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No Islamist jihadi groups in SL, says Study

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There are no Islamist jihadist groups in Sri Lanka, said a study commissioned by the Colombo-based International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES).

According to the Hindu, the study had gone into an accusation, made both from within and outside the Muslim community in recent years, that a “jihadist” movement was being formed in the Eastern province, where Muslims constitute around 37 per cent the population.

Discussion with representatives of Thablighi Jamaat, Thawheed and Sufi groups revealed that “while there is [a] talk among discontented youth about espousing ‘jihadi’ practices, these are just idle youth responding to the global trend in Islam, but with no motivation or the means to make this a reality.

Local organisations such as mosque federations are also keeping tabs on the community and nipping such ideas in the bud,” said the study.

Quoting Tamil writer and intellectual M.A. Nuhman, the study refers to two reformist movements — Jamaat-e-Islami and Thabligh-i-Jamaat, both of which arrived in Sri Lanka during the 1950s.

While focusing on “purifying Islamic practices,” they had faced several conflicts with traditional Sufi groups.

“However, the emergence of Saudi-based movements in Sri Lanka such as the Thawheed Jamaat has transformed the conflict into Wahabism [Thawheed] versus Sufism,” the study has said.

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  • Buddika Sanjeewa Saturday, 26 March 2016 02:56 PM

    They exist only in the warped and twisted imagination of the bbs. Let us put our shoulders to the wheel to ensure Sri Lanka progresses as one nation.

    vithura Saturday, 26 March 2016 04:33 PM

    This is a line that is being peddled by Muslims around the world, and 'Arnold' si doing his part.

    banda Monday, 28 March 2016 10:38 AM

    is BBS also an gent of USA?

    lokka Sunday, 27 March 2016 05:13 AM

    they have found ISIS beheaders

    kumar Sunday, 27 March 2016 10:58 AM

    Baghdadi is not a mossad or CIA agent but USA want to keep IS alive in order to keep their control in the gulf region

    AnaMalu Saturday, 26 March 2016 10:49 AM

    Good. If there is eliminate them.

    Sri Lankan Saturday, 26 March 2016 11:05 AM

    It is the firsthand and foremost DUTY of this government to use their intelligent services to find out the truth and not listen to fairy tales of Muslim Organizations. The ISIS in Sri Lanka is a rumour or not it is the duty of the government to look at these Muslim Organizations with a squint and s suspicious eye. via DM Android App

    Ravi Saturday, 26 March 2016 11:12 AM

    LTTE is Stronger than ISIS that is why.....

    H F M M Saturday, 26 March 2016 11:22 AM

    Full face cove is the first step of suppressing female and next step is stoning for adultery,.. this is how exactly religious radicalization grows,. SL will face honer killing and punishments based on religion very soon,. Islam Ministers who claim moderate will use all their intelligence and smart words to cover them up. wait and watch this happen.

    Arnold Saturday, 26 March 2016 11:35 AM

    Ever wonder why USA is not trying to kill Abubakar Al-Baghdadi leader of ISIS although they have enough technology to track an individual on the other side of the globe and target kill him while sitting in Pentagon. That's because he is a Mossad agent.

    Asoka Saturday, 26 March 2016 12:18 PM

    HFMM can you tell me where you stay...!! I want to put some gold in to your mouth...!!

    Zee Saturday, 26 March 2016 12:21 PM

    Nonsense! Comment by a frog in the well! When will you grow man? Lol!

    Zee Saturday, 26 March 2016 12:22 PM

    Arnold, you are spot on!

    Asoka Saturday, 26 March 2016 12:23 PM

    if you couldn't find it today...you will find it tomorrow...!! any body with common sense will understand that...all these big big intelligent services has failed in the past...!!

    pras Saturday, 26 March 2016 12:57 PM

    thanks to GOTA via DM Android App

    ahamed Saturday, 26 March 2016 12:58 PM

    well done and as a citizen of mother land join hand with government to eleminate any kind of force which risk to the national security of the country.

    Janaka Paris Saturday, 26 March 2016 01:15 PM

    Arnold thats the truth he is a product of CIA and MOSSAD thats why Isis never attack those two countries via DM iOS App

    Titanic Saturday, 26 March 2016 01:47 PM

    Did USA find any chemical wepons in Iraq via DM Android App

    Onlooker Saturday, 26 March 2016 01:48 PM

    Hats off to you Arnold for speaking the truth.

    Onlooker Saturday, 26 March 2016 01:50 PM

    To be more precise, all terrorists are products of these agencies. It us karma that they get it back from their own products.

    Coconut Republic Saturday, 26 March 2016 01:53 PM

    If it was the case why did one of the principal of an Islamic Intl school represent ISIS in Syria and got killed. Watch the teachers and students of this institution along with llama Intl and many more!!!


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