Name one word in Buddhist religious texts that spreads violence! Response to Bruno Marshall Shirley
Posted on July 8th, 2016

Shenali D Waduge

Bruno Marshall Shirley writing for the International Policy Digest on ‘Buddhist-Muslim violence in South and South-East Asia: The Local becomes regional, or a clash of civilizations’ and released by the UN has made some glaringly inaccurate statements which need to be corrected. Before Islam, Buddhism was the religion of almost the whole of Asia – From Bactria, Parthia, Afghanistan, Gandhar, Chinese Turkestan, Tibet, and Inner Mongolia, Malaysia. Islam destroyed and eliminated Buddhism from almost all these countries. Today, there are only 5 majority Buddhist nations desperately fighting to preserve their national history and heritage while inundated incursions by well-funded campaigns are taking place to usurp and expunge that history. The clash of civilizations is between Christianity & Islam and no other.

Shirley refers to the release of a UN report on the usual ‘serious’ human rights violations against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar at the hands of the Buddhist majority’ – Shirley conveniently omits to say that there is no record of Rohingyas in any colonial British occupied Myanmar census at any point of time. Rohingyas is not even an ethnic name, Dr. Francis Buchanan, a Scottish geographer working for the British East India Company described in 1801 that ‘Rooingas’/ ‘Rossawns’ as Kala or Foreigners/Aliens who were NOT real natives of Arakan and who were not Arakanese. The kingdom of Arakan bordered present day Bangladesh and Burma. Arakan was always under the administration of British-Burma, although Burma too was under the umbrella of the British Indian Empire until 1937. Attempts had been made to Islamize Arakan (obviously another British divide and rule strategy) using Bengali Muslim settlers (who DID NOT call themselves Rohingyas!) The name Rohingya was invented as a political ploy by Bengali Muslim leader Abdul Gafar. The British colonized Rakhine State in 1826, at the end of the First Anglo-Burmese War. In 1869 the British brought large numbers of Bengali Muslims from Chittagong into the Rakhine region as agricultural workers. Censuses taken under the British colonial system, show no records of a people called “Rohingya”. Rakhine communities and Bengali communities live on either side of the border but the Bengali groups living in Myanmar are being called ‘Rohingya’, and not the Bengali groups in Bangladesh. This is one reason why the Rakhine people will not accept the term Rohingya. Rohingya propaganda is nothing but a political slogan. http://www.sriexpress.com/articles/item/797-existential-fears-of-buddhists-in-embattled-burma-and-buddhist-nations.html

Another question that Shirley may like to answer if she can is why are Rohingyas carrying out an armed struggle, where do these arms come from, who is training them? Why are these Islamic incursions in other areas of Myanmar when the Rohingyas are supposed to be claiming only an ‘area’? In 2002 Asia Times reported that Rohingyas were being trained by Jamaat-e-Islami in Bangladesh and Pakistan, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s Hizb-e-Islami in Afghanistan, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) in Jammu and Kashmir, and Angkatan Belia Islam sa-Malaysia (ABIM) – the Islamic Youth Organization of Malaysia. Afghan instructors have been seen in some of the RSO camps along the Bangladesh-Burma border, while nearly 100 RSO rebels were reported to have undergone training in the Afghan province of Khost with Hizb-e-Islami Mujahideen.  According to intelligence sources, Rohingya recruits were paid 30,000 Bangladeshi taka (US$525) on joining and then 10,000 taka per month. The families of recruits killed in action were offered 100,000 taka.

Next Shirley makes reference to ‘deadly’ Aluthgama and Dharga Town riots. Shirley is portraying only one side and anyone reading the version that was blacked out of media would realize that actions result in reactions. http://www.onlanka.com/news/sinhala-muslim-riots-sri-lankan-local-media-blackout-on-version-of-ayagama-samitha-thero.html

Shirley makes reference to the Clash of Civilizations making a poor attempt to place a Dharmic compassionate religion against Abrahamic religions that have historically waged religious wars and used the sword to extend their empires. We challenge Shirley to produce one word in all the Buddhist texts that promotes violence or instils violence. It is the Christians and Islam that have been at each other’s throats through history and it is the Buddhists that have become prey. Let us help Shirley come out of his amnesia and remind him about the brutal manner Islam and Christianity have preyed upon Buddhists.

The verses of hate in Quran http://worldmediamonitoring.com/list-quran-hate-quotes/ (there are 164 jihad verses) http://www.answering-islam.org/Quran/Themes/jihad_passages.html – it is not the context in which they are used, the fact that hate words are inside religious texts is what needs to be highlighted. Similarly the Bible has been quoted throughout history to attack and kill non-believers as seen from the Christian/Catholic colonial policies ordered by the Church. The Crusades, the horrific Inquisitions that continue still in the form of the UNHRC, the calls to Islamize nations are all testimony to this. The world’s oldest Buddhist university of Nalanda was turned to cinders by Islamic warriors and even Buddhist monks were slain. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13dv1REq09o

In comparison there is not a single word in Buddhist texts that say to kill in the name of Buddhism. It is only the Buddhist teachings that promotes equality to all sentient beings including animals.

Have the Buddhists destroyed a single non-Buddhist religious site as Muslims & Christians have done in the name of their religion?

Buddhists disappeared from India under the sword of Islam – 50million Buddhists and Hindus were massacred by Islamists.

Are the Buddhists not justified to fear that their great pagodas like Great Shwe Dagon Pagoda will end up like Boro Buddha or the fate that fell the Bamiyan Buddhas which had been repeatedly attacked through centuries? It just takes a few maniacs with guns or suicide kits to walk into a sacred place of worship and completely wipe out thousands of years of history and what good is an apology thereafter? The job has been done and mission is complete! For what reason or on whose instructions we do not know but there is a clear pattern of late to rampage in museums and places where historical artefacts are kept to destroy them thus removing all traces of history that bind people to their past. We feel these attacks are well planned, well-orchestrated and with a planned motive and are not on the spur of the moment attacks. 

In Bangladesh: the one-sided media have never spoken for the Chakmas living in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh who were forced to flee from Islamic persecution in the early1990s. Muslims destroyed the Navajyoti Buddhist vihara at Lalyaghona village and there was not a single global voice on behalf of the Buddhists. Not even the UNHRC has taken up the issue of returning Buddhist lands confiscated through incursions backed and funded by the West.

