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ISLAM & SCIENCE

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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.

 

Tolerance for other faiths

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By Tariq A. Al-Maeena

In response to my column on May 2 on the impending crisis in Sri Lanka as a result of the demand by Buddhist nationals to demolish or remove a mosque in Dambulla, a reader wanted to know whether I had written on this issue only because I am a Muslim and by inference the matter is of concern to me.

He wondered if I would be so quick to react if other faiths were being attacked, citing the bombing of a church in Alexandra, Egypt almost a year and a half ago.  It happened during a midnight mass on New Year’s Eve at a church in Alexandria.  A powerful bomb was set off killing 21 people in the blast mostly followers of the Coptic faith.  The powerful explosion was reportedly set off by a suicide bomber who had prepared his grim New Year package with nails and ball bearings which tore through a crowd of churchgoers as they left the church. In addition to the dead, the blast wounded 79 others and caused havoc in the neighborhood.

 

Beyond Dambulla Mosque Attack - Part 1

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By Dr. Sulaiman Rifai, Naleemi (London)

In this series of articles I will Insha Allah try to gauge the communal relationship between Muslim and Non-Muslim communities in Srilanka in recent times.  The primary objective of this article is not to make division between communities rather to   bridge the gap in deteriorating communal relationship between different communities. A multicultural nation like Srilanka should maintain a strong sense of social interactions between communities in the greater interest of country and each community.  Srilankan Muslim community as a matter of priority of Islamic obligations should play a vital role in this nation building process. Away from all dogmatic and sectarian differences, the entire Srilankan Muslim community should work hand in hand to enhance communal harmony and peace in this country.

   

Eastern provincial election soon; parties consulted

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Chief Minister agrees to dissolution; President in bid to revitalise SLFP

By Chris Kamalendran

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has directed members of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) to be prepared for an early election in the Eastern Province. Eastern Provincial Council Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan said he gave his consent on Thursday to dissolve the council earlier than scheduled.

Constitutionally, the consent of the Chief Minister is required to dissolve a provincial council.
Three years after the military defeat of Tiger guerrillas, the government wants to put its popularity to the test in the East by holding provincial council elections.

 

ACJU press release on Opening of Israel Embassy in Sri Lanka

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ACJU/MDA/013/1433

10-05-2012

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