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  • Democracy Threatened: Impunity, Political Patronage & Rollback Of Devolution
    By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole – R. Sasilan: Assistant Commissioner of Elections Today we are opening new living quarters for our Election Commission’s man-in-charge in Batticaloa. I am so glad because R. Sasilan is a man I am proud of. He stands up for what is right without fear or favor. When a minister distributed gifts in elections some years ago, he confiscated a gift pack and filed a complaint with the police. The police, as often happens, disappeared the evidence. Sasilan sent a report to the Commission and that too disappeared....
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  • Coronavirus funerals: Sri Lanka's Muslims decry forced cremation
      Image copyrightEPA Image captionSri Lankan Muslim women wait for a Covid-19 test. Some in the community are fighting cremation rules Sri Lankan authorities are insisting on cremation for coronavirus victims - a practice forbidden by Islam. The nation's minority Muslim community says they are using the pandemic to discriminate, writes BBC Sinhala's Saroj Pathirana. On 4 May, Fathima Rinoza, a 44-year-old mother of three from Sri Lanka's minority Muslim population, was admitted to hospital with a suspected case of Covid-19. Fathima, who lived in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, had been suffering from respiratory problems and the authorities feared she had caught the virus. On the day she was admitted to hospital, the family was "set upon" by the authorities, her husband Mohamed Shafeek said. "The police and military along with...
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  • ජිනීවා මානව හිමිකම් කවුන්සිලයේදී රටවල් 5කින් ලංකාවට චෝදනා
    පාස්කු ප්‍රහාර සම්බන්ධයෙන් සැකපිට අත්අඩංගුවට ගෙන සිටින නීතිඥ හිජාස් හිස්බුල්ලා රඳවා තබාගැනීම, විශේෂ බළකායේ සැරයන් සුනිල් රත්නායකට ජනාධිපති සමාව ලබාදීම ඇතුළු කරුණු ගණනාවක් පදනම් කරගනිමින් එක්සත් රාජධානිය ඇතුළු රටවල් 5ක කණ්ඩායමක් එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ මානව හිමිකම් කවුන්සිලයේදී ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට චෝදනා එල්ල කර ඇතැයි ජිනීවා තානාපති...
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  • මුස්ලිම් නීතිඥයාට එරෙහිව 'ත්‍රස්ත සාක්කි' ගෙතූ රහස් පොලිසියට විනිසුරු විරෝධය

      පාස්කු බෝම්බ ප්‍රහාරයට සම්බන්ධ යැයි ජනමාධ්‍ය මගින් ප්‍රචාරය කරමින් ත්‍රස්තවාදය වැළැක්වීමේ පනත යටතේ අත්අඩංගුවට ගනු ලැබු මුස්ලිම් ජාතික නීතිඥවරයකුට එරෙහිව ව්‍යාජ සාක්ෂි ගෙතීමට රහස් පොලිසිය විසින් දරණ ලද උත්සාහයක් විනිසුරුවරයකුගේ මැදිහත්වීම නිසා ව්‍යර්ථ වී තිබේ.

    නීතිඥ හිජාස් ඕමර් හිස්බුල්ලාහ් රඳවා...
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  • Gnanasara Thero Once Again Inciting Sinhalese Against Muslims
    Malicious campaign pushing discriminated and frustrated Muslims to wall Few weeks ago Ven Galagoda Atte Gnanasara Thero, known for inciting Sinhalese and unleashing violence against Muslims, said he would dissolve his organisation Bodu Bala Sena as it has achieved its target of setting up a Sinhala Buddhist government without minority support. Latheef Farook Following the election of the present government to power on 15 November 2019, he was rather quiet. Now that the parliamentary election is forthcoming, he has started his campaign once again pitting the Sinhalese against Muslims.There were reports that during the presidential elections in November 2019 Buddhist monks and temples were used to demonize Muslims to win Sinhala votes assuring security. As part of this campaign to win Sinhala votes, he attempted to brand as extremist, several...
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  • Hejaaz: A lawyer for all seasons

    A year has passed since the deadly Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka. Victims, survivors, and the general public still await answers. Amidst these desperate demands for accountability, Hejaaz Hizbullah, a prominent Muslim lawyer, is suddenly – and most unexpectedly – arrested and detained.

    I met Hejaaz during the first-ever debating tournament I participated in. He led the team from S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia, and I represented St. Joseph’s College, Colombo. Our teams made it to the finals that year. I recall Hejaaz as a fierce competitor with the rare gift for conveying an argument with charisma and conviction. He also had a great sense of humour, taking friendly banter in good spirit. The Thomians triumphed that year, and deservedly so.

