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THE IMPORTANCE OF SADAQATUL-FITR

Sadaqatul Fitr (or fitrah) is a Wajib (compulsory charity) which becomes payable on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.

The Noble Messenger of Allah ( Sallallâhu 'alayhi wasallam) said:

"The fast remains suspended between Heaven and Earth until the fitrah is paid."

Rasulullâh Sallallâhu ‘alayhi wasallam made charity of Fitr compulsory as a purification of fasts from useless talks and vile discourses and also as food for the poor .(Hadith-Abû Dawûd).

Sadaqatul Fitr is wâjib (compulsory) upon all and it is not permissible to delay the payment of fitrah later than the Day of Eid for:

1. Who is alive at dawn on the day of Eid-ul-Fitr.

2. On Whom Zakaat is Wajib, or who possesses goods free of debt in excess of his personal needs (e.g. house, clothing, furniture, etc.) to the value upon which Zakaat is obligatory.

3. On the father, on behalf of his minor children.

Points to remember:

It is essential that Sadaqatul Fitr be distributed to the poor and needy Muslim before the Eid Salaah (prayer). However, if this obligation has not been discharged timeously it should be done as soon as possible.

It is preferable to give one’s Sadaqatul Fitr firstly to needy relatives, thereafter to one’s needy neighbours and then to other needy Muslims.

What amount should be paid?

The amount of Sadqatul Fitr is 1.633kg of wheat or 3.266kg of barley or the equivalent in cash.

For the exact amount in your area we suggest you contact your local Musjid, Islamic Organisation or Islamic Scholar.

 

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Remembering Aluthgama Riots: A Blemish On The Nation, Sasana & Sinhala People

