Why is a Buddhist majoritarian state unacceptable but Islamic states are?
Posted on March 21st, 2018

According to M M Zuhair former ambassador & Secretary to the State Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation the international community will not support a Buddhist majoritarian state and will only recognize states that are multi-linguistic, multi-cultural & multi-religious. If so, what is the position of over 50 majority-Muslim states where the constitution upholds only the right of Islam?

His sentiments were given space & published by the Sunday Times newspaper of 18 March 2018 http://www.sundaytimes.lk/180318/sunday-times-2/fake-propaganda-against-muslims-threat-to-national-unity-286339.html

In any event an ethnic or a Buddhist majoritarian state will not receive the support of the international community, unlike a state which is recognised as multi-linguistic, multi-cultural and multi-religious. The armed forces of such a sectarian state may come under greater pressure from the UN Human Rights Council to allow international investigations. With only a little help possibly forthcoming from the powerful players of the world, the demand to establish hybrid courts will compound.”

Being a Muslim himself, Mr. Zuhair may like to connect his own statement with the status quo in Muslim majority countries where only Islam is given prominence.

Over 100million non-Muslims live & work in over 50 Muslim majority countries that comprises 1/3 of the world and over 1.2billion Muslims – but do they enjoy the same rights that Islam & Muslims enjoy?

Are these Muslim majority nations multi-cultural, multi-lingual, multi-faith   

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 declares

Article 1 “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood”. (Women are inferior under Islamic law; their testimony in  a court of law is worth half that of a man; their movement is strictly restricted, they cannot marry a non-Muslim)

Article 2 “Everyone is entitled to all rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status”.

(Non – Muslims living in Muslim countries have inferior status under Islamic law, they may not testify against a Muslim. In Saudi Arabia, following a tradition of Muhammed who said ” Two religions cannot exist in the country of Arabia “, non-Muslims are forbidden to practice their religion, build churches, possess Bibles etc.)

Article 3 “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person” (atheists– in Muslim countries do not have “the right to life “. They are to be killed.

Article 4 No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms” (Slavery is recognised in the Koran. Muslims are allowed to cohabit with any of their female slaves (Sura iv.3); they are allowed to take possession of married women if they are slaves (Sura iv.28);

Article 5 No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. (punishments for the transgressers of the Holy Law: amputations, crucifixion, stoning to death, floggings)

Article 6  Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.

In Muslim majority countries strict laws govern how people live, what symbols are displayed, how people behave in public, how people are to dress in public and these laws come with severe punishments. The world may cry foul, issue countless reports, debate and send petitions but nothing or no one can change these laws.

57 nations declare themselves as Islamic. In these lands strict Islamic laws prevail. Islam is the preferred & privileged religion. Is there Multiculturalism-Multi-Faith-Multi-religious-Multi-cultures in these countries? Are other religions other ethnic groups on par with Islam or Muslims?

The constitutions of most Arab countries including Egypt, Syria, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, U.A.E. and Yemen refer to Sharia either as: A primary source of law or the source of law.

The head of state has to be a Muslim because he is bound by Sharia law to conduct & administer the state in accordance with the Quran and the Sunna. His Government of Ministers are bound to assist him in implementing Islamic principles.

A Non-Muslim can never become the Head of State of a majority Muslim country. A non-Muslims can never become a judge either. A Muslim judge must always take the side of the Muslim against a Non-Muslim…how many non-Sinhala Buddhist judges prevail in Sri Lanka?

Where the constitution describes Sharia as The” principal source of legislation, the hierarchy implies that all other laws and statues must comply with the principles of Sharia.

Islamic law Shari`a” guarantees to non-Muslims certain specifically stated rights beyond which they are not permitted to meddle in the affairs of the state because they do not subscribe to its ideology.” ONLY IF they embrace the Islamic faith, they become equal participants in all matters concerning the state and the government.”

Non-Muslims who live in Muslim countries & agree to pay Jizya (tribute tax collected from adult non-Muslim males) in exchange for protection and safety are Zimmis. Tax collected from Muslims is Zakat. 

In Arab peninsula, Zimmis (non-Muslims) cannot build new churches, temples, synagogues, renovation is allowed if no new additions are made. Old Churches are those that existed before Islamic conquests. Inspite of the area being occupied by non-Muslims before conquest, ever since Islam has prevailed, it is regarded as the land of the Prophet. 

