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Religious Unrest Continues in Sri Lanka

An attack was launched by a Buddhist mob against a Mosque in Colombo on Saturday August 10th 2013, just one day after Muslims celebrated “Eid Ul Fitr”. At least 12 people were injured in scuffles that broke out during the siege. The reason for the attack was based on the claim that the new three-storey structure on […]

Intra and inter-religious harmony

The Secretariat for Muslims together with Muslim religious groups is working towards creating understanding and a sense of inclusiveness between members of the Muslim community, the religious leaders and youth of the four religions, in order to promote the concept of unity in diversity.

 

In spite of traditional differences among Muslims in Sri Lanka over issues of faith, there had been no serious conflicts and these differences had been accepted by religious leaders as part of a broader tolerance within the community.

 

However, since the late 1980s there has been a strong growth of ultra-orthodox interpretations of Islam that have provoked conflicts with other sects and the Islamic community is now beset by internal divisions on the definitions of customs and faith.

 

In the present context where the Muslim identity is under siege globally, such conflicts are of serious concern among the moderate Muslim community.

 

In addition to which there is a growing trend of inter-religious intolerance in Sri Lanka, which can have disturbing consequences on post-war Sri Lanka.

 

In a bid to develop solidarity and goodwill within the Muslim community and with other communities and ensure security for individuals and groups, the SFM has developed a conflict prevention and resolution strategy that will be implemented through community and religious leaders belonging to different groups among the Muslims together with all the communities in Sri Lanka.