Important Message With Regard To Face Cover Of Muslim Women
Asslalamu Alaikum Warahmathullahi Wabarakathuhu,
Wearing a dress code of one’s own choice is one of the fundamental human rights of every male and female on earth. The constitution of this country enshrines these rights very clearly.
Followed by the deplorable incident of 21st of April, an unusual situation prevailed in the country and the emergency law was imposed by the Government. Followed by this, a temporary ban of facial cover or niqab was too imposed during the time of the emergency law. Though, the emergency law was lifted on the 23rd of August, a Special Gazette has been issued enabling the deployment of armed forces to maintain public order in the country. Ever since the incident, it seems that the fear psychosis among the people is still not completely detached.
In this current situation, there seems to be possibilities that the Muslim women who attire the face cover publicly, may face inconveniences. So, at this uncertain political situation, it is our responsibility to ensure all possible means to avoid paving the way to racial elements.
The ACJU requests especially the Muslim women to avoid possible inconveniences that may be caused by attiring the face cover in the public and to act in a responsible and serious manner considering the present situation. The ACJU strongly believes that our own etiquette and responsible behavior among the various communities would definitely help us to protect our own rights and privileges.
The ACJU also believes that the religious freedom, rights and privileges within our cultural diversity enjoyed by the Muslims of Sri Lanka throughout the history should still be preserved and protected.
Ash-Shaikh H. Omardeen
Secretary – Propagation Division
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.
Message of Condolence from All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama
We, the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama, are grieved by the news of the demise of Professor Venerable Dr. Bellanwila Wimalaratana Nayake Thero, the Chief Incumbent of the BellanwilaRajamahaViharaya. We extend our deepest sympathies to all who mourn in the country, irrespective of caste, creed or religion.
He worked hard towards establishing a peaceful and prosperous motherland. The highest degree of honour and gratitude that all Sri Lankans could show, is to continue his everlasting mission of striving towards peace and prosperity in the country.
We, the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama, on behalf of the Muslim community, convey our deepest condolences to the Sri Lankan Buddhist community, the respectable members of the Boards of Trustees, and Buddhist clergies of Bellanwila Rajamaha Viharaya.
Ash-Shaikh Mufti M.I.M Rizwe
All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama
Ash-Shaikh M.M.A. Mubarak
All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama
2018.01.22 / 1439.05.04 (H)
Guidelines from ACJU with regard to Local Government Elections:
To the Attention of Voters and Candidates!
We believe that we have the moral obligation to put forward certain disciplinary guidelines to be strictly followed by the voters and the candidates. First of all we would like to remind the voters that using the ballots is an opportunity of contributing towards the great service of building our nation: and this should be the perspective of the Elections.
It is not overstating if we say through the anticipated Local Government Elections a great opportunity is given to the people to build a political culture based on the dimensions of our motherland and putting up a foundation for the good-governance. In the Islamic perspective balloting in election is similar to offering Shafa’ah, which means recommending, Waqalah which is offering accountability and above all it is a Shahadah which means to bear testimony.
The voters shall adopt the following guidelines:
Political Parties for Local Government elections and their candidates are expected to follow the election guidelines given below:
Finally, at all situations let us fear Allah, the Almighty. May Allah be satisfied with all our good efforts!
Ash-Shaikh A.C. Agar Mohamed
Deputy President / In-charge of Political Division
All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama
The Ambassador of the State of Palestine in Sri Lanka, H.E. Zuhair Mohammad Hamdallah Zaid, visited the ACJU Head office for a special meeting with Ash Shaikh Mubarak and Ash Shaikh Thassim of the Executive Committee of ACJU on the 18th of January 2017.The consequences on the plan of the new U.S.President Donald Trump, to move the US Embassy in Israel, from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was discussed at the meeting.
22.11.2016 / 21.02.1438
Meeting with Muslim Parliamentarians
The All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) met the Muslim Organizations on 20.11.2016 and discussed about the current situation prevailing in the country. In that meeting various Organizations participated and discussed on issues raising against the Muslim community and arrived at resolutions on various issues. As the first stage of these resolutions it was decided to meet the Muslim Parliamentarians on 21.11.2016 at the ACJU Head Office.
As per the resolution taken yesterday (on 21.11.2016) the ACJU met the Muslim Parliamentarians at their Head Office by 8.00 p.m. The meeting was inaugurated by Ash-Sheikh M.M.A. Mubarak, the Honorary Secretary of the ACJU. Ash-Sheikh M.I.M. Rizwe Mufthi, the Honorary President of the ACJU clarified the purpose of the gathering. While clarifying the Muslim Personal Law he said that all Muslims should repent for forgiveness for the sins and return towards Allahu Ta’ala and requested all Parliamentarians to unitedly make effort to bring back the existing uncommon situations to normalcy.