In Thailand again Western-controlled Islamists are demanding a separate state in South Thailand and all that the media will cover is the brutalities that these jihadists groups have succeeded to do.

Indonesia was once Buddhist too and was known as Thiri-wizaya nation in the 7th century AD. Today Muslims are fighting for a separate state.

Malaysia was introduced to Buddhism from Sri Lanka in 309BC – the Buddhist heritage in Malaysia lays evidence to the history. In 15th century the sword of Islam brutally changed the status quo. If Shirley did some historical reading he would be shocked to learn that Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Jordan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Kashmir were all once Buddhist nations. We are today down to just 5 majority Buddhist nations trying desperately to maintain our historical roots against the odds of course.

Numerous Buddhist sites have been attacked in Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Maldives and in Sri Lanka while incursions and proliferation of mosques and land encroachment of Buddhist sacred sites are taking place. There is even a mosque 60metres from Buddhagaya, why would Muslims want to build a mosque so close to where Buddhists meditate and prey if not to create dissent with time?

The pattern of both Christian and Islamic invaders were simple – they conquered lands, killed any who were not following their faith or forced them to convert, raped women and girls, destroyed all evidence of temples and other historical monuments because iconoclasm was what they believed in and on top of the destroyed temples built churches or mosques.

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While the UNHRC is a continuation of the Christian imperialism the Wahhabi controlled network is doing the same though what needs to be explicitly understood is that Wahhabi Islam is very much controlled by the West and that is why non-Wahhabi Muslims are also at the receiving end and are equally attacked as the non-Muslims.

In Sri Lanka, in case Shirley is not aware land rights were given to Muslims only after 1815 before which all Muslims were treated as aliens. It is the Buddhist identity of the country which has been targeted to be destroyed which Buddhists are struggling to preserve.

The West has tapped the minorities and through them are making inroad to fulfil their incomplete task of removing the historical identity of Sri Lanka.

The task of both Islam and Christianity remains nothing but to expunge the history of non-Islamic/non-Christian nations and expand their empires. The Islamic takeover of Maldives resulted in the expunging of the Buddhist history of Maldives while the same has been done following the evangelizing of South Korea.

Currently using the power of money and the indoctrination of non-Islamic Wahhabi brainwashing all historical sacred citadels are becoming targets of mosque building with the explicit intent of surrounding sacred sites, incursions and thereafter demanding that their faith be given prominence playing the minority discrimination card.

Even the US state department has identified 4 Al Qaeda linked Jihad groups in Sri Lanka (Sri Lanka Jamthi Islam, Thauhid Jamath, Thableeq Jamath, Jamathi Muslim) and the US should know because Hillary Clinton said that the US created Al Qaeda. Moreover, it was only a few months back that a Muslim from Sri Lankan joined the ISIS and died in Syria. Vicky Nanjappa writing in February this year asked the question Is the ISIS threat catching up to Sri Lanka?” So we are well aware that the pivot to Asia plan entails the usage of Islamic groups to give a raison d’etre for the US to bring ‘counter-terrorist’ envoys and Western experts to make a permanent presence in countries where these ‘jihadists’ claim to be ‘planted’ (by them of course).

In Sri Lanka’s case where the presence of both Christian and Islam external influences are equally strong it is a case of Sri Lanka one day turning into a South Korea or Maldives.

Islamic extremism is nothing but political Islam using Wahahbi fundamentalists who are not real Muslims. The Wahhabi faith it appears is a British colonial creation and Prof. Chousdavsky has clearly outlined who provides the men and who trains the Islamic groups causing terror all over the world. Unfortunately the real Muslims are still to wake up and realize the truth and as a result they are getting bombed by Western Christian nations. If at all the Clash of Civilizations is being re-enacted it is happening right now in the Middle East and parts of Africa and these maniacs are being transported now to rest of Asia to do the same bidding by the same masters in the West.

Denigration of Buddhists is nothing new and Shirley joins the bandwagon but she should read the public sentiments now emerging following the Brexit polls on why even the British are against immigration and the loss of their ‘British’ identity.

Shirley conveniently withholds that in UK more than half of the mosques were attacked, pigs heads were thrown, petrol bombs were thrown, Muslims were jeered in public transport and these incidents were not sporadic or countable numbers that Shirley picks and bloats taking one example from Sri Lanka. However, people are worried not because people do not like Muslims but because many are now realizing that the Wahhabi Islamic-West incursions are going to be the undoing of our country as well. It is this nexus that is funding the establishment of mosques and the wearing of weird tribal attire for both men and women and practices that are all not Islam. These changes are with purposeful intent – to create public sentiments against them and give enough reason to start a new wave of trouble. It is this realization that the true owners of Sri Lanka are aware of and want to stop before we land up in another foreign imported trouble to last another 30 years.

Shirley cannot quote a handful of incidents to showcase Buddhists in the same league as faiths that have quoted from their religious texts and used the sword to kill. Some examples that Shirley has purposely omitted to mention.

http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/shocking-list-anti-muslim-bigotry-and-hate-crimes-paris-attacks-one-month-ago

Bruno Shirley this list is NOWHERE NEAR the scale of attacks on Muslims in Christian West countries that preaches liberalism, freedoms, rights etc. Muslims are living in fear in these countries!

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At the other end of the spectrum there are these slogans….

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Before Shirley makes any more innuendos and foolishly tries to bring theories of clash of civilization he must read Prof. Michael Choussodovsky who connects all the Islamic groups to the West supplied by their Muslim satellite states http://www.globalresearch.ca/twenty-six-things-about-the-islamic-state-isil-that-obama-does-not-want-you-to-know-about/5414735

Before Bruno Shirley takes pen to write anything more against Buddhists attacking Muslims she must listen to Chris Hedges who says Saudi Wahhabism a Tool of U.S. Foreign Policy”  http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=16688 and thereafter understand why Sri Lanka needs to be worried http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2016/06/15/west-wahhabi-islamic-terror-does-sri-lanka-have-cause-to-worry/

In conclusion what needs to be said is anyone can write one’s views but in doing so he/she must realize that the readers deserve to be given a fair and balanced view and not a one-sided notion to create a totally false opinion about people. We hope that Bruno Shirley will realize her mistake and in future writings desist from denigrating without facts. She may like to take the advice of Buddha

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Shenali D Waduge

6 Responses to “Name one word in Buddhist religious texts that spreads violence! Response to Bruno Marshall Shirley”

  1. Christie Says:

    Shenali our problem is the Indian terrorists who killed Sinhalese.

