18.05.2019 (12.09.1440)

EXPEDITING MASJID BASED RELIEF EFFORTS

We are aware that properties worth of billions of Rupees of Muslims, were destroyed due to recent attacks on Muslims in Puttalam, Kurunegala and Gampaha districts.

The ACJU expresses its gratitude to all those who have been extending their assistance in various manners to the affected victims, and May Almighty Allah reward them with success in this World and in the Hereafter.

Under the leadership of Mufti M.I.M. Rizwe, the President of ACJU and Ash Shaikh A.C Agar Mohamed, the Deputy President of ACJU, the members of the ACJU Executive Committee visited the affected regions on 15th of May 2019.

During the discussions held subsequently, it was resolved that necessary steps should be taken to obtain government compensations and immediate relief aid should be provided to the victims by the Muslim community, and assist them to recover by all possible means.

In the meantime, ACJU urges the effected Muslims to lodge complaints at the police stations and GS offices in their respective areas, providing details of their losses in writing a soon as possible.

A special meeting was convened at the ACJU Head office with members of the Masjid Federations of Colombo region on the 17th of May 2019. In the meeting, it was agreed that assistance to the effected by the recent destruction should be distributed through the network of Masjid federations under the purview of the ACJU as executed during the past disasters of Tsunami, Floods etc.

Accordingly, the tasks has been handed over to Masjid Federations and ACJU branches as follows:

 

 

No

FED , ACJU BRN, ORG Name

No

Affected Areas

 
 

1

ACJU Colombo South Branch | Dehiwala Fed | Kirulapone Fed | Wellawatta Jumuah Masjid

1

Minuwangoda

 

2

Budgampola

 

3

Nattandi

 

4

Maaningala

 

2

Nimal Road  Masjid

5

Kottaramulla

 

6

Thummodara

 

3

Kollupitiya Fed | Bambalapitiya, & Jawatte Jumuah Masjids

7

Anukkana

 

8

Poowalla

 

9

Nikaweratiya / Kalapitiyagama

 

10

Nigambo

 

4

Pettah Fed | Aluthkade Fed | Akurana ACJU Branch

11

Kottampitiya

 

5

ACJU Colombo North  | Maligawatta Fed | Kompannaveediya Fed

12

Nikkapitiya

 

6

Gampola ACJU Branch|Grandpass Fed | Maradana Fed

13

Assanakottuwa

 

14

Ahatimulla

 

7

ACJU Kollonnawa Branch | Kolonnawa Fed | Colombo North Fed  

15

Midiyala

 

16

Kuliyapitiya / Adendawela

 

17

Wariyapola / Rambewe

 

8

 ACJU Colombo Center Branch | Demetagoda Fed

18

Hettipola

 

9

Zam Zam Foundation

19

Kiniyama

 

10

Udunuwara ACJU Branch & Team

20

Madige Weediyawali

 

11

Kandy City ACJU Branch & Team

21

Yayawaththa

 

22

Thorakotuwa

 

12

Galagedara ACJU Branch & Team, Malwana

23

Bandarakoswatta, Hammaliya, Bandarakoswatta, Hunugama,  Hathapola &  Horombawa

 

 

The ACJU requests that the Muslim community to cooperate with the respective Masjid Federation and ACJU Branches to provide possible assistance to help those affected during this blessed Month of Ramadhaan, to recover from this situation.

Furthermore the ACJU requests to follow the below guideline when assisting those affected:

  1. The Masjid Federations and the ACJU Branches should make that sufficient assistance are provided to all those affected.
  2. Collective and individual assistance should be done to Ifthar and Sahar arrangements of the affected people.
  3. Zakath could be given to the eligible among the victims while giving to other eligible persons. Also we should increase our Sadaka in these times of dire need of our brethren.

 

Wassalam,

 

 

Ash Shaikh H. Omardeen

Secretary – ACJU Propagation Division

 

23.05.2019 (17.09.2019)

Guidance with regard to last ten days of Ramadhaan

Considering the current situation in the Country, The All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama urges the Muslim Community to follow below mentioned guidelines with regard to last ten days of the Holy Month of Ramadhaan.

  1. Please involve yourself in abundant Ibadath during these days and make special Dua to ease the situation.
  2. Regarding Security of the Masjid and your locality, Masjid Trustees and responsible persons together are requested to discuss with the Police and other security authorities to make necessary security arrangements.
  3. Involving in unnecessary activities such as playing games on the streets and behaving in a manner which will cause hindrance for others should be completely avoided.
  4. Ibadath during the last ten nights, especially the 27th night, should be done with consideration of the situation of the locality. All these arrangements should be concluded within a period of time.
  5. In areas where it is safe and suitable to conduct the night prayers, arrangements should be made with the assistance of respective area Police.
  6. Those who intend to perform I’thikaf should take the situation of the locality into consideration and obtain the approval from the local police station through respective Masjids.
  7. It is advisable to refrain from performing I’thikaf in areas where safety is a concern.

