The following is the text of an appeal issued on behalf of the All Ceylon Jamiyathul Ulama by its General Secretary Ash Sheik M.M.A. Mubarak
Muslims of this country are deeply worried over the recent incident took place in Dambulla in which a gang stormed the Jumma Mosque of Dambulla and damaged the place on 20 April, Friday.
Muslims along with peace loving citizens of Sri Lanka are fretful if this incident would negatively impact the reconciliation that has started to sprout among communities since recently.
In the meantime, some insist that sturdy actions should be taken to display the denouncement of the Lankan Muslim community for this unholy act. However, we would like to remind them that there is a set of actions that should be followed by the believers during such times of distress.
Islam says supplication is the best weapon for a believer. Therefore, we request that we Muslims should pray to Allah for His assistance while repenting for our sins and seek His help by spiritual proceedings such as fasting. Also, the ACJU believes that justice should be sought by legal means as well.
Other than that, Muslims should refrain from disrupting law and order by holding improper demonstrations causing inconvenience to the public and damaging public property. Moreover, we should not forget the fact that majority of the Buddhist people are peace loving, rational and fair minded people and that they do not approve such acts and therefore we should be attentive of not hurting their feelings by taking offensive course of actions such as slamming other faiths which is not fitting for true believers. Allah says in the Holy Qur’an not to slander what other people worship beside Allah.
Therefore, the ACJU requests the Muslims of this country to always abide by the teachings of Islam. In the meantime, ACJU does not organize public protests or Harthals as a principle. However, ACJU would like to advise those who consider such actions to conduct them peacefully and within the perimeters of law of the country while specifically mindful of the consequences for defiance.
Also, we call upon Muslims of this country to collectively hold a fast on Thursday, 26 April and on the following day males to gather outside the mosques in their respective areas soon after the Jumma prayer and pray to Allah to show the straight path those responsible for the wrongdoings and also protect those who are in just and upright.
Ash Sheikh M. M. A. MubarakGeneral Secretary
All Ceylon Jamiyathul Ulama