Sri Lanka: Muslims threatened by rising Buddhist extremism


25/Dec/2012

Dec 25, Colombo: Chairman of the Muslim Council of (MCSL) Sri Lanka N.M. Ameen says the Muslims in the country are threatened by the extremist Sinhala Buddhist organizations and hardcore activist monks.

The Muslim Council together with the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama, the apex religious body of is Islamic Theologians, met Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa recently to explain the situation.

Ameen said that around 19 websites identified by them are spreading anti-Muslim ideas in the country. In addition, there are Facebook and SMS campaigns also against Muslims.

He said the Muslims informed the Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa about the situation and explained the reality of spreading anti-Muslim sentiment in the country which is recovering from a three-decade long ethnic war.

According to the Muslim leader, the Defence Secretary had assured that the rising incidents of extremism were not the stands of the government, Sinhala society or the Buddhist monk community and the government would not allow disrupting the hard built peace in the country.

The Muslim organization said that two small businessmen in Embilipitiya have been assaulted and propaganda against Muslims is wide spread based on the unfounded fear that Muslims would dominate Sri Lanka by 2050.

The organization reminded how the Muslim population of the country stood by with the Sinhala people during the war to safeguard the unity of state.