ACJU/NGS/2020/007

2020.04.20 (1441.08.26)

Regarding the Heinous Terror Attack on Easter Sunday Last Year - 2019

We wish to express our intense grief and emotional pain, along with entire Nation in sadly commemorating the barbaric suicidal terror attacks that took place on Easter Sunday on the 21st of April 2019. We reiterate, that we vehemently condemn this inhuman cruel deed, in the strongest possible terms.

We also extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the families of all those who lost their lives and those who were injured, and we pray to Almighty that all those who are suffering due to the loss of their loved ones, to be blessed with solace and to be compensated with all forms of good fortune in life.

There is no dissent to the fact that, the massacre of innocent worshippers who were involved in prayers at their places of worship, and those of the public, was an act that was completely antithetical to the teachings of Islam. The perpetrators were the enemies of humanity. Whoever were involved in these crimes must be punished.

The Holy Quran states “….whoever kills a person not in retaliation for a person killed, nor (as a punishment) for spreading disorder on the earth, is as if he has killed the whole of humankind and whoever saves the life of a person is as if he has saved the life of the whole of humankind….” Surah Ma’idah Verse 32.

It is well known that any religion including Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism and Islam does not endorse nor approve violence. However, considering the followers of any religion, there are those who engage in evil and destructive activities in the name of their religion but they are completely contradictory to the teachings of their respective religious beliefs. On this basis, it should be noted that based on the despicable activities of some misguided individuals, it is not fair to evaluate a particular religious belief or its followers

We take this opportunity to extend our whole hearted appreciation to His Eminence Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith for the commendable efforts in consoling the community and to those who were effected for adopting calmness and peace, which prevented a repercussion against the Muslim community.

Furthermore we wish to emphasize that, as children of this Motherland, it is important that we make efforts to resolve our concerns and ease out our differences in opinions through mutual dialogue.

Let us all realize that it is the time for all of us to arise, beyond religious, language and regional differences, as Sri Lankans, to unite and build our nation.

May Allah protect our nation from all dangers and disasters! May He make this a garden of serenity where peace and tranquility prevails!

 

 

Ash Shaikh M.M.A. Mubarak

General Secretary - ACJU

 

ACJU/NGS/2020/003

17.04.2020 (23.08.1441)

Ramadhaan Guidance in the prevailing situation

Allah has honoured the Month of Ramadhaan by the revelation of the Holy Quran. Ramadan is a month of patience and Dua. This is a month where we Muslims, should be engaged abundantly in good deeds, under the guidance of the Ulama, with much enthusiasm and calmness.

Unlike the past, we are expecting Ramadhaan this year, under a very different context. Due to the ongoing COVID 19 virus pandemic most of the countries have shut down. We are aware that the Government of our country also has taken various measures to curb the spread of this disease, and has implemented curfews in-order to prevent public gatherings completely.

Hence, as Muslims who honour the laws of our country, the ACJU kindly urges all the Muslims to adhere to the following guidelines, when engaging in good deeds during the month of Ramadhaan,

Important etiquettes and guidelines to be followed during the Month of Ramadhaan:

  1. As a blessed month in which Duas are accepted, prayers should be made for the relief from the difficult situation that has gripped the world, for the return of normalcy in the lives of people, for the fulfilment of our needs and for the people of our country to be blessed with a bountiful life. The auspicious the times of ‘Iftaar’ (breaking of fast), Suhoor (pre-dawn meal), and the time between Azan and Iqamath should be utilized in engaging in Duas in abundance.
  1. As the Month of the revelation of the Holy Quran, a close relationship with the Quran should be developed. It is an obligation upon us to engaging in the recitation of the Quran, to practice upon its teachings in our lives and to disseminate its teachings to others as well.
  • A guidance will be issued by the Maktab Headoffice for the students of Maktab and Quran Madrasas, for the recitation of the Quran daily. Accordingly we request the cooperation of the parents to guide and motivate the children to implement it in an effective manner.
  • Imams, Madrasa Usthads, Maktab Mu’allims, Mu’allimaas and Mu’aawins are all requested to make maximum utilization of this period. Those who are able to use Social Media platforms in a proper manner, are urged to facilitate in reciting, teaching, and the learning of the Quran for the public; this is an essential need of the hour.
  • Every individual must engage in reciting the Quran in abundance, and at least make an effort to complete one Juzu daily.

