Wahabi Extremists Target Shias in Sri Lanka
Posted on October 8th, 2010

Imran Zahir

 Condemning another sect of Islam, or any other persons belief’s regardless of one’s own opinion is completely wrong, firstly as a Muslim, secondly as a law abiding person. By circulating such an article we are demonizing, generalizing, and victimising another group of people, this is the very definition of bigotry.It is very regrettable when people act in such an irresponsible and reckless manner. Especially in today’s tense religious climate, where the local media reports of fanatical Islam in Sri Lanka, the Beruwala mosque incident, the Valampitiya mosque incident etc. This article is just unacceptable, as it serves only to further divide our Sri LankanƒÆ’‚£ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¡‚¬Muslim community.

What was the writer trying to achieve by the email titled ” Shia Dangerously Establishing In Sri Lanka”? Does the writer think that demonising an entire nation of Muslims in Iran and around the world who follow the Shia teachings as correct? Or even close to what a true Muslim should act like? Well it is not and itƒÆ’‚£ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¡‚¬is wrong. The worldƒÆ’‚£ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¡‚¬has learnt many lessons since world war two’s Holocaust, Bosnia, Rwanda/Africa, 9/11, Mumbai incident, etc, and presently the New York city mosque saga, where the entire world is condemning what transpired and blames bigotry to be a route cause for such conflicts.

Stemming from this fundamental understanding that bigotry is wrong and evil, so many International laws preventing it have emerged, As a matter of objectivity, I suppose you all know, that the New York City’s Mayor’s office and the American President, and the majority of New Yorker’s and American’s are supporting the New York Mosque on the ground that their constitution provides freedom of religion and practice, imagine a Christian country, leading the way to build a Muslim Mosque. It should also be noted that all thorough out the Islamic empire in its Golden era all religions and religious sects flourished.ƒÆ’‚£ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒÆ’‚£ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¡‚¬

What is sad and unacceptable is the level of Ignorance the writer has demonstrated for fundamental good values and especially and more shamefully of the ignorance shown to the fundamental teachings of Island, which make it very clear that all Muslims are one UMMA, and that all people have the freedom to believe and practice what they wish, and that no one has the write to impose one’s will on another. All world leading scholars and Islamic orators such as Dr. Jamal Badawi, Dr. Zakir Naik, have condemned any act to divide people of any religion.

Going forward we and the media should work to unifying people, and should work towards unifying Muslims and building inter religious harmony, and keep out hate and reckless articles as the said article, which only serves to divide and plunge ourƒÆ’‚£ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¡‚¬country into further darkness.ƒÆ’‚£ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¡‚¬

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