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  • Why Sri Lanka jailed a Muslim lawyer without charge for 6 months
                                      The Geneva-based International Commission of Jurists, the EU and UN Human Rights Core Group on Sri Lanka have expressed their concerns on the arbitrary arrest and detention of Hizbullah [Photo courtesy: Family] Why Sri Lanka jailed a Muslim lawyer without charge for 6 months Rights groups and members of civil society have raised concerns over the continued incarceration of a Muslim lawyer in Sri Lanka, adding that his prolonged detention “had a chilling effect on anyone involved in peaceful dissent and advocacy”.

    Hejaaz Hizbullah, a prominent human rights lawyer, was arrested on “terrorism” charges in April and has remained in detention...
  • Hejaaz Hizbullah case: CID misled public and Cardinal, says Counsel
    When the case of the arrest of Hejaaz Hizbullah was taken up yesterday, the Counsel alleged that the Criminal Investigations Department had misled the Cardinal and the public with regard to Hizbullah.

    “They lied to His Eminence the Cardinal and the public. The real culprits were never caught and they have instead found a scapegoat in Hejaaz,” the Counsel said.

    The CID submitting a report said that they were awaiting a Government Analyst report on three phones used by Hizbullah.

    “This is how they lied throughout. They said the investigations were to be completed and a Deputy Solicitor General of the Attorney General’s Department said it would be by 16 September. The CID lied to the Attorney General’s Department as well and is now seeking further time.”

    The CID said that transactions of...
  • Sri Lanka has locked up this Muslim lawyer without charge for nearly five months
    The prominent Sri Lankan Muslim lawyer, Hejaaz Hizbullah, is being described by human rights groups as the latest victim of Sri Lanka’s draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act.

    On April 14, Hizbullah, 40, got a call from the Ministry of Health saying they were worried he may have contracted COVID-19 and advised him to remain at home.

    A day earlier he and others had written to the Sri Lankan president about his government’s decision to ban Muslims from burying their dead, forcing them to cremate their remains instead – a violation of their right to freedom of religion, as protected by Sri Lanka’s constitution and its international obligations.

    Hejaaz Hizbullah was a lawyer at the Supreme Court and worked as a state counsel for the Attorney General’s department. Beyond his legal work, he was involved...
  • “කවදා හෝ යුක්තිය ඉටුවේයැ’යි බලාපොරොත්තු සහගතව ජීවිතය ගෙවනවා විනා වෙන කිසිවක් කළ නොහැකි වීම ගැන මට ඇත්තේ නොදැරිය හැකි වේදනාවකි”: මගේ මල්ලි හිජාස්
    හිජාස් හිස්බුල්ලා මගේ බාල සොහොයුරා ය. අගෝස්තු 25 වැනි දිනට එළඹුණු ඔහුගේ 40 වැනි උපන්දිනය ඔහුට ගත කිරීමට සිදු වුයේ පාස්කු ඉරිදා ත්‍රස්තවාදී ප්‍රහාරයට සම්බන්ධ බවට අභූත චෝදනා එල්ල කරමින් අයුතු ලෙස අත්තඩංගුවට පත්ව අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවේ රැඳවුම් භාරයේදී ය. හිජාස් පිළිබඳව මට ඇති පැරණිතම මතකයන් අතර බොහොමයක් කළුබෝවිල සිට...
  • Hejaaz Detention: Fort Magistrate Orders CID To Submit All Statements Obtained In Investigations

    Following submissions by Defence Counsel that the Criminal Investigations Department is selectively reporting facts to the Magistrate in order to malign Hejaaz Hizbullah, Fort Magistrate today ordered the Criminal Investigations Department to submit a report of all statements obtained by them from persons relating to the investigations of Hizbullah.
    When the case was taken up today. Counsel for the Defence informed Court that the Criminal Investigations Department had obtained statements from all persons of the Save the Pearls Charity and the Teachers and Board of Management of the Al-Zuhriya Madarasa.

