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Saudi Hypocrisy & Sharia Law

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December 7, 2015 | Filed under: Colombo Telegraph,Opinion | Posted by: 
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By Hilmy Ahamed

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A 45-year-old Sri Lankan mother of 4 children, still legally married to her Sri Lankan husband, has been charged for adultery and is to be stoned to death if the Saudi Supreme Court confirms her sentence. Her identity has been withheld honouring her plea to protect her family. Her alleged male lover, another Sri Lankan, will receive 100 lashes only, because he is not a married man. Adultery if proven beyond any reasonable doubt or by admission of guilt by the accused has no clemency in Sharia law and even the king of Saudi Arabia cannot pardon her.

Zina or adultery in Islam is classed as a Hudud crime (class of Islamic punishment that is fixed for certain crimes that are considered to be “claims of God”). To prove an act of Adultery (Zina), a Qadi (religious judge) in a Sharia court relies on an unmarried woman’s pregnancy, the confession in the name of Allah, or four witnesses to the actual act of penetration. In the case of punishment due to a confession, it can only be enforced if the person accused of Zina makes a confession and does not retract his/her confession. Once the person retracts his/her confession, they are not punishable because there is no proof of the act. As such, implementing this law is almost impossible under normal circumstances in Islamic Jurisprudence.

Islamic Sharia law, which conforms to any common law, is being bashed for this sentence. Different countries have their own laws, and anyone living in these countries need to abide by its laws. Singapore, who we try to emulate, has the death sentence for drug trafficking that is executed regularly. They also cane in public those found guilty of a number of other crimes. USA sends hundreds to the electric chair every year. No one calls Singapore or USA barbaric nations.

I do not intend to trespass on a legal system of a country or religion, whether it is considered primitive or otherwise. Sharia laws that I am aware of are suitable for all situations and nations, as it is a very fair and appropriate legal system, which should be implemented without prejudice whether the accused is a king or slave. The contradiction is that Saudi Arabia and many other Muslim leaders in the Arab world implement Sharia law selectively. Islam should not be bashed because of these miscreants.

There is no ambiguity, Islam has commanded the death sentence for adultery on the married, but a careful examination of this order will no doubt reveal that it is intended as a deterrent than a law to be implemented. Mufthi Menk, one of the most respected Muslim preachers and an eminent scholar on Islam, gives a very clear explanation on the implementation of this aspect of Sharia law.

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Muslims as well as non-Muslims have started defending and bashing this sentence as deplorable in a democracy. The purpose of this article is not to defend or contradict their stand, but to argue whether Islamic obligations of this aspect of Sharia law were followed in sentencing our sister, a fellow Sri Lankan. Yes, she is reported to have admitted guilt, yet did this Sri Lankan female, who probably is not conversant or fluent in Arabic and the laws of Saudi Arabia, understand the meaning of what she was admitting to (or made to admit?), and the gravity of her alleged crime when she supposedly admitted to a relationship with one of her countrymen? Was she in a suitable mental state to be questioned? Was she provided adequate counsel by the law enforcement authorities as required under these circumstances? Did our diplomatic representatives intervene on her behalf? What was the role played by our Foreign Employment Bureau (FEB), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and did our Government fulfill its obligations as she would have paid for any intervention when she took the mandatory insurance required by the FEB as a condition for her employment abroad?

Saudi Arabia implemented this aspect of Sharia law on Princess Misha’al bint Fahd, a young Saudi Arabian princess. She and her Saudi lover were publicly executed for adultery in 1997. She was a member of the House of Saud, and she was executed by gunfire at the age of 19. She was a granddaughter of Prince Muhammad bin Abdulaziz, who was an older brother of King Khalid of that era. She faced the firing squad because the Royal family did not want her to be stoned by commoners. An award-winning movie “Death of a Princess” produced by ATV in cooperation with WGBH in the United States brought this tragedy to screens across the world. Many countries banned this movie, including our own, fearing the wrath of the Saudi regime and its consequences.

