාගේ ගැසට්ටුව අවලංගු කරන ලෙස ඉල්ලා ගොනු කළ පෙත්සම් කිහිපයක් විභාගයට ගැනීමට අවසර දෙමිනි. අගවිනිසුරුවරයා ඇතුළු ත්‍රිපුද්ගල විනිසුරු මඩුල්ලක් ඉදිරියේ...
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  • SC stays proclamation dissolving parliament
    The Supreme Court today issued an interim order till December 7 staying the proclamation issued by President Maithripala Sirisena to dissolve parliament. The three-Judge bench of the Supreme Court granted leave to proceed with the Fundamental Rights petitions which sought the court order against the President dissolving parliament. (Shehan Chamika Silva)
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  • TheVirtues of Jumu’ah
    TheVirtues of Jumu’ah (3min read) Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said, “Friday is the best of days. It was on this day that Hadrat Aadam alayhis salaam was created, it was on this day that he was granted entry into jannah, it was on this day that he was removed from jannah (which became the cause for man’s existence in this universe, and which is a great blessing), and the day of resurrection will also take place on this day. ” (Sahih Muslim)   Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said, “There is such an hour on Friday that if any Muslim makes Dua in it, his Dua will definitely be accepted. ” (Bukhari, Muslim) Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said, “Of all the days, Friday is the most virtuous. It is on this day that the trumpet will be blown. Send abundant Durood upon me on Fridays because they are...
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  • Not Everyone is What They Post to be
    Not Everyone is What They Post to be   If you’re not careful, you’ll be fooled to think perfection exists. From perfect flawless selfies to wow holiday destinations….social media has people selectively glorifying their lives.. Posting their best food, clothes and moments to create the perception of an ideal life… Behind the scenes however, reality chronicles a very different picture. From holiday destinations to food, fun and laughter, don’t be bamboozled to believe everything you see and read.
    A depressed person will post the funniest jokes and quotes to block off their own woeful emotions. Spiritual posts don’t always come from the pious, perhaps they too are trying to find a connection with their Creator. A shy introvert can own the social media world from the privacy of their bedrooms. Cloaked by the safety of...
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  • Islaaminfo is Now on Whatsapp
    Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem

    As Salaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullaahi WaBarakaatuhu

    Hope you are keeping well. Islaaminfo is now on whatsapp. To recieve our messages via whatsapp, send a whatsapp to +2763 031 1472, save this number to your contacts, and we will add you onto the list, In sha Allah. This will be a broadcast list and not a group chat. We are also looking for brothers and sisters who can assist us to spread our messages on other groups and broadcast lists. If you are willing to assist us, please send us your name, country...
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  • Points to assist a declining marriage
      Points to assist a declining marriage   The Hadith questions the manhood of a person who beats his wife up during the day and derives pleasure from her during the night. Good marriages require patience, kindness, humility, sacrifice, empathy, love, understanding, forgiveness, and hard work. Following these basic principles should help any marriage to improve. The essence of them all can be summed up in one sentence: Always treat your spouse the way you would like to be treated.   Amidst busy schedules and tasks on the parts of both women and men, Muslim husbands and wives tend to forget the real reasons behind marriage and likewise the rights of each other. Subsequently, they deprive themselves, their mates and their children of the happiness and tranquility that is the bedrock of a successful family. This unbalanced vision towards...
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  • 11 Signs of Kibr (Pride/Arrogance)
    read time: 2 min The Prophet ﷺ said, “No one who has an atom’s-weight of Pride in his heart will enter Paradise.” A man said, “O Messenger of Allah, what if a man likes his clothes and his shoes to look good?” He ﷺ said, “Allah is Beautiful and loves beauty, Pride means rejecting the truth and looking down on people”(Sahih Muslim). Commentary: The word or the name for arrogance/pride in Arabic is ‘Kibr’. This is the inner quality of pride. The name of the outward quality is ‘Takabbur’ which means arrogance. Arrogance is a blameworthy characteristic which is the feature of Iblees and his followers in this world, those on whose hearts Allah Ta'ala has placed a seal.   11 Signs of a Person Having Pride/Arrogance:   ▪ He doesn’t like others to have what he has ▪ He cannot avoid anger ▪ He cannot avoid...
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Bodu Bala Sena Meets President Mahinda Rajapaksa

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Bodu Bala Sena Meets President Mahinda Rajapaksa

January 27, 2013

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Buddhist priests representing Bodu Bala Sena met President Mahinda Rajapaksa this afternoon at Temple Trees and discussed a host of issues during the near two-hour meeting.