  2. Ancient Sinhalaya Says:

    So called religion of violence is spreading fast like wildfire thanks to baby machines. Winning formula is very simple
    2 x 10 x 10 x 10 x 10 etc. etc. A mussie couple will have 10 baby mussies, those 10 will have 100 baby mussies, those 100
    will 1000 baby mussies etc. etc.

    Contrast this with a Sinhalese couple who will have one child and then go on to have one child. Since all Sinhalese
    couples are doing jobs, they struggle to bring up one child while mussie wives staying at home and bringing up
    a dozen mussie babies. Automatic birth control for Sinhalese couples!

    Sinhala modayas of course support providing them with every help by providing
    FREE education, FREE hospitals plus shopping in mussie shops. Sinhala modayas even get completely cleansed
    in some mussie restaurants eating food specially prepared for Sinhala modayas with sterile agents.

    Sri Lankan multiplying community fast multiplying and get so many mussie mps, deputy ministers, mayors,
    ministers, etc. etc. So most of traitor Sinhala deshapaluwos start licking their backsides for the mussie votes.
    Fast mulitplying mussie xxxx even clear our wildlife sanctuaries to make way for new breeds. Traitor Sinhala
    deshapaluwo don’t bat an eyelid. So the fast multiplying xxxx increase their output even more.

    Add a bit of violence to all these, put up eyesore mosques every corner traitor Sinhalese quietly disappear.
    Mussies successfully done this in old iran, afganisthan, pakesthan, bangladesh, maldives, malaysia and
    indonesia. Now Sri Lanka, Thailand and Mynmar in the firing line. Sri Lanka with a lot of traitor Sinhalese
    deshapaluwan will fall into mussie onslaught before long. Let alone traitor Sinhalese deshapaluwan,
    there are a lot of Buddhist monks, while pin bath gilamin, have been supporters of Buddhism destroying,
    Sinhalese-killing, Sri Lanka-destroying catholic-run UNPatriotic party. So what chance for survival of
    Buddhism in Sri Lanka? No chance!

    Tamils, mussies and catholics are digging the grave for Sinhala modayas. When the Sinhala modayas
    taken to the graveside, I’m sure the modayas going to ask whose these graves are for from tamils, mussies and
    catholics thinking they are not for the modayas. That’s how stupid Sinhala modayas are!

  3. Nalliah Thayabharan Says:

    Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha ascended a mountain summit together with his disciples. Gazing at the view below, Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha began to expound: “Indeed, this world is burning with many and various fires. There are fires of greed fires of hatred fires of foolishness, fires of infatuation and egoism, fires of decrepitude, sickness and death, fires of sorrow, lamentation, suffering and agony.”

    What Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha was trying to convey was his understanding that the phenomenal world that we inhabit is engulfed in the fires of suffering originating in deluded impulses. These fires of greed, hatred and ignorance, raging fiercely in the hearts of people, are the basic cause of the suffering of human existence. Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha urges us first and foremost to come to a clear understanding of the root cause of suffering.

    The deluded impulse of “greed” indicates uncontrolled desire for, and attachment to, material comforts, for wealth, power or fame. Desires of this kind grow and multiply without cease, and since their fulfillment cannot bring true and lasting happiness, a person in their grip is condemned to endless torment and frustration.

    The deluded impulse of “hatred” describes emotions such as resentment, rage and envy, that are triggered when our egocentric desires are not fulfilled. Unless controlled, these escalate into various forms of destruction and violence. The deluded impulse of hatred is the violence that grows from an egocentric view of life.

    “Ignorance” refers to willful ignorance of reality, or the true nature of life and the cosmos. Thus it is this deluded impulse that generates discord and rebellion against the principles that govern the functioning of the cosmos. The wisdom that illuminates and reveals the true nature of the cosmos is referred to as “enlightenment,” while this kind of willful ignorance is referred to as “fundamental darkness” because it clouds and obscures the light by which we might see things in their true nature. Of all the deluded impulses, Buddhism considers ignorance the most fundamental.

    Buddhism views these impulses–greed, hatred and ignorance–as poisons inherent in life; together they are sometimes referred to as the “three poisons.” What Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha sought to teach his disciples is that the flames of the three poisons and of all deluded impulses originate in, and spew forth from, the inner lives of individuals to engulf families, ethnic groups, nations and eventually the whole of humanity.

    We see this in the world everyday, where the impact of uncontrolled greed goes far beyond the individual level; it creates economic disparities among racial and ethnic groups, and between countries on a global scale. The avarice of the industrialized nations has deprived people in developing countries of the conditions by which their basic needs can be met. And the greed of the human race is undermining the right of other living beings to exist.

    Violence is commonly found within families, in schools and in local communities. Deep hatreds that trace back to distant historical events give rise to intractable ethnic and racial conflicts. In some cases, such historical hatred is bound up with religious causes or identities, and finds expression in terror and random killing.

    Willful ignorance of the true nature of existence signifies a state of rebellion against, and denial of, the basic principles of life and the cosmos. It distorts all aspects of life, from individual lifestyles to family, ethnic and national values. In other words, this kind of willful ignorance can be found in all value systems, ways of life, and views of nature that put one into rebellious conflict with the very principles that support one’s own existence, the principles that, ultimately, govern the functioning of the living cosmos.

    By sharing his enlightened understanding with others, Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha sought to help people minimize the destructive effects of these deluded impulses and in fact to transform them into the impetus for happiness.

    In India, the equivalent of “peace” is “shanti,” which means the state of inner tranquillity. It also means the enlightened condition attained by Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha sometimes referred to as “nirvana.” With respect to the state of inner peace, a Buddhist text describes this as follows: “Tranquillity of mind comes from having successfully transcended greed, hatred and ignorance.” As this passage makes clear, the Buddhist approach to peace starts from the fundamental act of surmounting these deluded impulses or inner poisons. The state of having brought these impulses under control, however, is not a static and private inner peace. Rather, it is limitlessly dynamic, expansive and evolutionary in its nature.

