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Riots of 1915 and Easter Sunday attack are black marks: SJB MP

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Easter Sunday attack and the Sinhala Muslim riots of 1915 are not isolated incidents but should be considered within the context of international political situation then and now, an opposition Muslim MP said yesterday.

Speaking at a ceremony held to mark the 2100th year of Masjidul Abrar Mosque in Beruwala, SJB MP Imthiaz Bakeer Markar said riots of 1915 and the Easter Sunday attack are black marks where mutual relationship between Sinhalese and Muslims are concerned.

“This riot was engineered by those who were ruling our country at that time. These administrators divided and ruled other countries which they made their colonies,” Mr. Bakeer Markar said.

“Easter Sunday attacks have to be considered in the same context. I remember what Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith said when ambassadors of the Organisation of Islamic States visited him just after the Easter Sunday attacks. He said he does not look at the issue from outside but deep into the root. He said a few Muslim youth have been misled by some organisation. He was right.all these incidents have to be considered in the context of the global political situation,” he added.

“Muslims and Sinhalese have enjoyed a sound relationship. Mosques are symbols of peace. Muslims have a relationship with Christians. We honour Jesus. We call him Isa Nabi. We believe that he did not die. God took him to heaven. He will come again before the last day and set up an administration of peace. We also believe and respect Blessed Virgin Mary. Muslims in Sri Lanka had lived peacefully and had never tried to invade Sri Lanka. Our forefathers helped to build up Sri Lanka’s economy.they also supported the independent movement unconditionally. This peaceful coexistence should be continued,” he also said. (YOHAN PERERA)

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  • Asoka Wednesday, 30 December 2020 07:55 AM

    Your father decent politician, don't spoil his name and his reputation by making bad statements regarding Sri Lanka. You are the bad side of the political arena We all know the politicians and decent Muslim politicians like Badurdeen Mohamad, Hameed, Jabar, Dr. Kaleel, Sir Rashid Fareed, Jabir A Cader, M.H.Mohamed, Ex-Speaker Ismail, etc. Don't make bad statements regarding Sinhalese

    Mifaz Wednesday, 30 December 2020 09:02 AM

    There are no statement mentioned creating the hatred over Sinhala community in the article. Please go through again. DM please correct the "2100th year celebration of the mosque Abrar. " Which is incorrect

    AZ Wednesday, 30 December 2020 10:17 AM

    Are you having difficulty in reading? Maybe get this read and translated by someone else.

    lal Wednesday, 30 December 2020 10:48 AM

    Why no mention of those 4 who scored self goals in 20A match

    Leel Wednesday, 30 December 2020 08:49 AM

    Only thing BRITISH did wrong was they used divide and rule policy. That is the rootcause of all the problems today. They did not allow to grow intercommunal harmony.

    Lecturer, UK Wednesday, 30 December 2020 09:03 AM

    As a historian teaching at a university let me comment about how the 1915 riots was stopped. British engineered the riots between the Muslims and the Sinhalese but when casualties mounted on both sides, the British brought in the Indian Army that was created by the British to protect all the territories in its empire. These Indian Army soldiers, mostly Sikhs and Rajputs, went on a rampage in Sri Lanka, killing anything that moved, burnt houses, and raped many women. Both the Sinhalese and the Muslims suffered unspeakable atrocities by the Indian Army. Actually what really brought the Sinhalese and the Muslims to become closer and live in peace together was the “Common Pain” they both suffered at the hands of the Indian Army.

    Dhaya Wednesday, 30 December 2020 09:55 AM

    What about 1983?

    dara Wednesday, 30 December 2020 10:28 AM

    You are talking about black mark,but we live with fear of death, guys who instigated Easter blasts, motivated by scripture teaching,kill all non believers of Islam,if do, God would be happy and rewards them with 72 virgins,those mutts brought so much suffer, hate,suspicion among communities, and no action taken yet to comfort non Muslims,


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