Sri Lanka landslide: Three dead and 150 missingContinue reading the main story At least 150 people are missing and three people are dead following a landslide in central Sri Lanka, disaster officials say. The landslide, which came after heavy monsoon rains, engulfed dozens of houses in Badulla district, officials said. Security forces have been mobilised in search and rescue operations. Much of Sri Lanka has been lashed by heavy rain in recent weeks, with mudslide warnings issued.
කොස්ලන්දේ මහා නාය යෑමක් :400 ක තොරතුරුක් නෑ2014 ඔක්තෝබර් මස 29 09:47:20 | . , සමන් පාලිත නානයක්කාර දින කිහිපයක් තිස්සේ පැවැති වැසි සමඟ හල්දුම්මුල්ල කොස්ලන්දේ මීරියකන්ද පාමුල ලයින් කාමර හතක් ,වතු නිවාස පහක් ,කඩ දෙකක්,කිරි එකතු කිරීමේ මඨ්යස්ථාන දෙකක්,නාය ගොස් ඇතැයිද කන්ද දිගටම නාය යතියිද පොලීසිය කියයි. මෙම පෙදෙසේ සිටි පිරිස පිළිබඳව තොරතුරක් නැතැයිද පොලීසිය පවසයි. මීරියබැද්ද...
Communal clashes erupt in Indian capitalAt least 33 people have been arrested following clashes between Hindus and Muslims in Trilokpuri area of India's capital, New Delhi, India Today website reported quoting the police. "Ten people were arrested on Friday and 23 today for rioting in the area," an unnamed police officer was quoted saying on Saturday. Clashes between the two communities took place after Diwali celebrations in Trilokpuri's B-Block, with the two groups pelting each other with stones. It was still unclear what prompted the unrest. Arvind Kejriwal, Aam Aadmi Party leader and former Delhi chief minister, hinted at role of vested interests in a tweet. Tensions continued throughout Saturday and Sunday, with the India Today reporting that Read More...‘ඉල්ලා අස්වුනා නොවෙයි ඉවත් කලා’ – සිංහල රාවයේ පිපිරීම ගැන සභාපති හිමියෝ කියතිOctober 28, 2014 at 4:06 am | lanka C news සිංහල රාවය ජාතික සංවිධානයේ ජාතික සංවිධායක සහ උප සභාපති හිමිවරුන් ඉවත් වීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් එම සංවිධානයේ සභාපති පූජ්ය අක්මීමන දයාරතන හිමියෝ අදහස් දක්වති. ලංකා සී නිවුස් වෙත අදහස් පල කරමින් උන් වහන්සේ සඳහන් කලේ ඉල්ලා අස්වීමක් සිදුව නොමැති බවත් එක දිගට සංවිධාන වාර පහකට සහභාගී නොවීම නිසා ව්යවස්ථානුකූලව එහිමිවරුන්...Read More...How anti-Muslim sentiment hit one AustralianBy Phil MercerBBC News, Sydney At the end of September Arif Hussain Khan, a former refugee from Afghanistan who has lived in Australia for more than 20 years, was quietly praying in a park in Wollongong, south of Sydney, when he was confronted by a middle-aged woman. "As the screaming and the yelling became louder and louder, I started to recognise what this woman was saying," said Mr Khan, a 26-year-old youth worker. The woman called him a terrorist, told him to go back and fight for extremists in Syria and yelled racially-charged, expletive-filled comments at him. "It just kept going on and on," he said. "It was just a tirade of abuse and threats - threats again my life and against the lives of Muslims." "I started getting really upset because I started feeling really isolated, I started feeling separated from, I guess, an accepted...සිංහල රාවය දෙකඩයි..October 27, 2014 at 9:08 am | lanka C news සිංහල රාවය සංවිධානයේ ඇති වූ ප්රබල මත ගැටුමක් හේතුවෙන් එහි ජාතික සංවිධායක යක්කලමුල්ලේ පවර හා උප සභාපති පූලියද්දේ සුදම්ම යන හිමිවරුන් ඉන් ඉල්ලා අස්වී ඇතැයි වාර්තා වෙයි. සංවිධානයේ ගොඩනැගූ මූලික අරමුණුවලින් පරිබාහිරව සභාපති අක්මීමන දයාරතන හිමියන් විසින් එය දේශපාලනීකරණය කිරීමට උත්සාහ කිරීම නිසා උන් වහන්සේලා...Australia parliament reverses face veil ruleParliament House backtracks on controversial decision to make women covering their faces sit in separate enclosures. Australia's parliament has abandoned amid an outcry a controversial plan to make women wearing the niqab or the face veil sit in separate glassed public enclosure in the building due to security concerns. The backdown on Monday followed a decision on October 2 to seat people wearing face coverings in areas normally reserved for noisy school children while visiting parliament. It followed heated debate about potential security risks since the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) organisation. The ruling was condemned by human rights and race discrimination groups, and Prime Minister Tony Abbott asked that it be reconsidered. Race discrimination commissioner Tim Soutphommasane told Fairfax...Read More...Learn How To Be HUMBLE[h1]Can you imagine your name being mentioned next to the name of Allah ‘azza wa jall? It’s time to meet the slaves of the All-Merciful and find out how you can strive to be of the elite human beings raised in status in this world and the next, inshaa’Allah— by being humble! Allah Ar-Rahmaan says in this week’s central ayah: The slaves of the All-Merciful are those who walk with humility on the earth . . . [Quran, 25:63]Why Muslims Believe that Islam is the truthMany Christians & Jews don't know that Muslims believe in their prophets and holy books. Muslims believe that the Bible and the Torah were changed by people for their personal benefits. This is why God sent Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, not with a new religion, but to correct the people who had gone astray, those who were worshipping idols and being misguided by their forefathers.Read More...
Islam is the last message to the world and God wants the miracle of Islam to be witnessed by the people from Prophet Muhammad's, peace be upon him, time till the day of Judgment. The miracle is the Qu'ran, Muslims holy book.
Why is the Qur'an a miracle ?
1- The Qu'ran is an untouchable book : After 1400 years, from the begining of Prophet Muhammad's, peace be upon him, message, the Qu'ran has not changed in any way,...Government confirms presidential election in January 2015October 20, 2014, 7:50 pm by Maheesha Mudugamuwa UPFA General Secretary and Environment and Renewable Energy Minister Susil Premjayantha yesterday confirmed that the presidential election would take place in January next year. Addressing the media at the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Head Office in Colombo he said that the election would not be an issue for the scheduled visit of Pope Francis from January 13 to 15. He also said that the SLFP had started its election campaign last month and stressed that it had an early preparedness for elections as usual. "We have taken steps to strengthen the SLFP membership in each electorate and also discussions are going on with its women’s organizations," he added.
By Sister Shahnaaz Bemath
Thinking positive can work miracles. You may have been told to “guard your thoughts”, but felt the advice to be pointless. After all, your thoughts are private. How can they possibly affect someone else? The fact is, thoughts do seem to boomerang in some mysterious ways. Science has not found a way to measure them as they have invisible sound waves. In order to understand how positive thinking works, and how to use it efficiently, it is important to understand the power of negative thinking.
“Negative thoughts and tensions are like birds. We cannot stop them from flying near us but, we can certainly stop them from making a nest in our mind.”
After abandoning his far-right party to embrace Islam, a former colleague of Dutch politician Geert Wilders has visited the holy lands in Saudi Arabia to perform his first `Umrah (lesser pilgrimage) in his life.
“If any person told me that I will visit the land of the two holy shrines, I would have told him that he must be insane,” Arnoud Van Doorn told Al-Madinah newspaper.
“Finding Islam is a dream came true,” a tearful Doorn added.
Doorn, a member of the far-right Freedom Party (PVV) has embraced Islam earlier this year after an extensive study into the religion.
He was among party leaders who helped produce an offensive film titled Fitna that linked Islam and the Qur’an to violence.
This write-up appeared in LANKADEEPA local news paper on 19th December 2012.
Vol - XLVII No. 22, June 02, 2012 | Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri
Nirmal Ranjith Dewarsiri is with the department of history, University of Colombo.
The recent attack led by Buddhist monks on the Khairya Jumma mosque located in the so-called “sacred zone” of the Dambulla rock temple in the central province is important even though it did not develop into a larger scale clash between the Buddhist and Muslim communities of Sri Lanka. The Dambulla Khairya Jummah mosque had been in existence for over 60 years and the mosque trustees have legal documents regarding its construction. On Friday the 20th of April 2012 a tense situation arose as regular Friday prayer at the mosque was prevented by a gang led by Buddhist monks who claimed that it was an illegal construction built on sacred Buddhist ground.
Many view this incident as an isolated event led by a group of extremists; an event which was easily quelled as it did not represent the sentiments of the majority Buddhist populace. Although this may be true, this line of thinking conceals some of the realities of the inter-religious relations in Sri Lanka within which the Dambulla incident could be located. In this short piece, I attempt to highlight existing problems in the religious setting in the Sinhala-Buddhist south of Sri Lanka giving special attention to the Dambulla incident.
Qadijah Irshad (Colombo Courier) / 11 May 2012
Almost three weeks after the vandalisation of a mosque in the Dambulla district by a 2,000 odd mob led by some Buddhist clergy, a Buddhist organisation called the Buddhist Protection Foundation held a protest march and a campaign on Monday in Kalutara demanding the removal of the in Dambulla.
Addressing media, the Executive Director of the Foundation Priest Puliyadde Sudhamma Thero said that the protest was just “a beginning of a series of protests against the Muslim mosque in Dambulla.”
A common question among many who possess a little knowledge of Islam is, why no non-Muslims allowed in Makka and Madina, two most sacred cities of Islam. The instant answer, that goes usually is, what business do they have in these cities? Picnic? Leisure? Official? Religious visit? Absolutely no need exists for a non-Muslim to travel to these cities. In the first place, they have never been tourist attractions, neither for Muslims nor for others. And for that matter, Muslims never travel there for the purpose of merry-making. They are meant for pure and focused worship of Allah alone.
by Usthad Rasheed Hajjul Akbar
Holy lands are indeed sacred and they exist on this earth as sites that are respected and that should be respected, not only by the people who believe in the particular faith but by every one in the civilized world. As people who live by Islamic faith, we have sensitivity over this delicate subject because Islam too has its own proclaimed sacred places. These places belong to every Muslim in world and it is their refutable obligation safeguarding and cherishing those places. The countries that have those sacred places within their geographical areas cannot proscribe Muslims coming to their countries for just about any reason.
Terror war: The thunder, blunder and the plunder
By Ameen Izzadeen
Sri Lanka's road to peaceful co-existence
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.
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
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
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.
Courtesy: Gulf News
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.
By Hameed Abdul Karim
According to Western public discourse there are two types of Muslim. One is a ‘fundamentalist’ the other is a ‘moderate’ Muslim. The former is one who wants to be independent from Western hegemony and the latter is one who cozies up to the Western agenda, wittingly or unwittingly. But now there is a new kid on the block. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the Rand Corporation Muslim. ‘Who the heck is he’, you might ask and quite rightly so. Well, for starters he or she is a Muslim or, more appropriately, one who wears the ‘Muslim’ name tag and one who is trained and financed by America’s Rand Corporation to dilute Islam to a point where its adherents will no longer be a stumbling block to the empire’s plans for total world hegemony. And Manzoor Ahamed, writing under the title ‘China, Pakistan and the Iranian Bomb’ (Ceylon Today’ Sat. 24 March, 2012) fits the description of a ‘Rand Muslim’ like a glove going by his vilification of Pakistan’s much maligned nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan who gave his country its ‘Islamic bomb’.