All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) together with other Muslim organisations yesterday strongly condemned those backing the ISIS or any other extremist organisation.
“We do not condone any person or organisation that engages in extremism in any form,” ACJU President Mufthi M. I. M. Rizwie said.
He said an awareness campaign would be launched today and all Sri Lankan mosques would address the issue of terrorism at the Jumma Prayers.
The ACJU President said: “We strongly call upon the government to take action against any individual involved in any form of extremism. We also offer our fullest support and co-operation to all government agencies to identify such anti-social and criminal elements in order to eliminate this menace from our motherland.”
Responding to questions, he said there was a lacuna in law as regards religious issues. He stressed that on their part they would go all out to raise public awareness of the danger of terrorism and extremism.
He requested the media to act responsibly. “We urge them to refrain from sensationalizing such issues and help promote peaceful co-existence among all communities in Sri Lanka,” Mufthi Rizwie.
“We Muslims have over the centuries, demonstrated our patriotism and loyalty to Sri Lanka. We affirm that we will not act in any manner that is detrimental to our Motherland.”
Number of representatives of the main Muslim Organizations in Sri Lanka were present to spell out their stance against extremism
All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU), Muslim Council of Sri Lanka (MCSL), Sri Lanka Jamat e Islami (SLJI), Jama’athus Salama (MFCD), Jamiyyathus Shabab (AMYS) Al-Muslimath International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO),World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), All Ceylon YMMA Conference (YMMA) Thableegh Jama’ath. All Ceylon Thowheedh Jama’ath (ACTJ) and Colombo District Masjid Federation (CDMF) were the organizations present at yesterday’s conference.
by Ifham Nizam