During the meeting the participated members of Parliamentarians and the representatives of Muslim organizations tabled their opinions on the above issue. Further, discussed about how to approach the reawakening of the ISIS issue and the pending cases against racism.
Further, the Members of Parliamentarians confirmed that the above subject will be taken for parliamentary discussion today on 22.11.2016. And, on 23.11.2016 they will meet Justice Minister Wijedasa Rajapakse and clarify the actual situations of the Muslims in this country. And, it was resolved that they will clarify the Joint Declaration issued by the Muslim Organizations on ISIS on 23.07.2015.
Finally, the members of Muslim Parliamentarians assured to contact the government to mitigate the current uncommon situation prevailing in the country and to find needful solutions in the Muslim Personal Law. They also assured of finding solution on the present issue in connection with ISIS matter.
10.12.1437 / 11.09.2016
Clarification on the ACJU’s Stand on Women Wearing Face-cover
Out of all sub-committees of the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU), the Fatwa Committee plays a very important role. This committee consists of all organizations representing Ahlus Sunnath Wal Jama’ath available in the whole country and there are more than thirty committee members comprising senior scholars experienced in the application of Islamic Jurisprudence, Degree-holders in Islamic jurisprudence, principals of Arabic Colleges and senior lecturers/professors in Shari’ah Education.
This committee meets either once a month or according to the need of the Fatwa matters and research on issues, and, finally release the Fatwa. Based on this the Fatwa on Women Wearing face-cover was released in 2009.
The opinion delivered on the concerned Fatwa was the clear stand of the ACJU. However, on subjects having differences in opinion, one has the right and freedom to follow the opinion that one is convinced with. Another with a difference of opinion has the right and freedom to follow the opinion he/ she is convinced on, and it is advised that no one should interfere/degrade the differing opinion of another person. This is the stand of the ACJU’s in its statement issued on Unity Declaration dated 18.08.2009.
Furthermore, the present controversy over the women wearing face-cover arose due to a statement made on 19.07.2016 on a TV program stating: “the women’s face-cover was not an Islamic ruling and was a wrong opinion” that was said to be quoted from the series of “Social Dialog” books written on Hijab.
The concerned book was written clarifying the Muslims’ Dress Code, when there was a hue & cry claiming that there was no Niqab in Islam, it is an Arabic culture, a security threat and so on, the ACJU wrote this book justifying that Niqab is an Islamic dress, there is no threat to security and it is the right of women who are in the opinion that face-cover is ‘wajib’ for women. And the concerned TV program had many useful discussion on the need of the day which could be appreciated. However, the ACJU wishes to confirm with responsibility that opinion mentioned regarding the Hijab in the above TV program was not stated in the concerned book of the ACJU.
Today, the ‘Niqab – Hijab’ subject has become the talk of the day, and it can be observed that debating on the subject has created a gap among the concerned groups.
The All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama has been carrying forward the efforts on the social unity and coexistence with so many challenges and carefully guiding the Muslim society. Alhamdulillah!
Therefore, the ACJU has planned to conduct a seminar on Niqab and Hijab very soon for clarity and understanding on the subject.
This seminar will be conducted in cooperation with the Council for Cooperation & Coordination and Fatwa division of the ACJU. Suitably qualified Professionals and Religious scholars will be given the opportunity of presenting their clarification on Niqab and Hijab. The final date of presenting their clarification on Niqab & Hajab, venue, date of event and further details will be informed very soon.
Ash Sheikh M.L.M. Ilyas
Secretary. Fatwa Committee
All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama
Message from All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama on the 68th Independence Day
The All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama is pleased to release this message of blessings on the day of the 68th Independence Day of our motherland, Sri Lanka.
In order to celebrate completely the achievement of the Independence after 68 years we had to overcome plenty of challenges throughout the history.
We remember this year’s Independence Day that all Sri Lankans should take forward this country towards prosperity by living in peace and coexistence with the assurance of good governance by the present government.
Our prayers and expectations are that all Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and Christians in this multi-ethnic society should continue to achieve prosperity, development and progress by following the respective religious advice and developing the ethics of respecting other religions.
One country’s development solely depends on the unity and patriotism of the people. Therefore, it is the duty of every citizen to take initiatives in this opportunity to develop the practical approach to achieve unity and co-existence among communities and religions.
Therefore, All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama wishes that every Sri Lankan citizen who would make effort to bring unity, peace and tolerance through which we could build a peaceful and a prosperous nation.
Ash-Sheikh M.M.A. Mubarak,
General Secretary, All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama