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By Latheef Farook

Prime Minister D.M. Dayaratne’s order to demolish a 65 year old mosque in Dambulla and instead build a mosque in another place strikes at the very root of religious freedom .It also shocked and hurt the island’s Muslim community.

Sri Lanka Muslims with rally against UNHRC resolution, Mar 15, 2012, Colombo-pic courtesy of: twitter.com/cfhaviland

Responding to the order and expressing the community’s mood Muslim Congress Secretary and parliamentarian Hassen Ali said the “community will not accept a mosque in another place even if it was built of gold”.

Hassen Ali had stated that if the places of religious worship of the minorities are being attacked while the police and army are idly watching, it implies that they are supporting the marauders and providing security to them, instead of the law abiding people.

The claim by the Prime Minister Dayaratne that an order was given to demolish the mosque with the consent of Muslim politicians insults the prime minister’s office. This was described as “blatant manufactured lie” and vehemently rejected by Senior Minister A.H.M.Fawzie, Deputy Minister M.L.A.M Hizbulla, Western Province Governor Alavi Moulana and Parliamentarian Abdul Cader all of whom pointed out that they never attended such a meeting in Gampola.

Refuting the Prime Minister’s charges former deputy mayor of Colombo Azath Salley stated that “it is misleading to say that the mosque was in existence for two years as it has been there for more than 65 years. We have all the documents to prove that it is a legally constructed mosque under Waqf Act. Therefore the statement by the Prime Minister claiming that the unauthorized construction of the mosque has been stopped is totally false.

The land on which the mosque was located was bought by a lady in Jaffna from Englishmen. From that time, this mosque has been in existence. Later the adjacent land too had been bought by the mosque authorities in 1995. The mosque has been in existence and there are no construction works underway now.

This statement by the Prime Minister is misleading the Buddhists in the country. Prime Minister should not make such irresponsible statements as the Waqf Board comes under the Prime Minister and he is contradicting his own statement. Besides the statement by Ven Inamaluwa Sumangla Thera that he will ensure that Muslims will not have a place to urinate is not only irresponsible but very dangerous too”.

Though the UNP leader Ranil Wickremasinghe is yet to comment, UNP’s Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa described prime minister’s order as” law of the jungle and nothing to do with the Buddhism”. Sajith asked “ how could we develop the country when the prime minister’s office issues such false statements”?

In any civilized society one would expect unruly elements who vandalize a mosque while worshippers were getting ready for Friday Juma prayer to be arrested and brought before justice. Instead they were rewarded in violation of all canons of human decency.

Muslims in the area suspect that Sinhalese in Dambulla were not involved in the hooliganism .Instead hired people, including monks, were brought from outside to vandalize the mosque What they failed to understand is that we are not living in the medieval era today as the world is watching us especially when the country is accused of war crimes against one minority community.

The irony is that this happened less than a month after most Muslim countries voted against the United States sponsored and Indian supported United Nations Human Rights Commissions resolution against Sri Lanka in Geneva and rescued the island’s dignity.

In fact the day the mosque was vandalized the government started bilateral discussions with Israel, known international pariah, sworn enemy of Muslims and the architect of the US sponsored global campaign against Muslims under the guise of fighting a war on terror.

Demolition of the mosque means the end of Muslim support to the government. Western Province governor Alavi Moulana has already gone to the extent of hinting that“he would strongly consider vacating his position if the government goes ahead with the plan to demolish the mosque”.

The manner in which the politicians and so called muftis who started hob knobbing in politics were insulted and intimated at the meeting held in Colombo to discuss the Dambulla Mosque is a clear indication of the mood among the people.

To Muslims all over the world Mosque is Allah’s House. It is everything to them. They turn to mosque for their prayers. Moreover Muslims posed no problem or threat to anyone in Dambulla or anywhere else. They never interfered with the religious affairs of other communities. Under such circumstance what is the need to raise this issue. The question is do we need to precipitate such an unwanted crisis now?

As pointed out by former Chief Justice Sarath N .Silva Muslims in the island have been the most peaceful community”.

Muslims never failed to rise up to the occasion to support and protect the country.

For example when two-third majority was needed to obtain independence in 1948 the Muslim community wholeheartedly supported the bill which was detrimental to their own interest. It is time all involved in mosque demolition read late Prime Minister S.W.R.D.Bandaranaike’s passionate and emotional response and assurance to Muslims which were conveniently forgotten later.

Ultra nationalists who claim and behave as if King Vijaya and Kuveni had given them the title deed of sole ownership to the island and now hand in glove with the Israelis have forgotten the historic role played by Muslims in preserving the territorial integrity of the country. For example from the very beginning Muslims opposed tooth and nail the LTTE claim for a separate state. Had they joined hands with the LTTE then the country would have been divided decades ago as the island’s armed forces were not equipped then, as it is today, to meet the challenges posed by the LTTE backed then openly by India

Muslims paid a heavy price for this. They were slaughtered in village after village and even while praying in mosques. Their paddy lands acquired, businesses closed and their very means of survival deprived. The entire Jaffna Muslims population was kicked out within two hours and their belongings and property were looted.

In return Muslims expected some relief after the military defeat of LTTE. Instead they have been simply dismissed and sidelined. Though they remain deeply frustrated, yet they only expected some peaceful solutions to their problems .It was in this atmosphere comes the move to destroy Dambulla mosque.

The country has ended up in Geneva due to its failure to deal with one community- Tamils. Is this the time to provoke Muslims without any rhyme or reason especially, when Zionist Jews, Evangelical Christians together with RSS Hindu extremists have unleashed a global campaign killing Muslims and destroying Muslim countries? Under such circumstance who can predict the consequences of short sighted move to demolish the Dambulla mosque?

In the aftermath of the LTTE defeat all in the country-Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims and others- looked forward to a period of peace and harmony. However move to demolish Dambulla mosque shows that reconciliation, peace, harmony and progress are nothing but distant dreams.

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  1. The politcal strategy of the Muslims had been to full support to the state against the Tamil minority with the intention of gaining maximum favour for themselves.

    This has also been clearly evident in the recent Geneva crisis.

    What is happening now is that this political opportunism is no longer working as the Tamil threat is for the most part eliminated.

    As most of the Muslim leaders are not condemning Sinhala/Buddhist intolerance but simply saying we supported you against the Tamils so pleasse be generous to us….

    What kind of politics is this….Why not call racism or bigotry by its name instead of hiding behind the Tamils.

  2. The need for a Ministry and a policy to promote multiculturalism, ethno-religious harmony, and enable inter-faith dialogue and negotiation when disputes arise and enable reconciliation is evident..

    Sri Lanka has a long and proud tradition of religious co-existence which is being destroyed by fascist political forces such as the Jathika Hela Urumaya in the garb of Buddhist monks. Katargama, the Madhu shrine in Mannar, and Sri Pada are ancient and famous multi-religious sites of worship where Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims and Christians have come together to worship for centuries based on the archaeological and historical record and contemporary practice shows. There is a Muslim sufi shrine in Kataragama and the British colonial administrator, John Still records in this in his book, Jungle Tide written a hundred years ago that Muslims went to the shrine at Madhu church. Sri Pada also is a multi-relgious site.
    The UDA under the Defense Ministry and Gotabaya the goon in Trincomallee has ordered removal of a Hindu shrine it is also learned. In Katharagama some so-called Buddhists have been trying to take over far older Hindu Kovil were Murugan or god Kathragama is sacred. Sinhala politicians and civilians greedy for land and power are declaring “Buddhist sacred areas” in various places and grabbing land, destroying centuries of cultural and religious co-existence in Lanka and giving Buddhism – a highly tolerant religion a bad name.
    Buddhism which derives from the Hindu tradition and Hinduism, was Tamil and came to Lanka from Tamil Nadu. Buddhism was Tamil before it was appropriated by Sinhala groups in Lanka to serve political agendas. Hindusim and Buddhism have co-existed for centuries in Lanka, yet now the military is planting statues all over the northeast and pretending that Buddhism belongs to the Sinhala.
    Sinhala ultra nationalist political forces and the muderous Rajapakse regime with the JHU have turned public religion (this is not Buddhism which is about AHIMSA or non-violence) in Lanka into instrument of war and violence and occupation of others property. The current Rajapakse regime who love grabbing land from other faiths are a disgrace to the Buddha Sakyamuni and are abusing the religion for their personal gain.

