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  • Voters List Details For 2019 Government Schools Grade One Admission Voters List Details For 2019 Government Schools Grade One Admission
    Assalamu Alaykum W W. Voters List details required for 2019 Government Schools Admission for Grade One (I.e. From 2013- 2017) could be obtained from below link of Elections Department : http://eservices.elections.gov.lk/myVoterRegistration.aspx
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  • This could be your last Ramadaan
    REMEMBER the beginning of Ramadan last year: the festive supermarkets with their jampacked aisles, the makeshift roadside stalls outside restaurants selling crisp sambusas and subiya, the sounds of Adhan emanating from Masajid... My house overlooked a Maghsalat-Al-Amwaat Al-Khairiyyah (a charitable organization which prepares bodies for burial in the Islamic manner), and as I walked home from the neighborhood supermarket laden with packages of food and other essentials in preparation of the next day’s fast, I caught sight of a family accompanying a bier in a hearse. The women huddled together, sobbing quietly, while the men stood at a distance in somber silence. It struck me: While I was going home to the comfort of my home and the company of my family, this person was being dispatched alone, to answer the stern questioning of the grave....
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  • Facebook staff to learn Sinhala insults after Sri Lanka riots
    Three months after Sri Lanka was rocked by deadly anti-Muslim riots fuelled by online vitriol, Facebook is training its staff to identify inflammatory content in the country’s local languages. The social network has been seeking penance in Sri Lanka after authorities blocked Facebook in March as incendiary posts by Buddhist hardliners fanned religious violence that left three people dead and reduced hundreds of mosques, homes and businesses to ashes. Until the week-long ban, appeals to Facebook to act against the contagion of hate speech had been met with deafening silence, at a time when the California-based tech giant was reeling from unprecedented global scrutiny over fake news and user privacy. “We did make mistakes and we were slow,” Facebook spokeswoman Amrit Ahuja told AFP in Colombo. The dearth of staff fluent in Sinhala...
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  • Time-tested bond of Sinhala-Muslim Friendship
    The Muslims of Sri Lanka, since ancient times have been in peaceful coexistence with the other communities of the Island and has proved to be an integral and inseparable component of the Sri Lankan society.



    According to ancient chronicles, traders from countries like Rome, Greece, Persia( Iran ), China, India etc visited Sri Lanka on trade missions. Arab merchants having maintained friendly relationship with natives, had ventured into the interior and coastal areas of Ceylon for trading, even before the advent of Islam. Arabs were only interested in trading and commerce in Sri Lanka in an honest and a just manner The present day Muslims of Sri Lanka, could therefore be considered the descendants of many of these Arabs, Persians, Indians, and Malays etc.  

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  • ‘වඳභාවය ඇති කළ හැකි පෙත්තක් මෙතෙක් සොයාගෙන නැහැ‘

    (ශාන්ත රත්නායක)

    බටහිර වෛද්‍ය ක්‍රමය අනුව වඳභාවය ඇති කළ හැකි පෙත්තක් සොයා ගෙන නැති බව ප්‍රජනන වෛද්‍ය විද්‍යාව පිළිබඳ මහාචාර්ය චන්දිකා විජේරත්න මහත්මිය අද (15) ශ්‍රී ලංකා වෛද්‍ය සංගමයේ මාධ්‍ය හමුවක දී පැවසීය.

    ආහාර සමඟ වඳ පෙති මිශ්‍ර කිරීමෙන් වඳභාවය ඇති කළ හැකි බවට අනියත බියක් සමාජ වෙබ් අඩවිවල ඇතිව තිබෙන හෙයින් ඒ ගැන...
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  • ආණමඩුව හෝටලයට ගිනි තැබු 7 දෙනා රිමාන්ඩ්
    ජුඩ් සමන්ත

    ආණමඩුව නගරයේ පිහිටි  මදීනා හෝටලයට පෙට්‍රල් බෝම්බ තබා ගිනි තැබීමේ සිද්ධියට සම්බන්ධ සැකකරුවන් 7 දෙනා මෙම මස 19 වැනි දා දක්වා රිමාන්ඩ් කිරිමට ආණමඩුව වැඩබලන මහේස්ත්‍රාත් සුනිල් ජයවර්ධන මහතා අද (13) නියෝග කළේය.

    මෙලෙස රිමාන්ඩ් ගත කරන ලද්දේ ආණමඩුව සහ ඒ අවට පදිංචිව සිටි තරුණයින් 7 දෙනෙක් වේ. ඔවුන් වයස අවුරුදු 18 - 22 වියේ...
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  • ජීවිත බියෙන් දිව ආ මුස්ලිම් පවුල් පන්සලේ හංගාගෙන නවාතැන් දුන් ගොමගොඩ හාමුදුරුවෝ
    ජීවිත බියෙන් දිව ආ මුස්ලිම් පවුල්
    පන්සලේ  හංගාගෙන නවාතැන් දුන්
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  • මහසෝන් බලකා කාර්යාලයෙන් ප්‍රචණ්ඩත්වයේ වැලගිය මුලගිය තැන් හමුවෙයි
    මහනුවර ප‍්‍රදේශයේ ඉකුත් මාර්තු 4 වැනි දා සිට  මේ දක්වා සිදු වු සියලූ ප‍්‍රචන්ඩ  කි‍්‍රයාවන්ට මුලිකව කි‍්‍රයා කළ  බව කියන සිද්ධිය සම්බන්ධයෙන් අත්අඩංගුවට ගෙන රැඳවුම් නියෝග මත සිටින මහසොන් බළකායේ  ප‍්‍රධානී බව කියන විදානපතිරණයේ අමිත් ජීවන් වීරසිංහ නැමැති සැකකරුට අයත් මහනුවර නත්තරංපොත කුණ්ඩසාලේ පිහිටි කාර්යාලය අද (13) සෝදිසියට...
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  • UN condemns anti-Muslim attacks in Sri Lanka
    2018-03-12 11:10:35 4 2109 The UN's political chief on Sunday condemned anti-Muslim violence that has targeted mosques and businesses in Sri Lanka as he wrapped up a three-day visit to Sri Lanka. Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman urged the government to bring the perpetrators of the violence and hate speech to justice. Feltman, who met with Muslim leaders to show solidarity during his visit, "condemned the breakdown in law and order and the attacks against Muslims and their property," a UN statement said. Sri Lanka has been rocked by a week of violent riots by Sinhalese mobs who have attacked 11 mosques and at least 200 Muslim-owned businesses, prompting the government to declare a state of emergency. Three people have been killed and 20 wounded in the anti-Muslim attacks. On Sunday a Muslim-owned...
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ප්‍රචණ්‌ඩ ක්‍රියා මැඬලීමට බැරි නම් සාමය රකින්න වෙඩි තියන්න පොලිසිවලට උපදෙස්‌ ලැබේ

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මැතිවරණ ප්‍රචාරක කටයුතු අවසන් වීමෙන් පසුව ප්‍රචණ්‌ඩ ක්‍රියාවල නියෑළෙන පුද්ගලයන් මෙල්ල කළ නොහැකි නම් ඔවුන්ට වෙඩි තබා හෝ සාමය ආරක්‍ෂා කිරීමට කැපවන ලෙස පොලිස්‌ මූලස්‌ථානය රටේ සියලුම පොලිස්‌ථානවලට උපදෙස්‌ දී ඇත.