Zimmis cannot pray or read their sacred books out loud les Muslims hear their prayers.

Zimmis cannot print their religious books or sell them in public places to outsiders (only their own people)

Zimmis cannot install their religious symbols even inside their houses

Zimmis cannot hold their religious events in public.

But Zimmis & Muslims have to face the same civic laws – if a Zimmi commits theft, adultery, murder etc they are punished as per Islamic law.

Islamic law applies to civic, business, financial transactions, mortgages & contracts etc. 

Though civic law is common to Zimmis & Muslims there are instances where non-Muslims are treated differently. A Muslim male can marry a Zimmi girl but a Zimmi man cannot marry a Muslim girl.

Zimmi’s cannot testify against Muslims. Their oaths are not considered valid in an Islamic court. A Zimmi, regarded as an infidel, cannot testify against any Muslim regardless of his moral credibility.

Shariah Law holds that a Zimmi is not even qualified to be under oath.

The testimony of a Zimmi is not accepted because Allah – may He be exalted – said: `God will not let the infidels (kafir) have an upper hand over the believers’.”

A Muslim cannot emulate Zimmi dress or behavior, attend their festivals, lease or sell his land to construct a Zimmi church, temple, liquor store etc.

No Muslim can change their faith. Conversion of Muslims is not allowed but non-Muslims can convert to Islam.

When Brunei implemented Shariah law non-Muslims were banned from using 19 Islamic words – anyone found guilt had to pay $4000 fine or a year in prison or stoning to death.

In Malaysia, non-Muslims cannot use the word Allah.

In 2015, Iran executed 20 people for “enmity against God,”

Pew Research poll in 2015 http://www.pewglobal.org/2016/04/27/the-divide-over-islam-and-national-laws-in-the-muslim-world/ has presented these findings

In Jordan, which is a constitutional monarchy, 54% say their laws should strictly follow the Quran.

Around half of Nigerian Muslims (52%) prefer the strict interpretation of the Quran for the country’s laws, while 64% of Nigerian Christians prefer the Quran have no influence.

According to Pew Generally, more-educated people say laws should not follow Quran”

Incidentally, the following countries were secular and turned into Islamic nations!

  • Bangladesh (1971-1977)
  • Iran (1925-1979)
  • Madagascar (1960–2007)
  • Iraq (1932–1968)

Iranian-born professor of law Afshin Ellian argues that while Muslim migrants are quick to claim their customs under multiculturalism”, they have no intention of reciprocating.

The Islamic world is not multicultural and is not going to be multicultural. It is only the Western countries which have had to become multicultural at breakneck speed. So the migration is one-way.”

http://www.breitbart.com/london/2016/09/02/muslims-dont-tolerate-multiculturalism/

Robert Spencer, says When in Muslim countries, do as the Muslims do, and when in non-Muslim countries, do as the Muslims do.”

In the West, Muslims are willing to make a nod toward the Western celebration of diversity. But in Muslim majority nations it’s a different story. To the extent that other faiths are tolerated, they are tolerated only insofar as they accept dhimmi status.” (William Kilpatrick)

Do any of these restrictions prevail constitutionally, legislatively or legally in Sri Lanka? Foremost place of Buddhism prevails because it had been the state religion even at the point of signing the Kandyan Convention and the British assured to maintain that status quo. The status quo of Buddhism has not impeded any individuals of non-Buddhist faith from practicing their religions. The answer to this is can Buddhists go about putting up Buddhist temples in any of the Muslim majority countries in the manner that minorities are presently putting up religious structures? Anyone denying are requested to take a journey throughout Sri Lanka & count the numbers of mosques, kovils, churches, madrassas, free-churches that have come up of late.

The concept of multiculturalism is a new liberal theory introduced by the West whose citizens are now openly condemning their governments for implementing. Leaders of the West themselves are admitting that multiculturalism has failed.

The severe restrictions and regulations enforced by Muslim majority nations are to protect & preserve their faith & the cultural system based on that faith. Christian West has been liberal and accommodative of other faiths & cultures & in so doing many have found refuge in other faiths, thus the rising number of Westerners embracing Buddhism while large numbers are becoming atheists.

If the West has no issues in the Muslim majority nations placing their faith above all others and non-conforming to any of the UN charters & declarations as none of these Muslim majority countries follow multiculturalism-multi-faith or multi-linguism, why would anyone of this same faith take offence against Sri Lanka that has provided enough and more to the minorities and seeks only to preserve, protect and foster what had existed for over 2500 years.

