CERTAIN SIGNIFICANT GUIDELINES FOR MUSLIMS
Considering the crisis that has been prevailing in the country the last few days, All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama along with all other Muslim Civil groups have come together and initiated many steps to handle the situation. In relation to this a Representative Group consisting of various Islamic, and Muslim Civil groups has been formed.
Direct interaction with the Higher Officials of the country like the President, Prime Minister and Defense Personals have been made to implement the purpose of the above mentioned collective Representative Group.
It was brought to the notice of everyone of us that the entire Muslim Community as One Body Condemned and rejected the inhuman and barbaric terrorist attacks of 21.04.2019 while extending their fullest co-operation to facilitate Security measures. While Islam gravely condemns such inhuman acts, none could hold the entire Muslim Community responsible for the terrorism of a few mislead persons. Citing this and regarding all Muslims as offenders, harassing them and causing damage to their then and their property is not justifiable in any way.
All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama requests the Muslims of this country to adhere to the following guidelines during this critical period:
Ash-Sheikh A.C.M. Agar Mohamed
Deputy President - ACJU
Utilizing Ramadhaan in the Best Manner
Allah has dignified the Month of Ramadhaan by revealing the Holy Quran in this month. This is the month of Dua and patience. And this is the month in which we Muslims, engage in several virtuous deeds eagerly and with forbearance, according to the guidance of the Ulama.
In this blessed Month, abundant Duas should be made, supplicating all our needs from the Almighty, for the prosperity of the society, and especially for the consolation of the people who were effected in the recent brutal tragedy, for quick recovery to normalcy and for prevalence of unity, peace and harmony in this country.
The following are some guidelines and advices to be adhered during Ramadhaan:
Let us follow the above advices and guidelines and ensure to gain maximum virtues in the Holy Month of Ramadhaan.
May Almighty Allah bless and accept our prayers and bestow this country with peaceful coexistence and unity among the communities!
Ash-Shaikh H Omardeen
Secretary – ACJU Propagation Division ,
All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama
Maintenance of National security
As Muslims, we are obliged to be responsible citizens and protect our motherland and maintain peace and order. We appeal to all, to cooperate with the security forces and law enforcement agencies. In particular, we strongly appeal to our sisters to be mindful of the critical emergency situation now prevalent in our country and the difficulties faced by the security officers in performing their functions in situations where the identity of a person cannot be ascertained. Hence, we advise that in the prevailing situation our sisters should not hinder the security forces in their efforts to maintain national security by wearing the face cover (Niqab).
We also recommend that all persons should carry their National identity card at all times to be produced when required by any public officer.
Ash sheikh M.L.M Ilyas
Secretary – fatwa division
All Ceylon Jamiyyathul ulama
Guidance provided by the ACJU to be adhered in the prevailing situation in the country
Assalamu Alaikum Warahmathullahi Wabarakathuhu
ACJU wishes to provide the following instructions to the Muslim community in Sri Lanka with the view of the current tense situation and in the wake of the implementation of the Emergency Law. We specially urge Masjid trustees and Imams to adhere to these instructions with utmost consideration.
May Allah help prevail peace and harmony in our Motherland.
Ash Shaikh M.L.M. Ilyas
Secretary - Fatwa Committee
All Ceylon Jamiyathul Ulema
Important Announcement by ACJU to the Muslim Community of Sri Lanka
The Muslim community of Sri Lanka strongly condemns the violent terrorist attacks that took place in our land on Sunday, the 21st of April, 2019. Islam treats the killing of one human being equal to the killing of all humanity; this brutal act has nothing to do with Islam or any other religion. We are deeply sorrowed by the loss of so many innocent lives and we share in the grief of all the effected families. ACJU urges the members of the mosques to visit the effected homes in their vicinity to extend all forms of support in this state of need.
All Muslims across the country are urged to extend their fullest support to the government to track those who responsible for this atrocious act.
ACJU urges the Muslim Community to act on the following recommendations:
Ash – sheikh H. Omardeen
Executive Member - ACJU
The ACJU vehemently condemns today's inhuman terrorist attack on Churches and other places while our Christian brothers and sisters were celebrating Easter
This is a shameful and heinous act which no human being can tolerate for any reason. Though the attacks were carried out on a day holy to a particular religious community, it is a very sad day for all Sri Lankans.
On behalf of all Sri Lankan Muslims, we the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama extend our arms of solidarity, love and affection towards our Christian brothers and sisters at this moment of grief.
We urge the authorities to assure that all places of worship are adequately protected immediately, and to ensure that the perpetrators of these crimes are brought to justice without delay.
We urge all Sri Lankans, especially the Muslim community including trustees of mosques to do all that is necessary to support the affected communities by facilitating donation of blood, helping the injured, providing psychological support and making them feel safe and secure.
We appeal to all religious and civil leaders to join hands in rightly guiding the people of their respective areas to prevent communal conflicts, and also to the public to refrain from spreading rumours through different forms of media.
At this moment of great tragedy, let us all join together in solidarity and face the challenges with mutual love and respect to move forward as Sri Lankans. We pray to Almighty Allah that He eases the pain of all who were affected and grant His mercy to them.
Let us all be together in this, and help and support each other in this time of grief and pray that we overcome this tragedy as Sri Lankans.
Mufti M.I.M Rizwe
President – ACJU
As a result of almost eight years of effort in preparing the Sinhala exegesis of the Al-Quran by the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama, the launching ceremony took place on Sunday, 07th of April 2019 at the BMICH.
Ash-Shaikh Qari M.H.M Firdous inaugurating the function with Quirath, Ash-Shaikh A.C. Agar Mohammed, the Vice President of the ACJU, addressed the gathering in his opening speech.
Following that, a prominent individual playing a key role in guiding and supporting the ACJU in its legal endeavors President Counsel, Lawyer Faisz Musthapha delivered his oration. In his speech, he emphasized the fact that the tome had been compiled with brief, useful notes and comprised of eloquent literary work.
Following PC Faisz Musthapaha, Professor Daya Amarasekara of the University of Peradeniya addressed the gathering. In the course of his delivery, he stated that this book would serve as a pathway to bridge the gap between Muslims and the people of other religions and to eliminate misconceptions. He also mentioned that the fact the only true way to avoid conflict between societies altogether is through understanding.
A video presentation on the Sinhala Exegesis of the Holy Quran by ACJU was presented to the gathered audience.
Following this, the special speech of this event was delivered by Mufti M. I. M. Rizwe the President of ACJU.
He emphasized the cordial relationships of the Muslims and the other communities that has been existing since the ancient times. He cited a few key Verses of the Holy Quran which guides mankind on moral values and coexistence. And also he highlighted the excellent qualities manifested by Prophet Muhammad PBUH. While appreciating HE President’s efforts to eradicate the drug abuse menace from the society, Mufti Rizwe expressed the willingness of the Muslim Community to contribute to the Social Development of this country of all possible ways. Finally he supplicated to Allah for all those who have been serving for the noble Quran throughout the world and moreover he gratefully reminded that there were many who have been supporting the ACJU to take over this challenging task approximately for eight years.
The most significant event of this historical occasion of presenting the 1st copy of the Sinhala Exegesis of the Holy Quran by ACJU, to H. E. Maithripala Sirisena, the President of the Sri Lanka, by the Mufti M.I.M. Rizwe, President of the ACJU.
Following this event, the Former Member of Parliament Mr. Imthiyaz Bakeer Makar’s Speech of Honor was delivered. In his speech, he mentioned that in a pluralistic country like Sri Lanka we must have the knowledge of the other Religions to build co-existence.
The Chief Guest of this historic occasion The President of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena delivered his address. He mentioned that, the ACJU had accomplished a task which was a contemporary need and he greatly appreciated this effort.
The Vote of Thanks was delivered by one of the Deputy Secretaries of the ACJU, Ash-Shaikh Murshid Mulaffar. Finally the event concluded with the National Anthem.
The attendees of this historic event, were honored by the free distribution of copies of the ‘Sinhala Exegesis of the Al-Quran by ACJU’, as a memento of this significant event.
Religious Scholars, Members of the Parliament, Non-Muslim Guests, and a large number of invitees graced this occasion.
ACJU Media Division
The All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) is pleased to release this message on the 71st Independence Day of our motherland Sri Lanka.
This Independence was obtained by the Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and Christians, who sacrificed unitedly beyond all ethnic, religious, racial differences and achieved this victory for our motherland. It is important to commemorate these heroic achievers on this Day of Independence.
Similar to the sacrifices of our predecessors, who overlooked their differences of caste, creed and ethnicity in their struggles, the ACJU invites all citizens of this country, to come forward casting aside our religious, racial and political differences and make efforts towards the prosperity and development of this country.
The ACJU desires that we, especially the Muslims, should follow the steps of great personalities like T.B. Jayah and Sir Razick Fareed, and become citizens who dedicate our lives for the prosperity of this country.
Our wishes and prayers is that this multi-ethnic country, which consists of Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and Christians, should ever flourish with development and prosperity. The ACJU wishes to remind that the prosperity and development of a country depends on the patriotism and unity of the citizens.
Thus, the ACJU seeks blessings from the Almighty, for all citizens of this country to live in unity and solidarity as a family.
May this nation be blessed with all necessary resources and excel as a ‘United Sri Lanka’.
Ash Sheikh M.M.A. Mubarak
All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama
The ACJU Division for Youth Affairs conducted a Career Guidance program for selected youth at the Baraimul Imaan Foundation, Gothatuwa, on the 31st of January.
The plurality of religions is a reality of the human experience. All religions acknowledge this fact undeniably. No religion encourages blasphemous or humiliating acts towards other religions.
Islam strongly condemns blasphemy against other religions and offending the feelings of followers of other religions. The Holy Quran guides us in very clear terms: “Do not revile those whom they invoke other than Allah,”[6:108]
It is evident that the religion of Islam, which does not permit abuse of other religious deities, certainly does not permit humiliation of other religions nor permits its followers to offend the feelings of the followers of other religions.
Throughout history, the Muslim community has been living in peace and tranquility among other communities, and has also immensely contributed in various aspects to the development of the country. Thus, any blasphemous or unlawful activity under the name of religion or ethnicity, shall not be tolerated by the Muslim Community. Furthermore the entire Muslim Community strongly condemns any sort of activity under the banner of Islam, which resorts to extremism and blasphemy.
Recently an incident occurred that hurt the feelings of the Buddhist community and some suspects were arrested. After necessary investigations, they should be brought to book and punishments be meted out if they are proven guilty, regardless of whoever they are. At the same time, effective measures should be taken to ensure prevalence of peace and tranquility among all communities within the country. Effective strategies should be formulated and implemented, especially for the guidance of youth, by places of religious worship and civil organizations island wide.
In the absence of an official declaration from the government concerning the said incident, the Muslim community is concerned that the circulation of unconfirmed news, rumours and false assumptions, might disrupt the unity and coexistence prevailing among the communities. Therefore Media institutions, abiding by accepted standards of ‘Media Ethics’, are kindly requested to conduct themselves in a responsible manner while preserving the unity and coexistence that has for centuries prevailed among the communities of this country.
The recent incidents which occurred in Sri Lanka also prove that individuals who carry out religious blasphemy exist in all religions. It is sad to note that from time to time, some people involve in blasphemy against other religions and harm the lives and properties of other religious communities. The disastrous incidents which occurred in the recent past clearly attests to this. If this unpleasant culture of violence continues, the prevalence of peace and prosperity in our motherland that was achieved by all citizens together over all these years, will become a very arduous and challenging task in future.
We urge the Government to ensure peace and tranquility in our beloved country by utilizing all means, such as Intelligence officers to get to the truth and the whole truth behind these incidents, the Police who maintain law and order, the security forces who protect each and all of us and the judicial authorities who establish justice, and be vigilant with regard to anyone acting against the peace and tranquility of our beloved island, irrespective of race or religion.