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By Mass L. Usuf – An eye witness recounts, “I witnessed what happened. After the procession when the rioting began I called the police stations that administer the ...
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By Mass L. Usuf
Mass L. Usuf
An eye witness recounts, “I witnessed what happened. After the procession when the rioting began I called the police stations that administer the areas. When I called the Matugama police station, they told me that the OIC was not in. The Welipanna police told me that they had only one vehicle and didn’t have personnel. Other police stations were silent. When all this happened the police were made to act deaf and blind. The Police have consistently acted deaf and blind to the actions of Gnanasara Thera leading up to this violence” – UNP MP Palitha Thewarapperuma.
The precursor to the pogrom of June 15 and 16 of 2014, was the spewing of hate filled anti-muslim language by the so called disciples of the Buddha. The demagogic ranting arousing Sinhalese chauvinism, buddhistic fervour and racist nationalism from the robed monk was the perfect cocktail of adrenalin to the listening Sinhala audience. People both from the area and those mobilised from far away places were present.
The next two days bore testimony to the carnage perpetrated by these thug monks cruelly supported by the misled Sinhalese people who unfortunately, pay blind obeisance to these elements masquerading in the saffron robes. If the doctrine of Karma has any true sense in the consciousness of these criminals, then they need to fear the inescapable repercussion they will have to face. The immutable Law of Karma will be looking at the lies uttered, the provocative speech, the wrong intention, the wrong speech, the incitement for evil conduct, the destruction of property and the killing and injuring of innocent people.Attorney at Law Shiraz Noordeen and his team of  lawyers
Attorney at Law Shiraz Noordeen and his team of lawyers
Monks Consummate In Virtue
To reflect on Buddha’s discourse with King Ajatusattu where the Buddha explained how a monk is consummate in virtue is profoundly educative, in this instance. Some relevant excerpts of this long discourse read as follows:
“Abandoning the taking of life, he abstains from the taking of life. He dwells scrupulous, merciful, compassionate for the welfare of all living beings. This is part of his virtue”.
“Abandoning false speech, he abstains from false speech. He speaks the truth, holds to the truth, is firm, reliable, no deceiver of the world. This, too, is part of his virtue”.
“Abandoning divisive speech he abstains from divisive speech. …… Thus reconciling those who have broken apart or cementing those who are united, he loves concord, delights in concord, enjoys concord, speaks things that create concord. This, too, is part of his virtue.
“Abandoning abusive speech, he abstains from abusive speech. He speaks words that are soothing to the ear, that are affectionate, that go to the heart, that are polite, appealing and pleasing to people at large. This, too, is part of his virtue”. (Samaññaphala Sutta: The Fruits of the Contemplative Life translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu).
This holy discourse was misinterpreted by these holy thugs with the following substitutions :
The abandoning of taking of life; Substituted with killing, maiming and injuring.
The abandoning of false speech; Substituted with the utterance of blatant lies, distortion and misinformation.
The abandoning of deception; Substituted with misleading people by gross deception.
The abandoning of divisive speech; Substituted with hatred and venomous speech dividing racial communities.
The abandoning of abusive speech; Substituted with boorish, uncouth and abusive speech.
Substituting reconciliation and unity with division and disunity.
The buddhistic virtues of mercy and compassion to these miscreants meant malevolence and vengeance. All perpetrated by taking unscrupulous advantage of the robe they don and in the name of Sinhalese Buddhist nationalism.
The Dumb Media
The acts of violence were perpetrated under the very nose of the Police and the STF who knew very well that they had no authority to interfere. Fearing reprisals from the then government, many were reluctant spectators of this violence. Even the Mahanayakes were surprisingly silent at the himsa (violence) perpetrated by those who profess ahimsa (Non-violence).
On the day of the pogrom in Aluthgama the media that makes so much noise today were like tamed pets. A highly placed official had informed editors of news and print media in Sri Lanka to desist from reporting the ground situation prevailing in Aluthgama. Colombo Telegraph was brave enough to at least report to the public the issuance of such a suppression of information order by the government (CT, 15.06.2014). The gymnastics that the media does today was never seen during that period. The right to information and freedom of media is limited in their minds to a set agenda even in today’s environment, barring a few media institutions.
The days following the riots, quoting unnamed police sources BBC Sinhala service reported that Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) V. Indran, who had refused to release the 13 suspects arrested over the Aluthgama clash, is facing serious threats to his life.
Shame Upon Us
Since the end of the war in 2009, the prevailing triumphalist ego made these Sinhala Buddhist nationalist forces to look down upon the other minority communities with disdain. To the extent that they did not even hesitate to trample upon the religious liberties of the minorities. The continuing harassment by these thugs by physical attacks on persons both Muslims and Christians, destruction of property of Mosques and Churches, threats and intimidation, hate campaigns and unfounded false propaganda against the religions of Christianity and Islam all went on unchecked.
Sri Lanka as a nation claiming to be the guardians of Theravada Buddhism was put to shame internationally after the Aluthgama incident. The riots slung mud on the stature of the respectable monks of the Sasana. They embarrassed a whole host of the decent, honourable and kind hearted Sinhalese people. They provided fodder to those waiting to pin down Sri Lanka in the international fora. So much for their parochial idealism!
Karmic Revenge
There is, however, a positive side to this narrative. From the minorities point of view Aluthgama was the Achilles heel of the Rajapaksa regime. Aluthgama was a sort of culmination of a spate of unabated attacks on Muslim places of religious worship and Muslim businesses.
Karma takes sweet revenge. Aluthgama also greatly contributed to get rid of a regime that was marching towards a dictatorship inebriated with power. Thus it was the good riddance to bad rubbish. Today, there is a sigh of relief with the Rule of Law gradually establishing itself. Cases have been filed against the accused monks for their actions with impunity. Cases filed against other violators of the law.
The case filed in the Supreme Court against the OIC Aluthgama on the torture and illegal arrest of a Muslim youth in the aftermath of the riots, was concluded yesterday (14.06.2016). The crime was that he had allegedly uttered the word ‘abasaranai’ to a lady. The OIC tendered an unconditional apology before Chief Justice Sripavan to the Petitioner Mohamed Asmi.
Unrelated to Aluthgama but related to the spate of violence and hate campaign was another case heard today (15.06.2016) at the Colombo Magistrate Court. Charges had been filed by the Police under Section 410 and 291 of Penal Code against five accused for causing damage to the Borella Jumma Masjid. The accused had tendered an unconditional apology and were ordered to pay compensation. Mr. Shiraz Noordeen appearing for the Trustees of the Borella Masjid said that Islam is a religion of peace and in view of the need for coexistence and as a goodwill gesture towards the other communities and religions, they agreed to the settlement.
This would not have been possible under the pseudo ‘Dutugemunu’s’ regime.
So, is this all? Is everything hunky dory now. The reply is a reverberating, “No”. There is a long way to go to cleanse the minds of the bureaucracy, the Police, the racist elements, the violent prone monks. The two recent mosque incidents in Kandy and in Bhatiya Road, Dehiwala are classic examples that this has as yet not become the so called Wonder of Asia.
If we do not understand what is coexistence, equality before the law, the rule of law, religious liberty, respecting the space of the other and tolerance we are in for certain disaster as a nation. No racism, no Sinhala buddhist nationalism, no chauvinistic rhetoric will be of any help to this beautiful island of ours. Shake off the dust and learn to live together folks. The call includes those in robes too.
   

BBS’ threat of an Aluthgama repeat

BBS’ threat of an Aluthgama repeat


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The threat of repeating Aluthgama is tantamount to admission of responsibility for the pogrom of Aluthgama on 15 June in 2014

 

I have been accused by many in comments to my articles that I continue to write about the pogrom in Aluthgama and Muslims while the Tamils have had to undergo State terrorism during the 30-year ethnic conflict. For them, the two deaths and billions worth of damage is minor compared to the death of over 200,000 people and trillions worth of damage during the long-drawn ethnic violence against the Tamil population. 

While none can justify another, it is important that we as a nation learn to deal with our differences and live as a strong Sri Lankan community, celebrating our religious and cultural diversity. No one, not even Buddhist monks, should be allowed to act with impunity and to cause violence or take the law into their own hands.

 

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Saffron violence

Sri Lanka has seen in recent history thugs in saffron robes who don’t respect the laws of the land and who act with impunity, leaving a trail of destruction, not only material but also destroying good relations between communities. Successive governments continue to either encourage or at least look away while these so-called priests engage in hate and violence. 

There is an urgent need to reach out to the moderate Buddhists who do not subscribe to this saffron violence. The majority of peace loving Buddhists in this country should act to stem religious hate and violence and ensure that law and order prevail, since Sri Lanka is a nation that prides in its rich cultural traditions and Buddhist values. 

Just two years after the violence that caused death and destruction to Muslim lives, businesses and property worth billions of rupees in Aluthgama and Beruwala, the Bodu Bala Sena’s call in Mahiyangana on 21 June for a repeat of Aluthgama is a dangerous threat to peace for all Sri Lankans. This time, the threat from Ven. Gnanasara and the Bodu Bala Sena is not targeted just at the Muslims, but also at the Police and Judiciary. 

He demands that the Police and Judiciary release two youth who were arrested for intimidating businesses to close their shops to protest against a previous incident involving an intoxicated Muslim youth who had pulled down a Buddhist flag. He and his supporters around him threaten that failure to comply with their demand would force them to take the law in to their own hands and get the youth released with mob violence. 

Ven. Gnanasara clearly states that this could be the next phase to the violence in Aluthgama. The threat of repeating Aluthgama is tantamount to admission of responsibility for the pogrom of Aluthgama on 15 June in 2014


Hate campaign restarted

The Bodu Bala Sena has restarted its hate campaign against the Muslims after a lapse of about a year and a half since the electoral defeat of Mahinda Rajapaksa in 2015. The BBS continues to bundle various incidents and issues including an internal rift between teachers, old boys and the Principal of Madeena Muslim Maha Vidyalaya, in Madawala Kandy. 

Some parents and old boys of the school had thrown rotten eggs at the Muslim Principal of the school where a Sinhala teacher had sided with the school head. This incident has been portrayed as a communal rift between the Sinhala and Muslim teachers when the Principal himself is a Muslim and the Sinhala teacher had sided with him. 

The local Police had intervened and warned all parties to refrain from any form of violence, and the matter was resolved. Yet, Ven. Gnanasara and the Bodu Bala Sena are presenting this as an assault on a Sinhala teacher, while the target of the old boys and parents had been the Muslim Principal.

Buddhist extremists led by some monks had also prevented the establishment of aMuslim primary school in Dambawinna, Welimada. The Welimada Muslim Maha Vidyalaya, located in the heart of Welimada town, had to expand due to the growing educational needs of the local Tamil and Muslim population. The school decided to shift its junior section to a separate location with the approval of the Ministry of Education and the Government had allocated the land in Dambawinna. 

A ceremony was organised to lay the foundation stone for the new building by the Uva Province Chief Minister Sammara Sampath Dassanayake, but a small group of Buddhist extremists led by a few young monks prevented it. They protested, stating that this area was allocated for Government offices, which led to unnecessary tension in the area between the two communities. The Chief Minister of the area confirmed that the Education Ministry had allocated the land for the school.

Shifting BBS allegiance

The Bodu Bala Sena recently accused the two sons of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Namal and Yoshitha to have caused the defeat of the Rajapaksa presidency. The sudden blaming of the Rajapaksas is interesting and is seen as an attempt at shifting BBS allegiance to the Maithri-Ranil administration, especially when the Joint Opposition is at the Government with its rhetoric of government failures. How much of the BBS bait the Maithri-Ranil Government will swallow is yet to be seen.

The continued hate of extremists against minority communities is a major threat to peace and development in the country. The Geneva resolutions and the support of the international community towards lasting peace in Sri Lanka should not be undermined. The Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC), who continued to support the Sri Lankan State against the various resolutions brought by the West and the USA should not be alienated. 

The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka has been demanding a special commission of inquiry to the hate campaign against the Muslims and evangelical Christians and punish as appropriate the perpetrators. It has had no response from the Government since January 2015. It has also continued to maintain that anyone breaking the law should be taken to task within the framework of the law, and that vigilante groups shouldn’t be the ones who take the law into their own hands, which will demean the Police and the Judiciary and cause a breakdown in law and order.

It is time that we as a nation came together to meet the development challenges of our nation and help usher in an era of peace and prosperity. Towards this, every citizen will have to make his or her own contribution. The peace-loving citizens should ensure that extremism in any form or from any religion should be eliminated.

- See more at: http://www.ft.lk/article/551669/BBS--threat-of-an-Aluthgama-repeat#sthash.69z4TzRB.dpuf

 

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altනව ආර්ථීක, දේශපාලන අවකාශයට පියවර  තබමින් සිටින වර්තමානයේ, එළැඹෙන මැයි දිනයේදී වැඩ කරන සමස්ත ජනතාවගේ අභිලාෂයන් සාක්ෂාත් කරමින් ලද ජයග්‍රහණයන් යථාර්ථවත් කර ගන්නට කැපවීම මැයි දින අධිෂ්ඨානය බවට පත් කර ගත යුතුයැයි ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතා පවසයි.

ලෝක කම්කරු දිනය නිමිත්තෙන් සුබ පැතුම් පණිවුඩය නිකුත් කරමින් ජනාධිපතිවරයා මේ බව සඳහන් කළේය.
එම සුබ පැතුම් පණිවුඩය මෙසේය.
සමස්ත ලෝකවාසී වැඩ කරන ජනතාව සිය සුරතට ගනු ලබන රත් පැහැ ධජය කම්කරු සමගියේද කම්කරු විජයග්‍රහණයේ ද දිගු ඉතිහාසය පිළිබඳ සංකේතයක් වැන්න. ලෝ වැසි කම්කරු ජනතාව ලෙයින්. කඳුළින්, දහදියෙන් දිනූ අසහාය විජයග්‍රහණය පිළිබඳ ඒ අභිමානය මැයි පළමු වැනිදා අනුස්මරණය කෙරේ. කම්හ‍ලේ, වැඩබිමේ, ගොවිපළේ  හෝ අන් කවර තැනක හෝ දහදිය, ශ්‍රමය වගුරුවන පීඩිතයින්ගේ සුසුම, තැවුල මැයි දිනයේ, අනුප්‍රාණය ලෙසින් සැලකේ.
නිෂ්පාදනය නම් දැවැන්ත යාන්ත්‍රණය ක්‍රියාත්මක වන්නේ කම්කරු ශ්‍රමය නම්, කුඩා දැති රෝදයන්ගේ සාමූහික ක්‍රියාකාරීත්වය තුළිනි. ලෝකය ඉදිරියට තබන සෑම පියවරක් පාසාම කවර හෝ ශ්‍රමිකයෙකුගේ වෙහෙස මහන්සිය විසින් වැගිරූ දහදිය කඳුළක තෙතමනය සලකුණුව තිබේ.
ලෝකය මැයි දිනය සැමරීම තුළින් සිය අසහාය ගරුත්වය පිරිනමන්නේ එකී දහදිය කඳුළටය. මැයි දිනයේ පෙළගැසෙන හැම ධජයක්ම ඉහළට එසැවෙන්නේ ජීව රුධිරයෙන් ප්‍රාණය ලැබූ ආශ්චර්යවත් දහදිය කඳුළට ප්‍රණාමය පළ කරනු පිණිසය.
සමස්ත කම්කරු ජනතාවට ජයග්‍රාහී මෙන්ම තම අයිතීන් සුරක්ෂිත වන උණුසුම් මැයි දිනයක් වේවා!

 

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