Ref: ACJU/GEN/2020/025

2020.09.10 / 1442.01.21

Media Statement

Regarding the incident which occurred at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry

We wish to express our displeasure and deeply regret the incident which occurred yesterday (09th) at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI).

An urgent meeting of the Executive Committee of ACJU was held today, 10th of September 2020 at 10.30 am, to obtain clarifications from Ash Shaikh M.M.M. Murshid, Asst. General Secretary of ACJU, regarding the reported incident. As per the Constitution of the ACJU, a special committee has been appointed to further inquire about this matter.

Furthermore, Ash Shaikh M.M.M. Murshid has submitted a letter to the ACJU Head Office, informing that he is resigning from the post of Assistant General Secretary of ACJU until the inquiry proceedings of the aforesaid are completed, which was accepted by the Executive Committee of ACJU.

 

Ash Shaikh M.S.M. Thassim
Asst. General Secretary - ACJU

 

 

'Fight against COVID-19'- A Joint Project by ACJU and the Embassy of China

ACJU in collaboration with the Embassy of China, under the theme, 'Fight against COVID-19', distributed Hygiene kits on the 10th of June 2020 at the Head office of ACJU.

Beneficiaries of the Hygiene Kit distribution program included religious leaders and people of all faiths, and staff members of hospitals and schools. The Hygiene Kits consisted of items such as face masks, hand sanitizers, disinfectants, etc.

On 28th of July 2020, Mufti M.I.M. Rizwe -President of ACJU paid a courtesy visit to the Embassy of China and submitted the completion report of said project to 'Chargé d'affaires Mr.Hu Wei, of the Chinese Embassy. During the said meeting Mr.Hu Wei, commended the ACJU's efforts, and further he conveyed his advanced best wishes to the Muslims of Sri Lanka for the Eid ul Adha festival. Possible ways of improving and supporting poor children's wellbeing were also discussed at the meeting.

We appreciate the cordial relationship that was established and hope to collaborate on worthy projects in the future as well.

ACJU Media Division
02.08.2020

 

ACJU/MED/2020/010

01.08.2020 / 10.12.1441

Eid-Ul-Adha Message of All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama

Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar!! Allahu Akbar!!!

The ACJU expresses its best wishes to the Muslim brothers and sisters who are celebrating the festival of Eid-Ul-Adha at a time when the impact of COVID-19 is still strongly felt locally as well as globally.

Due to the pandemic crisis, the pilgrimage of Haj is too carried out in an extremely subdued manner. The Government of Saudi Arabia has granted permission only for a limited number of regional devotees to perform Haj this year. As such, many Sri Lankan Muslims who had intended to perform Haj were unable to do so, similar to other Muslims in several other countries. We pray to Almighty Allah to grant the complete reward to all Muslims who sincerely intended to perform this noble deed this year.

In order to reap the absolute benefits of this auspicious day, Takbeer should be pronounced abundantly from the beginning of the day. On the day of Eid, it is Sunnah to bathe, to avoid consuming food prior to Eid Salaah, to wear new clothes or with the best available attire, to apply perfume, to go to the Masjid, to attend the Khuthba and perform the Salaah. And those who have the financial ability should perform Uldhiyya and offer Sadaqah abundantly.  

Eid-ul-Adha signifies and commemorates the sacrifices and dedications of Hazrath Ibrahim (Alaihissalaam) and his family on this special day. Certainly, the deeds of that great family are good examples for the entire mankind on unconditional submission to Allah. Every Muslim should strive to replicate those deeds as much as possible.   

Furthermore, the laws and regulations of the country should strictly adhere when performing Uldhiyya while following the related guidance in Islam. The moral characteristics of an exemplary Muslim should be displayed in one’s conduct especially while interacting with our neighbors and members of other faiths, by helping each other in possible ways and living with mutual respect. 

On this special day, we pray for everyone to be enriched with good health, tranquility, and happiness and for our Motherland to be bestowed with lasting peace & prosperity, Aameen!

Thakabalahu Minna Waminkum!

Eid Mubarak!

 

Ash-Shaikh M.M.M. Murshid
Asst. General Secretary - ACJU

 

 

Ref: ACJU/PRE/2020/004

07.05.2020

Dr. Anil Jasinghe,
Director General of Health Services

Respected Sir,

Clarification on the ambiguity on burying the ashes of a Muslim who succumbed to COVID-19 and request to reverse the stance by permitting burial

We take this opportunity to extend our sincere appreciation to all the health care staff working at the front line, especially to your good-self, working tirelessly during these challenging times to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic in Sri Lanka. Indeed, you and your team are responding with courage, resolve and exemplary professionalism.

