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Is Israel Our Friend? Colombo Telegraph

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In the recent past there seems to be a rush by sections of the media and top government officials to embrace Israel as a bosom pal. An article in the once prestigious Daily Mirror claimed the Sinhalese were related to the Jews through the ten headed King Ravana who lived 5000 years ago. It was not the absurdity of the ... Read More »

The chief monk of Hemmathagama ven. Ranthiligma Ratnajothi Thero passed away

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A brief obituary note on sudden death of most venerable Ranthiligma Ratnajothi Thera of Hemmathagama Kapurakka Buddhist temple:  People in Hemmathagama area mourn for the sudden death of one of its greatest human personalities in our area. The chief monk of Kapurakka Buddhist temple passed away on 27/03/2014. He has been an architect of Muslim and Singhalese friendship association in ... Read More »

AWARENESS THROUGH MOSQUE TOURS -Bringing People Closer to Islam

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Da’wah or inviting people to Islam is an important duty of the Muslim community. This is especially so since no Messenger of Allah will appear after our beloved Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). In fact, the Qur’an makes numerous references to spreading the message of Islam through beautiful preaching. Our Prophet (PBUH) also cast upon his followers the duty ... Read More »

Cry Halal! And let slip bigotry Written by by Don Manu

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This Tuesday morning at the supposedly auspicious time of 8.30, a group of monks will leave Colombo in a motorcade to the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy. Their stated aim is to first obtain the blessings of the Sri Dalada for their vicious mission to fan religious and communal fires again. Then Cry Halal! And let slip the rabid ... Read More »

Opening remarks by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay at a press conference during her mission to Sri Lanka

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Colombo, 31 August 2013 Good morning, and thank you for coming. As is customary at the end of official missions such as this, I would like to make some observations concerning the human rights situation in the country. During my seven-day visit, I have held discussions with President Mahinda Rajapaksa, and senior members of the Government. These included the Ministers ... Read More »

The Monks’ Army – WORDS BY ERIC ELLIS ·

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IMAGES BY PAULA BRONSTEIN – Source http://sri-lanka.theglobalmail.org/monks-army Sri Lanka’s raffish capital, where we begin our series, is in economic catch-up mode. Colombo is replacing the colonial-era roads and railways built when Churchill was a boy and ‘Ceylon’ was a languid tropical afterthought for the British who ruled the plantation island. Though it took its time – 10 years – to be ... Read More »

hawwal moon sighting controversy? – Time to overhaul ACJU to restore its integrity and dignity and serve community’s needs By Latheef Farook

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Predominantly Muslim area of Kinniya is located in the north east coast of the island. Around 98 percent of the population there are Muslims. They belong to all walks of life from religious scholars, educationists, traders, farmers and fishermen to number of other professions. The entire atmosphere changes during the Holy Month of Ramadan with people getting deeply involved in ... Read More »

Religious tension: Issues need to be resolved amicably through talks

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Bodu Bala Sena Organisation (BBSO) President and All Ceylon Jamiyyathhul Ulema (ACJU) General Secretary ,call for dialogue in interviews with Chandani Kirinde and Hansini Bandara The recent upsurge in tension between the Sinhala and Muslim communities in the country has prompted the Government to set up an all-party Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) to study the emerging trend in religious fundamentalism ... Read More »