Ref: ACJU/GEN/2020/025

2020.09.10 / 1442.01.21

Media Statement

Regarding the incident which occurred at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry

We wish to express our displeasure and deeply regret the incident which occurred yesterday (09th) at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI).

An urgent meeting of the Executive Committee of ACJU was held today, 10th of September 2020 at 10.30 am, to obtain clarifications from Ash Shaikh M.M.M. Murshid, Asst. General Secretary of ACJU, regarding the reported incident. As per the Constitution of the ACJU, a special committee has been appointed to further inquire about this matter.

Furthermore, Ash Shaikh M.M.M. Murshid has submitted a letter to the ACJU Head Office, informing that he is resigning from the post of Assistant General Secretary of ACJU until the inquiry proceedings of the aforesaid are completed, which was accepted by the Executive Committee of ACJU.

 

Ash Shaikh M.S.M. Thassim
Asst. General Secretary - ACJU

 

 

 

Ref: ACJU/GEN/2020/022

11th August 2020  

 

Let us unitedly strive to develop our Motherland

 

We wish to extend our heartiest congratulations to His Excellency Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, the President, and the Hon. Mahinda Rajapakse, the Prime Minister, on the resounding victory obtained by the governing party at the last general election.

We also wish to extend our congratulations to all the Members who elected to the Parliament of Sri Lanka.

The fact that we were able to hold an election in these trying times is indeed a testimony to our capability as a nation, and the devotion of our people to democratic values. We have demonstrated that we are indeed a mature democracy.

We are gratified by some of the healthy trends that emerged at the election. It is very satisfying to note that our people were able to avoid violence and exercise the franchise in a free manner.

The people have unreservedly placed their confidence in the new government. With success comes responsibility. We have confidence in the new administration and its capability to usher our nation towards an era of economic prosperity, national security, and social harmony within the framework of democratic principles.

The Opposition, the Members of Parliament and the citizens regardless of political, religious or racial differences should support unitedly all productive measures taken by the Government in developing our nation as a prosperous, harmonious country.

May Almighty Allah bless our Motherland with lasting peace and prosperity and protect all of us from all forms of evils and diseases, Aameen.

 

 

Ash Shaikh M.M.M. Murshid

Asst. General Secretary - ACJU

'Fight against COVID-19'- A Joint Project by ACJU and the Embassy of China

ACJU in collaboration with the Embassy of China, under the theme, 'Fight against COVID-19', distributed Hygiene kits on the 10th of June 2020 at the Head office of ACJU.

Beneficiaries of the Hygiene Kit distribution program included religious leaders and people of all faiths, and staff members of hospitals and schools. The Hygiene Kits consisted of items such as face masks, hand sanitizers, disinfectants, etc.

On 28th of July 2020, Mufti M.I.M. Rizwe -President of ACJU paid a courtesy visit to the Embassy of China and submitted the completion report of said project to 'Chargé d'affaires Mr.Hu Wei, of the Chinese Embassy. During the said meeting Mr.Hu Wei, commended the ACJU's efforts, and further he conveyed his advanced best wishes to the Muslims of Sri Lanka for the Eid ul Adha festival. Possible ways of improving and supporting poor children's wellbeing were also discussed at the meeting.

We appreciate the cordial relationship that was established and hope to collaborate on worthy projects in the future as well.

ACJU Media Division
02.08.2020

 

ACJU/MED/2020/010

01.08.2020 / 10.12.1441

Eid-Ul-Adha Message of All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama

Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar!! Allahu Akbar!!!

The ACJU expresses its best wishes to the Muslim brothers and sisters who are celebrating the festival of Eid-Ul-Adha at a time when the impact of COVID-19 is still strongly felt locally as well as globally.

Due to the pandemic crisis, the pilgrimage of Haj is too carried out in an extremely subdued manner. The Government of Saudi Arabia has granted permission only for a limited number of regional devotees to perform Haj this year. As such, many Sri Lankan Muslims who had intended to perform Haj were unable to do so, similar to other Muslims in several other countries. We pray to Almighty Allah to grant the complete reward to all Muslims who sincerely intended to perform this noble deed this year.

In order to reap the absolute benefits of this auspicious day, Takbeer should be pronounced abundantly from the beginning of the day. On the day of Eid, it is Sunnah to bathe, to avoid consuming food prior to Eid Salaah, to wear new clothes or with the best available attire, to apply perfume, to go to the Masjid, to attend the Khuthba and perform the Salaah. And those who have the financial ability should perform Uldhiyya and offer Sadaqah abundantly.  

Eid-ul-Adha signifies and commemorates the sacrifices and dedications of Hazrath Ibrahim (Alaihissalaam) and his family on this special day. Certainly, the deeds of that great family are good examples for the entire mankind on unconditional submission to Allah. Every Muslim should strive to replicate those deeds as much as possible.   

Furthermore, the laws and regulations of the country should strictly adhere when performing Uldhiyya while following the related guidance in Islam. The moral characteristics of an exemplary Muslim should be displayed in one’s conduct especially while interacting with our neighbors and members of other faiths, by helping each other in possible ways and living with mutual respect. 

On this special day, we pray for everyone to be enriched with good health, tranquility, and happiness and for our Motherland to be bestowed with lasting peace & prosperity, Aameen!

Thakabalahu Minna Waminkum!

Eid Mubarak!

 

Ash-Shaikh M.M.M. Murshid
Asst. General Secretary - ACJU

 

 

 Ref No. ACJU/PRO/2020/003

2020.07.15 / 1441.11.23

An important message from ACJU regarding Uldhiyya this year

Uldhiyya is an important Sunnah in Islam. Some scholars have declared that performing Uldhiyya is ‘Waajib’.

Almighty Allah says in the Holy Quran "So, offer Salāh (prayer) to your Lord, and sacrifice" (Surah 108 Verse 02).

The ACJU appeals the Muslims to perform this act of worship observing the religious guidelines, while strictly abiding by the related legal rulings stated under the 'Animal Act No.29 of 1958'.

Considering the extraordinary situation prevailing in the country due to the spread of the Covid-19 virus, it is vital to ensure that all the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health are strictly followed while performing Uldhiyya this year.

The consensus opinion of the religious scholars is that goats, cows or camels should be offered as Uldhiyya. According to the context of our country, due to the unavailability of camels, only goats or cows may be offered as Uldhiyya and offering any other animal shall not be deemed as valid. A cow or a camel can be collectively offered as Uldhiyya, by seven persons maximum.

As the circumstances vary from region to region, the respective ACJU Divisional Branches, Masjid Trustees and other dignitaries should be consulted and appropriate decisions should be made on performing Uldhiyya in the respective areas to avoid any hassles or disputes and we urge the public to abide by these decisions.

Those in localities where it is difficult to perform Uldhiyya, it can be arranged to be fulfilled at other suitable areas.

The following guidelines should be observed when performing this act of worship:

  1. The Uldhiyya could be performed from the time the Eid Salaah and both Khutbahs are completed until the time of Sun set on the 13th of Thul Hijjah.
  2. It is Sunnah for the person who intends to perform Uldhiyya, to refrain from removing hair and clipping nails from the commencement of the Month of Thul Hijjah up to the performance of Uldhiyya.
  3. As law abiding citizens of this country, all necessary documents such as animal's ownership certificate, health certificate, and permit to transport the animal etc. should be obtained at the beginning.
  4. It is recommended to offer a goat as Uldhiyya by individuals, than offering a cow or a camel collectively by seven people.
  5. In localities where offering cows as Uldhiyya is difficult, it is recommended to offer goats.
  6. Transporting animals without permits and loading animals in a vehicle more than the number permitted, should be strictly avoided.
  7. The animals should not be tortured at any circumstance.
  8. The animal should be fed sufficiently until it is slaughtered.
  9. The knife to be used for the sacrifice, should be well sharpened.
  10. The slaughtering of the animal should not be visible to the other animals.
  11. The place allocated for the slaughter, should be clean and the waste such as blood, bones etc. should be buried in an appropriate manner.
  12. The places utilized for slaughter and burial of wastage, should be sprayed with insecticide and cleanliness should be maintained.
  13. Government guidelines related to Covid-19 such as maintaining social distancing and wearing a mask should be strictly observed.
  1. As we are living in a multi-ethnic society, we should avoid any act that would hurt others and may cause discomfort among other communities.
  2. Honoring the sentiments of the Buddhists, slaughtering animals on the Poya Day should be avoided.
  3. Taking photographs or videos of performing Uldhiyya should be avoided and especially such content should not be posted on Social Media.