 

 

Shenali D Waduge

19 Responses to “Why is a Buddhist majoritarian state unacceptable but Islamic states are?”

  1. shenali Waduge Says:

    To gain admission to OIC, countries have to pledge allegiance to Islam. Other countries are accepted only as Observers.

    EU countries also accepts only Christian heritage countries, that is why Turkey is being refused EU membership

    But Buddhists are not allowed to form a League of Buddhist Nations and the objections come from OIC and EU Members. What hypocrisy

  2. Christie Says:

    Shenali: India and Indian Parasites managed to divide the Sinhala Unity by getting hold of Banda.

  3. Nihal Perera Says:

    Muslim hypocrisy and bigotry… And our idiotic leaders in SL are willing to accept it !

  4. Fran Diaz Says:

    SE Asian Buddhist countries have suffered during the last few centuries, mostly due to Cold War style politics, Colonisation, & Muslim take over (Indonesia & the Maldives).

  5. Nanda Says:

    More Hate Speech by a Buddhist Extremists ? Why not dump some bombs in the temple and arrest him too ?

    http://divaina.com/daily/index.php/visheshanga3/9099-2018-03-20-10-27-1

  6. Fran Diaz Says:

    Why are Buddhist SE Asian countries so vulnerable ??

  7. SA Kumar Says:

    Why is a Buddhist majoritarian state unacceptable but Islamic states are?- Because You do not call Mother Lanka is Sinhela Bhuddist Lanka but We-Demila call TE is Saiva Thamil Eelam (NPC) !
    tell me whose fault? ane…..

  8. Ancient Sinhalaya Says:

    Buddhism’s non-violent nature itself is used by the religions of conveniences followers to destroy it. It happened in
    the olden days when Fastest Breeding Religion aka Religion of Utter Peace got into former Buddhist countries iran,
    afganisthan, pakesthan, bangladesh, maldives, malaysia and indonesia with their Baby Machine Wives (mostly
    sourced locally further reducing native population). All these are to destroy the only true religion in the world!
    Of course these racists tribes can’t stand Buddhism since it has no place for cheat yourself agenda by disregarding
    killing, stealing, lying, sexual misconduct, drug abuse (Buddhism’s five precepts) as sins while all honest people in
    the world including all the law courts under the sun do.

    Once the numbers are up, then the mussies start to murder
    the natives. Sri Lanka at that stage now. Mussies won’t stop until they wrestle full control. Don’t forget while all
    these going on Baby Machines won’t stop working. In fact they want to get married at tender age, so they can have
    more ‘productive span’ meaning increased output. Then mussies only schools can fill up to the rafters so nobody
    notices the vast numbers. If you have any surplus, of course they can creep into Sinhalese schools. Sinhalese in musssie only schools? It is a no no of course!

    So instead of slowing down, they will increase output.
    Sinhalese have been very very unfortunate to have had these two foreigner tribes as their fellow citizens. Sad irony
    is Sinhalese were never part of them getting into Sri Lanka. While colonials brought tamils, the mussies came as
    traders. King Senarath saved these mussies from the parangies’ slaughter. Now the mussies are paying back
    handsomely. The foreigner tribes while calling Sinhalese racists doing all the dirty things imaginable to destroy
    Buddhism, Sinhalese race and Sri Lanka. What’s more, traitor chief die hard catholic token Buddhist Walking Crime
    Bomb with the timer set for 10-20 years Bay Gal Karaya Mega Thief Mega Thakkadiya Batalande Wandakaya
    pol pot [email protected] wickrama Sinhala killer said after the riots, Sinhalese got a very bad name around the world.
    According to [email protected], it is all Sinhalese fault. They should bow down and surrender Sinhalese race, Sri Lanka and
    Buddhism to rampaging, racists tribal foreigners. Every time these traitor catholic run UNPatrioticrats get into
    power, thieving, murderous (Sinhalese only) monsters dig the grave for Sri Lanka, Sinhalese race and Buddhism!
    So when these traitor anti Sinhalese, anti Buddhist, anti Sri Lanka UNPatrioticrats running the country, of course
    Buddhism is a no no! It’s nayata andu kola1

  9. Nimal Says:

    I think any country with a religion breathing down on people is not helpful,supressive,divisive and hypocritical because it lead to corruption, etc.We can live without it like in UK where the main religion takes a back seat.

  10. L Perera Says:

    Sri Lanka is the Home of the Sinhalese and most of them are Buddhist by relegion They rank first among EQUALS..

  11. SA Kumar Says:

    Nimal

    religion takes a back seat.- ane…… you expecting too much from our Mother land .

    Western world where All religion takes a back seat !!!

  12. SA Kumar Says:

    Ancient Sinhalaya

    why Sinhela & Tamil Baby Machines is not stop working ? who is stopping ???

    Muslim’s baby machines & input material are working very well is not mussies fault ???

  13. Fran Diaz Says:

    Ethnicity, religion & language can be divisive.

    Mono-ethnic, mono-religion with common language can bring more harmony and patriotism from citizens, e.g. as in modern day Japan.

    Concerned Lankans must demand PATRIOTISM from ALL the citizens, irrespective of ethnicity, religion & language.
    English can be used as the main link language.
    The LAW of the Land must be geared all the way toward unifying the Country.
    Toward that end, the 6-A should be expanded and strictly adhered to.

    Teach Meditation in schools for calm thinking and wisdom, practised from a young age.

    Bring in ideas that unify the country !

  14. charithsls Says:

    @Fran Diaz , Why should English be the common language? It is from people like you the problem arises. Anywhere it should be the language of the majority that should be the link language. That will bring togetherness (with of course the minorities freedom to use their language).

  15. Dilrook Says:

    @charithsls

    I agree with you but also with Fran. While Sinhala must be the sole official language, English must be the link language. English proficiancy must be raised throughout the country as the highest development priority. Tamil langauge can be the (sole) language in use in the Northern Province and Batticaloa district. This retains the benefits of democracy and practicality.

    The most common language of Sri Lanka is Sinhala. Over 90% of the population use it. I was told by people involved in it (including Venerable Rathana Thero, MP) that there was tremendous enthusiasm among young Tamils in the north to learn Sinhala immediately after the war. A group of Sinhalese and Tamils self financed it and even 4 makeshift schools could not accomodate the demand. But it was stopped by the government in 2011 as it “didn’t help reconciliation”!

    Similarly a government minister evicted Sinhala IDPs for the second time in 2010 when they “occupied” then unused train stations in the north with the hope of returning to where they lived before the war. They too were “a hindrance to reconciliation”.

    As per LLRC recommendations, Sinhala students are taught Tamil and Tamil students outside the north and east are taught Sinhala. And a second national anthem has been officially introduced in 2015 for Tamils – only 3 countries in the world does this. All in the name of wreckonciliation.

  16. Fran Diaz Says:

    Charithsis,

    I know I am commenting on a sensitive topic …. however, it is better to state some ideas.

    As Dilrook says, Sinhala must the SOLE Official Language.

    I am suggesting English as the LINK language, not the MAIN language of communication.
    The English language is a world language, unlike Tamil or other languages.
    Even the Tamil people will find learning English to be beneficial.
    A knowledge of English will enable Sri Lankans enter the world job market, and gain further education as well.

  17. Fran Diaz Says:

    Read as “Sinhala must be the SOLE Official Language”.

    Dilrook – ‘wreckonciliation’ is an apt term to describe how GoSL is handling the language issue !

  18. Ananda-USA Says:

    I agree with both Fran Diaz and Dilrook:

    Sinhala must be the SOLE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE and ENGLISH a COMPULSORY SOLE LINK LANGUAGE.

    Sri Lanka tried to accommodate Tamil as an official language; that only led to STILL MORE DEMANDS by INCURABLY COMMUNAL Tamils. We must BACKTRACK NOW and CORRECT THE MISTAKE we made BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE.

    Like the SunGod who did not know a good offer when he was offered, today’s Tamil Community does not have the good sense to know what the Sinhala majority WILL NOT TOLERATE and that we will FIGHT to the DEATH to DEFEND & PROTECT our ONLY Homeland in this world.

    SO: Our Stance should be: Sinhala as the SOLE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE, ENGLISH as the SOLE LINK LANGUAGE …. Our Window to the world.

  19. Fran Diaz Says:

    Ananda,

    You have stated what ought to be done very clearly.
    I agree with you & Dilrook.
    Thank you both.

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