15.03.2020

19.07.1441

 

A REQUEST FROM ACJU TO THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY

The WHO & the Health Ministry of Sri Lanka has guided all communities to avoid public gatherings to prevent Corona Virus (COVID-19) being spread. Hence, ACJU requests the Muslim community to temporarily stop Jumu’ah & 05 times congregational prayers at Masjids and all kinds of public gatherings until further notice.

Further, the Muslims are requested to adhere to the guidelines stipulated by the Government Institutions and ACJU, due to the current prevailing situation.

Hence, the Masjid Trustees are requested to take necessary steps in implementing those guidelines.

 

 

Ash Shaikh M.M.A. Mubarak

General Secretary - ACJU

 

 

 

 

15.03.2020

19.07.1441

Guidelines given by ACJU regarding the prevention of Corona Virus (COVID -19) spreading

  1. Refrain from all gatherings including performing Jumu’ah, 05 times congregational prayers at Masjid and public locations.
  2. Azan should be called out at the prescribed times at the Masjid. At the end of Azan the following should be pronounced “Sallu Fee Rihaalikum” (Offer you prayers at your respective premises) (Sahih Muslim – 697).
  3. The Imam and the Muazzin of the Masjid shall offer their prayers congregationally at their respective Masjids.
  4. Obligatory prayers should be offered at the residences. Special attention should be given to the offering of Sunnah prayers, Tahajjud, Dhuha, charity, voluntary fasts and other voluntary acts of worship. Extra effort should be made to abstain from sins.
  5. Parents should pay special attention in engaging their children in activities such as recitation of Qur’an, Dua, etc. The vacation should be used to teach them good habits and should refrain from going on trips and playing in the streets.
  6. It is a Sunnah to offer Salam and make Musafaha while greeting each other. However, the Medical experts have advised that the COVID-19 virus spreads rapidly by the touching of hands; hence, it is advisable to limit the greetings to the pronunciation of Salam without Musafaha.
  7. It is an obligation to fulfill the rights of the Janaza in the appropriate manner, as per the teachings of Islam. Due to the prevailing situation, it is advised to suffice with observing the obligatory acts while fulfilling the Janaza burial practices.
  8. It is our duty to pray for the quick recovery of the victims of this virus, COVID-19. We should also offer our assistance to these victims in any manner possible.
  9. We should pray the Almighty Allah to eradicate this virus from our Mother Land and all other countries across the globe.
  10. Propagation of false and unauthentic messages through social media should be completely avoided.

Note: All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama has provided the above 'guidelines' considering the reports of the Health Ministry of Sri Lanka, World Health Organization (WHO), International Islamic Scholars and the Verdicts from Other Ulama Councils on the matter of COVID-19.

“Sufficient for us is Allah, and [He is] the best Disposer of affairs.”

 

Ash Shaikh M.M.A. Mubarak

General Secretary - ACJU

 

 

 

March 06th, 2020

 

Dr. Wijedasa Rajapakshe

President’s Counsel

No. 17, Wijayaba Mawatha,

Nawala Road,

Nugegoda.

 

RE: COMMENTS MADE AT THE PRESIDENTIAL COMMISSION OF INQUIRY ON THE 28th OF FEBRUARY 2020

We the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU), are deeply concerned at the inaccurate and incorrect statements made by you with regard to our organization, at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing the Easter Sunday Terror Attacks, on 2020.02.28. Our concern is all the more greater because it is made by a former Justice Minister who is a well known public figure.

 

According to media reports, you have stated that ACJU is ‘an organization not registered under a legal framework’.

 

This statement is totally incorrect. The All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama – ACJU, has been incorporated by Parliament which incorporation has been enacted as Act No. 51 of 2000. The ACJU has been in existence since 1924.

 

It has been further reported that you had made an allegation that the ACJU was trying ‘to convert Sri Lanka into a Muslim State through a four point plan.

 

We vehemently reject this baseless allegation, and state in the strongest possible terms that the ACJU, has never had any such plans nor has it made any attempt to change Sri Lanka into a Muslim State.  On the contrary the ACJU believes in coexistence and has always worked to build inter communal harmony and National Unity in Sri Lanka.

 

We also unequivocally reject the allegations made by you that one or more politicians are funding the ACJU.  The ACJU is an independent organization comprising theologians and has no allegiances with any political party or politicians.

 

It is regrettable that personalities of your caliber make such statements which can create unnecessary confusion among the communities, especially at a time, when all citizens should be engaged in efforts to strengthen unity and coexistence among all ethnicities of our Motherland.

 

Honorable Sir, we kindly wish to inform you, that we as a responsible organization of religious scholars, are always willing to provide any form of clarification that you may require about our   organization and its activities.

 

We will therefore be grateful if you would take steps to inform the Presidential Commission of the above inaccuracies as well as inform the public through the respective media agencies that these allegations are without a basis.

 

Yours Sincerely

 

 

Ash Shaikh M.M.A. Mubarak

General Secretary – ACJU

 

 

12th February, 2020

His Excellency Gotabhaya Rajapaksa

The President of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

Presidential Secretariat,

Galle Face, Colombo – 01

Your Excellency,

 

LETTER OF APPRECIATION

RE: SPEECH ON THE 72ND INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION OF SRI LANKA

We, All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama, wish to express our thanks and gratitude for your historic speech on the 72nd Independence Day, which highlighted the democratic rights of all citizens of our Motherland regardless of caste, race or religion.

We are indeed proud to have a visionary leader as our President, who ensures the security, the democracy and the freedom of the entire citizens of our Motherland, who are from various ethnicities. You have addressed in the speech, saying that you represent the entire Sri Lankan nation irrespective of ethnicity, religion, party affiliation or other differences and everyone has the right to follow the religion by his choice. We as the Muslim community, living more than 1000 years in this country in peace and harmony with the Sri Lankan identity, will continuously contribute our fullest support in all possible ways to achieve your vision for the future of this Nation, as addressed in your speech.   

We are confident that you will guarantee the freedom of all Sri Lankans. We as Muslims always wish and support you and your service in all means with our hearts. We wish you good health and long life to serve all citizens of our Motherland.

Best Regards,

 

 

Ash-Shaikh (Mufti) M.I.M. Rizwe                  
President                                                             
All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama   

 

Ash-Shaikh M.M.A. Mubarak 

General Secretary

All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama

                   

01.02.2020

 

Sri Lanka is commemorating the 72nd Independence Day of Sri Lanka. This is a very special day which we celebrate annually remaining the past of our total commitments and hard work of our forefathers.

As all of us know that in order to achieve our independence, our forefathers of all multi-religious, multi-racial and ethnic communities worked hard in order to achieve our immemorable independence. Their mission was to achieve the independence for all communities live in co-existence without any racial or religious discrimination, thereby all communities having their own rights and privileges worked hard to achieve the development  and prosperity of the country for the betterment of the concerned  

As such the truth of the fact was that they have become the stake holders of all governments and the ruling parities having engaged in part and partial of the development aspect of the social, educational, economic and security of the country.

Under the independence achieved by the leaders of Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim and Christian communities would not tolerate at any cost the religious intolerance. None of the citizen of this country will tolerate such religious hatred feelings towards other community.  

We therefore hope and pray that progressive steps  mentioned by the president would further strengthen and gain stronghold as stressed in his presidential speech that he was the president for all the people of this country.   We wish to remain that we all communities get togather and work hard to achieve the required development and progress of the country.

All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama wish and offer its prayers for the progress, and prosperity of Sri Lanka with its full potentials.

 

Al Sheikh M.M.A. Mubarak

General Secretary

All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama of Sri Lanka 

29.01.2020 / 03.06.1441

Many people across the world including China have been contracted by the Coronavirus epidemic and receiving treatments, while a number of deaths also have been confirmed as a result of this frightening issue. The All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama, while expressing its deepest condolences to those families of the deceased, it also prays for those affected with a swift recovery.

 

The ACJU urges everyone to increasingly engage in rituals and supplications Islam has taught us, in order to evoke the mercy and blessings of Allah, during this time of dreadful tribulation that has befallen on these countries, and to ensure all of them recover totally and return back to normalcy.

 

Spreading false and unverified news on Social Media during these times, could lead to unwanted problems and instill unnecessary fear among the public. Hence it is advised to refrain from such acts.

 

Furthermore, we strongly urge the public to strictly adhere to the instructions provided by the relevant health authorities, and Islam has guided us to avoid visiting places where such an epidemic is prevalent.

 

Abdur Rahman Ibn Auf (Rali) reported that he heard Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) saying, “If you hear about it (an outbreak of plague) in a land, do not go to it; but if plague breaks out in a country where you are staying, do not run away from it.” (Buhari: 5729)

 

We must recite the supplication taught to us by The Messenger of Allah (Sal) during such calamities:

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْبَرَصِ، وَالْجُنُونِ، وَالْجُذَامِ، وَمِنْ سَيِّئِ الأَسْقَامِ

Meaning: "O Allah, I seek refuge in You from leprosy, madness, elephantiasis, and evil diseases." (Sunan Abi Dawud 1554)

May Allah safeguard us from all such calamities and disasters. Aameen!

 

 

Ash-Sheikh M.M.A. Mubarak

General Secretary

All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama

 10.01.2020 / 14.05.1441

Earnest request from the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama on Australian bushfire

World community is much worried and saddened on the bushfire which has been widely affecting cities and villages all around Australia. Millions of lands have been hitherto scorching; together with many lives were already lost. Over thousand five hundred business establishments and houses were destroyed; millions of wild animals and cattle already killed; a massive smoke of fire out broken affecting the normal lives of many people. Even though this bushfire has damaged the normalcy of the life of the people over there, nowadays we have some kind relieves due to the start of drizzling and mild raining.    

We all earnestly pray Allah to remove this disastrous scenario in Australia as early as possible; control the bushfire; more and more rain fall; normal life of people in Australia should immediately return. This is our expectation and earnest prayers.   

All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama earnestly requests all concerned to pray God to save the lives over there and protect the people from this catastrophe and pave the way to them to return to the normal lives.

 

 

Mufti M.I.M. Rizwe                                                   Ash-Shaikh A.C. Agar Mohamed  

President,                                                               Deputy President,

All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama                                    All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama

 

 

08.01.2020 CE / 12.05.1441AH

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

Astronomy reports has stated, penumbral lunar eclipse to occur on 10th and 11th of January 2020 (Friday and Saturday), furthermore the report states the penumbral lunar eclipse will be seen in Sri Lanka  according to Colombo time Friday night 10:37 PM to Saturday early morning 2:42 AM In Sha Allah.

When penumbral lunar eclipse occurs a nebulous situation will be seen in the light of moon. A part of the moon or the full moon will be not covered. The eclipse prayer is Sunnah when the full or a part of the moon or sun get covered, in compared to penumbral lunar eclipse, eclipse prayer is not a Sunnah.

Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said: The sun and the moon are two signs of Allah; they are not eclipsed on account of anyone’s death or on account of anyone's birth. So when you see them, glorify and supplicate Allah, observe prayer, give alms.

(Saheehul Bukhari-1044)

 

 

Ash-Shaikh M.Abdul Wahhab

Coordinator of Hilaal Division

All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama

 

 

21st of November 2019

Hon. Mahinda Rajapaksa,

Prime Minister of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka,

 

Respected Sir,

LETTER OF CONGRATULATIONS

We, All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama - Council of Muslim Theologians of Sri Lanka, wish to extend our warmest congratulations on being appointed as the Prime Minister of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.

We are witnessing historic progressive developments after the great victory of His Excellency President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the recently held Presidential Elections.

As the former President of this country and the leader of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna we believe your efforts and commitment is eminent behind this significant democratic victory.

It is significant to note that ACJU has maintained cordial relationship with your good-self and supported your good efforts in many possible ways within our capacity during the tenure of 10 years of your leadership, which was a challenging period especially due to the war.

We wish you, Honorable Sir, and the His Excellency President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to be successful in leading this Nation towards development and prosperity, while preserving peace and harmony.

We also take this opportunity to thank you for visiting us in previous occasions and sharing your visionary thoughts with us.

May Almighty Allah protect and guide you to serve our Motherland in an exemplary manner.

Thank you.

 

 

Mufti M.I.M. Rizwe                                                          Ash Shaikh M.M.A. Mubarak

President - ACJU                                                                 General Secretary - ACJU

November 18th 2019

 

His Excellency Gotabaya Rajapaksa

President of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR PRESIDENT

It is a historic day for all of us, Sri Lankans as we, the citizens of this nation, have elected the 07th Executive President of our Motherland, His Excellency Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

As one of the oldest democratic countries of Asia, it is significant to note that we citizens have exercised the Democratic Right to elect our leader in a free and fair democratic manner.

As a nation of multi ethnicities Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and Christians, we regard this victory as a victory of democracy and also firmly believe that this Nation shall be driven towards development and prosperity while upholding unity and peaceful coexistence among all communities of this country.

The ACJU is a non-political organization and throughout its history of more than 9 decades, has always worked closely with the Governments in power, towards development and has been actively engaged in efforts of building unity and peaceful coexistence among the communities.

Similarly, we earnestly look forward to work with Your Excellency to enrich this Nation with peace, harmony and prosperity.

May Almighty Allah through His special Guidance shower His Mercy and Blessings upon our Motherland, and Grant you Strength to Lead this Nation towards Development, Peace, Harmony and Prosperity.

 

Mufti M.I.M. Rizwe                                                          Ash Shaikh M.M.A. Mubarak

President - ACJU                                                                 General Secretary - ACJU