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Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP M.A. Sumanthiran was today verbally confronted by Muslim MPs in Parliament creating chaos the House when he asked whether stoning a person to death had been recommended by Islam's Shariya Law.

He said this when referring to the stoning to death of a Sri Lankan woman in Saudi Arabia.

Muslim MPs shouted at Mr Sumanthiran saying he has no right to talk about Shariya Law. The vociferous cross talk was led by UNP MP S.M. Marikar, Minister Rishard Bathiudeen and several others.

Mr. Sumanthiran shot back saying he has a right to refer to the teachings of any religion as long as he did not insult any religious discipline.

He recalled how Jesus Christ confronted the law of 'stoning a person to death' as stated in the New Testament.

Mr. Bathiudeen said all MPs represented in Parliament have made a collective effort to save the Sri Lankan girl from the death sentence. (Yohan Perera)

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  • Mrhy Saturday, 05 December 2015 08:42 PM

    As a practicing Muslim, I fail to see why something as important as killing another person (the Quran states that killing one person is like killing all of humanity) even for punishment is not mentioned in it.Stoning (rajm) is only mentioned in the hadith. Mind you, the hadith came 200 years after the Prophet Muhammad SAW passed away.This makes me doubt stoning to death. I think its a cultural thing that seeped into Islam and has no place in Islam.

    Walter Lowe Tuesday, 08 December 2015 02:48 AM

    Thanks goes to Mr. Sumanathiran who raised the voice for national issue in the parliament.All the Muslims in this country get together in this regard..We must make aware of human rights organizatons

    Riz Sunday, 06 December 2015 04:44 PM

    then y innocents are killed everyday like animals in our country

    Riz Sunday, 06 December 2015 04:42 PM

    then y are v seeing bodies of women n children in lakes n cannals everyday?

    Riz Sunday, 06 December 2015 04:35 PM

    then y MS z trying to bring death penalty for murderous .

    Leo Sunday, 06 December 2015 03:24 PM

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    Nifaz Sunday, 06 December 2015 10:58 AM

    @Sham, take good care of your words.

    Nuwan Saturday, 05 December 2015 11:35 PM

    Very relevant and straight forward question. No clear answer. Only shouting and disturbing. WHY ?????

    PRIALAL Saturday, 05 December 2015 10:28 PM

    agree

    shantha.gamlath Saturday, 05 December 2015 10:20 PM

    Mr Sumanthriran was correct.People cannot agree with barbaric laws like using by the tribes.This is Sri Lanka any body can critically talk about anything. Constitution has gave enough freedom for that. Specially Buddhism has given right to criticized even Buddhism before accepted it as religion.

    Sapu Saturday, 05 December 2015 09:45 PM

    Stoning was common in ancient times but its not anymore, Sharia alw is outdated and Muslims need to update it

    Sham Saturday, 05 December 2015 08:50 AM

    Sumanthiran was right. We are human, not animals to support stupid sharia law.

    lkboy Saturday, 05 December 2015 07:49 PM

    Sumanthiran had all the right.

    abey Saturday, 05 December 2015 07:12 PM

    we voted marikkar to establish sharia rules in Srilnka in near future

    Ryan Hudson Saturday, 05 December 2015 04:32 PM

    Sharia law not suitable even for animals

    Christian Saturday, 05 December 2015 02:37 PM

    Stoneing to death is in the OLD TESTAMENT of the bible which Jesus condemed it but not sited in the NOBLE QURAN....

    Sincere Saturday, 05 December 2015 02:36 PM

    MP. Sumanthiran is from the respectable and civilized society!

    Sincere Saturday, 05 December 2015 02:36 PM

    If it was concerning a life and death situation of a Sri Lankan national, a Sri Lankan Parliament MP has every right to raise such question there, irrespective of religious concerns. No one can say he does not have a right to talk something worthwhile in the Parliament.

    Loga Saturday, 05 December 2015 01:22 PM

    Not Sumanthiran MP, every civilized citizen of the world has the right to condemn punishment meted out by the woman under barbaric law. Loga

    Nadeesha Saturday, 05 December 2015 01:01 PM

    No civilized person will condone stoning even an animal to death.

    CS Saturday, 05 December 2015 12:49 PM

    Finally TNA speaking about national issues. Muslim MPs should consider the content of the speeach instead of shouting down Mr Sumanthiran

    Daham Saturday, 05 December 2015 12:18 PM

    Sumanthiran is right. Marikar has no principles and his opinions are baseless.


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