 

  1. Considering the current circumstances, engage in the five obligatory prayers, Taraweeh and other prayers in congregation within the household members only. Strictly avoid joining or inviting neighbours for the prayers.
  1. Prepare a time table for the family on daily prayers, A’mals and other house work, and ensure it is implemented among all members in the family.
  1. As instructed earlier, avoid conducting five obligatory prayers, Jumu’ah prayers and gathering any other congregational activities at Masjids until further notice. Trustees of the Masjids are strongly emphasised to strictly abide by the related guidelines issued by the Department of Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs and the Waqf Board.
  1. Adhere to the guidelines which were already jointly issued by the ACJU, Police Headquarters and other institutions.
  1. Much attention should be given to the performing acts of worships and observing night prayers at home and thereby refraining from wasting of time. Especially avoid wasting time on Social Media and other unnecessary matters.
  1. Refrain from indulging in arguments over matters which are subjected to differences of opinion and follow the guidance of Ulama calmly.
  • The booklet on ‘Unity Declaration’ issued by the ACJU should be read and shared with others as well.
  • The Book ‘Social Unity – Need of the hour and a Religious obligation’ (Tamil) published by ACJU should be read and benefitted.

 

  1. Since people who depend on daily wages are unable to fulfil their daily needs, engage and expedite the Masjid centred relief activities.
  • As bearers of humanity, the needy should be identified and our Sadaqa and Hadiya contributions should be made to all, regardless of religious and racial differences.
  • Those who are eligible to give Zakat, should consult the Ulama and receive proper guidance to execute it in the appropriate manner.

 

  1. Those who wish to engage in relief activities and to assist the poor, should contact the nearest Police Station and obtain necessary permissions to do so.
  1. While engaging in night prayers at homes, especially during the time of Suhoor, it should be ensured that no disturbances are caused to others in the neighbourhood, and the volumes of the Radios and Televisions should be sufficient enough for the household only.
  1. The Ulama and the prominent people of the locality, should pay special attention towards guiding the Youth, and to implement all possible efforts to guide them to spend their time in activities pleasing to Allah.
  1. According to religious guidance, one’s fast is not invalidated due to the swallowing of saliva.

Yet the chest phlegm or mucus should be discharged and cannot be swallowed. Health officials have warned that it is possible that Coronavirus infection could spread through them. Hence, spitting at public places should be avoided and special attention should be given in following the health guidelines.

  1. With regard to implementing the above guidelines and advices all ACJU Divisional Branch members, Masjid Trustees and the Muslim community are kindly requested to cooperate.

Therefore, let us follow these guidelines and gain the utmost blessings from this Holy Month of Ramadhaan.

May Almighty Allah protect us all from this Coronavirus that has afflicted the entire world, and Bless our Motherland with unity, peaceful coexistence and understanding among all people!

Wassalam.

 

Ash Shaikh M.M.A. Mubarak

General Secretary - ACJU

2020.04.13

SINHALA AND TAMIL NEW YEAR MESSAGE

The most important cultural festival of the Sinhalese and Tamils of Sri Lanka, which is the Sinhala & Tamil New Year, is not being celebrated this year, as it was done in the previous years, due to the prevailing Corona pandemic situation.

With the dawn of this New Year, abiding by the guidelines of the Ministry of Health with determination, we pray that every one of us should unitedly make effort to save our Motherland from this pandemic.

The ACJU wish to extend our sincere appreciation and our best wishes to the Government, members of Government services, and especially to the members of the Health services, Armed forces, Police and all those who are rendering services with dedication, to save our Nation from this critical situation.

