Islam and Muslims in Sri Lanka and concern of their new trends of religiousr Editor development.
Posted on January 22nd, 2013

by Charles.S.Perera

Hameed Abdul Kareem  wrote to the Daily News of the 19 January, 2013 ” Defending Islam and Muslims”  replying  to an article  by Shenali Waduge . She has foreseen such discontentment  in saying in her article  “”¦.. the concerns of Buddhists are never given an unbiased voice in the mainstream media and instead Sinhalese Buddhists are labelled as “racist”, “extremist” and even “militant”.

Hameed Abdul Karim  does just that calling  Shenali Waduge’s article, “”¦  the latest in a long series of scaremongering”¦..uncalled for vituperative remarks”¦..and calling her  a version of Ausrtralia’s Pauline Hanson”¦”  .

I thank Shenali Waduge for her article , ““ƒ”¹…”Laws and Religion: Some Concerns of Sinhala Buddhists’  which appeared in the Daily News of the 12 January,2013.   It is time that Sinhala Buddhists make their voices heard without fearing to be called racists. Because it has become necessary  for the Sinhala Buddhists to stand up  to fight for their rights.

It had not been easy for Sinhala Buddhist.  They had been pushed into the background by the Colonialists. Their culture and religion  had been despised mutilated and dominated by Christianity and its missionaries.  The Sinhalese had  taken to foreign ways of living  and education was provided in foreign missionary schools. The Buddhists were converted to Christianity in large numbers by the missionaries who accompanied the  Colonial armies.

After independence the minorities demanded equal rights  along with the Sinhala Buddhists.  Their language was not accepted as the official language, their National flag was  mutilated to make it represent the minorities.   The Sinhala Buddhists had thus to keep on fighting to preserve what belonged to them.

It was under such circumstances  that mostly the Sinhala Buddhists had to sacrifice their youth to preserve the unitary status of Sri Lanka and free the country from 30 years of suffering under terrorism.  Despite that the Sinhala Buddhists are still prosecuted  just for elimination of terrorism and bringing back peace and hope to the country.  

For the Sinhala Buddhists  there are still more fighting to do.  It is now with the so far calm  and a peaceful Muslim Community who had been cooperating with  the Sinhala Buddhists .  The  Sri Lankan Muslims today are showing signs of change from what they had been before.  There is a new trend in their development which shows sign of foreign  fundamentalist Islamic influence gaining ground with them.

A short time back I was in Sri Lanka.  I witnessed this manifestation of “don’t care” attitude of  Muslims acting as  if there are no one in the  Sinhala areas where they have built three or four storied houses. They entertain, receive friends and relatives  who come in their cars vans and three wheelers through out the nights tooting horns , shouting and laughing without caring the least  that they are disturbing  the neighbourhood, the young children and the students who keep awake to do their home work.

The Muslims  live  in  Sinhala Buddhist neighbourhoods and slaughter animals in their homes  on certain Muslim  festive days with  least concern for the sensibility of their Buddhist neighbours.

I was told of a Sinhala Buddhist man who was employed in a Muslim Business establishment who had  to work from early in the morning  to late in the evening while the Muslim employers stop work to pray five time a day.  Yet this  Sinhala Buddhist employee was given only a day’s holiday for the Wesak festival.  He was compelled to  stay at home the following day to take the children to the temple and attend to Wesak festivities.  The day  after when he went to work  he was told that his services has been  terminated.

Having lived all my life until about 1963 in a village next to a Muslim village in the Kandy District, studying with Muslim children some of them  as my best friends, I found  during my  recent  stay in Sri Lanka the change of attitude of the Muslims strange,  and altogether different from what it had been when I knew them a long time ago.

Mr.Hameed Abdul Karim says, ” Ideally in a democracy there is no such thing as minority”¦..”  Yes of course , there is no reason to treat minorities differently if they do not compete with the majority;  if the minorities accept the same flag,  the same language and the national anthem in the language of the majority.  But it has not been the case with the Muslims in Sri Lanka, they want more  pushing their religion and its ways  unconcerned  of the Sinhala Buddhists.

