Sri Lanka Muslim civil society bodies condemn suicide bombings
ECONOMYNEXT – Muslim civil society movements and associations in Sri Lanka Tuesday condemned Easter Sunday’s suicide bombings which killed over 300 people, saying extremism in the name of Islam does not represent the religion.
A joint statement by leaders and members of civil society, Islamic and Muslim associations and movements, said they were “are horrified by the events of Easter Sunday – 21st April 2019, which resulted in massive killing, destruction and attack on innocent lives.
“We express our deepest sympathies and sorrow and condemn in the strongest terms, the incidents, which are against all human and Islamic norms,” the statement said.
“This is grounded in the Noble Laws of Islam which forbid all forms of violence and aggression. Our hearts are profoundly troubled as we contend with the aftermath of this horrific act of violence and terror.”
The Muslim organisations said that “while strongly condemning the brutal and barbaric terror, we wish to categorically state that extremism in the name of Islam does not represent the religion."
“We are ashamed at the barbarism perpetrated in the name of Islam, which is a religion of peace and tolerance. We express unity with the victims’ relatives and will do whatever it takes to help the affected people.”
The statement said that neither the National Thawheed Jamaath nor those that carried out the attack represent Islam or reflect Muslim beliefs and practice.
“Rather, groups like them have misused and abused Islam in order to fit their own radical and indeed anti-Islamic agenda and are criminal, misguided and counter to the true teachings of Islam.”
The statement called upon the authorities to immediately apprehend the true perpetrators of these crimes, as well as those who aid and abet them through incitement, financing or other support.
The joint statement was issued by All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama, National Shoora Council, Muslim Council of Sri Lanka, Memon Association of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Muslim Media Forum, Sri Lanka Jama’athe Islami, Lanka Minaret, Quadiriyathun Nabaviyyah Thareeqah, Nabaviyyah Islamic Youth Organisation, Sri Lanka Muslim Womens’ Conference, Muslim Ladies Study Circle, Colombo, Young Muslim Women’s League and All Ceylon Union of Muslim Youth League Front.
(COLOMBO, April 23, 2019-SB)