In a fresh instance of vicious religious hatred unknown anti-Muslim elements have sent a warning letter and pieces of pork to a famous long standing Mosque in the heart of Colombo city.
The historic Fort Jumma Mosque on Chatham Street was the latest target in the anti-Muslim wave currently engulfing the country.
It is learnt that some unknown person or persons sent a bulky letter addressed to the Mosque authorities on the premises early this week.
When the letter was opened small pieces of pork or flesh of pigs were found in a rotting putrid state.Islamic religious tenets forbid the eating of pig flesh and regard it as “Haram”.Any contact with a pig or its flesh, blood, bones, skin etc are treated as an act of defilement.
The Muslim aversion to Pigs has been exploited by the anti -Muslim elements who have engaged in acts such as throwing pig flesh into Mosques.
The enclosed letter was found to be a threat. The Mosque authorities were warned that the Mosque could not be allowed to exist in a high security area of Colombo.The letter also warned that the current on going renovation of the Mosque be stopped at once or else there would be further consequences.
The Jumma Mosque is in proximity to “Janadhipathi Manthiraya” or President’s House and the Central Bank. The area is declared a high security area.
The Fort Mosque on Chatham street was built in the 19th Century during the British Colonial period adjoining the reputed Jewellery store Noor Hameems.Later the Mosque was expanded after adjoining businesses including Noor Hameems were purchased. A magnificient three -storeyed structure with striking dark green minarets was built.
The Fort Jumma Mosque is well attended on week -days with several prominent Muslim Businessmen and professionals participating in the noon, afternoon and evening prayers.Currently some renovation work is going on.
The Jumma Mosque authorities were perturbed by the letter and parcel but did not lodge a complaint with the Police. Mosque authorities handled the matter delicately by appealing directly to President Rajapaksa and his brother the defence secretary.
Senior Police officials visited the Mosque and implored the Imam not to publicise the matter or file a formal complaint.Police personnel have been stationed at the premises to provide security to the Mosque.