Peaceful protest against anti-Muslim campaign next week

  Published : 1:20 am  March 22, 2013  |  4,912 views  |  36 comments  |  Print This Post   |  E-mail to friend
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  • MRO calls on Muslim enterprises and offices to shut down next Monday
  • Says BBS hid its anti-Muslim face behind Halal controversy
  • Urges time of fasting and prayer for peace between communities
  • Criticises Govt. silence in the face of anti-Muslim sentiment spreading in SL

In the first major reaction to recent events, an organisation aiming to protect Muslim rights yesterday announced a peaceful protest against anti-Muslim sentiment spreading across the island and perpetuated by Sinhala hard-line groups, next Monday.

The protest will shut down parts of Colombo’s major trading hub in Pettah, organisers said.
The Muslim Rights Organisation (MRO) said the protest was being organised islandwide, with Muslim enterprises and trading centres likely to heed the call on 25 March.
Addressing a press briefing in Colombo yesterday, MRO Secretary Abdul Niyaz said that the organisation was calling on Muslims to engage in a peaceful demonstration against growing anti-Muslim campaigns in the country, spearheaded by groups like the Bodu Bala Sena.  He said Government officials were entertaining such elements on common platforms against the wishes of a majority of peace-loving people in the country.
The Secretary of MRO added that they were increasingly concerned about such groups being permitted to take the law into their own hands.
Niyaz said the MRO had notified members of the Muslim community across the country using leaflets and other propaganda material. “By 2 p.m. on Friday, Muslims all over the island will be aware of the call for a peaceful protest,” Niyaz said, indicating that the announcements would be made in mosques during Friday prayers as well.
“We have asked the Muslim community to be completely non-violent during the protest. The MRO asks members of the Muslim community to fast and pray for peace between communities during this time,” he said.
Monday’s protest calls for an end to harassment of Muslims and for persons aiming to shatter the peace between communities to be brought before the law. The MRO also wants the Government to intervene to restore law and order.
Also addressing the briefing, UNP Western Provincial Councillor and outspoken politico Mujibur Rahman charged that the Halal issue was a creation aimed at whipping up the emotions of the Sinhalese community.
“It is clear by the fact that after the Halal controversy is over, the Bodu Bala Sena continues to attack Muslim women’s clothing, our culture and our places of worship, that this was never really about Halal at all,” Rahman told journalists.
He said that the Bodu Bala Sena group opposed Halal because they were essentially anti-Muslim.
“The Bodu Bala Sena works closely with the President. They consistently claim at their rallies that this President should rule for another 20 years. The ACJU works closely with the President and the Government. It is difficult to understand why the President failed to bring these two groups to the table for discussions to resolve this issue before it spiralled into such a social crisis,” Rahman charged.
He said it was impossible to stay silent any longer, because the Government was refusing to take action on the issue. “This campaign against Muslims is pushing Sri Lanka towards another communal conflict,” he warned.


36 Responses to “Peaceful protest against anti-Muslim campaign next week”

  1. Mike on March 22nd, 2013 6:29 am

    It is manifestly clear that the Balu Bala Sena Group of Companies is headed by the country’s Defence Secretary with the blessings of the President. That is why the President is silent on this issue??

  2. surasena on March 22nd, 2013 6:56 am

    I am sure the whole Muslim World convinced that Sri Lanka is fine with serving the Minority and their rights, unless Muslim countries may vote otherwise in Geneva.

  3. silva on March 22nd, 2013 8:27 am

    Dont mix politics with religion unless no blessing to this country and its people.
    So propagate peace even thsive than cheaper racism.

  4. silva on March 22nd, 2013 8:28 am

    Pls love the nation irrespect of the religions they follow since all feel the same 

  5. Imana on March 22nd, 2013 10:23 am

    One Muslim with a backbone. Shame on Rauf Hakeem, Ferial Ashroff, Fauzi, Bathudeen – yet to hear from these spineless hypocrites.

  6. naleer on March 22nd, 2013 10:29 am

    If all muslims groups come under one VOICE is appreciated .

  7. wasantha on March 22nd, 2013 10:29 am

    Yes ,you are absolutely correct.We have to fight back.We cannot tolerate anymore.My question is. 01.Why BBS and JHU hate muslims in Sri Lanka?
    02,Why Halal issue brought to the community just before the UNCHR ,
    Is anybody answer my questions please.

  8. A Sri Lankan on March 22nd, 2013 10:37 am

    We should be careful and ensure that we denounce any sort of violence. We as Muslims must also protest that one of our fellow Sri Lankan, a monk was attacked in India. Why not use this peaceful protest to show our solidarity with ou

  9. A Sri Lankan on March 22nd, 2013 10:43 am

    We should be careful and ensure that we denounce any sort of violence. We as Muslims must also protest that one of our fellow Sri Lankan, a monk was attacked in India. Why not use this peaceful protest to show our solidarity with our Sinhalese brothers and sisters where we have lived together for thousand and more years.
    It is only through discussions, engaging those parties in various talks that we can resolve any misunderstanding.
    An attack against any Sri Lankan in India is an attack against all Sri Lankan, be they Bhuddist, Tamils or Muslims.
    Therefore let’s use any opportunity to send a positive and collaborative message to all those Sinhalese friends.

  10. Mohamed on March 22nd, 2013 10:51 am

    Dea Br. Mujubur Rahman,

    May allah accept your wishes, I too waited this day to come because it is obviouse that the government has no positive reaction to stop anti-muslim activities rather promoting it by different kind of green signals. As we fear to Allah waited enough and gave-up enough. I’m not taking we have to fight but we have to raise our voice since our so called muslim leaders going behind the government to keep their faciilities forever despiting the community that have votyed for them to represent on behalf of the community in parliment and in the government but they forgot it and doing thinks that only benifit to them and their relatives.. the most waste is the popular politician who is allways behind the government was silent when his relative women has attacked… hand I will say he did a good think because , when Mohamed (sal.Al) was attacked he did not attacked the person but he was patient enough.

    But this politician should have talked to the higher officers and ask to take action againts the wrongdoers..

    I love to see my country with sustainable peace and living all the community togather as brothers and sisters because majority of our Sinhala brothers and Sisters are not supporting this anti-muslim activities. A small group is engaging this kind of activity which hurt majority of muslims where the authority has not taken any steps to stop it. No one can take law in to their own hand. It is good we comeforward and show to the people this wrong and stop it.

    May all srilankan live togather as brothers and sisters….

  11. Ghouth on March 22nd, 2013 11:40 am

    Gota, MR’s beloved brother is the sole director of these events with MR’s regimes full blessings. Grease Devil _Grease yakka also is one of their cowardly act to create racial tension in the country. If government will not stop these kind of Buddhist thugs in robe who can stop them???? When dictators like Mahinda and his family rule the country we should expect these things always.

  12. ahmed on March 22nd, 2013 11:42 am

    very good i appreacite that. we cannot still be a coward now its time to make it happen. because now these extremist BBS grpup and their supporters have been targeting our muslim women.

    the world should know this why the PRESIDENT of sri lanka is so silent.

  13. Roshan on March 22nd, 2013 11:43 am

    Good work, the ACJU and the Govt Muslim MPs are all with the Govt, nobody is worried about the Muslim’s plight. Even the Media are silent on this issue. The whole Arab and the Muslim countries should be aware of this situation in Sri Lanka. In Geneva yesterday most of the Muslim countries voted in favour of SL except Malaysia. Do the BBS have the gratuity??

  14. hnf ilyas on March 22nd, 2013 11:48 am

    Did you inform those Muslim Countries voted supporting Sri-Lanka,To be WATCH-OUT, when their women visit Our country to come Minus, Hijab and Nikab, b-coz, BBs, will harass those Muslim WOMEN.

  15. ranjit demel on March 22nd, 2013 12:00 pm

    as a, who beleives s.l. belongs to all of us,irrespective of race,religion cast etc etc,all s.l.ans,who are not extrems,would be able to organize a joint demonstration to protest against the extrems,wheather,sinhale,tamil,or muslim.this would be more effective. ranjit demel

  16. Tony Gomes on March 22nd, 2013 12:31 pm

    This is totally unnecessary. This will create more animosity with majority Sinhalese. Majority Sinhalese are friendly and good people. Muslims should ignore BBS. Muslims are and were peaceful people in Sri Lanka.

  17. azhard on March 22nd, 2013 12:37 pm

    Masha Allah my dear brother’s ( MRO) keep it up, our support to “This campaign

  18. Ron123 on March 22nd, 2013 12:51 pm

    One must be mindful about the underlying causes to this effect just to name a few :
    - Building Mosques in almost every part of the country; some very large edifices
    - Issuing Halal Certificates without proper Consulation for which even non-Muslims have to bear costs
    - Slowly but surely creeping into society the Sharia Laws

    Hence if there is anti-Muslim sentiments that is due to their own making. Put your house in order and things will settle down as in my opinion Sri Lanka is a very pluralistic society. In which other country less than the size of West Virginia would 4 races & 4 religions co-exist ?

  19. Bandara on March 22nd, 2013 1:15 pm

    They are very selfish and fundamentalists We can not allow to dance their way. Tamils are far better than these Muslims. Hope all know what is happening in the world.

  20. MOHI1974 on March 22nd, 2013 3:29 pm

    politicians are greedy to extend their ruling power rather than taking our mother land forward beating competitive neighbors that’s the reason they are creating this communal activity.

  21. aruna on March 22nd, 2013 3:33 pm

    BBS BODU BALA SENA now try to creating problems between muslims ans sinhala people  I want to tell one to our Sinhala people pls dont listned to BBS OR SIHALA URUMAYA TOLD keep cool with Muslim Comunities

  22. MOHAMED on March 22nd, 2013 4:16 pm

    At last! I am glad that someone is speaking out. If we have to fight we will fight. If we have to die we will die as Suhada. God willing

  23. TrueLankan on March 22nd, 2013 4:51 pm

    @Mr.Bandara, at the time of destroying tamils, muslims were good for you, now you started to destroy muslims then you want to make tamils as your friends actually you the mostself fish ppl. your major objective is to destroy all minority, the world will teach you good lessons as soon as posible

  24. Ron123 on March 22nd, 2013 4:55 pm

    There are so many Muslim countries in the world. Do they allow even one voice to be heard against their religion or thoughts ? Just to site an example, we are reminiscent how the Bahamian Buddha statues being one of the tallest & oldest in the world was shattered down to pieces in the not too distant past.

    In that backdrop, how could you expect Halal (which is essentially an offering for the Allah) to be forced upon the people of other Faiths ? Undoubtedly, right thinking people will agree that’s simply not Fair nor Just.

    After all Sri Lanka is the only Theravada Buddhist country in the whole World but still it is Magnanimous enough to allow other religions & races to Co-exist. Kindly make every effort to make that possible as true Sri Lankans not colored by Race or Faith. That is my good old wish for all of Sri Lanka.

  25. Rohith on March 22nd, 2013 5:02 pm

    The freedom of religion and speech etc are tenants of democracy that liberals all over the world preach of. However they fail to mention the social, cultural and emotional implications of such notions. Every country in the world has something called a parent culture and a majority religion. For Sri Lanka its Sinhala and Buddhism, in England its English and Christianity, In Italy its Italian and Catholicism and in Japan its Japanese and Zen Buddhism. Whenever the dominance of that parent culture or religion is threatened there’s always a public reaction.

    Over the last 30 years or so, especially after the Palestinian uprising, Muslims all over have been asserting their identity and religion in non-Muslim countries in an aggressive way. That includes erecting large mosques, loud prayers, men wearing long beards, their signature cap, women all covered up from head to toe, Sharia laws, Halal food, honour killings, Jihad and you name it. Their lack of sensitiveness to grasp the larger picture and their gross inability to assimilate into majority cultures has given rise to groups like the BBS the world over.

    Though the BBS is seen as an extremist group by most liberals, their point of view is being shared by many Sinhalese Buddhist all over Sri Lanka, albeit silently. However Sri Lanka is no exception. Sweden, which was once considered the ultimate utopian country of peace, prosperity and beauty is a virtual hell hole today. (type Immigration in Sweden on Youtube) During the last 20 years, largely thanks to their liberal immigration policies, more than 500,000 Muslims from Third World countries have settled there completely disrupting the Swedish way of life. Then there are others like Norway, Netherlands, France, Germany, Denmark and of course the UK which are now on the verge of a ethnic meltdown largely due to their Muslim populations who have found it extremely difficult to assimilate unlike other migrant groups.

    As Ron in his comment above has rightly said, if the Muslims of SL decide to tone down their religious identity and be more sensitive towards the parent culture of Sri Lanka, all these problem will vanish including the BBS.