ප්‍රචණ්‌ඩ ක්‍රියා මැඬපවත්වමින් රටේ නීතිය හා සාමය ආරක්‍ෂා කිරීම පොලිසියේ වගකීමක්‌ බවත් යම් පුද්ගලයකු හෝ කණ්‌ඩායමක්‌ ඊට බාධාවන අයුරින් කටයුතු කරන්නේ නම් ඔවුන්ට එරෙහිව තරාතිරම නොබලා ක්‍රියා කරන ලෙසත් පොලිස්‌ ස්‌ථාන වෙත දැනුම් දී ඇති බව පොලිස්‌ මූලස්‌ථානයේ ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ නිලධාරියෙක්‌ "දිවයින" ට පැවසීය.

වෙඩි තැබීම්, ගිනි තැබීම් හෝ විවිධ ආකාරයේ දරුණු ක්‍රියා කිරීමට කවර අයකු හෝ පෙළඹෙනවා නම් පොලිසිය එම තත්ත්වය මැඬලීමට ක්‍රියා කරන අතර එවැනි මොහොතක පොලිසියට ඔවුන් මෙල්ල කිරීමට නොහැකි වුවහොත් වෙඩි තබා හෝ තත්ත්වය සන්සුන් කිරීමට බලාපොරොත්තු වන බව එම පොලිස්‌ නිලධාරියා පැවසීය.

දේශපාලන පළිගැනීම් සිදුකිරීමෙන් වළකින ලෙස පොලිසිය සියලුම ඡන්දදායකයන්ගෙන් ඉල්ලීමක්‌ කරන බව ද හෙතෙම කීය.

මේ අනුව රට පුරාම පොලිස්‌ ආරක්‍ෂාව යෙදවීම සඳහා පොලිස්‌ භටයන් 80,000 කින් යුත් විශේෂ පොලිස්‌ බලඇණියක්‌ යොදවනු ඇත.

http://www.divaina.com/2015/01/05/news01.html

 

Compromising national security: FUTA defends MS

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Dewasiri


by Shamindra Ferdinando


With the government and the Opposition trading allegations as regards national security and post-war deployment of armed forces in the Northern Province, the Federation of University Teachers’ Association (FUTA) yesterday came out strongly in support of Maithripala Sirisena’s candidature at January 8, 2015 presidential poll.


Addressing the media at Solis Hotel Pita Kotte, FUTA executive committee member and ex-FUTA Chief Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri emphasized that there was absolutely no basis for a government claim that Maithripala Sirisena’s election would be detrimental to national security.


The Colombo University academician accused Sri Lanka’s former ambassador in Geneva Dr. Dayan Jayatilleke and presidential media spokesman Mohan Samaranayake of propagating falsehoods to cause panic among the electorate. Dr. Dewasiri insisted that Messrs Jayatilleke and Samaranayake had been trying to convince the electorate of an international conspiracy to compel Sri Lanka to follow a Western agenda and a separatist plot at the behest of Tamil political parties as well as overseas Tamils.


Declaring that the US hadn’t adopted a policy inimical to Sri Lanka, the FUTA chief alleged that those who were claiming of a Western conspiracy weren’t aware of the actual situation.According to him, the US had intervened in West Asia as well as in some parts of Asia, including Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan because the situation in those countries seriously affected US security interests. As Sri Lanka hadn’t been categorized along with those countries, there was no reason for us to be concerned, Dr. Dewasiri said.


Claiming that Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa had thanked the US once for taking a strong position against the LTTE, Dr. Dewasiri emphasised the US position on the national issue shouldn’t be construed as hostile approach towards the country. The FUTA leader said that the country hadn’t been faced with threat of separatism though the government accused various parties of trying to divide the country on ethnic lines. Although the LTTE could again pose a threat with the support of Tamil Nadu, such a project wouldn’t be realistic, Dr. Dewasiri said, warning of dire consequences in case President Rajapaksa won a third term. Terrorism could be revived because re-elected President Rajapaksa could suppress the democratic rights the of Tamil speaking people, he said.


http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=117150

 

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Deshapriyaදැනට පෙනෙන හැටියට මෙවර ජනපතිවරණයේ ඇත්තේ ගලඋඩ සටනකි. මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මෙන්ම මෛත්‍රීපාලගේ මැතිවරණ ව්‍යාපාරය ඇත්තේ කරට කරය. ඒ අතරේ පැතිර යන කතාවක් වන්නේ මොනවා හෝ කරලා දිනනවා, කොහොම හරි දිනනවා කියන කතාවය. ඡන්ද ජිල්මාට් සිදුවෙතැයි කියන සැකයක්ද ජනතාව අතර පැතිරෙමින් පවතී. මැතිවරණ කොමසාරිස් මහින්ද දේශප්‍රිය මීට කදිම පිළිතුරක් පසුගියදාක දුන්නේය.