    However, none of those statements had been produced to date.
    They said that the statements would reveal that all the allegations made by the CID are a fabrication and were made in order to malign Hizbullah and...
  • Hejaaz Hizbullah: Symptom and symbol
    What made him more enigmatic was that unlike most others in his profession who shield their lives beneath a calm facade, he taught exceptionally well Apparently he called the Easter attackers “fools who died as fools.” I can picture Hejaaz saying that   There’s an image of Hejaaz Hizbullah I return to over and over again. It’s an image of him holding a placard at a protest in 2018. The placard reads, “Asilachaara parliamenthuwak wenuwata seelachara parliamenthuwak” (“A cultured parliament in place of an uncultured parliament”). The reason why it resonates with me is that, even in the ecstatic way he holds it, he is quite unlike the Hejaaz Hizbullah I once knew. But then I realise that the Hejaaz I once knew couldn’t have been the real guy. 
    I first encountered the man in 2013 at my law school. He didn’t...
  • Niqab Ban In France Violates Human Rights Of Muslim Women: UN Human Rights Committee
    The United Nations Human Rights Committee said France’s niqab ban violates the human rights of Muslim women and risks “confining them to their homes.” Women in France can be fined up to 150 euros for wearing the niqab, a full-face...
  • Rathana At It Again; ACJU Is The Punching Bag For Everyone
    By Mass L. Usuf Mass Usuf Let this column begin with a Disclaimer. It is only an analysis and the writer is not holding a brief to defend or protect the All Ceylon Jamiyathul Ulema (
  • Democracy Threatened: Impunity, Political Patronage & Rollback Of Devolution
    By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole – R. Sasilan: Assistant Commissioner of Elections Today we are opening new living quarters for our Election Commission’s man-in-charge in Batticaloa. I am so glad because R. Sasilan is a man I am proud of. He stands up for what is right without fear or favor. When a minister distributed gifts in elections some years ago, he confiscated a gift pack and filed a complaint with the police. The police, as often happens, disappeared the evidence. Sasilan sent a report to the Commission and that too disappeared....
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by ash sheikh Agar Mohamed (Naleemi)

பெருநாள் தினத்தை மறுமையோடு ஒப்பிட முடியும். மறுமை நாளில் மனிதர்கள் எவ்வாறு இருப்பார்கள் என்பதனை அல்குர்ஆன் நமக்குச் சொல்லித் தருகிறது.

“அந்நாளில் சில முகங்கள் மகிழ்ச்சியினால் இலங்கிக் கொண்டிருக்கும். சிரித்தவையாகவும் மகிழ்வுடையதாகவும் இருக்கும். ஆனால், அந்நாளில் வேறு சில முகங்கள் மீது புழுதி படிந்திருக்கும். அவற்றைக் கருமை இருள் மூடியிருக்கும்.”                
(ஸூரா அபஸ: 3841)

பெருநாள் தினங்களிலும் சில முகங்கள் இப்படித்தான் இருக்கும். துல்ஹிஜ்ஜா மாதத்தின் முதல் பத்து நாட்களிலும் நோன்பு நோற்று, நற்கருமங்கள் செய்து, இபாதத்தில் ஈடுபட்டவர்களுக்கு இந்த ஹஜ்ஜுப் பெருநாள் மகிழ்ச்சிகரமானதாக இருக்கும். நற்கருமங்கள் செய்தவர்கள் இந்நாளில் மலர்ந்த முகத்தோடு இருப்பார்கள். அவர்களின் இன்முகங்களில் புன்னகை பூத்திருக்கும்.......



