Ash-Shaykh Ali Umar Yaqoub Abbasi, the Chief Imam and Khateeb of Masjid Al Aqsa (Bait ul-Muqaddas) visted the ACJU Head Office yesterday (20th of December). He met Mufthi M.I.M Rizwe and other Members of the ACJU Executive Committee.
"Samaaja Sanwaada” (Social Dialogue) Book Series was presented by Mufthi M.I.M. Rizwe to His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena at an Iftar Ceremony at the Temple Trees on the 09th of June 2016.
லண்டனை அடிப்படையாகக் கொண்ட மூன்று நிறுவனங்கள் வெள்ள நிவாரனப் பணிகளில் ஜம்இய்யாவுடன் பங்கேற்பு.
அகில இலங்கை ஜம்இய்யத்துல் உலமா வெள்ள நிவாரண உதவிகள் வழங்கும் திட்டத்தின் அடுத்தகட்டமாக 'Back to Business' என்ற உதவித் திட்டத்தை ஆரம்பித்துள்ளது.
இதன் ஒரு கட்டமாக சிறு தொழில் செய்வோருக்கும் பழுதடைந்த ஆட்டோ ஓட்டுனர்களின் ஆட்டோக்களை திருத்திக் கொள்வதற்குமாக சுமார் 143 நபர்களுக்கு இத் திட்டத்தை நடைமுறைபடுத்தும் வகையில் ரூபா 3,851,820 பணம் ஒதுக்கப்பட்டு Muslim Aid என்ற நிறுவனத்திற்கு 2016-08-18 ஆம் திகதி வியாழக்கிழமை ஜம்இய்யாவின் தலைமையகத்தில் கையளிக்கப்பட்டது.
Back To Business என்ற உதவித் திட்டத்திற்கான முழுமையான உதவிகளையும் Interbuild Aid UK, SLMCC Harrow & SLMCEL East Ham, என்ற லண்டனிலுள்ள மூன்று அமைப்புகள் அகில இலங்கை ஜம்இய்யத்துல் உலமாவின் தலைமையகத்திற்கு அனுப்பிவைத்துள்ளன. மேலும் குறிப்பிட்ட இம் மூன்று நிறுவனங்கள் ஊடாக Back To Work என்ற உதவித் திட்டமும் சிறப்பாக நடைபெற்று முடிந்தது என்பதும் குறிப்பிடத்தக்க ஒரு விடயமாகும்.
இப் பணத்திற்குரிய காசோலையை ஜம்இய்யாவின் கௌரவ தலைவர் அஷ்-ஷைக் முப்தி எம்.ஜ.எம். ரிழ்வி, ஜம்இய்யாவின் சமூக சேவைப் பிரிவின் செயலாளர் அஷ்-ஷைக் எஸ்.எல். நவ்பர், Inter build Aid UK யின் கௌரவ செயலாளர் நமீஸ் இப்றாஹீம் ஆகியோர் இணைந்து Muslim Aid என்ற நிறுவனத்தின் பணிப்பாளர் அப்துல் காதர் பைஸர்கான் அவர்களிடம் ஒப்படைத்தார்கள்.
Joint declaration by the Muslim Organizations of Sri Lanka on the issue of IS (ISIS) and Extremism:
We, the representatives of the main Muslim Organizations in Sri Lanka, present at the anti-extremism conference organized by the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU), held on the 22nd July 2015, condemn in unequivocal terms all forms of violence and extremism.
Islam is a religion of Mercy for all humanity. It is the fountainhead of Eternal Peace, Tranquility, Security and Brotherhood. Islam attaches such value to human life that it equates the killing of a single being unlawfully with the killing of the entire human race, without differentiation based on creed or caste. Its teachings of peace and brotherhood encompass all humanity. Islam teaches us to treat all mankind with equality, mercy, tolerance and justice. Islam sternly condemns all kinds of oppression, violence and extremism. It regards oppression, mischief, rioting and murders amongst the severest sins and crimes.
The IS (ISIS) is a violent extremist organization which acts against the fundamental teachings of Islam. It is an absolutely deviant organization which operates against all the principles and tenets of Islam. Unfortunately, the word ‘Jihad’ has been misinterpreted by the Western media to mean killing or waging unjust wars. Any organization that kills innocent people under the guise of Jihad, it is totally outside the pale of Islam. We endorse the booklet published by the ACJU which explains the correct spiritual concept of Jihad based on authentic Islamic religious texts.
We appreciate the initiatives taken by the ACJU to expose the ISIS as an un-Islamic and extremist organization, in an informative broadcast through the SLBC on the 6thof July 2014 and the statement issued to the media on the 30thof August 2014. Subsequently several International Islamic Institutions and countries have condemned the ISIS as an extremist organization engaged in acts contrary to Islamic teachings.
We strongly and unequivocally condemn any person associated with the ISIS or any other extremist organization operating under the guise of Islam.We do not condone any person or organization that engages in extremism in any form.
We strongly call upon the government to take action against any individual involved in any form of extremism. We also wholeheartedly offer our fullest support and co-operation to all government agencies to identify such anti-social and criminal elements in order to eliminate this menace from our Motherland.
We call upon the media to act with responsibility and objectivity. We also urge them not to sensationalize such issues as not to endanger peaceful co-existence prevailing amongst the communities in Sri Lanka.
We Muslims have, over the centuries,demonstrated our patriotism and loyalty to Sri Lanka. We affirm that we will not act in any manner that it detrimental to our Motherland.
All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU)
Muslim Council of Sri Lanka (MCSL)
Sri Lanka Jamat e Islami (SLJI)
Jama'athus Salama (MFCD)
Jamiyyathus Shabab (AMYS)
International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO)
World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY)
All Ceylon YMMA Conference (YMMA)
All Ceylon Thowheedh Jama'ath (ACTJ)
Colombo District Masjid Federation (CDMF)
ACJU’s Condolence Message on the demise of the Most Ven. Maduluwave Sobitha Thera
We, All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama, are saddened to hear of the demise of the Most Respectable Maduluwave Sobitha Thera, the Chief incumbent of Kotte Naga Temple, and extend our deepest sympathies to all who mourn in this country irrespective of caste, creed and religion. He was well-known to all Sri Lankans for his struggle and efforts taken to establish democracy in the country with justice, wisdom and simplicity.
In order to establish a peaceful and a prosperous motherland he worked hard to carry forward his mission to set up a society of justice for the welfare of all communities, giving equal importance to all.
The highest degree of honor and gratitude that all Sri Lankans could give him is to carry forward his everlasting mission of struggling hard for the countries development, peace and prosperity as Sri Lankan citizens.
We, All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama, on behalf of the Muslim community convey our deepest condolence to all Sri Lankan Buddhists, the respectable members of the Boards of Trustees, and Buddhist clergies of Kotte Naga Temple.
Ash-Sheikh M.S.M. Thassim
Asst. General Secretary
All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama
25.07.2016 – Media Release
New selection of office Bearers of the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama
The Central Committee meeting was held at 3.00 p.m. on Sunday the 24th July, 2016 for the new selection of office bearers of the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) at Kandy Grand Jumu'ah Mosque.
As per the ACJU's Constitution, the Executive Committee Members have to be selected once in three years at the Central Committee Meeting held.
ln the selection Ash-Sheikh S.L. Nawfer was assigned as the Temporary president, while Ash-Sheikh A.L.M. Rila and Ash-Sheikh M.L.M. Ilyas were assigned as Assistants to him to monitor the selection duties.
lnclusive of 25 members of District Branch Presidents, Secretaries and Treasurers, altogether 99 persons were invited for the above meeting for a secret ballot for the selection of Executive Committee members. The following members were selected as the Office Bearers' positions mentioned according to the reformed constitution:
Honorary President: Ash-Sheikh Mufti M.I.M. Rizwe
Honorary Deputy President: Ash-Sheikh A.C.M. Agar Mohamed
Honorary General Secretary: Ash-Sheikh M.M.A. Mubarak
Honorary Treasurer: Ash-Sheikh A.L.M. Khaleel
Honorary Sub Presidents
Honorary Assistant Secretaries
Honorary Assistant Treasurer: Ash-sheikh M.K. Abdurrahman
Honorary Executive Committee Members
Some Guidelines & Advices to Da’wah Workers
Islam is a pleasant religion, accepted by Allah. Its preaching is attracted by the people of all folks of life. Islam preaches softness, kindness, propriety, prudence and accommodating others interests. It advises to call others, who are different in opinions and non-Muslims, with graceful manners.