This is a kind note of clarification on any ambiguity that has surfaced on burying the ashes of a Muslim who succumbed to COVID-19.

We wish to reiterate that the Muslim community stand on this matter has always been that, a Muslim deceased due to COVID-19, should have the option of being buried, in line with the WHO guidelines and as implemented in more than 180 countries, since it is an integral part of our faith and a religious obligation of the community towards the deceased.

From the inception, we had addressed this matter in a professional and ethical manner. For the record, we wish to highlight some of the efforts made, of the many steps taken in this regard.

On 24th March a letter was sent to His Excellency the President requesting to amend the standard operating procedure issued by JMO, to include the option of burial for the COVID 19 deaths. We appreciate the authorities for considering our request along with other civil organizations and making necessary changes and issuing a new “Provisional Clinical Practice Guidelines on COVID-19 suspected and confirmed patients” on the 27th of March, with the provisions for burial.

But unfortunately, on the 31st of March, the above ‘Guidelines’ was revised suddenly and provision for the burial removed.  Thereafter on the 1st of April, we issued a statement expressing our disappointment on behalf of Muslim community for reversing the decision and requesting the relevant authorities to revise the decision in line with the WHO guidelines with the provisions for burial. Following which, a Team of Doctors were appointed to discuss related matters with the authorities and after these discussions, it was agreed to appoint a panel of experts to conduct a scientific study on this matter, but it did not realize.

We, the ACJU as a responsible organization, have always guided our community to obey the law of the land at all times.  In this context, responding to a query on what would be guidance in the given circumstances, that is, only cremation being allowed, it was stated the ashes of the deceased has to be buried, if given.

It is our moral and ethical duty to abide by the law of the country and to guide people towards it. But it does not imply that we endorse nor consent to this ruling as it is against our religious principles. Nevertheless, we shall continue to make ethical endeavors to make representations to the authorities on this matter.

In line with the World Health Organization guidelines and as adopted by as many as 180 countries, we re-appeal once again to your good self to reconsider the decision taken to dispose of the dead bodies of confirmed and suspected cases of COVID 19 and provide the option of the burial of bodies, while complying with all mandatory precautions and with the supervision of police and PHI.

Due to the sensitive nature of the matter we re-appeal for this provision, and wish to emphasize that we shall comply with all the required standards such as preparing the grave with the depth of 8 feet, if required to cement the grave with concrete or any other related measures shall be abided as required. We kindly request your urgent attention in this regard.

Yours Sincerely,

On Behalf of the Executive Committee of the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama.

 

Mufti M.I.M. Rizwe
President - ACJU


Signatories:

Ash Shaikh A.C.M. Agar Mohamed
Deputy President – ACJU

Ash Shaikh M.M.A. Mubarak
General Secretary – ACJU

Ash Shaikh A.L.M. Khaleel
Treasurer - ACJU

Ash Shaikh H. Omardeen
Vice President – ACJU

Ash Shaikh A.L.M. Rila
Vice President – ACJU

Ash Shaikh M.J. Abdul Khaliq
Vice President – ACJU

Ash Shaikh A.L.M. Hashim
Vice President – ACJU

Ash Shaikh S.H. Atham Bawa
Vice President – ACJU

Ash Shaikh M.M.M. Murshid
Asst. Secretary – ACJU

Ash Shaikh M.S.M. Thassim
Asst. Secretary – ACJU

Ash Shaikh A.M.M. Anas
Asst. Treasurer - ACJU

Ash Shaikh M.L.M. llyas
Executive Committee Member - ACJU

Ash Shaikh M.F.M. Fazil
Executive Committee Member - ACJU

Ash Shaikh K.M. Muksith
Executive Committee Member - ACJU

Ash Shaikh Arqam Nooramith
Executive Committee Member - ACJU

Ash Shaikh Hassan Fareed
Executive Committee Member - ACJU

Ash Shaikh (Mufti) M.H.M. Yoosuf
Executive Committee Member - ACJU

Ash Shaikh A.C.M. Fazil
Executive Committee Member - ACJU

Ash Shaikh S.L. Nawfer
Executive Committee Member - ACJU

Ash Shaikh M.K. AbdurRahman
Executive Committee Member - ACJU

Ash Shaikh S.A.M. Jawfar
Executive Committee Member - ACJU

Ash Shaikh Abdullah Mahmood
Executive Committee Member – ACJU

Ash Shaikh A.R. AbdurRahman
Executive Committee Member - ACJU

Ash Shaikh M.H.M. Burhan
Executive Committee Member - ACJU

Ash Shaikh Hazbullah
Executive Committee Member - ACJU

Ash Shaikh Zarook
Executive Committee Member - ACJU

Ash Shaikh Dr. Azwer
Executive Committee Member - ACJU

Ash Shaikh Zaky Ahmed
Executive Committee Member – ACJU

Ash Shaikh Nooman
Executive Committee Member - ACJU

Ash Shaikh Dr. M. L. M. Mubarak
Executive Committee Member - ACJU

Ash Shaikh M.S.M. Farood
Executive Committee Member - ACJU

Ash Shaikh M.A.A.M. Bishir
Executive Committee Member - ACJU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2020.04.01

ACJU expresses its disappointment with regard to revising the method of disposal of the COVID-19 bodies

We, the ACJU, along with Muslim Community, express our disappointment to the amendment made by the authorities in the “Provisional Clinical Practice Guidelines on COVID-19 Suspected and Confirmed Patients” in the revised version issued on 31.03.2020, that all bodies of those who die as a result of being infected by Covid - 19 are to be cremated, even though WHO guidelines clearly states; people who died from COVID 19 can be buried and many countries too have currently provisioned the option of burial along with cremation.

Due to the prevailing compelling situation (Darurah), it shall not be regarded as sinful upon the Muslims, if a Janaza is forcefully cremated. We urge the Muslim community to exercise patience during this testing period and to pray for the Janaza to be rewarded and compensated in the best manner.

We iterate that these are extraordinary times which has engulfed the world and the citizens of our beautiful island. The Government of Sri Lanka is taking every possible measure to prevent the spread of the deadly pandemic and it is our bounden duty to support all of these efforts uniting as one, with our fellow brethren.

We wish to iterate that the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) has at all times supported the Government in this endeavor and advocated for immediate compliance of all regulations.

However, we wish to note that we will make all endeavors to make representations to the authorities, in line with the World Health Organization guideline titled “Infection Prevention and Control for the safe management of a dead body in the context of COVID-19” dated March 24, 2020.

The said guideline has provisions for the “Cremation and Burial” of those who die as a result of the infection.  It is known that many other Nations have exercised this provision, due to the sensitive nature of the matter and to respect the cultural values of the other ethnicities. Thereby we kindly request the relevant authorities to reconsider this stance and to facilitate our request that are in line with the WHO guidelines.

We call upon the Muslim community of Sri Lanka to ensure compliance to the regulations and iterate to the community to ensure that any symptoms of infection must be reported to the Health Authorities immediately.

The Holy Quran and the Hadith obligates the Muslims to act toward the Greater Good of the community they live in and enjoins all Muslims to ensure Public Welfare (Maslaha) in all their actions.

In these times of strife we call on all communities to support each other and to be sensitive to human sensibilities which we all our possessed of. 

These are extraordinary times and we continue to pray to the Almighty to shower his mercy, compassion and blessings on our motherland and to guide all of us in our fight against this pandemic.

 

 

01.09.2019

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. 

04.02.2017

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
President
All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama

 

Ash-Shaikh M.M.A. Mubarak
General Secretary
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:

  • Our ballots shall be casted to candidates devoid of fraudulent activities and to those who bear excellent moral character.
  • We shall confirm that one who receives our ballots should be a patriotic and a social worker, having the feeling of developing his locality.
  • Voters’ selection shall be one who shall feel that he is undertaking a great service for the people: and not one desires for designation and use politics for making money.
  • Candidates violating the country’s law and order should be rejected.
  • Candidates making efforts inducing ethnic violence and religious hatred speeches during their propaganda activities should be rejected from selection.
  • Criticizing other political parties, and other candidates, humiliating with indecent behavior are all not suitable to be selected.

Political Parties for Local Government elections and their candidates are expected to follow the election guidelines given below:

  • Your expectation shall be good governance in our motherland shall be bloomed, all communities and people of all faiths shall live together unitedly with peace and harmony, the country shall develop in all criteria and progress as fast as possible. This way you shall shine as a model of a good governance, which is our sole expectation.
  • You all shall keep in mind that Position is not only a blessing, but, an Amanath (a Trust), too. In your private life, family life, and social life you must carefully maintain spiritual and moral good qualities.
  • With praiseworthy characteristics like simplicity, sacrifice and dedication a Muslim’s activities shall be witnessing Islam and Muslim community being Muslim candidates and Islamic leaders.
  • You shall not get involved in power abuse and any nefarious activities. On contrary, follow just and fair positions at all situations.
  • You shall guaranty that through any of your actions or activities you may not cause injustice to any individual or groups.
  • Similarly when speaking of the rights of your own community you shall follow a civilized etiquette to avoid hurting other brothers’ feelings.

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.EZuhair 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.

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