Fasting on The Day of Arafat

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Abu Qatadah (may Allah be pleased with him) is reported to have said that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: "Fasting on the day of 'Arafah is an expiation (of sins) for two years, the year preceding it and the year following it. (Reported by Ibn Majah)


ரமழான் கால தஃவாவில் முன்னுரிமை பெற வேண்டிய அம்சங்கள்

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by Sheikh Agar Mohammed

தஃவா என்பது, இஸ்லாத்தின் அடிப்படைத்  தூதை முன்வைக்கின்ற தேநேரத்தில், அவ்வக்கால சவால்களுக்கு முகம் கொடுப்பதும் அவ்வக்கால பிரச்சினைகளை அடையாளம் கண்டு அவற்றுக்கான தீர்வை வழங்குவதுமாகும். இந்த வகையில் உலக நிலைவரத்தை வைத்துப் பார்க்கின்றபோது பொதுவாகவும் இலங்கை சூழலை வைத்துப் பார்க்கின்றபோது குறிப்பதாகவும் இக்கால எமது தஃவாவில் இஸ்லாத்தின் அடிப்படையான  செய்தி முக்கியத்துவம் பெற வேண்டிய தேவையும் அவசியமும் இருப்பதுபோல முன்னுரிமை பெற வேண்டிய மற்றும் சில அம்சங்கள் உண்டு. அவ்வாறு முக்கியத்துவம் பெற வேண்டிய மூன்று அம்சங்களை அடையாளப்படுத்தலாம்.

ஒன்று, சமூக ஒற்றுமையின் முக்கியத்துவத்தை வலியுறுத்துவது.
இரண்டாவது, இனங்களுக்கிடையான சகவாழ்வின் அவசியத்தை வலியுறுத்துவது.
மூன்றாவதாக இளம் தலைமுறையினனை பண்பாடு உள்ளவர்களாகவும் ஒழுக்கமுள்ளவர்களாகவும் வளர்த்தெடுப்பதன் அவசியத்தை முன்வைப்பது.


இஸ்லாமிய சமூகமும் ஷூரா என்ற பொறிமுறையும்

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By Ash sheikh S.H.M. Faleel

‘‘காரியங்களின் போது (நபியே) நீர் அவர்களிடம் ஆலோசனை கேட்பீராக (42:38) என்று அல்லாஹ் தனது தூதருக்கு கட்டளை பிறப்பிக்கின்றான். இந்த அல்குர்ஆன் வசனம் ஆலோசனைகளை (ஷூரா) செய்வதன் அவசியத்தை உணர்த்தப் போதுமானதாகும். நபி(ஸல்) அவர்கள் ஏதாவது ஒரு விடயத்தில் முடிவொன்றை எடுப்பதற்கு அல்லாஹ் அல்குர்ஆனின் வசனங்களை இறக்கி வழிகாட்டலாம். அதுவும் இல்லாத போது அவர்கள் அல்லாஹ்வின் உள்ளார்ந்த வழிகாட்டலின் பேரில் சுயமாக முடிவுகளை எடுக்கலாம். தனது தோழர்களின் அபிப்பிராயங்களைப் பெற வேண்டிய தேவை எதுவுமில்லை . அப்படியிருந்தும் தோழர்களிடம் ஆலோசனை செய்யுங்கள் என்ற கட்டளை நபி(ஸல்) அவர்களிடம் ஆலோசிக்கும் பண்பும் இருக்க வேண்டும் என்பதை வலியுறுத்துவதுடன் நபி(ஸல்) அவர்களுக்குப் பின்னால் வரும் தலைவர்களும் பொறுப்புக்களை வகிப்பவர்களும் நபி ஸல் அவர்களை முன்மாதிரியாகக் கொண்டு பிறரது கருத்துக்களை கேட்டறிந்து கொள்ள வேண்டும் என்பதை கட்டாயப்படுத்துகிறது.

வஹீயினால்மாத்திரம் தீர்மானிக்க முடியுமான விடயங்கள் உள்ளன. அவற்றில் ஷூரா செய்ய முடியாது. ஆனால் மனித சிந்தனைக்கு சுதந்திரம் வழங்கப்பட்டுள்ள இஜ்திஹாதுக்கு உட்பட்ட விடயங்களில் ஆலோசனை பெறவும் வழங்கவும் முடியும்.