හොරකම් කරලා දිනන්න බැහැ. බැහැ. බැහැ. යනුවෙන් ඔහු දැඩිව කියා සිටියේය. ඔහු එසේ කියන්නේ ජනපතිවරණය පැවැත්වෙන ක්‍රියාවලිය ගැන තිබෙන විනිවිදභාවය මෙසේ හෙළිකරමිනි. මැතිවරණ ක්‍රියාවලිය ආරම්භ වනුයේ ඡන්ද පෙට්ටි හා ඡන්ද දැන්වීම් පත්‍රිකා ඇතුළු ලිපි ‍ලේඛන ඡන්ද මධ්‍යස්ථාන වෙත ගෙන යාමය. එය කෙරෙනුයේ දිස්ත්‍රික් සහකාර මැතිවරණ කොමසාරිස් කාර්යාලවලදීය.
ඡන්ද ‍පොළ ස්ථානාධිපතිවරුන් හා එහි රාජකාරි කරන අනෙක් නිලධාරීන් හමුවන්නේ එතනදීය. එදින දක්වා මැතිවරණ රාජකාරියේ යෙදෙන නිලධාරීන් එකිනෙකා හඳුනන්නේ නැති බවද මැතිවරණ කොමසාරිස්වරයා ප්‍රකාශ කළේය. ඡන්ද රාජකාරි සඳහා යොදා ගන්නේ රජයේ නිලධාරීන් මිස ආණ්ඩුවේ නිලධාරීන් නොවන බව ද මහින්ද දේශප්‍රිය මහතා කීවේය.
ඡන්ද දිනයේදී ඡන්දය ආරම්භවීමට ප්‍රථම ඡන්ද ස්ථානාධිපතිවරයා විසින් අපේක්ෂකයා නියෝජනය කරමින් පැමිණෙන නියෝජිතයන්ට හිස් ඡන්ද පෙට්ටිය හා ඡන්ද පත්‍රිකා පෙන්විය යුතුය. එක් අපේක්ෂකයෙකුට ඡන්ද ‍පොළ නියෝජිතයන් දෙදෙනකු යෙදවිය හැකිය. ඡන්දදායකයා ඡන්ද ‍පොළේදී ඡන්දය සලකුණු කරන ස්ථානයේ රහස්‍ය භාවයට හානි වෙන කිසිවක් නොමැති අතර එසේ තිබේදැයි සොයා බැලීමට ඡන්ද ‍පොළ පක්ෂ නියෝජිතයාට හැකියාව හිමිය.
ඡන්ද පෙට්ටියේ ස්ථාන කිහිපයක රහස් අංකයක් සලකුණු කර තිබෙන අතර ඡන්දය ප්‍රකාශ කිරීමෙන් අනතුරුව මුද්‍ර තැබිම සඳහා මුද්‍රා තුනක් ඡන්ද ස්ථානාධිපති වෙත ලැබෙන අතර එහි සලකුණ හා වර්ණය දන්නේ සහකාර මැතිවරණ කොමසාරිස්වරයා පමණකි. එහෙත් ලබා දෙන මුද්‍ර තුනෙන් අහඹු ලෙස තෝරා ගන්නා මුද්‍රාවකින් ඡන්ද පෙට්ටිය මුද්‍රා තබනු ලබයි.
ඡන්ද ස්ථානාධිපතිවරයා ඡන්ද පෙට්ටි මුද්‍රා තබා ඒ මත මැතිවරණ කාර්යාලයෙන් ලබා දෙන ‍ලේඛනයක්ද ඇලවිය යුතුය. ඉන් පසුව ඡන්ද පෙට්ටිය ඉටිකවරයක බහාලා එය විශේෂිත පටියකින් බැඳ දමනු ලබයි. ඉන් පසුව ඡන්ද පෙට්ටි හා මුද්‍ර තැබූ ඉතිරි ඡන්ද පත්‍රිකා ගණන් කිරීමේ මධ්‍යස්ථාන වෙත ගෙන යන්නේ ලංගම බස් රථ මගිනි.
ඡන්ද පෙට්ටි ගණන් කිරීමේ මධ්‍යස්ථාන වෙත ගෙන යන තෙක් ලංගම බස් රථය පසුපස යාමට පක්ෂ නියෝජිතයන්ට ද අවසර දෙන අතර එම අවසර පත් හා ගමන් කරන අය කලින් මැතිවරණ කාර්යාලයෙන් අවසර ලබාගත යුතුය.
එසේම ගණන් කිරීම සඳහා ඡන්ද පෙට්ටි ලබා ගනිද්දී එම ඡන්ද මධ්‍යස්ථානයට නිකුත් කළ ඡන්ද පත්‍රිකා හා ඡන්ද පෙට්ටියේ ඇති පත්‍රිකා සහ ඉතිරි වූ පත්‍රිකා සමානදැයි මුලින්ම පරීක්ෂා කරයි. ඉන් පසුව සියලු දෙනා ඉදිරියේ ඡන්ද පෙට්ටිය විවෘත කරන අතර එම ස්ථානයේ සිටීමට පක්ෂයන්හි නියෝජිතයන්ට මෙන්ම මැතිවරණ නිරීක්ෂණ අංශ වෙත අවසර ලැබෙයි.
ගණන් කරද්දී ඡන්ද ‍පොළදී නියෝජිතයන් ගණන් කරන නිලධාරීන් පසු පස සිටින බැවින් කිසිදු වංචාවක් කළ නොහැකි බවද මැතිවරණ කොමසාරිස්වරයා පෙන්වා දුන්නේය. ගණන් කිරීම ගැන යම් සැකයක් ඇති වුවහොත් වහාම එය ගණන් කිරීමේ මධ්‍යස්ථානය භාර නිලධාරීන් වෙත හෝ තේරීම්භාර නිලධාරියා වෙත පැමිණිලි කිරීමට හැකියාව ඇත.
ඡන්ද සංඛ්‍යාවන් ‍ලේඛන හයක සටහන් කරන අතර ඒවා වෙන වෙනම තබනු ලබයි. එම ‍ලේඛන සියල්ල තේරීම්භාර නිලධාරියා විසින්ද පරීක්ෂා කිරීමෙන් පසුව රාජගිරිය මැතිවරණ කොමසාරිස් කාර්යාලය වෙත එවනු ලබයි.
තේරීම් භාර නිලධාරියා එවනු ලබන ‍ලේඛන නැවත මැතිවරණ කාර්යාලයේදී අතිරේක කොමසාරිස්වරුන් විසින් පරීක්ෂා කොට ඒ සම්බන්ධයෙන් සැකයක් නොමැති නම් මැතිවරණ කොමසාරිස්වරයා වෙත යොමු කරනු ලබයි. ඔහුද ඒවා පරීක්ෂා කිරීමෙන් පසු මාධ්‍ය වෙත යොමු කරයි. එම නිසා කිසිදු වංචාවකට හෝ දූෂණයකට ඉඩක් නොමැති බව ද ඒ මහතා වැඩිදුරටත් කීවේය.
යම් නිලධාරියෙක් මැතිවරණ දූෂණයක් සිදු කළහොත් හෝ මැතිවරණ නීති උල්ලංඝනය කළහොත් ඔවුන්ට දඬුවම් කිරීමේ බලය මැතිවරණ කොමසාරිස්වරයා සතුය. එම නිසා කොම්පියුටර් ජිල්මාට් කළ නොහැකි බව මැතිවරණ කොමසාරිස්වරයා තහවුරු කළේය.
එසේම තමන්ගේ ඡන්ද ප්‍රකාශ කළේ කාටද යන්න සොයා ගත නොහැකි බව කී මැතිවරණ කොමසාරිස්වරයා උදෙන්ම ඡන්ද ‍පොළට ගොස් ඡන්දය ප්‍රකාශ කරන ලෙසද ඉල්ලීමක් කළේය.

ලසන්ත වීරකුලසූරිය

http://www.lakbima.lk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=42538:2015-01-04-10-10-28&catid=34:news&Itemid=62

 

Mangala assures security; Urges smooth transition

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The Opposition, while assuring that the security of the incumbent President and his family would be ensured in the event of his defeat at Thursday’s Presidential Election, urged him to allow immediate transition of power.

UNP MP Mangala Samaraweera told a media briefing that dissolving Parliament on the day of the election or before would be suicidal as the government would lose its power in Parliament as well, in the event it was defeated at the Presidential Election losing the executive power.

He said his party had asked its grassroots level members to contain themselves in the event the common candidate emerged victorious at the election and not to harm the opponents.

Coming up with several allegations he said there were moves to search the UNP Headquarters, Sirikotha and his own residence by the CID, which is said to be looking for a book with a family tree.

Meanwhile, Mr. Samaraweera said no one could find fault with former President Chandrika Kumaratunga for referring to the late LTTE leader as ‘Mr. Prabakaran’ as the current president himself had referred to the LTTE leader the same way in 2005.

“However, we are not asking the people to respect Prabahakaran,” he added.(Yohan Perera and Darshana Sanjeewa)

-http://www.dailymirror.lk/60357/mangala-assures-security-urges-smooth-transition

 

Monitors fear voters being intimidated

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International observers said Sunday they had received complaints of voter intimidation before this week’s Sri Lankan presidential election, in which the incumbent faces a tough battle to win an unprecedented third term.

The 55-member panel of monitors told reporters they had already received complaints that the military had set up 400 roadblocks to discourage minority Tamils from voting freely in former war zones.