In a comment to Dr. Ameer Ali’s article in the Colombo Telegraph, the Muslim civil society and religious leadership are accused of pandering to the petro dollars by not protesting about this sentence. I do not want to discuss Dr. Ameer Ali’s article. Instead, I would like to drive home the point that it is not the Muslims but our own Government that is pandering to the Saudi petro dollars. This is because our economy would not survive without the remittances from our slave labour trade.

One of the key aspects of Sharia law that Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations totally disregard is the need for a ‘Mahram’ (In Islamic sharia legal terminology, a mahram is an unmarriageable kin with whom sexual intercourse would be considered incestuous, a punishable taboo.) when a woman leaves her home or travels abroad. The key aspects of the Sharia law related to Mahram are explained in detail here. In short, a female needs to be accompanied by a person whom she cannot marry under any circumstance, ie, father, brother, son, etc.

They conveniently disregard this aspect when it comes to hiring maids to be their ‘work slaves’ from Sri Lanka, Philippines, Indonesia, etc. This is their biggest contradiction because they who control the holy cities of Makkah and Madina implement Mahram laws for those who perform Haj or Umrah – (A religious obligation of every Muslim who could afford it) but this is not implemented for their housemaids.

There are many stories of benevolence, love and tender care of numerous Arabs who have supported entire families to come out of poverty. Therefore painting all Arabs with the same brush is not justified. Yet, the tragic stories of considerable numbers who suffer under their masters are not acceptable under any circumstance.

We as a country are sending our own mothers, sisters and wives to be enslaved, and sometimes abused; the social consequences have been well documented. It is important that we phase out this slave trade by not sending our women as House-maids.

Instead, we must start training our young women and men to take on skilled or semi skilled jobs that are in great demand in Europe, the USA, Australia, South Korea, Hong-Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, etc, where their rights would be protected. Our Government must ban sending our women as domestic aides abroad, particularly if their rights and welfare cannot be ensured. They should instead be facilitated to earn a living with dignity, self-respect, adequate remuneration and security. This is the need of the hour, and challenging the laws of other nations will get us nowhere. Meanwhile, it is the duty of our Government to do everything in its power to get this lady released, and ensure the safety of all our citizens working abroad.

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Quran and Ahadith on the Charity

 

1. The Quran

 

Attitude of the giver of charity

Those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah and do not follow up their spending by stressing their benevolence and causing hurt, will find their reward secure with their Lord. They have no cause for fear and grief.

To speak a kind word and to forgive people's faults is better than charity followed by hurt. Allah is All-Sufficient, All-Forbearing

Believers! Do not nullify your acts of charity by stressing your benevolence and causing hurt as does he who spends his wealth only to be seen by men and does not believe in Allah and the Last Day. The example of his spending is that of a rock with a thin coating of earth upon it: when a heavy rain smites it, the earth is washed away, leaving the rock bare; such people derive no gain from their acts of charity. Allah does not set the deniers of the Truth on the right way. (2:262 - 264)

 

The needy who do not do beg

Those needy ones who are wholly wrapped up in the cause of Allah, and who are hindered from moving about the earth in search of their livelihood especially deserve help. He who is unaware of their circumstances supposes them to be wealthy because of their dignified bearing, but you will know them by their countenance, although they do not go about begging of people with importunity. And whatever wealth you will spend on helping them, Allah will know of it. (2:273)

 

Economic exploitation

And do not become like the woman who, after having painstakingly spun her yarn, caused it to disintegrate into pieces. You resort to oaths as instruments of mutual deceit so that one people might take greater advantage than another although Allah puts you to the test through this. Surely on the Day of Resurrection He will make clear the truth concerning the matters over which you differed. (16:92)

 

Food and the needy

Have you seen him who belies the rewards and punishments of the Hereafter? He it is who drives away the orphan and does not urge giving away the food of the poor. (107:1 - 3)