  26. Wasantha Wijewardhanew on March 22nd, 2013 5:54 pm

    I apologize to Muslims in general and specially my Muslim friends for the idiotic actions of a few idiots. This is the maximum I can do. But I also agree that Halal certification in the first place should have been issued free of charge.

  27. Shaik Anwar Ahamath on March 22nd, 2013 6:16 pm

    Sri Lankans have hitherto enjoyed religious freedom denied to many in some countries. E.g France banned the wearing of the niqab and the hijab a few years ago. In U.K. public employees are prohibited to display religious ornaments such as crosses etc. when at work. The countless Jewish immigrants from Europe after the Nazi wars, to America were compelled to change their names and religions when faced with blatant discrimination. If we Muslims can keep our heads and not panic, Just as we have faced bigotted groups before, we will come through once again unscathed because we are Sri Lankas first and everything else is subsidiary.

  28. Azad on March 22nd, 2013 6:23 pm

    Muslims should be more intelligent than this. I have closely monitored BBS speaches done in Kandy and it was very scary and now I am scared to live in this as a muslim. I am a father of 2 kids, hence I am very scared about the future of my kids in Sri Lanka. Is there anyway that the muslim intellectuals bring this matter to the foriegn missions mainly represting for the muslim countries in Sri Lanka and approach the Govt through them rather than provoking the Govt by doing these kinds of protests.

  29. Bandara on March 22nd, 2013 6:46 pm

    Look at the Muslim MPs, they were with UNP before. They are very opportunist.
    Why do we need to consume HALAL ??. if they wish let them prepare at their own home and eat.
    We can’t sit and wait when they capture our jobs and businesses.

  30. Shiyam on March 22nd, 2013 6:58 pm

    @ Ron – No one forced an institute to obtain a halaal certificate, thus it was voluntary and obviously on a business purpose such as obtaining certificates like SLS….

    Secondly, building mosque or any other religious places, are there any laws? have you not seen temples and statues in the middle of a road? that grows larger and become a temple? if not, let me help you…..Borella junc, punchi borella junc etc. What have you got to say?

    Sharia law is a muslims problem, so dont make it yours! why dont you mind your own path and we muslims mind our own!

    For that matter, Halaal is also a muslims problem, why are you making it yours? i am sure if you are to read more of what your faith has to teach you!!!

    @ Bandara – I am sorry, but you are a hypocrite…. When LTTE was at war, you threaten all Tamils and now you are after muslims! What is so selfish about protesting in a peaceful manner? Do you have the slightest idea what BBS has done to the society? There are cases where Muslim women were harassed by your kind, throwing stones are mosques, spraying on walls with filth….. well, is this what was taught by your faith?

  31. huamidhan on March 22nd, 2013 7:37 pm

    go gaisnt the scholars decision .u are deviant.Mr Mujib is a thug. we dont care .majority are sensible enough to be patient and not to jump like babies.protesting will create motre misunderstanding.protest will be ok under severe conditions.not at this juncture

  32. Ismael on March 22nd, 2013 7:50 pm

    Go head Brother show the true feeling of the Muslims out..

  33. lapas on March 22nd, 2013 8:14 pm

    Dea Br. Mujubur Rahman,We are with you all the way, in order to get rid of this communal feeling of the BBS and other allied parties

  34. Vajira on March 22nd, 2013 8:18 pm

    We wish you all the best with your Hartal. Please keep it going for a long time.

  35. Mr Retort on March 22nd, 2013 8:19 pm

    Muslim ministers are with the king and ready always to eat the bread crumbs falling of the table. So only answer is for the whole community to get ministries and carry on with the licking game

  36. idroos2002 on March 25th, 2013 4:27 pm

    TO dear Mr Mujib Rahuman : Please take these words positively Its far better not to engage in any type of protests .The people backing u to engage so are not your real friends .Mind u all right thinking people must face these kinds of scenarios and appropriately all prophets and especially prophet muhammed faced such scenarios with great patience and words of wisdom and if u go by his followings if u can give me one example of peace protests i would be only the one may be joining u . Remember the enemies work like a double edged sword its better for them to pretend like your friend but they r not really .Majority of the sinhalese people are very peace loving wise and educated lot so for their sake please desist

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