“According to the opposition these roadblocks are to keep away the voters... (but) we are told (by the authorities) that the military has no role to play in these election,” said the monitoring team leader S. Y. Quraishi. “We are yet to see that.”

He said international observers would Monday begin fanning out to the 22 electoral districts across the island to check out the final rallies.

They will also be present at polling booths on Thursday during a nine-hour period when some 15 million people are eligible to vote.

“The police have assured us that they will guarantee that the election is free and fair,” Mr Quraishi said. “At the moment, we have to take their word.”

The monitors have been invited by Sri Lanka’s election chief Mahinda Deshapriya, who told them he was confident of conducting a fair election.

Even as they arrived in the island, gunmen opened fire at a meeting of the main Opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday night and wounded one person.

On Friday at least 20 supporters of Mr Sirisena were wounded when stones and rocks were thrown as he addressed crowds at Pelmadulla outside the capital.

Private local election monitors have said they received nearly 1,100 complaints since campaigning got underway in early December.

The police said they had received a much smaller number of complaints, but that 130 arrests had been made. The private monitors, the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections, said the increasing violence was well organised and targeted the Opposition, which is mounting a serious challenge against two-term incumbent Mr Rajapaksa. (AFP)

http://www.nation.lk/edition/component/k2/item/36958-monitors-fear-voters-being-intimidated.html


 

අපි මහින්දව අනිවාර්යයෙන්ම ගෙදර යවනවා - ආචාර්ය වික්‍රමබාහු කරුණාරත්න

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දැන් දෙමළ, මුස්ලිම් ඡන්ද ටිකත් මෛත්‍රි මහත්තයාට. දෙමළ මුස්ලිම් ඡන්ද නැතිව මහින්ද මහත්තයාට දිනන්න පුළුවන්ද

Mawbima, 2015-01-03 02:00:00

අපි මහින්දව අනිවාර්යයෙන්ම ගෙදර යවනවා - ආචාර්ය වික්‍රමබාහු කරුණාරත්න

දැන් දෙමළ, මුස්ලිම් ඡන්ද ටිකත් මෛත්‍රි මහත්තයාට. දෙමළ මුස්ලිම් ඡන්ද නැතිව මහින්ද මහත්තයාට දිනන්න පුළුවන්ද

මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂට දෙමළ, මුස්ලිම් ඡන්ද ලැබෙන්නේ නැහැ. ලැබුණත් එයා පරාද වෙනවා. මහින්ද කොහොමත් පරදිනවා. අපි එයාව අනිවාර්යයෙන්ම ගෙදර යවනවා.

 

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සිංහල බෞද්ධයෝ මේ වෙලාවේ මහින්දව රැක ගන්න ඕන - බොදු බල සේනා සංවිධානයේ මහලේකම් ගලගොඩඅත්තේ ඥානසාර හිමි

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හාමුදුරුවනේ ඔබ වහන්සේගේ ක්‍රියාකලාපයන් නිසා තමයි මුස්ලිම් කොංග්‍රසයේ සහාය මෛත්‍රි මහත්තයාට ලැබුණේ කියලා සමහරු චෝදනා කරනවා නේද

Mawbima, 2015-01-03 02:00:00

සිංහල බෞද්ධයෝ මේ වෙලාවේ මහින්දව රැක ගන්න ඕන - බොදු බල සේනා සංවිධානයේ මහලේකම් ගලගොඩඅත්තේ ඥානසාර හිමි

හාමුදුරුවනේ ඔබ වහන්සේගේ ක්‍රියාකලාපයන් නිසා තමයි මුස්ලිම් කොංග්‍රසයේ සහාය මෛත්‍රි මහත්තයාට ලැබුණේ කියලා සමහරු චෝදනා කරනවා නේද

හකීම් අනෙක් පැත්තට ගියේ නැගෙනහිර වෙනම මුස්ලිම් කලාපයක් දෙන්න ජනාධිපතිතුමා අකැමැති වෙච්ච නිසා. බොදු බල සේනා නිසා නෙවෙයි. නැගෙනහිර වෙනම මුස්ලිම් කලාපයක් දෙන්න මේ ආණ්ඩුව කැමැති වුණා නම් හකීම් අනෙක් පැත්තට යන්නේ නැහැ. හකීම්ලා, බදුර්දීන්ලා, TNA එක, මේ දේශද්‍රෝහී හවුල පරද්දලා සිංහල බෞද්ධයෝ මේ වෙලාවේ මහින්දව රැකගන්න ඕන. මහින්දව දිනවන්න ඕන.

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දෙමල බෙදුම්වාදයේ පෙරමුණු තුනෙන් යුධ පෙරමුණ පරාජය කළත් දේශපාලන හා ජාත්‍යන්තර පෙරමුණුද පරාජය කළ යුතුව ඇති බවත් ඔබට මිතුරා සොයා ගැනීමට අපහසු නම් හතුරා පහසුවෙන් හඳුනා ගන්න කටයුතු කරන ලෙසත් බොදු බල සේනා සංවිධානයේ මහලේකම් රාජකීය පණ්ඩිත ගලගොඩඅත්තේ ඥානසාර හිමියෝ (04) පැවසූහ.
“නොබෙදුණු දේශයක් - නොබෙදුණු තීන්දුවක්” මැයෙන් හින්දු සහෝදරත්වයේ එකමුතුවෙන් බොදු බල සේනා සංවිධානය කිරුලපන දී පැවැත්වූ මහා සමුළුවේදී හිමියන් එම කරුණු අවධාරණය කළහ.
‘ලෝකයේ පැරණිම රස්සා කරන කාන්තාවෝ නම්බුකාරයි මේ හකීම්ට වැඩිය. යුද්ධයේ තීරණාත්මක අවස්ථාවකදීත් මෙයා විපක්ෂයට ගියා.මුතූර් පල්ලියට එල්.ටී.ටී.ඊ ගහපු වෙලාවේ කිවුවා මේ වැඩේ කලේ සිංහල හමුදා සේනාංක කියලා.තමන්ගේ දුව කොළඹ විශාඛාවේ ඉගෙන ගන්නවා.කාත්තන්කුඩි , කල්මුනේ ගිහින් මුස්ලිම් සංස්කෘතියක් ගැන කතා කරනවා.හකීම්,බදියුදීන්,මුස්තාපා කියනවා බීබීඑස් තුන්වලු මුස්ලිම් අයට කරදරයිලු.මොන කෙනා බලයට ආවත් අපි මේ අය ගැන බලා ගන්නවා.ආරක්ෂක අංශ වලට , බුද්ධි අංශ වලට කියනවා යහපාලනය ගැන කතා කරන මුස්තාපා ගැන හොයා බලන්න කියලා.
සිරිසේන මහත්තයා කියන විදියට කුමන්ත්‍රණ ඇතුලෙත් ක්‍රියාත්මකයි..එලියේත් ක්‍රියාත්මකයි.පෙඩරල් කල්ලි සියල්ල අද රූකඩ නායකයකු බිහි කිරීම වෙනුවෙන් ඇත වැල් බැඳ ගෙන.මෙම තත්වයන් හමුවේ සිංහල බෞද්ධ ප්‍රජාව ඉතාම පරිස්සමෙන් කටයුතු කල යුතුයි.රටට ආදරය කරන සියලු බලවේගයන් එකතු වෙලයි රට මේ තත්වයට ගෙන ආවේ.2015 ත් ඉතාම සැලසුම් සහගත කුමන්ත්‍රණයක් මේ එලියට ඇවිත් තියෙන්නේ’

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වත්මන් ජනපති මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා මෙවර පෙර නොවූ තුන්වැනි වාරයක් සඳහා ජනපතිවරණයට ඉදිරිපත් වී ඇති බවත් ඔහුට ජයග‍්‍රහණය ලැබීමට නම් දැඩි තරගයකට මුහුණ දීමට සිදු වී ඇති බවත් ප‍්‍රංශ පුවත් සේවය වාර්තා කරයි.