In this hitherto unknown new trend in the Muslim development in Sri Lanka, the Muslims of Sri Lanka themselves should take note of  unknown forces  of dangerous fundamentalism taking hold of the Muslims and Islamism of Sri Lanka.

In France there are no separate schools for the Muslim children.  France  banned  the use of face covering veils for girls,  and the full body covering  Burqa,  wearing of which is really a denial of the freedom of Muslim women under Sharia law or not,  is also prohibited in France.  In France there are no separate courts for the Muslims, and there is a law  against female genital mutilation of  Muslim girls.

In France there is no blaring of loudspeakers five times a day in  the Mosques to call the believers for prayers. 

In Sri Lanka the Muslims have been accorded all these  facilities as Shenali Waduge had correctly pointed out in  her article against which Hameed Abdul Karim had taken umbrage.   The Muslims are carrying on a silent movement encroaching into   the rights and priviledges  of the Sinhala Buddhists  to their advantage, desecrating  Sri Lanka which had been offered to  the Buddha, Dhamma his Doctrine and the Sangha his disciples by King Devanampiyatissa even before  Islam had come into existence as a religion.

This is what democracy has given to Sri Lanka, an ungrateful minority asking for equality with the majority.  Strangely this democracy Hameed Abdul Karim refers to does not exist in predominantly Muslim countries like Saudi Arabia and other Muslim countries of the Middle East. Sharia Law, Fatwa and Jihad are a far cry from democracy.   That is what people like Hameed Abdel Karim wants in Sri Lanka.

The Muslims the world over  are using their religion to prepare a political system with a world leadership secretly in view, increase the Muslim population  through births and conversion.

Hameed Abdul Karim does not seem to be aware even of the vandalising of ancient Buddhist sites and bulldozing of Digavapi and  occupying temple land  by Muslims.

Hameed highlights the cases of Buddhist treasure hunters, to down play the  occupation of Buddhist land by Muslims.  There was the recent case of a Mosque being built on temple land in Dambulla.   Racism is different from being concerned about the erosion of the rights and priviledges of the Sinhala Buddhists. 

Jathika Hela Urumaya  was criticised for the Buddhist Monks taking to politics, but  JHU was fulfilling a necessary role  for the defence of the Sinhala Buddhists, Buddhism and its priviledges, which had been left  without protection. The Sinhala Buddhists should be made aware of the  necessity of a Buddhist political movement like the JHU to defend the rights and priviledges of the Buddhists and protect what belongs to the Buddhists.

In a like situation  in 1950 when Buddhism was under attack by the Catholic Church, we had a strong  dedicated Sinhala Buddhist leadership which  lost no time to come forward to defend  the rights of the Sinhala Buddhists by organising  the  Bauddha Jathika Balawegaya..  Today such a Buddhist leadership  has become an imperative necessity. 

The new movement of a Muslim  leadership in Sri Lanka is becoming a  threat to Sinhala Buddhists.  It demands the revival of the Bauddha Jathika Balawegaya.  Even if any Sinhala Buddhist who comes forward to defend their cause is immediately  attacked as a Sinhala racist- a Pauline Hanson, it has nevertheless become a necessity for Sinhala Buddhists to be  alive to  the lurking danger to their existence as Sinhala Buddhists.

Sharia Law,  as correctly pointed out by  Shenali Waduge is perhaps good for  Muslim countries , whose entire social , economic and judicial  processes are dependent on the Quran. But they are not necessary for Sri Lanka or any country in the world with a small resident Muslim Community.   We have had a good example of the short coming of the Sharia Law in the recent beheading of  Rizana Nafeek.  She had no translator to represent her in the Sharia Courts. There was no post mortem on the body of the dead baby. There was a complete absence of transparency. There was no witness. There was no lawyer to defend her.   Is that the Sharia law ?

Hameed Abdul Karim  defends what he cannot defend  in saying, “I am not an expert on Sharia but I think she is absolutely off the mark when she says that a non-Muslim cannot appear in Sharia courts to give evidence. “

Hameed is just groping in the dark making meaningless  remarks such as “I think she is absolutely off the mark” trying to  defend the Sharia law which he himself admits to know nothing about.  This they call is an argument for argument’s sake.  The Sri Lanka Muslims should remain what they had always been without allowing themselves to be  caught  by the foreign  Islamic fundamentalist forces, becoming pawns in their hands.

