ACJU has no power to issue rulings against Sufis: Witness

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The All Ceylon Jamiyathul Ulama (ACJU) had been issuing fatwas (rulings according to Islamic law) since 1979 against Sufis, considering the ACJU incorporation Act (No 51/2000), but the Act does endorse the organization to issue any fatwas against Sufis, Alhaj Abdul Jawaadh Alim Waliyyullah Trust President Simak Sinnalebbe informed the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the Easter Sunday attacks yesterday.

Testifying before the Commission, he said that the Parliament did not give such powers to the ACJU through the Act to take decisions against Sufi Muslims in the country.

"The ACJU has been taking measures to quash Sufi Muslims since 1979 and according to the fatwa issued by them in 1979, they mentioned that Sufis are those who had left Islam," he said.

The witness said that almost 95% of ACJU members were wahhabists and they were using the 1979 fatwa to justify attacks on Sufi Muslims.

He also said that the wahhabists were trying to position them in higher ranks of the government. (Yoshitha Perera)

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  • Salie Farook Friday, 19 June 2020 10:09 AM

    There is no Wahabbis or any new things embedded to Islam. Islam is the religion revealed by Allah to the last prophet to be be conveyed to humanity since humanity either did not follow the real teachings of the prophets, deviated from the correct teachings or took Allah's creations as God s. Some made religious places of worship to earn an income from the dead religious human beings. As now most of the Muslims have some or better knowledge of Islam they do not go to places like this and the income of the people who are in charge or embedded to these places is being reduced. These are the people who create unnecessary problems to the real and pious Muslims.

    Sammy Friday, 19 June 2020 10:18 AM

    These guys should be closely monitored, lest they end up promoting Islamist Jihadism in Sri Lanka.

    Roshanaly Friday, 19 June 2020 10:50 AM

    Very true, they are self appointed leaders. Even the Grand Mosque activities also being taken over by the ACJU.

    SEYED SHERALI Friday, 19 June 2020 10:51 AM

    There were no sufism during the time of the Prophet. Sufis are deviants from Islam. They believe in mythological ideas and practices that have no routes in Islam. Sufism should be declared as a separate religion apart from Islam.

    SEYED SHERALI Friday, 19 June 2020 10:53 AM

    People of Bandarawela should take extra care against Corona virus because the Bohra community spiritual leader and his crowd are seeking shelter in Bandarawela after being affected by the Corona virus.

    Neville Gunasekara Friday, 19 June 2020 11:27 AM

    This is confusing. ACJU can or cannot issue fatwas against Sufis.? Act does or does not endorse...... ?

    imtiaz Friday, 19 June 2020 11:28 AM

    This Sufi group would criticize muslim community till all mainstream Muslims agree to bow down to holy shrines!

    Affan Friday, 19 June 2020 12:26 PM

    This is like calling all tamil people as tiger terrorists. Highly idiotic!!!

    Mohamad R M Farook Friday, 19 June 2020 04:59 PM

    Fatwas are issued based on the Qur'an and Hadith and not on any Acts of Parliament. There is no Wahabism in Islam. It is a Western construct. Sufis are a deviant group practising un-Islamic acts. They are a very small minority in Sri Lanka. They are trying to show what they are practising is correct when in reality what they do are all against the teachings of Islam.


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