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  • Dambulla – Our Story Read more >

    Dambulla – Our Story

    By H.M. Muhuthar, President, Matale District Masjids’ FederationI refer to the article ‘Dambulla – Untold Facts’ published on 28.05.2012. The article refers to this so called mosque as not having any features of a mosque and states that there was no mosque in the location to begin with. This news is misleading.I doubt whether the […]

  • CID requests list of Mosques and Madrasas Read more >

    CID requests list of Mosques and Madrasas

    anti Muslim protest in SL The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) requested a list of all the mosques and madrasas in the country from the Department of Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs, sources from the Department told Ceylon Today. An ethnic-Muslim officer has visited the Department yesterday and verbally requested the documentation, and the department has […]

  • New B’calo office of SLMC gutted in arson attack Read more >

    New B’calo office of SLMC gutted in arson attack

    A new office of the SLMC in Batticaloa has been destroyed in an arson attack.  The premises at Kathankudy were due to be opened by the Muslim party’s leader, minister Rauff Hakeem later today (May 26).According to police, unidentified persons had set fire to the building in the early hours of this morning. There have […]

  • Protest  against a Madarasa in Dehiwala Read more >

    Protest against a Madarasa in Dehiwala

    Buddhist monks took to the streets yesterday again demanding the demolition of yet another Muslim community building in Colombo, claiming it was illegal. Over 250 protestors led by Buddhist monks staged a demonstration yesterday in front of Galvihara Road, Dehiwala, calling for the demolition of the Madarasa ‘Darul- Qur’an lil Baranil Iman.The protestors charged it […]

  • Sumangala Thero justifies the violence against Mosque Read more >

    Sumangala Thero justifies the violence against Mosque

    ”The people of this country have resorted to protests to win their rights. We live in a country where even a letter written to a department goes without acknowledgement. Therefore the people have to resort to these kind of things.”Ven.Inamaluwe Sumangala Thero Interviewed by Niranjala AriyawanshaVen. Inamaluwe Sumangala Thero, the Chief Priest at the Rangiri […]

  • Jaffna May Day: Chances taken and opportunities missed Read more >

    Jaffna May Day: Chances taken and opportunities missed

    ”Political leaders should also note that Mr. Sampanthan, who was very much on the LTTE hit list, is treading a difficult path, bravely struggling to moderate Tamil aspirations amidst heavy criticism from hardline Tamils, while attempting to negotiate a solution to this vexed problem.”By Javid Yusuf  The UNPs decision to hold its May Day rally […]

  • Stirring a dangerous cauldron of religious hatred Read more >

    Stirring a dangerous cauldron of religious hatred

    By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene  Religious fundamentalists of all faiths have just one attribute in common. The beliefs that they profess are a mere cloak, hiding maggots crawling around in their minds feasting on hate, bigotry and ignorance. These are not new tales but rather the lessons taught by humankind’s devastation through millennia as a result […]

  • Mobs, Monks and the Problems of Political-Buddhism Read more >

    Mobs, Monks and the Problems of Political-Buddhism

    By Kalana SenaratneIt is always a curious and odd little matter, to witness how even Buddhists become so obsessively attached to ‘sacred’ lands and in protecting them, commit acts seemingly prompted by hatred, delusion and ill-will.Ideally, lands should not become ‘sacred’ for simple reasons. The Buddha, in attacking the rigid and unethical caste-system during his […]

  • Buddhist fascism in Sri Lanka? Read more >

    Buddhist fascism in Sri Lanka?

    It sounds like an oxymoron, but it is starting to smell that way. The controversy over destruction of a mosque near the Golden Temple of Dambulla—a Buddhist cave-temple in central Sri Lanka which has been a pilgrimage destination since the third century, and is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site—bears echoes of the 1992 destruction […]

  • Muslim community is strongly opposed to demolition or relocation of Dambulla Mosque Read more >

    Muslim community is strongly opposed to demolition or relocation of Dambulla Mosque

    ”For thousands of years, Muslims have co-existed peacefully will the Sinhalese and did not have to compromise on their religious beliefs. On the contrary, visionary Sinhala leaders encouraged the Muslims to practice their faith without fearing persecution.”  By Ayesha Zuhair President Mahinda Rajapaksa is expected to summon a meeting shortly to discuss a matter of vital […]