  3. The need for a Ministry and a policy to promote and mainstream multiculturalism, ethno-religious harmony, and enable inter-faith dialogue and negotiation when disputes arise and enable reconciliation is evident..
    Sri Lanka has a long and proud tradition of religious co-existence which is being destroyed by fascist political forces such as the Jathika Hela Urumaya in the garb of Buddhist monks. Katargama, the Madhu shrine in Mannar, and Sri Pada are ancient and famous multi-religious sites of worship where Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims and Christians have come together to worship for centuries based on the archaeological and historical record and contemporary practice shows. There is a Muslim sufi shrine in Kataragama and the British colonial administrator, John Still records in this in his book, Jungle Tide written a hundred years ago that Muslims went to the shrine at Madhu church. Sri Pada also is a multi-relgious site.
    The UDA under the Defense Ministry and Gotabaya the goon in Trincomallee has ordered removal of a Hindu shrine it is also learned. In Katharagama some so-called Buddhists have been trying to take over far older Hindu Kovil were Murugan or god Kathragama is sacred. Sinhala politicians and civilians greedy for land and power are declaring “Buddhist sacred areas” in various places and grabbing land, destroying centuries of cultural and religious co-existence in Lanka and giving Buddhism – a highly tolerant religion a bad name.
    Buddhism which derives from the Hindu tradition and Hinduism, was Tamil and came to Lanka from Tamil Nadu. Buddhism was Tamil before it was appropriated by Sinhala groups in Lanka to serve political agendas. Hindusim and Buddhism have co-existed for centuries in Lanka, yet now the military is planting statues all over the northeast and pretending that Buddhism belongs to the Sinhala.
    Sinhala ultra nationalist political forces and the murderous Rajapakse regime with the JHU have turned public religion (this is not Buddhism which is about AHIMSA or non-violence) in Lanka into instrument of war and violence and occupation of other’s property. The current Rajapakse regime who love grabbing land have set the example for those who want to grab land from other faiths and scapegoat minority communities. The Rajapakse regime are a disgrace to the Buddha Sakyamuni and are abusing the religion for their personal gain.
    When the leaders of a country have little education or cultural sensitivity the result is clear. The Ministry of national integration under Vasu, like most ministries controlled by Rajapakse’s Jumbo Cabinet of goons, fools, geriatric leftists and criminal, simply does not have the expertise to develop and mainstream multiculturalism. The absence of culture and refinement in the Rajapske family and regime is also manifest in the sorry state of cultural and educational institutions in the country, including the universities. Rather, all the cultural and educational institutions have been militarized to ensure ideological brain-washing that perpetuates the Rajapakse dictatorship – despite all the hot air about Lanka becoming a Knowledge Hub!

  4. time to all the Muslim leaders to get together and make one Party for the entire country. thanks for the commence above.

  5. Arab and Muslim countries voted for Sri Lanka in Geneva. Muslims in Lanka took part in rallies against UNHRC resolution across the country to show solidarity and support for the GOVT.

    This reminds me of Late Ponnambalam Ramanathan who rescued Sinhala leaders under British rule and there after Sinhala people gave lot of gifts to Tamils.

    Today, it is time for Muslims to receive their gifts.

    Lets see whether Muslims leaders will save their community or their minister posts. Of course they have sacrificed so much to get the bones……

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    I think the Muslim leaders will act sensibly and carefully in the best interests of their community which is interspersed among the Sinhalese and Tamils throughout the Island

    Although a great injustice is being done and the issue is explosive Muslim leaders like Rauff Hakeem, AHM Fowzie etc will not make the stupid blunders made by the “fighting”leaders of the Tamils who plunged their community into disaster causing death, destruction and displacement

  6. Try building a temple in any of the middle eastern countries and see what you get. My friend went for a job in Saudi, and he had a Budddha’s picture inside the lid of his suitcase. At the airpot in Saudi, the customs offficer saw this picture and pull it out, crushed it and put it the rubbish bin saying “what is this shit, we don’t want them here”. What’s this double standard. ?.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Sri Lanka is NOT Saudi Arabia. Are you saying the Saffron brigade is trying to demolish the mosque in Dambulla because Saudi authorities did not allow the Buddha picture into that Country?

  7. Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and Christians in Sri Lanka have historically shared a common public space and segregation and removal of religious shrines is not recommended. Buddhist and Muslims should be BOTH ACCOMMODATED in Dambulla after negotiations. It is absurd and WRONG to relocate the Mosque — and I say this as a Buddhist.
    Discussion, negotiation and ACCOMMODATION is the way forward in the current crisis which is indicative of the need for post-war reconciliation and multiculturalism. During the war centuries of religious co-existence were slowly eroded by the LTTE and Shinhala politicians. Now post-war, Sinhalas, Tamils, Muslims, Buddhists, Christians, Hindus must learn once again to share public religious space while respecting local communities..
    1. The solution to the Dambulla crisis must NEGOTIATED with the help of INDEPENDENT EXPERTISE from the universities and civil society and UNESCO (not just religious leaders and politicians who are part of the problem of playing the ethnic card to win votes and power),
    2. and must build on ANCIENT TRADITIONS of multi-religious co-existence of sharing of public space and religious syncretism in Sri Lanka which has a long and proud tradition of religious co-existence as noted above. This tradition of religious co-existence is evident in historical sacred places and contemporary practices Katharagama, Sri Pada, the Pada Yathra pilgrimage from Jaffna to Kathragama along the east coast etc..
    3. UNESCO should be invited to help build national capacity and institutions to develop and mainstream a national policy for multiculturalism, co-existence and reconciliation.

    The historical fact of sharing public space among religion should be the basis of any discussion and settlement of the current crisis in Dambulla where Buddhist and Muslims should be both accommodated in the same place since both have the RIGHT to be there and the declaration of a sacred zone by some nationalist politician like Premadasa who was trying to win votes in the 70s should not be an obstacle to religious tolerance and accommodation in post-war Lanka.

  8. Mr. Lathief. You are totally wrong. The way you try to connect Isrial issues , and the Dambulla mosque incident is totally misleading. Muslim countries voted against US not for the sake of Sri Lanka to be saved. That too you got wrong. I respect DBSJ’s response. Sri Lanka is NOT Saudi Arabia , but Muslims are Muslims either Sri Lankan or Saudi

  9. Muslim too should be reasonable, why the hell Mosque ( a prayer room) was erected inside Buddhist temple land some 50 years ago?( a long period.?) & now plan to build a concrete structure ? Didn’t they know Dambulla was a sacred place of Buddhists & has been in existence for over 2000 years?
    Only a few months ago there was a makeshift Mosque in Mahamewna Uyana in Anuradapura.
    Who create problems ?
    Do Muslims know that more mosques were built than Buddhist temples were built during last 64 years after independence ? thanks to majority Sinhala Buddhists.
    Is there any other Non-Muslim country in the world which can boast this?, other than Sri Lanka ?
    Do they know some 500 years ago when Lankan Muslims (Men, Women, Children) in their thousands were hacked to death by Portuguese invaders in the west coast of Sri Lanka, because they steadfastly refused to convert to Portuguese religion, (Buddhists converted after few hundreds were summarily executed by Portuguese )
    Who rescued those Muslims ? Muslim Community leaders rushed to Sinhala Buddhist King of Kandy & complained, the King in turn gave all those Muslims of west coast, Lands in the Eastern Province which came under Kandyan Kingdom. Up until todate, for Nearly 500 years, Muslims live there peacefully ( Except for some LTTE terror attack during last 30 years) If not for King of Kandy, there wouldn’t have been any Muslim in Sri Lanka today.
    There is absolute harmony between Buddhists & Muslims in SL, with no any campaign to convert Muslims to Buddhism or vice versa, no any mosque was torched in any part of the country, no where Prophet Mohamed is ridiculed, no any cartoons drawn, no any books / poems written ridiculing Prophet, as against in many Western countries. Lankan Muslims too should act responsibly by not hurting Buddhists & intruding in to sacred places of Buddhists.

  10. Recently ,I had the opportunity to have a look at the election manifesto of Mr.Ratnapathy Wijaya Indra.He contested against J.R.Jayawardane in the 1970 general election.
    Had the GoSL followed his vision of unitary nation with equal rights, We would not be in this plight.
    Religious intolerance should not be tolerated.so is Sinhala Buddhist fundamentalism–(RSS in India)
    It is worth being re-published in Transcurrents.

