ACJU regrets the misinformation carried out by certain sections of the media on the statement made in Riyadh
The All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) regrets the misinformation carried out by certain sections of the media on the statement made in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia by our leader Al Sheik Rizwe Mufti. Nowhere did Al Sheik Rizwe Mufti call for the demolition or relocation of the Mosque in Dambulla, nor does the All Ceylon Jamiyathul Ulama subscribe to such thought.
Our call is to ensure that vested interests do not take advantage of the heightened tension in the Dambulla area and create a rift between the Buddhist and Muslim Community. We have called for a solution through constructive dialogue with the relevant authorities and not let radical elements take the law to their own hands.
The reference to the Kandy Line Mosque and Nimal Road mosque needs reminding that our community made a conscious decision which resulted in finding the best solution. Both mosques were developed without any conflict.
Islam has provided answers to solve any issue facing the Ummah, and our beloved Prophet (PBUH) has shown us the way in resolving crisis situations. One such example is the Treaty of Hudaibiya which initially seemed as if our Prophet (PBUH) was ‘giving in’ to the enemies. However the wisdom of that decision was apparent to the Sahabas only much later when the Muslims walked back into Mecca without blood-shed. Hence it is clear that we need to take decisions after careful thought than resort to knee-jerk reactions, which might exactly be what the enemies want.
In recent post war Sri Lanka, the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulema has been called upon to find solutions to many civil issues in relation to the Muslim community. Successful interventions to many of these have been made in consultation with our Civil and Political leadership. The All Ceylon JamiyyathulUlema will continue to take this approach and Insha Allah find solutions to the Dambulla crisis and other issues facing our community.
We respect and value diverse views from members of our community, as it would only enrich and contribute to the decisions the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulema takes for the welfare of our people. The need of the hour is not to be confrontational but to take a united stand to resolve all issues which come our way.
The All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulema calls upon all Muslims to remain calm and not be provoked by vested interests.
Ash-Shaikh M.M.A. Mubarak,
All Ceylon Jamiyathul Ulama