Give to the near of kin his due, and also to the needy and the wayfarers. Do not squander your wealth wastefully; for those who squander wastefully are Satan's brothers, and Satan is ever ungrateful to his Lord. (17:26 - 27)

 

Greed

Look, you are being called upon to expend in Allah's Way, yet some of you are being niggardly, whereas the one who is niggardly is, in fact, being niggardly only to himself. Allah is Self-Sufficient: it is you who are the needy. If you turn away, Allah will replace you by another people, and they will not be like you. (47:38)

 

Moderation in giving

Do not keep your hand fastened to your neck nor outspread it, altogether widespread, for you will be left sitting rebuked, destitute. (17:29)

(In reference to the slaves of Allah) "who, when they spend, are neither extravagant nor miserly but keep the golden mean between the two (extremes) (25:67)

 

Righteousness

You shall not attain righteousness until you spend out of what you love (in the way of Allah). Allah knows whatever you spend. (3:92)

 

Sadaqa

(O Prophet!) Tell those of My servants who believe that they should establish Prayer and spend out of what We have provided them with, both secretly and openly, before there arrives the Day when there will be no bargaining, nor any mutual befriending. (14:31)

 

Stinginess

Allah does not love the arrogant and the boastful, who are niggardly and bid others to be niggardly and conceal the bounty which Allah has bestowed upon them. We have kept in readiness a humiliating chastisement for such deniers (of Allah's bounty) (part of 4:36 and all of 4:37)

 

Zakat-what you owe from your money

The people who where given the Book before this did not divide into sects until after the clear statement (of the Right Way) had come to them, and the only Command they were given was to worship Allah, making their religion sincerely His, turning all their attention towards Him, and to establish the Salat and to pay the Zakat: for this alone is the most true and right religion. (98:4 - 5)

Establish Prayer and dispense the Purifying Alms (Zakat) and bow in worship with those who bow (2:43)

The believers, both men and women, are allies of one another. They enjoin good, forbid evil, establish Prayer, pay Zakah, and obey Allah and His Messenger. Surely Allah will show mercy to them. Allah is All-Mighty, All-Wise (9:71)

The alms (Zakat in this specific verse's case) are meant only for the poor and the needy and those who are in charge thereof, those whose hearts are to be reconciled; and to free those in bondage, and to help those burdened with debt, and for expenditure in the way of Allah and for the wayfarer. This is an obligation from Allah. Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise. (9:60)

 

2. The Hadith

 

Begging

Narrated Hakim bin Hizam that the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

The upper hand is better than the lower hand (i.e. he who gives in charity is better than him who takes it). One should start giving first to his dependents. And the best object of charity is that which is given by a wealthy person (from the money which is left after his expenses). And whoever abstains from asking others for some financial help, Allah will give him and save him from asking others, Allah will make him self-sufficient. (Bukhari)

 

Abu Huraira related that the Prophet said:

He who makes a habit of asking from others reaches out for a brand of Fire, so let him refrain or continue, as he desires. (Muslim)

 

Clothing

Ibn Abbas related that the Prophet said:

Any Muslim who gives a Muslim a garment to wear will be in Allah's safekeeping as long as a shred of it remains on him. (Ahmad, Tirmidhi)

 

Debt: Relieving the person in debt

Abu Qatadah related that the Prophet said:

If anyone would like Allah to save him from the hardships of the Day of Resurrection, he should give more time to his debtor who is short of money, or remit his debt altogether. (Muslim)

 

Food and the needy

Safwan ibn Salim related that the Prophet said:

Anyone who looks after and works for a widow and a poor person is like a warrior fighting for Allah's cause, or like a person who fasts during the day and prays all night. (Bukhari)

 

Anas related that the Prophet said:

If any Muslim plants something or sows seed from which a man, a bird or an animal eats, it counts as a charity for him. (Bukhari, Muslim)