    What strikes me now is...
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  • Muslim writer in jail for 60 days without "explicit evidence"
    A group of activists in Sri Lanka has called upon the government for the unconditional release of a Muslim writer who has been held in detention for more than
    sixty days without “explicit evidence being produced”.

    In a letter to the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) the Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim activists say that Ramzy Razeek arrested on April 09 for allegedly violating the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and Cyber Crimes Legislation has also been denied medical treatment and legal access in detention.

    “Despite orders from the Magistrate to allow him access to medicine, reliable sources state that his health condition is deteriorating due to lack of access to specific medicines of which he is in dire need. A lawyer attempting to visit Razeek this week, was also denied...
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  • அடையாள அணிவகுப்புக்கு முன் ஹிஜாஸின் அடையாளத்தைக் காட்ட சிஐடியினர் முயற்சித்தார்கள்
    இரு சிறுவர்களிடமிருந்தும் வாக்குமூலம் பெறுவதற்கு முன்னர் சிஐடியினர் தனது அறையில் வைத்து ஹிஜாஸ் ஹிஸ்புல்லாஹ்வின் புகைப்படத்தை அவர்களுக்குக் காண்பிப்பதற்கு முயற்சித்தார்கள் என கோட்டை நீதவான் ரங்க திசாநாயக்க தெரிவித்துள்ளார்.

    புத்தளம் மத்ரஸாவொன்றின் மாணவர்களுக்கு தீவிரவாதத்தைப் போதித்தார் என சிஐடியினர்...
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  • CID attempted to show photograph of Hejaaz to children before ID parade: Fort Magistrate
    Fort Magistrate Ranga Dissanayaka said in open court that officers of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) had attempted to show photographs of Hejaaz Hizbullah at his chambers prior to the recording of statements from two children.

    When the matter was taken up before Dissanayake on 24 June, he told Hizbullah’s lawyers that prior to the recording of the statements from the two children, this attempt had been made: “I want to reveal this. The CID officers tried to show pictures and I had to tell them to leave the Chamber.”

    Two children had made “voluntary statements” on 12 May to the Magistrate on camera regarding Hizbullah. An identification parade was to be held including Hizbullah with 10 children being summoned as witnesses to identify Hizbullah.

    Nawarathna Bandara PC, appearing with Harshana...
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  • Magistrate disallows ID parade for detained lawyer
    Counsel for Hejaaz Hizbullah objects to ID parade Says children lined up to identify suspect have been shown his photograph during questioning Magistrate uploads objections, fixes 1 July for next hearing Fort Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake yesterday disallowed the Police from presenting detained attorney Hejaaz Hizbullah for an identification parade after counsel for the suspect objected to the move. Hejaaz Hizbullah   President’s Counsel Wasantha Navaratne Bandara, who appeared for Hizbullah, said that the 10 children lined up to identify the suspect have been shown his photograph by the Police when they recorded a statement from them, and hence objected to holding the identification parade.

    CID officers who appeared in Court however...
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SRI LANKA PARTICIPATES AT GULF FOOD 2013 IN DUBAI

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A large presence of 33 Sri Lankan companies participated at the Gulf Food 2013 in Dubai displaying food and beverage products such as tea, spices, processed food, soft drink, biscuits, virgin coconut oil, dried fruits, herbal products etc. The Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) and the Sri Lanka Tea Board (SLTB) in collaboration with the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Dubai organized two country pavilions for tea and other food items.  Gulf Food is the fast growing international trade fair for food and beverage sector and it has been rated as third largest food exhibition in the world and the biggest in the MENA region.

 

GOVT. CANNOT TAKE OVER ISSUANCE OF HALAL CERTIFICATION - KEHELIYA

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The Government today stated that it could not take over the responsibility of the issuance of the Halal Certification, Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said today.

 

The All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) on February 26 requested the government to take over the issuing and administration of Halal certification in Sri Lanka.

 

The All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama, the Muslim scholar council asked the government to take an initiative to end the row after Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), or Buddhist Force, staged a rally and issued an ultimatum that all halal certified goods must be taken off the market shelves by end of March.

 

Without Hala Certification We Lost 15 Million" - Vendol Chairman Mr. Lelwala G Godakanda

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හලාල් සහතිකය නොමැතිකමෙන් කෝටි එකහමාරක පාඩුවක් අපට සිදුවෙලා තිබෙනවා - වෙන්ඩෝල් ආයතනයේ සභාපති ලේල්වල ජී ගොඩකන්ද

හලාල් ලාංඡනය අද වන විට විශාල ප්රශ්නයක් බවට පත් කරගෙන. අපේ නිෂ්පාදනවල සත්ව තෙල් අඩංගු නොවන බව නිෂ්පාදන කටයුතු ඇරඹුණු අවධියේ සිටම සිංහල, දෙමළ, ඉංග්රීසි භාෂාවලින් දක්වා තිබුණා. හලාල් හරහා එය වඩාත් තහවුරු කිරීමක් සිද්ධ වෙනවා. හලාල් ලාංඡනය සඳහා ව්යාපාරිකයෙක් වසරකට රුපියල් එක් ලක්ෂ හැත්තෑපන් දහසක් ගෙවනවා යැයි කීම සම්පූර්ණයෙන්ම අසත්යයකි.අපි වර්ෂයටම සඳහා ගෙවන්නේ රුපියල් නවදාහක මුදලක්. අපි ළඟ සඳහා ගෙවීම් කළ රිසිට් පත් තිබෙනවා. අද දේශීය ව්යාපාරිකයෝ වශයෙන් පිටරටවලටද අපේ නිෂ්පාදන යොමු කරනවා. ජාත්යන්තරව විශේෂයෙන් මැදපෙරදිග ඇතුළු මුස්ලිම් රටවලින් අපේ නිෂ්පාදනවලට හොඳ ඉල්ලුමක් ලැබෙන්නේ හලාල් ලාංඡනය නිසයි. නිසා ව්යාපාරිකයන්ට හලාල් තිබිමෙන් වාසියක් මිස අවාසියක් සිදු වන්නේ නැහැ. හලාල් කියන්නේ සුදුසුයි කියන අර්ථයයි. හලාල් ලාංඡනයෙන් අපේ නිෂ්පාදන සුදුසුයි කියනවා. හරාම් කියන්නේ නුසුදුසුයි කියන අර්ථයයි. හලාල් නෑ කියන්නේ හරාම්. අපේ

 

Islam, Halal, Haram issues in Sri Lanka - A useful read for knowledge seeking Non-Muslims

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World views...

Each one of us has a world view, the way he looks at the world and understands his place in it. Amongst these competing world views is the religious , agnostic,humanism, aethism views of people.  Obviously, all the available world views cant be true and in order to discern whats  right,  one would need to  ask whether a world view  portrays the truth and is at least reasonable. Secondly, is such a view capable of explaining reality as a whole as we cannot be satisfied if a world view gives answers to only a part of reality. Next matter of concern is if a chosen world view caters to human needs and potential; provide proper values to live by and valid goals to strive for.

Purpose of a Divine Revelation.

Human reasoning alone will not guide a Man in the knowledge of where he came from , what is his purpose  on earth and where he is going to; you need Revelation to tell you that and Islam is the final complete religion based on revelation by the creator of Man, for Man.

 

Media Statement 26/ 02/ 2013 by ACJU

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Further to the statement released to the general public by the ACJU on 2Lst of February 20L3 wherein an appeal was made to the manufacturers who had already obtained a Halaal Certificate, to confine the Halaal certified products to the Muslim community only, has decided to share the following decision of the ACJU also with general public.

 

While reiterating the original stand, that the ACJU introduced the mechanism of Halaal Certification only with the intention of facilitating the availability of Halal foods to Muslim , on a service oriented basis without any commercial motive the ACJU wishers to place in the public domain the entire turnover generated out of the certification process of the year ended 31st March 2Ot2 was Rs. Seventeen Million nine hundred and two thousand, eight hundred and seven and cents fifty (Rs.17,902,807.50) based on certifying 150 lnstitutions registered at that time and other related services leaving a profit of Rs. Two million six hundred sixty nine thousand, four hundred and twenty and cents eighty only (Rs.2,669,420.80), which has been periodically re, invested to upgrade the process to international standards.

 

ACJU Press Conference- 26 February 2013 (Part II)

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President at Muslim Ladies College, Colombo :

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Unity, a must to protect country’s good image

Dharma Sri ABEYRATNE

President Mahinda Rajapaksa said communal harmony and unity are a must for the overall development of the country and moreover protecting the country’s good image. The President said we can stand only if we are united _ divided we fall.

He added that education is the major resource while knowledge is the main weapon. “The future of the country is with the younger generation especially with the students,” he said. The President was addressing a gathering at the Muslim Ladies College, Colombo, yesterday after declaring open the newly constructed four storied school building.

 

ACJU requests the government to take charge of the Halal certification process

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The All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) today proposed that in the Government should create a mechanism to issue halal certification that is acceptable to all stakeholders.

Addressing a news conference in Colombo, the ACJU said the Government could model the process in line with what was presently being adopted by the Thailand and Singapore Governments.

ACJU reiterated that this move is to build a peaceful coexistence among all Sri Lankans.

 

 

Sinhala Muslim amity intact, small group creating tension over Halal: ACJU chief

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By Anthony David

As controversy grows over the issue of Halal certification by the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU), a Cabinet Sub Committee is trying to work out a solution to the crisis. Against this backdrop, the Sunday Times spoke to ACJU President As-Sheikh M.I.M. Rizwe (Mufthi), and Halal expert Tariq Mahmud to get their views on various allegations regarding the Halal issue.

Excerpts from the interview:

What are the goals and the vision of the ACJU? When was it formed?

The ACJU was started in 1924. It is a body set up for Sri Lanka and not based on any foreign model.. Our objective is to promote cultural, social and economic welfare of the Muslims in accordance with Islam.

We provide social service, educational service and give Shariah advice to Muslims when they contact us. For instance, they contact us to know about Islam’s stance on marriage and divorce. The ACJU has a Halal division which is involved in issuing Halal certification.

 

Halal: Food for thought

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By Charundi Panagoda

Halal, a word that has stirred much controversy and tension in the country, is simply Arabic for “permitted,” as opposed to Haram, Arabic for “prohibited.” Under Sharia Islamic law, Halal and Haram designate objects and actions permissible or sinful for Muslims.

More commonly, Halal is a term referred to food items Muslims are allowed to consume under Islamic dietary guidelines. The Quran explicitly forbids Muslims from consuming pork, blood, carrion, alcohol, meat over which God’s name has not been pronounced, animals slaughtered in the name of any other than God and animals that have been strangled or beaten to death, killed by a fall, gored to death or killed by another animal and not finished off by a human.

In order to ensure that food they consume does not contain any Haram products, Muslim communities worldwide rely on the Halal certification, including predominantly non-Muslim countries such as the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and Thailand.

 

Peaceful coexistence more important than Halal-ACJU

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The All Ceylon Jamiyathul Ulama (ACJU) told the media today that peaceful co-existence in the country was more important than the ‘Halal’ certificate, and it would agree to recommendations made by the parliament subcommittee appointed to look into the issue.

“We have taken a stand internally regarding the issue and will cooperate with the parliament sub-committee and the cabinet and work according to their recommendations. Peaceful co-existence is more important that the Halal certification and we will do our utmost to protect it,” Consultant Shaikh Fazil Farook said.

   

ACJU Press Conference headed by ACJU President Rizwe Mufthi - 21/02/2013

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பெரும்பான்மையினரது சீற்றத்துக்கான பிண்ணனிகள் [Reasons Behind Extremism]

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by Sheikh S.H.M.Faleel

பேராசிரியர் ஜயன்த செனவிரத்னவின் தலைமையில் இயங்கும் மதங்களுக்கிடையிலான உரையாடலுக்கான நிலையத்தின் (IFDC) ஏற்பாட்டில் அனைத்து மதங்களையும் சேர்ந்த மதத் தலைவர், சமூக ஆர்வலர்களுக்கான மூன்று நாள் (18–20/01/2013) கருத்தரங்கில் கலந்து கொள்ளும் சந்தர்ப்பம் கிட்டியது.

அதில் பௌத்த மதத்தின் கருத்தைப் பிரதிநிதிப்படுத்திப் பேசிய கொழும்பு பாலி பௌத்த பல்கலைக்கழக விரிவுரையாளர் அளுத்கம விமலரத்ன தேரர் கூறிய கருத்துக்கள் இங்கு குறிப்பிடத்தக்கவை. பௌத்த மதம் மெத்தா (அன்பு), கருணா (கருணை) முதிதா (பிறரது முன்னேற்றம் கண்டு சந்தோஷம்) உபேக்ஸா (தீவிரவாதமற்ற நடுநிலை) ஆகிய நான்கு கோட்பாடுகளை அடிப்படையாகக் கொண்டிருக்கிறது என்று அவர் தெரிவித்து உண்மையான பௌத்தத்தின் தன்மையை வெளிப்படுத்தினார். இவை பௌத்தர்களுக்கு மத்தியிலான உறவில் மட்டுமல்ல பிறருடனான தொடர்பிலும் கடைப்பிடிக்கப்பட வேண்டும் என்று தான் பெரிதும் வலியுறுத்துவதாகக் கூறினார்.

   

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