  11. Don’t worry It is Mahinda chinthanay, Demolition, Rebuild and Rehabilitation, once back from South Korea he will kiss the airport runway again.PLEASE KEEP IT CLEAN, what a king.

    Justice minister will be in the front row to invite the victorious king.

  12. All must understand this mosque is built in dambulla sacred area. I am sure this would have been a house earlier and converted to a mosque later and wothout proper authority.Mosques are springing up like mushrooms every where.Hope the government will stand firm on this issue and remove the mosque and ensure these things will not repeat in sacred areas.disharmony of the political leaders are taking us to extinction.Will a Muslim country allow a buddhis temple to be built in their country?No.what happened in Afganistan buddha statues?Muslims are invaders.they are invading all Sri lanka silently without anybody’s knowledge.in the near future they will want sharia law to be implemented in Sri lanka.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    The issue here is the manner in which a bunch of thugs from the majority community led by Saffron robed people are trying to oust a place of worship belonging to a minority community. If it is illegal and I emphasise IF the proper way is to seek legal recourse not resort to thuggery in the name of Buddhism

  13. We need to put an end to Sinhala Buddhists’ extremism.
    Democracy does not mean that the majority have it all.
    If the State can not provide the RIGHTS to minorities as well, it should no longer govern the country.
    Multi-cultural,multi-lingual,multi-religious —co-harmony is necessary for the country to progress economically
    and harmoniously.

  14. Why the same Muslim leaders did nothing when a Mosque was demolished in Anuradhapura couple of weeks back?

    Or

    Are they sensibly hiding?

    Fact is, Sinhala Buddhists and Monks will eventually push minority communities out of Island.

    Anyhow, we will be able to witness what Muslim community gets as a reward for conducting rallies for GOVT and against UNHRC Resolution.

    Just like we witnessed Mullivaaikkaal?……….DBSJ

  15. It doesnt matter what religion or race you follow, it is time for all the sensible citizens of SL to unite and fight for their rights!
    Demolishing the mosque is morally wrong.
    if muslims cave in what is next in store?

  16. Can you put up church in the Kingdom Saudi Arabia any where let alone Mecca

    Is that the reason for attack on a Mosque in Dambulla?………DBSJ

  17. All Sri Lankans are grateful to the Muslim community for their stance of unitary state. Instead of demolishing their mosque, the government should help upgrade it, if needed. We all know that the Prime Minister is an idiot. President should over-rule him and allow the mosque to be there. The country can’t afford to have the saffron robed thugs running amok.

  18. “Are you saying the Saffron brigade is trying to demolish the mosque in Dambulla because Saudi authorities did not allow the Buddha picture into that Country?”

    No ! All we say is Saudi Arabia is Not Sri Lanka . What is possible in Saudi Arabia is Not possible in Sri Lanka ! ! !

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    I dont think anyone is trying to make a Saudi Arabia out of Sri Lanka. It is not possible because Sri Lanka is a multi -ethnic,multi -religious nation with a long tradition of religious tolerance,amity and peaceful co-existence. It is that reality which is under threat in recent times mainly due to “political Buddhism”

  19. with due respect to all releigions,

    srilanka was handed to sinhalese by buddha to preserve and protect

    from outsiders as per “mahavamsa”.

    mahavamsa is to sinhalese is what bible to christians

    iwf we don’t practice what mahawamsa preaches then we are doing a disservice to budhisim

    and we are fooling ourselves.

    i am not advocating violence or disharmony against one community to another

    but we have to be honest in our thinking and actions.

    if we are to live in harmony in a society where different cultures and releigions exist

    we have to be tolernt and not fully beleiveing the myths written in the releigious

    chronicles.

    the govt should lead by example and introduce laws to protect everyone.

    instead of pinching the child and rocking the cradles.

    i hope the muslims will for one moment stop only speak for themselves and start thinking

    about the other affected people with whom they live amongst.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:
    Are you a Tamil Buddhist or just pretending to be one?At other times you post here as Sellaiah. Now why this name and this pretence?

  20. DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Sri Lanka is NOT Saudi Arabia. Are you saying the Saffron brigade is trying to demolish the mosque in Dambulla because Saudi authorities did not allow the Buddha picture into that Country?
    —————–
    but Sri Lanka is slowly but definitely on the way to become the Afghanistan of Buddhism.

  21. Well said Hettie Archie!

    The Sri Lankan Sinhala Buddhist extremism believes Sri Lanka is only for them and never tolerated minorities, be it Tamils, Burghurs,Hindu, Christian or Muslim. This latest act is just another step in that direction, one that was totally expected!

  22. These tendencies of the State is a “Play act” to introduce the Emergency
    Regulation again in good time to meet the next stage – to achive
    Dictatorship in a USA/India supported “Democracy” !!!!
    Just watch the stupidity that will snow-ball in the days ahead, to prepare
    for an answer to UNHCR too.

  23. Thank God that Minister Janaka Tennakone has taken a very courageous stand. THE MOSQUE THAT STOOD THERE FOR OVER 50 YEARS WILL NOT BE DEMOLISHED. As a Sinhalese Buddhist I am proud of his actions. We cannot preserve Buddhism or our culture by destroying other religions or cultures that have co-existed for thousands of years. If you can accept Baila songs as a part of our culture, why cannot we accept our Tamil and Muslim brethren as an integral part of our culture? Come on open your eyes!
    Sanath de Silva

  24. Latheef Farook
    WHY MISLEADING THE PPUBLIC WITH BOGUST FACTORS

    “it is a legally constructed mosque under Waqf Act.”

    The relavent legal provision for constructing non buddhist worship places(church,mosque,covil)was enacted in year 1892 by British.
    It is in law book volume. Here is the details,

    second volume,page 882,para 391

    Although the law is subject to change in time to time, up today this law is not subject to any alteration. There fore it is still enacting.
    what is the law said.

    GIVE THE RESPECT WHICH RENDERED IN EARLY PERIODS,TO BUDDHIST MONKS AND PERAHARA CUSTOMS. THIS IS NOT PREVENTING FROM PROTECTING OTHER PEACEFUL RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES BY THE GOVERNMENT.

    FURTHERMORE THIS IS NOT PREVENTING FROM CONSTRUCTING OTHER RELIGIOUS PLACES UNLESS
    IT IS IN SUITABLE ENVIORNMENT AND HAVING THE APPROVIAL OF THE GOVENER.

  25. the people in the picture holding a poster about the kattankudy mosque massacre.well the time of the massacre karuna was leading the LTTE in the east.karuna is in the parliment now.i am sure he must have knowledge about the massacre.
    so you fellow muslim in the picture …..whats your aim to get a vote.may be you are JOBLESS !

  26. I think even the Tamil Leaders need to raise the voice on this issue. When Tamils ( I mean whoever speaks Tamil – may be Muslims, Native Hindu & Christian Tamils, Indian Tamils) are united – you can get the power you deserve. But reality is not that case in the island nation.

    This is an oppurtunity to every minority in the island nation to come together. Right to whorship is sensitive then right to live.

  27. Latheef Farook
    WHY MISLEADING THE PPUBLIC WITH BOGUST FACTORS

    “it is a legally constructed mosque under Waqf Act.”
    —————

    The relavent legal provision for constructing non buddhist worship places(church,mosque,covil)was enacted in year 1892 by British.
    It is in law book volume. Here is the details, you better check it.

    law book volume, second volume,page 882,para 391

    Although the law book volume is subject to change in time to time, up today this law had not any alteration. Therefore it is still enacting.
    what is the law said.

    GIVE THE RESPECT TO BUDDHIST MONKS AND PERAHARA CUSTOMS, WHICH RENDERED IN EARLY PERIODS. THIS IS NOT PREVENTING FROM PROTECTING OTHER PEACEFUL RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES BY THE GOVERNMENT.

    FURTHERMORE THIS IS NOT PREVENTING FROM CONSTRUCTING OTHER RELIGIOUS PLACES UNLESS
    IT IS IN SUITABLE ENVIORNMENT AND HAVING THE APPROVIAL OF THE GOVENER.

    According to the said law,
    Constructing of other religious places must be fulfil 3 conditions.

    1. It is relating with peacefull religious activities,
    2. It should be constructing in suitable enviornment
    3. It should be obtain governer(presedent) approval

    This law was pointing out in year 1963 too, and proved it is still enacting.

    according to my knowledge JUSTICE,DEHERAGODA who lastly scrutinized law book volme. HE TOO NOT CHANGED SO CALLED LAW.

    What I want to tell is pleace do not trying to fool others.

    samarasekara

  28. @Marusira

    Dont compare SriLanka to Saudi Arabia, as it is pure Islamic country, without minorities or any other ethnicity, only foreign workers are non Muslims.

  29. If the prime Ministers office issued such a statement then my vote and respect for that Gentleman is no more.

    As was said we are NOT living in an era where monks in robes or christian priest will have the way.

    Shame on the Government and other members of parliament if this were to go on.

    I can assure you that all right thinking people of this country WILL NOT condone this act and I can also assure you that this will be one of the downfalls of this government in the next elections.

    There is NO room for Sinhalese chauvanism in the name of Budhism or any other religion or race.

    So many people have given up so much for peace in this land. And this land is for all to live and practise the religion of their choice.

    I am using this forum to call the Innamaluwe Sumangala the mother of all idiots and not a true budhist if he were to have utered those words as stated by the writer.

    I know many budhists and they are not what this man is.

    To Marusira,

    Just because others do wrong doesn not mean we will allow.
    We are a society that has lived with Muslims and Hindus and other religions.
    This land is for all and not for some and for others to dictate.

    Finally I urge those muslims in Dambulla to seek legal action as I believe that this calls for urgent action.

    I am a Sri Lanka and stand with the Muslims in this context. I state in the strongest possible voice my condemnation of this purpoted action by the prime ministers office and the utterences of the thera concerned. The prefix ‘ven’ is ommitted by choice.

  30. Hettie Archie says:

    “As most of the Muslim leaders are not condemning Sinhala/Buddhist intolerance but simply saying we supported you against the Tamils so pleasse be generous to us”

    This is what the Tamils said just after 1915 riots:

    As most of the Tamil leaders were not condemning Sinhala/Buddhist intolerance against Muslims but simply saying we supported you against the Muslims so pleasse be generous to us.

    Indeed the Sinhala/Buddhist/Aryans have been very generous to the minorites in the past 63 years. In fact they have been very generous to Sinhala speaking people too.

  31. Dambulla is neither a Mecca nor the structure in dispute is a Kabba. Unless for some religious compulsion directed by Allah as read by Gabriel through Muhammad as written in the Koran or interpreted by Muslim scholars in Hadith as statements or actions of Muhammad, I see no crucial reason why Muslims cannot relocate this structure to a new suitable location; meaning somewhere away from the middle of the aged old Buddhist sacred area that is to be developed to former glory. What’s wrong with that?

  32. Well, Well………demolishing places of worship of minorities has become the art of India and Sri Lanka. Babar Masjid in India and Dambulla Masjid in Sri Lanka.

  33. This is not even a material event taking considerations of the current economic developments. Dambulla is one of the growing pocket and needs to developed. It’s not like this mosque was completely taken away, instead SLG is only moving it to another place. Successive governments have done it before for development and economic purpose and as Sri Lankans we should take this in a positive manner as our country is drastically transforming into a economic hub of South Asia. It’s completely a false accusation if it’s blamed on political gain. It’s a worshiping place, and I am sure SLG will allocate a spot outside of the core Dambulla. It’s pretty sad to see lame minority politicians are blowing this out of proportion to make political gains. We have seen it all, dealt with it all and this confrontational protest/approach will not concern the majority in anyway. I am sure muslim community has witnessed/is witnessing the plight of minority Tamils, and hoping their leaders will make the right decision considering the well being of their community.

  34. Latheef remember Islam countries didn’t support SL because those racist Arabs/Persians really care about our SL Muslim brothers. You can ask those who went to work in Middle East as housemaids/servants. Also some of the SL Muslim brothers didn’t rally in SL against UNHCR because they were patriotic SLns.

    Those Muslims/Sinhala brothers who supported UN resolution and shed tears and voiced against when watching CH-4 video (Like Chandrika) were the true SLans. Those Tamils who voiced against when Muslims send out from Jaffna or when Sinhala civilians got killed outside war zone were true SLans.

    “Prime Minister D.M. Dayaratne’s order to demolish a 65 year old mosque in Dambulla…” will he order the same to those mushrooming Buddha-status and viharais in North East?

    Also I am not in favor of having new religious structures. These things create problem more than salvaging people. Nowadays, religious places/structures are considered as a key to claim the area belongs to certain group than directing people toward the right path/karma.

    I think all should be allowed to visit and pray at all religious places. Moreover, a monk should be allowed to administer the mosque, Imams should be allowed to administer a Hindu temple, Iyar should be allowed to administer a Church and a Christian priest should be allowed to administer a Viharai. As long as they know how it works and what to perform, anyone should be allowed. May be it should be a university degree (because religion plays a huge role in the society, those religious leaders should be provided proper trainings at university level, on how to respect others religious and knowing them) to become a religious priest and anyone can become any priest as long as they have the devotion toward that markham/path.

    I don’t see a new need for a mosque in Dampulla and a viharai in Killinochi and a temple in Hampantodai or Church in Anurathapuram. Those there let it stay for the shake of tourists but why need a new one?

    We veddha/adhi-drividars converted to Aryan’s Hindusim and Buddhism, Middle Eastern Islam/Christianity? We had our own religious that is much better than any one of them. We prayed air/fire/water/nature, had great civilization, later Aryan stole our ideas, Christians/Muslims form far west also taken our ideas and incorporated into them.. Later they sold them back to us as theirs (like the old arrack in a new bottle)… Because we are happy to have anything from light/white skins, even if they sell our work, our resources back to us… I have seen people recently converting to Christianity or Islam then makes jokes about Hindu practices….What do they know about any religions… will be not a good Hindu/Christina/Muslim/Buddhist, they are just half baked potatoes, switching for opportunities… We can understand those dalits converting to Buddism/Islam/Christianity but they also not converting because they are better religion, just wanted to escape from stupid varnam imposed by Aryans into us. If you born as Christian, stay as Christina but respect others, there should be no restriction for you to learn and practice others while you are Christian. This should applies to all others (hindus/buddist/Islams etc..)… OK stop, going out of topic!…

  35. Jayan,
    Do you think that the “Prime Minister” would have uttered these statements independently of the all powerful “President”?

  36. First of all my sincere thanks to DBS for the responses
    he has given to some of the posts.When there are enough
    muslim countries with Budhist Temples,Hindu Kovils,
    Churches and Synagogues,some commentators are non-stop
    targeting Saudi Arabia to get down an example of non-tolerence of Idol worship.Saudi has opened its doors for employment and not for residence.And you are going there on terms and conditions.Is that the case of muslims and Hindus,Christians and Burghers in Srilanka?As DBS has
    made it clear,muslims are interspersed among Tamils and Sinhalese.This situation has led some uncivilised rogue elements to harm them when and where conditions form or created by planning.It has been the practice of giving
    immediate protection to muslims,in the past.But with the rise of separatism in the north,pseudo nationalism based on racist Budhism of extremists,raised its head in the south very conveniently.Dambulla is not one isolated incident.It follows a pattern.This is third such incident within months and one after the other.If Alawi Moulana has hinted to consider vacating his position,muslims are sending negative signal is the news.In another end,Janaka B Tennakoon is reported to have said that the mosque can not be removed.Extremist racist elements exist within Budhist religious establishments preaching hatred towards other communities.Sinhala people who feed them should try to stop these elements.

  37. Anonymous,just prove Dambulla disputed land belongs to
    this Budhist temple alone and Budhism in Dambulla is sacred.Inamaluwa Thero proved to the entire world quite
    a different picture.

  38. Ran Giri Vihara declared as Buddhist sacred area in 1982 and 9 years after UNESCO declared it as world heritage site, there are guide lines to deal with existing structures within declared sacred area, In Sri lanka lot of worship places was build by devotees without proper approvals, many Hindu worship places are personal properties turned to be public worship place by the passage of time, so it is wrong to argue the legality of structures without considering the age because it was build on faith and spirituality. However When i checked with one of my friend who worked in middle east for long time said counter protest by Muslims are unethics since Islam doesn’t advocate to believe in structures or statues(Idol), they can peacefully move to some other place and he said further we can’t fight with Sinhalese for power like tamils and these two guys(tamils&Sinhalese) claiming land right over the other really doesn’t care the Muslims for other than their political need.

    So where are we in the reconciliation? What about those who cry foul when UNHRC resolution adopted? Who is going to stop these lunatic monks? Are we going to see these shaved head saffron creatures marching in Kandy, Polanaruwa, Anuradapura,
    What about “Nainatheevu Amman Temple” and Maadagal Catholic church located in sea side ?

  39. Dear, DBSJ Your response to Kalum “with a long tradition of religious tolerance,amity and peaceful co-existence.” What evidence you have If you look or care to review the post independence history of Srilanka or even before the Sinhala raiots against the Muslems in the early 20th century. I can understand your longing for to promote peace and unity among Srilankans. But the history and past and present happenings does not suport. Even the highest reps in the ruling circles are trying to lie to even relatives and ex friends, and even betraying their supporters.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    The reality of Sri Lanka is its long tradition of religious tolerance,amity and peaceful co -existence among its ordinary people. Go to any multi-ethnic environment and you see places of worship of different religions existing in the same neighbourhood sometimes in close proximity. When religious festivals are celebrated people of other religions also participate to a certain extent.There are places of worship attended by people of different religions

    There are bound to be natural tensions at times in multi -religious areas and these do occur occasionally but NOT frequently. Generally they are managed and life goes on

    What I am concerned about is the rise of “political BUddhism” and its related effects.

    Also the rise of religious fundamentalism. This is not confined to some Buddhists alone but to some adherents of the Christian,Hindu and Islamic faiths also. It is this rise plus the political BUddhism of which the Jathika Hela Urumaya is the most potent vehicle are the factors causing trouble in Sri Lanka.

    Yes there are inter-ethnic and inter-religious conflagrations at times but it must be said that the majority of the Sinhalese and BUddhists in Sri Lanka are tolerant and moderate in everyday life. Despite political upheavals and tensions from time to time the ordinary people lead lives of tolerant co-existence.

    Look at Dambulla! Despite the incessant propaganda by Inamaluwe Sumangala Thero’s radio and leaflets issued the ordinary Sinhala Buddhist of Dambulla has not joined the protest demonstration.Most demonstrators were imported and those of the JHU. The ordinary person has a basic sense of right and wrong.

    This is what has enabled people of minority ethnicities and religions to live among the Sinhala Buddhists in different parts of the Country. Even after the violence of 1983 the displaced Tamils have returned to the South in large numbers. Many Tamils never relocated from their places of residence despite the troubles

    Let us also not forget that a large number of Tamils relocated from the North and East and moved to the Sinhala majority South. Where in the world would a people fleeing areas where an “Allegedly” invading Army causing problems seek refuge in areas from where the members of that army hailed? Where in the world would people claiming to fight for a separate state because they could not stay together with the majority community seek safe haven among them?

    The greatest strength of the Sinhala community and followers of BUddhism in Sri Lanka HAS BEEN their innate sense of tolerance,amiable goodwill, inclusivity and accommodative spirit.

    What I am worried NOW is the new politics of hate and exclusivism that is being propagated by proponents of “Political Buddhism” and the rise of religious fundamentalism.It is this phenomenon which is threatening to tear apart the long standing fabric of the Sri Lankan inclusive, tolerant society

  40. There is an order currently to remove a Ganesh temple in Trinco. No one talks about it.
    There are budhist temples springing every day at every corner of the country. They don’t mind if they are close to a Hindu temple or to a church or to a Mosque.
    Even, look at Kathirkamam (Katregama) which was a Murugan Temple. What do you see in Katregama now? Murugan is a refugee there.
    So much for the behavior of Sri Lanka. The day will come for the sinners to answer.

  41. Demolishing or showing disrespect to the place of worship of another religion is wrong.
    Mr.Latheef should learn to stand for justice when harm is done be it to Hindus(as in Bangladesh) or to Buddhists(as in Afghanistan-demolition of Buddha statue)or to Muslims(as in India)or to Hindus,Christians and Muslims as in Sri Lanka, any time, not only when harm is done to an Islamic place of worship.It is pathetic to see him pleading that since Sri Lankan Muslims opposed and some Muslim Countries voted against the US sponsored resolution(as though only)Mosques should fall into a special category in Sri Lanka and should be left alone.No dictatorial regime should be bailed out without rhyme or reason.He states demolition of the mosque means the end of Muslim support to the government.I am sure he is not speaking for all Muslim Ministers and Members of Parliament. Except for two or three of them we have not heard even a murmur of protest from others. Hon.Athaullah, the champion of Muslim rights seems to be very quiet.Please note that India has more Muslims than saudi Arabia and yet they voted in favour of US resolution. After all voting is not conducted at the UNHCR in Geneva on religious basis.

  42. “Sri Lanka is its long tradition of religious tolerance,amity and peaceful co -existence among its ordinary people.”

    Well said DBS. You have explained very well the truth and reality in Sri Lanka above.

  43. Immaturity,intolerance,stupidity,arrogance are the root cause of this JHU sponsored, Govt.approved actions of the Dambulla Thera & his cheap hooliganism.
    This kind of chauvinistic antics should be nipped in the bud before it spreads like a cancer and destroy harmony amongst the various ethnic & religious groups.
    The country is facing many difficulties and this is not a time for more new problems.The Govt. should see that minority religion & places of worships are protected.Demolishing Mosques ,Temples or Churches will only aggravate tension and create political unrest in the future.The Govt. should be impartial &
    should do the right thing without supporting any side.
    More & more areas are becoming sacred areas and High Security Zones & army occupied regions under this Govt.This kind of approach is not at all healthy and this will only divide the people and the nation and take down the country to disaster.

  44. Thank you DBSJ for your words of sanity.

    I Agree with you wholeheartedly that Political Budhism should not rise.

    I honestly believe that it will not after JHU debacle.

    I actually thought that All muslims will vote for a muslim party and all tamils will vote for a tamil party. When the JHU was formed and came into politics I thought that All budhists will also vote for them as they would percieve the ven monks to be above politics. However I was proven wrong when at the next election there were less votes for the JHU and as always there were splits and trouble within.

    Thuggery in the name of Budhism and even bending of the rule in the name of budhism exists.

    But these are not by all and perhaps even less than a few.

    You can see the blatant violation of all UDA rules by the Gangaramaya Temple in taking over public property and even the road and pavement.
    Sarath Silvas Budhist TV and the temple associated has constructed a Stupa in the middle of the road reservation with a boundary wall arund it. This happened while he was the CJ. The entrances are encroaching the pavement.

    These are the worrying factors as any enforcement of the law would appear to be anti Budhist.

    I would like the readers to know that All temple property are private belonging to the priest and do not come within a framework like the churches. In fairness all Hindu temples are also private. The individuals who run these places do as they please.

    The Dambulaa priest has no right for the actions taken he should go before the law if there was an issue.

    It is for us as a Majority Sinhalese to keep the monorities safe and comfortable.

  45. blackmailing government ? Lathief you must be kidding. A religion must promote human qualities. In today’s world only two religions have been recognized which can support that . Hinduism and Buddhism by all the scientists and philosophers.

  46. The argument raised by some that this has been a Temple land for 2000 yrs is similiar to the argument of the Zionists that Palestine is the land of the Jews given to them by God. Legally in our society 30 yrs is adequate for prescriptive rights of ownership. You cant just go on a rampage saying that the land belonged to your forefathers.
    The problem of Israel and Palestine remains and festers with such intarnsigence. People are thrown out of their homes and their lands are seized. Do we want the same in Sri Lanka? Rule of law should prevail.

  47. A mob vandalizing a mosque is wrong because vandalism is wrong: if only the article had stuck to this basic, decent point, rather than implying that the mosque ought to have been spared because Muslims are the “good” minority.

    Justice for anyone shouldn’t depend on the politics of previous generations or the UN voting record for foreign nations. By dragging in those extraneous issues, the author is opening the floor to a discussion of the character of Muslims, rather than focusing on the fundamental issue, the legality of what happened to the mosque.

    The comments on Israel are hyperbolic and defamatory, and also beside the point.

  48. There is one particular picture on the internet of a Buddhist priest standing in front of a heap of ashes which is very troubling. We need to know what was burnt. As we know the burning of the Quran in Afghanistan by US troops led to a world wide uproar and the President of the US did apologise to Muslims. Also the efforts of a Pastor in US to burn the Quran led to worldwide condemnation.

  49. religion is to guide a mankind in the correct path.every humanbeing should respect his or her parent.a child brought up by the parents will definitely follow the religion of his or her parents. a child born to a bhuddhist parent will become a bhuddhist,same to other communities too.but to be born as a human and to have good human qualities is the best of all motherland and religion are two different catagories. if you are born and bred in srilanka you have all the rights to live as a srilankan. you should respect and live peacefully with your neighbor whatever caste or creed they belong to. if you cannot live peacefully with the people around you go to hell.life is short so make it sweet.

  50. @DilshanF: “I Agree with you wholeheartedly that Political Budhism should not rise.”

    It rose a long time ago.

    “Political Buddhism” perhaps is a new euphemism for the overarching influence that the Buddhist clergy and the four institutionalized branches (commonly known as the Nikayas) of the island’s Buddhist establishment have had in the governance of the land hundreds of years prior to national independence. Perhaps the present manifestation of this influence through formalized Buddhist political parties (such as the JHU) is a relatively new phenomenon, but at very best only a 2nd rising.

    The influence of the Maha Sangha (the highest levels of the Buddhist clergy) on the modern political system began mere couple of years after national independence starting as an entrepreneurial project between a couple of civilians and the head prelate of the Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya. Though a joint clergy-civilian venture, it was not the Sangha that master minded the vision for an exclusive Sinhala-Buddhist state, rather this handful of wealthy, British-educated, Sinhalese Buddhists intellectuals from the south. It is them who empowered the Sangha, financed, organized and built a grass-root Buddhist movement leveraging the temples throughout the nation for mobilization. Akin to a modern-day franchise business it was a highly efficient cookie-cutter operation. Within months they had built an unprecedented political power base centered on the Sinhala Buddhist value system. It is indeed these few nationalists who financed candidate SWRD Bandaranaike’s election campaign when the latter ran out of personal funds and brought him to power to fulfill their grand vision. They did not do it for selfish reasons, for money or for power – rather, because of their unequivocal conviction that the island was the exclusive inheritance of the Sinhalese Buddhists and furthermore, the traditional way of life was under siege by colonial influences, Tamils, Muslims, the Catholic church and anyone else who were unlike them. It is these few nationalists who were the force behind the Sinhala-only Act and other subsequent legislation that marginalized and alienated the minorities. One such Act – that flunked in its practical implementation – was the pre-Poya and Poya weekends that substituted for Saturday and Sunday. This renaissance of was undoubtedly the 1st rising of Buddhist influence on the political system and the JHU a mere continuation.

    We are now reaping the results of the misguided vision of our parents, aunties and uncles – to create a grand and show-case Buddhist state. Political empowerment of the Sangha has severely backfired, with Buddhist monks running amok bringing utter disgrace to the nation and to the religion of Buddhism. Today, the real challenge for conscientious Sinhalese Buddhists is, after 65 years, how to put this Genie back in the bottle keeping in mind the simple teaching of Buddha that our parents sadly overlooked: all life is sacred and we are all equals. It is indeed encouraging to read several positive comments, especially by Sinhalese-Buddhists on this thread.

  51. kalu albert,where are youuuuuuu.You are the only person who can make the demolition of a religious place of worship look like an act of patriotism with your writing skills and boundless logic. Please come quickly with your suduwash utensils.Things are going badly here with the comments and you are the only hope for the taliban bhuddhists of srilanka.Better late than never,kalu.please come soon.

  52. Anurasiri says:

    ” A religion must promote human qualities. In today’s world only two religions have been recognized which can support that . Hinduism and Buddhism by all the scientists and philosophers.”

    The present day Hinduism is a collection of beliefs and rituals based on hierarchical order. So is the Buddhism. Is there any one person who can articulate philosophies of both and live by its ideals?

    In Tamilnadu Saivaism wiped out Buddhism and Jainism by its Bakthi movement. Hinduism or Brahmanism has instilled caste system which denies basic human rights to majority of its people in India as well as in Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan brand of Buddhism is no different to Hinduism with respect to practice of caste.

    Religious intolerance is not new to the island and the sane people cannot wish it away. It has its roots in the communities going back many centuries at times overt and other times subtle, depending on political, economic and social conditions prevailing at the time.

  53. Peramuna says:

    “Trying o blackmail Govt by threats of withdrawing Muslim support wont work anymore”

    Will Taliban tactic work?

    Pakistan would be of much help if there is a need for Talibanisation of Muslims in the island, supported by Saudi money.

    Can I just remind you that there are nearly 1 Million or more Sinhalese working in the Middle east. The stupid Sinhala/Buddhists are jeopardising their lives and likelihoods. When will the saffron clad bikku brigades realise that this is a interconnected globalised world where an incident happening at one corner of the world would trigger series of incidents elsewhere having profound effect on another?

  54. SINHALESE ARE GIVEN JOBS IN SAUDI, NOT LAND TO BUILD TEMPLES. UNDERSTOOD? IF YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BUILD STATUES & TEMPLES, THEN LEAVE THAT CONTRY. YOU ARE THERE ONLY TO DO JOBS..

    If you understand this, shutup and make a living by thanking the muslim countries.

  55. What we witnessed in Mullivaaikkal was not because of Tamils. Till 80s Sri Lankan Tamils never opted for an armed struggle. Everyone knows how it turned after Indian role. Cos of India’s involvement we witnessed something unfortunate in Mullivaaaikkal. Hopefully Muslims will not follow that. But the question is whether they can prevent the demolition of Mosques of not?

    In my opinion Muslims cant prevent further mosque removals.

    Since Muslims supported GOVT, Hindu and Christian Tamils endured suppression by Sinhala Buddhism, it is time for Muslims to reap.

    Who will come to rescue Muslims in Sri Lanka? When some of them enjoying ministerial berths under Rajapakse?

    @ Muslim

    It is confirmed the Monk had burnt Holy Quran, are you expecting Mahinda Rajapakse to apologize to you or in that case Muslims?

    I got your point. But what is your reaction. Are you going to impose sanction on Sri Lanka or tell your brothers in Middle east or Iran to stop oil supply to Sri Lanka?

  56. All citizens of Sri Lanka with a sensible mind should condemn this heinous act of religious ‘hooliganism’. The protectors of Buddhism is destroying its best values of Ahimsa & tolerance. Dhamma will have no value if the preachers do not keep it.

    My apologies to the Muslim brothers & sisters in Sri Lanka, for the hurt caused by these religious extremists.

    I’m also ashamed that the prime minister acts like a coward and cause more controversy that bring an amicable settlement.

    The leaders of this country should represent all citizens not only Sinhala Buddhists. They should not give in to religious extremism.

    The majority sensible Sri Lankans should raise their voece against these unhealthy ailments that had ruined and will ruined the peace of our very living in co -existence.

    I agree with you DBSJ ‘ The greatest strength of the Sinhala community and followers of BUddhism in Sri Lanka HAS BEEN their innate sense of tolerance,amiable goodwill, inclusivity and accommodative spirit.’

    I wish we had leaders with wisdom to bring harmony among all our people. That morons & cowards from every tension try to score political millage.

  57. DBSJ thank you for your comment on my write. I do not condone at all people destroying any one’s religious places. The reality is Sri Lankan Buddhists have this fear that if they don’t stand up to anyone who is encroaching into their territory, these guys will walk all over them. Look at the history what happened to Afganisthan, Persia, Malaysia, parts of India, Maldive Islands. They were all Buddhist countries and because of the Buddhist philosophy of Ahimsa they didn’t stand upto them and the whole countries were converted to Islam overnight. By a twist of fate, the Portugese, the Dutch and then the English came to Sri Lanka, otherwise we all would have been circumsised by now. Having said that, Sri Lankan Muslims are all related to Sinhalese, because when the men came to Sri Lanka from the Middle East few hundred years ago, they didn’t bring women. These men started living with our great, great, great grandmothers and their off spring became Muslims. This was done deliberately to spread the religion. Even today this is done not only in Sri Lanka, but also in India and other places.

  58. w.m.k.samarasekara says:

    What is your need to take it upon yourself to defend all morally repugnant acts of violence in the island?

  59. @ muthukumar

    Such an act has not been noted or confirmed by the mosque authorities. We hope such a deed did not occur. Otherwise there will be a severe backlash around the world.

  60. Those responsible for the crisis in Dambulla must be held responsible.
    1. The mob and those with command responsible for leading the mob and destroying mosque property and obstructing prayer such as Inamaluwe Sobitha must be held accountable, charged in court, and stripped of their office for disturbing the peace and hate speach. Meanwhile the Buddhist sangha should hold an inquiry and discipline or strip him of his robes for acts that violate the dhamma and vinaya.
    2. The Prime Minister must resign. D.M. Jayartne ordered removal of the mosque without a proper inquiry and thus gave legitimacy to those un-Buddhist Sinhala nationalists who broke the law and threatened religious harmony not just in Dambulla but the whole of Lanka. DM Jayarathan has no cultural sensitivity and is unfit to be PM of Lanka – In December 2010 he forced Tamil kids in Jaffna to learn and sing the National anthem in Sinhala – quite unconcerned about language discrimination being a root cause of the 30 years war in the county.

  61. Native Vedda says:
    April 26, 2012 at 4:40 pm
    w.m.k.samarasekara says:

    What is your need to take it upon yourself to defend all morally repugnant acts of violence in the island?
    —————-
    Dear friend,

    I only elloborated what is the prevailing law related on subject matter. If it is not qualify enough to present enviornment,why not trying to abolish or to amend the law.

    samarasekara

  62. For decades Muslims had been enjoying the privilege of friends for GOVT or Sinhala Buddhism. Today the same Sinhala Buddhism is biting them.

    How to react ? Whom should complaint ? No one has a clear clue.

    It has started Harthaal in East of Muslim dominated areas.

    We have to wait and see how Sinhala Buddist Monks respond to this Harthaal?

  63. Hello marusira,

    Do you own a land in Saudi Arabia? Or Do any Buddhist own a land in Saudi Arabia? Or do any Buddhist have PR (Permanent Residence) in Saudi Arabia? If not any of these, you are a visitor to Saudi Arabia. Am I wrong?

    Do you think even in Sri Lanka can build a worship place for foreign visitors, THAT HAVE NO A SINGLE BELIEVER IN THIS COUNTRY?

    Ask your Buddha Sasana Ministry and tell the answers to the monks.

    Finally you are asking to build a temple in a land that belongs to a Muslim, am I wrong? (100% land owned by Muslims in Saudi Arabia), A Muslim will not give you a land to build a temple or any other worship place other than a Mosque.

  64. @marusira

    Do you own a land in Saudi Arabia? Or Do any Buddhist own a land in Saudi Arabia? Or do any Buddhist have PR (Permanent Residence) in Saudi Arabia? If not any of these, you are a visitor to Saudi Arabia. Am I wrong?

    Do you think even in Sri Lanka can build a worship place for foreign visitors, THAT HAVE NO A SINGLE BELIEVER IN THIS COUNTRY?

    Ask your Buddha Sasana Ministry and tell the answers to the monks.

    Finally you are asking to build a temple in a land that belongs to a Muslim, am I wrong? (100% land owned by Muslims in Saudi Arabia), A Muslim will not give you a land to build a temple or any other worship place other than a Mosque.

  65. Thanks for your legal aid.

    Could you now tell us about what does “Habeas corpus” mean in Sri lanka when white van abducts ordinary people?

    Since you are the legal expert in this forum do phrases such as “presumption of innocence” “Innocent Until Proven Guilty”, “Beyond a Reasonable Doubt” “liberties presumed to be preexisting”, “No man is above the law and no man below it”, “Question of fact”, “Right of possession”, ………etc in use?

  66. According to BBCTamil,

    All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama had announced a peaceful protest on Friday 27th April againt the demolition of Dambulla Mosque during the prayer time. But Ulamas who wanted an action on people who tried to demolish Dambulla mosques have come out of the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama and formed a new organization called Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama.

    And Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama spokesperson I.N.S. Mishal Moulawi said the destruction of Dambulla Mosques was a gift by the Govt for supporting and conduting rallies in favor of Sri Lanka and againt UNHRC resolution. He also added that supporting Sri Lanka during Geneva conference was very wrong which he regrets.

    @ DBSJ,

    I am sure you would have listened to BBCTamil.

    For more than 4 decades, When GOVT forces and Sinhala Buddhists unleashed brutality against Tamils, Muslims and their leaders had always distanced themselves or stayed away from supporting Tamils.

    So it is the same divide and rule policy used by Europeans against Asians has been successfully used on minorities in Sri Lanka.

    At lease now Minorities in Sri Lanka should come under one roof and fight against the Sinhala Buddhist chauvinism .

    But it will not happen. Till now no Tamil leaders from TNA or Indian Tamil political parties have taken a serious step or position regarding this.

    May be they are smiling inside which is sadism but cant be denied.

  67. How has this thread devolved into claims about scientists’ approval of Hinduism/Buddhism (!) and apologias for Saudi Arabia (!)?

    @Raz, actually, there are indeed non-Muslim Saudi residents, such as the Christian convert Hamoud Saleh al-Amri. Considering the backlash he experienced, it is not surprising that there are few people who publicly profess other faiths. As I’m sure you know, the area that is now Saudi Arabia was once a multireligious place, concerted persecutions erased these groups and demolished or converted their places of worship. Persecutions, like the subject of this thread, that you (and I) disapprove of.

    It is dispiriting that rather than a defense of due process, this incident should provoke so much defense of illiberality.

  68. When whole world understood the violation of human rights by GOSL, these Muslim leaders went to Geneva and lobbied the muslim nations to support Srilanka(in other words to protect the killers of Tamils). If they do not want to support the Tamils then why not refrain from it?
    Now their turn to feel the heat…

  69. Rauff Hakeem, Minister of Justice Sri Lanka, to BBCTamil,

    According to him some elements use dampulla issue as a tool to bring Muslims out of the GOVERNMENT which would not happen.

  70. We have to be thankful to the muslim community since the muslims have stood by sri lanka no matter what through thick and thin war, tsunami, floods you name it they have never ever abandoned sri lanka. During all the terrible years of the terrorist LTTE war it is due to the fortitude of the muslims, indian tamils, catholics and burghers standing by sri lanka no matter what that the LTTE could not prevail nor the western countries terrible plans not succeed to divide sri lanka. I for one as a sinhalese buddhist is thankful for this. Even very recently at the UNHRC it is due to the muslim countries votes amongst others especially asian countries that sri lanka prevailed when the the western countries tried to do everything possible to harass and demonise bully sri lanka. So as sinhalese buddhists we should be thankful to the muslims, indian tamils, catholics, burghers for standing by sri lanka no matter what.

    What does it matter where a mosque is built? Sacred grounds should be sacred to everyone all religions. There is no such thing as ‘buddhist sacred grounds’. If there is a sizable muslim community in Dambulla, they need a mosque to worship. I as a sinhalese buddhist is proud that there is a sizable muslim community in Dambulla. It is a far cry from the facism of the LTTE their supporters in the west and prabhakaran who could not stand a single sinhala or muslim person living in the north. Even today the TNA constantly complains of sinhala colonisation and buddhist temples being built in the north. This is called racism pure and simple. Sinhalese have as much a right to live in the north as anyone else. There are thousands of mosques in sri lanka in the south especially in colombo. I as a sinhalese buddhist is proud of this fact. Long may this prevail.

    It is very good that the govt has stepped in and said they will build a mosque for the muslims to worship. It should happen soon. we sinhalese buddhists should not make mountains out of molehills. Besides buddhists and muslims have lived in harmony in sri lanka forever. It is interesting that the terrible western media as usual has blown this out of all proportion simply to tarnish sri lankas image yet again. Buddhists should live in harmony in brotherhood with the muslims. I personally dont care where this mosque is built whether on so called sacred ground (sacred to whom? there is no such thing as ‘buddhist sacred ground’) or not. In Kataragama, hindu, buddhist, and islamic places of worship are all built at the same sacred ground, same situation at ambuluwawa near kandy and even near temple of the tooth kandy there are hindu, buddhist temples and a church on the same sacred grounds. Anyway if people dont like it the mosque can be built elsewhere but there must and should be a mosque built for the muslims to worship as a matter of urgency.

    Besides I as a sinhalese buddhist realise that muslims are an immportant sector of sri lanka society comprising 10% of the sri lankan population. They are not a mare minority. We should note this fact as sinhalese buddhists and act accordingly.

    Personally although buddhist, I dont care about religion at all. Religion is only there to guide people.

  71. We have to be thankful to the muslim community since the muslims have stood by sri lanka no matter what through thick and thin war, tsunami, floods you name it they have never ever abandoned sri lanka. During all the terrible years of the terrorist LTTE war it is due to the fortitude of the muslims, indian tamils, catholics and burghers standing by sri lanka no matter what that the LTTE could not prevail nor the western countries terrible plans not succeed to divide sri lanka. I for one as a sinhalese buddhist is thankful for this. Even very recently at the UNHRC it is due to the muslim countries votes amongst others especially asian countries that sri lanka prevailed when the the western countries tried to do everything possible to harass, demonise and bully sri lanka. So as sinhalese buddhists we should be thankful to the muslims, indian tamils, catholics, burghers for standing by sri lanka no matter what. If not for the support of the muslims, indian tamils, catholics and burghers there won’t be a sri lanka left to speak of today. It would be divided according to the whims and fancies of the western countries for sure to fulfill their own selfish purposes.

    What does it matter where a mosque is built? Sacred grounds should be sacred to everyone all religions. There is no such thing as ‘buddhist sacred grounds’. If there is a sizable muslim community in Dambulla, they need a mosque to worship. I as a sinhalese buddhist is proud that there is a sizable muslim community in Dambulla. It is a far cry from the facism of the LTTE their supporters in the west and prabhakaran who could not stand a single sinhala or muslim person living in the north. Even today the TNA constantly complains of sinhala colonisation and buddhist temples being built in the north. This is called racism pure and simple. Sinhalese have as much a right to live in the north as anyone else. There are thousands of mosques in sri lanka in the south especially in colombo. I as a sinhalese buddhist is proud of this fact. Long may this prevail.

    It is very good that the govt has stepped in and said they will build a mosque for the muslims to worship. It should happen soon. we sinhalese buddhists should not make mountains out of molehills. Besides buddhists and muslims have lived in harmony in sri lanka forever. It is interesting that the terrible western media as usual has blown this out of all proportion simply to tarnish sri lankas image yet again. Buddhists should live in harmony in brotherhood with the muslims. I personally dont care where this mosque is built whether on so called sacred ground (sacred to whom? there is no such thing as ‘buddhist sacred ground’) or not. In Kataragama, hindu, buddhist, and islamic places of worship are all built at the same sacred ground, same situation at ambuluwawa near kandy and even near temple of the tooth kandy there are hindu, buddhist temples and a church on the same sacred grounds. Anyway if people dont like it the mosque can be built elsewhere but there must and should be a mosque built for the muslims to worship as a matter of urgency.

    Besides I as a sinhalese buddhist realise that muslims are an important sector of sri lankan society comprising 10% of the sri lankan population. They are not a mare minority. We should note this fact as sinhalese buddhists and act accordingly.

    Personally although buddhist, I dont care about religion at all. Religion is only there to guide people.

  72. Native Vedda says:
    April 27, 2012 at 7:30 pm
    Thanks for your legal aid.

    Could you now tell us about what does “Habeas corpus” mean in Sri lanka when white van abducts ordinary people?
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    Dear native vedda,
    Please don’t trying to put butter on me.
    I am just a lay man.

    samarasekara

  73. Roshan says:

    ” these Muslim leaders went to Geneva and lobbied the muslim nations to support Srilanka(in other words to protect the killers of Tamils).”

    I am reliably informed there were other people too and were lobbying for the Government of Sri Lanka. They included Douglas, Tamara, and Arun among others. Are they Muslims?

    You are confusing me.

  74. w.m.k.samarasekara says:

    “Please don’t trying to put butter on me. I am just a lay man.”

    You elaborated on prevailing land laws hence I mistook you for a legal expert. It was my mistake. It didn’t occur to me that all Sinhalese and Tamils are stupid hence they claim to be experts on everything.

    My apologies.

  75. i dont know much but i this much. If saudi goverment gave permission to other nationalities to do what they want to do, then…
    01- there will be plenty of brothels
    02- there will be liquor stores in every street
    03- there will be casinos on every city
    04- there will be statues in every -highway,road,street & junction.
    05- capital punishment would vanish & thievs & rapers will roam the country.

    So I think that Saudi goverment should not give permission to anyone to play hell in that country. As in sri lanka if you take a 30 minute drive you will find all these places that i mentioned above. Thats the reason SL is dying on its moral values.

  76. Native Vedda says:
    April 29, 2012 at 7:42 pm
    w.m.k.samarasekara says:

    “Please don’t trying to put butter on me. I am just a lay man.”

    You elaborated on prevailing land laws hence I mistook you for a legal expert. It was my mistake. It didn’t occur to me that all Sinhalese and Tamils are stupid hence they claim to be experts on everything.

    My apologies.
    ———–
    You welcome dear friend,

    By profession I am an auditor. Little beyond that I am teaching theory and pratice of auditing and how to report them. The basic theory in auditing is unless proved by the relavent evidence,the report make no sence. Therefore the prime duty is to sort out the evidences from informations. In order to this the auditor must have a lot of home works.

    So being replying some comments in this blog I did many home works. It is good to me because I learned a lot. I am always learning. That’s why I call I am a lay man.

    samarasekara

  77. w.m.k.samarasekara says:

    ” I am always learning. That’s why I call I am a lay man”

    It is unusual for Sinhalese or Tamils to learn anything new as they both believe they are learned lords even before their birth.

    Since you are an auditor by profession I have a few points to clarify which I will do later. I have heard lot about the auditors but never met one in my life time. In the meantime I came across a story about auditor which I would like to share with you:

    An auditor is hard at work auditing a manufacturing plant. He spots one worker at the end of the shift, that worker is always carrying a wheelbarrow covered with an opaque cloth. The auditor is certain something is fishy. He asks the security to check the wheelbarrow. Many surprise checks, security finds nothing. On the last day of the audit the auditor goes to the worker and asks, “Alright, I give up. I know you are taking something. I cannot prove it . I do not want to pursue it. I just want to know. What are you stealing?” The worker replies, “Wheelbarrows.”

    Did you as an auditor have similar experience?

  78. Native Vedda says:
    May 2, 2012 at 3:22 am
    I came across a story about auditor which I would like to share with you:
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    Dear friend

    It is nothing but a NASRUDEEN STORY. I very much like his stories.One of his book too in my book collection.NASRUDEEN didn’t steal weelbarrows but mules.

    Reply in your question, Yes

    I got more or less the same experience.

    Perhaps you may know that chief auditor(who signed the report) is normally not regularary visiting the place but the audit tranees and second auditor.The man instrument what the senior auditor has is critically interviwing the subordinate’s conclusion. If the subordinate in capable enough to produce materialised evidence that are suporting to his conclussion, he is being sending back to collect those facts or re doing the audit.

    I too used this technique and assigned many trainees go back and re produce the report. Nevertheless one person is too healthy to answare all my inquries, but my comon sence alarmed me that he is cheating me. Because of all my criterias falled finally I told him OK you are pass, but I know I am being cheating. So tell me how to cheat me.

    He smilled and said it is so easy. I got the best model report in the laibry( in order to stand as a guide line we kept last year trainee’s good reports on reference section in the laibry.) and copied it and changed only the year.

    samarasekara

  79. Dias says:
    April 26, 2012 at 2:53 am
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    Dias has identified the root cause of the problem.Unless the causes are treated the symptoms will keep on popping up.

    From the time democracy started in this country,people have been using their thinking caps on how to come to power through the shortest route available.Unfortunately foolish people fell for their schemes and voted for them.If the people had been intelligent enough and voted based on track records of people instead of their racial and religious rhetoric and empty promises.

    Unfortunately tamils also started to follow the stupidity of the sinhalese,like the younger brother following the elder brothers footsteps.At least they should have been more intelligent by not voting for rabidly racist politicians.

    Let us hope that this generation is more intelligent and does not follow the footsteps of the earlier one.My concern is the present generation does not have much of a say anyway in formulating the future policy direction of the country,because all the levers of power in society are held by the older mob with their ancient ways of thinking going back to 2300 yers etc,instead of looking forward to next hundred years.Respect to elders has gone too far in our culture.

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