2019.05.02

 

A ‘Special Announcement’ was released by ACJU on 2019.05.02 stating that:

“Those who committed this barbaric attack on innocent civilians do not belong to us. Hence we categorically state that we will not accept their bodies.”

As per the Islamic Teachings the Burial of a deceased Muslim is an obligation and a responsibility upon the Muslim Community.

This obligation is incumbent to be performed upon any person known to be a Muslim, regardless of one’s character, however evil or immoral one is known to be.

However with regard to the perpetrators who carried out the inhuman Easter Terror Attacks, the Islamic Religious Scholars of Sri Lanka unanimously agreed on the Fatwa that the cadavers of these criminals should be rejected and should not be buried in a Muslim graveyard.

This Fatwa was issued to highlight and emphasize the gravity of the offence committed and to convey the utmost feeling of disgust of the Muslim Community towards such extremists.

This announcement was publicly made at a Media Conference which was held shortly after the tragic incident.

 

 

Ash Shaikh M.L.M. Ilyas

Secretary – ACJU Fatwa Division

All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama

ACJU/NGS/2020/007

2020.04.20 (1441.08.26)

Regarding the Heinous Terror Attack on Easter Sunday Last Year - 2019

We wish to express our intense grief and emotional pain, along with entire Nation in sadly commemorating the barbaric suicidal terror attacks that took place on Easter Sunday on the 21st of April 2019. We reiterate, that we vehemently condemn this inhuman cruel deed, in the strongest possible terms.

We also extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the families of all those who lost their lives and those who were injured, and we pray to Almighty that all those who are suffering due to the loss of their loved ones, to be blessed with solace and to be compensated with all forms of good fortune in life.

There is no dissent to the fact that, the massacre of innocent worshippers who were involved in prayers at their places of worship, and those of the public, was an act that was completely antithetical to the teachings of Islam. The perpetrators were the enemies of humanity. Whoever were involved in these crimes must be punished.

The Holy Quran states “….whoever kills a person not in retaliation for a person killed, nor (as a punishment) for spreading disorder on the earth, is as if he has killed the whole of humankind and whoever saves the life of a person is as if he has saved the life of the whole of humankind….” Surah Ma’idah Verse 32.

It is well known that any religion including Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism and Islam does not endorse nor approve violence. However, considering the followers of any religion, there are those who engage in evil and destructive activities in the name of their religion but they are completely contradictory to the teachings of their respective religious beliefs. On this basis, it should be noted that based on the despicable activities of some misguided individuals, it is not fair to evaluate a particular religious belief or its followers

We take this opportunity to extend our whole hearted appreciation to His Eminence Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith for the commendable efforts in consoling the community and to those who were effected for adopting calmness and peace, which prevented a repercussion against the Muslim community.

Furthermore we wish to emphasize that, as children of this Motherland, it is important that we make efforts to resolve our concerns and ease out our differences in opinions through mutual dialogue.

Let us all realize that it is the time for all of us to arise, beyond religious, language and regional differences, as Sri Lankans, to unite and build our nation.

May Allah protect our nation from all dangers and disasters! May He make this a garden of serenity where peace and tranquility prevails!

 

 

Ash Shaikh M.M.A. Mubarak

General Secretary - ACJU