  • PM’s pledge, not a solution – Hakeem Read more >

    PM’s pledge, not a solution – Hakeem

    Leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Rauff Hakeem says that that the Prime Minister’s pledge not to relocate the Muslim mosque in Dambulla was not the ultimate solution to the issue. He was speaking at a media briefing in Colombo this morning (April 30).Noting that this was not a question of searching for a […]

  • Immediate investigation needed for Dambulla Mosque incident Read more >

    Immediate investigation needed for Dambulla Mosque incident

    Javid YusufThe incidents surrounding the Dambulla mosque and its aftermath have left the Muslim community shaken and uneasy. The Muslims have over centuries lived in harmony with their brother communities and enjoyed excellent relationships with both the Sinhala and Tamil communities.This state of being was rudely shaken on April 20th when the Friday congregation prayers […]

  • Cry, my Beloved Country! Read more >

    Cry, my Beloved Country!

    ”This is not the time for a blame-game. The crying need is to restore our lost values and marginalize the fascist forces who try to re-create communal and religious tensions in the country. The need is for all democratic forces to get together and seek a consensual approach to meeting these threats.” by Shanie “I many […]

  • Sri Lankan Muslims strike over Dambulla mosque Read more >

    Sri Lankan Muslims strike over Dambulla mosque

    A strike is in force across Muslim areas of eastern Sri Lanka, following threats against a mosque in the central town of Dambulla. Many public services have shut down, although Muslim-led demonstrations have been halted by the military.The prime minister ordered the mosque’s relocation on Sunday, following an attack on the mosque on Friday by […]

  • JHU awaiting implementation of mosque removal order Read more >

    JHU awaiting implementation of mosque removal order

    The JHU, a key partner in the UPFA government, says it is keeping a close watch over whether the order by prime minister D.M. Jayaratne for the removal of a mosque in the Dambulla sacred area is implemented.In a statement, JHU leader Ven. Omalpe Sobhitha Thera says certain politicians and others have made statements, challenging […]

  • Muslims call prayer meeting on Dambulla Read more >

    Muslims call prayer meeting on Dambulla

    Muslims in Sri Lanka have said that the storming of the Jumma Mosque of Dambulla by a gang may negatively impact the reconciliation process among communities. The Jamiyathul Ulama has called upon Muslims to collectively hold a fast on Thursday and on Friday against the incident.The All Ceylon Jamiyathul Ulama (ACJU) , an umbrella organization […]

  • Demolition of Dambulla Mosque means loss of Muslim support to govt

    Latheef FarookPrime Minister D.M. Dayaratne’s order to demolish a 65 year old mosque in Dambulla and instead build a mosque in another place  strikes at the very root of religious freedom .It also shocked and hurt the island’s Muslim community. Responding to the order and expressing the community’s mood Muslim Congress Secretary and parliamentarian Hassen […]

  • Iran expresses confidence re Dambulla mosque issue

    Iranian government has expressed confidence in the Prime Minister to resolve the controversy on the attempts to remove a mosque from a site in Dambulla. Several International and Muslim organisations had asked the government to take action to resolve the issue.  In a letter addressed to Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne, the Iranian Ambassador in […]

  • There is a conspiracy within the govt. against the govt. – JHU

    ”He warned that the latest effort of this conspiracy was the tension caused between Buddhists and Muslims regarding the mosque that has been located within the Dambulla sacred zone. He claimed that this was a clear sign of a Muslim invasion which has been endorsed by certain people in the government whom he claimed should […]

  • SLMC wants full powers for PCS

    Amid India calling for power devolution based on the 13th Amendment, the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), a government ally, had at its meeting with the visiting Indian delegation last week stressed the need to abolish the Concurrent List of the 13th Amendment and the embedded powers fully devolved to the provinces. The SLMC said […]

  • Sri Lankan govt asks trustees to relocate mosque after 60 years

    Sri Lanka’s government has advised the trustees of a 60-year-old Muslim mosque north of the capital to relocate the structure after angry protests by Buddhist monks. Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne reacted after demonstrations by monks and their followers on Friday triggered tension in the pilgrim town of Dambulla.“The prime minister as minister of Buddhist and […]

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