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ஹிஜ்ரத் என நாம் வழமையாக அழைக்கும் வரலாற்று உண்மைகள் முஸ்லிம் பொதுமக்களுக்கு மத்தியில் மிகவும் பிரபல்யமானவை. இறைதூதர் (ஸல்) அவர்களின் தலைமையில் ஒரு சிறு கூட்டத்தினர் மக்காவிலிருந்த தம் வீடுகளை விட்டு மதீனாவுக்குப் புலம் பெயரும் நிர்ப்பந்தத்திற்குட்பட்டனர். அக்கூட்டத்தினர் தம்மிடமிருந்த அனைத்து சொத்துக்களையும் விட்டுசென்றது, ஈமானை மட்டும் அது சுமந்து சென்றது, நபித்துவத்தின் பின்னர் 13 ம் வருடத்தில் இது நிகழ்ந்தது. அதாவது கி.பி. 622 செப்டம்பரில் அது நிகழ்வுற்றது.

மனித மனதில் பல காட்சிகளை வரைய மூல ஊற்றாக அமைந்த, அமையும் இந்நிகழ்வு கவலையையும், மனவெழுச்சிகளையும் தூண்டும் பல நிகழ்வுகளாக வரலாற்றில் பதியப்பட்டுள்ளது. அந்நிகழ்வில் தௌர் குகை நிகழ்வு மிகுந்த மனவெழுச்சியைத் தூண்டக் கூடியது என்பதில் சந்தேகமில்லை. சிலந்தி குகை வாயிலில் வலைபின்னுகிறது. புறா அங்கே கூடு கட்டுகிறது. விரட்டுவோரை வழிதவறச் செய்யும் நிகழ்வுகளாக இவை அமைந்து விடுகின்றன. இறுதிமுடிவை தீர்மானிக்கும் அந்தச் சில நிமிடங்களின்போது இறைதூதர் (ஸல்) அவர்கள் தம் தோழர் அபூபக்கர் (ரழி) அவர்களுக்கு அப்பிரமிக்கச் செய்யும் ஆச்சரியமான வார்த்தைகளைக் கூறுகிறார்:

''கவலைப் படாதீர்! அல்லாஹ் எம்முடன் இருக்கிறான்!!' (ஸூரா தவ்பா- 40)


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ALL praise is due to Allaah, and may He render our Prophet Muhammad safe from every derogatory thing, and exalt his mention, and the mention of his household and Companions.

Ibn Abbaas, may Allah be pleased with him, reported that the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) said: There are no days during which good deeds are more beloved to Allah than these days; meaning the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah. They inquired: Not even Jihad in the cause of Allah? He said: Not even Jihad in the cause of Allah, unless one goes out for Jihad sacrificing both his life and property and returning with neither. (Al-Bukhaari)


Preparing For Ramadhaan-The 'Month Of Mercy'

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By Sister  S Bemath

As the dawn of Ramadhaan approaches, offering us glimpse of its golden rays of purity, every Muslim around the world prepares to experience the warm ambience which only this month can bring. From Suhoor to Iftaar to Taraaweeh Salaah, Ramadhaan brings together brothers, sisters, parents and children. In order to derive the utmost benefit from the sacred month of Ramadhaan, it is crucial to recognize the spiritual significance and importance of this month. Fasting during this month should be only for ALLAH TA'ALA, and that HE will give the reward for it, for the reward of ALLAH, the Bountiful and Munificent, is greater and vaster than anyone could imagine, Subhaan-ALLAH!



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The power of science is so amazing that it pushes religious people to take one of two paths when it comes to their beliefs about the world and what their sacred texts have to say about it. Either one has to both reject what we learned through the scientific method and have faith that what they believe to be Revelation is the Truth and everything else is the devil’s deception, or they relegate what they see in their sacred texts to be allegories to teach us life’s lessons. Many followers of the Jewish and Christian traditions seem to have fallen entrapped into one of these two paths. We now have two main encampments: young earth creationists, or sacred scripture allegorists. There are even an increasing number of believers who have been taken by powerful scientific theories, such as that of evolution, and have now begun to reject the literality of the story of Adam and Eve as a real event. Unfortunately, Muslims are increasingly joining their Abrahamic brothers and sisters as they try to cope with how to deal with the seemingly outward contradiction between religion and science.


15 Tips to Raising Great Children

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Children are easily influenced by their surroundings. These days, it is extremely difficult to expose our children to an ideal Islamic environment given the influences from media, friends and even other members of the family.

With television, radio, Internet and forms of media mostly touting un-Islamic values, it is up to parents and adults close to the children to set the correct example.

It is impossible to shield our children from all the negative forces that can shape their minds and, ultimately, their behavior.


Understanding the Qur’an: Some Initial Conditions

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By Amin Ahsan Islahi

Cleanliness and ablution are the initial conditions for the prayer. One can obtain its true blessings only if one fulfils these initial conditions before offering it. Similarly, there are some initial conditions for understanding the Qur’an. One can be blessed with this understanding only if one tries to grasp the Holy Book after fulfilling these conditions. This writer will now attempt to explain these:

Purity of Intent

Purity of intent is the foremost of all conditions. It means that one should read the Qur’an only to obtain guidance from it and not for any other purpose. If a person has some other purpose in mind, he will not only remain deprived of the blessings of the Qur’an, but he may also get further away from the Qur’an than he formerly was. If he studies the Qur’an in order to be an exegete so that he may get some fame and mundane interest, he might achieve this target but he will never get to the true comprehension of the Qur’an. Similarly, if a person studies the Qur’an to notch up some arguments for his preconceived notions, he may succeed in getting some distorted testimonies for them, but at the cost of understanding the Qur’an.


Intelligence: Is it in the brain or the heart?

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By Mohamed Ghilan

Contrary to what we know now, the “organ of intellect” was not always known to be the brain. In fact, before the matter was settled, there were two competing views regarding where the intellect is in the body: the brain or the heart. The most famous of those on one side was Aristotle who was pushing for a cardiocentric (heart-centered) model, which argued that the heart is in fact the organ of intelligence (Frampton, 1991). In his observations, Aristotle noticed that poking the brain of an injured person did not induce pain. He therefore reasoned that the brain is not engaged in perception of any kind. Had he known about pain receptors, I’m sure he would’ve done a few more tests.


Miswak – A great sunnah and a healthy habit

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By Nawal Aqil

Islam is a complete way of life and therefore teaches us good manners too. Cleanliness in Islam is given a lot of importance according to a famous Hadith which says, “Purification is half of faith.” (Muslim). It not only teaches us personal hygiene, but also cleanliness of our houses and neighborhoods.

Allah has indeed created man in the best form and granted him beauty, and so he wishes to see His slave in the best form as well. “Verily Allah is beautiful and loves beauty.” (Muslim).

The use of siwak or miswak holds great importance in Islam. Apart from keeping the body and limbs clean Islam teaches special cleanliness for the mouth in order to keep away from diseases and also to make ones breath pleasant so that it doesn’t become a cause of discomfort to others. Since teeth are the doors of our mouth they should always be clean and shinning as it adds beauty to a Muslims smile and face. 


Understanding Islamic Prophetic medicine in light of eastern medicine

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by Dr. Rehan Zaidi

Amazing is our confidence in Modern medicine. Amazing still is how illness can change all that confidence quite quickly. Spending billions of dollars annually on alternative health care in the United States, the sheer number of people becoming disillusioned with the current state of medical care is driving medical institutions to loosen up on their conservative medical ideology.

Johns Hopkins, the Mayo Clinic, MD Anderson, most other leading hospitals, all have begun integrating complementary therapies, even if nothing more than treating with Chinese needles. Acupuncture, like most Eastern therapies, used in a purely Modern medical fashion is limited in benefit compared to its 4000 year old traditional method, but at least Western medicine is recognizing the East can contribute a thing or two. Eastern countries, surprisingly, are doing the exact opposite: As the West proudly presents its newfound respect in ancient therapies, the East shyly brushes its medical traditions under the rug.


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