    The 13th century Japanese Buddhist Nichiren expressed this with the following image: “Burning the firewood of deluded impulses, we behold the flame of enlightened wisdom.” In other words, through spiritual practice the energy inherent in our deluded impulses can be transformed in its entirety into the illuminating “flame” of enlightened wisdom. Thus, the three poisons can be subdued so that they no longer produce confusion and disruption; they can no longer drive us to act in a bizarre and destructive manner. It is for this reason that this transcendence of deluded impulses is known as inner tranquillity.

    In the state of tranquillity, the light of enlightened wisdom shines brilliantly, unblocked and unhindered by the clouds of deluded impulses. If one surveys the Buddha’s teachings one can see that the core of Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha ‘s enlightenment was his awakening to the “law of dependent origination.” Dependent origination teaches us that all things occur and exist only through their interrelationship with all other phenomena and that this fabric of relatedness is of infinite extent both temporally and spatially. Herein lies the basis for the principle of mutually supportive coexistence of all beings so central to Buddhist thinking.

    Each human being exists within the context of interrelationships that include other human beings, all living beings and the natural world. In other words, each person is sustained by the interdependent web of life. By awakening to this principle we are able to expand instinctive self-love into an altruistic love for others; we are able to nurture the spirit of tolerance and empathy for others.

    The doctrine of dependent origination also provides a theoretical foundation for peace. In terms of concrete action, it manifests itself as the practice of compassion. In Buddhism, compassion indicates the practical ethic of always maintaining an empathetic involvement with others. It means sharing their sufferings and unhappiness, working alongside them to overcome the deluded impulses that are the root cause of suffering, transforming these into happiness, benefit and joy.

    Ignorance is considered fundamental among these deluded impulses precisely because it blinds people to the reality of dependent origination, the unavoidable and all-encompassing interrelatedness within which we live. This ignorance gives rise to the greed that drives people to seek the fulfillment of their desires even at the cost of the suffering of others. It also leads to the kind of uncontrolled rage that seeks the destruction of a situation in which one’s desires are frustrated. It is for this reason that the deluded impulse of ignorance is considered equivalent to a fundamental egocentrism. It is a blind and finally self-destructive egocentrism because it violently severs the strands of the web of life that supports one’s own existence.

    The state of mind of one who ceaselessly strives to transcend this fundamental egocentrism is that of inner peace and tranquillity. The heart of such a person is lit with the wisdom of dependent origination, and overflows with the spirit of compassion.

    Buddhism’s core contribution to peace is to be found in the struggle against the deluded impulses that, rooted in the depths of the inner life of the individual, cause so much suffering and destruction in the whole of human society. In Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha ‘s Lotus Sutra, the destructive effects brought about by the deluded impulses are described as “defilements,” and classified into five stages, from the innermost and most personal to that which stains an entire age or era. These are: defilements of desire, of thought, of the people, of life itself and of the age.

    T’ien-t’ai, a Buddhist philosopher active in China in the sixth century, described the five defilements in the following manner: “The most fundamental of these five are the defilements of thought and of desire, which result in the defilements of the people and of life. These in turn give rise to the defilement of the age.” “Defilement of desire” points to deluded impulses such as the three poisons themselves. “Defilement of thought” refers to excessive and unreasoning attachment to specific ideas or ideologies. According to T’ien-t’ai, the defilements of thought and desire are the most fundamental and, through their impact on individuals, bring chaos and disruption to families, nations and states. Passed on from one generation to another, these defilements give rise to the “defilement of life,” instilling historical hatred and violence among different peoples, ethnic groups and nations. These defilements finally influence all people living in that era, resulting in the “defilement of the age.”

    Modern civilization increasingly exhibits the aspects of what Buddhism would term the “defilement of the age.” Signs of this include rampant materialism, the ruthless domination and exploitation of nature, and unbridled consumption. Since the end of the Cold War, our world has been spared major outbreaks of conflict stemming from attachment to ideology, that is, defilement of thought. However, the kinds of conflicts that are flaring up are rooted in the irrational passions, such as extreme nationalism, that Buddhism would classify as “defilement of desire.” These are considered even more deeply rooted in people’s lives and therefore even more difficult to control.

    In a world where deluded impulses cast the pall of their negative effects in the form of the five defilements described above, Buddhists have a particular mission to contribute to the realization of peace on all planes. we should not be content with our inner peace of mind but should broaden our horizons and extend our endeavors to include abolition of war–that is, peace of the global human community–as well as peace with the natural world, through truly sustainable development and harmonious coexistence with the global ecosystem.

    Bodhisattva practice, compassionate action based on the Buddhist understanding of life, can contribute to the realization of peace in its three dimensions – inner (tranquillity of spirit and mind), community and ecological peace.

    In Buddhism, a bodhisattva is one who carries out altruistic acts and seeks to contribute to human society by fully manifesting the qualities of wisdom and compassion. A bodhisattva strives first to transform his or her own life; the locus for this struggle is the realities of human existence and the sustained effort to alleviate people’s sufferings. In this way the bodhisattva strives to generate joy for both self and others.

    The practice of the bodhisattva has been expressed in contemporary terms as “human revolution.” The inner state of one striving for the realization of human revolution can be considered that of spiritual tranquillity; the state of inner peace expounded in Buddhism is a dynamic condition brimming with wisdom and compassion.

    In resolving the global challenges confronting humanity, political, economic and scientific measures must be pursued together with a transformation of human consciousness. We should establish a lifestyle of conserving energy, recycling resources and pursuing spiritual values. Our overarching goal should be to cultivate a shared awareness of our common humanity and of solidarity with the living organism that is Earth. As we move toward that awareness, we must develop the wisdom to properly direct toward beneficial ends of the life sciences, including the burgeoning field of genetic engineering. The outlook of the world’s religious and ethical traditions can and must make an important contribution.

    A Buddhist approach to peace offers important common ground with other traditions. The cause of a truly comprehensive and lasting peace can most effectively be furthered by ceaselessly expanding circles of friendship and understanding through dialogue, exchange and cooperation.

  4. Wetta Says:

    Thanks Shenali for your well researched article. Ill researched, ill-intended, narrow-minded writers like Bruno Shirley are being surely put into shame by your in-depth analysis.

    People like Bruno Shirley just write anything on a 5 minute google search thinking that is what is meant by “research”. They are being paid to do such slave writing by the anti-Buddhist elements in the west and in the Islamic world otherwise such shallow-brains are unable to earn a good living.

