Friday, September 16, 2011

A Key lesson learnt by Muslim fundamentalists in Sri Lanka from Tamil racism: Claim a fabricated history of 2000 years of Muslims in Sri Lanka and go a step ahead in turning temples and Sinhalese Buddhist archeological sites into mosques.

Building a mosque on the tomb of the Sinhalese king Dutu Gamunu raised a many an eye brows of fair thinking people here and abroad irrespective of the ethnicity they belong to. The laughable and bizarre claim that a Mullah has been buried on the site 1000 years ago not only make one surprised but stunned.       

It is well known that the Tamil racism created a bogus history and to facilitate it went on destroying the Temples and Sinhalese Buddhist archeological sites strewn length and breadth of the North and East of Sri Lanka. But there has been some sort of restraint on the part of Tamil racists in certain instances where some Buddhist temples and its archeological artifacts and inscriptions have been spared. You can witness this if you visit some of the Buddhist Temples in the North and East.

But in the case of Muslim fundamentalism the case has been quite opposite. It can be observed that Muslim fundamentalists have been ruthless and very fast in this instance: Ruthless in completely destroying the temples and archeological sites and fast in building mosques on the sites.  As our fellow blogger on Kottu Sinhala Buddhist reports the Kuragala temple is the latest case in point. Kuragala is a vast complex of Buddhist monasteries which was home to thousands of Arhats. The caves with drip ledges and Brahmi letters were the meditating abodes for the Buddhists monks. The fundamentalists have gone to the extent of destroying the inscriptions written in Brahami letters with the use of acids and have given an Arabic name (Dufter Jayalani) to the place.  Mosques built and several constructions made with inscriptions covered with cement plasters. In this instance too a mullah is claimed to have stayed in the place some 'thousands years' ago. The funniest part of the whole story has been a video and a web site has been produced in support of the bogus, fabricated and defaced history of the site. As it is well known Muslim fundamentalists in Sri Lanka never care about the law of the land of the country and the court order given to remove the mosques and other constructions has been ignored.       

Now a campaign is underway to claim that the removal of the mosque built on King Dutu Gamunu's tomb was done by unruly Sinhalese Buddhist racist mobs including Buddhist monks against peace loving Muslims. (This is the same method used by Tamil racists to cover their racist acts against Sinhalese Buddhists). Dolor crazy NGO hordes are fabricating the stories and up in  arms claiming that the right to have a place of worship to peace loving Muslims is denied. The court order given to remove the construction is conveniently forgotten.

As I pointed out in my previous posts, Muslim fundamentalists have found the time is very much conducive to make their move at a time Sri Lanka is under pressure by 'International' witch hunt over alleged war crimes. Grease Yaka incidents which were used to attack the security forces personnel was a case in point. Now building of mosques in Sinhalese Buddhist archeological sites go on with impunity.          

PS: It was the destruction of artifacts and land grabbing of Deegawapi temple that came to public limelight for the first time in Sri Lanka though there have been numerous such instances reported and continue to occur from the Eastern part of the country.


Anonymous said...

Please read the following article by Latheef Farook published in the Sunday Times of 11th Sept.
The possibility of 'external forces' attempting to disrupt the harmony that exists between the Muslims and the Sinhalese cannot be ruled out.
We should not forget that there are many Foreign Nations which do not want to see a peaceful Sri Lanka.
Rebel, I am one of your regular readers. I am a Muslim who is proud to be a Sri Lankan.

Anonymous said...

Sorry !
The link to the Sunday Times article is

TheDoctor said...

Wow, as a sri lankan im ashamed to see a fellow sri lankan such as yourself so racist and against fellow sri lankans. Im not a regular reader, and this post is the first of yours that i've read, but you seem to quite high up on your horse... The biggest problem in sri lanka is, that most sinhalese see themselves as "rightful heirs" to sri lanka and they see the need to be treated like kings. This is the modern world, and we are all sri lankans, whether we are tamil, sinhalese or muslim. All three of these ethnic groups have had a major part in sri lanka's heritage and making sri lanka the great nation it is now. Yet there are people(you included, according to the post) who seem to think that these people are fundamentalists and those people are fundamentalists and they must be ridden of...The fact of the matter with the Mullah's shrine is that it was demolished without any court order, and it was demolished by MONKS. These are the very people who follow and preach buddhism to the masses. Do you see the irony here? I do. I studied buddhism in school and im no stranger to the ethics of your religion, and i see more hipocrisy in sri lanka pertaining to a religion that preaches peace and harmony with one another regardless of religion... Its sad to see our country filled ith people like this...

Rebel of Kandy said...

@ Anonymous and the doctor,

You have missed my points or have deliberately ignored them. (This has been the common ailment found among many when they are reminded about the rights of Sinhalese) Why don’t you respond to the points that I raised? First and foremost to be true Sri Lankans or all the Sri Lankans to be treated equally, other communities in Sri Lanka too, Muslims in this case, should act responsibly and respect other community’s sensibilities, values and the culture. Has it been happening in Sri Lanka? How many Buddhist temples and archeological sites have been destroyed with impunity and their lands grabbed and turned them into mosques in some cases in the East? (I have taken only one example from the East in my post. The destruction is second only to what happened to Bamiyan Buddha statues in Afganistan).

The latest case has been in Anuradhapura where the very tomb of one of the kings of Sinhalese who they consider as one of their greatest has turned into mosque. Don’t they feel offended and injured by this heinous act on the part of Muslims? Doesn’t Sinhalese have a right to think about their history, the past and their proud heritage? How a ‘Mullah who lived a thousand years ago find his way to get buried in the very site where the King Dutu Gamunu’s tomb is. Above all do Muslims in Sri Lanka have a history of ‘thousand years? The vast majority of Muslims in Anuradhapura comprises of those who were settled in the district in 1990’s owning to the LTTE threat in the East. Among the vast majority of them are from Kuchchaveli in the Trincomalee district. It was king Senarath in the 17th Century who settled Muslims in the East when the latter went up to the king pleading them to be given lands when they were being persecuted by the Portuguese. How on earth a Mullah who came to Anuradhpura in 1990’s from the East get buried in King Dutugamunu’s tomb in 1000 years ago? See the sheer absurdity of it. Don’t you think it is a case of Sinhalese’ acommodativeness towards Muslims over the centuries have been taken for right royal good ride by Muslims?

With regard to the Buddhist monks are in the scene. What is the wrong with them in the scene? I doubt about your saying that you went to a Daham Pasala. If you ever had, you would have learned about the contribution made by the Buddhist monks to preserve the religion and the race that follows it. They have always come forward when their religion and the race in peril. This has been the case of right throughout of 2500 years of their history in many an occasion when the religion and the race was in great peril. Why should they deviate from their traditional role in this instance which is absurd and heinous in unimaginable proportion? (Here in this instance they are mere onlookers)

PS: PS: @ the doctor, the contrary to your claim a court order has indeed been given to demolish this so called ‘mosque’. We are yet to see how many court orders will have to be given if this mushrooming of mosques goes on in the religious places of other communities.

Ruki said...

Agree with you rebel. It's certainly time Sri Lankan Muslims look at their own community. The hatred within that community is astounding - so much so that Sri Lankan Muslims attack and kill each other over sectarian differences. One can imagine the amount of hate held towards non-Muslims.

Aruna De Silva said...


The biggest problem is that most Sri Lankan Muslims think they have a right to build their mosques and madrassas wherever the hell they want to - even in ancient archaeological sites that are thousands of years old. This is simply not acceptable. Sri Lankan Muslim fundamentalists HAVE destroyed ancient Buddhist temples, mainly in Eastern Sri Lanka (eg Dighavapi and Muudu Maha Vihara in Pottuvil). Is this what Islam teaches?

James said...

Please visit this website for more information on Muslim extremism:

Kasun Gajanayake said...

Hi, read my post about racism in Sri Lanka