Islam is a religion that enforces social reconciliation. And, therefore, Islam does not recognize any activity detrimental to the social fabric.

Islam preaches that Muslims should avoid creating hostilities between religions and respect other faiths.

If any anti-Islamic strategies are initiated by any force, Islam does not encourage encountering back by the similar manner.  Islam teaches that evil has to be encountered with goodness. It also exhorts that when pointing out any fault to use wisdom and adopt a soft approach, to avoid hurting the feelings of others.

Islam strictly prohibits humiliating other religions while enforcing to respect the other religious clerics. We strictly condemn writing, speaking and using social media contradicting to the above Islamic teachings.

We strictly denounce that a Muslim expressing his thoughts in a manner demeaning the others’ religions or religious scholars, which is against the Islamic teachings.

Furthermore, we strictly condemn all activities humiliating Islam, Muslims and the Holy Quran, while requesting the government to take needful action against those who get involved in these types of unlawful activities. If the government does not take appropriate actions to stop this menace it will take our country and its citizens towards negative results.

The government also should take initiatives to identify the activities created to widen the relationship between the communities and do the needful to prevent them. Furthermore, in order to settle matters concerning Muslims’ Affairs we request the government to consult the leadership of Muslim religious and civil societies for better outcome.

All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama - ACJU
All Ceylon Young Muslim Men’s Association Conference - YMMA
Sri Lanka Jama'athe Islami – SLJI
Sri Lanka Shariee’ah Council
All Ceylon Thowheedh Jama’ath –ACTJ
Sri Lanka Islamic Center
World Assembly of Muslim Youth – WAMY
Jama'ath Ansaris Sunnathil Mohammadiyya - JASM
All University Muslim Students Association - AUMSA
Jama’athus Salama
International Islamic Relief Organization- IIRO
Association of Muslim Youth of Sailan (Sri Lanka) - AMYS
Muslim Council of Sri Lanka - MCSL
National Shoora Council – NSC
Colombo District Masjid Federation - CDMF
Al Hikma Welfare Association
All Ceylon Muslim Educational Conference - ACMEC
All Ceylon Union of Muslim League Youth Fronts - ACUMLYF
Jama’ath ut Thowheed
Rapid Response Team - RRT
Sri Lanka Muslim Media Forum – SLMMF
Sri Lanka Islamic Student’s Movement
Advocacy & Reconciliation Council

23.07.2015

Joint declaration by the Muslim Organizations of Sri Lanka on the issue of IS (ISIS) and Extremism:

We, the representatives of the main Muslim Organizations in Sri Lanka, present at the anti-extremism conference organized by the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU), held on the 22nd July 2015, condemn in unequivocal terms all forms of violence and extremism.

Islam is a religion of Mercy for all humanity. It is the fountainhead of Eternal Peace, Tranquility, Security and Brotherhood. Islam attaches such value to human life that it equates the killing of a single being unlawfully with the killing of the entire human race, without differentiation based on creed or caste. Its teachings of peace and brotherhood encompass all humanity. Islam teaches us to treat all mankind with equality, mercy, tolerance and justice. Islam sternly condemns all kinds of oppression, violence and extremism. It regards oppression, mischief, rioting and murders amongst the severest sins and crimes.

The IS (ISIS) is a violent extremist organization which acts against the fundamental teachings of Islam. It is an absolutely deviant organization which operates against all the principles and tenets of Islam.  Unfortunately, the word ‘Jihad’ has been misinterpreted by the Western media to mean killing or waging unjust wars. Any organization that kills innocent people under the guise of Jihad, it is totally outside the pale of Islam. We endorse the booklet published by the ACJU which explains the correct spiritual concept of Jihad based on authentic Islamic religious texts.

We appreciate the initiatives taken by the ACJU to expose the ISIS as an un-Islamic and extremist organization, in an informative broadcast through the SLBC on the 6thof July 2014 and the statement issued to the media on the 30thof August 2014. Subsequently several International Islamic Institutions and countries have condemned the ISIS as an extremist organization engaged in acts contrary to Islamic teachings.

We strongly and unequivocally condemn any person associated with the ISIS or any other extremist organization operating under the guise of Islam.We do not condone any person or organization that engages in extremism in any form.

We strongly call upon the government to take action against any individual involved in any form of extremism.  We also wholeheartedly offer our fullest support and co-operation to all government agencies to identify such anti-social and criminal elements in order to eliminate this menace from our Motherland.

We call upon the media to act with responsibility and objectivity. We also urge them not to sensationalize such issues as not to endanger peaceful co-existence prevailing amongst the communities in Sri Lanka.

We Muslims have, over the centuries,demonstrated our patriotism and loyalty to Sri Lanka.  We affirm that we will not act in any manner that it detrimental to our Motherland.

All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU)   

Muslim Council of Sri Lanka (MCSL)

Sri Lanka Jamat e Islami   (SLJI)

Jama'athus Salama (MFCD)

Jamiyyathus Shabab (AMYS)

Al-Muslimath

International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO)

World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY)

All Ceylon YMMA Conference (YMMA)

Thableegh Jama'ath

All Ceylon Thowheedh Jama'ath (ACTJ)

Colombo District Masjid Federation (CDMF)