zuhair pcWhy the SSA and Schubert are seeking to give fresh credibility to a canard that never merited any investigation by the Police or other authorities?

The Social Scientists’ Association (SSA) has put out a paper prepared by its Senior Researcher Andi Schubert containing inaccurate assumptions and attempting to give mileage to false fears, published in the Daily Mirror of April 5, 2017 under the heading “The Sexual Politics of the MMDA Debate”.

ACJUWe, the undersigned, find the recent statements of the Chairperson of the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU), that reform of the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA) is not needed, to be unacceptable. It is patently clear that the ACJU has contributed to the 8-year delay in the reform process despite the desperate need for substantive reform of this law. 

ACJUWAN is a collective of eight women’s organizations working in the North and East. ACJU’s extreme and rigid position has also radicalized Muslim youth, making them believe that the MMDA reflects Sharia law and therefore cannot be touched. WAN calls on the government to intervene and lay down non-negotiable conditions for reform, such as setting a minimum age of marriage for all citizens at 18, and ensuring state-salaried positions are open to women

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Calculated Move to Prevent Muslim Refugees from returning to their lands?

On Friday 24 March 2017 President Maithripala Sirisena signed a gazette notification, during his official visit to Russia, declaring around 100,000 acre lands adjacent to Wilpattu National Park as “forest conserves”.

The inevitable question is why it was signed in Russia in such mighty hurry as if the whole world was coming to an end. Why didn’t he sign it in Sri Lanka. This controversial gazette, signed without taking into consideration the rights of Muslims refugees from the area, has caused serious concern among Muslim and triggered an unwanted controversy at a time when the country faces several acute political, economic and social crises.

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The Visit My Mosque Program, a unique interfaith initiative involving opening up mosques for visitors of other faiths was held at Akbar Mosque in Colombo on 26th of March, 2017. The public ‘Open Mosque Day’ was the first of its kind and was an immense success with nearly 100 visitors participating to learn about Islam and the role of mosques.