Even if all the Muslims in Sri Lanka  were to be  carried away by the  Islamic fundamentalist  forces there will be at least one Muslim family in Sri Lanka which will not give into fundamentalism to accept the Sharia Law – the family of late Rizana Nafeek.

As it had been pointed out in Shenali Waduge’s article we cannot understand why the Muslims in Sri Lanka who  have an identity of their own as Sri Lankan Muslims   suddenly taken to establishment of Sharia Courts  and halaal food labelling.   Even if the Muslims in Sri Lanka followed these from the beginning of time, they had been doing it without  being a “nuisance” to others.  It is only now that they make a hue and cry about it, trying to impose it on non believing compatriots.

These are irksome matters where the Muslims claim a different identity when the need is for reconciliation and living with harmony with all communities.  It is ridiculous to call it ” Islamaphobie” when  some one  sees danger signals  in  new format of  religious evolutions  that  do not augur well for Sinhala Buddhists, and the country as a whole. 

It is normal that people like Hameed Abdul Karim may take offence, but some one has to give warning signals, if there is danger for others.  Hameed Abdul Karim has tried to answer some of the questions , but the situation cannot be settled by taking offence over real facts highlighted in  Shenali Waduge’s article.

These matters are serious,   the article of Shenali W       aduge should not be read and forgotten, as it is necessary that the Sinhala Buddhist Leaders awaken to the danger and begin a movement  like the Bauddha Jathika Balavegaya of  late Mr. L.H.Mettananda, to react to the situation without allowing it to take a larger proportion, and go out of control.

11 Responses to “Islam and Muslims in Sri Lanka and concern of their new trends of religiousr Editor development.”

  1. Lorenzo Says:

    Well said!

    It is better to resolve the problem of Muslim epidemic peacefully than let it grow into a problem which can only be resolved militarily.

  2. herman Says:

    Its not only the Colonialists but ‘sinhala Colonialists’, too that are responsible for these mess!

    If the government had properly investigated the cases of Buddhist treasure hunters including ‘monks’, chances are that muslim businessmen were using these punks for their gains.

    Can sharia law, the ‘divine’ law of Islam that gives muslim women’s testimony less weight than that of men capable of giving non muslims Justice, too?

    Sharia law derived from theocratic systems, once confined to Saudi Arabia, enforcing theocratic rules through national laws has spread to democratic countries, thus becoming a troubling issue.

    As a result of the 1996 Arbitration Act in the UK, sharia law is legal. But, in 2012, in UK’s parliament, Alarmed by the suffering of Muslim women at the hands of Sharia Courts in Britain, Baroness Cox recently introduced legislation into parliament about the discrimination Muslim women suffer in Sharia courts, particularly in cases involving child custody and domestic violence were highlighed.

    Under Muslim Sharia law, a man can divorce his wife by repudiation: a woman must provide justifications. Female evidence is not permissible in a Sharia court in the case of rape. Women cannot become judges in those courts. Point is that women should be free of coercion, intimidation, and unfairness. whether women go to Sharia courts voluntarily and accept unfair decisions or that they are pressured by families are issues the British law makers should seriously consider before muslims demand more and that women be stoned for adultery and that robbers have their hands amputated.

  3. Sirih Says:

    Sharia Law is not a law based on justice, it is a political movement from radical islam and world is taking notice since it is becoming a 5th column movement in non muslim countries.

  4. Ratanapala Says:

    In Sri Lanka, Buddhists need protection of the state. No government since Independence from the British has come to their assistance. All what they do is apply eye-wash and pull wool over the Sinhalese Buddhist voters to get their vote at the elections. Once they come to power they are taken for granted and conveniently forgotten till the next elections. They are still trying to come out of centuries of deprivation. Many are still trying to come out of this sorry state

    Today they are selling their birth right and retreating inland. All the land in and around Colombo are being purchased by non Sinhalese. Whole streets are now being occupied by them. They buy one plot and they continue to buy the plots around till the whole street is vacated ultimately. Once land is in Non Sinhala hands they are gone forever.

