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.

  1. It is hereby resolved that this Conference vehemently condemns the terrorist attacks that took place on the 21st April 2019.
  1. This conference expresses its deepest sympathies to those families who have lost their loved ones and we pray for quick recovery for those who were injured.
  1. This conference strongly states that Islam, which encourages values of Peace and Coexistence, has no relationship with any sort of Terrorism whatsoever.
  1. This conference states that maximum punishment be meted out by law enforcement to those who are involved directly or indirectly in this terrorist attacks.
  1. This conference condemns the racist attacks on the Muslims in Kurunegala, Puttalam Gampaha districts, and requests the authorities to mete out appropriate punishments for those who were involved in these attacks.
  1. This conference expresses its gratitude to the His Excellency the President, Hon. Prime Minister, Government Officials, Defense and Security Authorities for taking necessary measures to ensure security for the public and for restoration of peace, order and normalcy within a short period. The conference also requests to take appropriate steps to release the innocent who have been taken into custody upon suspicion following the terror attacks.
  1. This conference hereby declares with responsibility that the Syllabus taught at Madarasas is in compliance with the law of this country and strongly states that this syllabus does not teach nor encourage any form of extremism or terrorism whatsoever.
  1. This conference ensures with responsibility that Madarasas will work towards eliminating terrorism and all related ideologies from Sri Lanka.
  1. This conference declares that the Madarsas and shall work towards strengthening and building unity and peaceful coexistence among communities, while clarifying the prevailing misconceptions about them.
  1. This conference declares that the Muslims of this country, who bear a thousand year testimony of patriotism, loyalty and peace, bear no trait of support nor encouragement to terrorism in any form, and strongly ensures that we shall continue to be loyal citizens of this country in the future as well.
  1. This conference requests the Media institutions, while carrying out their duties with responsibility, should abide by the moral media ethics in reporting news.
  1. This conference requests the Government, Members of the Parliament, Religious leaders and Civil Societies to collectively make efforts towards rebuilding religious and social harmony regardless of religious, racial and language differences.

Media Release

Oct 22, 2019

 08.06.2019

Media Release

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

2019.05.28 (1440.09.22)

 

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.

  1. All Muslims are requested to celebrate the Eid-Ul-Fitr on the day, based on the collective decision taken by Colombo Grand Masjid, ACJU and the Department of Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs.
  1. Due to the prevailing situation in the country, performing Eid Salaah in playgrounds or such public areas should be avoided, and prayers should be offered only within Masjids.
  1. Traveling by vehicles for Eid prayers should be avoided. In unavoidable circumstances, if required to travel by vehicle, it is recommended to travel collectively rather than traveling individually.
  1. Masjid Trustees should make necessary security arrangements by coordinating with the respective Police Stations.
  1. Considering the situation of the victims of the recent terrorist and mob attacks during the last few weeks, Muslims are requested to observe Eid celebrations in a very simple manner, to share the special dishes prepared for the occasion with neighbors and the needy, to refrain from unnecessary luxury and extravagance, and to engage in efforts to provide possible assistance to those victims who are affected.
  1. Females are requested to refrain from going out for Eid related shopping activities as much as possible and to get their purchasing done by the males.

 

May Allah accept all our Ibadaah and Good Deeds during this Month of Ramadhaan, restore normalcy and bestow peace and prosperity in our Motherland.

Wassalam

 

 

Ash-Shaikh H. Omardeen

Secretary – ACJU Propagation Division