Apex body of Muslim theologians says no to foreign extremists

By Mohamed Haniff

Attempts by foreign elements to disturb the peace enjoyed by Sri Lankan Muslims will be defeated using maximum legitimate force, a top official of the Apex body of Muslim theologians said yesterday.

"We will do our best to maintain co-existence with all communities in Sri Lanka and strongly protest against any organisation trying to create chaos in an existing peaceful climate," Moulavi Fazil Farook of the All Ceylon Jammiyathul Ulama (ACJU) told The Island.

He said a leader of the Indian Thowheed Jamaath, a group which claims to propagate "pure Islam," was expected to visit Sri Lanka. "He visited Sri Lanka in 2005 and created disputes between the Muslims and other communities and misunderstandings amongst the Muslims. He was deported at that time and the same person is trying to come back here."

"The ACJU has several objectives and two stand out—promoting co-existence with all communities and strengthening unity amongst the Muslim community," the Moulavi said.

"We have taken all precautions and urged those concerned to stop him setting foot on Sri Lankan soil", Moulavi Farook said.

Sri Lanka was considered by the Muslim world as a model where Muslims live amicably with all communities, he said.

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