May Almighty Allah accept all our good deeds performed during this Ramadhaan and bring peace and prosperity to our Motherland.

 

 

Ash Shaikh H. Omardeen

Secretary – ACJU Propagation Division

21st May 2019

REMEMBRANCE DAY AND THE WAY FORWARD

21st April 2019 brings to mind the horrific terrorist attacks committed on innocents praying in their churches and partaking in breakfast in hotels on Easter Sunday. We, ACJU, on behalf of the Muslim Civil Societies and the Muslim Community, reiterate our vehement condemnation of the vicious attacks carried out by those terrorists who called themselves Muslims.

We have been the first council of Theologians in the world who condemned the Islamic State (IS), their ideology and their code of conduct in 2014. We still denounce this terrorist group and wish to reiterate that there is no place in Islam for any type of extremism or violence, and that they cannot be true adherents of Islam or call themselves Muslim, given the ideology and practice they promote.

Muslims have lived harmoniously with their brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka for over 1000 years. The inhuman and cowardly acts of a few terrorists in the name of Islam only helps the Muslim community to stand stronger together with all Sri Lankans, and work towards defeating the agenda of dividing Sri Lankans and creating disharmony within communities. It is imperative that the Muslim community, comes together to strengthen relations and work towards building trust between our brothers and sisters of every faith and race. Towards this, the ACJU would like to request the Muslim Community and the Masjid Trustees, to implement the following for meaningful integration and peaceful coexistence between communities in Sri Lanka.

  • Strengthen and implement the concept of Harmony centers in each Masjid, as introduced by the ACJU in 2017.
  • Open your Masjids, Madrasas and Maktabs for all communities to visit and share values.
  • Implement Masjid based projects to guide youth to become responsible citizens of our country.
  • Masjids should be responsible for the Imam who conducts sermons and the contents of the sermons. While their sermons provide Islamic guidance, they should promote values of peaceful coexistence, and being good and productive citizens with values and morals. The Masjids should only permit recognized, qualified religious leaders to deliver sermons. Their accreditation should be verified with ACJU.
  • The Muslim Community should cooperate with the Law enforcement authorities, military and defense establishments to help maintain law and order, and to help the security establishments to weed out all terrorists from our soil.

We remind the Muslim community to pray for those effected and their families in this difficult time, and to pray for a peaceful Sri Lanka.

 

Mufti M.I.M. Rizwe                                                                         Ash-Shaikh A.C.M. Agar Mohamed  

President – ACJU                                                                               Honorary Deputy President

 17.05.2019 (11.09.1440)

GUIDELINES TO BE OBSERVED DURING THE VESAK FESTIVAL

It is the need of the hour to have proper knowledge and understanding of the Islamic principles of co-existing with other communities as we, Muslims, are living in a multi-cultural and multi-communal country.

Therefore, All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama requests all Muslims to adhere to the following guidelines during the period of Vesak:

  1. Make use of this period of Vesak as an opportunity to build friendly and harmonious relationships with the other communities. 
  1. As the Vesak period coincides with Ramadhaan this year, we should make sure that our activities do not cause any hindrance to others. And also cordial and harmonious interactions should be maintained with them on humanitarian basis. 
  1. Abiding by the government laws, we should refrain from engaging in slaughtering and selling of poultry or cattle during this period which would also be an expression of respecting the religious values of the other communities. 
  1. If any clarifications or guidance is required in this regard, please contact the Fatwa Division of the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama on 0117 490 420. 

Wassalam,

Ash Shaikh H. Omardeen
Secretary – Propagation Division

 

 

16.05.2019 (10.09.1440)

Let’s help those affected by turmoil against Muslim Community

The Muslim community in Kurunegala, Gampaha and Putlam districts have been attacked by the racists which has caused loss of lives and damages to Masjids and Muslims’ properties said to be valued at many millions of Rupees.

All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama also requests all its District and Divisional Branches to get into action in order to support the victims who have been affected due to this carnage, while requesting the Trustees of Masjids and others to cooperate with them.

Those who wish to contribute through the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama are requested to deposit their funds to the following Bank account. We request the Trustees of Masjids to collect the relief funds in cash on the forthcoming Fridays and deposit to the following Bank account. (Please send the deposit slip to ACJU WhatsApp Number 0776-185353 and collect the receipt).

 

 

COMMERCIAL BANK

ALL CEYLON JAMIYYATHUL ULAMA

A/C  NO 1901005000

COMMERCIAL BANK

BRANCH : ISLAMIC BANKING UNIT

SWIFT CODE : CCEYLKLX

 

AMANA BANK

ALL CEYLON JAMIYYATHUL ULAMA

A/C  NO 0010112110014

AMANA BANK

BRANCH : MAIN BRANCH

SWIFT CODE : AMNALKLX

 

 

Ash-Shaikh H. Omardeen
Secretary – Propagation Division
All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama

14.05.2019 (08.09.1440)

CERTAIN SIGNIFICANT GUIDELINES FOR MUSLIMS

Considering the crisis that has been prevailing in the country the last few days, All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama along with all other Muslim Civil groups have come together and initiated many steps to handle the situation. In relation to this a Representative Group consisting of various Islamic, and Muslim Civil groups has been formed.

Direct interaction with the Higher Officials of the country like the President, Prime Minister and Defense Personals have been made to implement the purpose of the above mentioned collective Representative Group.

It was brought to the notice of everyone of us that the entire Muslim Community as One Body Condemned and rejected the inhuman and barbaric terrorist attacks of 21.04.2019 while extending their fullest co-operation to facilitate Security measures. While Islam gravely condemns such inhuman acts, none could hold the entire Muslim Community responsible for the terrorism of a few mislead persons. Citing this and regarding all Muslims as offenders, harassing them and causing damage to their then and their property is not justifiable in any way.

All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama requests the Muslims of this country to adhere to the following guidelines during this critical period:

  1. However unjust the situation be, Muslims should maintain a strong bond with Allah while being steadfast in Ibadahs like salah, fasting, twakkul,, dua and istig’far.
  2. During this dilemma, Muslims should consider the social welfare of everyone, be calm, vigilant and be far-sighted.
  3. As citizens of this Country, the state is responsible for the safety of the Muslim community and their property. We should all emphasize this to the government. Further, all Muslims should obey the law and order while being vigilant.
  4. Respect and follow the declared state of Emergency at all times.
  5. Verify the authenticity of information shared through social media before you share them with other. Also consider the consequences of sharing such information.
  6. Whatever the unjust situation you may be in, you need to obey the officials of the respective departments.
  7. Considering the unrest situation in the country, recite qunoot e naazila in the five daily prayers, and recite the brief duas provided by the Jamiyyah.
  8. As majority of the Sri Lankans wish to maintain friendly communal and social relationships, we need to interact with them in harmony and peace like in the past.
  9. Communicate with the religious and social leaders of your respective areas to maintain peace and order.

 Ash-Sheikh A.C.M. Agar Mohamed 

Deputy President - ACJU

        

02.05.2019 (26.08.1440)

Utilizing Ramadhaan in the Best Manner

Allah has dignified the Month of Ramadhaan by revealing the Holy Quran in this month. This is the month of Dua and patience. And this is the month in which we Muslims, engage in several virtuous deeds eagerly and with forbearance, according to the guidance of the Ulama.

In this blessed Month, abundant Duas should be made, supplicating all our needs from the Almighty, for the prosperity of the society, and especially for the consolation of the people who were effected in the recent brutal tragedy, for quick recovery to normalcy and for prevalence of unity, peace and harmony in this country.

The following are some guidelines and advices to be adhered during Ramadhaan:

  • Engaging in the abundant recitation, understanding and practicing the teachings of the Holy Quran. 
  • By performing various Ibaadat and prayers during night, time should be utilized productively. 
  • To abide by the guidance of the Ulama, with regard to differences of opinions on religious matters and avoid causing unnecessary problems in this regard. 
  • Luxurious Iftar & Sahar (Pre-dawn meal) programs should be avoided and instead to identify the poor and the needy to give Zakath and Sadaqa (Charity). 
  • Making arrangments of Sahar and Iftar for the poor and needy. 
  • Youngsters are requested to avoid wasting time after night prayers and return to their residences as soon as possible. The parents and elders are advised to be vigilant in this regard. 
  • The volumes of the loudspeakers of Mosques should be controlled when conducting sermons and special night prayers, to ensure that the sound is inverted within the Mosque premises. 
  • To control the volumes of Radios / Televisions of residences, especially during Sahar time and thereby avoid causing hindrances to neighbors. 
  • Engaging in charitable deeds such as sharing of meals and special dishes among the neighborhood members is encouraged. 
  • Due to the prevailing situation, the women could perform Taraweeh prayers at their residences if the environment is not suitable to go to the Mosque. 
  • Those who come to Mosques in vehicles, due to unavoidable circumstances should park their vehicles without causing hindrance to others. 
  • It is better to avoid your vehicles to arrive at Masjids for night worships unless otherwise you do not disturb the pedestrians around the area.

 

  • 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.

Let us follow the above advices and guidelines and ensure to gain maximum virtues in the Holy Month of Ramadhaan.

May Almighty Allah bless and accept our prayers and bestow this country with peaceful coexistence and unity among the communities!

 

 

Ash-Shaikh H Omardeen
Secretary – ACJU Propagation Division ,
All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama

25.04.2019

Maintenance of National security

As Muslims, we are obliged to be responsible citizens and protect our motherland and maintain peace and order. We appeal to all, to cooperate with the security forces and law enforcement agencies. In particular, we strongly appeal to our sisters to be mindful of the critical emergency situation now prevalent in our country and the difficulties faced by the security officers in performing their functions in situations where the identity of a person cannot be ascertained. Hence, we advise that in the prevailing situation our sisters should not hinder the security forces in their efforts to maintain national security by wearing the face cover (Niqab).

We also recommend that all persons should carry their National identity card at all times to be produced when required by any public officer.

 

Ash sheikh M.L.M Ilyas

Secretary – fatwa division

All Ceylon Jamiyyathul ulama

 2019.04.24

Guidance provided by the ACJU to be adhered in the prevailing situation in the country

Assalamu Alaikum Warahmathullahi Wabarakathuhu

ACJU wishes to provide the following instructions to the Muslim community in Sri Lanka with the view of the current tense situation and in the wake of the implementation of the Emergency Law. We specially urge Masjid trustees and Imams to adhere to these instructions with utmost consideration.

  1. Only Allah could resolve to all our situations and He is our real Sustainer and only Protector. Therefore, it is important to turn towards Allah with Taubah (Repentence) & Isthigfhar (Seeking Forgiveness).
  1. ACJU appeals all the Muslims to observe fast tomorrow (25th April Thursday), to invoke blessings of Allah to institute peace and mutual understanding among all the communities living in this country and to bring about prosperity to this nation and also as a consolation to the families who lost their loved ones during the recent attacks.
  1. Those who fear that the safety of their family shall be compromised if they leave for Jumu'ah, they could offer Luhar prayers at their homes.
  1. ACJU urges the Jumu’ah Katheebs to prepare their Jumu’ah sermons on topics highlighting the fact that ‘Islam Values Lives’.
  1. Every Muslim should adhere to the rules with regard to the implementation of curfew and Emergency Law.
  2. Security of Masjids should be stepped up and special checkups should be carried out inside the Masjids and its surroundings prior to Jumu’a gatherings with special scrutiny for suspicious objects and also for movements of strange persons.
  1. To minimize traveling by vehicles for Jumu’ah and if required, it is recommended to travel collectively rather than traveling individually.
  1. To ensure to display the contact details of the owner / driver of the Vehicles, while parking them enabling immediate contact.
  1. Bags or parcels should not be brought to Masjids especially when coming for Jumu’ah.
  1. Jumu’ah sermons along with the Salaah should be confined to no more than 30 minutes.
  1. The Jumu’ah Masjid trustees to appoint appropriate personals for security during the Jumu’ah Khutbah and Prayers, who shall perform their Luhar Prayers thereafter as Jamaath.
  1. In Masjids where Jumu’ah is not conducted, trustworthy personals to be stationed for Security, and they too shall offer their Luhar Prayers with Jamaath.
  1. Children below 13 years of age should not be accompanied to the Masjid for Jumu’ah.

 

May Allah help prevail peace and harmony in our Motherland.

 

Ash Shaikh M.L.M. Ilyas

Secretary - Fatwa Committee

All Ceylon Jamiyathul Ulema   

2019.04.22

Important Announcement by ACJU to the Muslim Community of Sri Lanka

The Muslim community of Sri Lanka strongly condemns the violent terrorist attacks that took place in our land on Sunday, the 21st of April, 2019. Islam treats the killing of one human being equal to the killing of all humanity; this brutal act has nothing to do with Islam or any other religion. We are deeply sorrowed by the loss of so many innocent lives and we share in the grief of all the effected families. ACJU urges the members of the mosques to visit the effected homes in their vicinity to extend all forms of support in this state of need.

All Muslims across the country are urged to extend their fullest support to the government to track those who responsible for this atrocious act.

ACJU urges the Muslim Community to act on the following recommendations:

  1. To extend your fullest support to the Government Security Services in its pursuit to track and identify the criminals who perpetrated this act of terror.
  2. Those residing in the neighborhoods of the effected Churches to extend their help and aid to the families of the victims and share in their sorrow.
  3. To extend our fullest co-operation by giving your time, effort and any other possible means to aid the effected families.
  4. To act with patience and restraint when engaging with our fellow brothers and sisters who are deeply grieved with this unfortunate loss of their family members.
  5. To visibly display our condemnation of the terror attack and our condolence for the bereaved by hanging a banner in all three languages outside the mosques and raising a white flag to share our solidarity.
  6. To represent the Muslims and visit during Sunday Church Mass in order to show our solidarity and unity with them against the violent terror attacks.

 

Ash – sheikh   H. Omardeen

Executive Member - ACJU