  5. Nalliah Thayabharan Says:

    Christians have often presented their religion as a religion of love and peace. Nearly all Christian leaders before the late 17th century recognised slavery, within specific Biblical limitations, as consistent with Christian theology. In 1452, Pope Nicholas V instituted the hereditary slavery of captured Muslims and pagans, regarding all non-Christians as “enemy of christ.

    In 1095, at the Council of Clermont, Pope Urban II declared that some wars could be deemed as not only a bellum iustum (“just war”), but could, in certain cases, rise to the level of a bellum sacrum (holy war)] This was remarkable transformation in the ideology of war”, shifting the justification of war from being not only “just” but “spiritually beneficial”. How a culture formally dedicated to fulfilling the injunction to ‘love thy neighbor as thyself’ could move to a point where it sanctioned the use of violence against the alien both outside and inside society”. The religious sanctioning of the concept of “holy war” was a turning point in Christian attitudes towards violence; Pope Gregory VII made the Holy War possible by drastically altering the attitude of the church towards war.

    The crusades, the multiple blessings of wars, warrior popes, support for capital punishment, corporal punishment under the guise of ‘spare the rod and spoil the child,’ justifications of slavery, world-wide colonialism in the name of conversion to Christianity, the systemic violence of women subjected to men, The Constantinian shift turned Christianity from a persecuted into a persecuting religion. The intervention of a “new creation”, as in the Second Coming, as a particular aspect of Christianity that generates violence. Beginning at least with Constantine’s conversion, the followers of the Crucified have perpetrated gruesome acts of violence under the sign of the cross. Over the centuries, the seasons of Lent and Holy Week were, for the Jews, times of fear and trepidation; Christians have perpetrated some of the worst pogroms as they remembered the crucifixion of Christ, for which they blamed the Jews. Muslims also associate the cross with violence; crusaders’ rampages were undertaken under the sign of the cross.

    The statement attributed to Jesus “I come not to bring peace, but to bring a sword” has been interpreted by some as a call to arms for Christians. Despite its central tenets of love and peace, Christianity—like most traditions—has always had a violent side. The bloody history of the tradition has provided images as disturbing as those provided by Islam or Sikhism, and violent conflict is vividly portrayed in the Bible. This history and these biblical images have provided the raw material for theologically justifying the violence of contemporary Christian groups. For example, attacks on abortion clinics have been viewed not only as assaults on a practice that Christians regard as immoral, but also as skirmishes in a grand confrontation between forces of evil and good that has social and political implications.

    Historically, many Christians embraced violence when it became the state religion of Rome: Beginning with Constantine, Christianity triumphed at the level of the state and soon began to cloak with its authority persecutions similar to those in which the early Christians were victims.

    The Church started killing unbelievers as early as the 4th century. The killing often with torture of heretics, church splinter groups, dissenters, atheists, agnostics, deists, pagans, infidels and unbelievers was supported by almost all mainstream Christian theology for over a thousand years, starting with the intolerant St. Augustine (died 430 AD). Christianity had a long run as the world’s most violent religion. But the world’s most violent religion is now Islam.

    Islam and Christianity have an interesting contrast. Jesus never killed anyone, and Christianity took 300 years before the killing began. Mohammed was a conqueror who gained worldly political power in his lifetime and used it to persecute opponents and impose his religion. He also fully enjoyed the worldly perks of being a tyrant, including multiple wives. Jesus, by contrast, was basically a pacifist whose whole purpose on earth was to allow himself to be tortured to death. Islam began with killing of unbelievers right from the start. For the first century of its existence, Islam was absolutely soaked in blood. The killing only slowed down as the Islamic empire finally ran into boundaries in the 8th century, after about a century of expansionist, imperialist, unprovoked Islamic aggression. Even after the initial expansion slowed, the killings did not end. Slaughter (jihad) and oppression (sharia) are part of the core doctrines of Islam. Killing for Islam is not a modern idea, and it will never end until some sort of reformation takes place within the religion. Medieval Christianity was equally violent, but Christianity has since reformed. For many years now, Islam has been the most violent religion in the world.

    Jihad destroyed a Christian Middle East and a Christian North Africa. Soon it was the fate of the Persian Zoroastrian and the Hindu to be the victims of jihad. The history of political Islam is the destruction of Christianity in the Middle East, Egypt, Turkey and North Africa. Half of Christianity was lost. Before Islam, North Africa was the southern part of Europe (part of the Roman Empire). Around 60 million Christians were slaughtered during the jihadic conquest. Half of the glorious Hindu civilization was annihilated and 80 million Hindus killed. The first Western Buddhists were the Greeks descended from Alexander the Great’s army in what is now Afghanistan. Jihad destroyed all of Buddhism along the silk route. About 10 million Buddhists died. The conquest of Buddhism is the practical result of pacifism. Zoroastrianism was eliminated from Persia. The Jews became permanent dhimmis throughout Islam. In Africa over 120 million Christians and animists have died over the last 1400 years of jihad. Approximately 270 million nonbelievers died over the last 1400 years for the glory of political Islam. These are the Tears of Jihad which are not taught in any school.

  6. Nalliah Thayabharan Says:

    Warlord Abdulaziz raided many places in Najd to feed his family. On the night of January 15, 1902, 26 years old warlord Abdulaziz led 40 men climbed over the walls of the city of Riyadh on tilted palm trees and took the city of Riyadh. The Rashidi governor of the city of Riyadh, Ajlan, was killed in front of his own fortress – Masmak fort. Beginning with the conquest city of Riyadh in 1902, Warlord Abdulaziz consolidated his control over the Najd in 1922, and then conquered the Hijaz in 1925. The Wahhabis and UK supported warlord Abdulaziz and legitimized warlord Abdulaziz and his fight against the Ottoman Empire. Having conquered almost all of central Arabia, UK supported warlord Abdulaziz united his dominions into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1932 and changed his name as King Saud bin Abdulaziz. Since then the House of Saud always supports UK and its allies including USA. Warlord Abdulaziz married more than twenty women and fathered over sixty eight children including all of the subsequent kings of Saudi Arabia.Today more than 7,000 princes in the House of Saud, the result of multiple wives and lots of progeny.
    In 1863 the Illuminati Ashkenazi Khazar Rothschilds used one of their agents in USA, John D. Rockefeller to form an oil business called Standard Oil which eventually took over all of its competition in USA. Oil was discovered in Saudi Arabia in 1938 by US geologists working for Standard Oil. Standard Oil obtained a 50 year concession granted by Abdulaziz for an immediate payment of 30,000 gold sovereigns, veritably one of the greatest bargains in history. When the extent of breathtakingly large oil reserves became evident in Saudi Arabia, Exxon, Texaco Mobil and others joined in to form the mighty Aramco consortium.
    In exchange for security of the House of Saud dynasty by USA, the Saudi Arabia’s oil wealth and revenues have been handed over for exploitation and benefit of the Zionists and their Wall Street Corporations. The House of Saud regime controls “the largest family business” in the world without any popular mandate or accountability.
    When Warlord Abdulaziz took control of the Holy Places in Arabia from the Ottoman Empire with British support, he destroyed 15 centuries of Islamic heritage, including the desecration of the tombs of the wives and companions of the Holy Prophet, in the iconoclastic imposition of Wahhabism. The iconoclastic Wahhabi House of Saud gradually destroyed several holy shrines, including historical places of Islam from the Prophet’s house in Mecca and companion Ayoob Ansari’s house in Medina and turned them into apartment buildings and hotels. They also turned the site of the Prophet’s wives’ houses into a parking lot. Art, Music, dancing, laughing and weeping (including at funerals) have been forbidden by the Wahhabis. For a Wahhabi listening to music or dancing is haram but detonating explosive and killing innocent human beings is permissible.
    To enforce Wahhabism morals enforcers known as mutawwiin have been integral to the Wahhabi movement since its inception. Mutawwiin serve as missionaries, as enforcers of public morals, and as “public ministers of the religion” who preach in the Friday mosque. In addition to enforcing male attendance at public prayer, the mutawwiin also have been responsible for supervising the closing of shops at prayer time, for looking out for infractions of public morality such as playing music, dancing, smoking, drinking alcohol, men having hair that is too long or women who are not fully covered and dressing immodestly.
    The Wahhabi-backed warlord Abdulaziz took full control of the Hijaz, Mecca and Medina, in 1924 and established the modern state of Saudi Arabia, with Wahhabism as its official religion. Since then the House of Saud has promoted Wahhabism as normative Islam throughout the Islamic world. The House of Saud was consolidated on massive oil wealth and has spent huge sums of money building Wahhabi mosques, publishing Wahhabi literature and funding Wahhabi organizations world-wide. Today, with Wahhabi control of the Holy Places intact, virtually every aspect and corner of modern Islam has been penetrated by Wahhabi influence through the agency of the House of Saud.
    Through the control of the Hajj – the beating heart of Islam – and through their vigorous publication and propaganda means, almost all the Muslims are infected with Wahhabism to some extent.
    In Saudi Arabia there is no Church, Synagogue, Buddhist nor Hindu Temple is allowed. Wahhabism (pseudo Salafism) is NOT a religion of tolerance. Wahhabism provides the fundamental base for Jihadism which causes unending strife and misery. It is not Iran that should be bombed. In Iran there are still Jews living there and praying in their Synagogues. Muammar al-Gaddafi respected Christian and Jewish religions and their Churches, Synagogues in Libya but American, English, French, Saudi and Qatari financed terrorists destroyed Churches, Synagogues recently. Buddhist Temples including Bamiyan Buddha statues have survived in Islamic countries for centuries, but they could not survive under the Wahhabism.
    Washington and London are protecting Wahhabi extremists. In Syria Christians and their Churches were safe before the Westerners began sending their Wahhabi fanatics to kill innocent Syrian civilians.
    In Bosnia and Kosovo, under the guise of “reconstruction aid”, Saudi Arabia, Kuwaiti, and other Wahhabi organizations have demolished and removed major Islamic monuments (survived attacks by Serbian and Croatian militias) which were created by Muslims with an Islamic culture and tradition stretching back to 14th century long before Muhammad Ibn Abd al-Wahhab made his 1744 alliance with the warlord Muhammad Ibn Saud who founded the Saudi dynasty – House of Saud.
    In post- Muammar al-Gaddafi Libya,Wahhabi Jihadists bulldozed several Libyan Sufi mosques (including the Tripoli’s Al-Shaab Al-Dahman mosque) and Sufi graves (including the tombs of Libyan Sufi scholars Abdullah al-Sha’ab, Abdel Salam al-Asmar and of soldiers who fought Spanish colonialists). Wahhabi Jihadists also burned down several historic Sufi libraries in Libya recently.
    Since the start of the Arab Spring uprising by Wahhabi Jihadists, many Sufi sites have been attacked in Egypt, Mali and Libya by armed Wahhabi Jihadists.
    Because control of the world’s oil reserves also meant control of the world economy, Middle East was a vital prize for any power interested in world influence or domination. Because of the stupendous source of strategic power of Middle East oil and the immense wealth from this unparalleled material prize UK and France reached a secret agreement in 1916 known as Asia Minor and divided the Ottoman Empire in the Middle East with UK cleverly keeping oil producing countries and even creating an artificial country like Kuwait. The 1945 signed memo between USA and UK says “US petroleum policy towards UK is predicated on a mutual recognition of a very extensive joint interest and upon control, at least for the moment, of the great bulk of the free petroleum resources of the world”. After the decline of UK and France, USA stepped in as the dominant neo-colonial power in the Middle East and elsewhere. Zionist policy is to keep the sources of oil in the Middle East under Zionist control. Zionist energy corporations have flourished with profits beyond the dreams of avarice with the Middle East their leading cash cow.
    The Sunnis- Shiites divide is too deep rooted and plays out daily in most Islamic countries. Shiites form the underclass in most Sunni ruled countries, but after 1979 have felt inspired and aided by Iran, have become empowered in Lebanon and elsewhere. The Sunnis-Shiites conflict which can be seen in daily blood bath in Iraq and in the Muslim world throughout its history cannot be stopped by “Fatwas”.
    Wahhabism is the only social structure in Saudi Arabia. There are no political parties, unions, or social organizations in Saudi Arabia. Wahhabi Saudi Arabia can not stay at peace with the Shia Islamic Republic of Iran.
    Wahhabism is a desert cruelty used as a Muslim-Arab ideology to keep the House of Saud in power. The king of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah Aziz bin Saud, is 88 years old and the throne passes not from father to son but from brother to brother. Next in line to the throne Crown Prince Salman is already 77. While Saudi Arabia crumbles, massive oil revenues, which have long been used to buy public support, are being squeezed by sharply increased domestic demand and the Wahhabi Islamic establishment that supported the House of Saud is increasingly fractious and is losing credibility. High unemployment, corrupt bureaucracy, crippled economy, weak education system, and millions of frustrated youth are now battering Wahhabi Saudi Arabia.
    Pakistan President Mohammad Zia-ul-Haq was a pariah till 1979 for having ousted Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and hanged him. But suddenly Mohammad Zia-ul-Haq became the darling of the Western countries when he offered space, facilities and soul for the Jihad in Afghanistan. The great Jihad in Afghanistan was a big opportunity for Wahhabis. Taliban was created with help and open recognition by Saudi Arabia and encouraged by USA to pacify Afghanistan after the chaos in the wake of withdrawal of Soviet troops. USA was interested in Zionists owned Union Oil using Afghanistan for petroleum pipe lines to transport central Asian energy to the Arabian Sea coast and beyond and to energy hungry fast developing India .Across Pakistan, the religious tenor has been correspondingly radicalised, the tolerant, Sufi-minded Barelvi form of Islam is now overtaken by the rise of the more hardliner and politicized Wahhabism. Remember Sri Lankan cricketers were ambushed in Lahore by armed Wahhabi Jihadists.
    Wahhabi cadres trained in Pakistan and Afghanistan on return to their countries in Middle East spread that culture, which now threatens most of them and has seeped even into Europe , which hosts tens of millions of Muslims .
    Present Zionist and Wahhabi doctrines foresee the fall of Iran, Belarus, and, ultimately Russia and China, after the fall of Damascus, to the combined forces of NATO and the Saudi- and Qatari-backed Wahhabis, who make up a large portion of the anti Syrian movement. Like Saudi Arabia, Qatar is also funds Wahhabi Jihadist movements world-wide. Saudi Arabia directly supported terrorist activities in several countries including Syria, Libya, Pakistan, Afghanistan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Chechnya and Bosnia
    Sufism which is vigorously present throughout South Asia including Sri Lanka for several centuries, ia an entirely indigenous Islamic resistance movement to fundamentalism. Oil rich Saudi Arabia greatly began to penetrate Sri Lanka’s adherents to Islam in 70′s. With the increased funding by the Saudi Arabia with their petro dollars, Wahhabi followers have increased and are now responsible for the sectarian clashes that are slowly increasing among peace loving Sri Lankan Muslims especially in the Eastern Province. It is sadly true but there is a rising trend of Wahhabi Jihadism in Sri Lanka. Wahhabis are trying to take the peaceful Islamic community in Sri Lanka down the path of extremism and violence.Wahhabi fundamentalism has advanced so quickly in Sri Lanka partly because the House of Saud has financed the building of so many madrasas. The Wahhabis have already created deep divisions in among Sri Lankan Muslims and have formed gangs that intimidate moderate Muslims who speak out against Wahhabi fanatics. Like the Christian fundamentalist groups using NGOs to convert innocent poor families to Christianity, Wahhabis help poor Muslim families by providing cash and other material benefits to convert the innocent poor Muslim families into their cult. By building churches and madrasas all over the world to harvest the poor souls is truely very clever idea. Wahhabis even use Sri Lankan Government Cultural and Religious Affairs Departments to continue their nefarious activities.
    Wahhabis claim that moderate Sri Lankan Muslims do not know anything of Islam and only themselves are the real scholars of Islam. But Wahhabis preach only “dawah” of hatred, terror and murder. To understand the deranged mentality of Wahhabis look at the “fitna” the Wahhabis have caused in Pakistan. The Government authorities must investigate every Wahhabi school and propagandist in the Eastern Province to make sure they are not preaching things that are inimical to Sri Lanka. Saudi Arabia remains a critical financial support base for al-Qaida, Taliban, Lashkar-e-Taiba and other Wahhabi terrorist groups. Saudi Arabia spends 87 billion US dollar per year to spread Wahhabism world-wide. Scholarships are offered to our Muslims youths to go to Wahhabi institutions in Saudi Arabia and Egypt. But those who completed their Wahhabi studies returned to Sri Lanka and propagate Wahhabism.
    Wahhabis have infiltrated Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC). Almost all the participants and staffers in the Muslim section of Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation are Wahabis and use the State radio to propagate Wahhabism. Not only Wahhabis run private unlicensed radio stations in the Eastern Province, also armed Wahhabis often attack mosques and leaders of the Sufi sect.
    Wahhabism in Srilanka is headquartered in Kattankudi is a new politico-religious movement that is sweeping the Eastern province of Sri Lanka with more than sixty Muslim Wahhabi organizations helping in propagating the movement throughout Sri Lanka and has raced ahead and taken control of the Jihadist and Al Fatah groups in Sri Lanka under their wings. Wahhabism is imported and planted in the midst of peace-loving Muslims in Sri Lanka, mostly through the lavish inflow of Saudi money pumped into Sri Lanka has overtaken other Islamic organizations by threats, intimidation and coercion.
    Remember Colonel Lateef was gun down by the prominent Wahhabi militant `Police` Faiz in Oddamavadi. CIA introduced Wahhabism in Sri Lanka through Saudi Arabia as a means of countering the growing support for Iran and Sufism among the Sri Lankan Muslims since CIA had calculated that Wahhabism would be an effective rival theology to prevent the spread of Iranian influence in Sri Lanka.
    Clashes between Sufis and Wahhabi Muslims in Kattankudi and Oddamavadi are regular occurrence . More than 200 homes of Sufi followers were burnt down by Wahhabi Jihadists in Kattankudi during similar clashes occurred in October 2004.
    One of the Sufi leaders Abdul Payilvan died in Colombo was buried at in Kattankudi the next day. Wahhabi Muslims observed a hartal and demanded the removal of the body from the burial grounds. Wahhabi Muslims claim Kattankudy soil is sacred and bodies belonging to those who preach views contradictory to Wahhabism should not be buried there. Wahhabis demanded that the body of Abdul Payilvan, who is from Maruthamunai in the Ampara district, should be exhumed and buried elsewhere.