මෙවර ජනපතිවරණයේ ප‍්‍රධාන අපේක්ෂකයන් දෙදෙනා වන මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා සහ මෛති‍්‍රපාල සිරිසේන මහතා කරට කර සටනක සිටින බව දේශීය මාධ්‍ය වාර්තා කර  ඇතැයි ද ප‍්‍රංශ පුවත් සේවය සඳහන් කරයි.

මේ අතර ජනපතිවරණයේදී ඡන්ද දායකයන් බිය ගැන්වීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් පැමිණිලි ලැබී ඇතැයි ජාත්‍යන්තර මැතිවරණ නිරීක්ෂකයන් සඳහන් කර ඇතැයි ප‍්‍රංශ ඒ.එෆ්.පී පුවත් සේවය කියයි.

මාර්ග අවහිර කිරීම් 400ක් ද ඇතුළුව යුද්ධය පැවැති ප‍්‍රදේශවල සිටින සුළුතර දෙමළ ජනතාවට ඡන්දය දීමට නොහැකි වන ආකාරයෙන් කි‍්‍රයා සිදුකර ඇතැයි තමන්ට පැමිණිලි ලැබී ඇතැයි 55 දෙනකුගෙන් සමන්විත මෙම ජාත්‍යන්තර මැතිවරණ නීරික්ෂකයන්ගේ කමිටුව උපුටා දක්වමින්  ප‍්‍රංශ පුවත් සේවය වාර්තා කරයි.

හමුදාව විසින් මෙම මාර්ග අවහිර කරතියි කියනුයේ ඡන්දය දැමීම වැළැක්වීමට බවත්, ඒ සම්බන්ධයෙන් අදාළ බලධාරීන් දැනුම්වත් කර ඇති බවත්, හමුදාවට මෙම මැතිවරණයේදී කළ යුතු කාර්යභාරයක් පැවැරී නැති බවත් විපක්ෂය සඳහන් කර ඇති බවත් තමන් මේ සම්බන්ධයෙන් අවධානයෙන් සිටින බවත් මෙම ජාත්‍යන්තර මැතිවරණ අධීක්ෂණ කමිටුවේ ප‍්‍රධානී එස්. වයි. කුරයිෂි පවසයි.

ජාත්‍යන්තර නිරීක්ෂකයෝ මැතිවරණ දිස්ති‍්‍රක්ක 22 යෑමට බලාපොරොත්තු වන බවත් එහිදි ජනපතිවරණයට සහභාගී වන අපේක්ෂකයන්ගේ අවසන් මැතිවරණ රැලි නීරික්ෂණය බවත් එස්. වයි. කුරයිෂි පවසයි.

ඡන්ද දායකයෝ ලක්ෂ 150ක් (මිලියන 15) සුදුසුකම් ලබා ඇති මෙම මැතිවරණය ලබන (8) වැනිදා පැවැත්වෙන බවත් එදින ඡුන්ද විමසීම පැවැත්වෙන පැය නවයක කාල සීමාව තුළ ඡන්ද මධ්‍යස්ථාන නීරික්ෂණයට තම නියෝජිතයන් යෙදවීමට නියමිත බව ඔහු මාධ්‍යවේදීන් අමතමින් සඳහන් කළේය.

සාධාරණ හා ස්වාධීන මැතිවරණයක් පැවැත්වීම අරමුණු කරගෙන මැතිවරණ කොමසාරිස් මහින්ද දේශපි‍්‍රය මහතාගේ ඉල්ලීමකට අනුව ජාත්‍යන්තර නීරික්ෂකයන් මෙරටට පැමිණි දිනයේදීම පෙරේදා (3) විපක්ෂයේ පොදු අපෙක්ෂක මෛතී‍්‍රපාල සිරිසේන මහතාගේ මැතිවරණ රැලියකට වෙඩි ප‍්‍රහාරයක් එල්ල වූ බවත් ඉන් එක් පුද්ගලයකු තුවාල ලැබූ බවත් ප‍්‍රංශ පුවත් සේවය වාර්තා කර තිබිණි.

ඉකුත් දෙසැම්බර් මස ආරම්භයේදී  ජනපතිවරණ ප‍්‍රචාරක වැඩපිළිවෙළ ආරම්භ වූ අතර එතැන් සිට මේ දක්වා දේශීය මැතිවරණ නීරික්ෂකයන්ට මැතිවරණ නීති කඩකිරීම් 1000කට ආසන්න ප‍්‍රමාණයක් වාර්තා වී ඇතැයි ද පොලිසියට එතරම් පැමිණිලි ප‍්‍රමාණයක් ලැබී නැති වුවද 130 දෙනකු අත්අඩංගුවට ගෙන ඇතැයි ප‍්‍රංශ පුවත් සේවා වාර්තා කියයි.

මැතිවරණ ප‍්‍රචණ්ඩ කි‍්‍රයා සිදුවීම් වැඩි වී ඇති බවත් සිදු වූ එම මැතිවරණ ප‍්‍රචණ්ඩ කි‍්‍රයා හොඳින් සංවිධානය වූ සහ විපක්ෂය ඉලක්ක කරගෙන සිදු වූ එවා යැයි මැතිවරණ නීරික්ෂණ කටයුතුවල නිරත වෙන පෞද්ගලික මැතිවරණ නීරික්ෂණ කණ්ඩායම් සඳහන් කරයි.

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කහවත්තේ මෛත්‍රී වේදිකාවටත් වෙඩි

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විපක්ෂයේ පොදු අපේක්ෂක මෛත්‍රිපාල සිරිසේන මහතාගේ කහවත්ත නගරයේ අවසන් ඡන්ද රැලියකට වේදිකාව ඉදිකරමින් සිටි පිරිසකට අද අලුයම වෙඩි තබා ඇතැයිද දෙදෙනකු තුවාල ලබා රෝහල් ගත කළැයිද පොලිසියට පැමිණිලි කර ඇත.

ප්‍රහාරයට වාහන 6කින් ආ බවටද තොරතුරු ඇතැයිද මැරයන් හා ජීප් රියක් හඳුනාගෙන ඇතැයිද පොලිස් මාධ්‍ය ප්‍රකාශක ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ පොලිස් අධිකාරී අජිත් රෝහණ මහතා කියයි

 

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**7 Things To-Do In Times of Hardship**

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Whenever a person faces #hardship, it’s easy for him/her to give up and walk away from their challenges or complain and blame those around him/her. They fall into #depression, feel sad about their situation and feel powerless. They don’t understand “why this is happening to them” or “what they did to deserve this”. But for a ProductiveMuslim, his/her way of... thinking is completely different.

