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PCoI on Easter Sunday attacks:

Committee to look into alleged extremist views in Islamic textbooks - Muslim Religious Affairs Director

Department of Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs Director Adam Bawa Mohammad Ashraf told the Presidential Commission of Investigation (PCoI) in to the Easter Sunday attacks that an 11-member Committee has been appointed to look into the alleged extremist views contained in the textbooks that teach Islam to Muslim students.

He told the Commission that the Committee was scheduled to meet today and that he was ready to hold discussions with the Ministry of Education regarding this matter.

Meanwhile, a question was raised by the Senior State Counsel that Grade 13 texts books on Islam teach that it is appropriate to read books written by Yusuf al-Qaldari, an extremist and Wahhabi leader who is supposed to have made statements stating that those who oppose Islam are against Allah and against suicide bombers.

Replying to the question, Mohammad Ashraf said that it is not appropriate to print books in this manner and the Committee consisting of 11 experts appointed by three representatives who were appointed by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will hold discussions regarding this matter today.

The Senior State Counsel also questioned the witness as to what action has been taken so far even though a year has passed since these facts were revealed. He said that the Ministry of Education has the legal provisions to intervene immediately and is looking into the possibility of the Department’s intervention.

“Yusuf Al-Qaldari has authored a number of books on various subjects and I used his books in 1995 when I was studying,” Mohammad Ashraf said.

However, he further testified before the Commission that he did not believe it was appropriate to include him in the textbooks for Muslim children after his alleged extremist remarks.


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