 

Relatives who are needy

Abu Huraira narrated that the Prophet said:

The best charity is that which is practiced by a wealthy person. And start giving first to your dependents. (Bukhari)

 

Salman ibn Amer reported that the Prophet said:

To give something to a poor man brings one reward, while giving the same to a needy relation brings two: one for charity and the other for respecting the family ties. (Ahmad, Ibn Majah, Nasai, Tirmidhi)

 

Stinginess

Jabir reported that the Prophet said:

Avoid doing injustice to others, for on the Day of Judgment, it will turn into manifold darkness, and safeguard yourself against miserliness, for it ruined those who were before you. It incited them to murder and treating the unlawful as lawful. (Muslim)

 

Zakat- what you owe from your money

Abbas related that a man asked the Prophet, Tell me what should I do to be admitted to Paradise and he (the Prophet) answered:

Worship Allah associating nothing with Him, observe Salat, pay Zakat and strengthen the ties of kinship. (Bukhari, Muslim)

 

Abu Huraira related that the Prophet said:

When someone is made rich but he does not pay Zakat for his wealth, then on the Day of Judgment his money will be turned into a poisonous snake with two black spots on its head. It will coil around his neck and bite his cheeks and say: 'I am your wealth, I am your treasure'. Then the Prophet recited verse 3:180 of the Quran. (Bukhari)

 

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Medical Mafia, Ethics & Education

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Sri Lanka has exemplary health indicators and is often referred to as a model for other developing nations. This is due to the yeomen service provided by a number of dedicated health professionals. Yet, Sri Lanka is one of the few countries that a large number of mercenary medical professions and industry are allowed to hold the sick to ransom, despite the Hippocratic oath taken by its doctors.

One would hardly find a doctor who would give evidence against his or her own during times of medical neglect. Today, the medical industry has been commercialized to the extent that they hold the patient and their family’s hostage even after the death of a patient.

Medical conditions become emotionally desperate situations where the immediate family is obliged to provide the best to their sick, and in most cases way beyond what is affordable. This leads to situations where they just cannot afford to settle the final medical bills even to discharge the body after a death. The hospitals do not warn the patient’s family of the estimated costs. Even when they do, it probably is too late as the patient’s condition is far too vulnerable to move them out to an affordable facility. Recently, we received the welcome news of a Colombo court ordering the management of a private hospital to release the body of a deceased immediately to his close relatives, which was reportedly detained for several days until the hospital’s exorbitant bill was settled.

Further, the sky rocketing cost of the doctor’s fees is settled through a “chit” plundering the patient and defrauding the state of its taxes. This has been an accepted practice and the authorities are fully aware of this scam, yet no action has been taken against this unscrupulous practice, fearing incarceration by the industry and the wrath of the medical profession. There are no safeguards through the consumer protection authority or any other state institutions on the health industry due to the fear of trade union action by these shylocks, who want their pound of flesh. Their trade union action or holding patients to ransom is totally against the Hippocratic oath they take and are as hypocritical as their practice. The state should intervene firmly and ensure that the citizens are provided quality private medical facilities at an affordable cost because the majority of them have studied for “FREE” in our state universities and schools.

The health industry has become lucrative global ventures and there is high demand for medical education, which our state universities are unable to cope with. We now see a large number of students who pass the GCE A’ Level examination with above average results and are unable to enter local medical universities. They are leaving to study abroad at exorbitant costs and several other negative outcome. Parents who dream of a medical education for their children use their meager saving and sometimes sell or mortgage their valuable assets to provide this education abroad, eventually to lose them to some foreign nation. Very few countries offer full or partial scholarships for medical education. Sri Lanka Medical Council that has thwarted private medical education locally has no qualms about allowing these foreign graduates to work in Sri Lanka if they pass the Examination for Registration to Practice Medicine (ERPM) formerly know as act 16 examinations.