    The government goes on beautifying and providing all the modern facilities to Colombo and environs without realising that all these will finally end up in the hands of potential enemies of the Sri Lanka who want to erase any memory of what Sri Lanka actually is. Sri Lanka will finally if not helped by the state end up as an Islamic state or an extension of Dravidistan from across the Palk Straights.

    The so called guardians of the Sinhala Buddhists – the two Mahanayake’s of the Siam Nikaya behave like two despotic property owning landlords and there is absolutely no guidance from them for the average Sinhala Buddhist. They have become political animals and that is no consolation for the Buddhists.

    The government leaders since Independence have been all closet Christians, outwardly Buddhist with an Anti- Buddhist agenda or persons compromised through marriage like the current President. They all do everything in their powers to keep the patriotic Sinhala Buddhists from getting the real power. Just so at the recent survey majority of the Buddhist politicians failed to call themselves – Buddhist!

    We need a real Buddhist leadership to emerge that represent the long forgotten majority Sinhala Buddhists while they still constitute a majority! We need a real Buddhist priesthood that can guide the Sinhala Buddhist in the right direction.

  5. Sunil Vijayapala Says:

    just to let exopats know – a buddha bar has been opened here in sl! and yesterday they showed on tv few monks protesting to the management (a french ungulate) of hotel just imagine how the mahinda chintana works here – who approved this hotel? probably the corrupt pradeshiya saba people who don’t give a damn about sinhala, budhhhism or environment – all happening with the blessings of this government – this was a shocking news item on tv. sorry for the diversion – allah hullalla mahalla halalla(derived from halal) well our idiots will face another 30 long year prolonged war if they don’t act now –

  6. herman Says:

    If this bar is not closed within a month, we will get to know MR’s true leadership!

    Sorry folks posted earlier the same on the wrong thread.

  7. Fran Diaz Says:

    A number of things appear to be done in Sri Lanka which are really ANTI-Society in general. It is also a way to make the population go against the present GoSL. In the end, it is all tied to MONEY & POWER.

    (1) One such Anti-Social activity is NOISE POLLUTION. Noise Pollution is abhorred by almost everyone. Banning Noise Pollution will carry the approval from almost everybody. BAN Noise Pollution – it will solve most of the irksome problems prevalent in some neighborhoods right now. GoSL should act now to ban Noise Pollution. Noise Pollution is not allowed in almost all cities and suburbs around the world. Govern properly or lose it all.

    (2) There was a press statement recently that some Buddhist Temples have donated (?) land to Muslims to build mosques. Is this true ? Hard to believe – unless ‘donations’ were given in return !
    But in truth, BUDDHIST TEMPLE LAND should be put to good use in cultivating, say, Organic Soy, and employ Sinhala Buddhists of those areas. Thus the Temple can get some income from fallow land and also have dayakayas for the Temple. Simple methods can be employed to overcome problems.

  8. Lorenzo Says:

    “The Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday evening banned the screening of Kamal Hassan’s ” Vishwaroopam” following strong protests from various Muslim extremist organizations over alleged depiction of their community in a negative light.”

    – Times of India

    What a foolish decision!

    SL should NOT ban it.

  9. Lorenzo Says:

    “Police are investigating reports a gang claiming to be Islamic vigilantes have been confronting members of the public and demanding they give up alcohol and women cover their flesh in their ‘Muslim area’.

    The hooded men, who call themselves Muslim Patrol, have been filmed walking London’s streets and calling white women ‘naked animals with no self respect.’

    The group is also shown taking ‘evil’ booze from revellers and film a cyclist being treated after a road accident, claiming they were injured because they were unclean.

    Read more: dailymail co uk”

    ‘Muslim areas’ in London? Sounds familiar!

  10. Marco Says:

    I assume you are referring to the Hotel incident in Beruwela.
    One would appreciate if you be so kind to reveal all the information relating to that incident.

  11. Lorenzo Says:

    A Parliamentary Select Committee is to be appointed to look into extremist, fundamentalist and secular forces who are attempting to rouse conflicts, Deputy Minister M.L.A.M Hizbullah stated.

    The appointment of such a committee was proposed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

    – adaderana 24/01/2013

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