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Cardinal urges Muslims to rise against those who instrumentalize Islam

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Archbishop of Colombo Cadinal Malclom Ranjith today urged the Muslim community in Sri Lanka to rise up against those who try to instrumentalise Islam for their own purposes.

“Rise up and defend yourself against those who try to instrumentalise Islam to fulfil their own purposes. Oppose Wahabism and organizations that promote such ideologies. This is my special request from the Muslim,” Cardinal Ranjith said at a program held to mark the second anniversary of deadly Easter Sunday attacks.

“There would not have been any issue today if the Muslim community rose up strongly against extremism when the Easter attack took place. It seems that they did not rise up against extremism till yesterday. With the remarks made by Mawalavi Haashim Mawlana it is clear that Muslims reject extremism. These attacks   such as the Easter Sunday mayhem is not what it claims they are but much more than what they are and that is why I make this request from the Muslim community,” the Cardinal added

“We should know who carried out the attack and for what purpose and whether they repent what they did if they are to be forgiven. We must remember that we must not hit back at our distractors. We should not forget the support and solidarity shown by our Buddhist brothers. It is important that religions work with one another and not against each other,” he said

“Burying the truth and embracing is not a part of Jesus Christ’s teachings. We will continue our struggle to get to know what really happened when it comes to the Easter attack. It is surprising that the investigations are carried out to suit day to day fortunes,” he also said.

Venerable Omalpe Sobith Thera who also participated in the ceremony said CID should investigate as to what had become of the Rs. one billion received from the Muslim organization  three months after the Easter Sunday attacks. He said both the government and the religious leaders are duty bound to bring about unity. “It is the duty of the government to ensure the security of the people as per the teachings of Buddha. The previous regime totally failed in this duty while the present regime is not fulfilling it adequately,” he said. (Yohan Perera)


  Comments - 8

  • Atheist Wednesday, 21 April 2021 02:17 PM

    I suggest we all rise against all religions and have a free way of life. We are born free and thus need to live free. One need to believe in himself.

    Truth never dies Wednesday, 21 April 2021 03:52 PM

    I think better not to pretend like doesn't know what happened and who carried out this attack. No body has rights to finger at any other religion. If Budhist brothers shown solidarity, what about other community? Millions of money poured to help victims families by Muslim countries- an Arab man personally landed to SL and handed over the cheque. If you are not thankful to others, how would you divulge the truth of whos is behind this blindfold attack while knowing all the details accurately. It is sickening to victimizing a particular community for personal agenda.

    Borat Wednesday, 21 April 2021 04:12 PM

    This man is off his rocker . It was the Muslims who tipped off the activities but it was kept under wraps by interested parties

    ranjit Wednesday, 21 April 2021 04:13 PM

    Cardinal you are now like a politicians , your own news almost everyday

    kumar Wednesday, 21 April 2021 05:33 PM

    It is not the entire religion but the extremist part is responsible for that.

    Prof. Jude Dean Martin Thursday, 22 April 2021 08:38 AM

    Nothing done Cardinal. Now its the time to go for an international investigation and bring the culprits out, specially My3-pala Sirisena should be kept behind bars for neglecting the issue and mis-using the money what he got for the effected people on Easter Sunday.

    Duminda Thursday, 22 April 2021 08:53 AM

    Muslims rose against Zaharan, they informed the police, they did not take any action.

    tom Friday, 23 April 2021 08:01 AM

    As long as verses of killing nonbelievers is a merit,and that will take them to paradise, there would be idiots who would try to work it out

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