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Muslim shrine demolished, and even Defence Secretary is angry!

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It could have been Sri Lanka’s shameful episode of Ayodya (Babri Masjid), unleashed in the sacred Buddhist land of Anuradhapura. (In 1992, in India, over 2,000 people died in ensuing religious violence after an ancient mosque built in a disputed site in Ayodya was destroyed by Hindu mobs)

Early this month, a rampaging mob led by a Buddhist monk demolished a Muslim shrine in Anuradhapura. The attackers Read the rest of this entry »

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September 29, 2011 at 9:39 pm

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Obama’s UN speech is unjust, immoral and unprincipled

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By Khalid Amayreh
President Obama’s speech at the United Nation’s General Assembly was probably appropriate for an opportunistic politician who sacrifices honesty, morality, and basic ethics for the sake of making some   momentary profit here or there. But it was by all means inappropriate, to say the least, for a statesman, let alone the President of the strongest nation on earth.

Obama’s excessive praise of Israel caricatured an insecure president that fears telling the truth, a leader that shakes at the very thought of uttering the “wrong words” even when these wrong words happen to represent the heart, soul and essence of the truth. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 26, 2011 at 1:08 pm

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Obama: America’s ‘first Jewish president’?

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Obama is the “the first Jewish President”. That’s the title of New York magazine’s lead article, written by John Heilemann and quoting a major Obama fundraiser. Listening to Obama speak at the United Nations on Wednesday many would nod in agreement, not less in Palestine and the Arab world.

The US President has embraced the rejectionist Israeli position on the question of international recognition of an independent Palestinian state. But that’s not a Jewish position. It’s a radical Zionist position. Many Jews, including US and Israeli Jews, do not embrace such extremist views. more..

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September 23, 2011 at 11:41 am

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Defiant Ahmadinejad prompts UN walkout

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Iranian leader accuses US and others of racism, colonialism, war-mongering and blames them for financial crisis: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran’s president, has accused the United States of using the September 11, 2001, attacks as a pretext to launch wars on Iraq and Afghanistan.

He also attacked the US for its history of slavery, causing two world wars, using a nuclear bomb against “defenceless people,” and imposing and supporting military dictatorships and totalitarian regimes on Asian, African and Latin American nations. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 23, 2011 at 11:36 am

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Sri Lanka clarifies fate of destroyed Muslim shrine

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By Charles Haviland BBC News, Colombo: Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has clarified earlier reports about the fate of a Muslim shrine destroyed by a crowd of Buddhist monks.

The shrine in the town of Anuradhapura was demolished by the monks earlier this month. Mr Rajapaksa told the BBC he could not order the structure to be rebuilt, as was reported earlier. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 20, 2011 at 5:00 pm

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Sri Lanka’s pilgrim quota increased

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By MD RASOOLDEEN | ARAB NEWS RIYADH: Saudi authorities have raised Sri Lanka’s quota for the upcoming Haj to 3,800 pilgrims, which is an increase of 1,000 over the allotted number, the country’s new consul general in Jeddah Adam Bawa Uthumalebbe told Arab News on Saturday.

Uthumalebbe, who succeeded Sabarullah Khan, assumed duties at the Jeddah consulate last week. Prior to his posting in the Kingdom, Uthumalebbe was the chairman Read the rest of this entry »

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September 19, 2011 at 9:36 pm

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Moulana wields axe at Mervin

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Western Province Governor and Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) veteran Alavi Moulana warned today that  Minister Mervin Silva would face major problems if he tried to stop the animal sacrifices that will be performed by the Muslim community on the eve of the Haj festival.

“If Minister Mervin Silva who prevented the ritualistic animal sacrifice at a temple in Chilaw tries his antics on the Muslims who will sacrifice animals for Kurban, they will take to the streets in protest,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 19, 2011 at 9:30 pm

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Razed Sri Lankan Muslim shrine to be rebuilt

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By Charles Haviland BBC News, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s defence secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, has ordered the reconstruction of a Muslim shrine recently destroyed by Buddhist monks.

Mr Rajapaksa told a delegation of prominent Muslims the shrine will be rebuilt after Buddhist monks led a crowd in tearing it down nine days ago. The monk who led the demolition said the shrine was built on land given to Buddhists 2,000 years ago. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 19, 2011 at 9:27 pm

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Moragoda launches roadmap for betterment of Muslims

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Milinda Moragoda, the UPFA mayoral candidate for Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) who launched a roadmap for the betterment of Muslim community in Colombo City yesterday pledged that he would not allow anyone to violate the rights of any ethnic or religious group living in the city.

He also pledged to create an understanding of the Muslim culture within the other communities, and to introduce facilities for the Muslims to obtain vocational training. Mr. Moragoda said he would work with Muslim religious bodies Read the rest of this entry »

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September 19, 2011 at 1:17 pm

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British Education and Career Suicide

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Omar Mohammed
The notion of adding a qualification such as an ACMA, BA, MBA, PHD after ones name and adding an Al HAJ before the name has been the latest craze amongst the Muslims living in Sri Lanka. Education is sought after not for knowledge but merely for economic gains, prestige and status. This is absolutely against the Islamic view.

The British qualification has gained much prominence in our society but the Ummah fails to realize the underling agenda behind the British educational system . Read the rest of this entry »

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September 18, 2011 at 10:59 am

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SLMC Displeased With Blake

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The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) has expressed its dissatisfaction over the failure of US Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake to meet with any Muslim political leaders during his official visit to the country.

The SLMC has said that Blake should have met the Muslim political representatives if the US was keen on discussing a solution to Sri Lanka’s ethnic issue. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 16, 2011 at 9:51 am

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Pardoning of Rizana Nafeek very far away: Uncertainty looms

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Reports reveal that Minister Dilan Perera is making arrangements to constitute a government delegation to seek pardon for the condemned Sri Lankan house maid Rizana Nafeek, who is languishing in the death row at the Dawadami prisons since July 2007.

Dilan Perera, Minister for Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare speaking to Asian Tribune said that he will speak with anybody to seek pardon to the Sri Lankan housemaid Rizana Nafeek. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 15, 2011 at 10:41 pm

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Muslim shrine destroyed in Anuradhapura

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By Charles Haviland BBC News, Colombo: A group of Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka led a crowd that demolished a Muslim shrine last week, the BBC has learned. This incident took place on Saturday in Anuradhapura, an ancient Buddhist city and Unesco world heritage site.

The monk who led the group told the BBC he did it because the shrine was on land that was given to Sinhalese Buddhists 2,000 years ago. But a prominent Muslim in the area said he was very sad and the sentiment was shared by many Sinhalese too. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 15, 2011 at 10:25 pm

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No eviction of tenement dwellers – President

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President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Saturday said that the government had no intention of evicting tenement dwellers from Colombo city but was focused on providing them with better living conditions.

He emphasised that the government was intent on providing a more livable environment for the permanent city residents within their communities in the form of residential units Read the rest of this entry »

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September 12, 2011 at 10:57 am

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Why this sinister “hate-Muslim” campaign now?

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By Latheef Farook
There is a growing feeling and fear among Sri Lanka’s Muslims that a sinister campaign has been underway inciting the Sinhalese against them. The campaign portrays Sri Lanka’s Muslims as a threat to Buddhism, the Sinhala people, their culture and the country as a whole.

While 18 websites – eight in Sinhala and ten in English — have been identified as part of this campaign, the Sinhala print media also carry articles on topics such as the 1915 riots and cattle slaughter, rousing communal disharmony at a time when every effort should be made to bring communities together. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 12, 2011 at 8:18 am

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Turkish Prime Minister may visit the Gaza Strip

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he may visit the Gaza Strip next week in conjunction with his scheduled visit to Cairo after talks with the Egyptian Foreign Ministry.

Erdogan said in response to questions by reporters on Sunday that he could visit the besieged Gaza Strip after first visiting Egypt. But he said the visit to Gaza has not yet been determined on his official agenda. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 7, 2011 at 11:14 pm

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Trouble fixing teams: appointed in Dikwella

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M.Rizni Mohamed: Clash erupted between two groups in Dikwella was solved by choosing two teams from Muslims and Sinhalese Community to deal with the problems.

Today the both communities representatives participated in a meeting held in Dikwella DS office. The meeting was organized and led by Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development Dullas Alahapperuma , he activily participated in the meeting and appointed two teams each having six members from both communities . the ministerDullas Alahapperuma told the representatives such problems will be dealt with the newly appointed two teams , Read the rest of this entry »

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September 4, 2011 at 9:14 pm

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Sharia Banking will help steer the local economy

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Chairman of Sri Lanka’s newly established Amana Bank, the first Islamic Bank in the country Osman Kassim says Sharia Banking principles will help steer the Sri Lankan economy, the same way it helped countries like Malaysia.

Kassim also says this concept of banking will also lend greater stability to the local economy. The bank’s Chairman who has been instrumental in formulating the vision to establish a fully fledged Islamic Bank in Sri Lanka 15 years ago disclosed Read the rest of this entry »

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September 4, 2011 at 7:38 pm

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World Must Take Firm Stance Against Terrorist Syrian Regime: MB

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The Muslim Brotherhood described the Syrian regime as obstinate with its continued aggression, tortures, unjust detentions and massacres against the peaceful protestors and their fellow countrymen and the destruction of mosques. In its weekly statement the MB stated that “It is evident the Syrian regime has no intention in carrying out reforms adopted by the Arab League.” Read the rest of this entry »

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September 4, 2011 at 5:50 pm

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Turkey expels Israeli diplomats after UN report

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Turkey expelled Israel’s ambassador and senior Israeli diplomats and suspended military agreements on Friday, the day after it emerged a U.N. report said Israel had used unreasonable force in a raid on a Gaza-bound ship that killed nine Turks, Reuters reported.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu had said Thursday that Friday’s official release of the “Palmer Report” would constitute Israel’s last chance to apologize for its raid on the Turkish-sponsored flotilla and warned of consequences, Read the rest of this entry »

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September 3, 2011 at 9:54 pm

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