Whenever a ProductiveMuslim faces hardship, he/she takes a step back from their difficult situation and thinks about it from a higher level. They step back from their life with all its worries, anxieties, problems, and thinks about it from an Akhirah perspective, then they ask themselves the question: what does this ALL mean when compared to the Hereafter? What does this ALL mean when compared to eternity in Jannah?

Here are 7 practical steps to help you face any difficult situation:


1. Salah. Make sure you stick to praying on time – 5 times a day. Never miss a salah and do your best to pray each Salah with sincerity as if it’s your last salah in this world.
2. Read Quran. The Quran is so beautiful that no matter what difficulties you face you’ll find solace in it.
3. Make Dua. Especially the dua for removing anxiety [see Fortress of the Muslim, chapter 34].
4. Give Sadaqah. Give lots of charity, as much as you can, because it helps push away hardship. And if you can’t give money, even kind words or physical sadaqah can do (i.e. helping people physically or emotionally).
5. Set Goals and Have Vision. Don’t let shaytaan play with you and keep replaying the video of your hardship in your mind over and over again, move on! Set new goals, new projects, and remember you’re with Allah, nothing should stop you!
6. Wake up Early. Wake up before fajr and work on your ideas and projects, or simply read Qur’an. Getting busy before day break is a definite way to move away from your hardship and overcome challenges. Get most of your ideas/work done in these early hours, these are blessed hours.
7. Hardship is Not Lost. Remember, Allah will never forget the injustice/hardship you faced, so don’t worry about seeking revenge or trying to get justice.

In the end, I pray that Allah (Subḥānahū Wa Ta’ālā) removes all your ordeals and hardships, blesses you all with a good life and helps you remember Him day and night, for “Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest”. (Quran 13:28)

 

3 Qur’an Stories to Help You Overcome Demotivation

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We all have Dreams.
Along with B.I.G goals competing to make it into reality.
Whether it’s publishing your writing, launching a passion project or balancing your career with marriage; you want to leave a great legacy as a source of reward and to benefit many generations coming after you.
It will take loads of motivation to keep you walking towards those BIG goals of yours and accomplishing them. You will experience pain, difficulties, failure and interferences from those around you. It isn’t unusual to feel deflated, crumpled, crippled and demotivated along the way.
Demotivation is normal as long as it doesn’t become the order of your daily life. And it also doesn’t become a nightmare that takes over your entire journey towards your goals.
You can overcome demotivation from the inspirational content of the Qur’an.
Quran stories will serve as a remedy to boost your motivation. You need to approach these stories with awe, hope & presence of mind. Read brief summaries of three of such stories below.
I never cease to find huge inspiration & motivation from them.
***THE 3 QURAN STORIES***
1. Story of Yaqoob (AS)
Yaqoob (as) was betrayed by his own children. He was forcefully separated from his young son – Yusuf (as). Yet, he still harboured dreams of uniting with him again and his actions & utterances proved this. He said ”I complain of my sorrow and my grief only to Allah… [Surah Yusuf - ch.12; v.86] (drawing his motivation from correct knowledge & consciousness of Allah (swt)).
Yaqoob (as) remained steadfast even as he cried repeatedly over the hopelessness of the situation. It caused him deep hurt and unhappiness but he never wavered from putting His sole trust in Allah (swt). That was his solace and kept him going.
Motivation Prompt. *OPEN UP*. Stay tuned-in to your dreams and goals even when all feels lost & you feel drained of energy & interest. Admit your sense of demotivation, weakness and imperfection to Him and cry if you feel the urge. Open up to Allah (swt) again and again and again.
2. Story of Yunus (AS)
Yunus (as), better known as the companion of the fish (Surah Al-Haqqah – ch.69) lost his motivation while calling his people to Tawheed.
He felt frustrated & angry; and decided to call it quits on those BIG goals. He gave up at a point of weakness and came to realise this later after he fled.
Yunus (as) fell into grief, feeling sad about his actions. What did he do? He was strong enough to admit his error and hurried to make corrections. He called on the One Who he had wronged for help.
And the person of the fish when he left in anger and thought that We would not straighten things for him. He prayed in the darkness saying,” There is no ilaah but You. You are Pure. I have certainly been from among the wrongdoers. So we responded to his du’aa and rescued him from distress. Thus do We rescue the Mu’mineen (from difficulties).
Surah Anbiyyah, ch 21; v87-88
Motivation Prompt. *ADMIT MISTAKES*. You will make mistakes and fail over and over. But do not lose sight of your goals & the Pleasure of the One you are trying to attain through your efforts.
Stay on top of things by turning to Allah first to rescue you from your sea of demotivation. Then keep glorifying Him & seeking His assistance every step of the way. He rescued the companion of the fish, He can rescue you from any situation.
3. Story of Ayyob (AS)
Ayyoub (as) experienced great difficulties, as he was tested with his wealth, health and family. He was distressed just as you will be if you are tested on these important blessings. He remained patient, believing that only Allah can cure him. His patience paid off when the time was right. His losses were restored and even multiplied.
Shaytan tried to put evil thoughts in his mind and that of his wife – his last companion standing. But Ayyoub remained patient. What remarkable patience. Ayyoub was patient and penitent.
‘Verily Shaytan has afflicted me with pain and difficulty…” (Surah Sad, ch.38; v 41)
Motivation Prompt. *BE PATIENT*. Acknowledge your pain, distress and emotions after all you are only human. But do seek patience.
You may feel an internal pain that burns, hurts and demotivates. The only cure is patience. Patience in the knowledge that Allah is All Aware of what you are going through & will make things right sooner or later.
Take Daily Steps
Read through the stories slowly while pondering and relating the unfolding events to your own life events. Take notes on everything that impacts you most strongly at that moment while reading – like a supplication, a fulfilled promise, an inspiration or a happy ending.
Do this in the morning, and read though your notes as the day progresses.
How do you feel? I assure you of relief, great energy and motivation to kick-start your goals.
Don’t abandon these notes. Keep them with you and reflect over them regularly. And don’t make it a substitute for reading the Qur’an. It is a tool to help you strengthen your interaction with the entire Quran. And a healthy portion to serve your immediate need.
It always works for me.
The Test of this Life
This life is a test upon test upon test.
You may suffer financial losses, creative slumps, betrayal from friends and loved ones or negative thoughts from deep within.
Its OK.
Imagine the painful and unexpected separation between Yaqoob (as) and his son; the emotional state of Yunus (as) while in the darkness of the belly of the fish deep within the sea; and the seemingly worsening condition of Ayyoub (as).
Can you imagine their financial, psychological and moral bankruptcy at those instances in their lives?
How did they bounce back?
By leveraging their spiritual assets – turning to Allah in hope, gratitude, beautiful supplication and openness. They were not afraid of showing their weakness to Allah and you shouldn’t either.
Next Steps…
Whenever you feel low, demotivated and derailing from your goals, make Wudhu and pick up the Qur’an.
Read through the stories of Yaqoob, Yunus and Ayyoub (AS) and progress towards your goals with simple daily steps.
Be steadfast. Admit mistakes. Be patient with yourself and with situations around you.
Turn to Allah (swt) consistently and with full consciousness. He will fuel your journey towards your Goals – with the needed motivation & reward you with multiple blessings.
Which of these 3 stories do you find most motivating?

