Horrible belief
Posted on January 2nd, 2012

By Dr. Mrs. Mareena Thaha Reffai

There are more than 2500 Differently abled children in Dehiwela “”…” Mt. lavinia area and most of them cannot afford to pay the private school fees.  Most of the parents need counseling to train them to handle the children.  Actually there are many facilities available to them from the social service department. But there should be an institute to help them to obtain them.

We, Almuslimaath, a social service organization  are looking for a building to be rented out to establish a school for the disabled children. However when I called a prospective owner of a house advertised in the Sunday papers I got a reply which shocked me to say the least.  She said there are many pregnant women going on this road and we don’t want them to see the disabled children! As if looking at these unfortunate children will make them to have disabled children.

I know Srilankans are famous for crazy superstitions. But this takes the cake.  What do these people expect us to do with these children/ kill them all? Or hide them from the society? Looking at them with kindness and acceptance, praying for them and helping them will definitely be meritorious actions.

I sincerely hope our people will change their attitudes towards less advantaged people and will be more humane.

10 Responses to “Horrible belief”

  1. callistus Says:

    Yes,but Mareena, you need to tell your story in Sri Lankan newspapers, not here. Lankaweb is mostly read by Sri Lankans living outside sri lanka. First I thought you were going to have a police bashing. There is a lot of unsatisfactoryness in the world, and this is one of them my dear.

  2. Lorenzo Says:

    “I know Srilankans are famous for crazy superstitions.”

    Not all. Only some. They have some really CRAZY idiotic superstitions.

    e.g. holy war !!

  3. mjaya Says:

    **I know Srilankans are famous for crazy superstitions.**
    Don’t forget the superstition that makes some “Sri Lankans” dress up like Gonibillo.

    **I sincerely hope our people will change their attitudes towards less advantaged people and will be more humane.**
    Also let us hope that the Saudis become more humane towards people like Rizana Nawfeek

    **We, Almuslimaath, a social service organization**
    Bingo! Saudi funded right? No wonder you never write about poor Rizana Nawfeek.

    Lady, don’t forget that you live in a glass mansion before throwing stones at others.

  4. Lorenzo Says:

    I wish she stops ridiculing others’ beliefs, traditions and superstitions and take a more CONSTRUCTIVE approach.

    Anyway her charity serves Muslims-ONLY. That is sad and UNFORTUNATE!

    http://almuslimaath.org/

    She is the coordinator:
    Dr. Mareena Reffai Thaha
    077 7707775

  5. Dham Says:

    Foolish woman,
    There will always be horrible beliefs in this world.
    Which human with a brain will believe that who kills 2000 people will be born in heaven surrounded by the God’s prostitutes ? There are no ther belief systems more horrible than Muslim beliefs.

  6. geoff Says:

    Funny she sounds but I think she is doing some very good deeds.

    I agree she should not look down on other faiths and cultures. We all know what beliefs are most dangerous.

    If any man does a suicide bombing he will be born with 7 prostitutes in heaven.

  7. Christie Says:

    When one is conceived nothin will change the out come except in case modern surgey or medicines interfere.

    Unfortunately most of our people are deprived of such knowledge.

    This type of baggage is not left behind by those who leave the island.

    Recenetly a famous astrologer went to a Western country to sell his wares sponsored by two people from that country. He went on the radio to promote his vist and only one person questioned his con-manship.

    He made a fortune from the beleivers and was going to come back with his loot to find out his two sponsors wanted to keep most of the money and he had to spend his own money to try and claim his share.
    According to the gossip floating around he lost his own millions he made from the beleivers in Sri lanka.

    We need to educate our lot and it can only done by educating them in English, not Inglish.

  8. cassandra Says:

    In light of the previous responses, the good doctor may well feel that her comments were misplaced. As previous respondents have pointed out, there are some religious beliefs that are as just as irrational –more irrational, even – as superstitions.

    It seems to me that the writer is also making a mistake in suggesting that those who are reluctant to expose pregnant women to the sight of the disabled are necessarily indifferent to or uncaring about the situation of the disabled. The superstitious may be irrational but they are not necessarily unkind.

    If you probe deep enough you will also find that many superstitions have a very sound original basis, and we should not dismiss them derisively out of hand. It is often the case that the original basis has been long forgotten and a superstition has resulted

    As a doctor, the writer cannot also be unaware of how the things that affect a mother during pregnancy can also affect the health of the child. Among these are stress and depression. So, it is understandable that people would wish to shield the mother from witnessing anything unattractive and becoming distressed as a result.

    Christie, it is not only surgery and medicines that can change the outcome of a pregnancy. Other things also can. As I have said, a mother’s stress and distress can. So also can such things as smoking and consuming alcohol. Tests have even shown that the type of music pregnant mothers listen to have a bearing.

  9. analyser Says:

    ho.its unfortunate majorities not reading the article ,by the way ,after flashing the name and religion of the writer they dreaming something else.its like’ kohada yanne malle pol”when i reading the comments i guess there may be religious belief on what dr marina said,among the readers.when you go to maternity hospital you can notice many beggars by the side of the gate.if so the new born may be grow with beggars.

  10. rohana Says:

    Mareena,
    You are right when you said that there are “Srilankans are famous for crazy superstitions”. I think majority of them come from the false utter nonsense belife of Islam in Sri Lanka. You just have to talk to another muslim person overseas and they laugh of those ridiculous believes in Sri Lanka. You are absolutely correct.

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