The ACJU kindly requests all Masjid Imams and Khateebs to encourage the virtues and importance of Uldhiyya, and to emphasize on abiding the related rulings, guidelines and especially advice the public to perform this Ibaadah in a manner that does not hurt or arouse the feelings of other communities.

 

 

Ash Shaikh M.M.M. Murshid

Asst. General Secretary – ACJU

 

Note: The ACJU kindly requests the Masjid Trustees to announce these guidelines after the Jumu’ah prayers and to display on the Masjid Notice Board. A booklet titled "An Explanation of the Uldhiyya’ Sacrifice" which includes further explanations on Uldhiyya has been uploaded in the ACJU website ‘www.acju.lk’, for further reading.

 

ACJU/MED/2020/008

2020.07.10 (1441.11.18)

 

REFUTING THE FALSE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST ACJU

It has come to the notice of the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) through the recent reports in media that a campaign of disinformation to tarnish the image of the ACJU is currently underway.

 

Misleading information wrongfully linking ACJU with the Easter Sunday attacks and several other matters, are being spread deliberately, thereby arousing the feelings of the public.

 

The ACJU strongly and unequivocally condemns such irresponsible conduct.  The ACJU also wishes to alert the general public to be cautious of such campaigns which are deceitfully engaged in spreading wrong information.

 

 

 

Ash Shaikh M.M.M. Murshid

Assistant Secretary

All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama

 

ACJU/MED/2020/007

06.07.2020 (14.11.1441)

Regarding the false allegation that ACJU requests to cancel Sampath Bank Accounts

 

The ACJU wishes to express its concern regarding the recent incident which happened at the Sampath Bank Branch in Dehiwala. It is highly appropriate that such incidents be resolved amicably between the relevant parties.

 

Following this incident, it has been reported that false allegations are being propagated that the ACJU has requested the Muslims to cancel Sampath Bank Accounts. We wish to inform the public that the ACJU categorically rejects these false, baseless allegations and wish to state with responsibility that the ACJU has never issued such statements.

 

Further, we inform the general public to be vigilant of false messages that are being circulated on social media and kindly request the public to verify any news reports regarding the ACJU through the official ACJU website: www.acju.lk.

 

 

 

Ash Shaikh M.M.M. Murshid

Asst. Secretary - ACJU

 

 

ACJU/HIL/2020/002 (E)

27.10.1441 AH /19.06.2020 CE

 

GUIDANCE REGARDING SOLAR, LUNAR ECLIPSES

According to astronomical reports, Insha Allah a Solar Eclipse is expected to occur on Sunday, 21st of June, and a Lunar Eclipse is expected on Sunday, 05th of July this year.

According to reports, the Solar eclipse that is to occur on Sunday, 21st of June is expected to be visible in many parts of the globe as an ‘Annular Solar Eclipse’, while in Sri Lanka this may appear as a partial Solar Eclipse between 10.29 am to 01.19 pm (Colombo Time).

The lunar eclipse that is to occur on Sunday 05th of July, is expected to be a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse and based on astronomical reports, this may not be visible to Sri Lanka.

The Prophet (PBUH) has said, “The sun and the moon are two signs amongst the signs of Allah; they do not eclipse on the death or life of anyone. So when you see the eclipse, Remember Allah and say Takbir, offer Prayers and give Sadaqa.”

(Saheehul Bukhari – 1044)

If anyone sights the Solar Eclipse or if many people have reported to have sighted the Eclipse which is expected to occur on Sunday, 21st of June, the Eclipse prayer could be performed.

As performing the Eclipse prayer in congregation is an emphasized Sunnah, the ACJU Hilaal Division urges the Masjid Trustees and Ulama to make arrangements to conduct this Prayer in congregation, while abiding by the related guidelines, limitations on the number of persons permitted and social distancing measures according to the instructions issued by the Health Authorities.

 

 

 

Ash Shaikh M. Abdul Wahhab  

Coordinator – ACJU Hilaal Division

All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama

ACJU/FRL/2020/12-229

18.06.2020

26.10.1441

 

Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmathullaahi Wa Barakaathuhu

Regarding the performance of Jumu’ah Prayer on 2020.06.19

1. Indeed, there is no doubt that each and every person would be eager to perform the Jumu’ah prayer. However, as it is not possible to accommodate everyone for Jumu’ah prayers under the current situation, those who are compelled to forego Jumu’ah will undoubtedly receive the reward of actually performing Jumu’ah.

2. As it is not possible to accommodate everyone for Jumu’ah prayers while maintaining social distancing within Jumu’ah Masjids, the Waqf Board, Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs Dept. (MRCA) and the ACJU has issued guidelines to utilize Zaaviyahs, Thakiyyahs and other suitable locations to perform the Jumu’ah prayers by obtaining the necessary permissions from the relevant Authorities.

3. In this regard, everyone is kindly requested to fully cooperate with the Masjid Trustees, and only those who have been permitted to perform Jumu’ah are requested to do so; while others are kindly requested to perform the Luhar prayers, on time, in congregation, at their respective places.

4. We request the Masjid Trustees and the ACJU Divisional Branches to collectively decide on an appropriate method for granting permission to perform Jumu’ah.

5. It should be ensured that the related permissions that have been granted should not be violated due to our misconduct under any circumstances.

6. Currently, as the Government has granted permission to perform Jumu’ah prayers, it is obligatory that Jumu’ah is performed by the number of persons permitted by the Government at possible venues by obtaining necessary approvals from the Authorities. It is not permissible to neglect this obligation while having the capability to perform it.

7. It is incorrect to forego the performance of Jumu’ah, citing the reason that only few shall have the opportunity to perform Jumu’ah and many others may not.

 

Ash Shaikh M.L.M. Ilyas
Secretary – Fatwa Committee
All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama

ACJU/FTW/2020/11-395
16.06.2020
24.10.1441

Dears!

Assalamu Alaikum Warahmathullaahi Wa Barakaathuhu

Guidance on conducting Jumuah during the present COVID-19 situation

Conducting Jumuah is from amongst the fundamentals of the religion. Many a guidance has been provided and specific conditions have been mentioned in regards to it. It is incumbent upon every Muslim to adhere to them. Furthermore, considering the unfamiliar situation of COVID-19, it is also important to follow the guidelines issued by the relevant officers and the Ministry of Health when holding a Jumuah congregation.

 

1. The health officers have limited the number of people gathering at religious sites, in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Gathering in numbers exceeding the said limit should be avoided.

 

2. According to the Shafie School of Thought (Mad’hab), a minimum of 40 matured males, who are permanent residents, is required for the validity of Jumuah Prayer. Hence, if due to space constraints, or permission not being granted by the officers, or for any other reason, the number of attendees is less than 40, then Luhar Salah has to be conducted.

 

3. A concession could be provided to conduct Jumuah at various venues in a town, due to space constraints. Considering the above and the fact that performing Jumuah Prayers is not possible while maintaining Social distancing, Jumuah Prayers could be conducted at Jumuah Masjids as well as other Masjids, Thakkiyas, Zaviyas, etc. However, advice should be sought from the branch Jamiyyahs and permission should be taken from the health officers before taking the above mentioned steps. Moreover, should the Health Officials (PHI) grant permission, Jumuah could also be conducted at Madrasas, Halls and public places.

 

4. Generally, if one is unable to attend Jumuah prayers due to illness, travel, fear, rain or any other restrictions, he will be exempted from performing the Jumuah Prayers.

 

5. Since the government has restricted the number of people that could gather in a place, to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and keeping in mind the difficulty in maintaining Social distancing whilst performing Jumuah, praying Luhar would suffice for those who are unable to attend the Jumuah prayers. In a state of compulsion, if one is unable to perform Jumuah prayers, it will not be deemed a sin; instead, he will be rewarded.

 

6. The residents should fully cooperate with their respective Masjid administrators in this matter; and those who are able to may conduct the Jumuah prayers, while others should conduct the Luhar prayers.

 

7. Be mindful of the instructions provided by the Waqf Board and the Department of Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs too, as they are responsible for the affairs of the Masjids of the country.

 

Note: The concession granted to conduct Jumuah in many places is valid only during the period of the COVID-19 crisis. Once this crisis is over and the nation reverts back to normalcy, the practice of conducting Jumuahs in many venues should discontinue, and Jumuahs should be conducted only in places where they used be conducted before the crisis. This would be in accordance to the religious rulings in regards to Jumuah.

 

Those who are unable to conduct Jumuah prayers in many venues of a town, in the manner mentioned, could contact the Fatwah Division on their hotline: 0117490420.

“Allah is the All Knowing”


Assheikh M.L.M.Ilyas
Secretary – Fatwa Division
All Ceylon Jammiyyathul Ulama