    Wahhabis had dug up the buried body of another Sufi Muslim from Mosque burial grounds and dumped the body on a local road as an act of protest. Kattankudi Police recovered the body, re-buried it in the original burial ground and guarded burial ground for few days.
    In Kattankudi, the hatred between Wahhabis and Sufis has widened in the last few years and has grown in intensity, left many injured, and caused damage to several houses and vehicles.
    Though residing in Sri Lanka illegally, P Jainul Abedin – a powerful Wahhabi preacher from Tamil Nadu – is now leading the Wahhabi Jihadism in Kattankudi.
    A more recent 2009 clash in the south-western Muslim coastal town of Beruwala reflects similar religious tensions between a popular Sufi sheikh and a nearby Wahhabi congregation.
    Saudi agents have successfully penetrated Sri Lankan Muslims social fabric and have managed to defeat the Sufism in their game. Due to the training afforded by the House of Saud now the Wahhabis have prevailed over the Sufis. The Muslims in Sri Lanka have been subdued due to the Wahhabi influence while Buddhists have been agitating for the release of Rizana Naffek – teenage housemaid from Muthur who was sentenced to death by a Wahhabi Sharia Court in Saudi Arabia.
    The House of Saud pretending to be the leaders of the Islam promote their Wahhabi ideology world-wide. The result has been the birth of al-Qaida, Taliban, Lashkar-e-Taiba and other Wahhabi terrorist groups which are killing Sunni and Shia Muslims alike in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
    Wahhabism has been taking roots in Maldives from the days of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. Abandoning its tolerant, syncretic brand of Islam, Maldives now moves towards an intolerant Wahhabi society. Recently two Maldives MPs – Dr Afrasheem Ali & Aishath Velezinee – were killed by Wahhabi Jihadists.
    Al-Qaida, Taliban, Lashkar-e-Taiba are overseen by the CIA and Mossad who want to destabilise countries that are not friendly to them. Because the House of Saud depends on the Americans for its security it always obeys American orders. The constant demonization of Iran and now the war against Syrian leader Bashar Al-Assad confirms a perception that Western Countries have joined with the Wahhabis in the Wahhabis’ war on the Shiites. Wahhabi Jihadism remains a long-term security risk to the civilized world. In particular, through the spread of Wahhabi education in tens of thousands of religious schools world-wide, the practitioners of Wahhabism are breeding tens of millions of youth who are certain to remain outside the productive economy, and as a consequence, seethe with resentment and anger against the rest of society.
    Even the forced exodus of the Hindu Pandit community from the Kashmir Valley in India during the early 1990s, and the destruction of several Hindu and Sikh temples by the Wahhabi Jihadists in Kashmir, failed to slow down the volume of laudatory coverage of what were portrayed Wahhabi Jihadists as freedom fighters battling cruel Indian Army in Jammu and Kashmir State by the Western media. The “Kashmir Model” of using the language of democracy and human rights to win Western support, even while adhering to a contrary policy in practice was widely used to topple Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi. Wahhabis hated Muammar al-Gaddafi for the fact that he ruled Libya, with no quarter given to Wahhabi demands as the imposition of Sharia law or the banning of women’s dress other than the abaya. After Muammar al-Gaddafi was defeated and killed, Wahhabi Jihadists who took over Libya as a result of huge help from Nicholas Sarkozy and David Cameron have lost no time in imposing a Wahhabi version of Sharia law in Libya and in killing and jailing those who disagree with their extremist world-view. Fortunately for them, Western media channels that were once filled with news about Libya under Muammar al-Gaddafi are now silent about the immense human rights violations taking place in Libya after its “liberation” in 2011.
    Western governments and their media commentators now claim that the Wahhabi Jihadist “Muslim Brotherhood” is “moderate” and that the so-called “Wahhabi Salafis” in Egypt are merely “conservative.” Peace loving Muslims from the Balkans to Bengal have expressed their disagreement with this benign view.
    Seeing the success of such a pitch in Libya, Wahhabi Jihadists against the Syrian leader Bashar Al-Assad, have begun cultivating the Western media and public opinion, the way the Wahhabi Jihadists in Kashmir used to do in the 1990s.
    So extreme has the identification with such elements become, that even the largest Western media outlets accept without question such “facts” as that Syrian leader Bashar Al-Assad bombed his own troops and facilities in order “to blame it on the insurgents.” Since the armed uprising by Wahhabi Jihadists began in Syria several thousand members of the Syrian security forces and their family members have been killed by the Wahhabi insurgents, who themselves have lost thousands of their own.
    However, those relying on Western media are told that every such death has been caused by the Syrian security forces, ignoring the deadly violence that is being unleashed in Syria by groups of armed Wahhabi mobs.
    Today in Syria, women can dress as they please. Were the Wahhabi Jihadists to take control, this freedom might soon be replaced with the obligation to wear the full veil. Already in Egypt and in Tunisia, the secular ethos of the country is rapidly giving way to Wahhabism.
    While Western countries are opposed to Wahhabi Jihadism and Sharia law in their own countries, in the Arab countries they favor Wahhabi Jihadism over those who are secular. The result is a galloping Wahhabism and its Sharia law across the Arab countries.
    Since the Western countries subterfuge to destabilise Sri Lanka, by surreptitiously supporting the LTTE failed, now the Western countries will promote Wahhabi Jihadism to cause strife and trouble to destabilize Sri Lanka. Wahhabi followers – al-Qaida, Taliban, Lashkar-e-Taiba and other Wahhabi terrorist groups – have caused untold misery in several countries including Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. Sri Lanka appears to be their next target. The Sri Lankan government must take immediate strict measures to control Wahhabi organizations and ban them. Wahhabis have already built several illegal Mosques in Sri lanka using Saudi Arabia’s petro dollar. The overwhelming peace loving, tolerant and intensely patriotic Muslims of Sri Lanka will extend their support to the government in this matter. As the Wahhabis are even capable of starting ethnic riots between the peaceful Sinhalese and the Muslims, the Sri Lankan government must not be lethargic on this matter.
    Significant obstruction to Wahhabi aggression now appears in the peripheral Muslim communities, including the Balkans no less than Sri Lanka and India. Calling itself “the world’s largest democracy” and possessing the third largest Muslim population in the world, India has produced a stiffer resistance to Wahhabism than any of the lands of the “Arab Spring.” If Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar are bulwarks of extremism and tyranny, peace loving, tolerant and intensely patriotic Indian Muslims may provide a barrier to Wahhabi Jihadist ambitions. With their widely-respected intellectual heritage, their close link with spiritual Sufism, and their demonstrated loyalty to their mother land, the Indian Muslims have shown the world that Western governments are wrong to accommodate fanatic Wahhabism.

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