S.Lanka mosque trustees urged to keep radical elements under watch

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - The Muslim Religious Affairs Ministry urges countrywide Board of Trustees of Mosques to keep an eye on radical elements and not allow any discussions that would put the country’s security in jeopardy.

The Muslim Religious Affairs Ministry has urged Board of Trustees of Mosques countrywide to take responsibility for security measures and keep an eye on radical elements and not to allow any discussions that would be detrimental to the country’s security.

When contacted, Ministry Secretary S.M. Mohamed told The Island yesterday that to date they had not given guidelines on prayer times etc., which he believed was up to the mosque authorities.

The country’s premier Muslim clergy body, the All Ceylon Jamiyaythul Ulama (ACJU) said that they would request authorities to roll back curfew imposition time from 9.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m.

This call follows inability of majority of the Muslims in Colombo and suburbs to attend special night prayers -Tarawiya- held during the Holy Month of Ramadan.

Some mosques however had shortened prayers at night due to the prevailing situation in the country.

ACJU Media Secretary Fazil Farook said that due to the tense situation in some parts of the country, they didn’t take up the matter.

Meanwhile, Muslim Religious Affairs Minister Abdul Haleem had informed Trustees of Mosques not to engage or permit any gathering of Jamaath to promote or propagate hatred or extremism in any form.

"Board of Trustees of the mosque will be held responsible if such activities were conducted at mosques and they will be dealt with by the law," he said.

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