   

Zakaat

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"...In fact if used properly, it could put IMF, the World Bank, and other shylocks who have been enriching themselves at the expense of the poor out of business in the Muslim countries...."

 

By Khalid Baig

Money. These days it is hardly of secondary importance for those who don't have it. And even for many who do! What does Islam say about it? Islam recognizes the value of wealth. It refers to it as:

"Your property which Allah has made for you a means of support."[Al-Nisa, 4:5].

But it also warns about its dual nature: it could be a blessing or a curse. It is a blessing if used to do good. Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, declared that person to be in an enviable position who has lot of wealth and he spends it day and night in the cause of righteousness. Otherwise it is a curse. No one who reads the following verse can think of it in any other way:

"And there are those who hoard gold and silver, and spend it not in the way of Allah. Announce unto them a most grievous chastisement. On the day when it will be heated in the fire of Hell, and with it will be branded their foreheads, their flanks, and their backs. `This is the treasure that you hoarded for yourselves. Taste then the treasure you hoarded.'"[Al-Tauba 9:34-35]

The two characters are brought together in a beautiful juxtaposition in a hadith. "The case of a miser and a giver of charity is similar to that of two persons clad in armor from their breasts to their collar-bones. Every time the generous person gives charity, his armor expands, till it covers his finger tips and toes. Every time the miser intends to spend something, his armor contracts, every ring of it sinking into his flesh. He tries to loosen it but cannot." . It should be remembered that here a generous person is one who spends generously in the path of Allah. A miser is one whose love of money keeps him from such spending even though he may be spending lavishly in other areas.

Such love of money is a disease of the heart and the first purpose of charity in Islam is to work as an antidote against that. That is why the Qur'an asked the Prophet, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam,

"Of their wealth take alms to purify and sanctify them." [Tauba 9:103].

Hence the name Zakat (purification) for the main form of that obligation. And it is for this reason that Zakat remains obligatory even if there are no needy persons in a community.

Of course, the system of Zakat is designed to help the poor and the needy and it is a highly desirable characteristic of the believers that in addition to prayers and other acts of worship they are always conscious of this duty.

"And in their wealth there is due share for the beggar and the deprived." [Al-Zariyat, 51:19].

They do it for no other motive but to please their Lord.

"And they feed, for the love of Allah, the indigent, the orphan, and the captive, saying: `We feed you for the sake of Allah alone. No reward do we desire from you, nor thanks.'" [Al-Insan, 76:8-9]

Charity itself has been a cherished institution in all human societies. It remains so even in the capitalistic society. But without a strong belief in Allah and the Hereafter, a charitable act can only be motivated by a desire for fame or some other worldly reward. Human beings are driven by rewards. The only truly selfless act is one in which the reward is sought from Allah instead of other human beings. And that is the change in orientation that Islam provides and that remains its most distinguishing feature. Once a goat was slaughtered in the Prophet's household and its meat was distributed. Later on the Prophet, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, asked Aisha, Radi-Allahu unha, what was saved from the goat? "Nothing but a shank," she said. "Everything but the shank," said the Prophet, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam. For what was given away in charity was truly saved for the hereafter.

There are other distinct features of Islam's system of Zakat. The Qur'an mentions where it can be used.

"The alms are only for the poor and the needy, and for those employed in connection therewith, and for those whose hearts are to be reconciled, and for the freeing of slaves, and for those in debt, and for the cause of Allah, and for the wayfarer." [Al-Tauba 9:60].

These are very precise and specific categories, the seemingly general category of "cause of Allah" referring to Jihad by consensus of scholars.

We can better appreciate the immense wisdom in this arrangement if we compare it with Tithe. Under that system, adopted by the Christian Church, lay people were forced to pay a tenth of their income to the church to "support the clergy, maintain churches and assist the poor"-- mostly in that order. The system led to widespread abuses. It was for this reason that tithe was abolished in France in 1789 during the Revolution and in other countries after that. England finally ended it in 1936. It was never accepted in the U.S.

Zakat, on the other hand, cannot be used to maintain mosques or support the scholars. Neither can it be used to support the normal functioning of the government. No one can change its rate, sources, or application, which are all pre-determined by the Qur'an and Sunnah. All these distinguish Zakat as an act of worship rather than a tax and have been responsible for keeping the system mostly free of corruption, even at a time when some Muslim countries have generally fallen victim to the corruption epidemic. Yet the problem is that a very large number of those who should be paying Zakat are careless about their responsibility.

To be sure, a Muslim has financial obligations other than Zakat (to support mosques, schools, and other community projects on an as needed basis), but Zakat itself remains the most potent system for addressing the economic problems of the Ummah. With 2.5% of the savings of the rich people throughout the Ummah going to its poor people every year, the basic needs of everyone could be satisfied. In fact if used properly, it could put IMF, the World Bank, and other shylocks who have been enriching themselves at the expense of the poor out of business in the Muslim countries.

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Lead Like a Boss: by Giving More Than you Take

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Imagine two security cameras propped up in the corner of two different offices, each recording the goings-on in the office in HD. Assuming that the cameras only record images and not sounds, imagine you now see – in both offices – the CEO of the respective companies walking into the office and handing over a file to one of his employees. In office A, as the CEO leaves, you see the employee in question looking bored, perhaps even annoyed. In office B however, you see the employee looking excited and keenly flipping through the file.

 

As a viewer of the video recordings, you might thus wonder: why the difference in their reactions?

Before we tackle the question, let’s add three assumptions to the situation: First, the file given to each employee contained the exact same task. Second, the states of both employees are exactly similar. Last, the two CEOs used the same intonation, facial expressions, and body language to communicate the message. Thus, the security cameras showed no difference and the only difference was the choice of words by each CEO.

Inside Office A

The first CEO, as he hands over the file, says, “Assalamu Alaikum Ahmad. This is a new job I have for you. I did the same thing with success last year, just do it the way I did it, and hand it in by the end of the week, okay? Jazakallah khayr!” He smiles, places the file on the table, and leaves the room.

Inside Office B

The second CEO, as he hands over the file, says “Assalamu Alaikum Ali. This is a new job I have for you. I did the same thing with success last year, you might want to take a look at my case file as it may be useful to you. Hand it in by the end of the week, okay? Jazakallah khayr!” He smiles, places the file on the table, and leaves the room.

So what is the difference between the first CEO and the second CEO that made their employees react differently?

Discover the ‘Means and Ends’ exercise

If you browse through most books on leadership, you will find that a lot of them focus on the mannerisms and speech of the leader in order to gain the trust and loyalty of his subordinates. While these things do play a part, there is an underlying key essence missing from all those books: the question of intent.

Take the imagined scenario in the introduction of this article, for instance. Both CEOs used the exact same mannerism and speech, with the only difference stemming from one sentence:

“… just do it the way I did it…”

versus

“… you might want to take a look at my case file as it may be useful to you…”

While the difference may seem minute at surface level, what it actually hints at is the underlying intent of both CEOs, an intent which is quickly and subconsciously picked up by both Ahmad and Ali.

What Ahmed’s CEO is essentially saying when he says “… just do it the way I did it…” is that Ahmad is his means to get the task done. He is, whether he realizes it or not, taking from Ahmad.

