A protest led by several monks and lay people took place on 05.06.2016 in front of the mosque in Kandy, situated near the Central Market. There were also present members of the Police force. The point of contention was that this mosque is building a minaret which they allege will be taller than the height of Dalada Maligawa. According to some prominent persons, this is an unsubstantiated allegation. Continue reading Protest Opposite The Malay Military Mosque In Kandy! By Mass L. Usuf
“Tragedy is like strong acid – it dissolves away all but the very gold of truth”~ D. H. Lawrence.
The common practice of humans building homes and towns near rivers and other bodies of water (i.e., within natural floodplains) has contributed to the disastrous consequences of floods. These natural floodplains are converted from fields, marshes or woodlands to roads and parking lots, it then loses its ability to absorb rainfall. Continue reading The Recent Floods, A Catalyst For Communal Harmony-By Mass L. Usuf
“Ven. Ampitiye Sumanaratne Thero of Mangalaramaya temple in Ampara walks in to the residence of the Chief Minister of the Eastern Province, Nazeer Ahamed and threatens him over the despicable incident in Sampur school function”
Later, The venerable Thero leads a protest in Ampara shouting “Para Thambiya, Para Thambiya”.
The Editor of “SUNDAY (IRIDA) DIVAINA” in his editorial on 29th May 2016 calls for the slaying of Nazeer Ahamed (Chief Minister) by the father of the child who was accidentally hit and offer the decapitated head to Governor of the Eastern Province – Austin Fernando. Continue reading Return Of Saffron Violence? By Hilmy Ahamed
“Politics is a pendulum which swings between anarchy and tyranny are fuelled by perpetually rejuvenated illusions“– Albert Einstein
During the previous regime, we had the likes of political thugs such as Mervyn Silva who punished a state official by tying him to a tree; politicians who talked filth in public media such as SB and Johnston Fernando and we had a Local body chairman in Hambantota who sought to attack opposition politicos with a pistol in hand and another one punishing a teacher in school. It was a common sight during those days for civil servants and law enforcement officers to be treated by the politicos like slaves and bring subjected to ridicule and utmost humiliation by those so called servants of the people, most of them did not even possess basic educational qualifications. The Political Rowdyism and hooliganism have been the order of the day then. Continue reading Nazeer Ahamed Saga: Need To End This Political Arrogance! Lukman Harees
Last week Bangladesh challenged Sri Lanka’s request of extension of territorial waters as per United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) Article 76, paragraph 8. However, it is noted that Sri Lanka can challenge this objection by placing its case before the International Seabed Authority (ISA). It’s time for Sri Lanka to engage with the ISA to reap benefits that other countries enjoy – deep sea wealth. Bangladesh has said it will not allow Sri Lanka to claim the Continental Shelf beyond 200 nautical miles from its coast baseline, but Sri Lanka says it can challenge the objection posed by its SAARC friend Bangladesh. Continue reading BANGLADESH OBJECT’S TO SRI LANKA’S REQUEST!
Convener of the Voice Against Corruption, Wasantha Samarasinghe has accused incumbent President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe of following former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s nepotistic footsteps.
Addressing a press conference, Samarasinghe, who is a JVP provincial councilor, said that the current administration was not brought to power so the same activities carried out by the previous administration can continue. Continue reading Sri Lanka’s New Govenment Following Mahinda’s Nepotistic Footsteps: Voice Against Corruption
Sri Lankan Christians cannot bury their dead in public cemeteries because Buddhist monks are stopping them from doing so, charity group Release International says.
The persecution of Sri Lankan Christians has now reached the level where Buddhist monks have joined forces with nationalists and prevented Christians from burying their dead in public cemeteries. Local government officials have also been shutting down churches and prayer gatherings in the country, Premier relays. Continue reading Sri Lankan Christians Blocked From Using Public Cemeteries!
This da’wah – calling people, propagating the Deen of al-Islaam – is an extremely important form of worship. Allah (S) says: “AND WHO IS BETTER IN SPEECH THAN HE WHO INVITES (MEN) TO ALLAH (HIS RELIGION) AND DOES RIGHTEOUS DEEDS, AND SAYS, ‘I AM ONE OF THE
MUSLIMS’.” (2) Continue reading ROLE OF WOMEN IN DAWAH – Shaikh Saleem al Hilaalee
I do Door to Door Da’wah since 2006. That time I was in Sri Lanka. At first time we invited large group of volunteers to a place. And we selected a housing complex nearby Colombo. Group divided into small groups, each group content three or four members. We went each and every house, knock the door and talk to the people. We asked a question “As a Sri Lankan Muslim, we know about Lord Buddha and Jesus Christ! Do you know about Prophet Muhammad?” Continue reading Door to Door Da’wah
When fasting it is important to be prepared, both psychologically and to know how to manage the non-fasting times to help your body cope with the demands the month of Ramadan brings. A diet that has less than the normal amount of food but is sufficiently balanced will keep a person healthy and active during the month of Ramadan. Continue reading The Healthy Way To Fast
When we see the people who have come to do da’wah to non-Muslims we can identify three groups of people. First people who have joined an Islamic Da’wah organization for a job. Second, those who have been invited to do da’wah due to their status some other field. Third people who have come to the da’wah field by seeing other people going in the wrong path and destroy themselves. These people have come to the da’wah field with compassion and love for people who have gone astray and are in the wrong path. Continue reading Da’wah and Passion to the People!
Buddhist extremist groups trying to start a new series of violence like they did before in the period of Rajapaksa regime. On 04th April 2015 Sinhala Ravaya extreme Buddhist religious group created violence in Kuragala in violation of a Court order not to stage any protests in that particular area and the Police had to use minimum force to stop this aggressive behaviour by using high pressure water cannons. After two days on 06th the Police had taken action to control another Buddhist Extremist Group staging a protest against a Muslim shop in Kiribathgoda area in the Gampaha District. According the information we receive the same group is putting up posters again to rouse the anti-Muslim sentiments to stage another round of violence in the area. Continue reading Rising Buddhist Extremism in Sri Lanka
How Misogynists and Feminists are feeding upon each other to denigrate an Islamic practice that brings untold benefits to women -The inspiration for writing on this touchy topic arose at a recent week-long workshop held by an international Muslim women‘s rights organisation in Kandy which I had the fortune of attending thanks to its local organisers. This group had a lot of nice things to say about women‘s rights in Islam and I must say I agreed with much of it, like the rights of Muslim women to enter into marriage with their free consent and even contract marriages on their own accord or their rights to divorce or pre-nuptial agreements to safeguard their freedoms, all well and good, because Islam concedes all these rights to women, on which topics I too have written extensively. Continue reading Female Circumcision – The Hidden Truth – By Asiff Hussein
BREAKFAST is the most important meal of the day, as it kick-starts the body’s metabolism. Contrary to what you might think, skipping breakfast is unlikely to help you lose weight. Studies have shown that eating a healthy breakfast can help the body burn 25 percent more calories throughout the day. By eating complex carbohydrates in cereals like sugar-free muesli, wholegrain bread and adding fresh fruits, natural laban or yogurt, people can keep their energy levels up throughout the day. Continue reading Why Breakfast Is The Most Important Meal
Myanmar is undergoing upheaval and transformation, as the country experiences changes on the political, economic and social frontiers. Myanmar is also witnessing increased cases of religious intolerance. In spite of its rich cultural heritage and legacy of socio-religious harmony, present-day Myanmar is surely not the best place for its religious minorities. Continue reading The Extremism of Buddhism in Myanmar – By Sufyan bin Uzayr