Muslim civil society in Sri Lanka today stated that the Easter Sunday attacks were against Islamic norms.
In a joint statement, the Muslim civil society said that as leaders and members of civil society, Islamic and Muslim associations and movements, they are disturbed by the events of Easter Sunday – 21st April 2019, which resulted in colossal killing, destruction and attack on innocent lives.
“We express our sincere compassions and grief and condemn in the strongest terms, the incidents, which are against all human and Islamic norms. This is grounded in the Noble Laws of Islam which prohibit all forms of violence and violence. Our hearts are deeply troubled as we contend with the aftermath of this horrific act of violence and terror,” the joint statement said.
The Muslim civil society strongly condemned the brutal and cruel terror, and firmly stated that extremism in the name of Islam does not represent the religion.
“Vicious acts of terror and the sudden killing of innocent citizens living in peace is extremely upsetting and disgraceful. We are ashamed at the cruelty committed in the name of Islam, which is a religion of peace and acceptance. We express unity with the victims’ relatives and will do whatever it takes to help the affected people,” the joint statement added.
The Muslim civil society also noted clearly that neither the National Thawheed Jamaath nor those that carried out the attack represent Islam or reflect Muslim principles and practices.
“Rather, groups like them have changed and abused Islam in order to fit their own fundamental and indeed anti-Islamic agenda and are criminal, mistaken and counter to the true teachings of Islam,” the joint statement added.
“As Sri Lankan Muslims, we are unified against all those who terrorize the innocent. Islam has declared the spilling of blood and the demolition of property as absolute preventions,” they said.
The joint statement was contracted by the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama, the 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 the All Ceylon Union of Muslim Youth League Front.