Lead Like a Boss: by Giving More Than you Take | ProductiveMuslimImage created by the author: Nur Fadhilah Wahid

In Ali’s interaction with his CEO, however, what his CEO is doing is giving Ali the option of doing the task whichever way he wants to, while offering his own experience as a form of assistance. With Ali at the helm of the decision-making, what this means for the CEO is that while the task may see the same success as it did last year (or perhaps even more success), there is also the real risk that Ali might spectacularly fail at the task and cause some damage to the company.

However, Ali’s CEO understands that by allowing Ali to make the call, he is giving Ali the opportunity to learn and to grow. In this situation, Ali is the ends (the beneficiary) to the equation.

Lead Like a Boss: by Giving More Than you Take | ProductiveMuslimImage created by the author: Nur Fadhilah Wahid

Apply the ‘Means and Ends’ exercise in 5 steps

  1. Before making a decision or setting tasks that involve someone other than yourself, take a second to check your intentions.
  2. Draw up the Means and Ends table as shown above (literally or figuratively), with columns indicating the situations, the means, the ends, and the implications of the action.
  3. Under the “situations” column, note the different decisions that you might take or tasks you might set for a specific scenario. For example, a lecturer who is tasked to set an assignment might have the following options:

A: Make it compulsory for all students to complete 100 surveys for my research, regardless of whether or not they will learn from it (surprisingly, I have heard of lecturers who do this).

B: Give students a range of topics to choose from, depending on their area of interest, the lecturer’s research field being one of them.

  1. Under the means and ends column, indicate appropriately with respect to the situation who or what is the means, or who or what is the ends. In the above example, the lecturer is obviously using the students as the means to get the job (his research) done in Option A, while option B indicates that the students are the ends (his research may or may not get volunteers, but everyone learns something).
  2. Finally, indicate in the implications column whether that situation is one of you giving, or one of you taking.

What is the intention behind your work?

This renowned statement of the Prophet ?allallahu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) recognizes the fundamental importance of the intent behind every action:

“(The value of) an action depends on the intention behind it. A person will be rewarded only for what he intended…” [Sahih Muslim]

Almost every action we commit to in this world can be a form of ibadah if we are doing it with the right actions and intentions, and for the right reasons. In a world that demands most of our time to be spent in the office with our co-workers, subordinates, and managers, it is crucial that we make our work not just a means of getting rizq, but also a form of ibadah. When we do so, we close the duality that the secular world proposes we adopt, where religion only exists in the personal sphere, away from public places like the office.

Checking our intentions every time we perform a task or get others to do something directly affects results because: we consciously keep ensuring that our expected outcomes include more than just bottomlines, alot of friction at the workplace is minimized because our intentions for collective growth are sensed from our words and this in turn infuses subordinates with the enthusiasm to give their best and achieve together.

Question traditional leadership models

The painful truth is that the traditional model of leadership that a lot of us unconsciously follow is built upon the idea of achieving results through people. As Etsko Schuitema, author of the Means and Ends exercise, notes, the word ‘resource’ in the term ‘human resources’ speaks volumes of the corporate world today.

“Resources” is defined in the encyclopedia as “a stock or supply of money, materials, staff, and other assets that can be drawn on by a person or organization in order to function effectively.”

According to Schuitema, the term ‘resource’ itself indicates that the resource is meant to be taken from until it runs dry, or when it is no longer needed due to various reasons like the accomplishment of the desired results.

I think anyone who has been in the corporate world long enough will have no qualms agreeing to the above. I’ve only worked for four years and already have an array of relevant examples!

The simple fact is: the traditional understanding of leadership is all about taking. It is about using or manipulating ‘resources’ to achieve an end.

Give to achieve real growth

What’s broken about the old understanding is that it continuously puts the leader in a position of taking, while his subordinates have no choice but to keep on giving until they have nothing left and naturally, over time, they will feel used and abused. It is no wonder then that management experts say: “The employee does not leave an organization, he leaves the manager,” just as this article notes.

When we find ourselves in positions of power, whether in business, at school or at home, it is high time that we switch our mindset. Instead of achieving results through people, we now need to learn to achieve great people through results!

After all, when we empower others and help them grow, doesn’t that lead to the betterment of the specific community, or even society as a whole?

Lead Like a Boss: by Giving More Than you Take | ProductiveMuslimImage created by the author: Nur Fadhilah Wahid

Where you can apply the Means and Ends exercise

The Means and Ends exercise is a simple but effective tool for us to check our intentions when we set tasks in any of our leadership roles. Here are some examples:

As a CEO or manager, are you using your subordinates as a means to attain the quarterly revenue, or are you using your target revenue as a means to grow your employees’ knowledge and skills?

As a thesis supervisor, lecturer or teacher, are you using your students as a means to get your research done, or are your using your research to push your students to learn and experience more?

As a parent, are you using your children as a means to get your image of “the ideal parent”, or are you really investing in nurturing and helping them grow, regardless of what image others will perceive of you?

As a friend, are you using your friends as a means to make your life easier, or are you committed to helping them with their trials and tribulations in life, even if it inconveniences you?

Lead to yield growth not power

I’d like to end this article with a story shared with me by a client of Etsko Schuitema’s, a retired managing associate who is now part of an advisory committee for the South African government. Halfway through the interview I was conducting with him, I asked him why he was so determined to help his subordinates grow, even if it could be detrimental to the results of his company.

The client laughed heartily over the phone. There was a silent pause before he said, “It is a lot more difficult to teach people and involve people. It’s a lot more time-consuming when you don’t see the results immediately in business, and you’re under pressure yourself – results, results, results all the time – it’s not easy. It’s easier to just follow the letter: Do this, and if you don’t do it, I’m sorry I will take a disciplinary action against you. So either you do it, or you don’t do it. It’s a lot easier; it’s clinical, it’s technical, it’s easier to manage.”

He continued saying: “The other way is more involving, and it takes a lot of energy, time, and personal involvement, especially when you are dealing with difficult individuals who don’t have the type of maturity that is required to operate in an environment that Etsko teaches.

It is, however, worth it. I’ll do it again and again. If I have to restart and do it all over again, I wouldn’t do it any other way, I can assure you. There’s a right way and there’s a wrong way, and I’ve seen it in my time. If you take an easy ride to the top, you trample over a lot of individuals, and it’s not a happy place to be…we need to touch the lives of people positively.”

This is a stellar point to take home and make intention for as well: to touch the lives of others positively through our work and our leadership.

May Allah sub?anahu wa ta'ala (glorified and exalted be He) make our intentions clear, our actions beneficial and our affairs easy. Ameen!

Please leave your thoughts and comments below and tell us what you learned, what you wish others could learn about this topic and about involvement in leadership in different workplaces.

About the Author:

Nur Fadhilah Wahid is a seeker of knowledge, a Muslimah in progress, and an aspiring writer. She writes on her own site www.fadhilahwahid.com and other online publications. Subscribe to her personal letters for writings not published anywhere, as well as for updates on projects she’s working on. She believes in the magic that can happen when like-minded individuals come together, bi’iznillah!
The Means and Ends exercise is just one of the many tools the author has learned through her internship at Schuitema Human Excellence. You can read more about the consulting company and its publications here.

   

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