 

Ash Shaikh M.M.A. Mubarak

General Secretary - ACJU

06.04.2020 / 12.08.1441

Let us pray for relief from this calamity and to be bestowed with a prosperous life

We are well aware of the situation the world is currently facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hundreds of thousands of people have been infected, while many thousands of lives have been lost due by this virus. The whole world has come to a standstill. Normal routine lifestyles have been disrupted severely. People are miserably spending their days in fear, sorrow and in depression.

It is a duty bound upon every Muslim to pray towards Allah for the total eradication of this situation from our country and from the rest of the world.

It is known that since the initial stage of this situation, the ACJU has been continuously reiterating to engage in Tawbah, Isthigfar, to observe Sunnah Fasts, to offer Sadaqa and to involve in Duas. Through supplications (Dua) our needs are fulfilled, virtues are attained. It also a means of gaining nearness to Allah. Allah loves those of his slaves who supplicate to him.

"Call upon Me; I will respond to you." (Quran 40:60)

At a critical period when many people are facing economic issues and other difficulties, engaging in charity in all possible means and observing supplementary fasts in abundantly, would gain the pleasure of Allah. The current month of Sha’baan, is a period when the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) used to observe supplementary fast excessively. Based upon this, the ACJU encourages those who are able, to observe fast and supplicate on the Lunar Days 13,14,15 (April 07,08,09) which is known to be Ayyaamul Beel.

The ACJU requests all Muslim males, females, youngsters, and the elderly to remain at their homes and engage in good deeds, and to excessively supplicate to Allah to relive everyone from difficulties, and also to seek refuge from Allah by reciting the respective morning and evening recitals consistently.

His Excellency the President has also requested all religious places to engage in prayers for the recovery of the nation from all sorts of difficulties, and for prevalence of development and prosperity. Accordingly, during the days of ‘Ayyamul Beel’, the ACJU kindly requests the Masjids to arrange Duas to be supplicated via the loudspeakers after Maghrib Azan, and the people shall respond with ‘Aameen’ from their residences

The following sample Duas can be used for this purpose. We request to supplicate these Duas individually as well.

May Almighty Allah protect us and the people of this nation from all sorts of calamities! And may He ease all affairs!

 

Ash Shaikh Abdul Muksith

Secretary – ACJU Propagation Division

 

 

لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ سُبْحَانَكَ إِنِّي كُنْتُ مِنَ الظَّالِمِينَ (سورة الأنبياء)

“There is none worthy of worship except You. You are pure. Verily I am amongst the oppressors”

لا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ العَظِيمُ الحَلِيمُ، لا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ رَبُّ العَرْشِ العَظِيمِ، لا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ رَبُّ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَرَبُّ الأَرْضِ، وَرَبُّ العَرْشِ الكَرِيمِ. (البخاري: 6346/ مسلم: 2730).

“None has the right to be worshipped except Allah Forbearing. None has the right to be worshipped except Allah, Lord of the Magnificent Throne. None has the right to be worshipped except Allah, Lord of the Heavens, Lord of the Earth and Lord of the noble throne.”

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الهَمِّ وَالحَزَنِ، وَالعَجْزِ وَالكَسَلِ، وَالبُخْلِ، وَالجُبْنِ، وَضَلَعِ الدَّيْنِ، وَغَلَبَةِ الرِّجَالِ.

(البخاري: 6369)

“O Allah! I Seek refuge with you from worry and grief, from incapacity and laziness, from cowardice and miserliness, from being heavily in debt and from being overpowered by (other) men.

 

 اللَّهُمَّ رَحْمَتَكَ نرْجُو، فَلَا تَكِلْنِا إِلَى أنفسنا طَرْفَةَ عَيْنٍ، وَأَصْلِحْ لنا شَأْننا كُلَّها، لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ             . (حديث حسن) (سنن أبي داود:4246).

“O Allah, I hope for your mercy. Do not leave me to myself even for the blinking of an eye (i.e a moment). Correct all of my affairs for me. There is none worthy of worship but You!”

