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‘Islam has no room for extremism’

Matara District Inter-religious Committee members at the meeting. Picture by Jayasiri Peduruarachchi, Gandara Group Corr.
Matara District Inter-religious Committee members at the meeting. Picture by Jayasiri Peduruarachchi, Gandara Group Corr.

Islam has no room for extremism, suicide, or murder; Jamiyyathul Ulama Association member and Min Atulfathia Arab School teacher M. Nizam Al Fassi said.

He was speaking at a media briefing held on Sunday, with the participation of members of the Matara District Inter-religious Committee at the Meddawatta Nagabodhi temple.

He also said that it is the Muslim community that has been most shocked by the Easter Sunday suicide bomb attacks. He added that Sinhala, Tamil, and Christian friends who were cordial to them earlier were now looking at them with suspicion.

“We can’t even travel by bus, and this is all because of these extremists,” Al Fassi said.

He added that if more swords and other weapons were to be found in mosques, all those responsible should be arrested and dealt with. “These extremists should be executed,” he added.

“Sinhalese, Muslims and Hindus lived in peace and harmony for decades, but these extremists destroyed it. We have to build it up again,” Al Fassi said.

Southern Province Upa Pradana Sanganayake Ven. Angunabadulle Gnanadassi Thera said that it was pathetic; the repeating of suicide bomb attacks after ending a 30-year war.

The thera added that it was a heinous crime, attacking religious places, be it a church, kovil, temple or mosque. Rev. Father Ravindra Fernando said that the Easter Sunday attacks not only shook the country, but the entire world.

“Regardless, we should not consider all Muslims to be extremists, for all religions reject hatred,” Rev. Father Fernando added.


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