My intention was never to touch on sensitive political topics in my blog. But due to the current situation effecting my life directly as a Sinhalese, as a Muslim and as a daughter of 2 Buddhists, I feel I must. Sri Lanka just came out of a ethnic war which lasted for two decades. No one won the war, we only lost good people. I’m not going to comment on who was right or who started it because the simple fact about war is, no one is ever right, no one is ever only good. Both had faults. And if there are people who disagree, take a look at what is happening in Sri Lanka now. The war with one ethnic minority just stopped, now we are closing to start another with another ethnic minority.
Muslims are being pushed and shoved around and out of mosques claiming that they are on scared land. They have lived in peace with both the Sinhalese and the Tamil community for years. Suddenly, their mosques are on sacred land? suddenly there are too many Muslims? suddenly they are too smart and hold too many powerful jobs? suddenly we have all these crazy people making rambling crazy things. The most appalling thing for me is that they call this Sinhala pride. I am a Sinhalese, I belong to this land, I am a Muslim, I still belong to this land. As both I find myself in the middle and see a grim future for my children. If my children excelling in school is a threat to these people then how can I feel safe here? Alhamdullillah the Muslim community has been very wise and patient so far but why test such dangerous waters?
Recently there has been a huge campaign about the halal certification process in Sri Lanka. If you want to know exactly what is going on you can read the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama’s reply to all this nonsense. My question is why? why are people doing this for a second time? Why can’t they see through this charade?!
Sri Lankan politics has always been a lost cause, my parents testify to that. Hearing how bad the 80’s were for them, I wonder how our (and by our I mean Sri Lanka, irrespective of their religion) people forget how politicians bend the truth and cause rifts between us to do their bidding. All this craziness people are focussing on by trying to find fault and spreading rumours that there is going to be some sort of ethnic minority take over, what is it? It’s not something useful. It harms the harmony within the country, but it shields our eyes from what is going on in the country. Cost of living is getting ridiculous to an extent that even the well to do are finding it difficult, we have tax reductions on racing cars that no one can afford but tax hikes on Indian cars which people can afford, we have price hikes in gas and electricity, we have taxes being implemented on privately owned wells, we have shady cops 9personal experience), we have a situation where a women can not freely walk down a road or go in a bus without being bothered, and if you haven’t been following the news, we just lost our chief justice. These problems would unite us, but instead of focusing on important things we are trying to pick at differences until one uneducated fool decides to throw a stone, and another uneducated fool throws it back, thus begins another war.
I’m not siding with anyone, as I said before I am (and was) both. I understand the points that could have angered the uneducated mind but what I am trying to put forth is why is it so important for us to fight? Is it really hard for us not to make silly matters in to big fights? Couldn’t we (people practising two religions which promote peace) put it behind us and work things out rationally?
If you don’t believe me that the politicians of this country don’t want us to unite, name one speech which addresses us as Sri Lankans. Name it, because I would honestly like to know. It is always Sinhala, Tamil (Demala) and Muslim. We are never called Sri Lankans. We are always differentiated. Why? Think about it.
I pray Allah (SWT) gives my Muslim brothers and sisters the patience to overcome these trying times and I pray that Allah (SWT) has mercy on those who are misguided. May He show them the error of their ways and help them understand the truth. Ameen! In-shaa-allah I pray for peace and harmony within this country, it’s a beautiful country full of such beautiful diversity, it would be such a shame to have it all gone because of a few hypocrites.