 اللَّهُ، اللَّهُ ربنا، لَا نشْرِكُ بِهِ شَيْئًا (حديث حسن) (سنن ابن ماجه:3132)

“Allah, Allah is my Lord, I do not associate anything with Him”

اللَّهُمَّ إنا نسْأَلُكَ العافِيَـةَ فـي الدُّنيا والآخِرَةِ، اللَّهُمَّ إنا نسْأَلُكَ العَفْوَ والعافِيَـةَ فـي دِيننا ودُنْـيانا وأَهْلِنا ومالِنا، اللَّهُمَّ اسْتُـرْ عَوْراتِنا، وآمِنْ رَوْعاتِنا، اللَّهُمَّ احْفَظْنا مِنْ بَـيْنِ أيَدَينا، ومِنْ خَلْفِنا، وعَنْ يَمِيـنِـنا، وعَنْ شِمالِنا، ومِنْ فَوْقِنا، ونعُوذُ بِعَظَمَـتِكَ أَنْ نغْتالَ مِنْ تَحْتِـنا.  (سنن أبي داود  -5073)

“O Allah, I ask You for forgiveness and well-being in this world and in the Hereafter. O Allah, I ask You for forgiveness and well-being in my religious and my worldly affairs. O Allah, conceal my faults, calm my fears, and protect me from before me and behind me, from my right and my left, and from above me, and I seek refuge in You from being taken unaware from beneath me.”

اللَّهُمَّ إنا نسْأَلُكَ مُوجِبَاتِ رَحْمَتِكَ وَعَزَائِمَ مَغْفِرَتِكَ وَالْغَنِيمَةَ مِنْ كُلِّ بِرٍّ وَالسَّلامَةَ مِنْ كُلِّ إِثْمٍ نسْأَلُكَ أَلا تَدَعَ لنا ذَنْبًا إِلا غَفَرْتَهُ وَلا هَمًّا إِلا فَرَّجْتَهُ وَلا حَاجَةً هِيَ لكَ رِضًا إِلا قَضَيْتَهَا. (الترمذي: 479)

“I ask You for that which warrants Your mercy, and that which will determine Your forgiveness, and the spoils (fruits) of every righteous deed, and safety from every sin; do not leave a sin for me without forgiving it, nor a worry without relieving it. Or a need that pleases you without granting it.”

 اللَّهُمَّ إنا نَعوذ بك من جَهْدِ البلاءِ، ودَرَكِ الشَّقاءِ، وَسُوءِ القضاءِ، وشَماتَةِ الأَعدَاء(البخاري:6347)

“O Allah! I seek refuge in You from the difficulty of affliction, from the burden of hardship, from evil judgement and from the enemy’s malicious rejoicing (for my suffering).”

اللَّهُمَّ إنا  نعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ زَوَالِ نِعْمَتِكَ، وَتَحَوُّلِ عَافِيَتِكَ، وَفُجَاءَةِ نِقْمَتِكَ، وَجَمِيعِ سَخَطِكَ (رواه مسلم)

“O Allah! I seek refuge in You against the declining of Your Favours, passing of safety, the suddenness of Your punishment and all that which displeases You.”

اللَّهُمَّ إِنّا نعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْبَرَصِ، وَالْجُنُونِ، وَالْجُذَامِ، وَمِنْ سَيِّئِ الأَسْقَامِ (سنن أبي داود)

“O Allah! Indeed I seek refuge in You from leucoderma, and madness, and leprosy, and all bad diseases.”

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الَّذِي لَا يَضُرُّ مَعَ اسْمِهِ شَيْءٌ فِي الْأَرْضِ وَلَا فِي السَّمَاءِ وَهُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ (الترمذي)

“In the name of Allah, through whose name nothing in the heavens or earth can cause any harm. And He is the One who hears and knows everything.”

