ACJU Online Newsletter: Vol. 1 Issue No. 75
23rd Safar 1438 / 24th November 2016
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2016.11.21 / 1438.02.20. (H)

Let’s pray & make effort towards the prevalence of Peace & Coexistence in this Country
We Muslims living in this country have been continuously facing a number of challenges throughout history. We have overcome such periods successfully by being calm & patient as per the teachings of Islam.
In the event of challenges, one would definitely be able to be overcome the situation successfully by turning towards Allah. This is evident from the history of Prophets. We Muslims should refrain and protect ourselves from major Sins and make sincere efforts towards strengthening the bond with Allah. Certainly, our good deeds would result in peace and prosperity to the Muslims and all others.
The current situation prevailing in the country have resulted in restlessness among the Muslim Community. Some elements have been actively engaged in continuous anti-Muslim campaigns and which induce racism.
Such activities targeted towards a community, would disrupt the prevailing peace and coexistence and affect the development process of the country and also would violate the Rights assured by the Constitution to every citizen of this Country.
The issues on ISIS, which has been widely publicized in the Media recently, has already been addressed and condemned last year by a Joint Declaration by the ACJU and 12 leading Muslim Organizations in Sri Lanka on the 23rd of July 2015. By this the Muslim community confirms that it has never recognized any sort of extremism and has proven its patriotism to the motherland.
On 20.11.2016 an emergency meeting was conducted with Muslim organizations, at the ACJU Head Office, on the prevailing situation in the country. It was decided to meet H.E. the President, Honorable Prime Minister, Muslim Parliamentarians and the concerned Officers and take appropriate actions to smoothen the situation. 
Furthermore a committee was appointed to continue the efforts in building better relations and coexistence with other communities.
Therefore, the ACJU requests all Muslims of this country to protect the ethnic and social unity by following the Islamic teachings and completely refrain from all activities inducing racism and to return towards Allah by performing good deeds such as Isthigfar (seeking forgiveness), Sadaqah (charity), fasting and Dua (supplications).
The ACJU requests the Religious Scholars and Professionals in the respective localities, to build and protect relations with other communities and provide guidance to the general public, based on the ACJU’s Declaration on Coexistence. 

Ash-Sheikh H. Omardeen
Secretary - Propaganda Committee
All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama

2015.07.23 - The Joint Declaration by the Muslim Organizations of Sri Lanka on the issue of IS (ISIS) and Extremism: Link
Video : English | Sinhala

2016.11.09 - ACJU Statement on the 'Muslim Marriage & Divorce Act' (MMDA)'

An emergency Meeting with the Muslim Civil Organizations was conducted on the prevailing situation of the country at the ACJU Head office on the 20th of November. It was decided to meet the H.E. President, Hon. Prime Minister, Muslim Parliamentarians and other relevant authorities to smoothen the situation. More info:

The ACJU Council for Coordination & Cooperation (CCC) with the collaboration of the ACJU Nikaweratiya Branch organized a program on the 'Introduction of ACJU & Samaaja Sanwaada (Social Dialogue) Book Series', at the Zaid Bin Sabith Arabic College, Abukkagama on the 20th of November.

The ACJU Education Division with the collaboration of the ACJU Kandy Branch, organized spiritual motivation programs: 
- at Al Hamra Maha Vidiyalaya,Kandy, on the topic "Questions asked on the Day of the Judgement", on the 11th of November.
- at Zahira College, Katugastota on the topic, "Behavior of an Excellent Child", on the 22nd of November.
A Special Meeting with the Muslim Parliamentarians was held at the ACJU Head office on the 21st of November on the current issues of the Muslim Community.
Report - Tamil / English

The second session of the Counselling Training program for selected Muslim School teachers in Kandy, organized by the ACJU Education Division and ACJU Kandy Branch with the assistance of Civil Organizations, was held on the 23rd of November. 

Video of the speech by Ash Sheikh Fazil Farook, Secretary of the Media Division - ACJU, at the press conference held after the meeting, the Muslim Representatives had with Honorable Minister of Justice Wijeydasa Rajapaksha on the 23rd of November at the Ministry of Justice.

2016.11.11 - Joint Statement of Muslim Organizations on Hate Speeches and Activities inciting Racism 

Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) said,
"There is a Sadaqa to be given for every joint of the human body; and for every day on which the sun rises there is a reward of a Sadaqa (i.e. charitable gift) for the one who establishes justice among people."
Sahih al-Bukhari

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