Defence authorities warned about National Thawheed Jama’ath(NTJ) in 2012: Rizwi All Ceylon Jammiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) head
Posted on June 12th, 2019

Courtesy The Daily Mirror

All Ceylon Jammiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) head Mufthi Mohammed Rizwi who testified before the select committee looking into the Easter Sunday attacks yesterday said he had warned the defence authorities on the National Thawheed Jama’ath(NTJ) in November 2012.

He also said he handed over some photographs to former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando in January 2019. We were preaching real Islam which was taught by Prophet Muhammed. We produced books on Islam. We also produced books on clothing. However, Zahran did not approve the activities of ACJU and one of his followers named Adhil called me a Kafir which means a non-believer. He said I have nothing to do with Islam. They even produced foraged photographs of mine. I got these photographs from social media and gave them to Mr. Fernando,” Mufthi Rizwi said.

I was one of the world’s first Muslim clergymen to speak against ISIS. It was my duty to safeguard our motherland. Also Islam has nothing to do with ISIS. Misunderstanding talks were given. My speech over the radio was broadcast on July 7, 2014. It was about Aluthgama attacks and ISIS. ISIS entered Sri Lanka after the Aluthgama riots. There were hate speech and anti Halal elements. We then realized that things were going in the wrong directions. We therefore came up with several books on Islamic Principals including the dress code,” he said.

Mufthi Rizwi added that one cannot hate a person who hates him. Therefore I do not hate the monks who speak against Islam and Muslims. I want to have a dialogue with them,” he said.

Also Mufti said ACJU started issuing halal certificates from 2002. Certain parts of pork were used to produce jelly and animal blood was used to produce certain food. Therefore we have to issue Halal certificate. Halal certification did not originate in the Middle East or from any gulf country. It came from countries such as Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia.

Further, he said ACJU issued a statement denouncing ISIS after Nilam the first Sri Lankan who joined the organization died.(Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)

One Response to “Defence authorities warned about National Thawheed Jama’ath(NTJ) in 2012: Rizwi All Ceylon Jammiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) head”

  1. Ananda-USA Says:

    REALLY? So, how about this Arabic school??

    Documents related to Arabic school found at Kingsbury bomber’s home: CID tells court
    12 June 2019

    Criminal Investigation Department (CID) today informed the Fort Magistrate Court that several documents including an application form to open an Arabic school in Sri Lanka were found from the Kolonnawa house of Azzam Mohammed Mubharak alias Abdullah, who blew himself at the Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo.

    The CID also informed acting Magistrate Jayantha Dias Nanayakkara that the suicide bomber Abdullah and several other suspects had undergone weapon training in Nuwara Eliya, while residing in Enderamulla and Ninthavur areas.

    Submitting the progress report of the investigations into the Eastern Sunday attacks, the CID also said that Imura Lebbe Mohammed Saajith, who placed his signature in the application form to open an Arabic school in Sri Lanka, as the secretary, was also taken into the custody for questioning.

    It was also revealed that the Abdullah was an active member of the National Thawheed Jama’ath (NTJ) since 2014. After questioning Mohammed Saajith, the CID had recorded a statement from Hamza Mohammed Waqar Yunis of Weligama. Another suspect Zeinul Abdeen Mohammadu Jaseel, who had underwent weapons training in Kathankudy alone with suicide terrorist Abdullah was also taken into the custody for questioning.

    The Magistrate directed the CID to update the court about the progress of the investigations into the incident on July 10.(Nimanthi Ranasinghe)

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