 

2020.03.29

ACJU CONDEMNS THE PERFORMANCE OF RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES CONGREGATIONALLY AND SPREADING OF FALSE RUMOURS

The ACJU strongly condemns the performance of congregational religious activities carried out in few areas of the country, in spite of the Government ban on public gatherings in an effort to curtail the spread of the coronavirus within the country.

The Wakf Board, the Department of Muslim Religious & Cultural Affairs and the ACJU, have been providing continuous guidance to the Muslim community with regard to not observing religious activities in the Masjids and requesting strict avoidance of any public gatherings even the Jumu’ah and daily congregational prayers, from the onset of Covid 19 pandemic in Sri Lanka.

It is most unfortunate to note that few irresponsible individuals have acted in an irresponsible manner by disregarding the repeatedly emphasized instructions and guidelines given by the authorities to curb the spreading of this dangerous disease.

We wish to reiterate that disobeying the laws of the country is against the teachings of Islam and engaging in such activity which endangers the lives of other innocent people would never be tolerated under any circumstances. We commend the prompt action taken by the Wakf Board to suspend the current board of Trustees of the concerned Mosque.

We strongly urge the law enforcement authorities to take stern legal action against all those who violate the law regardless of race or religion.

Furthermore, these isolated incidents should not be associated with the religion or to the entire community, as it is evident that these are negligent activities of few ignorant individuals who have not abided by the laws of the country.

Moreover, such incidents should be reported in the Media in a responsible and ethical manner, ensuring to avoid unnecessary misunderstandings being portrayed among the communities which may lead to racial disharmony and disrupt the national peace building process among the communities.

Hence, we request the law enforcement authorities to take stern action against those who spread false information and promoting hatred among the communities of our mother land.

While the entire world is seeking all possible safety measures, we commend and appreciate the appropriate precautionary programs exercised by the Government of Sri Lanka to combat the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

We earnestly request the Muslim community to sincerely cooperate and abide by the law and order of the country and to show support in all possible ways to overcome this challenging period successfully.

 

 

Ash Shaikh M.M.A. Mubarak

General Secretary - ACJU

29.03.2020

AN IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT JOINTLY ISSUED BY SRI LANKA POLICE HEADQUARTERS AND ACJU

  1. Instructions to be followed during the Curfew period
  • Abstaining completely from leaving the homes during the curfew.
  • Home delivery services should be utilized to purchase essential goods. The list of government approved suppliers have been released in the Media.
  • No one will be allowed to leave home during the curfew period. Only in an exceptional circumstance, a curfew pass should be obtained from the local police station prior to leaving home. Conditions will be applied whilst issuing the curfew pass.
  • It is important to understand that the imposed curfew is with regard to the best interests of the public in curbing the spread of the Corona virus, and to act responsibly by abiding the laws pertaining to the curfew. Legal action will be taken against those who violate these laws.

 

  1. Guidelines to be followed during the temporary curfew break
  • Home delivery services should be utilized to purchase essential goods as much as possible. In an emergency, only one person from a household going out for purchasing essentials.
  • Utilizing youngsters to fulfil external affairs instead of young children and the elderly.               
  • Wearing a mask when going out.

 

  • Maintaining a distance of at least 1 meter or 3 feet between individuals when standing in queues.

 

  • Minimizing the time in purchasing goods.
  • Ensuring to washing the hands thoroughly or taking a bath and changing of clothes upon returning from purchasing, prior to any interaction with household members.

 

  1. Guidelines to be observed while in ‘Self-Quarantine’

Have you been in contact with a suspected Corona virus patient, during the past two weeks?

If so, please move into self-quarantine immediately.

  • Being vigilant about the symptoms of the sickness.
  • Being isolated from the other household members and staying at home.
  • Maintain a distance of at least 1 meter, when interacting with others.
  • Wearing a medical face mask.
  • Covering the face when sneezing or coughing.
  • Washing the hands thoroughly with soap frequently.
  • Refrain from sharing personal items used at home with others.
  • Cleansing the personal items used at home, thoroughly and destroying the items that are to be discarded.
  • Using disposable containers to consume food and using separate bathrooms and toilets.
  • Following these guidelines for a period of 14 days minimum, in self-quarantine.

