Condemnation of Barbaric Bomb Attacks on Easter Sunday



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The following messages/statements were issued in connection with the Barbaric Bomb Attacks on Easter Sunday.


Deeply Saddened


The President and the members of the Moors’ Islamic Cultural Home, the premier Muslim Institution, join others in condemning the senseless acts of terrorism on worshippers and innocent civilians in Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa.


The Moors Islamic Cultural Home is deeply saddened on the brutal attacks on Catholics and Christians while they were involved in religious activities on Easter Sunday, a day of great importance in their religious calendar, and also the innocent victims at Shangri-La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury Hotel.


It is extremely sad to know that many precious lives have been lost and scores of people injured in this barbaric act of terrorism.


We join all peace-loving people of Sri Lanka and stand in solidarity with all those who were affected and the families who had lost their loved ones and urges the Government to deal with the perpetrators in the strongest possible way and give them the maximum punishment so that there will be no room for any radicals or fanatics to divide our motherland where all communities have lived in peace and Harmony for many centuries.


May All of us pray for Peace and Harmony in Sri Lanka.


Omar Kamil


President


Former Mayor of Colombo


Ambassador of Sri Lanka in Iran


Cowardly and cruel acts


We are terribly shocked and deeply saddened by the barbarous acts of violence brought on innocent worshippers, children, women and men at Easter Sunday services at St. Anthony’s Church, Kochchikade, St. Sebastien’s Church, Negombo, and Zion Church, Batticaloa, as well as on several hotels in Colombo, targeting visitors to our country.


The Church of Ceylon unreservedly condemns these cowardly and cruel acts of terrorism and we offer our deep condolences to the families and friends of the over 250 persons who have lost their lives and those who have been hurt. We wish all those who have been injured full recovery. We pray for them and their families that God’s comforting presence will continue to be with them through this tragic experience.


We call on the government to institute quick action to investigate thoroughly these incidents and to bring the perpetrators to justice, to ensure the safety of places of religious worship and to prevent any individuals or group taking the law into their hands, or provoking acts of intimidation or violence against any community or group.


We call on all Sri Lankans to be mindful at this time and to act with patience and understanding. We ask for the continued support of all security and emergency services in ensuring public peace and in providing care for the affected. The motives of those twisted and warped minds, who planned and executed such appalling acts, could very well be to destabilize the country and to cause damage to the unity and harmony of our nation.


We pray that these persons, whoever they may be, will be awakened to the awfulness of their crime.


We pray we will be able to journey through this dark phase of our country. May the Peace of the Risen Christ who on the cross prayed for forgiveness be with you all.


Rt. Revd. Dhiloraj Canagasabey - Bishop of Colombo


Rt. Revd. Keerthisiri Fernando - Bishop of Kurunegala


Church of Ceylon


UN strongly condemns


The United Nations in Sri Lanka strongly condemns the attacks against civilians carried out in places of worship and city hotels on Easter Sunday. The United Nations in Sri Lanka expresses its heartfelt condolences to the families and victims as well as the Government and people of Sri Lanka and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured. Attacks such as these are aimed at undermining the unity of the people of Sri Lanka, the United Nations urges authorities, and all citizens to ensure that the rule of law is upheld, human rights are protected, and security and safety is ensured for all.


The United Nations in Sri Lanka


Extremism must be wiped out


Sri Lanka’s Muslims woke up to a rude shock on Easter Sunday, 21st April, 2019, and reacted with disbelief to the news that churches and hotels had been bombed while our Christian brothers and sisters were celebrating Easter.


As Muslims we are expected to show utmost compassion and tolerance to people of other faiths. Christians, especially, occupy a very dear place in Muslim hearts, being the followers of one of the most revered prophets of Islam, Jesus (Peace Be Upon Him). In the Qur’an Christians are called the nearest to Muslims and praised for their piety and devotion, while we know from the life story of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) how he was assisted in his mission by Christians and how far he went to win their trust, including giving a covenant guaranteeing their religious rights for all time.


As such, it is shocking that a group of misguided extremists purporting to represent our noble and tolerant faith have chosen to commit this sacrilege in a place of worship and a holy day held dear by Christians all over the world, taking over 250 innocent lives. What is also deplorable is the manner the terrorists struck in suicide attacks, especially since we all know that suicide, like the taking of innocent lives, is completely prohibited in Islam.


We reach out to our fellow countrymen and countrywomen and our dear Christian brothers and sisters and join them in this time of grief and pray that no more such vile acts in the name of any religion sullies the holy ground we stand on and this beautiful country we live in.


At the same time, we call on the government to clamp down on all forms of extremism and terrorism and take severe action to annihilate these hate cults at the earliest. We also call on the government to investigate as to who were behind these barbaric attacks since there are many vested interests intent on harming the image of Islam and giving Muslims a bad name. Totally annihilating extremism in all its devious form, whether in the name of religion or nationalism, is the only way we can live in peace and harmony with one another.


Ilyas Haniffa, President


Asiff Hussein, Vice President- Outreach


Centre for Islamic Studies


Deepest condolences


The American Chamber of Commerce in Sri Lanka strongly condemned the attacks that took place in the country yesterday at multiple locations. We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and all those affected during this tragic time. We stand united with our fellow Sri Lankans and look to our leaders and the authorities concerned to swiftly enforce law and order whilst upholding the principles of democracy and the stability of the nation.


The American Chamber of Commerce in Sri Lanka


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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