Sri Lanka attacks bring together Muslims, Christians

Muslim Parliamentarians, community members pay visit to Archbishop Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith after attacks in Sri Lanka.

By Busra Nur Bilgic Muslim parliamentarians and members of a Muslim group in Sri Lanka have paid a condolence visit to the Archbishop Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, following the terror attacks in the country that claimed 310 lives. According to a press release issued by Mufti M.I.M Rizwe, President of All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama, Ranjith said preserving peace and religious harmony between the communities is important especially at difficult times. “Both parties emphasized on further strengthening of the good relationship that exists among the communities, for the betterment of our Motherland.” “They also pledged to offer the fullest support in carrying out the necessary actions to be meted out on the perpetrators and terrorists,” it added. On Easter Sunday, at least 310 people were killed and 500 others injured when a total of eight explosions targeted eight different locations in and outside Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. The bombings hit churches in Kochchikade, Negombo and Batticaloa cities, as well as Kingsbury, Cinnamon Grand and Shangri La hotels in Colombo. (www.aa.com.tr) Muslim Council of Sri Lanka The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka strongly condemned the multiple bomb attacks in Sri Lanka that killed a total of 207 and wounded over 400 people. “The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka (MCSL) condemns the attacks on the places of worship of our Christian brothers and sisters on their holy day of Easter, as well as on the hotels in Colombo,” the group said in a statement. It described the attackers as “the extremist and violent elements who wish to create divides between religious and ethnic groups to realize their agenda”. The attack was deliberate and aimed to create panic and disrupt civil life, the statement added. Muslim Council of Elders The Muslim Council of Elders, under the Chairmanship of Dr Ahmed El-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar strongly condemns the cowardly terror attacks carried out in a number of churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on the morning of Easter Sunday, which resulted in hundreds of casualties and injuries. The Council vehemently denounces such despicable attacks which go against the teachings of all religions and creeds as well as international laws and social norms. The Council also stresses the urgent need to intensify international efforts towards countering all forms of terrorism. The Muslim Council of Elders also emphasizes that attacks on innocent civilians celebrating a religious holiday proves that the persons who carried out these attacks are nothing more than inhumane cowards. OIC Secretary General The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr. Yousef A. Al-Othaimeen, has strongly condemned the multiple cowardly attacks carried out in churches and hotels in Colombo and neighboring towns targeting innocent worshipers and civilians, which killed hundreds and wounded many more. Extending the solidarity of OIC with Sri Lanka at this painful moment, the Secretary General offered his deepest condolences to the families of the victims, Government and people of Sri Lanka on the tragic loss of lives and wished early recovery to the injured people. Dr. Al-Othaimeen expressed his firm rejection of these terrorist acts, which violate the sanctity of human life and reiterated the principled position of the OIC against all forms of terrorism and extremism. (Extracted from.oic-oci.org)

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