If any symptoms of the disease are experienced during this period, please contact any of the following numbers immediately:

0112-444480/ 0112-444481/ 1933 or E mail – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Consequences of failing to observe the quarantine instructions properly.

The following shall be applicable under the ‘Quarantine and Prevention of Diseases Ordinance’.

  • You shall be subjected to the Quarantine process.
  • Your travels could be restricted.
  • You could be subjected to isolation or treatments forcibly. 
  • Non-compliance to the above, shall result in arrest without warrant and be prosecuted.
  • If proven guilty of offence, you shall be liable for imprisonment up to 6 months or / and to be imposed a fine of Rs.2,000 to Rs.10,000.

Shall be regarded as an offence under the Penal Code of Sri Lanka

  • It shall be an offence to spread the disease negligently or intentionally, or to fail to follow the Quarantine process.
  • It is a punishable offence where one could be arrested without warrant and be imprisoned.
  • Could be sentenced to imprisonment from 6 Months to 2 Years and be imposed a fine of Rs.1500.

Aiding and abetting a crime is also an offence

  • Aiding and abetting the above offence, shall be subjected to arrest without warrant and imprisonment and shall be prosecuted.
  • Shall be liable for punishment for the above offence.

Movable / immovable properties used for the above offence shall be impounded.

 

Note:

  • In relation to spiritual matters, the Muslims are required to follow the related guidelines previously issued by the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU).
  • Those engaging in Masjid based relief efforts, should follow the guidelines previously issued by ACJU. And necessary permissions should be obtained from the local Police Station.

 

 

27.03.2020

02.08.1441

Assalamu Alaikum Warahmathullahi Wa Barakaathuhu!

An important request from All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama regarding the final rites of a Muslim

The tribulations the world is facing presently is known to all. Hundreds of lives have been lost, while several others are hospitalized and are receiving treatment, due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Hence, many countries have imposed curfews and thousands of people are forced to stay indoors. Even in our country, day-to-day operations have come to a standstill.

The government is taking strict measures to protect the country and its people from this deadly virus. As patriotic citizens, Muslims have refrained from going to the Mosques for the daily congregational prayers and the Jumuah prayers, respecting the law of the country. Furthermore, Muslims have been cooperative in protecting the nation and its people.

Consequently, when a death occurs in the country, with the will of Allah, people are compelled to gather in order to fulfil the final rites of the deceased, which is Fardh Kifayah. Since the health officials have advised that such gatherings could result in this disease spreading further, the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama humbly exhorts all the Muslims to adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. The nearest Police station should be informed of the death, immediately.
  2. When the announcement of a Janazah is made, the public should be requested to supplicate for the deceased from home, as large gatherings have been restricted.
  3. Only a restricted number of persons permitted by the Police should attend the Janazah Prayers.
  4. The relatives of the deceased should ensure that the guidelines of the health officials are followed when gathering.
  5. Those involved in the bathing and enshrouding (kafn) of the deceased, and those attending the Janazah should keep their face masks on at all times.
  6. The Janazah Prayer should be conducted in the courtyard of the Masjid.
  7. The correct manner of making a saff (line) is to stand close together. However, in certain circumstances, leaving a gap in between is permitted. Hence, one should maintain a distance when standing for Prayer.
  8. During the burial process, only those required should stand close to the grave; the rest should maintain a distance.
  9. Immediately after the burial, all those present should leave the premises, after having supplicated for the deceased. Musafahah (shaking of hands) should be avoided.

Note: These advises have been given on the basis of Quran, Hadith and the opinions of the religious scholars. Consider the following:

“Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship.” (Surah Baqarah: 185)

“Verily, the religion is easy and no one burdens himself in religion but that it overwhelms him.” (Saheeh Buhari: 39)

 

 

Ash-Shaikh M.L.M. Ilyas

Secretary – Fatwa Division

All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama