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SC refuses to vacate CA’s interim order against MR


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The Appeal was also granted special leave to proceed.

The proceedings of the Court of Appeal with regard to the case were stayed until the Supreme Court hearing is concluded.

The appeal is to be taken up for further hearing on January 16, 17 and 18, 2019. (Shehan Chamika Silva)




මහින්දට එරෙහි අභියාචනාධිකරණයේ අතුරු තහනම දිගටම


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අගමැති ධුරයේ කටයුතු කිරීම අත්හිටුවමින් අභියාචනාධිකරණය ලබා දුන් අතුරු තහනම් නියෝගයට එරෙහිව මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා ගොනු කළ අභියාචනා පෙත්සම විභාගයට ගැනීමට ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ තීන්දු කළේය. අභියාචනාධිකරණය ලබා දුන් අතුරු තහනම් නියෝගය අවලංගු කරන ලෙස කළ ඉල්ලීම ප්‍රතික්ෂේප කළ ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණය මෙම පෙත්සම විභාගයට ගැනීම සඳහා දින නියම කළේය.

ඊවා වනසුන්දර, බුවනෙක අලුවිහාරේ සහ විජිත් එම් මළල්ගොඩ යන ත්‍රිපුද්ගල විනිසුරු මඩුල්ල හමුවේ මෙම පෙත්සම විභාගයට ගැණිනි.

ජනවාරි 16,17,18 දිනයන්හිදී මෙම පෙත්සම විභාගයට ගැනීමට නියමිතය. ඒ වන තෙක් අභියාචනාධිකරණයේ නඩු විභාගය තාවකාලිකව තහනම් කැරිණි.




තීන්දුව කුමක්ද? - ජනපතිගේ තීරණය වැරදියි ආණ්ඩුව දිගටම


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5.04pm Update
රටේම අවධානය යොමුවූ අධිකරණ තීන්දුව මීට ටික වේලාවකට පෙර ලබාදුන් අතර එයට අනුව ජනපතිගේ තීරණය වැරදි බවත් ව්‍යාවස්ථාව අනුව පාර්ලිමේන්තුව විසිරවීමට ජනපතිට ඒ ආකාරයට හැකියාවක් නැති බවත් තීරණය විය. ඒ අනුව ජනපති ව්‍යවස්ථාවට පටහැණි ගැසට් නිවේදනයක් යොමු කර ඇති බව අධිකරණය තහවුරු කර ඇත.
වසර හතරහමාරකට පෙර පාර්ලිමේන්තුව විසුරුවන්නට ජනපතිට හැකියාවක් නැති බවත් එසේ කරන්නේ නම් 2/3 අනුමැතියක් පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ අවශ්‍ය බවත් වැඩිදුරටත් කියැවිණි.
මෙම තීන්දුව සමග ආණ්ඩුව තවත් වසර එකහමාරක් පවත්වා යාමට ජනපතිට සිදුවනු ඇත. ඒ අනුව අගමැතිවරයෙකු හා කැබිනට් මඩුල්ලක් විධිමත් ලෙස පත්කිරීමට ජනපතිට මින් පසු සිදුවනු ඇත.

4.50pm Update
විනිසුරුවන් අධිකරණ ශාලා 502 වෙත පැමිණ අසුන්ගෙන සිටී.නඩු විභාගය ඇරඹී ඇත.

4.30pm Update
විනිසුරුවන් එනතුරු අධිකරණ ශාලා 502 සීරුවෙන් සිටින බවත් නඩු විභාගය තවම ඇරඹී නැති බවත් වාර්තාවේ. විශාල පිරිසක් ශාලාව තුළත් පිටතටත් රැඳී සිටිති.

3.50 Update
අද දින ලබාදෙන්නට නියමිත ජනපති පාර්ලිමේන්තුව විසුරවීම වෙනුවෙන් නිකුත් කළ ගැසට්ටුව හරිද වැරදිද යන ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණයේ තීන්දුව සවස 4ට ලබාදීමට නියමිතව තිබියදී

මේ වන විට ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ සංකීර්ණය අවට ප්‍රදේශයට විශේෂ පොලිස් ආරක්ෂාවක් යොදවා තිබෙන බව වාර්තා වෙයි.

පාර්ලිමේන්තුව විසුරුවා හැරීමට ජනා‍ධිපතිවරයා ගත් තීරණය නීති විරෝධී බවට ප්‍රකාශ කරන මෙන් ඉල්ලා ගොනු කර ඇති පෙත්සම ගැන
අගවිනිසුරු නලින් පෙරේරා මහතා ප්‍රමුඛ සත් පුද්ගල විනිසුරු මඩුල්ලක් විසින් මෙම තීන්දුව ප්‍රකාශයට පත් කිරීමට නියමිතයි.

ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතා විසින් නොවැම්බර් මස 09 වැනිදා පාර්ලිමේන්තුව විසුරුවන බවට නිකුත් කළ ගැසට් නිවේදනය මගින් සිය මූලික අයිතිවාසිකම් කඩ වූ බව පවසමින් එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂය , දෙමළ ජාතික සන්ධානය , ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණ , සමස්ථ ලංකා මහජන කොංග්‍රසය , මනෝ ගනේෂන් , ශ්‍රී ලංකා මැතිවරණ කොමිසමේ සාමාජිකයෙකු වන රත්නජීවන් හූල් ඇතුළු පාර්ශ්ව 13ක් නොවැම්බර් මස 12 වැනිදා ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණය හමුවේ  මූලික අයිතිවාසිකම් පෙත්සම් ගොනුකළේය.

ඒ අනුව අගවිනිසුරු නලින් පෙරේරා , ‍ප්‍රියන්ත ජයවර්ධන, ප්‍රසන්න ජයවර්ධන, සිසිර ද ආබෘ, විජිත් මළල්ගොඩ , බුවනෙක අලුවිහාරේ සහ මුර්දු ප්‍රනාන්දු යන සත් පුද්ගල විනිසුරු මඬුල්ල හමුවේ අදාළ පෙත්සම් විභාගයට ගැනුණි.

අනතුරුව නොවැම්බර් මස 12 සහ 13 යන දෙදින තුළ අදාල පෙත්සම් ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධීකරණය හමුවේ සලකා බැලුණි.

ඉන්පසුව පෙත්සම් විභාග කිරීම දෙසැම්බර් 04, 05, 06 යන දිනයන් හිදී සිදුකිරීමට ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණය විසින් තීරණය කළේය.

අදාළ දින තුනෙහි මෙන්ම

දෙසැම්බර් මස 07 වනදාද ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණය විසින් පෙත්සම් විභාගය සිදු කළ අතර එහිදී ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණය විසින් තීරණය කරනු ලැබුවේ  ජනාධිපතිවරයා විසින් පාර්ලිමේන්තුව විසුරුවා හැරීමේ ගැසට් නිවේදනය තාවකාලිකව බල රහිත කරමින් ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණය නිකුත් කළ අතුරු තහනම් නියෝගය තීන්දුව ලබාදෙන තෙක් දීර්ඝ කිරීමටයි.

ඒ අනුව ජනාධිපතිවරයා විසින් පාර්ලිමේන්තුව විසුරුවා හැරීම නීති විරෝධී යැයි ප්‍රකාශ කරන මෙන් ඉල්ලා ගොනු කර ඇති පෙත්සම පිළිබඳ තීන්දුව අද සවස 4 ට ප්‍රකාශයට පත්කිරීමට නියමිත බව ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ ලේඛකාධිකාරී කාර්යාලය අද පෙරවරුවේ නිවේදනය කළේය.




SC rules dissolution of parliament illegal


The Supreme Court today ruled that President Maithripala Sirisena's decision to dissolve Parliament was unconstitutional and illegal.

Chief Justice Nalin Perera delivering the verdict said that if President wants to dissolve Parliament before four and half years, there must be a resolution passed by two-thirds majority in Parliament.

The verdict was announced unanimously.

Court also decided that the petitioners fundamental right, under article 12(1) has been violated by this executive act.




ජනපතිගේ ගැසට්ටුව අධිකරණයෙන් අවලංගු කරයි


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පාර්ලිමේන්තුව විසිරුවා හැර මහ මැතිවරණයක් කැඳවමින් ජනාධිපතිවරයා 2018 නොවැම්බර් මස 09 වැනි සිකුරාදා නිකුත් කළ අංක 2096/70 දරණ අති විශේෂ ගැසට් නිවේදනය අහෝසි කරන ලෙස ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණය අද (13) නියෝග කළේය.

ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණය එම නියෝගය කළේ පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට විසිරුවා හැරීමට එරෙහිව ගොනු කළ මූලික අයිතිවාසිකම් පෙත්සම්හි තීන්දුව ප්‍රකාශයට පත් කරමිනි.

මෙම තීන්දුව විනිසුරුවරුන් හත්දෙනාගේම එකමතික තීන්දුවක් විය.

කෙසේ වෙතත් පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ සභා කාලය වසර 4 කුත් මාස 6 ක් සම්පූර්ණ වීමෙන් පසුව හෝ පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ 2/3 විශේෂ බහුතරයකින් සම්මත කරවාගත් යෝජනාවක් මගින් පාර්ලිමේන්තුව විසුරුවා හැරිය හැකි බව විනිසුරු සිසිර ද ආබෘෘ මහතාගේ නිගමනය විය.

තීන්දුව ප්‍රකාශයට පත් කරනු ලැබුවේ අගවිනිසුරු නලීන් පෙරේරා මහතා විසිනි.

විනිසුරුවරුන් 5 දෙනෙකුගේ එකඟත්වයෙන් එම තීන්දුව ප්‍රකාශයට පත්කළේය.

කෙසේ වෙතත් විනිසුරු සිසිර ද අබෘ මහතා  පමණක් වෙනම තීන්දුවක් ප්‍රකාශයට පත් කළ අතර වෙනත් හේතූන් මත ජනාධිපතිගේ ගැසට්ටුවට අවලංගු කිරිමේ ජනපතිගේ තීන්දුවට තමා ද එකඟතාවය පළ කරන බව ද ප්‍රකාශ කළේය.

ජනාධිපතිවරයා පාර්ලිමේන්තුව විසිරුවා හරිමින් මහ මැතිවරණයක් කැඳවීමට නිකුත් කළ ගැසට් නිවේදනය නිසා පෙත්සම්කරුවන්ගේ මූලික අයිතිවාසිකම් කඩ වී ඇති බව ද අධිකරණය තීන්දු කළේය.

අගවිනිසුරු නලීන් පෙරේරා, විනිසුරුවරුන් වන බුවනෙක අලුවිහාරේ, සිසිර ද අබෘ,   ප්‍රියන්ත ජයවර්ධන, ප්‍රසන්න එස්. ජයවර්ධන, විජිත් කේ. මළල්ගොඩ සහ මුර්දු  ප්‍රනාන්දු යන මහත්ම මහත්මීන්ගෙන් සැදුම්ලත් සත් පුද්ගල විනිසුරු මඩුල්ලක් ඉදිරියේ මෙම පෙත්සම විභාග කෙරිණි.

ජනාධිපතිවරයා විසින් පාර්ලිමේන්තුව විසිරුවා හරිමින් 2018 නොවැම්බර් මස 09 වැනි සිකුරාදා නිකුත් කරනු ලැබූ අංක 2096/70 දරණ අති විශේෂ ගැසට් පත්‍රය අවලංගු කරන ලෙස ඉල්ලමින් එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂය, දෙමළ ජාතික සන්ධානය, ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණ ඇතුළු දේශපාලන පක්ෂ කිහිපයක් ද, මැතිවරණ කොමිෂන් සභාවේ සාමාජික ආචාර්ය රත්නජීවන් හූල් මහතා ඇතුළු පිරිසක් ද  2018 නොවැම්බර් 12 වැනි දා උදේ මූලික අයිතිවාසිකම් පෙත්සම් 10ක් ගොනු කළහ.

මෙම පෙත්සම් කඩිනමික් කැඳවීමේ අවශ්‍යතාවය මත අගවිනිසුරු නලීන් පෙරේරා , ප්‍රියන්ත ජයවර්ධන සහ ප්‍රසන්න ජයවර්ධන යන ත්‍රිපුද්ගල විනිසුරු මඬුල්ල ඉදිරියේ එදිනම පෙත්සම් කැඳවූ අතර නීතිපතිවරයාට කරුණු දැක්වීම සඳහා කාලය අවශ්‍ය බවට ප්‍රකාශ වූයෙන් එදින පස්වරු 2 තෙක් කල් තබා සවස් වරුවේ යළිත් පෙත්සම් කැඳැවිණි.

මේ අතරතුර ශ්‍රී ලංකා තරුණ ජනමාධ්‍යවේදීන්ගේ සංගමය ඇතුළු තවත් පාර්ශව කිහිපයක් ද ජනපතිගේ ගැසට්ටුවට එරෙහිව පෙත්සම් 8ක් ඉදිරිපත් කර තිබිණි.  ජනපතිගේ ගැසට්ටුවට එරෙහි සියලුම පෙත්සම් නිශ්ප්‍රභා කරන ලෙස ඉල්ලමින් ජී ඇල් පීරිස් මහතා ඇතුළු පිරිසක් අතරමැදි පෙත්සම් 08ක්  ඉදිරිපත් කළහ.

නොවැම්බර් 12 වැනි දා සවස්වරුවේ සහ 13 වැනි දා සවස 3.30 පමණ වන තෙක් පෙත්සම් සඳහා කරුණු දැක්වීම සිදුවිය. ඉන් පසුව පෙත්සම් විභාගයට ගන්නවාද නැද්ද යන්න තීන්දු කිරීම සවස 5.30 දක්වා කල් තැබිණි. එදින පස්වරු 5.50ට පමණ ත්‍රිපුද්ගල විනිසුරු මඩුල්ල විනිශ්චයාරූඪ වූ අතර පස්වරු 5.55ට පමණ සිය තීන්දුව ප්‍රකාශයට පත් කළේය.

පාර්ලිමේන්තුව විසිරුවාලමින් ජනාධිපතිවරයා නිකුත් කළ ගැසට්ටුවට එරෙහි මුල් පෙත්සම් 10 විභාග කිරීමට නියම කළ විනිසුරු මඩුල්ල ඒ සඳහා දෙසැම්බර් 04, 05 සහ 06 දක්වා දින නියම කළේය. පෙත්සම්කරුවන් අයැද සිටි අතුරු නියෝග කිහිපයක් ද ලබා දුන් අධිකරණය දෙසැම්බර් 07 වැනි දා වන තෙක් ජනාධිපතිවරයා විසින් නිකුත් කැරුණු ගැසට්ටුව තාවකාලිකව අත්හිටැවූ අතර ඒ වන තෙක් මැතිවරණය සම්බන්ධයෙන් ක්‍රියාමාර්ග නොගන්නා ලෙස මැතිවරණ කොමිසමට නියෝග කළේය.

ජනාධිපතිගේ ගැසට්ටුව අවලංගු කරන ලෙස ඉල්ලමින් ගොනු කළ ඉතිරි පෙත්සම් අට ද අවස්ථා දෙකකදී කැඳවුණු අතර ඒ සියලු පෙත්සම් දෙසැම්බර් හතර වැනි දා අනිකුත් පෙත්සම් සමග කැඳවීමට නියෝග කැරිණි.

ජී ඇල් පීරිස් මහතා ප්‍රමුඛ අතරමැදි පෙත්සම්කරුවෝ මෝසමක් මගින් මෙම පෙත්සම් විභාගය සඳහා පූර්ණ විනිසුරු මඩුල්ලක් ඉල්ලා සිටියහ. එය පිළිගත් අග්‍රවිනිශ්චකාර නලීන් පෙරේරා මහතා පෙත්සම විභාග කිරීමට සත් පුද්ගල විනිසුරු මඩුල්ලක් නම් කළේය.

අගවිනිසුරු නලීන් පෙරේරා,  බුවනෙක අලුවිහාරේ, සිසිර ද අබෘ,   ප්‍රියන්ත ජයවර්ධන, ප්‍රසන්න එස්. ජයවර්ධන, විජිත් කේ. මළල්ගොඩ සහ මුර්දු  ප්‍රනාන්දු එම විනිසුරුවරුය.

මෙම සත්පුද්ගල විනිසුරු මඩුල්ල ඉදිරියේ පසුගිය හතර වැනි දා පෙත්සම් විභාගය ඇරැඹිණි. එතැන් සිට පුරා දින හතරක් පුරා පෙත්සම් විභාගය සිදු විය. මුලින්ම පෙත්සම්කරුවන් කරුණු දැක්වූ අතර ඉන් පසු අතරමැදි පෙත්සම්කරුවන් සහ වගඋත්තරකරුවන්ගේ කැරුණු දැක්වීම සිදු විය. අවසානයේ පෙත්සම්කරුවන්ගේ ප්‍රතිඋත්තර බැඳීමෙන් පසු නීතිපතිවරයා යළිත් වරක් සිය ස්ථාවරය පැහැදිලි කළේය.

දෙසැම්බර් හත් වැනි දා රාත්‍රී 7 ට පමණ පෙත්සම් විභාගය අවසන් විය. ඒ අනුව තීන්දුව ප්‍රකාශයට පත් කිරීම කල් තැබූ අධිකරණය තීන්දුව ප්‍රකාශයට පකරන තෙක් ජනපතිගේ ගැසට්ටුව අත්හිටුවමින් දුන් අතුරු තහනම දීර්ඝ කිරීමට නියෝග කළේය.


සත් පුද්ගල විනිසුරු මඩුල්ලේ ඡායාරූප





I reverted to Islam because of a man who had alzheimer’s


My name is Cassie. I am 23 years old. I graduated as a qualified nurse this year and was given my first position as a home nurse.

My patient was an English gentleman in his early 80’s who suffered from Alzheimer’s. In the first meeting I was given the patient’s record and from it I could see that he was a convert to the religion of Islam, therefore he was a Muslim.

I knew from this that I would need to take into account that some modes of treatment may go against his faith, and therefore try to adapt my care to meet his needs. I brought in some ‘halal’ meat to cook for him and ensured that there was no pork or alcohol in the premises as I did some research which showed that these were forbidden in Islam.

My patient was at a very advanced stage of his condition so a lot of my colleagues could not understand why I was going to such lengths for him, but I understood that a person who commits to a faith deserves that commitment to be respected, even if they are not in a position to understand.

Anyway, after a few weeks with my patient I began to notice some patterns of movement.

At first I thought it was some copied motion he’s seen someone do, but I saw him repeat the movement at particular times: morning, afternoon, evening.

The movements were to raise his hands, bow and then put his head to the ground. I could not understand it. He was also repeating sentences in another language, I couldn’t figure out what language it was as his speech was slurred but I know the same verses were repeated daily.

Also there was something strange, he didn’t allow me to feed him with my left hand (I am left-handed).

Somehow I knew this linked to his religion but didn’t know how.

One of my colleagues told me about Paltalk as a place for debates and discussions and as I did not know any Muslims except for my patient I thought it would be good to speak to some live and ask questions. I went on to the Islam section and entered the room ‘True Message’.

Here I asked questions regarding the repeated movements and was told that these were the actions of prayer. I did not really believe it until someone posted a link of the Islamic prayer on YouTube.

I was shocked.

A man who has lost all memory of his children, of his occupation, and could barely eat and drink, was able to remember not only actions of prayer but verses that were in another language.

This was nothing short of incredible and I knew that this man was devout in his faith, which made me want to learn more in order to care for him the best I could.

I came into the Paltalk room as often as I could and was given a link to read the translation of the Quran and listen to it.

The chapter of the ‘Bee’ gave me chills and I repeated it several times a day.

I saved a recording of the Quran on my iPod and gave it to my patient to listen to. He was smiling and crying, and after reading the translation I could see why.

I applied what I gained from Paltalk to the care for my patient but I gradually found myself coming to the room to find answers for myself.

I never really took the time to look at my life; I never knew my father, my mother died when I was 3, my brother and I were raised by our grandparents who died 4 years ago, so now it’s just the two of us.

But despite all this loss, I always thought I was happy, content.

It was only after spending time with my patient that I felt like I was missing something. I was missing that sense of peace and tranquillity my patient, even through his suffering, felt.