Islam that guides to adopt softness, eloquent and elegance in preaching others, advises to follow softness and elegance in all matters.
Rasoolullah (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam) says, ”The religion most liked by Allah is the easy religion that stands in truth forever apart from false.” (Musnad Ahmed - 5/266)
Once Rasoolullah (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “Religion is easy, and no one overburdens himself in his religion but he will be unable to continue in that way”. “Saheeh Al-Bukhari-39”
Therefore, we should always follow the way of elegance in all our activities, namely, in our Khutba preaching, speeches in the services of Da’wah as Allah likes this good manners of elegance and kindness.
Once Rasoolullah (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam) said to Aiysha (Raliyallahu Anha), “O, Aiysha “Allah is Kind and He loves kindness in all things.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari - 6024”
Allah ordered Moosa (Alihissalam) and Haroon (Alaihissalam) to go to Firoun, who claimed he was the Creator, and speak to him softly. Thus, Allah says this in al Quran,
“So, (both of you) speak to him in soft words. May be, he accepts the advice or fears (Allah)” (Sura Thaha: 44)
When the prophets were striving in the Da’wah field even though they came across the worst opposing they behaved in good manners and spoke softly. Following incident is witnessing this:
Prophet Ibrahim’s (Alaihissalam) father warned him saying,
“He said, Are you averse to my gods O Ibrahim? Should you not stop, I will definitely stone you. And leave me for good.” (Sura Maryam: 47)
He (Ibrahim Alaihis Salaam) said, Peace on you. I shall seek forgiveness for you from my Lord. He has always been gracious to me. (Sura Maryam: 47) Allah has recorded this in the Holy Quran.
Similarly, when the Prophets Nooh,Hooth, Salih and Shuaib (Alaihimussalam) went to their people strived in the work of Da’wah how much they were soft, and elegant in calling them was explained in Soorathul A’raaf.
It was written in many Ahadeeth Books how Prophet Muhammed (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) accommodated the opposing Mushriqs and Munafiqs, he handled them softly and elegantly.
The basics of Hiqmah in the services of Islamic Da’wah means with intelligence and beautiful advices. Al Quran says as follows:
“Invite (people) to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good counsel.” (Soora An Nahl: 125)
When you are in the field of Da’wah if any opportunities come across for argument Al Quran guides us to undertake it in a very beautiful manner.
“And argue with them in the best of manners. Surely, your Lord knows best the one who deviates from His way, and He knows best the ones who are on the right path...” (Soora An Nahl: 125)
When striving in the field of Da’wah if we lose softness and elegance we will have to even lose our closest people. Allah says the following to the Prophet (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam):
“So, (O Prophet) it is through mercy from Allah that you are gentle to them. Had you been rough and hard-hearted, they would have dispersed from around you. So, pardon them, and seek Forgiveness for them. Consult them in the matter and, once you have taken a decision, place your trust in Allah. Surely, Allah loves those who place their trust in Him. ’ (Soora Aala Imran: 159)
When elegance is lost, all merits will also be lost. The following prophetic saying is a good example:
Jareer Bin Abdillah (Rariyallahu Anhu) informs as Prophet (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam) narrated,
“Whoever is deprived of kindness is deprived of goodness.’ (Muslim - 2592)
Ulamas are heirs to the Prophets. And, in the activities of Da’wah, especially, during Khutba Speeches you should approach and address the people in the similar way how the prophets approached and addressed in their Da’wah.
When clarifying to the public on the issues of anti-Islamic principles or people of any incorrect dogma in Khutba speeches or any other speeches should choose the best and soft words while following the Islamic discipline.
When clarifying to the public on the issues of anti-Islamic principles or people of any incorrect dogma in Khutba speeches or any other speeches should choose the best and soft words while following prudence and the Islamic discipline. It is the best quality of a truthful propagator, who speaks with good words, protecting his tongue.
When any opinions crop up against the fundamentals of Islam in the social media, clarifications should be given to them patiently and intelligently within the boundaries of Islam. Unscrupulous words or words of hatred humiliating others or other communities should be strictly avoided.
You should also strictly avoid showing your happiness if any person of other religions is in trouble, difficulty or any loss. Islam is guiding to pray for even the enemies for showing the right path. It is important to guide all towards this advice.
Khutba should be done in the usage of simple and easy language so that an ordinary layman could understand. The following Ahadeeth clarifies this:
Anas (Raliyallahu Anhu) informs that Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) narrated, “Make things easy (for people) and do not make things difficult, give glad tidings and do not put people off.”
If all our Da’wah workers follow the above guidelines fruitful results could be achieved. The following matters also have to be taken into consideration:
May Allah Ta’ala bless all of us to understand the truth and follow according to the soft and kind ways with the people in striving in the path of Allah.
Ash-Sheikh M.M.A. Mubarak,
All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama.
Message from All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama on the 68th Independence Day
The All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama is pleased to release this message of blessings on the day of the 68th Independence Day of our motherland, Sri Lanka.
In order to celebrate completely the achievement of the Independence after 68 years we had to overcome plenty of challenges throughout the history.
We remember this year’s Independence Day that all Sri Lankans should take forward this country towards prosperity by living in peace and coexistence with the assurance of good governance by the present government.
Our prayers and expectations are that all Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and Christians in this multi-ethnic society should continue to achieve prosperity, development and progress by following the respective religious advice and developing the ethics of respecting other religions.
One country’s development solely depends on the unity and patriotism of the people. Therefore, it is the duty of every citizen to take initiatives in this opportunity to develop the practical approach to achieve unity and co-existence among communities and religions.
Therefore, All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama wishes that every Sri Lankan citizen who would make effort to bring unity, peace and tolerance through which we could build a peaceful and a prosperous nation.
Ash-Sheikh M.M.A. Mubarak,
General Secretary, All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama
Media Release - Law, Justice and Punishment
In all cultures and social structures, to ensure the well being of mankind, there is a legal system and a judiciary based on fair and just principles. Especially, Law, Justice and Punishment are needed to uphold the moral values of the society and to nurture the ethical goals.
When individuals violate the rights of the others and norms established for the well being of the society have been infringed, recourse to Law, Justice and Punishment will be warranted. Let us pay attention to what the major religions teach on this subject.
When we examine the Buddhist scripture, Agganna Suthra of Deega Nikaya, states how anomalous behavior started at the very beginning of human life on the Earth. According to this Suthra, immoral behaviors like theft, falsehood, fraud and sexual misconduct were found in society. Therefore, they wanted to appoint a leader to control this situation. The leader thus appointed was called the ‘King’. When immoral things happened, it was the King who dispensed justice o an equitable manner. It is worthy to note that abstaining from sexual misconduct is a precept in ‘Pancha Sila’.
Gunasena Gamage, in his book “Law and Judicial System In The Old And The Mediaeval Periods” states in page 106 that capital punishment was meted out for rape and sexual misconduct by the Sinhala Kings.
Law and Punishment in the teachings of Christianity could be found in the Holy Bible. We have quoted a few verses from the Holy Bible particularly regarding the punishment for sexual misconduct.
“And the man that committeth adultery with another man's wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death”. (Leviticus 20 : 10)
“If a man be found lying with a woman married to an husband, then they shall both of them die, both the man that lay with the woman, and the woman: so shalt thou put away evil from Israel. If a damsel that is a virgin be betrothed unto an husband, and a man find her in the city, and lie with her; Then ye shall bring them both out unto the gate of that city, and ye shall stone them with stones that they die”. (Deuteronomy 22 : 22 – 24)
The Law and Punishment for sexual misconduct according to Hinduism could be found in ‘Manusmriti’ an important source book in Hinduism.
“A man who is not a Brahmin ought to suffer for adultery” (Manusmriti 8 : 359)
“But if any man through insolence forcibly contaminates a maiden, two of his fingers shall be instantly cut off” (Manusmriti 8 : 367)
According to the above teachings quoted from other religions, all sexual activities outside the marital bond are not approved and consider it as a serious immoral act. Serious punitive measures have been sanctioned to prevent the humanity and to protect the moral and ethical values of society. Next let us pay attention to the Islamic teachings.
The main intention of the Islamic Law is to remove the difficulties the people are facing and to find appropriate solutions to problems and complications faced by them. Sharia is encouraging people to be virtuous and pious and guide mankind to build a close relationship with God. With security, mutual cooperation, with a sense of oneness, with mutual trust, being helpful to each other, promoting goodness, preventing each other from all evil activities detestable to God are indispensable in all societies to ensure human well being.
Protecting the religion is one of the prominent responsibilities of Sharia. Religion plays a pivotal role in human life. Success here and the hereafter depends on following the teaching of the religion correctly.
Protection of life is another important aspect of Sharia. None has the right to annoy or destroy other living beings. Islam teaches that the lives of others are non-violable and to damage innocent lives is considered as a major sin.
Protecting the intellect is another important objective of Sharia. A Muslim must always be decorous and calm. To attain this state it is essential to abstaining from all forms of intoxicants. Intoxicants and other similar materials which confuse intellect and mind are harmful to individual and society.
Protecting the wealth and property is another important aspect included in Sharia. The sense of personal protection will be accomplished only by protecting the wealth and property which is a result of human labor. Individual wealth and property has to be protected from theft and coercion, which occupy an important facet of individual security.
Maintaining the lineage in a pure and a faultless manner takes a place of priority in Sharia. All sexual relationships during pre-marital or outside the wedlock is completely taboo and it is considered as an offence needing punishment. The basic unit of human society is the family. Main factor that destroys the institution of family is the sexual misconduct, which destabilizes the entire society.
Sexual activity and reproduction are common to human beings and to the animals. One of the main differences between animals and human beings is that human beings limit sexual activity to marital bond and as a result protecting the purity of lineage and building a responsible relationship. As a result of sexual misconduct this sacred relationship will be destroyed and doors of making human beings on par with animals will be opened.
Sharia takes a strong stand against pre-marital sex, sex outside the marital bond, prostitution, all forms of sexual misconduct, and factors that encourages to such transgressions.
Islam requires following criteria to be fulfilled in establishing the guilt in a case of sexual misconduct.
It can be observed very clearly that the purpose of deterrent punishment is to weaken these types of misconducts in the society and encouraging to create a well-mannered and well-cultured society. From the difficult terms mentioned above in proving the allegation, it is obvious that the purpose of the Islamic law is not giving importance for punishing but to save the people from social misconduct.
There have been so many contradicting opinions arising on the verdict of punishment of death penalty given to the Sri Lankan house-maid.
The reason for giving this verdict is, as understood, that this married woman who has sexually misconducted herself has confessed herself as guilty of this crime. At this juncture there are some points to understand:
Therefore, we believe, instead of criticizing the Islamic Law one should try to understand its core meaning and the purpose of the Law that helps building humanity with a moral etiquette and a well-mannered society. In the mid of the frauds and mal-practices in the society where there is no much change in its moral damages we all have to commit ourselves to stop such situation in the world. We hope this house-maid’s court case will be dealt in a clearer and justifiable manner by the authorities concerned. We expect that the SLFEB would take careful steps and draw up strategies to safeguard the welfare of the employees in a more advanced manner in the legal procedures to stop such unfavorable incidents to happen in future.
False Messages on Halaal Certification allegedly from ‘Mufti M.I.M Rizwe President of ACJU’ are being circulated
This is to inform the general public and Muslims in particular, that false messages using social media, SMS, WhatsApp etc. have been circulated from time to time by some criminal elements with the malicious intention of causing disrepute to the name of popular and prominent consumer products and brands.
Some such false messages alleged that Mufti M I M Rizwe President of All Ceylon Jammiyathul Ulama (ACJU) had declared as non-halal, certain products and brands of consumer goods. This is totally incorrect!
We emphatically state that ACJU dissociates itself with such messages and confirm that ACJU had ceased issuance of Halal compliant certificates since 2013.12.31 and does not circulate such messages.
We strongly believe that the objectives and purpose of such impersonated false messages are to spread disharmony, propagate discord amongst people and more an attempt to discredit and disfranchise popular local brands of consumer products.
We earnestly request all to be cautious and not to believe in such messages that are being circulated from time by such miscreants and mischievous elements.
We also wish to state that we are not liable, under any circumstances, for the contents and consequences of such contents published by imposters referred to above.
Please note that Halal compliance certification in Sri Lanka is now conducted by Halal Accreditation Council (Guarantee) Limited.
For further information related to Halal Certification we kindly request the public to contact the HAC Hotline on 0117 425 225.
Ash Sheikh Fazil Farook
Secretary – Media Division, ACJU