The students, who now attend foreign medical collages, are also eating in to the country’s scarce foreign exchange resources. This, and the negative cultural and social consequences of displacement could be easily avoided if private medical education is encouraged in Sri Lanka with state hospitals providing the necessary clinical facilities and other support for a fee if required. After all, this education is for our own children and they have the right to use the taxes paid by their parents. Yet, the Sri Lanka Medical Council and some student unions oppose this, citing various reasons. They have no reservations about the same students graduating from foreign universities and practicing alongside them locally. The often-claimed reason for opposing is their eligibility is due to their poor advanced level results. This is not true as they have passed the GCE A’ level with the requirements set as per the university grants commission. Further, if their grades are sufficient to follow medical education abroad that has been approved by the Sri Lanka Medical Council and are eligible to practice locally, they should have the option of studying locally in their own home environment. The investment Sri Lanka made on these smart kids on their primary education too is increasingly harnessed by foreign nations. Further, they are compelled to move away from their families, friends and culture, which in itself is a traumatic experience.

The Government provides free education up to the degree and even postgraduate levels. There are also private or international schools that have filled a vacuum for quality education by those who could afford it, but the opportunities for private school candidates who follow the international curriculum to enter local universities is restricted. There is also considerable social prejudice against these students. This is an infringement on their basic human rights. Their parents probably are all taxpayers. Many students therefore are forced to turn to private institutions in Sri Lanka or go abroad to obtain their degrees. While some foreign graduate and postgraduate programmes are offered and accepted, medical students continue to face many obstacles due to the medical mafia not allowing accreditation to any local private medical degree awarding programmes.

The basic education requirement to follow a medical degree course is 3 passes at A’ Level In the Science stream (Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics). Today, even students who have all A grades in their advanced level are not guaranteed admission to a local university of their choice. As per a study undertaken by NR de Silva , A Pathmeswaran and HJ de Silva, “approximately 850–900 enter the six state medical schools in Sri Lanka. The university grants commission, with a policy that has remained basically unchanged for several decades, centrally administers this. “At present, 40% of seats are awarded on the sole basis of the GCE A level aggregate score (‘merit quota’), and 55% is divided among the 25 districts of Sri Lanka. The balance 5% is reserved for 13 ‘educationally underprivileged’ districts”

The district quota system was introduced to facilitate students from backward areas to enter universities with a lesser grade. This is seen by urban students as a breach of their fundamental right to seek university education on their merit, yet this is seen by the majority as an incentive for students from rural areas to have access to university education. While admitting it as an elitist notion to object to this concession, this quota system has been accused of being the destroyer of quality higher education in Sri Lanka. It is the responsibility of the state to provide quality education without discrimination to all its citizens.

In 2014, the former government of Mahinda Rajapaksa laid down plans to set up ten foreign universities in Sri Lanka by 2020, under its ambitious target of making Sri Lanka an international hub of excellence in higher education.

The University of Central Lancashire in Britain started their project of setting up a branch campus in Mirigama, Sri Lanka, with an investment of US $ 120 million. They have received tax holidays, along with duty waivers for items that are to be imported for the execution and implementation of the project. Regretfully, this has not taken off as yet and the much expected “laying of the foundation stone” during the visit of Prince Charles during his visit to CHOGM 2014 did not take place.

The first private medical collage was established in 1980 as the North Colombo Medical College. However, due to heavy opposition from the Marxist unions, some medical professionals, state university students and other professionals, the college was nationalized and renamed the Kelaniya Medical Faculty. The North Colombo Medical College as a private medical university was fully supported by a large number of medical professionals.

The next attempt at setting up a private medical college was the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM). A brilliant concept and the brainchild of Dr Neville Fernando. This was undertaken in collaboration with the Nizhny Novgorod State Medical Academy, Russian Federation. Here, the final year students were offered entrance to the Nizhny Novgorod State Medical Academy in Russia, which has been recognized by the Sri Lanka Medical Council, thereby allowing its graduates to practice medicine in Sri Lanka after passing the licensing examination.

SAITM also started a local MBBS programme 5 years ago. To provide clinical support, Dr Neville Fernando invested heavily in setting up the Dr Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital (NFTH), a 1002 bed facility ( a bed more than the Japanese grant of the Sri Jayawardenepura hospital to JR Jayawardene in recognition of his support at the Treaty of San Francisco or San Francisco Peace Treaty ). The hospital’s website claims “NFTH is not, yet another private hospital in the country, which charges exorbitant prices from their patients for the services provided. The hospital services are presented in such a way that it is very much affordable to the greater majority of the local population who are average or lower middle income earners, but never compromising on the service standards or the quality of medical care. As a socially responsible corporate citizen, Dr Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital (NFTH) reserves 20% of the operational bed capacity for the benefit of the less privileged patients offering free beds and medical care at a concessionary rate. It also charges heavily discounted and subsidized rates for the medicine, lab and radiologic investigations”.  A noble concept indeed.

The were recent media reports that Sri Lanka Medical Council has concluded that the clinical facilities for medical education at SAITM is inadequate and that it cannot be recognized as a medical degree awarding institution. There is an intake of students who are completing their degree programme this year, and now these students have complained to the human rights commission on the breach of their fundamental right by the Sri Lanka Medical Council. They also staged a peaceful demonstration outside the Sri Lanka Medical Council against their discrimination. Prof. Carlo Fonseka as President of the Sri Lankan Medical Council has accused the Neville Fernanda Teaching hospital of neglect and responsibility for the bacterial infection of the late Ven. Sobitha Thero while receiving treatment at the hospital.

This is seen as a ploy by the mafia to stir up a revolt against the noble initiative of Dr Neville Fernando and his social venture. Dr Fernando has taken steps to sue Prof. Fonseka for a staggering Rs. 500 Million for falsely accusing the hospital. It is indeed regrettable that Prof. Fonseka, an octogenarian has made such statement. Questions have been raised as to his medical capability at 83 to take rational decisions involving the health of the nation.

If the reasons for the Sri Lanka Medical Council rejecting the SAITM medical degree are valid, it is incumbent on the government to investigate and make necessary arrangements to support and ensure that the clinical facilities are upgraded to the required standards or provide access to clinical training for private medical education in state hospitals. If the well-equipped Dr Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital (NFTH) is below the required standard, It is incumbent on the government to support this socially conscious private entrepreneur to elevate the quality of patient care and clinical facilities to the required standards. After all, Dr Niville Fernando is also providing a yeomen service by providing subsidized medical facilities to the needy, which is the responsibility of the government. This will ensure that the degree offered by this private university is as good and recognized as any other in the country. The government should also assist in improving this hospital as there are no hospital facilities for the people of Battaramulla, Kaduwela, Malabe and beyond that is equipped with modern facilities

 

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ජාතිවාදී නොසලකා හැරීම් හේතුවෙන් තරුණ මුස්ලිම් පිරිස් රැඩිකල්වාදය වෙත නැඹුරු විය හැකි බවට විද්වතුන් පිරිසක් අනතුරු හැඟ වූයේ සිඩ්නි නුවර පැවති ඉස්ලාමීය සමුළුවකදීයි.

කෙසේ වෙතත් සමීක්ෂණයට සහභාගී වූ පිරිසෙන් සියයට අසූ පහක් කියා සිටියේ මුස්ලිම් ජාතිකයන් සහ සෙසු ජාතීන් අතර සුහදත්වයක් පවතින බව තමන් තවදුරටත් විශ්වාස කරන බවයි.

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දැන් තිබෙන්නේ යහපාලනය හා සංහිදියාව ගොඩනගන්න අවශ්‍ය යුගයක් බවත් ජාතික සමගිය මෙන්ම සහජීවනය හා සබැදියාව අපේ රටට ඉතාමත් අවහ්‍ය කරන යුගය් බවත් ජනමාධ්‍ය අමාත්‍ය ගයන්ත කරුණාතිලක මහතා දර්ගා නගරයේ දී කීවේය.

ඇමතිවරයා මේ බව කියා සිටියේ දර්ගා නගරයේ දි ‘‘බෞද්ධ ඉස්ලාමිය සුහදත්වය සහ මුස්ලිම් සමාජය“ නම් කෘතිය එළිදැක්වීමේ අවස්ථාවට සහභාගී වෙමිනි. දේශීය මුස්ලිම් වෙද පරපුරකින් පැවත එන මුනව්වරුල් අෆ්ලල් මහතා විසින් මේ පොත රචනා කැර තිබිණි.

හිටපු අමාත්‍යවරයකු වූ ඉමිටියාස් බාකිර් මාකර් මහතාගේ ආරාධනයකට අනුව ජනමාධ්‍ය ඇමතිවරයා මේ උත්සවයට සහභාගී වූයේය.

අමාත්‍යවරයා වැඩිදුරටත් මෙසේ ද කිවේය.

මුස්ලිම් ජනතාව ඉතා දීර්ඝ කාලයක සිට සිංහල ජනතාව සමග ඉතාම සුහදව කුළුපගව ජීවත් වුනු බව අපි කවුරුත් අහලා තියෙනවා. දන්නවා. එදා ශී‍්‍ර වික‍්‍රමරාජසිංහ රජතුමාට වෙදකම් කළේ පවා මුස්ලිම්වරු කියලා ඉතිහාසය සාක්ෂි දරනවා. සමහර මුස්ලිම් ජාතිකයෝ ඉන්නවා සිංහල නම් ගම් වාසගම් පවා තිබෙන අය. ලංකා ඉතිහාසය ගැන රොබට් නොක්ස් මහත්තයා ලියපු එදා හෙළ දිව නම් කෘතියේ මුස්ලිම් සිංහල සම්බන්ධතාවය ගැනඉතාම පැහැදිලිව සඳහන් කරලා තියෙනවා.

සමහර පන්සල් සමග මුස්ලිම්වරු ඉතා සමීපව කටයුතු කරලා තියෙනවා. බොහෝ බෞද්ධ පෙරහැර වලට මුස්ලිම්වරු දායකත්වය ලබා දීලා තිබෙනවා. මෑත කාලයේ සති දෙකතුනකට උඩින් අපි දැක්කා මුස්ලිම් සම්බන්ධතාවය අපේ සෝභිත හාමුදුරුවෝ අපවත් වූ වේලාවේ ඒ ආදාහන පූජෝත්සවයේ කටයුතු වලට මුස්ලිම් ජනතාව බොහෝ උනන්දුවකින් කැපී පෙනෙන අයුරින් කටයුතු කළ බව. මෑත ඉතිහාසයේ දේශපාලන තුළත් ඒ සම්බන්ධතාවය අපි දකිනවා. පාර්ලිමේන්තුව නියෝජනය කරන මුස්ලිම් දේශපානඥයන්ට සිංහල උදවියගේ සහයෝගය ලැබුණු ආකාරය අපි දැක්කා. බේරුවල, බලංගොඩ, රුවන්වැල්ල, පොළොන්නරුව, කොළඹ ඒ වගේ සහයෝගය ලැබුණා.