While discussing a number of problems pertaining to Buddhist temples, priests and the practice of the Buddhist religion in the country overall, one of the main points of the conversation revolved around some of the ongoing disputes between some Muslim and Buddhist groups.

Referring to the various messages that have appeared in the media recently, President Rajapaksa requested the group not to engage in any activities that would be seen as promoting communal hatred.

 

Halaal Certification Explained

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By J.T. Mahmud

During the last few months there has been increasing criticism from certain quarters to the halaal certification scheme of ACJU (All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama). In Sri Lanka, most non-muslims have the impression that halaal is something only to do with animal slaughter. This is a misunderstanding of the Arabic word halaal which means ‘permitted’ and its opposite haram means ‘prohibited’. Halal and haram are universal terms that apply to all facets of life. However, we will use these terms only in relation to food products, meat products, cosmetics, personal care products, pharmaceuticals, food ingredients, and food contact materials. ACJU’s halaal certification process, besides monitoring abattoirs, also involves the scrutinizing of ingredients in food production facilities that do not deal with any slaughter and instead produce consumer items. Unfortunately, wrong figures are given and wrong accusations are made against ACJU, which has taken the shape of a disinformation and defamation campaign. This article is an attempt to try and dispel these false claims and present the facts and figures to the readers so that they may realize and understand the truth.

 

හලාල් සහතිකය සඳහා අය කරන මුදල් ත්රස්‌ත සංවිධානවලට ලබා දෙන්නේ නැත - සමස්ථ ලංකා ජමියියතුල් උලමා

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හලාල් සහතිකය ලබා ගැනීමට සමස්ථ ලංකා ජමියියතුල් උලමා අය කරන මුදල් ජගත් ත්‍රස්ථ අරමුදලට ලබා දෙන බවට නගා ඇති චෝදනාව ඔප්පු කරන ලෙස අබියෝග කරන්නෙමු. මිනිසුන් උද්වේගයට පත්කිරිම සඳහා මෙවන් මුසාවාද ඉදිරිපත් නොකරන ලෙස ඉල්ලා සිටින්නෙමු.

හලාල් (අනුමත) සංකල්පය පිළිබඳව මෙවන් අසත්‍ය තොරතුරු ඉදිරිපත් කිරීමෙන් හෙළිදරවූ කර ඇත්තේ මෙම විශය පිළිබඳව නොදැනුවත් බව මිස අන් කිසිවක් නොවේ. හලාල් හෝ අනුකුත් ඉස්ලාමිය ප්‍රශ්ණයන් පිළිබඳව දැනගැනීමට අවශ්‍ය නම් කරුණාකර අප සමග සම්බන්ධ වී කරුනු පැහැදිළි කර ගැනීම සුදුසු යැයි සිතෙනෙමු.

හලාල් සහතිකය ලබා ගැනීම සඳහා අය කරන ප්‍රමාණයන් විස්තර පහතින් ලබා දී ඇත්තෙමු. අපගේ ගිණුම් රජයේ නීති රීති වලට අනුකුලව නිවැරදිව පවත්වාගෙන යන අතර ඒවා වාර්ෂිකව විගණනය කොට සහතික කර ඇත. මේ කිසිවක් රහස් ලෙබණ නොවන අතර මෙය පරික්ෂා කර බැලීම සඳහා අප කාර්යාලය වෙත ක්‍රමාණුකූලවපැමිණ එම කරුණ ඉටු කර ගත හැකි බව ප්‍රකාශ කරන්නෙමු.

හලාල් සහතිකය සඳහා ගාස්තු අය කිරීමක් ඇයි?

 

Sri Lankan Wins International Quran Contest

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Sri Lanka’s Rifti Muhammed Rizwan, who came first in the international Holy Quran recital contest, held at Mecca in Saudi Arabia recently, returned to the country on Wednesday. Eighty six countries participated in the event.

This is the first time that a Sri Lankan had secured the top slot in this prestigious international contest.

 

ACJU Press Release on Cricket

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கிரிக்கெட்டின் வெற்றியை நிதானமாக அனுகுவோம்

தற்போது இலங்கையில் நடைபெற்றுக் கொண்டிருக்கும் கிரிக்கெட் சுற்றுப் போட்டியில் ஏதாவது ஒரு நாடு வெற்றி பெறலாம், ஆனால் வெற்றியின் பின்னர் நமது நாட்டின் ஜக்கியத்திற்கும் இறைமைக்கும் பாதிப்பு ஏற்படாத வகையில் சகலரும் நடந்து கொள்ளவேண்டுமென அகில இலங்கை ஜம்இய்யத்துல் உலமா அன்பாக வேண்டிக் கொள்கின்றது.

 

Media Communique by ACJU re: destruction of a place of Buddhist worship in Bangladesh

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We are deeply disturbed and outraged by reports of the destruction of a place of Buddhist worship in Bangladesh.  We are saddened that this despicable act is said to have been committed by a group of misguided Muslims.  We unreservedly condemn this reprehensible act and call upon the Government of Bangladesh to take immediate action in this regard.

Such acts of religious bigotry and intolerance are completely prohibited by the tenets of Islam which is a peaceful and viable way of life.   The Holy Quran expressly states that there is no compulsion in religion and exhorts all Muslims to engage with persons of other faiths with reason and kindness.   The Holy Prophet of Islam (on whom be peace) was the very epitome of compassion and tolerance.  Islamic history is replete with instances embodying such tolerance.   If one may give a random pick – the Holy Prophet was persecuted and assaulted when he preached his message in the city of Taif.

 

Dr Faiz Marikkar and Riyazdeen Shahjahan are among the TOYP 2012 winners

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Dr. Faiz Marikkar wins Academic Leadership award and

Riyazdeen Shahjahan bags the award for contribution to media.

Ten Outstanding Young Persons award recipients for 2012

The Ten Outstanding Young Persons or the TOYP award recipients for 2012 organised  the junior Chamber International were announced on Monday evening.

The Ten Outstanding Young Persons  is one of the most prestigious international award seletion and has been held in Sri Lanka for the past thirty three years.

International luminaries who have won this award in the past include former US President’s, John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton and Henry Kissinger.

The winners of the award this year are in the category of business, economic and entrepreneurial accomplishment, Thushantha Jayasundara.

The award for academic leadership was won by Dr. Faiz Marikkar.

 

[Protest in Dehiwala] Buddhists monks and villages protest

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By Azra Ameen

Buddhist monks took to the streets yesterday again demanding the demolition of yet another Muslim community building in Colombo, claiming it was illegal.

Over 250 protestors led by Buddhist monks staged a demonstration yesterday in front of Galvihara Road, Dehiwala, calling for the demolition of the Madarasa ‘Darul- Qur’an lil Baranil Iman.

The protestors charged it is an illegal construction and a place where goats are scarified.

The Police was immediately deployed to avoid any clashes.

One of the monks leading the protest claimed the Madarasa should be demolished as the Muslims had constructed it illegally; a claim many Muslims in the area are disputing.

 

Eastern provincial election soon; parties consulted

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Chief Minister agrees to dissolution; President in bid to revitalise SLFP

By Chris Kamalendran

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has directed members of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) to be prepared for an early election in the Eastern Province. Eastern Provincial Council Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan said he gave his consent on Thursday to dissolve the council earlier than scheduled.

Constitutionally, the consent of the Chief Minister is required to dissolve a provincial council.
Three years after the military defeat of Tiger guerrillas, the government wants to put its popularity to the test in the East by holding provincial council elections.

 

Scholar urges Sri Lankan expats to stay calm over racial tensions back home

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By RIYADH: MD RASOOLDEEN, ARAB NEWS STAFF

Published: May 6, 2012 00:07

A Sri Lankan Islamic scholar currently visiting the Kingdom said racial tensions following an attack on Dambulla mosque in Sri Lanka had greatly eased and the country’s government is trying its best to resolve this issue amicably.

“We firmly believe that very soon a satisfactory solution will be realized on the initiative of the government,” M.I.M Rizvi Mufthie, president of the Colombo-based All Ceylon Jamiyathul Ulama (ACJU) said in Riyadh on Friday. Abdul Cader Al Mashoor Moulana, the Sri Lankan president’s coordinating secretary, was also present at the lecture.

Mufthie, who was adjudged among the 500 most influential Muslims worldwide, was addressing the members of the Sri Lankan Muslim community here on Friday.

 

Serandib Educational Foundation (SEF) Scholarship Applications called

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Special Scholarships for O/L High Achievers for GCE A/L Science Stream

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Group of Sixties, an associate body of the Old Boys Association of Zahira College, is pleased to announce this scholarship for ten best students who have obtained excellent grades at the G.C.E. (O/L) 2011 exams. The selected students will be admitted to the new A/L (2012 - 2014) classes at Zahira College, Colombo beginning end of May. This announcement is made with the full collaboration and approval of Zahira College 

   

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.
   

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