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Amity among communities leads to prosperity - ACJU President

The All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulema  President Ash- Shaikh Mufti M.I.M. Rizvi yesterday said that the progress and the prosperity of country depends upon good and harmonious relations among all communities.

The ACJU President was delivering a message at the 100th anniversary of the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) at BMICH yesterday. The message:

Our motherland, Sri Lanka, is a  multi-ethnic and multi-religious country. The progress and the prosperity of our country depends  upon good, harmonious relations among all our communities.

History bears evidence that our  nation has been nourished by the healthy relationships for centuries, among Buddhists, Hindus,  Christians and Muslims. 

The all-encompassing warmth, kindness, love and respect from visionaries, who  worked to minimize sectarian conflicts has been a cornerstone of truly successful nations. It is a responsibility upon every patriotic citizen of our Motherland to engage in efforts to strengthen  relationships among each other regardless of caste, race and religion.

It is noteworthy that one of the  first Constitutions in the History with regard to Religious Rites was introduced by Our Holy Prophet in  the Holy City of Medina, which made ACJU to recognize the paramount importance of working  with the government and other faith leaders to regulate the religious space and build moderation,  tolerance and coexistence.

With contemporary challenges in  the world around us, the need for initiatives which build bridges among communities, increased in  Sri Lanka in the recent days. Accordingly, working hand-in-hand with our dedicated leaders in the  country remains a foremost priority.

The success and the prosperity of  mankind depends heavily on the strengthening of good qualities, and upholding of humanity and  brotherhood. Based on the Qur’an and teachings of Prophet Muhammad there are four stages to maintain  coexistence within communities. 

They are introducing ourselves to one another, Building better understanding between each other, Creating a state of tolerance between each other and Extending support  in the state of cooperation in the agreeable subjects. Islam encourages education and entrusts the  responsibility of educating those who are under our guardianship.

The mandate of the ACJU, has been  to mentor the youth into becoming valuable assets for Sri Lanka.

Such assets, which the country  can be proud of, will beam a light around the globe of truthful, caring, loving, respectful and dignified  citizens.

Under the theme of  ‘Education for All’, the ACJU, conducted  spiritual and academic programmes, and extended possible assistance to  underprivileged students, while facilitating essential infrastructure facilities in order to create an  effective learning environment. Over the past few years, nearly 38,000 students from 40 Schools have  benefitted from this programme across the country.  

According to the Divine message  of the Holy Quran, saving one single life is equivalent to saving the entire humanity. In recent years,  many religious, social organizations, political movements and institutions have had to deal  with radicalization, extremism and various forms of violence. Individuals have utilized religion, social  injustice, financial hardships, ethnicity, etc. to justify unacceptable behavior.

To that end, the ACJU has taken  upon itself to help citizens in overcoming these mental, psychological, emotional and spiritual  disorders. The support of volunteers and mental health professionals has been invaluable, and we hope to  continue building on this framework. Our past collaborations with government entities during times  of strife, I believe has been a model for the world.

For six decades the national war  heroes sacrificed themselves to protect the sovereignty of our Motherland. All patriotic  citizens, regardless of their racial or religious differences, contributed in  all possible means in support of this  national cause.

It is an undeniable fact that the  Muslims played a vital role in Mutur in 2006, in eliminating the terrorists by assisting Security  Forces during the War. Furthermore, ACJU is one of the first bodies in the world, which issued a joint  declaration against ISIS and extremism in 2015.

We also engaged in significant  efforts in counter-radicalization programmes for youngsters, such as publishing the booklet ‘Don’t Be  Extreme’. Moreover, we compiled the exegesis of the Holy Quran in Sinhala and booklets clarifying  misconceptions on Islamic teachings in order to give its correct understanding to the brethren of  our beloved country, Sri Lanka.

With regard to sustainable  development, Islam encourages assistance towards humanity as it declares that ‘All creations are one  family’, showing kindness to the creations secures the Divine Mercy of the Almighty and it is also stated  that the best amongst us are those who are beneficial to humanity. The ACJU has carried out nearly Rs. 1  Billion in social services projects over the last two decades.

We facilitated humanitarian  assistance during the national crisis situations such as the Tsunami disaster up to the recent flash floods,  and the crisis in Mutur in 2006 up to the unfortunate Easter Attacks. It is significant to note that during  the crucial pandemic period, the ACJU played a vital role in collaborating with the related  authorities and extending possible support whenever necessary.

In 2002, the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul  Ulama initiated the process of issuing halal certifications for the meat suppliers of the Parliament  of Sri Lanka on their request. After a period of time, this initiative created a process of Halal  certification, which generated millions of US Dollars in export revenue to  the country.

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