ටී.බී ජයා, ජබීර් වේ කාදර්, බාකීර් මාකර් පියපුතු දෙපල උදාහරණ රාශියක් ජාතික සමගිය ගැන ජාතික දේශපාලනයේ අපිට මතක් වෙන මුස්ලිම්වරු හැටියට හඬ නගපු අය. එස්.ඩබ්ලිව්.ආර්.ඞී බණ්ඩාරණායක මැතිතුමා ශී‍්‍ර.ල.නි.පක්ෂයේ බිහිකරන කොට එතුමාට කිට්ටුවෙන් හිටපු උපදෙස් දීපු බදියුර්දීන් මොහොමඞ් මැතිතුමාත් ඒ වගේම එ.ජා.ප ප‍්‍රදාන තනතුරු මුස්ලිම්වරු හැමදාම හොබවලා තියෙනවා. අපේ පක්ෂයේ සභාපති තනතුරු වගේ ඒවා ඒ.සී.එස් හමීඞ් මැතිතුමාලා, දොස්තර කලීල් මැතිතුමාලා හොබවලා තිබෙනවා. අපේ ආණ්ඩු තිබෙන කොට බාකීර් මාකර් මැතිතුමා කථානායක හැටියට, මොහොමඞ් මැතිතුමා කථානායක හැටියට ඇමතිවරු හැටියට කටයුතු කල හැටි අපිට මතක් වෙනවා.

ඒ වගේම ජාතික සමගියත් බෞද්ධ ඉස්ලාම් සුහදත්වයත් වෙනුවෙන් කලාකරුවන් ලේඛකයන් සාහිත්‍යධරයන් රාශියක් කි‍්‍රයාකළ අයුරු අපිට සිහිපත් වෙනවා. මොහීදීන් බෙග් අපිට අමතක කරන්න බැරි කෙනෙක්. වෙසක් පොසොන් වැනි බෞද්ධ උත්සවවලදී මොහිදීන් බෙග්ගේ සිංදු අහන්න ලැබෙනවා.

අපේ රට බහු ආගමික බහු වාර්ගික රටක්. කුමන ආගමකට කුමන ජාතියකට අයත් වුනත් මේ රටේ ඉපදුන හැම මනුෂ්‍යයෙකුටම මේ රට ගැන අයිතියක් මේ රට ගැන කැක්කුමක් කොයි ආගමකට අයිති වුනත් තිබෙනවා. දැන් යුද්ධය ඉවර වෙලා තිබෙනවා. ආපහු යුද්ධයක් ඇතිනොවන බව විශ්වාසයි. දැන් තිබෙන්නේ යහපාලන හා සංඳියාව ගොඩනගන්න  ඕන යුගයක් කියලා අපි විශ්වාස කරනවා. අපේ ජනතාව ජාති ආගම් වශයෙන් වෙනස් වෙන්න පුළුවන්. නමුත් හැම ආගමකම තිබෙන හරය එයයි. හැම ආගමිකයෙක්ම කියන්නේ සුහදත්වය සහජීනව වර්ධනය කර ගත යුතුයි කියලයි. ජාතික සමගිය එකට ජීවත්වීම ගැන අපි අවබෝධ කර ගතයුතුයි.

2014 ජුනි මාසයේ අවාසනාවන්ත සිදුවීමකට අපිට මුහුණ දෙන්න සිදුවුනා. එවැනි දේවල් කිසිම කෙනෙකු අනුමත කරන්නේ නෑ. එවැනි දේවල් යළි ඇති නොවිය යුතුයි. සිංහල මුස්ලිම් දමිළ ජනතාව එක පවුලක් මෙන් ජීවත් විය යුතු යුගයකට අපි දැන් ඇවිත් තියෙනවා. ඒ වෙනුවෙන් රජය අවධානය යොමු වෙලා තියෙනවා. ජනාධිපතිතුමා, අප‍්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමා වර්තමාන ආණ්ඩුව ඒ සංහිදියාව පිළිබදව දැඩි ලෙස කටයුතු කරන්න සුදානම් වෙලා තියෙනවා.

හිටපු ඉම්තියාස් බාකිර් මාකර් මැතිතුමා, දඹර අමිල හිමි ඇතුළු තවත් භික්ෂූන් වහන්සේලා සහ බේරුවල ප‍්‍රදේශයේ සිංහල හා මුස්ලිම් ජනතාව සහභාගී වී සිටියහ.

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