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Dambulla Incident

POINT OF VIEW: An agressive brand of state religion vs. others

The Dambulla mosque fracas engineered by the militant elements of Sri Lankan Buddhists, the reaction to it by local Muslim politicians and Muslim religious leaders, the former threatening to withdraw their inconsequential support to the government while the latter urging Muslim masses to pray to Allah to restore the status quo, and the conflicting messages from the nation’s prime minister ... Read More »

Dambulla incident not just a Muslim issue – By Dr. Jehan Perera

Dispute The dispute over the presence of a Muslim mosque on Buddhist temple land in Dambulla points Muslims protest in front of the Davatagaha mosque in Colombo to an underlying tension in Sri Lanka’s multi religious society that is capable of being exploited by extremist forces. It is reassuring that the violence that suddenly manifested itself over the location of ... Read More »

Wake up call from Dambulla to Sinhalese and Muslims alike By Latheef Farook

To mainstream Sinhalese; Save the Sinhalese and the country from chauvinists. To Muslim politicians and theologians; Don’t sell the community. You are under watch. Muslim community’s overall response to vandalism at the Dambulla mosque by a mob led by Ven Inamaluwa Sumangala Thero on Friday 20 April 2012 has been “calm and dignified”. In one voice their message to the ... Read More »

The State and Religion in South Asia By Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga

Secularism implies the relationship between Religion and Politics, more specifically between Religion and the State. The concept of secularism has drawn its sources from the philosophy that Humans can order their lives and their societies without recourse to transcendant or supra natural powers, and hence they could also organize and manage the State and its government , without direct connections ... Read More »

Dambulla controversy Written by The Nation

  The protest by the laymen and Budhhist monks in Dambulla over an alleged illegal erection of a mosque in Buddhist Sacred Area became the talk of the town previous weeks. While, the Ven. Inamaluwe Sumangala Thera says the lands were belong to the temple, the authorities from the mosque claim they also have the ownership for the land.  However, ... Read More »

ACJU Appeal to Muslims of Sri Lanka – Dambulla Incident

  An appeal to the Muslims! A request from the All Ceylon Jamiyathul Ulama Muslims of this country are deeply worried over the recent incident took place in Dambulla in which a gang stormed the Jumma Mosque of Dambulla and damaged the place on 20 April, Friday. Muslims along with peace loving citizens of Sri Lanka are fretful if this ... Read More »

Order to demolish Dambulla Mosque. Why raise this explosive issue now? By Latheef Farook

Prime Minister D.M. Dayaratne’s order to demolish a 65 year old mosque in Dambulla and instead build a mosque in another place  strikes at the very root of religious freedom .It also shocked and hurt the island’s Muslim community. Responding to the order and expressing the community’s mood Muslim Congress Secretary and parliamentarian Hassen Ali said the “community will not ... Read More »