Media Release

Mar 02, 2021

 08.06.2019

Media Release

As everybody is aware, the country is going through a very traumatic period with lots of mistrust and misunderstanding amongst the ethnic and religious groups. This has affected the especially the Muslim community more than any others.

In this regard the initiatives taken by the Respected Venerable Maha Sangha is highly commendable. It should be noted that throughout the history of this Country, the Maha Sangha have played a very key role in bringing about Peace and Unity amongst the people of this country.

At a press conference held on 05.06.2019, they very clearly mentioned that they have no hatred or enmity towards the Muslims and called upon all citizens of the country to work towards reconciliation and build a United Sri Lanka.

From our side we would like to mention that the Ulama and the Muslim community were always against any form of Terrorism and were in the forefront to notify the Government about the dangers of certain groups and individuals.

The ultimate motive of such terrorist activities was to weaken the Country by bringing about distrust within the citizens. As Sri Lankans all of us should hold hands together and come forward to overcome and eliminate any form of Terrorism, Extremism and Racism in the country and to build a peaceful nation where each and every citizen enjoys their rights and contributes to the development of our Motherland.

We pray that Allah will bless our Motherland and shower Peace and Prosperity among all communities.

 

Ash-Shaikh M.M.M Murshid

Assistant Secretary - ACJU

2019.05.28 (1440.09.22)

 

GUIDANCE REGARDING EID-UL-FITR

Considering the prevailing situation in the country the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama requests the Muslim community to adhere to the following guidelines pertaining to Eid-ul-Fitr.

  1. All Muslims are requested to celebrate the Eid-Ul-Fitr on the day, based on the collective decision taken by Colombo Grand Masjid, ACJU and the Department of Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs.
  1. Due to the prevailing situation in the country, performing Eid Salaah in playgrounds or such public areas should be avoided, and prayers should be offered only within Masjids.
  1. Traveling by vehicles for Eid prayers should be avoided. In unavoidable circumstances, if required to travel by vehicle, it is recommended to travel collectively rather than traveling individually.
  1. Masjid Trustees should make necessary security arrangements by coordinating with the respective Police Stations.
  1. Considering the situation of the victims of the recent terrorist and mob attacks during the last few weeks, Muslims are requested to observe Eid celebrations in a very simple manner, to share the special dishes prepared for the occasion with neighbors and the needy, to refrain from unnecessary luxury and extravagance, and to engage in efforts to provide possible assistance to those victims who are affected.
  1. Females are requested to refrain from going out for Eid related shopping activities as much as possible and to get their purchasing done by the males.

 

May Allah accept all our Ibadaah and Good Deeds during this Month of Ramadhaan, restore normalcy and bestow peace and prosperity in our Motherland.

Wassalam

 

 

Ash-Shaikh H. Omardeen

Secretary – ACJU Propagation Division 

 18.05.2019 (12.09.1440)

EXPEDITING MASJID BASED RELIEF EFFORTS

We are aware that properties worth of billions of Rupees of Muslims, were destroyed due to recent attacks on Muslims in Puttalam, Kurunegala and Gampaha districts.

The ACJU expresses its gratitude to all those who have been extending their assistance in various manners to the affected victims, and May Almighty Allah reward them with success in this World and in the Hereafter.

Under the leadership of Mufti M.I.M. Rizwe, the President of ACJU and Ash Shaikh A.C Agar Mohamed, the Deputy President of ACJU, the members of the ACJU Executive Committee visited the affected regions on 15th of May 2019.

During the discussions held subsequently, it was resolved that necessary steps should be taken to obtain government compensations and immediate relief aid should be provided to the victims by the Muslim community, and assist them to recover by all possible means.

In the meantime, ACJU urges the effected Muslims to lodge complaints at the police stations and GS offices in their respective areas, providing details of their losses in writing a soon as possible.

A special meeting was convened at the ACJU Head office with members of the Masjid Federations of Colombo region on the 17th of May 2019. In the meeting, it was agreed that assistance to the effected by the recent destruction should be distributed through the network of Masjid federations under the purview of the ACJU as executed during the past disasters of Tsunami, Floods etc.

Accordingly, the tasks has been handed over to Masjid Federations and ACJU branches as follows:

 

 

No

FED , ACJU BRN, ORG Name

No

Affected Areas

 
 

1

ACJU Colombo South Branch | Dehiwala Fed | Kirulapone Fed | Wellawatta Jumuah Masjid

1

Minuwangoda

 

2

Budgampola

 

3

Nattandi

 

4

Maaningala

 

2

Nimal Road  Masjid

5

Kottaramulla

 

6

Thummodara

 

3

Kollupitiya Fed | Bambalapitiya, & Jawatte Jumuah Masjids

7

Anukkana

 

8

Poowalla

 

9

Nikaweratiya / Kalapitiyagama

 

10

Nigambo

 

4

Pettah Fed | Aluthkade Fed | Akurana ACJU Branch

11

Kottampitiya

 

5

ACJU Colombo North  | Maligawatta Fed | Kompannaveediya Fed

12

Nikkapitiya

 

6

Gampola ACJU Branch|Grandpass Fed | Maradana Fed

13

Assanakottuwa

 

14

Ahatimulla

 

7

ACJU Kollonnawa Branch | Kolonnawa Fed | Colombo North Fed  

15

Midiyala

 

16

Kuliyapitiya / Adendawela

 

17

Wariyapola / Rambewe

 

8

 ACJU Colombo Center Branch | Demetagoda Fed

18

Hettipola

 

9

Zam Zam Foundation

19

Kiniyama

 

10

Udunuwara ACJU Branch & Team

20

Madige Weediyawali

 

11

Kandy City ACJU Branch & Team

21

Yayawaththa

 

22

Thorakotuwa

 

12

Galagedara ACJU Branch & Team, Malwana

23

Bandarakoswatta, Hammaliya, Bandarakoswatta, Hunugama,  Hathapola &  Horombawa

 

 

The ACJU requests that the Muslim community to cooperate with the respective Masjid Federation and ACJU Branches to provide possible assistance to help those affected during this blessed Month of Ramadhaan, to recover from this situation.

Furthermore the ACJU requests to follow the below guideline when assisting those affected:

  1. The Masjid Federations and the ACJU Branches should make that sufficient assistance are provided to all those affected.
  2. Collective and individual assistance should be done to Ifthar and Sahar arrangements of the affected people.
  3. Zakath could be given to the eligible among the victims while giving to other eligible persons. Also we should increase our Sadaka in these times of dire need of our brethren.

 

Wassalam,

 

 

Ash Shaikh H. Omardeen

Secretary – ACJU Propagation Division

 

23.05.2019 (17.09.2019)

Guidance with regard to last ten days of Ramadhaan

Considering the current situation in the Country, The All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama urges the Muslim Community to follow below mentioned guidelines with regard to last ten days of the Holy Month of Ramadhaan.

  1. Please involve yourself in abundant Ibadath during these days and make special Dua to ease the situation.
  2. Regarding Security of the Masjid and your locality, Masjid Trustees and responsible persons together are requested to discuss with the Police and other security authorities to make necessary security arrangements.
  3. Involving in unnecessary activities such as playing games on the streets and behaving in a manner which will cause hindrance for others should be completely avoided.
  4. Ibadath during the last ten nights, especially the 27th night, should be done with consideration of the situation of the locality. All these arrangements should be concluded within a period of time.
  5. In areas where it is safe and suitable to conduct the night prayers, arrangements should be made with the assistance of respective area Police.
  6. Those who intend to perform I’thikaf should take the situation of the locality into consideration and obtain the approval from the local police station through respective Masjids.
  7. It is advisable to refrain from performing I’thikaf in areas where safety is a concern.

May Almighty Allah accept all our good deeds performed during this Ramadhaan and bring peace and prosperity to our Motherland.

 

 

Ash Shaikh H. Omardeen

Secretary – ACJU Propagation Division

21st May 2019

REMEMBRANCE DAY AND THE WAY FORWARD

21st April 2019 brings to mind the horrific terrorist attacks committed on innocents praying in their churches and partaking in breakfast in hotels on Easter Sunday. We, ACJU, on behalf of the Muslim Civil Societies and the Muslim Community, reiterate our vehement condemnation of the vicious attacks carried out by those terrorists who called themselves Muslims.

We have been the first council of Theologians in the world who condemned the Islamic State (IS), their ideology and their code of conduct in 2014. We still denounce this terrorist group and wish to reiterate that there is no place in Islam for any type of extremism or violence, and that they cannot be true adherents of Islam or call themselves Muslim, given the ideology and practice they promote.

Muslims have lived harmoniously with their brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka for over 1000 years. The inhuman and cowardly acts of a few terrorists in the name of Islam only helps the Muslim community to stand stronger together with all Sri Lankans, and work towards defeating the agenda of dividing Sri Lankans and creating disharmony within communities. It is imperative that the Muslim community, comes together to strengthen relations and work towards building trust between our brothers and sisters of every faith and race. Towards this, the ACJU would like to request the Muslim Community and the Masjid Trustees, to implement the following for meaningful integration and peaceful coexistence between communities in Sri Lanka.

  • Strengthen and implement the concept of Harmony centers in each Masjid, as introduced by the ACJU in 2017.
  • Open your Masjids, Madrasas and Maktabs for all communities to visit and share values.
  • Implement Masjid based projects to guide youth to become responsible citizens of our country.
  • Masjids should be responsible for the Imam who conducts sermons and the contents of the sermons. While their sermons provide Islamic guidance, they should promote values of peaceful coexistence, and being good and productive citizens with values and morals. The Masjids should only permit recognized, qualified religious leaders to deliver sermons. Their accreditation should be verified with ACJU.
  • The Muslim Community should cooperate with the Law enforcement authorities, military and defense establishments to help maintain law and order, and to help the security establishments to weed out all terrorists from our soil.

We remind the Muslim community to pray for those effected and their families in this difficult time, and to pray for a peaceful Sri Lanka.

 

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

President – ACJU                                                                               Honorary Deputy President

 17.05.2019 (11.09.1440)

GUIDELINES TO BE OBSERVED DURING THE VESAK FESTIVAL

It is the need of the hour to have proper knowledge and understanding of the Islamic principles of co-existing with other communities as we, Muslims, are living in a multi-cultural and multi-communal country.

Therefore, All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama requests all Muslims to adhere to the following guidelines during the period of Vesak:

  1. Make use of this period of Vesak as an opportunity to build friendly and harmonious relationships with the other communities. 
  1. As the Vesak period coincides with Ramadhaan this year, we should make sure that our activities do not cause any hindrance to others. And also cordial and harmonious interactions should be maintained with them on humanitarian basis. 
  1. Abiding by the government laws, we should refrain from engaging in slaughtering and selling of poultry or cattle during this period which would also be an expression of respecting the religious values of the other communities. 
  1. If any clarifications or guidance is required in this regard, please contact the Fatwa Division of the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama on 0117 490 420. 

Wassalam,

Ash Shaikh H. Omardeen
Secretary – Propagation Division

 

 

16.05.2019 (10.09.1440)

Let’s help those affected by turmoil against Muslim Community

The Muslim community in Kurunegala, Gampaha and Putlam districts have been attacked by the racists which has caused loss of lives and damages to Masjids and Muslims’ properties said to be valued at many millions of Rupees.

All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama also requests all its District and Divisional Branches to get into action in order to support the victims who have been affected due to this carnage, while requesting the Trustees of Masjids and others to cooperate with them.

Those who wish to contribute through the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama are requested to deposit their funds to the following Bank account. We request the Trustees of Masjids to collect the relief funds in cash on the forthcoming Fridays and deposit to the following Bank account. (Please send the deposit slip to ACJU WhatsApp Number 0776-185353 and collect the receipt).

 

 

COMMERCIAL BANK

ALL CEYLON JAMIYYATHUL ULAMA

A/C  NO 1901005000

COMMERCIAL BANK

BRANCH : ISLAMIC BANKING UNIT

SWIFT CODE : CCEYLKLX

 

AMANA BANK

ALL CEYLON JAMIYYATHUL ULAMA

A/C  NO 0010112110014

AMANA BANK

BRANCH : MAIN BRANCH

SWIFT CODE : AMNALKLX

 

 

Ash-Shaikh H. Omardeen
Secretary – Propagation Division
All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama