As all religions have their own respective institutes in order to produce their clergy and preachers, Madarsas (Arabic Colleges) are institutes or faculties where Islamic Religious scholars and preachers are produced, which have been in existence for more than 150 years in Sri Lanka.
The first Madrasa was established in 1870 in the name of Zawiyathul Makkiyatul Fasiyyatul Shaduliyya, located in Thalapitiya, Galle. And thereafter, in 1884, Al Madrasatul Baari in Weligama, in 1894 Bahjatul Ibrahimiyya in Galle, in 1931 Ghafooriya Arabic College in Maharagama, in 1954 South Eastern Arabic College in Attalachenai, in 1955 Al Falah Arabic College in Kattankudi and in 1959 Kaleliya Muslim Ladies Arabic college were established.
It is significant to note that Arabic and Islamic subjects have been included in the Sri Lankan education system from the very initial stages. Arabic and Islamic subjects have been included throughout history of education in Government schools, colleges and in universities. In the 1940’s, the Department of Arabic & Islamic Civilization was established in the Peradeniya University.
Moulavi teacher appointments have been made to teach Arabic and Islam subjects in the schools by the government for past few decades.
As all the fundamental teachings of Islam are in Arabic, the Arabic language and other Islamic literature are being taught in Madarasas. Other languages such as Sinhala, English are also included together with the regular subjects. Most Madrasas prepare their students to sit for the GCE O/L and A/L examinations.
Since 2013, two Government approved two examinations are being conducted by the Department of Examinations on the Arabic and Islam subjects. Thereby the Madrasas teach their subjects based on Govt. approved syllabuses.
Arabic Madrasas are engaged on a noble mission of fostering God Fearing, good Citizens with good morals and culture who will add value to the nation, to the community and to the religion.
Considering the recent misconceptions among the ethnicities, the Madarasa Students are being are taught and provided guidance on making efforts to maintain Coexistence and Social Harmony.
Following decisions are made in the Conference.
As everybody is aware, the country is going through a very traumatic period with lots of mistrust and misunderstanding amongst the ethnic and religious groups. This has affected the especially the Muslim community more than any others.
In this regard the initiatives taken by the Respected Venerable Maha Sangha is highly commendable. It should be noted that throughout the history of this Country, the Maha Sangha have played a very key role in bringing about Peace and Unity amongst the people of this country.
At a press conference held on 05.06.2019, they very clearly mentioned that they have no hatred or enmity towards the Muslims and called upon all citizens of the country to work towards reconciliation and build a United Sri Lanka.
From our side we would like to mention that the Ulama and the Muslim community were always against any form of Terrorism and were in the forefront to notify the Government about the dangers of certain groups and individuals.
The ultimate motive of such terrorist activities was to weaken the Country by bringing about distrust within the citizens. As Sri Lankans all of us should hold hands together and come forward to overcome and eliminate any form of Terrorism, Extremism and Racism in the country and to build a peaceful nation where each and every citizen enjoys their rights and contributes to the development of our Motherland.
We pray that Allah will bless our Motherland and shower Peace and Prosperity among all communities.
Ash-Shaikh M.M.M Murshid
Assistant Secretary - ACJU
GUIDANCE REGARDING EID-UL-FITR
Considering the prevailing situation in the country the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama requests the Muslim community to adhere to the following guidelines pertaining to Eid-ul-Fitr.
May Allah accept all our Ibadaah and Good Deeds during this Month of Ramadhaan, restore normalcy and bestow peace and prosperity in our Motherland.
Ash-Shaikh H. Omardeen
Secretary – ACJU Propagation Division