I wanted that sense of belonging and a part of something that he felt, even with no one around him.

I was given a list of mosques in my area by a lady on Paltalk and went down to visit one. I watched the prayer and could not hold back my tears.

I felt drawn to the mosque every day and the Imam and his wife would give me books and tapes and welcome any questions I had.

Every question I asked at the mosque and on Paltalk was answered with such clarity and depth that I could do nothing but accept them.

I have never practiced a faith but always believed that there was a God; I just did not know how to worship Him.

One evening I came on Paltalk and one of the speakers on the mic addressed me. He asked me if I have any questions, I said no. He asked if I was happy with the answers I was given, I said yes.

He asked then what was stopping me from accepting Islam, I could not answer.

I went to the mosque to watch the dawn prayer and the Imam asked me the same question, I could not answer.

I then went to tend to my patient, I was feeding him and as I looked in his eyes I just realized, he was brought to me for a reason and the only thing stopping me from accepting was fear…. not fear in the sense of something bad, but fear of accepting something good, and thinking that I was not worthy like this man.

That afternoon I went to the mosque and asked the Imam if I could say my declaration of faith, the Shahaadah.

He helped me through it and I was shown and guided through what I would need to do next.

I cannot explain the feeling I felt when I said it.

It was like someone woke me up from sleep and I saw everything more clearly.

The feeling was overwhelming joy, clarity and most of all…. peace.

The first person I told was not my brother but my patient.

I went to him, and before I even opened my mouth he cried and smiled at me.

I broke down in front of him, I owed him so much.

I came home and logged onto Paltalk and repeated the Shahaadah for the room.

They all helped me so much and even though I had never seen a single one of them, they felt closer to me than my own brother.

I did eventually call my brother to tell him and although he was not happy, he supported me and said he would be there for me. I couldn’t ask for more.

After my first week as a Muslim, my patient passed away in his sleep while I was caring for him. Inna lillaahi wa inna ilayhi raji’oon.

He died a peaceful death and I was the only person with him.

He was like the father I never had and he was my doorway to Islam.

From the day of my Shahaadah to this very day and for every day for as long as I live, I will pray that Allah shows mercy on him and grants him the reward for every good deed I perform in the tenfold.

I loved him for the sake of Allah and I pray each night to become an atom’s weight of the Muslim he was.

Islam is a religion with an open door; it is there for those who want to enter it…. Verily, Allah is the Most Merciful, Most Kind.

* Note *

Our sister Cassie passed away in October 2010, Inna lillaahi wa inna ilayhi raji’oon, after she gave dawah to her brother, who accepted Islam Alhamdulillaah.

May Allah Ta’ala grant sister Cassie Paradise, Ameen Ya Rabb.


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by Marwa Atik:

In 1979 my grandfather made the decision to leave his home in Syria and start a new life the U.S. The plan was that my grandfather would come to California first and then my grandmother would follow along with their 7 children. Their American Airlines Flight #191 reservations included a stop in New York then a connection in Chicago before finally arriving in California.


They landed in New York first. All immigrants first had to apply for a green card before their next destination. My then 13 year old Aunt Hala had recently put on the hijab. When it came time for her photo, they asked my aunt to remove her hijab(headscarf) and she said NO. They consistently informed her that she would not be able to move to America or go to their next flight until she took this photo but she was steadfast and insisted on her rights.

By now my grandmother became impatient, having flown half-way across the globe and having spent close to their life savings on these tickets, she did not want to miss the next flight out to California. My grandmother pleaded and told her to remove it and to do what the immigration officers told her to do, but my aunt continued to refuse. They called her into the back and she told them It doesn't matter how many people you call in, I will not remove my hijab for this photo. After the officers called their supervisors and three brutal hours later, they finally released my aunt and allowed her to keep her headscarf on for the photo. However, by then it was too late, the entire family had missed their connecting flight and they had to purchase new plane tickets and stay overnight in New York. Furious and upset, my grandmother lectured my aunt the whole flight to California.

By the time they finally arrived to LAX California, my grandfather greeted them with the biggest hug and was in tears. He kept repeating "Hamdulilah you're alive! Hamdulilah you're alive!" And they were like, well yeah why wouldn't we be??

He said, " The original flight you were supposed to get on crashed, and all 271 passengers died."

They were all in shock and overwhelmed; everyone was brought to tears.

This story is an important reminder for us that everything in life is written and one should always be principled and stick to their beliefs no matter the situation you're put in. Allah Subhaanahu wa Ta'ala was testing her belief and if what you believe in is right, then Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta'ala will never forget about you. ️ Stories like this make me fall in love with the hijab all over again.

With all the islamophobia going around, I just wanted to remind people the importance of staying strong in your deen, no matter what anyone thinks or says.

Her story reminded us of the following verse in the Qur'an:

Qur'an: 3:159:

" Then when you have taken a decision, put your trust in ALLAH, certainly, ALLAH loves those who put their trust (in him)."















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Preparing for Death


The Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) stood at the edge of a grave and cried and he then said: "O my brothers! For this (death), prepare yourselves."

(Ibn Majah)

A man asked the Messenger: "Who is the most wise of people O Messenger of Allah?" He replied: "The one who remembers death most often and the one who is well-prepared to meet it; these are the wise; honourable in this life and dignified in the Hereafter."

[Ibn Majah,Tabarani]

Do good deeds before it's too late

Messenger of Allah (Peace Be Upon Him) said, "Hasten to do good deeds before you are overtaken by one of the seven afflictions.'' Then (giving a warning) he said, "Are you waiting for poverty which will make you unmindful of devotion, or prosperity which will make you corrupt, or a disease which will disable you, or senility which will make you mentally unstable, or sudden death which will take you all of a sudden, or Ad-Dajjal who is the worst expected, or the Hour; and the Hour will be most grievous and most bitter.''


Your death is nearer than you think it is

The Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) drew a few lines and said, "One of them represents man and another indicates death; and a man continues like this until the nearest line (i.e., death) overtakes him.''


The Messenger of Allah (Peace Be Upon Him) said, "How can I feel at ease when the Angel of the Trumpet (Israfil, who blows the trumpet on the Judgement Day) has put his lips to the Trumpet and is waiting for the order to blow it."

He (Peace Be Upon Him) also said "O people, remember Allah. The Rajifah (i.e., the first Blowing of the Trumpet which will shake the whole universe and thus cause all living beings to die) has come, followed by Ar-Radifah (i.e., the second Blowing of the Trumpet which will restore life and thus mark the Resurrection Day). Death has approached with all that it comprises. Death has approached with all that it comprises.'

4 Simple Tips to Prepare for Death

1) Learn the do’s and dont’s: When you have recognized Islam as the true religion and chosen it as your way of life then you must know the laws of the deen so that you can start practising it. Learn about the permissible and impermissible matters, so that you know which actions will make you a beloved slave of Allah and take you to Paradise, and which actions will make you a follower of Shaitaan and take you to Hell-Fire.

The Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) said: "Whoever follows a path seeking knowledge, Allah will make the path to Paradise easy for him." (Al-Bukhaari)

2) Attain Taqwah: If you have knowledge but lack Taqwah, then you cannot practice the deen with devotion. Only those who have knowledge about Allah and about the life after death, truly fear Him as He should be feared, and only those will stay away from His disobedience. So, read about what awaits you in the life after your death and infuse the love for Jannah and fear of Hell in your heart.

'Umar (RadiAllahuanhu) said, "Taqwa is not by fasting the day and not by praying the night. And its not by mixing between the two of them. But Taqwa is leaving what Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala) has made forbidden and by doing what Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala) has made obligatory. After one has done this, Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala) will provide good things for that person."

3) Be passionate about performing good deeds: Grab opportunities to do good deeds. Learn ways to make your scale of good deeds heavy on Judgment Day (such as these ahadith- Allah’s Messenger (Peace Be Upon Him) said, "The heaviest thing to be placed in the balance of a believing slave on the Day of Judgement will be good behaviour." (At-Tirmidhi).

"There are two statements that are light for the tongue, heavy in the Scales and are dear to the Merciful: Subhan-Allahi wa bihamdihi, Subhan-Allahil-'Adheem.'' [Al-Bukhari].

"If the seven heavens and the earth were placed on one side of the scale, and 'la ilaha ill-Allaah' was placed on the other, the side in which 'la ilaha ill-Allaah' is placed will be heavier." [Al-Bukhari])

Allah Ta’ala says "And the weighing on that day (Day of Resurrection) will be the true (weighing). So as for those whose scale (of good deeds) will be heavy, they will be the successful (by entering Paradise). And as for those whose scale will be light, they are those who will lose their ownselves (by entering Hell), for they wrongfully treated Our Signs." (Qur'an 7:8)

4) Invoking Allah Ta’ala for His Mercy and His guidance: Remember it is only Allah Ta’ala who creates ways for you to earn hasanaat (good deeds) and it is He who gives you the strength to stay away from evil. So sincerely pray to Him to guide and have mercy on you, your family and the ummah.

Allah's Apostle (Peace Be Upon Him) said, "The deeds of anyone of you will not save you (from the Hell Fire)." They said, "Even you (will not be saved by your deeds), O Allah's Apostle?" He (Peace Be Upon Him) said, "No, even I (will not be saved) unless and until Allah bestows His Mercy on me. Therefore, do good deeds properly, sincerely and moderately, and worship Allah in the forenoon and in the afternoon and during a part of the night, and always adopt a middle, moderate, regular course whereby you will reach your target (Paradise)."

(Sahih bukhari)

May Allah make it easy for us.

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18-hour water cut in Colombo and suburbs on Saturday, Sunday


An 18-hour water cut will be in effect in Colombo and its suburbs from 8.00 a.m tomorrow (24) till 2.00 a.m on Sunday (25) the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NSWDB ) said.

In a statement the NSWDB said that Colombo, Dehiwela- Mount Lavinia, Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte and Kaduwela Municipality areas will be affected in addition to the Maharagama, Boralesgamuwa and Kolonnawa Urban Councils, Kotikawatta and Mulleriyawa Pradeshiya Sabha areas as well as the Ratmalana and Soysapura housing schemes.

The water cut will be in effect to carry out maintenance work at the Ambatale Water Purification Station, the NSWBD said.






විරෝධතා පා ගමනට ජල ප්‍රහාරයක්


(ඉන්දිකා රාමනායක )

බොදුබල සේනා සංවිධානයේ මහලේකම්  ගලබොඩඅත්තේ ඥානසාර හිමියන් නිදහස් කරන්නැයි  ඉල්ලමින් සංවිධාන  කිහිපයක් එකතු වී පැවැත්වු විරෝධතා පාගමනකට  ගාලු පාර ජනාධිපති  ලේකම් කාර්යාලය අසළදී ජල ප්‍රහාර එල්ලකරමින්  විසුරුවාහැරීමට පොලීසිය කටයුතු කළේය.



Protest by monks teargassed


The Police fired teargas at a protest by some Buddhist monks near the presidential secretariat calling for the release of Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera a short while ago.  They also used water cannons to disperse the protesting monks.



Sri Lanka MPs hurl 'chilli powder' and chairs in fresh chaosLegislators allied to disputed PM Rajapaksa fight with rivals in second day of clashes


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Legislators allied to disputed PM Rajapaksa fight with rivals in second day of clashes






A clash between rival members of the Sri Lankan parliament, in Colombo.







Sri Lanka’s parliament has been disrupted for a second day, with legislators allied to the disputed prime minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa, hurling chairs at police officers and allegedly throwing chilli powder at opposing MPs.

It was the latest violent incident in the crisis that erupted three weeks ago, when the president, Maithripala Sirisena, suddenly announced he had sacked the prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and installed Rajapaksa in his place.

Despite the violence, the pro-Rajapaksa MPs failed to prevent the assembly from passing a no-confidence motion in his leadership, dismissing his government for the second time this week.

Unlike the previous vote, however, Friday’s motion omitted any reference to misconduct on the part of Sirisena. The change indicates the president could recognise the motion this time and agree to terminate Rajapaksa’s leadership.

Rajapaksa’s forces have already said they will reject Friday’s vote. “We say Mahinda Rajapaksa heads the government,” said Dinesh Gunawardena, a Rajapaksa ally. “We shall agitate for elections. The country is in anarchy. The parliament is in anarchy.”

Security was heavy in parliament on Friday after the previous day’s session had to be abandoned when MPs scuffled inside the chamber, requiring one to be hospitalised. One MP, Palitha Thewarapperuma of the United National party, was seen wielding a knife in Thursday’s fray.

Before the session could start, MPs allied to Rajapaksa surrounded the Speaker’s ceremonial chair, shouting protests at the use of knives in Thursday’s brawl.

More than two dozen police officers entered the chamber with their arms linked, trying to escort the Speaker, Karu Jayasuriya, inside along with parliamentary officials in white coats carrying a ceremonial mace.

Advised not to enter the chamber by his security staff, Jayasuriya, 78, responded: “I will enter the chamber for the future generations of Sri Lanka”, a witness to the scene told the Guardian.

As Rajapaksa watched from his chair, his MPs attacked the officers with chairs and books, injuring up to 11. Other legislators tipped the Speaker’s ceremonial chair to the floor and dragged it across the ground.

Taking refuge on a side bench and surrounded by officers, Jayasuriya called for a voice vote on the no-confidence motion in Rajapaksa. A roar erupted across the chamber and the Speaker declared the vote carried by a majority.

Jayasuriya must now formally communicate the result to Sirisena, which he is expected to do later on Friday.

Outside the chamber, MPs Gamini Jayawickrama Perera and Vijitha Herath could be seen rubbing their eyes, with splotches of chilli splattered across their robes.

“They have behaved as beasts, not as human beings,” Herath told reporters outside the chamber.

He wore a large bandage across his forehead, saying he was injured when an opposing lawmaker lobbed a copy of the Sri Lankan constitution at his head.

If recognised by Sirisena, who ultimately commands the country’s armed forces and police, Friday’s no-confidence motion would leave the country without a prime minister.

According to the constitution, Sirisena will need to name a prime minister who he believes can command a majority of parliament’s vote. Wickremesinghe would have the numbers, but the acrimony between he and Sirisena – one of the key factors in sparking the crisis – makes it doubtful he would be chosen.

Also uncertain is how Rajapaksa and his supporters will respond to the result. He tweeted after the vote: “The Speaker’s ad-hoc decisions are the main reason for today’s situation in parliament. The need is to go for a election and lead the way to a stable parliament.”

Wickremesinghe told a press conference on Friday evening it was “a black chapter in our history”.

“I’ve been there when a bomb was thrown … but this is the deliberate breaking up of parliament by a group of people claiming to be the government,” he said.

“Today Sri Lankans have again seen deplorable behaviour by some MPs, unbecoming of them and of their noble institution,” the British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, James Dauris, wrote on Twitter. “No parliament can perform its role when its own members stop it from doing so.”





More than two dozen police officers entered the chamber with their arms linked, trying to escort the Speaker, Karu Jayasuriya, inside along with parliamentary officials in white coats carrying a ceremonial mace.
Advised not to enter the chamber by his security staff, Jayasuriya, 78, responded: “I will enter the chamber for the future generations of Sri Lanka”, a witness to the scene told the Guardian.
As Rajapaksa watched from his chair, his MPs attacked the officers with chairs and books, injuring up to 11. Other legislators tipped the Speaker’s ceremonial chair to the floor and dragged it across the ground.
Taking refuge on a side bench and surrounded by officers, Jayasuriya called for a voice vote on the no-confidence motion in Rajapaksa. A roar erupted across the chamber and the Speaker declared the vote carried by a majority.
Jayasuriya must now formally communicate the result to Sirisena, which he is expected to do later on Friday.

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Sri Lanka MPs pass no-confidence vote against new prime minister


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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 Maithripala Sirisena to sack Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister, and replace him with controversial former strongman President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The announcement triggered protests and violence leaving one person dead.
Wickremesinghe denounced Sirisena's attempt to remove him from office and refused to leave the official prime minister's residence, claiming the president does not have the power to take such action.
Sirisena had attempted to prevent a vote of no-confidence by dissolving Parliament until December 7, however, on Tuesday, the Supreme Court overturned the president's controversial decision and ordered an interim order, paving the way for fresh elections.
In a move that showed that he was potentially softening his hard stance, Sirisena invited his ousted Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, leaders of his party and those associated for talks Wednesday evening.
Spokesman Mahinda Samarasinghe declined to comment on the meeting, but told CNN: "The President will act constitutionally and within the framework of the law of the country."
Sri Lanka's former president and newly appointed prime minister Mahinda Rajapakse (C) attends the parliament session in Colombo on November 14, 2018.

Passed by voice, not by name

The passing of the no-confidence motion comes as a major blow to Sirisena, demonstrating that his appointment of Rajapaksa does not have the majority backing of the 225 seat Parliament.
Contrary to the usual practice, notice of the motion was given Wednesday morning and taken up for discussion immediately after.
However, such was the commotion inside the House Wednesday, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya was prevented from taking the vote by name, as is standard, and instead forced to take a vote by voice.
The resolution, which was passed by a majority, was moved by left wing Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) party leader Anura Kumara Dissanayaka and law maker Vijitha Herath.
The United National Party of ousted Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, the Tamil National Alliance and smaller Muslim parties all supported the no-confidence motion.
Three newly sworn cabinet ministers and a state minister also crossed over to the opposition benches in support. Both Rajapaksa, as well as his ousted predecessor Wickremesinghe were present during the vote.
Sri Lanka's ousted prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe (L) looks on during Wednesday's  parliamentary session, November 14, 2018.

Instability in Colombo

Violence erupted in the capital at the end of October when crowds loyal to the President attempted to prevent the recently deposed petroleum minister Arjuna Ranatunga from entering a government building in Colombo.
As crowds surged around Ranatunga, a former Sri Lankan cricket captain, the official's bodyguards opened fire, killing one person and injuring three others.
Ranatunga subsequently claimed that his bodyguards opened fire because the crowd was "trying to kill" him.
One bodyguard was nevertheless taken into custody and an investigation is underway, police spokesperson Ruwan Gunasekera confirmed.

Pandemonium in Sri Lankan parliament as MPs hurl books at speaker


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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.
WATCH: Chaos in Sri Lanka parliament as MPs exchange blows (1:53)

"We have the majority," Wickremesinghe told reporters. "We can form our government and we will act accordingly."
Sirisena is now faced with the choice of either reappointing the man he kicked out only a few weeks ago or allowing the crisis to continue with potentially damaging consequences for the economy.

Rajapaksa supporters poured on to the floor of parliament, surrounding the Speaker's chair, and demanded the arrest of two MPs from Wickremesinghe's party for allegedly bringing knives into the house on Thursday.

An MP from Rajapaksa's Sri Lanka Podujana Peremuna party sat in Speaker Karu Jayasuriya's seat surrounded by more than 20 legislators, delaying the start of proceedings. Rajapaksa loyalists then tried to prevent Jayasuriya from sitting on a second chair brought in by police.

When Jayasuriya started calling out names to know whom MPs supported, Rajapaksa supporters threw the books and chilli paste at him.

Parliament on Wednesday passed the first no-confidence motion against Rajapaksa and his government with the backing of 122 of 225 MPs in a voice vote, followed by a signed document. Sirisena did not accept that result and called for the second vote.

Sirisena dissolved parliament last week and ordered elections to break the deadlock. But the Supreme Court ordered a suspension of that decree on Tuesday until it had heard petitions challenging the move as unconstitutional.

Sources close to the leadership have said Sirisena's decision to sack Wickremesinghe came after the prime minister's party rejected the president's request to back him for a second five-year term in the 2020 presidential elections.

They had also split over whether to back Chinese or Indian investors in various projects, the sources said.

India and Western countries have requested Sirisena act in line with the constitution while raising concerns over Rajapaksa's close ties with China.

Beijing loaned Sri Lanka billions of dollars for infrastructure projects during Rajapaksa's presidency between 2005 and 2015.

Tourism accounts for nearly five percent of the economy and is a key main foreign exchange earner, along with the garment and tea industries and remittances from Sri Lankans working abroad.
Sri Lanka's parliament descended into chaos for a second time on Friday [Reuters]



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